Phrases with "secret"

Pinkerton, the auctioneer, and the boys, who were all equally in the open secret of the ring, were now all equally and simultaneously taken aback. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

I had developed my own view about low-Church theology long before my father’s death, and my meditation upon that event had finished my secret estrangement from my mother’s faith. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

George Meredith The secret of his happiness is in extreme jeopardy. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

But now that my secret is common property, in the keeping of police officers and stable-boys, I can afford to tell you all. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Kenneth Grahame If he’s ever in a real fix, and it would be of use to him, you may tell him about the secret passage; but not before. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

The mother’s death and that of the devoted clergyman had not served to reveal the secret which secured the happiness of this bright, attractive, if somewhat worldly, pair. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

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

William Godwin It is true, there must always have been a horror of secret arts, especially of such as were of a maleficent nature. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

She was not feeling the humiliation, her own acknowledgement of disobedience, but of the horror of being forced to reveal the secret he had left in her charge. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Thomas Hardy He was careful not to remind her, and went on with his secret preparations for a cheerful surprise, the more zealously that he had been absent last time and unable to assist. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Jules Verne C’est le secret de l’avenir. Robur-le-Conquerant by Jules Verne [1886]

That a secret of possible consequence lay between them he could not doubt. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Andrew Lang Meanwhile, how does Edwin, once out of the vault, make good a secret escape from Cloisterham? Mr. Proctor invokes the aid of Mr. Grewgious, but does not explain why Grewgious was on the spot. The Puzzle of Dickens’s Last Plot by Andrew Lang

There are men at the front door and at a secret entrance she used to enter as Mrs. Herne.” He knocked again, but there was no reply. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

G. K. Chesterton Pot-boilers to my feeling are sacred things; but they may well be secret as well as sacred, like the holy pot which it is their purpose to boil. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

One evening after the milking, Deidrick, who had for years been nourishing a secret passion for Katrina, was smitten with an idea. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Friedrich Schiller By a haughty, imperious demeanor he alienated the hearts even of those whom he had most benefited; while at the same time he converted his rivals and secret enviers into deadly enemies. The Sport of Destiny by Friedrich Schiller

To find someone who would share his life in Burma — but really share it, share his inner, secret life, carry away from Burma the same memories as he carried. Burmese Days by George Orwell

I have a secret name for everything. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Elizabeth Gaskell But at last, when he lay a-dying in his cave in the rock, he sent for her by a secret sign known but to them twain. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

He gets hold of that poor girl’s secret and is evidently intending to trade upon it”— Larose’s face hardened darkly here —“in one way or another to his own gain. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Charles Dickens That person is the person from whom you derive your expectations, and the secret is solely held by that person and by me. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Bannister was confidential, because he enjoyed keeping a secret more than other men enjoy telling one. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Anthony Trollope Her secret was with him, and he could tell it if he chose. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Glenarvan garda pour lui le secret de ses angoisses, et ni lady Helena, ni Mary Grant, ni Robert ne soupçonnèrent la gravité des périls auxquels ils venaient d’échapper. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Jules Verne Peut-être cette grotte renfermait-elle le secret du sinistre? . Mistress Branican by Jules Verne [1891]

H. G. Wells Its composition is still a secret and its very complicated preparation a felony. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Henry James But just then it was, on the other hand, that the young man found himself borrow most effectively the secret of the right tone for doing as he preferred. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You could not expect me to mix up a secret honeymoon with my present commitments!” “There might surely have been some middle way?” Seaman persisted. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Both of you must be secret as the grave. The Other Earring by Ellen Wood [1874]

Mrs. Krent makes no secret that she thinks Sir Hannibal killed Mr. Bowring. That is, she did say so, but lately she seems to have changed her mind. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Ann Radcliffe Yet some good it is still in my power to do; let me disclose to you that secret which is so mysteriously connected with the southern apartments of this castle. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Andrew Lang The answer of Fouquet to Louvois must have satisfied Louis that Dauger had not imparted his secret to the other valet, La Riviere, for Fouquet was now allowed a great deal of liberty. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim You have only to deposit your precious papers there and afterwards you can devote yourself to the worthy object of escorting me to my secret destination!” He lit a cigarette with deliberation. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Charles Dickens Let him suppose it a mere freak, but a secret one, until the morning comes: then let him know that there is urgent reason for your getting Provis aboard and away. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

James Joyce And the odds were twenty to nil there was really no secret about it at all. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

James Payn Those few old letters she is reading, taken from a secret drawer in my Lady’s desk, are as familiar to her as her prayers, and she seems to hold them almost as sacred. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Charles Dickens At last, General Monk got the army well into his own hands, and then in pursuance of a secret plan he seems to have entertained from the time of Oliver’s death, declared for the King’s cause. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

George Meredith It seemed remote, where an invigorating upper air gave new bloom to her cheeks; but she kept one secret from her friend. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Maria Edgeworth What were the words of the charm? That is a secret which shall never be known to the world. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Wilkie Collins If I had spoken, I should have betrayed George’s secret in spite of myself. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

He had kept the injuries to his face as profound a secret as he could. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Edith Wharton A secret envy stabbed the wife who had lacked this last enlightenment. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Kate Chopin Here had been the direction of Mr. Worthington’s secret and stolen glances the entire evening. At Fault by Kate Chopin

John Locke The reason whereof is, because the complex idea signified by that name is the real as well as nominal essence; and there is no secret reference of that name to any other essence but that. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Frederick Marryat He had a secret of importance that he would have confided to me, had you not interrupted us. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

H. G. Wells J’avais ici pour vendre le secret de le flying-machine. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

George Meredith The surface was attentive to receive, The secret underneath enfolded fast. The Sage Enamoured and the Honest Lady by George Meredith

Either the man’s a superhuman liar, or else he’s got a secret of the biggest thing on earth. The Treasure of Sacramento Nick by Guy Boothby

WHILE these affairs in distant places pass’d, The various Iris Juno sends with haste, To find bold Turnus, who, with anxious thought, The secret shade of his great grandsire sought. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

The Medieval Stage. Grail romances probably contain record of secret ritual of a Fertility cult. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

Andrew Lang Michael held in his hand the golden cup, and he revealed the secret of the holes in the shoes. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton It was a secret that had already been almost entirely left to, and locked up with, certain neglected and unpopular things. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

The secret door stood open; the man, however, was not to be seen in the passage outside. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

And they little regarded it, because they had made under the table a secret entrance, and they always came in by it, and consumed those things. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

She was a secret delight and a secret trouble. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

She wished to keep it a secret from Mr. de Crespigny; from the people at Hazlewood. She must keep it a secret, she said. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Yes, Dora, I have my secret, and it is a hard one to carry—the secret of a man who is bound in honour to one woman while he fondly loves another. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Jonathan Swif Formerly a secret service agent under William III., Macky had been given the direction of the Ostend mail packets by Marlborough, to whom he communicated the news of Prior’s journey. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Andrew Lang The usual mysteries of voices, lights, secret passages, and innumerable doors are provided regardless of economy. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Daniel Defoe The rest by deputies he rules so well, And plants the distant colonies of hell; By them his secret power he firm maintains, And binds the world in his infernal chains. The True-Born Englishman by Daniel Defoe [1701]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then he descended the stairs, opened up his office, hid the necklace in a secret cavity of his safe, and went thoughtfully back to his rooms. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

George Gissing She reproached herself in secret for her ‘nastiness’ to the little one at their last meeting, nastiness for which, as it proved, there was no justification whatever. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Nathaniel Hawthorne And perhaps, if you think upon the blue chamber and the ebony cabinet, and the secret connected. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Robert Louis Stevenson I knew that if my secret were to reach the ear of any leader my fate were sealed beyond redemption; and yet in my present pass of horror and despair, it was to these very men that I turned for help. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

I have heard of women fainting at a song of Moore’s; and if the burden of it answered by chance to a secret in the bosom of the listener, I should think that the heart would break with it. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

You can’t go into this sort of thing too thoroughly, Pitman; the whole secret is preparation, and I can get up my biography from the beginning, and I could tell it you now, only I have forgotten it. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Andrew Lang This was done, and the old woman said to her: ‘I know your secret sorrow, O queen, and am come to help you in it. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It was my own personal secret and, certainly did not brand me as a bad or unworthy woman. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

I remember an old scout in Rhodesia, who had done many queer things in his day, once telling me that the secret of playing a part was to think yourself into it. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle What the phrase meant or who our secret visitor may have been, we never knew. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Sir Walter Scott I seek no one’s ruin; but he who thrusts himself on my secret privacy were better look well to his future walk. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The secret is known to no one but to me and the persons originally entrusted with it; I swear to you it’s so. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

The society of United Irishmen combined the best parts in the organization of both these secret fraternities, and obtained their advantages. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

But David now knew he carried his secret life within him and was never, for an instant, unaware of its presence. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Arnold Bennett Those notes, safe and secret in her skirt, gave her confidence, reassured her against the perils of the future, and endowed her with independence. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

No, my dear Laura, you may feel quite comfortable in coming to the Vicarage. Your husband’s secret is only known to Edward and me. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anthony Trollope It is expedient that they should be able to prevent any secret contracts. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

He did not like strange eyes to see his secret lodges on the N’yanza; and if he did not wish us to go down the river, Kamrasi’s orders would go for nothing. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

She had preferred to keep her marriage a secret until it was over, chiefly for the sake of her innumerable brothers and sisters, none of whom could afford wedding presents. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

If he is to be told one thing let him be told everything; let him hear the secret of my life!” Robert Audley left the room to look for his uncle. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

There was a private room behind the bar where the Buffaloes held their secret conclaves. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

The torment was secret and incessant, and kept my mind in unintermitting activity. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins A lurking air of secret service enveloped the fellow, like an atmosphere of his own, from head to foot. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

The help of every possible secret influence was enlisted. Prince Roman by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Thomas Hardy Nevertheless, he loved his misnamed Angel, and in secret mourned over this treatment of him as Abraham might have mourned over the doomed Isaac while they went up the hill together. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Oscar Wilde I remembered what you had said to me on that wonderful evening when we first dined together, about the search for beauty being the real secret of life. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Anthony Trollope I respect a lady’s secret a great deal too much for that. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

He was much too hot-headed to keep the secret of his wrongs from that cousin who had been to him as a sister. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Meredith The Countess gave her the shrug of secret sympathy. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Oscar Wilde Good heavens, my dear boy, don’t look so tragic! The secret of remaining young is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Among his friends he made no secret of his designs in all he had done for her, and boasted frequently of the extraordinary charms which were ripening for his possession. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Alice had a secret of her own to brood over. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle I’ve a secret here,” he put his hand to his breast, “and it is just burning the life out of me. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She had dared to creep out in secret to hide herself and her heartbroken terror in the silence and darkness alone. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Rafael Sabatini He realized fully the justice of Lionel’s fears that however fair the fight might have been, a thing done thus in secret must be accounted murder by the law. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

But am I at liberty to discover this secret to you?’ said the Director, in a tone of internal debate. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

H. Rider Haggard Now their road ran along marshes and by secret paths that none save those who had travelled them could have found. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

H. G. Wells No secret treaties shall be binding on individuals, organisations or communities. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

I believe him to have been a secret poisoner. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

In the morning, Catherine learnt my betrayal of her confidence, and she learnt also that her secret visits were to end. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Thomas Love Peacock They were provided with swords, and the cottager gave them bucklers and helmets, for all Robin’s haunts were furnished with secret armouries. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

Robert Louis Stevenson These were the words of his singing, other the thought of his heart; For secret desire of glory vexed him, dwelling apart. Ballads by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. Rider Haggard To no man among my people had I thus opened out my secret heart, but thou art an outlander and therefore I speak without shame, knowing all I have to offer and how hard it had been thee to ask. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Washington Irving I entreat, if not too late, you will keep this affair a secret for some time. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Theodore Dreiser Once she wrote in a secret diary which she maintained — another art impulse or an affectation, as you will: “My skin is so wonderful. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Arnold Bennett He felt as though he were by the side of a stranger, so far was he from having pierced the secret of that face. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Indeed, he made no secret of it among his intimates. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Wilkie Collins This done, she opened the upper part of her dress, and, slipping her fingers into a secret pocket hidden in the inner side of her stays, produced from it some neatly folded leaves of thin paper. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Wilkie Collins I am sorry to see a secret understanding established already between you and Mr. Francis Clare.” “Poor Frank! How you do hate him, to be sure. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope To have such a secret long kept from her mother would make her life unendurable to her. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton When she said to him once: “It looks just as if it was painted!” it seemed to Ethan that the art of definition could go no farther, and that words had at last been found to utter his secret soul. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Henry Handel Richardson By his side was Ned Turnham. Ned, still a lean-jowled wages-man at Rotten Gully, made no secret of his glee at getting carried down thus comfortably to Polly’s nuptials. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Nathaniel Hawthorne At all events, if it involved any secret information in regard to old Roger Chillingworth, it was in a tongue unknown to the erudite clergyman, and did but increase the bewilderment of his mind. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Anthony Trollope The moment she saw him she knew that her secret had been divulged. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

M. P. Shiel The man does not live who could force the century-old secret of that riveted lid. The Case of Euphemia Raphash by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Julian Hawthorne That secret — that mystery, whatever it was, that weighed upon him — had cast its shadow over her young heart likewise. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Anthony Trollope Was she not bound to keep her secret still a secret for his sake? She was angry with herself when she asked the question, but still she asked it. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Guy de Maupassan And Bertin, full of secret anguish, escorted his friend, pale and almost swooning, to the door, feeling her heart throb against his arm. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Maria Edgeworth A young man, a friend of Major O’Shannon, who was present, whispered the secret to his partner; she, of course, to her next neighbour. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells But Mr. Butteridge, having once made his demonstration, intended to keep his secret safe from any further risk of leakage. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Wilkie Collins You want to know, citizen, what our superintendent’s secret motive is for denouncing his wife’s brother? Suppose you try and find that out for yourself. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Jules Verne Il touchait à son but! De là, il n’en pouvait douter, allait sortir l’impénétrable secret qu’il était venu chercher à Stahlstadt! Mais son hésitation ne dura qu’un instant. Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum by Jules Verne [1879]

Gertrude Stein A secret means that when there is a thing there is nothing and if there is nothing then there is no addition. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Sinclair Lewis She led him to the farthest corner, as though it were a secret niche, and kissed him convulsively. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

G. K. Chesterton I swore before God that I would not tell your secret to the police. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Edith Wharton No sound came from the sleeping village, and in the deep darkness of the garden she heard now and then a secret rustle of branches, as though some night-bird brushed them. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

George Gissing But in secret she could hold him, if not innocent, at all events not base. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

We have an idea that he has been for a good few years now a secret agent of one of the foreign Embassies in London.’ This woke up my memory completely. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

You cannot guess the importance attached to the discovery of a secret in a convent, (particularly when the remission of our own offences depends on the discovery of those of others. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

George Gissing In secret she felt it would be the beginning of closer intimacy, of things which women—heaven be praised!—esteem of vastly more importance than intellectual convictions or the interest of party. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

So that, in fact, you have never learned or heard anything in particular?” “Nothing.” “That is where my secret begins. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Louisa May Alcott How they laughed when the secret came out, never dreaming how many love letters that little post office would hold in the years to come. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Bram Stoker I shall be glad to share my secret with you, sir. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

George Meredith Wilfrid knew himself the fountain of it all, and stood fountain-like, in a shower of secret adulation: a really happy fellow. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

You told me first that he was not dead; but when you could no longer keep my misery a secret from me, you only told me half the truth—you only told me half the cruel truth. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

When a girl she had been accustomed to swing for hours, and the memory of those vanished pleasures created a secret craving to taste them once more. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Charles Dickens My dear Michael, it is not right that I should keep secret from you what you do not suspect, but what distresses my whole life. The Poor Relation’s Story by Charles Dickens [1852]

Robert Louis Stevenson He had, besides, to assure himself of English support, secret or avowed, for the reformation party in Scotland; a delicate affair, trenching upon treason. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim I knew that I ought to have been calm, that I was imperiling my secret every moment. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

She was nearly forty and harboured a secret taste for patronizing young men of sorts — of a certain sort. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Anthony Trollope I make no secret of my opinion that the present Dean of Brotherton ought to be called upon by the great Council of the Nation to vacate his promotion. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

In order to secure the grave against secret disturbance, it was sown with thistles. Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

D. H. Lawrence The anarchy extended to his humorous talk, and his secret thinking. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

The poet of Rio Medio was rallying his crew of thieves to a rhapsody of secret and unrequited passion. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

George Gissing Alma surveyed everything, and felt a secret envy. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Algernon Blackwood Across the dim shadows of that haunted room there must have passed some secret signal of distress between the animals. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Anthony Trollope Who has a secret because he chooses it?” “But the Bishop?” “Well — yes, the Bishop. The Bishop has told the Doctor to examine me, and the Doctor has done it. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Henry James The young man had endeavoured to keep these stammerings modest, and Mr. Moreen made it no secret that he found them wanting in “style. The Pupil by Henry James [1891]

Zona Gale An island wind, fragrant of bark and secret berries, blew in puffs from the steep. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Zerbine, who was evidently rejoicing over some secret source of satisfaction, accepted good-naturedly all the taunts and jokes of her companions upon the irresistible power of her charms. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Jack London Outside the regular secret service of the Iron Heel, there was further established a secret service of the Mercenaries, this latter forming a connecting link between the police and the military. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

For a moment they were allied in a secret laughter. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

He made this secret entrance when the new wing of the cottage was built five years ago, and those who employed him gave him arsenic by way of a reward. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

You know Cluffe better than I, and there’s a secret about him I never could find out. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sigmund Freud The contrasts between secret and open love, between the dreamer's fire and the coldness of the young wife, dominate the dream. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Come, attended by affection, by open-hearted confidence; — come to me — to your child! — you will find with us peace and mutual love, the true secret of life. Lodore by Mary Shelley

George Meredith In fact, I’m not sure that I haven’t a secret passion for the great tailor. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Anthony Trollope It was so positively fixed that there was no secret about it. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

James Joyce The secret history of the court of charles ii (red cloth, tooled binding). Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Anthony Trollope Indeed there could be no longer any secret with anybody. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim I will keep my secret for a little longer. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

H. G. Wells I told him of companies and patents, and the case for secret processes. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Sinclair Lewis The lake was secret and sinister and still. The Willow Walk by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle It was clear that so long as he was in our company we should never have our way, and yet a great curiosity urged us to penetrate the secret of this ominous place. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Jules Verne Ce n’était plus un secret pour personne dans la société corfiote. L’Archipel en Feu by Jules Verne [1884]

The secret that each is in possession of, must be watched by the other. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

It had always been a secret from everyone except herself and she decided not to mention it. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

No fraud, no violence are attached to the appellation; and if the rogue will but keep his own counsel, we may hang him out of the way without the secret transpiring. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Ann Radcliffe He could not but perceive that some secret cause of grief preyed upon her mind, and he solicited to know, and to remove it. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Should women or children intrude upon this secret place, either intentionally or unintentionally, they are immediately killed. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Why do you ask?” “Because I thought — that is — you have made a secret of your being here, and I expect Ethel in a day or two, and she would certainly discover you. Lodore by Mary Shelley

E. Phillips Oppenheim There have been rumours of a secret flying ground somewhere in that direction. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Charles Kingsley Only let me entreat that these poor Indians shall have their share; for heathens though they be, Christ died for them; and I cannot but cherish in my soul some secret hope that He did not die in vain. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

George Gissing A medical man shortly called, and Ada, not without secret disgust, smilingly made known to her husband that she must now be very careful of her health. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

And I must confess she was very curious, too, and nothing but a terror of possessing a secret under such terms, withheld her from hearing Gertrude’s confession. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I was like one who, having discovered the ancient Eden still existing in all its primitive glory, should resolve to enjoy it in solitude, and never betray to mortal the secret of its locality. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

Anthony Trollope Having made up my mind to do this thing, I would not keep it secret as though I were ashamed of it. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Henry Handel Richardson In secret he planned a little trip to Schnapper Point. At the time of John’s wedding he had been unable to get free; this would be the first holiday he and Polly had ever had together. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

It was an aerodrome, and a secret one. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Arthur Morrison I’ll bet you a penny cake he goes first by himself to the small staircase and tries that secret recess. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Robert Louis Stevenson Then I knew the game was up and the secret out. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

I was to keep the secret of my mother’s madness; for it was a secret that might affect me injuriously in after-life. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

She had an uncomfortable sense that he was regarding her with secret amusement. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

George Gissing Whether he believed his wife guilty or not he could not have said; enough that she had kept things secret from him, and that he could not overawe her. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

T. E. Lawrence Pain of the slightest had been my obsession and secret terror, from a boy. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Wilkie Collins It was well for the preservation of my secret that I was in this frame of mind; for, on opening my study door, I was astonished to see both of them in my room. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

St. Leon, by William Godwin, relates the story of a man who knew how to produce unlimited gold by a secret formula given him by a mysterious stranger who dies in his home. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Meanwhile no living soul knew aught of these treasonable aspirations; they were a secret between her and Sam. Mr. and Mrs. Parslet suspected nothing. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Robert Louis Stevenson And it is I who have to beg of you that you will keep my secret and not betray the discourtesy of which I was guilty. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells A higher power”— his voice changed its emotional quality, his magnified eyes seemed to dilate —“has prought you and your secret straight to us. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Wilkie Collins Mind this! I would have kept her secret — it was no business of mine, after all — if she had behaved decently to me. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Wilkie Collins Whether these do or do not represent secret signals by which he communicates with his accomplices remains to be seen. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

She was very careful to keep the secret of her stepmother’s altered manner from the young soldier. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

He was poor; for the secret by which metals may be transmuted is not, as the old alchemists seem to imply, identical with that by which the elixir of life is extracted. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

The secret of prolonged existence, to be found in some universal panacea, guessed at, almost grasped, yet always escaping the seeker. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Robin was eager in secret and hoped Lady Etynge would not forget to remind them of her invitation. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Bram Stoker All told, the prospect was not happy for her, and she had a secret longing that something might occur to upset the order of things as at present arranged. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Gaston Leroux She thought herself, at that time, the victim of a thousand jealous attempts and went about saying that she had a secret enemy who had sworn to ruin her. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

But soon the queen perceives the thin disguise: (What arts can blind a jealous woman’s eyes!) She was the first to find the secret fraud, Before the fatal news was blaz’d abroad. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden