Phrases with "quest"

M. P. Shiel And soon the end of Caspar’s quest was evident—the Wolf himself, distinguished by his raucous shouts of cheer, huge battle-axe, suit of fluted armour. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

I will set down in order of time the various incidents in this private quest of mine. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

An hidalgo of Cuba, named Hernandez de Cordova, sailed with three vessels on an expedition to one of the neighbouring Bahama Islands, in quest of Indian slaves. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Thomas Paine The peace being thus broken, the people rushed into the palace in quest of the offender. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Edward is gone far away into Wales in quest of you. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Tobias Smolle Then the surgeon undertook for his recovery; and his master went forth with the ostler in quest of the horses, which he had left by the side of the river. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Radclyffe Hall Food there was none, and putting on her coat Mary finally went forth in quest of milk and other things likely to come in useful. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Ann Radcliffe The ruffians agreed to give up the lady in question to him who had fought for her; and leaving him to his prize, they all went out in quest of farther prey. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Anthony Trollope It was with difficulty that he found himself alone with her — and then only by sending her maid in quest of her. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

A few deserted cottages stood along the banks, and the fatigued and famished soldiers ransacked them in quest of food. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Anthony Trollope But, in truth, she and her friend the tailor were not in quest of success. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang The next morning the young prince set forth in quest of the fish, taking with him a hundred men, each man carrying a net. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Before leaving the station he secured the luggage he had sent on ahead, and then once more departed in quest of an hotel. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Jack London As I prayed I strove to quest back in my life and cast a hurried tally-sheet of my own worth and unworth. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

There he goes up and down in quest of ants, of which there is never the least scarcity; so that he soon obtains a sufficient supply of food with very little trouble. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Sir Walter Scott So, au revoir, my dear Waverley.’ The first occupation of Waverley, after he departed from the Chieftain, was to go in quest of the officer whose life he had saved. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

When I had eaten I sallied forth in quest of Mrs. Barnes. Her nervous system had not improved since the morning; even the sight of me seemed to fill her with terror. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Edgar Rice Burroughs And so, armed with my credentials and my small arsenal, I set out alone upon my quest for the dearest girl in this world or yours. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Henry James As she was nowhere about she would surely be with Mrs. Grose, whom, in the comfort of that theory, I accordingly proceeded in quest of. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Anthony Trollope And thus the people were thinning off by degrees as Charlotte and Eleanor walked about in quest of Bertie. Their search might have been long had they not happened to hear his voice. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy And here, standing a little to one side of the trunk, as motionless as the trunk itself; appeared the man they were in quest of; his outline being well defined against the sky beyond. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Caroline Lamb It appeared she had gone out alone, possibly in quest of her brother. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Arthur Conan Doyle I tried to read, but my thoughts would wander off to our strange quest and to the ill-assorted and villainous pair whom we were pursuing. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Her mother was going in quest of her when old nurse came with an anxious face to say — ‘Ma’am, I am afraid Miss Edmonstone must be very ill, or something. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Arthur Conan Doyle Surely it is here to the north that our quest must lie. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Anthony Trollope A gardener, of whom he inquired, offered to go with him in pursuit of Miss Thorne. This assistance, however, he declined, and set forth in quest of her, having learnt what were her most usual haunts. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson I would scarce send to the Vicomte a reader who was in quest of what we may call puritan morality. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope He hesitated a moment, as though he were going to retreat again, and then began to pull about the books and toys which lay on one of the distant tables, as though he were in quest of some article. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

The dining car began to fill rapidly, but the seat opposite to me was still vacant, when I noticed a tall man striding up in quest of a place. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Sigmund Freud Among the Greeks there were dream oracles, which were vouchsafed to patients in quest of recovery. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Jack London I knew nothing, saw nothing, merely tottered on in my quest for safety. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Rafael Sabatini Bidding Lionel wrap himself in his cloak, Sir Oliver unbarred the door, and went upstairs in quest of a fresh shirt and doublet for his brother. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

For he did not want the quest to be given up, since it would mean her going away with her two attendant grey-heads to the other side of the world. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Walter Scott Why, as I passed through the park in quest of you, scarce half an hour since, I saw a light in the Lodge — Step this way, you will see it yourself. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Anatole France Let’s go, if you please, in quest of solitude and quietness required by what I wish to tell you. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Ann Radcliffe She wished to examine it, but it lay in one of these chambers, and she feared to go in quest of it. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Arthur Machen On this occasion Dyson confined himself to his room for four days, and it was with genuine relief that he laid down his pen and went out into the streets in quest of relaxation and fresh air. The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

F. Scott Fitzgerald They had never expected to find it, perhaps, yet in itself that quest had been happier than anything he expected forevermore. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

While in quest of these, the blue heron, the large and small brown heron, the boatbill and muscovy duck now and then rise up before you. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

A day or two before the Macoushi Indian prepares his poison he goes into the forest in quest of the ingredients. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Scouts had been sent in quest of them, but in the wrong direction. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

See if I don’t ferret him out!” I departed to renew my search; its result was disappointment, and Joseph’s quest ended in the same. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

No; to accept the suggestion we must declare the whole quest a mare’s nest from beginning to end; the attempt on Davies a delusion of his own fancy, the whole structure we had built on it, baseless. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

William Makepeace Thackeray These they dropped into the nest for the young ones; and soon after went away in quest of other adventures. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

George Gissing If she chanced to enter the sitting-room whilst Maud was there, she would, if possible, retreat unobserved; or else she would feign to have come in quest of something, and at once go away with it. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Then they busked them and got ready both their boats; in each they put twenty men, Kveldulf steering one and Skallagrim the other, and they rowed in quest of the ship. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

His eyes were occasionally veiled, as are those of most travellers in quest of “first impressions. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Ann Radcliffe The Earl went himself in quest of him, but without success. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

H. G. Wells Yet, not so completely but that I snarled aloud when his lordship’s motor-car whizzed by me, as I went about upon my long meandering quest for a weapon. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Henry James You won’t deny that, eh? Going about the world, I say? I must not deny that, for that I am afraid I shall always do — in quest of agreeable sitters. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Edgar Rice Burroughs My Dear Friend: Tomorrow I shall set out in quest of Pellucidar and Dian. That is if the Arabs don’t get me. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Anthony Trollope Mrs Mackenzie had stood up as though she were about to go in quest of her cousin, but had sat down again when the word presently was spoken. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Edith Wharton The immediate effect of the feeling had been to send her forth in quest of her step-son. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

So the bailiff was compelled to obey him, unwillingly enough, and dispatched one of the men to Malsham in quest of Mr. Pivott the attorney. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

H.P. Lovecraft I myself had read and heard all the early tales during my memory lapse — my quest had amply proved that. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Algernon Blackwood He himself, the eternal self that persisted through all the series of lives, was in quest of other things, “real knowledge,” as he called it. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

It was an impulse that drove me forward; but an impulse founded on reason, with just a tinge, perhaps, of superstition; for the quest had begun in a fog and might fitly end in one. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Walter Scott In half an hour we shall be in danger of being taken by the English parties, which will be instantly dispersed in every direction in quest of us. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

Robert Green Ingersoll Let me tell you the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. Eurydice had been carried away by the god of hell, and Orpheus, her lover, went in quest of her. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Government allows them annual presents in order to have their services when the colony deems it necessary to scour the forests in quest of runaway negroes. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Edith Wharton It was in quest of such aid that she had seized on Westall, coaxing him, somewhat to his wife’s surprise, into a flattered participation in her fraud. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

H.P. Lovecraft It seemed that a maternal uncle of mine had been there many years before on a quest much like my own; and that my grandmother’s family was a topic of some local curiosity. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

We went in quest of it, and about one o’clock the next day the negro showed us the creek where it was. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Nathaniel Hawthorne We must now glance backward, in quest of the beautiful daughter of Fauntleroy’s prosperity. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Henry James I had professed a contempt for them at the time, but it now came into my head that perhaps this unfortunately situated, this insidiously mutinous young creature was in quest of an effective preserver. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

Walter Scott In a short time the warder’s patience was exhausted, and despairing of the Sylvan’s voluntary return, he resolved to descend in quest of him. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Walter Scott On her arrival at the lodge, she found Archibald in some anxiety at her stay, and about to walk out in quest of her. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Arthur Conan Doyle For two hours, with most intense concentration, Holmes examined every object in turn, but his face showed that his quest was not a successful one. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Within a few minutes the little body of sailors and the two French officers, together with Professor Porter and Clayton, set off upon their hopeless and ill-fated quest into the untracked jungle. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

They found the ground turned up in quest of roots and weeds, the trees stripped of their green stems, their foliage, and their bark. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

George Meredith Harry was perceived to rush to the other end of the room, in quest of a fly apparently. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Henry James She displayed a very light foot in going in quest of them, and had soon covered the front seat of the carriage with a tangle of strange vegetation. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Andrew Lang Wherefore I, being concerned to know the verity, did set forth to make search in every manner, and came in my quest even unto the ends of the earth. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle With the small competence he possessed, eked out by such employment as he could pick up, he travelled from town to town through the United States in quest of his enemies. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

John Lewis Burckhard The soldiers were busily occupied in destroying all the remaining ceilings of the palace, in quest of fire-wood. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Tobias Smolle My doubts now vanished, the long-expected port appeared, and I looked upon myself as perfectly secure of that happiness I had been in quest of so long. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

George Elio Ozzy, roaming about the room in quest of a forbidden pleasure, came to the harpsichord, and struck the handle of his whip on a deep bass note. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Robert Green Ingersoll Happening, one day, to see a crane wading in quest of food, the good man pointed out to his son the perfect adaptation of the crane to get his living in that manner. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Thomas Love Peacock As they passed over the drawbridge, they met Sir Ralph Montfaucon and his squire, who were wandering in quest of Marian, and were entering to claim that hospitality which the pilgrims had declined. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

For with the dawning of the day I must forth again in quest of Zeldornius.’ “So I ate and drank and was merry that night with Helteranius in his pavilion of silk and gold. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Watkin Tench Having remained here an hour we went in quest of Baneelon, agreeably to the directions which his companions pointed out. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

George Borrow So I went in quest of yourself, lieber herr, but they told me that you were departed for Coruna; I then set out for Coruna after you. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Anne Bronte While these thoughts flashed through my mind, my companion abruptly rose, and calling her son, said they would now go in quest of the company, and departed up the avenue. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Jules Verne The captain grasped his hand silently, and the three hunters went off in quest of their game. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Far from human quest he sleeps his last sleep, and perhaps on a fragment of bone washed into a crevice of rock there may hang the jewels that once gleamed in Sheba’s hair. Prester John by John Buchan

The man to whom the infinite beckons is not to be driven from his mystic quest by the ambush of a temporal fear; there is no fear — it has ceased to exist. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

This Chanlouineau will, at all events, save you from the painful necessity of laboring with your own hands, and of going from door to door in quest of work which is refused you. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Andrew Lang Around him graze a thousand beasts, all of different kinds, for he is the guardian of that wood, and it is he who will tell thee which way to go in order to find the adventure thou art in quest of. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jack London Bassett flexed his arm-muscles in quest of what possible strength might reside in such weakness, and dragged himself slowly and totteringly to his feet. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Anthony Trollope The diners had gone away, and the hour had not come at which men in quest of later refreshment were wont to make their appearance. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Here comes Mr. Heathcote,” she exclaimed, as they turned into the Boulevard. “I was coming to the Hôtel Drouot in quest of you,” said Heathcote, as they shook hands. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

When he reached the main street he peered curiously before him under the village tree, in quest of carriage lights. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Oliver Goldsmith Moses was therefore dispatched to borrow a couple of chairs; and as we were in want of ladies to make up a set at country dances, the two gentlemen went with him in quest of a couple of partners. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Anthony Trollope He had no living father or mother, and he now supposed that his relative was going to Jerusalem in quest of him. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

When he wrote the Search for the Absolute, he was in quest of the ideal; but the ideal is that which one had inside one’s self, just as love is. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Henry Fielding This person, however, the attorney undertook to procure, and immediately set out in quest of him. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Charles Dickens Where dogs would howl to lie, women, and men, and boys slink off to sleep, forcing the dislodged rats to move away in quest of better lodgings. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Arnold Bennett It was nothing to her that she was in quest of a Bradshaw because she had just received an ominous telegram urgently summoning her to Brighton. She was obliviously happy. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson Mr. James refers, with singular generosity of praise, to a little book about a quest for hidden treasure; but he lets fall, by the way, some rather startling words. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Miles Franklin I left uncle and went in quest of grannie, who, by this, was beyond the other side of the course, fully a quarter of a mile away. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Jack London Bibles and Prayer-books seemed scarce articles, but one of the men volunteered to pursue the quest amongst the watch below, returning in a minute with the information that there was none. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Caroline Lamb It was past three, and no news of the Duke. She then summoned Mac Allain, and proposing to him that he should arm himself and some others, she sent them forth in quest of their master. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Walter Scott With these requisites he undertook a quest which, at that time, was not unattended with actual danger, and had much in it to appal a more timid disposition. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Anthony Trollope All this occurred while Sir Thomas was away in quest of his daughter. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft All were securely locked, so he began a circuit of the Cyclopean building in quest of some minor and more penetrable opening. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Anthony Trollope That our girls are in quest of husbands, and know well in what way their lines in life should be laid, is a fact which none can dispute. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

A little later, his father and uncle command him to bring to them the fat of two species of sting-ray and the blowfish, a quest which may occupy him for days or weeks. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Edith Wharton Yes: he had seen her slip by — he recalled it now — as he dashed up to the drawing-room in quest of Lady Ulrica. The thought made him steal a longer look. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Jane Austen Now she hoped for some beneficial change; and, after a period of nothing-saying amongst the party, some of them did decide on going in quest of tea. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Jane Austen Elizabeth walked in quest of the only face whose features would be known to her. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

If Dick kept rabbits or silkworms, there was no greater happiness for Miss Vane than to accompany him to Covent Garden Market in quest of cabbage or mulberry leaves. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Edith Wharton She would be sure to run across acquaintances, and they would infer that she was in quest of a new opportunity, a fresh start, and would suspect her of trying to use them for the purpose. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Some domestic emergency or other has blown this miserable man from his warm fireside in quest of a doctor. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

James Joyce Aghatharept they fleurelly to Nebnos will and Rosocale. Twice is he gone to quest of her, thrice is she now to him. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He heard the key turned in the lock, and remained without, as wise with respect to his particular quest as he had arrived. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

As there was nothing particular in this animal I thought it better to attend to the apparatus for catching the cayman than to go in quest of the couguar. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Washington Irving Ruyz de Alarcon beheld all this with a single glance, for it became him not to tarry; he merely murmured his acknowledgments, and then bounded lightly up the spiral staircase in quest of his falcon. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Anthony Trollope What an ass had he made himself, coming thither in quest of adventures! He began to see now the meaning of such idleness of purpose as that to which he had looked for pleasure and excitement. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Anthony Trollope As they were cantering on, Owen saw her of whom he was in quest walking in the road which they had left. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Saint–Aignan therefore went in quest of him, and after having turned, and twisted, and searched in every direction, he perceived something like a human form leaning against a tree. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

The fact remains, however, that I was not, and thus I was permitted to continue my quest unhindered. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Algernon Blackwood His quest was knowledge, not fame or money. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Grammont, Pepys, and Evelyn, show the kennels to which the king and court went in quest of pleasure. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Edith Wharton Lady Jane had motored off early to Strawbridge in quest of a mason and a locksmith. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Radclyffe Hall And the young man had noticed her charming smile and had thought how kind was this ageing woman, and how damned hard it was to go tramping the streets in quest of erratic, unsociable authors. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

E. F. Benson Here again our quest was fruitless; through pantry and scullery and boot-room and servants’ hall we searched, but all was empty and quiet. The Gardener by E. F. Benson

Edith Wharton Professor Durand was no more in quest of refugees than he had been formerly. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

It is accepted as a fact that man is the roaming animal in the domain of the affections, that it is he who easily, lightly leaves the mate he loves in a quest for amorous adventure. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Three or four hundred of them herd together and traverse the wilds in all directions in quest of roots and fallen seeds. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Anthony Trollope Upon this, Lady Scatcherd had herself set off in quest of the desired animal, much to Mary’s horror; and did not return till the necessary purchase had been effected. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Yet when Maulevrier came in quest of her, and entreated her to join them in a ramble, she was not too prudish to refuse the pleasure she so thoroughly enjoyed. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope Cæsar had been the king’s compelled guest in his journey in quest of Pharnaces, and had passed quickly on. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

George Borrow I was recognised in a moment, and twenty pair of legs instantly hurried away in quest of the prophetess, who presently made her appearance in the house to which we had retired to breakfast. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Tobias Smolle Coming up at one time with fifty of the marechaussee who were in quest of him, he told them very calmly, he had occasion for their horses and acoutrements, and desired them to dismount. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Julian Hawthorne Those rank ferns bend and peer in quest of some lurking horror? What is it? I feel its influence upon me. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Jack London And, as before, I pursued the quest for centuries. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

William Makepeace Thackeray Happy he whose fortune has placed him where there is calm and plenty, and who has the wisdom not to give up his quiet in quest of visionary gain. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

And, as we have before observed, both then and now, it is the very familiarity with Shakspeare, which often banishes him from audiences honestly in quest of relaxation and amusement. Shakspeare by Thomas De Quincey

Arthur Morrison Dicky, with a cast-off jacket from the vicar’s store, took to hanging about Liverpool Street Station in quest of bags to carry. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Edith Wharton The future stretched before her dull and bare as the deserted length of Fifth Avenue, and opportunities showed as meagrely as the few cabs trailing in quest of fares that did not come. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Without further delay, he despatched his brother Juan, at the head of sixty horse, in quest of the Peruvian prince, with orders to bring him back once more a prisoner to his capital. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Washington Irving The discreet Kadiga sallied forth in quest of intelligence, and soon returned with a face full of trouble. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Sir Walter Scott The evening had begun to close when the parties entered the wood, and dispersed different ways in quest of the boy and his companion. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Sir Walter Scott I dare swear the lad has a bonny broom-shank in his hand by this time, and is scrubbing the kennels in quest after rusty nails, to help him to begin his pack again. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Charles Kingsley Only I warn you, with all apologies for any seeming forwardness, that the quest on which you seem to be is one on which you will not be allowed to proceed. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope Now Dick was to go in quest of a fortune, and all the girls were stitching shirts for him, and were as happy as possible. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne But she remembered, too, and with a quaking heart, what the sculptor had mentioned of Hilda’s retracing her steps towards the courtyard of the Palazzo Caffarelli in quest of Miriam herself. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Rafael Sabatini All Branicki’s people had gone off in quest of surgeons, priests, and friends, and Casanova now found himself alone, wounded, without weapons, on foot in a snow-clad country that was unknown to him. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

James Joyce By gorgeous, that boy will blare some knight when he will take his dane’s pledges and quit our ingletears, spite of undesirable parents, to wend him to Amorica to quest a cashy job. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

My people shall, by my command, explore The ports and creeks of ev’ry winding shore, And towns, and wilds, and shady woods, in quest Of so renown’d and so desir’d a guest. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Anthony Trollope He was not driven to go under the private secretary’s escort in quest of the young people. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Eleanor left Dr. Stanhope as soon as she could do so civilly and went in quest of her father, whom she found on the lawn in company with Mr. Arabin. She was not sorry to find them together. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Samuel Johnson Dryden well knew, had he been in quest of truth, that, in a pointed sentence, more regard is commonly had to the word than the thought, and that it is very seldom to be rigorously understood. Preface to Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson [1765]

To him Ethan Brandt appears, a strange personage, long known for his quest after the unpardonable sin, and the solitude echoes back the gloominess of their conversation. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

This, then, is the proper place to go in quest of the sloth. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

They seemed to be the very culture of the feelings which I was in quest of. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

George Elio She was soon followed by Mrs. Raynor in quest of the gown and bonnet. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

H. P. Lovecraf He enters the night-shrouded house in quest of the Yellow Sign, all bolts and bars rotting at his touch. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Arthur Machen For there is a quest to which there is no term, nor bound, nor limit: pelagus vastissimum. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

So thought Daniel Granger, who had arrived at Spa half an hour ago, made his inquiries at the villa, and wandered into the wood in quest of his only son. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Thomas Carlyle Whosoever is in quest of ruin, let him with assurance follow that man; he or no one is on the right road to it. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

George Borrow After having submitted to much ill-usage and robbery at the custom-house, I proceeded in quest of a lodging, and at last found one, but dirty and expensive. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Sinclair Lewis Ain’t that strange!” She slipped back into her silent waiting, and the quest of his ancestors became to Neil slightly absurd. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

He was ready to set forth upon his quest of fortune in the land of gold and jewels. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Edith Wharton Yet guidance she must have: no Papist in quest of “direction” (wasn’t that what Amalasuntha called it?) could have felt the need more acutely. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Henry James The quest had carried them to the door of the billiard-room, and their appearance, as it opened to admit them, determined for Adam Verver, in the oddest way in the world, a new and sharp perception. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Arthur Machen They all turned and looked at one another, that party of quest and rescue who knew not what they sought, what enemy they were to encounter. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Perhaps, gentle reader, you would wish me to go in quest of another. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Ann Radcliffe Madame, alarmed by the length of their absence, went in quest of them: as she drew near, a curiosity, in such circumstances, perhaps not unjustifiable, prompted her to listen. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Anatole France Jahel ran before us, knocking at the doors, in quest of a bed and a surgeon. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Virginia Woolf A discriminating nose she had for scents, prolonged, as if in quest of them; her underlip protruded a narrow red shelf; her eyes were small, with sandy tufts for eyebrows, and her jowl was heavy. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

What is a Bali Boogie, by the way?” “I am glad you came,” Marion said, ignoring her mother’s quest for education, “because something unexpected has happened. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

H. G. Wells So that after a month or so, save for an occasional reminder to certain dealers, he had reluctantly to abandon the quest for the crystal egg, and from that day to this it remains undiscovered. The Crystal Egg by H. G. Wells [1897]

Guy de Maupassant From five to seven o’clock you can see people wandering about in quest of nasty stories about others which they retail from group to group. The Impolite Sex (Correspondance) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

At the first I was told that the workman of whom I was in quest was working by the week somewhere over by Murano, and would not be back again till Saturday night. The Story of Salome by Amelia B. Edwards

While in quest of the houtou, you will now and then fall in with the jay of Guiana, called by the Indians ibibirou. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Sir Walter Scott An old gentleman told the author he remembered seeing the commandant Stewart Bloody with spurring, fiery red with haste, riding furiously through the country in quest of the fugitives. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Edith Wharton She saw at once that Chelles, in seeking to meet her again, was not in quest of a mere passing adventure. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Edith Wharton Sometimes he spent an evening at the theatre; or he dined out, or, more rarely, strayed off with an acquaintance or two in quest of what is known as “pleasure. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle He had ridden over to Poole, one November day, with his fellow-squire, Peter Terlake, in quest of certain yew-staves from Wat Swathling, the Dorsetshire armorer. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson He cannot criticise the author, as he goes, “because,” says he, comparing it with another work, “I have been a Child, but I have never been on a quest for buried treasure. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Machen He would sally forth from his den in quest of fresh air on top of an omnibus and stroll peacefully back again rather than struggle for victory with the furious crowd. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

He went in quest of all the news, to amuse her. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Ann Radcliffe She therefore requested an audience of the Abate; and having represented the danger of her present situation, she intreated his permission to depart in quest of a safer retreat. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Robert Louis Stevenson While the water was ebbing, and the men were roaming in quest of their favourite morsel, the writer was examining the effects of the storm upon the forge and loose apparatus left upon the rock. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Guy de Maupassant The sportsman, becoming excited, rushed forward with rapid strides, thrusting aside the briers which stood in his path, and he disappeared in his turn into the thicket, in quest of his game. Hautot Senior and Hautot Junior (Hautot père et fils) by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

Walter Scott It brings the leech and a female — certainly, from the appearance, the very person I was in quest of. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Anthony Trollope Young ladies no longer moved about, doing works of charity; but harpies and unclean birds were greedy in quest of their prey. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was this very morning that Norbury, my squire, lamed his horse in riding round in quest of one, for we have a bag of truffles, and nought to eat with them. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Hence, whenever a crime came to his knowledge he started out in quest of the particulars and worked up the case by himself. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Virginia Woolf It was not to seek ‘life’ that Orlando went among them; not in quest of ‘reality’ that he left them. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

He started in quest of him, and had already begun to collect proofs of Jean’s existence, when his investigations were abruptly terminated. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Kate Chopin Quite early in the afternoon she started upon her quest for the pianist. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Sir Walter Scott You could not think of me, hardly knew of my existence, when I left England in quest of you. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Edith Wharton I was turning over my early memories in quest of a clue to what he spoke of as the Raycie collection, in a tone which implied that he was alluding to objects familiar to all art-lovers. False Dawn by Edith Wharton

F. Scott Fitzgerald At length his quest roved into the country, and he held brief disappointing conversations with emphatic butlers and maids. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Edith Wharton When he went out in quest of it she followed him protestingly to the door of the box, and he saw that she was distressed at the thought of his having to spend an additional franc for her. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Let us now, gentle reader, retire from the busy scenes of man and journey on towards the wilds in quest of the feathered tribe. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

George Borrow I was not hurt, and instantly made use of this opportunity to slip the bit into his mouth, which previously had been dangling beneath his neck; I then remounted in quest of the road. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Anthony Trollope Dresden has much to recommend it, and had Lord Brentford with his daughter come abroad in quest of comfortable easy social life, his choice would have been well made. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope