Phrases with "peculiar"

H. G. Wells He advanced with the kind of shout one would hurl at a dog, and smote the policeman to the earth with the stout stick that the peculiar social atmosphere of Hayti had disposed him to carry. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Then, I am of a peculiar disposition, I own that: far from facile, without address, in some points eccentric. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Larose thought it strange at the time that he should have been detailed as a messenger, and he regarded as peculiar also the manner in which his employer bustled him so quickly off. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

D. H. Lawrence There was a peculiar feeling of silence and secrecy in that lonely, hidden quarry. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells And so my mind came round to the business of stopping, ‘The peculiar risk lay in the possibility of my finding some substance in the space which I, or the machine, occupied. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Ivan Turgenev But she seemed to be pondering over something, and shook her head in a peculiar way, as she pensively nibbled a leaf she had picked. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Algernon Blackwood With peculiar pleasure, too, I recall the little class we formed by ourselves in Greek, and the hours spent under Hurrish’s sympathetic and enthusiastic guidance, reading Plato for the first time. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Thomas Hardy Then one day a peculiar quality invaded the air of this open country. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Machen His manner became combative, his chin advanced with a sort of side-toss, peculiar to Yorkshire. And he said: “Ah don’t know about that. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

D. H. Lawrence George sat pulling his moustache and half smiling; his eyes were alight with that peculiar childish look they had when he was experiencing new and doubtful sensations. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Quaverdale was like the rest of the world, and thought that a peculiar talent and a peculiar tact were needed for his own business. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Guy de Maupassant As for the girl, she showed nothing, except a peculiar brightness in her eyes, while the brown skin on the cheeks became more rosy. A Country Excursion (Une partie de campagne) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

There was a peculiar atmosphere pervading all the three rooms. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope When she spoke a peculiar melody struck the hearer’s ears. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You and I, as you know, dear Count von Hern, conduct our peculiar business under very delicate conditions, and the least thing we either of us desire is notoriety. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

I, of course, was conscious that, in my peculiar circumstances, sleep was a factor not to be neglected. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

D.H. Lawrence But it is remarkable, Helena’— here the peculiar look of interest came on his face again —‘it is really remarkable that I should have said that. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Sir Walter Scott Weel, as I have said, I have no male issue, and yet it is needful that I maintain the honour of my house; and it is on that score I prayed ye for your peculiar and private attention. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

William Hope Hodgson From the place made by the captain’s foot there came a sudden gush of a purplish fluid, accompanied by a peculiar smell, that was, and was not, half familiar. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

Jules Verne The mimosas growing on the western part, and the substantial herbage on the eastern, give those plains a peculiar appearance. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Henry Handel Richardson On nine days out of ten, he did not feel the need of either making or receiving confidences; he shrank rather, with a peculiar shy dread, from personal unbosomings. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

I descended softly to my own room for a peculiar instrument which I had used for holding small slippery substances, such as minute spheres of glass, etc. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

George Gissing His features, separately considered, were ordinary enough; together they made a countenance of peculiar charm, vividly illumined, full of appeal to whosoever could appreciate emotional capabilities. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Still I began, in spite of myself, to take an interest in the scamp—interest which was of a peculiar speculative kind. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Edgar Allan Poe At any epoch it would not be very wonderful if a humor so peculiar as the one I have just mentioned, should elicit attention and remark. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope It soon came to be admitted by all who knew Phineas Finn that he had a peculiar power of making himself agreeable which no one knew how to analyse or define. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing The low tone in which she answered had peculiar significance. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

William Henry Bragg This peculiar behaviour of the lead is due to the fact that the softer constituents of the γ rays are absorbed with especial rapidity by substances of large atomic weight. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

H. G. Wells My mind went off in a peculiar way it does from that to the idea that mustard costs a penny a tin — I bought some the other day for a ham I had. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

The lyric and especially the occasional poetry of Jonson has a peculiar merit. Ben Jonson by Felix E. Schelling

People, as a rule, are given to complaining, but she did it with a peculiar delight, as if she were singing a song. In the World by Maksim Gorky

There was a peculiar quality in the stillness of the air. The Tale by Joseph Conrad [1917]

The long, thin stranger, without exactly looking at Mrs Verloc, answered only by a faint and peculiar smile. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

This peculiar breadth of face and person probably result from hard work and good fare, developing adipose tissue. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Algernon Blackwood I hardly know how to describe the peculiar sense of vague horror inspired in me by the sight of that streak of smoke pencilling its way upwards among the dark trees. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Edgar Allan Poe I know not how it is, but this peculiar expression of the eye, wreathing itself occasionally into the lips, is the most powerful, if not absolutely the sole spell, which rivets my interest in woman. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Benjamin Disraeli Yet all this did not at first challenge the observation of the young Duke. It was the general and peculiar expression of her countenance which had caused in him such emotion. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Anthony Trollope The beauty of her face was uninjured, and that beauty was of a peculiar kind. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

John Locke The like may be said of those other simple ideas, peculiar in their kind to any substance; for which precise ideas there are no peculiar names. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Close at hand stands the ancient Baptistery, hardly less peculiar and beautiful; but, after all, it is the work of the great painter which gives the temple its chief right to wonder and reverence. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

They all had beards, which were dressed in a peculiar way in plaits. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Ivan Turgenev My father sat beside her during dinner, and entertained his neighbour with the finished and serene courtesy peculiar to him. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

Sir Walter Scott Raleigh bestowed his with the graceful ease peculiar to one who has attained his own place, and is familiar with its dignity. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Robert Green Ingersoll Don’t begin to talk about that being a peculiar time, and that God was easy on the prejudices of those old fellows. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

Nathaniel Hawthorne There are yet remaining in that portion of the country many ballads and songs — set to their own peculiar tunes — the authorship of which is attributed to him. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

This foil has a peculiar handle, and is unlike those commonly sold. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Every man has his own peculiar secrets with which others have nothing to do. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

John Galsworthy They had roused in him a fierce jealousy, which, with the peculiar perversion of this instinct, had turned to fiercer desire. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

G. K. Chesterton But it was a paragraph that had a peculiar effect on Sir John Harker. His lowering brows lifted with a flicker and his eyes blinked, and for a moment his leathery jaw was loosened. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

I describe this peculiar freak of nature from what Alec told me; I hope my description will not mislead others. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

When the man upon the other side of the table spoke there was something so peculiar in his tone of voice that even blundering, slow-witted Alan must have noticed it. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Virginia Woolf My profession is literature; and in that profession there are fewer experiences for women than in any other, with the exception of the stage — fewer, I mean, that are peculiar to women. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Leaving the window open he came back to the fireplace and flung himself down in a chair, and there came over him a feeling of great depression and of peculiar loneliness. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Arthur Conan Doyle By his hand upon the table there lay a peculiar instrument — a brown, close-grained stick, with a stone head like a hammer, rudely lashed on with coarse twine. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Those masses of hair had not that purple lustre, nor yet that wandering glimmer of red gold, which gives peculiar beauty to some raven tresses. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

I think its peculiar light had something to do with my waking. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

There was not light enough to see it much more than in outline, nor was it dark enough to bring the peculiar light of its eyes into strong relief. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D. H. Lawrence Her black hair was parted smooth, her narrow-opened eyes were sly and satirical, she had a peculiar twang in her rather sleering voice. Her Turn by D. H. Lawrence [1913]

D. H. Lawrence But his dark face was long and heavy, almost sinister, with that peculiar heavy meaninglessness in it, characteristic of the Mexicans of his own locality. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

It seems to be, in peculiar degree, a quality of consulship at ——, to be found remote and inaccessible. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

George Meredith She put on her bonnet hastily, tried the effect of a peculiar smile in the mirror, and lightly ran down-stairs. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

South of it rises a tempting Col, with a slope apparently easy, separating a dull mass of granite on the right from the peculiar formation to the left. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am peculiar perhaps in that respect, but I detest artificial bunkers. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Theodore Dreiser As he mounted the stairs he had a peculiar sense of the untoward; but he could not, in his view of life, give it countenance. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells The second man, in a peculiar button-shaped head-dress, was lying crumpled up underneath, his ear and cheek were bright with blood, and there was a streak of blood on the ground near his head. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Andrew Lang The Stranger smiled a smile of peculiar malignity. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

Yes, this man certainly had a peculiar knowledge of his own. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope But then she was a Roman Catholic, as was her aunt; and she was too proud and too grateful to claim any peculiar exemption from the Protestantism of her uncle. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing It was one of those cold, dry, clouded evenings of autumn, when London streets affect the imagination with a peculiar suggestiveness. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Victor Hugo For the mass of the people, little versed as they were in the estimate of such shades of difference, they had peculiar terrors. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Gissing She rose as Helen entered, and listened with close lips and a peculiar smile, half gracious, half supercilious, whilst the latter apologised for Mr. Gresham’s absence. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Andrew Lang He is said to “take quite a peculiar delight in the minute description of dress and weapons. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

It looked shrunken and cadaverous and his lips had assumed a peculiar cherry-red color. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Helen Zimmern It was in this work that Miss Edgeworth first struck her own peculiar vein, and had she never written anything but Castle Rackrent her fame could not have died. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

John Locke Therefore those never went into his idea of that species of body; but its peculiar colour, perhaps, and weight, were the first he abstracted from it, to make the complex idea of that species. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Anthony Trollope There are absurdities in it which would not be admitted to anyone who had not a peculiar gift of making even his absurdities delightful. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu For your sister’s sake, not yours, I take a peculiar course with you. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Such persons must be held in peculiar honor. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Elizabeth Gaskell The delicate long fingers had a peculiar fineness of sensation, which was one reason why all her handiwork, of whatever kind — writing, sewing, knitting — was so clear in its minuteness. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Walter Scott His pronunciation, too, was after a conceited fashion of his own, in which he accented the vowels in a manner altogether peculiar to himself. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Virginia Woolf She had spoken with a kind of brutality which suggested that, whether it is natural or assumed, women have a peculiar blindness to the feelings of men. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

G. K. Chesterton There is a peculiar quality as of celestial pre-existence about the Dickens characters. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Its innate love of absolute realism and its peculiar capacity for cutting satirethese characteristics appear in the Fabliaux in all their completeness. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Thomas Hobbes And therefore if speech be peculiar to man, as for ought I know it is, then is understanding peculiar to him also. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Thus the southern shores of America, Australia, and New Zealand may have become slightly tinted by the same peculiar forms of life. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Rook decided on darkening that view in a mischievously-suggestive manner, peculiar to herself. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Samuel Johnson We came thither too late to see what we expected, a people of peculiar appearance, and a system of antiquated life. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

H. G. Wells Of course Russia has its peculiar difficulties. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Henry James Her interest in literature’s touching — something quite peculiar to herself; she takes it all so seriously. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

E. F. Benson There is no mistaking that look: it is exhibited in a peculiar “inlooking” of the eye. The Other Bed by E. F. Benson

He must be of the family of the prophet; he must possess miraculous powers of no common kind; and his person must be overflowing with a peculiar sanctity. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

The breeding and nursing period of American women is one of peculiar delicacy and frequent infirmity. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

M. P. Shiel The lock of the door was of peculiar construction, and the Doctor had the key always about him. The Case of Euphemia Raphash by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Arnold Bennett Cecil, with mouth open and outstretched pink hands, of which the fingers were spread like the rays of half a starfish, from wide eyes gazed at Edwin with a peculiar expression of bland irony. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Meynell! — the name which had for him so peculiar an interest. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Anthony Trollope Had he called himself Jones it would have been better for him, but there was something in the name of Emilius which added a peculiar sting to his iniquities. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Perfectly still, you understand,” and he made a long, low whistle in a peculiar manner. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

And this kind of prophetic feeling that keeps coming over me nowadays, the feeling that war’s just round the corner and that war’s the end of all things, isn’t peculiar to me. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope It was, however, a terrible trouble to his mind, the fact that his own son should be thus possessed of his own peculiar secret, and should continue from month to month hiding it within his own bosom. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

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

It was of such a peculiar sky-blue colour, with silver mountings and, whenever fine, winter and summer, Larose always drove it with the hood down. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

H. G. Wells He pictured her as he had sometimes seen her reading books, very intent, turning the pages slowly, judging, pausing to think with a peculiar characteristic stillness. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Henry James It was true that when Maisie explained their absence and their important motive Mrs. Wix wore an expression so peculiar that it could only have had its origin in surprise. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Jules Verne He took the child in his arms, lifted him up on his horse, and gazed at him with peculiar sympathy. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells Every time I coughed and particularly if I had a bout of coughing, there was the dread of tasting the peculiar tang of blood. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

A. E. W. Mason She was Durrance’s neighbour at Southpool, and by a year or two his elder—a tall woman, remarkable for the many shades of her thick brown hair and the peculiar pallor on her face. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Sinclair Lewis After all, Bradd had never seen in her any peculiar divinity, but only an amusing freshness. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

She used to look at me for a long time sometimes, with the peculiar smile I have mentioned, and a great finger upon her lip, like the Eleusinian priestess on the vase. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Oliver Goldsmith These are therefore the consolations which the wretched have peculiar to themselves, and in which they are above the rest of mankind; in other respects they are below them. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

George Elio Seen closer, his lips were discerned to be of a peculiar cut, and I fancy this had something to do with the peculiarity of his dialect, which, as we shall see, was individual rather than provincial. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

The house had that hushed, corpselike air peculiar to houses whose master is away, so that you instinctively went about on tiptoe and kept the blinds over the windows. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Arnold Bennett Then Albert’s said naught to ye?” “No, he hasn’t!” Edwin exclaimed, emphasising each word with a peculiar fierceness. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Borrow He had certainly a right to ask the question, but there was something peculiar in his tone — insinuating suspicion. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

William Makepeace Thackeray The hotels give wonderful good dinners, and especially at the “Grand Laboureur” may be mentioned a peculiar tart, which is the best of all tarts that ever a man ate since he was ten years old. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

You have not betrayed Julia.’ The peculiar reverence for O’Brien, which nothing seemed able to destroy, flooded Winston’s heart again. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Robert Louis Stevenson I am a man of birth, parts, and breeding; excellent company, or at least so I find myself; but by a peculiar iniquity of fate, destitute alike of trade or money. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

He looked at the banker in a peculiar manner, which caused him to feel uncomfortable, and made him lower his eyes. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Anthony Trollope Miss Thoroughbung had probably done well to kiss him, though the enterprise had not been without its peculiar dangers. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

D. H. Lawrence Deliberately, and with a peculiar quivering smile that seemed to overspread her whole body, she put her mouth on his. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

D.H. Lawrence He felt a peculiar tingling sense of joy, a keenness of perception, a fine, delicate tingling as of music. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Theodore Dreiser The final ceremonies presented a peculiar commentary on the anomalies of existence. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Arnold Bennett All had a peculiar feeling that the day was neither Sunday nor week-day, but some eighth day of the week. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

I have said that the chair taken by Alicia was a peculiar one. Serapion by Francis Stevens

George Eliot He began to think that the idea of the prisoner’s madness was not improbable, there was something so peculiar in the expression of his face. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

The newspapers was always saying how extraordinary it was that The Avenger chose such a peculiar time to do his deeds—I mean, the time when no one’s about the streets. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Miles Franklin When I reappeared Ma asked me to explain my peculiar behaviour. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Algernon Blackwood He has, for instance at least, so it seems to me peculiar powers. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Anthony Trollope And Phineas Finn resumed the peculiar ministerial tone of voice just as though he had never allowed himself to use the free and indignant strains of the opposition. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Furthermore, not being encouraged, he had his peculiar reason for delay, though now he could offer her wealth. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

H. G. Wells He had a peculiar feeling that somehow that upward bias would betray him; that from exaltation he might presently float off, into the higher, the better, and so to complete unreality. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

George Eliot The god prescribed a peculiar form of sacrifice, which would be effective if they could carry it through without laughing. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Anne Bronte Master Charles was his mother’s peculiar darling. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

His foreignness had a peculiar and indelible stamp. Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad [1901]

He did not want to be killed with circumstances of peculiar atrocity for refusing to march. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Nellie Bly We welcomed the storm on that account if on no other, because they had a peculiar habit of dropping off their slippers when they sat down. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

We hurried to the hall in time to hear the steps let down with the sharp clanging noise peculiar to the operation, and the hum of voices exerted in the bustle of arrival. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Theodore Dreiser Here he was endowed with a peculiar brain and a certain amount of talent, and he had inherited a certain amount of wealth which he now scarcely believed he deserved, only luck had favoured him. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Arnold Bennett Mrs Orgreave said that he looked the right sort of youth, but that he had a peculiar manner. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

John Galsworthy For in George was all that contempt of the of the married middle-class — peculiar to the wild and sportsmanlike spirits in its ranks. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

D. H. Lawrence There was between him and his mother a peculiar condition of people frankly finding fault with each other. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

CLASS Ill When the adult male resembles the adult female, the young of both sexes have a peculiar first plumage of their own. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Wilkie Collins The buttons Naomi herself declared to have a peculiar pattern on them, which had formerly attracted her attention to John Jago’s coat. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Theodore Dreiser She saw where she had put herself in a peculiar light, namely, that of agreeing to marry when she was already supposedly married. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser Mrs. Webster Israels’s mouth was of such a peculiar shape that Aileen was always reminded of a fish; but she was not utterly homely, and to-day she looked brisk and attractive. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Sir Walter Scott She was mounted on a milk-white horse, which she reined with peculiar grace and dignity; and in the whole of her stately and noble carriage you saw the daughter of an hundred kings. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

There must have been nearly four hundred of them; they were all dressed in black and all wore the same peculiar head-covering I have described elsewhere. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Arthur Machen Some eleven years ago, Helen V. came to the village under rather peculiar circumstances. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Frances Hodgson Burnett She enjoyed the skipping very much and when she reached the little gate she opened it and went through because she heard a low, peculiar whistling sound and wanted to find out what it was. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle When it was in position he opened the door once more and invited me into the room, which was heavy with the pungent, musty smell peculiar to the great carnivora. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Charles Kingsley There must have been miles and miles of oyster-bed at the bottom of that Eocene sea; among the oyster-beds, beds of a peculiar pebble, which we shall see in our gravel-pit. Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit by Charles Kingsley

Tell her I have a peculiar dislike to sleeping in a public house, and that you know of no one better fitted to accommodate me, for the short time I desire to be in town, than herself. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Arnold Bennett At noon, Maggie, with a peculiar look, told him that Auntie Hamps had called and that he was to go and have dinner with her at one o’clock, and that his father consented. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Anthony Trollope A period for the story has been chosen which is strange and unknown to us, and which has required a peculiar language. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Theodore Dreiser I— pardon me — but the peculiar nature of them makes me conclude that — possibly — he hasn’t. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

John Galsworthy Not that this smile, so intimate and eternal, interfered with his actions, which, like his chin and his temperament, were quite a peculiar blend of softness and determination. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Bram Stoker All at once the wolves began to howl as though the moonlight had had some peculiar effect on them. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Benjamin Disraeli But this is not peculiar to what is called fashionable life, it is peculiar to civilisation, which gives the passions less to work upon. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Anthony Trollope Though the aunt and niece were open and declared enemies, the present circumstances were so peculiar and full of interest that conversation for a time almost amicable took place between them. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He felt himself to be bound in a peculiar manner to Folking — by double ties. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott The worthy Duke heard the proposition with glee, which glittered in his single eye; and no wonder, as it was a rare occurrence, and of peculiar advantage to his private revenue. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Guy de Maupassant She had captured me, body and soul, by her gestures, her manners, even by her clothes, which seemed to take on a peculiar charm as soon as she wore them. Farewell! (Growing Old) (Adieu!) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

H. G. Wells When I read over my biography by Geoffrey West, I realize the peculiar advantages of an autobiographer. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

It is not an extravagant theory that the cabby’s singleness of purpose and concentrated view of life are the results of the hansom’s peculiar construction. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

H. G. Wells Mr. Catskill would already have organized watchers and sentinels, and the peculiar position of the crag exposed every avenue of escape. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Kate Chopin Let it be but that peculiar trick of feature which I have come to hate, seen each morning across the breakfast table. At Fault by Kate Chopin

E. Phillips Oppenheim There are pages in our lives which we never willingly open; which have for us a peculiar sacredness, and a sweetness which never altogether fades away. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Charles Dudley Warner They go far, far beyond my most sanguine expectations, and indeed are expressed with such peculiar warmth and kindness as to affect me in the tenderest manner. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Eight o’clock was sounding when she heard a peculiar whistle. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Sir Walter Scott Louis XI of France practised the same sophistry, for he also had a peculiar species of oath, the only one which he was ever known to respect, and which, therefore, he was very unwilling to pledge. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

She had entered a stable, and had found a heap of ashes and powder, which had a sickly and peculiar smell. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Henry James I have a peculiar way of receiving him. The American by Henry James [1877]

Walter Crane Painting was still in close association with architecture, and was the chief adornment of churches and palaces; thus it preserved a peculiar distinction and dignity of style. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Anthony Trollope The butler expressed his intention of locking himself up in his own peculiar pantry, and the housekeeper took it upon herself to tell her young mistress that ‘Master wouldn’t like it’. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Sigmund Freud One of my female patients dreams that a man with a fair beard and a peculiar glittering eye is pointing to a sign-board attached to a tree which reads: uclamparia — wet. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

H. G. Wells You Americans have a peculiar weakness for anniversaries — if you will forgive me saying so. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

George Gissing In a moment he became aware that Hugh was looking at him with peculiar intentness. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

H. G. Wells Then, with a peculiar gesture, Bailey could see that he began pulling in the tow-rope hand over hand. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

But by that time you will be on the high road to a still more peculiar wisdom, which will never be of service to you. In Great Waters by Guy Boothby

William Hope Hodgson My voice going with a peculiar and really uncomfortable blankness through that impenetrable blackness of opacity. Eloi Eloi Lama Sabachthani by William Hope Hodgson

Benjamin Disraeli Why did you think it impossible? impossible is such a peculiar word. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Edgar Allan Poe At the same time my forehead seemed bathed in a clammy vapor, and the peculiar smell of decayed fungus arose to my nostrils. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

You know ‘adopted’ with a peculiar accent on the word — and it was plausible enough. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

H. G. Wells But I doubt, even if he had got both these weeklies, whether his peculiar style would have suited them. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

She got her head under the bed-clothes; and although a good many years have passed since then, she cannot recall the spectacle without feelings of peculiar horror. An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1862]

Gotobed had a peculiar walk, a gangling, shoulder-rotating progression which was quite his own. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

G. K. Chesterton Despite the care with which he considered the peculiar rationale and the peculiar glory of each separate shop, there seemed to be something unresponsive about the shopmen. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Anthony Trollope But she felt also the peculiar danger of her own position. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell His mind had undergone the peculiar change which frequently precedes death, two days previously; the calm of better feelings filled it; a return of natural affection marked his last moments. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

In truth, She merits to have Friends; and I wish I could prevail upon you to consider her youth, and her peculiar situation. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

And David Copperfield has the peculiar interest which attaches to those works where we seem to read the story of the author’s own life. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Henry James I like to associate with people on the same terms as I do in my own country; that’s a peculiar taste that I have. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Guy de Maupassant It all smelled of the stable, of milk, of hay and of perspiration, giving off that half-human, half-animal odor which is peculiar to country folks. The Piece of String (La Ficelle) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Jules Verne The ground was getting gradually lower, and presented a peculiar appearance from the snow, which lay here and there in ridges unmelted. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

She was very pale, and looked, the child said, both “sorry and frightened,” and with something very peculiar and terrible about her eyes, which made the child conclude that she was dead. An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1862]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Perhaps his presence gave the evening its peculiar quality of oppressiveness — it stands out in my memory from Gatsby’s other parties that summer. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope Cicero’s condition at this period was most peculiar and most perilous. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

E. T. A. Hoffmann As I lay in my little chamber I could hear him go into father’s room, and soon afterwards I fancied there was a fine and peculiar smelling steam spreading itself through the house. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Wilkie Collins As he shook hands with Rachel, I caught his hard and cunning eyes resting on her for a moment with a peculiar interest and attention. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her cheeks were pale, her lips full and red, her eyes long and of a peculiar shade of dark blue. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Flora de Barral paused, looking at me, with a peculiar expression and then went on. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]