Phrases with "voices"

Anthony Trollope But Mr Wharton did not like sweet voices and mellow, soft words, — at least not from men’s mouths. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

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

Robert Louis Stevenson As I came by the doors of the hall, another sound arrested me — of voices talking. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Over Mardykes Hall there was a gloom — no sound of children’s voices was heard there, and even the hope of that merry advent had died out. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Charles Dickens As they passed behind the church, they heard voices near at hand, and presently came on those who had spoken. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim As he crossed the hall he heard the sound of voices raised in altercation. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Elizabeth Gaskell But the maid either forgot, or dreaded, to return; and with nervous impatience Mrs. Carson came down herself, and had traced the hum and buzz of voices to the servants’ hall. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

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

Gaston Leroux Suddenly he heard two voices in rapid conversation. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

The voices of the lost group reached him after the manner of men’s voices in a gale, in shreds and fragments of forlorn shouting snatched past the ear. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Sinclair Lewis It was dark, chill, unfriendly and, to the boy, reared to the lights and cheery voices of the city, even though he hated them, it was appallingly lonely. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

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]

H. G. Wells Where could he have got that toga?” A faint sound of voices calling reached them. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Both of them had dropped their voices to a low key, not to disturb the letter-writer. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

George Gissing Within the building, which showed light through all its long windows, a religious meeting was in progress, and hundreds of voices peeled forth a rousing hymn, fortified with deeper organ-note. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Mark Twain The boys cried out to each other, but the roaring wind and the booming thunder-blasts drowned their voices utterly. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

You told me that you had seen some sort of visions, and heard voices —” “I talked with your grandfather’s ghost,” interpolated his aunt with abrupt firmness. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Elizabeth Gaskell They had presently enough to do in rendering offices of assistance to the ladies who thronged in, and whose voices drowned all the muffled sound of the band Ruth had longed so much to hear. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Virginia Woolf Then she got up to go into the bedroom to pack their things, but hearing voices downstairs and thinking that Dr. Holmes had perhaps called, ran down to prevent him coming up. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

George Meredith The voices of these alien women thrilled the fray and were a Bardic harp to Lord Fleetwood. He dropped a pleasant word on the heads in the curricle. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

There were silvery peals of laughter, and bird-like voices gave vent to exclamations of pleasure. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Virginia Woolf And voices went on over her head. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Henry Handel Richardson Only their own voices broke the silence. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins The voices of the officers were audible, giving the words of command. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Anthony Trollope The door had been left partly open, so that she could hear the sound of voices and steps across the inner hall or billiard-room. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The next morning, the Owls — fast asleep in charge of the Constitution — were roused by voices of featherless beings all round them. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Henry Handel Richardson It was followed by an exodus from the rooms round about; there was a sound of voices and of feet. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Margaret Oliphant The voices bounded in the air without conveying any sense to her mind. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

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

Ann Radcliffe Not a sound mingled with the holy strain, and even in the measured pause of voices only the trembling of the foliage above was distinguished. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

D. H. Lawrence The voices of those at table are softer and more reminiscent than at haytime. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Nathaniel Hawthorne They recognized the voices which, a little while ago, had accorded and sung in cadence with their own. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

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]

I heard the telephone ring off sharply, and then there was a perfect babel of voices in the garden. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

H. G. Wells After a day or so he got used to hearing our voices without seeing us, and willingly admitted he was at home, and that Wade was right in what he told him. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Kate Chopin The voices were hushed under the shed. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

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]

George Elio Caterina, seated at work in her own room, heard the rolling of the wheels, followed presently by the opening and shutting of doors, and the sound of voices in the corridors. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

They wanted nothing in the world but their old sand-beds and shelters and little fires, the smell of their own home area, every secret familiar to them, and the voices of their own kind. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Arthur Morrison But indeed both voices were indistinct, and I could not distinguish one from the other. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

F. Scott Fitzgerald At the moment when Josephine swung her legs out the window, there was the sound of voices outside the door and the key turned again in the lock. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Charles Kingsley Jovial voices are chatting round the fire. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Sinclair Lewis It did go on! Their voices were monotonous, thick, emphatic. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

F. Scott Fitzgerald With his black hair wet and shining, he made a handsome little figure as he turned in upon the familiar but now re-enchanted lawn and joined the voices in the gathering darkness. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Arnold Bennett Then the high treble of children’s voices startled her. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

The July sunshine blazed hot upon the window, and the voices of croquêt-players in adjacent gardens rose shrill upon the summer air. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle Their voices had sounded in brisk talk as he had entered, but this had tailed off to mere constraint and formalities. The Colonel’s Choice by Arthur Conan Doyle

Algernon Blackwood For prudence is of the mind, but desire is of the soul, and while his brain of today whispered wariness, voices in his heart of long ago shouted commands that he knew he must obey with joy. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Charles Dickens Who stops? Anybody?” A good many fingers pointed at me, and a good many voices cried “He does!” For it was the year when you were all away; and rather low I was about it, I can tell you. The Schoolboy’s Story by Charles Dickens [1853]

As to Gibbs ——” The voices died out of hearing. A Life of Trouble by Ellen Wood [1870]

He tiptoed back to the kitchen on noiseless feet, and cocking his ear to listen, he heard the murmur of women’s voices in the parlour. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

I’ve adjudicated these things for years to voices not in the same class as yours. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Rudyard Kipling The voices of the singers at the harmonium were held down by the awnings, and came to us with force. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

I could hear voices in the little hall, and that stopped me short. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Conte Rusca and little Ghisolfi will be delighted to be able to shew off their harsh voices to so brilliant an assembly. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Arthur Conan Doyle We joined our voices in a cry for aid, but no answer came back except the howling of the wind. The Fate of the Evangeline by Arthur Conan Doyle

Willa Cather His watch said 12:10; could anything have miscarried up there? Suddenly, voices above, a clatter of boots on the shale. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Algernon Blackwood The voices reached him very faintly, merged now in a general murmur. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

The voices are very different. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins Were they going to besiege the back door now? I had hardly asked myself that question when I heard their voices at the other side of the house. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

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]

Alfred Tennyson We crossed the street and gained a petty mound Beyond it, whence we saw the lights and heard the voices murmuring. The Princess by Alfred Tennyson [1847]

Jules Verne These joyous strains roused up the sleepers whether they would or no, and their voices soon swelled the chorus. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Virginia Woolf A roar of voices sounded from behind the door of the supper room. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

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]

The voices and the questions came from whom they would in the awe-stricken terror of those first moments of overwhelming horror and surprise. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Edith Wharton There was a slight interval, and a sound of voices in the hall; then Miss Painter’s vigorous hand was on the door. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

H. G. Wells In the darkness the sound of firing ceased and the roar of feet and voices lulled. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Thomas Hardy Here she idly occupied herself for a few minutes, till finding no notice was taken of her she retraced her steps through the house to the front, where she listened for voices in the parlour. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

D. H. Lawrence He saw its lights shining yellow, and he held back, wishing he need not go in, to confront those people, to hear the turmoil of voices and to feel the confusion of other presences. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Morrison The room was bare and empty, and their steps and voices resounded as those of people in an unfurnished house. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Percy Bysshe Shelley The moonbeam played upon its surface—he started at his own reflected image—he thought that voices were wafted on the western gale, and, nerved anew, pursued his course across the plain. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Rudyard Kipling Sound travels as far over sand as over water, and their voices came in to the city wall and beat against it in multiplied echoes. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Louisa May Alcott The sound of voices in the parlor rose and fell for half an hour, but what happened during that interview the girls never knew. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

James Joyce And still the voices sang in supplication to the Virgin most powerful, Virgin most merciful. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Virginia Woolf Their voices were so harsh; the accent was so hideous. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

The “horror of great darkness” is disturbed by voices and illumed by sights. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Theodore Dreiser Cracked and husky voices pronounced forcibly upon odd matters. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Behind him the voices of crashing trees filled the windless night. Phoebus on Halzaphron by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Ariadne’s voice was exceptionally fine — where all voices were excellent. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Ann Radcliffe A chorus of voices now swelled upon the air, and died away at a distance. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Wilkie Collins ABSORBED in herself, Mercy failed to notice the opening door or to hear the murmur of voices in the conservatory. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I had paused at the entrance to put some small question to the sentry, when I heard the crash of a chair in this room, and two voices broke out in fierce altercation. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

I don’t remember nothing, since I was tramping up the lane, till your voices came. Losing Lena by Ellen Wood [1868]

There was a din of voices a little distance away. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Ere the distribution of good things commenced, a brief grace was pronounced by Mr. Hall, and sung by the children: their young voices sounded melodious, even touching, in the open air. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The negroes had gathered together on the deck and their voices rose together in a haunting melody that soared in poignant harmonics toward the moon. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rudyard Kipling The voices and the wings were still busy after lunch, when the car slipped past the tea-houses in the drive, and came into a country where women and children worked among the crops. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

Thomas Hardy The light shining from the open door, a sound of men’s voices within, proclaimed to them as they approached the house that some new events had arisen in their absence. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

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]

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

Now and then I thought I heard their voices in the back drawing-room. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The lights grow brighter as the earth lurches away from the sun, and now the orchestra is playing yellow cocktail music, and the opera of voices pitches a key higher. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

M. P. Shiel A noise of voices brawling afar was brought her on the breeze, in whose embroilment after a minute her ear seemed to hear insistently: “Send the white men away!”—and she became deadly pale. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Anthony Trollope We will do anything for her,” said different voices in the crowd. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan Distant voices arose under the trees, a confused sound, the noise of an approaching crowd; for Mederic had, in the course of his rounds carried the news from door to door. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Machen The voices of the passengers sank away, the street was endued with a grave and reverent expectation. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Henry Handel Richardson Impatiently she shook her head and turned to listen to voices in the passage. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope They were there holding high debate on matters evidently of deep interest at Plumstead Episcopi, and the voices of the boys had been heard before the lodge gate was closed. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

It was the sound of voices on the roof, and of footsteps drawing nearer through the very next valley of leads and tiles. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

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

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

H. G. Wells She then begins to talk very rapidly, usually in voices other than her own. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Faint and distant the chanting rolled forth from the side-aisles and the dark recesses of the chapels, as though the earth were giving answer to the angel voices of the chorister-boys. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

This was fiery stuff, stronger than their accustomed ale, so it was no wonder if soon their voices were loosed. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

The voices of children who were hidden by the thick bushes rose up from the garden and the causeway. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Virginia Woolf It reaches out to the memory of other Augusts — in Bayreuth, listening to Wagner; in Rome, walking over the Campagna; in London. Friends’ voices come back. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

They waited thus nearly an hour, the sky ever increasing in brilliancy, and the sounds of voices and tramp of hurrying feet growing with every minute. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

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]

Henry James He was not listening to the policeman or to the organ now, for the sound of voices had reached him from the other side of the door. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Wilkie Collins I heard in the tempest sounds which mysteriously interrupted, or mingled with, my answers, voices supernaturally warning me of my enemy, each time that I spoke to him. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Anne Bronte Scarcely had I reached it, when a sound of voices arrested my breathless speed. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

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]

George Elio The most resolute soul will now and then cast back a yearning look in treading the rough mountain-path, away from the greensward and laughing voices of the valley. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

James Joyce The noise of children at play annoyed him and their silly voices made him feel, even more keenly than he had felt at Clongowes, that he was different from others. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

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

A large amount of matter must have fallen, for I could not hear the voices of the men. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Arthur Morrison Further along, two women eat fish with their fingers and discoursed personalities in voices which ran strident through the uproar, as the odor of their snack asserted itself in the general fetor. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

William Morris A little while she lay there happily, hearkening the voices of the nightingales in the brake, and then she fell into a dreamless sleep, unbroken till the short night passed into day. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Do you hear — you woman — there! Get up!” Several voices cried together. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Insistent voices called for Grant. He slipped across and unlocked the door. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Receding voices called still; they poured onwards to the martyrdom. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Thomas Wolfe And the tumult of voices was united in variations of a single chorus — speculation and real estate. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

From the road, on the other side of the wall hard by, she heard the sound of two young voices murmuring together. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Gaston Leroux Their voices penetrated the wall; and it was always an actress called Christine Daae that was in question. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

George Gissing Their voices quivered, and their eyes had an unnatural brightness. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

D. H. Lawrence They were small shadows whose footsteps and voices could be heard, but in each of them the same night, the same silence. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence And it was their voices which affected Gudrun almost to swooning. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle Her delay rendered her a little late, however; but on reaching the withered oak she heard voices and steps in front of her, which she had followed. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

H. G. Wells It was in the cellar that he first became aware of the return of Uncle Jim. He became aware of him as a voice, a voice not only hoarse, but thick, as voices thicken under the influence of alcohol. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

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]

Isabella Bird These thready zigzags ended on what appeared to be a precipice, from the foot of which human voices came up, shouting to me to dismount. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

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]

Anthony Trollope What is wanted now are the voices of true patriots loud enough to reach the people. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Their voices were instantly depressed, and their heads bent closely towards each other. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Women are generally thought to possess sweeter voices than men, and as far as this serves as any guide, we may infer that they first acquired musical powers in order to attract the other sex. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

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]

She had been closeted with the Squire for an hour, during which time the sound of their alternate voices in scorn and anger had never ceased. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The state must consider the poor man, and all voices must speak for him. Man The Reformer by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

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

At night they went away; their camp could not be far off, as we continually heard the sounds of voices and could see their camp fires. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

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]

Willa Cather If you’re interested in Thea’s voice, for instance, or in voices in general, that interest is just the same, even if your mining stocks go down. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

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]

George Gissing A sound of voices came from within, and on entering he perceived that Biffen was engaged with a pupil. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

William Makepeace Thackeray Presently you hear the clear voices of little children praising God; and here comes a mother wringing her hands and asking for succour for her lad, who was but a child the other day. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Guy de Maupassan The wood was filled with people, and a continuous hum of voices rose up under the tangled foliage of the tall trees. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

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

Then with faltering voices they told of how their father had gone the night before to the Harehope shepherd’s, who was his cousin, and proposed returning in the morn. The Black Fishers by John Buchan

Formerly it disentangled itself by forty solo voices yelling forty unrelated recitatives in forty different keys. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Algernon Blackwood Half an hour later the island was silent as the grave, but for the mournful voices of the wind as it sighed up from the sea. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Mary Webb This very night she had forgotten to lean out and listen as of old to the soft voices of the trees. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

It was not that the speakers were of set purpose hushing their voices — they used an ordinary tone for intimate discussion — but the glass and curtain deadened the actual words. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

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

H. G. Wells Then, listening intently, we heard coming through the trees the sound of voices and footsteps approaching us. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Rudyard Kipling The Fountain of Power is a gutter which all may defile; and the voices of the men are overborne by the squealings of mules and the whinnying of barren mares. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Anthony Trollope The occasional knocking of the balls, and the continued sound of voices was to be heard from the other room. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Arnold Bennett The sounds of the front-door bell and of voices in the hall were followed by the proud entrance of Auntie Hamps herself into the dining-room. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

She walked back towards the marquee, whence the sound of voices and laughter grew louder as the sun sank across the broad expanse of moorland. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

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

Marjorie Bowen As he did so the sound of voices made him pause. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

He was disturbed in his sleep by voices talking in the room. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sigmund Freud De Sanctis and Tissie record similar observations (the equivalent of a paranoic dream in an alcoholic, voices accusing a wife of infidelity). The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

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]

James Joyce And then there came out upon the air the sound of voices and the pealing anthem of the organ. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

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

Virginia Woolf Crosby was coming; he could hear voices in the hall. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Arthur Conan Doyle There only remained the young lad, Johnny Alspaye, who stood shaking with fear, an abyss below him, and the voices of those who would hurl him over it behind. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

George Meredith Mrs. Peter Yatt touched the notes for voices at the piano. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Elizabeth Gaskell He turned to the right, into the court where he lodged with Alice Rose. There was a light still burning there, and cheerful voices were heard. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

My God! this double murder is perhaps already expiated!” While she was speaking thus, the sound of voices and of horses drew the attention of the captain. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

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]

H. G. Wells The pattering grew more distinct, and then I caught the same queer sound and voices I had heard in the Under-world. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Edith Wharton The sound of steps and voices outside had ceased. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

George Gissing So many other voices claimed her ear; those that murmured graceful things in bright drawing-rooms, those that flattered insidiously when she was enjoying her triumphs. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

H. G. Wells Mysterious voices spoke to him in his ear, jerking the words up to him by means of megaphones, in a weird and startling ipanner, in a great variety of languages. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Henry James The voices were American, however, with a difference; and I had no hesitation in assigning the softer and clearer sound to the pale thin gentleman, whom I decidedly preferred to his comrade. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

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]

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

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]

The voices of the children died away in the distance; and a quivering silence fell. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

What passed within I know not; but I heard the voices of the two speakers raised in loud and angry altercation. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope Many voices at once attempted to restrain him, and one or two put their hands upon him to keep him back, but he was too quick for them, and now stood upon the ledge of rock. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I listened breathlessly for some warning of what they were going to do next, but their voices seemed to die away in the distance. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Some on us a’most cracks our voices at it. The Syllabub Feast by Ellen Wood [1875]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Beyond her, I could see lights, and I could hear the whispering voices of people creeping up the stairs. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

They declared in hoarse drunken voices that they were thirsty and wanted drinks. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Robert Louis Stevenson I approached a great oak which grew in the meadow, hard by the river’s brink; when to my disgust the voices of children fell upon my ear, and I beheld a house round the angle on the other bank. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Just, however, as we were about to turn the corner that separated us from it, a sudden sound of voices caused us to hesitate. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

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

Guy de Maupassant Every time we pass over a village the noise of children’s voices is heard above the rest and with the greatest distinctness. The Trip of Le Horla (Le Voyage du Horla) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was a crowd round the Gruner Mann public-house, and a dozen excited voices were explaining the circumstances to the curé, who had arrived just before us. A Pastoral Horror by Arthur Conan Doyle

H.P. Lovecraft Seems they get a queer crowd there, for this fellow heard voices in other rooms — though most of ’em was empty — that gave him the shivers. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Thomas Carlyle The Greeks fabled of Sphere–Harmonies: it was the feeling they had of the inner structure of Nature; that the soul of all her voices and utterances was perfect music. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

H. G. Wells Metallic voices were shouting “Victory!” Yes it was “Victory!” He stood up also with the light of a desperate hope in his eyes. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

George Meredith She was listening to voices at the door. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

So far it had not been difficult, for his nature was not one to do things by halves, but now— Old voices out of the past, which he had thought long dead, rose out of forgotten graves to urge him on. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]