Phrases with "candle"

Wilkie Collins The candle she had left there was still burning feebly in the fresh daylight. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

This confession did not explain the mystery of that guttered candle and it did not account for Reeder’s worried condition of mind. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Our horses were fresh, and we had a scurry or two, of course; but there wasn’t one that could hold a candle to Jim’s brown horse. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

The old woman had taken away his candle and shut the door. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Abraham Merri One candle shone there and its light fell on the locket that held the ring. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

I picked up the candelabra, groped for a candle all over the carpet, found one, and lighted it. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then I took a step forwards, when instantly it vanished, vanished like a candle blown out. The Mystery of Sasassa Valley by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins There was no candle in the room. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He raised the candle to examine it. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

She set her candle on the dressing-table, and looked round the bare empty room, feeling as if she were in a dream. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

M. R. James Inexpressibly frightened as he was, he determined to take his candle and go down to Mr Abney’s study, for the hour appointed for their meeting was near at hand. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Arthur Morrison There was a candle on the table which had been left there earlier in the evening. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Thomas Hardy It was, however, rather to the vicar’s astonishment, that he saw Elfride walk in to the breakfast-table, candle in hand. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Marjorie Bowen The candle was burning to the socket; the moonlight lay on the floor between them, in a shifting, widening patch. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

I know I snatched the candle that was in her hand, and she screamed after me as if I had murdered her. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

She would even have held a candle for them now. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Virginia Woolf Against such moments (with women too) there contrasted (as she laid her hat down) the bed and Baron Marbot and the candle half-burnt. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Sigmund Freud She puts a candle into a candlestick; but the candle is broken, so that it does not stand up. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

She stooped over it, with the candle close by; I saw her try a key — it could be nothing else — and I heard her blow through the wards to clear them. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle In this grim room the five pirates sang and roared and drank, while the silent steward still filled up their glasses, and passed the box and the candle round for their tobacco-pipes. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

Whistling Dick set his candle on a chair and placed his hat carefully under the table. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Thomas Hardy The moth made towards the candle upon Eustacia’s table, hovered round it two or three times, and flew into the flame. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Then, candle in hand, she returned to shut the door; but her whole frame trembled with fear. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Guy de Maupassan Suppose it should die! O God! O God! What would become of me? I rose from my chair to go and look at him, and with a candle in my hand I leaned over him. A Father’s Confession by Guy de Maupassan

Mark Twain The door was open into the parlor, where the corpse was laying, and there was a candle in both rooms. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Edith Wharton Suddenly the window behind us crashed open, and a gust of wind, surging in out of the blackness, extinguished the candle on the nearest chimney-corner. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Gertrude Stein The curtain is not made of wood and a candle is placed in a candlestick and the whole, the very whole, there is no robbery. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

George Gissing A candle was burning; the boy, awake but silent, sat up in his cot, and looked about with sleepy, yet frightened eyes. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

E. F. Benson She had then left the candle in a draught, and it had been blown out. The House with the Brick-Kiln by E. F. Benson

When I awoke the candle had been extinguished. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry Kingsley She wished to be alone, so when she saw a candle burning in the kitchen she was disappointed, but went in nevertheless. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Arnold Bennett The gas was out, the stove was out, and according to his custom he was reading himself to sleep by the light of a candle in a sconce attached to the bed’s head. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was Holmes. The candle in his hand shone upon his eager, stooping face, and told me at a glance that something was amiss. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

James Joyce Place your finger for a moment in the flame of a candle and you will feel the pain of fire. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Guy de Maupassan The door opened hastily, and Berthine appeared, barefooted and only half dressed, with her candle in her hand and a scared look on her face. The Prisoners by Guy de Maupassan

Virginia Woolf It is all half lights and profound shadows like those serpentine caves where one goes with a candle peering up and down, not knowing where one is stepping. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Henry Kingsley But where was it? His candle was flickering in its socket, and, as he tried to move it, it went out. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

For a moment the candle flared in his hand; then his eyes met two other eyes, wide open, smiling, and the candle-flame flashed over hair heavy as gold. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

George Gissing In a quarter of an hour the candle was extinguished, and but for the wind, which rattled sashes and doors, and made ghostly sounds in the chimneys, there was silence throughout the house. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

The three men left the room, taking the candle with them, and locking the door behind them, so that all he saw was their retreating backs and these told him nothing. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Willa Cather There was a shiver and a giggle, and every one looked toward the red blur that Marie’s candle made in the dark. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Slipping back, I took a candlestick and candle from the dining-room mantel, and finding that the bag would not hold them, thrust them into the pocket of the coat I wore, and quickly left the house. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith I agree with him that Stornley can’t hold a candle to it. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Anthony Trollope In the dark of his chamber, when the candle was out, and he was not yet protected by his bed, there came a qualm upon him. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Henry Handel Richardson That night, there were loud cries for Mamma. Hurrying to them, candle in hand, Mary found the children pale and distressed, their little bodies cramped with grinding, colicky pains. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle The candle was burning low — so low that I could hardly see the creature. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

D. H. Lawrence He took a candle and went upstairs. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

William Makepeace Thackeray It seemed to me that there shot a flame from his eye into my brain, whilst behind his GLASS eye there was a green illumination as if a candle had been lit in it. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

He lifted the candle above his head. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu With his stick he knocked a little tattoo, and a candle was held over the clumsy banister, and the little servant girl inquired in her clear Welsh accent what he wanted. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Dreading lest Baptiste should perceive my absence, and suspect me to have overheard the message with which Claude was dispatched, I hastily relighted my candle and quitted the chamber. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

This gave them entrance to a large, square room that the candle but dimly lighted. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

I had, however, brought a bit of candle with me from my room; and in the strong-room, which was down some narrow stairs behind the counter in the banking-chamber, I had no hesitation in lighting it. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Charles Dickens At last the day turned her waning candle pale, and she fell asleep. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

How she conquered it sufficiently to enter the passage and reach the slab, where her candle and matches were always placed, she did not know. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

George Eliot She lifted the candle to the mirror. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Mark Twain Struggling to get up, the mule kicked the candle out and smashed most of the kitchen furniture, and raised considerable dust. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope He is a great man — a very great man indeed,” said the Attorney-General, in answer to someone who was abusing Sir William. “There is not one of us can hold a candle to him. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He died suddenly and oddly, sir, like a candle on which has fallen a drop of water, with a splutter and a flash, in a moment — one of your Verney deaths, sir. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

But then his mother lit a piece of candle and they sat down on the floor to play. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Isabella Bird The latter merely replied, “When you next light a candle you may be thankful that there is no hydrogen in the air;” after which there was a temporary cessation of hostilities. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Marjorie Bowen Lucius Cranfield sank on his face silently, and the flaring light of the unsnuffed candle glistened on the wet dagger as it was withdrawn from between his shoulders. The Sign-Painter and the Crystal Fishes by Marjorie Bowen

Joseph Furphy For the rest, she was a generous, patient, self-denying girl, transparently honest in word and deed; the gentle soul shining through its homely mask, like a candle in a bottle. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

They only kept a candle alight, standing on the ground behind the wardrobe. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

The candle at the same time getting brighter, he saw it was the figure of a woman. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

John Bunyan Then said he, His candle shineth on my head, and by his light I go through darkness. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

William Hope Hodgson As I stood, I noticed how quietly the candle burnt; never a flicker nor flare, so utterly windless was the place. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Sir Richard Burton For every time they lighted a candle for him it went out willy-nilly, so he was left in darkness and silence and looking at naught but himself. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Arthur Conan Doyle Here and there, on the bridges which spanned the canal, there was the dim glimmer of an oil lamp, and sometimes there came a gleam from some niche where a candle burned before the image of a saint. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Virginia Woolf Can’t see a candle gutter but its her heart that’s melting, or snuff a wick without reciting all the names in Cupid’s Calendar . Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

George Eliot She sat without candle in the twilight, with the window wide open toward the river; the sense of oppressive heat adding itself undistinguishably to the burthen of her lot. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

A candle was burning in the vicar’s parlour. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Then he took a candle and lighted it, and turned it down, and burned it till it burned his fingers; when he dropped it double quick. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Heathcliff stood near the entrance in his shirt and trousers: with a candle dripping over his fingers, and his face as white as the wall behind him. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

It must have lasted long, for when I wakened my candle had burnt out; my father, having quite forgotten me, was gone, and the room was dark and deserted. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jack London The lazarette was directly beneath the cabin, and, opening the trap-door in the floor and carrying a candle with me, I dropped down and began overhauling the ship’s stores. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Marjorie Bowen D’Este pushed back his chair; for a moment there was perfect stillness, then he laid the candle to the powder . The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

E. F. Benson The book she wanted was on the table in the window, and before she lit a candle she crossed the room to get it. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

His candle fitted badly in the candle-stick, and round the bottom was pinched a crushed and dirty piece of paper that had once formed part of a paper bag. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Salazar took the candle and followed him into the corridor. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Elizabeth Gaskell Please, put the candle out, and come to bed. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

James Joyce He lit a candle in the office and went before them to the stairs. Dubliners by James Joyce

Walter Scott The old woman held a candle in one hand, and a knife in the other. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Elizabeth Gaskell All night long too, there burnt a little light on earth; a candle in her old bedroom, which was the nursery with the present inhabitants of the parsonage, until the new one was built. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Edith Wharton The kitchen was dark, but she discovered a box of matches, lit a candle and went upstairs. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Virginia Woolf The candle burnt its little pear-shaped flame on the table by her side. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

My candle faintly lighted the bare stone wall that enclosed the stair, the foot of which I could not see. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Wilkie Collins The whole amounted to but very few sentences, written on one perishable fragment of paper, which the flame of a candle would have consumed in a moment. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

William Makepeace Thackeray And now, get me a candle and show me down stairs. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Wilkie Collins I lighted the candle on the mantel-piece, and looked for the writing. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Why didn’t ye take a candle in your fingers, ye aumadhaun?” said one of her female companions. The White Cat of Drumgunniol by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

She set the candle on the tiled floor. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D. H. Lawrence He lifted it from the fire and scrutinised it thoroughly, holding the candle to it, as if it were some wonderful epistle from the flames. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Maria Edgeworth She then, with a species of fury, wiped the paint from her face, and returning to Belinda, held the candle so as to throw the light full upon her livid features. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope On a sudden he heard the key in the door, and the man who attended him entered the room with a candle in his hand. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Miss Tita made no direct answer to this and, candle in hand, with her back to me, ascended two or three stairs. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

D. H. Lawrence He held the candle and looked for a long time at the sizzling side of the meat, as if he would read portents. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

As one of the bits of candle on the edge of the bench burned down to the end, he hastened to light another. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Some one was coming down the corridor with the lightness of a cat, candle in hand, as a faint light showed me. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

He took it in the palm of his hand and touched the spring, holding the candle still in the other hand. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Virginia Woolf A moment later Cassandra stood beside her, holding a candle and speaking in the low tones proper to the time of night. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Isabella Bird In another is a rough desk, covered with candle droppings, on which the Liturgy of the Apostles lay open, and on it a cross, which it is the custom to kiss. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then a match was struck, and next instant the steady light from a candle filled the interior of the hut. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

David, still confused with sleep, took his candle and descended the stairs. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Margaret Oliphant She got up, and hastily lighted the candle which stood on the table. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

It was so dark inside that I had to light a candle before I could see anything there. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Thomas Hardy After a while he rose, and going to the table lifted the candle to light his pipe. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Guy de Maupassan I ascended the steps slowly, lighting a candle match every few seconds, stubbing my foot against the steps, stumbling and angry as I followed the rustle of the skirt ahead of me. The Wardrobe by Guy de Maupassan

Edgar Allan Poe His candle was expiring in the socket, and there would be the greatest difficulty in retracing his way to the hatchway in the dark. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells He took a candle and went down to the dining-room in search of a syphon and whiskey. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Charles Dickens The candle was brought up again, feebly burning, and then some water was cast in. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

I managed to squeeze myself in, and then lit a candle which I had brought with me. The Black Lady of Brin Tor by Guy Boothby

Marjorie Bowen Lucius Cranfield set the candle in a green bottle on the table, and pointed round the walls where all manner of drawings on canvas, wood, and paper hung. The Sign-Painter and the Crystal Fishes by Marjorie Bowen

A candle was burning within; and, when I opened the door, O’Connor was reading a book, which, on seeing me, he hastily closed, colouring slightly as he did so. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arnold Bennett As soon as he was gone Edwin took a candle and returned to the shop. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Wilkie Collins The candle was instantly extinguished. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

He stood with his back to the women, staring at the fire, while Stephen Whitelaw lighted a candle in his slow dawdling way. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Mark Twain Tom whispered: “Now I’ll show you something, Huck.” He held his candle aloft and said: “Look as far around the corner as you can. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Andrew Lang Mrs. Claughton went back to bed, read a book, fell asleep, and woke to find the candle still lit, but low in the socket. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Charles Dickens He had sat for a long time thinking, on the hearth, when his candle burned down and its light went out. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Henry Handel Richardson The mean bit of candle she’s given us won’t last for ever. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

A single event was the candle which lit up the scene, but by the light of it he surveyed the whole room. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

He was in the act of lighting Alice’s candle in the hall, when the sound of steps on the gravel path outside attracted his attention. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Rudyard Kipling As he closed the shutter, the oast-house seemed dark before the day’s end, and he lit the candle in the lanthorn. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

This was in a season of great depression, when I began to feel in broken health the effect of trying to burn my candle at both ends. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

A candle was burning behind the headboard on a table, and another on a commode near the door. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Arthur Conan Doyle After leaving the house he discovered his loss and hurried back, but found the police already in possession, owing to his own folly in leaving the candle burning. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Over my bed there was a little picture, a reproduction of some Italian work, of Christ and the Demoniac. Some impulse made me hold my candle up to it. The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan [1900]

He had a candle in his hand, which he shaded with his coat from her eye; his back was towards her, and he was rummaging in the drawer in which she usually kept her money. The Dead Sexton by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The judge said: “Enough — His candle we’ll snough, And his sepulchre shall not be whicted. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Why, John, Gunningham can’t hold a candle to Overleigh. There must be a mint of money in an old barrack stuffed full of gimcracks like this. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle The candle was not lit at that time; but the lamp was burning. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Anthony Trollope She carried a candle in one hand, and in the other a bouquet of fresh flowers, which she quietly laid among his papers. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle At first I had feared to light my candle lest I should make a mark of myself, but now, after cracking my shin over a box, and catching my spurs in some canvas, I thought the bolder course the wiser. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Arthur Machen I turned about, and on my way back I entered the caves, and lit the carriage candle I had brought with me. Change by Arthur Machen

George Gissing The candle had burnt to the socket, and the smoke rising from it in a narrow white column filled the room with its smell. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Thomas Hardy Without lighting his candle he sat down at once on the three-legged stool, and pondered on what he had seen and heard touching that still-loved one of his. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

There was a candle on the chimneypiece, and another in a stable lantern near the window. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He passed by the poppy field, he skirted the box hedges, he entered the french windows, found the candle where he had left it on the table by the bookcase and lit it with the matches in his pocket. The House by the Poppy Field by Marjorie Bowen

George Gissing A candle made fast in the neck of a bottle was the source of light. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Maria Edgeworth Every now and then, as he was quietly at work, he heard the loud huzzas in the street: his waning candle sunk in the socket, as he had just packed up his work. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

Charles Dickens He took the card, and went away, to read it, to the table on which the candle was placed; sitting down, with his back resolutely turned to the curtained bed. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

About the most stupid of those was, that instead of immediately closing that door, which I never ought to have opened, I actually took a candle and walked into the room. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Amy’s candle was out, and she was in bed, lying full in the light of the Easter moon, which poured in glorious whiteness through her window. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Edith Wharton She too carried a double burden: her shoes and the candle in one hand, in the other a large covered basket that weighed down her bare arm. False Dawn by Edith Wharton

Laurence Sterne It was insisted upon and stipulated for by the lady, that after Monsieur was got to bed, and the candle and fire extinguished, that Monsieur should not speak one single word the whole night. A sentimental journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne

Wilkie Collins WHEN I put out my candle that night, I made a mistake — I trusted entirely to myself to wake in good time in the morning. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

G. K. Chesterton The moth flies into the candle because he doesn’t happen to know that the game is not worth the candle. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Wilkie Collins I tried, and tried, and tried; and then I gave in again, and lay quiet again, always with my eyes glaring at the candle, and the candle glaring at me. Blow Up with the Brig! by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Wilkie Collins He took the candle from her hand when she pointed to the door; opened it softly; and, leaving it ajar, went into the room. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

What are they about, these English sailors? are they blind, that they don’t see the light?” Major Lennard, with the candle in his hand, set to work to look for the missing document. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Guy de Maupassan Then, candle in hand, she ran to the vestibule. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins Isaac locked the door, set his candle on the chest of drawers, and wearily got ready for bed. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Mark Twain The first thing every one does is to kneel down and take a candle and examine this hole. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Olaf Stapledon The human body is not much more constant than a candle flame, in which all the material is continually passing in and out of the flame. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Joseph Furphy I lit a bit of candle I had noticed in the daytime, and sat down to note his progress in a professional way. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

D.H. Lawrence Helena lit a candle and went to her bedroom. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

He came to David one evening when the candle was lit in the study. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Edgar Allan Poe I use this expression, because the suddenness of their departure put me in mind of nothing so much as the extinguishment of a candle by a puff of the breath. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Conan Doyle At last, however, there was the glint of a candle behind the blind, and a face looked out at the upper window. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

He drew his sword, and, raising the candle so as to throw its light with increased distinctness upon the objects in the room, he entered the chamber into which the shadow had glided. Schalken the Painter by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1851]

Charles Dickens The vaults were profoundly dark, and having no torch or candle — for they had been afraid to carry one, lest it should betray their place of refuge — they were obliged to grope with their hands. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

The door was opened, and a China boy stood before me holding a candle in his hand. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle Who could have believed that a half-inch of candle could take so long to burn? My ears were straining all the time for the thudding of the hoofs of the Cossacks who were coming to destroy us. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

George Meredith It’s like no candle in the darrk. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Lux had come back from Larborough bearing a small pink candle wrapped in pale green tissue paper. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

H. G. Wells The candle had burnt down and was flaring in its socket. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Mr. Granger lighted one of them, and then knelt down beside the prostrate figure with the candle in his hand. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was clear that some one bearing a lamp or a candle had climbed up the tower stairs and had then returned into the body of the house. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Both might have hope of escaping recognition in the imperfect light, for the candle on the chimneypiece was flaring in the air, and the light from the lantern fell in spots, and was confusing. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry Fielding For which reason, many persons of good understanding, to prevent being terrified with such objects, usually keep a candle burning by them, that the light may prevent their seeing. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

And although the storm was raging and roaring all round, she was quite calm — not a breath of air stirred her long yellow hair — and the candle burned quietly. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

George Meredith Constance, he said, had plunged into these new spangle, candle and high singing services; was all for symbols, harps, effigies, what not. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Wilkie Collins Who had moved it? She held the candle close and looked toward the pillow, with a sudden curiosity and a sudden doubt. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

M. R. James Light was seen on the ceiling, and the lady came in: she set down her candle on a table, came to the fireside and roused the nurse. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

Algernon Blackwood He set the candle down upon the table by my bed and gently closed the door. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

George Elio He had nothing but the candle in his hand. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Wilkie Collins For an instant he saw her standing in that position, then the wick of the spent candle fell over into the socket; the flame diminished to a little blue point, and the room grew dark. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Thomas Hardy Then becoming aware that she had not obscured the windows she came forward to do so, candle in hand. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

James Joyce Calculate when it burns out and you receive gratis 1 pair of our special non-compo boots, guaranteed 1 candle power. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Wilkie Collins Only lie down, and you will soon fall asleep when I put the candle out. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Robert Louis Stevenson He or she is a radiating focus of goodwill; and their entrance into a room is as though another candle had been lighted. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mildred took the candle and took the tall lady gently by the wrist. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins Where is the nurse?” Mrs. Jazeph sat down with her back to the lighted candle when she heard herself asked for. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Nellie Bly Taking up a candle and asking us to follow, he went out into the hall; stopping before a large map that hung there, holding up with one hand the candle, he pointed out to us several blue marks. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Wilkie Collins He lighted the candle again without another moment of delay, and, on the instant of its burning up, the first object in the room that his eyes sought for was the curtained bed. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

The candle seemed shorter when I went out than when I came in. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Virginia Woolf She straightened the candle and walked down the stairs. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Willa Cather The only difficulty was the candle in Marie’s tent; perhaps, as Emil had no sweetheart, he would oblige the boys by blowing out the candle. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Wilkie Collins Basil! Basil! Where is he? Oh, where, where, where!” “He is here,” said the doctor, taking the candle from my hand, and holding it, so that the light fell full on my face. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

He took the candle from her trembling hand and set it down on the table. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Frances Hodgson Burnett So she got up softly, took her candle and crept away without making a sound. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

E. F. Benson Then I blew out my candle and instantly fell asleep. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

Elizabeth Gaskell He folded up letter by letter; he snuffed the candle just when its light began to wane, and no sooner; but he did not miss or omit one paper — he read every word. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Edith Wharton The table bearing the provisions carried also a candle in a tin candlestick; and against the wall stood a sort of trestle bed with two pillows and a coarse brown blanket. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Sigmund Freud The candle is an object which excites the female genitals; its being broken, so that it does not stand upright, signifies impotence on the man's part (it is not her fault). The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Thomas Hardy He placed the candle on the corner of the dresser, took his hat from a nail, and joined the stranger in the porch, shutting the door behind him. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Henry Handel Richardson One of these, who held a candle stuck in a bottle, was accosted by Richard and soundly rated. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson Leaping to his feet, and opening the door of the library, he saw the tall man, candle in hand, in earnest conversation with the gentleman who had taken the rooms. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith Cecilia lit a candle and applied a stick of black wax to the flame, saying: ‘Envelopes have fallen short. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]