Phrases with "appearance"

The coat-room into which it descended communicated with the lobby very near the main entrance, and if Mr. Brotherson were the man, his sudden appearance there would thus be accounted for. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

The liquid has the same appearance and the same color; taste it, you will find it as insipid as water. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

The secondary formations are more broken; but, as Bronn has remarked, neither the appearance nor disappearance of the many species embedded in each formation has been simultaneous. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Thomas Hobbes Singly, they are every one a representation or appearance of some quality, or other accident of a body without us, which is commonly called an object. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Walter Scott But I have neglected all this while to introduce my friend herself to the reader — at least so far as words can convey the peculiarities by which her appearance and conversation were distinguished. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Maria Edgeworth True, the absence or presence of a person of genius makes as much difference in the whole appearance of things, as sunshine or no sunshine on the landscape. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

The appearance of the town denoted the greatest agitation. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

H. G. Wells The appearance of things changed. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Anthony Trollope Though good-looking he was anything but young, verging by appearance on fifty years. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Robert Louis Stevenson In the course of this tide it was observed that a heavy swell was setting in from the eastward, and the appearance of the sky indicated a change of weather, while the wind was shifting about. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ann Radcliffe They had almost reached the gates, when on looking back, they perceived the same men slowly advancing, without any appearance of pursuit, but clearly as if observing the place of their retreat. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Thomas Hardy In a crowd secretly, or in solitude boldly, he had often bowed the knee three times to this sisterly divinity on her first appearance monthly, and directed a kiss towards her shining shape. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Henry James There were certain things I had to settle at the outset; such things for instance as the exact appearance of the hero, the particular bloom of the heroine. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

Just before five Madame Bianca made her appearance again, watched them gather up their tools, and ushered them back to their truck. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Anthony Trollope But there was a home-farm attached to the place, which also now belonged to Lady Ongar for her life, and which gave to the park itself an appearance of extent which it would otherwise have wanted. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Kate Chopin As soon as she could do so without an appearance of too great rudeness, she rose and left him there alone. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Walter Scott Their appearance was serious and considerate, and they looked like men who had taken upon them the Cross, not as an idle adventure of arms, but as a purpose of the most solemn and serious nature. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Your devoted friend, during life, Edmund Spenser. Between Cambridge and Spenser’s appearance in London, there is a short but obscure interval. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

It was calm and colourless; his eyes were fixed on the ground reflectively, with the appearance of profound and quiet absorption. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

A surprise awaited him after breakfast, in the sudden appearance at his room door of the very gentleman last alluded to. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Robert Louis Stevenson A great-hearted girl and a poor-hearted boy made, the one her last, the other his first appearance on the public stage of that unhappy country. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

The appearance of this range from a distance is white, flat, corrugated, rounded, and treeless. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Sir Walter Scott These four bands entered the spacious hall with the utmost order, a short pause being made, that the spectators might satisfy their curiosity as to each quadrille before the appearance of the next. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Ivan Turgenev In appearance I am a poor beggar; but only in appearance. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Thus Haire would make an appearance in Dublin, and that appearance could be cited as evidence that he was alive on that day. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Leon Trotsky He never made any public appearance to defend Lenin’s views; he merely stood back and waited. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Richard Burton There is something peculiarly striking in the distant appearance of the tall, solitary tower, rising abruptly from the desolate valley of gravel, flanked with buttresses of yellow rock. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

What people he met looked at him with irritating curiosity, born of his unusual appearance and solitary habits. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Edgar Allan Poe The appearance of the ocean, in the space between the more distant island and the shore, had something very unusual about it. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Samuel Johnson The day, though bright, was not hot; and the appearance of the country, if I had not seen the Peak, would have been wholly new. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Mirage — illusion — dream — whatsoever the vision’s nature, it had the appearance at least of solid reality. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Wilkie Collins But beware how you presume on an appearance of indifference, which is nothing but conceit in disguise. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Arthur Conan Doyle A finer first appearance had never been made in the lodge. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Oliver Goldsmith This was encreased when all was finished, and no appearance of the family. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Many and various were the appearance of the horsemen. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Jules Verne The appearance of sea and sky was indeed terrible. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Isabella Bird The figures of the American ladies in youth are very sylph-like and elegant; and this appearance is obtained without the use of those artificial constraints so justly to be condemned. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She pointed to an easy chair close to her own, and he sank into it with some appearance of weariness. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Miles Franklin Gaddy might even be noble, yet so powerful is appearance that the phrases of AMOUR would have GLAMOUR from Goring while Gaddy was so fat that his protestations could be nothing but fatuous. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Charles Dickens Yes. It were yesterday afternoon” (with an appearance of mingled wisdom, relief, and strict impartiality). Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Even in the state of agitation which, ill as I was, his sudden appearance caused me, I could not but be struck by that. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Charles Dickens She had the appearance of being extremely delicate, and her face was remarkably pale and melancholy; but she was very pretty. Hunted Down by Charles Dickens [1860]

Henry James It appeared to her that, different as they were in appearance and general style, Isabel and she had somewhere a patch of common ground that they would set their feet upon at last. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

George Gissing With one exception, all parts of the abode presented much the same appearance as when Stephen Lord first established himself antiquated, and in primitive taste. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was something ghastly in the sudden and silent appearance of this solitary wanderer, especially when coupled with the weird nature of the scene. The Winning Shot by Arthur Conan Doyle

In the confusion of my mind his appearance on the scene at that particular moment seemed nothing short of supernatural. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Henry James You have a very different appearance from the late count, he wasn’t five feet high. The American by Henry James [1877]

Benjamin Disraeli His appearance was engaging, his manners gentle if not gentlemanlike, and he had a temper never disturbed. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Andrew Lang One sorcerer, with an appearance of candour, vowed that ‘a great wind entered boisterously,’ and the Father was assured that, if he went in himself, he would become clairvoyant. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Sir Walter Scott The doorway was thronged with joyful faces; but the appearance of a stranger blunted many a gibe which had been prepared on Hobbie’s lack of success in the deer-stalking. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

George Gissing For all this, Helen would have known him anywhere, and at present his appearance afforded her such unutterable relief that she really felt glad to see him. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Typical appearance of the sewing of a book on raised bands, as seen from the inside of each section. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

Washington Irving The prince approached him with the awe and reverence naturally inspired by his venerable appearance and supernatural wisdom. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

His appearance in itself was enough to indicate the infirmity of his physical powers. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Robert Louis Stevenson It was transformed to the exact appearance of a common lodging-house bedroom; a bed with green curtains occupied one corner; and the window was blocked by the regulation table and mirror. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Guy de Maupassan Then entered, covered with snow, their helmets sprinkled with a creamy-looking froth, which gave them the appearance of meringues. The Prisoners by Guy de Maupassan

The appearance and odour of this essence are strangely peculiarunmistakable by one who has once beheld and partaken of it. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

D. H. Lawrence Somers knew his appearance had been anticipated, and they wanted to count him out. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Margaret Oliphant There was no appearance of excitement about the place when Oona, walking quickly, and a little out of breath, reached the foremost houses. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Olive Schreiner She was the “fine lady,” the human female parasite — the most deadly microbe which can make its appearance on the surface of any social organism. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

Wilkie Collins Even the guillotine is getting too slow for us!” “Sent off your batch of prisoners for trial this morning?” asked Lomaque, with an appearance of perfect unconcern. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Charles Stur Those of iron are greater than those of copper, and it is impossible to describe the appearance of the huge clean masses of which they are composed. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

Isabella Bird The gleam of white marble statues, from among the clumps of orange-trees and other shrubs, was particularly pretty; indeed, the whole had a fairy-like appearance about it. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

In January 1597 a small volume made its appearance — one of the most remarkable that has ever come from the press. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

These insects rarely visit the capital; but, since the appearance of those near Momakeeah, they have been collected in the neighbourhood of the city, cooked, and sold among the people. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

D. H. Lawrence He had not put in an appearance when the Princess retired on Sunday night, but on Monday morning, as she was dressing, she saw him bringing in the three horses from the corral. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was something in his Chief’s appearance which filled him with dismay. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

When passing over a portion of the lake, it presented the appearance of a waterspout. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Anna Katherine Green What was I to do? The boy was leaving town — was even then on his way to the station as his whole appearance and such words as he let fall amply denoted. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

The appearance of both father and children told that the hand which thus laboured for their creature comforts also extended its attention to their personal wants. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

My appearance checked him, and he rubbed his hands. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Robert Louis Stevenson His appearance was at first unremarked: Scougal not expecting him so early, and MY GENTRY watching on the other side. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Theodore Dreiser For the moment she recoiled from him as being a little too brazen in his stare, and yet she admired the general appearance of him. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

She was searched several times, but always the day after the appearance of the leaflets in the factory. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Arthur Conan Doyle His manner and appearance were so good that he won the old man over at once, and within a week he was sent off to London with a case full of samples. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Andrew Lang The appearance of that bird, by the way, is, in the folk-lore of Surrey, an omen of death. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

As he could speak to her only with a certain amount of difficulty, this amusement has assumed the false appearance of a passion. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Wilkie Collins I merely regret my own accidental appearance in the character of an Obstacle to the course of true-love — which appears to run smooth in summer-houses, whatever Shakespeare may say to the contrary. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was no appearance of haste about him, no sign of excitement, nor was there any concealment in his person or dress. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Horace Walpole The Prince even suspected that the Friar depended on some secret support from Frederic, whose arrival, coinciding with the novel appearance of Theodore, seemed to bespeak a correspondence. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

William Makepeace Thackeray His wife is taken ill; his sweetheart, who remarked his brilliant, too brilliant appearance at the Hyde Park review, will meet him at Cremorne, or where you will. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

The passive quietness with which she looked at him gave her the appearance of a person bewitched — or, say, mesmerically put to sleep — beyond any notion of her surroundings. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

So it was not until the Saturday evening that he put in an appearance at the professor’s flat to claim the reward. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Anthony Trollope It required a great many servants to keep it in order, and the numerous servants required an experienced duenna, almost as grand in appearance as Lady Aylmer herself, to keep them in order. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Nothing could be more lovely than the appearance of the forest on each side of this noble river. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle His appearance was quite familiar to me. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Ivan Turgenev In appearance he was a round, podgy figure; and his face was like a fox’s with a nose like an owl’s. The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

Wilkie Collins When I had communicated all that I thought it right to tell her of the doctor’s last report, she noticed Mrs. Tenbruggen. The appearance of a stranger seemed to embarrass her. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Samuel Johnson More gentleness of manners, or a more pleasing appearance of domestick society, is not found in the most polished countries. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Henry Handel Richardson With an appearance of unconcern, Maurice strolled back to the group by the window. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson A great change passed at that moment over the appearance of the bay. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

From the moment when the machine first made its appearance it was clear to all thinking people that the need for human drudgery, and therefore to a great extent for human inequality, had disappeared. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Sir Oswald was not slow to remark that appearance of indifference. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Thus attired, he was scarcely more prepossessing in appearance than Lecoq, and one would have hesitated before deciding which of the two it would be preferable to meet at night on a deserted highway. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope I don’t know whether you know them by appearance as yet. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

George Gissing He had not the fresh appearance which usually distinguished him; his face was stained with perspiration, his collar had become limp, the flower at his buttonhole hung faded. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Robert Louis Stevenson You see, this estate of mine has fallen in, which makes of me rather a better match; and the — the business would not have quite the same ridiculous-like appearance that it would before. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Morris For my mind is that she it is that hath made the appearance of the cage and the women therein, and that she hath our poor friends somewhere underneath her hand. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

There was certainly no Semitic blood in Lucas’s parentage, but his appearance contrived to convey at least a suggestion of Jewish extraction. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Andrew Lang We both thought we saw what had the appearance to be a fox, and hounded the dogs at it, but they would not pursue it. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

The man was waiting patiently enough when Forde, with Anne Stretton on his arm, made his appearance through the big gates, which were surmounted by the Penrith crest. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope All that was really remarkable in Uncle Bat’s appearance was included in his nose. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

The mysterious silence of the dawn still held the landscape, and all nature seemed waiting for the sun to make his appearance before beginning the business of the day. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Ann Radcliffe They quitted these scenes with extreme reluctance; but the hour of the day, and the appearance of the clouds, which seemed gathering for a storm, made them hasten their departure. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Wilkie Collins My appearance on the scene diverted his flow of language, for the moment, so that it all poured itself out on my unlucky self. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Diana was pale; but there was an unwonted light in her eyes, and she had by no means the appearance of a victim newly offered on the sacrificial altar of filial duty. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Borrow Before I had well finished I heard the noise of a horse approaching rapidly, and presently Antonio made his appearance amongst the trees, with some agitation in his countenance. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

George Gissing He mentioned Ada’s appearance in The Tattler, and was gratified to hear Kingcote’s praise. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Benjamin Disraeli She accepted their appearance as a good omen. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

I think the Squire was a little taken aback at the fashionable appearance of the visitor. Mrs. Todhetley’s Earrings by Ellen Wood [1873]

Thomas Hughes For some weeks, indeed, he succeeded in maintaining the appearance of steadiness, and was looked upon favourably by his new master, whose eyes were first opened by the following little incident. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Mademoiselle would of a truth be in nobody’s way; not a living soul made any appearance there. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

I did get accustomed to Margaret’s appearance and could soon greet her with a pleasure which was not in any way put on. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

The doctor here’s not going to identify him, and, from what you tell me his ordinary appearance is, none of those people in Cambridge are going to, either. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Henry James Her appearance of health constituted her principal claim to beauty, and her clear, fresh complexion, in which white and red were very equally distributed, was, indeed, an excellent thing to see. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

By nightfall we were ready and waiting for the appearance of our foe. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

H. G. Wells These dream-Martians were no longer repulsive creatures, grotesques and caricatures, and yet their visible appearance was not human. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Thus the evening ran its course, till the appearance of a tray of sandwiches and a tankard of claret negus warned the revellers that it was time to disperse. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Thomas Hardy Four days later an envelope, directed to Miss Swancourt in a strange hand, made its appearance from the post-bag. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Leon Trotsky General Lavergne, who had replaced Niessel, gave me frequent advice in a cautious and rather soft-spoken manner — advice of little value but in appearance well meant. My Life by Leon Trotsky

At all events, he was of a very different appearance from Nathaniel Hawthorne, and if he resembled his grandson in any external respect, it was in his large eyes and their overshadowing brows. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Margaret Oliphant The appearance of Captain Underwood evidently suggested to her ideas not at all in accordance with that of Marlborough House. “Yes,” he said, “Miss Williamson: you scarcely expected to see me. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

To begin with, the red-faced manager of the bank was more hopeless than ever as to what my appearance was like, and it was the same with his companion. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Algernon Blackwood A terrific quality belied the appearance of this false repose. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Samuel Johnson Juliet plays most of her pranks under the appearance of religion: perhaps Shakespeare meant to punish her hypocrisy. Preface to Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson [1765]

She rallied in an extraordinary manner between three and five o’clock, took her nourishment with an appearance of appetite for the first time since she has been ill. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Thomas Hobbes Nay, excepting some generous natures, it is the only thing (when there is appearance of profit or pleasure by breaking the laws) that makes men keep them. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

And he was really a man of an appearance so inoffensive that I tried to explain myself as much as I could. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

The appearance of this exciting and vital drama, written when Racine was twenty-eight years old, brought him immediate fame. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Black Tom’s, to the front, presented the appearance of a fourth- rate saloon, devoted to Kanaka seamen, dirt, negrohead tobacco, bad cigars, worse gin, and guitars and banjos in a state of decline. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Sinclair Lewis That’ll improve the appearance of the block a lot. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

His face had grown sallow and wasted, and his figure slightly stooped, with an appearance almost of feebleness. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edgar Allan Poe Moreover, it is inserted in at least five or six of the daily papers of the day, while in point of time, it makes its appearance only a few hours after the original. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Two or three better built stores, and the quarters of the military governor, redeem the place from an appearance of utter squalor. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Charles Stur The country monotonous and sterile, its level only broken by low sandstone hills, or doones of sand, the whole bearing in its general appearance the stamp of a submarine origin. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

This consolation was only efficacious upon a very small number; but of what importance was it to Monk? for Monk was very absolute, under the appearance of the most perfect mildness. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

The supposed nephew’s appearance had a purpose. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

George Meredith Nor did Henrietta’s allusions to his broken appearance move his wife, except in her saying regretfully: ‘He changes. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

He paused, however, and supported her with an appearance of anxiety, if not of tenderness. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Anthony Trollope Her dress was so made, and so put on, as to give to her the appearance of almost greater age than her mother’s. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The younger members of the party — especially the ladies — grew restless with the appearance of the dessert. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

The appearance of the churchwardens and overseers, and the ex-churchwardens and ex-overseers, with Spruggins in the rear, excited general attention. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

George Gissing It had the appearance of a habit, but before they had stood much more than a minute, he started and exclaimed in a low voice to his companion— “I told you so. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

In the small hours they began creeping up, and when two-thirds of the way up, lay in the wet grass waiting for the appearance of the sun, which was the agreed signal. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Charles Kingsley So they had lived, and so they had waited, till that week before last Christmas-day, when Mellot and Stangrave made their appearance in Whitbury, and became Mark Armsworth’s guests. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Henry James What she tries for is this false appearance of happiness. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

This was an individual who made his appearance from the kitchen regions —a tall thin man of about thirty years of age, with a pallid skin, a dark eye and a heavy moustache. Poor Cousin Louis by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

They gave away some as presents, and bartered others for the wares of the Spaniards; so that the camp, crowded with a motley throng of every age and sex, wore the appearance of a fair. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

H. G. Wells I made an estimate of the little man’s appearance as he drew nearer. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Henry James The appearance was full upon us that I had already had to deal with here: Peter Quint had come into view like a sentinel before a prison. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Almost simultaneously Brooks, the only waiter who was allowed to enter the small card room, made his appearance with a note upon a salver. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Wilkie Collins I found him to be a most prepossessing man, so far as manners and appearance were concerned. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Henry James Mrs. Gereth had drawn back every curtain and removed every cover; she prolonged the vistas, opened wide the whole house, gave it an appearance of awaiting a royal visit. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

She had not the kind of mind that easily considered the nature of her own appearance to herself; on earth she had not, nor did she now. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

William Makepeace Thackeray What these means were I know not; but Mr. Ringwood did NOT make his appearance at six; and, at eight, a letter arrived for “Mr. Pogson, commercial traveller,” &c. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Henry James He was simple, he was a revelation of simplicity, and that was the end of him so far as he consisted of an appearance at all — a question that might verily, for a weakness in it, have been argued. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Edith Wharton Miss Newell’s appearance was so full of an unassisted freshness that for a moment Garnett made the mistake of fancying that she could fill a paragraph of her own. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

There was certainly no appearance of sympathy or pity about him. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Most of the pleasures in life must be paid for, and the chair-ticket vendor in due time made his appearance in quest of pennies. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

His appearance on the scene produced another little tableau. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Jules Verne But no trace of vegetation, no appearance of cities; nothing but stratification, beds of lava, overflowings polished like immense mirrors, reflecting the sun’s rays with overpowering brilliancy. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Arthur Machen Then there was added to the ghostly assembly the appearance of his sister, who had been dead for twenty years, and, finally, there came “another being who was not of the nature of men. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Why it should have been so I cannot say, but Nikola’s appearance invariably seemed to cause me astonishment. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

At last Akim Petrovitch made his appearance with some document. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

He lied to me with all appearance of perfect truth. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I cannot remember for the moment that you, who have the best figure and most attractive appearance of any of my girls, have ever taken advantage of your opportunities in this direction. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

George Gissing The appearance of these individuals merits a slight description. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

We were offered dates, kouskousou, 78 and a seed which they call sgougou, and which has the appearance of dried apple-seed. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

H. Rider Haggard George had improved in appearance somewhat since we last saw him meeting with severe treatment at his cousin’s hands. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

T. E. Lawrence At dawn the earth was stamped in round this, and the well stood complete, as fit in appearance as ever. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Rudyard Kipling Puck wore a long cloak too — the afternoon was just frosting down — and it changed his appearance altogether. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Anthony Trollope With Caroline, as with many women, this was an appearance rather than a reality. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Algernon Blackwood There was no clumsiness, no visible effort, no appearance of undue speed. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

John Morley The appearance of the one as of the other is a fact which cannot be further resolved. Voltaire by John Morley

A gamin, with an appearance of great concern, requested the latest telegraphic news from London, and then, standing on his head, invited Selby to feats of strength. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

He was half wondering if the man were a police spy, although from his general appearance he had certainly not looked like one. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Anthony Trollope He was not drunk, but he had been drinking; his clothes were soiled; he was unwashed and dirty, and the appearance of the man was that of a vagabond. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

D. H. Lawrence And as one was with him, one came gradually to realize that out of all his baggy bourgeois appearance came something of a grand geste. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne The heights, diminished by distance, did not present an appearance likely to tempt vessels to touch there. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Edith Wharton I don’t believe Undine cares a straw for ‘the appearance of respectability. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Fareham’s appearance at Court caused more surprise than pleasure in that brilliant circle. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Benjamin Disraeli This person was a young man, though more than ten years older than Lothair. His appearance was striking. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

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 Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

He generally puts in an appearance when there’s a mob passing through. The Phantom Stockman by Guy Boothby

Wilkie Collins We got through the dinner, to all outward appearance at least, happily enough. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Elizabeth Gaskell It was all quiet deep down below, but as he gazed the shifting light gave the appearance of a slight movement. The Doom of the Griffiths by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Instead of being delighted by my appearance with the news of our success, he would have given a twenty-franc piece, I dare say, to have been left undisturbed. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

He had so far conquered that his intention had imposed itself on her as her own, although with the changed appearance which, in their turn, her physical and mental desires had wrought in it. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

D. H. Lawrence In this officer, of course, there was a lightness and an appearance of bright diffidence and humour. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Mme. Coquenard therefore entered the office from the house at the same moment her guest entered from the stairs, and the appearance of the worthy lady relieved him from an awkward embarrassment. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

They were, accordingly, much less elegant and much less poor than the heiress; yet they lived with no appearance of comfort, and with, I believe, nothing beyond the necessaries of life. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Tobias Smolle True it is, this presence-chamber was not so superb, nor the appearance of the king so magnificent, as to render such an honour intoxicating to any person of our hero’s coolness and discretion. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

And then I know not what odd and wintry appearance of the sea and sky knocked suddenly at my heart. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Virginia Woolf They had the appearance of crocodiles so fully gorged by their last meal that the future of the world gives them no anxiety whatever. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Why then, are they not to be told that their mothers carry and nourish them in the same way? As there would then be no appearance of mystery they would never think of the subject more. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

George Gissing Dressed with excessive carelessness, he had the appearance rather of one at odds with fortune than of a substantial man of business. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Gissing Brightly responsive, Sibyl welcomed his appearance in the drawing-room. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Rags and misery had invaded almost every rank; and what now at all distinguished them was but an appearance of frugal mediocrity. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Anthony Trollope Facing you, as you drove in, was the body of the building, with the huge porch projecting on the right so as to give the appearance of a portion of the house standing out on that side. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

D. H. Lawrence But she carried her white bag with an appearance of steadfast unconcern. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence