Phrases with "short"

Wilkie Collins After a short time she and her husband were separated — on the condition of her sacrificing to the man whom she had married the whole of the little fortune that she possessed in her right. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

A Frenchman, a short time ago, reported a silver mine in the south, and Government immediately bribed him to make another statement that there was no such mine. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

George Gissing I see no harm in hoping that his life may be short — that’s a conventional feeling. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing I cannot speak of it to Miss Forrest.” He paused with eyes cast down, and Mr. Forrest kept a short silence. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

Theodore Dreiser One could afford to pay almost any price for the short lines already built if one could wait and extend the lines into larger and better areas later. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope It’s that which makes me so short with mother Roper.” “Then I think you’re a fool for your pains. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

The phantom, clad only in a short blue tunic quilted and silken but covered with grave-mold, rose slowly, as if pushed by a weak spiral spring. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Charles Dickens It was some short time before the foolish little old fellow could compose himself to mend the fire, and draw his chair to the warm hearth. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

Anthony Trollope It was a Tom and Jerry hat turned up at the sides, with a short but knowing feather, velvet trimmings, and a steel buckle blinking brightly in the noonday sun. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett The whole cavity had a sticky look which at first amused George, but on the whole he was not interested, and Edwin gathered that the clay-pit in some mysterious way fell short of expectations. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George MacDonald Joseph and his wife lived in a little cottage a short way from the house. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

He must have been nearly six feet in height and strongly made, yet he wore a short jacket which cocked up behind in the perkiest way. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Imagine a short squat man, with a large head, prominent spongy nose, and a thick, black beard, and you will see my fellow traveller. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

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

Thomas Hardy A short time after the interview Darton was united to Helena at a simple matter-of fact wedding; and she and her little girl joined the boy who had already grown to look on Darton’s house as home. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Algernon Blackwood Though facing one another at so short a distance, their eyes, however, did not meet. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Henry James He did so but for a short time, however; after which he got up and bade good-night to the ladies. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

He wore a short fur overcoat, all stained with tar, a pair of dark mittens stuck from his belt, and his head was covered with a shaggy fur cap. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Henry James She stood there with a quiet face, serious and sightless; then, after a short further delay, she began to speak. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Wilkie Collins We had just returned from a short cruise, and the vessel was under orders to sail for Cherbourg with the next tide. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

It looks like a short road into town. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

And, with another short bow, he left the attorney’s side and went quickly out. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Morrison Meantime, he had come over to Europe for a short holiday — a thing he had promised himself for years. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

William Hope Hodgson The second time, my shot was answered by a short squeal of pain. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Arthur Conan Doyle She hardly expected that there would be, for she had taken a short cut, and the carriage would have to go some distance round. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The long and short of it is that I am ruined. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Robert Louis Stevenson But how about an odd bit? The nearest coin to it is a dime, which is, short by a fifth. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Lewis Burckhard In two different places a short column was standing in the centre of a round paved area of about ten feet in diameter. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Nearly every page was scored with a meaningless jungle of pencil marks: rows of capital letters, short words, long words, complete sentences, copy-book tags. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

For Heaven’s sake, General, consider how short —” “Captain, observe my directions. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

She was a slim young thing, in a short Lincoln-green habit. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Edith Wharton They were going on a short cruise in her before they left for Cowes, and Venice was a handy place to try her out. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Thomas Hughes The short result was, that Flashey became beastly drunk; they tried to get him along, but couldn’t; so they chartered a hurdle and two men to carry him. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Robert cut him short with a careless nod. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Sidney Colvin The date of the incident cannot be precisely fixed; but it was when nights were short in the summer of 1815. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Henry James Poor Hawthorne, beginning to write subtle short tales at Salem, was empirical enough; he was one of, at most, some dozen Americans who had taken up literature as a profession. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

The Negro will work hard for a short while, on rare occasions, or when compelled by another, but is innately lazy. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

The doctors of the insane asylum had been able to awaken her for only short periods of time and those months apart. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Miles Franklin The contrast we presented to the other pair struck me hard, and I laughed a short bitter laugh. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Wilkie Collins I want — in shortperhaps it’s a curious question —” “I can’t say till I have heard it,” remarked Sir Patrick. “However, we will admit it, for form’s sake, if you like. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Mark Twain None of them ever did complain of any thing more than a slight pricking sensation in places where their skin was abraded, and then only for a short time. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope But on the day before Fred’s departure there came a short note from Lady Mary Quin which made poor Lady Scroope more unhappy than ever. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

George Gissing Don’t you admire him? Shake hands, Grim.” “Why Grim?” “It’s short for Grimalkin. The name of a cat in a book of fairy tales I used to be fond of reading. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Ivan Turgenev But I venture to think that even had Kirilla Matveitch not cut short my outpourings, I should in any case not have had courage to finish my monologue. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

John Lewis Burckhard But it is to be observed that until we reached Haimar, and even as far as Naby, we made very short journies. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

The scream had scarcely died away before we distinctly saw a short figure dash into the room, and out again upon the other side. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Ann Radcliffe He quitted it, and traversed the beach in short turns, and with hasty steps; came back again, and bent over it — his heart seemed sensible to some touch of pity. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Arthur Machen It was a bowl-like vessel of the most wonderful workmanship, standing on a short stem. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Thomas Hardy At the first meeting of the secretly united pair after their short honeymoon they were compelled to behave as strangers to each other. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

She would be able to make a short cut over the racecourse and be at the house sooner than would be I myself. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Master Bale has his sharp word and his short temper now and again; but I’m sure he likes you. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

His whole force was little short of twelve hundred Spaniards, besides several thousand Indians, who dragged his heavy guns in the advance. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Anatole France But to be short I’ll repeat to you one single case which was told to me by Madame la Maréchale de Grancey herself. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Victor Hugo His staff was short and massive. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

H. G. Wells It’s queer — “In fact,” said Bodisham, after a short interval, “it’s very queer . The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Baldwin Spencer Here they lie down for a short time and then go to the main camp, where food and water await them. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

He was nicknamed “the Whig Johnson,” but fell very far short of his model. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

I engaged him specially for the Duke of Syria’s visit, and it would be impossible to replace him at short notice. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

They thought, a short and speedy death were better for them, than to be longer racked with monstrous pain. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

There was a story current in France before the Revolution, framed to ridicule the pauper aristocracy, who happened to have long pedigrees and short rent rolls, viz. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

Frederick Marryat Why did you say so? You did not think so a short time ago. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

The struggle was short but desperate. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Nothing short of a secret acquaintanceship with facts unknown as yet to the rest of us could have nerved her to such an act. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

John Lewis Burckhard Each village is composed of about a dozen of quarters, Nezle (ﻪﻟﺰﻧ), standing separate from one another, at short distances. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

As soon as we be come into the fray, twain of them, or four, would in a short time run into the house and would bring such scathe upon the sleepers, that we might never cease to mourn. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Kenneth Grahame A short way ahead of us is a long tunnel, and on the other side of that the line passes through a thick wood. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Arthur Conan Doyle We found a short valley between rugged tors which led to an open, grassy space flecked over with the white cotton grass. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Oliver Goldsmith He had something short and dry in his address, and seemed not to understand ceremony, or to despise it. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Frederick Marryat After a minute or two another effusion of blood choked the wounded man, who, after a short struggle, fell back dead. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Rudyard Kipling He knew Mr Springett was pleased, because he tugged his white sandy beard, and smoked his pipe in short puffs. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Virginia Woolf She had a short straight nose and blue eyes very wide apart. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Tell me all about it!” I did so, commencing with my losing myself in the dark, and finishing with their introduction to each other in the verandah a short time before. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Anna Katherine Green After a short consultation between themselves, which the Englishman seemed not to notice, the Coroner addressed him with the soothing remark: “Mr. Travis, you must not misunderstand me. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle Of course, we always have the optician clue to fall back upon, but I take a short cut when I can get it. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Sigmund Freud I must relate the following short dream, which every reader will read with disgust. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Richard Burton They are mere “rats,” short and stunted, ragged and fleshless, with rough coats and a slouching walk. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

D.H. Lawrence For a short time they flitted silently in the water’s edge. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

The other was a short round man, of a middle age, with a florid face, dressed in a dark vest, buttoning over his breast, and looked like an officer of the law. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

H. G. Wells Shoulders bad, narrower than the hips; turn-down collar, ready-made short jacket, trousers baggy and a little frayed at the heels. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

He was a bright and clear intelligence, and if his light did not go far, it is to be said of him that his worst fault was only to have stopped short of the finest truth in art, in morals, in politics. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

George Meredith Ah! now you perceive, M. Beauchamp, now you have become aware of our purely infantile plan to bring you over to us, how very ostensible a punishment it would be were you to remain so short a period. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Arthur Conan Doyle Again he shouted, even louder than before, and again no whisper came back from the friends whom he had left such a short time ago. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Far as my previsions had gone, they fell a long way short of the reality. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Andrew Lang In a short time the two elder brothers came home, and their mother asked to see the linen which had been woven out of the skeins of flax she had given them. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing Mr. Athel wrote a short time ago to ask for information about them—about the Hoods.’ ‘He wrote?’ Wilfrid heard it with a little surprise, but without concern. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Olaf Stapledon The time came for Maggie to have her short annual holiday. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Ivan Turgenev I remembered the swish and fall of the whip, heard so short a time before, and shuddered. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

Benjamin Disraeli Yes, profit by the vast though calamitous experience which you have gained in a short time. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

He then dozed for a short time, again woke up, and impatiently demanded the cordial, which I had prepared in the mean while. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Sir Walter Scott And since London pleases you so little, I will bid you a short farewell; and you may go down to Edinburgh until I come thither myself, when I trust you will re-enter into my service. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Kate Chopin Yet, even facing the impossibility of such contingency, it pleased her to indulge in a short dream of what might have been. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Wilkie Collins Alas! the little gleam of tranquillity proved to be of short duration. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Baldwin Spencer They formed an unpleasant contrast to the circle of beautiful parakeet feathers running round a short distance below the margin. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Samuel Johnson History may be formed from permanent monuments and records: but lives can only be written from personal knowledge, which is growing every day less, and in a short time is lost for ever. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Jules Verne Then came a short period of rest. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

John Bunyan So they came up to each other, and after a short salutation, Mr Hold-the-world propounded the question to Christian and his fellow, and bid them to answer it if they could. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

William Dampier From the south-east point there strikes out a small shoal a quarter of a mile into the sea, where there is commonly a great rippling or working of short waves during all the flood. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Thomas Hardy He did not see it, and Manston answered after a short interval. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Andrew Lang At short intervals, books and shelves ought to be dusted by the amateur himself. The Library by Andrew Lang

How many Englishmen have seen the inside of an ordinary French bourgeois family, for instance? Probably it would be quite impossible to do so, short of marrying into it. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

William Morris And would they punish me for my fault and folly that has slain the best man in the world? If the punishment be short of putting me forth of their fellowship, I were fain thereof. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Richard Burton I sojourned at Meccah but a short time, and, as usual with travellers, did not see the best specimens of the population. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Robert Louis Stevenson There is all manner of variety in the nature of the tracks, some miles in length, others but a few yards, and yet like some short rivers, furious in their brevity. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jonathan Swif Yesterday was a short day’s journal: but what care I? what cares saucy Presto? Darteneuf13 invited me to dinner to-day. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

So capital an agreement cut short all Renzo’s economical dubitations, so that he quickly decided upon business, and complied with the proposal. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Though the action lasted but a short time, nearly one third of the viceroy’s troops had perished. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

The women had retired, only the sans-culotte, smoking a short pipe out of doors, had followed him into the kitchen and asked where he had been and whether he had lost his way. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Thomas Wolfe His trousers, tight as a couple of sausage skins, were equally greasy and threadbare, and were inches too short for him. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

At the first ford Mando was carried down the river for a short distance. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

A short conference, and then the latter came to us, holding the cheque in his hand. Rose Lodge by Ellen Wood [1876]

I remembered her cry on the previous day--“I must go away! I must go away!” The letter was a short one--only a few brief sentences. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was evident that he hoped, by making his absence as short as possible, to prevent Mr. Henry’s ever knowing that he had left home, or in any way connived at Edward’s escape. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

CASA DE MONEDA, 6th July. Here we are, re-established in Mexico, for a short time at least, and not without difficulty has it been accomplished. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

H. G. Wells It was altogether too dark for the short way to the lodge gates. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Edith Wharton The struggle was short and swift, and dramatic enough to hold even the philanderers on the coach-tops. The Spark by Edith Wharton

As he did so, a short rather fat man came out of it, and said in a tone of much good humour: “Yes, sir?” Richard said: “Oh good morning. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

What a welcome she had! She had been to Watendlath three times in the last two years, but only for very short visits. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

I distinguished a moor sheep cropping the short turf on the graves. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Thomas Love Peacock Here is this courteous knight, who has not opened his mouth three times since he has been in my house except to take in provision, cuts me short in my story with a flat denial. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

Sir Walter Scott In a short time he returned, and dismissed his attendants excepting one; and, intimating to Waverley that he must imitate his cautious mode of proceeding, all three crept forward on hands and knees. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Benjamin Disraeli Immediately after the Christmas ensuing his marriage, the Herberts returned to London, and the Doctor, who happened to be a short time in the metropolis, paid them a visit. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

The captain, who was short and dumpy, worshiped tall, plump women. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

John Lewis Burckhard On its S. side is a vestibule supported by three arches, the entrance to which is through a short arched dark passage. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Wilkie Collins He was neither tall nor short — he was a little below the middle size. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Henry Handel Richardson He had garnered the chief local news and was skimming the mining intelligence, when he suddenly stopped short with an exclamation of surprise; and his grip on the paper tightened. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Now you lean on me and take short steps! Come on, for those awful rats are here again,” and from that moment she had things all her own way. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle Why should the great bell of Beaulieu toll when the shadows were neither short nor long? All round the Abbey the monks were trooping in. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

The physician hurried off with short steps. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Hardy She said she was busy; whereupon he went away, to come back again in a short time and receive the same answer. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

In the lid of the box there is a short printed account of the Sacro Monte, which winds up with the words, “La religione e lo stupendo panorama tirano numerosi ed allegri visitatori. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

John Galsworthy She had never heard any one say so much in so short a time. To Let by John Galsworthy

His eyes glistened at the mention of a hundred pounds for the mayor’s portrait, and he admitted that he was confoundedly short of money. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Anatole France Do you remember, Therese, his sudden disappearance? You had been married a short time. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Finding, therefore, that his mind was quite made up, after a short time I took my leave. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Thomas Hardy But Melbury’s manner was short and distant; and Grace, too, looked vexed and reproachful. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Baldwin Spencer The main part of the shaft is of reed, on to which a short length of hard wood is hafted. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Rafael Sabatini They were, he gathered, to conduct him to the cabin where a short mockery of a trial was to be held. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Charles Dickens In a short time, each had its cheerful fire glowing and crackling on the hearth, and reddening the pale old wall with a hale and healthy blush. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

The other emitted a short stifled laugh of a conciliatory nature. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Henry James Promoted a short time previous to the governorship of the Westward Islands, Acton Hague had died, in the bleak honour of this exile, of an illness consequent on the bite of a poisonous snake. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle The sight of the Mauser had cut short all remonstrance, and under its compulsion the little man had pulled open the bonnet and extracted the sparking plugs. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

I must ask, however, that you will make the interview as short as possible, for the man is in a highly dangerous condition. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

But others had short lives, or moved about from street to street. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

E. Phillips Oppenheim They crossed Shaftesbury Avenue, traversed another narrow street for a short distance, and then turned abruptly to the right. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

After a short time he stiffened to sudden interest as a pointer stiffens. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

She wrote another one, short and hurried, and tore that up too. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Virginia Woolf They were taking short cuts across the steps. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Walter Besant If your passion be what you think it to be, six months is a short time indeed for meditation and endeavour to make yourself worthy of this young lady. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Thomas Hardy As short as you like, and as long. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

H. G. Wells We were living in a period of panic and short views both ways. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

A crime has been committed by an unknown assassin, within a short distance of the principal streets of this great city, and is surrounded by an inpenetrable mystery. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle Then, after a short conversation, he wished me good night and left me. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

My best flower bed and my best fowls singled out for destruction; it almost seems as if the brute that did the deed had special knowledge how to be as devastating as possible in a short space of time. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Arthur Conan Doyle And he did too, every pinny of it, and the horse was beat on the post by a short head. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Andrew Lang In a short time he reached the stream, filled his pitcher with water, and turned round again. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ann Radcliffe The instructions of madame she caught with astonishing quickness, and in a short time attained to a degree of excellence in her favorite study, which few persons have ever exceeded. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Andrew Lang But my poor daughter had, a short time ago, such bad inflammation in her eyes that she would have gone blind had I not been able to find the magic herb, which cured her at once. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Then Henri said a prayer, a short one that night, and went to bed. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Happy, happy earth! Fit habitation for gods, which, so short a time before, was bleak, damp, and unwholesome. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

You should give him arms — a short gun that fires many times. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Ford Madox Ford They said that even the short Channel crossing might well kill the poor thing. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

The instances of successful transmutation were so numerous, and apparently so well authenticated, that nothing short of so able an exposure as that of M. Geoffroy could disabuse the public mind. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Winterfield has kindly invited me to call on him when he is next in London. I may then have opportunities of putting questions which I could not venture to ask on a short acquaintance. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

H. G. Wells The tragedy of lives cut short and ended prematurely is passing out of general experience. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

E. F. Benson All she could find in her agitation was her bell, and, incessantly ringing it, she sped with ever increasing velocity down the short steep road towards the bridge over the railway. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Edith Wharton Instead of being cut short in the nape it had been allowed to grow, and was twisted into a figure eight, through which was thrust an old-fashioned diamond arrow. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Wilkie Collins After our education was completed, I never saw him, except for short periods. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Wilkie Collins Having traversed the short distance between the cottage and the wood, I remembered that I had left my walking-stick behind me, and returned to get it. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

It was now a country of pasture, with the short sweet bite for sheep, but here and there rank patches showed where there had once been ploughlands. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Jack London And in but a short while he had carried all the articles from the cache and lowered them down to me. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

In a short time the breaches in the great causeways were filled up so effectually that they were never again molested. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Sir Walter Scott If you will let me have entertainment for my money, so; if not, it is but a short two minutes’ walk to the Hare and Tabor, and I trust our neighbours will not grudge going thus far with me. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

William Makepeace Thackeray In a short time they suddenly stopped in a large wide street, asking Manus if he knew where he was? ‘Faith,’ says he, ‘I do not. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

The rope reached nearly to the floor and was knotted at short intervals. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Thomas Hardy Swithin St. Cleeve lingered on at his post, until the more sanguine birds of the plantation, already recovering from their midwinter anxieties, piped a short evening hymn to the vanishing sun. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Her quick eye glanced from one to another of the little group, and she gave a short constrained laugh. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

G. K. Chesterton From the shoulder swung a short green furred cloak, somewhat like that of a Hussar, the lining of which gleamed every now and then with a kind of tawny crimson. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Henry James In short I held my nose to the grindstone and here I am back. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

There was another short silence. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Then I heard a crash, succeeded by a short silence which in its turn was broken by the screams of the injured horses. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Thomas Hardy In a short time another surgeon was in attendance; and then Barnet’s surmise proved to be true. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Baldwin Spencer After a short time the Larakia men begin to dance and sing while the Worgaits quietly watch them. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Anthony Trollope Have tidings come that the heavens are going to fall? Nothing short of that could make you so solemn. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Henry James If I was free, that was what I had been only so short a time before, what I had been as I drove, in London, to the station. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Anthony Trollope He had dark, stiff, short hair, a long nose, and a forehead that was both high and broad. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

He had made many notes and had begun to write the first few chapters when he died, after a short illness, from pneumonia, in Rome, January 6, 1882. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Gertrude Stein There was a dutch near royalty who was left by her escort who had to go and find a cab and she looked during this short interval badly frightened. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

In a short time they arrived at the Fort and were informed that Sir Frank had not yet returned, but was expected back every moment. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Jack London But I thought I marked a change in him a short while back. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Charles Dickens Clapping her hands with pleasure and running on before me for a short distance, my little acquaintance stopped at a door and remaining on the step till I came up knocked at it when I joined her. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

This, being quite an event in the annals of their voyage, had roused his curiosity, and he now found the schooner lying to at a short distance, her sails flapping idly against her masts. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Benjamin Disraeli It was a short and pretty walk, entirely through the royal park, which the occupiers of Belmont had the traditionary privilege thus to use. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

My uncles, dressed alike in short black fur coats, lifted the cross from the ground and stood under its arms. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope Tidings so important, as touching the social life of his parish, had not come to him for many a day, and he could hardly bring himself to credit them at so short a notice. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Henry James He was a small, meagre man, of some three and thirty years of age, with a bald head, a short nose and no front teeth in the upper jaw; he had round, candid blue eyes, and several pimples on his chin. The American by Henry James [1877]

Rafael Sabatini Came a short word of command from Asad and a stir ran through the ranks of the slaves, as they threw forward their weight to bring the oars to the level. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

G. K. Chesterton This is obvious even in the tolerably short history of the modern novel. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Sir Geoffry was in Parliament; but he had now paired off for the short remainder of the session. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Jules Verne We can then reach Twofold Bay by short stages, and from there we can send on to the Duncan, by a safer channel, the order to meet us. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

After a few moments, the “sanate” would lower its head, and, in a short time, go through the same performance again, repeating every movement automatically. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]