Phrases with "whence"

Rafael Sabatini Away with thee!” Larocque without a murmur threw a leg over the bulwarks and dropped to the oars, whence he clambered ashore as he had been bidden. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Nathaniel Hawthorne Cellars were dug on all sides and cart-loads of gravel flung upon its source, whence oozed a turbid stream, forming a mud-puddle at the corner of two streets. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

In times of strikes, when everybody is short of fuel, the miners turn out with pick and shovel and burrow into the slag-heaps, whence the hummocky appearance which most slag-heaps have. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Anthony Trollope As we go on, a question will arise as to Cicero’s income and the sources whence it came. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Thomas Hardy Here he stood, looking forth at the school, whence he could hear the usual sing-song tones of the little voices that had not learnt Creation’s groan. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells They will be asking those perennial questions of adolescencewhence and why and whither. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

His wings were broken and he seemed to sink into a bottomless abyss, whence he awoke, bathed in perspiration and nearly as much overcome as if he had really fallen. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

John Galsworthy In Granada he was fairly caught, sitting on a sun-warmed stone bench in a little battlemented garden on the Alhambra hill, whence he ought to have been looking at the view. To Let by John Galsworthy

Ann Radcliffe The familiars conducted him to the spot at which they had received him; whence the officers who had led him thither, guarded him to his prison. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Richard Burton Noon brought us to another ridge, whence we descended into a second wooded basin surrounded by hills. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

It is supposed to have been the town of Almagro in New Castile, whence his own name, for want of a better source, was derived; for, like Pizarro, he was a foundling. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

George Meredith Alas! she knew whence it came, and what its quality. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Arthur Conan Doyle Until then good-bye and good luck!” Sherlock Holmes and I walked together to the High Street, where we stopped at the shop of Harding Brothers, whence the bust had been purchased. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Washington Irving The first acquaintance he formed was with a hawk, who built his nest in a crevice of the lofty battlements, whence he soared far and wide in quest of prey. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Robert Louis Stevenson These guided her forward; until she came forth at last upon the clearing whence the smoke arose. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James You could never have said whence they came, from the appearance of either of them; wherever it was they had long ago dropped the local accent and fashion. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

H. Rider Haggard But may I see this writing?” “Certainly,” Leonard answered; and rising he went to the baggage, whence he returned presently with a lantern and the prayer-book. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Ralph Waldo Emerson How great soever have been its bounties, they are a drop to the sea whence they flow. The Method Of Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Nor did he stop until he was in the cot of the holy hermit, whence he had set out. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Andrew Lang Some were condemned to roll logs up insuperable heights, whence they descended thundering to the plain. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

H.P. Lovecraft Ezra Weeden was present at the finding; and remembering the baying of the night before, set out along Weybosset Street and across Muddy Dock Bridge whence the sound had come. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Black figures strolled about listlessly, pouring water on the glow, whence proceeded a sound of hissing; steam ascended in the moonlight, the beaten nigger groaned somewhere. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

George Gissing We must understand whence they come and whither they go—after that, what they are made of and how much they weigh. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

H.P. Lovecraft The muffled sound floated from subglacial recesses nearly opposite to the corridor whence we had come — regions manifestly in the direction of that other tunnel to the vast abyss. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

George Gissing Sympathy just now was like sunshine to her; she could not inquire whence or why it came, but was content to let it bathe her in its divine solace. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Jules Verne Enormous waves caught the schooner and carried her up to their crests, whence again she was plunged deep into the abysses that they left. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

In crossing a bridge which traversed one of these latter, in the capital, the supports gave way, and the huge mass was precipitated into the water, whence it was with difficulty recovered. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle The popular explanation is that he owes money, and has found a situation in some other part of the country, whence he will presently write for his belongings. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But whence — whence came that malevolence which your father’s conduct has so unmistakably shown? I had done him no injury, though I had suffered much. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Robert Louis Stevenson At the very corner from whence he had spied upon her interview, she came upon him, still transfixed, and —‘Ah!’ she cried, with a bright flush of colour. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle And so I left him at the door of the Inn of the Rose and Crown, whence came, I observed, a great tumult of laughter. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Bram Stoker Mimi quietly took a seat a little way apart, whence she could look on the progress of the coming storm and study its appearance throughout the whole visible circle of the neighbourhood. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Nathaniel Hawthorne See! a coach has stopped, whence emerges a slender beauty who, canopied by two umbrellas, glides within the portal and vanishes amid lightsome thrills of music. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Algernon Blackwood It was a spot held by the dwellers in some outer space, a sort of peep-hole whence they could spy upon the earth, themselves unseen, a point where the veil between had worn a little thin. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle But at last we could see whence it came, and then we knew that we were indeed very close. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Walter Scott At once, and by various voices, none of which sounded amicably, the page was required to say who he was, whence he came, his name, his errand, and who sent him hither. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Watkin Tench Every research has been made by those on the island to find a landing-place, whence it might be practicable to ship off the timber growing there, but hitherto none has been discovered. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

Anthony Trollope We do not much care to know who taught Christopher Wren to be an architect, or whence Mozart learned the art of music, or even how Canova became a sculptor. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

Do you know what these are — whence they come?” This voice boomed now like a cathedral bell. Unseen - Unfeared by Francis Stevens

Anthony Trollope He still pressed forward among the rocks, and at last came to a spot from whence he might have sprung at one leap into the ocean. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Daft Gibbie by some means or other had gained entrance, and had perched himself in a crevice of the wall, whence his long shoeless legs dangled over Chasehope’s head. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Henry Kingsley I silently turned, so that I could see whence the voices came, and perceived the hut-keeper sitting up in bed, in close confabulation with the stranger. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

M. P. Shiel I tracked the vanity and sublimity of Man to their hiding-place; I sought out the meanings of religions, whence they come, whither they go. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Pallid they were, and permeable to light like thin horn, and their hue a faint purple, even as the hue of the vapour whence they were engendered. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Through all its kingdoms, to the suburbs and outskirts of things, it is faithful to the cause whence it had its origin. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Charles Dickens Our course lay over a wide, uninclosed tract of country at a little distance from the river-side, whence the bright warning lights on the dangerous parts of the St. Lawrence shone vividly. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Charles Dudley Warner These were mighty hunters of minks and musk-rats, whence came the word Peltry. — Then the Van Nests of Kinderhoeck, valiant robbers of birds’- nests, as their name denotes. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Emerging thence, he attained a small seaport of Acarnania, called Dragomestri, whence sallying forth on the 2nd of January under the convoy of some Greek gunboats, he was nearly wrecked. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle I should recommend you to get them in Southampton, whence we will start in ten days. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Nellie Bly It is surrounded by a smooth green lawn and faces the blue sea, whence it gets a refreshing breeze all the year through. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Elizabeth Gaskell I did go on Monday afternoon, and found her on her way to that ‘bourn whence no traveller returns. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

John Locke Those I have mentioned, I think, are some of the most considerable; and such as may serve to let us see from whence we get our ideas of relations, and wherein they are founded. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

She glanced timorously to the left, whence came the sounds, and then with commendable spirit began to climb the slope. Comedy in the Full Moon by John Buchan

Rudyard Kipling One of the company looked like a Eurasian, whence I argued that he was a Mexican — a supposition that later inquiries confirmed. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Sir Walter Scott Hazlewood asked a non-commissioned officer from whence they came. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It winds through the midst of the house by flights of broad steps, each flight terminating in a square landing-place, whence the ascent is continued toward the cupola. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Ann Radcliffe The still, unvarying hours are numbered only by my sufferings! Great God! when shall I be released! But whence this strange confinement? I have never injured him. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Arthur Morrison A pane of glass in my window was smashed, and I hurried across and threw up the sash to see, if I could, whence the damage had come. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Mrs. Moffit sat in state in a big arm-chair, before a large table and desk, whence she daily dispensed joy or despair to her applicants. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

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

Andrew Lang Examining the place whence the sound proceeded, he discovered this inscription:— Esther Cox! You are mine to kill. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle At one point I was questioned by a keen-eyed toll-keeper as to whence I came, but my reply that I was riding direct from his Grace of Beaufort put an end to his suspicions. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Elizabeth Gaskell Ruth watched her down the street from an upper window, and, sighing deep and long, returned to the workroom, whence the warning voice and the gentle wisdom had departed. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

A well-looking lass, I am told?” “Why, whence come you, wyfe?” “From Tergou.” “Oh, ay. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

William Hazlitt Our poesy is as a gum, which issues From whence ’tis nourish’d. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

George Gissing As they stood in the Square, waiting for an omnibus, he kept glancing uneasily about him, especially in the direction whence they had come. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle Homer hath, I remember, a chapter or book wherein he records the names of all the Grecian chiefs and whence they came, and how many men they brought to the common muster. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

T. E. Lawrence The ballast dug out from the track I had to gather in my cloak for carriage in repeated journeys to the culvert, whence it could be tipped naturally over the shingle bed of the watercourse. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Nathaniel Hawthorne And thus we, night-wanderers through a stormy and dismal world, if we bear the lamp of Faith enkindled at a celestial fire, it will surely lead us home to that heaven whence its radiance was borrowed. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

John Locke From whence it comes to pass, that they may, and often do, fail of being exactly conformable to things themselves. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Robert Louis Stevenson It cleared up suddenly after dinner, and my wife and I saddled up and off to Apia, whence we did not return till yesterday morning. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Nathaniel Hawthorne The story ran through the town like fire among girdled trees, and became so much the universal talk that nobody could tell whence it had originated. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

George Gissing When they were in the Street of Tombs, Cecily again paused, by the sepulchre of the Priestess Mamia, whence there is a clear prospect across the bay towards the mountains. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Jules Verne He especially felt a great wish to know who was the man who had struck him, whence he came, and where he was going. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Rudyard Kipling His name was Bevin, and he had a chicken farm near Chalfont St. Giles, whence he supplied, on yearly contract, two or three high-class London hotels. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Samuel Johnson He took his degree in the most expensive manner, as a GRAND COMPOUNDER; whence it is inferred that he inherited a considerable fortune. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Arthur Morrison And Mrs. Webster, foremost in the setting right of things, undertook to find out whence the work came, and to say a few plain words in the right quarter. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Thomas Hardy At length the auction began in the room below, whence they could hear each familiar article knocked down, the highly prized ones cheaply, the unconsidered at an unexpected price. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

While affecting to comply, they had secreted their weapons in the neighbouring arsenals, whence they could readily withdraw them. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Thomas Hardy To imagine the inside of the engine-house, whence these noises proceeded, was now a necessity. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

The party then proceeded to the Sea of Galilee, whence they galloped across “their own desert” home. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

The French and Austrians made peace in 1707; and next year, Monferrato having fallen to Savoy, the Austrians entered Mantua, whence the Duke promptly fled. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Francis Bacon Some, when they take revenge, are desirous, the party should know, whence it cometh. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Thomas Hobbes From whence it follows that where the public and private interest are most closely united, there is the public most advanced. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Sir Richard Burton When all had passed muster and review, each slung on his saddlebags and bridled his own horse, and as soon as ready they rode off, led by the leader, in the direction whence they came. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

John Galsworthy Irene sat down at the piano under the electric lamp festooned with pearl-grey, and old Jolyon, in an armchair, whence he could see her, crossed his legs and drew slowly at his cigar. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

Jack London At four o’clock he executed a running jump, gained the roof of the chicken-house and leaped to the ground outside, whence he sauntered gravely to the house. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

John Locke In like manner, our simple ideas are clear, when they are such as the objects themselves from whence they were taken did or might, in a well-ordered sensation or perception, present them. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Elizabeth Gaskell No one knew whence she came, but she settled herself down in a mud hut by the common side; and there she lived, she and her cat. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Anthony Trollope The parson had not put the name of his parish, fearing that the earl, knowing from whence he came, might guess his business, and decline seeing him. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Some weeks afterwards I learned incidentally that my friend spent a day at Windsor, whence he returned with a remarkably fine emerald tie-pin. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was one o’clock when we left No. 3, Lauriston Gardens. Sherlock Holmes led me to the nearest telegraph office, whence he dispatched a long telegram. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Charles Kingsley As for the Northern flora, the question whence it came is puzzling enough. On Bio-Geology by Charles Kingsley

Ah, fiend of hell! I may still recover! I may still recover!’ Griso spoke not, nor, more than he could help, even turned in the direction whence these words proceeded. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Anthony Trollope He would vanish from the scene and betake himself to some land whence he would be neither heard nor seen, and there — starve. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan But whence had come that sensation of inexpressible, frozen contact? She roused herself, wild with terror, to look at his face. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Rudyard Kipling How is it that every one smells of money; whence come your municipal improvements; and why are the White Men so restless?’ Said the Taipan: ‘It is because the island is going ahead mightily. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

I do not see how she can rise to a position, whence such a step would be possible; but even in celibacy it would be better for her to retain the character and habits of a respectable decorous female. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Henry James In an instant he was near her on the sofa on which she had placed herself and whence she still smiled up at her husband with her air of luxurious patience. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Now whence did Borron derive his knowledge, from Jewish, Christian or Mystery sources? This is a question not very easy to decide. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

Jules Verne Without thinking of their want of provisions or the severity of the temperature, wrapped in their hoods, they were all soon advancing towards the spot whence the smoke arose in the north-east. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

He then explained whence and why he came, assuring him that he served a monarch who had princes for his vassals as powerful as the Aztec monarch himself. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

H. G. Wells True men appeared in Europe then, and we do not know whence they came. The Grisly Folk by H. G. Wells [1921]

Some time before he had been made head of the remount establishment quartered outside the kingdom in our southern provinces, whence almost all the horses for the Polish cavalry were drawn. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Anthony Trollope There he found for her a fitting home till she should be old enough to sit at his table and live in his bachelor house; and no one but old Mr Gresham knew who she was, or whence she had come. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence It was a storm of movement, whence there had been no escape. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy In the middle of this the child stopped — from a pit under the hill ahead of him shone a light, whence proceeded a cloud of floating dust and a smacking noise. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

They soon arrived at the hotel, and having entered, Mr Wopples pushed open the door of a room from whence the sound of laughter proceeded, and introduced the three strangers to his family. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Above Dalpe there is a path through the upper valley of the Piumogna, which leads to the glacier whence the river comes. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Charles Dickens But cold, wet, hunger, want of rest, and lack of any place in which to lay her aching head, soon brought her thoughts back to the point whence they had strayed. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

We took a walk up the glen whence the creek flows, and on to some hills which environ it. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Jules Verne Mr. Ward did not think it worth while to dispatch me and my men to either point whence it had been reported. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Did I not give from the altar the very flame which lit Eva’s being? Come again into the heaven whence thou wert sent. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

John Bunyan So she asked him what they were, whence they came, and whither they were bound; and he told her. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It is CECELIA. She goes to the chiffonier, looks in the drawers, hesitates — then to the desk whence she takes the cigarette-case and extracts one. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Now, dwellers afar, ocean-travellers, take from me simple advice: the sooner the better I hear of the country whence ye came. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

George Gissing Mrs. Otway already knew the fact; whence her habitual coldness to Piers, and the silent acerbity with which she behaved to him at this juncture. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

D. H. Lawrence This time they went through the door whence the girl had emerged. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

H. Rider Haggard And now the flower altar was open, and the sunlight fell full upon the tongue of sacred flame and beat it down, so that it wavered, sank, and vanished into the hollow recesses whence it rose. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

William Makepeace Thackeray And his griefwhence came his sorrow? I will tell you. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Anthony Trollope Presents still came to him from various quarters — as to which he hardly knew whence they came. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

At night, the troops usually found shelter in some town or hamlet, whence the inhabitants, in anticipation of their approach, had been careful to carry off all the provisions. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Anthony Trollope And all these lines and points of duty were well known to her, though she knew not, and had never asked herself, whence the lesson had come. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

You’d not stay here yourself, surely!” “This is my home, and he is my husband, and my child is his heir; and that woman may go back over the seas whence she came. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

Nature had indulged Descartes with a shining and strong imagination, whence he became a very singular person both in private life and in his manner of reasoning. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Algernon Blackwood His soul had moved amid similar evocations in some aeonian past, whence now the sand was being cleared away. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

H. Rider Haggard But there it was, won at last, and there away to the eastward shone the wide glitter of the sea, flecked with faint lines of broken billows whence the sun rose in glory. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Francis Bacon Also the different materials of putrefaction, whence animalculae are generated, should be observed. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Anthony Trollope Sir Damask shot pigeons, and so did also Dick Roby — whence had perhaps arisen an intimacy. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

We had agreed to descend the Rhine in a boat from Strasbourg to Rotterdam, whence we might take shipping for London. During this voyage we passed many willowy islands and saw several beautiful towns. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Kenneth Grahame Purple loosestrife arrived early, shaking luxuriant tangled locks along the edge of the mirror whence its own face laughed back at it. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Anthony Trollope From a great distance there fell upon his accustomed ear a sound which he recognized, though he was aware that the place from whence it came was at least two miles distant. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson This was not Noah’s flood; it was but a morning spring, and would now drift out seaward whence it came. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle Then six small boxes were handed up and our new acquaintance tied one with the straps attached to them to each of our shoulders, whence they stood up like his own. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

William Hope Hodgson But why the rock brake not, I could not perceive, save that it did alway fall into a boiling up of waters, and had no hurt from the rock of the place whence it was come. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Joseph Furphy Compranny pah, John?” The Chinaman had turned back with me, and, as if he had been hired for the work, was stolidly assisting to return the cattle to the spot whence he had taken them. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Jules Verne Even the doctor could hope to escape its effects only by rising above the range of the miasma that exhales from this damp region whence the blazing rays of the sun pump up its poisonous vapors. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Arthur Machen His heart sank down in his breast; his face, he knew, was bloodless; and then he rushed forward to the malpassage whence the voice seemed to proceed. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Elizabeth Gaskell Thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, nor whither it goeth. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Come, conduct me to the hiding-place, whence you say one can see everything. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Sinclair Lewis Yet it is a mighty tree, a refuge and an inspiration; the sun flickers in its towering foliage, whence the tattoo of locusts enlivens our dusty summer afternoons. Young Man Axelbrod by Sinclair Lewis

Aaron locked the door and went back to his seat at the table, whence he looked inquiringly at his grandson. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

It frightened and repelled him; instead of recrossing, in the direction whence he had come, he turned his back upon it, and went forward toward the dark inclosing wood. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

We went down the terraces and slopes; and in and out of the flower-beds, now gaudy with Spring flowers; and on to the great central point whence the three avenues diverged. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Henry James At the same time, of course, I would have been thankful for any chance sidelight that might fall across the matter — though I could not well see whence it was to come. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

Moore likewise knew his danger: the result was an unquenchable scorn of the quarter whence such danger was to be apprehended. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

He knew not when or whence the next call might come. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

For intelligibles are the principles of bodily things, but everything is greater than the principle whence it came. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

James Anthony Froude Bunyan may, perhaps, have heard the lines, and the rhymes may have clung to him without his knowing whence they came. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Charles Kingsley But whence come you, sir? From the skies, or the depth of the sea?” “Art-magic, art-magic!” moaned the bishop. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Andrew Lang And he sent for a servant, and ordered him to start at once for the country whence the thief had come, to find out if his story of the cauliflower was true. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Daniel Defoe Tho’ I have lost poetic breath, I’m not in perfect state of death: From whence this Popish consequence I draw, I’m in the limbus of the law. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

William Hope Hodgson Yet could this have been but a belief; for the æther doth have no regard unto direction to show you whence the spiritual sound doth come; and this did my knowledge and Reason know full well. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Anthony Trollope Of those who heard it, not one guessed from whence it came, nor was the hand of any brother put forward to help that woman at her need. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson I was to place the black on the side of Sandag, whence he should head my uncle towards the house; Rorie in the west, I on the east, were to complete the cordon, as best we might. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

Nathaniel Hawthorne The effect in that shadowy chamber, whence the artist had so carefully excluded the sunshine, was as enlivening as if one bright ray had contrived to shimmer in and. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

And yet large deductions must obviously be made for the source whence it springs; for it may be taken as Pizarro’s own account of his doings, some of which stood much in need of apology. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Rafael Sabatini I shall find a way to return that foreign offal to the dung-heap whence it sprang. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Walter Scott Sir Piercie Shafton, fond of society, desirous also to have a guide, and, moreover, prepossessed in favour of so handsome a youth, failed not to ask him whence he came, and whither he was going. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Sigmund Freud But whence the 3 in connection with the seats in the theatre? There is only one association for this, namely, that the fiance is three months younger than herself. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Henry Fielding I accordingly took my leave of my old friend, the master of the shipwrecked vessel, who went on to New England, whence he intended to pass to Jamaica, where his owners lived. The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild The Great by Henry Fielding

Arthur Conan Doyle She had, when she recovered, thrown open the window to let the morning air in and had run down to the lane, whence she sent a farm-lad for the doctor. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

A bamboo — a dwarf, ornamental plant in its distant native land — runs wild in this congenial region, forming an almost impenetrable brake, a solid base whence it is striding over the land. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

This mount can be distinctly seen from Mount Olga, although it is seventy miles away, and from whence it bearsnorth of west. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

G. K. Chesterton Point the pen to the shoulder, for you know not whence you come nor why. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

William Hope Hodgson Then did the Peoples of the Cities arrange themselves so that from every city whence had come a Hero, were the People of that City gathered together. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Walter Scott Jeanie’s active mind next led her to conjecture which way the high-road lay, whence she had been forced. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Nathaniel Hawthorne If the minister’s voice had not kept her there, there would, nevertheless, have been an inevitable magnetism in that spot, whence she dated the first hour of her life of ignominy. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Having refused to agree to the terms, he instantly found himself in the place whence he had been taken. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

George Meredith O lived the Master now to paint us Man, That little twist of brain would ring a chime Of whence it came and what it caused, to start Thunders of laughter, clearing air and heart. Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth by George Meredith [1883]

She found that out in a moment by looking behind her, through the window, to whence the shadow came. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Edith Wharton She lived in a region of ideals, whence ugly facts were swept out by some process of mental housewifery which kept her world perpetually smiling and immaculate. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Robert Louis Stevenson If it has happened in the dark hours, nurses pluck their children out of bed and run with them to some commanding window, whence they may see the change that has been worked upon earth’s face. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

There the lancehead-shaped fissure opened on the ravine, whence it was flushed with cool air. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

The congregation, according to custom, now entered the building, whence could presently be heard the sound of slow psalmody. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Theodore Dreiser What of the morrow? Who would be the next to fail? From whence would money be forthcoming? These were the topics from each mind and upon each tongue. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Withdrawing to a quiet nook, whence unobserved I could observe — the ball, its splendours and its pleasures, passed before me as a spectacle. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Thomas Hardy Boisterous noises were resounding from within, and he was tempted to go round the corner, where the low windows were, and look through a chink into the room whence the sounds proceeded. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Thomas Hardy She advanced to the window whence the rays of light proceeded, and the shutters being as yet unclosed, she could survey the whole interior through the panes. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

The valet desired to be informed who I was, whence I came, what was my profession, what I wanted and all the rest. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Jack London Yet, if they were dreams, dreamed then, whence the substance of them? Our dreams are grotesquely compounded of the things we know. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

This was their plan, to beach their ships on the lonely shore some two leagues north of Tenemos, whence it was but two hours’ march across the fen to Carcë. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

A brother-porter brought the man to him, and handing over his bag, Halliday requested to be led to the platform whence the Beswick local departed. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

She appeared to take a great interest in him, asked him whence he came, who were his friends, and whether he had not sometimes thought of attaching himself to the cardinal. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Arthur Conan Doyle Twice during the morning there came bands of horsemen swooping down upon them from the black gateways of wayside strongholds, with short, stern questions as to whence they came and what their errand. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Charles Dickens The river is dammed at this point, and forced by its own power into certain high tanks or reservoirs, whence the whole city, to the top stories of the houses, is supplied at a very trifling expense. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Dismounting, I found it was another of those extraordinary cups from whence the natives obtain water. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

George Gissing No one knew whence he got his money; Richard purposely stinted him, but the provision was useless. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Gissing They had chosen a spot which was often resorted to for tea on hot afternoons, a little piece of lawn closely shut in with leafage, whence an overbowered pathway led out to the front garden. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

D. H. Lawrence Already he had asked us where we were going, where we lived, whence we came, of what nationality we were, and was I a painter. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

One of the salt sea snakes is distinguished by its odd, deceptive shape — a broad, flattened tail whence the body consistently diminishes to the head, which is the thinnest part. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

To what country he vanished knew none there; no more than they wist whence he was come. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

George Gissing She did so without consulting her husband, but he of course knew whence came the money upon which he lived; he came ultimately to grumble that the supplies were so restricted. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

H. P. Lovecraft The breathing continued, in heavy, gasping inhalations and expirations, whence I realised that I had no more than wounded the creature. The Beast in the Cave by H. P. Lovecraft [1904]

George Gissing The children of the upper world could not even by chance give a thought to the sources whence their needs are supplied; speech on such a subject in their presence would be held indecent. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

At other times this Future bursts suddenly, as if a rock had rent, and in it a grave had opened, whence issues the body of one that slept. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

William Makepeace Thackeray The escutcheons of the proud old knights are still carved over the doors, whence issue these miserable greasy hucksters and pedlars. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Kelleran meanwhile had taken up his position on the hearthrug, whence he watched me with the same expression of contemplative interest upon his face to which I have before alluded. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

All had risen, and were staring in the direction whence that dismal shriek had come. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

D. H. Lawrence Crowds accompanied them to Ossona, whence they were marched towards the railway. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence