Phrases with "bass"

Henry Kingsley Then, as the French skirmished within reach of the artillery, the deep bass roared up, and the men, who dared not whisper before, could shout at one another without rebuke. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

He coughed, sneezed, and barked simultaneously — bleated in one breath, and cackled in the next — sputteringly shrieked, and chatteringly squealed, with a bass of suffocated roars. The Ocean Wave by Ambrose Bierce

Then, in his deep bass voice, he began, as it seemed, to excuse himself. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Sinclair Lewis Yet at breakfast he complained of his continuous headache, and announced that he was going up north, to Wakamin, to get some bass fishing and rest his eyes. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

When there was a quarrel on he used to shut the kitchen door closely, evidently not wishing me to hear what he said, but all the same the sound of his deep bass voice could be heard quite plainly. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

A nightingale was singing in a willow swamp below, and from the edge of the mere, among the tall swamp grasses, myriads of frogs chanted a bass chorus. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Sinclair Lewis Dr. Planish noted that both of them, like Christian Stern, were undersized, meager, sandy men, but with energy like hurdle-racers, and preposterous bass voices, like thunder out of a graham cracker. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis But before I start in being a hero I want to shoot out and catch me a big black bass and cuss out you and Sam Clark and Harry Haydock and Will Kennicott and the rest of you pirates. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling God knows I hate the Chinaman,’ said a bass voice behind the tobacco smoke, ‘but you can do business with him. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Wilkie Collins Waiting by the table, stood Mr. John Zant. He said “Good-morning” in a bass voice, so profound and so melodious that those two commonplace words assumed a new importance, coming from his lips. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Arthur Schopenhauer As an accompaniment of conversation it is like the bass of a melody; and if, as in music, it keeps true to the progress of the treble, it serves to heighten the effect. Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer

Abraham Merri Unless by some freak, one never hears a child with a bass voice. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Arnold Bennett He pointed several times violently to a place on Alicia’s half of the open book — she was playing the bass part. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Thomas Hardy A figure moved behind him, and thinking it was still the girl with the broom Jude took no notice, till the person came close and laid her fingers lightly upon his bass hand. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

James Joyce A player comes on under the shadow, made up in the castoff mail of a court buck, a wellset man with a bass voice. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

It was as if some treble stop had been opened in a great organ, as against the bass drone of the cataract. Prester John by John Buchan

These differences Homer knew, since he represents women and boys with treble voices, by reason of the tenuity of their breath; men, he makes with bass voices. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Arthur Conan Doyle She heard the sound of the trap, however, and guessed who it was, even before his deep bass voice sounded in the room beneath. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Gertrude Stein Come a little cheese and same same tall sun with a little thing to team, team now and a bass a whole some gurgle, little tin, little tin soak, soak why Sunday, supreme measure. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Isabella Bird The shouting and squabbling were accompanied by Niagara, whose deep awful thundering bass drowns all other sounds. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

The constable hailed her quietly in a bass undertone ‘Ferndale there!’ A feeble and dismal sound, something in the nature of a buzzing groan, answered from behind the bulwarks. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

A moment later a cloud of dust drifting round the corner, and floating white in the still air, showed that she was pounding the bass against the end of the house. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Sir Walter Scott The speeches of Ossian come in upon a strong deep bass — those of Patrick are upon a tenor key. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Wilkie Collins Music follows and soothes the strife, in the shape of a local duet, sung by voices of vast compass, which soar in one note from howling bass to cracked treble. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Jules Verne Loud snores in every tune and key soon resounded from all sides of the hut, the deep bass contribution of Paganel completing the harmony. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells A half-dozen phrases constituted his conversation: “hard lines!” he used to say, and “Good baazness,” in a bass bleat. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Rudyard Kipling Let me die!’ The hollow of the arch gave back Learoyd’s broken whisper in a bass boom. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Wilkie Collins He began in his deepest bass voice: ‘Honor thy father —’ He stopped and looked up to heaven as if he saw the rest of it there. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

A bass viol — but some way off. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

There before her stood the gendarme, and spoke in a bass voice: “Pavel Vlasov was named as the ringleader. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Porthos had a deep, harmonious snore, and people might talk in the midst of its loud bass without fear of disturbing him. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Arthur Conan Doyle We pulled out beyond the Warner Sands to a place half-way between them and the Nab, where we usually found bass in plenty. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

But, for that matter, every man Jack in the choir had a frown on in the singing, though the bass fellows would be the fiercest. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Mr. Chipps the grocer and principal bass followed, bringing with him an aroma of cheese. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Wilkie Collins The one personal distinction he possessed consisted in his magnificent bass voice — a voice which had no sort of right to exist in the person who used it. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Rudyard Kipling But I stuck to it for ‘Liza’s sake, specially as she was learning me to sing the bass part in a horotorio as Jesse were gettin’ up. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

M. P. Shiel The next (Wednesday) morning Frankl was in a high room of the Hall, in a corner of which cowered the Arab, Isaac, and he said in his strong bass in Arabic: “Well, Isaac, well”. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

The Tauntons arrived at the same moment with more music, and a lion — a gentleman with a bass voice and an incipient red moustache. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Its deep rumble made the whole night vibrate like a bass string. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

A low-voiced hum of talk, underlaid with the whirring bass of a score of sewing machines, filled the place. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Thomas Hardy And then, when they got to church door he’d throw down the clarinet, mount the gallery, snatch up the bass viol, and rozum away as if he’d never played anything but a bass viol. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins He spoke with such sonorous cordiality, that the china and glass ornaments on Lucilla’s chiffonier actually jingled an accompaniment to his booming bass notes. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

E. F. Benson Her masterly arrangement of the Moonlight! Rubbish! She just played the triplets with one hand and the air with the other, while I did the bass on the pedals. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

George Meredith Captain DeWitt (stretched nursing a leg) removed his silk handkerchief from his face to murmur, ‘The bass stedfastly drowns the treble, if this is meant for harmony. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Olaf Stapledon Hastily moving myself several octaves toward the bass to avoid their frantic course, which was mostly in the treble, I shouted to them to tell me what was the matter. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

This, in private circles, is frequently designated ‘a bass voice. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

He was unwearying in his demonstrations of his seniority and power over me, scolding me in a bass voice, and ordering me about with threatening gestures. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Nathaniel Hawthorne Voices, male and feminine; laughter, not only of fresh young throats, but the bass of grown people, as if solemn organ-pipes should pour out airs of merriment. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Ivan Turgenev Anton Stepanitch had the grade of a civil councillor, served in some incomprehensible department and, speaking emphatically and stiffly in a bass voice, enjoyed universal respect. The Dog by Ivan Turgenev

Thomas Hardy By this means he had become acquainted with the organist, and the ultimate result was that he joined the choir as a bass voice. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

George Eliot I cannot but think it a snare when a professing Christian has a bass voice like Brother Kemp’s. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Mrs. Gaskell He had suddenly become like an old man; his deep bass voice had a quavering in it, his eyes looked dim, and the lines on his face were deep. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

I never saw him again, except later on in his surplice for a moment at the gate, his great bass voice distinct in the chanting of the priests conducting the bodies. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

James Joyce The bass and the second tenor had already come. Dubliners by James Joyce

Edgar Allan Poe And his this drum whose hoarse heroic bass Drowns the loud clarion of the braying ass. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

When he did speak, it was in one of those portentous and assumed bass voices, which one inevitably connects with the proverbial “Villain at the Vic.” “I have not called for my handkerchief. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

H.P. Lovecraft As the chant closed, a general shout went up, and hissing sounds nearly drowned the croaking of the cracked bass organ. The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

The bass notes of the harmonica could be heard somewhere in the distance, beyond the cemetery. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Hardy All heads would turn, and they’d say, ‘Ah, I thought ’twas he!’ One Sunday I can well mind — a bass viol day that time, and Yeobright had brought his own. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

He thought it, at first, the beating of his fevered blood in his ears; next, the distant tapping of a bass drum. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

John Galsworthy With his carnation, bass drawl, broad bland face, and slight drop of the underjaw, he did not inspire her. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Nikolai Gogol He speaks in a bass voice, with a prolonged rattle and wheeze in his throat, like an old-fashioned clock, which buzzes before it strikes. The Inspector-General by Nikolai Gogol

F. Scott Fitzgerald Lanterns outlined its shape and wavered in gleaming lines on the gold-and-rose colored water, and as they came near, the low notes of bass horns and drums were blown toward them from the lawn. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Nikolai Gogol He had a rather deep bass voice. The Calash by Nikolai Gogol

M. P. Shiel She suggested the East: but in her speech was the energy of the West—sharp—a bass almost like her father’s. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]