Phrases with "dark"

Guy de Maupassan Soon a dark mass loomed up under the trees; the advance guard, composed of ten men. The Prisoners by Guy de Maupassan

Edgar Allan Poe The monster, in terror, had fled the premises forever! I should behold it no more! My happiness was supreme! The guilt of my dark deed disturbed me but little. The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

D. H. Lawrence Her colourless hair was untidy, wisps floating down on to her sac coat of dark blue silk, from under her blue silk hat. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

They had not come through the waiting-room door, but, plainly, from the dark end of the platform, where they had been waiting. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Thomas Wolfe A tall, dark man with a rapacious, beak-nosed face, he became now like a wild animal, a beast of prey. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Bram Stoker At dark passed into Archipelago. On 13 July passed Cape Matapan. Crew dissatisfied about something. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

One of them was our Tomassov. The dark mass behind him which moved across my sight were the horses which his orderly was leading away. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

He was nearly as dark as an Indian, with a large Spanish hat, blanket cloak or serape, and leather leggins, with a long knife stuck in them. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

H. G. Wells Ahead of him and dark against the morning sunrise was a village with a very tall and slender campanile and a line of cable bearing metal standards that he could not clear. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Nellie Bly The evening of December 22 we all sat on deck in a dark corner. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Arthur Machen I stared out into the night, and the dark tree lifted over the roof of the barn and rose up in the air and floated towards me. The Terror by Arthur Machen

William Hope Hodgson It was Pepper. Missing me, he must have raced back, through the dark turmoil, to find me, and then caught, and held me, until I was able to get to my feet. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Its head, back, wings and tail are of so dark a brown as almost to appear black. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

The dark child did wake, and lifted herself on her elbow. Signa by Ouida

How dark is this place! and so many of the Ruthyn family they are buried here — is not so? How high and thick are the trees all round! and nobody comes near. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rudyard Kipling An elephant’s trumpeting is always nasty, especially on a dark night. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

James Anthony Froude In them it was a fire from heaven shining like a sun in a dark world. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Raffles had an ugly cut from the left nostril to the corner of the mouth; he had washed the blood from his face, but the dark and angry streak remained to heighten his unusual pallor. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

But I would not have stopped if firebrands had been under my feet, nor did I cease my exertions or lose my hope till I reached the back of the mill and found it as dark as the side and front. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

William Dampier It was very dark and the hard rain soaked us so thoroughly that we had not one dry thread about us. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

D. H. Lawrence She woke up greyly, and watched, but without making a sound to disturb Sir Clifford. The daylight began to rustle into the world, and the dark figure seemed to go smaller and more defined. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James Her faculties, her energy, her passion, were all dispersed again; she felt as if a cold, dark mist had suddenly encompassed her. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

James Joyce Their hands are folded upon their knees in token of weariness and their eyes are darkened for the errors of men go up before them for ever as dark vapours. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

D. H. Lawrence Thunder came into the gloomy dark eyes of the Rochester. Absolutely nobody in sight. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Henry Kingsley Her dress was rearranged with picturesque neatness, and a red handkerchief pinned over her rich dark hair, that last night had streamed wild and wet in the tempest. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Thomas Hardy It was during this proceeding that a carriage, drawn by a pair of dark horses, came along the turnpike road. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Conan Doyle The night, however, was extremely dark and stormy, so that, in spite of the help of several passers-by, it was quite impossible to effect a rescue. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu For a moment there seemed a sudden light before her eyes, and then a dark mist; in another she recovered herself. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

D.H. Lawrence When the roofs were on they put in the fronts, blocked in between the white pillars withhold, dark wood, in roughly made panels. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

He turned his face in the direction of Penmorval, and looked across the hills, through the cool, dark night. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

And lo! we—I thy servant, and this dark phantom, whom for one hour on this thy festival of Pentecost I make my servant—render thee united worship in this thy recovered temple. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Ann Radcliffe All the glories of the vintage rose to their view: the purple grapes flushed through the dark green of the surrounding foliage, and the prospect glowed with luxuriance. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

One thin dark man with marked eyebrows, hollowed cheeks, and straight dark hair looked very like any other similar young man when the individuality of life was quenched. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

D. H. Lawrence In some fields grey, dark sheep fed silently, somberly. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle A dark tunnel lay before them, down which they rushed. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Thomas Hardy Across this gashed and puckered mirror a dark body was slowly borne by one of the backward currents. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

D. H. Lawrence His dark brown hair and fresh colouring, and his exquisite dark blue eyes shaded with long lashes, together with his generous manner and fiery temper, made him a favourite. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

I shall put on my dark green brocade with the old Flanders lace. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

D. H. Lawrence But still, dark and soft and incontestable, their bodies walked untouched by the lights, darkness supreme and arrogant. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Mark Twain These policemen follow the executive officer’s boat from shore to ship and from ship to shore and watch his dark maneuvers with a vigilant eye. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

H.P. Lovecraft He did not speak until we were on a dark stretch of road, and when he did his voice seemed utterly unfamiliar. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

Walter Scott Conrade of Montserrat had a much more pleasing exterior than the dark and mysterious priest-soldier by whom he was accompanied. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

William Makepeace Thackeray The town was swarming with people; the little dark streets, which twist about in all directions, being full of cheap merchandise and its vendors. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

The room was lighted by one low moderator lamp, under a dark red velvet shade, and there was the glow of the wood fire, which gave a more cheerful light than the lamp. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

So Forde, lighting his pipe to assuage the pangs of hunger, took his lonesome journey up amongst the dark hills. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Andrew Lang But no sooner had they stepped across the fence, than a dark cloud came down and covered them, and prevented them seeing whither they were going. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

John Morley That dark word, Shut thine eyes and thou shalt see, opened no road for him. Voltaire by John Morley

George Eliot She leaned forward on her elbows, and looked into those dark overflooding eyes and at the quivering mouth, and saw how the tears came thicker and thicker, and how the mouth became convulsed with sobs. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Sometimes he sighed, and thrust out his dark tongue, round as a pestle, and licked his thick, moist lips with a circular movement. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Jules Verne It was a dark October night, and a light fog overshadowed the town. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

Marjorie Bowen One night in the blackest time of the year, the bitter dark nights before Christmas, the shrieks of Mrs. Shute brought her husband cursing up the stairs. Florence Flannery by Marjorie Bowen

It was large, and of a dark cast, and literally glowed when he spoke with feeling or interest. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Ford Madox Ford Heaven help me, I daresay he was sincere enough in his love for Mrs Maidan. She was a nice little thing, a dear little dark woman with long lashes, of whom Florence grew quite fond. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

E. Phillips Oppenheim How dark and cold my little shop seems! Never mind: she is gone. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Rudyard Kipling Her room looked out through the grated window into the narrow dark Gully where the sun never came and where the buffaloes wallowed in the blue slime. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Thomas Carlyle This light, kindled in the great dark vortex of the Norse Mind, dark but living, waiting only for light; this is to me the centre of the whole. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

To the right an isolated row of gaunt four-roomed houses, dark red, blackened by smoke. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

I saw one poor devil, his breeches dark with blood, flung out of his stretcher and gasping in agony. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Here and there in the white walls can be seen the dark entrances of disused shafts; and one, at the lowest level of the gully, pierces through the hill and comes out on the other side. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Charles Kingsley It was too dark to see the face; but a fancy crossed Valencia’s mind which made her look grave, in spite of her pleasure. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

D. H. Lawrence Peasant youths in black hats, their sweethearts in dark stuff dresses, wearing no hat, but a black silk or a white silk scarf, passed slowly along the little road just below the ridge. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins She was down on the floor, crouched up in a corner — a dark little woman, smartly dressed in gay colors. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Somewhere amongst that thick undergrowth, or behind those dark trees, some one was looking—some one whose presence boded ill to me. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

I had scarcely reached the bottom before a man rose from a dark corner and confronted me. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Then as midnight was striking and the rain was still belaboring the dark town, he slowly turned homeward. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

Arthur Conan Doyle Next instant I had pulled out the loaded revolver and fired two shots after the vanishing figure, already only a dark blur in the dusk. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was quite dark outside, with heavy black clouds drifting slowly across the sky. The Club-Footed Grocer by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Henry James It may be said that her leaving the place dark was a positive sign that she released me, and to this I can only reply that I desired not to be released. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Andrew Lang The hole was dark and deep, and if it had a bottom no one could see it. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H.P. Lovecraft At length Ropes — the student who had relieved McTighe at the controls — began to head downward toward the left-hand dark spot whose size marked it as the camp. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle The tall, dark person, is a weird man named Barclay, who lives, I understand, in one room and seldom comes out save for a seance. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Wilkie Collins I passed the dark window of Sir Percival’s room. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Jules Verne I had not closed my eyes since my encounter with the steward, and ever since the first blush of day I had laboured under the impression that I could see some unusual dark mass half way up the mast. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

M. R. James It stood for the moment in a band of dark shadow, and he had not seen what its face was like. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Whitmore came to the front door with him, and peering into the dark said: ‘Where is your car?’ ‘I left it down the avenue,’ Grant said, ‘Goodnight, and thank you for being so helpful. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

But as we left the main thoroughfare and turned into the dark lane where you found us, a man rushed out upon my father, and with a thick stick, or a bar of iron, felled him to the ground. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

D. H. Lawrence Her eyes were dark and full of torture. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassant His only window looked out on a courtyard, a narrow, dark shaft, where only the rats could have seen his three Japanese lanterns. Sundays of a Bourgeois (Les Dimanches d’un bourgeois de Paris) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle She might have been five-and-thirty years of age, with aquiline nose, firm yet sensitive mouth, dark curving brows, and deep-set eyes which shone and sparkled with a shifting brilliancy. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Benjamin Disraeli THERE certainly is a dark delight in being miserable, a sort of strange satisfaction in being savage, which is uncommonly fascinating. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

H. G. Wells It’s Grundy and his dark corners that make vice, vice! We artists — we have no vices. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Behind us rose a dark and forbidding wood of giant arborescent ferns intermingled with the commoner types of a primeval tropical forest. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

She was far cooler than he, but her cheeks were flushed, and he had seen before those dark mirthful eyes. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

G. K. Chesterton On a dark road, in a blowing wind, we set out towards the lonely house of Colonel Hawker, perhaps the queerest cortege that ever straggled up that or any other road. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

G. K. Chesterton At the angle of the white road a dark and solitary figure was standing almost as still as a finger post. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Guy de Maupassan Forestier reappeared arm-in-arm with a tall, thin man of thirty or forty, dressed in a black coat, with a white cravat, a dark complexion, and an insolent, self-satisfied air. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

D. H. Lawrence He was scrupulously dressed in dark clothes and a linen coat. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence It was too dark to distinguish anything. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Benjamin Disraeli The moon was still behind the mountains; but the dark blue heavens were studded with innumerable stars, whose tremulous light quivered on the face of the river. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

When I came to myself, I was lying on a heap of mealie-stalks in a dark room. Prester John by John Buchan

G. K. Chesterton Sometimes he looked up at the picturesque, the too picturesque, outline of the house next door, dark against the moonrise, and thought he heard faint voices in it, and something like a laugh. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Washington Irving Amid the crowd was a dark handsome youth, in Andalusian garb, who seemed to fix on her an eye of agony. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

D. H. Lawrence Kangaroo’s dark eyebrows above his motionless dark eyes were exactly like an animal that sulks itself to death. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

It was nearly dark when we reached Assûan. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Virginia Woolf With intermittent shocks, sudden as the springs of a tiger, life emerges heaving its dark crest from the sea. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

The girl, kneeling in front, and also bearing a heavy lighted taper, looked beautiful, with her dark hair and rich dress, and the long black lashes resting on her glowing face. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Thomas Hardy Avice was there alone, sitting on a low stool in a dark corner, as though she wished to be unobserved by any casual passer-by. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

The soul’s dark cottage, battered and decayed Lets in new light through chinks that time has made. The Dark Cottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

D. H. Lawrence He looked at the athletic, seemingly fearless girl, and he detected in her a kinship with his own dark corruption. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Baldwin Spencer Then comes a band of dark red, an inch in width. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Charles Dickens On a bright morning I rattled away from Paris, in the German chariot, and left the large dark creature behind me for good. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

The landing was dark and silent, but the girl lifted the lamp and gliding past him slipped down the polished stairs to the hallway. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Arthur Machen So I went after the animal by a very narrow dark way, under thorns and bushes, and it was almost dark when I came to a kind of open place in the middle. The White People by Arthur Machen

Charles Dickens The dark form was a mere blot upon the lighter darkness of the room, but she saw the turning of the head, and felt and knew how the eyes looked and the ears listened. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Virginia Woolf All the lights were coming out round the court, and falling on the cobbles, picking out dark patches of grass and single daisies. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Henry Handel Richardson The garden with its shrubberies and lawns of buffalo-grass, its spreading figtrees and dark firs, rested and refreshed the eye. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

G. K. Chesterton He hardly knew why it was so ugly an idea, but it affected his imagination in a dark and disproportionate fashion. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

George Meredith She was glad to extinguish the candle and be covered up dark in the circle of her warmth. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Isabella Bird They find the winter, though spent in a warm climate, very long and wearisome, and after dark employ female professional story-tellers to entertain them with love stories. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

It was large, and of a dark cast, which glowed (I say literally glowed) when he spoke with feeling or interest. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Edward now recollected that he had noticed his rough dark face among the most earnest of those who had watched the arrival of the party. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

But suppose that he has got a far deeper purpose, something really dark and damnable. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Bram Stoker Last night he was a frank, happy-looking man, with strong, youthful face, full of energy, and with dark brown hair. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

H. G. Wells You are too like us, and you are too dark and troubled and diseased — you are too contagious — and we, we cannot help you yet because we are not gods but men. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The dark and stately man stooped down, and, lifting the infant, restored him to his mother’s arms. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Arthur Machen Lucian left no dark or secret nook of life unvisited; he sat down, as he said, at the banquet, resolved to taste all the savors, and to leave no flagon unvisited. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

When had there ever been a dark Tempest? The two boys, near of an age, looked each other straight in the eyes. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

George Gissing As dark fell she found herself at the gate leading to the bungalow, lurking, listening, waiting for courage to go farther. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

The rustic scene, the smell of the cows, and the evening air lifted him back into his own world at home, and he could see the trees blowing in dark fan-like clusters above the familiar gable-end. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

He wore a tie-wig and a three-cornered hat of dark felt and laced. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

The night was fast closing in, and it was so dark that they attacked and defended themselves almost instinctively. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Guy de Maupassan All his idiot’s cunning, which had been lying latent up till then, because he never had any occasion to make use of it, now came out and urged him to a solitary and dark action. Mademoiselle by Guy de Maupassan

Edith Wharton She had begged him, for the day, to leave her alone in their cramped salon, into which belated bundles were still pouring; and it was nearly dark when he returned. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

He will dodge here till dark and then get away. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Arthur Conan Doyle On the summit, hard and clear like an equestrian statue upon its pedestal, was a mounted soldier, dark and stern, his rifle poised ready over his forearm. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

The bank manager whose children Elizabeth taught was a man of fifty, with a fat, worn face and a bald, dark yellow crown resembling an ostrich’s egg. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Thomas Hardy Without, the storm drove so fast as to create a snow-mist in the kitchen; but as yet it was too dark out-of-doors to see anything. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

E. Phillips Oppenheim He wore motor goggles with flaps, a peaked cap and a dark uniform which appeared to be that of the county constabulary. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Gertrude Stein W— IE C— N. A sudden plunge into a forest and a sudden reserve in a cup of water coldly and a dark sunshine and a squeeze, a length in all. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Liudmila glanced at the mother with her dark eyes and suggested: “Do you want to take turns with me in attending him? Yes? Very well. Mother by Maksim Gorky

In the poor casita of an old woman he awaited me—in a verree leetle house in a dark place. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Isabella Bird The house was a dark room, with a shed outside, in a filthy yard, in which children, goats, and dogs were rolling over each other in a foot of powdered mud. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Edith Wharton On a night so cloudy, it was pitch dark in the streets of Kyrenia, and Godfrey had given orders that no light should show through the windows of the house above the port. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

In this state of intense antagonism he was startled to observe tips of fingers fumbling with the dark stuff. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Olaf Stapledon It was like a stirred and dancing pool of dark but warm-tinted wine, in which the sunlight revelled. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells As he lay still, staring up at the huge dark balloon above, he made a discovery. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

G. K. Chesterton Mr. Leveson had straight, dark hair, and looked nervous. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She had a quantity of dark brown hair, regular features, and the quality of her voice was delightful. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

D. H. Lawrence Life, like all the rest! On the low dark ceiling of cloud at night red blotches burned and quavered, dappling and swelling and contracting, like burns that give pain. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

And when he breathes his doubts the smile lurking under the dark curl of his moustaches is not reassuring. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Soon a torrent of vivid sparks fell around them—then, at last, the volcano was extinguished—then all was dark and still—the floating bark and heaving ocean. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Benjamin Disraeli The sun of hope sets without a ray, and the dim night of dark despair shadows only phantoms. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Margaret Oliphant He had offered seats to his visitors, but he himself stood on the hearthrug, dark and silent, giving no assistance in the explanation. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The foremost was a man of stern visage, wearing a steeple-crowned hat and a skull-cap beneath it, a dark cloak and huge wrinkled boots that came halfway up his legs. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Arthur Conan Doyle The others were, as already described, dark and almost negroid, with squat, broad frames. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

So dark a suspicion once engendered may hang over a man for a lifetime. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Thousands of stars were twinkling in the sky, and the eyes of Micheline and Pierre were lifted toward the dark blue heavens seeking vaguely for the star which presided over their destiny. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Charles Dickens It was a dark winter day, and what with the shadows within, and what with the shadows without, he could but dimly discern the others who were brought there to have their arms bound. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Just a suggestion of a woman’s dark swimming eyes, a patch of blue sky, and an acorn which swings from an oak bough above my head. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

D. H. Lawrence He felt himself cruel towards Miriam. After chapel he went over Pentrich with Clara. It was a dark autumn night. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe About three o’clock, in the afternoon of the Sunday in question, a young girl arrived at the inn, accompanied by a young man of dark complexion. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

It was nearly as dark as it was likely to be that midsummer night. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Andrew Lang Now his way led through a dark wood, and then over some steep cliffs, and on the top of these he found a hut or wigwam. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Mr. Tietkens returned after dark and reported he had found only one poor place, that might yield sufficient for one drink for all the horses; and we moved down three miles. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Edith Wharton She looked singularly soft and girlish in her rosy pale dress, against the dark leather of one of his bachelor armchairs. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Virginia Woolf Now HE’S a dark horse if you like. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

George Meredith They were large dark eyes, eyes of southern night. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

G. K. Chesterton They descended a dark stone staircase, at the floor of which Symon pressed a button and a door opened on a dark room, or, rather, a room which had an instant before been dark. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

D. H. Lawrence When she thought that — that he was leaving England soon — going away into the dark for ever — then the last spark seemed to die in her. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

William Hope Hodgson A minute it seemed, and the moon fell those remaining fathoms of dark sky. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Isabella Bird But there is a dark side to this picture. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Theodore Dreiser Her complexion was glowing, and her bare arms and shoulders shone white against the dark red of her evening gown. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

It was too dark to see her face. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

A gleam of moonlight followed me and I saw I was in a big salon with a polished wood floor and dark lumps of furniture swathed in sheets. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then he was aware of Cary Sloane’s dark anxious presence upon the cold hearth. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Edith Wharton When he woke it was nearly noon, and from his window he saw the well-known outline of the Ibis standing up dark against the glitter of the harbour. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Willa Cather Her face looked troubled, and her dark eyebrows came together in a sharp angle as she tried to tell the young preacher exactly what was going on in her mind. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Walter Crane The first angel in this group (on the left) wears green shot with gold, with shot green and gold wings, the human being in dark olive and rich crimson red. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Then a driving flurry of snow would hide everything except the dark red flashes in the white swirl. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

Arnold Bennett He conducted her up a short, dark flight of stairs, which gave on a passage, and at the end of the passage was a door ajar. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

James Hogg His lips were primmed so close that his mouth was hardly discernible, and his dark deep eye flashed gleams of holy indignation on the godless set, but particularly on his brother. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Nathaniel Hawthorne This was what Kenyon said to himself; but his reluctance, after all, and whether he were conscious of it or no, resulted from a suspicion that had crept into his heart and lay there in a dark corner. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

D. H. Lawrence It was very dark and very cold. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

She worked at Bennett’s Cocoa Rooms in East India Dock Road; and life for her, as for most of her class, was just a dark house in a dark street. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

The moon was rising, silver pale, above the dark ridge of moorland. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Andrew Lang Every leaf was alive, and every flower was a beautiful girl’s head, some with dark and shining eyes, others with wonderful blue ones. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Nathaniel Hawthorne But, as she spoke these words, the expression of his face was changed, becoming suddenly so dark and fiend-like, that she clasped her hands, and fell on her knees before him. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Pressed against the dark pane I could see a pale, white face watching us. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

All my criticisms and qualifications of her vanished into some dark corner of my mind. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

These visitors were generally conspirator-like men with dark clothes and hats. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Andrew Lang He knew that a long past, with mysteries, dark places, malisons, curses, historic wrongs, was the proper atmosphere of his art. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

George Gissing Her hair of dark gold showed itself beneath a hat which Eleanor Spence kept regarding with frank admiration, so novel it was in style, and so perfectly suitable to its wearer. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Look at Fullcircle. There are no dark corners there. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle One of their own number, a tall, dark young man, was standing before them and was pleading with them in low, earnest tones. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

G. K. Chesterton Hours and hours afterward, when the same dense, but delicate, margin was dark against the greenish colors opposite the sunset, the search thus begun at sunrise had not come to an end. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Ann Radcliffe On this, his second examination, he was urged by the same dark questions, and replied to them with the same open sincerity, as during the first. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Guy de Maupassan Aunt Lison withdrew into a dark corner in horror at the idea, and Jeanne began to sob. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

The moon is now rising behind a slope of dark trees—the air is chill—an owl close by utters its tremulous, melancholy cry. A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest by Amelia B. Edwards

Nathaniel Hawthorne The dark superstition of former days had not yet been so far dispelled as not to heighten the gloom of the present times. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Elizabeth Gaskell Their bloom is reserved for autumn; then they burn with a kind of dark glow, different, doubtless, from the blush of garden blossoms. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

William Hope Hodgson Above us, I seemed to see something dark and indistinct, that moved rapidly up the lift. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Arthur Machen I have seen it since, but I don’t think it has ever been quite what it was that night, a dark blue, glowing like a violet, just as they say the sky looks in foreign countries. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

It gleams out upon us from behind many of the gravest of his conceptions, like the silver side of a dark leaf turning in the wind. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Robert Burns Thou clears the head o’ doited Lear; Thou cheers the heart o’ drooping Care; Thou strings the nerves o’ Labour sair, At’s weary toil; Thou even brightens dark Despair Wi’ gloomy smile. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

And now in the broad, quiet avenue in front of the Rubberneck car a man in dark clothes stood with uplifted hand. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Walking down the left bank of the great Wady, and between these secondary gorges that drain the “Yellow Hill,” we came upon a dwarf mound of dark earth and rubbish. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He saw into a dark world, and he shivered. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

In that blood-red, seething, caldron a dark body struggled, already far away from the stern of the boat. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Three or four minutes passed, with the long conservatory as dark and silent as the grave. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

R. D. Blackmore To defy or elude them, for the sake of paltry gain, was a dark crime recoiling on the criminal; and the preacher drew a contrast between such guilty ways and the innocent path of the fisherman. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]