Phrases with "reach"

How strange that he could not reach her! After all these years together, their love, their intercourse, their friendship. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

T. E. Lawrence Practically I was proposing that we use up the Hauran Arabs to let us reach Jericho, half-way to our Damascus goal. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anna Katherine Green But how was she to reach him? He would not come out by the main entrance; that she knew. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

We cast the lead, and draw up a little sand from abysses we may never reach with our dredges. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

It may in time come to such an end as that of the once-important Cinque Ports, but it is scarcely likely to reach that end in this century. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

George Meredith I come to say, we shall not reach a village. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Below us was a copse of mountain pines and, across the valley, a cliff, not unlike that down which we had climbed to reach the monastery. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

But even if he knew the best place to commence, the stones were of such a size that the small chisels would reach only a very little way along their sides, and be quite ineffective in loosening them. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Wilkie Collins Although they spoke to each other in guarded tones, their words were pronounced with sufficient distinctness of utterance to reach my ears. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Henry Handel Richardson Somewhere where she would be out of reach of the temptations that here beset her, and he free to exist in the decent poverty that was now his true walk in life. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Hardy How could one of his cross-grained, unfortunate, almost accursed stock, have contrived to reach this pitch of niceness? London had done it, he supposed. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

It seemed to reach Winston from far away. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Robert Louis Stevenson I reach the further stage in this way. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells My hands were so tightly chained that I could barely contrive to reach the bowl; but when they saw the effort I made, two of them dexterously released one of the turns about my wrist. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Steele Rudd Dad jumped a log and tried to unbuckle his strap and reach for Joe at the same time, but Joe fled. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Joseph Furphy If you loose-out before you reach the main road, I shall certainly prosecute you. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Guy de Maupassant We quickened our pace in order to reach before night the little village of Albertaccio, nothing better than a heap of stones welded beside the stone flanks of a wild gorge. The Corsican Bandit by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

You were the first to reach the prostrate woman, I believe. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells Some reach a maximum of insubordination in adolescence. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Margaret Oliphant The wretchedness of the poor women whose children were being thrust out shelterless did not reach the wild height of passion of her whose lawful property was threatened. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Henry Handel Richardson To reach the next bridge, five miles off, a crazy cross-country drive would have been necessary; and Mahony was for giving up the job. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

It took me considerably out of my road to reach it, and I was greatly disgusted when I did so. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

A few miles before you reach the great fall, and which indeed is the only one which can be called a fall, large balls of froth come floating past you. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Edith Wharton I never walked faster in my life, yet I thought I should never get to the end of the passage or reach Mrs. Brympton’s room. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Wilkie Collins The window-sill was within reach of his hands. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Frances Hodgson Burnett For the rest, all calamity had been kept from her knowledge and, as he had arranged it, the worst would never reach her. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Willa Cather Nothing is going to reach down from the sky and pick a man up, I guess. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Jules Verne Their endeavor was to reach the missions on the Brazilian frontier, where they hoped to find a ship and the escort. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

The expedition had failed in its attempt to reach the west, but still it had done something. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Andrew Lang If Mr. Gardner is right in dating a number of incised inscriptions on early pottery at Naucratis before the middle of the seventh century, we reach the same conclusion. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

H. Rider Haggard Only last night we settled that Jim should leave me, and try to reach Sitanda’s Kraal to get assistance. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Now the fifteen miles have gone down to ten; and when we reach yonder headland, they will have dwindled to seven. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

I was well aware that, even should my telegram have the good fortune to catch him at once, Bertram could not reach the capital in less than twenty-four hours. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

E. Phillips Oppenheim By the side of the sleeping man’s hand, almost within reach of the grip of his fingers, was an apparently new and obviously expensive revolver. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

However, as he was shoving against her, he caused her to make a wrinkle, obliging her to reach for the brush soaking in the soup plate to smooth it out. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Wilkie Collins Hospitable America offered us a refuge, beyond the reach of mad-doctors and Lords Justices. To hospitable America our hearts turned, as to our second country. A Fatal Fortune by Wilkie Collins [1874]

A yelping cur has followed at my horse’s heels for five or six minutes, cunningly keeping beyond the reach of my whip – some dogs do this all their lives. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

Anatole France May we reach it some day! In the meantime, give me something to drink. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Arthur Conan Doyle By that time Ezra hoped to be beyond the reach of all danger. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

John Galsworthy The strains of the Guards’ band began to reach her faintly. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

The match made a tawny blur the shape of a doorway, and she had time to reach it before it flickered out. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

But when he wakes in the night he likes to reach out and touch his father’s hand. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Abraham Merri The supporting force seemed to flow equally from walls and floor; to reach down to us from the roof. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Beyond it was safety, but as my sweat-dimmed eyes looked at it I knew that I could never reach it. Prester John by John Buchan

H. Rider Haggard As he could not reach the weapon, with a sudden movement Xavier freed his right hand and grasped the Englishman’s throat; but to do this he must lessen the pressure on his breast. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle His name is Francis Prosper.” “He stood,” said Holmes, “to the left of the door — that is to say, farther up the path than is necessary to reach the door?” “Yes, he did. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Rudyard Kipling Why should I care for such things, my business being to reach my station? It took me twenty days. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Anthony Trollope She had intended to reach Folking at twelve, so that her interview might be over and that she might return without the need of eating. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

She spoke to him, as she would have written to him had he been very far away from her, in the belief that her words would reach him, sooner or later. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

The news of Lionel Dale’s sudden disappearance, and the alarm to which it gave rise, reached the little town of Frimley in due course; but it was slow to reach the lonely lady at the inn. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

William Hope Hodgson I could see, now, how the creatures had managed to reach the window. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Abraham Merri Presently I saw her reach up, slowly unwind the coronal of her tresses, shake them loose, and let them fall like a veil over her and him. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

From beneath this clump a fine strong spring of the purest water flows, and just opposite our fort is a little basin with a stony bottom, which we had to bridge over to reach the western bank. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

E. T. A. Hoffmann I seemed to be no longer in R— sitten, and the Baroness was so far, far distant from me that I could only reach her on the wings of thought. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

G. K. Chesterton They are blamed for not doing, not only what they have failed to do to reach their own ideal, but what they have never tried to do to reach every other writer’s ideal. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The music seemed to reach them in little ripples of melody. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Surely, I told myself, several well-prepared men could rush one single, unprepared man before he’d time to reach for his gun from his hip pocket. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Rudyard Kipling He was not frightened in the least, nor was I, but we wished to reach open ground in order to enjoy the view. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

I managed to reach the landing without disaster and entered by an open door into the lighted square room of the tower. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

His intention was to get round the settlement to the coast, reach the settled districts, and, by some tale of shipwreck or of wandering, procure assistance. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Anthony Trollope The English atmosphere is not one in which wine seems to reach its full perfection. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Florence Dixie Plata has sighted him, and is straining every limb to reach the terrified bird. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Proceeding in this way all along the river course they reach Bubastis, where they celebrate the feast with abundant sacrifice. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

H. G. Wells Afterwards it occurred to him that some had attempted to reach him with petitions. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

John Locke But both these are very far from a power to make laws, and enforcing them with penalties, that may reach estate, liberty, limbs and life. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

Abraham Merri They had drawn back, out of reach of the Viking’s club. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

John Lewis Burckhard The camels set out at about four P.M., and would reach the river at night. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Wilkie Collins He lived up to his income, but never beyond it; and all his debts added together would not reach two hundred pounds. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Wilkie Collins I am carried along a rough pathway made of great flat stones, until we reach the firmer earth, and discover a human dwelling-place at last. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Andrew Lang It soon became evident enough that the devil was not to be raised by their prescriptions, that the philosopher’s stone was beyond the reach of the amateur. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim He asked to examine his passbook once more and while I had turned away to reach for it he produced a weapon and shot himself. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

George MacDonald He was one of the single boat-load which managed to reach a desert island, and he had gone through a great many hardships and sufferings since then. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

But, by getting down to the inlet of the sea, and following the bank of the little river, we were sure to reach the hacienda, if only a hope could buoy our sinking hearts long enough. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

W. H. Hudson Quiet reigns along the precipice when I reach it, for the vociferous parrots are away feeding. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Catherine Helen Spence No longer was there a street or home in London out of reach of an open space. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had no time to reach the door, he could think of no words save dangerous ones. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Arthur Conan Doyle That is where the rare plants and the butterflies are, if you have the wit to reach them. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

By running to Escorval and harnessing the cabriolet, we might be able to reach the Croix d’Arcy before this party arrive there. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Rudyard Kipling No one inspects your boxes till you reach ’Frisco. Bring, therefore, at least one thousand cheroots. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

George Meredith Her lighted mind punished her thus through her conjuring of Dudley’s words, should news of her relations with Mrs. Marsett reach him:—and she would have to tell him. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Jules Verne Whether English, French, American, or Russian, she would be sure to take us in if we could only reach her. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

It could not affect the solid houses of earth nor the millions of men and women toilfully attempting goodness; nor could it reach the paradisal places and their inhabitants. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

After El–Murayt’bah the regular granitic sequence disappears, nor will it again be visible till we reach Shaghab (March 2nd). The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Arnold Bennett The oarsmen had instructions to drop slowly down to the Pool, as the wide reach below the Tower is called. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

George Gissing Ida went up to the door, stood on tiptoe to reach the knocker, and gave her usual two distinct raps. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Leslie Stephen How was he to reach some solid standing-ground above the hopeless mire of Grub Street? As a journeyman author he could make both ends meet, but only on condition of incessant labour. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

George Meredith The vale was too distant for strangers to reach it before nightfall. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

His enjoyment strained intently and viciously to hear the sounds of the night, or such as were not of too remote and piercing a quality to reach him. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Jules Verne In the midst of a hailstorm of balls he managed to reach the opposite side, and disappeared in the rushes. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

John Lewis Burckhard They resolved therefore to direct their course towards the setting sun, hoping thus to reach the Nile. After two days thirst, fifteen slaves and one of the merchants died. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

He was thinking hard and studying the environs of the House. Their only chance now was to reach it from the west or south. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

I aspire to repose somewhere in the country, in the midst of fields, out of reach of the sea and the Admiralty and dispatches and orders, and responsibility too. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Robert Louis Stevenson You reach the summit at a place where four ways meet, beside the toll of Fairmilehead. The spot is breezy and agreeable both in name and aspect. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins Our one chance was to make sure of his absence, at the critical moment — and, cudgel my brains as I might, how to reach that end successfully was more than I could see. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

H. G. Wells She whispered: “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.” She looked at the sheets of Philip’s letter within reach of her fingers and withal it seemed ten thousand miles away. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Charles Dickens He did not reach the town till towards the close of the evening, and he went at once to see about his dinner and bed at the principal hotel. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Mordaunt, in fact, while defending himself, had manoeuvred so as to reach the secret door by which Cromwell had left, had felt for the knob with his left hand, pressed it and disappeared. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

The moment that we reach port our paths part. The Ocean Wave by Ambrose Bierce

The good words began to reach his heart more and more: so did the thought of Julia’s goodness. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Andrew Lang In the meantime the Prince and the black girl had again assumed their natural forms, and were hurrying on as fast as they could to reach the river. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang After they had gone, Thakane returned to the village, which Masilo had managed to reach before her. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Gaston Leroux He did not reach the court until he heard the revolver shots, and then he fired. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

George Gissing Within reach of his hand was a fern that had shot up between the massive stones; he gently caressed its fronds, as though it were a sentient creature. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Andrew Lang But he was a powerful swimmer, and struggled hard to reach the shore. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H.P. Lovecraft I shivered as I wondered why I did not reach the light, and would have looked down had I dared. The Outsider by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Sir Oswald believed that these words had never been intended to reach his ears. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jules Verne He knew the difficulties Sir John Ross had to contend with after he left his ship to try and reach Baffin’s Bay, and how, after all, he was compelled to return and pass a fourth winter on board. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Jules Verne The cloudy sky only allowed the heat to reach the ground through a close veil of mist. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Wilkie Collins His eyes seemed to reach my inmost soul through the thickening obscurity of the twilight. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Victor Hugo To reach the Green Box again, and the Tadcaster Inn, with its sounds and light — full of the cordial laughter of the people; to find Ursus and Homo, to see Dea again, to reenter life. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

How she conquered it sufficiently to enter the passage and reach the slab, where her candle and matches were always placed, she did not know. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Henry James They saw her reach the bridge, where, in the middle, she turned and tossed back at them a wave of her hand kerchief; after which she dipped to the other side and disappeared. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

I am convinced, in my own mind, that many a determined and unsuspecting bachelor has been shot down by this sudden manoeuvre before he was aware that he was within reach of the battery. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

H.P. Lovecraft The main body of the beings inhabits strangely organized abysses wholly beyond the utmost reach of any human imagination. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

What is common is within the (pecuniary) reach of many people. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

I am prepared to bring the rank of hadji within reach of the poorest and feeblest. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Anatole France It was a study in which he tried to reach the truth through a series of plausible conditions. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Andrew Lang Eisenkopf, however, had seen him go, and followed so closely at his heels that Peter had barely time to clamber up a tall tree, where Eisenkopf could not reach him. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope The man delights to think that he has been the first to reach the woman’s heart. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle I need not say that we don’t want to see you, Mr. Mason, but a note will reach us, and no doubt I could find you if I want you. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Guy de Maupassan Besides, for a shorter or longer period, he loved every woman who came within reach of his lips. A Wedding Gift by Guy de Maupassan

Jules Verne He managed to reach the bank of the river. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

H. Rider Haggard For a space he struggled against this unholy fascination; then, overcome by dread, he strove to fly, back to the pool or anywhere out of reach of those devilish orbs. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

This book was given me by Graham; it tells about distant countries, a long, long way from England, which no traveller can reach without sailing thousands of miles over the sea. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Nikolai Gogol He saw hundreds of hairy hands reach also for the flower from behind him, and there was a sound of scampering in his rear. St John’s Eve by Nikolai Gogol

Jules Verne The ship’s course was then changed so as to reach this exact point. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

There the south-west wind shall blow Through thine hair to reach my cheek, As thou sittest, nor mayst speak, Nor mayst move the hand I kiss For the very depth of bliss; Nay, nor turn thine eyes to me. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Jules Verne The engineer therefore manifested some impatience to reach the western coast of Lincoln Island, which was at least five miles distant according to his estimation. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Nikolai Gogol But ah! not even our oaks reach the sky. A May Night by Nikolai Gogol

Had I known your address, or where a letter would reach you, I think I should have ventured to ask you to come down without his permission, but I had no knowledge of this. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Oh, if he could but reach the open sea, and square his yards, and make a long chase of it; perhaps fall in with aid. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

H. G. Wells I had to come down slowly with my folding lantern, in which a reluctant candle went out at regular intervals, and I did not reach the little inn at Engstlen Alp until long after eleven at night. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was easy to reach it from the castle side, for the river ran in this part very quietly among innumerable boulders and over dam-like walls of rock. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

At the best we can only reach the township, where we can certainly go into laager, but in my opinion we shall be even worse off there than we are here. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

By this gentle slope he was easily able to reach the field on the other side of the canal. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Willa Cather Then she would reach under her pillow for her little comforter (she called it that to herself) that Mrs. Rosen had given her. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Why the variation from that lateral cause is not greater than has hitherto been observed, having been rarely seen to reach two points of the mariners’ compass, except near the pole. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Thomas Hardy He did not reach Christminster till ten o’clock. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

William Makepeace Thackeray In order to reach that church of the forbidden mosaic, we had sweated up several most steep and dusty streets — hot and dusty, although it was but nine o’clock in the morning. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Andrew Lang To reach the door he had to pass through the room where the carpenter had sat and smoked, and against the wall he beheld standing a beautiful girl. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jack London The latter were rarely taken in the boats, for a seal shot at long range with a rifle invariably sank before a boat could reach it. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

G. K. Chesterton Plenty of books and cigars and luxuries, plenty of knowledge and interest and information, but never a voice out of that tomb to reach the world outside. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Sigmund Freud Children, in such circumstances, divine something sexual in the uncanny sounds that reach their ears. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

From there you can get over to Townsville, and it’s easy to sail from there to the islands or any port out of reach of harm from here. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Sinclair Lewis Martin realized that he was off for the perilous sea and the perilous plague; that there was no possibility of leaving the ship till they should reach some distant island. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Jules Verne They carefully examined the high lava-cliffs of Shark Gulf from the base to the crest, although it was extremely difficult to reach even the level of the gulf. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

But now she was only inflamed with a desire to reach the house. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

My fame — which was to reach the ends of the earth — has penetrated to the neighbouring stations. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Charles Stur The moment he got within reach of the hindmost he threw a stick which he had seized while running, with unerring precision, and striking it full in the ribs stretched it on the ground. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

M. P. Shiel When I see it reach your hand, I fire. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

From the first day I can remember, I have known nothing sweeter than to sit within reach of your fondling hand. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

George Gilfillan Pope was passionately fond of the art of painting, and practised it a good deal under Jervas’s instructions, although he did not reach great proficiency. Life of Alexander Pope by George Gilfillan

Arthur Conan Doyle That worthy was leaning back in a rocking-chair with his feet perched upon the mantelpiece and a large glass of rum arid water within reach of his great leathery hand. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

I did not wish to reach it earlier than necessary. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Robert Green Ingersoll Never said a word to them; never told them how foolish it was to try and reach heaven that way. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Robert Louis Stevenson But the feeling is there, and seated beyond the reach of argument. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sinclair Lewis Elmer remembered that he still owed Frank the hundred dollars which he had borrowed to reach Zenith for the last of his Prosperity lectures. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

M. Emanuel might have passed within reach of my arm: had he passed silent and unnoticing, silent and stirless should I have suffered him to go by. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

As therefore all orators make use of introductory remarks to get the benevolent attention of their audience, so our poet makes use of exordiums fitted to move and reach the hearer. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Wilkie Collins If pen, ink, and paper had been within my reach at the moment, I think I should have written to her on my own account, after all! As it was, I could only forgive her the injury she had done me. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

George Meredith Repose has never such splendid reach as animation—I mean, in the living face. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Theodore Dreiser All these months since they had first begun to reach out to each other he had been hourly contrasting her with his wife. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Robert Louis Stevenson If I were to reach the lakeside before dark, she must bestir her little shanks to some tune. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle Therefore it is we who can reach them best. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Virginia Woolf It is life that emerges more and more clearly as these essays reach not their end, but their suspension in full career. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Now hurry, and tell Juag to be ready to shove off the moment I reach the boat, or the instant that it becomes apparent that I cannot reach it. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Anthony Trollope And then there was that priest who was the only friend of the widow who had the daughter! On the morning of the day in which Fred was to reach the Manor, Lady Scroope did speak to her husband. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

George MacDonald Apparently they slept in the forest, and in the morning sought the plain, swimming the river to reach it. Lilith by George MacDonald

Vyvyan Topsparkle’s guilt is beyond the reach of the law, but I may at least unmask him. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Virginia Woolf Complete understanding could only be achieved by blood transfusion and memory transfusion — a miracle still beyond the reach of science. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Henry James But he had then advanced just as she had done; I had waited for him to reach us; and now she saw him. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

The fugitive from Stoke battle, with the avenger of blood at his heels, had sought refuge in his own house, where Mother Blackthorn hid him beyond the reach of any pursuit. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Theodore Dreiser We ought to be able to talk this matter over together and reach an understanding. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Henry Kingsley It was nearly nine o’clock, and he thought he would be able to reach his destination in ten minutes. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

George Gissing Of course I must be within easy reach of business. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Rudyard Kipling Know what?’ ‘Strange the knowledge did not reach out to thee, when all my thoughts were theeward. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Robert Louis Stevenson No sooner did the news reach Genoa, than there began ‘tumultuous movements’; and the Jenkins’ received hints it would be wise to leave the city. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton Finding herself, as she declared, on the wrong side of the grate, she determined to gather in all the pleasures she could reach through it; and her reach was certainly prodigious. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Rudyard Kipling In one point did he speak the truth — as regarded the merits of that particular reach of the Yellowstone. He said it was alive with trout. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

The flies, struck silent, gaze with wonder down: The busy burghers reach their earthy town, Where lay the burdens of a wintry store, And thence, unwearied, part in search of more. The Poetical Works of Thomas Parnell by with an introduction by George Gilfillan [1855]

Andrew Lang The shields sometimes reach only from the shoulders to the calf of the leg. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

But when the differentiation has gone farther and it becomes necessary to reach a wider human environment, consumption begins to hold over leisure as an ordinary means of decency. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

He then set the cream towards me with a carelessness that nearly overset it, and in trying to reach an egg from the centre of the table, broke two. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

The vine at once made for it, but as it was about to reach it after several days I removed it a few feet. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Jules Verne His companions needed no urging forward now; this tree, so opportunely discovered, they must reach at all hazards. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Arthur Conan Doyle Miriam had got away in the afternoon, since he had so much farther to go to reach his station. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

James Joyce And you needn’t host out with your duck and your duty, capapole, while they reach him the glass he never starts to finish. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Bram Stoker There are deep caverns and fissures that reach none know whither. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Andrew Lang Thrusting a large bag inside his coat, he pushed off from the shore, taking care this time to reach the island in daylight. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

James Payn The two letters will now reach him at the same time. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Thomas Hardy There was too much reason to think that he and Eustacia both were for ever beyond the reach of stimulating perfumes. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Jules Verne The bold attempt had miscarried by a fortuitous circumstance; and unless by some exceptional event, they could now never reach the moon’s disc. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Andrew Lang But when we reach aesthetic boys, we pass out of the savage stage into hobbledehoyhood. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells I “played” a lot in this yard and learnt its every detail, because there was no other open air space within easy reach of a very small boy to play in. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Gissing She pretends to fear my tongue; for my part, I would not lightly trust myself within reach of her hands, of which I learnt the weight when I was a little child. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Pleasure — enervating pleasure is, likewise, within women’s reach without earning it. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

My only condition is, that when you strike Oliver, you strike home, and again and again, until he is FINISHED; and I trust to your honour to remember me when we reach the town. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The diction is sufficiently plain, not aspiring to rhetorical beauties beyond the reach of its author, and out of keeping with the simple character of a chronicle. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

George Elio The sermon was written, however; and though it was not admitted to be anywhere within reach of Mr. Gilfil’s. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Wilkie Collins Madame Pratolungo will lead me to the place, and will put me just within reach of both your hands. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]