Phrases with "shocked"

Andrew Lang Brougham was used to dreams, like other people; he was not shocked by them. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Marjorie Bowen The least suggestion of any infringement of that code of morals that he considered had been drawn up by God Himself shocked him profoundly. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Virginia Woolf By attending the nursery, or the sick bed, women are too apt to acquire a habit of conversing on such subjects in language which men of delicacy are shocked at. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Anthony Trollope I have been so shocked to hear all this. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Her friends, shocked at the event, had contented themselves with informing her brother at Athens, and had then washed their hands of the matter. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

But if you show it to the English they will be so shocked that they will use lorgnettes to hide their confusion. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

The notion of men who were at least partly white living in poverty among ‘natives’ so shocked her that she stopped short on the path, and the game of tennis was postponed for a few minutes. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling But Shingle’s sister was shocked when she saw his torn and filthy clothing thrown down in the wash-house. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Arnold Bennett At bottom, he was only pretending to himself to be shocked and outraged. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Rudyard Kipling Helen had been shocked at the idea of direct enlistment. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

He resembled an old maid, a commercial old maid, shocked by some impropriety. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

William Blades Occasionally these libraries were (I speak of thirty years ago) put even to vile uses, such as would have shocked all ideas of propriety could our ancestors have foreseen their fate. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Arnold Bennett He was now shocked as much by the girl’s outrageous candour as by the indisputable revelation that she went hungry for praise. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Roger had been shocked by Janey’s lack of filial piety, but he at once concluded that Dick must have “had grounds” for his distrust. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Thomas Paine On one side, the spectator is dazzled by splendid appearances; on the other, he is shocked by extremes of wretchedness; both of which it has erected. Agrarian Justice by Thomas Paine

I said that all this shocked me, and I’m hanged if I didn’t get him to believe that I meant it. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Leslie Stephen Pope, therefore, was terribly shocked when he found himself accused of heterodoxy. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Your uncle Silas was called up, and greatly shocked of course, and he did what I believe was best. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Robert Louis Stevenson It was what he had looked for, yet it shocked him; and he marvelled that so rough an impact should not have kicked a groan out of the drunkard. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Walter Scott By my faith, I shall never forget the force with which he shocked De Vipont. The poor Hospitaller was hurled from his saddle like a stone from a sling. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

D. H. Lawrence He looked up at her, with that fixed, expressionless face and unseeing eyes which shocked her, made her go dazed and blind. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis She was sometimes shocked quite as she had shocked Gopher Prairie by these girls with their cigarettes and elfish knowledge. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Walter Scott He was too much, hardened by his course of life to be shocked with them — too indifferent, and probably too stupid, to catch any part of their animation or energy. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

H. G. Wells He could be very easily surprised and shocked to mirth, because he had a scholar’s disposition to avoid novel constructions and unusual applications of words. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Arthur Conan Doyle What was it?” I was so shocked at the sudden and strange appearance of this ape-man that I hesitated whether I should not climb down again and tell my experience to my companions. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Arnold Bennett Constance emitted an “Oh, FAN!” of shocked terror, and Samuel betrayed his nervous tension by an involuntary movement. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

M. R. James His friends, when they had time to take stock of him, were rather shocked at his lorn appearance, and did their best to keep him up to the mark. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Anthony Trollope You’ll be shocked when you see him: you’ll find him so much altered. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Henry James Not to lose at the game of life you must — I don’t say cheat, but not be too sure your neighbour won’t, and not be shocked out of your self-possession if he does. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Henry Adams What shocked Lowell was that he denounced his own people. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Thomas Paine The hearts of the humane will not be shocked by ragged and hungry children, and persons of seventy and eighty years of age, begging for bread. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Andrew Lang This pious biographer was greatly shocked by that capital story about the keg of whisky that arrived at the Liddesdale farmer’s during family prayers. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Farewell.” Clement was deeply shocked and mortified at this contemptuous desertion, and this cold-blooded missive. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Mark Twain I suppose French morality is not of that straight-laced description which is shocked at trifles. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Dericka was terribly shocked to see what a wreck the poor man had become, and gasped as she looked. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope He was greatly shocked to hear of his death. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Take him up!” The main mass of the Waters plunging on the Wheel shocked that well-bolted structure almost into box-lids by saying: “Very good. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Jane Austen That Mrs. Whitaker is a treasure! She was quite shocked when I asked her whether wine was allowed at the second table, and she has turned away two housemaids for wearing white gowns. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Ford Madox Ford And it had horribly shocked him to hear again the German language, a rather soft voice, a little suety . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Walter Scott When Quentin, at their summons, approached the condemned criminal, he could not but be shocked at his appearance, however justly his doom might have been deserved. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

James Joyce The man what shocked his shanks at contey Carlow’s. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Tobias Smolle Believe me, madam, I was so shocked at his conversation on that subject, and so much incensed at his want of delicacy, that my temper was scarce sufficient for the ceremony of parting. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

With a sense of relief so great that she realised, for one shocked moment, the full extent of her fears, she hastened back into the sitting-room, with her collection of books and pamphlets. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Henry Kingsley At dinner-time, some naked blacks had come up to the dray, and had frightened and shocked her. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Anthony Trollope I was never so shocked in my life. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells When Grundy tells her things are shocking, she’s shockedpink and breathless. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Marjorie Bowen So she remained chaste, dainty, in person, habits, behaviour, but her thoughts ranged wide and the least of them would have profoundly shocked her employers. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

George Gissing She will be shocked and made miserable. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

The Czarist officer is shocked when he learns that Rubashov intends to capitulate. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Percy Bysshe Shelley The silence was interrupted by Matilda. Not shocked at the dreadful outrage which had been committed, she told Zastrozzi to come out into the forest, for that she had something for his private ear. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Virginia Woolf It was Lycidas perhaps, and Lamb wrote how it shocked him to think it possible that any word in Lycidas could have been different from what it is. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

G. K. Chesterton As the sea flooding the flat sands Flew on the sea-born horde, The two hosts shocked with dust and din, Left of the Latian paladin, Clanged all Prince Harold’s howling kin On Colan and the sword. The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It perplexed, as well as shocked her, by the irreverent inopportuneness of the occasions that brought it into vivid action. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Henry Fielding In this light I am shocked at my own folly, and am resolved to leave my children under your care, and go directly to my husband. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Did not know anything whatever of the circumstances attending the death; thought it a most deplorable calamity, and was never more shocked in his life than when he heard of it. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

Virginia Woolf But some of them with their newly-opened eyes saw a sight which shocked them — the grave of John Paston in Bromholm Priory without a tombstone. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Thomas Wolfe Only people who knew nothing about the world’s literature could be surprised or shocked to learn where every good book came from. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Benjamin Disraeli You would not be in the least shocked were Bertram to marry the daughter of some of our great merchants or bankers. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Sinclair Lewis Yet he was not shocked when, later in the evening, Isadora announced that she was carrying in that brief case the manuscript of her novel. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Look! the padre is shocked at you, and in this holy place!” Signa hung his head. Signa by Ouida

John Morley Any tyro may now be shocked at such a proposition as that beauty acts by relaxing the solids of the whole system. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Olaf Stapledon Indeed, having entered there, we are sometimes shocked that you do not feel more deeply. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

She would, I think, be shocked at the very thought. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Jane Austen And so Patty told me, and I was excessively shocked indeed! I would not have Mr. Knightley know any thing about it for the world! He would be so very. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Jeremy Bentham A Spanish grazier would as soon hear of his having bred a mule, as of his having bred a horse: the purity of a Jewish grazier would have been shocked at the imputation. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Ann Radcliffe Laura, shocked at her condition, was informed of its cause, and filial tenderness watched over her with unwearied attention. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Arnold Bennett In which case she would glance at the world for an instant with mild naivete, shocked by the horrible things that were apparently going on there, and in five minutes would forget all about it again. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

It has been enough to make the very stones blush; even the drunken man was so shocked that he went to the grating in the door, and told her to be quiet. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Arthur Morrison But he shocked me with a sense of insult, and more with one of surprise. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

A full bushel to anyone who captures him alive!” The animals were shocked beyond measure to learn that even Snowball could be guilty of such an action. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Arnold Bennett But she was shocked into a most solemn awe as she pressed the arm of the poor tragic woman who, but for an accident, might have plunged off the end of the groin into water deep enough for drowning. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Wilkie Collins Lady Loring was so shocked at what he said to her on the subject, that she has only repeated it to me with a certain reserve. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

She was so shocked that she went out and had three cups of black coffee and sat in the Park looking straight in front of her for the rest of the morning. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

George Meredith The marriage had shocked and stricken him, cleaving, in his love for his daughter, a goodly tree and withering many flowers. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

I was now shocked to think of the degree in which his burthensome sense of dependence would be aggravated, if he should totally lose the power of sight. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

Caroline Lamb A thousand things shocked her at first, which afterwards she not only tolerated but adopted. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Anthony Trollope The kind-hearted man hardly knew what he was doing, so shocked was he, and surprised by what he had heard. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Wilkie Collins It had been left to Oscar, of all the people in the world, to enlighten me — and that by a reference to his own case! I was so shocked that I sat speechless. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle But it was very different with Raffles Haw. The incident had shocked him to his inmost soul. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Elizabeth Gaskell I really was very much afraid of showing him how much shocked I was at some parts of what he said. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Henry James They pretend to be shocked because it looks exclusive, but in point of fact they like it first-rate. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein did not like the picture, she found something rather appalling in the drawing of the legs and feet, something that repelled and shocked her. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Henry James She wasn’t at all events shocked — which he had glanced at but for a handsome humility — and he would give her as many minutes as she liked. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Anthony Trollope Aunt Polly thought that the county would be shocked if a man charged with bigamy was allowed to be present at the marriage. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

E. Nesbi When Bobbie sneezed, the rat was quite shocked and hurried away, for he saw that a hay-loft where such things could happen was no place for a respectable middle-aged rat that liked a quiet life. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

William Godwin The citizens were shocked with the inhumanity of the prophet. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

H.P. Lovecraft His expressionless face was handsome to the point of radiant beauty, but had shocked the superintendent when the hall light fell on it — for it was a wax face with eyes of painted glass. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Radclyffe Hall Elizabeth listened in shocked silence. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

George Gissing The voice, the glance, the phrases jarred upon him, shocked him. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

D. H. Lawrence Yet all the time, among those others, she felt shocked and wincing, as if her violently-sensitive nakedness were exposed to the hard, brutal, material impact of the rest of the people. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Jane Austen I am shocked whenever I think that Maria could be capable of it; but, if she could undertake the part, we must not be surprised at the rest. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Frederick Marryat Humphrey and Pablo were much shocked at the scene of slaughter which presented itself to their eyes; and, after having viewed the bodies, they began to consult what had best be done. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Walter Scott I am shocked my people should have taken precedence of our hostess at her own gate; but your lordship is aware that I supposed Lady Ashton was still in the south. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Sinclair Lewis He was soggily sleepy, after two country drives on muddy roads, and in his torpor he gave her an overdose of strychnin, which so shocked and stimulated her that she decided to be well. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

H. G. Wells In some indefinable way the black face thus flashed upon me shocked me profoundly. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Rudyard Kipling Why is it always Papa who is so shocked and has never heard of such things — and Mamma who supplies the excuses? . Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Wilkie Collins I was so shocked and distressed that I had the greatest difficulty in preserving my own self-control. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

The old lady was much shocked at this event, but hoped a little time would restore his reason and enable him to bear his disappointment with patience. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Sinclair Lewis He was too shocked to go on with his duties of locking the front door and winding his watch and the clock. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

The moral consciousness of many reflecting men was shocked by doctrines like those of original sin, predestination, the atonement, and everlasting punishment. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

Radclyffe Hall His decision to take up medicine had shocked Mr. Benson, but he was a just man in spite of the fact that he completely failed to understand his younger son. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Abraham Merri With shocked amaze I realized that Ruth’s agony — for in agony she clearly was — was calling forth in him elation. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

No; I picked up my pen and wrote some words on a piece of paper and lulled my shocked senses with the tranquillity of the idlest dream of all. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Lucy Maud Montgomery Mrs. Lynde says she always feels shocked when she hears of anyone ever having been naughty, no matter how small they were. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Ann Radcliffe Hippolitus, shocked at her absence, had requested him to visit her, to alleviate her affliction, and, if possible, to discover its cause. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

D. H. Lawrence Emilie, shocked out of herself, stood pale and erect, recoiling. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan No one was shocked at the word, so great was the general indignation. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

Algernon Blackwood Her next words shocked me inexpressibly: “You laugh,” she said, “but I——” she sighed —“I weep. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

H.G. Wells Yesterday.” “Nor I.” “My poor girls! They are too shocked to say a word about it. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Reduced for companions to needy parasites, he braved and he shocked all decorous opinion by that ostentation of excess, which made Richelieus and Lauzuns the rage. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Here they paused in shocked surprise, for a woman’s scream rang out wildly and suddenly. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

H. G. Wells My mother too was so amazed at Isabel “letting me go,” and so near to indignation about it, that she quite forgot to be shocked at the immorality of my situation. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Arnold Bennett To Hilda, shocked by the coarseness and the obtuseness which evidently characterized his attitude, now as on other occasions, this self-confidence was desolating; it was ominously sinister. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

George Elio He might not feel for her — he might be shocked at her confession — he might talk to her of doctrines she could not understand or believe. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Anthony Trollope He was ineffably shocked at the old squire’s villany in the matter, but declared to all to whom he spoke openly on the subject that he did not see how the sinner could be punished. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Anatole France I have not told you every time your ideas shocked me. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Had she known clearly to whose account the chief share of this child-like joy was to be placed, Hortense would most likely have felt both shocked and incensed. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Fabrizio, questioning the servant, found him shocked by a detail which finally he allowed to escape him, despite the express order, several times repeated to him by the Contessa, not to reveal it. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Arthur Conan Doyle I use the adjective with a very definite meaning, for I have had an experience since which has shocked me almost as much as the other. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

The king, shocked with this appearance of ingratitude in his favourite child, desired her to consider her words, and to mend her speech, lest it should mar her fortunes. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

Tobias Smolle In going thither they agreed upon the method in which they should introduce themselves gradually to Miss Darnel, that her tender nature might not be too much shocked by their sudden appearance. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

I feared he would be shocked at finding me there, would consider my conduct incorrect, conceivably treat me with contempt. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Henry Handel Richardson Just at first, indeed, her limpid faith was shocked into a reluctance to believe that He had helped her at all: His manner of doing it would have been so inexpressibly mean. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Rudyard Kipling Then Pallant, shocked and pained: ‘I can only express my profound surprise that in response to my simple question the honourable member should have thought fit to indulge in a personal attack. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Sinclair Lewis In some panic he knew that he was afraid of her and shocked by himself, but he protested, “Don’t be such a prude. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton Stanwell was not shocked by the discovery — he was only the more sorry for the little man, who was, after all, denied that solace of self-sufficiency which his talk so noisily proclaimed. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Anthony Trollope His first warm kiss had shocked her. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Rudyard Kipling A magnificent success!” Then he laughed till the tears came, and Wonder, who had caught the real Mellishe snorting on the Mall, entered and was deeply shocked at the scene. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Rudyard Kipling Above all, is he shocked that Mrs. Boulte cannot see the error of her ways. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Guy de Maupassant The man and the woman, one standing, the other sitting, were listening with astonishment, so shocked that they could not move. Friend Joseph (L'Ami Joseph) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Maria Edgeworth But I cannot tell you how shocked I was at myself when I felt my love for him decrease every time I saw him. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

They treated the affair with a nakedness that shocked her. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Arnold Benne One loses, in the study of cause and effect, that absurd air which so many people have of being always shocked and pained by the curiousness of life. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

James Joyce It shocked him to find in the outer world a trace of what he had deemed till then a brutish and individual malady of his own mind. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Inwardly he was more shocked by this apparent misplacement of the lunar orb than by anything which had yet occurred. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Rudyard Kipling Vanity and ignorance were severely shocked when they confronted a long street of business — a street of two-storied houses, full of ticca-gharries, shop-signs, and above all jinrickshaws. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Radclyffe Hall Seabourne was genuinely shocked at the news. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Virginia Woolf It shocked her — it outraged her. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

H. G. Wells The Canterbury employer was an amiable, religious-spirited man and he would probably not have dismissed Mr. Polly if that unfortunate tendency to phrase things had not shocked him. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

She was rather shocked at this, for, although less superstitious than many countrywomen, she herself would not have brought may blossom indoors. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

H. G. Wells The chapel of the printers was, no doubt, shocked to find itself asleep. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Sinclair Lewis Howard, shocked at the threat to his one sure lifelong profession, was begging, ‘But Dad, if you retired in ten-fifteen years from now, when I had things going . The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope I have been shocked to hear that you have denied that you ever engaged yourself to me. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

When he saw me as one of the sailors he started back as if I shocked him. The Final Ending to it by Ellen Wood [1872]

The shocked watchers on the wall could still see the creature. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

This shocked him into comprehension; he stifled the violent tenderness in his breast, picked up his hat and moved on more briskly. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Henry James That sort of thing isn’t done here, you know, and every one was shocked when we came back — or rather, you see, when we didn’t! I begged him to bring me in, but he wouldn’t. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

I was also shocked here to hear that our good stanch friend, Colonel Hamerton, had died shortly after we left him. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

James Joyce Since you are on for versingrhetorish say your piece! How Buccleuch shocked the rosing girnirilles. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

The whites, of course greatly discomposed, had besides a curious look of being painfully shocked by such an outrageous row. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Poor Lucy Kendal was terribly grieved and shocked when the full account of her step-father’s iniquity was revealed to her. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Edith Wharton And these Americans! They stick at nothing, but they’re shocked at everything. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Algernon Blackwood It shocked him in the secret depths of his soul. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Anthony Trollope Lady Ushant, shocked at the necessity of explaining to him the ill feeling that existed, said that perhaps it would be best. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

They talked often about religion; and though he had cast in his lot with the Deists before he left Oxford, it shocked him to find a young and innocent woman lost to all sense of natural piety. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Katherine Mansfield That shocked and terrified Andreas. He dashed into the bathroom, turned on both taps as far as they would go, cleaned his teeth and pared his nails while the water was running. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Elizabeth Von Arnim It had infinitely shocked her. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I’m shocked at what I’ve done. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

H. G. Wells Heavens! how it shocked me! I could give a score of such grim pictures—and queer pictures. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

D. H. Lawrence It shocked her almost as if she had fallen into water. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

This fall of their chief pillar — this irrational passion in the practical man, suddenly barred out of his true sphere, the sphere of actionshocked and daunted them. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Sinclair Lewis She whimpered, like a bewildered girl shocked by a trusted old friend, “Oh, don’t — oh, don’t — oh, please!” He had quick pity for her. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope Mrs Prime was undoubtedly very angry with her mother, and much shocked at her sister, but she did not relish the outspoken sympathy of her confidential friend. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith You won’t be shocked at what I tell you. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Mark Twain He was so shocked that he visibly shuddered. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

I am shocked beyond expression. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Virginia Woolf She remembered how William Bankes had been shocked by her neglect of the significance of mother and son. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Margaret Oliphant The minister’s mother, shocked in all her gentle politeness, was eagerly watching her opportunity to break in and set the perplexed deacon right. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Elizabeth Gaskell But, on stroking her cheek in a caressing way soon after, he was almost shocked to find her face wet with tears. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Arnold Bennett Then two masons suddenly came with heavy tools, and were shocked to find that all was not prepared for them. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

She could not tell how long she stood there, shocked and impotent to move. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Willa Cather Imogen was considerably shocked at his unlikeness to the slender, black-stocked Rolla he had looked at twenty. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Henry Handel Richardson Even she, Mary, who had known him in so many a tight fit, had felt shocked at his condition after his last adventure. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

He was so startled and shocked that he could not speak. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Arnold Bennett Parents are thus ingenuous! But she was so shocked and sneaped that she found it more convenient to say nothing. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

He heard a shocked squeal from the tarts behind. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Frances Hodgson Burnett One cannot moralise and be shocked before an advancing tidal wave. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope As my ignorance on all such matters is of a depth which the professor can hardly imagine, and which it would have shocked him to behold, I did not visit the museum. North America by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf About the age of forty he would have shocked the authorities. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

H. G. Wells He found a freshness in a young wife who was shocked and protesting but never sincerely inappreciative whenever he made love to her. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The cold, unnatural indifference of her manner, a kind of frozen passionateness which had shocked and chilled the sculptor, disappeared. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

The next time they consulted the spirits, Kelly pretended to be shocked at their language, and refused to tell Dee what they had said. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

An instant later Porter again flung up his hand, this time with a cry in which amazement mingled with some emotion very like shocked terror. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

I was inexpressibly shocked and pained. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Meredith Old Lady Dacier’s bluntness in speaking of her grandson would have shocked Lady Wathin as much as it astonished, had she been less of an ardent absorber of aristocratic manners. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Edith Wharton Agreeable as their expression was, the young man was shocked that they should reflect so unseemly a picture of the august tribunal before which, at that very moment, her case was being tried. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Brumby’s paragon is shocked at the other’s inaptitude for examination, but is at the same time tortured by envy of he knows not what. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis Presumably the crime of his brother shocked him into more concentrated study, more patient writing. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

People are too frightened either of seeming to be shocked or of seeming not to be shocked, to be able to define the relationship between art and morals. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Walter Scott It is true she felt disposed to be shocked at his surplice, of which she had heard so much, but which she had never seen upon the person of a preacher of the word. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Theodore Dreiser Gerhardt, shocked and greatly depressed, hung about like one expectant of and greatly awed by the possibility of disaster. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Thomas Hughes And he wasn’t shocked a bit, and didn’t snub me, or tell me I was a fool, and it was all nothing but pride or wickedness, though I dare say it was. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Arthur Conan Doyle But Malone was more shocked by those which were recognized, since it was so clear that the word was put into the medium’s mouth. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

This explanation was therefore made to Margaret, who, though much shocked and agitated at the first disclosure, seemed afterwards perfectly reconciled to it. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Rudyard Kipling Hereat she said something so improper that it shocked even Binkie, who was dribbling patiently on the landing with the hope of seeing his master again. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anne Bronte Things that formerly shocked and disgusted me, now seem only natural. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Ann Radcliffe This information, though it shocked the hopes of the Count, did not entirely destroy them; for he yet believed that time and assiduity might befriend his wishes. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Anthony Trollope It shocked the prudence of Mrs. Clavering — this idea of abandoning money, the possession of which was questioned by no one. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis Now and then he had been attracted by some other woman, but he had been as shocked as though he were a priest. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing She recognised the portion of truth in what he said, but it shocked her that he should allow himself to speak thus. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]