Phrases with "devouring"

Thomas Wolfe He would scan the last line first, then with a rush of blood to his face he would plunge into it at once, devouring the whole of it as quickly as he could. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

H. G. Wells For he was having a brilliant career, after all, in spite of the Whortley check, licking up paper certificates indeed like a devouring flame. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

I dare say it is devouring one now. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Robert Louis Stevenson Of these two I made my whole diet, devouring them cold and raw as I found them; and so hungry was I, that at first they seemed to me delicious. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Virginia Woolf The tree became a rhapsody, a quivering cacophony, a whizz and vibrant rapture, branches, leaves, birds syllabling discordantly life, life, life, without measure, without stop devouring the tree. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

I didn’t hurry or bustle him in any way at first, but just let him find, in his own time, that wonderful devouring stride of his. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Again, as in his old fever, he was tormented with a devouring thirst, but the sea beside him was not fresh, but brackish as a rock-pool. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

George Meredith They seem to have bitten me till I had a devouring hunger to humiliate them. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

George Meredith He tried to gather his ideas, but the effort was like that of a light dreamer to catch the sequence of a dream, when blackness follows close up, devouring all that is said and done. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Sinclair Lewis The devouring thing burst into town, came fulminating down on them, stopped with a clashing jerk. Speed by Sinclair Lewis

He had begun to feel that his health was shaken, and he tried to forget for a time his devouring avocations. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Bring her hat and cloak,” he called out to Sophy, who had followed at her lady’s heels, and stood open-mouthed, devouring the wonder-vision of coach and postillions. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Jules Verne Pencroft brought to the task a devouring energy, and would even grumble when one or the other abandoned the carpenter’s axe for the gun of the hunter. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Kate Chopin The devouring element, loosed in its awful recklessness there in the heart of this lonely forest. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Jules Verne He thought about devouring the sharks, not about the sharks devouring him; and if he could succeed in catching one, I doubt if one of us would reject the tough and untempting flesh. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Washington Irving In the mean time a devouring melancholy had seized upon her, of which no one could divine the cause — she refused food and turned a deaf ear to every consolation. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Tobias Smolle I think every man has a right to avail himself of his talents, even at the expense of his fellow-creatures; just as we see the fish, and other animals of the creation, devouring one another. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Wilkie Collins Left alone, under those circumstances, a devouring curiosity pushed me on to make some discoveries for myself. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Arthur Machen The second-hand bookshop, which includes the bookstall, is one of the many things that I have dabbled in; but I have never been sworn to the hunt over the old shelves as to a devouring passion. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Watkin Tench His faltering gait, and eager devouring eye, led me to watch him, and he had not proceeded ten steps before he fell. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Remember, you are surrounded, here, by plausible swindlers and villains of all kinds, who subsist by devouring strangers. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

But seeing the two lovers before her, devouring each other with their looks, and making signs to each other, made her feel most terribly jealous and angry. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Jules Verne Philadelphia might well think that a fire was devouring one of its quarters and that all the waters of the Schuyllkill could not put it out. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Francis Bacon This is done, chiefly by suppressing, or at least keeping a strait hand, upon the devouring trades of usury, ingrossing great pasturages, and the like. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Olaf Stapledon In third-class railway carriages we have read innumerable evening papers through the eyes of clerks and typists, devouring the murders and the sex, skimming the politics. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Anatole France We both believed the flames to be devouring the building. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Edith Wharton Kate was frightened, sometimes, by its likeness to that other isolated and devouring emotion which her love for Chris had been. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

My whole being, I remember, was filled with a devouring passion to be quit of this gully and all that was in it. Prester John by John Buchan

In the daytime nobody was seen there but mendicants devouring their crusts, and children at play. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

John Galsworthy Every ten seconds she gave way to John T. Bronson, Manager of the Tucsonville Copper Mine, devouring the road in his 60 h. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

G. K. Chesterton We talk of a devouring thirst for information; but real thirst does not devour but swallow. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

H. G. Wells There were letters of an entirely private character addressed to Mr. Butteridge, and among others several love-letters of a devouring sort in a large feminine hand. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

H.P. Lovecraft Then, as the swineherd paused and nodded over his task, a mighty swarm of rats rained down on the stinking abyss and fell to devouring beasts and man alike. The Rats in the Walls by H.P. Lovecraft [1923]

That dog spends about half his elegant leisure in devouring the cold victuals of compassion, and the other half in running after the bricks of which he is the provocation and we are the target. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

I will stand between you and yourself, between you and God. Is not that a terrible tyranny? Love is a devouring thing. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

Leslie Stephen But he was happy, feeling, as he remarks, like a dog who has run away with a large piece of meat, and is devouring it peacefully in a corner by himself. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

His devouring passion for her had passed all in a few seconds into a devastating hate. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Others appeased the cravings of appetite by devouring rats, lizards, and the like loathsome reptiles, which had not yet deserted the starving city. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Edith Wharton That’s the secret of his servant-of-the-people pose — gad, I believe it’s the whole secret of his marriage! He’s devouring my daughter’s substance to pay off an old score against the mills. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Now I thought of the collation, which doubtless they were just then devouring in the garden far below. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Olaf Stapledon I detected her mind’s quick backward glance at Paul’s devouring but unfulfilled embraces. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Washington Irving Books of voyages and travels became my passion, and in devouring their contents, I neglected the regular exercises of the school. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

George MacDonald Could it be that the calm expanse before me swarmed with creatures of devouring greed? I turned and looked over the land through which my way must lie. Lilith by George MacDonald

Henry Kingsley Then they turned, and rode full speed: soon they heard the mighty hollow-sounding hoofs behind, that came rapidly towards them, devouring space. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

The man had grey hair, his face was overflowed with tears, and his eyes rested with an expression of devouring love on her whom he supported, and whose brow he now and again bent over to kiss. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Ford Madox Ford She loved him, he knew, with a deep, an unshakable passion, just as his passion for her was a devouring element that covered his whole mind as the atmosphere envelops the earth. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

And as well met were an antelope with a devouring lion, as I and my seven ships with those ill-doers in such strength on the high seas. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Wilkie Collins The devouring hatred of his look was matched by the ferocious vindictiveness of his tone, as he spoke those words. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

As I looked around I noticed a movement near the jantannin, and saw several athalebs there, which were devouring its flesh. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Algernon Blackwood A devouring joy was in me, but with it the strange power of a new point of view. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

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

Sinclair Lewis They sat on the floor, devouring the food. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

My old antagonists, Stumm and Rasta and the whole German Empire, seemed to shrink into the background, leaving only the slim woman with her inscrutable smile and devouring eyes. Greenmantle by John Buchan

In proportion as the tale advanced, the king became agitated, devouring the narrator’s words, and drumming with his finger-nails upon the table. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Pale, thin, and wo-begone, he walked the weary gravel, like the lost ones in that Hall of Eblis whose hearts were a devouring fire. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Wilkie Collins His eyes fastened on me with a fierce, devouring delight. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Yonder their galleys are sunk; their warriors are slain, drowned, captured, scathed, as it were, in a devouring fire. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

He was no more the household pet, the shepherd’s working partner, the prize-winner at shows to be patted and stroked; he was a lightning-bolt, a tornado, a devouring fiend. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Tobias Smolle The fond parent, whose affection shoots even to a sense of pain, feels not half such transport, when he unexpectedly retrieves a darling child from the engulfing billows or devouring flame. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Edgar Rice Burroughs I was sitting some little distance away devouring shellfish, of which, by the way, I was becoming exceedingly tired. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Bram Stoker I didn’t feel sleepy, and I did feel full of devouring anxiety. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Hell is your lot; You are doomed to eternal perdition; Nought lies beyond your grave but a gulph of devouring flames. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

George Meredith Kiomi sat eyeing the wood-ashes, a devouring gaze that shot straight and read but one thing. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Rudyard Kipling What do you suppose is the good of Research?’ ‘God knows,’ Loftie replied, devouring the illustrations. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Perhaps at this very moment a snake is devouring him. Burmese Days by George Orwell

George Meredith But it is not possible to answer it so when the brain is rageing like a pine-torch and the devouring illumination leaves not a spot of our nature covert. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

George Gissing Not even Belisarius can undo the work of Alexandros and these devouring captains. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Victor Hugo There is an antique bas-relief representing the Sphinx devouring a Cupid. The wings of the sweet celestial are bleeding between the fierce, grinning fangs. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Henry Handel Richardson In one half of the sky the stars were still peacefully alight; the other was hidden by a dense cloud, which came racing along like a giant bat with outspread wings, devouring the stars in its flight. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton It became a fixed idea, a devouring passion. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Wilkie Collins And mind this — it is Helena’s devouring vanity, Helena’s wicked jealousy of her sister’s good fortune, that has done the mischief. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

But the thing that really tormented them was the thought of those two old-age pensioners living in their house, usurping floor-space, devouring food, and paying only ten shillings a week. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Mary read immensely in those long evenings, devouring volume after volume, feeding her imagination with every kind of nutriment, good, bad, and indifferent. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

D. H. Lawrence There was something small and curled up and defenceless about her, that roused an unsatisfied flame of passion in the young man’s blood, a devouring avid pity. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins Her eyes were fixed with a look of breathless suspense, of devouring anxiety, on Rosamond’s face. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

North, devouring her with his glance, saw tears in her eyes. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Addicted to the cruelty of devouring the timorous vegetarian, his heirs and assigns. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

At daybreak D’Artagnan saddled Furet, who had fared sumptuously all night, devouring the remainder of the oats and hay left by his companions. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

The Pharisees, even while devouring widows’ houses, believed honestly in their own supreme righteousness. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

There can be no question about this; we are perfectly justified, therefore, in devouring them. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Thomas Wolfe Forest and field, village and farm, tilled land and pasture stroked past with the deliberate but devouring movement of high velocity. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Margaret Oliphant He bore it all with a devouring impatience, yet self-restraint too—not entreating her in words to let him alone for heaven’s sake! as he would so fain have done. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Charles Dickens The factory-bells had need to ring their loudest that morning to disperse the groups of workers who stood in the tardy daybreak, collected round the placards, devouring them with eager eyes. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

During this impending ruin, Coupeau and Lantier were, in effect, devouring the shop and growing fat on the ruin of the establishment. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

In this condition, the louléerous run upon four legs, pass the night in ranging over the country, and in biting and devouring all the dogs they meet. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

D. H. Lawrence And in the instant the first wave was washing her feet from under her, swirling, in the insane noise, which suddenly for some reason seemed like stillness, with a devouring flood over the garden. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Among the Greeks a coffin which being made of a certain kind of carnivorous stone, had the peculiar property of devouring the body placed in it. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Peter realised that the gaze fixed on him was devouring and searching, but not hostile. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Radclyffe Hall Like a flash he was down and then back on his tree, devouring the nut with his legs well straddled. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Sinclair Lewis The crew of the six o’clock morning interurban became used to a pale, quick-moving young man who sat hunched in a back seat, devouring large red books, absently gnawing a rather dreadful doughnut. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Sinclair Lewis She looked down on Gopher Prairie. The snow, stretching without break from streets to devouring prairie beyond, wiped out the town’s pretense of being a shelter. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

I caught his eye fixed on the rubies, and in it I read only a devouring greed. Prester John by John Buchan

H. G. Wells This was an Age of Efflorescence. If a parallel was wanted one must read Petronius. When Rome was still devouring the world. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

The flame ran nimbly up her arm, devouring her thin sleeve, and he had only just time to beat it out with his hands before it reached her hair. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

John Donne The devouring sword, the consuming fire, the winds from the wilderness, the diseases of the body, all that afflicted Job, were from the hands of Satan; it is not thou. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

G. K. Chesterton The papers developed a devouring thirst for the capture of the fugitives; and when they had not been caught for forty-eight hours, they suddenly turned the whole matter into a detective mystery. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

And even then I didn’t know whom I had there, opposite me, busy now devouring a slice of pate de foie gras. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

While I was eating, I actually lived on the famine that was devouring them, but of which they did not dare to say a word to each other. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

They call for relief on the Superior, but what can the Superior do? He is but human too, and perhaps feels the despair that is devouring the wretches who supplicate him to deliver them from it. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

A demon addicted to the reprehensible habit of devouring the dead. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

While devouring his chagrin, as he best could, the Spanish captain received tidings of the approach of his superior, Almagro. 16 16 Pedro Pizarro, Descub. y Conq., Ms. — Herrera, Hist. General, dec. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

H. G. Wells He had fancied they might serve for meat, but a rabbit-like habit of devouring their young had defeated this intention. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

E. F. Benson On the other hand, she felt a devouring curiosity to know how they were getting on. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

He understood that he must not leave her with the slightest hope of encouragement, but throw ice on the fire which was devouring her. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

George Meredith An unresisted lady-killer is probably less aware that he roams the pastures in pursuit of a coquette, than is the diligent Arachne that her web is for the devouring lion. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Revolution as he sees it is merely a monster that is begotten by tyranny and always ends by devouring its own instruments. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Edith Wharton His devouring imagination was never at rest, and the agony was more than he could bear. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Walter Scott I only say, that I read from habit and from indolence, not from real interest; that, like ancient Pistol devouring his leek, I read and swear till I get to the end of the narrative. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Ivan Turgenev Quite the contrary; in spite of the sorrow devouring me, I was inwardly rejoiced at his coming, and I nodded to him. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

How should I? The only love that I have ever seen is a devouring beast with fire in his entrails and slime upon his mouth. Signa by Ouida

The greatest scene of potential terror, a devouring enigma of space. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Andrew Lang Into that park there used to come a huge beast — Norka was its name — and do fearful mischief, devouring some of the animals every night. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Margaret Oliphant She dared not trust herself to hear any explanation, yet all the time fixed with devouring eyes upon the face of the woman whom she would not suffer to speak. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

John Polidori Leaving her under the protection of a matron, ho retired into a recess, and there gave himself up to his own devouring thoughts. The Vampyre by John Polidori

Olaf Stapledon What is the upshot? From its germ in Europe a new world spreads, devouring the old world. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Meredith That is the soul of us out for novelty, devouring as it runs, an endless feast; and the body is eagerly after it, recording the pleasures, a daily chase. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Bram Stoker The waves rose in growing fury, each over-topping its fellow, till in a very few minutes the lately glassy sea was like a roaring and devouring monster. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Olaf Stapledon Soon the sun leapt into view, devouring the huge crescent of dawn with its brilliance. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

It sprang upon them in its fulness with a swift retreat of the great shadow when the sun, clearing the ridge, looked down, hot and dry, with a devouring glare like the eye of an enemy. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Hawaiian stories recount adventures of magic beings born of sharks and women, who are themselves, by turns, human beings living a normal human life, and sharks, devouring men and women. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Wilkie Collins Launce, devouring his breakfast, instantly looked up from his plate, and then, at a second touch from Natalie, looked down again in a violent hurry. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

He, with his round, dumpy figure, leaned over the basin, devouring a sippet with each mouthful of broth. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Andrew Lang One of the few faults of this lovely princess was a devouring curiosity, and she lived such an idle life that she had plenty of time to be curious. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Washington Irving The windows were darkened, for the princess lay within, a prey to a devouring grief that refused all alleviation. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

George Meredith He forced himself to think it, and could have smiled at the hurry of her coming, one, without even a maid: and deeper down in him the devouring question burned which dreaded the answer. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Such devouring of flesh, I will venture to say, is not often seen. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Ford Madox Ford The girl was devouring his face with her eyes: to see him flinch. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

She saw him and his servant change into werewolves, at least partially, remaining in a half state, devouring her children whom she left behind in her escape. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Gervaise, devouring her grief, trying to assume a look of indifference, hurried over her work. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Arthur Conan Doyle He had put his pack down as a table, and the two of them were devouring a great pasty, and washing it down with some drink from a stone jar. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Rudyard Kipling They could see little more than the choir boys in the chancel, but to the roots of the hair of their necks they felt the congregation behind mercilessly devouring them by look. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

All down the ages the tides of battle had beaten round it, cruel and devouring as the storm driven tides of the sea. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

H. G. Wells He was lifted up on men’s shoulders and carried away from that devouring panel. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Then, when they were talking together with his eyes devouring the beauty of her piquante face, he sensed rather than saw that a man close near them was staring hard at him. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

G. K. Chesterton I loved them with a devouring love, because they seemed not only distant but unattainable. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Anthony Trollope But she understood that though she should separate herself from the world altogether, men would know of her failure, and would know that she was devouring her own heart in the depth of her misery. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

William Godwin They could raise tempests in the air, and storms at sea, shake the earth, and alarm the inhabitants of the globe with the sight of devouring flames. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He consumed three club sandwiches, devouring each as though it were no larger than a chocolate-drop. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

She sat cold, stiff, and silent, devouring with her ears each reply, that fell like a death-blow, while she was mechanically continuing the occupations of breakfast. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Henry Fielding To say the truth, such fellows as these may well be likened to that voracious fish, who fattens himself by devouring all the little inhabitants of the river. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Alas! I fear my good intentions were tainted with a devouring curiosity, and overlaid by the fascination which goes hand in hand with horror. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Wilkie Collins I have to thank the wretched old creature for a moment of genuine amusement, at a time of devouring anxiety. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

She had seen them, and had gone on with her courteous speeches, and had repeated her formula of hospitality, with the fire in her heart devouring and consuming her. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

H. G. Wells We have obliterated that much of life’s devouring forces. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Jealous! The devouring monster would absorb the whole world!” “Oh! calm yourself, comte; mon Dieu; he is excusable, perhaps. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Walter Scott Effie listened in breathless anxiety, holding her sister’s hand in hers, and keeping her eye fixed upon her face, as if devouring every word she uttered. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Wilkie Collins Am I, or am I not, worthy of your confidence in me? I say nothing of my devouring anxiety to know what your objects really are — that anxiety will be satisfied when we meet. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Lord Fareham’s thoughtful face brightened with its rare smile — half amused, half cynical — as he watched Angela’s eager looks, devouring every object on the road. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Guy de Maupassant Her rebellious conscience protester’ but a devouring and fearful curiosity prevailed. Forgiveness (Le Pardon) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

George Meredith She sat sketching, her father devouring newspaper columns. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Olaf Stapledon They began by devouring the babies whenever they were left for a while unguarded. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins There, on either side of her, knelt the two Bouncers, devouring the jewel with their eyes, and screaming with ecstasy every time it flashed on them in a new light. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Wilkie Collins The child, devouring its bread-and-butter at a little round table, stared at us. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Look at Lady Polwhele devouring turkey and ham with the appetite of a chairman, and yet after supper she will be as évaporée as you please—a bundle of nerves and emotions. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Sinclair Lewis He was aware of a devouring whistle, saw sliding light on the rails, and brought up sharp. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

I made a fire at a large log lying in the creek bed; my horse was up to his eyes in most magnificent herbage, and I could not help envying him as I watched him devouring his food. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

George Gissing In a few minutes he was once more pacing quickly along the quiet street, heedless where he went, only driven perpetually onward by a devouring fire within his breast. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Ivan Turgenev He quickly turned round, threw a devouring look at her — and seizing both her hands, he suddenly pressed her to him. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev