NIGHT HAD FALLEN by the time Grace returned, her arrival presaged by the glow of a lamp expanding in the hall outside.
Rick Yancey -- The Infinite Sea
Yet there were days that haunted the decade and presaged the tumultuous changes of the later sixties.
Pat Conroy -- The Water is Wide
Was it their entry—duplicating the bad omen Sophie had felt only a short while before—that presaged the evil contretemps of the next fifteen minutes or so?
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
Ah, not if you were like me, if sleep was to you a presage of horror!
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
Melancholy in a capitalist, like the appearance of a comet, presages some misfortune to the world.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
O my Antonio! had I but the means To hold a rival place with one of them, I have a mind presages me such thrift That I should questionless be fortunate.
William Shakespeare -- The Merchant of Venice
The air was cold and still, presaging a storm.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Last Song
He knew young vampires only too well; did this emotion presage some misstep on my part?
Stephenie Meyer -- Breaking Dawn
Lands he could measure, terms and tides presage, And even the story ran that he could gauge.
Frank McCourt -- Angela’s Ashes
If I may trust the flattering eye of sleep, My dreams presage some joyful news at hand; My bosom’s lord sits lightly in his throne; And all this day an unaccustom’d spirit Lifts me above the ground with cheerful thoughts.
William Shakespeare -- Romeo and Juliet
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The cannonade of the Isle of Re presaged to him the dragonnades of the Cevennes; the taking of La Rochelle was the preface to the revocation of the Edict of Nantes.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
She had heard that note in men’s voices often enough to know that it presaged a declaration of love.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
Gathering no encouragement from this startling presage of the nature of the scrutiny he was likely to undergo from the more mature judgments of the men, there was an instant when the young soldier would have retreated.
James Fenimore Cooper -- The Last of the Mohicans
Such an unusual surprise made me start up in a minute, when, with my ladder, ascending the mountain as before, that very moment a flash of fire presaged the report of another gun which I presently heard, and found it was from that part of the sea where the current drove me away.
Daniel Defoe -- Robinson Crusoe
Dark blue enamel serpents, three on either side, arched toward the neck, like rainbows that Lord Zeus will pose on cloud as presages to men.
Homer -- The Iliad
And his opposite, the youth, bears in his visage no great presage of cruelty.
William Shakespeare -- Twelfth Night
You know that I held Epicurus strong, And his opinion: now I change my mind, And partly credit things that do presage.
William Shakespeare -- Julius Caesar
But in his joy at the enchanted, tacit acquiescence of the mate, Ahab did not hear his foreboding invocation; nor yet the low laugh from the hold; nor yet the presaging vibrations of the winds in the cordage; nor yet the hollow flap of the sails against the masts, as for a moment their hearts sank in.
Herman Melville -- Moby Dick
OEDIPUS O King Apollo! may his joyous looks Be presage of the joyous news he brings!
Sophocles -- Oedipus the King
The smoke in the corridor had presaged heat; the heat was here now, pressing against him like an oppressive wall.
Cassandra Clare -- City of Glass
It was only the confirmation of the dark presages which had long gone before.
William Makepeace Thackeray -- Vanity Fair
But what power of mind, Forseeing or presaging, from the depth Of knowledge past or present, could have feared How such united force of gods, how such As stood like these, could ever know repulse?
John Milton -- Paradise Lost
— Behold yond simpering dame, Whose face between her forks presages snow; That minces virtue, and does shake the head To hear of pleasure’s name;— The fitchew nor the soiled horse goes to’t With a more riotous appetite.
William Shakespeare -- King Lear
Deepening shadows presaged the advent of night, and countless torches and watchfires already glowed pure and bright in the warm twilight.
Christopher Paolini -- Brisingr
The sultry weather presaged the first rains of the year, but the transparent air and the Sunday silence in the harbor seemed to belong to a more benevolent month.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- Love in the Time of Cholera
Garrett knew the dark, heavy clouds on the horizon presaged a coming storm.
Nicholas Sparks -- Message in a Bottle
She did not answer, but as he looked at her it seemed to him that something in her softened, as though a bitter frost were yielding at the first faint presage of Spring.
J.R.R. Tolkien -- The Return of the King
The clouds, which had been threatening all day, spread out in a dense and sluggish mass of vapour, already yielded large drops of rain, and seemed to presage a violent thunder-storm, when Mr. and Mrs. Bumble, turning out of the main street of the town, directed their course towards a scattered little colony of ruinous houses, distant from it some mile and a-half, or thereabouts, and erected on a low unwholesome swamp, bordering upon the river.
Charles Dickens -- Oliver Twist
I reached it in the early morning after this night which presaged my war; a bleak, draughty train ride, a damp depot seemingly near no town whatever, a bus station in which none of the people were fully awake, or seemed clean, or looked as though they had homes anywhere; a bus which passengers entered and left at desolate stopping places in the blackness; a chilled nighttime wandering in which I tried to decipher between lapses into stale sleep, the meaning of Leper’s telegram.
John Knowles -- A Separate Peace
There’s a palm presages chastity, if nothing else.
William Shakespeare -- Antony and Cleopatra
Some presage of an act Which our eyes are compelled to witness, has forced our feet Towards the cathedral.
T.S. Eliot -- Murder in the Cathedral
CHAPTER X Thus, like the sad presaging raven, that tolls The sick man’s passport in her hollow beak, And in the shadow of the silent night Doth shake contagion from her sable wings; Vex’d and tormented, runs poor Barrabas, With fatal curses towards these Christians.
Sir Walter Scott -- Ivanhoe
The yellow and vapoury sunset which had wrapped up Eustacia from his parting gaze had presaged change.
Thomas Hardy -- The Return of the Native
The Zen Gnostics would say that this emptiness is a good sign; that it presages openness to a new level of awareness, new insights, new experience.
Dan Simmons -- Hyperion
She told Inspector Thomas Mathew how in the last few weeks she had noticed some presaging signs, some insolence, some rudeness.
Arundhati Roy -- The God of Small Things
And Clyde, noticing this, was quite set up by it, for he could not help but feel that this in itself, and apart from whatever his cousin Gilbert might either think or wish to do, might easily presage some favor on the part of his uncle that might lead to some good for him.
Theodore Dreiser -- An American Tragedy
Finally, the world destruction, which the physicists tell us must come with the exhaustion of our sun and ultimate running down of the whole cosmos,28 stands presaged in the scar left by the fire of Tangaroaa: the world-destructive effects of the creator-destroyer will increase gradually until, at last, in the second course of the cosmogonic cycle, all will devolve into the sea of bliss.
Joseph Campbell -- The Hero With a Thousand Faces
He recollected now many omens and presages of this happy event, some of which he had remarked at the time, but many more he now remembered; nor did he omit the dreams he had dreamt the evening before his meeting with Jones; and concluded with saying, "I always told your honour something boded in my mind that you would one time or other have it in your power to make my fortune."
Henry Fielding -- Tom Jones
As the different changes and chances that bring us into the company of certain other people in this life do not coincide with the periods in which we are in love with those people, but, overlapping them, may occur before love has begun, and may be repeated after love is ended, the earliest appearances, in our life, of a creature who is destined to afford us pleasure later on, assume retrospectively in our eyes a certain value as an indication, a warning, a presage.
Marcel Proust -- Swann’s Way
They are almost all of them very firmly persuaded that good men will be infinitely happy in another state: so that though they are compassionate to all that are sick, yet they lament no man’s death, except they see him loath to part with life; for they look on this as a very ill presage, as if the soul, conscious to itself of guilt, and quite hopeless, was afraid to leave the body, from some secret hints of approaching misery.
Thomas More -- Utopia
It signified a crisis nearer than even her fears had presaged, and infinitely worse.
Zane Grey -- The Thundering Herd
To many on both sides of the Atlantic, it presaged a quick end to the war.
David McCullough -- John Adams
Clouds passed rapidly overhead, presaging rain.
ZZ Packer -- Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
He smiled as if he meant that bad news came swiftly enough without being presaged by speech.
Zane Grey -- Riders of the Purple Sage
In time I forgot the circumstance, though there was much talk of it as a presage of the Messiah.
Lew Wallace -- Ben Hur
To the east, a faint yellow glow tinted a section of the horizon, presaging the return of the sun.
Christopher Paolini -- Inheritance
Now, it must be admitted that there is no symptom or presage of the approach of such a revolution.
Alexis de Toqueville -- Democracy In America, Volume 1
The women of the oasis met them with gloomy faces presaging bad news, and they were reluctant to tell it.
Zane Grey -- The Heritage of the Desert
Her nerves presaged strain.
Zane Grey -- The Man of the Forest
They were both afraid that the silence might presage a ruinous outburst and a sudden change of mind on their trip.