Phrases with "chaos"

T. E. Lawrence In ten words he gave his approval to my having impertinently imposed Arab Governments, here and at Deraa, upon the chaos of victory. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The future was a chaos of dark regret and loneliness; her whole life, she thought, would be composed of one long memory. Lodore by Mary Shelley

H. G. Wells London! At first, no doubt, it was a chaos of streets and people and buildings and reasonless going to and fro. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Then from the chaos of faculties a shred of will survived. At the Article of Death by John Buchan

D. H. Lawrence She was so much more mistress of herself in that outer world of chaos than he was master of himself. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

So, about midnight, there was as pretty a chaos of dancing, drinking, roaring, shouting, singing, love-making, kissing and fighting as Rashleigh had ever borne witness to in all his days. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Olaf Stapledon In mine there’s only a chaos of abortive patterns. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

He fled to the street, but there chaos was multiple. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

H. G. Wells The lighthouses, lightships, sea marks, channels and harbours of the world were suffering from a decade of economy, a decade of wartime destruction and a decade of chaos and decay. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Jules Verne De là, certaines pratiques bizarres, des anomalies qui font sourire, et, parfois, un clergé fort empêché de débrouiller ce chaos peu orthodoxe. L’Archipel en Feu by Jules Verne [1884]

James Joyce Ab chaos lex, neat wehr? — O bella! O pia! O pura! Amem. Handwalled amokst us. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

One single man has made of all of those things a chaos more confused, more shapeless, more terrible than the chaos which existed before the creation of the world. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Jack London At such moments I felt strangely alone with God, alone with him and watching the chaos of his wrath. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Jack London But above the glacier, which was also above timber-line, was naught but a chaos of naked rock and enormous boulders. Lost Face by Jack London

Olaf Stapledon He could always go straight to the desired object with the precision of a monkey finding its way among the chaos of branches in the jungle. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Nobody. It isn’t a world we live in, Dick; it’s a cascade of accidents; it’s a chaos exasperated by policemen! YOU be warned in time, Dick. You stick to a plan. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

The man whose treachery had destroyed George Vane had dropped into the chaos of an over-crowded universe, leaving no clue behind him by which he might be traced. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Seen near, it was a chaos — hollow, half-consumed: an orb perished or perishinghalf lava, half glow. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

M. P. Shiel The to-do that those people made that night! The chaos of words, the plans and shifts, the wine that they drank! They were just in their element, with an ‘affaire’ to let themselves loose over. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

The various phases of the Polish sense of self-preservation struggling amongst the menacing forces and the no less threatening chaos of the neighbouring Powers should be judged impartially. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

G. K. Chesterton They have grown used to their own unreason; chaos is their cosmos; and the whirlwind is the breath of their nostrils. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

The whole barracks was in the state of filth and chaos to which the militia reduced every building they occupied and which seems to be one of the by-products of revolution. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Marjorie Bowen But sky, grass, trees, and stone reeled about him in a chaos of green and blue. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Rudyard Kipling From the bestial recriminations and the indeterminate chaos of the grand deck, I ascended — always with a whisky-and-soda in my hands — to a scene truly grotesque. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

H.P. Lovecraft My brain was as great a chaos as the earth, and as a distant red glare burst on the landscape from the south I hardly realised the horror I had been through. The Lurking Fear by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Only the trade was allowed to buy anything in that dazzling chaos of small wares. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Olaf Stapledon But though it seemed at first that in breaking the World Empire mankind had merely exchanged one evil condition for another, the period of chaos was brief. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Victor Hugo At moments we seem to discern a reclamation of the elements, some vain effort of chaos to reassert itself over creation. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

This world, just like the world of percepts, comes to us at first as a chaos of experiences, but lines of order soon get traced. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Anne Bronte Such stormy thoughts — so many different resolutions crowded in upon me, that my mind was little better than a chaos of conflicting passions. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

D.H. Lawrence It is horrible, a chaos beyond chaos, an unthinkable hell. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Victor Hugo He had been drawn without, and then, by a frightful snare, had fallen into a chaos of murky laughter, which was hell. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

It was very warm as we mounted the chaos of slabs and boulders, where a very sketchy and winding track had been cut for bringing down the deer. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

James Joyce The chaos in which his ardour extinguished itself was a cold indifferent knowledge of himself. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

The chaos of the hall was a marvel of new shape and colour; the faces of those who stood around were illumined from within. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Mrs. Hoops was the first to recover from the general chaos of fright and bewilderment. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Others of her acquaintance were sometimes about her in the dream of chaos which had but one element of identity, and that was the race she ran and the conditions of the race. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Henry Adams He should have learned his lesson fifty years earlier; the times had long passed when a student could stop before chaos or order; he had no choice but to march with his world. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Mountains and lake disappeared — the hotel crouched amid tumult, chaos and darkness. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sinclair Lewis He was a large and formidable young man, with a healthy brown mustache and a chaos of brown hair on a massive head. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Henry Adams With a little hesitation, he suggested that it was rather a chaos, which he meant for civility; but Stopford Brooke abruptly met it by asking whether chaos were not better than death. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Olaf Stapledon And since there was little co-ordination of their actions, and, anyhow, they were mainly concerned to feather their own nests, chaos followed. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Experiences come on an enormous scale, and if we take them all together, they come in a chaos of incommensurable relations that we can not straighten out. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

I determined to go to London and lose myself in that great chaos of humanity. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Thomas Hardy I am in a chaos of principles — groping in the dark — acting by instinct and not after example. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

This suggests that God is no more idle now than He was at the beginning, but that He is still and forever shaping the human chaos into the instruments and means of beauty. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Manfred is a chaos of pictures, suggested by the scenery of Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald, half animated by vague personifications and sensational narrative. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Thomas Wolfe And all the while she was thinking: “So, he’s written about us! That’s what it is!” Her mind rushed furiously on through a chaos of unresolved emotions. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

H. G. Wells I picked myself up and stood trembling, my mind a chaos of the most horrible misgivings. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

H.P. Lovecraft Amidst such stupendous ruin only chaos dwelt, and the representatives of two cities left disappointed; Syracusans that they had no statue to bear home, Tegeans that they had no artist to crown. The Tree by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Jules Verne Le pied du mont sortait d’un chaos de roches branlantes. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

H.P. Lovecraft In the supreme horror of that second I forgot what had horrified me, and the burst of black memory vanished in a chaos of echoing images. The Outsider by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

She made the tea, and sat down with what appetite she might, her brain, her thoughts, all in a chaos together. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Charles Baudelaire L’éclat de ce soleil d’un crêpe se voila; Tout le chaos roula dans cette intelligence, Temple autrefois vivant, plein d’ordre et d’opulence. Les Fleurs du Mal by Charles Baudelaire

Olaf Stapledon He believed that a chaos of simple units must inevitably become a differentiated system. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Edmund Burke Everything seems out of nature in this strange chaos of levity and ferocity, and of all sorts of crimes jumbled together with all sorts of follies. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Not alone the races of men, but the races of elemental spiritual beings who existed in chaos before life took its fleshly form. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Manuscripts, pictures, carvings in wood and ivory, musical instruments; and in this glorious chaos sat the friar, poring intently over an Arabian manuscript. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

H.P. Lovecraft Over and above the luminous and shadowy chaos arose a picture which, though vague, held the elements of consistency and permanence. From Beyond by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Thomas Wolfe Immutable, calm, impassive, it became for him the symbol of a kind of permanence in the rush and sweep of chaos in the city, where all things come and go and pass and are so soon forgotten. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

The burns fell down in a chaos of granite boulders, and huge slabs of grey stone lay flat and tumbled in the heather. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Abraham Merri Suddenly the vapors thinned; we passed out of them — A chaos of sound beat about us. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

When she comes, heaven is all about her; when she leaves, there is chaos and a scent of hawthorn blossoms. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

H.P. Lovecraft For five minutes the resultant din and chaos were beyond description. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Steadily, amid the chaos of shocking change, the Council of People’s Commissars hammered at the scaffolding of the Socialist order. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Jules Verne No land anywhere, but the image of chaos in its saddest aspect. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

D. H. Lawrence There was a physical pain that made him bite his lips till they bled, and the chaos inside him left him unable to think, almost to feel. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Ralph Waldo Emerson But every jet of chaos which threatens to exterminate us, is convertible by intellect into wholesome force. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

G. K. Chesterton The particular kind of chaos that is created by the hospitality of a rich upstart has perhaps never been so accurately and outrageously described. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

D. H. Lawrence He stood there for an hour motionless, a chaos of sensations, but rigid with a will to keep blank his consciousness, to prevent his mind grasping. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Theodore Dreiser Harper Steger smiled once rather grimly, even in the whirl of the financial chaos where smiles were few, as they were figuring it out. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

During the first few months of Ibsen’s life in Rome all was chaos in his mind. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Thomas Paine His apparent candour encouraged expectations; and the public confidence, stunned, wearied, and confounded by a chaos of parties, revived and attached itself to him. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Henry Adams The chaos of education approached a dream. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Jules Verne Ce ne fut que le 30 août qu’ils sortirent enfin de ce chaos de montagnes, dont l’orographie des zones basses ne peut donner aucune idée, mais ils en sortirent meurtris et à demi gelés. Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras by Jules Verne [1864]

Heyst cast an indifferent glance at the ill-omened chaos of the sky. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Olaf Stapledon In some creations the crowning achievement of the cosmos was a chaos of mutually unintelligible societies, each devoted to the service of some one mode of the spirit, and hostile to all others. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells It was to them that night as if they were in some other world, some disordered chaos of stress and tumult, and almost beyond hoping that they should ever see the city ways again. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

When matters grew very desperate Eleanor was summoned as a forlorn hope, and did her best to reduce the chaos into something like order. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

H. G. Wells It had been necessary to replace a chaos of production and distribution for individual profit by an ordered economic world system. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Ann Radcliffe He was lost in a chaos of conjecture concerning this affair, but curiosity and anxiety for his father induced him to follow at some distance. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Olaf Stapledon His rooms in college soon lost their former neatness, and became a chaos of books, papers, clothes, cakes, sweets, pipes and all sorts of queer oddities which he had picked up on our country walks. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

M. P. Shiel Already the far-reaching chaos of scaffolding had run up eight yards, with stringers and frames to a like level. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Algernon Blackwood Entire race slips back into chaos of primitive life again. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Thomas Hardy Never was harmony more perfect than that between the chaos of her mind and the chaos of the world without. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Lady Morgan It seems as though a seal had been fixed upon every bliss of the senses and the heart, which her breath alone could dissolve that all was gloom and chaos until she said “let there be light. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Henry Adams The chaos waited only for his landing. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Ancient night and chaos had closed over the “incunabula belli;” and that point was given up in despair. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Sir Walter Scott But our councils seem all one wild chaos of confusion. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

D. H. Lawrence But the whole shore was ruined, changed: a whole mass of new rocks, a chaos of heaped boulders, a gurgle of rushing, clayey water, and heaps of collapsed earth. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Radclyffe Hall She told herself that if this new religious zeal had been productive of peace she could have been tolerant, but it was not; on the contrary the domestic chaos grew. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

H. Rider Haggard They drove me mad, those words, and from that moment forward I remember nothing but a chaos of the mind heaving endlessly like the sea. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

D. H. Lawrence She half started, to go in actuality, to fling away her clothing and flee away, away from this dark confusion and chaos of people to the hill and the moon. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis The world was uncreated, a chaos without turmoil or desire. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Such chaos does not happen to-day in central London. Fog does sometimes paralyse the traffic, but only on the outskirt roads, where lamps are few. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Henry Adams Science seemed content with its old phrase of “larger synthesis,” which was well enough for science, but meant chaos for man. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Virginia Woolf A brush, the one dependable thing in a world of strife, ruin, chaos — that one should not play with, knowingly even: she detested it. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

There is chaos where there is no sign. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Virginia Woolf Every time he approached — he was walking up and down the terrace — ruin approached, chaos approached. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Benjamin Disraeli But now that Lady Annabel was gone, Venetia, muffling herself up in her shawl, threw herself on a sofa, and there she remained without a thought, her mind a chaos of terrible images. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Thomas Hardy Black chaos comes, and the fettered gods of the earth say, Let there be light. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Beneath all is chaos and red anarchy, over all a devouring and insistent appetite. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

From the wild chaos of mountain scenery the Spaniards emerged on the green vale of Coquimbo, about the thirtieth degree of south latitude. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Abraham Merri Now on the land were vast forests and a chaos of green life. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

The last stage of the dope-dream would be a chaos of music and a frenzy of frock and limb and curl against delirious backgrounds. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

He also yielded — to the chaos within rather than the chaos without. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

G. K. Chesterton The cloud is their banner; they cry to chaos and old night. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Dickson’s mind was a chaos of feelings, all of them unpleasant. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Thought shapes out its own chaos at last. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

She began to watch for them, to await their warble, and she heard only their music, distinguished from the tumultuous chaos of sound, to which her ears gradually became deaf. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Theodore Dreiser What was more, the money system of the United States was only then beginning slowly to emerge from something approximating chaos to something more nearly approaching order. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

It looked like the world in chaos — nature’s vast workshop, from which she drew the materials which her hand was to reduce to form and order. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

H. G. Wells Human society could not be saved from chaos without it. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Henry Adams Martyrs, murderers, Caesars, saints and assassins — half in glass and half in telegram; chaos of time, place, morals, forces and motive — gave him vertigo. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

The mountain of Curu is volcanic, a chaos of rent rocks, beetling precipices, and masses of lava that have been disgorged from the burning crater. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Virginia Woolf In the midst of chaos there was shape; this eternal passing and flowing (she looked at the clouds going and the leaves shaking) was struck into stability. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

At one of these Old Bill halted and led the way up and over a chaos of fallen rock and loose sand. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Jules Verne Vinrent ensuite Cook en 1714, d’Entrecasteaux en 1793, et enfin Dumont-d’Urville, en 1827, débrouilla tout le chaos géographique de cet archipel. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

H.P. Lovecraft But now Zadok was shaking me, and I turned back to watch the melting of that fear-frozen face into a chaos of twitching eyelids and mumbling gums. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

H. G. Wells This menace of a chaos of disasters and aimless cruelties hung over a disorganized and unprotected world for three-quarters of a century. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Gissing Thus she was growing up almost entirely ignorant of the pains and the passions which convert earth’s sanctuaries into dreary realms of chaos and black night. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

How I went through that night is more entirely a blank in my memory, more entirely a chapter of chaos and the confusion of chaos, than any other passage the most impressive in my life. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

There were shots and voices calling, Mottreux’s voice challenging, a chaos of sound, and breaking out of it and over it a high terrific shriek. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Thomas Wolfe They said there was no longer any confusion or chaos in politics and government, and no longer any fear among the people, because everyone was so happy. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

It was an annihilating question; it struck his consciousness like a thunderbolt and brought a sudden night upon the chaos of his thoughts even as he walked. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Elizabeth Gaskell But she had no thought of penitence before God; nothing but chaos and night surrounded the one lurid fact that, in Mr. Thornton’s eyes, she was degraded. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Thomas Hughes Just now, however, all threatened to return into darkness and chaos again. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

And then came chaos — England in arms, a rebellious people, a King put upon his defence — and I had leisure to think of none but my royal master. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Jules Verne Il essaya alors de raisonner froidement, de se reconnaître dans le chaos de ses pensées. Le Château des Carpathes by Jules Verne [1892]

H.P. Lovecraft There are references to a Haunter of the Dark awaked by gazing into the Shining Trapezohedron, and insane conjectures about the black gulfs of chaos from which it was called. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Leon Trotsky I have no doubt that the realization of this plan would only increase the chaos and would utterly kill the direction of operations. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Margaret Oliphant Out of the depths of his troubled heart poured all the chaos of thought and wonder, which leapt into fiery life under that quickening touch of personal misery and unrest. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

George MacDonald It was the “expectation of the creature” finding at last a voice; the cry of a chaos that would be a kingdom! Then I heard a great flapping. Lilith by George MacDonald

The masts rose from that chaos like big trees above a matted undergrowth. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Guy de Maupassan In an hour he had finished an article, which was a chaos of absurd matter, and took it boldly to the office. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

D. H. Lawrence The instinct for chaos had entered. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

James Hogg Sleep came not to their relief, for their conversation was wholly about the dead, who seemed to be alive, and their minds were wandering and groping in a chaos of mystery. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Thomas Carlyle No chaos but it seeks a centre to revolve round. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Leon Trotsky Step by step, chaos yielded to order. My Life by Leon Trotsky

M. P. Shiel I could see that the train of my last night’s debauch was a huddled-up chaos of fallen carriages and disfigured bodies. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

H.P. Lovecraft Below me was a chaos of tumbled masonry, sloping roughly down toward the north at an angle of about forty-five degrees, and evidently the result of some bygone collapse from above. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Jules Verne Le projectile s’avançait toujours, et ce chaos ne se modifiait pas. Autour de la Lune by Jules Verne [1870]

Percy Bysshe Shelley Dante was the first awakener of entranced Europe; he created a language, in itself music and persuasion, out of a chaos of inharmonious barbarisms. A Defence of Poetry and other essays by Percy Bysshe Shelley

D. H. Lawrence The place was a moment of chaos perpetuated, persisting, chaos fixed and rigid. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang The easiest way to bring order into the chaos of desirable books, is, doubtless, to begin historically with manuscripts. The Library by Andrew Lang

Anton Chekhov The meaning of life lies in just that unrepining martyrdom, in the tears which would soften a stone, in the boundless, all-forgiving love which brings light and warmth into the chaos of life . The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Abraham Merri There was a moment of chaos — a chaos of which we were the heart. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

D. H. Lawrence Then there will have to be chaos and anarchy: in the name of love and equality. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London All this, and more — a whole world of chaos and wreck — in possibly fifteen seconds I had seen and heard and grasped. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Thomas Wolfe Somehow the events which he had witnessed here to-night had helped to resolve much of his inner chaos and confusion. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Henry Adams The only absolute truth was the sub-conscious chaos below, which every one could feel when he sought it. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Olaf Stapledon To this the classicists replied that any such rash adventure might undermine the constitution of the race and bring chaos into the well-tried order of the world. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Jules Verne Pas une terre en vue, mais bien l’image du chaos sous son plus triste aspect. Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras by Jules Verne [1864]

Anatole France The sky was black, and mingled with the earth in a chaos of thick darkness. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

That young lady, absorbed amongst a chaos of ribbons and laces, silks and velvets, had ceased to feel any jealousy of her guardian’s wife. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

William Blake But Eternals beheld his vast forests Age on ages he lay, clos'd, unknown Brooding shut in the deep; all avoid The petrific abominable chaos 6. The Book of Urizen by William Blake [1794]

Robert Louis Stevenson Transfer the scene to Vailima, where on a sudden to Fanny and me, the cart appears, apparently at a hard gallop, some two hours before it was expected; Henry radiantly ruling chaos from the bench. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

James Hogg Thus was I sojourning in the midst of a chaos of confusion. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Anthony Trollope But they were all driven on to the boat in the dark, the horses mixing in through each other in a chaos which would have altogether incapacitated any English coachman. North America by Anthony Trollope

Victor Hugo With chaos for an architect, the edifice would be a Babel. And, besides, what tyranny is this pretended liberty! As for me, I wish to enjoy myself; not to govern. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Jules Verne Magnifique disposition de ce chaos de montagnes! Partout des sommets blancs. Robur-le-Conquerant by Jules Verne [1886]

Anthony Trollope Sir John rang his bell; but not waiting for the clerk, began to hurl the chaos in solution on to the top of the concrete chaos. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence The room was littered with blue clippings, the scissors were lying on the floor, the work-basket was spilled in chaos all over the table, and a second mirror was perched perilously on the piano. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells That remaking is what they call Chaos, and for them it is chaos — the end of everythingobliteration — effacement, anyhow. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]