Phrases with "trace"

John Ruskin We will next trace his probable line of conduct, presuming his object to be exclusively the increase of his own fortune. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

Andrew Lang He can create visions that the waking self can remember, but cannot originate, and cannot trace to any memory of waking impressions. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne All trace of Captain Grant and his shipwrecked men seemed to be irrevocably lost. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Thomas Wolfe They laughed and talked and told stories without a trace of self-consciousness. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Wilkie Collins All trace of Mrs. Jazeph and her companion had been lost at the post-town of Porthgenna. Investigations had been made in every direction, but no reliable information had been obtained. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Jules Verne Toute trace de tempête avait disparu. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

G. K. Chesterton And this man was determined to trace it. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

In fact, D’Artagnan was so absorbed, that, with his knife, he took advantage of the grease left at the bottom of his plate, to trace ciphers and make additions of surprising rotundity. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Arthur Machen The White Swan was searched, the posting-house was searched in vain; there was no trace of the traveller in the stables, in the outhouses, or in the street. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

I was so absorbed, that though I remember facts, I cannot paint the slightest trace of the feelings which they excited. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Jules Verne There was not a trace of Ayrton. Had the unhappy man been dragged away by his former accomplices? Had he resisted, and been overcome in the struggle? This last supposition was only too probable. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Have you taken any special measures to trace him? ” “We have taken such measures as were possible,” replied Blandy. “But we are in a difficult position. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Washington Irving The earth closed over them, and no trace remained of the opening by which they had descended. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Sir Walter Scott To trace this cornucopia of yours to a miner, is bringing it pretty near a friend of ours — I hope we shall be as successful this morning, without paying for it. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Charles Dickens The only obvious inquiries to make, in relation to the lost man, had been made already by Wilding himself; with this result, that time and death together had not left a trace of him discoverable. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

The beginnings of the process by which Lapham escaped from the master builder and ended in the hands of an architect are so obscure that it would be almost impossible to trace them. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Charles Dickens His marriage had not been a felicitous one — it may be fairly assumed for either side — but no trace of bitterness or distrust concerning other marriages was in his mind. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

As we have no written pedigrees, we are forced to trace community of descent by resemblances of any kind. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Robert Louis Stevenson In his whole works I find no trace of pity. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne Peut-être, d’un seul mot vous pouvez me lancer sur sa trace . L’Archipel en Feu by Jules Verne [1884]

George Gissing He bore no trace of resemblance to either the chemist or his daughter, yet was their relative. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

He sunk directly, leaving no trace but a red stain on the water, and a white clot on the jagged rudder, and a death cry ringing in their ears, as they drifted clear under the lee of the black hull. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

I have chosen a name which will not furnish any clue as to my identity, so that it will be impossible for you to trace me. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

His character appears to have been by no means unimpeachable, but he was amiable and free from any trace of vindictiveness. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Anthony Trollope He would be safe only by leaving the book where it was, by giving no trace that he had ever been conscious of the contents of the book. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

It is difficult now to trace how I changed from my early aversion until I faced this mass of problems. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Wilkie Collins But (if we should unhappily fail in finding her by any other means) Miss Silvester has left a trace to guide us at Craig Fernie. That trace must be picked up at once, in case of accidents. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Lord Avelard replied with a laugh in which to Peter’s ear there was a trace of disquiet. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Arnold Bennett Upon her placid features there was not the slightest trace of the onslaught of profanity. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Ann Radcliffe The gloom, which the trees threw around, prevented their distinguishing objects afar off, and not a single human being was visible, nor any trace of his art, beneath the shadowy scene. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Wilkie Collins No trace of her was ever discovered. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Helen Zimmern This permits her to trace out those gradual evolutions of some fault of character in which she displays such consummate ability, such precision and metaphysical subtlety. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

H.P. Lovecraft The curious new fetor which had supplemented the nameless scent was excessively pungent here; so much so that it destroyed all trace of the other. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

H. G. Wells This tuning fork was thrown into sympathetic vibration by another, the silk thread was burnt in the middle, the plate as it fell rubbed against the bristle and a trace of the vibrations was obtained. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

So far there is no trace of such a principle anywhere in sight; even its plausible imitations (never very effective) have disappeared long ago before the doctrine of national aspirations. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was no trace of self-consciousness in her manner. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

E. F. Benson They searched all the garden, but found no trace of the curry-cook: they made guarded enquiries of the servants as to whether he had been seen, but nothing whatever could be learned about him. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Robert Louis Stevenson In front of the pavilion I paused to see where Mr. Huddlestone had fallen; but there was no sign of him, nor so much as a trace of blood. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

We can even trace them to the club-house. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Thomas Wolfe There was warmth in it, but there was also a trace of that wild fierceness which belongs to something lawless in nature, at once coarse and delicate, murderous, tender, and savagely ebullient. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

We have no reliable description of the man, and, if we had, we could hardly proceed as if we were trying to trace a ‘wanted’ man. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Elizabeth Gaskell She was ready with a bright smile, in which there was not a trace of fatigue, to greet her father when he awakened. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Willa Cather Their tears sparkled and fell; left no trace but a streak on the cheeks, perhaps. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Andrew Lang Frightened at the silence, they searched every corner of the garden, the house, and the neighbouring wood, but no trace of the girls was to be found anywhere. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ann Radcliffe They had now lost every trace of the fugitives, and found themselves bewildered in a wild and savage country. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Arthur Conan Doyle The room into which we were shown was that in which the crime had been committed, but no trace of it now remained save an ugly, irregular stain upon the carpet. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

G. K. Chesterton But from the top of the house to the bottom, from the walls round the park to the pond in the center, there was no trace of Lord Bulmer, dead or alive. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Jules Verne En tout cas, il n’y avait aucune trace d’habitation. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Algernon Blackwood Yes, he could explain all, trace all to something or other in his being, yet he knew that the real explanation . The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

In digging a way out they found a cart with the horse still between the shafts and still alive; but there was no trace of the boy who was known to have been in charge. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

G. K. Chesterton It was as if the shape he could not trace in the darkness were some shape that should not see the sun. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Abraham Merri The stairway ended in a circular well; silent — with no trace of exit! The rounded stones joined each other evenly — hermetically. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Oscar Wilde When he is missed, there must be no trace of him found here. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

But there was no trace of him. Margaret Rymer by Ellen Wood [1875]

Ivan Turgenev There was no trace of sadness even, no trace even of melancholy in him; he was quiet, as he had always been, but everlastingly glad at heart. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Jules Verne They leaned over with the vain hope of seeing some trace of their heroic companion, but they were already far away from him. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Algernon Blackwood The clouds were massed all over the sky, and no trace of moonlight came through. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Thomas Hardy By degrees Pierston began to trace again the customary lines of his existence; and his profession occupied him much as of old. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

These productions show no trace of the authentic Fielding. The essays are more remarkable, although, like Montaigne’s, they are scarcely described by their titles. Fielding by Austin Dobson

Bronislaw Malinowski But unhappily I have not been able to trace any influence of this important work in the recent ethnographic publications. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Wilkie Collins Every trace of sorrow vanished from her face in an instant. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Rafael Sabatini Then we’ll contrive that she shall vanish quietly and quickly before Asad can discover a trace of her. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

I wearied myself during the next six weeks in the endeavour to trace the man called Georges, who must have had some local habitation in Paris besides Marie Prévol’s apartment. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

But I doubt if that will ever happen now that so many years have gone by, and there has been no endeavour to trace her. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was not hard to trace it, for it was rutted two feet deep by the gun-wheels and the caissons. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

The red tape bore the mark of the place in which it had been tied for half a century; and a little way within this mark the trace of a very recent tying. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Bram Stoker Hell has its price! If there be anything behind this instinct it will be valuable to trace it afterwards accurately, so I had better commence to do so, therefore . Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Jack London For the pride of trace and trail was his, and, sick unto death, he could not bear that another dog should do his work. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle He says that no trace can be found of the launch. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Anthony Trollope He looked at her, and there was no trace of a tear. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

H. G. Wells If I was in Norway a few days ago, you ought to be able to trace my journey hither. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Arthur Machen But if ultimate causes lie beyond those flaming walls of the world that put bounds to all our inquisition, it is not so hard to trace those causes which are proximate. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Henry James There had been something passionate in his movement; but Rowland was nevertheless surprised, when he at last jerked himself back into a sitting posture, to perceive the trace of tears in his eyes. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Virginia Woolf Of the books fallen on the bare floor and heaped upon the large table, it was only possible in this light to trace the outline. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Except the grand piano, there was no trace of feminine occupation in the room. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins Who could say what new revelations might not come back with them? WHEN Magdalen appeared in the parlor shortly before seven o’clock, not a trace of discomposure was visible in her manner. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Jules Verne Robur was nowhere to be found; there was no trace of him. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

There were moments of such positive intoxication, of such happiness, that there was not the faintest trace of irony within me, on my honour. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The motif is obviously tangled up with the vampire superstition here, and it would be interesting, if possible, to trace out the two to a point of combination. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Arthur Morrison It was my business to trace this train of thought. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Wilkie Collins When I reached the church, the trampled condition of the burial-ground was the only serious trace left to tell of the fire and the death. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle If we get away with him they will lose all trace of us. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Where then could butler Brunton have gone in the night, and what could have become of him now? “‘Of course we searched the house from cellar to garret, but there was no trace of him. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They’ll trace it to Max’s brother-in-law easily enough. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Algernon Blackwood And yet each must have left a trace on my character. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle Wurms has made strict inquiry, but cannot trace the muffler and mattock to any inhabitant. A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle

Savages, for instance, fail to trace the multiplied evils consequent on a want of temperance, chastity, &c. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

The doorplate, which had so attracted my attention, was gone, and in a few minutes we found that she had departed also, leaving no trace behind her. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

Jules Verne Cependant, il n’y avait pas trace des laves, qui s’étaient plus particulièrement épanchées par les pentes septentrionales. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Olaf Stapledon Before telling of this turn of fortune I must double back the thread of my story and trace the history of the system of worlds which was now to play the leading part in galactic events. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Conan Doyle No trace is left of them at all, and the countryside is buzzing with rumours of gipsies and of sheep-stealers. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Rudyard Kipling It was complex, but with no trace of inferiority. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Fechner, on the contrary, tries to trace the superiorities due to the more collective form in as much detail as he can. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Edith Wharton There was nothing he would have dreaded as much as her detecting the least trace of what he was feeling. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

They might enter it for some gloomy end which Allah permits in his inscrutable wisdom; but they could leave it no trace when they pass from it, because there is no conscience where soul is wanting. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Where was my Fascinating Friend? Gone! vanished! There was not a trace of him. My Fascinating Friend by William Archer

He looked more boyish than ever, and there was no trace of sternness, of austerity about him such as one would have thought must have inevitably accompanied a reputation such as his. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Rudyard Kipling The Police took the trowel, but they couldn’t trace it to anyone, somehow. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Nikolai Gogol But the painter had already been standing motionless for some time before a portrait in a large and originally magnificent frame, upon which, however, hardly a trace of gilding now remained. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I thought, however, that I had cast off every trace of it. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Oscar Wilde Not the slightest trace of Virginia had been discovered. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde [1887]

All trace of illness, of infirmity, had gone from the valetudinarian; he stood erect on the floor, his face twitching convulsively, and his arms folded. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

George Meredith Venerating purity as he did, the question, whether the very sweetest of pure young women, having such an origin, must not at some time or other show trace of the origin, surged up. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Wilkie Collins The strictest search was made for me without discovering a trace of my place of refuge. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Bram Stoker It was now my object to trace that horrid cargo of the Count’s to its place in London. Later, we may be able to deal with it. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

George Meredith Some have been so venturesome as to trace the lordliness of Bull to the protecting smiles of the good Neptune, whose arms are about him to encourage the development of a wanton eccentricity. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Henry Handel Richardson But for me, never a trace of understanding!”— And now the quarrel began in earnest. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

John Morley Hence the untrustworthiness of those critical schemata, so attractive for their compact order, which first make Voltaire a Lockeian sensationalist, and then trace his deism to his sensationalism. Voltaire by John Morley

Rudyard Kipling You could still trace the stone causeways that led up to the ruined gates where the last splinters of wood hung to the worn, rusted hinges. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My motor-bicycle scouts will trace you from the moment you leave to wherever you go and telephone to me their report. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was not a trace of anxiety, a foretaste of trouble to be detected anywhere in her expression. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Abraham Merri And now in the wall was no trace of the breach. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Je puis vous remettre sur la trace que vous avez perdue . Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier [1913]

Charles Dickens One word to introduce them, and I lay down my pen (I hope, my unassuming pen) until I take it up to trace the gloomy sequel of a mind with something on it. Somebody’s Luggage by Charles Dickens [1862]

Jane Austen Sometimes she could fancy that he talked less than on former occasions, and once or twice pleased herself with the notion that, as he looked at her, he was trying to trace a resemblance. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Wilkie Collins The change of clothes was there untouched; not a trace of his accomplice was to be seen. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

He could not find him, nor any trace of him. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Jules Verne Harry s’éleva sur ses épaules, de manière que son pic pût atteindre la trace suffisamment visible du lutage. Les Indes Noires by Jules Verne [1877]

Sigmund Freud The number 18 with which the judgment in the dream is meaninglessly connected still retains a trace of the context from which the real judgment was taken. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Virginia Woolf The Olivers couldn’t trace their descent for more than two or three hundred years. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

There was not a trace of the will! “Perhaps I have forgotten. The General’s Will by Vera Jelihovsky

Augustine Birrell Though both an author and a member of Parliament, not a trace of personal vanity is noticeable, and vanity is a quality of great assistance to the biographer. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Bram Stoker Every trace of all that had been was blotted out. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Wilkie Collins But the road on the other side had been recently mended with stones, and the trace of the fugitive was lost. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Charles Dickens Neither had he ever spoken of her without the prefix “Miss,” though whenever he uttered it, it was with the faintest trace of an air of mockery. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Wilkie Collins Not a trace of her was to be discovered in either quarter. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Arthur Conan Doyle I am, as you have no doubt surmised, endeavouring to trace these busts to their source, in order to find if there is not something peculiar which may account for their remarkable fate. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Charles Dickens Her face Had lost all trace of youth, of joy, of grace, Of the pure happy soul they used to know — The novice Angela — so long ago. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Andrew Lang The poet only shows us the paths by which his mind travelled: they may not be the right paths, nor is it easy to trace them on a philosophical chart. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Then she would cling to a wall or a tree, putting his help aside with a gesture in which there was again some pitiful trace of renunciation. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Andrew Lang But the process lies behind history: we can only guess at it, we can seldom trace a popular legend on its travels. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

To trace the features of a royal line, from Charlemagne to Charles X. — from Alfred to William IV., would be a strange study. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They have never even now discovered a trace of the clothes these men wore when they went out at night—rubber shoes and so on. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Was it William Brook in the gig, or was it not? We found no trace of him after that stormy night: we have found none to this day. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

Sigmund Freud This system we conceive to be similar in its mechanical characteristics to the perception-system P, and hence excitable by qualities, and incapable of retaining the trace of changes: i. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

James Joyce Always passing, the stream of life, which in the stream of life we trace is dearer than them all. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Marcel Prous Peut-être par respect, parce qu’elle ne croyait pas qu’il lui fût permis sans impiété de constater la trace de quelque affaiblissement intellectuel dans le visage vénéré. Le Côté de Guermantes by Marcel Prous

The practice of beardless races extirpating every trace of a beard, and often all the hairs on the body affords one illustration. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

George Meredith Yes, I judge that I have run off a line—and what a line! which hardly shows a trace for breathing things to follow until they feel the transgression in wreck. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Andrew Lang All of a sudden, when he glanced round, he found she had vanished completely, without leaving a trace of where she had gone. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The spirit of elder days found a dwelling here, and we delighted to trace its footsteps. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Henry Handel Richardson And did she draw back the window-curtain and look out, there was not a soul to be seen: not a trace of the string of prosperous, paying patients she had once imagined winding their way to the door. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry Kingsley No, it must be gone! There was a great roll in the plain between me and home, so that I could see nothing of our place — all around the country was black, without a trace of vegetation. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

I wish”— here I assumed a brisk air —“that I could go through your parlors again before every trace of the crime perpetrated there has been removed. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

So eager was he to destroy every trace of its existence, that he did not spare even the finely bound copies of his friends. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

M. P. Shiel It was almost dark before we saw the torches of the troop of seven returning, these having discovered no trace of Dees. They went back into the castle. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

George Meredith The German!—the German!—may God in his Barmherzigkeit!—Tell her I never encouraged the girl, have literally nothing to trace a temporary wrinkle on my forehead as regards conscience. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

It is difficult to trace a man of whom one has no definite description. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

H. G. Wells I tried to be more fundamental, to trace the secret springs of our inertness. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Eliot They had virtues which incorporated themselves in wholesome usages to which we trace our own political blessings. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was no trace of my visitor. A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle

I went and was introduced to Jessie’s sister who, to my surprise, was tall and large but without a trace of Jessie’s good looks. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

George Eliot The desolation wrought by that flood had left little visible trace on the face of the earth, five years after. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Jules Verne But it evidently was fed only by the rain, for now we could scarcely trace its course. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Wilkie Collins I shall give up all further effort to trace her from this moment. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

James Joyce I was in Europe with Kevin Egan of Paris. You wouldn’t see a trace of them or their language anywhere in Europe except in a Cabinet d’aisance. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

We shall be able now to trace back everything that the gang have done and arraign these two men upon many more charges than are necessary to ensure that they shall suffer the extreme penalty. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Thomas Hardy He chanced to be in want of some young man in his office — for a short time only, probably about two months — to trace drawings, and attend to other subsidiary work of the kind. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

H. G. Wells In my desire for correct particulars in this autobiography, I have spent some time trying to trace the beginnings, the rise and fall of my successive top hats. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Andrew Lang He had not walked far, when the castle suddenly appeared before him, though a moment before not a trace of it could be seen. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Alfred Ainger It shows no trace of constructive skill, and the character-drawing is of the crudest. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

It might be of use to me, if I should have to trace the past life of this man. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

I have no hopes of Moreland ever receiving the penalty of his crime, as when this is opened all trace of him will, no doubt, be lost. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

William Black The most patient endeavours to trace out his changes of lodgings, and the fugitive writings that kept him in daily bread, have not been very successful. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Anthony Trollope If he but showed a trace of his limbs he would become a mark for their bullets. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens I know why no trace of it ever showed itself in any word or look of yours at that time. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

Moreland did not know where Fitzgerald lived, and as that was one of the primary facts the detective wished to ascertain, he determined to watch Brian’s movements, and to trace him home. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Marie Corelli The news was in a mere paragraph briefly stating that the celebrated artist had been found stabbed in her studio, and that up to the present there was no trace of the unknown assassin. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Lui seul est capable de retrouver la trace que je cherche. Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier [1913]

Edith Wharton There was no trace of “the office”, or of any other preoccupation, in the friendly voice in which he asked her if she wouldn’t please stay lying down, and let him do the talking. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

George Gissing There was no trace of the fugitive. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

In nothing that she said or did or admired or condemned was there any trace of the commonplace, except, perhaps, the desire to avoid it; it had become her conviction that she owed this to herself. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Rudyard Kipling Not till I came to Shamlegh could I meditate upon the Cause of Things, or trace the running grass-roots of Evil. I strove all the long night. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

H.P. Lovecraft When I examined the circular trap that had been placed in the room, I found all of the openings sprung, though no trace remained of what had been caught and had escaped. The Rats in the Walls by H.P. Lovecraft [1923]

Edgar Allan Poe This wall is of one continuous rock, and has been formed by cutting perpendicularly the once rugged precipice of the stream’s southern bank, but no trace of the labor has been suffered to remain. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

There was nobody there, nor any trace of anybody, but I shuttered and bolted all the windows and put the chain on the door. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Henry James He couldn’t trace the difference, but his mother saw it all as a shining picture. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

It was written that not even that trace of her passage on the earth should remain with me; not to help but, as it were, to soothe the memory. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Fragments of twigs and leaves came to Mother Earth, but even a smart black tracker failed to find a trace of the snake, though the force of the explosion must have carried portions out into the open. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Henry Handel Richardson And the disparity in their ages notwithstanding, there was no trace of deference in his manner. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton His face remained grave, but without the least trace of discomposure. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

H. G. Wells Finally the opening of the great lid that covered the pit! Then as I strained to trace our later movements down to our present plight, the pain in my head became intolerable. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Leslie Stephen Miss Seward, a typical specimen of the provincial précieuse, attempted to trace them in an epitaph which he was said to have written at the age of three. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

H. G. Wells There was no Parsons, no trace of Parsons. His cubicle was swept and garnished. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Henry Handel Richardson But when she had put on her gloves, she took his arm without a trace of discomfiture. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

We could only go slowly, mile after mile, rising sand-ridge after sand-ridge, until twelve o'clock, not having been able to trace him more than seven or eight miles since morning. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Wilkie Collins The trace of the young lady which we found nearly a week since, still remains the last trace discovered of her. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Margaret Oliphant There was a confusion of boats coming and going, in which they could not trace whither he went, or how. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

James Joyce There remained no trace of the tram itself nor of the tram-men nor of the horses: nor did he and she appear vividly. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Nathaniel Hawthorne It would be needlessly cruel to Mr. Atwood to trace with minuteness the further details of this affair. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Marjorie Bowen The Countess was out; there was no trace anywhere of her slovenly splendour. The Housekeeper by Marjorie Bowen

Jules Verne Le vent effaçait la trace de leurs pas presque instantanément. Cinq Semaines En Ballon by Jules Verne [1863]

Jules Verne Ils creusèrent dans un sable sec et friable, le plus aride des sables; il n’y avait pas trace d’humidité. Cinq Semaines En Ballon by Jules Verne [1863]

But there was no trace there of the sadness of the previous night. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I could not trace a likeness to him in that silhouette. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Wilkie Collins You won’t trace any particulars by the name of Gatliffe. I’m not bound to commit myself or anybody else by mentioning names. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Henry Handel Richardson But the long white corridors stretched empty before him; there was no trace of her to he seen. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Jules Verne I sought to trace the probable deductions from this striking fact, known only to myself. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Directly he told me I had the ship searched, but not a trace of the fellow could I discover. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Ardita’s face became suddenly radiant, and with a little laugh she went swiftly to young Moreland and looked up at him without a trace of wrath in her gray eyes. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald