Phrases with "catastrophe"

The catastrophe came and passed so suddenly that at the time I had scarcely even an inkling of what caused it; but I know now that this is how it happened. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

George Eliot But Romola understood the catastrophe as no one else did. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Wilkie Collins I was determined not to let that catastrophe happen. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Anthony Trollope Then the great catastrophe had come, when Cicero returned from that wretched campaign to Brundisium, and remained there in despair as at some penal settlement. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Goldwin Smith The catastrophe was brought on by an incident with which religion had nothing to do. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Mark Twain The donkeys all stood still after the catastrophe and waited for their dismembered saddles to be patched up and put on by the noisy muleteers. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

H. G. Wells I was only beginning to realise in the most superficial way the immense catastrophe that had happened between us. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

H. G. Wells Any hovering hesitation flew before Fanny’s manner, when Fanny came with an air of catastrophe to tell that she also knew the horror. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Mark Twain In his uneasiness Huck found himself drawing closer and closer to the alley; fearing all sorts of dreadful things, and momentarily expecting some catastrophe to happen that would take away his breath. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Jeremy Bentham A sudden concussion given to the air, by means so inconsiderable as the discharge of a pistol, will sometimes, it is said, be sufficient to give rise to a catastrophe of this sort. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Why did they not dispatch me at once? What object could there be in postponing the catastrophe which would expedite their own safety. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Jules Verne Ils devaient en conclure que la catastrophe avait dû se produire dans quelque haute zone de l’atmosphère. Robur-le-Conquerant by Jules Verne [1886]

Joseph Furphy And pat he comes, like the catastrophe of the old comedy” . Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Leslie Stephen The year 1781 brought with it a catastrophe which profoundly affected the brief remainder of Johnson’s life. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Rudyard Kipling The catastrophe didn’t rise to the dignity of a fall. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Accordingly I remained in England, watching the struggle with an aching heart, dreading the worst, yet unable to do anything to avert the catastrophe I felt sure must come. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Anthony Trollope I am always expecting a catastrophe when I am alone that is and then I am so often alone. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis He was deciding to go out and nationalize all rails, he was beginning to believe he had invented collectivism, when the catastrophe struck them. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Henry Kingsley My catastrophe caused only a temporary stoppage; and, during the confusion, Charles Hawker was unnoticed. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Charles Dickens The impressive and unlooked-for catastrophe towards which I dimly pointed the reader (shall I add, the highly intellectual reader?) in my first remarks now rapidly approaches. Somebody’s Luggage by Charles Dickens [1862]

Anthony Trollope And now how was her family pride affected by this horrible catastrophe that had been made known to her? Herbert the heir, whom as heir she had almost idolized, was nobody. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Gaston Leroux If we had hanged that charming young girl earlier, my dear Monsieur Rouletabille, that last catastrophe might have been avoided. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

George Meredith The boys were exceedingly disappointed that no catastrophe followed the events of the day. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

The catastrophe could not be much longer delayed, or the agony of anticipation would leave nothing to be done by the coup de grâce of verification. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

A. E. W. Mason For there were only two who knew, and those two went steadily about the business of living as though no catastrophe had befallen them. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle I knew by sad experience how unsettling and unnerving it is to be for ever waiting for a catastrophe which you are convinced must befall, and which you can neither avert nor accelerate. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

The catastrophe — the double catastrophe, for the magical instruments were lost, and the wild whirlwind was free — struck at his heart; he stood still, stricken. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Jules Verne Donc, puisqu’il n’est pas arrivé à Singapore, il est hors de doute que la catastrophe s’est produite dans la mer de Java. Comment? Il n’y a que deux suppositions. Mistress Branican by Jules Verne [1891]

Wilkie Collins In the frightful catastrophe that has befallen her, she can still think of Philip and Euneece. She is eager to hear of their marriage, and renounces Helena with her whole heart. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

George Eliot To be deeply in love was a catastrophe not likely to happen to him; but he was readily amorous. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Jules Verne Aucune catastrophe ne vint heureusement menacer le traîneau et ses conducteurs; les précautions prises, tout danger fut évité. Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras by Jules Verne [1864]

Anthony Trollope He was charged with having nearly led to the fatal catastrophe of Phineas Finn’s condemnation by his erroneous evidence, and he could not bear the accusation. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

But when the night fell, that violent and glorious catastrophe was still visible over the countryside. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Arnold Bennett He honestly thought he had recovered from the catastrophe undisfigured, even unmarked. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Neither was there any proof that the catastrophe was not the result of pure accident. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Jules Verne Les squatters connaissaient la catastrophe de Camden–Bridge, mais la présence d’une bande d’évadés ne leur inspirait aucune inquiétude. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Arthur Conan Doyle Such was the third person who was one of the family when the catastrophe occurred. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Nathaniel Hawthorne His second duty, of course, was to impart Mr. Higginbotham’s catastrophe to the hostler. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Thomas Hughes No catastrophe happened, as all the captives were cool hands, and didn’t struggle. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

William Makepeace Thackeray But at X—— I had an opportunity of playing a great game: and had won it too, but for the dreadful catastrophe which upset my fortune. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Anthony Trollope As for Du Boung, I’d sooner have him than a foreign cad like Lopez.’ Then Arthur frowned and Mr Gresham became confused, remembering the catastrophe about the young lady whose story he had heard. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne La catastrophe préméditée par Herr Schultze devait se produire ce soir-là, à onze heures quarante-cinq . Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum by Jules Verne [1879]

Wilkie Collins Too wary to attempt getting into the truckle-bed (which would have been only inviting the catastrophe of a fall against his master’s door), he always walked himself sober up and down the passage. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Arnold Bennett She thought, now, that really she would have preferred a catastrophe as the end of it. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

The catastrophe we have just described. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins This gentleman, issuing from his carriage with his card-case ready in his hand, met Amelius at the door, with a face which announced plainly that a catastrophe had happened. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Anthony looked as if a totally unexpected catastrophe had happened. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Jules Verne Rien ne pouvait faire prévoir l’épouvantable catastrophe qui attendait seize européens sur dix-sept. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Is there no means at all of foreseeing a catastrophe like this?” “Oh, I suppose we wouldn’t be alive if there weren’t,” replied Oceaxe, with composure. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Virginia Woolf My brother-in-law really deserved a catastrophe — which he won’t get. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Jules Verne Again and again he asked himself what the catastrophe could portend. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

George Gissing Let their energies be submitted to any unusual strain, let their nerves (they are always morbid) be overwrought, and they snap!” He illustrated the catastrophe with his hands. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

That was his idea of his duty to himself — to his race — to his respectable connections; to the whole universe unsettled and shaken by this frightful catastrophe of his life. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Olaf Stapledon The head master now lived in dread of the final catastrophe which would ruin Humpty and incidentally disgrace the school. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Jules Verne Telle fut cette catastrophe dont le souvenir doit être présent à l’esprit de tout voyageur qui met le pied sur les rivages de la Nouvelle-Zélande. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

James Joyce The catastrophe was terrific and instantaneous in its effect. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Edgar Allan Poe It might be supposed that a catastrophe such as I have just related would have effectually cooled my incipient passion for the sea. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Benjamin Disraeli Very differently, however, was the catastrophe viewed by Lady Annabel. She, on the contrary, triumphed in her sagacity and her prudence. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Jules Verne Any instant a shock might happen which would destroy the “Albatross.” Such a catastrophe became more probable as the wind shifted more to the east after they passed the prime meridian. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Virginia Woolf They found Rodney observing the kettle with uneasiness but with such absence of mind that Katharine’s catastrophe was in a fair way to be fulfilled. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Anthony Trollope The thoughts of such a catastrophe had robbed Barry of half the pleasure which the rumours of his sister’s dangerous position had given him. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope He could not preach the sermon which he had prepared, but said a few words on the terrible catastrophe which had occurred so near to them. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Wilkie Collins If I had been wise enough to listen to Jicks, I might have prevented the catastrophe that had happened. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Edmund Burke Such a catastrophe touches us in history as much as the destruction of Troy does in fable. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Any idea I had entertained that it was harmless dropped away now; between Ellen and some vague overwhelming catastrophe there stood me, or else the police and a scandal. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Jules Verne And I know not how much longer it might have lasted, had it not been for the catastrophe which ended this voyage. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

My alarm at the approaching catastrophe gave place to a dull, fatalistic despair almost amounting to indifference. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But, in honest truth, I would really have gone far to save Priscilla, at least, from the catastrophe in which such a drama would be apt to terminate. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Anthony Trollope There was nothing now for a man in such a catastrophe as this but submission. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott Burns.] The catastrophe of Tamlane terminated more successfully than that of other attempts, which tradition still records. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Benjamin Disraeli They were all what are called Liberals, having all of them received their appointments since the catastrophe of 1830; but the shades in the colour of their opinions were various and strong. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

The catastrophe sobered her passion. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

Jules Verne Cette catastrophe fut d’autant plus à craindre que le vent inclina vers l’est, en dépassant le méridien zéro. Robur-le-Conquerant by Jules Verne [1886]

Wilkie Collins I caught myself returning to my own room softly, as if I expected that some hidden catastrophe might break forth, if sound of my footsteps were heard. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Henry James It might have passed for finished his drama, with its catastrophe all but reached: it had, however, none the less been vivid again for him as he thus gave it its fuller chance. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

In the light of this last catastrophe the finding of the man whom he felt sure was his father’s murderer sank into comparative insignificance. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Arnold Bennett Useless to protest that these catastrophes were unthinkable, that Mrs. Lessways had never been ill in her life! The catastrophe had happened. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

It therefore became a matter of urgent importance in his mind to ensure pecuniary provision for himself for the time after the catastrophe had taken place. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Nor is it strange that the very memory of his sepulchre should be effaced in the terrible catastrophe which afterwards overwhelmed the capital, and swept away every landmark from its surface. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

The three months succeeding Simon’s catastrophe I devoted night and day to my diamond lens. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

Wilkie Collins But on the tenth day a catastrophe was reported. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Jules Verne Mais l’inévitable catastrophe ne pouvait qu’être retardée, et, si quelque terre ne se montrait pas avant la nuit, passagers, nacelle et ballon auraient définitivement disparu dans les flots. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Willa Cather But what had become of them? What catastrophe had overwhelmed them? They hadn’t moved away, for they had taken none of their belongings, not even their clothes. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Leon Trotsky In the midst of the greatest catastrophe we revolutionary internationalists have held to our standards of analysis, criticism, and forethought. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jules Verne J’avais le pressentiment d’une catastrophe prochaine. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

H. G. Wells The catastrophe was the logical outcome of the situation, created by the application of science to warfare. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Still, it must have been fairly galling to have her turning up after every catastrophe with a conscious air of ‘perhaps another time you’ll believe what I say. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Anthony Trollope He realized the catastrophe as it affected his cousins of Castle Richmond rather than as it affected himself. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

She was seen walking upon the bank for a long time, before she took the final plunge; but the catastrophe was not discovered until near evening. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

H. G. Wells That old world was essentially a world of muddle-headed sophisticated children, blind to the universal catastrophe of the top-heavy and collapsing civilisation in which they played their parts. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

The result was catastrophe for her. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Jules Verne J’avais le sentiment d’une catastrophe prochaine, et telle que la plus audacieuse imagination n’aurait pu la concevoir. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

Arnold Bennett The greatness of the resulting catastrophe fascinated him. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I shall do all that a human being can do to avert such a catastrophe and I ask you to help, Mildred. Remember that it is not only for my sake but for your own. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

There is no need, however, that such a catastrophe should happen. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Rudyard Kipling Yet they develop greatly when a catastrophe arrives and the man of many millions goes up or goes down and his daughters take to stenography or type-writing. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Anthony Trollope Lizzie, with a pretty maiden blush, admitted that such a catastrophe was probable. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Habwright’s brief summary of the financial operations that went on as the sense of catastrophe grew justifies that grim image very completely. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Jules Verne There was no immediate danger to be dreaded, and a catastrophe might even yet be avoided. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Jules Verne This catastrophe would have been the death of Sir Walter Scott, had he still been in the world. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

E. F. Benson All these causes, the blows Fate had already rained on him, and the anxiety concerning this possible catastrophe in the future, probably contributed to the eclipsed condition of his energies. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Benjamin Disraeli Individual misfortunes are merged in the greater catastrophe of the country. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Robert Louis Stevenson We seemed to have agreed tacitly; all reference to the impending catastrophe was carefully avoided; and, considering our tragic circumstances, we made a merrier party than could have been expected. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

I went up to him, impelled by that invincible curiosity which urges us to follow a catastrophe to the end. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Had some dramatic catastrophe overtaken the Government, Comus wondered. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Jules Verne Elle en fut épouvantée, elle eut le pressentiment d’une catastrophe prochaine, et, au moment où les regards de son mari se fixèrent sur les siens, elle se sentit défaillir . Mistress Branican by Jules Verne [1891]

Jules Verne Il veut être près d’elle si la catastrophe se produit. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

The evening was sad and weary for Laura Treverton. Now only was she beginning to realise the catastrophe that had befallen her. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Aphra Behn Otway it will be remembered turns the pathetic catastrophe of The Orphan (1680), upon a deceit which produces similar though unhappy circumstances. The Dutch Lover by Aphra Behn [1673]

H. G. Wells They were living trivially in the shadow of one great catastrophe and with no security against another; they were living in a world of weak waste and shabby insufficiency. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Arthur Conan Doyle This catastrophe I am inclined to regard as an unhappy accident, for I am convinced that the lady had no intention of inflicting so grievous an injury. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Thomas Hughes Poor little Tom was made dreadfully unhappy in his first week, by a catastrophe which happened to his first letter home. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

G. K. Chesterton Since then I have known that everything is not a slow and graduated curve of evolution; but that there is in life and death an element of catastrophe that carries something of the fear of miracle. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Jules Verne Walter a été assez heureux cependant pour rejoindre miss Dy Coverley. Il essaiera de la sauver au moment de la suprême catastrophe . L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

She was, however, one of those people whose anticipation of catastrophe spoils every occasion. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Jules Verne Ceux de nous qui ont été chasseurs, nous les prions de se joindre à eux, de diriger leurs mouvements, de chercher à prévenir autant que possible toute catastrophe . L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

Jules Verne But the inevitable catastrophe could only be retarded, and if land did not appear before night, voyagers, car, and balloon must to a certainty vanish beneath the waves. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

The cause of the anticipated catastrophe he found in the division, or absence of concord and love, manifest in the condition of things around. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Arnold Bennett On the contrary, deep within herself, she knew that the catastrophe was a deliverance. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

The sincerity and strength of this conviction he shortly afterwards proved in a manner which produced the catastrophe of my story. The Murdered Cousin by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. G. Wells But mankind was saved from any such catastrophe by the fact that the first production of Sterilizing Inhalation was essentially accidental. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Jules Verne Est-ce que de traiter les esprits du château avec ce sans-gêne, cela n’était pas pour attirer quelque catastrophe sur le village? . Le Château des Carpathes by Jules Verne [1892]

By what frightful accident, she asked herself, had this catastrophe come about. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Leslie Stephen A catastrophe meanwhile was approaching, which involved the fortunes of Swift along with those of nations. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Anthony Trollope But such a catastrophe was out of the question. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence The beach seemed to have sunk or been swept away, the shore was a catastrophe of rocks and boulders. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle Her firmness and composure should be a lesson to me, but I am constitutionally excitable, and this catastrophe coming after our long period of suspense deprived me of my very reason for a time. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Anthony Trollope If I have before asked you to help me in this mean catastrophe of mine, in my attack upon that poor boy, I withdraw my request. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Gradually the distance between the two planets began to increase; the planes of their orbits did not coincide, and accordingly the dreaded catastrophe did not ensue. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

G. K. Chesterton They seemed like three black-clad ladies in some strange play of Maeterlinck, veiling the catastrophe from the audience in the manner of the Greek chorus. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

George Meredith Some in terror for the fate of relatives, others pleasantly excited, glad of catastrophe if it but killed monotony, for at any rate it was a change of demons. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

Robert Louis Stevenson A man may have been expecting a catastrophe for years, and yet find himself unprepared when it arrives. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne They observed, with emotion, all that part to the north of the coast on which the catastrophe had taken place. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

The catastrophe of the tragedy must soon be accomplished. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

It seemed to me that all the things I had known ought to have come down with a crash at the moment of the final catastrophe on the Spanish coast. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Henry Handel Richardson His first impulse had been to fly, to put distance between himself and the catastrophe this apparition was to him. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

Victor Hugo The catastrophe will not be long in coming. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope The Duke had come away from home resolved not to mention it — and she was minded to keep it in reserve till some seeming catastrophe should justify a declaration of her purpose. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Samuel Johnson The catastrophe is not very happily produced; the exchange of weapons is rather an expedient of necessity, than a stroke of art. Preface to Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson [1765]

Olaf Stapledon Today, while the bells clang for victory, the spirit of Man recovers from his future memory the temper of that age when expectation of the final catastrophe first possessed the minds of all men. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Virginia Woolf She sought for some definite catastrophe into which they must inevitably plunge. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

George Meredith The catastrophe was one to weep over, the dilemma a trial of the strongest intelligences. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Thomas Hardy Nine men out of ten would perhaps have rushed off, got into her presence, by fair means or foul, and provoked a catastrophe of some sort. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Jules Verne The traitor planned also to produce so frightful a catastrophe that terror must inevitably overwhelm the hearts of the besieged. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Arthur Conan Doyle How little did we guess the catastrophe which was impending. Gentlemanly Joe by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arnold Bennett This fear was not very genuine, though she pretended that it was and enjoyed playing with it: as if she really desired a catastrophe for the outcome of her adventure. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Sir Walter Scott A soldier, that “in the trade of war has oft slain men,” feels probably no uneasiness at reflecting upon the supposed catastrophe which almost turned me into stone. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Abraham Merri But not to me in the light of what Russia has done and has proved herself capable, did this thing seem at all absurd; rather in it I sensed the dawn of catastrophe colossal. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Virginia Woolf In the vast catastrophe of the European war our emotions had to be broken up for us, and put at an angle from us, before we could allow ourselves to feel them in poetry or fiction. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Jules Verne The vertical props which supported the beams of the ceiling, and rested on those of the floor, had evidently aided the catastrophe by their weight, and the whole house had been engulfed. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Sir Walter Scott I feel inclined, nevertheless, to protract the operation, just as if my doing so could put off the catastrophe which has so long embittered my life. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Jules Verne La catastrophe suprême est proche . L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

Soon came the catastrophe of this struggle. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Jules Verne Top et Jup donnaient des signes du plus grand effroi, et leur instinct les avertissait qu’une catastrophe était prochaine. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Herman Melville How, at the very threshold, so unlooked for a catastrophe overturned all, or rather, what was the conjecture here, is now to be set forth. The Bell-Tower by Herman Melville

I had a feeling at the back of my head that there was something in it all that I couldn’t understand, that the catastrophe could not be quite as simple as it seemed. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Henry James I call it a revolution because I now see how, with the word he spoke, the curtain rose on the last act of my dreadful drama, and the catastrophe was precipitated. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Henry James You can do so in the cruel demands our catastrophe makes of her by con sidering that I represent her. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Arthur Machen For in that woman was the consummation and catastrophe of it all, and the whole stage waited for their meeting. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Jules Verne Ils ne croyaient pas que le dernier mot eût été dit sur la catastrophe du Franklin, et Dolly répétait au maître: «Zach Fren, ni John ni ses huit compagnons ne sont morts! — Les huit? . Mistress Branican by Jules Verne [1891]

Jules Verne Or, la catastrophe datait de deux années seulement. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

She understood that a catastrophe had happened, but she was unable to realise its final significance. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

E. F. Benson She sat heavily down and looked the catastrophe in the face. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Jules Verne Yes, the illustrious lady traveller, Madge, Kalumah, and Thomas Black, were buried beneath the avalanche which had surprised them in their sleep! Fearful catastrophe had occurred. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

George Gissing His catastrophe he briefly explained exactly as Gabriel had done. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

H. G. Wells It was about seven or eight weeks after my landing, — rather more, I think, though I had not troubled to keep account of the time, — when this catastrophe occurred. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

In Boccaccio the earlier part of the story is treated with brevity, while the conclusion, after the catastrophe has occurred and the main interest has passed, is long drawn out. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Aimlessness is a vice, and such drifting must not continue for him who would steer clear of catastrophe and destruction. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen [1903]

Jules Verne Encore trois mois, Standard–Island arrivera dans les parages des Nouvelles-Hébrides, et là doit se produire une catastrophe qui n’aura jamais eu d’égale dans les sinistres maritimes. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

Jules Verne Ils ne songeaient qu’à la catastrophe qui terminait ce voyage. Autour de la Lune by Jules Verne [1870]

Afterwards a romantic story was told, which made the final catastrophe the consequence of a dramatic mishap. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Would he have come had he known how you would receive him? Ah, dear baron, tell us how this catastrophe happened. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

A good instance of the way in which the tremendousness of a catastrophe may banish fear was given me by a Stanford student. Memories and Studies by William James

Jack London I weary of the endless struggle and pain and catastrophe that come to those who sit in the high places, tread the shining ways, and wander among the stars. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

The house became the abode of the three women, and had it not been for Deborah, catastrophe would have rent it from attic to cellar. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

The catastrophe on the railway will be forgotten in a week. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Apparently a catastrophe had occurred, in which the chief source of pain was an affront offered to some one. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Jules Verne Il était invraisemblable, d’ailleurs, que le fils du vieil overman n’eût pas entendu parler de la catastrophe du Motala rapportée à grands détails par les journaux. Les Indes Noires by Jules Verne [1877]

George Meredith And when no catastrophe follows, the prophet, for the honour of the profession, must decry her as cunning beyond aught yet revealed of a serpent sex. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Jules Verne C’était douteux, et le coeur de Mrs. Branican se brisait à l’idée que deux nouvelles victimes s’ajouteraient à celles que comptait déjà la catastrophe du Franklin . Mistress Branican by Jules Verne [1891]

I may wish that the catastrophe should rather fall on our posterity, but it hastens on with such large strides as to leave little room for hope. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

The attribution of a catastrophe like Beatrice’s to either of the two Jewesses, would of course be adventitious, and should be considered in the light of an artistic privilege. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Arnold Bennett So that the catastrophe in the kitchen leaves me unmoved. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Sinclair Lewis But a catastrophe threw down all this majesty. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Then the great catastrophe occurred and at once all his obsession for her turned a complete somersault and he became most unjustifiably and unreasonably angry. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

George Meredith Yet was he fully conscious of the defeat he had sustained and the catastrophe he had brought down upon me: his touch of my hand told me that, and his desire for darkness and sleep. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Washington Irving Such was the catastrophe of this fanatic enterprise. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

She did not stop to ask him why he was there, nor what catastrophe had plunged him into this disaster, but his fear infected her. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

He soon learned the foul catastrophe which had deprived the city of one of its best masters. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

With a vivid remembrance of the great catastrophe of her life he appeared to her with all the fascination of a great and dangerous thing; of a terror vanquished, surmounted, made a plaything of. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Defoe’s first business catastrophe happened about 1692. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Arnold Bennett Within three minutes the first and minor catastrophe had occurred. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

The Baroness began to feel that she was not getting the astonishment and sympathy to which her catastrophe entitled her. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Anthony Trollope On the fourth day the catastrophe happened which Lady Glencora had feared. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins In either case, when the catastrophe has happened, it is only due to his friends to add that they can (as I believe) entertain no hope of his cure. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Thomas Hardy Principles which could be subverted by feeling in one direction were liable to the same catastrophe in another. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Theodore Dreiser Surely, surely, this thing would not drift along to catastrophe and he not find a way out. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

G. K. Chesterton But in this case, the greater catastrophe must somehow have become confused and identified with the smaller one. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Benjamin Disraeli And there had been another battle before that, followed by a catastrophe still more dreadful. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

H. G. Wells We were behind with the rent and catastrophe impended. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]