Phrases with "tones"

M. P. Shiel This done, he would invoke with confidence upon their able race the blessing of Almighty God. In tones so mellow did he utter himself, that for many minutes stillness reigned, every face pale. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

W. H. Hudson Frequently it sounds like a melody rendered by a flute at a great distance; at other times its sweet and varied cadences are mingled with clear piercing tones and deep throat-notes. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Elizabeth Gaskell But now she stood aghast, transfixed, while her name was caught up and shouted out in tones of reprobation and hatred by all the crowd around her. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Such communicable trees should stand together, commenting on passing events, booming in unison with the cyclone, and mimicking the tenderest tones of the idlest wind. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Wilkie Collins After a while the low rumbling tones of his voice ceased altogether. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Wilkie Collins His mind seemed to be soon relieved of its doubts, but his face saddened, and his tones sank lower, when he addressed Rosamond again. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

In the course of a somewhat long experience it has never before been put to me in tones of such calmness. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Rudyard Kipling He addressed Sir Thomas Ingell in tones of measured rebuke, meant also, I imagine, for the whole House, which lowered its hackles at the word. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Guy de Maupassan Suddenly the vibrating tones melted into delicate, melodious ones, like the songs of birds; then again they swelled into deep, full tones and human voices chanted over their bowed heads. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Edith Wharton The disputants, petty tradesman or artisans by their dress, had evidently been warmed by a good flagon of wine, and their tones were so lively that every word reached the listener on the cask. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

It was full and rich, and gentle, with the tones of a great organ. Prester John by John Buchan

By this time Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong were aroused, and I could hear the slow and hesitating tones of the former in the passage behind us. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

Maria Edgeworth He was pleased to find that my manner and tones gave an Italian expression to English poetry, which to him was a peculiar charm. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Then I sat down at the piano and tried first to imitate the tones of the guitar, then to play the sisters’ melodies, and finished by attempting to sing them. The Fermata by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Abraham Merri In the comparative quiet O’Keefe’s tones now came in normal volume. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Thomas Wolfe They would demand the doctor in voices that varied from accents of desperate entreaty to tones that fairly crooned with voluptuous and sensual complaint. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

At length eleven struck in the harsh tones of the prison-clock. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Wilkie Collins His next words were spoken in faint whispering tones — to himself; not to her. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Anthony Trollope As a consequence of this, he now spoke in a voice very different from those obsequious tones which he had before been accustomed to use when he had regarded Lord Hampstead as his young patron. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Arnold Bennett Her childishness was now shot through with gestures and tones of the young girl. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

My eye caught in the depths and distances of these blue tones the white speck of some big ship just arrived and about to anchor in the outer roadstead. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Tydomin addressed him in tones of gentle reproach. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Rudyard Kipling He then explains how burgesses were elected, and in tones of deep fervour announces, ‘Commissioners of Sewers are elected in the same way. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Even the slight fatigue which was sometimes apparent in her languid tones seemed to bring her distinction. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Thomas Hardy When he paused for breath she said, in tones very different from his own, ‘I ought now to tell you that, though I am interested in the stars, they were not what I came to see you about. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

He recalled the tones of her voice again and again with a happy luxury. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

His voice, with its tones of brief imperious command, the proud carriage of his head, the easy grace of his rapid movements, all proclaimed the man born to rule over his fellow-men. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

They had spoken in the country way, but their tones were not those of countrymen. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

He picked up his hat and glasses, and held them in his hand while he spoke, in tones of earnest remonstrance. Going through the Tunnel by Ellen Wood [1869]

Walter Scott There was death in the plaintive tones of her voice, which yet, in this moderated and melancholy mood, had something of the lulling sound with which a mother sings her infant asleep. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Then there will be shallow swamps on the flat, alive and musical with frogs — gruff bass and shrieking treble, and all tones between, and every frog panting to be heard. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Abraham Merri And suddenly he heard the sound of voices, many voices; faint at first and murmurous; louder they became, swiftly; women's voices sweet and lilting and mingled with them the deeper tones of men. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

Thomas Hardy In this she was helped by the stirring tones which burst from the latter gentleman and his subordinates from time to time. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Sir Walter Scott Old Play. The sounds to which we alluded in our last, were no other than the grumbling tones of Richie Moniplies’s voice. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Regie looked at the remnants in the bag and his lip quivered, while Mary, her own umbrella safely warehoused, exclaimed, “Oh! Regie” in tones of piercing reproach. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Joseph Furphy Do you know”— and my tones became soft and confidential —“something struck me that you were an Englishman.” (Even this was n’t too strong). Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

The demon of his superhuman misanthropy had now fully possessed him, and not even the tones of a voice as sweet as the strings of David’s harp, had power to expel the evil one. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Victor Hugo Her tones imparted to her violent yet amorous words an indescribable Promethean grandeur. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Suddenly Varick’s tones floated again towards the listener: “I’ll take your word for it, my dear girl. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

I thought of her a great deal, and watched the fading light in her eyes, and listened to the weakening tones of her voice, with a sense of trouble that seemed utterly disproportionate to the occasion. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope She sat there on purpose that she might think of him, and recall his figure, and the tones of his voice, and the look of his eyes, and the gesture of his face. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Walter Crane A pattern may be an arrangement of lines, forms, and a harmony of planes and tones of colour. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Even when his hasty temper spoke In tones that sorrow stirred, My grief was lulled as soon as woke By some relenting word. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Elizabeth Gaskell Smiles dimpled every face, and low tones of happiness murmured indistinctly through the room in every pause of the music. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

It is true they were talking in tones so low, that the sound of their words could hardly be heard in the vast apartment. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Robert Louis Stevenson At one a girl sat singing merrily with her back to the graveyard; and from another came the shrill tones of a scolding woman. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

I ceased any further importunity; and a few moments he uttered, in tones I could hardly distinguish, ‘Let them, let me die. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

They were the two visitors from London, Briarly and Pratt. Their tones moderated somewhat when they saw the company. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Anna Katherine Green But the shade of the lamp intervened too completely, and he had to be content to wait till the judge chose to speak, which he presently did, though not in the exact tones the Sergeant expected. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

This comfortable prediction, confidently believed by the Mexicans, was thundered in the ears of the besieging army in tones of exultation and defiance. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle I heard the deep sweet tones of her voice, but she spoke so rapidly, and in such a subdued manner, that I could not catch the words. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

The tones of his voice were not otherwise than clarion. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

I shuddered, — I cried aloud, though conscious that my voice would be echoed by no friendly answering tones in a community of sixty persons, — such is the sterility of humanity in a convent. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Charles Dickens The voice awoke old memories, before the days of Private Richard Doubledick. “A stranger now, but not a stranger once,” it said in tones that thrilled him. The Seven Poor Travellers by Charles Dickens [1854]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Yet you cannot keep me here!” There was something in Sylvia’s look and tones that startled Mrs. Grosvenor with a terrible apprehension. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

His tones were low, his words when he began somewhat confused: nevertheless his wife, gazing up at him with her large dark eyes, gathered an inkling of his meaning. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

The strange thing, however, was that it seemed the dealer was still talking, and even in slightly louder tones than before. The Hatton Garden Crime by Arthur Gask [1945]

I—” “And how did you manage about lights?” “I pinned my travelling rug over the window, of course,” said the Junior, in the testy tones of one explaining the obvious. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

H. G. Wells I remember her mother reiterating in tones of gentle remonstrance: “But, George dear, you must have a cake — to send home. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Listening to the relation of those emotions so fresh and pure, the fine, noble face of Athos betrayed indescribable pleasure; he inhaled the tones of that young voice, as harmonious music. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Wilkie Collins Her next words accused me — but in very low and broken tones — of having committed an intrusion which she should hardly have expected from a gentleman in my position. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Thomas Wolfe He went on talking in his well-modulated tones to Mrs. Jack. In the middle of what he was saying, suddenly he noticed George Webber. “Oh, hello,” he said. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

They spoke, but of course I could not understand their words, though it was easy enough to interpret the tones of their voices, their manner, and their graceful gestures. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Robert Louis Stevenson The tones of his voice were dull and startling, and echoed strangely in Will’s heart. Will O’ the Mill by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing She knew only too well that she bore a message which would turn the glad tones of her dear friend’s voice into those of suffering and woe. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Wilkie Collins Are you too angry to listen?” Her looks and tones alarmed him, in spite of himself. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

They were lifeless, like the tones of the dead, if the dead ever speak to each other across the earth separating the graves. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Caroline Lamb She drew also those features—that countenance; and remembered the air he had sung and the tones of his voice. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

George Gissing The tones were rather thick, and ended in a slight cough. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

He called aloud, — his voice was echoed in a moment by many others, but in tones so wild and discordant, that he desisted in involuntary terror. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Maria Edgeworth This the women and children executed with great readiness and ability, and in the most pity-moving tones imaginable. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

He had forgotten she was there till the break of her cry in the monotonous tones of her prayer recalled him into that courtyard from the glorious turmoil of his dreams. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Thomas Hardy A discourse was carried on between them in low measured tones for the space of ten minutes or more. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Benjamin Disraeli She smiled on him, she addressed him in tones of sympathy, even of tenderness. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

The sunshine falling on the grime of surfaces, on the poverty of tones and forms seemed of an inferior quality, its joy faded, its brilliance tarnished and dusty. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

As for the gentleman and Madame Letellier, they were still conversing in the lowest tones together. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Hope It was his, though it was faint and hollow — different from the merry tones I had heard in the glades of the forest. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Nathaniel Hawthorne With the self-same tones will the present generation be ushered to the embraces of their mother; and Mother Earth will still receive her children. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Wilkie Collins In tones low and trembling at first, he stated the subject of his address. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Elizabeth Gaskell I must live alone now,” sinking her voice into the low tones of despair. Libbie Marsh’s Three Eras by Elizabeth Gaskell [1847]

The wife sat on one side of the bed, her husband’s hand clasped in hers, Antonia on the other side reading the Gospel of St. John, in those thrilling tones which Wesley had noted. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

He had never heard anybody speak like this before; certainly not Heyst, whose conversation was concise, polite, with a faint ring of playfulness in the cultivated tones of his voice. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Thomas Hardy She answered “Yes!” as before, but the tones were small and confined, and whence they came he could not at first understand. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells It was a matter of tones and feelings. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

George Gissing Helen, who recognised in the simple girl’s utterances kindred tones to those which for ever whispered in her own heart, felt herself drawn closer to Lucy by strong bonds of sympathy. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Suddenly Malicorne’s voice was heard in tones of entreaty: “I entreat you, Mademoiselle Montalais, not to leave me here. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Wilkie Collins His tones were lofty; his manner was distant. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Arnold Bennett Nevertheless, he did not like the tones and the gestures and the whisperings and oblique glances of their gathering. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Walter Scott Not less exasperating was the constant interceding voice of Touchwood, who, in tones alternately plaintive and snappish, kept on a string of expostulations. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Florence Dixie The tones were very dull, and strength was in them no longer. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Wilkie Collins She spoke in dull monotonous tones — standing in the doorway; refusing, when she was invited by a gesture, to enter the room. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Baldwin Spencer The men were chanting continuously and, every now and then, the shrill tones of the women came in. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Ann Radcliffe Its tones were so familiar to her ear, that she was surprised at the imperfect memory which did not suffer her to be assured by whom they were uttered. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The surly servant who happened to see him as he hesitated and gaped at the windows, came forth, and challenged him with tones and looks the reverse of hospitable. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

George Gissing Her clear and firm, yet sweet, tones uttered with perfection a nature very richly and tenderly endowed. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

A hypocrite, too, for he put on looks and tones that seemed like deepest, strongest love. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Edward Bellamy Now at another touch the room was once more filled with the earnest sympathetic tones which had already impressed me most favorably. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Henry Adams Even a private secretary had learned to control his tones and guard his features and betray no joy over the “lickings” of an enemy — in the enemy’s presence. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Thomas Hardy His speech was a little slow, but his tones were sincere enough to make his hesitation no defect. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Walter Crane And since we have to adapt our designs to their probable surroundings, we usually consciously select certain tones or shades of a colour, rather than use it absolutely pure or in its full strength. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Ann Radcliffe The tones swelled and died faintly away among the clear, yet languishing echoes which the rocks repeated with an effect like that of enchantment. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Walter Crane It is instructive from any point of view to study the quantities and relations of colour, and their tones and values, in such works. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

The long-drawn sigh which issued from her lips testified to the relief he had given her, and the “Now Dwight!” which followed was uttered in tones more gentle and assured. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Ann Radcliffe She found a melancholy pleasure in listening to the soft tones of Clara’s lute, and would often soothe her mind by attempting to repeat the airs she heard. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

D. H. Lawrence I talked to her as if she were some male friend of mine, only appealing to her womanliness with all the soft sadness I could press into the tones of my voice. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy She turned her face to the pillow and repeated in low soft tones the simple words she had used from childhood on such occasions. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Edith Wharton While he sat so close, pointing out and explaining, she had hardly taken in the details; but now, on the full tones of his low young voice, they came back with redoubled distinctness. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Miles Franklin On the back of one of these I saw “Corelli”, and on another — great joy! — was Trilby. From the adjoining apartment, which was the drawing-room, came the sweet full tones of a beautiful piano. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

He then proceeded to whistle viciously on his fingers in the direction of a cottage, and to command, in tones of thunder, some unseen creature to bring over a couple of baskets of turf. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Extra special” — blazing fiercely; the charitable appeals for the victims, the grave tones of the dailies rumbling with compassion as if they were the national bowels. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Is that all, Blanche?” “That is all—thank you,” in the same low melancholy tones in which she had spoken before. The Box with the Iron Clamps by Florence Marrya

Thomas Hardy She spoke on in a voice weak as a summer breeze, and full of intermission, and yet there pervaded it a steadiness of intention that seemed to demand firm tones to bear it out worthily. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Wilkie Collins The rapid changes in her, the bewildering diversity of looks and tones that accompanied them, completely cowed him. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Rudyard Kipling Why?’ ‘Because I wanted to meet Gregory,’ came the answer, in the flat tones of the held. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Thomas Hardy Hearing people about — among others the before-mentioned married couple quarrelling, the woman’s tones having a kinship to Avice’s own — he returned to the house. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Charles Dickens And how do you explain ninepence?’ However it was explained, in tones too soft to be overheard. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Ivan Turgenev I counted up five, six, ten different tones of shadow at different heights on the mountain slopes, and over all this realm of varied silence the moon queened it pensively. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Wilkie Collins Reaching the terrace, in the first place, I heard below me a man’s voice, speaking in tones of angry authority, and using language which expressed an intention of turning somebody out of the garden. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Abraham Merri Rador stamped twice and the same supernally sweet, silver bell tones of — yesterday, I must call it, although in that place of eternal day the term is meaninglessbade us enter. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

George Gissing What does it mean? You know, I suppose?” In spite of himself, look and tones betrayed his eagerness for her reply. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

George Eliot Such glances and tones bring the breath of poetry with them into a room that is half stifling with glaring gas and hard flirtation. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Willa Cather The voice did not thin as it went up; the upper tones were as full and rich as the lower, produced in the same way and as unconsciously, only with deeper breath. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Benjamin Disraeli And yet there was really an expression on her countenance of restlessness, not to say anxiety, which ill accorded with the dulcet tones and the wreathed smiles which charmed her august companions. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

He had commenced his visit ceremoniously, but now he grew brusque, and took the command: and his tones were prompt and stern, and the women grew afraid of him. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Maria Edgeworth Between the blows, I heard Jacob’s voice in tones of supplication. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

She spoke in tones unsteady, cut about by the rattle of teeth, like one shaken by a deadly cold fit of ague. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Washington Irving Presently the deep tones of the cathedral bell came swelling up the defiles, proclaiming the hour of “oration” or prayer. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Thomas Hardy Hurrying on, with a growing dread of the gloom and of the approaching storm, she drew near the Old House, now rising before her against the dark foliage and sky in tones of strange whiteness. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Anthony Trollope The stitches and tones belonging to Robinson were not much in his favour. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

George Elio Gentle tones had led to tender words, and tender words had called forth a response of looks which made it impossible not to carry on the crescendo of love-making. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

For these two men had SEEN her, while to me she was only being “presented,” elusively, in vanishing words, in the shifting tones of an unfamiliar voice. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Wilkie Collins I little thought, then, that the tones of her sweet, clear voice had fallen on my ear for the last time, before I wandered to the far West of England where I now write. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Wilkie Collins My wife, having the doctor’s directions ever present to her mind, implores me in heart-rending tones to remember that I am under strict medical orders not to excite myself. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Liquid, low, silvery, streamed the tones beneath the enchanted bow. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then, turning blandly towards him, he said in the mildest of tones — “Have you ever rowed in a pond?” Tom acknowledged that he had. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Taste, Castro!” He called on him in tones that were almost tender in their urgency, to come and drink before he died. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Thomas Hardy Her mother, though her head was bowed, had already caught from the inn-window tones that strangely riveted her attention, before the old man’s words, “Mr. Henchard, the Mayor,” reached her ears. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

The prayers were long, and through the open window as they progressed came distantly a whoop or two; the declamatory tones staggered a little, and then continued at a distinctly higher rate of speed. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Rudyard Kipling A voice from the ground says, in tones of infinite weariness: ‘You take afim, so’— a long, long pause, and another kick from the man possessed of the devil — the mongoose. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Gissing Scarcely, however, had Gammon walked a dozen yards when a quick step sounded behind him, and he was addressed in tones of the most conciliatory politeness. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

If Mr. Harry’s speaking blue eyes were to be trusted and Mr. Harry’s tell-tale tones when with her, his love, at the very least, equalled hers. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Arthur Morrison I’ve told you, before, what it is by law: Murder. Murder an’ the Rope.” “Ay,” said Captain Nat in the same even voice, though the tones grew in significance as he went on. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

The tones of a woman’s voice recalled him to himself. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Rudyard Kipling The green curtain dropped from above and was whisked away, and three gentlemen and a lady opened the ball by a dialogue conducted in tones between a ‘burble’ and a falsetto whisper. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

George Meredith She talked of her aunt Kiomi affectionately, for a gipsy girl, whose modulated tones are all addressed to the soft public. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Henry James He had originally thought of lines and tones as things to be taken, but these possibilities had now quite melted away. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Thomas Hardy Perhaps you don’t know it?” he said, in tones of extreme delicacy. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

In quick, business-like tones he described exactly what had happened to him on that cold, foggy morning ten days ago. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Andrew Lang I sprang forward, but the figure receded, growing fainter and fainter till I could see it no more, but the low plaintive tones still sounded. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Elizabeth Gaskell The tones of their unrestrained voices, and their carelessness of all common rules of street politeness, frightened Margaret a little at first. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Arthur Conan Doyle Far away we could hear the deep tones of the parish clock, which boomed out every quarter of an hour. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Wilkie Collins This time Adela’s voice answered strangely from the shrubbery in tones of surprise: “Edwin, is it really you?” “Did you expect any one else?” Cosway asked. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Then in the shrill tones which will not be denied, she demanded again, “The mirror!” Nurse Unwin brought it. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins His tones were altered, but his manner showed as little feeling as ever. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Arthur Morrison Hewitt laid his hand on her shoulder and said, in the slow and distinct tones he had found best for reaching the senses of deaf people, “I hope you are well. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Margaret Oliphant When Katie’s voice became audible at his side, advising him in very distinct tones to restore the old place, Walter felt himself shrink and grow red, as if some villany had been suggested to him. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The churl! He understood the shrill whistle of the blast, but had no intelligence for our blithe tones of brotherhood. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

George Meredith Wait. Will you wait?” A hideous imitation of her lamentable tones burst from Mr. Pericles. “Cracked!” he cried again. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

William Makepeace Thackeray There are two exquisite Vandykes (whatever Sir Joshua may say of them), and in which the very management of the gray tones which the President abuses forms the principal excellence and charm. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

Rudyard Kipling Whose plinths are laid at midnight, and whose streets are packed at morn; And here come hired youths and maids that feign to love or sin In tones like rusty razor-blades to tunes like smitten tin. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Thomas Hardy The tones of their speech revealed them to be Hezzy Biles, Nat Chapman, Fry, and other labourers. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

His tones were grave and heavy. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Olaf Stapledon Meanwhile he had distinguished the soothing and indignant tones of the human voice. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope She seemed to hear the tones of Arthur Fletcher’s voice, as those of her husband still rang in her ear when he bade her remember that she was now removed from her father’s control. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Her courage was manifest to me in the gentle and sad tones of her voice. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

The dazzling light of ornamented rooms; lovely forms arrayed in splendid dresses; the motions of a dance, the voluptuous tones of exquisite music, cradled my senses in one delightful dream. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

But if it be further asked why musical tones in a certain order and rhythm give man and other animals pleasure, we can no more give the reason than for the pleasantness of certain tastes and smells. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

The answering voice spoke in those sweet tones which I recognized only too easily. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Wilkie Collins Its accent was soft and courteous; presenting the strongest imaginable contrast to the harsh tones of Miss Letitia’s crabbed old maid. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Drifting on by distant sands and dunes, her white fingers touching mine, we spoke, keying our tones to the wind’s vast harmony. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Yet that body did not tamely submit to these usurpations, but gave vent to its indignation in tones becoming the representatives of a free people. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Ford Madox Ford She was crying because of the pleading tones of his voice and his small hands. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

George Eliot He heard no blessing, no tones of pity, but only taunts and threats. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Margaret Oliphant His mother had told him a thousand times in often varied tones that they were not companions for him; to-day he recognised the fact with a certain disgust. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

The same disguised voice whispered ‘Alonzo,’ in tones that were the sweetest music that ever reached my ears. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

I know it does,” said Ruth. Rex noted what tones of tenderness there were in her cool, clear voice. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Nathaniel Hawthorne He perceived her agitation, and addressed her in the softest tones of which his voice was capable. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

He heard, somewhere, the continuous throbbing of a great drum, with desultory bursts of far music, inconceivably sweet, like the tones of an æolian harp. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Arthur Machen He had not been attending very carefully to the subject-matter of her story, but he loved to hear a voice that was incantation in his ears, tones that summoned before him the vision of a magic world. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

Thomas Hardy The tones of her voice had stirred his heart in a nook which had lain stagnant ever since he last heard them. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Henry James The charm of the room lies in the absence of certain pedantic tones — the browns, blacks and grays — which distinguish most libraries. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

If spoken of at all they were spoken of in tones of half-contemptuous indulgence. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Elizabeth Gaskell The tones of her voice called back her father and his friend, and the aggressor proved to be the eldest son of the latter, the senior by eighteen years of his little brothers. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

George Elio Presently there were low liquid notes blending themselves with the harder tones of the instrument, and gradually the pure voice swelled into predominance. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

Robert Louis Stevenson Do not,’ he broke out in tones of real solicitude — ‘do not give way to tears after a meal, Anastasie. You will certainly give yourself a false digestion. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

Percy Bysshe Shelley Voices were heard from within: their hollow tones filled Matilda’s soul with unconquerable tremours. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Anthony Trollope And, therefore, though their tones were hardly friendly, still they consulted as to what should be done. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell But she was rather deaf as well as blind, so his low tones only brought upon him fresh inquiries. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Why, he never once looked at any of us! His eyes are false, and his tones are false!” “His tones? Do you mean his words?” “I mean the tone his words are spoken in. Roger Monk by Ellen Wood [1868]

Overhead was the noise of trampling feet, and he could distinguish the hoarse tones of Blunt bellowing orders. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Arnold Bennett She then said, in a low, guarded voice — “What’s all this about Sophia wanting to be a school-teacher?” “Wanting to be a school-teacher?” Constance repeated, in tones of amazement. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Elizabeth Gaskell Their voices and tones were calm and cold a stranger might have gone away and thought that he had never seen such frigid indifference of demeanour between such near relations. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Thomas Hardy He said to himself, in the melodramatic tones of a whimsical boy, that the schoolmaster had drawn at that well scores of times on a morning like this, and would never draw there any more. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins He was very proud of this; but he was prouder still of the ring of his metal, and with reason: it must have been a nice ear indeed that could discover the false tones in the doctor’s coinage. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

The widow sought the lawyer’s room with children three in tow, She told the lawyer man her tale in tones of deepest woe. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

Wilkie Collins It was a very gratifying attention, and I said as much, in tones of the deepest feeling. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

She said, in tones Lester — COuld only just hear: “I’m so sorry. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Anthony Trollope The present private secretary-who had been private secretary also to the late First Commissioner-was giving up his Elysium because he could not endure the tones of Sir Raffle’s voice. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Henry James His voice was soft and flat, his pleasant eyes, his simple tones tending to the solemn, achieved at moments that effect of quaintness which is, in certain connexions, socially so known and enjoyed. Mrs. Medwin by Henry James [1901]

Wilkie Collins The tones were slow and mechanical — the tones of a man searching his memory with pain and difficulty; repeating his recollections, one by one, as he recovered them, to himself. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]