Phrases with "chalk"

G. K. Chesterton On the lean, green edge for ever, Where the blank chalk touched the turf, The child played on, alone, divine, As a child plays on the last line That sunders sand and surf. The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

George Eliot It was the fashion of old, when an ox was led out for sacrifice to Jupiter, to chalk the dark spots, and give the offering a false show of unblemished whiteness. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

T. E. Lawrence In the afternoon we saw the chalk banks, and turned down their ashy slopes, into the Sirhan, just by the water-holes. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Francis Bacon It was said by Borgia of the expedition of the French into Italy, that they came with chalk in their hands to mark out their lodgings, not with arms to force their way in. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

But the slice of chalk presents a totally different appearance when placed under the microscope. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

Let us try another method of making the chalk tell us its own history. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

George Meredith Her uncle’s grey head on his pillow was like a flintstone in chalk under her look by light of dawn; the chin had dropped. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Charles Kingsley I must begin, however, ages before the Wealden island existed; when the chalk of which its mass was composed was at the bottom of a deep ocean. Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit by Charles Kingsley

The chalk mark was still quite distinct. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

H. G. Wells She began to examine the smashed fragments of chalk that lay about Andoo. For a space she stood still, looking about her and making a low continuous sound that was almost a moan. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

M. R. James It happened in a chalk pit: the man went over the edge quite blindly and broke his neck. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Arthur Morrison He took a piece of chalk from the bagatelle board in the corner, and wrote this on the table: “dr. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

H. G. Wells The wickedest would be following the chalk line and comparing it with his Atlas if only in the hope of saying, “Please Sir,” and making a correction. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells How she hung on even for a moment I do not know, for the chalk was vertical and without grip for a monkey. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Henry Lawson And the funniest part of the business was that Billy wasn’t no more like the other man than chalk is like cheese. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

H. G. Wells He had travelled perhaps a dozen or fifteen miles, and a good way from his first meditations above the Dorking chalk pit. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

I remembered distinctly the flattish lump of chalk and would be able to pick it out at once. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Rudyard Kipling I took his measure in chalk standin’ on a chair. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

G. K. Chesterton Sheer o’er the great chalk uplands And the hill of the Horse went he, Till high on Hampshire beacons He saw the southern sea. The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Virginia Woolf Now taking her lump of chalk she draws figures, six, seven, eight, and then a cross and then a line on the blackboard. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

I am afraid she was a little like a hen sitting upon a chalk egg, but she seemed quite contented. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

It sloped up sharply, and then there was a fall of chalk and a little beech spinney. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Attaining, as it does in some places, a thickness of more than a thousand feet, the English chalk must be admitted to be a mass of considerable magnitude. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

Charles Dickens And chalk “No Popery” on your door to-morrow night, and for a week to come — that’s all. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

I seated myself on a stone, set the candle in a socket of chalk I had scooped out with my pocket-knife, and awaited events with my eyes on the skeleton. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Mark Twain If a disk stops on a chalk line, it does not count anything. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Henry Kingsley Then came a break in the wood to the right, and a vista up a long-drawn valley, which ended in a chalk cliff. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Her face was powdered so thickly that it gleamed in the lamplight like a chalk mask with live eyes behind it. Burmese Days by George Orwell

In the evening, Lupin, who was busily engaged with a paper, said suddenly to me: “Do you know anything about chalk pits, Guv.?” I said: “No, my boy, not that I’m aware of. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

A cubic inch of some specimens of chalk may contain hundreds of thousands of these bodies, compacted together with incalculable millions of the granules. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

Wilkie Collins Some fallen fragments of chalk offered us a seat. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

D. H. Lawrence And I chalk up another mark against the ants, who have tortured you with their cold energy and their conscious formic-acid that stings like fire. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

George Elio She too has a picture over her mantelpiece, drawn in chalk by Janet long years ago. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Arthur Conan Doyle Some were of chalk and others were brownish, as though consisting of some sort of earth. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Mr. Phillips took a chalk crayon and wrote on the blackboard above her head. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Rudyard Kipling Very interestin’ game,” said Beetle, his knees white with chalk and dust. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Sir Richard Burton Not long after, it so fortuned that Morgiana, going out upon some errand, marveled exceedingly at seeing the chalk marks showing white in the door. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

The chalk broke and fell all over me. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Charles Dickens Likewise a piece of chalk round the rims, I doing the colonel’s, and he mine, but afterwards found in the bedroom looking-glass not natural, besides inflammation. A Holiday Romance by Charles Dickens [1868]

There is a pica or false appetite in many intelligences; they take to odd fancies in place of wholesome truth, as girls gnaw at chalk and charcoal. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

T. E. Lawrence The chalk was hard, and it was freezing; snow-drifts lay a foot deep each side of the spiral path which wound up the hill. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

On the wall near the window, there was a chalk drawing of Hugh in colours, hung up by a bit of common string. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

G. K. Chesterton A plain figure 4, scrawled in chalk anywhere, must always mean something; it must always mean 2 + 2. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

They had never thought of looking under the lumps of chalk scattered everywhere about in full view for anyone to see. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Some one took a piece of chalk and scrawled on the side of the train, “We won the war — now we’re going home,” and the officers laughed and let it stay. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

These trees, these fields and meads, but, above all, those bare downs of grass-covered chalk in the background, were to her sacred. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

H. G. Wells It was a joke among his students that he could not lecture without that piece of chalk to fumble in his fingers, and once he had been stricken to impotence by their hiding his supply. The Star by H. G. Wells [1897]

As to threads, or feathers, or French chalk marks on their clothes, they would not think of looking for them. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Such were the contradictions of his double nature, in which the elements, instead of being mixed, came together, as it were, in layers, like superimposed strata of chalk and flint. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Anthony Trollope It was some hours after this when the two friends met, and at that time Doodles was up to his eyes in chalk and the profitable delights of pool. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

The attempt to affix any precise date to the period at which the chalk sea began, or ended, its existence, is baffled by difficulties of the same kind. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

The path climbed up and up and threatened to carry me over the highest point of the downs till it faltered before a sudden outcrop of chalk and swerved round the hill on the level. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

D.H. Lawrence The chalk roads were white, quivering with heat. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Ivan Turgenev White as chalk lay its light upon the floor. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Ford Madox Ford He watched Tietjens’ face, beginning with the edges round the nostrils, go chalk white. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Henry James There were marks the friends made on things to talk about, and on things not to, and one of the latter in particular fell like the tap of chalk on the blackboard. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

G. K. Chesterton But I could still see quite vividly the plain plastered walls and the rude, irregular writing, and the places where the red chalk broke. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

H. G. Wells He would sit in a corner under a chalk caricature of himself that one of the artistic contingent had made. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He turned to Wolfenden with a bland smile, and immediately began to chalk his cue. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Charles Kingsley Try and conceive, then, what a much more vast mass of chalk must have been washed away, to leave that vast mass of gravel behind it. Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit by Charles Kingsley

D. H. Lawrence You’ve no idea what a sight you’ll look before half-past four, what with chalk and ink and kids’ dirty feet. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

The sole objects in the room that could be called ornamental were two sheets of black paper pinned to the walls, with writing on them in chalk in beautiful copperplate. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins They found him in the laboratory, with a strange inscription traced in chalk on the wall by which he lay dead. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle They had been drawn in chalk upon the black wooden door of the tool-house, which stands beside the lawn in full view of the front windows. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

It is called Globigerina, and some specimens of chalk consist of little else than Globigerina and granules. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

Guy de Maupassant Then Rose, who was crying, kissed the dog and threw him into the chalk pit, and they both leaned over, listening. The Watch Dog (Pierrot) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is a thousand pities that we have not a reproduction of those which were done in chalk upon the window-sill. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Rudyard Kipling Locked doors showed that the owner was away, and a few rude — sometimes very rude — chalk or paint scratches told where he had gone. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Interposed between the chalk and the drift is a comparatively insignificant layer, containing vegetable matter. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

John Galsworthy There’s a chalk pit just above the main road. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

George Meredith His face was of the winter sea-colour, with the chalk wash on it. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

Sanfranco himself forgot to chalk the scores of the night; and his wife, for once, let her frying‐pan frizzle itself into blackness. Signa by Ouida

Willa Cather From the bridge they looked up at the white chalk hills, the tops a blur of intense green under the low, lead-coloured sky. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Gertrude Stein With chalk a shadow shall be a sneeze in a tooth in a tin tooth, a turned past, a turned little corset, a little tuck in a pink look and with a pin in, a pin in. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Oscar Wilde When the blood crept from its face, and left behind a pallid mask of chalk with leaden eyes, he would keep the glamour of boyhood. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Some chalk marks over the waistcoat pocket were the only signs of billiards which I could see in one of them. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

The maskers, laughing, dashed their chalk up at the grated casements, and reeled noisily through the still sleeping Lastra; he walked away over the bridge, with the mountain wind fierce in his teeth. Signa by Ouida

Arthur Machen The land went slowly down as it had slowly ascended; and then, far away, rose again into another climbing billow, marked by the white chalk road. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

James Joyce Whale with a harpoon hairpin, alligator tickle the small of his back and he sees the joke, chalk a circle for a rooster, tiger my eagle eye. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Katherine Mansfield What a morning! Oh, chalk it up. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

There are two tunnels, with a bit of chalk cutting between them. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

John Lewis Burckhard N. direction, and then halted close by the sea, where the maritime level is greatly contracted by a range of chalk hills which in some places approaches close to the water. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

It was that of a full-grown man, lying on his back, with the skull supported against the wall of chalk rock. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

G. K. Chesterton At his next glimpse of her (and he caught himself awaiting it) the purple and green chalk was dusted off, and she went by quickly in her working clothes. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Jules Verne After the sand appeared some compact white clay, resembling the chalk of Great Britain, which extended down to a depth of four feet. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

If I were to put the bit of chalk with which we started into the hot but obscure flame of burning hydrogen, it would presently shine like the sun. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

She went as white as chalk when he delivered his message, but just managed to say, “Thank you. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Lister made numerous experiments with layers of chalk and carbolic oil, with a combination of shellac and gutta-percha, with everything of which he could think, to imitate the work of nature. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Rudyard Kipling Then they argued whether mess servants an’ non-combatants was entitled to chalk the guns (‘Ammick versus Mosse). Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

The dietary of the hulk, exclusive of meat and barley soup, was, three days in each week, a portion of a mysterious semi-petrifaction, very much akin to chalk both in taste and durability. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

But of course — it is all so different!” “As chalk from cheese!” said Dr. Ledsmar, lighting a fresh cigar. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

H. G. Wells His name I forget, but the little woman was called Miss Merrick. They had to handle enormous classes, and they did most of their teaching by voice and gesture and chalk upon a blackboard. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

George Gissing You are as different from me and the million other women who resemble me, Helen, as chalk is from cheese. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Charles Kingsley When we compare the chalk with the strata which lie upon it, we can only call them a complete new creation. Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit by Charles Kingsley

D. H. Lawrence I’d chalk them in plain, chalk in nothing else, merely the red and the yellow. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

On February 26th, at the end of nine days’ work, Lieutenant Yusuf returned to El–Muwaylah with two sacks of sulphur-bearing chalk which justified his previous report. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

But we may go further and demonstrate, by evidence of the same authority as that which testifies to the existence of the father of men, that the chalk is vastly older than Adam himself. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

Unfortunately I had no Conte chalk with me, I but I asked to see the drawings, and was shown about twenty, all of which greatly pleased me. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

The floor beneath was marked with what looked like chalk in two broad parallel lines running from about two-thirds of the depth of the room to the two posts of the communicating door. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Arthur Conan Doyle I was thinking of that evening down in the private bar when you bet you could walk a chalk line with a bottle of champarne on your head. The End of Devil Hawker by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle Farther on they found traces of their work, for the path ran along the hillside at the base of a chalk quarry, and there in the cutting a man was lying dead. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Robert Louis Stevenson It would be well if there were no more than two; but the sects in Scotland form a large family of sisters, and the chalk lines are thickly drawn, and run through the midst of many private homes. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Then we went down into a chalk hollow full of beds of dead leaves and shouted to hear the echo. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle Depend upon it, Jack, the Sasassa gem is lying within this magic circle of chalk upon the face of yonder cliff. The Mystery of Sasassa Valley by Arthur Conan Doyle

The next morning I had a good breakfast at the Adelphi Hotel and before ten was on board the steamer, had stowed away my trunk and taken my station by my sleeping place traced in chalk on the deck. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

There are a great many other ways of showing that chalk is essentially nothing but carbonic acid and quicklime. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

Thomas Hardy In front of the schools, which were extensive and stone-built, grew two enormous beeches with smooth mouse-coloured trunks, as such trees will only grow on chalk uplands. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

We all know that if we “burn” chalk the result is quicklime. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

John Galsworthy There’s something very comic about the way we’re all tied — like a hen by a chalk mark to its beak. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Jules Verne These stones, when decomposed by heat, made a very strong quicklime, greatly increased by slacking, at least as pure as if it had been produced by the calcination of chalk or marble. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Still following the chalk marks, Lecoq now reached the Odeon theatre. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

They abounded ages before the chalk was deposited; they throng the rivers in warm climates, at the present day. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

Thomas Hardy Over the white walls, built of chalk in the lump, outlines of creepers formed dark patterns, as if drawn in charcoal. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Charles Dickens There was a bar at the Jolly Bargemen, with some alarmingly long chalk scores in it on the wall at the side of the door, which seemed to me to be never paid off. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Arthur Machen I saw the bit of chalk lying on the ground. The Red Hand by Arthur Machen

Thomas Hughes And then what a hill is the White Horse Hill! There stands right up above all the rest, nine hundred feet above the sea, and the boldest, bravest shape for a chalk hill that you ever saw. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

All the great classes of animals, beasts of the field, fowls of the air, creeping things, and things which dwell in the waters, flourished upon the globe long ages before the chalk was deposited. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

H. G. Wells He was often to be seen in those days, by the railway passengers, sitting, chin on knees, perched up on the Down hard by the Thursley chalk pits, where afterwards he was set working. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

John Galsworthy He walked up through the gap past the old chalk pit, on to the Downs, by the path he had taken with Fleur seven years ago. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins Ah, dear heart, it’s a pleasant place, there!” “A place like this?” “Lord help you! As little like this as chalk is to cheese. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

John Lewis Burckhard Our road lay N.E.½ N. At one hour and a half Mount St. Catharine bore S.W. by W. We now descended into a valley of deep sand covered with blocks of chalk rock. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Thomas Hardy On the bench outside the window-sill he placed water, wood, and other necessaries, writing with a piece of chalk beside them, “It is best that I should not see you. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

But wheels also they were endowed with, and vast sides of blank wall; the wheels as large as the ring of a circus, the walls white and high as cliffs of chalk along an English coast. The Mirage by Ambrose Bierce

H. G. Wells There was a tap overhead, and a big mass of chalk flew out from the cliff face, dropped a yard in front of his nose, and starred into a dozen unequal fragments. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Charles Kingsley Sheets of dappled cloud were sliding slowly from the west; long bars of hazy blue hung over the southern chalk downs which gleamed pearly grey beneath the low south-eastern sun. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Benjamin Disraeli He found the city of chalk and shingles not quite so agreeable as last year. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Wilkie Collins In a moment the hand reappeared, holding a chalk drawing very neatly framed. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

He took a piece of chalk and drew three lines in the center of the pit, a long one in the middle and two shorter ones parallel to it and about three feet away. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Rudyard Kipling Then his trouble of mind went from him, and at the end of the third day’s idleness he made a drawing in chalk upon the deck, with letters of the alphabet at the angles. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

H. G. Wells He sent a huge boulder of chalk bursting among them, and then ripped up a dozen yards of rail with a mighty plunge of his foot. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

But it is possible to grind a slice of chalk down so thin that you can see through it — until it is thin enough, in fact, to be examined with any magnifying power that may be thought desirable. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

Arthur Conan Doyle Tom drew a chalk circle of about three feet diameter round the spot, and then called to me to come and join him. The Mystery of Sasassa Valley by Arthur Conan Doyle

H. G. Wells I’m tired of cuttin’ chalk and bein’ all alone. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

John Galsworthy It had been almost indistinguishable from any of the other busts in that year’s Academy, and was used by the young Charwells to chalk moustaches on. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

He had now added streaks of red to the white chalk upon his face, arms, and breast, for he suspected, we were assured, witchcraft. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Charles Dickens But there was a quantity of chalk about our country, and perhaps the people neglected no opportunity of turning it to account. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Chemists enunciate the result of all the experiments which prove this, by stating that chalk is almost wholly composed of “carbonate of lime. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

Charles Dickens The little narrow, crooked town of Dover hid itself away from the beach, and ran its head into the chalk cliffs, like a marine ostrich. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

They must have forgotten to chalk it up downstairs. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]