Phrases with "quiet"

Henry James The Beacon had had no successor, but he found some quiet comers and stray chances. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Thomas Hardy They all lay as quiet as when he had visited them, very little bleating being audible, and no human soul disturbing the scene. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Theodore Dreiser Up to this time, owing to Cowperwood’s quiet manipulation of his affairs, there had been no comment on his past — no particular interest in it. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

You be quiet in the back of the house, will you?’ They smiled and nodded proudly. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

By taking judicious turnings, however, he drifted into a quiet road, with gray suburban bungalows on one side and building lots on the other. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

D. H. Lawrence She remained watching at the window, above the small, quiet street of large houses. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Kate Chopin Once or twice she took a quiet dinner there alone, having instructed Celestine beforehand to prepare no dinner at home. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Anthony Trollope And there had been quarrels and jangling, and the speaking of evil words between men who should have been quiet and dignified. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

A quiet life it must be and, as it were, nestling in the shade, concealed among men whose flesh is grass; modest, like the life of violets. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

In a second the quiet place became a babel. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Warrigal had been as quiet as a lamb all the time, and they hadn’t a thought of his playing up. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

When you have dropped your fare in a quiet street, drive as fast as you can go to Hogarth Square, and wait at, or near, the second lamppost on the left-hand side. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

H. G. Wells No one could have guessed from her quiet eyes that her reason had fled and only an imp was left in possession. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Robert Louis Stevenson HERE in the quiet eve My thankful eyes receive The quiet light. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Perhaps he thought that Kate Daly might be a better nurse than his mother, or that the quiet of the sheep station might be better for him than the clatter of his own mill-wheels. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

My tone, I am quite assured, was almost as quiet and grave as his as I made my reply in these words: “Her sister is her sister. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton It was, perhaps, Archer reflected, because her early vivacity had disappeared; because she was so quiet — quiet in her movements, her voice, and the tones of her low-pitched voice. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Jane Austen Some lavender drops, however, which she was at length persuaded to take, were of use; and from that time till Mrs. Jennings returned, she continued on the bed quiet and motionless. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Theodore Dreiser It would serve to quiet Strobik and his friends. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing Papa looks upon the undertaking with a quiet smile of — I know not what. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry Kingsley He drew her towards him, and tried to quiet her, but she drew away. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Anthony Trollope Your misthress’ll be the better of a quiet sleep afther the night she’s had, and it’ll be betther for her jist popping into Miss Meg’s bed than getting between a pair of cowld sheets. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Awaking suddenly in the night, she saw a light in the room, and heard a quiet rustling going on in the corner, where the old white-painted press showed its front from the wall. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu His yacht lay on the deep quiet shadow, under the pier of Cardyllian. He walked over the moonlighted green, which was now quite deserted. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

He walked quickly to the corner of a quiet street where he had left his car, and threw the chauffeur the address. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

D.H. Lawrence The landlord was quiet and reasonable, even friendly, in the morning. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

George Gissing I think it is hardly as quiet and homelike as it used to be. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

The first intimation I had of her arrival was when, having dined, I was thinking of a quiet pipe, and of an early retirement to bed. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Edith Wharton They gave her things to quiet her, and she didn’t know much till to’rd morning, and then all of a sudden she woke up just like herself, and looked straight at me out of her big eyes, and said . Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

It was as quiet as night in the workshop; the glass balls hung over the tables like white cold stars, their rays lighting up shaggy and bald heads. In the World by Maksim Gorky

George Gissing I must keep quiet for a little. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Jules Verne The Astrolabe and the Zelee, incessantly tossed about by the hurricane, could not be worth the Nautilus, quiet repository of labour that she is, truly motionless in the midst of the waters. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Charles Dickens Although they had been so quiet since the first outbreak of the matter, that most people really did suppose it to have been abandoned as hopeless, nothing new occurred. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Anna Katherine Green Was she quite alone in the seemingly quiet street? She could hear no one, see no one. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

I had just made a move to do so, when the unmistakable sound of a door opening somewhere in the house made me draw back into as quiet and dark a place as I could find. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Frances Hodgson Burnett She lay as quiet as a mouse and thought of the joy before her, until Anne came to dress her and give her her breakfast. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anna Katherine Green In other regards, quiet had come to them all and less tempestuous fears. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

E. Nesbi The children stood leaning their arms on the parapet of the bridge; they were glad to be quiet for a few minutes because all three hearts were beating much more quickly. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Henry James Yes, their eyes, which Isabel admired, were round, quiet and contented, and their figures, also of a generous roundness, were encased in sealskin jackets. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Consequently, the two remained quite uninterrupted while they moved about the place in quiet consultation. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins When she was quiet again she always made her excuses to me, and she made them with a good grace. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Robert Louis Stevenson The wind had made ripples and folds upon the surface, like what the sea, in quiet weather, leaves upon the sand. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hughes And the mother sat on quiet and loving, rejoicing in their life. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Charles Dickens Our table is in the corner here, where the gentlemen can have their wineglass of negus, and their egg-sandwich, and their quiet game at beggar-my-neighbour, and look on. A Holiday Romance by Charles Dickens [1868]

George Meredith In them lay no abstracted student’s languor, no reflex burning of a solitary lamp; but a quiet grappling force engaged the penetrating look. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Anthony Trollope But Lucy with her quiet determination, and mute persistency in waiting, was a source of almost greater annoyance to her aunt than even her own children. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

How was I to know that a woman as quiet and modest as yourself longed for fine apparel. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I shall come an hour before dinner, tomorrow, and we can have a quiet talk; and I am quite sure I shall convince you. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Anthony Trollope But indeed it could hardly be called a festivity — it was so quiet and sombre. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Man, there’s times when Woodilee seems as quiet and dead as a kirkyard. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

At sunset we were back once more in the same quiet pool among the trees and fields of Als Sound, a wondrous peace succeeding the turmoil. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

For when the morn came dim and sad, And chill with early showers, Her quiet eyelids closed — she had Another morn than ours. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

A wistful, dreamy longing, a quiet longing pervaded me, as though I had been drugged. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Elizabeth Gaskell So Ruth’s small earnings were but very little in actual hard commercial account, though in another sense they were much; and Miss Benson always received them with quiet simplicity. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

When all the excitement was over and Henrietta had time to be quiet and consider, then the problem — if there was a problem — must be handed over to her. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle Elliott was in my tent with me having a quiet cheroot until about ten o’clock. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Elizabeth Gaskell Her accost was quiet and friendly, if grave; she felt that she reddened like a rose, and wished she could prevent it, while Jem wondered if her blushes arose from fear, or anger, or love. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Edith Wharton It did not seem possible that these quiet rooms, so full of the slowly-distilled accumulations of a fastidious taste, should have been the scene of tragic dissensions. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

There were no children; for some time no other lodgers; and the place was as quiet as the grave. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Henry James He had left the human swarm and the obstructed pavements behind, and the wide spaces of the splendid square lay quiet under the summer stars. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

E. T. A. Hoffmann She is now having a quiet sleep, and will, I am sure, make her appearance at the dinner-table quite well and cheerful. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

He looked uneasy, too, and put his finger upon his lips to impress upon her — if indeed that were necessary — to be as quiet as possible. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Ivan Turgenev From time to time he turned round and with a quiet voice urged on those who lagged behind. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

One man wouldn’t come by himself to a place like ours at night; and no trooper, if he did come, would clatter along a hard track, making row enough to be heard more than a mile off on a quiet night. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Wilkie Collins In every quarter but one the march of events had now, to all appearance, fallen back into a quiet course. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

It was a clear, quiet evening; every one was amiable and peaceably inclined. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Nature is full of beautymany a quiet nook in life, where peace resides; many a man whose path is broad and smooth. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

William Hope Hodgson At this confirmation of my fears, I was overcome with despair; and could only look, voicelessly, across the quiet plains of the silent sea. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Rudyard Kipling It will not shrink because of the anger in your eyes, and it will not be quiet on account of your curses. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Charles Kingsley The front door was open, and the door beyond it; and ere he knocked, he stopped, looking in silence at a picture which held him spellbound for a moment by its rich and yet quiet beauty. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

At one moment there was a panic in the courtyard amongst the women; shrieking; a rush; children crying — Haji Saman went out to quiet them. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Walter had reached the stage when the very sound of Searle’s quiet drawl annoyed him into the need for momentary self-control. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Henry Lawson He and Lizzie found a quiet corner to say good-bye in. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

I wanted to get away to a quiet place and think, for of late my life had been too crowded with drama, and there comes a satiety of action as well as of idleness. Prester John by John Buchan

William Hope Hodgson And so, in a little time, it was gone quiet against the cliff, and the head-part did be upward in the darkness above, so that it did be from our sight. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Thomas Hardy He had a quiet humorousness of disposition, not out of keeping with a frequent melancholy, the general expression of his countenance being one of abstraction. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Vanstone’s spirits had subsided to their natural quiet level; Mr. Vanstone’s imperturbable cheerfulness sat as easily and indolently on him as usual. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

In a half hour I was dancing with the maids, telling them of the pretty stranger with whom I had been sitting out an hour of fun in a quiet corner. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Algernon Blackwood The ascension of the soul through all the natural kingdoms seemed written clear upon the trees and rocks and flowers, upon birds and animals, upon the huge, quiet elements themselves. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Directly we reached the hotel, however, I led Helen to a quiet corner of the lounge, and we sat down. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Willa Cather We will pass a quiet winter, like an old country couple, — as we are!” she said lightly. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

My voice sounded so quiet and calm that it almost shocked me. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

George Eliot She merely said, in as quiet a tone as she could — ‘He was a strange piteous-looking man, that prisoner. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

The sight of that key had brought up pictures of the club-house; and I thought and thought how quiet it was, and how far away and — how cold it was too, and how secret. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Andrew Lang When all is quiet we will hide in the loft. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

But they don’t know what to do with themselves, for it is so dull and quiet here. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

That night, when all was again quiet in the village and the mourners no longer went about the streets, Lemuel, Ralph, and I went for a final visit to the new stone house. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells There was no intelligence of the advent of a new inhabitant in quiet Llyddwdd. He came without a solitary premonition out of the vast unknown into the sphere of minute village observation and gossip. The Chronic Argonauts by H. G. Wells [1888]

Anthony Hope Certainly a quiet fell over the old castle, that only the constable’s curt tones broke, as he bade Rudolf come by the back way to the stables and mount his horse. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

D. H. Lawrence Clara was rather quiet and uncomfortable. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

These quiet evenings round the fire seemed to Stephen to contain the pith of life. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

There was another, a well-known Moscow thief, quiet mannered, foppish, neat as a pin, who used to say courteously: ‘People work till their senses are blunted, and I have no desire to do the same. In the World by Maksim Gorky

I was going over to the Gleasons’ garden party this afternoon, but I shall go along to St. Matthew’s instead and spend a quiet hour there. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

H. G. Wells Moreover, one could come right down the quiet street where she lived, halfway to the steps of her house, with a delightful sense of enterprise. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

George Gissing I ask only to be left alone, and to satisfy in quiet my sense of self-respect. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Wilkie Collins A quiet melancholy shed its tenderness over her bright young face as she drew the last number, for form’s sake, out of the bowl, and handed it to Owen with a faint smile. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman She smiled a quiet enigmatic smile. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Anthony Trollope And Bell in her own quiet way had accepted his admiration, saying nothing of it and thinking but very little. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott By my will, he shall sit quiet for the rest of’s days. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

I’ll not intrude on you any longer this evening, for I am sure you must want quiet and perfect rest. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

George Meredith Her quick devotion to a lady exciting enthusiasm through admiring pity for the grace of a much-tried quiet sweetness, was explained; apart from other reasons, feminine or hidden, which might exist. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

But never in all my life had I seen him so quiet and subdued. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Percy Bysshe Shelley Several days passed away, during which the conflicting passions of Matilda’s soul, conquered by penitence, were mellowed into a fixed and quiet depression. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

For in a quiet corner he encountered the amiable form of Miss Butterworth, calmly awaiting the result of an interference which she in all probability had been an active agent in bringing about. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Jules Verne By eleven o’clock quiet had been restored in the neighborhood of Walnut Street. Philadelphia was able to sink again into that sound sleep which is the privilege of non-manufacturing towns. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Elizabeth Gaskell The Austrians, holding the gates of the city, remained at first pretty quiet in the citadel; only, from time to time, the boom of a great cannon swept sullenly over the town. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

Henry James Keep quiet and I’ll push you right in. The American by Henry James [1877]

When all was quiet again, and they found an opportunity to speak, Mr. Gryce remarked: “One very important thing has been settled by the experiment we have just made. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

William Hope Hodgson And this, I crave strangely that you to understand; for it was so to me that I had a quiet and great respect for that thing; and did feel no hatred; yet was very dreadly in fear of it. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

He felt the need of solitude and quiet to collect his thoughts. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

But, with all that multitude of celestial bodies staring down at one, the comfort of quiet communion with her was gone for good. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

Charles Dickens Keep quiet in your chair now, and leave ’em to me. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Mrs. Gaskell There! Well, you see, Deborah had gone from home for a fortnight or so; it was a very still, quiet day, I remember, overhead; and the lilacs were all in flower, so I suppose it was spring. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

H.P. Lovecraft I whispered what I had experienced and he bade me to remain as quiet and receptive as possible. From Beyond by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

John Galsworthy He drank his soup, and pushed the tray-table away, lying very quiet until they had removed lunch and left him alone; but every now and then his eyes twinkled. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

The bureau came down safely, and was lodged at the foot of the stairs; the man wiped his hot face, while Ward spoke with Captain Cockermuth. It seemed quite a commotion in the usual quiet dwelling. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Walter Besant Why, if he be but suffered to live, I promise that not he only, but his son after him, shall sit quiet at home even if the Prince with his forces be marching through England from victory to victory. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Jack London Also, he beheld the little man stumble off the log and fall face-downward in a quiet eddy where the water was two feet deep and proceed quietly to drown. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

George Gissing My name’s Mrs. Hemp, and I’m a quiet widow as keeps a lodging-house Piccadilly way. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

H. G. Wells There was also a secularist society in an upstairs room where a number of quiet men rejoiced discreetly when a church was struck by lightning. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Helen Zimmern Her conversation was as quiet as herself. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Ford Madox Ford Under the vast pall of quiet cloud! . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Wanted to be quiet and have a look round for a few days. The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

His air denoted a quiet but conscious reserve force, if not actual authority. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Anna Katherine Green Why? Meanwhile, Judge Ostrander was looking about him for Mrs. Yardley. The quiet figure of a squat little body blocked up a certain doorway. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Henry David Thoreau The watch-dog has lain quiet on the hearth, and the cattle have stood silent in their stalls. A Winter Walk by Henry David Thoreau [1843]

The father and mother are the plainest, homeliest people, but very sensible; live in a quiet unpretending style, and can’t spend a quarter of their income. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Baldwin Spencer At night, if possible, when all is quiet she creeps into his camp. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Elizabeth Von Arnim Besides, she was quiet, and a quiet woman is always better than a woman who isn’t quiet. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

G. K. Chesterton Of all this the magistrate heard nothing; since it was carried out with quiet swiftness amid that momentum of routine that sleeps like a spinning top. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Guy de Maupassant He was not thinking of George any more, who was quiet now and on the carpet, but seeing that no notice was being taken of him the boy began to cry. Monsieur Parent by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Charles Kingsley We know this from the great irregularity of the beds: while the absence of that irregularity proves to us that the London clay was deposited in a quiet sea. Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit by Charles Kingsley

Jules Verne Perfect rest was what he most needed, for the Doctor found it impossible to quiet him. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Walter Besant He who waiteth upon Princes must expect rubs such as happen not to quiet men. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Sir Walter Scott Accordingly, he remained perfectly quiet all the time that the hammer continued to sound, being about the space usually employed in fixing a horse-shoe. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She said—quite quiet and natural—that she’d seen her husband. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

H. G. Wells He couldn’t, tell whether he wanted serious consequences to his life or not; he was a man of quiet tastes. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

He lives a quiet life, hardly speaks to anyone, and appears to have no friends. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Theodore Dreiser Their gabbling was feverish — things said to quiet their own minds. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

But he must keep quiet anyhow till I can see Giles again. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

William Morris Alas! alas! there was blood on the very quiet breast, Blood lay in the many folds of the loose ungirded vest, Blood lay upon her arm where the flower had been prest. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

The Misses Sympson and the Misses Nunnely looked upon her, as quiet poultry might look on an egret, an ibis, or any other strange fowl. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

So after three days he stood on the shore at Corpus Christi, and looked out across the gentle ripples of a quiet sea. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

The second Mrs. Reed, a quiet kind of young woman, had one little girl only when Cathy came home. Major Parrifer by Ellen Wood [1868]

The quiet simplicity of the room, the blue tints on the hangings, furniture, and carpet, served at this hour of night to invest everything with the delightful vagueness of cloudland. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Anthony Trollope Just at the end of October they went to Matching, for what the Duchess called a quiet month — which, however, at the Duke’s urgent request, became six weeks. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing I am a quiet and I think a very reasonable person. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Anthony Trollope When she came down to breakfast on the next morning she was very quiet — so quiet that her sister almost thought she was frightened at her future prospects; but I think that there was no such fear. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford That was like saying sardonically: ‘God, if you interfere with our peace and quiet on a fine day we’ll interfere with yours!’ And . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

She’ll never keep quiet with us. Burmese Days by George Orwell

There was something more terrible than the loudest grief in the awful quiet of the girl’s anguish. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They found a quiet corner in the Abbey, and there was nothing more wonderful to Rosina in that whole wonderful day than the ensuing hour. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Anthony Trollope The doctor declared that she had never quite recovered from her fall into the river, and prescribed quiet and cod-liver oil. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Mark Twain He made this valley, so quiet now, a reeking slaughter-pen. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

The two appeared together: Mr. Lake quiet and thoughtful; Mr. Chisholm, a very tall, slim, empty-headed young fellow, smiling here, and shaking hands there, and ready to chatter with the lot. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

H. G. Wells They don’t like being quiet at home any more. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

D. H. Lawrence He laughed a low, quiet laugh, at once pleasant and startling to hear. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Frances Hodgson Burnett As he sat gazing into the clear running of the water, Archibald Craven gradually felt his mind and body both grow quiet, as quiet as the valley itself. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

F. Scott Fitzgerald You’d better try and sit quiet till morning. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The sexton at Skien, who helped in the lessons, described the poet afterwards as “a quiet boy with a pair of wonderful eyes, but with no sort of cleverness except an unusual gift for drawing. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

He had become so quiet and he didn’t talk, and he spent such a lot of his time alone in his room. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

William Makepeace Thackeray Think of all the quiet country nooks from Land’s End to Caithness, where kind eyes have glanced at it. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Wilkie Collins I have not had one quiet moment since. The Poetry Did It by Wilkie Collins [1885]

Robert Louis Stevenson To come down covered with mud and drenched with sweat and rain after some hours in the bush, change, rub down, and take a chair in the verandah, is to taste a quiet conscience. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton Like most Bostonians he had travelled very little; but he soon caught my love of the road, though he too cared for travelling only as an occasional change from our quiet months at home. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

The insolence of the man’s speech woke a quiet but efficient little devil in Dickson. “That’s a bonny tone to adopt in addressing a gentleman. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

George Meredith And you say, ‘I had a whirl of my head, and went round, and didn’t know where I was for a minute, and forgot the place I’d to go to, and come away to think in a quiet part. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

T. E. Lawrence We got him into the great state-hall of the building; an immense, pompous, gilded room, quiet as the grave, since all doors but ours were locked. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Meredith Janet and a peaceful Riversley, and a life of quiet English distinction, beckoned to me visibly, and not hatefully. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

By the time all was quiet again I heard the Altrurian saying: “As to our social life, I cannot describe it in detail, but I can give you some notion of its spirit. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Wilkie Collins Arriving in this irregular and vagabond fashion at the terminus, he took his ticket for DIBBLEDEAN, a quiet little market town in one of the midland counties. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Jeanie was the same as she had been from the first, only so quiet they could hardly know how much she felt. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Wilkie Collins She dropped back into slumber, and from slumber, in the favoring warmth and quiet of the place, into deep and dreamless sleep. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

R. D. Blackmore Neither could any one at first believe in so quiet an end to so turbulent a course. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Wilkie Collins Reckless what I said or what I did, I introduced myself as her relative, and asked to be shown into a quiet room in which I could write a letter. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He took a bedroom and asked Paul, the head porter, for some quiet place where he could dine without being noticed, as he didn’t wish to be seen in London at all till next day. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

How could that passion for power be satisfied in this lonely place where there were scarcely a hundred souls? He himself, who had no passion for power but only for justice, could not be quiet there. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Time and the hour will end the longest day; and then must come the title, and estates, and a quiet heart at last. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

D. H. Lawrence She saw it in his bent head, the quick quiet hands, the crouching of his slender, sensitive loins; something patient and withdrawn. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells It would be quiet and out of sight, I thought, among the dump heaps across the road, and there I might load unobserved. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Elizabeth Gaskell I begin to perceive that I have too little life in me, now-a-days, to be fit company for any except very quiet people. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

The young lady was sensitive, morbidly sensitive, he said, and must be kept very quiet for a few days, and watched by some one whose presence would not annoy her. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Algernon Blackwood His quiet yet impassioned language I cannot pretend at this interval to give; I only remember the conviction that his words conveyed. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Emily Dickinson She went as quiet as the dew From a familiar flower. Poems by Emily Dickinson

Algernon Blackwood What is it, Julius? And why is that wonderful?” Yet no sound issued from the quiet valley;, it was as still as death. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Elizabeth Gaskell Indeed, the village was too quiet to allow the inhabitants to have many evening engagements of any kind. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

D. H. Lawrence Jack gave a quiet little laugh. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim In any case we are going quiet just now. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

G. K. Chesterton He was rather quiet than otherwise, but his quietude covered a great fertility of notions; and he certainly liked taking a rise out of people. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Virginia Woolf The next minute is quiet as the grave. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

By day, perhaps, he is a quiet and inoffensive member of the community. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Jacques Futrelle Can you direct me to a quiet hotel or boarding-house where I might stay?” “Certainly,” replied the clerk briskly. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

He seemed to realise it, too, for he lay quite quiet and did not struggle. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Sometimes we were going as though we had only five minutes to live; sometimes there were sudden lulls when the orders stopped and everything seemed quiet for a moment. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Henry Kingsley Let me add to this, that he is considered the best hand at quiet “chaff” in the House, and is allowed, both by his supporters and opponents, to be an honourable man, and a right good fellow. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

H.P. Lovecraft His actions were quiet and rational, but he had a furtive, hunted look which his mother did not like, and developed an incredibly ravenous appetite as gauged by his demands upon the cook. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

George Meredith The lack of precise words admonished him of the virtue of silence, and he retreated—with a quiet negative: ‘They have not. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

A strange thrill shot through me, as I heard a quiet voice say: “Richard Bludyer, your grave is waiting for you. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu A quarter-of-an-hour since, he expected to have been seated in his carriage with his ward and Vivian Darnley, driving into town in quiet humdrum fashion, by this time. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Then afterwards Dr. Athol came in, and, with that grave, quiet smile of his, told us to take no notice at all of the Superintendent. He said the police were up against a blank wall. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]