Phrases with "plague"

Andrew Lang Wooden huts, as in a plague district, were on shore. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

William Makepeace Thackeray It shall all be highly-distilled poesy, and perfumed sentiment, and gushing eloquence; and the foot SHAN’T peep out, and a plague take it. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Two are corruptions of Mistress, the other of Master. In the general abolition of social titles in this our country they miraculously escaped to plague us. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

The plague had seized him, and he died. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

The plague is in London; the air of England is tainted, and her sons and daughters strew the unwholesome earth. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Nathaniel Hawthorne We cannot estimate the affright which this plague inspired of yore by contemplating it as the fangless monster of the present day. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Yes; he believes that nobody ever endured his agony before; so that — sharp enough in itself — it has all the additional zest of a torture just invented to plague him individually. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

George Gissing Why will you plague me about it?” “I mean,” said Eve, with eyes down, “that you are the worse off for having met me, but I mean something else as well. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

In this way came the plague to Woodilee. Its coming was realized in an instant, for the sinister weather had prepared the people for calamity. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Henry Handel Richardson His two old arch-enemies time and money — or rather the lack of them — had definitely ceased to plague him. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Ford Madox Ford It’s them that are the plague and the salvation of the world. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

T. E. Lawrence On my dry patience they grated a little, because the plague of snakes which had been with us since our first entry into Sirhan today rose to memorable height, and became a terror. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

And I have seen a little yort full of Broad Faces with their slanting eyes and sparse beards, sicken and die, and turn black in the sun as though the plague had breathed on them. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Sinclair Lewis They were as jumpy as men in a plague district. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells I thought we were going to have a plague of unemployed artists and decorators, but it seems there aren’t enough to go round. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Gherardo remained in the convent, where the plague spared him, and left him alone, after having destroyed, within a few days, thirty-four of the brethren who had continued with him. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

They plagued him so, that in despair He took a wife the plague to share. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Elizabeth Gaskell But, to plague me to the last, he turned back before he got in, and said, “If you can help me to trap Lieutenant Hale, Miss Dixon, we’ll go partners in the reward. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Olaf Stapledon In many of them the stresses of industrialism or of social unrest brought about a plague of insanity, or disintegration of the individual into a swarm of mere reflex animals. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Caroline Lamb I am for the King, and old England; and a plague on the Irish marauders, and my Lord Glenarvon at the head of them—who will not take ye, let me tell you, lady fair, for all your advances. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Elizabeth Gaskell Philip took no notice of this poor attempt at sarcasm: he seemed as if lost in thought, then he said — ‘I’m vexed to plague yo’, but I’d best say all I’ve got i’ my mind. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Bram Stoker Edgar Caswall tortured his brain for a long time unavailingly, to think of some means of getting rid of what he, as well as his neighbours, had come to regard as a plague of birds. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Arthur Machen They tell me that in the villages about Dartmoor the stout Devonshire hearts sank as men’s hearts used to sink in the time of plague and pestilence. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Maria Edgeworth I have insinuated these reflections in a general way to L—— who applies them so as to plague himself sufficiently. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Elizabeth Gaskell These Sunday afternoon strolls were the plague of Bell’s life that whole summer. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

The war had not permitted our poet to travel either to Avignon or into Germany. The plague had driven him out of Milan and Padua. “I am not flying from death,” he said, “but seeking repose. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

I therefore determined that the plague should not alter my habits and amusements in any one respect. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

When first the plague had appeared, the return of travellers and merchants, and communications by letter, informed us regularly of the ravages made by disease on the continent. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

R. D. Blackmore And then, Philippa, only think — no post, no plague of news, no prospect of even that odious Jellicorse! Once more we shall have our meals in quiet. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

You dear old witch, how the plague could you take any such frightful nonsense into your head? I do assure you, upon my honour, I never heard of so ridiculous a blunder. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sinclair Lewis And you’re Dr. Arrowsmith? I read your plague phage paper. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Sir Walter Scott Think of what that arch-knave Shakespeare says — a plague on him, his toys come into my head when I should think of other matters. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

John Lewis Burckhard Ten or twelve years ago, at the time when the plague visited these countries and the town of Baalbec, all the Christian families quitted the town, and encamped for six weeks around these springs. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Let me, by stealth, this female plague o’ercome, And from the field return inglorious home. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

In the mean time the plague increased fearfully. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Walter Scott The first of these attributes was Louis’s excessive superstition, a plague with which Heaven often afflicts those who refuse to listen to the dictates of religion. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

The plague at Athens had been preceded and caused by the contagion from the East; and the scene of havoc and death continued to be acted there, on a scale of fearful magnitude. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Methley bravely dissembled his pain, for he fancied that the blow was meant to try whether or not the plague were on him. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

During the great plague of London, in 1665, the people listened with similar avidity to the predictions of quacks and fanatics. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Jonathan Swif They plague me with attending them. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Jane Austen Can I speak plainer? Do not consider me now as an elegant female, intending to plague you, but as a rational creature, speaking the truth from her heart. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

She was frankly a plague both to herself and to him. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Still change of scene, and reviving hopes might restore her; I feared the plague only, and she was untouched by that. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Jane Austen Well, said I, all I can say is, that if this be true, he has used a young lady of my acquaintance abominably ill, and I wish with all my soul his wife may plague his heart out. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

A device having a relation to the eye similar to that of the telephone to the ear, enabling distant objects to plague us with a multitude of needless details. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Daniel Defoe If it be in my Power, says the Quarter-Master, both Masters and Officers of Ships shall be carried with us for the future, only to plague them. A General History of the Pyrates by Daniel Defoe [1724]

Benjamin Disraeli This will be easily understood, when it is told that the passage of troops through a district is a pest more dreaded than the fatal plague itself. Eastern Sketches by Benjamin Disraeli

Who does not remember his flaming red revolutionary pamphlets? Their sudden swarmings used to overwhelm the powers of every Continental police like a plague of crimson gadflies. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Olaf Stapledon In vain the doomed creatures resolved to turn the plague to an advantage by treating it as a heaven-sent test of the spirit. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Sinclair Lewis There were two colored maids and an ex-soldier butler, who received them and unpacked their bags as though the plague did not exist. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Olaf Stapledon The plague was not finally stamped out until a majority of the world population had been reduced to apathy. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Mark Twain They were afraid of Egyptian plague and cholera. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Summer advanced, and, crowned with the sun’s potent rays, plague shot her unerring shafts over the earth. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

William Cowper With his breath he draws A plague into his blood; and cannot use Life’s necessary means, but he must die. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

We will allow you to be just a little naughty; but people have plenty to plague them without that. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Wilkie Collins I tell you, she sent a plague on his sheep, the plague of the Bots. The whole flock died; I remember it well. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

The plague having afterwards broken out in the Milanese territory, and even, as we have said, on the confines of the Bergamascan, it was not long before it extended itself hither, and . I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Jack London Bubonic plague and small-pox were raging, while dysentery and pneumonia were reducing the population, and the railroad was raging worst of all. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

T. E. Lawrence Then rose up the horror which would make civilized man shun justice like a plague if he had not the needy to serve him as hangmen for wages. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

We called to mind the plague of 1348, when it was calculated that a third of mankind had been destroyed. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Ralph Waldo Emerson It is observed that a depression of spirits develops the germs of a plague in individuals and nations. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Philip Sidney Ring out your bells, let mourning shows be spread, For Love is dead: All Love is dead, infected With plague of deep disdain: Worth, as nought worth, rejected, And faith fair scorn doth gain. Poems by Philip Sidney

Ivan Turgenev For instance, if you allow me, I will tell you a curious episode about the plague in Bessarabia.” “For which you won the Vladimir cross?” interposed Bazarov. “We know — we know . Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Besides, imagination is the resource, or rather the plague of gentle and affectionate hearts. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

You had best stick to Spanish, and find me a plot in De Vega or Moratin, and not plague yourself about scraping a guinea or two. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Henry Kingsley Believe an old man when he says that more would be a plague to you. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Sinclair Lewis You have done what few other men living could do, both established the value of bacteriophage in plague by tests on a large scale, and saved most of the unfortunate population. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

If she should plague her son about his penchant, ten to one ’twill make matters worse. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Caroline Lamb Tell me what sorrows have befallen him?” “Sorrows! why enough too, to plague any man. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Gustave Flauber This first barrier enclosed a wood of plane-trees as a precaution against plague and infection in the air. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

How was the plague to be stayed? All the preachers in the land could not divorce the grossness from the music. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Thomas Wolfe And if it comes, that case may still return to plague them yet. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

You are the plague of my life: and — the sun of my existence. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Rudyard Kipling This plague of ours here, for all that it flourished along watercourses — every soul at both Mills died of it, — could not be so handled. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Benjamin Disraeli They might come from Barbary, from an infected port; plague might be aboard, a question of quarantine. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Sir Walter Scott By the knocking Nicholas I he’ll plague you, now he’s come over the herring-pond! When he was so high he had the spirit of thunder and lightning. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

And miserable cabins at that, with a plague of rats and the stars shining through the thatch. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Throw your gold away; it brings the plague with it; strip your jewels off; keep nothing but the beauty that God gave you, and that you defile. Signa by Ouida

Virginia Woolf Near by, a shock of golden hair burst from a pillar — Captain Bartolus was at her side to inform her that that was the Monument; there had been a plague and a fire during her absence, he said. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

The plague was not in London alone, it was every where — it came on us, as Ryland had said, like a thousand packs of wolves, howling through the winter night, gaunt and fierce. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Jane Austen You have politics, of course; and it would be too bad to plague you with the names of people and parties that fill up my time. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

It is likely that under any treatment the old man would have died, for he was in his seventy~fourth year and had long been ailing, and the plague only speeded the decay of age. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Miles Franklin I had no right to plague you, but it all comes of the way I love you. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Rudyard Kipling The plague was hot too by the corn-chandler’s, where they sell forage to the carters, extreme hot in both Mills, along the river, and scatteringly in other places, except, mark you, at the smithy. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Elizabeth Gaskell I hope that certain Fellows’ rooms in Balliol may be hermetically sealed, when their present occupants leave them, lest a worse thing than the plague may infect the place. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Lady Fareham and her girl and boy have not been in London since the plague began to rage. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Jane Austen In a fortnight they were to go — and once gone, she hoped there could be nothing more to plague her on his account. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Jack London For surely this Miriam was not the Miriam who had branded him a plague and demanded that he be stamped out as any plague. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

But no human being in all the Roman Empire could escape from this man, for he was like some second plague sent down from heaven to prey upon the whole human race, which left no man untouched. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

The plague of Athens as painted by Thucydides or Lucretius, nay even the fabulous plague of London by De Foe, contain no scenes or situations equal in effect to some in this plain historic statement. Goethe by Thomas De Quincey

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch But plague seize my old emotions! — we’m come to marry, not to bury. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Jonathan Swif Lord Abercorn is come to London, and will plague me, and I can do him no service. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Sinclair Lewis To persuade the shopkeeping lords of St. Hubert to endure a test in which half of them might die, so that all plague might — perhaps — be ended forever, was impossible. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

The plague only knows who invented balls. The Game Finished by Ellen Wood [1869]

But the plague, my son, the plague! Who would go travelling about in such times as these?’ ‘If there was nothing else but the plague in this world . I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

But I will talk about that fellow, about that plague of mine, another time. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Rudyard Kipling There is no tracing back the Calcutta plague to any one source. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

He used to plague the people in the War Office to death. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Edmund Burke If it be a plague, it is such a plague that the precautions of the most severe quarantine ought to be established against it. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Augustine Birrell The plague twice visited Hull during the time of the elder Marvell, first in 1635 and again in 1638. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Elizabeth Gaskell The fever, it is true, raged; but no plague came nigh her. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Sinclair Lewis The letter from Dr. Stokes was not his only intimation that plague was striding through St. Hubert, that tomorrow it might be leaping to Barbados, to the Virgin Islands . Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Sir Walter Scott See, here it is — but no — a plague on it — I must have left it in my dog-hole, in the hay-loft yonder, where I am to sleep. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

But Mr. Tottenham has been telling me all about what you did for the soldiers the time plague broke out in the lines at Mian-Mir. I think it was splendid, mamma, and so does he. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Uch! Devil! A plague upon all your doings! Why don’t you keep your eyes open, owl”? . My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

The young man is too courteous to plague you with unwelcome civilities. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Sinclair Lewis To have heard him asking Sondelius about his experience in plague epidemics, one would have believed that Martin found the Black Death delightful. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Lordie, it’s hot, and there’s a plague of daddy-longlegs. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Mrs. Yorke was just the woman who, while rendering miserable the drudging life of a simple maid-servant, would nurse like a heroine an hospital full of plague patients. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

F. Scott Fitzgerald We travelled a lot that year — from Woolloomooloo Bay to Biskra. On the edge of the Sahara we ran into a plague of locusts and the chauffeur explained kindly that they were bumble-bees. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry Handel Richardson He was really old now, was two or three and sixty; and, with the oncoming of the rains and cold, gusty winds, various infirmities began to plague him. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Elizabeth Gaskell They plague the life out of one. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Louisa May Alcott I don’t mean to plague you and will bear it like a man, but I do wish it was all settled. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

But I think the plague will spread. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Sinclair Lewis She kept away from the flasks of plague germs, but she picked up, because it was his, a half-smoked cigarette and lighted it. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

I have arranged that we shall go straight from here to Fellside. No one can plague you there with that disguised impertinence called sympathy. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Tobias Smolle She seemed to think that his apprehension might put an end to his life: the knight swore he was no such chicken, but a tough old rogue, that would live long enough to plague all his neighbours. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Adrianople. — The plague not so terrible as representedaccount of the Turkish method of inoculating the small-pox. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Robert Burns O Lord! yestreen thou kens, wi’ Meg — Thy pardon I sincerely beg, O! may’t ne’er be a livin’ plague To my dishonour, An’ I’ll ne’er lift a lawless leg Again upon her. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

F. Scott Fitzgerald But it occurred and recurred to him that she was not out of town, and a series of distraught imaginings began to plague him. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Some wild young rogue, with a plenty of money, I warrant, if I could only think of him — come, don’t keep me all day — who the plague is he, Toole?’ urged the young lady, testily. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The sun blazed, while a plague of flies swarmed round the car, which had to crawl as soon as they entered the puzzling network of by-lanes. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

William Makepeace Thackeray The tall house in the plantation shot the opposite side of the road in a duel, and nearly killed him; on which the opposite side of the road built this castle, in order to plague the tall house. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Those subtle questionings about the very fundamentals of life which plague us all so relentlessly nowadays are supposed to be silenced. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

And she’s there, and you’ll see her here, and she’ll be my wife, and you must be a witness, and, plague or no plague, we’ll be merry, at least for a few hours. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

George MacDonald He had given up all hope of finding it out for himself, and he could not plague his father about it when he was ill. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Augustine Birrell The plague and the fire had contributed to this change. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Elizabeth Gaskell The lads would mind her, and now I see they’ll just go and get into mischief to spite and plague me. Bessy’s Troubles at Home by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

He watches for the symptoms of plague so carefully, that sooner or later they come in truth. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Mark: I’ll try once more; does it plague you still, That trifle of lead you carry? A guest that lingers against your will, Unwelcome, yet bound to tarry. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Rudyard Kipling Why plague me with this talk, Holy One? Let me rub the other foot. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Sinclair Lewis The plague had been dismaying in Blackwater; in Carib it was the end of all things. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

John Lewis Burckhard To revisit Yembo, the abode of death, was not advisable; and as I saw no appearance of plague on board, I submitted to my lot without any unavailing dispute. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Theodore Dreiser Once more the plague of poverty galled her, but now she forgot in a measure her own troubles so far as to forget Hurstwood. He waited until four, five, and even six. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

T. E. Lawrence Shatt was in unusual disorder, without even a sentry to stop us, plague having appeared there two or three days before. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The plague had not touched them, and the fire had not reached them. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

A plague that would have softened down the hoar austerity of Pharaoh’s heart and persuaded him to dismiss Israel with his best wishes, cat-quick. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

George Gissing The afternoon had been foggy, and when he set forth there seemed to be some likelihood of a plague of choking darkness such as would obstruct traffic. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Even the year before the plague broke out, they were greatly alarmed by the comet which then appeared, and anticipated that famine, pestilence, or fire would follow. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Rudyard Kipling Briefly, he enlightened me that the plague was spread by the creatures of the Moon. The Moon, our Lady of ill-aspect, was the offender. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Ye gods, remove this plague from mortal view! The joints of slaughter’d wretches are his food; And for his wine he quaffs the streaming blood. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Still, my duns, though I paid them by driblets, were the plague of my life. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

William Makepeace Thackeray A plague upon the weeds! Every day, when I walk in my own little literary garden-plot, I spy some, and should like to have a spud, and root them out. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Thomas Hobbes Therefore the other works which were done to plague Pharaoh and the Egyptians tended all to make the Israelites believe in Moses, and properly miracles. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Charles Kingsley I used to plague him sadly with my tricks. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

George Eliot My father has lived amidst human sin and misery without believing in them: he has been like one busy picking shining stones in a mine, while there was a world dying of plague above him. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

H. G. Wells Cholera and bubonic plague followed, and then, five years and more later, when the worst seemed to have passed, came the culminating attack by maculated fever. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Arthur Conan Doyle Great purple and yellow fungi had broken out in a dense eruption, as though Nature were afflicted with a foul disease, which manifested itself by this crop of plague spots. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

The gods are just and of our pleasant vices (pleasant, indeed!) make instruments to plague us. Burmese Days by George Orwell

The plague was in London! Fools that we were not long ago to have foreseen this. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

They say an Englishman’s house is his castle, and yet there is a plague of barren virgins always buzzing round it in the name of religion and philanthropy. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

William Godwin The Gods were said to be offended with this violation of the sanctions of religion, and sent a plague upon the city. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

George Gissing Before they could set forth upon their journey, her husband caught the plague and died. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Elizabeth Gaskell But then I shall have to plague you with another question. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Jack London Each mark represented a violent death — of an insect, for the place swarmed with vermin, a plague with which no person could cope single-handed. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Rafael Sabatini My information is that the Château de la Blanchette, in Maine, is infested by a plague of ghosts. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

H.P. Lovecraft That same night saw the beginning of the second Arkham horror — the horror that to me eclipsed the plague itself. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell The poor creatures died almost without the attendance of the unwarned medical men, who received their first notice of the spreading plague from the Roman Catholic priests. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Edgar Allan Poe The fields for thee have no medicinal leaf, And the vexed ore no mineral of power; And they who love thee wait in anxious grief Till the slow plague shall bring the fatal hour. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

William Godwin A plague speedily succeeded to this prodigy. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

John Lewis Burckhard I knew too, that the plague would have nearly subsided by the time of my arrival, as about the end of June it always yields to the influence of the hot season. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Come, Tamar, tell me, once for all — only drop your voice a little, if you please — what the plague has got into your old head. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Joseph Furphy Hyperbolically, however: In the localities I have mentioned, the severity of the periodical plague goads the instinct of animals almost to the standard of reason. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Walter Scott So have at another flask, and the newest lampoon to help it out — ‘Now a plague of their votes Upon Papists and Plots, And be d — d Doctor Oates. Tol de rol. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

In a while, when they were gone, “A plague of all spiders!” cried Corund. “Thy toad hath swallowed one already. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Sinclair Lewis Carol crept to her room, sat with hands curled tight together as she listened to a plague of voices. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells The plague only drove home that imperative need. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Thomas Hardy Od plague you, you young scamp! don’t put anything there! I can’t bear the weight of a fly. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Anatole France But that is no reason for you to plague me a hundred times a day with your useless moans. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Daniel Defoe But heaven has other ways to plague the Scots, As poverty and plots. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

We were impressed by the sentiment, that our race was run, but that plague would not be our destroyer. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

This plague lasted for a twelvemonth, until the very name of cherries became an abomination in the land. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Tobias Smolle This is a plague that continues all the year; but in summer it is intolerable. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

George Eliot And as for the weather, there’s One above makes it, and we must put up wi’t: it’s nothing of a plague to what the wenches are. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Walter Scott He continued to plague the shy, proud, and awkward lad with his observations. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

It looked at first sight as though Spain were suffering from a plague of initials. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Henry Kingsley When Lord Welter, and Hornby, and Sir Robert Ferrers, and some Dragoons came in, she was yawning, as if life was really too much of a plague to be endured. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

James Joyce Famine, plague and slaughters. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

And likewise, in his First Book of Justice citing these verses of Hesiod, Then Jove from heaven punishments did send, And plague and famine brought them to their end, (“Works and Days,” 242. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

And so shall our commission be accomplished which from God we had,—to plague his heart until we had unfolded the capacities of his spirit. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Sinclair Lewis Most of the Board had heard that he possessed a magic cure for the plague which for unknown and probably discreditable reasons, he was withholding, and they were not going to have it withheld. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Sigmund Freud The messengers bring the reply that the plague will stop as soon as the murderer of Laius is driven from the country. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

In this passage he says the cause of the difference between Achilles and Agamemnon was the plague; but the plague was caused by Apollo, and his wrath was due to the insult put upon his priest. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Sir Walter Scott But it is totally out of reason to plague me with your solemn capriccios. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

The plague I am told is in Constantinople, perhaps I have imbibed its effluvia — perhaps disease is the real cause of my prognostications. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Jane Austen How shall we punish him for such a speech?” “Nothing so easy, if you have but the inclination,” said Elizabeth. “We can all plague and punish one another. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Ye enter no Italian town without a bill of health, though now is no plague in Europe. This peevishness is for extortion’s sake. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Even the source of colonies was dried up, for in New Holland, Van Diemen’s Land, and the Cape of Good Hope, plague raged. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

FOR certain minutes at the least That crafty demon and that loud beast That plague me day and night Ran out of my sight; Though I had long perned in the gyre, Between my hatred and desire. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

H. G. Wells The dreadful pictures of the bodies of plague victims floating down the Thames and accumulating in the Pool of London, however, are now said to be exaggerated. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Joseph Furphy A plague consume you wicked catiffs left. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Charles Dickens Great fires were lighted in the streets, in the hope of stopping the infection; but there was a plague of rain too, and it beat the fires out. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Jules Verne A plague the man had been to us in his life; in his death he was now of no service! And now, perhaps, still more than ever, did the horror of our situation stare us in the face. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Richard Hakluy The Indians said, that two yeere before there was a plague in that countrie, and that they remooued to other townes. Virginia Richly Valued by Richard Hakluy

Bram Stoker That giant spot in high air was a plague of evil influence. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Sinclair Lewis A plague epidemic today, in a civilized land, is no longer an affair of people dying in the streets and of drivers shouting “Bring out your dead. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Robert Green Ingersoll When visited by a plague some people get frightened enough to go back to the old idea — go back to the priest, and the priest says: “It has been sent as a punishment. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Jack London He had to forage for himself, and he foraged well, though he was oft-times a plague to the squaws in consequence. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

From winter, plague and pestilence, Good Lord, deliver us! Whether pestilence or winter slew him, we do not know. An Essay on the Life and Writings of Thomas Nash by Edmund Gosse

The second Homer skilfully refutes, when he tells us that the plague first began amongst the beasts. Symposiacs by Plutarch