Phrases with "thrilling"

Lucy Maud Montgomery It would be such a thrilling tale to tell. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

H. Rider Haggard She made no answer, and he continued his thrilling tale without comment on her part. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Isabella Bird There is sufficient dangerous adventure, and enough of thrilling incident, to give the occupation a charm in the eyes of the eager youth of the cities. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Arthur Conan Doyle Anyhow, whatever the ultimate cause, I have seldom spent so thrilling an hour. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

The watcher was the local doctor of Farnborough, and he was waiting upon a patient who was expecting one of the most thrilling adventures of her life — her first gift to human kind. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

W. W. Jacobs In the usual thrilling style it recorded the finding of the body of a man, evidently a sailor, behind a hoarding placed in front of some shops in course of erection. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

A few seconds of thrilling silence, and another organ-voiced dreamer of all that is consoling takes up the theme, in the same subdued, hushing, almost apprehensive cadence. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Willa Cather Denver, standing on her high plateau under a thrilling green-blue sky, is masked in snow and glittering with sunlight. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

He repeated, in a low, awful, thrilling tone, that made Amy shudder, the lines in the seventh book, ending with — “Who comes from the bridal chamber! It is Azrael, angel of death. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

I can conceive nothing more thrilling or instructive. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Andrew Lang Mrs. Radcliffe excels in narratives of romantic escapes, a topic always thrilling when well handled. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy The thrilling periods of the preacher hung about their minds all that day. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Louisa May Alcott Once I was wicked enough to stop in a thrilling place, and say meekly, ‘I’m afraid it tires you, ma’am. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Henry James They were suddenly peopled with thrilling recognitions. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

G. K. Chesterton Cavour arose with a diplomacy which was more thrilling and picturesque than war itself. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Wilkie Collins But how the sense of that touch was prolonged! I felt it thrilling through me — thrilling in every nerve, in every pulsation of my fast-throbbing heart. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Sinclair Lewis She murmured: “Oh, it must be thrilling to see the street railways in all these funny towns. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Arnold Benne Its right use, its most effective use, is a matter of the highest urgency and of the most thrilling actuality. How to Live on Twenty-Four Hours a Day by Arnold Benne

Thomas Hardy Ever since his morning view of Festus under her window he had been on thorns of anxiety, and his thrilling hope now was that she would walk back with him. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Ivan Turgenev A loud, thrilling cry rang out suddenly over our heads, and was at once repeated a little in front. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

He was like a devourer of romances, who reads a thrilling story link by link, and who is impatient for every new chapter of the fiction. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Once there, he stood spell-bound, thrilling from his heart, that seemed now on fire, to his fingers’ ends. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Edgar Allan Poe Their thrilling horror belongs to prose, in which it could be far more effectively discussed, as Professor Longfellow may assure himself at any moment by experiment. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Robert Green Ingersoll All these are left; and music, with its sad and thrilling voice, and all there is of art and song and hope and love and aspiration high. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Frances Hodgson Burnett Colin and Mary found it one of their most thrilling sources of entertainment. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

D. H. Lawrence Something had gone beyond sadness into another, secret, thrilling communion which she would never admit. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim We can hear none of it; but almost immediately she speaks again, her low, thrilling tone seeming to fill the dimly-lit chamber. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Even bland, unjealous Paisiello, Maestro di Capella, shook his gentle head when the musician favoured him with a specimen of one of his most thrilling scenas. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But most of all she wanted him to know how she loved him, now that the fact was upsetting everything, now that she was walking over the battlefield in a thrilling dream. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton For a moment he had the thrilling sense that he was being shadowed. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle Even now, after this long interval, I find myself thrilling as I think of it, and feeling once more that sudden flood of joy, amazement, and incredulity which utterly submerged my mind. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Benjamin Disraeli We require the thrilling words. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

I was breathless thrilling with her every movement. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

How thrilling it would all be, and how little anyone would dream or guess that it was I who alone could disclose who had done it. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The scene, which was plainly one of emotion, being intruded upon in its midst left him transfixed on his expression of anguish, pleading and reproachful protest—all thrilling and confusing things. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

She did not very well know what the woman in the street had offered, beyond indefinable sweet and thrilling excitements. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

E. F. Benson How thrilling though, Georgie! Whom has she got?” Suddenly the name of the weird bright female came back to Georgie. “Mrs. Alingsby,” he said. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

E. Nesbi He was telling a tale of his own wrongs — always a thrilling subject. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

He was smitten with a thrilling chill — shivered, and shook his massive shoulders as if to throw off an icy hand. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

The thrilling youth fired question and leading question like a cross-examining counsel in a fever to conclude his case. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

D. H. Lawrence The same with his opinion of himself as a sexual male! So childish, really, it was almost thrilling to a woman. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

It was a thrilling day for me, that Saturday. I stood on the very brink of disaster the whole day long. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Theodore Dreiser A thrilling sense of possession, mastery, happiness and understanding, love of her and of her body, suddenly overwhelmed him. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

F. Scott Fitzgerald She spoke in a strong, rich, deep, thrilling voice. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

G. K. Chesterton For I fancy that Savonarola’s thrilling challenge to the luxury of his day went far deeper than the mere question of sin. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Pressed for some details of his life on active service, the one-time major had given them a thrilling picture of some happenings in the war. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Zona Gale In an auspicious moment Amory looked warily about, thrilling with premonition of his friend’s enthusiasm. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

George Meredith Mrs. Mountstuart touched a thrilling chord. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

George Meredith She despatched a thrilling note of thanks to Lord Larrian, sure of her touch upon an Irish heart. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

I had a good lunch at a first-class restaurant, and then took a taxi up to the race-course upon the Downs. Now I always regard that afternoon as the most thrilling one I ever spent upon a race-course. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Andrew Lang Beginning low, with a kind of sharp tone thrilling through a whirring noise, it grows louder and louder, till it becomes a sort of fluttering windy roar. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Brigadier-General Doke’s thrilling account, in another column, of the Battle of Distilleryville will make the heart of every loyal Illinoisian leap with exultation. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Miles Franklin This would be a thrilling jaunt with an escort so old and important. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

F. Scott Fitzgerald However, one’s eye moved on quickly to her daughter, who had magic in her pink palms and her cheeks lit to a lovely flame, like the thrilling flush of children after their cold baths in the evening. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The big flagstone moved more easily than they had expected and a thrilling moment came as they levered it to one side and exposed the bare earth underneath. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

She had a thrilling but delightful fear that Mr. Seeders would rush in suddenly and shoot her with a pistol. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Fanny Fern My story is to me a painful one; it would doubtless interest you; were it written and published, it would be a thrilling tale. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

He burst involuntarily into a loud and thrilling laugh. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Algernon Blackwood This reconstruction of our past together, meanwhile, was — for a pair of schoolboys — a thrilling pursuit that never failed to absorb. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

An inquest was not in itself such a thrilling event. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Silence having been obtained, the President advanced and made the thrilling announcement that Speke was dead. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

She was firm to the last — firm even when those thrilling tones changed from love to auger. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

I always woke with a shuddering horror thrilling through my veins, as if a rat had run across my face. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

The peculiarity of Miss Melhuish was that she must be thrilling at all costs. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle She passed down the stairs, and he, thrilling with horror, ran along and slipped behind the curtain near your door, whence he could see what passed in the hall beneath. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

From time immemorial wars have been, especially for non-combatants, the supremely thrilling excitement. Memories and Studies by William James

Robert Louis Stevenson Saturday, I left Fanny to rest, and was off early to the Mission, where the politics are thrilling just now. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edgar Allan Poe The thought of nature still remained, but her character seemed to have undergone modification, there was a weird symmetry, a thrilling uniformity, a wizard propriety in these her works. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Edith Wharton Something flashed close to them, and Godfrey caught a single note, thrilling and sweet as a boy’s treble. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Theodore Dreiser By degrees she had been yielding herself to his mood, thrilling at his every word. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Magic there was in plenty-the air tingled with it — that exhilarating, mind-expanding silence of mountain-tops which is the most thrilling magic of all. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

A lovers’ meeting,” she went on, thrilling me from head to foot with those two words, accompanied by a wistful smile pointed by a suspicion of mockery. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

William Hope Hodgson And in that time, oft did Naani hear the call of “Mirdath” thrilling about her; and twice there came the solemn beat of the Master–Word in the night. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Jacques Futrelle Warm lips were pressed to his own, thrilling him strangely, and the Girl rested a soft cheek against his. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

Sinclair Lewis But for once, when he drove up she was out on a flimsy sort of balcony, apparently ready, and she waved to him with a thrilling “Be right down!” He then waited, in his car, for seven minutes. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

From the path along the levee there burst forth a jubilant, stirring, buoyant, thrilling whistle, loud and keen and clear as the cleanest notes of the piccolo. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Then with a deep and thrilling intensity which I feel yet, he repeated, “His name, his name? Tell me his name. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins It seemed to be thrilling through my frame with a tender, reviving influence — the same influence which the sunshine had, weeks afterwards, when I enjoyed it for the first time out of doors. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

The hands were thrilling for the order, and the great sail came with a run, and fell half overboard among the racing foam. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu She heard nothing but his deep and thrilling words. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

It is true she could not help her blushes, or the tell-tale thrilling of her soft voice; but Edgar Reste was not obliged to read them correctly. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

Edith Wharton Since Filicaja’s thrilling appeal to his enslaved country no poet had challenged the old Roman spirit which Petrarch had striven to rouse. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Anna Katherine Green For an instant we stood stupefied, then Carrie Benson’s voice rose in one long, thrilling cry, and with a bound she rushed toward the door. X Y Z by Anna Katherine Green

George Meredith And it requires a humane nature to pardon such an aspect in a person from whom we have expected triumphing glances and strong thrilling tones. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

James Joyce Must be thrilling from the air. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

And thrilling she had surely been. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Nathaniel Hawthorne She seemed not to heed the travellers; but the angler, his voice thrilling and quivering with indescribable emotion, addressed her. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

I am bound to admit that we did not light upon many volumes of thrilling interest. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Arthur Morrison Out in the bar Mr. Cripps’s thin voice was raised in thrilling description. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

George Meredith He closed it with a thrilling conceit of the right thing written down; such as entomologists feel when they have pinned the rare insect. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Henry James There were moments when it seemed to him that not to be there just then was to miss some thrilling chapter of experience. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She was only extemporizing, but a stirring warmth flowed from her, as if her heart was trying to come out to you concealed in one of those breathless, thrilling words. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

To him, as to the earnest Puritans of the seventeenth century, the Bible and Milton were a peculiar joy; no other stories were so moving, no other music so thrilling to the ear. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

D. H. Lawrence The thrilling tinkle of innumerable goat-bells as the first flock enters the city, such a rippling sound. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

There isn’t the slightest chance of anything so thrilling happening. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was about this time that Pryde made a thrilling and amazing discovery, which at first threatened seriously to alter his relations with his partner. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Ann Radcliffe That thrilling curiosity, which objects of terror often excite in the human mind, impelled him to take a second view of this dismal spectacle. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Joseph Furphy The man-o’-war hawk, it appears, utters a thrilling squeal of hunger the moment his beak emerges from the shell; and this hunger dogs him — kangaroo-dogs him, you might say — through life. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

M. P. Shiel This was the thrilling disemboguement of the lochs of Vaila. And within the arch of this Gothic cataract, volumed in the world of its smoky torment and far-excursive spray, stood a palace of brass . Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Then, I remembered, I had been thrilling with wild anticipation, but now I was an older and much wiser man, and though I was sufficiently puzzled I could curb my restlessness with philosophy. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Edith Wharton Except when he was steering a big log down the mountain to his mill he had never known such a thrilling sense of mastery. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

A thrilling silence prevailed. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Miles Franklin This was magnificently startling and thrilling and quite unexpected, that is in intensity and extent. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

William Harrison Ainsworth We heard the splash of a fountain at a distance, and the thrilling notes of a nightingale amongst some taller trees. A Night's Adventure in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth

E. F. Benson A few minutes afterwards she opened the door and said in a thrilling whisper, “Fourteen shilling ones, and two eighteen-penny’s. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

So that the carriage rolled off in silence, closing one of the most thrilling and impressive scenes ever witnessed in that time-worn village. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Your thrilling eyes, your grave, sweet smile, your tender voice, came upon me like a revelation of a new world, in which womanhood meant goodness and purity and truth. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

It is possible, for instance, to imagine a paper as thrilling and lively as the HOTSPUR, but with subject-matter and ‘ideology’ a little more up to date. Collected Essays by George Orwell

He was no weakling and for some dangerous and thrilling moments the trader had fought him with bare hands. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Eric Welch, the crack racing-broadcaster of Australia, was at the microphone and with his finely modulated voice he was making every second of his broadcast a thrilling one. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

William Hope Hodgson And sudden, I heard the thrilling of the æther all about me, and the voice of Naani in my soul, speaking. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

G. K. Chesterton They forgot that through all the really thrilling and creative part of his career he was not the man of destiny, but the man who defied destiny. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

M. P. Shiel Towards the early morning I received, I confess, a thrilling shock of horror from Doctor Raphash. That he was not himself, that he suffered far more than I, became apparent. The Case of Euphemia Raphash by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Robert Louis Stevenson So they continued to thread the maze of streets in silence, with the speed of a guilty flight, and both thrilling with incommunicable terrors. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins Often has the hand that writes these trembling lines smacked that familiar back—often have those thrilling and matchless accents syllabled the fond diminutive of my Christian name. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

William Makepeace Thackeray This was a case of thrilling interest and a complicated nature, involving two actions, which ought each perhaps to have been gone into separately, but were taken together. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

T. E. Lawrence I dismounted and fingered its thrilling rails for the first time during the war. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Some key to that inscrutable appeal, Which made the very frame of Nature quiver; And ev’ry thrilling nerve and fibre feel So ague-like a shiver. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Edgar Allan Poe I forced myself to ponder upon the sound of the crescent as it should pass across the garment—upon the peculiar thrilling sensation which the friction of cloth produces on the nerves. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

John Galsworthy She did not really believe it now, and that made this ‘crazy’ idea the more thrilling; for it has often been noticed that the less actual a risk, the more thrilling it seems. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Miles Franklin Moonlight is as lovely and as thrilling as a phantom. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Thomas Wolfe It was laden with the thrilling compost of the city, a fragrance delicately blended of many things. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

G. K. Chesterton It is what makes the Master of Lovat the most thrilling of all historical villains. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

She burst in on the maids in the kitchen thrilling at the storm —“Mr. Lee; where’s Mr. Lee?” Before they could answer with more than the beginning of stammered ignorance she was off again. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

His whole countenance, and the thrilling note in his voice betrayed the intensity of his feeling. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

All the others were asleep; while he had a thrilling consciousness of them and of their future attitude to him, they did not know that he, the returning great one, was present in their midst. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

William Hope Hodgson And the silence would come again; and anon the weak thrilling of the æther; but no more the far voice speaking in my soul. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Lucy Maud Montgomery They can have such an influence for good, if their theology is sound; and it must be thrilling to preach splendid sermons and stir your hearers’ hearts. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Margaret Oliphant She went in thrilling with a touch of exasperation and defiance. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Elizabeth Gaskell He went to his Irish people, with every nerve in his body thrilling at the thought of her, and found it difficult to understand enough of what they were saying to soothe and comfort away their fears. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Theodore Dreiser It was a thrilling sentiment, no doubt, great but unprofitable. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Arnold Bennett Imagine that infant being afraid of her, Hilda! This too was life! And the murmur of the men in the inner room was thrilling to Hilda’s ears. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Such keen tingling, thrilling perceptions were never mine before. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

G. K. Chesterton The change from that loneliness to that leadership did seem to him a thrilling and triumphal thing. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I looked back at my cousin, who began to ask me questions in her low, thrilling voice. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

And through all the golden days floated one unceasing sound — the rich, thrilling melody of a mocking-bird in a cage by the cottage door. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Sinclair Lewis As he fell asleep on the davenport he felt that he had found something in life, and that he had made a terrifying, thrilling break with everything that was decent and normal. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

I always look upon those few days in Horsham as the happiest and most thrilling of all my life. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

W. W. Jacobs Henry took a bite of his apple and started, thankful that a taste for reading of a thrilling description had furnished him with material. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She had given him up, renouncing a thousand kisses she had never had, a hundred long, thrilling dances in his arms, a hundred evenings not to be recaptured. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Edgar Allan Poe Without even colour the most thrilling effects are produced. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

I said I thought I might, whereupon another question followed, in still lower and more thrilling accents: “Are you afraid of burglars?” Burglars! I was roused at last. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

But what a word shouted in the dead of night, through the close darkness of a sleeking House, thrilling the ear of slumber, freezing the blood in the half-awakened sleepers’ veins. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Julian Hawthorne Then, with a cry that was none the less thrilling because it was a whisper, she drooped forwards into my arms. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

It was all thrilling and exciting to her as though she had shared in it. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Fanny Fern What I propose is this: I will furnish you the subject for a splendid and thrilling story, founded on facts in the history of our family; the Danby family. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

I read it through, thrilling and trembling with pleasure. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Arnold Bennett But his face had made in those few thrilling seconds a deep impression on Hilda; so that in her mind she still saw it, with an almost physical particularity of detail. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

D. H. Lawrence The wind, moaning steadily, made the whole tree rock with a subtle, thrilling motion that stirred the blood. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Mark Twain But in such a land it was a thrilling spectacle. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

It was all happening exactly as Ivy had once seen something happen, in what had then appeared to her just a thrilling scene in a play, in London about a year ago. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

M. P. Shiel Do a kind act, Hogarth. He would see the old place, his father’s grave; and there was a girl who lived in the Hall at Westring whom it was a thrilling thing to be near, even if one did not see. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

George Gissing Iris seemed tired; she sat with her head on Dyce’s shoulder, thrilling when his lips touched her hair. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

George Meredith She can flourish staff or pen, And deal a wound that lingers; She can talk the talk of men, And touch with thrilling fingers. Scattered Poems by George Meredith

G. K. Chesterton It is what makes the Master of Ballantrae the most thrilling of all fictitious villains. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

George Eliot But to any one who had no share in the energies that were thrilling his little body, he would have looked queer enough. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Who shall say that it was deeper or sweeter than, common voices? but for her it had a thrilling sound. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

M. R. James And just then into my left ear — close as if lips had been put within an inch of my head, the frightful scream came thrilling again. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

There she slid and fell and disappeared, to find herself again, renewed, reborn, thrilling to the embrace of those waters, wondrously alive and yet so languid that she could not move. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Robert Green Ingersoll All these are left; and music, with its sad and thrilling voice, and all there is of art and song and hope, and love and aspiration high. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry David Thoreau To me it has a strange sound of home, thrilling as the voice of one’s distant and noble kindred. A Winter Walk by Henry David Thoreau [1843]

A moment of thrilling suspense followed. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Miles Franklin The loveliest most thrilling thing in sight was the road that led from the front paddock to Goulburn, then on and on to Sydney—first port of call in my voyage of conquest. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

They rose, and the scrunt of Janet’s chair on the floor, when she pushed it behind her, sent a thrilling shiver through her body, so tense was her mood. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

The painter of the picture was the grandson of Lucien Briscoe. Then came the word-pictures of Briscoe’s life set forth in thrilling colours. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

William Hope Hodgson And immediately, a wondrous great and lovely thrilling did wake all my being; for surely, I said, this was the spirit of my love, calling unto me with her brain-elements. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Charles Dickens Three whole pages of advertisements of thrilling interest thrown in for nothing. Doctor Marigold by Charles Dickens [1865]

Algernon Blackwood has set a number of thrilling ghost stories out in the open, in the woods, in the desert sand wastes, and similar places. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Presently arose the thrilling melody of a choral grace, with the sweet embellishment of a strong Hampshire accent. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

William Makepeace Thackeray The Aldermen and Common Council, in a black oak parlour, and at a dingy green table, were assembled around him, and a debate of thrilling interest to the town ensued. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

William Hope Hodgson Then, one day as I stood by the instruments in the Tower of Observation, at the thirteenth hour there came the thrilling of beaten æther all about me, as it were that all the void was disturbed. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Mark Twain I used to take such a thrilling pleasure in them. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

With your reputation and my looks combined in one man, how can she resist him? She’s heard all about your thrilling history, of course. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Ford Madox Ford The point was whether Fittleworth would choose to believe her because she was a beautiful woman with a thrilling voice. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

George Meredith Moreover, could we be To our dear land disloyal? And were not also we Of History’s blood-Royal? We glow’d to think how donkeys graze In England, thrilling at their brays. Scattered Poems by George Meredith

John Galsworthy Do the dark seance people ever go out? — they’re much more thrilling they say. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

A far more thrilling chord of memory was quavering in my mind. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Admiration for Mrs. Webb and horror ——” “Breakfast is served, gentlemen!” cried a thrilling voice behind them. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

She raised her eyes and saw their green crests shimmering and swimming in a cool current; a thrilling sound stole out, and with it floated the pine perfume, exhaling in the sunshine. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Edith Wharton The ball was as brilliant as she had hoped, and her own part in it as thrilling as a page from one of the “society novels” with which she had cheated the monotony of Apex days. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

That music stirs my soul; it wakens all my life; it makes my heart beat: not with its temperate daily pulse, but with a new, thrilling vigour. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The Prime Minister rose to reply to the question amidst a deep and thrilling silence. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Back from a world of sweet odours, of a thrilling caressing voice, of an unimaginable invitation, through a fog of dazed apprehensions to a bitter ugly present. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Theodore Dreiser She mailed the letter, and then waited, with mingled feelings of trepidation and thrilling expectancy, the arrival of the fateful day. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Benjamin Disraeli She listened, and she listened, until at length the rosy sky called forth their last thrilling chant, and the star of evening summoned them to roost. The Carrier Pigeon by Benjamin Disraeli

And this I swear by the Law and the Prophet!” The menace rolled out, imperious as a monarch’s, thrilling through the desert hush. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Lucy Maud Montgomery That was a thrilling book, Marilla. The heroine had five lovers. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Jules Verne It was a thrilling moment, and on board there was only one stout and undisturbed heart — that of the captain. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

G. K. Chesterton The Christianity of Tolstoy is, when we come to consider it, one of the most thrilling and dramatic incidents in our modern civilisation. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Sometimes triumphing over it, sometimes a thrilling background, pealed out the harsh, warning summons of an electric alarm bell. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Benjamin Disraeli He no longer mused merely on his own voice and wit: he called up her tones of thrilling power; he imagined her in all the triumph of her gay repartee. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

D. H. Lawrence Why hot punch, thought Somers, why not hot bitters or ice-cream soda, which are much more Austral and to the point? But he had read this almost thrilling bit of journalism with satisfaction. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Wolfe A man alone, if he had adventure in his soul, might have found it a thrilling and wildly beautiful night. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Elizabeth Gaskell As it was, with soft thrilling ideas ringing through her, she could get her wheel, and sit down to her spinning by the fire; waiting for her mother to speak first, Sylvia dreamt her dreams. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Each man present had some humorous or thrilling experience to relate, with the exception of a certain glum and dark-browed gentleman, who sat somewhat apart from the rest, and who said nothing. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green