Phrases with "ceiling"

Lebrun had painted on the vaulted ceiling the happy as well as the unhappy dreams which Morpheus inflicts on kings as well as on other men. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

H. G. Wells Criticizing furniture! A chandelier of crystal and gilt glittered from a ceiling rosette, and on either side of the huge hearth gigantic ebony Negresses sustained clusters of electric lights. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

Down they trooped, accordingly, into the cabin; and stood eyeing the ceiling or the floor, the picture of sheepish embarrassment, and with a common air of wanting to expectorate and not quite daring. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

D. H. Lawrence The ceiling was painted with a bunch of flowers in a big medallion over the bed. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

A humming filled the room; the great moth darted hither and thither, beating, buzzing, on ceiling and wall. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

D. H. Lawrence It was a large attic, with two windows, and the ceiling curving down on either side, so that both the far walls were low. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

Julian Hawthorne The ceiling was low — about eight feet from the floor — and whitewashed. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

H. G. Wells But I have seen a ceiling more beautiful than any in London . A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle When I opened my eyes I had some ado to recall where I was, but on sitting up it was brought home to me by my head striking the low ceiling with a sharp rap. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

E. Phillips Oppenheim The ceiling was cracked and black with smoke, and the faded paper was hanging down from the top of the wall. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Edgar Allan Poe Looking upward, I surveyed the ceiling of my prison. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

Virginia Woolf The height from floor to ceiling was hung with vast curtains of shaking darkness. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Charles Dickens There was a low plastered ceiling to a part of it; the rest was open, to the ridge of the tiled roof, and there were beams across. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Edith Wharton The room was not large, but its ceiling was high, with a dim cobwebby cornice. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

H. G. Wells Crawling about on a ceiling and all that . Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

E. F. Benson It would all be sideways, you see: you’d enter through the wall, and the room would be at right angles to you; ceiling on the left, floor on the right, or vice versa. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

G. K. Chesterton Then suddenly the floor and the walls and the ceiling shook together, as the colossus fell, all his length seeming to fill the floor. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

The panelling had been stripped off, and the walls and ceiling were covered with a dead-black satiny paper on which hung the most monstrous pictures in large dull-gold frames. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Gaston Leroux The little red disk was turned in every direction and Raoul saw that the floor, the walls and the ceiling were all formed of planking. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Do you know her?” The viscount raised his eyes toward the ceiling with a smile that was mysterious and pleased. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Willa Cather When she went away she could just touch the ceiling with the tips of her fingers; now she could touch it with the palm of her hand. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

You will observe that the ceiling is ornamented with the beams that support the boards, and tastefully hung with cobwebs. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

By the light of a single gas-jet depending from the smoked ceiling I saw an elderly man, in a long coat of black broadcloth. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Benjamin Disraeli You entered the Alhambra by a Saracenic cloister, from the ceiling of which an occasional lamp threw a gleam upon some Eastern arms hung up against the wall. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Rudyard Kipling A big pink and blue cut-glass chandelier hung from the ceiling of the reception room. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Gertrude Stein The ceiling was separated from the floor. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

William Morris The simplest and most natural way of decorating a ceiling is to show the underside of the joists and beams duly moulded, and if you will, painted in patterns. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

Gaston Leroux The ceiling was capable of being lit up. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The ceiling was low, and the pine rafters had been left uncovered. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Henry Handel Richardson Whitewashing four walls and a ceiling was child’s play in comparison. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

John Galsworthy It was lined from floor to ceiling with volumes, and he looked at them with curiosity. To Let by John Galsworthy

George Borrow How delightful — how truly interesting; a picture of the BLESSED Virgin beneath the ceiling in every apartment of a Russian house! Truly, this intelligence is as unexpected as it is delightful. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Victor Hugo When so near death, a ceiling above one’s head seems like the first outline of a coffin. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

H. G. Wells The ceiling and walls were fussy with gilt pilasters, cornices, massive mouldings, suggesting imaginary thrusts against quite impossible strains. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

Jack London The floor was bare, while the walls and ceiling were literally covered with blood marks and splotches. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

The ceiling of the hall had at one time been richly painted, but now only blurred traces of the design remained. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

It was proposed to suspend a ceiling of glass fifteen feet above the heads of the members. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim The floor rose up beneath her feet—the ceiling was spinning. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

With its sloping ceiling — it was a room shaped like a wedge of cheese — and its skylight window, it was the nearest thing to the proverbial poet’s garret that he had ever lived in. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Owen, who had to stoop to enter the door, could have touched the low-pitched ceiling with his hand. Poor Cousin Louis by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

Cobwebs were in the angles of the walls and depended from the ceiling like strips of rotting lace, making undulatory movements in the disturbed air. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Gertrude Stein It was about this time too that he made for her the tiniest of ceiling decorations on a tiny wooden panel and it was an hommage a Gertrude with women and angels bringing fruits and trumpeting. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Zona Gale But overhead the ceiling was constellated in stars, so that it seemed to St. George as if he were looking into a nearer heaven, homing the far lights that he knew. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

I rode into it: a tin goblet came down from the ceiling by a little chain: I put two batzen into it, and it went up again. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

The walls and ceiling bristled with candelabra all alight. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Wilkie Collins There was no carpet on the floor, no paper on the walls, no ceiling to hide the rafters of the roof. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Rudyard Kipling I looked at the pictures around me, the noiseless, neat-uniformed waiter behind me, the oak-ribbed ceiling above, the velvety carpet beneath. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle A single slanting hole high up near the ceiling was the only aperture for light or air. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Algernon Blackwood No walls or ceiling enclosed him; he was no longer in a room at all. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Nathaniel Hawthorne Though my ceiling be not lofty, yet I can pile up the mountains of Central Asia beneath it till their summits shine far above the clouds of the middle atmosphere. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Victor Hugo The ceiling opened or the floor yawned. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

The ceiling was also of oak, heavily bossed. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

George Gissing A little tongue of flame shoots up from a dying ember; shadows shift upon the ceiling and the walls. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

The burly shadow of the priest lay motionless from the window right across the room; the flickering flame of a silver lamp made an unsteady white circle of light on the lofty ceiling above her head. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Richard Burton The ceiling is of date-sticks laid across palm-rafters stained red, and the walls are of rough scoriae, burnt bricks, and wood-work cemented with lime. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Charles Dickens The placid look at the white ceiling came back, and passed away, and his head dropped quietly on his breast. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Virginia Woolf A homeless people, circling beneath the sky whose blue or white is held off by a ceiling cloth of steel filings and horse dung shredded to dust. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

George Gissing It was all but dark by this time; Mr. Hood found matches on the table and lit the lamp, which illuminated the bare whitewashed walls and sloping ceiling with a dreary dimness. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

George Meredith Expecting to see no one but the dead, he turned the handle, and the two circles of a shaded lamp, on ceiling and on table, met his gaze. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

These contrasted colors vaguely interwove and mingled in what he could see of the shadowed ceiling far above. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Marjorie Bowen Unlocking a second door, he ascended a flight of stone steps, pitch dark, from which he emerged into a large circular chamber with a thick pillar in the middle from which the groined ceiling sprang. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Pattern of Cornice. The ceiling is surrounded by a frieze of cartouches supported by sacred asps; each cartouche, with its supporters, being divided from the next by a small sitting figure. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Virginia Woolf You have something to say to her, I know, Mr. Denham. You can find your way?” she vaguely indicated the ceiling with a gesture of her hand. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

William Makepeace Thackeray But a much finer ornament to the church than any of the questionable gewgaws which adorned the ceiling was the piety, stern, simple, and unaffected, of the people within. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Michaelis pronounced the great word “Patience” — and his clear blue glance, raised to the low ceiling of Mr Verloc’s parlour, had a character of seraphic trustfulness. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

In cages suspended from the ceiling there were birds of strange form and bright plumage, which at our entrance set up a chorus of song, modulated into tune as is that of our piping bullfinches. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

H. G. Wells At intervals white globes hung from the ceilingmany of them cracked and smashed — which suggested that originally the place had been artificially lit. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

The apple crop was stored on racks suspended beneath the ceiling and bunches of herbs dangled below. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Then, falling on her knees, she clasped her hands, and lifted them towards the low ceiling of the little chamber. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

E. Phillips Oppenheim One forgot the banality of the gilt-and-white ceiling above his head. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Sinclair Lewis The walls and ceiling were of plaster so old that they showed in black lines the edges of every lath. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

The ceiling of our guest chamber at Trinity was glorious with the arms of Sir William Harcourt, whose Death Duties had seemed at first like a socialist dawn. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

D. H. Lawrence It was a very large attic, with the ceiling sloping and then bending in two handsome movements towards the walls. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Two black patches on the low ceiling showed in what positions the lamp stood by turns. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

From floor to ceiling it was filled with curiosities and articles of the greatest beauty and value. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

The best parlour then became a “drawing-room”; its raftered ceiling was whitewashed, and its great centre-beam of oak infamously papered to match the walls. Poor Cousin Louis by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

A fire had been lighted in the open grate, and the flickering red beams danced on ceiling and walls with a cheeriness greatly in contrast to the nature of the business which had led me there. A Difficult Problem by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins The walls of the room were hung all round with faded tapestry; the clumsy furniture was black with age; and, in spite of the light from the sconces, the lofty ceiling was almost lost in gloom. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Willa Cather The ceiling was so low that a grown person could reach it with the palm of the hand, and it sloped down on either side. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

William Makepeace Thackeray I saw a hand come quivering down from the ceiling — a very pretty hand, on which was a ring with a coronet, with a lion rampant gules for a crest. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

The ceiling of the corridor, now smoke-blackened and defaced, has been richly decorated with intricate patterns in light green, white, and buff, upon a ground of dark bluish-green stucco. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

The height from floor to ceiling is about 12 feet. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Rafael Sabatini Sir Oliver stood up so suddenly that he smote his head against the low ceiling of the cabin, and so sat down again at once. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

The all-important attic was a low square little box of a room, with the ceiling slanting abruptly down on three sides in conformity with the slate roof outside. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

There was a sudden cascade of water by the fireplace, and then absurdly the ceiling began to rain upon us, first at this point and then that. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

There were no windows, and the lock-up, like most bush ones, was built of heavy logs, just roughly squared, with the ceiling the same sort, so there wasn’t much chance of his making himself heard. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

What made the drapery glisten so? Not a man but Delacroix. What made the ceiling waterproof? Landor’s tarpaulin on the roof What brushes fly and moth aside? Irving and his plume of pride. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

Figure it to yourselves, messieurs et dames! Red carpet on the floor, red paper on the walls, red plush on the chairs, even the ceiling red; everywhere red, burning into the eyes. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Virginia Woolf With its crypt-like ceiling and stone walls it had a damp ecclesiastical look. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The firelight gradually brightens and throws my flickering shadow upon the walls and ceiling of the chamber, but still the storm rages and rattles against the windows. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

The small window near the ceiling let in only a dim light. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

The excitement had made me wide awake, and I tossed about thinking of the cracked ceiling above my head. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Thomas Hardy As she did so her eyes glanced casually over the ceiling till they were arrested by a spot in the middle of its white surface which she had never noticed there before. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Willa Cather To remedy this, the window must be left open — otherwise, with the ceiling so low, the air would speedily become unfit to breathe. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

It was like the breathing of the wash-house, its hot breath collecting under the ceiling rafters in an eternal floating mist. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Arnold Bennett The kitchen saw day through a wide, shallow window whose top touched the ceiling and whose bottom had been out of the girls’ reach until long after they had begun to go to school. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

They have got to remain kneeling all the while — they could hardly rise from their knees without hitting the ceiling — and you can easily see by trying it what a tremendous effort this means. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

John Galsworthy Walls of a rich green surmounted the oak dado; a heavy metal chandelier hung by a chain from a ceiling divided by imitation beams. To Let by John Galsworthy

One night the bugs came out of one of the cracks and marched across the ceiling two by two. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Charles Dickens Why do you look like that? Is it in the room as I have seen it in my dreams, dashing the ceiling and the walls with red? Tell me. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

The ceiling was a delicate rose-pink, and, like the golden dome, shed its color downward upon a scene of Oriental splendor. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Kate Chopin With his head in such position, he could not fail to observe the brilliant folds of muslin that were arranged across the ceiling to simulate the canopy of a tent. At Fault by Kate Chopin

After about an hour of make-believe I surrendered myself to facts, and, lying on my back, stared at the white ceiling and the patches of moonshine on the walls. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

F. Scott Fitzgerald At the bottom of the chute was a long empty room of ice, with the ceiling so low that they had to stoop — and their hands were parted. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Willa Cather He sought along the shadowy ceiling and heavy mouldings for words. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

D. H. Lawrence The interior was cosy, panelled to the ceiling, and the ceiling moulded and touched with gold. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

The ceiling was formed of huge oaken beams, all discolored and blackened by the smoke from the fire-place and the candles. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

D. H. Lawrence Then how did it make the ceiling round, I wonder?” The nest seemed to start into life for the two women. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens He had not sat in the chapel more than a quarter of an hour, and with his eyes piously fixed upon the ceiling was chuckling inwardly over the joke of his being there at all, when Kit himself appeared. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Rudyard Kipling It was some time since we had tasted the hot air that lies between the cornice and the ceiling of crowded rooms. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

At the same moment, a tiny fleck of plaster dropped from the ceiling on to the floor. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The carpet prevents any possibility of a trapdoor, and the ceiling is of the ordinary whitewashed kind. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Jack London Seven feet by eight were its dimensions, and the ceiling was so low as not to give the cubic air space required by a British soldier in barracks. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The curtains were drawn, but in the flood of shaded light, streaming down now from a ceiling lamp, the whole contents of the room were visible. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

In the attic Ravelston sat on the rickety chair, with the ceiling sloping just behind his head. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

The ceiling was sometimes vaguely lighted up by a glimmer from the stove which glittered on the gilt cornices. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

The walls and ceiling were of brick, the floor composed of huge blocks of stone. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

George Gissing In a certain measure the room had been cleaned, but along the angle of walls and ceiling there still clung a good many cobwebs, and the state of the paper was deplorable. The House of Cobwebs by George Gissing

Olaf Stapledon At the far side of the room was a window, opening from ceiling to ground, and beyond it a delightful sunny garden. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Vsevolod Krestovsky The ceiling was black from the smoke of hanging lamps; little square tables were dotted about the floor; their covers were coarse and not above reproach on the score of cleanliness. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

And I had to take a daft kind of bath, with first hot water and then cold water dropping on me from the ceiling and every drop like a rifle bullet. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Rudyard Kipling He painted pictures on the chapel ceiling — slung from a chair. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Some crystal specks in the black ceiling high overhead, reflecting the light of a half-hid lamp, yielded this magnificent effect. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Ford Madox Ford No, never again for me, father, she addressed her voice towards the ceiling . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Virginia Woolf When the dining-room ceiling fell down it did not fall on her head, and when she took a ticket in a lottery she did win the prize. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

The walls and ceiling were hidden by tapestry worked in gold, with designs showing bright cranes in full flight, butterflies, and flowers and views in which blue ships were tossing upon yellow rivers. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Wilkie Collins The ceiling above was decorated in delicate pale blue, with borderings of flowers. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Algernon Blackwood The glacial atmosphere closed round him with the cold of death, and a great rushing sound swept by overhead as though the ceiling had lifted to a great height. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Where the deuce could the box have got to? It could not take flight through the ceiling up to the clouds, or down to the earth through the floor. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

The floor of the room was of cement with strips of matting laid across it, and the ceiling was the roof of galvanized iron. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

One of the most famous rooms is the Chamber of Psyche (the apartments are not of great size), of which the ceiling is by Giulio and the walls are by his pupils. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Marjorie Bowen The ceiling was domed and of immense height, showing a dim tracery of carved wood, from which hung golden chains, suspending jewelled lamps. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Partly shrouded in the voluminous folds of one of the window-curtains, which fell from the ceiling to the floor, was seen the white drapery of a lady’s robe. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

George Gissing Whilst Ned’s prodigious snores well-nigh shook the ceiling within, sweeter sounds greeted the boy from without. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope Can I not worship and say my prayers among the clouds?” And she pointed to the lofty ceiling and the handsome chandelier. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe The seventh apartment was closely shrouded in black velvet tapestries that hung all over the ceiling and down the walls, falling in heavy folds upon a carpet of the same material and hue. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Conan Doyle By its light I saw that the black ceiling was coming down upon me, slowly, jerkily, but, as none knew better than myself, with a force which must within a minute grind me to a shapeless pulp. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

But I’ve done so much geometry on that damned ceiling that I’m a little off mathematics. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Edgar Allan Poe The ceiling was full seven feet high, and, in short, every thing appeared of a more roomy and agreeable nature than I had anticipated. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

A lamp hung from the ceiling and spread a brilliant light making the linen look like fresh snow. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Gustave Flauber The dripping of the rain would excite him to frenzy; he flapped around, struck the ceiling with his wings, upset everything, and would finally fly into the garden to play. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

George Gissing Had you told him with frank conviction that you deemed him a poor sort of phenomenon, he would have shaken the ceiling with laughter and have admired you for your plain-speaking. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

The first room which they entered was the library, lined from floor to ceiling with book-shelves, and lighted by a large skylight. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Grant opened his eyes and regarded the ceiling of his bedroom speculatively. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Rudyard Kipling Let them alone awhile!’ Huneefa’s face, turned to the northward, worked horribly, and it was as though voices from the ceiling answered her. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

It was a spacious and lofty room, lined from floor to ceiling with exquisitely bound books; for, if not a collector of rare editions, Lord Southminster was at least a connoisseur of bindings. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Willa Cather In October, while the days were still warm, Thea and Tillie papered the room, walls and ceiling in the same paper, small red and brown roses on a yellowish ground. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Pendarvon went to a gong which was suspended from the ceiling outside the room. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

I don’t think you’ve had very much chance of making my money spin, eh, Mrs. Tadman?” The widow cast up her hands and eyes towards the ceiling of the parlour where they were sitting. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle Black beams shot across above our heads, with a smoke-darkened ceiling beyond them. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle The ceiling was only a foot or two above my head, and with my hand upraised I could feel its hard, rough surface. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Andrew Lang When they came to the place where the dead bird lay, the mole put his broad nose against the ceiling and pushed a hole through, so that the daylight could shine down. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Nathaniel Hawthorne The damask curtains of the drawing-room, on the first floor, were now fully displayed, festooned gracefully from top to bottom of the windows, which extended from the ceiling to the carpet. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Wilkie Collins Its light illuminated a strip of thick tapestry, hanging loose from the ceiling to the floor, on the wall opposite to the door by which we had entered. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Hawthorne’s study or workshop was the front room in the third story, an apartment of some width but with a ceiling in direct contradiction to the elevated thoughts of the writer. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

H. P. Lovecraf The ceiling of the room below Leicester’s is stained with a hideous black fluid, and a pool of viscid abomination has dripped to the bed beneath. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Wilkie Collins Lights were produced, and we saw a deep raftered cavity between the floor of this room and the ceiling of the room beneath. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Charles Dickens With this view, he issued forth to a place hard by, where sea-stores were sold, purchased a second-hand hammock, and had it slung in seamanlike fashion from the ceiling of the counting-house. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Henry Lawson He was sitting on the bed, with his legs crossed, and a new cheap concertina on his knee, and his eyes turned to the patch of ceiling as if it were a piece of music and he could read it. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Benjamin Disraeli The wainscot and ceiling were painted alike, of a light green colour, and were richly carved and gilt. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Elizabeth Gaskell One or two iron lamps hung from the ceiling by chains, giving a dim light for a little circle. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

H.P. Lovecraft I followed his glance, and beheld just above us on the loose plaster of the ancient ceiling a large irregular spot of wet crimson which seemed to spread even as I viewed it. The Picture in the House by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Karl Philipp Moritz This was what is here called a mizzling rain, which fell from the ceiling or roof of the cavern, through the veins of the rock. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Mary Webb At home there was no paper, no lath and plaster, only the bare bricks, and the ceiling was of bulging sailcloth hung under the rafters. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Edgar Allan Poe It was not its length nor its breadth — but its height — ah, that was appalling! — There was no ceilingcertainly none — but a dense whirling mass of fiery-colored clouds. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

It was an illusion merely — but the walls seemed to have closed in a foot or two, and the ceiling to have dropped down proportionably, and he felt himself confined and oppressed. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Andrew Lang He could not for very shame be outdone by his younger brother, and passed behind him into another splendid hall, which was filled from floor to ceiling with great pieces of copper money. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edward Bellamy The walls and ceiling were frescoed in mellow tints, calculated to soften without absorbing the light which flooded the interior. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

John Ruskin Perhaps you had better go to your brother’s room; I’ve left the ceiling on there. The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin [1841]

He thinks the ceiling there somehow acts as a sounding board. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Henry James The walls of the room were covered with pictures — the very ceiling was painted and framed. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

The ceiling was sprinkled with silver stars. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Leon Trotsky The slovenly room, with a ceiling that came low over our heads, had a poverty-stricken look about it. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Rudyard Kipling It opened into a half-lighted hall on whose blue ceiling a hundred golden dragons romped and spat fire. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle The ceiling of this small chamber is really the end of the descending piston, and it comes down with the force of many tons upon this metal floor. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Rudyard Kipling Their letters dropped from the ceiling — unstamped — and Spirits used to squatter up and down their staircases all night; but they had never come into contact with kittens. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Wilkie Collins The ceiling was lost to view; the yawning fire-place, the overhanging mantel-piece, the long row of battle pictures above, were all swallowed up in night. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

D.H. Lawrence The station lamps hung low, so they made a ceiling of heat and dusty light. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

It was frescoed from floor to ceiling everywhere, except the places of the altars now kept by the painted retablos and the tombs and the statues of the various saints and heroes. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Benjamin Disraeli The ceiling was emblazoned with the Hauteville arms, and was radiant with burnished gold. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Arnold Bennett A very small square trap-window in the low ceiling procured a dusky light in the middle hours of the day. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She wakened smiling at the dingy ceiling of the dingy room. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

It is attached to a sort of mechanical arm, long enough to pass halfway across the Hall of Justice. The arm runs back through the wall there, between the ceiling of the corridor and the floor above. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

A huge place, rather dark and low, with a great beam across the ceiling and a stone floor and cellars underneath. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

The ceiling of the room we were in was made of bamboo-rods, above which maize was stored. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

George Borrow I wish sincerely that it was our own practice to place an IMAGE of the BLESSED Virgin beneath the ceiling in every corner of our houses. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

At every ten paces all along the sides and ends, arose columns, each upon a broad square base, admirably carved; these reached to the cornice or base of the arched ceiling quite round the room. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Rudyard Kipling I looked at the pictures around me, the noiseless, neat-uniformed waiter behind me, the oak-ribbed ceiling above, the velvet carpet beneath. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

When I talked about the cracks to my brother he said that perhaps the ceiling would give way and fall on our heads. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

He cast questioning glances first toward the ceiling and then toward the floor, scratching his head and tapping his foot in evident perplexity. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

H. G. Wells Then he struck the ground heavily and he was staring at the distant ceiling of the hall. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

The walls rose; there was a ceiling above. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

The rich notes went pealing up to the low ceiling and floating out at the open windows. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

The yellow globes hung down from the ceiling like two eyes, hanging and winking, dazzled, and trying to get closer together. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Henry James The high frescoed ceiling arched over a floor so highly polished that it seemed to reflect the faded pastels set, in rococo borders, in the walls and constituting the distinction of the place. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Marjorie Bowen The room was panelled in black and scarlet, floor and ceiling inlaid with gold and black. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

I had to wait in a lofty drawing-room with three long windows from floor to ceiling that were like three luminous and bedraped columns. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

The room was small, with un-white-washed walls, but with no other floor than the ground; no ceiling save the thatch that formed the roof. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Washington Irving At each end of the antechamber are alcoves, and its ceiling is richly stuccoed and painted. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

The ceiling was painted in panels with bright hued pictures that caught the eyes of the passers-by. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]