Phrases with "short"

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He was fortunate, seeing he had bidden his guests upon very short notice, not one disappointed. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

John Morley In less than twelve months it reached its eleventh edition, and it has been computed that not many short of thirty thousand copies were sold within the next six years. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Sir Walter Scott A short dispute about precedence somewhat delayed their leaving the apartment. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

W. W. Jacobs The old man courteously removed a short clay pipe from his puckered mouth in order to nod, and replacing it, resumed his glance seaward. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Geoffrey Chaucer No man therfore, up peyne of los of lyf, No maner shot, ne polax, ne short knyf Into the lystes sende, ne thider brynge. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

F. Scott Fitzgerald But there was nothing and after a moment he turned back to Collis. He had told Collis some of his current notions, and he was bored with his audience’s short memory and lack of response. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thomas Hardy Only for one short hour in the whole twenty-four did husband and wife taste genuine happiness. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

T. E. Lawrence To have fallen short in such knowledge would have meant being branded either as ill-bred, or as a stranger; and strangers were not admitted to familiar intercourse or councils, or confidences. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

G. K. Chesterton And whenever Lord Ivywood nodded the young man turned and sped upstairs like a mountaineer, returning in a short time to resume the conversation. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It was a long corridor and it branched into other corridors and it led her up short flights of steps which mounted to others again. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

This Solary (Baptistin), when I beheld him in the flesh, turned out a quite young man, very good-looking, with a fine black, short beard, a fresh complexion, and soft, merry black eyes. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

One short and pithy maxim may pass: ‘Eat well, work well, sleep well, and —— well once a day’. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

He cut it short by saying, with courteous placidity that argued an immense power of self-control or else a wonderful elasticity of spirits — “Altogether my mistake. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

William Morris The moon was half-way up the heavens now, and the short summer night had begun, calm and fragrant, with just so much noise outside our quiet circle as made one feel the world alive and happy. A Dream of John Ball by William Morris [1888]

Henry James It was as if in short he had really, copious perhaps but shapeless, been put into a firm mould and turned successfully out. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

You then walked away but returned twice again at short intervals to reperuse the placard. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

William Makepeace Thackeray Now, unless I have time, I cannot pay; and the long and short of the matter is that if I cannot procure 5,000_l. The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray

I can’t say we had much talk about it, your father and I, but, the long and the short of it is, that I must learn to live without you — which I have told you was impossible. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

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

Did those words mean nothing, after all? Was that cry of a believing throng only empty air? A short extempore prayer followed from the helper. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

The figure was visible — that of a short broadish man, with a mass of cloaks, rugs, and mufflers across his arm. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Hope I had with me a short stout cudgel and a long knife. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

And yet it was but a short distance from where they camped that the angels first put foot to earth. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Isabella Bird The wools are cut in short lengths and are knotted round two threads, according to the pattern, which, however elaborate, the weaver usually carries in her head. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Near the door she was tampering with is a short passageway leading to another window. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle It is very late, and I should desire the interview to be as short as possible. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

The letters were short — they were dated; the dates exactly thirty-five years ago. The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1859]

Sinclair Lewis Course Jenson is trickygive you short weight — and Ludelmeyer is a shiftless old Dutch hog. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Willa Cather Waiting was now a matter of seconds, and her breath came short enough as it was. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Maria Edgeworth Involuntarily the little crowd stopped short at the sight of the picture. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

George Meredith As thus, after a short form of introduction: “D’ye do, sir! and ye’re Mr. Paricles. Oh! but ye’re a Sultan, they say. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Gissing After short reflection he decided to take and furnish the rooms. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Abraham Merri The older wore short beards, the younger were clean-shaven. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

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

T. E. Lawrence We were, as usual, short of food and short of transport, and they would remedy neither ill. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

H. G. Wells Among other things that prevented that, I was too short of breath. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Thomas Paine The credit he so unjustly obtained from the public, he lost in almost as short a time. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Barris, trim, stout, ruddy, and bronzed, sat drumming on the window ledge, puffing a short fragrant pipe. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

George Gissing How short a time, two years; how long, how endlessly long each hour on this day of waiting! For the morning passed, and he did not come. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

His short arms gesticulated with ease; he talked as an orator speaks. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

It won’t be a short operation either, and single-handed it will take me a very long time. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

G. K. Chesterton He had that rational and deliberate preference which will always to the end trouble the peace of the world, the rational and deliberate preference for a short life and a merry one. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Jane Austen And, in shortwhat do you think of my wife’s style of letter-writing? — delicatetender — truly feminine — was it not?” “Your wife! — The letter was in your own hand-writing. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Anthony Trollope The following very short letter therefore was written. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Elizabeth Gaskell Night was drawing on; and, in making, as he thought, a short cut, he had missed his way, and was fain to seek shelter where he might find it. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

John Galsworthy It WAS! Had there been a short circuit, or was the thatch of the pigeon-house on fire? Getting out of bed, he put on his dressing-gown and slippers, and went to the window. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins I took care to preserve the same secrecy, during her short interviews with me. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

The sacred mares, now grown old and almost useless, were sold for a small sum by public auction, and only survived for a short time their return to an active life. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

He passed the greater part of the year 1342 at Avignon, and went to Vaucluse but seldom and for short intervals. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

In Cordova there was as brief a peal of music from a house which we passed, and in Algeciras we heard one short sweet strain from a girl whom we could not see behind her lattice. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Jane Austen After a short silence, the lady first spoke. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

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]

And, oh! if brief must be my time, If hostile hand or fatal clime Cut short my course — still o’er my grave, Lord, may thy harvest whitening wave. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

Jack London It came when he was full of gin, and we, being in the same fix, just watched him shove a cap and short fuse into a stick of dynamite and stroll down toward the boat. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

G. K. Chesterton Then Fisher uttered a short phrase of thanks and farewell, and went out into the street, still very thoughtful. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Rudyard Kipling The second occasion was when I came through Alsace, for too short a time, in April of this present year, and saw the first crops pushing through in the superbly cultivated fields. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

James Joyce Aubrey carried a whistle dangling from his buttonhole and a bicycle lamp attached to his belt while the others had short sticks thrust daggerwise through theirs. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Benjamin Disraeli When Lady Montfort successfully tempted Lady Roehampton to be her travelling companion to Paris, the contemplated visit was to have been a short one —“a week, perhaps ten days at the outside. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

I therefore took short excursions about the valley shooting, and inspecting the various habitations. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Henry Fielding This a little perplexed Amelia; but after a short consideration she despatched an answer to Mrs. James, in which she concisely informed her of what had happened. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Henry James It was large and square and painted brown; it stood in a well-kept shrubbery, and was approached, from the gate, by a short drive. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

The man, bulky, brawny and animal, towered above the slim barrister, although Forde was not a short man by any means. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle What is it? Cut it as short as you can. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

My head-keeper thinks he’s a marvel!” A short silence followed, and then Sir Herbert asked carelessly. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Henry Handel Richardson Jopson, who was a short man of enormous bulk, had been accommodated with a chair, after his drag uphill. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Jack London Industries were working short time; many great factories were standing idle against the time when the surplus should be gone; and wages were being cut right and left. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Anthony Trollope We should, I think, admit that they have fought very well when we consider how short has been their practice at such work. North America by Anthony Trollope

The latter, after having listened to Aramis’s request, begged him to wait a moment, then went away a short distance, but returned to ask his name. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Edith Wharton Though gardens extended behind it, the house stood so near the pavement that only two short flights of steps intervened between the gate-posts and the portico. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

He wore a cape or short mantle, a cocked hat, and a pair of jack-boots, such as held their ground in some primitive corners of England almost to the close of the last century. The Dead Sexton by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Being stripped of his own personal world in so short a time. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Jules Verne The creature measured three feet from the muzzle to the end of its tail; it had webbed feet, short legs, and its fur, darker on the upper than on the under part of its body, was long and silky. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

I worried about it a lot for a short time, but then reasoning everything over, I came to the conclusion that it was highly improbable that no one had touched the handle of the door after me. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Henry James He made his short journey, disembarked and went into the pavilion; but when he came out with the object of his errand he saw she had quitted her station, had returned to the house without him. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Nothing short of genius could have found better. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

We all sat down; and for a short time looked at one another in silence, like so many mutes. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

I can use no word for my new state short of illumination. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Catharine mused for a short time, then rose and returning to her bedchamber, where her women awaited her, announced the pilgrimage to Montfaucon for the morrow. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope There is no royal road to learning, no short cut to the acquirement of any valuable art. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Henry James She came away from Mrs. Hudson, and they stood for a short time leaning against the parapet. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Gertrude Stein She was in short very amusing and she and Gertrude Stein used to talk to each other in the court. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

E. F. Benson Such short notice, and impossible for me, of course, with my Council meeting this afternoon. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

She had taken to short waists and broad sashes, and a style of drapery which accentuated the elegant slimness of her figure. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Ann Radcliffe When Julia had rested, they followed the track before them, and in a short time arrived at a village, where they obtained security and refreshment. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Arthur Morrison In the front room, with the striped blind and the short curtain, there was a bed of rags and old newspapers, also a wooden box, and on each of these was a dead woman. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

He stood motionless, in the dress he had worn when he took leave of her, the light-colored riding-coat of the period, with a short cape, and a large white cravat tucked into the double breast. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Gissing If you could let me stay here just a short time, Mrs. Mumford; just a few weeks I should so like to be married from your house. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Walter Scott Peveril smiled, and nodded, to intimate there was no danger in quitting her mistress for a short space. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Arthur Conan Doyle Well, time’s up, and I’ll just say —” But his leave-taking was cut short in a very unexpected fashion. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Willa Cather She was a short, stalwart woman, with a short neck and a determined-looking head. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Robert Louis Stevenson His long hind legs were stiff, his tiny forepaws clutched upon his breast, as if to leap; his poor life cut short upon that mountain by some unknown accident. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle He had a pale, thin face, a short straggling beard, and a very sharp and curving nose, with decision and character in the straight thick eyebrows which almost met on either side of it. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Mark Twain If I see a stump, I took it for a man; if I trod on a stick and broke it, it made me feel like a person had cut one of my breaths in two and I only got half, and the short half, too. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

He was a short man with a grey face, and iron grey hair. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

George MacDonald In a short time almost every giant was prostrate, and a jubilant pæan of bird-song rose from the tops of fifty trees. Lilith by George MacDonald

As well as the usual announcement inserted by the family in the list of deaths, there was a short news item on the middle page. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

George Gissing So many people seem to fall far short of what they might have been. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

William Hazlitt It is the prettiest villain, she fetches her breath so short as a new-ta’en sparrow. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Anthony Trollope No one can have known better than did Mr Daubeny how great was the injury of delay, and how advantageously the short holiday might have been used. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Louisa May Alcott I wash my hands of you,” was Amy’s short answer. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Edith Wharton She only knew that run she must, that no other motion, short of flight, would have been buoyant enough for her humour. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle I wish you to come for a short journey with me, to remain always at my side, and to promise to do without question whatever I may ask you, however unreasonable it may appear to you to be. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

George Gissing There was a short silence, then Miss Tomalin spoke as if an amusing thought had struck her. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Presently, to the great relief of the others, Mrs. Carter took herself back into the house and then, as Romilly had not to leave for some hours, Maude suggested a short walk along the sands. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Is it possible that any people inhabit the forest between here and the Canada line?” “Nobody short of Ste. Croix; at least I have no knowledge of any. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

We were at our other and chief home, Dyke Manor: and Tod and I were there for the short Easter holidays, which were shorter in those days than they are in these. Hester Reed’s Pills by Ellen Wood [1874]

He was going down to have a bathe at Minsmere Haven, and he was making a short cut across Lord Thralldom’s land. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Jane Austen Mr. Collins and Charlotte appeared at the door, and the carriage stopped at the small gate which led by a short gravel walk to the house, amidst the nods and smiles of the whole party. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Charles Dickens After a short time some of the flushed and heated throng laid down their arms and softly carried the body within doors. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

Henry Lawson He carried a pick over his shoulder, the handle of which was run through the heft of a short shovel that hung down behind, and he had a big dish under his arm. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was nothing short of midnight when I went to bed, after drinking a glass of particularly fine sherry on which I used to pride myself in those days. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

A short hour’s waiting at the utmost; she could surely stay that out, though she had sucked her thumbs since the day before. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Skirting a ruined postern at the top of this road, we found ourselves in a close labyrinth of vaulted arcades built of crude brick and lit at short intervals by openings in the roof. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

D. H. Lawrence But he was often short and offhand with her. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Bacon, to us, at least, at this distance, who can only judge him from partial and imperfect knowledge, often seems to fall far short of what a man should be. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Jules Verne But fortunately the balls fell short of our friends, though the cries reached them. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Jack London The streets were filled with a new and different race of people, short of stature, and of wretched or beer-sodden appearance. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

But, short of violence, it would be difficult to stop Tumulty doing whatever he wanted. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

She had no plan; but her mind, quieted down somewhat by the very effort to preserve outward composure for his sake, perceived that her behaviour had secured, at any rate, a short period of safety. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Jules Verne The framework of the partitions was soon raised, very roughly at first, and in a short time, the cave was divided into rooms and storehouses, according to the plan agreed upon. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

I litter down amidships, with my bedding spread on reeds, in so short a compass that my legs keep slipping off and dangling in the bilge-water. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

In a short time he again heard —voices, and, rushing suddenly into the tent, beheld some beautiful children sporting and laughing, with the dog-skins lying by their side. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Elizabeth Gaskell You have no notion of his passionate severity today, Maggie! It was quite a new thing even to me!” “It will only be for a short time,” said she. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

After a short but determined breasting of the storm, during which my breath had nearly failed me, she suddenly stopped. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Sir Walter Scott His doublet was of purple cloth, and his short cloak of black velvet, to correspond with his hose; and both were adorned with a great number of small silver buttons richly wrought in filigree. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I know a short time ago there came men who searched those cellars, searched them carefully, yard by yard. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Walter Scott A short passage, and a few steps, brought them to the door of the temporary presence-chamber, in which the Royal Wanderer was to receive their homage. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Sinclair Lewis He remembered Sara in the preposterously short skirt of the day, her legs so long and reedy: remembered that her hair had been short and choppy and uncombable as a boy’s. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence A pile of short sawed logs lay beside the trestle. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton If it were the last sentence in a short story, it might be poignant with some peculiar irony or triumph. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Wilkie Collins And that’s the long and the short of what I know about her. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Arthur Morrison What did they say? They had been sent for in a hurry and had just had a short consultation with their mother and sister. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Jonathan Swif I shall make but short journeys this summer, and not be long out of London. The days are grown sensibly short already, all our fruit blasted. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

As they came nearer however he moved so as to be just in time to see a tall figure take a short stride up to the hedge, reach up and pick something from the top of the intertwining twigs. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Sabin drew a short breath, and was himself again. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu This short passage terminated in two tall brick piers, surmounted by worn and moss-grown balls of stone. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Anthony Trollope Has your accession of wisdom been very extensive?” “Somewhat short of Solomon’s, sir; but probably quite as much as I should have picked up had I remained in London.” “That is very probable. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Here we dismount, climb a short slope, and find the huge monolith at our feet. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

D. H. Lawrence But since one has only a short time —. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Now to make a long and short of it, I suggested sixty. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

In the course of a few months he would have long hair, short hair, big moustache, small moustache, long beard, short beard, no beard. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Henry James I will not conceal from you that when I saw you coming through the grounds a short time ago without him I was very much disappointed. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

On 27th September Coleridge quitted the island on his homeward journey vi´ Italy, stopping for a short time at Syracuse on his way. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

Henry James It showed her in short what her father had always meant by calling her mother a “low sneak” and her mother by calling her father one. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

It needed no acumen on my part to draw forth the whole of Blanche’s short history. The Goldfish by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

George Gissing When he was gone she found occupation for a short time, but presently could only sit over the fire, nursing her many griefs. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Elizabeth Gaskell The estate is entailed, is it not?’ ‘I know nothing about it,’ said Molly. A short silence ensued. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Jack London This is necessary, because my time is short in which to complete my jacket~memoirs. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Guy de Maupassant They walked along a short distance, and a passing farmer directed them to the writer’s dwelling. Sundays of a Bourgeois (Les Dimanches d’un bourgeois de Paris) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Jane Austen Fanny in those early days had preferred her to Susan; and when the news of her death had at last reached Mansfield, had for a short time been quite afflicted. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

George Gissing He was in London; ‘Great College Street, S. W.’ A short letter, soon read. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Gissing He promised to be on the look-out, but advised her to go on a short distance to the police-station and leave a description of the missing woman. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

For the Egyptians, it seems, used potsherds instead of papyrus for short memoranda; and each of these fragments that we had picked up contained a record complete in itself. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Gaston Leroux Then, speaking in short phrases and gasping for breath between the words: “Daroga, don’t talk to me . The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Being anxious to keep my visit secret, I stayed with Agnes but a short time. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Edgar Allan Poe By this time night had come on — there were neither moon nor stars visible — and a short and ugly sea was running, although there was no great deal of wind. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Jules Verne It was almost dark, for, though the sun had reappeared above the horizon since the 31st of January, his light was feeble and of short duration. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Barralty was the frightened intellectual trying to recover his poise, but he was a long way short of getting back his self-esteem. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

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

H. G. Wells A man pulled up short to see what he was catching, and then a girl. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Edith Wharton Yet the ball must surely be ending: the gayest dances did not last long after one in the morning, and the drive from University Place to Gramercy Park was a short one. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Both it and Florisuga mellivora are short billed, generally catching flying insects, and do not frequent flowers so much as other humming-birds. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Sir Richard Burton After a short delay she needs must see an the broth be boiling, but by that time all the lamps had gone out and she found that the oil was spent and that nowhere could she get a light. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

George Borrow We at last cleared the woodlands, and after proceeding a short distance, the horse gave a joyous neigh, and broke into a smart trot. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

She had stopped short in the forest-path as she spoke, and was leaning against his shoulder with closed eyes breathing heavily. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

We never could agree with chaps like them, and that was the long and short of it. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Yesterday he left for a short space, but to-day he is back. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Charles Kingsley A jaguar? No; he would not have missed so short a spring. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Another, a short blue satin dress, beneath which appeared a handsome purple satin petticoat; the whole trimmed with yellow bows. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Leon Trotsky Soon I began to write for the Iskra. At first it was only short notes, but a little later I wrote political articles and even editorials. My Life by Leon Trotsky

He didn’t want to laugh, but a short bark escaped before he could stop it. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

With a short neck such as his, the matter would not be one of the best propositions at any time, and he must get right behind him to be certain of success. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Theodore Dreiser When he felt the first symptoms he thought that his indisposition would be a matter of short duration, and tried to overcome it by taking a hot bath and a liberal dose of quinine. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing After a short withdrawal to the ante-room, Mallard produced some delicate slices of bread and butter. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

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]

John Lewis Burckhard Their legs and feet are well formed, which is seldom the case with the Negroes. They have a short beard below the chin, but seldom any hair upon their cheeks. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

The radius and ulna, the tibia and the fibula, are distinct, and the short crowned molar teeth are anchitherioid in pattern. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

Edith Wharton So far, the impetus of self-sacrifice had carried her straight to her goal; but, as frequently happens with such atoning impulses, it left her stranded just short of any subsequent plan of conduct. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Henry James Thus in short he settled to live — feeding all on the sense that he once HAD lived, and dependent on it not alone for a support but for an identity. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

Thomas Hardy Nothing short of cruelty would have driven me to this. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

As I crossed the floor I tried to extemporise a prayer, but stopped short to listen, and never finished it. An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1851]

Bram Stoker Lady Doughty, despite her dread of her nephew’s habits, had a warm regard for him, and could be relied upon to plead his cause; and in a short time circumstances unexpectedly favoured him. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

As I understand it, Haire went away with the stated intention of making a short visit to Dublin. He was known to have arrived there on a certain day and to have made two calls at a business house. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Benjamin Disraeli So much for Madame Carolina! I need hardly add that during your short stay at Court you will be delighted with her. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Arthur Morrison He checked himself short of the bottom, sprang at the wall-coping, flung himself over, and ran up the dark by-street, with the sound of muffled roars and screams faint in his ears. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

E. Phillips Oppenheim A short distance away in the level field a plane had been run out ready for starting. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

E. F. Benson My breath was coming in short pants as if I had been running — and now indeed I ran, with fearful backward glances, along the hundred yards that separated me from my house and Urcombe’s. Mrs. Amworth by E. F. Benson

After that he went straight on himself, taking strange short steps like a bird. Greenmantle by John Buchan

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then she gave a short little laugh polished with scorn, and tumbling backward fell off again to sleep. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

H. G. Wells In his hand he still clutched, with the grip of death, a short light rifle. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

George Eliot But, indeed, it is needful for my own soul that I should go away from this life of ease and luxury in which I have all things too richly to enjoy — at least that I should go away for a short space. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Ivan Turgenev After drinking coffee, the two friends set off together — on foot, of course — to Hausen, a little village lying a short distance from Frankfort, and surrounded by woods. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

H. G. Wells His first enquiry simply resulted in a direction to go on towards Westminster. His second led to the discovery of a short cut in which he was speedily lost. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Louisa May Alcott Tell her to make it short and spicy, and never mind the moral. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

They kept me on short allowance of pencils, when I wished to make notes of the most absorbing interest; the daily newspaper was guarded from me like a young baby from a gorilla. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Henry James I don’t know in short what will become of his circulation; I am only quite at my ease as to what will become of his work. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was an inimitable maker of short paragraphs. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

William Makepeace Thackeray A short time before arriving at Oranmore, one has glimpses of the sea, which comes opportunely to relieve the dullness of the land. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

At last my father got tired, and sorry too, and said he would show him a short way home. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

We had now been long enough afloat to find out that we had almost always one man on the sick list, and were therefore habitually short of a hand for the navigation of the boat. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]