Phrases with "seal"

E. T. A. Hoffmann He was on the point of breaking the seal when the door opened and Daniel came in with still, ghostlike step. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

T. E. Lawrence At last they explained elaborately that Mohammed had taken Auda’s seal and written to the Governor of Maan, offering to desert the Sherif s cause. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The seal is then broken; if no blemish appears, the prisoner is declared innocent; if the contrary, he suffers the punishment due to his crime. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

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]

Gertrude Stein A seal and matches and a swan and ivy and a suit. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

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

Andrew Lang Then Kjartan gave it stroke after stroke, and the seal went down as though he were driving in a stake. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

D’Artagnan profited by the circumstance to speak to M. de Treville of the letter with the great red seal and the cardinal’s arms. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

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]

Guy de Maupassan She resolved to go and see Abbé Picot and tell him, under the seal of confession, all that weighed upon her mind in this matter. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

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

Rudyard Kipling The seal must have open water to live and catch fish in, and in the deep of winter the ice would sometimes run eighty miles without a break from the nearest shore. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Maria Edgeworth I only put one corner to the candle that Isabella had lighted to seal her letter. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

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

Jules Verne We dug the grave, and the polypi undertake to seal our dead for eternity. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Under the inner nail of the horse’s hind foot on the left side, was found a seal wrapped in a woollen cloth. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

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

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

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]

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]

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]

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

D. H. Lawrence He looked like a seal as he took hold of the side of the boat. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe Blood was its Avatar and its seal — the redness and the horror of blood. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Wilkie Collins To describe what I felt when I broke the seal and read the first lines is simply impossible. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

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

It was known throughout her particular circle that she had been idiotic enough to refuse Lord Mallow. Mrs. Winstanley had whispered the fact to all her friends, under the seal of strictest secrecy. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

The position farthest removed on either hand from the Interlocutor. The man was perishing apace Who played the tambourine; The seal of death was on his face — ’Twas pallid, for ’twas clean. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

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

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

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]

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]

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

Richard Hakluy Their boats are made all of seal skins, with a keel of wood within the skin: the proportion of them is like a Spanish shallop, save only they be flat in the bottom and sharp at both ends. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

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]

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

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]

THE KING’S CRADLE SONG Seal with a seal of gold The scroll of a life unrolled; Swathe him deep in his purple stole; Ashes of diamonds, crystalled coal. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

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

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

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]

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

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]

Rudyard Kipling The Tununirmiut returned from the yearly salmon-fishing, and made their houses on the early ice to the north of Bylot’s Island, ready to go after the seal as soon as the sea froze. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then I thought of the great, bare house, and the sinister door with the discoloured red seal upon it. The Sealed Room by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Arthur Machen Yes, and cellarers shall not be wanting to convey to you the Roederer’s champagne, the fragrant Clos Vougeot, the refreshing Lafitte and the enlivening Chambertin with yellow seal . Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

This was the seal of the City, its first gift to the dead who entered it. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

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

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

CROWN PROSECUTOR: Not even a seal ring. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

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]

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

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

Abraham Merri I shrank from the inevitable disbelief, perhaps ridicule — nay, perhaps even the graver suspicion that had caused me to seal my lips while on the ship. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

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

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]

Wilkie Collins The seal which had secured the envelope was found, on examination, to have been broken. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Virginia Woolf That explains the seal on his chain, Eleanor thought. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

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]

D’Artagnan observed that the broken seal attracted the soldier’s attention a good deal, but he finished apparently by consoling himself, and returned the letter to his belt. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

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

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

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]

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

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]

Each of us seized a seal and dragged it after us to the boat. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

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]

About the time when he received this rebuke, he wrote to Mrs. Dunlop, “I have set, henceforth, a seal on my lips as to these unlucky politics. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

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]

Rudyard Kipling Kotuko found the dogs fighting over a fresh-killed seal who was following the fish that a gale always disturbs. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

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]

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

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

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]

It was unlike a crocodile, however; for it had fins rather than paws, and must have been as clumsy on the land as a seal or a walrus. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

George Gissing You are to seal it with seven seals, to write upon it peche de jeunesse, and to lay it away at the back of a very private drawer. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

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

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]

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

Jack London He was doing it now, vociferating, bellowing, waving his arms, and cursing like a fiend, and all because of a disagreement with another hunter as to whether a seal pup knew instinctively how to swim. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

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

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

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

George Meredith All secrets are holy, but secrets of State are under a seal next to divine. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Henry Handel Richardson But the true seal was set on her regeneration when she was invited to join the boarders’ Literary Society; of which Cupid and Mary were the leading spirits. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

Rudyard Kipling It was a gorgeous fight, for the two fought as long as there was a seal that dared lift up his head, and when there were none they paraded grandly up and down the beach side by side, bellowing. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

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

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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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

Louisa May Alcott Amen. To this will and testiment I set my hand and seal on this 20th day of Nov. Anni Domino 1861. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

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]

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Give up Yvonne for ever, and there shall be a seal on my lips as though the finger of the Virgin rested there. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

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

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]

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]

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]

George Eliot Her experience since the moment of her waking in the boat had come to her with as strong an effect as that of the fresh seal on the dissolving wax. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Elizabeth Gaskell Mr. Horner forgot for to seal it, in his hurry to be off. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

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]

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

Sinclair Lewis In her loose nutria coat, seal toque, virginal cheeks unmarked by lines of village jealousies, she was as out of place on this dreary hillside as a scarlet tanager on an ice-floe. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle This seal gave me the impression of having been there for a long time, for it was dusty and discoloured. The Sealed Room by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Richard Hakluy We found a seal which was killed not long before, being flayed and hid under stones. 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]

James Joyce They hailed him cheeringly, their encient, the murrainer, and wallruse, the merman, ye seal that lubs you lassers, Thallasee or Tullafilmagh, when come of uniform age. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

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]

D. H. Lawrence At last she put the seal down, and looked at the other things — a beautiful old beer-mug used as a tobacco-jar, a silver box like an urn, old and of exquisite shape, a bowl of sealing wax. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

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

Anthony Trollope The bishop had clearly committed himself by breaking the seal of the answer to the archbishop; he had therefore fear to influence him. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

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]

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]

Richard Burton When the prescription is written out, you affix an impression of your ring seal to the beginning and to the end of it, that no one may be able to add to or take from its contents. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

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

Edith Wharton The latter, after a moment’s pause, broke the seal and read. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Wilkie Collins He was as anxious to deliver the papers which the proprietor of the asylum had confided to him, as if he had never broken a seal or used a counterfeit to hide the betrayal of a trust. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Then we’ll ring for string and sealing wax, seal up the lot right here, and you can take ’em away in your grip. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Rudyard Kipling This helps to keep a man’s legs from twitching as he waits and waits and waits for the quick-eared seal to rise. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

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]

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

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

Rudyard Kipling That was enough for Kotick. He turned and galloped (a seal can gallop very swiftly for a short time) back to the sea; his little new mustache bristling with horror. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Gertrude Stein Chinchilla second, squirrel called fur and no seal skin. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

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]

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]

Wilkie Collins I see the shadow of disaster, I see the seal of death, on your face. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

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]

He eyed the seal and ejaculated, “Haram!” to himself! alluding, I suppose, to the figure of the slave in chains, it being prohibited to make figures. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

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]

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]

Willa Cather She came swiftly down the path and through the front gate in the Maine seal motor-coat she wore when she drove her coupe in cold weather. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Sir Walter Scott The seal was a deep and well-cut impression of arms, which defied all tampering. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

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 Meredith Bacchanal threads astray from a disorderly front-lock of rich brown hair were alive over an eyebrow showing like a seal upon the lightest and securest of slumbers. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

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]

G. K. Chesterton I command you to seal it up and take it away. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

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]

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

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]

With these words, which seemed to seal Thomas to his task, Amos Cadwalader died. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

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]

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

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

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]

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

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

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

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]

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

George Meredith So her consent was the seal of the voyage. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

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]

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

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

Anthony Trollope The skin of a seal that has been shot by the man and not purchased is a present that any lady may receive from any gentleman. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

George Gissing At the end he regarded her, and his look said: ‘Behold the man who is your husband!’ But at length there came one letter distinct from all the rest; it had the seal of a Government office. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

The very outcast of the streets has pity upon her sister in degradation, when the seal of promised maternity is impressed upon her. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Marjorie Bowen The seal and the parchment were much — but the keys would be everything. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Rudyard Kipling The Lord’s Prayer “Our Father, which art”— set the seal on that desolation. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

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

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

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]

James Hogg Amen, for ever! I will now seal up my little book, and conceal it; and cursed be he who trieth to alter or amend. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

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]

Wilkie Collins For this, or for some other reason that I cannot divine, I felt so strongly the foreboding of bad news that I abstained from breaking the seal in my mother’s presence. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

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

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

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

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

Arnold Bennett In another instant he had deftly replaced the seal and restored the bottle to its position. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

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

There was but one—a square, blue-looking, ill-favoured sort of document, sealed with a big office seal and addressed in a trim business hand. The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello by Amelia B. Edwards