Phrases with "silence"

He is not here now to drive away the reproachful shade — to silence the lifeless voice! The power of his charm has died with him. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Anthony Hope If Bauer got back to the house, his visit must be known; but if he could intercept Bauer, the girl’s silence was assured. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

In God’s name, what do you fear? There is but the one fear, and that is the vengeance of the Almighty, and your silence puts you in jeopardy of His wrath. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

The silence was intense throughout the court. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

Margaret Oliphant He was conscious, however, though he had not given any meaning to the sounds he heard, of the strange silence which followed upon the stopping of the work. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Elizabeth Gaskell Another circumstance which Madame de — had observed was her mother’s silence and depression of spirits at a particular hour. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He stood for a moment in silence and in obvious perplexity. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Arthur Conan Doyle I stared in silence at Sherlock Holmes, whose lips were compressed and his brows drawn down over his eyes. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Gertrude Stein This came to silence any day and the single attention was such that any candy was the same as eaten. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

E. Phillips Oppenheim For a minute or two unbroken silence reigned in the wine shop. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

When silence reigned again I peeped out. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Algernon Blackwood The doors and windows of the houses stood open to the night; nothing stirred; moonlight and silence lay over all. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Edith Wharton He held her in silence and their lips met. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

The silence lasted long, and they were nearing the lights of London when Antonia spoke. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

The words fell into the silence of the large, dimly lighted room. The Ghost of a Chance by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Un traître aurait ouvert la frontière à l’ennemi pour conduire l’empereur allemand jusqu’à Notre–Dame, qu’on ne prendrait pas des mesures de silence et de mystère plus étroites. J’Accuse . . .! Lettre au Président de la République by Émile Zola

Charles Kingsley Over all was a true autumn silence; a silence which may be heard. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Unfortunately, silence did not mean indifference, for the reproof was unjust, and nothing stings a woman’s fine sense like an injustice. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Robert Louis Stevenson The old lady that I have in my eye is a very caustic speaker, her tongue, after years of practice, in absolute command, whether for silence or attack. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence But she let herself be helped over the stile, and she walked in silence with him over the first dark field. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

He was at length aroused from his silence by Ned, who, bending forward and placing his hand upon Clifford’s knee, said abruptly — “In short, Captain, you must lead us once more to glory. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Bee stood by the Rector in silence for a little, looking at the glory and trying to arrange her thoughts. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Elfrida dropped into the nearest chair, clasped her knees in her hands, and bending forward, earnestly regarded the canvas with a silence that presently became perceptible. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

The girl he loved came in and spoke to him, but he made a sign with his hand, and she was awed by the dumb appeal for silence in it. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Jules Verne Les bras croisés sur la poitrine, il attendait bravement que le silence se fit. Robur-le-Conquerant by Jules Verne [1886]

Preserve silence till we meet. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins I did not know then what the motive was for your silence and distress. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell Now all this was a cause of anxiety to her mother, who began to feel as if she would rather have had her child passed by in silence than so much noticed. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

For a time we sat in silence hand in hand. The End of the Dream by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Jules Verne The silence seemed deeper in these momentary lulls, and the Major and John Mangles listened attentively. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

William Makepeace Thackeray It seemed a shame to disturb the silence so. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Anthony Trollope He soon admitted by silence his state of vassalage and pledged himself, with Mr. Slope’s assistance, to change his courses. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri Over the battlements, over the city, dropped a vast expectant silence — as though the city knew its fate was hanging upon the balance. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Robert Louis Stevenson Yet he durst not open his mouth, and drove in silence till they had passed the main park-gates and turned into the cross-cut lane along the wall. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

I heard him out in silence and then, when shaking all over, he turned to leave the room, I struck him down. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

John Galsworthy They dug in silence for ten minutes, and then rested. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins Philip’s silence confessed that he was unable to answer it — and Philip himself, I may add, rose accordingly in my estimation. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Arthur Conan Doyle Neither of ua broke the silence for some little time after he had concluded. The Heiress of Glenmahowley by Arthur Conan Doyle

William Makepeace Thackeray The silence is peopled with the past; sorrowful remorses for sins and short-comings — memories of passionate joys and griefs rise out of their graves, both now alike calm and sad. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

The silence and solitude were most impressive under the frosty stars and the great Central Asian barrier. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

They preserve a most undoglike silence and follow the beholder with strange gaze. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

George Gissing When the first gleam of yellow sunlight flitted over Surrentum towards the cliffs of Capreae, silence had fallen upon the villa. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Walter Scott To silence her by fair means seemed impossible; authoritative commands and coaxing entreaties she set alike at defiance, and threats only made her sulky and altogether intractable. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

John Galsworthy This conspiracy of silence made him desperate. To Let by John Galsworthy

Six flabbergasted men watched him in silence for a moment. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

D. H. Lawrence In silence they passed through to the dancing-room. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Ann Radcliffe Vivaldi’s answers were cautious and concise; but not even long pauses of silence wearied the compassionate patience of his visitor. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

For a few minutes he sat in silence in his retreat and then the sound of approaching voices warned him to get ready. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Then silence settled upon the room, during which she gained control over herself, and he the semblance of it if no more. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Virginia Woolf The silence alarmed Mrs. Milvain, and she began hurriedly: “Nothing would have made me say these things but your own good. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Edith Wharton But the terrible silence and emptiness seemed to symbolize her future — she felt as though the house, the street, the world were all empty, and she alone left sentient in a lifeless universe. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Elizabeth Gaskell The trust was shown by his respectful silence on that one point of reserve on which she had interdicted conversation. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Charles Baudelaire Le silence et la nuit s’installèrent en lui, Comme dans un caveau dont la clef est perdue. Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire

Edith Wharton The silence that followed lay on them with the weight of things final and irrevocable. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Only the nightingales, awake, spun out the thrill of their song above the silence of graves. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

You’ll hear everything presently,” and Chester was stunned to silence in his amazement. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Then suddenly a tremendous boom was heard below, a blinding sheet of flame lit up all the windows and then a dreadful moment’s silence was followed by the sounds of a cascade of falling glass. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

But, if an opportunity occurs, one is only too happy to seize it; then one has an excuse with which to silence one’s conscience. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

D. H. Lawrence And suddenly she craved again for the more absolute silence of America. English stillness was so soft, like an inaudible murmur of voices, of presences. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

In this cottage on the common there was a silence that made the chirp of the crickets a burden. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Together and in silence they ate, occasionally stealing sly glances at one another, until finally Jane broke into a merry laugh in which Tarzan joined. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Victor Hugo, he said, had changed towards him and was creating a conspiracy of silence round about him, so that no one should speak any more of his works. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Wilkie Collins In the breathless silence that followed, a man robed in black mounted the black platform, and faced the congregation. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Nous partîmes sur la neige, dans un silence absolu. Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier [1913]

Thomas Hardy Instead of withdrawing it she remained in silence where she was, and he began again  — ‘Are you going to unfasten it?’ Anne did not speak. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

D. H. Lawrence The mother sat rocking in silence for some time. The Odour of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence

A silence fell upon the court, — a silence that remained unbroken for at least a minute, and passed gently into a deep murmur. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Charles Dickens Being engaged in the adjustment of some accounts — an occupation to which the silence and solitude of his retreat were very favourable — he had not strayed from his den for two whole days. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Francis Bacon Preserve the right of thy place; but stir not questions of jurisdiction; and rather assume thy right, in silence and de facto, than voice it with claims, and challenges. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Charles Dickens It was followed by a discourse, to which the congregation listened with most exemplary attention and uninterrupted silence and decorum. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It had reached a high point, tensed and stifled, almost the quality of a scream — then it ceased and left behind it a silence empty and menacing as the greater silence overhead. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

On the other hand, silence would oblige him to play a difficult part. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was a momentous, almost a dread silence, a silence of which the significance existed only for three of the little gathering. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Maria Edgeworth Adieu, my Gabrielle. R***’s silence is perfectly incomprehensible. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

They walked on in silence slowly. Signa by Ouida

George Gissing Enough that Bob drew back as soon as he was bidden, and seemed from his silence to be half-ashamed of himself. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Jules Verne A peine le président eut-il touché la sonnette, à huit heures et demie précises, qu’un silence profond s’établit. Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum by Jules Verne [1879]

George Elio Dempster stared wildly in silence for some months; then he spoke again in a hoarse whisper:—‘Dead . Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

But the shadow which your silence has caused to fall between us has taught me the value of openness and truth. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

The silence of nearly a moment which followed was as threatening as the profound calm which precedes the storm. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Arthur Schopenhauer In our day, besides, or in lieu of saying, Let a woman keep silence in the church, it would be much to the point to say Let a woman keep silence in the theatre. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Conan Doyle He’ll swear your life away if you don’t silence his tongue. The Club-Footed Grocer by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle Her mind had been full of some one else, but gradually her husband’s silence and the inscrutable expression of his face forced themselves upon her attention. The Retirement of Signor Lambert by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jules Verne Gloomy silence spread over the prairie, and made Robert exclaim: “They’re gone!” But Thalcave, guessing his meaning, shook his head. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

The silence and colorlessness of the heart of the forest; and the color, vivacity, light, and movement in the openings, and among the tree-tops, contrast most curiously. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

They moved on in silence side by side, the major being so abstracted that he even forgot to swear. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

Thomas Hardy He paused in silence while, with his dubious eyes fixed on the barmaids, he seemed to consider himself. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

George Gissing Mrs. Hewett felt so ill today that she could only lie on the bed and try to silence her baby’s crying. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Willa Cather The silence was like a heavy anaesthetic. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Wilkie Collins Leaden weights seemed to close my eyes, to fetter my movements, to silence my tongue, to paralyze my touch. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

The silence of it rushed in on them, a silence in which the quiet hall sounded as if, but a moment before, it had been noisy. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Jules Verne Tout autre que Thalcave, rassuré par le silence extérieur, se fût rejeté sur sa couche. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

His reverence was, I think, considerably mixed with fear—rather awe, as of unutterable depths of silence through which flickered a trembling hope. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Arthur Conan Doyle After a silence the thud-thud had recommenced with a lively ripple of rifle-fire playing all round that deep bass master-note. The Pot of Caviare by Arthur Conan Doyle [1908]

Virginia Woolf There are then warm hollows grooved in the heart of the uproar; alcoves of silence where we can shelter under the wing of beauty from truth which I desire. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Nanny came in before it was finished, medicine in hand, and sat down in silence with her bonnet on. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

Henry James But you can hear the silence vibrate. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

The silence in the room grew so deep, the absorbed attention of the watchers so intense, that Roger felt as if the terrific moment must break in some new astonishing revelation. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Edith Wharton She had deliberately narrowed their intercourse to one central idea; and it was her punishment that silence had come to be merely an intensified expression of this idea. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

James Joyce His heart was beating fast on account of the solemn place he was in and the silence of the room: and he looked at the skull and at the rector’s kind-looking face. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Henry James Dennis promptly drew it forth, and she took it and went over it in silence once more. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was a silence as the company surveyed the scene. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Benjamin Disraeli It was his silence that so mortified me; it was his silence that led to all. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Vain and ill-tempered, he was a remorseless critic of others, and was involved in perpetual controversy, specially with Greene and Nash, the latter of whom was able to silence him. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Allins saw his whitening face, and thought it was the consequence of Mastrovin’s glower and the formidable silence of the company. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Ann Radcliffe Louis said no more, but seemed sunk in thought; and this silence remained uninterrupted, till they entered the abbey. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Jack London It was not so much White Fang’s ferocity as it was his silence that unnerved the groom. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Henry James In the place at the corner, on the chance of its saving time, Fleda wrote her telegram — wrote it in silence under Mrs. Gereth’s eye and then in silence handed it to her. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Rudyard Kipling There was hardly wind enough to move the Frobisher a couple of knots an hour, and the silence of the land closed about her as she entered the fairway. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

But the gift of silence was exercised by Locke only in those matters where other men have no right to be inquisitive or curious—matters of private concernment and of individual opinion. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

He stood in silence while the candle was being lit, nor did he flinch when Mr. Fletcher held it in front of his face, the better to see what manner of man he was. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

D. H. Lawrence The chill crept in, silence came over the earth, and then all was darkness. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope It is not because that woman, by a vile perjury, claims me as her husband, and because I wish to buy her silence or his, that I make this restitution. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Universal silence prevailed through the Crowd, and every heart was filled with reverence for religion. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

It was Captain Coulter. Simultaneously with the colonel’s arresting sign, silence fell upon the whole field of action. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Frances Hodgson Burnett It was broken by his saying, “She is not capable of marrying ME.” There was brief but entire silence again, and it was he who again broke it, his manner at once cool and reasonable. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The young men went on in silence until they reached the Rue St. Antoine. Then, with a smile, they glanced at Monsoreau’s house. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

George Gissing After a rather long silence he looked about for his hat, then for his dog-whip. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle If you, my fellow-countrymen, think that I did wrong, I will make no complaint, but will suffer in silence any penalty which you may impose upon me. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Yes,” after a pause, when another silence seemed imminent, “there goes the eight o’clock train. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

The movement was executed in silence and with precision. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Jules Verne Le silence n’était plus troublé que par les battements de mon coeur. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Queen Beelzebub, who is, I believe, Mrs. Jarsell, evidently thought it was best to silence him. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

She would have to stand by in silence and see him caressing another woman, while every caress would stab her like a sword. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope Your son thinks that their silence will be worth the money. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Margaret Oliphant After an interval of silence which seemed endless, he spoke. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Edith Wharton After that the silence became suddenly and almost miraculously complete, and he went on with his writing. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

The languid enquiry followed upon a silence that had lasted rather too long to be pleasant. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Like most dreamers, to whom it is given sometimes to hear the music of the spheres, Heyst, the wanderer of the Archipelago, had a taste for silence which he had been able to gratify for years. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

George Eliot Each was conscious of a silence which each was unable to break, till they entered Malthouse Lane, and were within a few yards of the minister’s door. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Virginia Woolf If I look back over that bald head, I can see silence already closing and the shadows of clouds chasing each other over the empty moor; silence closes over our transient passage. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

As your Shakespeare says, the rest is silence . Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

George Gissing Little wonder that Mr. Norman and Gilbert Gresham often sat long in silence behind the white curtains of the breakfast-room, gazing in delight at the unconscious children. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Here there was a repose as of the after-life, when all hopes and dreams and loves and hates are done and ended, and the soul waits in darkness and silence for the next unfolding of its wings. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

And to think of your keeping silence all this time—even to me. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

And that bright silence was so strange and still; he could have screamed to escape it. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Almah pointed in silence to one of these which was nearest, and I went up close so as to see it. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

The third, the fourth week came, and the silence of death was between Ethel and her friend. Lodore by Mary Shelley

The place might well be termed the centre of silence and solitude; despair and desolation are the only intruders here upon sad solitude's triumphant reign. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

It was a clipping from a Hong Kong paper, and read as follows: “After a silence of something like four months the Beautiful White Devil has again done us the honour of appearing in Eastern waters. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

George Gissing When silence came, I waited in the hope of another piece, but nothing followed, and so I went my way. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Au loin, sur la route de Gumières, le comte Muffat s’en allait lentement, son chapeau à la main, baignant sa tête brûlante dans la fraîcheur et le silence de la nuit. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

H. G. Wells The air is full of the panaceas of half-wits, none listening to the others and most of them trying to silence the others in their impatience. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

William Hope Hodgson Then the door of the Captain’s cabin slammed, and there came a silence, and the silence was broken by a sound. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

F. Scott Fitzgerald There was a moment’s silence while she did unimpressive things with her fan. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ford Madox Ford She added: ‘But I’m glad!’ Patches of silence ran between them: they hadn’t yet got out of the habit of thinking they had to hold up the drunken brother. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Jack London And yet all was not silence in solitary. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

And after the crash there was a moment of silence as if he were recovering himself. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

I was now in Holborn, and passed by a public house filled with uproarious companions, whose songs, laughter, and shouts were more sorrowful than the pale looks and silence of the mourner. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

D. H. Lawrence The three children sat round in silence and admiration. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

The person who controlled the members evidently thought that the man would blab, and accordingly took precautionary measures to silence him. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Maria Edgeworth I did not like to answer any questions — I could not bear to speak of Berenice, or even of Mr. Montenero. I took refuge in silence — my mother reproached me for my silence. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells Would he stop and accost them? At any rate this frightful silence must end. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

H. Rider Haggard Her silence was more terrible than words. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing Then Silvia rang a bell that was beside her, and a woman came to take the child away, he, as he walked in silence from the room, looking back and smiling wistfully. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Marie Corelli And then came silence — the awful silence of the Campagna — a silence like no other silence in the world — brooding like darkness around the dead. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Strange thoughts crowded upon my brain, and the most uncanny sounds spoke from the silence of the night. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Henry James The church of Saint Cecilia has one of these sunny, waste-looking courts; the edifice seems abandoned to silence and the charity of chance devotion. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Elizabeth Von Arnim The silence behind me grew ominous. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

Ann Radcliffe Spalatro did not return an answer, but led the way in silence to the court, and, having passed the gates, he pointed toward the west, and said she might walk that way. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

George Gissing The only excuse for breaking silence would be to let her know that he had resumed honest work; he must wait till the opportunity offered. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Abraham Merri Then silence and darkness dropped embraced upon the valley of the blue poppies. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Ann Radcliffe She moved in the dance with the light steps of the Graces. Profound silence reigned through the hall during the performance, and a soft murmur of applause arose on its conclusion. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Edith Wharton Rapidly and in silence they crossed the court and began to walk down the avenue. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Henry Fielding When Booth had finished his story a silence ensued of some minutes; an interval which the painter would describe much better than the writer. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Theodore Dreiser On this occasion, the ex-manager ate his as he went plodding the dark streets in silence to his bed. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

The silence of the room enveloped them, and the shadows were very still. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

A minute of silence followed, and then he rapped out:— “Gentlemen, I am in the grip of a racketeer. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

In silence he took the hand she held out towards him, and kept it in a strong gentle clasp that was more comfort than any words. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

D. H. Lawrence They travelled in silence through the empty lanes. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton Vance could hardly recall his having put a question; but his silence was not only benevolent but acute. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

H. G. Wells She read in silence and her husband watched her. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Elio Tina died, and Maynard Gilfil’s love went with her into deep silence for evermore. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Edith Wharton His silence drew her to her feet. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

There was unbroken silence for a moment — Maître Réné was waiting for one or the other of the young men to open the conversation. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Mark Twain They started through a corridor, and traversed it in silence a long way, glancing at each new opening, to see if there was anything familiar about the look of it; but they were all strange. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

The silence and the solitude of this mighty waste were appalling to the mind, and I almost regretted that I had sworn to conquer it. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Abraham Merri Men like those of Darius.” Dick broke the silence that had followed this amazing recital. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

D. H. Lawrence They stood together in silence whilst the thing moved away a little. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Could it be that he was guilty? His silence must be accepted as a confession of guilt; at least, some present believed so. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Jules Verne Cependant le silence se fit dans ce petit monde à l’arrivée de la soupe, et la taciturnité naturelle, même aux gamins islandais, reprit son empire. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

Sir Walter Scott Henry IV. Part II. We must now return to the tower of Tillietudlem, which the march of the Life-Guards, on the morning of this eventful day, had left to silence and anxiety. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Echoes from vistas of silence far in the jungle lost their individuality in a sob. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Anthony Trollope She sat as silent as death while he told his story, and very dreadful to him her silence was. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

He stood apart in silence also. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

George Gissing He addressed a few words to her, but, receiving no answer, he lay down in silence by her side, and tried to sleep. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

George MacDonald But when I reached it, the door stood open still; the bread and the water were still on the table; and deep silence was within and around it. Lilith by George MacDonald

A silence of astonishment, more profound than that of death, reigned in the assembly. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

It is the grim silence of facts that remains. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

More than once grandmother said to her softly “Varia, won’t you have something to eat?” My mother neither broke the silence nor stirred from her position. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Wilkie Collins After walking on in silence for some little time, with his niece’s arm in his, he suddenly stopped, looked her earnestly and kindly in the face, and laid his hand on hers. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Henry James But I sat so tight that the danger passed, leaving my silence to do what it could for my manners. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Ivan Turgenev I did not know what to say to him, and sat in silence by his bed. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

The greatness of the peril and his own alarm sufficed to silence him. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

D. H. Lawrence Instantly a silence fell, a slight embarrassment came over the company. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne Cependant, il y avait à bord un homme qui pouvait dire le dernier mot de cette catastrophe, et dont le silence se prolongeait. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He seized a hand of each, and in silence they threaded the tree-trunks, washed with light now and with the rising mist. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Washington Irving We picture him to ourselves seated among his care-worn followers, brooding in silence over his blasted fortunes, and acquiring a savage sublimity from the wildness and dreariness of his lurking-place. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

William Makepeace Thackeray When that went, silence and utter night closed over him. Jonathan Swift by William Makepeace Thackeray

Do let me!” Cecil, in silence still, stooped and drew her to him. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]