Phrases with "amid"

Rudyard Kipling The wrestlers were called out by name, stripped, and set to amid applauding shouts from their respective villages and trainers. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

D. H. Lawrence He himself was broken and spilled out amid it all. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe Now in no one of the seven apartments was there any lamp or candelabrum, amid the profusion of golden ornaments that lay scattered to and fro or depended from the roof. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

E. T. A. Hoffmann Directly you had gone she threw herself at my feet, clasped my knees, and confessed amid endless tears that she could not live without you. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

George Meredith They were in a nest shading amid silks of pale blue, and there was a languid flutter beneath her chin to the catch of the morn-breeze. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

And apart from these serious faults, there is continually haunting us, amid incontestable richness, vigour, and beauty, a sense that the work is over-done. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle A cigarette glowed amid the tangle of white hair, and the air of the room was fetid with stale tobacco smoke. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle Two miles from where they stood, amid the sand-hills and the mimosa scrub, a great parallelogram had been marked by piled-up bushes. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Then many said that it was nought wonderful, though she had brave sons, so brave as she herself was, amid such grief of heart as was brought on her. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

George Meredith He sat down that night amid the howling of the storm, wind whistling, water crashing, casements rattling, beach desperately dragging, as by the wide-stretched star-fish fingers of the half-engulphed. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

Guy de Maupassan But Jeanne refused, amid convulsive sobs. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

It was formed amid the increasing cultivation of the nation, the increasing varieties of public service, the awakening responsibilities to duty and calls to self-command. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle We hurried through the dark shrubbery, amid the dull moaning of the autumn wind and the rustle of the falling leaves. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Henry James It came a great deal from Mrs. Rooth, in whom he apprehended depths of calculation as to what she might achieve for her daughter by “working” the idea of a life blameless amid dire obsessions. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Marjorie Bowen He hastened to his chamber, hoping to gain relief amid his own surroundings, and lit every candle he could find. The Fair Hair of Ambrosine by Marjorie Bowen

Jules Verne Vivid lightning darted amid the dense, black clouds. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

George Gissing His senses reeled amid the din and rattle of classes where discipline was unknown and intelligence almost indiscoverable. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

G. K. Chesterton Syme was scarcely surprised to notice that, amid all the ease and hospitality of their new surroundings, this man’s eyes were still stern. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Jules Verne The air-ship soared upward into the heart of the sky, amid a thousand lightning flashes, surrounded and shaken by the bursts of thunder. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

The noises had ceased; I knew that I was in a deserted space amid avenues of trees and with the broad sky over my head. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

Robert Louis Stevenson The course of the lighthouse tender lies amid iron-bound coasts, among tide-races, the whirlpools of the Pentland Firth, flocks of islands, flocks of reefs, many of them uncharted. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy An inner cloud of dust rose around the prostrate figures amid the general one of the room, in which a twitching entanglement of arms and legs was discernible. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

On the many islands, amid gardens and beneath flowering trees, moved the forms of Tlapallan’s people. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

William Hope Hodgson Then, a little before the dawn, and when the sea was yet full of darkness, I was greatly startled to hear a prodigious splash amid the weed, mayhaps at a distance of some hundred yards from the boat. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

Arthur Conan Doyle The Lady Tiphaine was lowered with a noose drawn fast under the arms, and the other five slid swiftly down, amid the cheers and joyous outcry of their rescuers. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Arnold Bennett The balloon was already perhaps flying unseen amid the wrack over those guns. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Jules Verne Barbicane, however, lost not one moment amid all the enthusiasm of which he had become the object. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

To put it mildly, she placed no obstacles in the way of this inevitable union, and it took place amid a general chorus of rather sarcastic approval from both families. The Stars in their Courses by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

It was hardly to be expected that one who had spent himself so freely, amid such stirring events, should live beyond the Psalmist’s span of life. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

T. E. Lawrence It aroused mixed feelings and made strong friends and strong enemies, amid whose clashing jealousies its affairs began to miscarry. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

H. G. Wells And amid the various cries one heard disputes, reproaches, groans of weariness and fatigue; the voices of most of them were hoarse and weak. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

At this hand a thousand white faces were now upturned amid groans of pity and terror, such as only multitudes can utter. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Wilkie Collins He will find them admiring one another with the same touching and demonstrative affection over the dishes on the dinner-table, as amid the mazes of the dance. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

T. E. Lawrence On the right were low hills, on the left great heights called the Jidhwa, in parallel ridges of steep broken granite, very red now that the sun was setting amid massed cloud-banks of boding rain. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Charles Dudley Warner The half-starved peasants lived in wretched cabins and often in caverns, amid filth and vermin. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

G. K. Chesterton His soul was afar off, walking under strange skies of turquoise and gold; amid head-dresses like high sepulchres and sepulchres higher than citadels; and beards braided as if into figured tapestries. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

George Gissing The time is about mid-day, and the scene — not the streets of London, but the banks of the River Mersey, amid all the bustle and confusion of the Liverpool docks. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

I grew up amid the most chaste and tranquil surroundings. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Large pools of placid water left by the last inundation lie here and there, like lakes amid the green. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Henry Handel Richardson She had posted herself much too far down; had to trudge almost the length of the platform before she found Margaret, standing stolid and composed amid the racket. The Coat by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James Only, I can’t help worrying and trembling and wondering what may happen to her there all alone, day after day, amid all that coming and going of strangers. The American by Henry James [1877]

George Gissing Cattle are lowing amid the rich meadows. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Look where you will, you gather only examples of the same amid the different, and of different relations existing as it were in solution in the same thing. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Edith Wharton He was afoot, with a cloak over his laced coat, and the day being Easter Monday the streets were filled with a throng of pleasure-seekers amid whom it seemed easy enough for a man to pass unnoticed. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

There, amid the long hairs of the bearskin, he came upon one other spangle, and knew that the woman in the shiny clothes had stooped there before him. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

F. Scott Fitzgerald To the left, behind a row of elms, was an informal baseball diamond where three novices were being batted out by a fourth, amid great chasings and puffings and blowings. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Gissing If we are asked to receive her, really—doesn’t this occur to you?’ At this moment the door opened and amid general silence Beatrice came forward. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

George Gissing And so they went to the ice in Regent’s Park, and Mr. Emerson put on his skates, and was speedily exhibiting his skill amid the gliding crowd. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Bram Stoker Then I make a fire, and near it I make Madam Mina, now awake and more charming than ever, sit comfortable amid her rugs. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Anthony Trollope The primary settler, therefore — who, however, will not usually have been the primary ownergoes to work upon his land amid all the wildness of nature. North America by Anthony Trollope

Gustave Flauber Then he showed them the lugubrious object, still resting on the charger amid the ruins of the feast. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

Steadily, amid the chaos of shocking change, the Council of People’s Commissars hammered at the scaffolding of the Socialist order. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Ann Radcliffe Emilia, amid the general alarm, came to her father’s room, but the sight of him overcame her, and she was carried from his presence. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Sinclair Lewis But amid the pretentious splendor which Roger Lanyon had accumulated, Joyce was not tedious. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Nathaniel Hawthorne His perceptive faculties, which had found little exercise of late, amid so thoughtful a way of life, became keen, and kept his eyes busy with a hundred agreeable scenes. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

A widower and childless, he lived alone with an ancient sister, who spent her days amid the gentle white magic of herbs and simples. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

George Gissing The sun rose amid dropping vapours, and at breakfast-time had not yet conquered the day, but a steady brightening soon put an end to doubt. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

But Mavis, a child of habit, drew nothing but pothooks — remaining quiet and apparently happy for hours together, with her tongue hanging out, amid festoons of pothooks. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence The sun was just sinking to this great hill face, amid a curdle of grey-white clouds. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Margaret Oliphant Mr. Milnathort’s table was handsome and liberal; the meal even too abundant for the solitary pair who sat alone at a corner of the large table, amid a blaze of light. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Lying there, amid cool, fragrant sea-winds, his fanciful ear was subtly alert for the sounds of the dim land before him. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle So, amid love and hate, Nigel bade adieu to the home of his youth. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Walter Scott He threw down the brush took up the crayons, and, amid hunger and toil, and suspense and uncertainty, pursued the path of his profession under better auspices than those of his original master. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Charles Kingsley And what wonder? What wonder if, amid a world of courtesans, the nun was worshipped? At least God allowed it; and will man be wiser than God? “The times of that ignorance He winked at. The Poetry of Sacred and Legendary Art by Charles Kingsley

Isabella Bird One sprang upon the other like a hyena, knocked him down, and then attempted to bite and strangle him, amid the applause of numerous spectators. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Willa Cather For eleven years she had worthily striven to maintain some semblance of household order amid conditions that made order very difficult. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle Not one word did she say, but as she vanished amid the trees she half turned in her saddle and waved a last greeting. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Edith Wharton He called a cab and drove straight to the station where, amid the palm-leaf fans of a perspiring crowd, he waited a long half-hour for his train to start. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Edgar Allan Poe When liberty awoke New-born, amid those beautiful vales. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

But amid all the troubles entailed on him by his conduct, domestic, social, and political, the chief refuge and solace which he found, was in exercising his gifts of song. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Anthony Trollope From day to day he went about his work, seeing her amid his ministrations almost daily. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson The object of his visit grasped, he was led into a dingy little parlour behind the shop, where, amid an overflow of jars and bottles and drawer-cases, Bealby carried on his ex-business life. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing Issuing into Westminster Bridge Road, he found himself once more amid a throng. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

And amid the silence, Jeanne’s shrill voice could be heard in the dining-room. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle I caught a glimpse of a hairy body like that of a reddish pig, and then it was gone amid a swirl of leaves and branches. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

The doctor, surprised and charmed, beheld her with admiration; she looked so superb, so tall and strong, with the pure figure of an antique statue whilst swinging thus gently amid the spring sunshine. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Rudyard Kipling Then a small hard man with eyebrows was punted on to his chest, amid howls from all around that he was the ringleader of a conspiracy. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The last inheritor of its honors was recently dead, after a long residence amid the splendor of the British court, where his birth and wealth had given him no mean station. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Edgar Allan Poe I saw the old man gasp as if for breath while he threw himself amid the crowd; but I thought that the intense agony of his countenance had, in some measure, abated. The Man of the Crowd by Edgar Allan Poe [1840]

Jules Verne One might have heard the beating of their hearts amid this perfect silence. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Each blow was successful, and, amid the astonishment of all the spectators, and to the great regret of the king, La Chataigneraie rolled over upon the sand. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It is possible, indeed, that even Donatello’s grief and Kenyon’s pale, sunless affection lent a charm to Monte Beni, which it would not have retained amid a more abundant joyousness. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Edgar Allan Poe Here, amid the luxuriant and shadowing groves, in the gray gloom of a sweet midsummer evening, I observed my opportunity and accosted her. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Jules Verne Here and there amid this enormous game of knucklebones there could be traced the imaginary ruins of medieval cities with forts and dungeons, pepper-box turrets, and machicolated towers. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

James Joyce The children, wearing the spoils of their crackers, danced and romped noisily and, though he tried to share their merriment, he felt himself a gloomy figure amid the gay cocked hats and sunbonnets. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Marjorie Bowen There they lay, faded by the heat, amid the broken jar, and Graziosa looked with unseeing eyes, and picked them up mechanically. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

In the first, it is the “lovely lay” which meets the knight of Temperance amid the voluptuousness which he is come to assail and punish. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle In twos and threes they elbowed their way through the crowd, amid a good deal of rough chaff. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Gissing Living, and having ever lived, amid idealisms, she was too subjective in her interpretation of phenomena so new to her. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Mark Twain What a funny old town it is! It seems like profanation to laugh and jest and bandy the frivolous chat of our day amid its hoary relics. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Wilkie Collins Great confusion and disturbance ensued, amid which Zack supported the demand of his fellow-student — perhaps a little too warmly. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Jules Verne So much smoke, and possibly scoriae and cinders were mingled with them, that their light gleamed but faintly amid the gloom of the night. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Algernon Blackwood The waiter brought the bill amid general confusion, but no one noticed him. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

George Gissing A battle-ground of advertisements, fitly chosen amid subterranean din and reek; a symbol to the gaze of that relentless warfare which ceases not, night and day, in the world above. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Benjamin Disraeli Myra was prouder of her husband than ever, and, amid all the excitement, he smiled on her with sunny fondness. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Henry James It had only been for five minutes, in the wing, amid jostling and shuffling and shoving, that they held this conference. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Fanny Fern Yes; she was free as the golden orioles, whose hanging nests swayed to and fro amid the glossy green leaves beneath her window. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

For hours, amid fitful, nightmarish snatches of sleep, and long, lucid intervals of thought, Bubbles had wrestled with the question. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Sinclair Lewis He had written to a dozen colleges about a brighter job, but his letters conveyed no huge confidence in his own ability to go on tenderly leading Youth amid the orchards of knowledge. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing Waymark sat down amid the collection of nondescript articles which always filled the room, and waited for the tenant to produce his rent. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

George Gissing In this case I had resolved to have the delight of leading an agreeable life amid surroundings which would have driven any other woman crazy. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Gaston Leroux Released from its hook, it plunged from the ceiling and came smashing into the middle of the stalls, amid a thousand shouts of terror. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

D. H. Lawrence Yet at the thought of marriage and living with Skrebensky amid the European population in India, her soul was locked and would not budge. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne Imagination loses itself in this sublime Infinity, amid which the projectile was gravitating, like a new star created by the hand of man. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

George Gissing For all that, there will yet be found some silent few, who go their way amid the still meadows, who bend to the flower and watch the sunset; and these alone are worth a thought. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Guy de Maupassan I dressed quickly and set out, intending to spend the day in the woods breathing the air of the green trees, for I am originally a rustic, having been brought up amid the grass and the trees. A Recollection by Guy de Maupassan

Guy de Maupassan She had left the Assize Court acquitted, declared to be innocent, amid the applause of the crowd. The Love of Long Ago by Guy de Maupassan

But me mad love of the stern war-god holds Armed amid weapons and opposing foes. The Eclogues of Virgil by translated by J. B. Greenough

Edgar Allan Poe No fancy may picture the sublimity which might have been exhibited by a similar phenomenon taking place amid the darkness of the night. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Arthur Conan Doyle Here and there amid the brushwood the travellers saw the rude bundle of sticks which served them as a home—more like a fowl’s nest than the dwelling-place of man. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Fanny Fern Still, Ruth kept her wise little mouth shut; moving, amid these discordant elements, as if she were deaf, dumb, and blind. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Arthur Morrison Mother Gapp, a dishevelled maniac, was dancing amid pots and broken glass, black in the face, screaming inaudibly. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Strong from the cradle, of a sturdy brood, We bear our newborn infants to the flood; There bath’d amid the stream, our boys we hold, With winter harden’d, and inur’d to cold. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Mary Webb So amid the hammering their voices sprang up, like two keen flames. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

George Meredith Where am I? she cried amid her melting images of him, all dominated by his wan features. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

We ate our breakfast together, after which we went out into the world of light, groping our way along through the dark passages amid the busy crowd. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Dazzled and delighted, riding, dancing, singing, laughing, amid the splendours of Windsor, he was aware of a new sensation — the stirrings of ambition in his breast. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Wilkie Collins I jumped up to reply, amid the counter-cheering of the loose-thinkers; but before I could say a word the President of the Institution and the rector of the parish came into the room. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Late that night I found myself alone with Margaret amid the debris of the gathering. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Arnold Bennett She saw the washing and the ironing of those wristbands, and a slatternly woman or two sighing and grumbling amid wreaths of steam, and a background of cinders and suds and sloppiness. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

William Hope Hodgson And then, when the day was far spent, we came in sight of another wreck amid the weeds. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

Marjorie Bowen It fell unheard, unseen, amid the trampling feet. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

George Gissing You will find one solid literary article amid a confused mass of politics and economics and general clap-trap. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing Then he waited for a minute or two, feeling himself a squalid wretch amid the dainty furniture. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Bonfires blared far and near — bagpipes roared and fiddles squeaked; and, amid the thundering shouts of thousands, the carriage drew up before the castle. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

James Joyce A few moments after he found himself on the stage amid the garish gas and the dim scenery, acting before the innumerable faces of the void. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

It seems entire amid the surrounding fragments. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

George Gissing She became flurried, lost her head, stood still amid a tumult of omnibuses, cabs and carts; but a hand grasped her by the arm, and led her safely to the opposite pavement. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Gissing Behind the first landing was a small conservatory; and there, amid evergreens, sat two children whose appearance would have surprised a chance visitor knowing nothing of the house and its mistress. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle In that instant he had flung off the carpenter, and, amid a spatter of pistol bullets, had sprung the bulwarks and was swimming for his life. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Arthur Conan Doyle Ida had returned to her studies, and Clara to her blue-covered volume, sitting absorbed and disinterested amid the bustle and the racket. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Jules Verne Now we are blinded with light and saturated with heat, like the Indians of the Pampas! now plunged into profound darkness, amid the cold, like the Esquimaux of the north pole. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Then she repeated the phrase to a girl next to her, and from ear to ear it traveled round the room amid exclamations and stifled laughter. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

There was the stealing pain of a weary unrest amid the sunlit and intoxicating joy of satisfied aspiration. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is a match with cogged dice betwixt a horseman on the moor and archers amid the forest. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Wilkie Collins He would blandly kiss his white mice and twitter to his canary-birds amid an assembly of English fox-hunters, and would only pity them as barbarians when they were all laughing their loudest at him. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

G. K. Chesterton And amid a dead silence the Provost of Notting Hill passed out of the room. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

In quite two-thirds of them, amid the lace curtains of the parlour window, there was a green card with ‘Apartments’ on it in silver lettering, above the peeping foliage of an aspidistra. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Margaret Oliphant It seemed like a year to Vincent since he had dined with his mother at this big table, amid the distant odours of all the bacon and cheese. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle He stood blinking and smiling amid the congratulations of the brothers. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It seemed that there was no life anywhere in all this expanse of coast except under the filtered sunlight of those umbrellas, where something went on amid the color and the murmur. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

D. H. Lawrence He stood in agony and semi-blindness amid a chaos. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Ralph Waldo Emerson The child walks amid heaps of illusions, which he does not like to have disturbed. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Henry James But it visited him at intervals, and sometimes in the strangest places — suddenly, abruptly, in the stillness of an Indian temple, or amid the shrillness of an Oriental crowd. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

Nathaniel Hawthorne There was the nurse — no hired handmaiden of Death, but one whose calm affection had endured thus long in secrecy, in solitude, amid the chill of age, and would not perish even at the dying-hour. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch She climbed over the board, groped along the dusky passage, pushed open a door and looked in on the kitchen, where, amid clouds of vapour, Mrs. Mayow and her daughter Cherry were washing the children. Midsummer Fires by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

I fancy a woman’s blushes and smiles wear longer in these calm solitudes than amid the tumult and clamour of a great city. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

She fain would have cried aloud, amid a tempest of passionate sobs — “O my love, my love! you are dearer to me a hundred times by this cruel change. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

He even moved away, but she pursued his steps, and, a little time after, both spread their wings and vanished amid the luminous space above. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Benjamin Disraeli After this banner, amid frequent incense, walked two of the most beautiful children in Rome, dressed as angels with golden wings; the boy bearing a rose of Jericho, the girl a lily. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

George Gissing The parlour was full of noisy people, amid whom Mr. Bower was holding weighty discourse; the friends had gone below for privacy. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Gissing As they watched it rose, to drop again upon a small stone amid a shallow current; half in, half out of, the sunny water, it basked. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Benjamin Disraeli Wandering amid his solitary woods and glades at all hours and seasons, the wild and beautiful apparitions of nature had appealed to a sympathetic soul. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

O wilt thou win me then, or as fair a maid as I be? It was the King’s son Hafbur Woke up amid the night, And ’gan to tell of a wondrous dream In swift words nowise light. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Arthur Morrison Distinct amid the loud clicking of the hall clock, Hewitt now heard a sound, as of a person’s foot shifting on a stone step. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Satan, first of all, sent a thick mist over the waters, in the hope that the king’s vessel might be stranded on the coast amid the darkness. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

F. Scott Fitzgerald As Rosemary returned the gaze the man dislodged the monocle, which went into hiding amid the facetious whiskers of his chest, and poured himself a glass of something from a bottle in his hand. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Gaskell Pain trembled in his weary limbs, Pain filled his patient eye, Pain-crushed amid the shadowy fern His branchy crown did lie. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Over and over they rolled, amid squelching oranges and bursting melons. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Some time after that I saw Richard Hare amid the trees at a distance, farther off the cottage, then, than I was, and apparently watching the path. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

John Morley It jars on us that the moon which has climbed into the night and moved like sound of music over heath and woodland, should finally set in a gray swamp amid the harsh croaking of amphibians. Voltaire by John Morley

M. Vandeloup then left the box amid great excitement, and Kilsip was again examined. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Andrew Lang Then, amid the sounding of the trumpets and the shoutings of the people, he and Mousta retired gravely from the lists. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The character and the fate of the wretched woman who forms the central figure of the story come upon us, amid the grim tepidity of their surroundings, with extraordinary force. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

George Gissing Well, at the end of the last term we spent together at the University, Golding came to spend a few weeks with me amid the delights of my Warwickshire home. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

In the crown was the Stone, and it shone with a soft whiteness, and in it, amid the gold, in a deep blackness the letters of the Name were moving and glowing. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Gustave Flauber Some soldiers had seen her in the night on the summit of her palace kneeling before the stars amid the eddyings from kindled perfuming-pans. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Thomas Hardy The only absolute certainty about him was that he would not stand still in the circumstances amid which he was born. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

A. E. W. Mason He seemed to be running somewhere amid sandhills which continually shifted and danced about him as he ran, so that he could not tell which way he went. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Charles Dudley Warner Madrid was in a state of siege, expecting an assault at one time; confusion reigned amid the changing adherents about the person of the child-queen. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Guy de Maupassan The ten people had finished its contents without difficulty amid general regret that it did not hold more. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

Sinclair Lewis When he had established Fran in a chair on the boat deck, amid piles of snobbish blond luggage, he slipped down to the bar. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence And amid it all, up came a bubble of distracted laughter. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Nathaniel Hawthorne Just at the moment, so far as can be ascertained, when the Veiled Lady vanished, a maiden, pale and shadowy, rose up amid a knot of visionary people, who were seeking for the better life. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

George Gissing Then, from somewhere amid the rows of listeners, sounded a clear, boyish note. Humplebee by George Gissing

H. G. Wells One of its gripping limbs curled amid the debris; another limb appeared, feeling its way over the fallen beams. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Marjorie Bowen Then with shaking hands the youth was dragged into the ditch amid a babble of blame and fear. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Beyond London, amid the spray of meadow and orchard, bird and bee were making carnival, but here one still gambled and waited to find a boat. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Arthur Conan Doyle But now there was a long moot upon a horn, and at once a score of russet-clad bowmen ran forward from amid the trees, spreading out into a scattered line and closing swiftly in upon the travelers. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Anna Katherine Green Never before had they beheld so lawless a growth or a house so completely lost amid vines and shrubbery. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

H. G. Wells For a minute or so I remained watching the curate, and then I advanced, crouching and stepping with extreme care amid the broken crockery that littered the floor. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Henry James Three gentlemen, on the grass, at a distance, sat under the great trees, while the fourth figure showed a crimson dress that told as a “bit of colour” amid the fresh rich green. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

G. K. Chesterton Of all this the magistrate heard nothing; since it was carried out with quiet swiftness amid that momentum of routine that sleeps like a spinning top. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

George Gissing He looked about eighteen; his comely countenance, with its air of robust health and habitual exhilaration, told of a boyhood passed amid free and joyous circumstances. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Gustave Flauber Sometimes they came upon little peaceful spots, where a brook flowed amid the long grass; and as they ascended the other bank Salammbo would pluck damp leaves to cool her hands. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Under the clear, still light, amid the giant wheels and strange engines, that one little dark figure clutching and clinging to the ingots had in it something both weird and piteous. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

George Gissing It shared in the unreality of her life in wealthy houses, amid the luxury which appertained only to fortune’s favourites, which surrounded her only by chance. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Arthur Conan Doyle Once some bandy-legged, lurching creature, an ant-eater or a bear, scuttled clumsily amid the shadows. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

My English horse, which has just disappeared amid a cloud of dust, has furnished me with a living image of the fragility of the things of the earth. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Gaston Leroux At least, it was so that Rouletabille believed he saw the mysterious struggle go in the half-light, amid most impressive silence, after that frightened cry of Natacha’s. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

To attain this, amid the peculiar surroundings of his life, was difficult enough. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

George Gissing The vaults, barely illumined with gas-jets, seemed of infinite extent; dim figures moved near and far, amid huge barrels, cases, packages; in rooms partitioned off by glass framework men sat writing. A Lodger in Maze Pond by George Gissing

The bearded red brows, close above the pale blueness of his eyes, made them more vivid by contrast; they were like pools of blue light amid the brownness of his face. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Arnold Bennett Later, amid the stir of the hotel, there came a knock at her door, impatient and nervous. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

And on this thus Zeus exhorts him:— Helios, see that thou shine on amidst the deathless gods amid mortal men upon the earth, the grain giver. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Arthur Conan Doyle The doctor has found time amid the calls of a busy country practice to jot down his recollections, and I feel that I cannot do better than subjoin them exactly as they stand. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

D. H. Lawrence She was one perpetually agitated dovecot of words and emotions, always trying consciously to find HERSELF amid the whirl, and never quite succeeding. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe The paving-stones, loosened from their beds, lay in wild disorder amid the tall, rank grass, which sprang up around the feet and ankles. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

George Gissing The gusto with which I look forward to each and every enjoyment! At the pit-door, I shall roll and hustle amid the throng, and find it amusing. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle Above them two crested hoopoes were fluttering and calling amid the ruins of the pylon. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]