Phrases with "circle"

During the moment’s pause I noticed the fire on the other shore blaze up, dilating the circle of its glow like an amazed stare, and contract suddenly to a red pin-point. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

We were escorted to the inn, and introduced to a formidable beverage, called coffee-punch, and a smoke-wreathed circle of smacksmen, who talked German out of courtesy, but were Danish in all else. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

He saw himselfreceived with tears of joy and marvelling affection — entering into this home circle as one risen from the dead. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Another shoot, however, made a circle in 26 hrs. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

George Meredith I am not, I hope, responsible for every creature caught up in my circle of attraction. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Anthony Trollope But Mr Prong had his circle of friends, of very ardent friends, and among them Mrs Prime was one of the most ardent. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Soon the whole circle was madly rocking to and fro; the voices rose to a hoarse scream; and only the trumpets were audible above the din. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The second and next higher form is the circular, which is also called the perpetual-angular, because the circumference of a circle is a perpetual angle. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Baldwin Spencer A little way below the margin there is a circle of Blue Mountain parakeet feathers. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

The denizens of that nethermost circle lose their liking for the upper air, can scarcely breathe it, in fact. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

For as a motion of a circle is a circle, and the time that measures it is also a circle; so the order of things which are done and happen in a circle may be justly esteemed and called a circle. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

James Anthony Froude As he stood trembling, the earth sank under him, and a circle of flames embraced him. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

George Gissing Of course it narrows the circle of her friends at home. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Meredith They were all assembled in a circle when the vessel came to her moorings. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Arthur Conan Doyle When we got within half a mile he broke into the “double,” and never pulled up until he reached the round white circle upon the cliff. The Mystery of Sasassa Valley by Arthur Conan Doyle

She lived in a circle of which she herself was the centre. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Henry James I have enjoyed my visit to Madame de Maisonrouge deeply, and feel as if I were leaving a circle of real friends. A Bundle of Letters by Henry James [1879]

George Meredith Her circle was practically the same as it was previous to the coveted nominal rank enabling her to trample on those beneath it. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

He carried a lanthorn, and we followed the circle of light that swayed and trembled upon the short grass. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

She had learnt the language of that infamous circle in which she had wed, and impudently confessed her dishonour. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

George Meredith If they attract, they should keep in a circle where they will have no reason to revolt at, or say, repent of what they attract. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

The circle of shaded light fell on his face as he read — the thin grave face, with the steady, inscrutable eyes. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

D. H. Lawrence In it he carved a mythological bird, a phoenix, something like an eagle, rising on symmetrical wings, from a circle of very beautiful flickering flames that rose upwards from the rim of the cup. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

The dance went on in the void; only even there she saw in the centre the motionless Fool, and about him in a circle the juggler ran, for ever tossing his balls. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

H. G. Wells Yet a certain feeling, you may understand, tethered me in a circle of a few miles round the point of my arrival. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Thomas Hardy The site of the fire was now merely a circle of ashes flecked with red embers and sparks, the furze having burnt completely away. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Sinclair Lewis He was stopped by a circle of small flashing lights. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

William Makepeace Thackeray It was good to watch him in the midst of a circle of young tufts, with his mean, smiling, eager, uneasy familiarity. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Benjamin Disraeli I will not trouble you to call on me, for, frankly, I have no wish to increase the circle of my acquaintance. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Arthur Conan Doyle The circle of wood, in the full light of the candle, rose upon edge and stood there shaking, as if trying to keep its balance. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Anthony Trollope Miss Todd had a very large circle of such friends; and, to do her justice, we must say that she was always glad to see them, and always treated them well. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Guy de Maupassant The Norman farms scattered through the plain seemed at a distance like little doors enclosed each in a circle of thin beech trees. No Quarter (Le Père Milon) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

The feathers round the eyes are of the same dark brown as the rest of the body; and then comes a circle of white which has much the appearance of the rim of a large pair of spectacles. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

H. G. Wells Evesham had astonished the world by producing them and others, and sending them to circle here and there. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

George Gissing To her, his careful observance of formalities seemed the reverse of flattering; she felt sure that with young women in his own circle he would allow himself much more freedom. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Robert Green Ingersoll Imagine a pair of shears with handles, not only where they now are, but at the points as well and just above the pivot that unites the blades a circle of iron. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

Her circle was the most varied and the pleasantest in London and Bath, and she carried with her an atmosphere of easy gaiety which made her an element of cheerfulness in every house she visited. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Baldwin Spencer In the centre of the camping ground, where the woman died, a circle of grass stalks was made about eight feet in diameter. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Ms. in the British Museum. The alarm of the population of London did not on this occasion extend beyond the wide circle of the uneducated classes, but among them it equalled that recorded in the text. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Thomas Paine A circle of an inch diameter has the same geometrical properties as a circle that would circumscribe the universe. The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

After their marriage they busied themselves, with marked success, in enlarging the circle of their acquaintance. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Abraham Merri He drew himself in; saw that the pane was thick, transparent crystal held by a circle of metal, kept shut by levers thrust into niches within the casement of stone. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

John Galsworthy Michael went up the stairs two at a time, and entered a large square room, where Mr. Blythe, back to the door, was pointing with a ruler to a circle drawn on a map. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Stephania rotunda (Menispermaceae) moves against the sun Thryallis brachystachys (Malpighiaceae) moves against the sun: one shoot made a circle in 12 hrs. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

He felt it come, through the lovely evening air, darkening the sky, dimming the sounds of the games, removing him to a circle of silence wherein he stood alone with his father. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Edith Wharton From her seat she looked up, startled, at her husband’s profile, which was darkly projected against the circle of lamplight. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

H. G. Wells I meant to go up in a spiral until I was clear of all the trees and things and circle about the church spire. My First Aeroplane by H. G. Wells [1910]

John Galsworthy Since last night she understood far better Ferse’s outburst about the vicious circle in which insanity moved. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells But presently Trafford and the two girls had got him into the shade of a large bush close to where in a circle of rugs and cushions the tea things lay prepared. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

The shadowy figures moving about the deck only took substance when they stepped into the circle of brightness cast by a swinging globe of light which hung just above Nan Archdale’s head. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Algernon Blackwood It is very thickly grown, and rises to a clearer part in the centre, a sort of mound where there is a circle of large boulders — old Druid stones, I’m told. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Edith Wharton It would, at any rate, take her out of the stagnant circle of her present existence, and restore her to contact with the fruitful energies of life. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

They brought me into the circle by a polite question as to the length of road to Verona. Soon introductions followed. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope But her fancies had been all shattered into fragments; not a stone of her castles was standing; she had told herself unconsciously that there was no longer a circle and no need for a centre. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Long afterwards a Raden led the western men against the Cheshire archers at Flodden, and was slain himself in the steel circle around the king. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

At the same moment the circle which surrounded her was suddenly broken through in a most violent manner. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

How did you know that the carriage-way divided in two and made a circle up to the door?” “I saw it!” “How?” “From that window. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Joseph Furphy The meal-signal is the real Ducdame, ducdame, ducdame; the Greek invocation which calls fools into a circle as surely as wise men; for neither folly nor wisdom is proof against its spell. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Thomas Hughes I only know two English neighbourhoods thoroughly, and in each, within a circle of five miles, there is enough of interest and beauty to last any reasonable man his life. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Henry James She hereupon slipped through the circle of chairs and rapidly met her companion, who stopped short as she approached. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Richard Burton Below, the brass-coloured circle scorched the face and dazzled the eyes, mocking them the while with offers of water that was but air. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

H. G. Wells Later in the day the widening circle of aggressive urgency reached the kitchen, and at two the cook gave notice in order, she said, to better herself. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Arthur Machen Ring within ring the awful temple closed around him; unending circles of vast stones, circle within circle, and every circle less throughout all ages. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

George Gissing The circle closing about an agnostic lecturer intersected with one gathered for a prayer-meeting; the roar of an enthusiastic total-abstainer blended with the shriek of a Radical politician. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Sinclair Lewis She informed the circle “I drove almost down to Wahkeenyan with Will, a few days ago. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James The circle in which they stood together was warm with life, and every question between them would live there as nowhere else. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

George Gissing She tried to forget all that lay eastward from Gunnersbury, rejecting every kind of town amusement, and finding society in a very small circle of acquaintances who lived almost as quietly as herself. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Anthony Trollope While this was going on, Lord Fawn did come down once again, and on that occasion Lucy simply absented herself from the dinner-table and from the family circle for that evening. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Then, slinking out of the canebrake, stooping near the ground and trying to join the dust-throwing circle behind Moreau’s back, came the Leopard-man. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

With the quick sensibility peculiar to his temperament, he perceived his power in the brilliant circle to be on the wane. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope But it was not so with Lord George. He pressed forward into the circle with so determined a movement that nothing could arrest him till he had his wife by the arm. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Rudyard Kipling That evening, as he was reading in his room, he fancied that he saw something moving about on the hearth-rug, outside the circle of light from his reading-lamp. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Anthony Trollope But Miss Todd boasted of high spirits: when this little difficulty had been first suggested to her by Mr. M’Gabbery, she had scoffed at it, and had enlarged her circle in a spirit of mild bravado. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

At the antarctic circle at the same time the night is twenty-four hours long. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Robert Louis Stevenson To the June stars that circle in the skies The dainty roofs of that tall villa rise. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edgar Rice Burroughs One by one the tribe swung down from their arboreal retreats and formed a circle about Tarzan and his vanquished foe. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Herman Melville The circle of the stars cut by the circle of the mountains. The Piazza by Herman Melville

The forger may find a circle in which the signing of another man’s name, under the pressure of circumstances, is held to be a misfortune rather than an offence. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Meredith Now seems none but the spider lord; Star in circle his web waits prey, Silvering bush-mounds, blue brushing sward; Slow runs the hour, swift flits the ray. A Reading of Earth by George Meredith [1888]

D. H. Lawrence The brook ran under the alder trees, scarcely soiled by these small mines, whose coal was drawn to the surface by donkeys that plodded wearily in a circle round a gin. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

The circle and the lamps are yet bright; I will tell you when the light again fails. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The circle closed up again with a running murmur of expostulation; it was a minute before I could see anything at all. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton A little world so well-ordered and well-to-do does not often produce either eagles or fanatics, and both seem to have been conspicuously absent from the circle in which my forebears moved. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Victor Hugo Cyclones, in our northern hemisphere, circle from left to right, in the same direction as the hands of a watch, with a velocity which is sometimes as much as sixty miles an hour. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He didn’t belong to our little circle and he was practically a stranger to all of us. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Wilkie Collins Most men of any character at all contrive to get a reputation of some saint which individualizes them in the social circle and which they move. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

So the verticity is from the æquinoctial circle towards the pole in each direction. On the Magnet by William Gilber

My men gathered in circle round the fire. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Virginia Woolf It is as if one had woken in Stonehenge surrounded by a circle of great stones, these enemies, these presences. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Savinien, in the midst of a circle of dandies, was picking the passers-by to pieces in his easy-going way. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Virginia Woolf Soon he was haloed by a circle of fluttering wings. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Thomas Hardy Melancholy, impressive, lonely, yet accessible from every part of the town, the historic circle was the frequent spot for appointments of a furtive kind. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Jack London Taking the sled as the centre of the circle that One Ear was making, Bill planned to tap that circle at a point in advance of the pursuit. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Edgar Rice Burroughs How easy it would be to circle back to the coast, and then make toward the south and his own jungle and cabin. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle The strange men, their odd dress, their queer speech, the moonlit circle of grass, and the pillared summer-house all wove themselves into one fantastic whole. The Bully of Brocas Court by Arthur Conan Doyle

John Lewis Burckhard I brought my compass to take a circle of bearings; but the crowd was so great, that I could not use it. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Baldwin Spencer Sheets of paper bark were spread over them and these, in turn, were covered with damp earth which was dug up with yam sticks, in a circle round the fire. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Charles Dickens As the Crown itself had been lost with the King’s treasure in the raging water, and as there was no time to make another, they put a circle of plain gold upon his head instead. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The nineteen smaller stones of the inner circle are of granite. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

James Joyce His mind, as if magnetised again by his speech, seemed to circle slowly round and round its new centre. Dubliners by James Joyce

E. T. A. Hoffmann Since the Baroness has been drawn into the enchanted circle of your music, it would be both foolish and cruel to drag her out of it all of a sudden. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Henry James The hour made the place almost empty; the day was warm, but as he took his place beside her a light breeze stirred the leafy edges of their broad circle of shadow. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle His circle of acquaintances in this lonely place was surely limited. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Might say that she had deduced the circle from the swing of the car when she arrived. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

On the roads up to it I saw transport moving, I saw the circle of the inner forts, but for a moment the guns were silent. Greenmantle by John Buchan

H. G. Wells Its effect on Marjorie’s circle of school and college friends was prodigious. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Benjamin Disraeli A third demonstrated to the satisfaction of himself and his immediate circle that it was all owing to the Statue having recently been repaired with silver instead of iron. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

Abraham Merri A patter of pads, and as suddenly the circle of wolves was doubled. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Henry Lawson In this laborious task he appeared to be greatly assisted by a tongue that lolled out of the corner of his mouth and made an occasional revolution round it, leaving a circle of temporarily clean face. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Willa Cather The footlights had seemed a hard, glittering line drawn sharply between their life and his; a circle of flame set about those splendid children of genius. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

George Meredith The death of his enemy closes his allusions to Mrs. Warwick. He was growing ancient, and gout narrowed the circle he whirled in. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Pretty soon a chain of sausages fell in a circle around her, flattening out as if a road-roller had passed over them. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

E. F. Benson In the centre of the table was placed a musical box and a violin, and hardly had the circle been made, and the lights turned down, when the most extraordinary things began to happen. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

This and similar services to the family circle were rendered with gracious disclaimers of obligation. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Theodore Dreiser On the West Side, among a circle of her mother’s friends, had been organized an Amateur Dramatic League, with no less object than to elevate the stage. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

There Dan saw irons of curious shape, pincers and files and tongs, and what was worst of all, in the centre of the flames reddened a circle of steel. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

William Makepeace Thackeray She would send him a half-dozen of notes in the day: at his arrival to join her circle or the courts which she held, she would brighten up, so that all might perceive. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Isabella Bird A boy sits on the car and keeps the animals going in a circle hour after hour with a rope and a stick. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Anthony Trollope And I saw Spermoil there, looking as pleased as Punch. He had quite a circle of his own round him, and was chattering away as though he were quite accustomed to the wickedness of the world. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri The misty-edged circle had become an oval, a flattened ellipse another five hundred feet high and three times that in length. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Virginia Woolf But suddenly her remarks seemed to contract the enormously wide circle in which they were soaring and to alight, airily and temporarily, upon matters of more immediate moment. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Florence Dixie Forming a circle is the method by which the Indians nearly always obtain game. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Helen Zimmern Miss Edgeworth’s amiable character won for her a far larger circle of friends than her father ever possessed; she had none of those angles in her character which repelled so many from him. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Some of them were holding hands in a circle and dancing round to the “House that Jack Built,” each one reciting a sentence in turn. In Later Years by Ellen Wood [1887]

Abraham Merri The silver mists hung close about the ship, shrouding her so that she sailed within a circle not more than double her length. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Virginia Woolf A circle has been cast on the waters; a chain is imposed. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle The circle included nothing but flat slate-coloured stone, with one large hole, where we had extracted the rock-salt, and one or two smaller depressions. The Mystery of Sasassa Valley by Arthur Conan Doyle

James Joyce She sat amid the chilly circle of her accomplishments, waiting for some suitor to brave it and offer her a brilliant life. Dubliners by James Joyce

Edith Wharton It is true that the Bellomont puppets did not go to church; but others equally important did — and Mr. and Mrs. Wetherall’s circle was so large that God was included in their visiting-list. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

George Gissing Sibyl, hitherto mewed within the circle of European gaieties and relaxations, all at once let her fancy fly—tasted a new luxury in experiences from which she had shrunk. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

H.P. Lovecraft I imagine there must have been thirty or forty blocks, some nearly buried in the sand, and all within a circle perhaps a quarter of a mile in diameter. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

She was headed between two small islets, crossed obliquely the anchoring-ground of sailing-ships, swung through half a circle in the shadow of a hill, then ranged close to a ledge of foaming reefs. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

H.P. Lovecraft He had seen such things on Earth — in India, where the combined, projected will of a circle of adepts can make a thought take tangible substance, and in hoary Atlaanat, of which few even dare speak. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]

George Gissing Her circle of society was but a narrow one; but for two classes of well-dressed people, the unscrupulous snobs and the cheerily indifferent, her drawing-room would have been painfully bare. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle Sometimes they could see a circle of tossing water for a bowshot or so in each direction, and then the wreaths would crawl in upon them once more and bank them thickly round. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Cold is the arctic circle if not here. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

And amid a cheer from the ship, the two boats shot out of the bright circle of the blue light, and disappeared into the darkness. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Friedrich Schiller With a careless step he entered the well-known circle of courtiers, who, as unsuspicious as himself of what was to follow, paid their usual homage, awaiting his commands. The Sport of Destiny by Friedrich Schiller

M. P. Shiel I spun motionless, fled riveted, was fixed in sick gyrations, like the statue of a whirlwind, was everything in a moment and nothing, a circle in flesh, symbol of infinity, sign of zero. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Edith Wharton She went up to May, the rest of the company making a circle about her as she advanced. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Loose talk about husbands had never in Mrs. Fisher’s circle been encouraged. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

H. G. Wells It is extraordinarily interesting to note all the things in life that are left out by the Elizabethan literature, and so to measure that smaller brighter circle of interest in that age. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Gissing That must indeed have been a circle of great intellects amid which Godwin Peak felt himself subordinate. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

James Joyce And they laughed, sporting in a circle of their foam: and the bark clave the waves. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Kenneth Grahame In a moment, however, his face grew blank, and he fell to hunting round in a circle with pleading whine. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

E. F. Benson She was answering the inquiries of her huge circle of friends. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Abraham Merri Thousands of feet above us the mighty cylinder uprose, and in the lessened circle that was its mouth I glimpsed the bright stars; and knew by this it opened into the free air. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

John Galsworthy On this occasion they occupied those gangway seats in the front row of the dress circle of which Fleur had a sort of natural monopoly. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

It goes far down, and there, below, Tonathiu slumbers in the midst of a circle of his priests. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

George Gissing It was only in the calm intimacy of the home circle that Helen could open her heart and speak freely all her impressions; a natural shyness kept her reserved in the presence of strangers. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then Mary North with a face so merry that it was impossible not to smile back into the white mirrors of her teeth — the whole area around her parted lips was a lovely little circle of delight. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Baldwin Spencer Around the margin there is a circle with a special design of V-shaped lines, the apexes of which are cut through by a white circle. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Algernon Blackwood By another of those swift, incalculable processes which at this stage of my apprenticeship I failed often to grasp, Dr. Silence reclosed the circle about the tent and body. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

F. Scott Fitzgerald Kicking back a rug and lifting her skirts a little, Evelyn fluently tapped out a circle with her heels around the floor. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Robert Browning And all, to one cadence, They circle their rose on my rose tree. Dramatic Lyrics by Robert Browning [1845]

Mrs. Octagon’s circle would have shuddered collectively and individually at the idea of writing anything interesting, likely to be enjoyed by the toilers of modern days. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle She points with her right hand, moving it in a circle round her feet, and I see a number, perhaps six or seven, cherubs (winged faces); these appear to be held in shape by some invisible will. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

The group does not include that poor Bloody Mary of England, who should have been the fourth there, for surely she suffered enough for his faith and him to be of his domestic circle forever. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Simon, he, Lady Wallingford, the windowfour points in a circle; a circle — return and return; may come and may come. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Rudyard Kipling Open the complete circle and she presents to the air a mushroom-head that will bring her up all standing within a half mile. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

After seven years of heroic perseverance, Herve has secured at last a circle of patients who pay him. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Our circle will be small but bound close by the ties of affection and mutual misfortune. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Watkin Tench Hours of festivity, which under happier skies pass away unregarded, and are soon consigned to oblivion, acquire in this forlorn and distant circle a superior degree of acceptable importance. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

The world seemed narrowed into the little circle round my darling’s cradle. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

The circle of the mask was large enough now to shut out the vision of anything else. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Baldwin Spencer Then a coat of red ochre has been painted over the whole length, and at each end the rim has been covered with a circle of resin so as to make the margins smoother. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

He was still kept out of the inner circle of the Council; but from the moment of Salisbury’s death he became a much more important person. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Guy de Maupassant They went outside again and seated themselves in a circle in the garden, in order to complete their digestion. Queen Hortense (An Old Maid) (La Reine Hortense) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Jack London One of the men was General Altendorff; and the other two were Mason and Vanderbold, the brains of the inner circle of the Oligarchy’s secret service. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Benjamin Disraeli The circle at Cherbury had heard, and that was all, that the new lord was a minor, a little boy, indeed very little older than Venetia herself; but this information produced no impression. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Simon Ockley first opened my eyes, and I was led from one book to another till I had ranged round the circle of Oriental history. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Arthur Machen These shows were always given at nighttime; a circle of torch-bearers surrounded the stage in the center, and above, all the tiers of seats were dark. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Sinclair Lewis She saw the furniture as a circle of elderly judges, condemning her to death by smothering. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells For a moment in that shivering circle of light the two men saw the king kneeling up in the cart and Peter on the barn floor beside him. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Jeremy Bentham Let us observe the circle in which we are compelled to move when the principle of utility is not recognized. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Of its elements and concoction he knew little; they seemed to be a professional mystery reserved to some remoter circle than he had yet touched. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Abraham Merri Within the arc of the inner half — circle was another glittering board, an oval. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Alfred Ainger Thoroughly to understand and enjoy Charles Lamb, one must have come to entertain a feeling towards him almost like personal affection, and such a circle of intimates will always be small. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Wilkie Collins I myself—and I say it to my sorrow—have a very large circle of acquaintance. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Mary Webb He must not see the sweet disarray of her unpacking, nor rest night by night in the charmed circle of her presence. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

H. Rider Haggard When we reached the centre of the kraal, Infadoos halted at the door of a large hut, which was surrounded at a distance by a circle of smaller ones. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

The likeness was indeed complete, even to the full, stony eyes, and a certain shadowy circle about the neck. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Gustave Flauber At the base of the citadel, crowding against one another, a group of houses stood within the circle of a wall, whose outlines undulated with the unevenness of the soil. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

Nathaniel Hawthorne Nothing in the whole circle of human vanities takes stronger hold of the imagination than this affair of having a portrait painted. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

George Borrow They glanced at me as they stood lounging about the room; they gathered themselves together in a circle and began conversing in whispers. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

H. G. Wells No Balkan aeroplane was to adventure into the air until the search was concluded, and meanwhile the fleets of the world government would soar and circle in the sky. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

For a minute he lay stunned and bleeding among the broken crockery, in a circle of white faces and startled cries. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Anthony Trollope In all our circle Conrad Mackinnon, an American, was, perhaps, the person most qualified to be styled its leader. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Henry Fielding A good man therefore is a standing lesson to all his acquaintance, and of far greater use in that narrow circle than a good book. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Arthur Conan Doyle They spread themselves out into a gradually widening circle around her, and as they do so, a soft glow spreads out over the grass. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

H. G. Wells The others had gone upon errands he could not imagine, beyond the compass of that great circle of earth. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Anthony Trollope But at last, nature with the greater number of them had made her last effort; the dean retired to his tribune, and the circle was broken up. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

G. K. Chesterton A circle of quiescence and solitude such as that which might ring a saint or a hermit rings this majestic and profound humourist. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

George Meredith A girl may be of both; a married woman, peering outside the narrow circle of her wedding-ring, should let her eyelids fall and the unseen fires consume her. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle But for some years she had been mixed up with a circle of people whose best friends could not deny that they were fast. The Colonel’s Choice by Arthur Conan Doyle

Baldwin Spencer Each has a circle of white running across, just above the eyes, then down each cheek and under the chin, so that the whole face is framed, as it were, in white. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

The preacher paused, and a circle opening, disclosed the figure of a monk belonging to the convent, who stood among them. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

In the midst of this family circle — or rather outside it — moved the tutor — the satellite. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

H. G. Wells And now in that very sky that was once a grey smoke canopy, I circle in an aeropile. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

H. G. Wells She had a clear centre, with a circle of silver bowls filled with short cut flowers and low shaded, old silver candlesticks adapted to the electric light. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]