Phrases with "relieved"

Wilkie Collins Before he followed her, the Sergeant relieved his mind on the subject of the gravel walks by a parting word to the gardener. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Edith Wharton Trenor, however, appeared at once on the threshold of the drawing-room, welcoming her with unusual volubility while he relieved her of her cloak and drew her into the room. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Sir Walter Scott A whisper in Morton’s ear, while his trusty follower relieved him from his bonds, explained the secret of the very timely appearance of the soldiers. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

This method of procedure he found to work capitally, for it relieved his sometimes overburdened mind with absolute security to himself. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Thus relieved from immediate anxiety he set to work on his picture with renewed zest. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

It was possible that Nancy, relieved from anxiety about her father, was not downstairs, but in her own room next door. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Andrew Lang He then dressed the wounds with the magic salve which the boy had given him, and it so relieved the emperor’s pain that he slept soundly all that night. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Astonishing as your statement is, Miss Loment, in a sense I’m relieved by it. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Walter Scott The recollections which the scene brought with them were so bitter, that, had she indulged them, she would have sate down and relieved her heart with tears. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Facing the windows, and within sweep of the shadow, loomed the velvet-curtained bed, a black mass, relieved only by the white of the sheets. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Wilkie Collins I have only to leave this place, and your uncle would be satisfied, and you would be relieved from all the cares that are pressing on you now. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Jules Verne But Pencroft, relieved by Neb, did so well, that towards four o’clock in the evening, the mine was finished. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Fortunately for the duke, one of the judges relieved him of his embarrassment. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Virginia Woolf I am relieved of hard contacts and collisions. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

The dark-oak, angular roof was crossed by massive beams, the walls were wainscoted, the floor was of polished oak, relieved only by a few Persian rugs, of dignified colours. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Wilkie Collins The tall, spare, black figure of a new personage appeared on the threshold, relieved darkly against the light in the room behind him. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

When he came to Avignon, the Cardinal Colonna relieved him from his irritation by acquainting him with the real cause of his brother’s departure. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Sir Walter Scott But it relieved him from a serious though temporary embarrassment. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Maria Edgeworth Mr. Supine, Mr. Holloway’s tutor, used, at these leisure moments, to employ himself with practising upon the German flute, and was not sorry to be relieved from his pupil’s conversation. The Good Aunt by Maria Edgeworth

Olaf Stapledon Paul himself was surprised and thankful that the self-discipline of his classes relieved him of a dreadful burden. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Walter Scott They hastened to the spence, and were relieved of a part of their anxiety by meeting Mary at the door of the apartment. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Its gravity is relieved from time to time with the ridiculous figure or character, the ludicrous incident, the jests and antics of the buffoon. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

They bored their audiences to stiffness, and it would have been quite possible to photograph the relieved look on the faces of the crowd as they sat down. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

On 25 April, after the usual mananas, another section relieved us and we handed over our rifles, packed our kits, and marched back to Monflorite. I was not sorry to leave the line. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

He was not relieved from duty until June 14, 1849; that is, he was given a hundred days of grace, which is much more than officeholders commonly are favored with, in such cases. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Charles Dickens I hurried those two into the Surf-boat, called to them to keep off, and waited with a grateful and relieved heart for the Long-boat to come and take me in, if she could. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

Anthony Trollope The two girls were very fair, so that the soft tint of colour which relieved the whiteness of their complexion was rather acknowledged than distinctly seen. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald He glanced sidewise at his son, and was relieved to see that the strained, wild look had gone from his face and that he had ceased sobbing. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Ali,” he swore angrily, as if relieved to be able to vent his anger upon someone, “why didn’t you do this bell as I told you yesterday? And the fan, too, you’ve never touched. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

R. D. Blackmore Only the officer, darkly clad, and standing up with the tiller-lines in hand, and the figure of a woman sitting in the stern, relieved their spectral whiteness. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Walter Crane The miniaturist of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries constantly relieved his groups of figures upon a diapered ground. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Sinclair Lewis The expanse was relieved by clumps of oaks with patches of short wild grass; and every mile or two was a chain of cobalt slews, with the flicker of blackbirds’ wings across them. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Dickens Still, no communication was made to Stephen. Much relieved when the two hours were at last accomplished, he went away at a quick pace, as a recompense for so much loitering. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Florence Dixie I only want to hear your voice, and know that you are near,” murmured Rory. “Don’t you know, darling, that Lucknow is relieved ?” Then, as Rory shook his head, she went on. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Margaret Oliphant The prayer and the tears relieved his soul. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Elizabeth Gaskell In the midst of her sufferings, if one put the Prayer-book into her hands it relieved her. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

By reason of the novelist’s intense delineation, his figure shows out in monstrous proportions; but these are skilfully relieved by the happier fates of the children. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

F. Scott Fitzgerald Would you like to go?’ He was alarmed when she mentioned a family, relieved when she said it was only a resident aunt. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Arthur Conan Doyle Oudin had just relieved him, and he had come to report. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Henry James She had thought of everything, even to how the “quietness” of the wedding should be relieved by champagne and her father kept brilliant on a single bottle. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Wilkie Collins Sara Jethro. The discovery of the letter gave a new direction to Emily’s thoughts — and so, for the time at least, relieved her mind from the burden that weighed on it. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Arnold Bennett And he affected to be relieved at the decision that the girl had been moved by naught but a sort of fanaticism. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Louisa May Alcott Soon she dried the tears which had relieved her, and looked up with a grateful face. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Radclyffe Hall It relieved her to stamp and then burst into tears at the first sign of opposition. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Wilkie Collins The writing of the letter had sensibly relieved him, and his whole bearing showed it as he left the room. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Inexpressibly pleased, I relieved my hunger and destroyed the basket. The Parenticide Club by Ambrose Bierce

Henry James So much depended upon it that I was rather relieved than otherwise not to know the answer too soon. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Will my frock do?’ The frock was of the pre-Raffaelite or Bedford–Parkian order, short-waisted, flowing, and flabby, colour the foliage of a lavender bush, relieved by a broad brick-dust sash. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

But I was immensely relieved when the sinister visitor took his departure the morning after, and it was upon this occurrence that my mind was now employed. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing And there was every likelihood that, at such a place as Weston, with her sister for occasional chaperon, she would ere long find herself relieved of the necessity of working for a livelihood. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then she said something that relieved my mind enormously. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

She would not pretend to say whether his wife would be relieved or sorry if the Lord saw fit to take him. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

D.H. Lawrence Siegmund did not know whether he were displeased or relieved by their intrusion. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon In class his laziness was relieved now and then by fits of activity, and by uncouth remarks which roused derision among the boys, but which to Paul were sometimes very disturbing. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

We must be healed of our diseases, cured of our sores, relieved of our infirmities. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She relieved her master of his coffee cup. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Charles Dickens Having relieved his mind by this energetic proceeding, he condescended to approach the festive board, and warming by degrees, at length deigned to preside, and even to enchant the company with a song. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Jack London She relieved me at the bailing-hole from time to time, and bravely she threw out the water and faced the storm. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Anna Katherine Green Having spoken — told his whole story, as he says — he is rather glad than otherwise to be relieved from the common curiosity of strangers. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Sir Walter Scott She will rejoice to hear that you are relieved of your servitude. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Maria Edgeworth After Helen had done her duty at harp and piano-forte, Cecilia relieved her, and whispered that she might now go to her mother’s sofa, and rest and be happy. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

The fire had gone out while I slept, and I felt cold and stiff, but my abandonment of restraint had relieved me, and my fear was now no more than a vague unrest. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

George Gissing Emmeline was both relieved and surprised; she had not thought it possible for the girl to conduct herself at such a juncture with such perfect propriety. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Jules Verne Neb relieved him, then Spilett took Neb’s place. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Glancing that way he encountered the faces of his father and elder brother, and moved towards them with a relieved air that made quite another man of him in appearance. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins Strange to say, this representation of what I ought to have done, relieved my mind as if I had actually done it. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Jules Verne When Passepartout had finished, he found himself relieved and comforted. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

I saw that if his mind was not relieved in some way he would die. The Golden Ingot by Fitz James O’Brien

Arthur Conan Doyle I will certainly drive you all to London.” The situation was relieved by Lord John. “What’s the car?” he asked. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Elizabeth Gaskell That night, although his pain was relieved by rest, he could not sleep; and, as in fever, the coming events kept unrolling themselves before him in every changing and fantastic form. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

George Gissing As she sat dreaming under the soft light, her face relieved for the moment of its weariness and discontent, had a beauty more touching than that of youth. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope I offered to give them to you, and should have been delighted to have been relieved from them. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

His assurances that I should soon be relieved from the Apparition’s visits produced a good effect upon my constitution. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Je ne serai jamais femme de bourgeois, moi!” I now signified that it was imperatively necessary my apartment should be relieved of the honour of her presence: she went away laughing. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Thomas Hardy During the day Mrs. Dornell, having closed her husband’s eyes, returned to the Court. She was truly relieved to find Betty there, even though on a bed of sickness. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

I am in some measure relieved from the perplexity that embarrassed me!” Vathek invited the old main to dine, and even to remain some days in the palace. The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford

Caroline Lamb Calantha trembled; for she thought she was prepared to speak to her about Buchanan. She was extremely relieved when she found that her censures turned solely upon her page. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Mrs Verloc, as if relieved by the outburst, was very far from behaving noisily now. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Walter Scott Next to the gamblers was a pallet, occupied indeed by two bodies, but only one of which was living — the other sufferer had been recently relieved from his agony. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Wilkie Collins He was evidently relieved at finding any excuse for delaying the business formality in the library, to which his own words had referred. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

John Galsworthy Dinny did not receive this note till Monday morning, and was the more relieved to get it. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Abraham Merri Ruth Ventnor! The flying figure reached me, threw soft arms around my neck, was weeping in relieved gladness on my shoulder. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Sinclair Lewis The woman screamed, “Glory to God, I’ve got my hearing back!” There was a sensation in the tabernacle, and everybody itched with desire to be relieved of whatever ailed him. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton I could never yet afford a treat in my life!” “Is THAT all?” He laughed, relieved by her naturalness. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Heemskirk relieved his deeper feelings by a sudden string of curses in Dutch and English which he sent after her. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

George Gissing By two o’clock he had flung down on paper a conglomerate of burning ideas, and thus relieved he at length went to bed. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope Mr Monk would certainly not remain in office if the Brewers were to be relieved from their licences. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells It was a mile and a half from the end house of the village, and its loneliness was very doubtfully relieved by an ambiguous family of echoes. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

I have seen them leave me in rags and poverty, and return, some time afterwards, clothed in silks, and with purses well furnished, to thank me for having relieved them. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Rafael Sabatini However that might be, Casanova was really relieved and thankful not to have slain a man whom he had found so very estimable. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Thomas Hardy The stranger at the table, whose soul had now risen to a good working temperature, relieved the difficulty by exclaiming that, to start the company, he would sing himself. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Then as if relieved of her presence his eyes went blank, his voice changed. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

He merely looked relieved when the Embankment lights ran right and left in our wake. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Ann Radcliffe His mind, though still anxious, was now relieved from the apprehension that had long oppressed it. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Edith Wharton But that kind of thing is rather — vulgar, isn’t it?” she suggested, relieved to have hit on a word that would assuredly extinguish the whole subject. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

T. E. Lawrence In my saddle-bags was a Morte D’Arthur. It relieved my disgust. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Jules Verne From time to time Herbert relieved him at the helm, and the lad’s hand was so firm that the sailor had not a point to find fault with. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

D. H. Lawrence Emily put down her chopper, and sighed that her arm was aching, so I relieved her. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

If he by cross-luck met his daughter or her husband abroad, he struck into a good fit of swearing aloud; which perhaps relieved his mind. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

George Gissing He felt as though it would have relieved him to have cried, but the very source of tears seemed frozen within him. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Willa Cather This last suggestion relieved Claude’s apprehension that he might be left alone with his hostess. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Wilkie Collins Why did Mr. Gracedieu allow me to believe and leave everybody to believe, that I was his own child?” “My dear, I relieved your mind of those doubts on the morning of your marriage. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

With ardent and overflowing eloquence, I relieved my heart from its burthen, and awoke to the sense of a new pleasure in life, as I poured forth the funeral eulogy. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Tobias Smolle Joseph said he was as generous as he was brave, and never molested travellers, nor did the least injury to the poor; but, on the contrary, relieved them very often. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Anthony Trollope He had been told of his bail, and had replied that he would demand to be relieved of his bail;—that his bail was illegal, and that he would have it all tried in a court of law. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

There was some little mumbling talk in the lobby before the two men came in, and then Mrs. Tadman’s curiosity was relieved by a closer view of the stranger. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Wilkie Collins Then he turned round suddenly and said ‘What did you tell me was Mr. Sebright’s opinion? Mr. Sebright thought she would be relieved instead of being terrified. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Wilkie Collins My aunt (my mother’s sister) relieved me of my cares in the intervals when I wanted rest. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

George Gissing She was unspeakably relieved by the events of the afternoon; it would now depend upon her own choice whether she preserved her secret, or declared herself a married woman. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Wilkie Collins The examination was relieved of all its embarrassments and its terrors at the outset. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Robert Louis Stevenson I am thankful to say the new medicine relieved her at once. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins Having relieved his mind in this way, he returned to his master and laid a lank skinny forefinger cunningly along the side of his nose. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Thomas Hardy Half-an-hour after her arrival he walked in, and she met him with a relieved gladness, which a month’s perilous absence could not have intensified. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Nikola had been on watch from four o’clock in the afternoon until eight, when I relieved him. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

This relieved him of a certain sense of responsibility, and he retired to a corner sofa and sat down. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

H. G. Wells A happy accident relieved Mr. Gabbitas from the embarrassment of that challenge, and carried me another step along my course of personal disaster. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

George Meredith On the road to Canleys, the coach conveying men spouted with the lusty anecdote, relieved of the interdict of a tyrannical sex. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

We felt quite relieved when the horse’s footsteps stopped. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Soon Prince Galítsyn won a complete victory over Pugatchéf, who had ventured near Fort Talitcheff; the victor relieved Orenburg, and appeared to have given the finishing stroke to the rebellion. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

H. G. Wells Miriam, relieved from the hilarious associations of home, developed a meagre and serious quality of her own, and went about with knitted brows pursuing some ideal of “‘aving everything right. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Rudyard Kipling McEuan relieved me at four, and I got off at once. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Aunt is relieved that a good man has been found, and that he will take me without a dowry. A Novel in Nine Letters by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1847]

George Gissing It relieved him to have spoken thus; henceforth he had become clear as to his point of view. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

He was very relieved then that no more about the dead man appeared in the newspapers and very soon was confident that the whole matter was in a way to be forgotten. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

H. G. Wells I cannot describe how it relieved me to think that it had escaped the awful fate to which it seemed destined. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Miss Lonelyhearts looked around apprehensively for Shrike and was relieved at not finding him. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

But I did not care how jealous Miss Belsize became of Raffles as long as jealousy did not beget suspicion; and my mind was not entirely relieved on that point. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

When he relieved me, I retired to rest and slept like a top, too tired even to dream. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

You will be relieved to hear that I am rich, sir, very rich. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Charles Dickens Young Jerry relieved his father with dutiful interest, and reported No job in his absence. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

She moved towards it with a quaking heart, and was relieved to find that it was only a new and expensive bicycle with the front wheel badly buckled. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Edgar Allan Poe As the gull relieved it of its weight, it swung round and fell partially over, so that the face was fully discovered. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Sir Walter Scott But, to balance the evil, there is my friend Hobbie, honest Hobbie of the Heugh-foot, your skill relieved him last winter in a fever that might have cost him his life. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Then why did he think so now? He thought on for quite a long while and then suddenly his face broke into a relieved and happy smile. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Charles Dickens Greatly relieved to find that he was not too late, Kit leant against a lamp-post to take breath, and waited the advent of the pony and his charge. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

At one or two points the wearisome level line of forest is relieved by bluffs, as they call the short intervals of high ground. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Sinclair Lewis Her dejection was relieved by speculation as to what the men were discussing, in the corner between the piano and the phonograph. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells There were nevertheless fluctuations, “cycles of trade” as they were called, when the clogging machinery threatened to stall and was then relieved and went on again. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Meredith A disdainful pity for the superb young savage just made ludicrous, relieved him of blame, implacable though he was. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

George Gissing Soon after, there entered Olga Hannaford. Seeing the two men, she reddened and looked confused, but Miss Bonnicastle’s noisy greeting relieved her. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Wilkie Collins A medicated glass of water and a medicated bottle of smelling-salts relieved her of all further embarrassment and alarm. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Anthony Trollope She had made no plan of campaign for the evening, having felt relieved when she found herself able to postpone the project of her attack till the morrow. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

It was nine o’clock in the evening; the sentinels had been relieved at eight and Captain Groslow had been on guard for an hour. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Jane Austen The younger girls formed hopes of coming out a year or two sooner than they might otherwise have done; and the boys were relieved from their apprehension of Charlotte’s dying an old maid. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Maria Edgeworth Lady Delacour’s heart expanded with the sensations of friendship and gratitude, now that she was relieved from those fears by which she had so long been oppressed. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

After a time they became interested in the problems which these people submitted to their parents and the replies or instructions wherewith the latter relieved them. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

George Gissing But, as I said, you have relieved my mind. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Pulling for thirty hours with eighteen-foot oars! And the sun! Ricardo relieved his feelings by cursing the sun. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

When they reached the hotel they were relieved to find that nothing particular had happened during their absence. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Towards night a few clouds appeared in the horizon, and, as the gale moderated, the usual appearance of driving clouds relieved the face of the sky. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

M. R. James Certainly it was very good; and I was soon relieved to find that the disgust my dream had given me for Punch’s onslaughts on his ill-starred visitors was only transient. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Rafael Sabatini It became necessary to explain to the ignorant but immensely relieved Mr Lessingham the exact meaning of the term ‘security’. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

George Gissing Her eyes showed unmistakable gratitude as the teacher appeared, for his approach meant that she would be relieved from the three elder children. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

I wonder you were not relieved of them. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Edgar Rice Burroughs His power to reason has relieved them of many of their duties, and so they have, to some extent, atrophied, as have the muscles which move the ears and scalp, merely from disuse. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

G. K. Chesterton This is an exaggeration, but there is a truth in it; and one does feel that he may have relieved his feelings by writing it in red ink. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

He tossed and turned and turned and tossed, and when dawn at last came was quite relieved for an excuse to get up. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

George Meredith I longed for drollery, relieved only by chance allusions to my beloved one, whereas he could not conceal his wish to turn the stupid duel to account. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Lángobúmo, who was at the helm, began obeying, when I relieved him of his charge. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

George Meredith He refused to do my orders, and left me empty-handed, and if he suffers too,” Anna relieved a hard look with a smile of melancholy, “I hope he will not; I cannot say more. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Jules Verne I reckoned then we should have eight hours to swim before sunrise, an operation quite practicable if we relieved each other. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

William Makepeace Thackeray So we were spared this mosaic exhibition; and I think I always feel relieved when such an event occurs. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

George Meredith It was severe; the tender serenity of the full bow of the eyes relieved it. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Edith Wharton Perhaps before their talk was over she might be able to say a word about Alvah Loft; she was so sure that Dexter would see everything differently if only he could be relieved of his frustrations. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Thomas Hardy A natural incident relieved her anxiety. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins The word money relieved me; I felt quite on my own ground again. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope When Lucy came to her and had begun to be objectionable, she had thought that she might some day be relieved from her troubles by the girl’s marriage. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle He paused at the bottom as if irresolute, and then she was relieved to see him throw the stone over into a turnip field, and walk rapidly off in the opposite direction to the Priory gates. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

They did not lock us up; personally, I should rather have preferred their doing so; it would have relieved me of a feeling of responsibility. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle Seeing a stranger, she appeared to be relieved and sank back with a sigh upon the pillow. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was, probably, only a nervous fear, which was relieved when she knew she had assistance near at hand; for she made a capital dinner. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Her strength failed her like that of a person suddenly relieved from some great physical stress or peril; but she felt that he had given her the truth, and she held fast by it while she went on. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells The leopard, relieved by the cessation of Lady Stella’s sunshade, regarded him with interest and curiosity. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Henry James She was dressed in white muslin very much puffed and filled, but a trifle the worse for wear, relieved here and there by a pale blue ribbon. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

Virginia Woolf The simplicity of the idea relieved them, and for the first time they laughed. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Robert Louis Stevenson He relieved himself in verse; but for such a smarting affront manuscript poetry was insufficient to console him. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James After this excursion Nick had gone back to town saddened by his patient’s now unmistakably settled decline, but rather relieved that he had had himself to make no confession. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Wilkie Collins Crying generally does me harm; but it was not so last night — I think it relieved me. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

From this latter apprehension, however, she was relieved by hearing some one cough. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing Week after week she looked eagerly for some hint, yet was relieved when she found none. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Baldwin Spencer He had no Nurtunja or Churinga. After eating him their faces became suffused with blood, producing a most uncomfortable feeling, so that they relieved each other by sucking one another's cheeks. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

This defence was construed by an overseer into a brawl, and the irons from which he had been relieved were replaced. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Wilkie Collins Shortly after his departure, such anxieties on Magdalen’s account as her mind was now able to feel were relieved by better news than her last night’s experience had inclined her to hope for. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

He was saddled with debt, from which two mortgages, readily consented to by his son, and the sale of the house at Putney, only partially relieved him. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

I relieved Agnes of the duty of marking. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Benjamin Disraeli At length a tear, one solitary tear, burst from her burning eye-ball, and stole slowly down her cheek; it relieved her pain. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Leona watched her with amazement and a little disgust, and felt relieved to remember that it was not considered advisable she should claim her as a sister. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Henry James The interrupted students clung together as if they had been personally exposed; but Ida relieved their embarrassment by a hunch of her high shoulders. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

William Makepeace Thackeray One hundred and two British Washerwomen have been relieved when in the last state of decay. Cox’s Diary by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

George Gissing He noticed how beautiful was the outline of her head, relieved against the bright window; noticed, too, the grace of her neck when she bent forward to write. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Thomas Love Peacock Six men, relieved at intervals, kept watch over it during the night. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

And while she slept the sky unpacked its locked courses; the great galleons of cloud went sailing to the west, and thus, fleet by fleet, relieved those crowded harbours. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Sinclair Lewis She relieved the attendant at the rest-room for an hour a day. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

He was, however, relieved to find that the big front door was now closed, for no broad beam of light was streaming from it on to the gravelled drive. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Arthur Conan Doyle The pulses in my temples beat like sledgehammers, and I believe I would have had a fit of some sort if the blood had not gushed from my nose and relieved me. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Julian Hawthorne At length he burst out in a terrible voice: “Gone? Where? With whom?” But at this point the appearance of the master and mistress relieved the wretched footman from his unenviable position. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

Walter Crane The arm is still further relieved by the dark drapery. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Walter Besant In all I was the samefree from the downward and earthly pressure of want and hunger, relieved from anxiety, with plenty of money, and full of all sweet and innocent fancies. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

Andrew Lang Wherefore, if you have anything to show or set forth whereby you may be relieved from the burden of these accusations, now is the time. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Benjamin Disraeli Unconsciously to himself, too, he was greatly relieved by this burst of tenderness on her part, for the prospect of this interview had been most distressful to him. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]