Phrases with "voices"

Hence, these latter monkeys probably use their voices as a mutual call; and this is certainly the case with some quadrupeds, for instance the beaver. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Edgar Allan Poe Murder, then, has been committed by some third party; and the voices of this third party were those heard in contention. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

F. Scott Fitzgerald Lying so, she first heard their voices and felt their feet skirt her body and their shapes pass between the sun and herself. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

E. Phillips Oppenheim A dreamy little corner of the world, it seemed to Mr. Huitt as he sat there listening to the thump of the balls against the rackets and the laughing voices of the players. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

There was the provocation at the card-table, the quarrel was renewed out on the balcony, as evidenced by the raised voices heard by Mr. Gauntry, and the major was found dead an hour afterwards. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Wilkie Collins All voices can be more or less effectually disguised by a whisper but a laugh carries the revelation of its own identity with it. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

There was a confused rejoicing in the rustle of the trees, in the flying voices of the children playing and rolling in the grass. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

When the quavering voices were raised other voices joined in derisively. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

At the same moment I heard the shuffling feet and the low, excited young voices on the other side of the door, and a faint light shone round Raffles’s wrist. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Looks that he had long forgotten were fixed upon him once more; voices long since hushed in death sounded in his ears like the music of village bells. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Henry Handel Richardson She could not remain there, by herself, to meet two young men, one of whom was a stranger: steps and voices were already audible at the end of the passage. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Elizabeth Gaskell Knives and forks, cups and saucers made a noise, but human voices were still, for human beings were hungry and had no time to speak. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

George Gissing And this is one of the cases in which a number of voices may possibly prevail, though one or two are ineffectual. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Then came quick footsteps over the gravel, and the murmur and voices grew louder. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

H. Rider Haggard Stay a while, Leonard!” He sank back exhausted, and at that moment a gust of wind, fiercer than any which had gone before, leapt down the mountain gorges, howling with all the voices of the storm. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Virginia Woolf Their eyes became deeper, and their voices more cordial. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

The voices sounded very distinctly in that dilapidated old house. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

I wanted to hear the voices of my fellow-men. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was no sentry but the wind had ceased its sobbing for a moment and from the road came the sound of voices and the hurrying of feet. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Edith Wharton She crossed the vestibule, and heard voices and the tramping of feet in the darknessthen saw a lantern gleam. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

At last the voices died away, and the hideous cries of the besiegers ceased. Thirteen at Table by Mór Jókai

Gertrude Stein She went to a place where some were cultivating something, voices and other things needing cultivating. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Anthony Trollope Against this three or four rigid disciplinarians had raised their voices — and as a result, no young man up at Trinity could get leave to be away on the Derby pretext. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe Upon reaching the first landing, heard two voices in loud and angry contention-the one a gruff voice, the other much shriller — a very strange voice. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

H.P. Lovecraft This, however, ceased almost at once; so that my really clear impressions begin with the voices heard from the study below. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Katherine Mansfield As she sat at supper the Man and the Frau seemed to swell to an immense size as she watched them, and then become smaller than dolls, with little voices that seemed to come from outside the window. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

George Borrow As we passed along the dirty unpaved street which leads to the Largo, or square in which the inn is situated, a horrible uproar of drums and voices assailed our ears. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

No voices were to be heard then; no sounds. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Florence Dixie Then came the sound of horses’ hoofs, and brushing through the tall furze, two horsemen galloped straight towards our camp, followed, as the sound of voices told us, by the rest of the party. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

The voices of the boys were still heard, but at a distance. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

Charles Dickens Since I knew you, I have been troubled by a remorse that I thought would never reproach me again, and have heard whispers from old voices impelling me upward, that I thought were silent for ever. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

I heard the low hum of voices from the cavalrymen by the stream, but they were three hundred yards off and could not see us. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Rudyard Kipling They bore themselves with swing and rampant delight in life, while their voices as they talked in the side-caverns among the stands of arms were the controlled voices of civilization. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle A babel of voices rose from the door, The workers wished to bring their dogs in free. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Edith Wharton She moved restlessly about the office, listening to the rise and fall of the two voices on the other side of the partition without once wondering what they were discussing. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

The contagion spread until ten million billions of voices were chanting in unison, and uncountable multitudes were listening between their pangs. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Arthur Machen He passed into the chill breath of the brook, and almost fancied he heard two voices speaking in its murmur; there seemed a ceaseless utterance of words, an endless argument. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

H. G. Wells Their voices would recede into the twilight; one would hear a laugh at the memory of this particularly salient incident or that. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Virginia Woolf Voices rose when a child was beaten, and fell again; voices rose in song, which slid up a little way and down a little way, and settled again upon the same low and melancholy note. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Thomas Hardy Their footsteps and their cheerful voices died away; the bell rang for lunch; and she went in. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Anthony Trollope Rachel was in the middle of the fray, and some voices were addressed also to her; but her presence of mind was gone, and she never could remember what she said on the occasion. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

E. T. A. Hoffmann Soon I seemed to hear the strains of a solemn chorale floating in the air; the sounds continued to grow more distinct; I realised the fact that they were men’s voices chanting a church chorale. The Cremona Violin by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Rudyard Kipling The silence closed again, but it seemed to me that I heard a sound of singing — the sort of chant one hears in nightmare-cities of voices crying from underground. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

Ford Madox Ford The men’s voices went on in a mournful cadence. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Arthur Conan Doyle Sitting in the billiard-room I more than once heard the sound of voices raised, and I had a pretty good idea what the point was which was under discussion. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

William Morris There he abode amidst the hazels, hearkening every littlest sound; and the sounds were nought but the night voices of the wood, till suddenly there burst forth from the house a great wailing cry. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

As I lay blindfolded on that couch I felt mysterious hands and voices plucking on my behalf at the barrier of the years and breaking it down. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Presently, however, the trumpets brayed louder—the voices grew hoarser—the heads bowed lower—the name of Allàh rang out faster and faster, fiercer and fiercer. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

H. G. Wells Mrs. Lee suddenly cried out, “Here they come! Here they come!” and simultaneously the hall resonated with children’s voices and the yapping of a Skye terrier. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

H.P. Lovecraft This building stood clear of any other; yet judging by the different voices heard at odd times within, it must have been accessible through secret passages beneath. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

And is Clarissa happy? Yes, if happiness can be found in children’s voices and a good man’s unchanging affection. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Olaf Stapledon And because of their continued misery, and because the men of money were seen to be creeping back into power, some bitter voices affirmed that liberation had proved a mockery. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling But what was he doing, that he could not trouble to write? A murmur of voices in the road made her lean from the window. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Leon Trotsky In the meantime, voices were raised in the Social Democratic press insisting on the necessity of granting me the right of asylum. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Sinclair Lewis Their voices united in a swelling whisper. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling They gave them red wine and then white, and the voices rose slightly with the maidens’ cheek flushes. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

He thought of it this evening, as Mary and he lowered their voices on drawing near Lady Maulevrier’s door. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

I was passing in front of it when the voices rose upon the air. Reality or Delusion? by Ellen Wood [1868]

I know people who will keep the radio playing all through a meal and at the same time continue talking just loudly enough for the voices and the music to cancel out. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins The voices of her mother and her sister talked gently in the fragrant country stillness, and the garden-walks at Combe-Raven opened once more on her view. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Edith Wharton Branches of oleander swung in the air, devout cries hailed the approach of the Black Madonna’s canopy, and hoarse voices swelled to a roar the measured litanies of the friars. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

W. W. Jacobs The “Rivers of Europe” had fallen beneath the table, and were entirely forgotten until the sounds of many feet and many voices in the garden recalled them to a sense of their position. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Come, and be mine! — myriads of voices summon you — hear and obey them! Their voices thunder in the echoes of mine — their fires flash from my eyes, and blaze in my heart. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

And from the solitudes of the mournful fen afar voices of lamentation floated on the night: wild wailing cries and sobbing noises and long moans rising and falling and quivering down to silence. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Guy de Maupassan Thenceforth he saw before him only a fairy spectacle, filled with pretty little songs, and actors of talent whose voices were all he listened to. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells Then it seemed to each of them that the other had become endowed with many hands and several voices and great accessions of strength. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Radclyffe Hall They sang it together, those two black brethren, and their voices suggested a multitude of shouting. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Then Hardacre was upon the point of opening the shed door to get away as quickly as he could when, to his terror, he heard the sounds of a car stopping and laughter and merry voices just outside. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Such voices rarely, if ever, issue from any but beautiful forms. The Golden Ingot by Fitz James O’Brien

At the moment of the elevation of the Host, voices were hushed, heads uncovered, and a few even bowed the knee and made the sign of the cross. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

H. G. Wells Will you go with Christabel?” The conversation about the fire checked and ceased with the sound of voices above and the faint rustle of skirts. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Sir Walter Scott Then she resumed her song, and awaited the approach of those whose voices had been heard without. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The room in which we find ourselves is empty, but the voices evidently come from an inner chamber adjoining it, and separated only by a curtain, which is now partially pushed back. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Guy de Maupassan What should he do? He heard their voices and their conversation. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

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

Robert Green Ingersoll We hear the sounds of preparation — the music of boisterous drums — the silver voices of heroic bugles. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

There was a sound of voices near at hand. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Virginia Woolf Your voices sound like trees creaking in a forest. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

The arrival of any unexpected visitor always frightened him; so it was nothing unusual for him to get up from his chair and go to the door of the room to listen for the sound of voices in the hall. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Robert Green Ingersoll In times of great disaster, called it may be, by the despairing voices of women, men, denounced by the church as totally depraved, rush to death as to a festival. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Meredith Alien voices round the ships, Thick as water, shouting Home. Argives, pale as midnight foam, Wax before her awful lips: White as stars that front the gloom. Poems from the volume entitled “Modern Love” by George Meredith [1862]

Anthony Trollope There was a sudden rise of voices striving to interrupt the Captain, as it was felt by them all that Mr. Masters must be in possession of information; but the Captain himself went on. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson A little before them, the sound of voices had been some while audible, and now grew louder and more distinct with every step of their advance. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

The voices in the courtyard rose at times into an outburst of calls, replies, and laughter, and then died away into a silence that soon was broken again by a fresh clamour. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Arnold Bennett The door of the drawing-room was ajar, and the chatter of thin feminine voices could be heard within. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

H. G. Wells He was one of those people whose faces flush, whose eyes wander off from you and whose voices get higher in pitch at the slightest need for elucidation. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Elizabeth Gaskell While I was in the inner room with him, I heard the Miss Tomkinsons’ voices outside. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Rudyard Kipling More voices were raised and feet began to beat time. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Zona Gale St. George led the way and entered the bare, unclean passage where discordant voices and the odours of cooking wrought together to poison the air. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Anthony Trollope The officers were chiefly young men; and a greater babel of voices was, I’ll undertake to say, never heard from a banqueting-hall than came from our dinner-table. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Their voices sank to a confused murmur, which grew lower and lower, until at last absolute silence reigned. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

The steps and voices subsided. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

H. G. Wells The voices and occasional laughter came through the shop to my mother alone within. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Edith Wharton Suddenly voices sounded in the road below — a man’s speech flecked with girlish laughter. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Theodore Dreiser Because of the stillness of the building at this hour he could hear their muffled voices speaking alternately, and once Stephanie singing the refrain of a song. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

William Morris The noise of the horse-hoofs, after growing nearer and nearer, had ceased suddenly, and a confused murmur of voices had taken the place of it. A Dream of John Ball by William Morris [1888]

With his face excited and eager, he was preparing his question, when, through the door which led to Madame Desvarennes’s office, a confused murmur of voices was heard. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

H. G. Wells He heard the song break into a tumult of voices and cease. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch There [she says]— hark ‘ee now — there he goes agen! But you won’t hear no cheering any more, for few are left to cheer, and their voices weak. The Roll-Call of the Reef by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

The atmosphere was vibrant with voices and laughter and the chinking of glasses. In Normandy by Ella D'Arcy [1904]

Henry James The play was in progress, the actors’ voices came straight into the box, and it was impossible to speak without disturbing them. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Hark their merry voices as they toss up the water with their feet! They have not seen me. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

H. G. Wells The voices of the crowd swelled to a deafening tumult. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

James Joyce A feeble creature like a monkey was there, drawn thither by the sound of voices at the fire. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

But the wide stone hall was between him and that apartment; and however loudly the voices might have been uplifted, no breath of them could have reached the surgeon’s ear. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Henry James Rowland was turning away, when he heard a sound of voices rising up from below. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

It was caught by the crowd and echoed, and in another moment light laughter was running about, with chattering voices and gesturing hands. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Thomas Hardy On drawing near to the furze-covered bank and ditch which fortified the captain’s dwelling he could hear voices within, signifying that operations had been already begun. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

There was a great murmur of voices which continued to draw near, amid which she seemed to hear her own name pronounced. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Edgar Allan Poe After that, the sound of the inquisitorial voices seemed merged in one dreamy indeterminate hum. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

Sinclair Lewis All the hundred voices were woven into a blanket of sound that covered Cass and choked him. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells Their voices rose to shouts and sank to passionate intensity as their life-long habits of national egotism reasserted themselves. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Thomas Hardy Having heard their voices while yet some way off he had ridden creepingly forward, and learnt enough to satisfy himself. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

And then the voices ceased, and they understood that they had been overheard in their turn. The Secret Rose by William Butler Yeats [1897]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Eve. The voices of foreshown Humanity Die off;—so let me die. A Drama of Exile by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1844]

Their voices were quite different, too. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

But as she stood there, voices in conversation broke upon her ear. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

One door which he tried refused to open, and the voices were coming nearer. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope He tells us that we may not hope that our fame shall be heard of on the other side of the Ganges, or that our voices shall come down through many years. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Marjorie Bowen The theatre was crowded and the air close and heavy; a continual murmur of voices rose from the pit, laughter, snatches of song, and whispers. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Certain effects — an agreeable warmth, a delicate stillness, an echoless silence — gave our voices unaccustomed tone; at least, the listener fancied so. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Kate Chopin Within the precincts of her home she felt like one who has entered and lingered within the portals of some forbidden temple in which a thousand muffled voices bade her begone. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

A. E. W. Mason Their words—yes—their words tell me to visit specialists in Europe, and not lose heart, but their voices give the lie to their words. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Her soft slippers bore her noiselessly down the carpeted hall, but hearing voices inside she stopped near the partly openers door. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

He heard their voices crying in the court: “We have got him — we have brought him. Signa by Ouida

E. Phillips Oppenheim She heard muffled voices in the hall, she heard Powers enter an adjoining room, and close the door behind him. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I heard windows thrown open, voices calling questions, feet running. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

John Galsworthy She reached the verandah, and was passing in, but stopped at the sound of voices from the drawing-room to her left. To Let by John Galsworthy

The footsteps and voices passed and Athol whispered gleefully, “Just what we wanted! It couldn’t be better,” and he made to take Mary in his arms. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Where Penelope sat with her book, she heard the continuous murmur of voices below, and after a long interval she heard her mother descend. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Suddenly they heard voices — two or three voices talking excitedly and all together — and then a shrill sweet cry in a voice they both knew so well. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope To sit easily on a sofa and listen to the buzz of voices was life and society to her. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Virginia Woolf She heard the clatter of knives and the chatter of voices in the day nursery across the passage. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Virginia Woolf Their voices impetuously, impatiently, protestingly came across the hall saying: “The train’s late”; saying: “Keep it hot”; saying: “We won’t, no Candish, we won’t wait. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

A. E. W. Mason A muffled sound of voices came from the other side of the door panels, but the hall itself was silent. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Anthony Trollope Such was always the case at Barchester, as the musical education of the choir had been good, and the voices had been carefully selected. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

From the darkness behind us we could catch the subdued voices of our followers, varied now and again by the occasional snorting and stamping of the picketed ponies. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

The voices sounded now and then, subdued and cautious, and there were no more outbursts of jovial laughter. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Ann Radcliffe Presently he heard a piercing shriek, and at the same instant the voices of the ruffians grew loud and violent. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Sir Walter Scott The pleading tones of one of the sweetest voices he had ever heard, still rung in his ear, though it seemed that sleep had now fettered the tongue of the speaker. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Ford Madox Ford Now there speaks Edith Ethel Macmaster! A lot of voices passing behind his head. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Washington Irving They are given to all kinds of marvellous beliefs; are subject to trances and visions; and frequently see strange sights, and hear music and voices in the air. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

The four young pigs who had protested when Napoleon abolished the Meetings raised their voices timidly, but they were promptly silenced by a tremendous growling from the dogs. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Sister Soulsby, lying in sleepy quiescence, heard vague sounds of voices at the front door, and did not feel interested enough to lift her head and listen. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

They made no request to enter, but catechised Rosalie in such loud voices that they could be heard through the thin partitions. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

The rest of my letters need no remark; I smiled over some and blushed over others — all were voices from a life which was infinitely far away. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Our voices took a dreary tone, An echo of the dungeon stone, A grating sound, not full and free, As they of yore were wont to be: It might be fancy—but to me They never sounded like our own. The Prisoner of Chillon by Byron [1816]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Cheerful voices broke in upon the chill and unnatural silence. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

F. Scott Fitzgerald There were whispers and soft voices and, apparently from afar, the gentle tremolo of a small organ. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Arthur Conan Doyle From the slope below us rose the voices of the Indians as they laughed and sang. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Other voices took up the strain, and the same words were repeated again and again in every-varying alternation, until the song died away like the soft breath of the wind as it were. The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Sinclair Lewis Now he discovered the mystery of the dark; saw the prairies wide-flung and misty beneath the moon, heard the voices of grass and cottonwoods and drowsy birds. Young Man Axelbrod by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling There was a light in the temple, and as we passed, we could hear voices of men chanting hymns. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I heard your voices as you walked up and down with him. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Algernon Blackwood I saw the figures and heard the voices and touched, yes touched their very hands, and saw their damned black faces, saw them far more plainly than I see you now. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Now he heard the voices of people near, emerging from a low theatre in a street at the right. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Several voices cried out together: “We are all on deck, sir. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

Loud voices and a renewed uproar were raised in front of the boarding-house. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Happy voices were heard approaching, and Savinien, followed by Marechal and Suzanne, came briskly up the steps. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

F. Scott Fitzgerald As he mounted the brick step and rang the bell he became aware of voices inside, and he was glad he was not too late. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Then he lighted a fresh cigar and started on, but their voices were already growing faint in the distance. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

George Gissing Five minutes more of anguish, and the voices were again audible, approaching, at the door. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope We all know how silent on such matters are the voices of all in the bereft household, from the hour of death till that other hour in which the body is consigned to its kindred dust. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

H.P. Lovecraft Things — presences or voices of some sort — could be drawn down from unknown places as well as from the grave, and in this process also one must be careful. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The music which pealed softly through the great building, the distant voices of the choir, the intoning of the priest—everything seemed blended together towards a wonderful peace. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Their voices sounded quite plain and distinct, and for this reason I judged that they could not have been more than fifty yards from us. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

H. G. Wells Only the sounds of footsteps and voices and laughter, that came fitfully rising and falling from the roadway, and an intermittent hammering in the darkened dwelling, broke the silence. The Chronic Argonauts by H. G. Wells [1888]

Robert Louis Stevenson There should be no cackle of voices at your elbow, to jar on the meditative silence of the morning. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence He just sucked his pipe and stared in the fire, while the sea boomed outside, and the voices of the women were heard eager in the bedrooms. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

How fresh their voices had been, how fresh and how sweet! But when he came to his love-making, fear snatched her back to attention. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Soon they were heard returning, and the voices grew distinct as their forms came out of the gloom. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Guy de Maupassan The more people came in, the more one had to shout in order to overcome the noise of voices and the rattling of dominoes on the marble tables. The Drunkard by Guy de Maupassan

Nellie Bly All the actors sang through their noses, and the thinner their voices and the more nasal sound they employed the more the audience applauded. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

H. G. Wells Their voices were hoarse, and they drawled and were loud and emphatic and impressive. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Rudyard Kipling Up, well up the fluke of her, and inboard haul! Well, ah fare you well, for the Channel wind’s took hold of us, Choking down our voices as we snatch the gaskets free. The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Ralph Waldo Emerson All this beneficent socialism is a friendly omen, and the swelling cry of voices for the education of the people, indicates that Government has other offices than those of banker and executioner. The Young American by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1844]

H. G. Wells Over the water could be heard the voices of the people in the still invisible boat. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

D. H. Lawrence I loved the voices of the Paladins—Rinaldo’s voice, and Orlando’s voice: the voice of men once more, men who are not to be tutored. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

A clatter of slippers and women’s voices was then immediately heard, and two young slaves came running towards me with tapers in their hands, apparently striving who should first reach me. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

The Manor House was just a little gayer than the Flemish Convent — for the voices and footsteps of the few inhabitants had a freer sound, which made the few seem more populous than the many. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Anthony Trollope And as he thought he heard the voices and the tools of the men at their work; and knew that things were being done which, for him, would never be of avail. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Algernon Blackwood And then the room filled and trembled with sounds that Harris understood full well were the failing voices of others who had preceded him in a long series down the years. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Anatole France The voices of the organ and the chorus sang the death-song. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Henry Handel Richardson It was built of stone — under a tangle of creeper — was very old, very solid: floors did not shake to your tread, and, shut within the four walls of a room, voices lost their carrying power. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

The dark, drizzly, silent night, the tall masts, the smell of the river — how strange it all seemed: and she to be there alone at such an hour! Presently she heard voices somewhere near. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Guy de Maupassan Every now and then the young woman cast an impatient glance at the dial-a glance which seemed to say: “I wish he’d be quick!” But soon there was a sound of voices beneath her feet. The Prisoners by Guy de Maupassan

And I could hear the organ wheezing and two enormous voices bellowing out the psalm. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

It brought back memories, like the voices of friends. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Virginia Woolf Then the random ribbons of birds’ voices woke her. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

When the waves divided us, and our voices could no longer reach each other, we made signals by firing pistols and carbines. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Wilkie Collins With tenderest kisses they reiterated their vows of eternal fidelity until their voices faltered and failed them. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

The danger is in Europe; but there before I left I took care to —’ They moved off and whispered, then their voices rose again. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Sir Walter Scott But the haughty and somewhat stern regularity of Fergus’s features was beautifully softened in those of Flora. Their voices were also similar in tone, though differing in the key. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

D. H. Lawrence The voices came from the front room. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Poor little Hugh, when their voices had died away, ran upstairs to get to the upper granary, and found its door fastened. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

Alas! the night passed — the dawn broke; she heard nothing but the hurried footsteps of the slaves along the hall and peristyle, and their voices in preparation for the show. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

George Eliot And the little voices calling him ‘Babbo’ were very sweet in his ears for the short while that he heard them. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

The little pages, famished with hunger, had dropped their fans on the ground, and exerted their dying voices in bitter reproaches on the Caliph, who now for the first time heard the language of truth. The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford

Willa Cather The voices came from the shelter next the gun. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Symphonious with the melody, those in the room lifted their voices in chant. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]