Phrases with "terrible"

Richard Burton The terrible cases of misery and starvation which so commonly occur among the improvident Indians at Jeddah and Meccah are here rare. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu She could not upbraid him; but she was sure that the terrible fascination of the gaming-table had caused the sudden ruin he vaguely confessed. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Jules Verne La situation était effrayante; le Victoria courait avec une grande rapidité; on sentait qu’il allait se mettre en pièces; le choc serait terrible en effet. Cinq Semaines En Ballon by Jules Verne [1863]

F. Scott Fitzgerald And of the two the former seemed more terrible — it was not so much the beating he dreaded as the savage ferocity, outlet of the ineffectual man, which would lie behind it. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

He never recovered his reason; the family deserted the mansion rendered terrible by so many misfortunes. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

H.G. Wells I’ve made careful enquiries, Sir.” And forthwith the constable began telling the Vicar of a new and terrible outrage committed by the Angelic visitor. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

It takes me back two and a-half years in the history of my lady’s life; but I have still a blank of three years to fill up before I can exonerate her from my terrible suspicion. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

George Eliot That moment had come to Politian: the secretary had put forth his soft head from the official shell, and the terrible lurking crab was down upon him. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

What a terrible dilemma to be in, and what on earth could he say to the man? Gauntry was no fool and would not be easily taken in. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Anthony Trollope What terrible mischief a man may do when he throws all idea of duty to the winds! If I were you, George, I should just go on as though I had not seen him at all. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

What a terrible warning that old-clothes dealer’s declaration had been! Ah! that mysterious accomplice was a man of foresight. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Thomas Hardy What suddenly filled his heart far more than curiosity about their authorship was a terrible belief that they were turning out to be true, try to see Grace as he might. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

H.P. Lovecraft I was not alone, for foolhardiness was not then mixed with that love of the grotesque and the terrible which has made my career a series of quests for strange horrors in literature and in life. The Lurking Fear by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

When the hens heard this, they raised a terrible outcry. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Ann Radcliffe In such moments she was astonished, that she had paused for an instant upon a subject so terrible as that of murder. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Charles turned round and uttered a terrible oath. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Guy de Maupassan Since the curtain had fallen the space in front of him made a sort of dark patch fascinating and terrible on the obscure landscape. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Anna Katherine Green Then like a lion baited beyond his patience the judge lifted his head and faced them all with a fiery intensity which for the moment made him a terrible figure to contemplate. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Jack London For she knew that in the lynx’s lair was a litter of kittens, and she knew the lynx for a fierce, bad-tempered creature and a terrible fighter. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Then there came over Mrs. Berwick’s face a look of terrible dismay. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Policemen and Detectives were spying into our lives, asking us the most terrible questions, and as good as telling us, too, that one of us was going to be hanged. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Andrew Lang Thus Lord St. Vincent, the great admiral, heard nothing during his stay at the house of his sister, Mrs. Ricketts, while that lady endured terrible things. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

He made a terrible effort, and, moaning with grief, he arose. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Bram Stoker The attitude of the two had a terrible resemblance to a child forcing a kitten’s nose into a saucer of milk to compel it to drink. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

But D’Artagnan knew the terrible secret. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

D. H. Lawrence The terrible swooning burden on his mind, the awful swooning, the loss of all his control, was too much for him. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Anatole France What makes one love is a soft and terrible force, more powerful than beauty. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Anthony Trollope It was not the unkindness of her aunt’s voice that upset her so much as her own weakness, and the terrible struggle of the long day. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

T. H. Huxley Disorganised and demoralised as that army was, the struggle must certainly have been a terrible one — every one heeding only himself, and crushing through the ranks and treading down his fellows. Essays by T. H. Huxley

D. H. Lawrence A world, a terrible place of hills and valleys and slopes, all motionless, all of ice. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Burton sank into a chair, and the workings of his face revealed the terrible emotion he was controlling and the shock he had received. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Four days would quite suffice to complete the seduction of Felton. A terrible idea, however, rushed into her mind. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

He’s a terrible one to have on your track. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

D. H. Lawrence When they were over the river, and among the dark scrub, he took her in his arms and kissed her with long, terrible passion. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

I can never rid my mind of the horror of seeing my true father facing that terrible man in the dining-room; I heard what was said before the shot was fired that killed him. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

D. H. Lawrence It surpassed anything she had ever known before, it seemed to throw her out of the world into some terrible region where nothing of her old life held good. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George MacDonald You are happy to have a house to go to! What a terrible wind it is!” “Take me home safe, and I will give you shelter from it,” she rejoined. Lilith by George MacDonald

Anthony Trollope I am sure that there will be a terrible quarrel some day. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson Thereafter the nameless disease, whatever it was, developed in new and terrible ways. How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery by E. F. Benson

A terrible rage possessed him, for he knew that one of the darkest secrets of his life had been revealed to his uncle. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing It’s terrible for me to make you so angry. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry James The people are very good, very serious, very devoted to their work; but there’s a terrible absence of variety of type. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Their terrible white ghosts overran the hills. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

George MacDonald Its beautiful yet terrible teeth, unseemly disclosed by the retracted lips, gleamed ghastly through the dark. Lilith by George MacDonald

It was a terrible misfortune that I had had to kill that wretch, and for the moment it seemed the end of everything, and the complete ruin, at the very onset, of our plans. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Elizabeth Gaskell Tom, that’s Will’s father (you don’t know Will, but he’s a sailor to foreign parts), had come to Manchester, and sent word what terrible lots of work was to be had, both for lads and lasses. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

He was in a terrible predicament. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

H. G. Wells The caricaturists gave him glaring and projecting eyes and a terrible row of teeth. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Wilkie Collins She struggled to recover it, and repeated in a whisper: “Forgive me before I die! I have made a terrible atonement; I have borne witness against the innocence of my own child. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

H. G. Wells Yet terrible as was the danger we incurred, the attraction of peeping was for both of us irresistible. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

I am myself not easy, love to dominate where I am, am often in terrible Rages and am haunted by the past. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Ann Radcliffe These terrible events so deeply affected Emilia that she was confined to her bed by a dangerous illness. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Something terrible had happened or was to happen. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

They have nothing terrible nor sad in themselves; and yet it is difficult to enter one of them without a shudder. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

E. Phillips Oppenheim I saw him two nights ago in the pit at the Adelphi Theatre, sitting between a big, dark, Jewish-looking man and a girl, who must have been his daughter—sharp featured, with a terrible fringe. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

But in the effort to call upon the mighty Name he mispronounces it, bringing a terrible convulsion of nature which destroys him. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Anthony Trollope I had a stove in my tent; but the heat of that, when lighted, was more terrible than the severity of the frost. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Ordinarily Evan had sufficient common sense and was as prosaic as mankind could wish him; but he has had a terrible fall in the morning, and a young woman rages in his brain. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Andrew Lang If I return and find him gone, you will pay for it by a terrible death. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Leaning against the gilded door-post, he witnessed the terrible scene in the little salon. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Guy de Maupassan Will you do this?” The wretched Idealist was kneeling before her; he was having a terrible mental struggle. An Honest Ideal by Guy de Maupassan

Maria Edgeworth This morning the physicians say, that if he passes this night — if —— my dear mother, what a terrible suspense! Leonora L——. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Rudyard Kipling It is a terrible thing to be in ‘The Trades,’ that great Doomsday Book of Calcutta, in whose pages are written the names of doubtful clients. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Gissing As his voice gathers strength, the hearers begin to feel the influence of a terrible earnestness. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Caroline Lamb Glenarvon’s countenance, rendered more terrible by the glimmering of the lamp, changed at these words. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

G. K. Chesterton He seemed to have lost interest in the law, in which he had been beyond expression brilliant and terrible as a K.C., and to be occupied in giving personal and moral advice to the people concerned. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Guy de Maupassant Forty years is a terrible age for virtuous women when they possess senses; they become foolish, and commit utter follies. A Passion (Une Passion) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

With a terrible cry, Nancy tore into her own room, the mantle trailing after her. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

D. H. Lawrence Her face was shining again, her eyes were shining again like terrible laughter. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassant Then I went to bed and fell into one of my terrible sleeps, from which I was aroused in about two hours by a still more terrible shock. Le Horla by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Anthony Trollope That hour at the Taunton station was terrible to her. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Indeed, it was a terrible thought—that of those brave fellows down there beneath the surface of the waters. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Theodore Dreiser Hers was surely a terrible passion. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne Should he perceive Colonel Proctor, we could not prevent a collision which might have terrible results. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

George Elio And in our Caterina’s little breast, too, there were terrible struggles. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Charles Kingsley She leaks a terrible deal, and the Lord will not vouchsafe to us to lay our hands on the place, for all our searching. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

It was early in the afternoon when a terrible incident, which came so near our undoing, occurred, and it happened in this way. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

If it be heard close to the negro’s or Indian’s hut, from that night misfortune sits brooding over it: and they await the event in terrible suspense. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Margaret Oliphant All his fears, half quiescent in the feverish pause of the day, were suddenly roused to action, ranging themselves to meet the last, the decisive, the most terrible assault of all. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Wilkie Collins The result was the more easily brought about by the advent of some important changes for the better in his prospects which commenced not long after his terrible night’s experience at the inn. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Arthur Conan Doyle If the charge of the horsemen had been terrible from its rush and its fire, this steady advance of a huge phalanx of armored footmen was even more fearsome to the spectator. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Anthony Trollope For a moment he thought of asking his mother to call; but he at once saw that by doing so he might lay himself open to terrible ridicule. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The steps were now very close to her, and with terrible anxiety she peeped out to see who might be Souchey’s companion. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf And when the mist departed a skeleton world and blankness alone remained — a terrible prospect for the eyes of the living to behold. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

I saw that she had withdrawn once more after a terrible bid for freedom into her fortress of reserve. The Goldfish by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

D. H. Lawrence Therefore, outwardly, it came as the most terrible blow and shock to him, He had kept the surface of his confidence in her quite serene. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

When a bird flew past, or a hare started from its form, he screamed with terror, and all the wholesome sights of a summer day were wrought by his frenzied brain into terrible phantoms. The Keeper of Cademuir by John Buchan [1894]

A. E. W. Mason As a fact he had that morning set the strands of a new rope a-weaving which was to bring them together again in a strange and terrible relationship. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

And then a terrible thing occurred. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Henry James The perception, if she had it, would be painful and terrible — might even be fatal to the process. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

George Elio It’s likely to be a terrible case, with his state of body. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

One long day of patient watchfulness revealed all this to Sir Oswald Eversleigh; and with the revelation came a new and terrible agony. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

John Galsworthy Those last two days had seemed months in spite of Cast Up by the Sea, wherein he was reading about Mother Lee and her terrible wrecking bonfire. Awakening by John Galsworthy

In that house was the terrible blind Fate that span. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

He used to try to chase a fish the way he chased hares in the bumpy field—but there are terrible spurts in a fish. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

George Gissing A terrible woman! She regards you as sealed for perdition by the mere fact of your birth. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Wilkie Collins There was one terrible story which took a hold on my mind — the story of a man who stabbed his own wife in a sleep-walking dream. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Guy de Maupassant This hand was terrible to see; it made one think of some savage vengeance. The Hand (La Main d'écorché) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

E. T. A. Hoffmann He was reminded of his guilt in terrible wise by destiny, in the hatred which grew up and developed more and more between his two sons. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Anthony Trollope There was something terrible in this to young Bertram. He had almost ceased to think of himself in watching his uncle’s struggles. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

A terrible doubt oppressed me. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

He must have had a terrible time of it, and where it would have ended I cannot guess, but it seems to me that most likely, now that he is once roused, he will come right again. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

James Joyce It was better never to have sinned, to have remained always a child, for God loved little children and suffered them to come to Him. It was a terrible and a sad thing to sin. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Florence Dixie He looked at her with a terrible earnestness. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Anthony Trollope Then, on the day but one following this conversation as to the destiny of her aunt’s property, came the terrible tidings of her brother’s death. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Alfred Ainger That terrible sentence “we are in a manner marked” has not perhaps received its due weight, in the estimate of what the brother and sister were called upon to bear. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Then he called Lady Hake a terrible word and flung me from him on to the floor. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Jonathan Swif I did not go to town to-day, it was so terrible rainy; nor have I stirred out of my room till eight this evening, when I crossed the way to see Mrs. Atterbury, and thank her for her civilities. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Yet between these last and man is a mysterious and terrible affinity. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Henry Kingsley But oh! for that terrible word — too late! Ah! too late! What word is so terrible as that? You will see what I mean soon. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Ford Madox Ford But the General is in a terrible temper. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle The mode is a terrible tyrant, Clarke, though its arm may not extend as far as Havant. The idle man of the town must have some rule of life, so he becomes a slave to the law of the fashions. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

He made no attempt to turn down the gas in the passage, or even to look into the room where we were, but went straight up to bed, making a terrible noise. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

The terrible Tramp Major met us at the door and herded us into the bathroom to be stripped and searched. Collected Essays by George Orwell

The terrible danger in which the whole British Empire stood was not generally realised, but for all that with those who were ‘in the know’ prospects were not considered too bright. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Quiet, quiet! “A terrible good. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Arthur Machen But to tell the truth, Austin, I haven’t paid much attention to the matter for the last few weeks; I knew poor Herries intimately, and his terrible death has been a great shock to me, a great shock. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

It is a terrible thing to take away hope, even earthly hope, from a fellow-creature. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

George Gissing I continued to pay my interest regularly; but the prospect of having to pay the principal lay as a terrible burden night and day upon my mind. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Margaret Oliphant They had been still in the face of death, but now, with life saved, came a sense of something more terrible than death. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The world was at least ignorant of its bereavement, while to me it was a real and terrible actuality. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

I travelled the same road, sire, on a much more terrible night than this. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Henry James Fortune had played Madame Clairin a terrible trick, but had found an adversary and not a victim. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Arthur Machen Thin and strange, mingled together, the voices came up to him on the hill; it was as if an outland race inhabited the ruined city and talked in a strange language of strange and terrible things. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

His expectations had been disappointed; and now he realized what a terrible scandal he had created. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Henry Kingsley And the tilings tliat were terrible realities for us, are only printed words for them, which they try to realize, but cannot. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

But unfortunately the great midsummer storm — the most terrible of recent climatic disturbances — had filled the mosses and streams, and they found themselves unable to proceed by any direct road. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Theodore Dreiser She did not own, it is true, what really had happened while she was visiting the Senator. “It’s so terrible that people should begin to talk!” said her mother. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Such an adventure befalls Gawain on his way to the Grail Castle.1 He is overtaken by a terrible storm, and coming to a Chapel, standing at a crossways in the middle of a forest, enters for shelter. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

Wilkie Collins I tried to prevail on my poor brother to own the truth, when he discovered the terrible position in which he was placed toward you. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Victor Hugo A hurricane has terrible lungs; it makes unceasingly mournful additions to darkness, which cannot be intensified. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

His wound was of a terrible nature, a great gaping hole having been ploughed in his chest, and death must have been practically instantaneous. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Benjamin Disraeli Do you know they are half afraid of you? and I cannot persuade them that a terrible magician has not assumed, for the nonce, the air and appearance of a young gentleman of distinction. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Jules Verne The poor fellows left on the island had been in a terrible state of uneasiness, thinking that Hobson and his party had lost their way. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Robert Louis Stevenson It would seem terrible conspicuous. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy An overwhelming rush of exultation at having delivered the man she revered from one of the most terrible forms of death, shook the gentle girl to the centre of her soul. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Wilkie Collins It was a terrible temptation to a woman who was far from feeling sure of the sincerity of your affection for her; and it has ended in getting the better of my resistance. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Marjorie Bowen As he stared at himself a slow flush of terrible shame overspread his paleness; with something like a suppressed shudder, he gave the paper to the flame, and scattered the ashes down the stairs. The Folding Doors by Marjorie Bowen

D. H. Lawrence In man, the mind runs on with a sort of terrible automatism, which has no true connection with the VERTEBRAL consciousness. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Whatever might have been the result, the evening concluded with a terrible thunderstorm, mingled with the roaring of cannon, which had a most lugubrious effect. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Anthony Trollope It is a terrible thing to lose a father. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Naturally that would entail some few moments of terrible risk, but the risk was unavoidable. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Jules Verne And so Benito considered himself responsible for everything — the arrest of his father, and the terrible events of which it had been the consequence. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Anthony Trollope It had been terrible to her to think that there should be a quarrel,—terrible to her that the world should think so. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Andrew Lang So terrible was the stroke that Chi-gwisa-miti shrivelled up as the other giants had done; and when he had got back his breath he begged Makoma to take him as his servant. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence This knowledge threw him into a terrible chaos. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

H.P. Lovecraft For some unknown reason I dreaded the thought of disturbing the ancient bog and its sunless secrets, and pictured terrible sights lying black under the unmeasured depth of age-old peat. The Moon-Bog by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

For a long time afterwards, the least alarm would put him into a state of terrible fear, almost a fit. A Hunt by Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1868]

Thomas Wolfe Good Lord! Didn’t Randy know you can’t go home again? The next few years were terrible ones for all America, and especially terrible for Randy Shepperton. He didn’t get another job. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Jules Verne Might it not possibly thus reach the land? But, when only two fathoms off, terrible cries resounded from four pairs of lungs at once. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Anthony Trollope That terrible retribution was to come upon her which, when sin has been mutual, falls with so crushing a weight upon her who of the two sinners has ever been by far the less sinful. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

I felt the terrible news must be told, and I longed to get it over; but how to do it, I did not know. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Henry James I don’t think he liked to go Upstairs, but no special burst of confidence was needed to make me feel that a terrible deal of service went. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Men would come from Ennerdale and Eskdale to see him wrestle, and they said that he was, if he pleased, a terrible man with his fists. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Wilkie Collins When I mentioned this to the Sub-prefect, his answer, simple as it was, had a terrible significance. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

But Spenser was soon to see a still more terrible example of this ruthless warfare. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Wilkie Collins I think your wisdom foresaw what a terrible responsibility I was undertaking; you tried to prevent it. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

William Morris I see well that thou art Aurea’s very lover; and it joys me to think that thou, O terrible champion, art yet so tender and true. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Wilkie Collins Eunice went on: “I have the story of a terrible night to tell you; but I haven’t the courage to tell it now. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was all like a dream—a terrible, terrible dream. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

George Gissing Had you no thought what harm you might do when you struck that terrible blow?” But Ida could not converse; no word was to be got from her. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Oh, I cannot tell you what it was—this terrible pain; not felt so much, it seemed, because my husband could not be cleared, as for his sadness and sorrow. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

George Meredith It’s only her enemy, maybe her husband, she can be terrible to. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Thomas Hardy A terrible scrape ’twas too — wasn’t it, John? I shall never forget it — never! They lost their character as officers of the church as complete as if they’d never had any character at all. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Whatever dark cloud had hovered over her head since the day upon which that simple epistle had caused such a terrible effect, that threatening shadow seemed to have been suddenly removed. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Guy de Maupassant It is a terrible yet delightful thing thus to be dominated by a young woman. Farewell! (Growing Old) (Adieu!) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Anthony Trollope He had not been near his property for the last ten years, and as he was addicted to no country sport there were ten weeks in the year which were terrible to him. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Tiny clashes of shell and crockery sounded with the terrible clearness of noises heard in the night. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

But if the police no longer worried me, I was a terrible grief and torture to myself. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

George Gissing Marcian, can you not help, me to capture that woman, and to get from her the truth?’ Basil’s face grew terrible as he spoke. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Anthony Trollope He would take no advantage of so terrible an accident. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Help me against M. Fouquet! I am the king! Help the king against M. Fouquet!” These cries filled the minister’s heart with terrible emotions. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Arthur Conan Doyle It had been all very gloomy and terrible while it lasted, but now the dawn of better days had come. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Caroline Lamb The whole thing will be known all over the country; and the worst of it is, when people talk, they never know what they say, and add, and add, till it makes a terrible story. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

At this sight there came over us a terrible sensation. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

It must have been such a terrible check upon affection. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

H. P. Lovecraf A little boy is thrown out of his mind at sight of someone or something he spies with her, and a young girl comes to a terrible end in similar fashion. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

D. H. Lawrence For you are either a terrible disappointment to me, or a great blessing in store. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Victor Hugo It is a terrible thing, but, like the anchor, conscience may be carried away. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is a terrible thing, this, which I have done. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle He makes it himself, and when he has once made it it becomes a terrible tyrant before whom the bravest quails. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

I will try to forget that a terrible necessity turned your sword against my son’s life. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle The seamen shrank from this terrible silent creature and huddled in the stern, all the fight gone out of them. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

George Gissing King Vitiges, in his attempt to do so, had suffered terrible losses. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

The terrible torture of suspense which was gnawing at the heart of each of the dead man’s nieces dis posed them to be snappish to any one who came in their way. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Arthur Morrison I woke with a sensation of numbing cold in my right side, a terrible stiffness in my limbs, and a sound of loud splashing in my ears. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Of the west he was afraid; the sea was there, of which he had heard terrible things in the winter evenings, and the west always devoured the sun, and he supposed it was always night there. Signa by Ouida

Henry James Mercy, if I had had to put myself out for all the men that have been in love with me!” “Of course you’d have had a terrible life. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Bram Stoker God knows that there is ground for my terrible fear in this accursed place! I looked out over the beautiful expanse, bathed in soft yellow moonlight till it was almost as light as day. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

James Joyce He thought of it with deep awe; a terrible and strange sin: it thrilled him to think of it in the silence when the pens scraped lightly. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

As I took off the noose and held it in my hand, it seemed to whisper a terrible warning of what might yet befall me. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

In one fashion or another you have a terrible enemy on your hands. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

He drank a terrible amount of vodka, but never became drunk. In the World by Maksim Gorky

To-day, the most terrible day of his life, the sight of her honest, thoughtful face brought comfort. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Of all the persons who witnessed Baron d’Escorval’s terrible fall, the abbe was the only one who did not despair. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Henry James Mamma’s already in a terrible state of mind about the expenses here; she’s frightened by what people on the ship (the few she has spoken to) have told her. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

They had come — very well! They had fled — bon voyage! If the duke cared at all for their desertion, it was only because it presaged with terrible eloquence the disgrace that was to come. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Leon Trotsky Lenin was struggling with his terrible illness. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Robert Green Ingersoll The terrible religious wars that inundated the world with blood tended at least to bring all religion into disgrace and hatred. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Jack London So I thought at the time; but, ah me, little I knew him or knew that even then, perhaps, he was meditating an outbreak more terrible than any I had seen. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]