Phrases with "seal"

Samuel Johnson The parchment containing the record of admission is, with the seal appending, fastened to a riband and worn for one day by the new citizen in his hat. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

I pressed the seal to my lips. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Rudyard Kipling Then he would crawl forward inch by inch, and wait till the seal came up to breathe. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Jacques Futrelle Mr. Grimm was silent for a time and fell to twisting the seal ring on his finger. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Jonathan Swif I am in the dark almost: I must have another candle, when I am up, to seal this; but I will fold it up in the dark, and make what you can of this, for I can only see this paper I am writing upon. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Jules Verne He broke the seal and drew a letter from the envelope. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Leon Trotsky The seal of doom was on these families of the Province of Kherson. They were all progressing with extraordinary rapidity, and all in the same direction: toward downfall. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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]

My hole was close to a creek, and I remember that, just as dawn was breaking, the shiny, water-proof head of a seal popped up beside me. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Benjamin Disraeli I have therefore placed them in this case, which I shall now seal and intrust them to your care, as a friend in whom I have entire confidence. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was addressed in a strange, straggling handwriting to Sir Everard Dominey, Baronet. He broke the seal unwillingly and drew out the letter. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Jules Verne Clawbonny donned his official apron again, and soon had his seal cutlets dressed and smoking on the table. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Edith Wharton Having taken the seal from his writing-case he came down again, and once more opened the door of the study. The Triumph of Night by Edith Wharton [1916]

Jonathan Swif I am going into the City this morning with a friend about some business; so I will immediately seal up this, and keep it in my pottick till evening, and zen put it in the post. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

And if this be to be a Chancellor. I think if the great seal lay upon Hounslow Heath nobody would take it up. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Wilkie Collins Put the will and the letter under one cover, and place them in the admiral’s possession, with your written directions to him to break the seal on the day of your death. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Wilkie Collins The outside of the letter was also very dirty, and the seal a common office-seal of the usual lattice-work pattern. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

William Morris The Maiden opened the pouch, and fell a-kissing the letter and the seal of her father for joy’s sake, whereas she had not heard tidings of him a great while. Old French Romances by William Morris [1896]

Sinclair Lewis The sight of him on the floor in his wife’s fur coat, being a seal on an ice-floe, was incomparable. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Arthur Morrison Your uncle Joseph possessed himself of Joanna Southcott s seal by way of removing from poor old Mrs. Penner an object of a sort of idolatry, and kept it as a curiosity. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Virginia Woolf He wore a large old seal on his chain. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Rudyard Kipling Let the good hunters go tomorrow and bring back the seal I have speared — twenty-five seal buried in the ice. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

The unprecedented nature of this pardon set the seal upon Signora Sanseverina’s position. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

The last words of Evadne were the seal upon the warrant of my death. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Rudyard Kipling Her father had been a minor Court official in the days when the Great Exhibition of 1851 had just set its seal on Civilisation made perfect. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Charles Dickens I went up, and said something to the child, whatever it might have been; but I couldn’t see the direction of the letter, because she held it with the seal upwards. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

What these things were, beyond what has been written here, he told to the Jesuit father — under the seal of confession. The Island of Anarchy by E.W [1887]

I handed him an envelope with a big red seal which quite startled him. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

You fancied you had seen things — but the seal was on. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Edith Wharton They were empty, and that seemed to establish their identity, and to put a seal on the memory of that other evening. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

He that it wrought knew many a fair engine; He watchèd many a constellacioun, Ere he hadde done this operacioun, And knew ful many a seal and many a bond. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Henry James It seemed almost to seal the future; for Olive knew that the young interviewer would not easily be shaken off, and yet she was sure that Verena would never yield to him. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Wilkie Collins Winterfield broke the seal of the envelope and took out the inclosures. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Anthony Trollope And yet he felt also that he was being caught, and that in ascending into the private domains of the countess he would be setting the seal upon his own captivity. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri We need more than hasty drum talk to seal such treaty. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

William Makepeace Thackeray SPEAK IT, dear girl! from your own sweet lips: in the presence of an affectionate parent, utter the sentence which is to seal my happiness for life. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Abraham Merri A sigil — a seal —” “But why?” I asked. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

The letters of gentlefolk were generally fastened with a seal in those days: this had one in transparent bronze wax. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Walter Scott But I was regularly dismissed, as will appear from the hand and seal of the Abbot himself. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Henry James By the end of five minutes of Mrs. Folliott, however, he felt his dry lips seal themselves to a makeshift simper. A Round of Visits by Henry James [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Nothing short of murder would seal the man’s lips. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Sinclair Lewis When he mentioned Montaigne — pronounced Montaigny — he was likely to hit her with his seal ring. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Anatole France To hope that you could leave a remembrance in a woman’s heart is equivalent to trying to impress a seal on running water. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Edith Wharton He broke the seal and read: “Dear Mr. Weston, I have only just learned that my son’s visit to Monte Carlo was brought about by your having lent him twenty pounds. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Caroline Lamb Beware of Viviani—remember that still I am your sister: and now, for the last time, I warn you, go not to Colwood Bay; for if you do——” “What then?” “You seal your sister’s death. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Jack London He at once put the Ghost upon her course — a course which meant the seal herd and not Yokohama harbour. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

He broke the seal at last, and unfolded her letter. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Wilkie Collins Beyond this, comes another little group of cottages, with the seal of civilization set on them, in the form of a post-office. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Gustave Flauber Hamilcar, while listening to him, kept turning round on his finger a big gold ring, the same which had stamped the seal of Carthage upon the sword-belt. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

D. H. Lawrence It seemed, this child, like the seal set on her own nullity. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hughes There they were, side by side with my father, whom I had seen toil and die for them, and women and little children, and the seal was on the foreheads of all. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Anthony Trollope And now he did not even go over to seal up the drawers and to make arrangements as to the funeral. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Not till he was actually there, with no possibility of sudden interruption, did he break the seal of his brother-in-law’s thick letter. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

WITNESS: No, not even a seal ring. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins He ought to have taken the additional precaution of placing a seal on the cupboard, so as to prevent any tampering with the lock, or any treachery with a duplicate key. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Guy de Maupassan She made up her mind, at last, to tell the Abbé Picot her difficulty, under the seal of confession. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Jonathan Swif I will now seal up this letter, and send it; for I reckon to have none from you (’tis morning now) between this and night; and I will put it in the post with my own hands. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Ralph Waldo Emerson It has the seal of martyrs and confessors; the noblest books; a sublime architecture; a ritual marked by the same secular merits, nothing cheap or purchasable. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Rudyard Kipling Yet as he pulled out against the gale he could see that even there had once been a seal nursery. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Edith Wharton She saw his hand on the door, and his seal ring in its setting of twisted silver; and the sense of the end of all things came to her. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

The instant she was gone, however, he broke the seal and read:— ‘Hollywell, February 20th. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Washington Irving On picking it up, it proved to be a seal ring of mixed metal, in which gold and silver appeared to be blended. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Widowed, by a death that was the seal of her marriage sacrament, and left her his wife only in name and law. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Sinclair Lewis Joe raised his head from the coils of smoke like a seal rising from surf, grunted, “I’ll come ‘round t’morrow,” and dived down to his three aces. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Jack London My hut was quite washed out by the seas, and of my great store of seal meat only a wretched, pulpy modicum remained. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

This paper was the marriage-certificate of Maurice and Marie-Anne, drawn up by the cure of Vigano, witnessed by the old physician and Bavois, and sealed with the seal of the parish. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Arthur Conan Doyle But, alas, though you shut that door, you cannot seal it. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was a most daring and successful seal and whale fisher. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Anthony Trollope Between his fingers was the very note which he had written to the archbishop in her presence — and it was open! Yes, he had absolutely violated the seal which had been made sacred by her approval. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins What did Friley do with them? Did he seal them up immediately in the presence of witnesses, and take them to the legal authorities? Nothing of the sort. The Poisoned Meal by Wilkie Collins [1858]

Wilkie Collins The seal itself was found in the possession of the widow; placed carelessly in the china tray in which she kept her rings after taking them off for the night. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

H.P. Lovecraft Three had tenants, all skeletons of high grade, and on the bony forefinger of one I found a seal ring with my own coat-of-arms. The Rats in the Walls by H.P. Lovecraft [1923]

Ford Madox Ford He was now repeating, holding out the envelope, seal upwards: ‘I suppose you believe I have not read your sonnet, sir. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Wilkie Collins Slowly, and, as it seemed, unwillingly, he folded the note up in a fresh sheet of paper, and was preparing to seal it when a tap at the door stopped him. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

They will come in a few minutes, to seal up the dead man’s papers!” “To seal up the papers? Why?” “That is the law. The General’s Will by Vera Jelihovsky

Edith Wharton He went up to his room, a little dizzy with the abruptness of the event, and angrily ripped off seal and string, revealing the morocco box he had expected to find there. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Wilkie Collins The seal was unbroken — the postmark was Wurzburg. Fritz kept the letter from Wurzburg unopened in his hand. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

The whole affair looked so damning, and my sudden disappearance would seem to everyone to put the seal upon my guilt. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

God has set a seal upon their hearts and on their hearing; and on their eyes is dimness, and for them is grievous woe. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

The seal broken — the spectacles put on — the preliminary cough having sounded — every one pricked up his ears. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

I suppose the sensations, stirred by those first sounds, first sights, are felt but once; treasure them, Memory; seal them in urns, and keep them in safe niches! Well — I rose. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

On the contrary, he found it but too clear-sighted; and it was no contempt in him, but too ghastly a fear and jealousy, which labored to seal up the grander ministrations of the Oracle for the future. The Pagan Oracles by Thomas De Quincey

Rudyard Kipling When we have eaten those we will all follow the seal on the floe. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Robert Louis Stevenson Here then, as I lay down the pen and proceed to seal up my confession, I bring the life of that unhappy Henry Jekyll to an end. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson [1886]

Willa Cather I wonder if you know how we’ve looked for you?” She took his hand and turned a seal ring about on his little finger absently. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

With the remainder he formed a package which he handed to the governor, saying: “I beg you, sir, to take charge of this, and to seal it up here, in presence of the prisoner. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

George Meredith She would have liked me to kiss a book to seal the oath. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Let us hope, therefore, that all the dreadful consequences of sin will not be incurred, unless the act have set its seal upon the thought. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Seal with a seal of gold The scroll of a life unrolled; Swathe him deep in his purple stole; Ashes of diamonds, crystalled coal, Drops of gold in each scented fold. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

This put the seal on Ethel’s dream. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Thomas Hardy I’ve got a wold silver spoon, and a wold graven seal at home, too; but, Lord, what’s a spoon and seal? . Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

The Blake estate should never descend with the seal of his approbation to a race of probable imbeciles. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells Towards the end Sir Bussy by some fragmentary comments of an entirely hostile sort, set the seal to a thoroughly disconcerting evening. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Richard Hakluy They found bags of train oil, many little images cut in wood, seal skins in tan tubs with many other such trifles, whereof they diminished nothing. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

George Meredith Might find thee in some amber clime, Where sunlight dazzles on the sail, And dreaming of our plighted vale Might seal the dream, and bless the time, With maiden kisses three. Poems by George Meredith [1851]

That set the seal of acceptance upon her and, fortunately, it was the only compliment so definitely expressed. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Ford Madox Ford It had a great cornelian seal set in red gold on the third finger. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

George Eliot After his arrival at home he was reminded of his omission, and immediately despatched Christian with a note begging his uncle to seal up the pocket-book and send it by the bearer. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then these skilful workers can seal up the hole. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Wilkie Collins If you do not hear from me, or see me, before that time, break the seal when the clock strikes, and read the contents. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

He had brought the money, which he knew would be acceptable at such a moment, and he thought it would be desirable to sign and seal forthwith, to which the captain, a little anxiously, agreed. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He was immediately rewarded by catching the words: ‘You are a brave girl and my queen!’ and then something like a prayer for a kiss, or some such favor, as a seal to their compact. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Guy de Maupassant I found out, later on, that, under the seal of secrecy, naturally, he had sought information from the priest. A Parricide (Un parricide) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Benjamin Disraeli He could not doubt it: but tomorrow would decide; tomorrow would seal his triumph. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Fanny Fern Please write me soon, and send it to Kitty Mills, care of Uncle Jack Mills, and please seal it up all tight, so he cannot peep into it. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Before her was still burning the rose-colored taper she had used to seal it. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Gregory’s heart beat high; this then was the outer sign of the inner dance he had himself known: the ointment had helped him to seal his body while his soul entered ecstasy. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Arthur Conan Doyle The passage ended in a large, brown door, and the door had a seal of red wax the size of a five-shilling piece over the keyhole. The Sealed Room by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Washington Irving The seal bore as a device two triangles crossing each other, so as to form a star. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Rudyard Kipling They left five-and-twenty seal carcasses buried in the ice of the beach, all ready for use, and hurried back to their people. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Henry James He looked at her briefly, in silence, smiling, after which he drew from his pocket a large letter with an official-looking seal and shook it jocosely above his head. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

George Meredith Never one kiss will he give on a neck, or a lily-white forehead, Chin, hand, or bosom uncovered, all panting, to take the chance coolness, But full sure the fiery pressure leaves seal of espousal. Poems by George Meredith [1851]

Walter Scott And some such fate is in his look,” he added, after gazing fixedly upon the wounded man; “for though his wound may be cured, yet Azrael’s seal is on the wretch’s brow. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

The idea of her death, which the appearance of the black seal conveyed suddenly to his imagination, had been appalling beyond words. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Edith Wharton Let’s dine first, Uncle Jack.” “I think I’ve a seal upstairs,” said Faxon. Mr. Lavington sent him a barely perceptible smile. The Triumph of Night by Edith Wharton [1916]

Jules Verne In the summer the Esquimaux encamp in tents made of seal and reindeer skins, which are called tupics. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Edith Wharton His hands were bloodless but delicately muscular: he wore a dark red seal ring on his left fourth finger. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Henry James It was the seal of their situation — of which he tasted the impress for a long blissful moment in silence. The Jolly Corner by Henry James [1908]

For ever I had set my seal upon her and for ever now would she remember this first avowal of her love. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Thomas Hardy Nature, in her fantastic trickery, had set such a seal of maidenhood upon Tess’s countenance that he gazed at her with a stupefied air. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins I am waiting, with the fatal letter in my hand — and my mother-in-law is waiting in the next room to me — to hear from his own lips whether he decides to break the seal or not. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Wilkie Collins Of course, you shall see the fair copy before I seal it. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Henry James The old lady watched her with this coldness while she proceeded to seal the letter, then suddenly bade her open it again and bring her a pen. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

He would be under you for instructions and will send letters through you under flying seal . Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Gaston Leroux Please put twenty notes of a thousand francs each into this envelope, seal it with your own seal and hand it to Mme. Giry, who will do what is necessary. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Olaf Stapledon As well might the flippers of a seal be used for flying. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Richard Hakluy The boats that went from me found the tents of the people made with seal skins set up upon timber, wherein they found great store of dried caplin, being a little fish no bigger than a pilchard. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

Thomas Hardy Now I seal it up and give it to you to keep safe till I ask ye for it, or you hear of my being trampled down by the enemy. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Maria Edgeworth He came to apologize to Miss Portman for having, by mistake, broken the seal of a letter to her, which had been sent under cover to him. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

She broke the seal with clumsy haste. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Even these were a danger, for they bore the seal of the 29th Division, and the police would probably know that the 29th Division was the P.O.U.M.; but without them I could be arrested as a deserter. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Edith Wharton She could not acquire the air of doing things because she wanted to, and making her choice the final seal of their fitness. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

H. Rider Haggard The ring was an antique, a large emerald, cut like a seal and heavily set in a band of dull gold. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Wilkie Collins His seal lay ready on the table, and it mattered nothing whether he used it, or whether a person in his confidence used it for him. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope She turned it over and over, and much desired to know its contents; but she did not dare to break the seal of her son’s letter. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Barrett Browning And when upon you, weary after roaming, Death’s seal is put, By the foregone ye shall discern the coming, Through eyelids shut. A Drama of Exile by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1844]

Wilt keep faith with me and tell him?” “On this fair hand I swear it; and thus I seal the pledge. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Edgar Allan Poe Blood was its Avatar and its seal — the redness and the horror of blood. The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

E. Phillips Oppenheim He felt that it put the seal upon his ostracism. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Wilkie Collins My mother had evidently confessed all to her sister under the seal of secrecy, and there the dreadful disclosure had been arrested. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Caroline Lamb The motto upon the seal (for lovers attend to all) was not that which at all times he made use of when addressing Calantha. It was a seal she knew too well. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

The address of the next was written in printed letters; he knew in an instant that it was from Larkin, without the further confirmation of the heavy seal with its shilling impression. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Willa Cather His hands were thin and white and well cared for, and he had a seal ring on his little finger. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Caroline Lamb The seal was not his seal; and the black wax, so constantly his custom to use, was exchanged for red. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Henry Handel Richardson Under seal of secrecy and with an odd sense of guilt, as if he was doing something he ought not to, Cuffy confided to her his discovery that big people could cry, too. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Sinclair Lewis They even sent us a full display kit — a kayak and a native harpoon and a whale vertebra and the cutest little stuffed baby seal you ever saw. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Ford Madox Ford For every man there comes at last a time of life when the woman who then sets her seal upon his imagination has set her seal for good. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

John Donne Then have counsels of war their impressions and their operations, when we see the seal of an army set to them. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

Isabella Bird No document is authentic without a seal as its signature. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

He was about to seal the bargain with an unholy kiss when through the hush of the hour came the crack of a revolver shot. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Jonathan Swif I must rise, and bid you good-bye, for I’ll seal this letter immediately, and carry it in my pocket, and put it into the post-office with my own fair hands. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Rudyard Kipling No one but a sea cow or a seal would have dreamed of there being such a place, and when he looked back at the cliffs even Kotick could hardly believe that he had been under them. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

D.H. Lawrence Death is the complete disillusionment, set like a seal over the whole body and being, over the suffering and weariness and the bodily passion. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Have all ready to sign and seal when I come back — certainly, within a week. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Under each writing hung a large dark seal by a cord. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Love Peacock The Genius Loci, the tutela of Nightmare Abbey, the spirit of black melancholy, began to set his seal on her pallescent countenance. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

H. G. Wells I saw her fight, and it was not an easy fight, to bring our son into the world, and that sort of crisis was a seal between man and woman in those days even as it is to-day. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Rudyard Kipling A seal did not go very far, for each mouth in the little village had a right to be filled, and neither bone, hide, nor sinew was wasted. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Virginia Woolf At the turn of the staircase Katharine turned to look back, trusting to this last glance to seal their compact of good friendship. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Louisa May Alcott Amy Curtis March Witnesses: Estelle Valnor, Theodore Laurence. The last name was written in pencil, and Amy explained that he was to rewrite it in ink and seal it up for her properly. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Here, you can seal it,” he added, taking the signet ring from his finger, on which was engraved the crest of the Preen family. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Fanny Fern Well, what have we here?” and Ruth broke the seal of the second letter. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Duffham wrapped the pill-box up in the back of a letter that he took from his pocket, and sealed it with a seal that hung to his watch-chain. Hester Reed’s Pills by Ellen Wood [1874]

Wilkie Collins On the other side, was a torn sheet of white paper, with a seal on it, partly destroyed, and with an inscription in writing, which was still perfectly legible. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

George Gissing Her husband she could never regard but as a cruel enemy; none the less, nature had set a seal upon their marriage against which the revolt of her heart was powerless. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

He crushed it into his breast-pocket with the seal unbroken — “Time enough to discover what new falsehood she has tried to palm upon me,” he thought. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Fanny Fern Wait a bit till I have glanced at them;” and she broke the seal of one. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Rafael Sabatini Until then my confessor can make no use of it, since he receives it from me under the seal of the confessional. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Richard Hakluy They brought with them seal skins, stags’ skins, white hares, seal fish, salmon peel, small cod, dry caplin, with other fish and birds such as the country did yield. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

Jules Verne In coming back they witnessed a curious sight; it was the chase of a seal by a gigantic bear. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

The doors of that joyless dwelling on the fertile flats beyond Vevinord were sealed against the offender with a seal not to be broken, even had he come thither to plead for pardon, which he did not. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Edgar Allan Poe Some seal of the fur and hair species are still to be found on Kerguelen’s Island, and sea elephants abound. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Conan Doyle There is a seal of red wax stamped with a crouching lion. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

D. H. Lawrence The fact that Manchester House and its very furniture was under seal to be sold on behalf of her father’s creditors made her feel as if all her Woodhouse life had suddenly gone smash. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf Within were papers of the highest importance, of which only fragments, here a flourish, there a seal firmly attached to a piece of burnt silk, now remain. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Late hours, anxiety, dissipation of all kinds, had set their fatal seal upon his countenance. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Charles Dickens Possibly he had this end before him in still forbearing to break the seal of the letter, and in telling Trotty to wait where he was, a minute. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

He went into all the details of the business carefully, setting his seal upon books and papers, and doing all that he could to make matters secure without hindrance to the carrying on of the trade. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Virginia Woolf The pleasure of having no documents to seal or sign, no flourishes to make, no calls to pay, was enough. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

The streets of Ullerton are sealed with the seal of desolation — the abomination of desolation reigns in the market-place, where the grass flourishes greenly in the interstices of the pavement. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Zona Gale We’ll have to have somebody’s seal at the bottom of all this copy. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

He saw that she was deliberating whether or not to speak, and a word from him might seal her lips, so, like a wise man, he kept silent. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

George Gissing But both these feelings had yielded before the influence of Helen Norman, who established immutably, with the seal of passion, the power which her ideal character might only have exerted for a while. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Jacques Futrelle Mr. Grimm sat with his elbows on his knees, idly twisting a seal ring on his little finger. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

H. Rider Haggard But then you killed Cheat, and the Heavens killed Baas Tom and set their own seal upon him. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Lady Morgan It seems as though a seal had been fixed upon every bliss of the senses and the heart, which her breath alone could dissolve that all was gloom and chaos until she said “let there be light. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Thomas Hardy The seal had cracked, and the letter was open. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

William Morris For surely all is not in vain, This gallant show she brings; But seal of hope and sign of gain, Beareth this Spring of springs. Chants for Socialists by William Morris [1885]

She sent him back his letter, with its seal unbroken, by Conte N——‘s groom. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

George Meredith They also examine the house up to the point where we seal it. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Anthony Trollope At last, almost in despair with himself, he broke the seal and forced himself to read it. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Then he put the insurance-letter over the cup, with the seal downwards, and left it so while he resumed his walk. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Let us put a seal upon the lot of them but before we stamp it I will gratify your curiosity. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Wilkie Collins He refused, in the fiercest terms, to seal the envelope. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

And yet he faltered in his purpose and hung back, and told himself that there was no need for haste when a man is to seal a lifelong doom. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Thomas Hardy What it did not show was something which lingered upon his lips like a seal set there. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins Did I know him so little as to doubt for a moment that he could break a seal and replace it again? This view was entirely new to me; I was startled, but not convinced. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Jonathan Swif Farewell, deelest MD, MD, MD, FW, FW, FW, ME, ME, ME, Lele. You’ll seal the two papers after my name. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

The magazines invented it, but I never knew before that President Norvin Green had stamped it with the seal of his approval. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Jules Verne However, on the 15th, the Doctor was fortunate enough to surprise a seal basking on the ice, and, after several shots, the animal was captured and killed. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne