Phrases with "ball"

Robert Louis Stevenson A weekly public ball took place with great etiquette, in addition to the numerous fandangoes in private houses. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Makepeace Thackeray But, like a gentleman, he scorned to apologise, and Sir Huddlestone received a ball through his hat, before they engaged with the sword. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Baldwin Spencer The projecting end of each is the quill end, so that the sphere which is composed of hundreds of feathers looks like a ball of down. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

George Gissing But how had she discovered the address? Was his story known in London? In a paroxysm of fury, he crushed the letter into a ball and flung it away. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Twenty shots had been fired, but not a ball had struck him. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Arthur Conan Doyle The ball trickled out of a maul into the hands of Buller, who at once turned and threw it to the half-back behind him. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Guy de Maupassan He would crush a bottle into small pieces with a stone and put the ground glass into a ball of meat. A Sister’s Confession by Guy de Maupassan

When there he went through his pantomime of astuteness; and then, pim, pim, pim, with three stiff little hops, like a ball of worsted on vertical wires, he was on the hermit’s bare foot. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

George Eliot I remember the first county ball she attended we were all ready to fight for the sake of dancing with her. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Jules Verne Oil would even have suited my purpose, for, he adds, that a ball of frozen almond oil splits through a post without breaking in pieces. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Jane Austen For my own sake, I could wish there had been no ball just at — I mean not this very week, this very day; to-morrow I leave home. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Arthur Conan Doyle Now, officer, can you give me ten yards of string?” The village shop provided a ball of stout twine. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Arthur Conan Doyle Even Lady Lieven swears that the next ball at Ahnack’s will not be complete unless he goes round the room upon the route chairs and the instruments of the musicians. An Impression of the Regency by Arthur Conan Doyle

I have shewn this feather to several persons, and many have admired it even more than the ball and socket feathers, and have declared that it was more like a work of art than of nature. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

You remember how children when they lose a ball sometimes send another one after it in the hope that one will find the other. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Each took his lady to her place — the mayor with pompous gait, Serge with as much grace as if he had been at an ambassador’s ball and was leading a young lady of highest rank. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

How can I golf any more? Walk the links any more with any heart? How can I putt a ball and follow it up with any feeling of interest? I am but a carcass. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Andrew Lang In an instant the place was filled with light, as the red ball fell from the brain of the calf. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

W. W. Jacobs After the fifth form had rolled a little crumpled ball on to the floor, however, he interposed. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Gertrude Stein Rest and zest and powder to shout and color and ball and sweet word black. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

H. Rider Haggard When the advancing boats were about five hundred yards away, Sir Henry opened the ball by firing at the three parts grown young one. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

John Locke For, when the ball obeys the motion of a billiard-stick, it is not any action of the ball, but bare passion. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

This terrible performance was ended by the red ball rolling to Forde’s feet. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Among the guests who arrive latest at Mr. Floyd’s ball are two officers from Windsor, who have driven across the country in a mail phaeton. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Jules Verne Where should they go? Whither fly? What choice was there between the convicts and the savages? A shot was fired from the nearest of the native boats, and the ball struck Wilson’s oar. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Charles Dickens Call me out to stop these riots — give me the needful authority, and half-a-dozen rounds of ball cartridge —’ ‘Ay!’ said the other voice. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Well, we are going to give a ball to Mazarin.” “I hope so. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Anthony Trollope But Jack had declared that morning that he could not hit a ball in a week of Sundays, “He oughtn’t to be here,” Jack had whispered; “but you know how those things are managed. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope There would be nothing unusual under ordinary circumstances in your daughters going to a ball at Galway.” “That’s as may be. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Willa Cather One ball had torn through her right lung, another had shattered the carotid artery. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Perhaps you can assure me that Mr. Frederick did not leave the ball at the time she did. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Also, if possible, you must both stop at the Court over the next day for the ball on the Friday. Your niece says she’d like to if you’ll stay, too. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

T. E. Lawrence We unrolled before him our scheme to start the ball rolling in the autumn, hoping by our pushes to make it possible for him to come in later vigorously to our support. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Virginia Woolf For, when anybody comes to a conclusion it is as if they had tossed the ball over the net and must wait for the unseen antagonist to return it to them. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Walter Besant His army is like a ball of snow, gathering strength as it rolls onward. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

The captain stuck by the ship, not so much from gallantry, as from a conviction that it was idle to resist Castor or Pollux, whichever it was that had come for him in a ball of fire. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

James Joyce The ball bobbed unheeded on the wake of swells, floated under by the bridgepiers. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Wilkie Collins Our ball was looked forward to, every year, by the young ladies, as the especial dance of the season at which they were sure to enjoy themselves. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

It was the old Italian and his daughters returning from the ball who were trying to get in. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Andrew Lang The pistol was discharged, and the ball entered under the left breast of the person at whom it was directed. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

De Mouy jumped to one side and the ball passed by without touching him. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Dureau de la Malle’s dog likewise learnt from the kittens to play with a ball by rolling it about with his fore paws, and springing on it. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

A ball had passed clean through the fleshy part of my left arm, and the blood flowing from it had stiffened all my sleeve. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Jules Verne There he found a convict, who aiming at him, sent a ball through his hat. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Jules Verne At his feet were an empty flask, thrown on the ground, and a cup and ball in palm wood, of which the ball, made of the head of a tortoise, was tied on with a fiber. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

They literally closed as wounds do in an India-rubber ball after prickings with a penknife. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

If it was more like a ball dress than a dinner dress, that might be excused to the exquisite effect. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope So I pass by, imperious in my heavy manhood, and one of the lads respectfully abstains from me though the ball is under my very feet. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling He had been hollowing out the schooner’s after-deck, the little gouge had slipped and gashed the ball of his left thumb, — an ugly, triangular tear. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Jacques Futrelle The ball was too small for the revolver. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

The French killed General Picton with a ball through the head and he returned to his dressing room. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

E. F. Benson I shall--” “Oh, look,” interrupted Georgie. “There’s Benjy playing golf with the Padre. There! He missed the ball completely, and he’s stamping with rage. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

There would be nothing to compare with it if I could stop to see every ball bowled, and I mustn’t see another. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

A ball cut his shoulder; another wounded his arm, but he continued to fire. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

Robert Louis Stevenson Before they had time to recover, I sent another ball over their heads; and at my third shot (which went as wide as the second) the whole party threw down the yard and ran for it. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Benjamin Disraeli It was the ball at Montfort House that should be the scene of this decision of destiny. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Gertrude Stein Leave it fit to a string and there is a ball a ball a hat, a hat a special astracan, a kind of loaf, a real old seventeen checkers. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Jack London Slowly, slowly, the bristling ball straightened out and lengthened. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle That ball may be kicked, pushed, or carried; it may be forced onwards in any conceivable manner towards the enemy’s goal. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Rudyard Kipling I don’t know how their next four are going to behave, but we kept the ball hanging and made ’em lather for nothing. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

George Meredith He rolled a ball for souls, excited like kittens, to catch it, and tumbling into the dozens of vacant pits. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

D. H. Lawrence Like to see the ball kept rolling. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon More and more rapidly they retreated from one another; and at the same time each cloud contracted, becoming first a ball of down and then a spinning lens and then a featured whirl of star-streams. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Jane took her hand out of Bee’s, and wiped her palms on a screwed-up ball of handkerchief. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Abraham Merri The shell rose; leaped through the air; the dark crystal split into fragments; the fiery ball dulled; died — but upon the impetus of that last thrust we reached the crest. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Henry James He had a little black eye which glittered like a diamond and rolled about like a ball of quicksilver, and a white moustache, cut short and stiff, like a worn-out brush. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Andrew Lang Miss Baillie’s brother, a young athlete (at short odds for the amateur golf championship), laughed at these experiments, took the ball into the study, and came back looking “gey gash”. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

The King now took from the shelf a ball the size of the egg of an estridge, of dark green glass. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

She to be pitied! she who, in her arrogance and her loveliness, thought she had the world to play with as a ball under her foot! She turned her eyes upon him. Signa by Ouida

Do you wish to know also what that is?” “Yes,” I muttered, my eyes fixed on the infernal color flames which subsided as I spoke, leaving the ball a pale gilt again. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

He seemed to be getting on in his profession, when last year, about S. Barnabas’ day, he went to play at ball on the castle green. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

The ball at the Mansion House. APRIL 30. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Among the fêtes that were given to Charles, a ball was held at Avignon, in a grand saloon brightly illuminated. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Thomas Hardy To go to a ball with this mysterious personage of romance was her ardent desire and aim; and none the less in that she trembled with fear and excitement at her position in so aiming. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

Andrew Lang And he took it from his head and set it on top of all, and at last the scale moved and the ball had founds its balance. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton No motors waited to rush them on to ball or opera; balls were few and widely spaced, the opera just beginning; and “Opera night” would not have been chosen for one of my mother’s big dinners. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Theodore Dreiser Mrs. Carter, who was prepossessing in a ball costume of silver and old rose, expected that Cowperwood would dance with her. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Conan Doyle The material was so tough, however, that we had the greatest possible difficulty in breaking the ball open and getting at the contents. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Ford Madox Ford Quality wus stuck up n wore shiny clothes n had motor-cars n statues n palms n ball — rooms n conservatories. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Wilkie Collins Would you object to it, Lewis?” “My darling, I object to nothing — except giving a ball and burning my books. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

James Anthony Froude He was on the point of striking at a ball when the thought rushed across his mind, Wilt thou leave thy sins and go to Heaven, or have thy sins and go to hell? He looked up. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

E. F. Benson Then it was the Navy’s turn, and the Navy had to lie on its keel above the boards of the bunker, in order to reach its ball at all, and missed it twice. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

On the night of this — well, murder, if you like to call it so — we were at a ball together. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Victor Hugo On a straight frontage such as that of the Ortach neither the wave nor the cannon ball can ricochet. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Thomas Wolfe For a little while they stood in the slanting light, silent, their faces to the west, and watched the great ball of the sun sink down behind the rim of distant mountains. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

George Meredith A ball in his mouth, and the noble old Irishman dropped by my side. Poems from the volume entitled “Modern Love” by George Meredith [1862]

D. H. Lawrence Her arm was raised, the hand clasping the ball of lapis lazuli. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

The bunch was then almost round, and made the loveliest ball imaginable. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

It must have been close upon six, for the sun was setting in a ball of fire; the amber sky around it was nearly as dazzling as the sun, and lighted up the field. Charles Van Rheyn by Ellen Wood [1875]

Charles Dickens They took one fire, without any damage being sustained by either party, except the ball of Thurston’s gun passing through the crown of Hine’s hat. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

On entering he laid down a ball of wax which he had collected in the forest. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

George Meredith Mechanically, a ball rose in her throat; the remark was illuminated by a saying of Colney’s, with regard to his countrymen at the play of courtship. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Guy de Maupassan But the aunt suddenly rose, laying her ball of wool on the floor and her knitting in the chair, and fled to her room, feeling her way up the dark staircase. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells Through the trees he could see very distinctly, standing in an easy attitude, the legs wide apart and the hand grasping a ball as if about to throw it, a gigantic human figure a good forty feet high. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

And all the while he must keep his hatred locked up inside him like a ball of matter which was part of himself and yet unconnected with the rest of him, a kind of cyst. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Jane Austen Mr. Weston’s ball was to be a real thing. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

The ball was not for her, she said, for she had far too much to do. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

D. H. Lawrence He was perfectly happy, roving round among the Mexicans and Indians, talking Spanish all day, and telling about England and his two mistresses, rolling the ball of his own importance. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Perhaps to-morrow he would be in the city, and if there was a ball she had no dress fit to wear. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Anthony Trollope A ball to Ada, and especially a ball at Galway,—a coming ball,—was a promise of infinite enjoyment; but a ball with Captain Yorke Clayton would be heaven on earth. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The high-road ran straight ahead to a notch in the long chine of Huel Tor; and this notch was filled with the yellow ball of the westering sun. A Blue Pantomime by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

I was at a ball with those two not long before they quarrelled. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

F. Scott Fitzgerald And as they all turned abruptly from their search a bright new ball sliced abruptly over the hill and caught Mr. T. A. Hedrick in the abdomen. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Andrew Lang After the loss of his ball the cat refused to live with the lion any longer, but wandered away to the north, always hoping he might meet with his ball again. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jane Austen At his own ball he offended two or three young ladies, by not asking them to dance; and I spoke to him twice myself, without receiving an answer. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Rudyard Kipling Just after the game began, Lutyens hit a ball that was coming towards him rapidly, and it rose in the air, as a ball sometimes will, with the whirr of a frightened partridge. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Jules Verne The Major was fortunate enough, however, to hit one very rare animal with a ball in the leg. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Rudyard Kipling Lutyens hit with all the strength he had left, but the stick slipped a little in his hand, and the ball flew off to the left instead of keeping close to the boundary. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Benjamin Disraeli Lady Montfort was to give a ball early in June, and Royalty itself was to be her guests. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

D. H. Lawrence Morel felt his big wooden ball carefully, then launched it. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith Tired of his dark dominion swung the fiend Above the rolling ball in cloud part screened, Where sinners hugged their spectre of repose. Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth by George Meredith [1883]

When, however, he had gone about two-thirds of the distance, he beheld the trees suddenly illuminated and a ball flew by, cutting the plume of his hat in two. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

This is the best ball we have seen here, without any exception; and it is said to have cost eleven thousand dollars. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He shut the door and coming back into the room stood for a moment lost in thought with the tennis ball still clasped in his hand. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Having accidently thrown a ball beyond the prison bounds in playing at tennis, or some such game, Sir Sidney was surprised to observe that the ball thrown back was not the same. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

In a moment she had stripped the sheet off: “I’ll wash that in the morning” she said laughing while doubling it into a ball and throwing it in the corner. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Jules Verne Then his shoulder was bared, and the Major found, on examination, that the ball had only gone into the flesh, and there was no internal lesion. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

He doesn’t; he looks as if he’d been at a ball all night. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

The ball ready, very slowly he straightened himself up and flipped it to a few feet to the left of the man leaning against the tree. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Willa Cather It’s you who keep the ball rolling. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Anthony Trollope Jack had his cheek cut open by a ball running off his bat on to his face; and Eva, who saw the accident, was carried fainting into the house. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Kate and her ball sported on the gravel walk beneath. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

The ball had entered his breast through a notch in the cuirass. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Edith Wharton Though she had already tried on her costume for the Driscoll ball her disappointment at Van Degen’s announcement was effaced by the mention of Moffatt’s name. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

George Meredith After the third time of asking he had the ball lodged in his leg and fell. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Henry Lawson His name was Jim. He had been to a ball where some blank had “touched” his blanky overcoat. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

D. H. Lawrence Her heart was torn for her knitting, the fruit of her labours; it was a red woollen cuff for the winter; a corkscrew was bored through the web, and the ball of red wool was bristling with skewers. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

He permitted for a moment the fancy that that hand was but pausing before it lifted up, not the Stone, but the whole round world, playing with it as a ball upon its palm. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Charles Dickens He saw them representing, here a marriage ceremony, there a funeral; in this chamber an election, in that a ball he saw, everywhere, restless and untiring motion. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

Henry James I remember you had a turn for deeds of daring; I used to think you a little Captain Cook in roundabouts, for climbing the garden fence to get the ball when I had let it fly over. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

You could relate to me, afterwards, what your feelings were while the ball was rolling. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Sir Walter Scott The animal swerved at the moment his master fired, and the ball missed the popinjay. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

George Meredith Affairs were no further advanced when I had to obey the squire’s commands and return to Riversley, missing the night of the grand ball with no profound regret, except for my father’s sake. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

H.G. Wells She was about to serve, and stood with a racket in one hand and a ball between the fingers of the other. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

George Meredith But the world is a poor old ball bounding down a hill—to an Irish melody in the evening generally, by request. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Faintly, and as in a dream, I heard someone hit the ball again. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

She has a ball twice a week in the season, and a masquerade once a fortnight. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Thomas Hughes They are to keep the ball in front of the School-house goal, and then to drive it in by sheer strength and weight. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Jane Austen These amazing engagements of mine — what have they been? Dining once with the Coles — and having a ball talked of, which never took place. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Franklin, keeping the ball up on his side, said he had often heard of the blind leading the blind, and now, for the first time, he knew what it meant. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Anthony Trollope On the evening before her father came to town there was another ball at Mrs. Montacute Jones’s. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

William Makepeace Thackeray The ball went spinning round — in “its predestined circle rolled,” as Shelley has it, after Goethe — and plumped down at last in the double zero. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Sir Walter Scott Such lawing also shall be done by the assize commonly used, and which is, that three claws shall be cut off without the ball of the right foot. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Rudyard Kipling The little click as the caneshafts met was heard all over the ground, and then Hughes made some sort of quick wrist-stroke that just dribbled the ball a few yards. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

William Makepeace Thackeray Monsieur de l’O—— fired almost immediately, and the ball took effect in the left wrist of his antagonist, who dropped the pistol which he held in that hand. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was just the beginning of the match and the ball was quite red. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

E. F. Benson She is giving a ball to-morrow night. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Henry Kingsley I once went to a ball with as free and easy, heart-whole a young fellow as any I know, and agreed with him to stay half an hour, and then come away and play pool. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Arthur Machen You remember that ball they gave last year? Mr. Gervase assured me that the champagne must have cost at least a hundred and fifty shillings the dozen. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

He was for ever sighing and starting, now turning to this side, now to that, and throwing his undamaged arm up like a ball at play. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Algernon Blackwood The cricket ball came bouncing to our feet across the yard, with insistent cries of “Thank you, ball 1 Thank you, LeVallon!” impossible to ignore. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

After a brief pause she added, “There is truth in what you say, a ball must strike hard before it can rebound. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

John Galsworthy She was uncomfortable! At his age —! And then, one week-end in May the fellow himself had come down with Imogen, and, teeing a ball up on half a molehill, had driven it across the river. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

He loved to lift a ball to leg. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

George Meredith She dropped the ball of her chin in her throat; paused without ceremony; and recovered herself. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Sir Walter Scott Even a beauty of the first order, after the vigils of a ball are interrupted by the dawn, would do wisely to withdraw herself from the gaze of her fondest and most partial admirers. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Francis Bacon If you charge a gun with ball and sulphur only, and apply the match, the ball is not discharged, the motion of the greater congregation overcoming in this case the motion of matter. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

H. G. Wells The ball seemed as big as a cask. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

No more brilliant spectacle than this masked ball could be imagined. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

We went lately to a ball given by a young Englishman, which was very pretty, and where nearly all the English were collected. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

De Guiche turned round also, and, at the moment the horse was quiet again, fired, and the ball carried off De Wardes’s hat from his head. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Benjamin Disraeli In a subsequent chapter, at a ball which we have in preparation, we will make up for this brief notice of her costume by publishing her court dress. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Seeing how good-looking Jeanie was thought, and how all the swells kept crowding round to get a look at her, if she was near the bar, Kate wanted to have a ball and show her off a bit. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

The ball had been such a great success, and in a few days we were going to town to help Eva choose her own trousseau. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Guy de Maupassan The ball passed against her, almost rolling, touched the ground and went out of the game. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

George Meredith He lashed out at every ball, and far flew every ball that was bowled. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

To keep the ball rolling I asked Marlow if this Powell was remarkable in any way. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Andrew Lang Then the maiden turned the ball thrice in her hand, and cried, ‘Listen to me, my ball, my ball. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne Colonel Proctor was one of the most seriously hurt; he had fought bravely, and a ball had entered his groin. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Jules Verne A few foxes passed in the distance, and the Doctor lost another ball in attempting to shoot them. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Rudyard Kipling Then they went forward, and time and again Lutyens and Gray Dawn were just, and only just, able to send the ball away with a long splitting backhander. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The paint on the front pillars became streaky; the white ball was knocked off the left-hand door-post; the green blinds darkened, then lost all pretense of color. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Gaskell She stooped to pick up the scattered stockings and ball of worsted, and so did he; and when they rose up, he had fast hold of her hand, and her face was turned away, half ready to cry. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Wilkie Collins Suffering! I’m ready for another concert to-night, and a ball to-morrow, and a play the day after. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Hope In her shaking hand she held a revolver, and, as she tottered forward, she fired it at Rupert Hentzau. The ball missed him, and struck the woodwork over my head. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Andrew Lang On top of all they placed a ball of snow, out of which the head was to be. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle Then at the gasfitters’ ball you met, as I understand, a gentleman called Mr. Hosmer Angel.” “Yes, sir. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Olaf Stapledon It dwindled behind me into a ball of down, sparkling with dew-drops. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling Now and then a Spanisher would fire from a low port, and the ball ‘ud troll across the flat swells, but both sides was finished fightin’ for that tide. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

I don’t mind staying on for the ball if that comes off all right. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Charles Kingsley Bang goes barrel number two, and the ball goes into the turf between his feet. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Thomas Hardy I have a great deal to tell — that is, if your wish about the ball be still the same?’ ‘O yes, sir — if you don’t object. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

The ball was not a musket ball — it was an arquebus ball. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Gemma played with all the glories of life, as a child with a ball of flowers. Signa by Ouida

Anthony Hope He would have set Satan himself there sooner than that pupil of his, Black Michael. The ball was a sumptuous affair. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Ford Madox Ford The mistress of the Grand Duke — a Spanish dancer of passionate appearance — singled out Edward for her glances at a ball that was held in their common hotel. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

The smoke rising from its forest of chimneys hung over it in a semi-transparent cloud, through which the sun shone, round and red, like a ball of fire. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Henry Kingsley They had had another Bloomer ball at Abingdon, but the thing was a dead failure, sir. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Jack London She was crouching as he had crouched once that day, in front of her the tight-rolled ball of quills. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

In this plight the Dutchman found him as he was going in his canoe up the river, and sent a ball through his head. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Rudyard Kipling The little hundred-and-fifty-pound camel-guns posted at one corner of the square opened the ball as the square moved forward by its right to get possession of a knoll of rising ground. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Rudyard Kipling Kittiwynk, seeing that Polaris had joined Corks in the chase for the ball up the ground, dropped into Polaris’s place, and then time was called. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Henry Handel Richardson In her distress, Mary crushed the letter to a ball in her hand. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Mark Twain Jim said he’d had it there a long time, to coat it over so and make a ball of it. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Edith Wharton The ball was as brilliant as she had hoped, and her own part in it as thrilling as a page from one of the “society novels” with which she had cheated the monotony of Apex days. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

The ball was rather tight, and offered some resistance to the ramrod. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was said that he could pitch a ball twice in three times upon a half-crown!” “Oo!” And then from Dimples:— “Whose half-crown?” “Well, anybody’s half-crown. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

E. F. Benson The ball had gone into another pool nearer the tee. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Jules Verne Soon he redoubled his attack, when another ball having torn away the leafy screen, disclosed a gaping aperture in the granite. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle I could name a dozen officers of my own acquaintance who were cut off during that time, and the luckiest was he who received a ball from behind a rock through his head or his heart. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]