Phrases with "amidst"

Accordingly, at noon, amidst the thunder of artillery and the respectful homage of the army, we set out, escorted by a regiment of cavalry, of which Max, as a boy, had been colonel-in-chief. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

They were passing along the street, and he saw Barrington amidst the sweets. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

But when I appeared in front of the gangway, amidst the crowd of peasants, they all began to yell at me. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope She looked upon all this with dismay, and told herself that she was not fit to sail, under her own guidance, out in the broad sea, amidst such rocks as those. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Arthur Conan Doyle And then suddenly I heard, amidst the roar of the storm, the creak and whine of the winch-handle turning and the rattle of the grating as it passed through the slot. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Anthony Trollope In this guise he stood there amidst the crowd, foremost among those who were watching the ladies as they got into their vehicles. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But yet she lost herself amidst the paths, and tried to find a joy in feeling that she had done so. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells I’m sick of all the confusions of life’s experience, which tells only of one need amidst an endless multitude of distresses. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

At length the fortunate hour for the Shah’s entry was announced, and he entered Tehran amidst the whole of its population, who had been turned out to greet his arrival. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

But, amidst the uproar of the sea, and the clangor of sea-birds, high over all I hear another though a distant summons. The Theban Sphinx by Thomas De Quincey

H. G. Wells A discussion of the education of the next generation, a matter of supreme interest from the New Republican point of view, passed from public sight amidst the happy tumults and splendours of the time. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Poisson got up and took the rose from the cake and presented it in his most gallant manner to the hostess amidst applause from the other guests. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

William Makepeace Thackeray Fancy troops of girls giggling, chattering, pushing to and fro, amidst old black canvas, Gothic halls, thrones, pasteboard Cupids, dragons, and such like. Cox’s Diary by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

William Makepeace Thackeray There they are at Almack’s itself, amidst a crowd of high-bred personages, with the Duke of Clarence himself looking at them dancing. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

William Morris Thereto we had come, following a little river which came out on to the clearing with us, and then, turning, ran well-nigh amidst it toward the north. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Slowly I raised my eyes, and looked round; the vaporous, hazy cloud had passed away, or melted into the ambient rose-tints amidst which the sun had sunk. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Guy de Maupassant There he stood fixed amidst them, surprised and embarrassed, not understanding what they were going to do with him. Simon’s Papa (Le Papa de Simon) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Conspicuous amidst the guests at the fête on the 20th of May, was Lady Rachel Derreston: a cold, self-possessed girl, with strictly classical features, and the palest blue eyes I ever saw. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Near the Béguinage, amidst the stress of flood and gust, and in the perplexity of darkness, you had swooned and fallen. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

I shall come some morning to see you amidst your new surroundings, and shall find a stranger. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Concord returned to its place amidst the tents. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

H. G. Wells They clambered slowly and one urged and helped the other, slipping and pausing ever and again, amidst a constant trickle of fragments of broken tile. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Anthony Trollope He had studied Dante, and had striven to arouse himself to ecstatic joy amidst the loveliness of the Italian lakes. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Planchet put away his money, and made up his accounts, amidst civilities addressed to his former master. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Directed by the voices, he found his way, with some difficulty, to the apartment, just as Hugh concluded his first stanza; and, amidst the subsequent applause, his entrance had been unperceived. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

The twilight was green and dim, and ofttimes amidst the wealth of vegetation not a flower was to be seen. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

H.P. Lovecraft Wilcox, I was sure, had heard of the cult in some casual way, and had soon forgotten it amidst the mass of his equally weird reading and imagining. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Caroline Lamb This is well; and once, though she saw me not, amidst the crowd, I marked her, as she lightly bounded the gayest in the circle, from the mere excess of the animal spirits of youth. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

No sooner was Dan amidst the bustle of London, than his fears and fancies left him. The Final Ending to it by Ellen Wood [1872]

Ralph Waldo Emerson For the origin of all reform is in that mysterious fountain of the moral sentiment in man, which, amidst the natural, ever contains the supernatural for men. Lecture On The Times by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

I should have blown the house up today and got in amidst the flying debris. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Marjorie Bowen Lucille Debelleyme remembered the handsome bed with the Brussels lace curtains amidst the amorini upholding the huge baldaquin. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Washington Irving But where, thought I, is the crew? Their struggle has long been over — they have gone down amidst the roar of the tempest — their bones lie whitening among the caverns of the deep. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Fétis changed his pace from a run to a walk, hurried along, threading his way safely amidst all obstacles, scarce conscious of fatigue in that hypernatural condition of his mind and body. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

H. G. Wells The defender-general found himself suddenly called upon to invent a new sort of warfare, in which guns were to fight alone amidst broken and retreating infantry. The Land Ironclads by H. G. Wells [1903]

Policemen drove back the throng to some distance, so that the aeroplanes might have a clear space to run in, and just as the hour of one sounded the start was made amidst a breathless silence. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

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

William Hazlitt He digs his own grave by the sea-shore; contrives his funeral ceremonies amidst the pomp of desolation, and builds his mausoleum of the elements. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Guy de Maupassan She stood out all rosy from the warmth of the day, amidst the impalpable clouds of flour, which diffused an indistinct whiteness through the air. Margot’s Tapers (Noces de Margot) by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Conan Doyle I have had some experience of him in other moods, however, and shall be the less surprised when the thunderstorms suddenly come up amidst the sunshine. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

H.P. Lovecraft I had not noticed any such opening during my daytime pilgrimage, but knew that these things are easily overlooked amidst the drifting sands. Imprisoned with the Pharaohs by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

She runs the rampires round amidst the war, Nor fears the flying darts; she rends her hair, And fills with loud laments the liquid air. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Sophia, Harriet, and Lucy Saville, were high-born, high-bred, and elegant girls, accustomed to what they called the quiet of domestic life, amidst a thousand relations and ten thousand acquaintances. Lodore by Mary Shelley

After passing through a belt of jungle three miles broad, we came upon some villages amidst a large range of cultivation. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Walter Scott There is a maxim for thee, Gilbert! — Heardest thou ever better? hang it up amidst thy axioms of wisdom, and see if it will not pass among them like fifteen to the dozen. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

On the same day, amidst the outcries of all the women in the place, he put his head out of doors. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

As she advanced the gas-lamps shone out amidst the whiteness like torches. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Ford Madox Ford Such as she had felt when they had been shelling near the hotel in France, when she had sat amidst palms with Christopher under a glass roof. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

H. G. Wells Atlas House was extensively unscrubbed and shabbier and more threadbare than ever, but my father camped, so to speak, amidst its disorder very comfortably. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

The barrel, hurled a distance of thirty feet, cleared the barricade of dead bodies, and fell amidst a group of shrieking soldiers, who threw themselves on their faces. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

One rapid glance across the room had shown him Daniel Granger making his way towards them, looking unspeakably ponderous and British amidst that butterfly crowd. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

He would see her again, spend some hours in her company, her trusted friend and protector, permitted to guard her amidst that rabble throng which was likely to assemble on the common. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Caroline Lamb He sought him in every place of public resort, amidst the gay troop of companions who were accustomed to surround him, and in the haunts of his most lonely retirement. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Guy de Maupassant Meanwhile, however, Monsieur Hamot had seized the ruffian by the throat, and they were rolling on the ground together, amidst a scene of indescribable confusion, and the ceremony was interrupted. Madame Baptiste by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Here and there, stretched under a portico or a dingy booth, were sleeping groups of houseless Lazzaroni — a tribe now merging its indolent individuality amidst an energetic and active population. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

I was also present at his bedside in the closing hour of his life, which exhaled quietly, amidst snatches of delirious conversation with some imaginary visitors. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

H. G. Wells But this Utopia began upon a philosophy of fragmentation, and ends, confusedly, amidst a gross tumult of immediate realities, in dust and doubt, with, at the best, one individual’s aspiration. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

She was here a garden-rose amidst briars, and Whitelock flattered himself that his position was not materially different. Lodore by Mary Shelley

H. G. Wells And such news it was! “I say,” said Bert at his breakfast, amidst a great clamour, “tell us a bit. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Anthony Trollope They were carried, one to Boston and one to New York, and were incarcerated, amidst the triumph of the nation. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was a wreath of leaves along the edge of the pedestal, with a lamp burning amidst them. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Lesbia did not care two straws for the lovely lake district amidst which she had been reared — every pike and force, every beck and gill whereof was distinctly dear to her younger sister. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Guy de Maupassan Then, amidst her tears, she stammered out: “Listen, Antoine, come here, I told you a lie, you will understand, listen. His Avenger by Guy de Maupassan

A good many trees grew about that part, thick enough almost for a wood in places; and the light and shade, cast by the moon on the grass amidst them, had quite a weird appearance. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

In the end I might leave one gleaming flake or so amidst the slag heaps for a moment of postmortem sympathy. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H. G. Wells Here and there gaudy pleasure palaces towered amidst the puny remains of Victorian times, and cable ways slanted to them from the city. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

There, amidst the trees of the coppice, like a picture framed round by green leaves, stood Ketira the gipsy. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

Now I should be miserable to sit at table unsupported, amidst such a party. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

D. H. Lawrence She loved being there, amidst the tobacco smoke of those famous evenings of the cronies, as she called them privately to herself. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

She laughed, with a child’s joy, as this picture rose up amidst the gloom of the dungeon. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

H. G. Wells No doubt they winked and chuckled over their rare wines, amidst their dazzling, wickedly dressed women, and plotted further grinding for the faces of the poor. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Pizarro, amidst the general wreck, found himself left with only a few cavaliers who disdained to fly. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

H. G. Wells Except for the faddists and fanatics we all feel a sort of despairing inadequacy amidst this wild storm of suggestions and rash beginnings. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

He looked up at the quiet house buried amidst the vine-leaves, and turned again to the vivid, animated face of the young actress. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Anthony Trollope Then, amidst the glories of his emancipation from thraldom, he had seen Mary Bonner,—and had actually, after a fashion, made a choice for himself. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

H. G. Wells They had held a precarious foothold amidst bears and lions and all the monstrous violence of the past. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Lady Margaret Laroche was, indeed, her only intimate friend amidst the multitude of her admiring acquaintance. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Anthony Trollope The eager animal did get himself up amidst the thick wood on the top of the bank, and then fell headlong over, having entangled his feet among the boughs. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Tobias Smolle When he fled for shelter to the flattering creation of fancy, some abhorred idea always started up amidst the gay vision, and dissolved the pleasing enchantment. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

George Eliot The rector determined to get on horseback and go amidst the crowd with the constables; and he sent a message to Mr Lingon, who was at the Ram, calling on him to do the same. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

H. G. Wells First I see them a little diffusely in the cold explicitness of daylight, and then concentrated and drawn together amidst the shadow and mystery about shaded lamps. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Anthony Trollope The two girls contrived to say a few words to their father that night before they joined Mary amidst her trunks in her bedroom. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

H. G. Wells It was her best Sunday bonnet, and the two poppies that reared their heads amidst its splendours of band and bead seemed instinct with the same tremulous courage that possessed her. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

The procession moved along to the Town Hall amidst general cheering. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

She was borne from the stage exhausted and insensible, amidst such a tempest of admiring rapture as Continental audiences alone can raise. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

William Morris But most commonly it was deemed that the devils swarmed amidst of its thickets, and that wheresoever a man sought to, who was once environed by it, ever it was the Gate of Hell whereto he came. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Anthony Trollope There had been walks as well as rides at Littlebath; and walks also, though perhaps of doubtful joy, amidst those graves below the walls of Jerusalem. And so they started. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Three happy days he now spent amidst the loved ones, and then returned to G— — where he had still a year to stay before settling down in his native town for life. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

E. T. A. Hoffmann When Nathanael came to the house where he lived he was greatly astonished to find it burnt down to the ground, so that nothing but the bare outer walls were left standing amidst a heap of ruins. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Julian Hawthorne Into this we turned, and in a few moments were out of sight of alien eyes amidst the thick-growing hemlocks. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Augustine Birrell Monk, having reached London amidst great excitement, went down to the House and delivered an ambiguous speech. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Jules Verne The doctor passed the whole night watching it, till it ceased, at seven in the morning, amidst the profound silence of the atmosphere. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Not caring to be seen, she turned short off amidst the trees, intending to emerge again when he had passed. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

In the struggle that now passes within that breast, amidst the flickers of waning mortality, only Allah, whose eye never slumbers, can aid. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Deep amidst the wildest forest the path suddenly descends into a narrow valley, surrounded by steep rocks at the foot of which lies a little village half concealed among the trees. Thirteen at Table by Mór Jókai

H. G. Wells The pipe was cracked, and the residuum of the Food of the Gods escaped through the crack into a little puddle amidst clumps of rushes, just in time for the spring awakening. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Jane Austen Willoughby opened the piano-forte, and asked Marianne to sit down to it; and thus amidst the various endeavours of different people to quit the topic, it fell to the ground. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

H. G. Wells In the world of science now, even more than in the world of literature and political thought, the thing that is alive struggles, half-suffocated, amidst a copious production of things born dead. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Its time of flowers, and even of fruits, was over; but a scantling of apples enriched the trees; only a blossom here and there expanded pale and delicate amidst a knot of faded leaves. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

There is much humour in the readiness of the goose to rush in with a ready-made resolution, and in the smart reproof administered by the sparrow-hawk amidst the uproar of “the gentle fowls all. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

She looked up languidly as Bothwell approached, and gave him her hand, like an empress, without stirring from her graceful repose amidst embroidered silken cushions. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

There amidst the world new-builded shall our earthly deeds abide, Though our names be all forgotten, and the tale of how we died. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

William Morris Yet amidst that sea should ye perish belike, were it not for the wisdom gathered by a few; and they are dead now save for the Book, and for me, who read it unto you. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle But I doubt not that we shall give them much trouble ere they drive us out from amidst these hedges. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Jules Verne However, amidst these continual miseries, a fortunate circumstance on that day occurred which it appeared likely would considerably ease their fatigue. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Benjamin Disraeli Then on a barded Arab, herself dressed in cloth of gold, parti-coloured with violet and crimson, came, amidst tremendous cheering, the Queen of Beauty herself. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

He had said aright — LOVE HAD VANISHED FROM HIS HEART; there was no longer a serene space amidst its disordered elements for human affection to move and breathe. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Light as he fell, so light the youth arose, And rising, found himself amidst his foes; Nor flight was left, nor hopes to force his way. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Their route took them through a country sprinkled over with Indian cottages, amidst flourishing fields of maize and maguey, indicating an industrious and thriving peasantry. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Perhaps he found it easier to practise that system in broad daylight, in his mill-yard, amidst busy occupations, than in a quiet parlour, disengaged, at the hour of eventide. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Interspersed amidst these gardens, which were divided from each other by low walls, or walking slowly along the road, were many forms similar to those I had already seen. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Florence Dixie They were back amidst scenes they had but lately quitted, when their hearts were happy and buoyant ; they returned to them now burdened with a load of care, which oppressed them with dark forebodings. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Andrew Lang He was born amidst the shouts and laughter of the boys, and greeted by the jingling bells and cracking whips of the sledges. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells And amidst it, like an ant in an earthquake, our hero ran about and grew up. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Florence Dixie What was her surprise and joy to perceive a broad expanse of green reeds not half a mile away ! and nestling amidst those reeds, on a slightly elevated piece of bushy ground, stood two canvas tents. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

On waking I found myself lying in a cot-bed amidst unfamiliar surroundings. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

William Morris Yet he abode with them long, and ate and drank amidst the hay with them till the moon shone brightly. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Benjamin Disraeli The dreamer awoke amidst real chattering, and scuffling, and clamour. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

Anthony Trollope He soon found himself in the hall amidst a cluster of servants, among whom he recognised the face of a man from Saulsby. He had, however, little time allowed him for looking about. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford No smoking-room will ever be other than peopled with incalculable simulacra amidst smoke wreaths. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Louis Roe happened to come across young Jim Batley amidst the tag-rag, and heard from him all that had occurred. David Garth’s Ghost by Ellen Wood [1871]

Whether amidst the crowds they did not find any of their “own condition,” or that none were there, Mrs. Layne did not know. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

William Morris And brown are my feet now because the sun burneth High up on the down-side amidst of the sheep, And there in the hollow wherefrom the wind turneth, Thou lay’st in my lap while I sung thee to sleep. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

H. G. Wells Even then he fancied the thing was but the matter of a night until he returned to the shop at Aldington Corner and discovered amidst their astonishment that he had been away three weeks. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Anthony Trollope He had been courteous to Lopez, and Emily, amidst the pleasure of his welcome, had forgotten some of her troubles. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells This time Britain and France will have to sit down amidst quite a number of interveners. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

H. G. Wells It seemed just a new mood amidst the variety of her moods. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Helene looked at them, and quivered amidst the benumbing drowsiness which little by little seemed to fall upon the whole house. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Maria Edgeworth As he had not been put upon his oath, he had not been guilty of perjury; he was discharged amidst the hootings of the mob. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

It was an infinite relief to him to know that Lady Valeria was on the other side of the Channel, that her pale face could not rise before him ghostlike amidst the home which she had ruined. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I was alone amidst the roar of the surf, and the crying of the sea birds. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Dimly luminous trams were gliding amidst a dotted line of lamps, and two little trains crawled into Waterloo station. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

They may find much to admire in that high, unconquerable spirit, like some proud column, standing alone in its majesty amidst the fragments and ruins around it. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Next, the figures are thrown to the demons as a propitiatory offering, amidst ‘hellish whistlings’ and the firing of guns. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

William Morris Now amidst all these deeds it yet lacked an hour of noon. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

H.G. Wells The sun set, a gorgeous spectacle, amidst tumbled masses of purple cloud. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Guy de Maupassan The carriage started off at a gallop to Formiguéres, amidst a furious jingling of bells. The Carter’s Wench by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells Its bent and broken wings and shattered stays sprawled amidst new splintered wood, and its forepeak stuck into the ground. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

The sun had long set behind the dark wall of the distant forest and the purple strip of the setting sun, amidst the thick, dark-blue clouds, seemed like a stream of fire in the mountain straits. Philip Vasilyevich’s Story by Maksim Gorky

H. G. Wells He leapt badly; he made a series of somersaults in the air, whirled right over them, and vanished with an enormous splash amidst the cactus bladders. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

H. G. Wells Only three or four minute-looking Utopians were visible amidst all this Titanic engineering. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

H. G. Wells He thought of himself performing feats with the sign language and chance linguistics amidst a circle of admiring rustics . The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Walter Scott Meanwhile the knight led the way, as if rather with the purpose of bewildering the Lady Augusta amidst these interminable woods, than following any exact or fixed path. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

The snow had ceased to fall; the bright wintry moon rode high in the heaven, amidst black, hurrying clouds. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

It is an old custom of the various sovereign states amidst which the race of the Vril-ya are distributed, to leave between each state a neutral and uncultivated border-land. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Charles Stur It was growing amidst barrenness and decay, but its long runners were covered with flowers that gave a crimson tint to the ground. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Arthur Conan Doyle He seemed a strange, tired, languid, drawling creature with a long black cigar thrusting out, like a pole from a bush, amidst that immense moustache. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

The birds dropped from the boughs on the turf around her so fearlessly that one alighted amidst the flowers in the little basket at her feet. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Anthony Trollope He entered slowly, amidst cheers from his side of the House, which no doubt were loud in proportion to the dismay of the cheerers as to the matter in hand. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim The service of luncheon proceeded amidst flickers of conversation of a general character, chiefly prompted by Gertrude. Afterwards they took their coffee on deck. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Julian Hawthorne Calbot — I think it was much to his credit — found room amidst his proper anguish to be sincerely distressed at this accident. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

H. G. Wells They read the tale of men blown to bits, of futile soldiers in that localised battle fighting against hope amidst an indescribable wreckage, of flags hauled down by weeping men. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

From what we could learn, the woman who took her off must have been concealed amidst the ricks, when Tod put her there. Losing Lena by Ellen Wood [1868]

Ah, shall we ever meet again under such happy auspices? Shall I ever again find such kind friends or such a hospitable dwelling as those I shall leave amidst these northern hills? November 3d. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Anthony Trollope But the session in Mr Palliser’s dining-room was not long, and Phineas soon found himself making his way amidst a throng of coming guests into the rooms above. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

She walked hesitatingly up the slanting planks of the gangway amidst the encouraging shouts and more or less decent jokes of the men idling over the bulwarks. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Arthur Machen I doubt whether Ruskin understood the motive of the monk who walked amidst the mountains with his eyes cast down lest he might see the depths and heights about him. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Jane Austen Mr. Collins and Charlotte appeared at the door, and the carriage stopped at the small gate which led by a short gravel walk to the house, amidst the nods and smiles of the whole party. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

I could see nothing of those I wanted to see, or of Tod and Harry Parker. Our meeting, or not meeting, was just a chance, amidst those crowds and crowds of human beings, constantly moving. The Other Earring by Ellen Wood [1874]

George Borrow We were soon mounted and in the street, amidst a confused throng of men and quadrupeds. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

H. G. Wells The human mind discovered itself relatively immortal amidst evanescent things. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Charles Dickens They had already got the length of opening the hearse to take the coffin out, when some brighter genius proposed instead, its being escorted to its destination amidst general rejoicing. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Charles Stur The sun rose amidst heavy clouds, by which his fiery beams were intercepted in their passage to the earth’s surface. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

There lay the Jersey boat, snorting and puffing, amidst the dim grayness. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Several boys, in their black coats, were like dark spots amidst the universal white. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

From a distance her shop appeared light and gay with its pale blue signboard, on which the word “Laundress” was painted in big yellow letters, amidst the dark row of the other frontages. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

H. G. Wells The modern buildings in the twilight looked like phantom pavilions amidst the archaic masonry. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

H. G. Wells What did my sort of people make of what was happening to them? Nowadays most intelligent people are getting a grasp upon the broad character of the changes and imperatives amidst which we live. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

He had watched her till she passed out of sight, amidst a wood through which the path wound its way to a village at some distance. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Sandstone Torr, dull and gloomy, and buried amidst its trees, was enough to put a lively man in mind of a prison. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Charles Stur But if, amidst difficulties and disappointments of no common description, I was led to doubt the wisdom of Providence, I was wrong. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Sir Walter Scott I will wait, I will watch; amidst so many human beings there must be some kind heart which can judge and compassionate what mine endures. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

An accident happened amidst the fun; two of the parties came in contact, and one of them received a dreadful gash on the forehead. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Her future husband now produced, as a present for his bride, a splendid pair of jewelled ear-rings, which were held up amidst the screaming approbation of the guests. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Anthony Trollope She was rapidly whirled away to Glenbogie amidst the affectionate welcomings of her aunt and cousins. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant But what one loves most amidst all these varied adventures is the country, the woods, the risings of the sun, the twilight, the light of the moon. Miss Harriet by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

H. G. Wells Everywhere in that decadence, amidst that twilight of social order, engineers, industrialists and professors of physical science were writing and talking constructive policies. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Even the last fragments of his imaginative power were all turned to account by that unconquerable will, amidst the discouragement of friends, and the still more disheartening doubts of his own mind. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

H.P. Lovecraft Still shaking, I managed to dislodge it amidst a shower of gritty flakes, and ease it over toward myself without any violent noise. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

H.P. Lovecraft Then one night the reddened and fattened Romnod snorted heavily amidst the poppied silks of his banquet-couch and died writhing, whilst Iranon, pale and slender, sang to himself in a far corner. The Quest of Iranon by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Trampling recklessly over the fallenamidst groans, and oaths, and prayers, and sudden shrieks, the enormous crowd vomited itself forth through the numerous passages. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

H. G. Wells It filled him with a momentary pleasure to see a wry stick of purple black flash out into the form of a snake, and vanish amidst the brown. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Anthony Trollope At Matching, amidst the ruins of the old Priory, there is a parish burying-ground, and there, in accordance with her own wish, almost within sight of her own bedroom-window, she was buried. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

All! — all! — all!” The black sheep sat disconsolate amidst the convivial crew, and eyed Hans Memling’s wallet. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Charles Stur The sand was of a deep red colour, and a bright narrow line of it marked the top of each ridge, amidst the sickly pink and glaucous coloured vegetation around. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Charles Stur We appeared still to be amidst broken stony hills, from which there was no visible outlet. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Charles Dickens Now, a bell rings — a magic bell, which still sounds in my ears unlike all other bells — and music plays, amidst a buzz of voices, and a fragrant smell of orange-peel and oil. A Christmas Tree by Charles Dickens [1850]

Anthony Trollope Polly amidst her blushing and her trembling made up her mind that she would say nothing of the kind at this present moment. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

H. G. Wells There was new building going on in every direction, workers’ dwellings, big groups of factories and, amidst the woods, new datchas and country clubs. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

And we caused a river to gush forth amidst them; and he had fruit, and said unto his fellow, who was his next-door neighbour, ‘I am more wealthy than thee, and mightier of household. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Pious and just, amidst a large estate, He got at once the name of good and great. Travels in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth by Paul Hentzner

Out in the garden next, amidst the roses — which grew all round the house, clustering everywhere. Rose Lodge by Ellen Wood [1876]

Henry Handel Richardson And once here, amidst the deep tenderness of his words, he felt her slowly come to life again, and unfold like a flower. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Machen He smiled to himself, amidst his lazy meditations, to think how real it seemed, and yet it was all far away, the scenery of an old play long ended and forgotten. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

One wet afternoon I wrote a long epistle to Harry, telling him, amidst other items, that Sophie Chalk was here, turning some of our heads, especially Todhetley’s. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

Next the guns must be fired off; and, as it would be a pity to waste lead, the king, amidst thunders of applause, shot five cows, presenting his gun from the shoulder. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Henry Fielding In this deceit the poor man is more heartily in earnest to deceive you than the rich, who, amidst all the emblems of poverty which he puts on, still permits some mark of his wealth to strike the eye. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

Anthony Trollope At last she was still, and consented to take a walk with him out of the room, somewhere out amidst the crowd, on the staircase if possible, so as to get a breath of fresh air. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

The glass roof of the Palais de l’Industrie appeared like a bed of glowing embers amidst the Champs-Elysees groves. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

But from the moment she held him in her arms, a helpless morsel of humanity, hardly visible to the uninitiated amidst his voluminous draperies, she felt herself on the threshold of a new existence. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]