Phrases with "threshold"

When he learned that this was accomplished, and that the dread strangers were on their march across the valley, the very threshold of his capital, the last spark of hope died away in his bosom. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

George Gissing It cost some stamping of the feet and shaking of upper garments before he could pass from the threshold of Knightswell into the hall. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Rudyard Kipling Better a thousand times my conclusions should be discredited than that my dead name should lie across the threshold of the temple of Science — a bar to further inquiry. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Edith Wharton On the very threshold Odo was conscious of leaving behind the trivial activities of the palace, with the fantastic architecture which seemed their natural setting. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Robert Louis Stevenson The minister spoke from a knowe close to the edge of the ring, and poured out the words God gave him on the very threshold of the devils of yore. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

He was allowed to drift away from the threshold of the Belgravian mansion while Winnie averted her tearful eyes. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Zona Gale And when they reached the threshold of the audience-chamber they involuntarily stood still. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

To set out for the threshold of Tir nan Og and fetch up at the Cladda Hotel had an exquisite ridiculousness. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Thomas Hardy Immediately inside the threshold they found the object of their search lying senseless on the floor of the passage. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Time is no more, for I have stepped within the threshold of eternity; each man I meet appears a corse, which will soon be deserted of its animating spark, on the eve of decay and corruption. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Pu Songling Passing the first court, they crossed a threshold and found themselves in a yard planted with high pine-trees and bordered by a low pavilion. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Don’t let her cross your threshold again, child. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Improvement began to march with rapid strides to the very threshold of Scotland-yard. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

A shadow detached itself from the darkness outside, and the figure of a woman tripped over the threshold into the room. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Edith Wharton A light glanced under the door and vanished; Charlotte had passed Delia’s threshold on her way downstairs. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

And now the chance meeting with the caravan had flung her across the threshold of his retreat. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Walter Scott At this moment, in crossing the threshold of Thomas Dickson’s house, they were greeted with sounds from two English soldiers within. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

And as he was boasting, he went backward, twisting the rope always till he came to the door that was open behind him, and without thinking he passed the threshold and was out on the road. Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats [1905]

Henry James Morris had swallowed his pride and made the effort necessary to cross the threshold of her too derisive parent — an act of magnanimity which could not fail to render him doubly interesting. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Edith Wharton As he stood on Madame Olenska’s threshold curiosity was his uppermost feeling. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Henry James Just beyond the threshold of the drawing-room she stopped short, the reason for her doing so being that she had received an impression. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Guy de Maupassan In crossing the threshold of the Moorish Baths, the thought of the heat that would soon penetrate his flesh after his walk in the cold air gave a feeling of satisfaction to Olivier’s sad heart. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

I knew the first time he crossed my threshold that he was April born. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Pleasure has never crossed the threshold of my dwelling since my son’s corpse was carried in at my door. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

And reaching the threshold of the hall, lo, it was empty! The body of Marco lay there no more, nor any trace of it. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Benjamin Disraeli The threshold was passed, and Lothair found himself for the first time alone in Rome. Utterly reckless, he cared not where he went or what might happen. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

H. G. Wells At the time of writing it (1898-99), I did not consciously apply the story of Mr. Lewisham to my own circumstances, but down below the threshold of my consciousness the phobia must have been there. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Meredith We have from her the poetry of the tasted life; excelling any garden-gate or threshold lyrics called forth by purest early bloom. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Andrew Lang The young Sodno was standing ready for him, and as the Stalo passed the threshold struck him such a blow on the head that he rolled over with a crash and never stirred again. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The personality of Winch seemed to have impressed her, and she brought the talk back to him more than once, and prompted Theron to the very threshold of indiscretion in his confidences on the subject. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Leon Trotsky He gaily relieved me of my embarrassment by lifting me across the threshold and embracing me heartily. My Life by Leon Trotsky

D. H. Lawrence And today was the white, snowy iridescent threshold of all possibility. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

The stranger was about to reply; but at the moment he opened his mouth, d’Artagnan, who had heard all, precipitated himself over the threshold of the door. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

H. G. Wells A faint phantom of a certain “lill’ dog” that had hovered just beneath the threshold of consciousness vanished into black impossibility. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

E. T. A. Hoffmann At last she opened the door and let poor Salvator in; but scarcely had he crossed the threshold than, overcome by fatigue and illness, he dropped on the floor as if dead. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

Edith Wharton He bowed slightly to Justine and turned to go; but as he reached the threshold she moved after him. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Not a single step could be taken beyond the postern threshold without risk of falling at least eighty feet into a deep chasm. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Edith Wharton It was a small bare formidable room; and the young man, who never crossed the threshold but with a sinking of his heart, felt it sink lower than ever. False Dawn by Edith Wharton

Edith Wharton She pressed her lips tight, but could not stop the nervous pulsations in her throat, and he put an arm about her and, opening his door, drew her across the threshold of his room. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

When he reached the threshold of the door the prisoner stopped. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

On the very threshold Mr. Burton paused. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

We listened over the open trap-door, and knew that another stood listening on the invisible threshold underneath; then we saw him running downstairs, and my heart leapt for he never once looked up. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Rafael Sabatini He flung wide the door, and entered, whilst the men crowding after him came to a sudden halt upon the threshold in sheer amazement at what they beheld. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

But upon the threshold of the chamber he paused, petrified with horror by the spectacle before him. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Robert Louis Stevenson He was met upon the threshold by a common difficulty. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim Rosina was standing upon the threshold of the room, looking about her. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle Here at the very threshold of his career, on the eve of a great enterprise, this very fate befell him. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle The brown skirt of his gown was not over the threshold before we were both on him, like two wolves on a buck. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

M. P. Shiel Had known with certainty when I crossed that threshold that a message would be sent me, and here it was. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Jules Verne Just as Master Zacharius crossed the threshold of his shop, one of the many clocks suspended on the wall struck five o’clock. Master Zacharius by Jules Verne [1874]

Wilkie Collins As he crossed the threshold of the door he confronted the people of the house at the moment when they were moving her. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You are as much our creature today, as I am the creature of the disease which is carrying me across the threshold of death. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

G. K. Chesterton It is odd to note on the very threshold of the extreme art movement that this great artist largely succeeded by not defining his art. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

As we crossed the threshold however, a wild hubbub came from the passage ahead, and told us that we were too late. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

For I now stood, or seemed to stand, on the immediate threshold of these mysteries. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Two or three moments afterward he had passed through my lady’s boudoir and dressing-room and stood upon the threshold of Sir Michael’s room. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

I love you; God’s sun is not dearer to my eyes; but I will never cross your threshold as your wife till the opprobrium can be cut loose from my skirts, and the shadow uplifted from my brow. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Walter Scott Here, youth, thy foot unbrace, Here, youth, thy brow unbraid; Each tribute that may grace The threshold here be paid. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Pu Songling The chief of the police went to the road leading to the lake; he crossed the threshold of the little edifice, passed the first yard and at last opened the door of the pavilion. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

She showed him the door, and desired him not to darken the threshold again. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

In a moment he was gone; the moonlit threshold lay pale and shadowless before the closed front door. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Lady Ardane almost choked in her great joy, and then running up to Sir Parry, who was standing trembling upon the threshold of the room, she threw her arms round his neck and burst into tears. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Charles Dickens Friar Richard was in the old doubt about the Maid of Orleans, until he had sprinkled her well with holy water, and had also well sprinkled the threshold of the gate by which she came into the city. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

As she looked at these things, and remembered how soon she must go away from them, the slow tears trickled down her cheeks, and she stood despondent on the gloomy threshold of her new life. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Charles Dudley Warner The procession arrived at the chapel of the convent; the sun gleamed for the last time upon the chaplet of the poor novice, as she crossed the fatal threshold and disappeared within the building. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Edith Wharton He found her alone in the dusk of the convent parlour; but he had hardly crossed the threshold before he was aware of an indefinable change in his surroundings. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Anna Katherine Green Before she could cross the threshold the sudden, sharp detonation of a pistol-shot was heard in the hall, and we knew that the last dreadful word of that night’s tragedy had been spoken. X Y Z by Anna Katherine Green

Robert Louis Stevenson This fact, of its being the very threshold of persecution, lends it, however, an additional interest. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Resting one hand on my shoulder, he pointed with the other towards the threshold of the ballroom. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

The young lady crossed the threshold as proudly as Marie Antoinette going to face her plebeian accusers. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

H. G. Wells And by still obscurer processes this finger had become Mrs. Skelmersdale. He recognized her sudden reappearance above the threshold of consciousness with mild surprise. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

It might well be that the police were even ignorant of the tragedy awaiting them across the threshold of the door they seemed intent on battering down. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

So Leona closed her study door behind her and sought the presence of Lucilla Evans, whose dull eyes lighted up with pleasure as she perceived her friend cross the threshold of the drawing—room. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

James Joyce And as he crossed the threshold of the door of the corridor he saw, without turning his head to look, that all the fellows were looking after him as they went filing by. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Adam Lindsay Gordon We drank; his lips turned livid white, His cheeks grew leaden ash; He reel’d — I heard his temples smite The threshold with a crash! And from his hand, in shivers bright, I saw the goblet flash. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Henry Handel Richardson Come along, Maurice,” and he crossed the threshold behind them. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

The threshold and part of the floor was wetted by the driving rain. How the Third Floor Knew the Potteries by Amelia B. Edwards

E. Phillips Oppenheim Instead, he found himself extending his hand to one of the best turned out and handsomest men who had ever crossed the threshold of his not very inviting office. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Andrew Lang But sure enough! just as the giant had said, underneath the threshold was the flagstone, and they pulled and tugged till the stone gave way. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton She paused a second longer and then crossed the threshold of the study. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

His mind, familiar with the knowledge of past effort, and its unequalled faculties developed in transcendant strength, was now moving on to the very threshold of its grandest achievement. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

Lucy Maud Montgomery On the very threshold she stopped short, wheeled about, came back and sat down by the table, light and glow as effectually blotted out as if some one had clapped an extinguisher on her. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

After trying vainly to enter the other apartments, he perceived just within the threshold of this one, a pair of small Turkish slippers; the door was ajar, but all was silent within. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Arthur Conan Doyle But if you or any other villain attempt to cross my threshold it shall be at your own risk. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Henry James By the time he had crossed Mrs. Burrage’s threshold there was no doubt whatever in his mind that he was in the fashionable world. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

George Gissing They inhabited a little house in a western suburb, a house illumined with every domestic virtue; but scarcely a dozen persons crossed the threshold within a twelvemonth. The Scrupulous Father by George Gissing

There were servants who had been ten years at Fellside, and who had never crossed the threshold of the red cloth door which was the only communication between the new house and the old one. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Edith Wharton On the very threshold of Casa Valdu, Odo perceived that unwonted preparations were afoot. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Edith Wharton As Mrs. Clephane crossed the threshold a man’s voice was saying gaily: “What I want is a rhyme for astrolabe. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

It was an awful business, this marriage, when she came to the very threshold of Hymen’s temple. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Grandfather rushed at her, but, with haste, she stepped over the threshold and banged the door in his face. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

And while they gazed, there walked into the shifting light of the flamboys over that threshold the Lady Prezmyra, crowned and arrayed in her rich robes and ornaments of state. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald They left immediately, moving over the brief threshold of the future to the sudden past of the stone façade without. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton Fortune willed, however, that the hurried approach of Mrs. Fisher, as whose aide-de-camp Van Alstyne was acting, should break up the group before Selden reached the threshold of the room. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Edith Wharton He drew unexpectedly aside, letting her reach the threshold unimpeded. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

T. E. Lawrence The door was a poised slab of dressed basalt, a foot thick, turning on pivots of itself, socketed into threshold and lintel. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The captain appeared upon the threshold of the cell, panting and flushed, and with a foolish face of happiness. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Wilkie Collins I took my first precaution against a surprise from Nugent, as I crossed the threshold of the door. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Her slippers deadened the sound of her footsteps, and she reached the threshold unheard by either maid or soldier. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The door was wide open—a man stood upon the threshold gazing at her. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Henry James A few days later I again heard Dawling on my stairs, and even before he passed my threshold I knew he had something to tell me. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

He sits or stands all day just outside the threshold and casts jealous and beseeching looks at those who are allowed to enter. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Robert Louis Stevenson Almost at the same moment a woman appeared upon the threshold of a neighbouring shop, and called upon the child in anger. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Her moving outlines dissolved into a misty coloured shimmer of a woman made of flame and shadows, crossing the threshold of his house. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Henry James Then, from the threshold of her refuge, she launched a last appeal. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

Walter Scott Agelastes gained his threshold before Count Robert of Paris and his lady. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

I felt ill as I passed the threshold of my room, and was barely conscious when a few hours later the landlady came in to see why I had not made my appearance at the supper-table. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton He remembered that it was from this very threshold that he had first seen Mr. Spence’s son. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

The threshold shook; Betty and her friends felt it move, and the door, as if of its own accord, swung more widely back, revealing Plankin half-dressed, and carrying him with it. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Robert Louis Stevenson But scarce had we passed the threshold when there came near a dozen reports and flashes from every direction among the hollows of the links. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Emily stepped from the wooden threshold on to the grass. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Harvey knew it the moment he crossed the threshold of the warehouse. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

George MacDonald I said to myself that she was right — I would not willingly be her guest a second time! but immediately my heart rebuked me, and I had scarce crossed the threshold when I turned again. Lilith by George MacDonald

Charles Dickens In vain he waved the broken sword above his head, crying that he would die on London’s threshold for their sacred homes. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

Abraham Merri Two by two only could they set foot upon the Bower’s threshold — and two by two steadily they fell, blocking that threshold from side to side with a steadily rising wall of bodies. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Guy de Maupassant And if some scandalous episode or other occurs in the neighborhood, the disreputable story dies a natural death when it reaches the threshold of the house. Forgiveness (Le Pardon) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Margaret Oliphant She paused as upon the threshold of a new world. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

James Joyce As he descended the steps the impression which effaced his troubled self-communion was that of a mirthless mask reflecting a sunken day from the threshold of the college. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Mark Twain How eloquent glad and grateful she was to cross her father’s threshold again! Would I bring her back to life if I could do it? I would not. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Abraham Merri The walls of this hall were of the same moonstone substance that had enclosed the chamber upon whose inner threshold we were. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

George MacDonald She greeted me with the innocent smile of a girl — and in face, figure, and motion seemed but now to have stepped over the threshold of womanhood. Lilith by George MacDonald

George Gissing It was a dwelling sacred to love and art, and none were welcome across its threshold save those to whom the consecration was of vital significance. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

She would see her own image in it as in a mirror; and perhaps then she would understand what it was I was saying farewell to on the very threshold of my life. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

These relics once, dear pledges of himself, The traitor left me, which, O earth, to thee Here on this very threshold I commit- Pledges that bind him to redeem the debt. The Eclogues of Virgil by translated by J. B. Greenough

Guy de Maupassan The people of the neighborhood, stupefied at first, had gone chatting from their own firesides into the street, from one threshold to another. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Anna Katherine Green If she paused on reaching the threshold of this long-closed room, it was but natural. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Margaret Oliphant He had been unconscious of all the peculiarities of his fate when he crossed that threshold before. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

But I wormed my way to a front place in the little procession, and was, in fact, the second man to cross the threshold that had been the Rubicon of my life. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He merely stood upon the threshold of the drawing-room. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Gissing He approached the threshold and examined the interior. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

She has scarce crossed the threshold ere the utensils seem to brighten; the hearth to sweep itself; the windows to let in more light; and the soul of an enormous cricket to animate the dwelling-place. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Edith Wharton As he reached the threshold he heard a little choking cry. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It brought me to the very threshold of the old door. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They were standing upon the threshold of a small dining-room, poorly furnished with a cheap mahogany suite which showed signs of wear. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Edith Wharton Ignorant as Odo was of all the arts, he felt on the very threshold the new quality of his surroundings. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

George Meredith The day you crossed my threshold the devils danced on their flooring. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Disease, as usual, trod closely in the track of famine, and numbers of the unfortunate adventurers, sinking under the unaccustomed heats of the climate, perished on the very threshold of discovery. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Henry James She couldn’t help it; her heart had begun to throb with the conviction that if he crossed that threshold some harm would come of of it for her. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Edith Wharton If that wife had been any other, the thought would have been one to shrink from; but to French’s mind no threshold was too sacred for the feet of Horace Fingall’s widow. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Elizabeth Gaskell From that day, Virginie had never stirred out of the gates, or crossed the threshold of the porter’s lodge. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

I advanced, I crossed the threshold — the Shadow was gone. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

He cried as he sprang: ‘Now is God: now is glory in God,’ and as the dark door swung before him it was the threshold of the house that received his flying feet. Et in Sempiternum Pereant by Charles Williams

The bare feet of Wee Jaikie had not crossed the threshold fifty seconds, before they were followed by Mrs. Morran’s out-of-doors boots and Dickson’s tackets. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Herman Melville Pausing at the threshold, or rather where threshold once had been, I saw, through the open door-way, a lonely girl, sewing at a lonely window. The Piazza by Herman Melville

William Makepeace Thackeray Gurth, who was lodge-keeper, was lying dreadfully wounded and expiring at the flaming and violated threshold of his lately picturesque home. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I shivered as I crossed the threshold and began to look about me. A Blue Pantomime by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Edith Wharton It was not till afterward that it acquired the significance of last words spoken on a threshold never to be recrossed. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

You are the first stranger who has crossed my threshold for more than four years. The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards

Edith Wharton He unlocked his door, and stumbling over the threshold groped in the darkness for the electric button. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Jack London Mugridge sat down on the raised threshold to the galley and went on with his knife-sharpening. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

But, before it was lawful for him to cross the threshold of the novelist’s sanctum, he must be prepared to state that Madame Bertrand was in good health. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Elizabeth Gaskell The newly-admitted prisoner had but to pass the threshold of his cell, to feel himself in its toils. An Italian Institution by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Edith Wharton That course, for the moment, led merely to Miss Bart’s boarding-house; but its shabby door-step had suddenly become the threshold of the untried. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

When I pass the threshold of Mrs. Darrell’s house, I bid good-bye to the hope of crossing that man’s pathway. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle No woman could cross that threshold and depart unstained. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Mark Twain A little later he paused, dripping, upon the threshold of the camp, and heard Joe say: “No, Tom’s true-blue, Huck, and he’ll come back. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Wilkie Collins At the moment when I crossed the threshold of the door, I heard Sergeant Cuff’s voice, asking where I was. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Anthony Trollope Close neighbourhood and school acquaintance had made Fanny Heisse her friend, but it was very rarely indeed that she had set her foot over the threshold of Jacob’s door. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Guy de Maupassan First of all, I will give her to understand that I shall never cross her threshold again. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Andrew Lang As he crossed the threshold fifteen armed Turks barred his way, with the Sultan at their head. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim Never in his lifetime has he crossed the threshold of this place. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Thomas Hardy Without so much as crossing the threshold himself, he closed the door upon her, and turned the key in the lock. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

However that may be, the good lady must have stepped with a circumspect foot over the threshold of this building. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

No sooner had he turned his back than the officer laid himself down in it, and he had scarcely crossed the threshold before his successor, in his turn, was snoring immoderately. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

So fared they for the space of three hours, and so, coming suddenly round a shoulder of the hill, stood on the upper threshold of that glen at the gates of a flat upland valley. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Wilkie Collins Advancing without conscious will of my own, I crossed the threshold of the door. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Rudyard Kipling A lean dog, dying of mange, growled and yelped among her starveling puppies on a threshold that led into the darkness of some unclean temple. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

I wonder as that portal seems almost spontaneously to unclose — I wonder as I cross the threshold and step on the paved street, wonder at the strange ease with which this prison has been forced. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

E. F. Benson And then, even while Horton was on he threshold of new wonders, which he had already foreseen and spoken of as theoretically possible, there came an evening of marvel and of swift catastrophe. And the Dead Spake by E. F. Benson

Thomas Hardy Placing her ear to the panel, she could hear him tearing up papers of some sort, and a brighter and quivering ray of light coming from the threshold an instant later, implied that he was burning them. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Where was that light, Mrs. Truax, and what has happened here that I should feel myself called upon to cross this threshold to-night?” I did not answer at once, for I was trembling. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope The poor lady knew but one way to overcome these difficulties at the very threshold of her enterprise, and to this she resorted. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

George MacDonald I had scarcely crossed the threshold after him, when, to my eyes, he began to dwindle, and grew less and less. Lilith by George MacDonald

Henry James No sooner had I crossed the threshold of this retreat than I felt I had cut a golden-ripe crop of English “impressions. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then, as though by a common impulse, general attention was directed towards the folding doors, upon the threshold of which Lady Susan and Charles were standing. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Then we turned from the blossoms, and cold were they grown: In the trees the wind westering moved; Till over the threshold back fluttered her gown, And in the dark house was I loved. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

They crossed that threshold and passed through a paved court that clanked under their tread. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Wilkie Collins As I crossed the threshold Stella met me. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

George Gissing He purchased a book as often as he could reconcile himself to the outlay, and his knowledge grew, though he seemed to himself ever on the mere threshold of the promised land, hopeless of admission. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Isabella Bird The threshold is elevated, and the lintel of the door only three feet four inches high, so that the worshipper must bend again before entering. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Hyde opened the glass-doors of the room that we might pass out that way, and stepped over the threshold with us. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

William Hope Hodgson In the moonlight, I could see the great coping stone, lying right across the threshold of the door. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Hope smiles sweetly upon you from the threshold of the house that contains your new-born love. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Adam Lindsay Gordon One couch, one seat, and one table, One window, and only one — It stands in the eastern gable, It faces the rising sun; One ray shot through it, and one light On doorway and threshold played. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

He had just thrust the poker into a heap of black coals, and was scattering them to make a blaze, when his wife appeared upon the threshold of the room. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Olaf Stapledon And in some ages, past or to come, whole peoples had reached the very threshold of a gentler, richer humanity. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Elizabeth Gaskell But a dunnot believe it; them Corney lasses were allays a-talkin’ an’ a-thinking on sweethearts, and niver a man crossed t’ threshold but they tried him on as a husband. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Charles Dickens They are met at the very threshold with this mild appeal. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Andrew Lang Here the prince hurried away by himself past Dorani’s palanquin with its sleepy bearers, straight on to the palace; and, as he passed the threshold of his own rooms he became visible again. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim Up to eleven o’clock scarcely a customer has passed the threshold of my shop. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

The first to do so, or to attempt to do so, was Miss Preen. But no sooner had she put one foot over the threshold than she drew back with a start, somewhat discomposing the others by the movement. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

It was in the shape of a man; it was a man; it was the fellow that had been with the witch; it was Stephen. He must have been lying across the threshold of the inner room. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

No sooner was he over the threshold than he made a dash for my back room, where I used to smoke and write my letters. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Rafael Sabatini An hour later he was striding across the threshold of Macerata’s best inn, mustering those almost unsuspected histrionic gifts of his to explain away his lack of luggage. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

As he crossed the threshold he stumbled, and looking down saw that he had tripped over a white sheet lying there. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Henry James Newman crossed the threshold of a room of superb proportions, which made him feel at first like a tourist with a guide-book and a cicerone awaiting a fee. The American by Henry James [1877]

The dark looks of Mother Carke were always before her eyes, and a secret dread prevented her passing the threshold of her home again that night. Laura Silver Bell by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Andrew Lang Thus, in the hall of Alcinous, the whole space runs from the threshold to the muchos, the innermost part (Odyssey, VII. 87–96). Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

I cannot enter that house without love and hope at my heart; and the threshold of that house I must not cross if such love and such hope would be a sin and a treachery in the eyes of its owner. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Edith Wharton Presently another step sounded on the stairs, wavered a moment and then moved past the threshold of the study. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]