Phrases with "blind"

D. H. Lawrence Bachmann watched the blind foot groping in space for the ladder, and he felt the world fall away beneath him. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis And no smoking!” The barn was blank as a blind face. Land by Sinclair Lewis

Sir Richard Burton They were accompanied by a Sheikh, an old, old man, and much I marveled at their appearance, and their all being blind in the same eye. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Edith Wharton She accumulated her material with a blind animal patience unconscious of fortuitous risks. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

But it was done in so blind a way, it will be necessary for me to make a few investigations before I shall feel sufficiently sure of my ground to take you into my confidence. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

G. K. Chesterton It gave his fanciful mind a sinister feeling of a blind growth without shape or purpose. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Robert Louis Stevenson He laughed a loud ho-ho! ‘One and another!’ thought Will. ‘The stars tremble, and the blind goes up. Will O’ the Mill by Robert Louis Stevenson

H.P. Lovecraft He wished it were not so dark, but did not request that the blind be opened. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

George Gissing With a bound forward like that of a stricken animal he started in blind flight. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

D. H. Lawrence She hated his blind attachments. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Victor Hugo Has not the blind man his dog? Only the people have a lion, the king, who consents to act the dog. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Meredith No image of Emilia rose in his mind to reproach him with the casting over of his heart’s dear mistress, but a blind struggle went on. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Willa Cather She told Vickie firmly that she was welcome to come if she would read in the parlour with the blind up only a little way, and would be as still as a mouse. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Jack London You have been blind and greedy. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

He took a blind step forward, heard Stephen exclaim, and Gregory loose a high cackle of delight. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

He could not see an inch in front, and so he went with his hands out-stretched like a blind man who stumbles painfully along. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Abraham Merri It was featureless, smooth, a blind cliff of polished, blue metal — and that was all. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Virginia Woolf Among them, must be one that was stone blind to her beauty. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Anthony Trollope This case was now over; the bailiff again held up his head; the landlord gained his cause; the farmer was sent to prison, and the blind and deaf witness sneaked out of town in shame and disgrace. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have no longer any desire to use her as a blind and soulless instrument for experiments, which at any moment might cost her her reason. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Edgar Allan Poe He must be blind indeed who does not perceive the radical and chasmal difference between the truthful and the poetical modes of inculcation. The Poetic Principle by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

Rudyard Kipling So he began, following his right hand with his left: ‘“The badness of this writing is because I am blind and cannot see my pen. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Meredith His blind sensitiveness felt as we may suppose a spider to feel when plucked from his own web and set in the centre of another’s. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

He supported his family (wife and four children, including a blind girl) by making tagged laces, and devoted all the time he could spare from this to studying his few books and writing. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

William Makepeace Thackeray But why should a saddle-of-mutton blind you, or a turbot and lobster-sauce shut your mouth for ever? With advancing age, men see their duties more clearly. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Rudyard Kipling Personally I love the Burman with the blind favouritism born of first impression. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Olaf Stapledon Among the teachers, as in all walks of life, Paul found that, though some were indeed pioneers of the new world-order, many were almost entirely blind to the deeper meaning of their task. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Bram Stoker An oculist said, after testing, that she was as blind as ever, and her family said that she was still subject to convulsions. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

The blind was not drawn quite down, and they stooped to peer in, and remained there as if glued to the window. Mrs. Cramp’s Tenant by Ellen Wood [1881]

Wilkie Collins Is it your interest or is it not, to know whether this man deserves the blind belief that you place in him?” Blanche trembled from head to foot, and made no reply. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Walter Scott But I am no blind Bayard, to take a leap in the dark under the stroke of a pair of priestly spurs. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

It was daylight, but the room was in semi-darkness, for there were boards fastened across the windows and the blind was drawn half-way down. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

His blind mother would die on the rack before she spoke, and his tools could not give him away, because they were tools and knew nothing. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

H.P. Lovecraft Something was scrawled there in pencil in an awful, blind hand on a piece of paper hideously smeared as though by the very claws that traced the hurried last words. Cool Air by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Just a blundering, honest, and indignant friend, whose very indignation would blind him from the recognition of any guilty feelings I might possibly show. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Madeline hesitated for a moment, and then, picking up the weapon, put it into the blind man’s hand. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Walter Scott Mercy on us, to what a height of audacity hath this age arisen! We see well, and could, were we as blind as a mole, out of what quiver this shaft hath been drawn. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

George Gissing Such a motive as that is to outweigh every higher instinct I possess, to blind me to past and future, to make me all at once a heartless, unimaginative brute. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Elizabeth Gaskell For Maggie, though I may have my own ways of thinking on some points, I can’t be blind to your goodness. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Mark Twain You wind in and out and here and there, in the most mysterious way, and have no more idea of the points of the compass than if you were a blind man. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Edgar Allan Poe They must have been very blind not to see this, even in their own day; for even in their own day many of the long “established” axioms had been rejected. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

George Gissing Are you so blind as to imagine that any good will ever come of such a person? If you wish to save her from the streets, do so by all means. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Wilkie Collins The only light visible, along the whole length of the building, glimmered through the Venetian blind of the window-entrance to Francine’s sitting-room. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Virginia Woolf Rhoda flies with her neck outstretched and blind fanatic eyes, past us. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

George Gissing He clenched his fist, and, but for the gasped apology, might have lost himself in blind rage. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Abraham Merri And at that laughter McKay felt within him resurgence of his own blind hatred as he had fled through the whispering wood. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

It gave me a sort of comfort, as though my soul had become suddenly reconciled to an eternity of blind stillness. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Edith Wharton The thought was so intolerable that he felt a blind desire to punish some one else for the pain it caused him. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

George Meredith Who can look at you and be blind to passion sleeping! The sight of you makes me dream of it—me, a woman, cool as a wine-cellar or a well. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Washington Irving He would sing Irish songs, and the Scotch ballad of Johnny Armstrong. He took the lead in the children’s sports of blind man’s buff, hunt the slipper, etc. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Guy de Maupassan In a kingdom of blind men the blind are kings. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Jack London Also, he was blind, blind as a bat. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

They got to the third floor, but with difficulty; the smoke began to blind them and choke them, and fiery showers fell on them, and drove them back smarting and choking. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

I saw that from the start; but I tried to blind myself to it. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

William Hope Hodgson And all this did I set out to the Master Monstruwacan; and with something uncertain of fear and trouble in my heart; yet with a blind expectation; as, indeed, who would not. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Edith Wharton The door closed on him, and a light appeared behind the blind of the adjoining window. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

And then, she thought, a baby will come, and if Micheline is really my daughter, she will adore the little thing, and the blind love which she has given to her husband will be diminished by so much. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

G. K. Chesterton MacIan was also gazing with his face towards the city, but there was that about his blind and mystical stare that told one, so to speak, that his eyes were turned inwards. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

But people with those sort of eyes are apt, when they feel that way disposed, to get into a rage about nothing at all, and to go blind with passion when they are at it. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

George Gissing He died in the country somewhere, blind and fallen on evil days, poor old fellow. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle The window of the room in which they sat was closed, but the blind was not drawn down. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Arthur Machen Suppose I stand on the steps of St. Paul’s and look out for a blind man lame of the left leg to pass me, it is evidently highly improbable that I shall see such a person by waiting for an hour. The Red Hand by Arthur Machen

D. H. Lawrence And Somers heard over his own head the voice speaking with a blind yearning. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

But she sat up suddenly and began to scream, her eyes blind to everything round her, her hands thrusting away from her. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Walter Scott He suffered his fair pupil to become inexpressibly dear to him, before he discovered the precipice towards which he was moving under the direction of a blind and misplaced passion. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Two shallow steps led us to another passage, and then my groping hands struck a blind wall. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

I felt their strength drawing me towards her and by a sort of blind and desperate effort I resisted. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Ford Madox Ford Quotations ease strain; she said: ‘One is urged by blind destiny!’ A Greek quotation, then! ‘Like a victim upon an altar. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

The blind man caught up to his hostess again. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Olaf Stapledon I now turn to one particular sphere in which, I am convinced, he has allowed his scepticism to blind him to certain facts of experience. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Arnold Bennett It seemed a rather large house; and every blind was drawn. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

John Galsworthy I suppose we all have a blind spot somewhere, and yours is: ‘No stinkers. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

What is more, they speak thus in blind good faith — with a dense gravity of conviction that is simply amazing. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Mark Twain I judged he would be blind drunk in about an hour, and then I would steal the key, or saw myself out, one or t’other. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Wilkie Collins I’m a blind agent — that’s what I am. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Henry Handel Richardson Afterwards, men brought brooms and swept the leaves into heaps and burned them in little bonfires; and then what fun it was to run like blind men, with eyes tight shut, through the clouds of smoke. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang Then he wandered, blind and miserable, through the wood, eating nothing but roots and berries, and weeping and lamenting the loss of his lovely bride. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Afterwards, whenever he saw the blind Abdallah, Mohammed used to say, ‘Welcome to him on whose account my Lord reproved me!’ and subsequently made him governor of Medînah. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Charles Kingsley Yes; very cruel is blind fear. Superstition by Charles Kingsley

Victor Hugo To have said, I am ugly, to any other blind girl than Dea might have been dangerous. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Mark Twain They say that hardly a native child in all the East is free from sore eyes, and that thousands of them go blind of one eye or both every year. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

To a blind man, left with three little girls, of whom the youngest was only eight at the Restoration, marriage seemed equally necessary for their sake as for his own. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Anne Bronte Bitter, bitter confession! Tears blind me while I write. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

I did not know how she intended to blind my father. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Suddenly the venetian blind that hung before the door of a bedroom farther on swayed out before a hand variously ringed to emit a lady in a pink lawn dress with apt embroideries. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Charles Dickens Is blind with agitation, and can’t see it. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Rudyard Kipling Her Dick had gone blind and left in his place some one that she could hardly recognise till he spoke. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Rudyard Kipling Here thirteen pigtails, deaf and blind to the outer world, are bending over a table. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

There are Antigones, sir, who show their heroic nature by other service than the leading to and fro of a blind father. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Elio But before many days were past, he thought it right not to allow her to blind herself any longer. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

George Gissing Softly she went to the window, drew the blind aside, and looked down into the street. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

James Joyce The blind stripling tapped the curbstone and went on his way, drawing his cane back, feeling again. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Andrew Lang But when the prince came to the inn and found his brother among his merry companions, he also remained there and forgot both the bird Grip and his blind father. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Alexander Pope Oh, blind to truth, and God’s whole scheme below, Who fancy bliss to vice, to virtue woe! Who sees and follows that great scheme the best, Best knows the blessing, and will most be bless’d. An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope [1734]

Jack London Joe was sourer than ever, and Sol-leks was unapproachable, blind side or other side. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Virginia Woolf Some blind instinct, for he was past reasoning, must have driven him to take the river bank in the direction of the sea. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

George Gissing Then I saw her in the true light, and understood all at once what a blind fool I had been. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Oliver Goldsmith Mr Burchell, who was of the party, was always fond of seeing some innocent amusement going forward, and set the boys and girls to blind man’s buff. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

An eminent oculist of that day, named Barth, went to visit her, and declared that she was as blind as ever; while her family said she was as much subject to convulsions as before. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Mrs. Gaskell I suppose all these inquiries of mine, and the consequent curiosity excited in the minds of my friends, made us blind and deaf to what was going on around us. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Arthur Conan Doyle Faster and faster it flew, beating against walls and chandeliers in a blind frenzy of alarm. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Andrew Lang He was now full of joy, for his blind father would now recover his sight, while he himself owned the world’s most beautiful princess and the horse with the golden shoes. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jack London Forever after Buck avoided his blind side, and to the last of their comradeship had no more trouble. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The reckless young woman looked at him with an attention which he was far from being blind enough not to see was increased by his answer. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

E. F. Benson What will she do with it?” She seemed quite blind to the Oxford trousers, and Georgie wondered whether that was from mere feebleness of vision. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

They’re new brooms, and are blind to the merits of the old besoms. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Henry Handel Richardson The blind of the window facing the bed had not been lowered; and a square patch of light fell across the bed. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

I marched up the drive with no sort of plan in my head, only a blind rushing on fate. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

The blind was always down, and none of the servants, except Barbara Simmons, ever came into the room. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

George Eliot Yet this poor thing was apparently a blind French Catholic — of delicate nurture, surely, judging from her hands. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Wilkie Collins Why? Mr. Ablewhite’s explanation is, that they acted on blind suspicion, after seeing him accidentally speaking to Mr. Luker. Absurd! Half-a-dozen other people spoke to Mr. Luker that morning. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Thither young Turnus took the well-known way, Possess’d the pass, and in blind ambush lay. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

D. H. Lawrence She had her blind agonies, when she wanted him, she wanted him. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Willa Cather He believed that the glass eye which gave one side of his face such a dull, blind look, had ruined his career, or rather had made a career impossible for him. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

George Eliot It was poor Lisbeth’s blind way of feeling that human love and pity are a ground of faith in some other love. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Meantime I thanked Heaven that he had that blind spot of vanity, which would prevent him seeing the cracks in my camouflage. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

They looked like nuns of some obscure order; they were deaf and blind as ramparts of sandbags; nothing less callous to human life than a Parisian cabdriver could have burst a way through them. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Guy de Maupassan A blind fury was gaining possession of him, mingling with the fumes of alcohol. The Drunkard by Guy de Maupassan

Arnold Bennett He could not, by taking thought, do what his father had done naturally, by the mere blind exercise of instinct. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Olaf Stapledon Her flesh, translucent formerly, now is filmed and grey, blind like her filmed eyes. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells They were as blind to the proper development of the imperial adventure. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Virginia Woolf The blind hung red at the window’s edge and within the room daggers of light fell upon chairs and tables making cracks across their lacquer and polish. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

She is dead — I know that — but beyond that, all is doubt — confusion — what the world and all its passing show is to a blind man. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

He was striving against folly and ignorance, blind prejudice, false conventions, narrow covenants. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Elizabeth Gaskell I believe Miss Galindo had had lame and blind and hump-backed maids. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Thomas Hardy Her poor father was now blind to these subtleties, which he had formerly beheld as in noontide light. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton On the narrow pavement a blind man pottered along led by a red-eyed poodle: a little farther on a dishevelled woman sat grinding coffee on the threshold of a buvette. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Anthony Trollope But this poor creature is made with her bleared blind eyes to fall into the very lowest depths of feminine ignobility. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

The mistress was at liberty, too, to look out of the window, which they were not, and she made the most of this advantage, tiptoeing to open or shut it or arrange the blind whenever voices were heard. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Thomas Paine Like a secret told, they are beyond recall; and he must be blind indeed that does not see that a change is already beginning. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

And, above it, the woman of marble, composed and blind on the high pedestal, seemed to ward off the devouring night with a cluster of lights. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

But there was a smaller entrance on the side (which was rather a bustling street), and a sort of office window, on the wire blind of which was written, in white letters, “Mr. Smith, wine-merchant. At Miss Deveen’s by Ellen Wood [1869]

D. H. Lawrence The blind was drawn, he could see no more. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Impatient for the light of spring, I have slept lately with my blind drawn up, so that at waking, I have the sky in view. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Olaf Stapledon The spirit of Man saw that he himself was partly responsible for this blind rage, for he had done his utmost to infuriate men against the old order. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

The ingenuity of Pine had constructed a canvas blind over the port, to prevent the sun striking into the cabin, and this blind absorbed much of the light. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

H. G. Wells That greater world was still prepared for heroes and villains, ready for blind partisanships and storms of suspicion. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Arthur Conan Doyle The blind was down, and I could not see in. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

George Eliot I suppose if I could live another fifty years, I should be blind to everything that wasn’t out of other people’s sight, like a man who stands in a well and sees nothing but the stars. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Not that Mr. Byrd ever allowed his generous heart to blind him to the plain language of facts. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells It was a foolish impulse, but the devil begotten of fear and blind anger was ill curbed and still eager to take advantage of my perplexity. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Bram Stoker There was over me a yearning for sleep, in some sort of blind belief that to wake would be to find things changed, and that any change must now be for the better. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

John Locke This was the case of a blind man I once talked with, who lost his sight by the small-pox when he was a child, and had no more notion of colours than one born blind. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Willa Cather I once met a blind girl, blind from birth, who could discuss the peculiarities of the Barbizon school with just Flavia’s glibness and enthusiasm. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

But he saw she was past explanation, blind and deaf except for one voice, one face. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

But, blind man that you are if you do not see it, he seeks somewhere else besides in his own family. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

James Joyce He passed a blind stripling opposite Broadbent’s. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

D.H. Lawrence She was dazzled blind by the sunshine. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Thomas Wolfe The other people were talking, reading, or dozing, and the blind man came in so quietly that none of them noticed him enter. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Willa Cather In her earlier days she had swallowed experiences that would have unmanned one of less torrential enthusiasm or blind pertinacity. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

He occupied one of them himself and let the other to Josiah Carvil — blind Carvil, the retired boat-builder — a man of evil repute as a domestic tyrant. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had no right to be angry with Hood and these others who had become almost her blind slaves. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

With the classics open before it, and alive to much of the grandeur of their teaching, it was almost blind to the spirit of self-restraint, proportion, and simplicity which governed the great models. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Edgar Allan Poe He must be blind indeed who cannot perceive the radical and chasmal difference between the truthful and the poetical modes of inculcation. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Guy de Maupassan At any rate, she is received in a certain tolerant, or blind society. The Baroness by Guy de Maupassan

Thomas Hardy She went to the window to adjust a blind which had slipped, and he had a good view of her profile. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

He had neither forgotten nor forgiven this slight; and mingled with that blind unreasoning passion, which he had striven in vain to conquer, there was an ever-present sense of anger and wrong. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Your cheeks are hollow, and your eyes bloodshot, like a person starving with hunger and going blind with loss of sleep. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Rudyard Kipling Moored o’er the darker deeps that hide The blind white Sea-snake and his bride Who, drowsing, nose the long-lost ships Let down through darkness to their lips. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Anthony Trollope He knew how to blind the eyes of members to the truth. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle With a single spring he was at the window, and had drawn the blind once more. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Publishers have their little theories, their little superstitions, and their blind faith in the great god Chance which we all worship. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Then with equal gravity the blind man weighed the coin in the balance of his hand. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

To say there is something yet to be which never was, not even in the sufficient intelligence wherein the world is rational and not a blind and orphan waif, is to ignore all reason. Memories and Studies by William James

George Meredith The tempest of penitence closed with a blind look at his watch, which he left dangling. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

A. E. W. Mason There was contempt too in her tone, contempt for Ethne Eustace, the woman of the open air who was afraid, who shrank from marriage with a blind man, and dreaded the restraint upon her freedom. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

They shrink for fear, abated of their rage, Nor longer dare in a blind fight engage; Contented now to gall them from below With darts and slings, and with the distant bow. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Charles Dickens He may be seen, most days, in Oxford-street, haling the blind man away on expeditions wholly uncontemplated by, and unintelligible to, the man: wholly of the dog’s conception and execution. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Helen Zimmern She was a patriot, but belonged to no party; and was blind neither to the nation’s wrongs, follies nor crimes. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

The blind was pulled half down, leaving the room in semi darkness. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Rudyard Kipling The blind man he hadn’t seen naught of anything, an’ the dumb man nature-ally, he couldn’t say aught of what he’d seen. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Andrew Lang The blind king was greatly rejoiced at his son’s resolve, fitted him out in the best way he could, and let him go. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens To be the friend of Swiveller you must reject all circumstantial evidence, all reason, observation, and experience, and repose a blind belief in the bookcase. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

George Gissing The lamp had just been lighted, the red blind drawn down. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Thank you, dear, you needn’t pull the blind down. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Radclyffe Hall I can feel a great desolation in Stévenne — and some of the youngness has gone from Mary. What can it be? My fingers grow blind when I ask them the cause of that desolation. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

He had realised that the life to which he had vowed himself was in danger of becoming no more than a blind alley, and that the huge fabric of the Church was falling about his ears. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

John Locke Thus we see that men born blind count time well enough by years, whose revolutions yet they cannot distinguish by motions that they perceive not. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Edith Wharton The day dwelt in her memory as a long stretch of aimless hours: blind alleys of time that led up to a dead wall of inaction. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Elizabeth Gaskell It is he that is hunting me to death! No need to look so white and horror-struck, Maggie! It’s the way of the world, as I might have known, if I had not been a blind fool. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Mary Webb Even her love of Foxy would become a groping thing, and not any longer would she know, when her blind bird made its tentative music, all it meant and all it dreamed. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Olaf Stapledon The fact that it has proved very difficult to estimate differences of this kind must not blind us to the fact that in daily life we recognise them. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

All the windows were closed, and a solitary light was burning behind the blind of the principal window over the entrance which had attracted Coconnas’s attention as soon as they entered the street. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Suppose that I have given a dollar to a blind beggar. The Meaning of Truth by William James

A lady wrote from the North of Scotland recounting a similar episode which she had witnessed as occurring between a stoat and a blind grouse. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

The struggle, however it began, had turned into a scramble of blind panic. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Arnold Bennett He was quite blind to her beauty. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Fate had provided better; and the blind jade Fortune had smiled on merit for once. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

She laid her hands with a blind instinct upon the altar, and felt a healing touch upon their palms. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

William Hope Hodgson And in all that time of journeying, I had no sight of the Mighty Pyramid; for the blind shining of the Plain of Blue Fire was ever between. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

He’s my notion of the Apostles that could make the lame walk and the blind see. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Henry James Perhaps some hazard of a blind hand, some brutal fatal ignorance has lighted kitchen-fires with it. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

What a small thing is a human body, and what a gigantic moral sphere surrounds that little centre! That blind woman lay still as death, on a six-foot-long bedstead, in a remote chamber. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. G. Wells The defects of his personality must not blind us to the impossibility of his ambition. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Henry Handel Richardson Then, a blind curiosity drove him forward to find out whom she spoke to. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Hardy She pulled the blind aside and looked out. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Henry Lawson The blind eye was covered with a green patch, which gave a sardonic appearance to the remaining features. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Walter Scott I am sure I often cover my face, or turn it away, for it seems as if she saw one change colour, though she has been blind these twenty years. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

John was aware that though he stood quietly enough by the table, turning over some loose silver in his pocket, he was in a state of blind fury. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Thomas Wolfe Their fronts are bathed, so people say, in steady, secret light just like the nation’s dome at Washington. The blind man strokes his sunken jaws reflectively. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]