Phrases with "amidst"

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]

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]

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

Large patches of grass full of nodding yellow trumpets had been left amidst the not too precisely mown grass, which was as it were grass path with an occasional lapse into lawn or glade. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

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]

It seemed to him as if he stood solitary amidst the wreck of the whole world. Signa by Ouida

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]

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

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]

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

Tobias Smolle He saw himself reduced to extreme poverty, cooped up with the tender partner of his heart in a wretched hovel, amidst the refuse of mankind, and on the brink of wanting the common necessaries of life. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

John Lewis Burckhard In other places, amidst half effaced inscriptions, the name of El Melek el Dhaher is distinguished. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

H.P. Lovecraft Mansion after mansion claimed my gaze, most of them decrepit and boarded up amidst neglected grounds, but one or two in each street shewing signs of occupancy. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

H. G. Wells A sheep-dog barked from a distance, and then a shepherd appeared amidst the supports of the wind-wheels, and came down towards them. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

I cannot leave her alone amidst dangers from which neither innocence nor obscurity is a safeguard. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Arthur Machen Yes; it is horrible enough; but after all, it is an old story, an old mystery played in our day, and in dim London streets instead of amidst the vineyards and the olive gardens. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Being at the time amidst a thick mass of a fine-leaved climbing plant, it proceeded, before flying away, to take note of the place where the other half was left. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

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]

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 Motionless brutes and birds lay amidst the drooping trees and herbage in the universal twilight, the tiger sprawled beside his fresh-struck victim, who bled to death in a dreamless sleep. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

George Borrow I was again amidst trees and bushes, when the horse stopping short, nearly pulled me back. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

H. G. Wells My only idea for the moment was to get away from these foul beings, and I scarcely noticed that I had emerged upon a faint pathway amidst the trees. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

The new story began to-night, in this fading western sunshine, in this atmosphere of balmy perfume, amidst these dew-laden garden-flowers growing wild. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

I loved to steep her amidst the dissipations and luxury of this abandoned city. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

He, from his nostrils and huge mouth, expires Black clouds of smoke, amidst his father’s fires, Gath’ring, with each repeated blast, the night, To make uncertain aim, and erring sight. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

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

Anthony Trollope Mr Norton was a heavy, honest old man, who attended to simple conveyancing, and sat amidst the tin boxes of his broad-acred clients. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

You unguarded Englishwomen walk calmly amidst red-hot ploughshares and escape burning. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Anthony Trollope She had been made more of than at home, and had been happy amidst the excitement. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

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

Anthony Trollope Having the kennels and the hounds under his command he did hunt the country; but he did so amidst a storm of contumely and ill will. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott On a sign by the minstrel, they withdrew to the inside of the church, so as to remain unobserved amidst the crowd, in which they were favoured by the dark shadows of some parts of the building. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

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]

H. G. Wells There, amidst thick grass and tall wild hemlock was a big piece of Derbyshire alabaster, twelve feet high at least. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

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]

Soon afterwards the Parliament—Parliaments were then triennial—was dissolved, and the canvass for a general election set in amidst unusual excitement. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

H. G. Wells Along the darkling streets, amidst the sullen crowds, the thought of Nettie, my Nettie, and her gentleman lover made ever a vivid inflammatory spot of purpose in my brain. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

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]

Bram Stoker The instant she saw it she drew back, with a low wail, and whispered, amidst choking sobs. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

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]

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

Then came a salute of twenty guns from the Jason in our honour, and we rode off amidst clouds of smoke. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

All, amidst the sad vanity of their sighs and groans, labor to put on record and to establish this monotonous complaint, which needs not other record or evidence than those very sighs and groans. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Arthur Machen As he plunged through the hedges the bristling thorns tore his face and hands; he fell amongst stinging-nettles and was pricked as he beat out his way amidst the gorse. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

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]

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

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]

Then let us fall, but fall amidst our foes: Despair of life the means of living shows. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

I saw the funeral: standing with Tod in the churchyard amidst many other spectators, and reading the inscriptions on the grave-stones while we waited. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

It was accomplished at last, Sir Francis pulling him up, and Mr. Drake hoisting him from behind, just as a ladder was being brought out to the rescue amidst shouts of laughter. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

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

Tobias Smolle Be this as it will, our lovers, though real voluptuaries, amidst the first transports of their enjoyment did not neglect the great political aim of their conjunction. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

The soup was a sort of puree of dried peas, which mademoiselle had prepared amidst bitter lamentations that in this desolate country of England no haricot beans were to be had. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

The eager expectation of the throng, amidst all the tediously slow preparations, was rather that of cupidity than curiosity. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

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]

There were the first rare primroses gleaming star-like amidst the early greenery of high grassy banks in solitary lanes about Crosber, and here and there the tender blue of a violet. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Comminges looked up and saw amidst the smoke the threatening face of Louvieres appearing at the window of the second floor. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

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

H. G. Wells Lovers, innumerable lovers, have caressed amidst this golden broom. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Charles Dudley Warner He was buried on a little elevation overlooking Sleepy Hollow and the river he loved, amidst the scenes which his magic pen has made classic and his sepulcher hallows. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Andrew Lang Dead silence reigned amidst the townsfolk, but Andras only laughed and said carelessly: ‘Just a little too short, bailiff; next time you must do better than that. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells He sticks in my mind at that, as a very symbol of the creative will in man, in its limitations, its doubtful adequacy, its valiant persistence, amidst perplexities and confusions. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Presently the little lady uplifted her voice and crowed aloud, and then began to talk after her fashion, which was backward, as of a child brought up amidst gloom and silence. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

William Black The ballad originally ended with these two stanzas:— “Here amidst sylvan bowers we’ll rove, From lawn to woodland stray; Blest as the songsters of the grove, And innocent as they. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Edgar Allan Poe This plot, however, like that of “Tortesa,” looks better in our naked digest than amidst the details which develop only to disfigure it. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

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]

George Borrow The sun was setting behind the town when we dropped anchor in its harbour, amidst half a dozen barks and felouks about the size of our own, the only vessels which we saw. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

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

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

Charles Dickens He died, as his successful ship was coming into Plymouth Harbour amidst the joyful acclamations of the people, and was buried in state in Westminster Abbey. Not to lie there, long. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

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

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

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]

John Lewis Burckhard In one hour and twenty minutes we came to Kon Szafra, in a fertile valley on the top of the mountain, where a few families live in wretched huts amidst the ruins of an ancient town. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

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]

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

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]

H. G. Wells He sat down amidst a buzz of applause. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Andrew Lang Then unhappy Adeline dreamed about a prisoner, a dying man, a coffin, a voice from the coffin, and the appearance within it of the dying man, amidst torrents of blood. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

William Morris And amidst of it all stood Blaise clad in fine black cloth welted with needle work, and a gold chain about his neck. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

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

Thomas Hardy Where could Tess possibly be, a cottage-girl, his young wife, amidst all this wealth and fashion? The more he pondered the more was he puzzled. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

But sundry superstitious gossips, hearing of this afterwards, assured Ellin that it must be unlucky to say farewell amidst graves. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

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

Florence Dixie After all, what are we but a higher order of animal ? Yet, amidst the lower animals, we do not find such an enormous difference put between the sexes. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

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]

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

Jane Austen Jane looked well, and Elizabeth had little opportunity of studying her spirits, amidst the various engagements which the kindness of her aunt had reserved for them. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

William Morris There was I brought to a goodly chamber amidst a garden; and women servants were given me who led me to the bath and clad me in dainty raiment, and gave me to eat and to drink, and all that I needed. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Anthony Trollope All is fair in love and war, and Lizzie amidst the hard business of her life still loved a dash of romance. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

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]

Guy de Maupassant How well she remembered those long days which she spent lying under an orange tree, looking up at the round, red fruit, amidst the green leaves. Abandoned (L'Abandonné) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

And now she was left amidst strangers, or worse than strangers; she seemed not to have a friend to turn to in the wide world. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Ann Radcliffe At the same instant they all drew their swords, and the shrieks of Ellena, and the supplications of the officiating priest, were lost amidst the tumult of the combatants. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Not a commotion to be told to the parish, but a private one amidst ourselves. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

David Hume It appears then, that, amidst all the variety and caprice of taste, there are certain general principles of approbation or blame, whose influence a careful eye may trace in all operations of the mind. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

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]

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 The young people meet each other in their holiday dresses, on holiday occasions, amidst holiday pleasures,—and the thing is arranged. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [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]

He will be a by-word amidst men throughout his life. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

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]

H. G. Wells Biographies of revolutionists before the Great War go on by night, amidst a scenery of back streets, cellars, prisons, suspicions and betrayals. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Larks were singing in the midsummer blue, and behind the park wall, built when the first Charles was king, the rooks were calling amidst the darkness of forest trees. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

My eye, pursuant of the search, met not him, but another and dissimilar figure, well seen amidst the crowd, for the height as well as the port lent each its distinction. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

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

Cattledon picked her way in and out amidst the things, I following. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [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]

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was rather a stupid person, he feared, amidst a crowd. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Jules Verne The Forward made its way with great difficulty amidst the snowstorms. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

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

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]

H. G. Wells Men gambling, men drinking, thieves lurking in hidden places, sinful couples, were caught, to arise with awakened mind and conscience amidst the disorder of their sin. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

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]

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]

George Gissing He turned to examine other parts of the room, and, in doing so, his eye fell upon half a sheet of note-paper which lay on the table amidst the remnants of the morning’s breakfast. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

H. G. Wells Men and women of the new age! Rich robes, grey rags fluttered together in the whirl of their movement amidst the dominant blue. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

F. Scott Fitzgerald By one o’clock the bar was jammed; amidst the consequent mixture of voices the staff of waiters functioned, pinning down their clients to the facts of drink and money. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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]

William Godwin When she walked amidst the wonders of nature, she was accustomed to converse with her God. To her mind he was pictured as not less amiable, generous and kind, than great, wise and exalted. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Anthony Trollope Now below, amidst all the troubles of Mrs Mackenzie and the tyranny of Grandairs, he began again: “Do you like London dinner parties?” “I never was at one before. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Forked lightnings zigzagged amidst the rigging. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Jules Verne The lofty plumes which surmounted their conical tops waved amidst banners, flags, and pennons of every color. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

H.P. Lovecraft On the strength of this thought I tugged again at my bonds, and used all the art of a lifetime to free myself as I had so often done amidst the glare of lights and the applause of vast crowds. Imprisoned with the Pharaohs by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

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]

H. G. Wells From amidst the miscellany of experts and officials the figure of a certain General Gerson emerged gradually to a sort of preeminence. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Where’s the use of speaking gravely now the deed’s done? It is a pity for Bevere; but he is only one young man amidst many such who in one way or another spoil their lives at its threshold. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

H. G. Wells And still lower amidst the woodland and marsh and open grass along the Wey did this little drama play itself out to the end that I have to tell. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

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

H. G. Wells He had visualised himself and Miriam first as at breakfast on a clear bright winter morning amidst a tremendous smell of bacon, and then as having muffins for tea. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

H. G. Wells Cavor’s back vanished amidst the bristling thicket, and as I scrambled up after him, the monstrous valve came into its position with a clang. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Mrs. Cale told us another item of news; that is, she recounted it amidst the rest, little thinking what it was to us. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

George Borrow Occasionally, amidst the trees at a distance, we could see blazes, as if from immense fires. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Anthony Trollope Low as he had descended amidst the depths of disreputable opinion, it was not supposed that even he would countenance anything so horrible as this. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope And now her scheme was knocked on the head, and Hester was to become a prosperous ordinary married woman amidst the fatness of the land at Folking! It was all wormwood to her. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

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]

H. G. Wells They had practically no relations and no duties to the nominal, municipal, or national Government amidst whose larger areas their own dominions lay. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

A warm odor steamed upwards from the scorched roofs, while the river, amidst this exhalation of the daytime heat, seemed to give forth a cooling breeze. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

H. G. Wells My voice had no chance now amidst his croaking assertions. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

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]

William Morris But first we will wash us and comfort us as best we may, and then amidst our resting shall the word be said. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

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]

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

H. G. Wells When at last, amidst an unparalleled storm of enthusiasm, he resumed his seat, he was already and irrevocably leader of a national renascence. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

H. G. Wells There were places of sedge and scented rush, amidst which were sapphire mists of forget-me-not for long stretches, skirmishing commandoes of yellow iris and wide wastes of floating water-lilies. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

From Stony Cross the vast stretch of wood and moor lay basking in the warm vivid light, the yellow of the dwarf furze flashing in golden patches amidst the first bloom of the crimson heather. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

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

H. Rider Haggard Down amidst the ballast tumbling, Ospakar’s shield-carles were rolled. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

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]

H. G. Wells The coffin-shaped box that had occupied the centre of the machine had broken, and three black objects, each with two handles like the ears of a pitcher, lay peacefully amidst the litter. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

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]

There, amidst the ruins of a thousand systems which aimed at virtue, sat Crime, and shivered at its desolation. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

H. G. Wells They came down upon the Germans on the wings of a great gale in the twilight, amidst thunder and rain. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

She shook out her grey dress, hoping it had fallen amidst the folds. Mrs. Todhetley’s Earrings by Ellen Wood [1873]

There, amidst stands of flowers and evergreens, lit up with coloured lamps, were grouped the dead representatives of races all inferior — some deadly — to man. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

H. G. Wells And amidst it all no plan appears, no intention, no comprehensive desire. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Joyous alike at his lonely easel or amidst his boon companions, he had not yet known enough of sorrow to love deeply. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

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]

Eleanor McAlpin, once Eleanor Layne, might well wish for more children amidst all her riches. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

H. G. Wells The Oscar II is better known in history as the Peace Ship of Henry Ford. It is a gleam of tragic comedy amidst the universal horror. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

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]

Anthony Trollope But she was firm too, and firm amidst very different circumstances. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

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 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]

H. G. Wells I sat down amidst a black cluster of shrubs, and rested, chin on hand. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

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

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]

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]

H. G. Wells Once our holiday-makers saw a horse and cart, and once a youth riding a black horse amidst the badinage of the passersby. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

I was running into Maythorn Bank the next morning, when I saw the shimmer of Anne’s white garden-bonnet and her morning dress amidst the raspberry-bushes, and turned aside to greet her. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

H. G. Wells They thought America was safe amidst all this piling up of explosives. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Polwin had slipped back again amidst the crowd and could be seen urging the bucket bearers to fresh exertions. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

I am skilled enough to cleave open, amidst the rocks, valleys in which to build our home. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Guy de Maupassant You sit down by the side of a spring which gushes out from the foot of an oak, amidst a covering of fragile herbs, upright and redolent of life. Miss Harriet by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

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

He accordingly, without further ceremony, caused the venerated images to be rolled down the stairs of the great temple, amidst the groans and lamentations of the natives. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

In a few moments I saw him in his boat, which shot across the waters with an arrowy swiftness and was soon lost amidst the waves. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

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]

Victor Hugo Those amidst the promiscuous company who were possibly or probably women worked like the rest. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Light fleecy clouds floated over the blue sky, the sun shone on the green grass of the lawn and sparkled amidst the leaves of the great mulberry-tree. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

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

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. G. Wells They lie out in the former deserts, these long wasted sun-baths of the race, they tower amidst eternal snows, they hide in remote islands, and bask on broad lagoons. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

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]

Pauline, standing at one of the doors, amidst a crowd of black coats, gazed at the male singer with a look of undisguised admiration, as though she were examining a work of art. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Yet, amidst all the bewilderment of her senses, in all the confusion of her thoughts, two figures were always before her. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Anthony Trollope When he found himself again upon his legs amidst those crowded seats, for a few moments there came upon him that old sensation of awe. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

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]

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

He wandered alone amidst the temples of old Rome, and lay stony eyed, woebegone, among their ruins, worse wrecked than they. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

H.P. Lovecraft Of course, it lay in that book within the metal case — the case which I pried out of its lair amidst the dust of a million centuries. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

H. G. Wells The Thing itself lay almost entirely buried in sand, amidst the scattered splinters of a fir tree it had shivered to fragments in its descent. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

William Morris But these are of the folk of the Wheat-wearers, even as those whom thou sawest brought to-day amidst the other spoil. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

H. G. Wells The Giants appeared and vanished among these masses and in the uncertain light; great shapes they were, not disproportionate to the things amidst which they moved. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]