Phrases with "dimly"

The lines of street and the outlines of tenements can be dimly traced, while revetments of rounded boulders show artificial watercourses and defences against the now dried-up stream. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle I was conscious that the camp was stirring, and then dimly I remembered a group of men. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

R. D. Blackmore The lawyer was pleased to have it so, and to speak with a dimly lighted face. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

George Gissing On the table burned a candle thrust into the broken neck of a bottle, and by its light the visitor was enabled dimly to discern the living occupants of the garret. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry Kingsley He steered for a single tree, now becoming dimly visible, at the foot of the Organ hill. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Edith Wharton The space behind them was dark, or so dimly lit that it formed a black background to her vivid figure. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

George Gissing How she spent the next few hours Alma could but dimly remember. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

M. P. Shiel Looking in the darkest morning from a casement, I dimly discerned Theodore wading to the Tower through the sea—vast as a reef when it awfully forges through the fog athwart the drifting mariner. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Victor Hugo The pale clothing of the morning was spread out, dimly creased with shadow, over the bowling-green. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Wilkie Collins Her motive for forestalling him showed itself dimly in her eyes. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

She sat alone in that dismal chamber, dimly lighted by a pair of wax-candles, in tall tarnished silver candlesticks. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle A dull wrack was drifting slowly across the sky, and a star or two twinkled dimly here and there through the rifts of the clouds. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

I could feel dimly that lights were flared in my face, and that I was laid in some bed on the earth. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

There is much about her like Pansie, of the “Dolliver” fragment, but she is still only dimly brought out. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Edith Wharton She was the one human being at Euphoria who had dimly guessed what he was groping for: their souls had brushed wings in the twilight . Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Willa Cather When he threw open the door he recognized the figure that shrank back into the bare, dimly lit hallway. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

George Borrow We soon saw a light or two shining dimly before us; they proceeded from a few barks and small vessels stranded on the sand close below Bonanza: amongst them I distinguished two or three dusky figures. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

William Dork, the Meslingham constable, stood near the door, with his hat in his hand, and with rather an alarmed expression dimly visible in his ruddy face. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

D. H. Lawrence The theatre surged and roared dimly like a hoarse shell. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

She walked on, resolutely, her stick striking the path, her head in its high black hat, and very far away, beyond Grasmere maybe, the thunder dimly rumbled. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

She stopped at last before a door at the end of a passage, dimly lighted by a lamp at the farther end. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

He placed his finger on his lips as the men entered gently, and at the same moment Mrs. Jasher’s voice, weak from exhaustion, sounded through the room, which was dimly illuminated by one candle. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

E. Phillips Oppenheim His eyes seemed always to be wandering back to the long line of sparring youths dimly to be seen now through the glass casements. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Jules Verne I am much mistaken if that is not the sun;” and as Ben Zoof spoke, he pointed directly overhead to where a faint white disc was dimly visible through the haze of clouds. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Henry James There were high-backed chairs along the wall and big Eastern vases upon tables, and, on either side, a large cabinet with a glass front and little curiosities within, dimly gleaming. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Walter Scott He dreamed of gliding spirits, gibbering phantoms, bloody hands, which, dimly seen by twilight, seemed to beckon him forward like errant-knight on sad adventure bound. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Thomas Hardy During the servant’s absence the following colloquy could be dimly heard through the nearly closed door of the drawing-room. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

E. F. Benson White moths hovered dimly over the garden-beds, and the footsteps of night tip-toed through the bushes. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

H.P. Lovecraft It opened inward, and beyond it he saw a dimly illumined corridor lined with worm-eaten panelling. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

H. G. Wells He swung it about, and perceived dimly that the stick with the heavy stone on the end struck a better blow than anything he knew. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Theodore Dreiser Into the small, dimly lighted grocery store, which was two blocks from their house, they ventured nervously. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Up two flights of stairs, dimly lighted and shabby, she went, and came to the third flight, where there was no light. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

The reflection of which I speak, dimly seen as it was, had, on the contrary, a calming effect upon my mind. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle They each led into an empty room, dusty and cheerless, with two windows in the one and one in the other, so thick with dirt that the evening light glimmered dimly through them. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

The wounded Grimes, who was slowly recovering from his stupor, dimly caught the meaning of the sentence, and in his obfuscated condition of intellect must needs make comment upon it. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

George Gissing From the pavement he shook hands with her, seeing her face but dimly by the lamplight; she said only “Thank you,” and the cab bore her away. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

The lamp burned dimly in the damp heavy air, the wind sighed and moaned along the corridors, and strange, frightful sounds came from the deserted chambers close at hand. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Viola, I at last begin dimly to perceive how to baffle and subdue the Phantom that has cursed my life — it is to brave, and defy it. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Wilkie Collins The first flying creatures, dimly visible by moments under the gloomy sky, were enemies whom I well knew by experience. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

It was of a part of London after a raid — he thought, of the City proper, for a shape on the right reminded him dimly of St. Paul’s. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Wilkie Collins She had contrived to slip aside into the darkest part of the room, so that I only saw her face dimly at parting. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

The next thing he remembered was finding himself lying upon a bed, in a dimly lighted and almost bare room. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

A large man whose face he dimly remembered was looking over the garden gate. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Joseph Furphy Still, to my washed-out mind, there was something so hopeless in the lunar and stellar outlook that, for comfort, I turned my eyes toward the station cemetery, which was dimly in view. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Washington Irving He saw the walls of the church dimly glaring under the trees beyond. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Kate Chopin The coming of La Petite, bringing with her as she did the pungent atmosphere of an outside and dimly known world, was a shock to these two, living their dream-life. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Wilkie Collins To look away from — but, towards what object? The Future? That way, I see but dimly even yet. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

The chamber was dimly lighted by the yellow evening sunlight which streamed from between the Venetian blinds and drew golden bars upon the matted floor. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Could you tell me the way to London?” There was the faintest sound of the city’s metal in his voice: dimly she knew the screech of London gate. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

W. W. Jacobs Then, dimly at first, and hardly comprehending the joy of it, he saw the window. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

It did not penetrate far — just enough to let her dimly see the Clerk sitting in the throned chair and something shining upon his knees. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

For a second Ruth and Charles gazed down upon the top of Lady Hope-Acton’s head, the bald place on which showed dimly through her semi-transparent cap. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Henry James He dimly felt that nothing but that particular accusation could have pushed him to it, for he hated people who were not fresh, who had smutches and streaks. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

George MacDonald The wooden chamber was just as when first I saw it, the mirror dimly reflecting everything before it. Lilith by George MacDonald

She opened her eyes to see a brown, red-lined hat on the ground beside her, half full of water, through which she could dimly discern the golden submerged name of the maker. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

A tallow candle was burning dimly upon the table, and a girlish form lay upon the narrow horsehair sofa, shrouded by a woollen shawl. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

And then one dimly discerns that, while she paused and struggled, a new and a sinister element of uncertainty was beginning to join the others to increase the fluctuation of her mind. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Ivan Turgenev The lamp burned dimly in the darkening, isolated fragrant room; the blind swayed from time to time and let in the stimulating freshness of the night and its mysterious whispers. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

James Joyce About biscuits he dimly remembered. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson I did my best to keep up the conversation; for it seemed to me dimly as if something depended upon that. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins She then led the way to an arched recess on our right hand, beyond which I dimly discerned a broad flight of oaken stairs. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Leon Trotsky It was almost dark in the car; the candies were burning dimly over the door. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Guy de Maupassant The daylight, which entered by the stove-in hatches and the cracks in the sides, showed me dimly long dark cavities full of demolished woodwork. The Wreck (L'Épave) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

George Eliot She sat helpless, dimly conscious that she was being floated along, more intensely conscious of the anticipated clash. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Perhaps the second was that human presence of which I had been dimly conscious in the night-time. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then there loomed suddenly before him the gray figure of the girl whom he sought, dimly visible against the empty background of sea and sky. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

H. Rider Haggard He also felt dimly that the hate and malice with which he was regarded by the individual at his feet was of a more concentrated and enduring character than most men have the power to originate. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Charles Dickens All these busy figures between decks, dimly seen bending at their work in smoke and fire, are as nothing to the figures that shall do work here of another kind in smoke and fire, that day. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Rudyard Kipling They faced towards a dimly defined heap of rubbish and tins; and they looked unutterably mean. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

I dimly remember fragments of appeals that were made to me, fragments of divine music in cathedrals where I sobbed my heart out. The Lowest Rung by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Jack London So thick was the dust that it was like mist or fog in the air, and the low sun shone through it dimly and with a bloody light. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

H. G. Wells Down below it stretched, dimly geometrical in the darkness, picked out at regular intervals by glow-worm spangles of light. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

H. G. Wells He was only dimly conscious of the brass side of the instrument, the illuminated part of the table-cloth, a sheet of note-paper, the foot of the lamp, and the darkened room beyond. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

H. G. Wells They came to the end of a cable fastened above one of these white windows, dimly visible and dropping into impenetrable shadows. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Washington Irving Here the bandage was removed from his eyes, and he found himself in a patio, or court, dimly lighted by a single lamp. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Lucy Maud Montgomery It was pleasantly warm and dimly lighted by the embers of a fire in the grate. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

H.P. Lovecraft I dimly wondered how the rhythmic sound had affected the watchman; but Romero was moving more swiftly now, and I followed without pausing. The Transition of Juan Romero by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

M. P. Shiel Lady Wilson, be sure, is dimly conscious of her nether half, which duly exists. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

We passed a sickly-looking girl with a sallow face, who dragged her limbs and peered at us dimly with painful eyes. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Theodore Dreiser He and his party were conducted to a little office to the left of the entrance, where were only a desk and a chair, dimly lighted by a low-burning gas-jet. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins She dimly understood that it was sorrow and sympathy for her. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

There was a silence as he stooped over Philip Feltram, who lay on a low bed next the wall, dimly lighted by two or three candles here and there about the room. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Thomas Hardy He could just dimly discern the airy summits of the two or three trees nearest him waving restlessly backwards and forwards, and stretching out their boughs like hairy arms into the dull sky. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

This gave them entrance to a large, square room that the candle but dimly lighted. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

I dimly foresaw that when the fighting ended the entire blame would be laid upon the P.O.U.M., which was the weakest party and therefore the most suitable scapegoat. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

There was something malignant and ghastly in the calmness of this bad woman’s features, dimly illuminated as they were by the flickering blaze of the candle. The Murdered Cousin by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

It faced the road, as was shown by the large portico, dimly to be discerned in that direction; but its rooms were mainly on the side, and it was from one of these that the light shone. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

He saw her suddenly all by herself coming towards him along the dimly lighted terrace, quite from a distance. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Arnold Bennett But, as a woman with a vague discomfort dimly fears cancer, so he dimly feared that there might be something fundamentally unsound in this sound education of his. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There were two Greuzes hanging one on each side of an electric lamp in a dimly lit recess of the room, and one old master, a reputed Andrea del Sarto, also in the shadows. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

The old landmarks, dimly descried in the weary desert, sank for ever down into the quicksands, and she was left alone — alone with her despair. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Presently it hid them altogether, hid even the web of colour, though very dimly within it he could still see the pulsations of the glories. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It seems to me dimly familiar, as though I had seen it in a picture or a dream. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

The broad divisions of the picture and the distribution of the masses may then be dimly seen. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Abraham Merri It was dimly lighted, so dimly that hardly could I see the Uighur nobles. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

One instance of a more imaginative kind shows us ‘Neptune’s Horses’ as the painter dimly discerned them, with arched necks and flowing manes, rising and leaping in the crest of the wave. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

The town had a gaunt untidy look, roads and buildings were in poor repair, the streets at night were dimly lit for fear of air — raids, the shops were mostly shabby and half-empty. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Through the panes of glass, which were covered with moisture, Paris could only be dimly seen; the watery vapor blurred it; its far-away outskirts seemed hidden by thick smoke. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was no affair for the watch: Satan was at large tonight and Satan seemed to be he who appeared dimly in front, heel over gate, knee over fence. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Meredith He grew conscious of an over-anxiety, and was uneasy, recollecting how he had just spoken about his naturalness, dimly if at all apprehending the cause of this disturbance within. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

I did not grasp the meaning of her speech, although I dimly guessed at it — at its pitiful, low, shameful meaning. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Bram Stoker The room was, therefore, dimly dark. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

I determined to land and to inspect the “remarkable lofty granite pillar,” which was dimly visible from our deck; but we rowed in vain along the tall and rusty sea-walls. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Guy de Maupassan The door of the little house they occupied was open, and we perceived, lying on a stretcher in the small, dimly lighted vestibule the corpse covered with white silk. A Cremation by Guy de Maupassan

Theodore Dreiser Oh, the tangle of human life! How dimly as yet we see. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

E. F. Benson I was at the side of the table towards the door; Louis was opposite me, for I could see his figure dimly silhouetted against the glow from the smouldering fire. The Thing in the Hall by E. F. Benson [1912]

That dimly lighted garden, with its music of nightingales, was the chosen trysting-place of lovers, high and low, fortunate or unhappy. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

George Eliot At last there was total stillness, and poor Tulliver’s dimly lighted soul had forever ceased to be vexed with the painful riddle of this world. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Olaf Stapledon He dimly recalls that within one stretch of rapids in the stream’s middle reaches a single fixed swirl of ripples was seen to be his own whole life in time. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Facing him he saw a vast building dimly outlined against the darkness, and in some way it served to touch a faint memory in his dying brain. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

I don’t know that she looked less charming now in her school-dress, a kind of careless peignoir of a dark-blue material, dimly and dingily plaided with black. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Charles Dickens And now a figure was dimly visible; climbing very softly; and often stopping to look down; now it pursued its difficult way; and now it was hidden from the view again. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

They walked rapidly on until passing the Rue Fer-a-Moulin, when they turned into a narrow, dimly lighted alley, and entered a dingy dwelling. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Henry Handel Richardson She lay and let death’s torpor steal over her, dimly noting its progress. Mary Christina by Henry Handel Richardson

In the darkness it could only dimly be seen. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

George Gissing It may be that Maud’s condition, dimly prophetic of the coming change, required more than this, and she conceived a certain dissatisfaction. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

He could now dimly discern the aperture — a square of lighter black. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Mrs. Gaskell One of Miss Pole’s stories related to a shadow of a love affair that was dimly perceived or suspected long years before. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Vast, sombre, dimly lighted, splendid with precious marbles and rich in famous altar-pieces, the church of Il Gesù wore that day an aspect of even gloomier grandeur than usual. The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello by Amelia B. Edwards

Richard Burton Below, the minarets became pillars of silver, and the cloisters, dimly streaked by oil lamps, bounded the views of the temple with horizontal lines of shade. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Theodore Dreiser The earth with all its long past was a mere suggestion to Aileen, dimly visualized if at all. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

But dimly visible before him was a black upright shape, sole point of stability in a reeling world — the beer-handle. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Abraham Merri Dimly he realized that the others must hear none of this, see none of it; as dimly wondered why this should be. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle For the first time a true estimate of the character of the elder Girdlestone broke upon her, and she dimly realized that the pious, soft-spoken merchant was more to be dreaded than his brutal son. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Henry James She could only dimly perceive that he had more traditions than she supposed. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

And the words which he now read did not so much startle his innocent devotion by their eccentricity as dimly disturb him with a sense of their justice. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

The waxed floor reflected her dimly as though it had been a sheet of frozen water. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Rafael Sabatini In silence he suffered himself to be conducted through an inner door, down a dimly lighted passage, then up a broad staircase, and finally into an ante-room, nobly proportioned and superbly finished. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Rather too active, its master was beginning dimly to suspect. The Syllabub Feast by Ellen Wood [1875]

Anxiety and sadness dimly showed themselves in the stolid countenance of the lady’s-maid. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

H. G. Wells We don’t see them directly, I admit, but when you talk, Keppel, it is as if we saw and heard the grace and colour of their brightly lit movements, dimly reflected on a distant wall. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The lamp that Hugh Crombie held but dimly enlightened them; and the number and contiguity of the doors caused Dr. Melmoth to lay his hand upon the wrong one. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

Henry Handel Richardson Once more Laura climbed the wide staircase: it was but dimly lighted, and the passages were in darkness. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins It showed me dimly the face of my husband’s brother — John Zant. The consciousness of myself as a living creature left me. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

D.H. Lawrence Two candles burned dimly as on an altar, glistening yellow on the dark piano. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

George Gissing But in this moment he refused to see anything but the dimly suggested possibility that Franks might meet again with Rosamund Elvan, and again succumb to her charm. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Abraham Merri Something like an enormous, dimly shimmering rod was raising itself. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Wilkie Collins I dimly discerned Selina’s bed, and the frame of the window, and the curtains on either side of it — but not the starlight, and not the shadowy tops of the trees in the garden. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Arthur Conan Doyle In the uncertain, shadowy light I could see dimly that there were glancing, glimmering eyes peeping down at us from every cranny and corner. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Mr. Granger sighed, and told himself that the lamp of hope burned dimly in this quarter. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Thomas Hardy Against the sky was Shaston, dimly visible On the grey-topp’d height Of Paladore, as pale day wore Away . Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Then, dimly I began to realise that I must use my will power and so I started to jump about and shake off the overpowering drowsiness. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Virginia Woolf For THAT she could dimly perceive. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Beneath the scattered trees it was dark as a cellar, and only the creature’s own whiteness made it dimly visible in the starlit open spaces. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

There was no disputing that, nor did I want to, for at that moment it suddenly struck us, dimly and distantly, that It was “coming through. The Terror by Night by E. F. Benson

So it became occupied next moment by Tiny Luttrell and her partner, who allowed that the dimly illumined recess among the tree-ferns deserved its fame. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

He saw this dimly and was unwilling to slide lower, yet not to slide was to stop out where other things and other images were, and he was unwilling to be there also. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

G. K. Chesterton As the war proceeded, indeed, it began to be dimly felt that it was proceeding and not progressing. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

The room was dimly lighted by a pair of candles burning on a table near the window, and at some distance from the old four-post bedstead, shaded by dark moreen curtains. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Isabella Bird Through the arch is dimly seen the altar, over which is a stone canopy, or baldachino, supported on four pillars. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle Through the fogged glass I dimly saw a man spring up from a chair beside the fire, and heard a sharp cry from within the room. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Then we came to the park wall of a great house, and saw dimly the outlines of a cottage. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

H. G. Wells On it one could dimly make out, in almost obliterated pencil, the outline of the bay. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Arnold Bennett Down towards the east and the Pool of London a forest of funnels and masts was dimly outlined against the sinister sky. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Wilkie Collins The burning fragments of the shell were already firing the dry wooden floor, and in the midst of them, dimly seen through the smoke, lay the insensible body of her companion in the room. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Andrew Lang You dimly discern the majestic form of a venerable man stooping above a coffer of cedar and ivory, carved with the exploits of the goddess, and with boustrophedon inscriptions. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

She thought of that scene in the pine-wood, dimly lit by the young moon. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Around dimly squatted the monstrous shapes of the armoured cars. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

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]

He was plunged in stupefaction at the beauties of nature, the amenities of mankind, the interpenetration of such a life with such an art as he had never dreamed of and could yet but dimly comprehend. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Arthur Morrison It was a bare room behind the high window — it might have been a bathroom — and its interior was made but dimly visible from outside by the light. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Hidden in hollows and behind clumps of rank brambles were large tents, dimly lighted with candles, but looking comfortable. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

G. K. Chesterton Inglewood was sure of the place; he had passed it twenty times in his constitutionals on the bicycle; he had always dimly felt it was a place where something might occur. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

The place was dimly lit, smoky and very hot, for a fire had been made on the stone floor, and there were no windows except the vent in the roof. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Margaret Oliphant Then the trim little figure approached the table, on which stood a dimly burning lamp, which smoked as lamps will when they have it all their own way. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Ann Radcliffe The door opened into a large and desolate apartment, dimly lighted by a lamp that stood on a table, which was almost the only furniture of the place. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

The arena was but poorly filled, dimly lit with candles that guttered in all the breezes of heaven, and very powerfully to the nose came the odours of cows and horses and the pungency of dung. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It opened into an enormous hall, which was so dimly lighted that the faces in the portraits on the walls and the figures in the suits of armor made Mary feel that she did not want to look at them. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Marjorie Bowen Murdoch was mentally commenting on the cold and inhospitable look of the place when the door was abruptly opened and a repulsive-looking man appeared dimly outlined against a dark passage. The Breakdown by Marjorie Bowen

Arthur Conan Doyle They reached the top, however, and their figures, which had disappeared from view, came into sight again, standing out dimly against the murky sky. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Ann Radcliffe The door opened upon a narrow passage, dimly lighted by a lamp, which hung at the farther end. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Henry James It made his friend — though rather dimly — smile. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Wilkie Collins The curtains were parted: she was standing in the gap, dimly lit by the lamp on the table behind her, waiting for our last look at each other. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Wilkie Collins She read, dimly read, something in his face which made her tremble — not for herself, but for Frank. Little by little the dark color faded out of his face. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Jules Verne Resting in the recesses of the windows, they could discern, standing out dimly in the darkness, the vague outlines of the countless towers, domes, and spires which adorn the ancient city. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Victor Hugo Govicum’s bed, dimly visible in its nook, was there; but Govicum was not in it. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Overhead the great arches faded away from foundations of dimly discernible capitals into utter blackness. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Wilkie Collins The street was dimly lit, in those days, by a few oil lamps. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The long skeleton limbs of the bare trees tossed and quivered dimly amid the whirling drift. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

But then it was lost upon me; or, if not lost, was but dimly perceived. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Olaf Stapledon We were now leaning over the rail of a footbridge above a stream, and Victor was all the while intently watching several fishes that were dimly visible in the dark water. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

H.P. Lovecraft So the youth answered: “I am Iranon, and come from Aira, a far city that I recall only dimly but seek to find again. The Quest of Iranon by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

He looked at that unbelieving scoffer laid low, and did not even dimly guess at his profound, humiliating distress. The Black Mate by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Lucy Maud Montgomery At last they lingered on one away to the left, far back from the road, dimly white with blossoming trees in the twilight of the surrounding woods. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

The wind quickened, the trees rustled, then began beating themselves furiously together, the big frangipani tree by the tennis court flinging out a nebula of dimly seen blossom. Burmese Days by George Orwell

The door of the dining-room was open, and Talbot saw the gray head of Archibald Floyd dimly visible at the end of a long vista of lights, and silver, and glass, and evergreens. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

There was a light burning dimly in the lodge as they drew near. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

E. F. Benson A sensational surmise as to the cause of them had dimly occurred to him, but surely it was impossible. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes’s cold, thin fingers closed round my wrist and led me forward down a long hall, until I dimly saw the murky fanlight over the door. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

He would only drift and sink, drift and sink, like the others of his family; but worse than them — down, down into some dreadful sub-world that as yet he could only dimly imagine. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Many laws regulate variation, some few of which can be dimly seen, and will hereafter be briefly discussed. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Andrew Lang He lived on the marches of the land of fable, when half the Mediterranean was a sea unsailed, when even Italy was as dimly descried as the City of the Sun in Elizabeth’s reign. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Gaston Leroux No doubt The Yellow Room was very dimly lit; but a night-light, however small, gives some light. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Yes, she was there, kneeling in a corner, a candle burning dimly on a stone shelf above her head. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

But, though I dimly perceived his form drawn up in the empty space at the left of the door, it was not until she had passed him and flung herself into a chair, that I thought to look in his direction. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Julian Hawthorne A sombre shadow fell about it, which the cheerful sunshine could not penetrate; but its awful eyes emitted a dusky phosphorescent glare, dimly illuminating the leering features. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

Willa Cather It had never more than dimly occurred to Frank that he made his own unhappiness. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

A certain gleam of nobility shining dimly through its harsh setting would make him better-looking later in life, when expression gets the mastery over features. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

But, I suspect, in all lives there are certain emotional scenes, those in which our passions have been most wildly and terribly roused, that are of all others the most vaguely and dimly remembered. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

John Galsworthy It was as though she had said: “If I can’t have something to keep me going, I shall die of this!” Soames dimly understood. To Let by John Galsworthy