Phrases with "apparition"

Wilkie Collins I was far too seriously startled by the suddenness with which this extraordinary apparition stood before me, in the dead of night and in that lonely place, to ask what she wanted. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Yet the whole apparition had so shadowy and spectral a look that the terror it inspired was itself vague and indefinite, like the terror of a dream. The Mirage by Ambrose Bierce

George Meredith He stood enormous above me in the moonlight, like an apparition touching earth and sky. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Henry Kingsley She was getting afraid of her husband; afraid of his strong masculine cunning, of his reckless courage, and of the strange apparition of a great brutal heart at the bottom of it all. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Washington Irving Such was the appearance of Ichabod and his steed, as they shambled out of the gate of Hans Van Ripper, and it was altogether such an apparition as is seldom to be met with in broad daylight. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Henry Handel Richardson For two nights after he kept watch, to waylay the apparition should it come; but, shy of human eyes, it did not show itself again. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Elizabeth Von Arnim The Cookhams, out for a spree, weren’t going to let it be interfered with by the unexpected apparition of Fanny, and got over her almost at once. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

The apparition bowed her head, and her form melted into air. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

No banshee ever yet was more inalienably attached to a family than this ominous apparition is to mine. The White Cat of Drumgunniol by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Andrew Lang However, they, like many Europeans, associate a man’s apparition with his death. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Henry James If she was not to be seen that day, however, the evening was marked by an apparition before which, none the less, overstrained suspense folded on the spot its wings. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Edward Arundel started at the sudden apparition of this damsel. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Henry James As we sat there came into view an apparition unmistakeable from afar as an immemorial vagrant — the disowned, in his own rich way, of all the English ages. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Had there been a sun in the sky he would have attributed the apparition to a trick of the light, but in the sky over this smoking house there was no sun. Et in Sempiternum Pereant by Charles Williams

It presented itself to him in an apparition of strength. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Instead, a hideous little apparition with hollow eyes and pale flabby cheeks appears every morning and evening to perform for sweet Marianna the services of a tiring-maid. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

Wilkie Collins There, in mid-air, shining softly out of the dark background of the trees, still hovered the starry apparition of the child. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

But instead of passing he stopped short, and gazed at the splendid apparition she presented, as though unable to believe his eyes. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Buckingham saw this apparition in the glass; he uttered a cry. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

She affected me as an apparition familiar, yet absolutely new in her charm. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Wilkie Collins My anticipations were not fulfilled; no apparition showed itself. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

The timid inhabitants, on the sudden apparition of the strangers, quitted their huts in dismay; and the famished Spaniards, rushing in, eagerly made themselves masters of their contents. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

F. Scott Fitzgerald For a moment the apparition had startled Hubert, but when it turned and made off he was heartened and gave chase. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

As they draw near, they see only skeleton hands on the keys and the apparition turns toward them “a grinning, mouldering skull. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Gaston Leroux I stood there, stupid, before the apparition — so pale and so beautiful — of Mademoiselle Stangerson. She was clad in a dressing-gown of dreamy white. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle I had been prepared for some wandering shepherd or uncouth tramp, but this apparition fairly disconcerted me. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Victor Hugo This apparition was a light; this light was a woman; this woman was a spirit. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Thomas Hardy The apparition of Newson haunted him. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

He stared at this singular apparition for some moments in silent wonder before he was able to reduce his stupefaction into words. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Sir Lyon then asked a rather curious question: “How was the apparition clothed?” “In her shroud. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Henry James Granted that the apparition was Captain Diamond’s daughter; if it was she it certainly was her spirit. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

Andrew Lang Account of an apparition that appeared to William Soutar, 77 in the Mause, 1730. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling A rattling of trunks in the halls — a click of heels — and the apparition of an enormous gaunt woman wrestling with a small Madrassi servant. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Maria Edgeworth Sudden terror, and confused apprehension of evil, made her grow very pale at the sight of his bloody apparition at the window of the ball-room. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

The boy had eaten his breakfast before he reached Hatherton. So much the better; for the apparition of the Sergeant–Major would have left him totally without appetite. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Virginia Woolf Three days later the same apparition appeared again; and on Wednesday noon appeared once more. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Wilkie Collins On the day and at the hour when the child had come to herself, I had stood on the deck of the vessel, and had seen the apparition of her disappear from my view. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Arnold Bennett It was a curious psychological effect, this terrorizing (for it amounted to that) of two courageous full-grown men by the mere apparition of a helpless creature in a cellar. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

D. H. Lawrence Connie watched his thin, white figure, and it looked to her like a ghost, an apparition moving away from her. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Mary Webb Vessons, a beer-bottle in either hand, was so aghast at the pale apparition that he nearly dropped them. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

H. G. Wells They took it in the same spectacular spirit they had displayed at the first apparition of the air-fleet. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Andrew Lang No one has ever even pretended to see the ghost of an ancient Roman buried in these islands, still less of a Pict or Scot, or a Palaeolithic man, welcome as such an apparition would be to many of us. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne The apparition passed and disappeared in an instant, leaving behind it a long train of white dust, as an express locomotive leaves behind a train of smoke. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Goldwin Smith The apparition acted like magic on the recluse. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

William Makepeace Thackeray A fascination stole over the senses of young Wolfgang. He stared at the lovely apparition with fixed eyes and distended jaws. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

Nikolai Gogol In fact, one watchman in Kolomna saw with his own eyes the apparition come from behind a house. The Cloak by Nikolai Gogol

Olaf Stapledon Further, matter is essentially, not extension, but resistance, hardness; or rather the apparition of resistance in the completely isolated life of human minds. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

H. G. Wells The apparition took the meeting’s breath away and then, after a silence, the crowd broke into a confusion of booing, applause and protests. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

The apparition dramatically makes his charge, but is unmasked just in time to save the victim’s life. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

John Galsworthy His face was ashen grey in the moonlight, and it was evident that he mistook her apparition for confirmation of the worst; he opened the window. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Henry Handel Richardson He named a dish at random, and, she having stiffly and dumbly retired, gripped his head with his hands and sat with closed eyes, trying to plumb the sensations this apparition had stirred in him. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

To the excited girl this apparition seemed the embodiment of the unknown evil she had dreaded. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Victor Hugo A thought which altogether eclipsed the hideous apparition on the hill occurred to him forcibly — that he must eat. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Kate Chopin He could but look, as if at some awful apparition that must soon pass from sight and leave him again in possession of his reason. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Maria Edgeworth An apparition in broad daylight could not have surprised Ormond more than the sight of this person. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Andrew Lang Sir Walter supposes that Macpherson and Mrs. MacHardie invented the apparition as an excuse for giving evidence. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

The apparition inside gave them no attention; it was apparently occupied with a book of accounts. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Hawthorne’s admirers wished especially for some clearer explanation of Miriam’s earlier life, and of her relation to the strange apparition of the catacombs. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

James Joyce It comes when he is abandoned and challenges him reluctant and, as an apparition of hope and youth, holds him unresisting. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle Thanks! Good night!” “Good-night!” and the head disappeared like the apparition in “Macbeth.” It was evident that our thoughts were running in very much, the same groove. The Heiress of Glenmahowley by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jack London I held that space was an apparition of God, and that soul was a projection of the character of God; and when he called me his sweet metaphysician, I called him my immortal materialist. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Just as though Nave saw the apparition before him then, and was frightened at it. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

He sprang like lightning to his feet and then stood staring at me as if I were an apparition from the grave. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Stanton’s ruling passion rushed on his soul; he felt this apparition like a summons to a high and fearful encounter. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Edith Wharton When he opened his shutters on the morning after the Princess Buondelmonte’s apparition it seemed to him as if she herself had hung that cold gray mist before the window. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

And in that moment a revelation came to Ann Fennel. It was this apparition which had been wont to haunt her husband in the house and terrify him beyond control. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Charles Dickens He made the change, and the apparition of his disturbed fancy vanished. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Marjorie Bowen For one moment the ghastly apparition showed there, then fell into the dark again. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Alphonse Daudet The apparition of Tartarin, haggard, thinned, dusty, his flaming eyes, and the bristling up fez tassel, sharply interrupted this tender Turkish-Marseillais orgie. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Andrew Lang Since the performance of which the ghost or apparition of the old gentleman hath seemed to be at rest, having never given the young man any further trouble. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

It was the first time Dorcas had seen Stanley Lake’s features in that translated state which indicated the action of his evil nature, and the apparition haunted her for many a day and night. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Machen The apparition was a shocking one; I felt that for a moment I had caught a glimpse of a region that was very like hell itself. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

William Godwin Charles just then recollected, he had read that Alexander had a wart on the nape of his neck; and with proper precautions Faustus allowed the emperor to examine the apparition by this test. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Sinclair Lewis Creeping into her snug life, wailing for her help, came a yellow-faced apparition whose eyes were not for seeing but mere gashes to show the suffering within. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

George Meredith The apparition of his father to him poisoned a sluggish run of blood, and that venom in the blood distracted a head steeped in Wittenberg philosophy. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

George Meredith Had he known this ‘handsome, lively, witty’ apparition as a woman having political and social views of her own, he would not, one fancies, have been so stingless. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

The apparition that haunts the box — is not — human. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Nikolai Gogol But the most noteworthy point was, that from that day forward the apparition of the dead tchinovnik ceased to be seen. The Cloak by Nikolai Gogol

Victor Hugo No apparition is so wonderful as the waves. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

There was nothing particularly strange in such an apparition in the neighbourhood of woods full of wild pigeons; and yet the sight thrilled him. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Victor Hugo An apparition was indeed before them; but none of the ideas usually evoked by the word were realized in the lady’s appearance. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Meredith Even then, so impossible is it to conceive the unimaginable even when the apparition of it smites us, she expected some protesting absurdity, or that he had seen something in her path. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Then I ran into my bedroom, and the whole night through tormented myself with the terrible apparition of the Sand-man. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Robert Louis Stevenson He was followed by an apparition still more strange and shocking: Madam Mendizabal, naked also, and carrying in both hands and raised to the level of her face, an open basket of wicker. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith The apparition of Ives, if it was he, would not fit with any conjecture. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Thomas Hardy She pressed through the rift into the tree, lifted the cover of the box, and, behold, there was disclosed within a lovely white apparition in a somewhat flattened state. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

But Calvert’s apparition — that might perhaps be less formidable. The Long Chamber by Olivia Howard Dunbar

Theodore Dreiser For days this apparition was a drag on her soul before it began to wear partially away. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

The apparition became momentarily more distinct, and grew, visibly; it was drawing near. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Sir Walter Scott The apparition of Lawyer Clippurse at the Hall occasioned much speculation in that portion of the world to which Waverley-Honour formed the centre. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

John Galsworthy The apparition wore white muslin on its head, a fichu round its bare neck over a wine-coloured dress, fulled out below its slender waist. To Let by John Galsworthy

Edgar Rice Burroughs To Jane the strange apparition of this god-like man was as wine to sick nerves. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

The apparition now settled down upon the couch, and at the moment of doing so seemed suddenly to grow dark, solid, and manlike. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Sigmund Freud This apparition was the revision of one of her childish memories, which, although conscious, was most intimately connected with all the unconscious material in her mind. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle This apparition of a man adhering to his bars and dragged screaming across him had apparently filled him with amazement. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Edgar Allan Poe The intense effect produced by this sudden apparition is not at all to be wondered at when the various circumstances are taken into consideration. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

What state had I really been in, when I saw that long-chinned apparition of the pale portrait? Many a wiser man than I had been mystified by dyspepsia and melancholic vapours. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James Amanda Pynsent’s forebodings had been answered to the letter; that bold-faced apparition had become a permanent influence. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Carlos, silent as an apparition at the foot of the ladder, put a finger to his lips and glanced upwards. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

David had never seen a woman gloved and booted for the hunt, and in that hour and in that wild place the apparition was as strange and as beautiful as a dream. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

The necessity had arisen too swiftly; the arrival of that man acted like the sudden apparition of a phantom. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Jack London Not a hansom did I meet with in all my drive, while mine was like an apparition from another and better world, the way the children ran after it and alongside. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

George Meredith For the day grew like to thick night, and the orb was its beacon-fire, And from hill to hill of darkness burst the day’s apparition forth. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

We were, as we believed, many hundred miles from any land; but this apparition seemed to denote that it was not, in reality, so distant as we had supposed. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Jules Verne Leur apparition causa un vif mouvement de surprise et d’inquiétude. L’Archipel en Feu by Jules Verne [1884]

Does not the apparition make vividly manifest the obtuse mould of my heavy traits? There!’ (he started) ‘I have been expecting that wire to vibrate this last half-hour. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

The apparition that eludes analysis haunts the memory more than do the comparatively simple forms of the past. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Aphra Behn The Prince began to doubt himself, and to swear in his thought, that the apparition was himself, so very like he was to himself, as if he had seen his proper figure in a glass. Love-letters between a Nobleman and his sister by Aphra Behn

His jaw had dropped to an expression of horrible surprise, his face was ashen grey, and he stared incredulously at Sam Gover for all the world as if the old man were an apparition from the dead. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

My apparition shall haunt you for ever and ever. In Later Years by Ellen Wood [1887]

The apparition only leaves him at his own door. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

H. G. Wells On several evenings this was tried without any satisfactory result, but on the fifth or sixth occasion Mr. Vincey did actually see or imagine he saw an apparition of Mr. Bessel standing in his room. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Jules Verne Cependant les jours s’écoulaient, l’émotion ne se calmait pas, et elle allait être portée au comble le soir où la Stilla ferait sa dernière apparition sur le théâtre. Le Château des Carpathes by Jules Verne [1892]

Victor Hugo His spirit was enwrapt in the contemplation of every succeeding apparition of widespread misery. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Abraham Merri None, I knew, save Throckmartin and myself had seen the first apparition of the Dweller. Had they witnessed the second? I did not know, nor could I risk speaking, not knowing. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Do you understand?” The apparition which resembled Catherine lowered and raised its hooded head slowly. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Arnold Bennett Immediately afterwards there came into the restaurant an apparition which momentarily stopped every conversation in the room. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

E. F. Benson Sordid details followed: a detective who had been there seized an apparition by the throat, and turned on the electric light. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

He recognised Taminah, Bulangi’s slave-girl, with her tray of cakes for sale — an apparition of daily recurrence and of no importance whatever. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

This apparition I connected with a mysterious event; and, also, with a singular liability, that has for nearly eight years distinguished, or rather afflicted, our family. The White Cat of Drumgunniol by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The apparition stood glum and lowering on the kitchen floor. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

James Hogg Gracious Heaven! What an apparition was there presented to his view! He saw, delineated in the cloud, the shoulders, arms, and features of a human being of the most dreadful aspect. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

E. F. Benson Dr. Teesdale pointed without looking to where the apparition had been. The Confession of Charles Linkworth by E. F. Benson

Jules Verne Les paysans de France, à la première apparition des ballons, ont tiré dessus, les prenant pour de monstres aériens; il est donc permis à un nègre du Soudan d’ouvrir de grands yeux. Cinq Semaines En Ballon by Jules Verne [1863]

Arnold Bennett A moment later she ran into the shop, an apparition that amazed the three young lady assistants. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Sir Walter Scott He had left his gardening to get his morning dram just at the time when the apparition had taken place. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

He altered the position of his head by ever so little, and now could see easily that apparition which he had seen a minute before and had nearly forgotten already. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

George Meredith That look! It is Dictionary-bitten! Angry, homed Dictionary!—an apparition of Dictionary in the night—to a dunce!” “One would undergo a good deal to avoid the sight. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

E. T. A. Hoffmann And this little apparition is nobody else but that tiny Tomb Thumb of a Pitichinaccio, who has to don female attire. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

Mark Twain He glanced up and saw the majestic apparition hovering above him, and made frantic efforts to get out of the way, but the camel reached out and bit him on the shoulder before he accomplished it. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

H. G. Wells The apparition of this grotesque, half-bestial creature had suddenly populated the stillness of the afternoon for me. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

The apparition had outstripped me: it stood looking through the gate. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Thomas Hardy Owen took advantage of the hindrance to step back to where the apparition had been seen. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

E. F. Benson But it is close on the hour when on two successive nights I saw what I have already told you, and an apparition usually occurs at the same time. In the Tube by E. F. Benson

Walter Scott The apparition resembling Victor Lee next called his attention. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

The apparition had been so unexpected, the disappearance so abrupt, that it was a second or two before mortal wits could cope with the situation. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Jules Verne I vainly tried to sleep — I sought the connecting link between the apparition of the diver and the chest filled with gold. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Arthur Conan Doyle This apparition came rushing out of the cave, and, throwing himself between the fugitives and our fellows, motioned us back with as imperious a sweep of the hand as ever an emperor used to his slaves. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

They wore the white drill-suit of tropical civilization; but their apparition in a boat Heyst could not connect with anything plausible. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Andrew Lang The apparition appeared to two of the party only, and vanished immediately on their making an exclamation of surprise. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Tobias Smolle He then insisted upon his being their conductor; and, each taking him under the arm, supported them to their own gate, where such an apparition filled all the domestics with astonishment. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

He was so plainly visible in his death-like rigidity that Michel, coming up out of the ravine, stopped dead short, believing him an apparition not belonging to this earth. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

William Harrison Ainsworth The apparition of the murdered man could not have staggered him more. A Night's Adventure in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth

Elizabeth Gaskell She stood right before Mrs Bellingham. “How is he, madam?” Mrs Bellingham was for a moment surprised at the white apparition which seemed to rise out of the ground. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Arnold Bennett The apparition of Matthew Peel–Swynnerton had somehow altered the very stuff of her fibres. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Robert Burns Lie awake: and, some time near midnight, an apparition having the exact figure of the grand object in question, will come and turn the sleeve, as if to dry the other side of it. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

The governor, startled by the sudden apparition of his enemy completely armed before him, with some dismay inquired the meaning of it. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Son apparition de six jours me coûtera par journée cinq cent cinquante écus. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

As for Rufus Dawes, the sudden apparition of this golden-haired girl seemed to have transformed him. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Charles Dickens I asked this apparition what it called the place? Unto which, it replied, with a ghastly grin and a sound like gurgling water in its throat: ‘Mr. Baker’s trap. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Before this awful apparition I retreat in terror — a terror that is upon me as I write. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Perhaps you would shake if you had an apparition in the house. David Garth’s Ghost by Ellen Wood [1871]

Wilkie Collins She looked at me with sorrowful and pleading eyes, as she had looked when I saw the apparition of her in the summer-house. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

H. G. Wells On the third day of the new year the newspaper readers of two hemispheres were made aware for the first time of the real importance of this unusual apparition in the heavens. The Star by H. G. Wells [1897]

Julian Hawthorne But before I could decide whether it were a shadow or a reality, Edna had turned away, and the apparition vanished with her. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

A dark-blue apparition (that of Joe Scott, fresh from a dyeing vat) appeared momentarily at the open door, uttered the words ‘He’s comed, sir,’ and vanished. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Andrew Lang The apparition then vanished, while the crystal remained. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Henry Handel Richardson Polly clung to Richard’s arm, trembling at the rude voices, the laughter, the brawling, that issued from the grog-shops; at the continual apparition of rough, bearded men. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

He looked at Dora as if she were an apparition risen from the dead. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Andrew Lang They were startled at first by the sudden apparition of a tall and slender lady, dressed all in green, and crowned with a garland of flowers. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. Rider Haggard Of course, it was possible that the apparition of the Masai warrior had nothing to do with us, that he was merely one of a band bent upon some marauding and murdering expedition against another tribe. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Horace Walpole He recollected the apparition of the portrait, and the sudden closing of the door at the end of the gallery. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

Edith Wharton And it was extraordinary how Pauline, the old Pauline, was coming to the surface again through the new one, the haggard and stricken apparition of the Cedarledge midnight. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Villafana, confounded at this sudden apparition of his commander, had barely time to snatch a paper, containing the signatures of the confederates, from his bosom, and attempt to swallow it. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Henry Handel Richardson His first impulse had been to fly, to put distance between himself and the catastrophe this apparition was to him. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

We, on our part, must have been disclosed, dark, indistinct, utterly inexplicable; completely unexpected; an apparition of stealthy shades. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Sir Walter Scott No supernatural light burst forth from below to indicate the subterranean treasury, nor was there any apparition of spirits, earthly or infernal. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

It was the most eldritch apparition you can conceive. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Charles Kingsley One questions whether St. Dunstan’s apparition was not something as coarse as his own mind, clever though that mind was. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Jack London The form that was Jesse Fancher, the body that was his, being matter and apparitional, like an apparition passed and was not. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Elle se décidait à passer sur le corps, lorsqu’une apparition la fit reculer. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

The night before he died he saw this apparition again. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

George Eliot The pretty loving apparition had been no more to Baldassarre than a faint rainbow on the blackness to the man who is wrestling in deep waters. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Edith Wharton AN apparition almost as startling had come to Garnett himself in the shape of the mauve note received from his concierge as he was leaving the hotel for luncheon. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

The apparition had been transientscarce seen ere gone; but its electric passage left her veins kindled, her soul insurgent. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Walter Scott The apparition of Maupertuis to Monsieur Gleditsch, that of the Catholic clergyman to Captain C—— that of a late poet to his friend, are of the latter character. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Jules Verne Le capitaine Nemo s’était déjà relevé, et je commençais à me détirer les membres, quand une apparition inattendue me remit brusquement sur les pieds. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu A little blush — a little smile — a momentary gleam of that light of triumph, in beauty so beautiful — showed that the fair apparition was mortal. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

It appeared to him to be a woman, in a red gown, holding some heavy bundle in her arms; it was an apparition unexpected, familiar and odd. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Tobias Smolle He saw the apparition smile with meek benevolence, divine compassion, warm and intendered by that fond pure flame which death could not extinguish. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Andrew Lang Yupanqui saw the apparition in a piece of crystal, ‘the apparition vanished, while the piece of crystal remained. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

The very spirit of that land of mysterious forests, standing before him like an apparition behind a transparent veil — a veil woven of sunbeams and shadows. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

They were too astounded to speak, and just stood open-mouthed, as in the presence of an apparition from the dead. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Then, laughing half-audibly and wholly without spirit, he began making movements of his head from side to side, in order to compel the apparition to repeat them. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

D. H. Lawrence It was not for him to bolt and scramble like a mere Italian. The people in Aaron’s carriage had watched the apparition of the elegant youth intently. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

The apparition watched him with a baffling expression, but did not answer. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Willa Cather McKann, who stared coldly up at the balconies during her first song, during the second glanced cautiously at the green apparition before him. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

E. F. Benson More intriguing yet was the apparition of Major Benjy carrying a cardboard crown glittering with gold paper. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Marcel Prous Première apparition des hommes-femmes, descendants de ceux des habitants de Sodome qui furent épargnés par le feu du ciel. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

His mind was gripped in dreadful fear, and with hard, set lips he stared at the advancing horseman as if he were regarding an apparition from the dead. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

George Meredith Ammiani was moving over to her to seize and denounce the traitress, when he beheld another figure like an apparition by her side; but this one was not a whitecoat. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Jules Verne Cette nuit-là, comme s’ils eussent été menacés d’une apparition fantastique, les habitants de Werst se barricadèrent solidement dans leurs maisons . Le Château des Carpathes by Jules Verne [1892]

The morning after I saw this apparition I was in a state of terror, and could not bear to be left alone, daylight though it was, for a moment. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jules Verne To arrest or even to halt an apparition moving at such speed was scarcely practicable. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Marjorie Bowen The apparition gave her no special feeling of terror; it was, indeed, far less terrible than she had supposed it would be. Elsie’s Lonely Afternoon by Marjorie Bowen

The apparition of Mejnour served, indeed, to invest Zanoni with a character in which the prince had not hitherto regarded him. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Rafael Sabatini It opened, and the porter, who had come alone and bareheaded, stared in stupefaction at the strange apparition of Casanova. Casanova took advantage of that paralysing amazement. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

They had reached the door of Aaron’s room, and there the strange apparition billowed — the golden mist swirled and surged before them. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Gothic dogs have very keen noses for ghosts and howl lugubriously when an apparition approaches. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

George Meredith While sitting with Laura Piaveni and Merthyr Powys, Ammiani saw the apparition of Captain Weisspriess in his mother’s box. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]