Phrases with "shriek"

George Gissing The door was open, but at that moment Jane uttered a shriek which rang and echoed through the whole house. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Mrs Lackersteen outdid all previous efforts with a shriek that rose easily above the din outside. Burmese Days by George Orwell

There was a shriek of terror from the whole of the French army, and I should think at least forty thousand guns were levelled at me in an instant. Novels by Eminent Hands by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was with a shriek of agony that he had leaped across the gut, and he had reached home thereafter in a fever-fit of fear. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy A shriek from Sue suddenly caused him to start round. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

H. Rider Haggard Right through them it swept, leaving a wide lane of dead and dying; and such a shriek went up to heaven as even that place of torment had never heard. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

They shriek their little shriek as they fly past. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

A great cry rose from thousands of voices, and, among them, it seemed to Coconnas that he heard a shriek more piercing than all the rest. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

George Eliot Hetty’s shriek mingled with the sound, and they clasped each other in mutual horror. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Benjamin Disraeli I will be proud and happy of such a friend, and you shall be mine for ever!’ A shriek broke on the air: he started. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

To shout and shriek in church is more irreverent than I care to talk about. The Syllabub Feast by Ellen Wood [1875]

Charles Dickens He fell down on his knees, and in a shriek addressed the figures in the Bells now hovering above them. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

She had evidently supposed that I was still under the influence of the drug, because when I seized her she gave a shriek of astonished rage. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Shrinking back, she stared at him, in silence, for a second or two; then began to shriek at him like some wild creature. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle With a shriek of joy our client clutched it up. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Rudyard Kipling Findlayson saw the fleet open and swing out fanwise to a long-drawn shriek of wire straining across gunnels. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Ah! ah! ah! ah! ah!” She tore her hair, and uttered shriek after shriek, so wild, so piercing, they fell like a knell upon the ears of Dierich Brower and his men. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Arthur Machen There was a shriek and a noise of thin, shrill, high-pitched laughter as we came into the lodging-house. Change by Arthur Machen

Rudyard Kipling There awaited them a red man with a knife which he passed jauntily through their throats, and the full-voiced shriek became a sputter, and then a fall as of heavy tropical rain. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

M. P. Shiel Seventeen years, my good God, of that delusion! I could write down no sort of explanation for all those groans and griefs, at which a reasoning being would not shriek with laughter. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Thou standest on the verge of two worlds, the past and the future; and voices from either shriek omen in thy ear. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

One long cry, which was like a shriek wrung from the spirit of despair, broke from her colourless lips, and in the next moment she had sunk fainting upon the ground before those inexorable doors. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

People shriek for their lawyer nowadays at the very sight of a policeman on the mat. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He dropped the weapon, with a shriek of pain, upon the road, and fell on his knees before his captor. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Andrew Lang After he had got everything ready, he began to shriek and scream as before, till his master and all the other servants came running to see what was the matter. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling They shriek back the news of the exodus to their friends, and a hundred pens skirl responsive. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Andrew Lang His wife gave a shriek of joy when he came in, and then burst into tears, for she was tired and very frightened. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The first movement he made caused him to shriek aloud. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

It is not the first time I have been awakened by a shriek like that. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Walter Scott Dame Glendinning began to shriek for assistance. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Wilkie Collins Before she could get to her next word, a shriek of horror from the hall announced that the cook’s powers of interruption were not exhausted yet. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

William Makepeace Thackeray The canboy presently yelled out “Reek, Reek!” with a shriek perfectly appalling. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

I had only just stepped out upon the footboard when she gave a shriek and fell. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The shriek had perhaps sounded with a far greater power, to his own startled ears, than it actually possessed. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

William Makepeace Thackeray If he were not a genie, and enchanted, and with a strength altogether hyperatlantean, he would drop the moon with a shriek on to the white marble floor, and it would splitter into perdition. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Benjamin Disraeli She utters almost a shriek of delightful surprise as she welcomes him. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

I won’t be hanged!” He rushed forward, groping for her mouth with a silencing hand, and the shriek died out. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

During the fight, shriek upon shriek issued from the drawing-room. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then with a shriek she tore herself free and rushed from the room. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Charles Stur We no longer heard the discordant shriek of the parrots, or the hoarse croaking note of the bittern. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

At the first sound of steps in the passage, and blows on the door, the victims uttered a shriek of terror. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

F. Scott Fitzgerald This wish was not entirely conscious, especially on the part of Rosemary, who was accustomed to having shell fragments of such events shriek past her head. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Benjamin Disraeli When he ended she sprang from the sofa, and, looking up and extending her arms with unmeaning wildness, she gave one loud shriek and dropped like a bird shot on the wing; she had burst a blood-vessel. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

George Gissing To release himself he bent forward, pushing the woman away; the result was a violent blow from her fist, after which she raised a shriek as if of pain and terror. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Clusters of light clouds, white and rosy, sailed swiftly across the pale blue sky, like huge birds frightened by the piercing shriek of the escaping steam. Mother by Maksim Gorky

G. K. Chesterton The next moment the great door crashed to and he could hear the bolts shriek as they shot into their place, and the feet of the retreating men scampering and stumbling along the causeway. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Her shriek at the discovery of Biron had a good effect, but was rather that of terror without amazement, than of terror and amazement mixed. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

A voice here, I thought, should be either a shriek or a whisper. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Gustave Flauber The others who were watching them began to shriek with terror, and the lions, remembering the feast perhaps, stretched themselves out yawning against the edge of the dens. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

A woman began to shriek on the other side of the bulkhead, then another woman somewhere else, then the little girl. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson Suddenly he began to shriek aloud, so that the coast re-echoed; and now both I and Rorie were calling on the black to stop. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope At that moment there came a shriek louder than all the other shrieks, and the morning express down from Euston to Inverness was seen coming round the curve at a thousand miles an hour. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

The express-train, rushing headlong across the wet flats of Lincolnshire, glared like a meteor in the gray fog; the dismal shriek of the engine was like the cry of a bird of prey. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Walter Scott In the vivacity of her grief she gave way to all the natural irritability of her temper; shriek followed shriek, and swoon succeeded to swoon. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Nathaniel Hawthorne A thrill ran through Elinor’s frame; a shriek was upon her lips, but she stifled it with the self-command that becomes habitual to all who hide thoughts of fear and anguish within their bosoms. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Arthur Machen He cast away the frightful fancy that the scream he had heard was a shriek of joy, that the arms, rigidly jerked out, invited him to an embrace. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Andrew Lang The sight of them so delighted Helga that she nearly sprang from her saddle with a shriek of joy. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He felt he was being stifled and he wanted to shriek out. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Walter Scott With a shriek of horror, Ursel turned himself to the further side, and cast his eyes upon a different scene. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

That man was your father; he came to see you that night; and as he was leaving you, you gave that dreadful shriek we heard downstairs. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell A low, deep growl went up from the dense mass, as some had to wait for space to follow the others — now and then going up, as a lion’s growl goes up, into a shriek of rage. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

While I bent over her, holding her as in a vice, she gave a sudden shriek, a shriek of horrified surprise. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Rudyard Kipling For life that crammed me full, Gangs of the prying gull That shriek and scrabble on the riven hatches. The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

He looked round the room nervously, saw that figure in the chair, the ghastly face covered with pustules, and gave a shriek of absolute terror. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

G. K. Chesterton Millicent, needless to say, had to resume in a serious manner the duties of soothing an aunt; so that the shriek faded into shrill questions. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Her shriek smote the ear of Zanoni. He sprang forward; and Viola heard his wild cry in a foreign tongue. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Walter Scott As they approached the nullah near which the travellers were resting, there was heard a dreadful roar, accompanied by a shriek of agony. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But you are starting the spluttering magic-lantern show of life with much the same array of slides as I had, so I need to write you if only to shriek the colossal stupidity of people. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rudyard Kipling Other shots followed and a few took effect, as a shriek or a grunt attested. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Charles Kingsley It was not Ayacanora, for with a shriek which rang through the woods, the wretched dreamer, wakened thus at last, sprang up and felt for his sword. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

She threw up her arms and with a shriek fell backward insensible. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Florence Dixie As they do so, there is a shriek of pained surprise sent up, a paean of holy horror. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

He was at the door, and when I saw his face in the light of a lamp I gave a shriek — it was so white and horrid-looking. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Suddenly he gave the most dreadful shriek that ever yet I heard. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

George Elio I was in one of the cottages near, when they brought him home on a door, and the shriek of the wife has been ringing in my ears ever since. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

E. Phillips Oppenheim She recognized her, and the result of her recognition was the shriek we heard. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Thomas Hardy The shriek of some bird was occasionally heard, as it flew terror-stricken from its first roost, to seek a new sleeping-place, where it might pass the night unmolested. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Jack London But as I descended the companion stairs to clear the table I heard him shriek as the first bucket of water struck him. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The shriek which almost immediately broke from her lips was half stifled by the simultaneous slamming of the door. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Abraham Merri I felt it strike the falcon, and I heard it shriek with rage and pain. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Sinclair Lewis In the tramontana’s shriek of an ice-tortured fiend, Hayden thought he could catch a stated tune: rising, rising, rising to a scream, a sullen sinking down again, and rising, rising. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Her agony did not pain him, her wild moanworse than a shriek — did not much move him; her fury revolted him somewhat, but not to the point of horror. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Caroline Lamb He saw not the effect of his words—he heard not the smothered shriek of a heart-broken parent. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Andrew Lang The rock stopped at once, but there came a shriek from the wolverine: ‘Get off, get off! can’t you see that you are on my legs?’ ‘Why did you not leave me alone?’ asked the rock. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing She fixed her eyes on the fire, which was just beginning to blaze, and uttered a dreadful cry, a shriek of mad terror. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

George MacDonald I ran after the beast, with the blood trickling from my forehead; but had run only a few steps, when a shriek of despair tore the quivering night. Lilith by George MacDonald

Struck with the sight, and seiz’d with rage divine, The matrons prosecute their mad design: They shriek aloud; they snatch, with impious hands, The food of altars; fires and flaming brands. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

George Meredith At least she would rescue him from the claws of Lady Busshe, and her owl’s hoot of “Willow Pattern”, and her hag’s shriek of “twice jilted”. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Gustave Flauber She uttered a shriek and fell down among her women, who crowded around her. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Oh, yes, he is gone, he is gone!” She fell back against the wall with shriek after shriek of laughter, while I, horrified at this sudden hysterical attack, rushed to the bell to summon help. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

The shriek was not human; it was the wind rushing up a great hollow funnel in a mountain, and issuing in a wild shrill yell. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

H. G. Wells For a moment she stood and they stood motionless, and then with a shriek of rage she rushed towards them, and all three disappeared over the crest of the knoll. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

D. H. Lawrence He hated beyond measure to hear the shriek of calico as she tore the web sharply, as if with pleasure. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

I heard the guard signal for the stopping of the train, and then I heard her shriek as she fell. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Shortly afterward it began to shriek and whistle, like a full gale. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Henry James Besides, you’re so good yourself that you needn’t give a shriek if one is obliged to say what one means. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The men and women must have stood a whole minute — dumb as stones — before there came that long curdling shriek for which they waited. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle They throw them­selves with a shriek of joy upon our swords and lances, as if death were all that they de­sired. The Centurion by Arthur Conan Doyle

Suddenly as he stood there a long shrill shriek rose on the silent air like a wild appeal to heaven; and then another and another shriek; and then a burst of passionate sobbing. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

D. H. Lawrence Sometimes she felt she would shriek and go mad, so strong was the influence on her, something preworld and, it seemed to her now, vindictive. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

He gave a shriek like that which a horse utters when he finds himself fettered and surrounded by fire — a shriek that curdled the air for miles and miles. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

Sinclair Lewis Bess did not shriek when she saw him; she only stood with her hands shaky at her breast. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Jarper looked up with an expression of abject fear on his white face, then with a shriek fell back again in a swoon. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Marjorie Bowen Then he heard Loveday from behind him give a gurgle and a shriek of incredible anguish, and he did not dare go back to the tire. Half-Past Two by Marjorie Bowen

Jules Verne A shriek of despair escaped his lips. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Marjorie Bowen As she looked she was conscious of such a chill of horror and dismay as nearly caused her to shriek aloud. Scoured Silk by Marjorie Bowen

Edgar Allan Poe I strived to decypher them, but in vain; while ever and anon, like the spirit of a departed sound, the shrill and piercing shriek of a female voice seemed to be ringing in my ears. Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Laurent fitted a key to the door, and it opened with a shriek of rusty hinges. Two Stories by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

Sir Walter Scott She fell with a piercing and dreadful cry between the shriek of pain and the sound of laughter when at its highest and most suffocating height. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Rudyard Kipling There was a shriek above the roar of the water, the complaint of the spans coming down on their blocks as the cribs were whirled out from under their bellies. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Leslie Stephen Pope, however, was now bound to shriek as loudly as he could at the outrage under which he was suffering. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Raoul, seeing that he could not arrive in time to cross the ferry with the travelers, halted to wait for Olivain. At this moment a shriek was heard that seemed to come from the river. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

H. Rider Haggard She fell with a shriek and lay floating on their surface, flung this way and that by the eddy of the whirlpool just where the moonlight beat most brightly. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Willa Cather I used to want to shriek it out to the world in the long nights when I could not sleep. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Charles Dickens Then the roar — mingled now with cries of ‘Hats off!’ and ‘Poor fellows!’ and, from some specks in the great concourse, with a shriek or groan — burst forth again. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Edgar Allan Poe I felt a maddening desire to shriek aloud. The Imp of the Perverse by Edgar Allan Poe [1845]

H.P. Lovecraft A second flaming thing appeared, and a shriek of human origin was plainly distinguished. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Guy de Maupassant The flourishes of the quadrilles, with the ear-splitting solos of the cornet, the false shriek of the flute, the shrill squeaking of the violin, irritated his feelings, and exasperated his sufferings. Paul’s Mistress (La Femme de Paul) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

They are so! I heard her shriek of anguish and fear — and all stood still! The fields, the house, the earth, the sky stood still — while Matara leaped at her with uplifted arm. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Rudyard Kipling An oath from Salem Hardieker,   A shriek upon the stairs, A dance of shadows on the wall,   A knife-thrust unawares — And Hans came down, as cattle drop,   Across the broken chairs. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

A shriek of horror burst from Layelah. She started back, and fell from her standing-place into the waves beneath. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle She may have heard the heavy footfall above the shriek of the storm, for she turned suddenly and faced him. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

With a shriek Susan recoiled and fell on her knees. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins I’ll be the death of him, if I swing for it on the gallows! Where is he? Where is he?” A shriek from the upper room silenced him before Mrs. Ronald could speak again. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

George Elio Janet!’ This last time he uttered her name with such a shriek of terror, that Janet involuntarily started up from her knees, and stood as if petrified by the horrible vibration. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Suddenly Esmé bounded aside into some thick bushes, where we could not follow; the wail rose to a shriek and then stopped altogether. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

H. G. Wells And then, after an interminable time, a crash, and a shriek of fear, and a growling. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Arnold Bennett Occasionally his voice, demanding that Clara should not desert him, made a shriek which seemed loud enough to wake the street. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

William Hope Hodgson Then all at once, Jacobs, who had only been giving an occasional moan, commenced to shriek and struggle. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Caroline Lamb Well, if I did not hear the shriek of the dear departed two full hours after he gave up the ghost. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Rudyard Kipling His thin, high-pitched shriek died out in the thick air almost as soon as it was raised; for even the children of the soil found it too hot to weep. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Marjorie Bowen Look in the glass, sir; your face is as ruined as your reputation!’ He advanced on her and she began to shriek in a dreadful fashion; the town woman showed through the airs of a great lady. The Housekeeper by Marjorie Bowen

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was worse than any cry of pain or terror, worse than any frantic shriek for help from one hard beset. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Wilkie Collins Before the servant could open the drawing-room door, a shriek rang frightfully through the silence of the house. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then came a shriek from a bugle, the Abbey gates flew open, and three men rushed out waving white cloths in their hands. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They stood hand in hand listening to the crashing of metal and woodwork and a single long-drawn-out shriek of agony. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

D. H. Lawrence She gave a shriek and straightened herself and the heap of her soft, chill flesh came up against his body. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang Poor Potentilla, however, had not the comfort of knowing this, for at the sight of the Enchanter threatening her beloved Prince she had given one shriek and fallen back insensible. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing Suddenly the silence was broken by a shriek of agony, so terrible that Basil felt his blood chilled to the very heart. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Wilkie Collins With a shriek of horror, he struggled to draw them back — struggled, in the empty brightness of the sunshine, as if some invisible grip had seized him. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The incense sickened her and a stray, ragged note from one of the tenors in the choir grated on her ear like the shriek of a slate-pencil. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

That shriek which had roused the doctor had also awakened Leilah, and an instant later she appeared in the doorway, clad in a hastily flung on negligee. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle The great gulf of the quarry suddenly yawned in front of his path, and glancing at me over his shoulder, he gave a shriek of despair. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Frederick Marryat A shriek was given, and Edward fired his gun into the body of the man, who immediately fell. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

E. F. Benson She sprang to her looking-glass, and what she saw caused her to shriek aloud with horror. How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery by E. F. Benson

Or, if he did not whistle and shriek the engine did. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Arthur Conan Doyle With a shriek of fear the poor wretch threw himself forward upon his face, and clutched at the Arab’s jibbeh, clawing with his brown fingers at the edge of the cotton skirt. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Guy de Maupassant Not a breath of air, not a shriek from a toad, not a hoot from an owl; a melancholy numbness lay heavy on everything. A Wife’s Confession (Confessions d'une femme) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Edgar Allan Poe With a shriek I bounded to the table, and grasped the box that lay upon it. Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

In the distance rose the shriek of the railway engines, the heavy rumbling of iron wheels, the clang of buffers. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Washington Irving Some mention was made also of the woman in white, that haunted the dark glen at Raven Rock, and was often heard to shriek on winter nights before a storm, having perished there in the snow. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Charles Dickens At bathing-time in the morning, the little bay re-echoes with every shrill variety of shriek and splash — after which, if the weather be at all fresh, the sands teem with small blue mottled legs. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Sinclair Lewis She was so shrill: her conversations started with a shriek and ended with a howl. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence It was killing her, that she could not shriek aloud and beat that Levantine out of the house. Mother and Daughter by D. H. Lawrence [1929]

Ivan Turgenev The gardener maintained that, a few instants after the shriek was heard in my mother’s room, he had seen a man, unknown to him, running through the bushes in the garden to the gate into the street. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

George Gissing In the station was a constant roaring and hissing, bell-ringing and the shriek of whistles, the heavy trundling of barrows, the slamming of carriage-doors; everywhere a smell of smoke. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

D. H. Lawrence Ah, she could shriek with torment, he was so far off, and perfected, in another world. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James She looked at him and then at the flower; he wondered whether she would shriek and swoon, as Miss Light had done. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

There was a sudden noise of shouting at the street corner, a shriek from a woman somewhere, and I saw a car charging straight over the pavement in the direction of a big shop window. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was a shriek of pain as the knife shot up into the air, to descend clattering into the area. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Marjorie Bowen With a shriek she sat up; her cheeks were still rouged, the false pearls dangled in her ears, the laced gown was open on her skinny throat; a cap with pink ribbons concealed her scant grey hair. The Housekeeper by Marjorie Bowen

It was soon, very soon, after this that the shriek came. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing A shriek of terror from Louise, from her lover a shout of alarm, blended with the sound of breaking glass. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

With a shriek the lunatic started to pursue, but when Dolan again attempted to seize him, he evaded the guard and dashed up a near-by flight of steps to the boardwalk. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Rudyard Kipling She used to shriek with rage when Dick stared at her between half-closed eyes. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Henry Handel Richardson With a shriek that was almost human, it sank, not to rise again. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Leslie Stephen One was an attack upon a wild no-popery shriek emitted by Bishop Burnet, whom he treats, says Johnson, “like one whom he is glad of an opportunity to insult. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Charles Dickens Heaven be with you!” Her father’s only answer was to draw his hands through his white hair, and wring them with a shriek of anguish. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

M. P. Shiel The man’s shriek of panic horror thrilled me through, and as the ponderous door swung slowly wide on its hinges, and Dr. Raphash calmly entered the room, I clung paralysed to my seat. The Case of Euphemia Raphash by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Charles Dickens He soon returned, for a shriek recalled him — but she was gone. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

G. K. Chesterton Twenty attendants rushed to capture the rebels; MacIan flung back three of them and Turnbull went over on top of one, when from behind them all came a shriek as of something quite fresh and frightful. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. Rider Haggard With a shriek she sprang in and touched a tall warrior with her forked wand. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Dropping the pistol at the side of the murdered man, I stood ready to shriek to any one who entered that Mr. Leavenworth had killed himself. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Nathaniel Hawthorne A shriek too fearfully distinct for doubt had been heard within the mansion, breaking forth suddenly and succeeded by a deep stillness, as if a heart had burst in giving it utterance. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

James Joyce Hufa! Hufa! Shrill shriek of laughter sprang from miss Kennedy’s throat. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Charles Kingsley The last words had hardly passed his lips, when, with a shriek of mingled scorn, rage, and fear, she dashed through the astonished group. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Robert Green Ingersoll We hear the roar and shriek of the bursting shell. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

H. G. Wells And with a shriek the child was caught and the old woman set to work slapping and the child screaming, and it was very good after-dinner fun for them. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

The Burman took up the string reins, yelled to the bullocks, prodded the roots of their tails with his short stick, and the cart jolted on with a shriek of wheels. Burmese Days by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim Almost simultaneously the man’s shriek rang through the place. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

With a shriek it followed — never to return. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

My heart flew up right into my throat, but not before I had time to yell out: ‘Jump clear of that anchor!’ “But I hadn’t time to shriek out her name. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

My God!” A shriek inhuman, vibrating and sudden, pierced like a sharp dart the white shroud of that land of sorrow. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Her own thoughts had been so wrapped in him that all sounds of the storm and of human speech were lost to her; but when Catharine’s shriek pierced through the room, the boy strove to raise himself. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Andrew Lang With a shriek she sprang from her seat, and the eyes of the spectators were turned towards her. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He started back with surprise! The Nun had turned round on hearing his voice: She perceived her letter in his hand, and uttering a shriek of terror, flew hastily to regain it. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

There was a strangled snort, then a shriek of female agony, and the neighbours came in. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Arthur Conan Doyle Why should they throw away their lives for a flag for which they cared nothing? Why should their leader urge them to break, and now shriek to them to re-form? They would not re-form. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

H. G. Wells Her friends and relatives would come and shriek too. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

William Blake A shriek ran thro' Eternity: And a paralytic stroke; At the birth of the Human shadow. The Book of Urizen by William Blake [1794]

Fanny Fern Men hold their breath, and women shriek in terror. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Every shriek of the blast seemed a summons, or would have seemed so had Mr. Brown been accustomed to hear the echoes of his own fancy in the wind. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

William Makepeace Thackeray You might have heard Mrs. Coxe’s shriek as far as Gravesend; it rung in my ears as I went down, all grieved at the thought of leaving her a disconsolate widder. Cox’s Diary by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

Guy de Maupassant While all pressed round and listened, she told the story from beginning to end, from the arrival of the letter to the last shriek of the men who were burned with her house, and never omitted a detail. Mother Sauvage (La Mère Sauvage) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

It came on with an increasing roar; the engine bore down upon the ambushing desperadoes with a glare and a shriek like some avenging monster come to deliver them to justice. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Andrew Lang She gave a shriek of alarm and fainted away, and they had to pour two barrels of eau-de-cologne over her before she recovered. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Py Gott in Himmel, how day schream up out of dose deep wells in Yian!” He began to cackle and shriek in his frenzy. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

A shriek of horror came from the crowd, and, the other horses passing, they poured on to the course and surrounded the prostrate man. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Thomas Hardy As the volley resounded there arose a shriek from the wall of Dr. Grove’s garden, and some one fell down inside; but nobody among the spectators without noticed it at the time. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Her blood and Batsy’s shriek from the adjoining room swam through my consciousness, and then she fell, as I supposed, dead upon the floor, and I, in scarcely better case, fell also. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green