Phrases with "rent"

Arthur Morrison She can make it up out o’ my rent if she likes. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

William Blake But Urizen laid in a stony sleep Unorganiz'd, rent from Eternity 11. The Book of Urizen by William Blake [1794]

Walter Besant The rent took five shillings: that was paid in advance. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

George MacDonald The mother would always pay the week’s rent before she laid out anything even on food. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Elizabeth Gaskell You must eat, and the rent of this house must pay for your food; you must dress, and there is nothing but the rent to clothe you. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

I rent my winding-sheet, and wrapped in it my lovely Child. I placed it on my bosom, its soft arm folded round my neck, and its pale cold cheek resting upon mine. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Never a hint did she offer her step-son of paying him rent for his house; never a word of thanks did she tender for the use of it. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

Anthony Trollope You will find, if you do, that you will be rent to pieces. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Wretched woman! A terrific cry rent the still night air. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Jack London That woman, with tears in her eyes, told me that the landlord had increased the rent from fourteen shillings to eighteen shillings. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Arthur Machen The rent of the house was thirty-five, and rates and taxes added another ten pounds — nearly a quarter of their income for house-room. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

Squire Fairfield, who wanted money, raised a claim for rent for the vicarage and its little garden. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Walter Besant Half the annual rent gone at once. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

I will give him and his wife one thousand a year and the Grange, rent free, to live in. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Samuel Johnson The bounties of the sea have lately been so great, that a farm in Southuist has risen in ten years from a rent of thirty pounds to one hundred and eighty. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

The jambs of the window had fallen, and through the ragged rent the smoke was pouring out to the summer noon. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Anthony Trollope You see the rent is mostly all swallowed up by this mortgage. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

R. D. Blackmore The rent was a trifle; but Jordas respected them highly for handing it done up in white paper, without even making him leave the saddle. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Margaret Oliphant Her heart was rent in two between her children. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Let us, however, assume the rent at only five shillings, and land at sixteen years’ purchase. Shakspeare by Thomas De Quincey

That life becomes more real to him than his actual existence, and he grows indifferent to events taking place around him while rent with emotion over the griefs to come in another age. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Leon Trotsky I studied the theory of rent and the history of social relations in Russia. The big work on rent, though still unfinished, was lost during the first years after the October revolution. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Gissing One might find three unfurnished rooms for about eight-and-sixpence a weekless than half our rent here. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

On the drawers that stood near it we perceived an old faded silk kerchief, with the needle still left in a rent half repaired. The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1859]

M. P. Shiel The detectives are at this moment downstairs—” Now the Arab leapt up, and, in a movement of great dignity, with an out-rush of both arms, rent his caftan from the top to its muslin girdle. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Theodore Dreiser Just rent until you see how well you’re satisfied. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing So long I certainly shall not live; but, if I did, even so long should I have the wherewithal to pay my rent and buy my food. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Leon Trotsky The rent for it was 12 francs a month, but the room was small, dark and narrow, just like a prison cell. My Life by Leon Trotsky

The anguish which rent his heart during those few moments is not to be expressed by words. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jules Verne The hissing of the water rent the air with a deafening sound, and the vapor, blown by the wind, fell in rain upon the sea. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

The first thus rent a second will arise, And the same metal the same room supplies. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Sinclair Lewis I’ll rent it to you, furniture and the whole shooting-match, for fifteen dollars a month, if you’ll pay me one year in advance. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Arthur Morrison But with houses there was rent to collect, and repairs to see to and so forth. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

It is probable she would have started alone, not waiting for Mr. Carlyle, but for fear of not having sufficient funds for the journey, after the rent and other things were paid. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

This sum of £1,600 is, therefore, all the landlord’s rent which the people of the town. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

Ford Madox Ford And there was a farmer called Mumford who had only paid half his rent for the last three years. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

And the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and he rent him as he would have rent a kid, and he had nothing in his hand; but he told not his father or his mother what he had done. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Each time she took the savings-bank book from beneath the glass clock-tower in their presence, she would say gaily: “I’m going out; I’m going to rent my shop. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope I’d give thirty years’ purchase for it, at the present rent myself, if I had the money. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Ford Madox Ford One morning the land-steward reported that Mumford would be unable to pay his rent at all that year. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Arthur Morrison Go on; you do your damndest an’ get your rent best way you can. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Every Monday she paid him his rent over the railings. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Socialism will unite the world, rent asunder by you, into one huge whole. Mother by Maksim Gorky

When she took a convent under her protection, she contrived to extort a rent which well repaid her. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

In the midst of these high honors Kriemhild dreamed a dream, of how she trained a falcon, strong, fair, and wild, which, before her very eyes, two eagles rent to pieces. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Anthony Trollope He held his mill and about a hundred acres of adjoining meadow land at a rent in which no account was taken either of the building or of the mill privileges attached to it. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Then he paid a visit to the landlord, and handed him, likewise a year’s rent in advance, making the same remark. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

But on the morning in question, when about to set out, she had the sudden idea of passing by Laura’s home in order to collect the rent of a cottage they owned in the hamlet. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Monsieur Marescot, having finished his devotions, passed into the shop and said to the Coupeaus: “I have come for the two quarters’ rent that’s overdue. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

A queer place to hire; I hope the rent is not heavy. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

H. G. Wells The ground floor and first floor were let unfurnished, and the rent of these practically paid the rent of the house. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Willa Cather She sewed and washed and mended for him, and made him so clean and respectable that he was able to get a large class of pupils and to rent a piano. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Steele Rudd Joe at intervals stealing behind him to prick him with straws through a rent in the rear of his patched moleskins. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Sir Richard Burton When Love was throned within my heart I rent the veil of modesty, And stints not Love to rend that veil, Garring disgrace on grace to alight. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Thomas Hardy But will you allow me to rent it of you for a time, Lady Constantine?’ ‘You have taken it, whether I allow it or not. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Willa Cather We are going to rent the place and move into town as soon as the girls are old enough to go out into company. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

A cry, uncouth, terrible, as of one pushed past the last outpost of endurance to the extremity of agony, rent the quiet room. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Rudyard Kipling But you were saying —?’ ‘Well, living is not very dear, and house rent is. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

The injur’d Lady rent the very Heavens with her Exclamations. Where’s my dear Husband, she cried? They have torn me from the Arms of the only Man whom I adore. Zadig by Voltaire

Sir Walter Scott Violence in language often led to open quarrels and blows, and the divisions into which the army of sufferers was rent served as too plain a presage of their future fate. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

M. P. Shiel Ah, the vaults,—the long, the tortuous, the darksome vaults,—how had I forgotten them? Still I followed, rent by seismic shocks of terror. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

And I’ll begin now by paying my first month’s rent in advance. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Benjamin Disraeli All smacked their lips, and a cry for pine-apples rent the skies. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

John Galsworthy And who’d rent it? It wouldn’t make a boys’ school, or a country club, or an asylum. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

G. K. Chesterton Dalroy rent out the last tree and hurled it, leaving the island bare. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Sinclair Lewis At the end of their stay, they simply did not pay the rent for their house. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope He could see the injustice of giving the land at a rent fixed by the State, because the State has no right to interfere in ordinary contracts between man and man. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing You will, of course, pay the rent and everything else yourself. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Once they had six hundred francs saved, Gervaise often lay awake thinking of her ambitious dream: she wanted to rent a small shop, hire workers, and go into the laundry business herself. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

D. H. Lawrence I dunno if ever I s’ll get the rent off it. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Morgan Robertson He slept under the docks — paying no rent — fished, traded, and sold for a month, then paid for a second-hand suit of clothes and the services of a barber. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

I said, “I see a quarter’s rent in thy face, but none from me. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Elizabeth Gaskell I am not crying because I am hurt, but because of this great rent in my nice new frock. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Leon Trotsky She was a dried-up little old woman who came once or twice a year to collect her rent from us and to see that everything was in order. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Leon Trotsky When we moved into the house two days later, we discovered that the Negro had absconded with the rent of several of the tenants. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Arnold Bennett Within an hour he had arranged to rent the middle bedroom at eighty francs a month, and to take his meals there. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

I told Cresswell to let you off every rent day a good penn’orth, for future, and don’t you talk about it to no one, ’twould stop that. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Gertrude Stein Please rent a garden for chickens and a turkey. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

George Eliot But I canna think what she mun leave a good home for, to go back int’ a country where the land, most on’t, isna worth ten shillings an acre, rent and profits. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

I implored compassion, rent the air with my cries, and summoned both heaven and earth to my assistance. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Wilkie Collins The next thing that came through the rent was a long pitchfork, which they darted at me from the outside, to move me from the door. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

His heart was rent by this dull silent grief; but he could do nothing except sit there silently by Vixen’s side with her cold unresponsive hands held in his. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

H.P. Lovecraft He turned very pale, but agreed to help me, and decided that it would now be safe to rent the house. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

The air was rent by curses; the people became all at once like madmen. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

George Gissing She knew that it would be impossible to remit the rent altogether, but at all events there was the power of reducing it, and this she did in many cases. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Mr. Barry wants to rent the farm for next year. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

The luminary, dipping in the west, rent the clouds asunder, and the various districts spread out, motly with ever-changing lights and shadows. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Jules Verne Suddenly a terrific yell from a hundred throats rent the air. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

I was absolutely at the end of my money, and my rent was several days overdue. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Gustave Flauber The mist, rent by the rays of the sun, formed little rocking clouds which as they rose gradually discovered standards, helmets, and points of pikes. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

D. H. Lawrence This was a grand scoop for James: not a penny was it going to cost him, and the rent was clear profit. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing The rent was twice what Harvey had been paying; there was no stabling, but Alma agreed that they ought not to keep a horse, for naturally there would be ‘other expenses’. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

D. H. Lawrence The rent was not in his body, but it was of his body. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Maria Edgeworth He had previously sent the waistcoat to the tailor’s to have the rent repaired, which it received the night he wore it at the ball. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

These three weeks were squalid and uncomfortable, and evidently there was worse coming, for my rent would be due before long. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

A family of the name of Carew had been about taking East Lynne; they wished to rent it, furnished, for three years. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

The rent of the store was moderate; and the stock made a fine showing of neat white boxes, attractively displayed. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Thomas Hardy The obstacle was rent in twain, and the significant gift was hers. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Spain shall be rent in twain, And famine waste the land again. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Arthur Morrison Not only would he lend no money, but he refused to stand treat on rent days. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

D. H. Lawrence My sirs, indeed, I think so! Let tradesmen go — what do they matter! Let rent go. Strike-Pay by D. H. Lawrence [1913]

Hill caught at the words and said he would be glad to rent it: for some cause or other he did not like the house he was in, and had been wanting to leave it. David Garth’s Night-Watch by Ellen Wood [1869]

H. G. Wells And I was now quite out of money; and with a big fire and the rent of my room, as well as my hunger to satisfy, I had scarcely a penny in the world. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Guy de Maupassant Morissot, being the taller, swayed slightly and fell across his friend with face turned skyward and blood oozing from a rent in the breast of his coat. Two Friends (A Fishing Excursion) (Deux Amis) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Virginia Woolf I’ve half a mind to rent a house in London, leaving my sisters at Richmond, and take her to see one or two people who’d be kind to her for my sake. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

His coarse shirt, rent from shoulder to flank, exposed the play of his huge muscles. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Anthony Trollope Where’d she be now if it wasn’t to go on? I don’t believe they’ve money enough between them to pay the rent of the house they’re living in. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott I think I have heard ladies say of their lace, that a rent is better than a darn. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Maria Edgeworth The rent was ready, in gold, and counted into his hand. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

Catherine Helen Spence All crown lands, church lands, and waste lands are at once nationalised, and let with absolute fixity of tenure for a rent or land tax, call it what you will. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

H. G. Wells We were behind with the rent and catastrophe impended. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

M. P. Shiel That day Man, as it were, rent his garments, sitting in ashes, and to Heaven sent up a howl of fear, of anguish, and of hissing hate. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Anthony Trollope Many of them cover large spaces of the ground, and their rent will sometimes go up as high as 800 pounds and 1000 pounds a year. North America by Anthony Trollope

Follow me, Marquis!” As he appeared at the door of the presbytery, a loud shout rent the air; the rifles were discharged, the guns belched forth their smoke and fire. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

The ponderous carcass rent the claws out of the bough, then pounded the earth with a tremendous thump. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Anthony Trollope And then the tenants in such districts began to decline to pay any rent at all — in very many cases could pay no rent at all. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

I could but subsist on the difference between the rent I paid for my flat and the rent at which I had sublet it, furnished, for the season. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Rudyard Kipling Ain’t you going to do anything, sir?’ ‘I’ll pay my rent and messing. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Henry Handel Richardson While the rent coming in from the house at Hawthorn (instead of being a source of income!) would have to cover the rent of the house they could no longer live in, but had still to pay for. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Maria Edgeworth The man to whom St. Dennis gave the bag of gold was now selling this very gold to the tenants, who were to pay their rent next day at the castle. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

She would be back, she added, in a week or ten days, and, to prevent all suspicion of her not returning, she paid a fortnight’s rent and said she would be calling for any letters which might arrive. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Henry Handel Richardson The tenant, an elegant and formidable Councillor of justice, “in the best years,” paid them rent to the amount of twenty marks a month. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope If they’ll pay me rent enough to enable me to live here comfortably, I’ll not desert them. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Maria Edgeworth You shall pay me rent for it, and you shall give it up whenever you please. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

The rent of the rooms varied between thirty and fifty francs a week. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

The Italian paid the rent and stayed six nights at the hotel. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Arthur Morrison Of course, Hannah Perrott might have ‘taken in lodgers’ in the room, as others did, but she doubted her ability to bully the rent out of them, or to turn them out if they did not pay. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

His soul was rent with a frenzy of tumult, of victory and defeat ever changing sides, ever returning to the attack. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Wilkie Collins She had been obliged to tell him that no rent was in hand for the first floor, and that none was likely to be in hand until the lady recovered, or her friends found her. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

I should take the floor above as well as the ground-floor I rent now, and we should get along. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

But as the woman’s heart was rent in two by the fulfilling of her prayer, so was his now. Signa by Ouida

George Eliot Toads who paid rent were naturally leaner. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Henry David Thoreau If we suppose him to pay a rent instead, this is but a doubtful choice of evils. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

George Elio I hope your honour ‘ll think better on it, an’ not turn me an’ my poor children out o’ the farm, where my husband al’ys paid his rent as reglar as the day come. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

His hand, tugging at his neck-cloth, rent away the linen that covered his choking throat. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

In that fact lay the lion that rent me. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

George Gissing But, since that, she hasn’t paid no rent at all. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

On that I should have to subsist and pay my rent until I should obtain some fresh employment; and the ominous question as to how long it would last was one that I did not dare to consider. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

E. F. Benson Young Twistevant, the grocer’s son, has been backing horses, and is in debt with his last quarter’s rent unpaid. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Olaf Stapledon The more deserving and less unsavory poor were duly housed; but care was taken to fix the rent high enough to exclude the pariah-race. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Thus, while in some parts of London the rent is equal to £30,000 an acre, £4 an acre is an extremely high rent for agricultural land. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

By God, he smot me oones with his fist, For I rent oones out of his book a lef, That of that strok myn eere wax al deef. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Jack London Also, I rent two rooms in workingmen’s houses in different quarters of the city. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Elizabeth Gaskell But that was not her idea of the conduct of a married man, who, she imagined, ought to have a house and servants, and pay rent and taxes, and live with his wife. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Anthony Trollope If you and the family go there of course I must have rent for Cross Hall. I don’t suppose I shall ever recover altogether from the injury that cursed brute did me. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Samuel Johnson The payment of rent in kind has been so long disused in England, that it is totally forgotten. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

For he hath every year to rent of that city (as they of the city say) 50,000 cumants of florins of gold: for they count there all by cumants, and every cumant is 10,000 florins of gold. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

But they took him, the King’s son Hafbur, And set him in bolts new wrought; Then lightly he rent them asunder, As though they were leaden and nought. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Henry James I assured her that her views perfectly met my own and that on the morrow I should have the pleasure of putting three months’ rent into her hand. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Next they cut down along the four limbs and rent off the hide; then they opened the belly, took out the paunch, cutting eagerly, and laid aside the knot. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

Well, sir, Miss Saxon hearing he wished to marry the cook and take the cottage and keep boarders, let him rent it with furniture as it stands. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

George Gissing On condition of papering the rooms and doing a few repairs necessary to make them habitable, he secured them at the low rent of four shillings a week. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

George Gissing In a day or two he would have to pay his rent again; failing that, he would most likely find himself homeless as well as starving. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

H.P. Lovecraft Neither he nor his son Archer knew of the shunned house as other than a nuisance almost impossible to rentperhaps on account of the mustiness and sickly odour of unkempt old age. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

Isabella Bird After it is granted he pays an annual ground rent of 4s. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

I decided to start looking for a job, and—very luckily, as it turned out—I took the precaution of paying two hundred francs for a month’s rent in advance. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

The darkness increased, it was almost like night — a livid night rent at times by large flashes of lightning. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope He was simply the tenant of the Crown, paying a rent computed at so much a sheep. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne All at once a violent, rapid, incisive flash of lightning pierced the gloom, and the rent it made had not closed ere a frightful clap of thunder shook the celestial depths. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Henry David Thoreau Many a man is harassed to death to pay the rent of a larger and more luxurious box who would not have frozen to death in such a box as this. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Not lightly, Heaven is a witness; not without a sharp and cruel struggle, that had rent his heart with tortures undreamed of before. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Besides, you don’t risk nothing; no over’ead to worry about, ‘cept jest your rent and few desks and a blackboard. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Baldwin Spencer Then he crouches down above it and in muttered tones hisses out the following curses:— “I-ta pukalana purutulinja appinia-a” (May your heart be rent asunder). The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

He had paroxysms of angry tears of self-pity with his head in his hands, his heart rent to think of himself sitting bowed with anguish by his solitary fireside. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

George Gissing Well, this is what Mrs. Christopherson tells my aunt, Mrs. Keeting has offered to let her and her husband live down yonder, rent free, and their food provided. Christopherson by George Gissing

Thick white mist lay like water beneath them, but this soon was touched and lightened, thinned; the rocks and the spear-tops of the trees rent and tore it. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Sinclair Lewis He’s a regular tightwad, and he sticks out for every cent, and he practically lied to me about his ability to pay the rent — I found that out just after we signed up. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

The man whose heart can be rent so sorely ought not to be allowed to linger here with his despair. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D. H. Lawrence The cashier finished counting off the money; the boy dragged the whole down the counter to Mr. Winterbottom, to whom the stoppages for rent and tools must be paid. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

At the same moment a fearful “hurrah!” rent the air and thirty blades glittered about their heads. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

George Gissing If you are able to provide for yourself in any way it will be sufficient for me to rent two rooms after that. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

It was no simulated grief that shook her slender frame and tore at her like some ravenous beast that would have rent her piecemeal with its horrible strength. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Theodore Dreiser She quailed as she thought of the insignificance of the amount and rejoiced because the rent was paid until the end of the month. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Willa Cather The daughter is a Swede by marriage, and clings to the Swedish Church. They live near here, and they rent some of their rooms. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Sinclair Lewis No. You boys come in with us and we’ll give you three months’ rent free. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Henry Handel Richardson Before him, a scrupulous, womanly reserve dropped like a rent veil. Mary Christina by Henry Handel Richardson

Margaret Oliphant The rent had failed, for how was money to be had on these levels? but the porridge had never altogether failed. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle A quarter’s rent right down on the table in advance and no arguing about terms. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Willa Cather If you clear out, he may want to rent this place. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Arnold Bennett She was extremely timid at first, for the rent alone was four thousand francs a year; and the prices of the quarter were alarmingly different from those of the Rue Breda. She lost a lot of sleep. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

John Locke Supposing the conqueror gives to one man a thousand acres, to him and his heirs for ever; to another he lets a thousand acres for his life, under the rent of 501. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

After some persuasion Mr. Jones had induced the owner of one of the cottages to let him rent it and for his wife to come in daily and cook for him. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

As the populace caught sight of the King, Queen Catharine, and the principal Catholics they flocked together and followed the procession like a rising tide, and shouts rent the air. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

George Gissing In a few minutes Biffen took possession of an underground room furnished as a bedchamber, which he agreed to rent for a week. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

He, too, came in for some hard knocks, besides having his shirt rent and his turban torn off his head. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Arthur Conan Doyle Swinging their mighty weapon, the storming party thudded and crashed upon the gate, every blow loosening and widening the cracks which rent it from end to end. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

D.H. Lawrence The manager, Enrico Persevalli, and Adelaida pay twenty-four francs for every performance, or every evening on which a performance is given, as rent for the theatre, including light. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Anthony Trollope My father is beginning to feel that we shall never see another rent day at Castle Morony. It is not fitting that I should think of joining my fallen fortunes to yours, which are soaring so high. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

All this he held at a somewhat high rent (for these war times were hard and everything was dear) of the trustees of the Fieldhead estate, then the property of a minor. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

I suggested that they looked like payments of rent that had been made to him, and he denied it in a way I didn’t like. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Anthony Trollope Nevertheless the house was superior in all qualifications to that which she was now leaving, and the rent was considerably higher. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy But at that moment a second shriek rent the air of the enclosure: it was not Gertrude’s, and its effect upon her was to make her start round. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Wilkie Collins She not only gave way, but actually mentioned the amount of rent which she could afford to pay. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Elizabeth Gaskell She could darn either lace, table-linen, India muslin, or stockings, so that no one could tell where the hole or rent had been. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Charles Dickens Then they burst into a tremendous shout, into another, and another; and the air seemed rent and shaken, as if by the discharge of cannon. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

He had given him the cottage, which was in use as an estate office, rent free, but nothing else. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

But, lest existence should linger to curse me, to chain you, I rent the linen bands off my wounds an hour ago. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

He is my landlord also, and I was asking him about Miss Nowell when I paid my rent the other day. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

H. G. Wells Mrs. Robbins is going to raise the ready money for our furniture by a small mortgage on her house and the interest on that with the ground rent will come to £30 out of her £90. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Nathaniel Hawthorne The officer obeyed, and, brandishing his sword, Endicott thrust it through the cloth and with his left hand rent the red cross completely out of the banner. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]