Phrases with "years"

This man is about fifty-seven years of age, though he looks greatly older. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

So far as years of patient observation are to be trusted, no swamp pheasants existed on any of the isles of the Family Group other than this, the largest and best watered. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Charlotte Perkins Gilman That was about two thousand years ago. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

What he said to me I remember as if it had been yesterday, and the very tone with which he said it, although more than twenty years have passed since then. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

E. Phillips Oppenheim At a table in the middle of the room was seated a man apparently about thirty-five years of age, a Jew, with black moustache and pale heavy face. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Rudyard Kipling But it was fifteen years since, with tears of laughter, she had lent me a gray princess-skirt for amateur theatricals. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

I had last seen Eltham only twenty years ago, and I could not find it. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

H. G. Wells I wish I knew more than I do of my father’s dreams and wishes during those early years before he married. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Jules Verne A true Northerner, thin, bony, lean, about forty-five years of age; his close-cut hair and his beard, of which he only kept a thick mustache, were already getting gray. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

G. K. Chesterton As I dare say you noticed, I did know something of the lady whom our eccentric friend went courting years ago, rather in the spirit of Sir Roger de Coverly when he went courting the widow. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Two years will not seem an eternity, even though we are forced to dwell apart. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Sir Walter Scott The Baron has been with King Robert his liege These three long years in battle and siege; News are there none of his weal or his woe, And fain the Lady his fate would know. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Radclyffe Hall It’s too horrible! It’s on a par with our servant Rose, years ago; that was the milkman, and now it’s my own flesh and blood — a Routledge!’ Joan sighed impatiently. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

F. Scott Fitzgerald In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton Though it was but a few hours since Odo had travelled from Oropa, years seemed to have passed over him, and he saw the world with a new eye. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

George Gissing Five years later news of her widowhood reached him in Constantinople, and he exchanged with her one or two cousinly letters. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

She got her head under the bed-clothes; and although a good many years have passed since then, she cannot recall the spectacle without feelings of peculiar horror. An Authentic Narrative of a Haunted House by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1862]

Mark Twain St. Sophia is a colossal church, thirteen or fourteen hundred years old, and unsightly enough to be very, very much older. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I am the Thomas d’Arfet whose wife betrayed him just sixty years ago; that, and no more. D’Arfet’s Vengeance by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Guy de Maupassan Then they went to see Me. Roussel the lawyer, who went to Paris for a fortnight every year, to obtain a few directions, for it was twenty-eight years since Jeanne had been to the capital. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Henry James She carries the years almost as you do, and her head better than any young woman I’ve ever seen. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

The adepts have to concentrate for years and years to obtain their power. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Frances Hodgson Burnett If she had been eighteen years old she would have said to herself that she was waiting hours and hours. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

They are no more a check to emigration now than fifty years ago. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

The will was to be read by Henry Lawford’s clerk, in the sitting-room, or study, which Maurice de Crespigny had occupied for many years before his death. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

D. H. Lawrence But after some years they’d got used to me. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy Now — that transaction between us some twenty years agone —’tis that I’ve called about. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Bram Stoker Seven years ago we all went through the flames. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Henry Handel Richardson Though clearly not much more than eighteen years old, Ned Turnharn had the aplomb and assurance of double that age. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James He had kept saying to himself “Gloucester, Gloucester, Gloucester,” quite as if the sharpest meaning of all the years just passed were intensely expressed in it. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

John Galsworthy All this Smither did — an undeniable servant trained many years ago under Aunt Ann to a perfection not now procurable. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins She was twenty years old, before her father’s expectations were realized, and the money came of it at last. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

George Gissing Two years afterwards, she married a northern manufacturer of more than twice her age; an instance (remarked Miss Bride) of natural reaction. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

His mother or his father, did you know them?” “Yes, both; his father is only ten years dead, and their place is near Dawlbridge. We knew them very well,” she answered. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jane Austen For about three years I heard little of him; but on the decease of the incumbent of the living which had been designed for him, he applied to me again by letter for the presentation. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Guy de Maupassan He might have been forty years old, but he looked at least sixty, wrinkled, bent, walking slowly, impeded by the weight of heavy wooden shoes full of straw. The Moribund by Guy de Maupassan

John Galsworthy Had she tried and failed? Could it mean anything so good? He searched his memory to recall how she had looked when he brought her back the news of failure six years ago. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells Thirty-four years ago the world-state loomed mistily across a gulf in dreamland. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

D. H. Lawrence Arrived a primrose-brocade beau, with ruffles, and his hat under his arm: about twelve years old. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

He must have been fifty years of age. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Edward Jenner Miss R — a young lady about five years old, was seized on the evening of the eighth day after inoculation with vaccine virus, with such symptoms as commonly denote the accession of violent fever. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

Many years ago I have faced you, arms in hand. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle One morning, some two years after his misfortunes, Mr. Copley Banks strode into his own office with his old air of energy and alertness. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Guy de Maupassant You know well that your mother is seven years dead, isn’t that so? and that I am not more than forty-five years myself, seeing that I got married at nineteen. Hautot Senior and Hautot Junior (Hautot père et fils) by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

A thousand lingering years his prophecies have run, And scarcely shall have end till time itself be done. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

They ring the bells very beautifully at Vogogna, but, unless my recollection of a good many years ago fails me, at Castelletto they ring them better still. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Henry Handel Richardson It would be years and years before they could hope for another such home. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang Two days later he confessed that for three years he had been, in fact, trying to blackmail Leicester on several counts, Amy’s murder and two political charges. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

A. E. W. Mason But the man had grown during his years of probation. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

H.P. Lovecraft He thereafter disappeared, though thirty years later his precise counterpart and self-styled son turned up to claim his property. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Fearfully I crept up to my room, and when I awoke at eight o’clock and saw the roses in a glass by my side, I remembered what had happened as though it had been years ago. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

Wilkie Collins How he was doing, or whether he was there still, she did not seem to know, never having heard a word from him for years and years past. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

The Count de Commarin looked a good ten years less than his age. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope Business to her had for many years been business, and her business had been so very hard that she had never allowed lighter things to interfere with it. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Mark Twain When I read Shakespeare now I can hear them as plainly as I did in that long-departed time — fifty-one years ago. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

He put his shoulder to the wheel with a will, and worked for the first three years of his business career as it is not given to many men to work in the course of their lives. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Meredith For years she has been bent on Nevil’s marriage. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Many of his friends said that the cause of it had been the death of his wife some two years before. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Bram Stoker He did not stick to it for long however, for four years afterwards he lost three thousand pounds by frauds of others by whom he was introduced to fictitious lords and ladies. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Seven years He must have earned his living somehow during the greater part of that time. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Virginia Woolf The brain of a modern man does not differ in essentials from that of the human beings who fought and loved here millions of years ago. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

G. K. Chesterton Copperfield has come from a gloomy childhood; Clennam, though forty years old, is still in a gloomy childhood. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

But in place of that I discovered a stout, well set-up, not unhandsome man of about forty years of age. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Virginia Woolf Our boyish, our irresponsible years are over. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Thomas Hardy She did waityears and years — but Barnet never reappeared. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Thorpe sat alone in his dining-parlor — the same dining-parlor in which, so many weary years ago, he had argued with old Mr. Goodworth, about his son’s education. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have a French feather-bed there, which I have been at pains to keep these years back. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Guy de Maupassant She died of consumption three years later, over there, in the colony of which her husband was governor, and to which she had gone across to join him. Duchoux by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Why, years ago,” he continued, “when I was feeling at my wildest, these very jewels were within my grasp one foggy night, and I never touched them. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

This poor brute, on the other hand, might have been handsome a score of years ago; it was merely pitiful now. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

H. Rider Haggard Ten years ago I was a yeoman of small wealth in the north. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

George Eliot I often think of them words, ‘And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed to him but a few days for the love he had to her. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

F. Scott Fitzgerald That makes us pretty close — without counting that other ten thousand years I mentioned. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Von Arnim Now it hit him in the eyes that he himself was at the beginning of the best years of a man’s life, while she was certainly well on in the worst years of a woman’s. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Wilkie Collins If I were twenty years younger,” he went on, addressing himself to Geoffrey, “and if I did step out on the lawn with you, the result wouldn’t affect the question between us in the least. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Twenty years of happy and loving life were allotted them and one pledge — poor Miss Dorothy — was left alone, when little more than nineteen years old. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James He had married her, taken her to England, and there, after some years of harmony and happiness, lost her. Flickerbridge by Henry James [1902]

Theodore Dreiser Thirty-six years of age, and apparently a man of vigorous, aggressive, and sound personality, he was, nevertheless, an essentially animal-man, pleasantly veneered by education and environment. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Edith Wharton She could afford to be generous, after twenty years of his devotion; and she meant to be. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

This, of course, is always the way when you have fed your imagination for years on a work you know only by prints. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

H. G. Wells It was a sturdy piece of apparatus, and it had acquired a kind of documentary value in these quick-changing times; it was now nearly eight years old. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Edward Mortimer is my mother’s younger brother, Clarke, but he is not many years older than myself. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins At barely thirty years old, I am officially declared to be a lunatic for life!” HE paused; his head sank on his breast; his story was told. A Fatal Fortune by Wilkie Collins [1874]

E. F. Benson Twelve years ago the volume of her emotional chronicles had been closed with a snap. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Every person over twenty-five years old who makes that statement in cold blood ought to be deprived of the franchise. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope This had lasted some twenty years of his life, and had been to him an intolerable burden. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe Had opened an account with his baking house in the spring of the year —(eight years previously). The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Leon Trotsky Guetier was also a close friend and house-physician to my family during all the years of the revolution. My Life by Leon Trotsky

John Locke Thus the first years are usually employed and diverted in looking abroad. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

The track, if by that name it could be dignified, had not been used for many years until we came into possession of the station, and for that reason was barely decipherable at the best of times. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Thomas Wolfe He thought of all his years away from home, the years of wandering in many lands and cities. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

A woman far from common, who died some few years ago. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Anthony Trollope Worldly circumstances had been so kind to him, that he could take up the Belton estate with more of the prestige of wealth than had belonged to any of the owners of the place for many years past. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

W. W. Jacobs It had staked out a claim on that counter some five years before, and if anything was required to convince it of the value of the possession it was the fact that it was being constantly pushed off. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

Charles Dickens My sister, Mrs. Joe Gargery, was more than twenty years older than I, and had established a great reputation with herself and the neighbors because she had brought me up “by hand. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

We have been fellow-soldiers for twelve years —” “So we have, sir; but we are what we always was, and always will be-one a gentleman, the other a scamp. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Her first six years she spent in a sort of dog kennel on the top floor of this house. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Wilkie Collins I am an only child; and I was twenty-one years old at my last birthday. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

I remember being astounded ten years later when Carlyle spoke of Marryat with contempt. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

My aunt observed this, and when Justine was twelve years of age, prevailed on her mother to allow her to live at our house. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Five and fifty years it has been treasured between the leaves of this old volume. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Ivan Turgenev In Petersburg I met Yakov again eight years after. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am going to settle down to work here in the City for the next few years at any rate. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Henry James She was of some thirty-five years of age, taller than was then common and perhaps stouter than is now enjoined. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Some years ago, eight or ten perhaps, we had a young man working for us in the Argentine as an overseer. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Rudyard Kipling Fifteen years before, when he had been caught for the second time, every one looked upon him as a sort of tiger. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

No such throng had ever before been seen in the building during all its eight years of existence. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Four years is not a long time, and there must be someone in this town who will have heard the name of Captain Bonning, and who can remember a man with a lame arm. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

For forty-two years he had existed on the edges of a society which did not recognise him in any way, and, as he might himself have put it, he had not done so very badly at all. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

The boy was about twelve years of age, squat and freckled and frog-like. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Five years ago, he said he wished I had died a child. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Elizabeth Gaskell Corruptions of a government are very speedily propagated through every class, and for a long series of years the sway of the Neapolitan Bourbons has been little else than an organised intimidation. An Italian Institution by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Rudyard Kipling Two years back he gave me a powerful spell. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

I like thy Waverley — first of thy breeding; I like its modest “sixty years ago,” As if it was not meant for ages’ reading. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Virginia Woolf Of them we can justly say that they live precisely the sixty-eight or seventy-two years allotted them on the tombstone. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

If we are unjust, it matters little to our victim what makes us so, or whether we have prayed to see aright, if for long years we have closed our eyes to unpalatable truths. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Briefly — some thirty years ago Lord Delamarne came into possession of a portion of the Russian Crown jewels and ever since he has been disposing of them and taking the monies for his own use. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Ann Radcliffe Here I passed several years of miserable resistance against cruelty and superstition. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

M. R. James But over twenty years have passed by, and the grass is growing over both Worby and Evans; so Mr. Lake felt no difficulty about communicating his notes — taken in 1890 — to me. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

George Elio Presently he continued, ‘Ten years ago, I felt as wretched as you do. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

King Philip took thirty years to learn the same lesson. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Those years have been years of such radical and violent change in London life and the ways of the Londoner that no similar span of its long life can have known such a transformation. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Walter Besant I have learned that he served Tom for many years for no reward, giving’ up the yearly wage promised him rather than deprive his patron of certain pleasures. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Edith Wharton It was generally considered “as fine as a Cabanel,” and, though twenty years had elapsed since its execution, was still “a perfect likeness. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Bram Stoker It was these years of peace — when the coming and going of even a king was unrecorded with that precision which marks historical accuracy — that made the period antecedent to Perkin’s birth. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Rudyard Kipling Number Five had spent some cautious years in testing the Reverend John. He was emphatically a gentleman. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

I wish I had taken it up sooner, for I wasted several years chasing my tail. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Ten years ago they beat you — ten years hence they will beat you again if the humour takes them,” thought Bruno; but he said nothing. Signa by Ouida

G. K. Chesterton I met him years ago, but he would hardly remember me. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Charles Dickens True, there is a door in it, once communicating with the staircase; but a part of the fitting of my bath has been — and had then been for some years — fixed across it. The Trial for Murder by Charles Dickens

His feet trailed, his knees gave, his back was bowed, his head kept nodding; it was the gait of a man eighty years of age. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Andrew Lang When he had been three more years in the ogre’s service he had another bad fit of home-sickness, and longed very much to see his mother and sisters again. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Gaston Leroux He might be about fifty years of age. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Robert Green Ingersoll It took thousands of years to civilize this father, thousands of years to make the condition of wife and mother and child even tolerable. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

It was during these seven years of uncertainty and experiment that William read Washington Irving’s Sketches of Geoffrey Crayon, which produced a strong impression on his mind. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Charles Kingsley Are you not about twenty-three years old?” “What is that to you, sir?” “No business of mine, of course. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Three years later, West and two men who don’t come into this story at all, were spending the month of August up the river. A Marriage by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

Rudyard Kipling I told the young ’un what I am telling you now — that the Salute was the most important and ancient piece of symbolism invented for the deepest of spiritual reasons, many, many thousand years ago. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

George Eliot Twenty-two years before, when Rufus Lyon was no more than thirty-six years old, he was the admired pastor of a large Independent congregation in one of our southern seaport towns. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Andrew Lang So they lived for ten years in this little house, and the time slipped merrily away. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James It was not life; life is learning to know one’s self, and in that sense I have lived more in the past six weeks than in all the years that preceded them. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

Arthur Morrison These poor people dwindled in numbers gradually, and although they attempted to bring up their children in their own faith, the whole belief has been practically extinct for years now. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Frances Hodgson Burnett Six years HAD passed since Bob died! A daughter! A school girl with long hair and long legs to keep out of the way. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Eliot I offended him about two years ago, and he’s never forgiven me. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim For five-and-twenty years he had dreamed of this. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

James Joyce Why, as he reflected, Irishtown strand, a locality he had not been in for quite a number of years looked different somehow since, as it happened, he went to reside on the north side. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle Here the long series of sittings — How long, Mr. Bolsover?” “Four years unbroken. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Guy de Maupassant When he was five years old some mountebanks passed through the country and set up their tent in the town hall square. The Dispenser of Holy Water (Le Donneur d'eau bénite) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

John Morley There the writer plainly enumerates without trope or invective the intolerable burdens under which the great mass of the French people had for long years been groaning. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Walter Scott The little village of St. Ronan’s, though it had not yet fallen into the state of entire oblivion we have described, was, about twenty years since, fast verging towards it. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

H. Rider Haggard For nearly fifty years I have been connected with the business, and I think that the natives of these parts will remember me — not angrily, oh! no, but as a benefactor. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Only those who live and work for years in native camps can realize the daily struggle of the poor women for the barest subsistence. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Well, she is a monster, who, at twenty-five years of age, has been guilty of as many crimes as you could read of in a year in the archives of our tribunals. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Andrew Lang By the Rev. John L. Nevius, D.D. Forty years a missionary in China. Revel, New York, 1894. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Why should not he turn out whatever was required? Some years ago he and Shaw and I were all invited by an ingenious advertisement manager to write advertisements for Harrods’ Stores, for large fees. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Henry James If my affection could do so, all the years of your life would be an eternal sunshine. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

H. G. Wells He had thirty years of experience behind him, and still the now imminent change-over of a thinking, responsive human being to a waxen image, perplexed and baffled him. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Meredith There are twenty years upon it, and they make a great load. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

Theodore Dreiser This caused a daily spectacle which, however, had become so common by repetition during a number of years that now nothing was thought of it. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

He was an old man, as I have just said, possibly close upon seventy years of age, with snowy hair, a clean shaven, not unhandsome face, and an air of being out of keeping with his rough surroundings. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

John Galsworthy After five-and-a-half years of marriage, he was sure that mentally Fleur liked him, that physically she had no objection to him, and that a man was not sensible if he expected much more. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Edgar Allan Poe It is the likeness of a dead friend — a Mr. Oldeb — to whom I became much attached at Calcutta, during the administration of Warren Hastings. I was then only twenty years old. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Wilkie Collins Though little more than forty years of age, her hair was quite gray; and she wore over it the plain cap of an old woman. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Maria Edgeworth But is this any reason that you should refuse to marry M. de Brisac? Henry the Fourth was brave and generous two hundred years ago. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

I must keep to facts as Felix did — Felix, who was but fifteen years old and yet found himself the only confidant and solace of this young girl betrayed by her protector. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Virginia Woolf He wore a pedometer; he was one of the first to use a camera; he believed in the future of the typewriter; and in his last years he tried to mend a broken clock. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Jane Austen By Elizabeth’s instructions, she began to comprehend that a woman may take liberties with her husband which a brother will not always allow in a sister more than ten years younger than himself. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Henry Fielding Betty, who was but one-and-twenty, had now lived three years in this dangerous situation, during which she had escaped pretty well. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Jonathan Swift The city coffeehouses have been for some years filled with people whose fortunes depend upon the Bank, East India, or some other stock. On the Conduct of the Allies by Jonathan Swift [1711]

Kenneth Grahame Long ago — might have been hundreds of years ago — in a cottage half-way between this village and yonder shoulder with his wife and their little son. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Edith Wharton The years had dealt lightly with her, and she had crossed the threshold of the thirties with the assured step of a woman who has no cause to fear what awaits her. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Eleven years of it, not counting the War, and never killed a man. Burmese Days by George Orwell

E. F. Benson An old lady of over seventy years of age when these letters were published in 1913, she was a girl of six when Charlotte left her mother’s pensionnat. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

About the latter end of the second, the army was disbanded, but the taxes continued at £30,000 a month, for three years and a half. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

H.P. Lovecraft We had met years before, in medical school, and from the first I had shared his terrible researches. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Ivan Turgenev Someone new has taken Rademacher’s place with you; you bow down to him, but in another twenty years it will probably be his turn to be laughed at. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

H.P. Lovecraft As the Hindoo continued his tale, he had difficulty in avoiding what seemed — even more than the notion of a man transferred through the years to boyhood — an air of trivial, puerile extravagance. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]

Been away four years as Philologist to the Exploring Expedition. Was in San Francisco three months ago and saw the Alert there collecting hides. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

John Morley This was the close of the fourteen years of labour, from the date of the Select Committee of 1781. Burke by John Morley [1879]

But it is a still greater evil to me that I am self-educated: for the first fourteen years of my life I ran wild on a common and read nothing but our Uncle Thomas’ books of voyages. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

It is a good forty years since I heard the tale, and the effect has not worn off yet. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Elizabeth Gaskell She came to ask me, if I thought it her duty to marry this fellow, whose very appearance, changed for the worse, as she says it is, since she last saw him four years ago, seemed to have repelled her. Six Weeks at Heppenheim by Elizabeth Gaskell [1862]

Charles Lamb Twelve years ago I had completed my six and twentieth year. Confessions of a Drunkard by Charles Lamb [1813]

Nathaniel Hawthorne We sisterhood of years never carry anything really valuable out of the world with us. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Olaf Stapledon One night, about five years ago, when you were in the late teens, I saw you with your left eye tight shut, with blood and tears oozing out of it, and tears streaming from the other eye. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Andrew Lang The years between 1730 and 1820, saw the French “little masters” in their perfection. The Library by Andrew Lang

William Hope Hodgson But then, ages of years had passed, since I had awaked — tens of thousands of years! “My look rested thoughtfully, again upon the place where once had stood my chair. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Taking from the nearest tribe a little half-caste girl, perhaps eight years of age, he sent her south to school, and, cutting off all communication with her people, sat himself down to watch results. Quod Erat Demonstrandum by Guy Boothby

I am four hundred and three years of old today. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

For years General D ‘Hubert had been exasperated and humiliated by an atrocious absurdity imposed upon him by this man’s savage caprice. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

H. Rider Haggard The instinct of years cannot be brushed away in a day. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

In the early years of the century the land north of the Limpopo River was now and then an exciting place to live in. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

H. G. Wells All the experience of two hundred years of charity and poor law legislation sustains that. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Andrew Lang So they herded their sheep for many years in solitude and sadness. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jacques Futrelle Mr. Kellner was nearly eighty-one years old, and it was fifty-eight years ago that he began work here. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

It was her father’s will over again; his might be a very little softening with years and trouble; not much. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

He has lived in Mecca for eight years studying the Koran under a renowned teacher, and in this quest of Mussulman learning has spent several thousand dollars. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Zona Gale The palace was curiously and wonderfully an habitation of more than two thousand years ago, furnished with a taste and luxury in advance of this moment’s civilization of the world. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Now, to me this would have offered a most seasonable advantage, had it been resorted to some two years earlier. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

On its deathbed it will recall it all over again, with interest accumulated over all the years and . Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky