Phrases with "ecstasy"

Thomas Hardy It was then that the ecstasy and the dream began, in which emotion was the matter of the universe, and matter but an adventitious intrusion likely to hinder you from spinning where you wanted to spin. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Rudyard Kipling The orang-outang was quaking in an ecstasy of pure terror. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Victor Hugo There are words which are at once words, cries, and sobs, in which all ecstasy and all grief are mingled and burst forth together. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

He closed his eyes as though in an ecstasy of happiness. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Olaf Stapledon One by one the blissful and no longer human inhabitants of that world passed from ecstasy to sickness, despondency, uncomprehending bewilderment, and on to death. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Percy Bysshe Shelley Her breast palpitated with fiercest emotions; she pressed her burning lips to his; most fervent, most voluptuous sensations of ecstasy revelled through her bosom. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

He thinks that if we sent our spirits down into the water we would make them of one substance with strange moods Of ecstasy and power, and go out it may be to the conquest of the world. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

She knew better, she had gone to heaven for truth in that long prostration with its ardent prayers and its moment of ecstasy before an unlighted altar. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

George Meredith He repressed a disposition to shudder, and with the anticipated ecstasy of soon jumping out of wet clothes into dry, he said: ‘I should like to be on the top of that hill now. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Virginia Woolf Then, some strange ecstasy came over her. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Margaret Oliphant Since the moment when they had landed in an ecstasy of union, until this moment when they went down again to the same spot, years might have passed for anything they knew. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Edith Wharton He leaned and gazed, forgetting her and himself in an ecstasy of assimilation. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

But instead of the death-like air which her features usually assumed, a lovely smile lighted them up, and an expression of ecstasy made her beauty appear for the moment almost superhuman. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He was looking at her with all the ecstasy of an accepted lover and, with his eyes shining and his lips parted, moved towards her to take her in his arms. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Virginia Woolf Then, when the ecstasy was over and they lay lulled in a swoon on the ice, he would tell her of his other loves, and how, compared with her, they had been of wood, of sackcloth, and of cinders. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The very thought of such perfection crystallized his vitality into an ecstasy of ambition. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Laputa had dropped his pistol, and the collar had plunged him in an ecstasy of worship. Prester John by John Buchan

G. K. Chesterton To the grief of all grave dramatic critics, I will still assert that the perfect drama must strive to rise to the higher ecstasy of the peep-show. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

M. P. Shiel I was convulsed at the thrilling secrets of the world; my tongue shuddered, my eye rolled, in ecstasy on ecstasy. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

G. K. Chesterton The Eastern mysticism is an ecstasy of unity; the Christian mysticism is an ecstasy of creation, that is of separation and mutual surprise. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Now, really, I know so little about your company that —’ “‘Ah, smart, smart!’ he cried in a kind of ecstasy of delight. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Emily Dickinson A wounded deer leaps highest, I’ve heard the hunter tell; ’T is but the ecstasy of death, And then the brake is still. Poems by Emily Dickinson

Oscar Wilde Metaphysics do not satisfy our temperaments, and religious ecstasy is out of date. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Wilkie Collins She saw Jack, kneeling in ecstasy at her feet. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Anthony Trollope Parental and filial feelings sufficed for nothing between them beyond the ecstasy of a caress. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson In her view of the universe, which was all lighted up with a glow out of the doors of hell, good people must walk there in a kind of ecstasy of tenderness. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Julian Hawthorne The bird that warbled over our heads seemed to utter the ecstasy that I felt. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

D. H. Lawrence She did not understand the beauty he found in her, through touch upon her living secret body, almost the ecstasy of beauty. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope How glorious it was to jump over that black, yawning stream, and then to see Lucinda fall into it! And she could remember every jump, and her feeling of ecstasy as she landed on the right side. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton They walked as if they were one, so isolated in ecstasy that the people jostling them on every side seemed impalpable. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

D. H. Lawrence At last he stayed away, only hurriedly asking, each time he came into the house, “How is Mrs. Houghton? Ha!” Then off into uninterrupted Throttle-Ha’penny ecstasy once more. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Louis Stevenson It is either the tribune on the plain, a sermon on the mount, or a very private ecstasy still higher up. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

What tragedy was in the air? What secret awaited twilight? For the night was coming, the night of the Full Moon, the season of ecstasy and sacrifice. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

At this same chapel, a few nights before, a woman had fallen in a fit of ecstasy from the gallery, into the arms of the people below, a height of twelve feet. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Mary Webb Life with her meant an indefinitely prolonged youth, an ecstasy he had not dreamt of, the well-being of his whole nature. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Henry James We swept in the course of five minutes into the Grand Canal; whereupon she uttered a murmur of ecstasy as fresh as if she had been a tourist just arrived. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Mark Twain There was only one thing wanting to make Mr. Walters’ ecstasy complete, and that was a chance to deliver a Bible-prize and exhibit a prodigy. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Edith Wharton All night he lay awake in an ecstasy of invention, rocked by the rhythm of the train as if the great Atlantic rollers were sweeping him forward to his fate. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

I ran to her in an ecstasy of joy; I kissed and embraced her again and again. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Elizabeth Gaskell Mrs. Gibson, too, was in the seventh heaven of ecstasy and spoke but little; but what she did say, expressed the highest sentiments in the finest language. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Jules Verne Before an hour had passed Curtis, leaped in ecstasy and raised the joyous shout of “Land ahoy!” * * * * My journal has come to a close. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Lucy Maud Montgomery When she came to the lines The stubborn spearsmen still made good Their dark impenetrable wood, she stopped in ecstasy to shut her eyes that she might the better fancy herself one of that heroic ring. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Maria Edgeworth The trial of the telegraphs succeeded beyond even my expectations; and the sultan was in a species of ecstasy on the occasion. Lame Jervas by Maria Edgeworth

F. Scott Fitzgerald Yet to this “date” was appended no attenuated good-night with its ecstasy of regret. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

D. H. Lawrence Her soul was glad with an ecstasy because of the coming infant. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Poor Letice, who had heard this offer made, had flashed into sudden brightness and a tremor of joy; when it was refused, she burst into a flood of tears and an ecstasy of rage. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Percy Bysshe Shelley Wild with passion, she clasped Verezzi to her beating breast; and, overcome by an ecstasy of delirious passion, her senses were whirled around in confused and inexpressible delight. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Maria Edgeworth M. Pasgrave would have been in ecstasy if he had seen his pupil’s performance. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

D. H. Lawrence But the brightest, sharpest little ecstasy was for the father. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Percy Bysshe Shelley She clasped him to her bosom, and called on his name, in an ecstasy of terror. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Sinclair Lewis She sighed blissfully and moved closer and his fingers tightened on her knee, and he was at once in ecstasy and conscious that his right leg was cramped. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing As it was, he stood for more than a minute in a state much resembling the ecstasy of the old saints, feeding his soul upon her loveliness. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

G. K. Chesterton They existed, like symbols, in an ecstasy of separation. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Sinclair Lewis But these annoyances he at last forgot in the pure ecstasy of composition. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope Though there might be an ecstasy of joy to her in knowing that she was loved, there could be nothing akin to that in him. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

G. K. Chesterton A marriage is neither an ecstasy nor a slavery; it is a commonwealth; it is a separate working and fighting thing like a nation. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Our souls — my soul, — in this new wonder and ecstasy I forgot Severnius, — awoke in responsive raptures, inconceivably thrilling and exalted. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

You should have seen Castlemaine’s scowl when Rowley laughed, and ducked under the box almost, in an ecstasy of amusement at the huge hat. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Across the room my brother gurgled and choked in his sleep, and in some subtle way contributed to my ecstasy of tranquillity. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

I began to be filled with a sort of ecstasy of passion — the sort of sensation which I had been in search of when I joined the club. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Olaf Stapledon In each case we have entered the mind of the innovator, and felt his sudden ecstasy of achievement, his leap into keener being, like the fanned spark’s leap into flame. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Thomas Hardy An increasing reluctance to put an end to those few days of ecstasy with Cytherea had overruled his conscience, and tied his tongue till speaking was too late. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Henry James What was the ecstasy of that, however, but in itself a trifle compromising? — as truly, within the week, Maggie had occasion to suspect her friend of beginning, and rather abruptly, to remember. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Gaston Leroux He returned to the country, wandering from fair to fair, strumming his Scandinavian melodies, while his child, who never left his side, listened to him in ecstasy or sang to his playing. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

What matter who it be, So that his elements have grown so fine The fume of muscatel Can give his sharpened palate ecstasy No living man can drink from the whole wine. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

H.P. Lovecraft It was the ecstasy of nightmare and the summation of the fiendish. Imprisoned with the Pharaohs by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

Jack London The next moment he was lost in ecstasy at the abrupt and thunderous liberation of sound. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Robert Louis Stevenson A grand new branch of literature opens to my view: a drama in which people begin in a poor way and end, after getting gradually happier, in an ecstasy of enjoyment. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Virginia Woolf Thus she was now striking out a phrase in the depths of despair, now in the heights of ecstasy writing one in, when a shadow darkened the page. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Oscar Wilde An ecstasy of happiness dominated her. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

John Galsworthy With ecstasy he kissed that hot soft cheek. To Let by John Galsworthy

He rejoiced in an ecstasy that controlled itself in great tidal breaths. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Jack London The men outside shouted and applauded, while Beauty Smith, in an ecstasy of delight, gloated over the ripping and mangling performed by White Fang. There was no hope for the mastiff from the first. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

The ruffian kneeling within a foot of me thumped and bellowed in an ecstasy of piety. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The ancients called it ecstasy or absence — a getting out of their bodies to think. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Charles Dickens Barnaby clapped his hands, and fairly rolled upon the ground in an ecstasy of delight. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Children run with the toy against the wind and find similar ecstasy to those of whites of their age and kidney. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

D. H. Lawrence One, two, fled cheeping into cover of the wood; almost instantly they coursed back again to where we stood, to dart off from us at an angle, in an ecstasy of bewilderment and terror. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence This was the everrecurrent miracle of his life, at the knowledge of which he was lost in an ecstasy of relief and wonder. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

D.H. Lawrence He lay still, his heart beating heavily; he was almost afraid of the strange ecstasy she concentrated on him. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence Sudden curtain, and a yell of ecstasy from the colliers. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

From prayer and fasting in a lonely cell, Which brought an ecstasy ineffable Of love and adoration and delight: I wake from daydreams to this real night. The City of Dreadful Night by James Thomson

Arnold Bennett The machine at one period of its career had been enlarged, and the neat seaming of the metal was an ecstasy to the eye of a good workman. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

After the first ecstasy I got her to use the syringe while I watched her curiously. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Robert Louis Stevenson It did not matter what it was; everything that went that way, were it cloud or carriage, bird or brown water in the stream, he felt his heart flow out after it in an ecstasy of longing. Will O’ the Mill by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Walter Scott The outlaw stretched his benumbed arms, and bounded from the floor of the dungeon in all the ecstasy of recovered freedom. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

D. H. Lawrence The ecstasy of it! She shivered, thinking of her husband. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

To be the food on which one feeds, to be free from any accident of death, to know the ecstasy of being at once priest and victim — all these ends are in his search. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Presently, there broke in upon my ecstasy the sound of the church clock, striking two. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Algernon Blackwood It was known to the priests of Baal, and it is known to the modern ecstasy dancers who cut themselves to produce objective phantoms who dance with them. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Henry James Contentment, on his part, took no vulgar form; excitement, in the most self-conscious of men, was a kind of ecstasy of self-control. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

D. H. Lawrence Then her eyes blazed naked in a kind of ecstasy that frightened him. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Victor Hugo He came to the point of regarding her under a hitherto unheard-of form; as a creature no longer of ecstasy only, but of voluptuousness; as Dea, with her head resting on the pillow. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

It exalts her to an ecstasy wherein nothing but the sacrifice of herself has any proportion. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

H. G. Wells The Lord Paramount, in an ecstasy of self-confidence, waved his white hand aloft. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

They never come a second time; for though the circumstances may seem to recur, the original ecstasy cannot be recaptured. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

See—I have something here worth the opening of one’s eyes to look upon!” Margherita clasped her hands in an ecstasy of devotional admiration. The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello by Amelia B. Edwards

You are repaid by seeing the child besmear his face with sugar; by witnessing how the fool’s ecstasy makes a greater fool of him than ever; by watching the dog’s nature come out over his bone. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Anthony Trollope Sir Thomas had had his arm broken, and was now again a member of Parliament. Mrs. Brownlow was a thorough-going Tory, and was in an ecstasy of delight that her old friend should have been successful. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Arnold Bennett But he had, at times, strange sensations which he did not analyze, and which approached nearer to ecstasy than any feeling of Constance’s. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle By George, it’s ripping!” cried Wilson, who had been left in a kind of ecstasy by the events of the day. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Olaf Stapledon But it is irrelevant that this instrument rather than that should sound this theme and not another, create this ecstasy and not that agony. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Sinclair Lewis When he was too expressive, too much like a Russian dancer, in saluting Deacon Pierson, Carol had the ecstasy of pain in seeing the deacon’s sneer. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

I had followed several, but they all led me to swamps or silent little ponds from which the snipe rose peeping and wheeled away in an ecstasy of fright. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Jack London Leach had worked himself into an ecstasy of impotent rage. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Olaf Stapledon These unhappy souls did indeed experience in the act of cruelty a kind of ecstasy of release and self-expression, which all too easily they mistook for an ecstasy of illumination. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

It was about thirty yards, as we have already said, from the spot where Coconnas in a state of ecstasy was gesticulating before the admiral. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Virginia Woolf He took her hand and pressed it, not in thanks so much as in an ecstasy of comradeship. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Zona Gale St. George felt something tug at his heart, something that urged him forward and caught him up in an ecstasy of triumph and hope fulfilled. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Arnold Bennett Was it to attain their present stolid existence that they had endured affliction for a decade? She wanted passionately to break the mysterious bands that held them both back from ecstasy and romance. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

George Gissing She leaned on the railing of the balcony, and gazed until tears of ecstasy made her sight dim. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Robert Louis Stevenson You will there, I think, recognise the philosopher who has the ecstasy to call you wife. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton When it dawned, Lethbury was still in an ecstasy of apprehension. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Edith Wharton Thither he presently repaired; and was soon, with a mournful pleasure, retracing the paths he had first explored in such an ecstasy of wonder. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Caroline Lamb These words comprise every thing, the extremes of ecstasy and agony. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Edith Wharton Susy hesitated: she remembered the weeks of ecstasy she had owed to the Gillows’ wedding cheque, and it hurt her to appear ungrateful. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

But he had to confess the humbling truth that while theirs was the high feeling of religious enthusiasm, his was but the ecstasy of gratified pride. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

D.H. Lawrence In the rosy snow that shone in heaven over a darkened earth was the ecstasy of consummation. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Margaret Oliphant It was like a new creation lying contemplating itself in the first ecstasy of consciousness. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Now he hated her for her indifference, but he must perversely linger near in the vain hope of recovering the penny of ecstasy so wantonly expended this afternoon. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Guy de Maupassant As I was looking up in ecstasy a Lower Normandy peasant came up to me and told me the story of the great quarrel between Saint Michael and the devil. Legend of Mont St. Michel (La Légende du Mont-Saint-Michel) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

George Gissing He was startled at the sight of her, but in an instant was holding both her hands, gazing deep into her eyes with an ecstasy of tenderness. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

For a while it seemed an excitement that was filled with joy; then it grew into an ecstasy where all existence was lost in the vortex of movement. Synge and the Ireland of His Time by William Butler Yeats [1911]

Elizabeth Gaskell Leave me to wrestle with it!’ She stood up, as if in an ecstasy of inspiration, from which all fear was banished. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

D.H. Lawrence The Signora Gemma, who roused in me an electric kind of melancholy, clasped her hands together in ecstasy as the door swiftly shut itself. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

George Meredith I was assuring the glassy man that it was almost as clear beneath the waves as above, when I awoke to see my father standing over me in daylight; and in an ecstasy I burst into sobs. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Benjamin Disraeli She started up in an ecstasy of joy. The Carrier Pigeon by Benjamin Disraeli

Edith Wharton As I looked at it I pictured the ecstasy of contemplation from which I must have roused him, and congratulated myself on finding him in such a mood, since I had made up my mind to ask him a favour. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

James Joyce An ecstasy of flight made radiant his eyes and wild his breath and tremulous and wild and radiant his windswept limbs. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

E. F. Benson This discontent reached Lucia’s ears, and in an ecstasy of fair-mindedness she paid Mrs. Simpson the sum of one shilling for each complimentary ticket she had sent out. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

It was with ecstasy that the Contessa recaptured the memories of her earliest childhood and compared them with her present sensations. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

F. Scott Fitzgerald The sound of the tune precipitated in him a sort of ecstasy and it was with that ecstasy he viewed what happened to him now. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Mr. Jiffin, throwing off as best he could the temporary disappointment, was in an ecstasy of admiration, for he set it all down to Afy’s retiring modesty on the approach of the nuptial day. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Caroline Lamb Let then the ecstasy of his feelings be imagined, whilst still dubious, still involved in uncertainty and surprise. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Arnold Bennett He was glad that they had not arrived during the visit of Janet Orgreave. In due course Edwin’s bedroom was reached, and here Auntie Clara’s ecstasy was redoubled. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Edward Bellamy When at last, in an ecstasy of gratitude and tenderness, I folded the lovely girl in my arms, the two Ediths were blended in my thought, nor have they ever since been clearly distinguished. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Oscar Wilde For when one looks back upon the life that was so vivid in its emotional intensity, and filled with such fervent moments of ecstasy or of joy, it all seems to be a dream and an illusion. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Bert took one look and buried her face against my vest in an ecstasy of fear. Serapion by Francis Stevens

D. H. Lawrence But he did not know the ecstasy of bliss in fore-knowledge that she knew. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George Eliot Maggie was still panting for happiness, and was in ecstasy because she had found the key to it. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was fortunate for his work during the winter that those moments of ecstasy came infrequently. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Edith Wharton It all came back to Vance afterward; at the moment he was half-dazed by the encounter with this girl who had been the vehicle of his sharpest ecstasy and his blackest anguish. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

D. H. Lawrence Passion or no passion, ecstasy or no ecstasy, urge or no urge, there’s no goal outside you, where you can consummate like an eagle flying into the sun, or a moth into a candle. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Arnold Bennett She existed in a rapture of bliss, an ecstasy which could feel no fatigue, either of body or spirit. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

William Makepeace Thackeray The view of it inspires a delight and ecstasy which is not only hard to describe, but which has something secret in it that a man should not utter loudly. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

They have been afraid of their feelings, of ecstasy and riot and savage glee; they have frozen love and hated death. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

George Meredith A transient coldness following the fit of ecstasy enabled her to swin through the terrible first minutes face to face with him. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Abraham Merri The throbbing, singing notes were like tiny, warm, vital blows that whipped my blood into ecstasy of life. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

D. H. Lawrence It is a prize, it is an ecstasy to have captured it at the right moment, and the nest is nearly ready. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne The ecstasy of J. T. Maston knew no bounds, and he narrowly escaped a frightful fall while staring down the tube. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

H. G. Wells She had awaited them in an ecstasy of happiness — and fear. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

At length darkness approached, and Carathis, having stripped herself to her inmost garment, clapped her hands in an impulse of ecstasy and struck light with all her force. The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford

I lifted her up bodily and carried her to the car, and although I was torn with anxiety, I remember the ecstasy of those minutes now. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

In the evening we heard them in the billiard-room below lifting their voices in the lays of our college muse, and waking to ecstasy the living piano in the strains of our national ragtime. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

D.H. Lawrence At its maximum it is the white ecstasy of phosphorescence, in the darkness, always amid the darkness, as under the black fur of a cat. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

D. H. Lawrence He could have kissed her feet in an ecstasy of wild expansion. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Algernon Blackwood This personal ingredient lay secure in the joy that assuredly remained when the first brief intolerable ecstasy had passed. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

George Meredith She rendered it as a slave: the splendid man beloved to ecstasy by the flower of Roman women was her natural choice. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

From the instant I set the combination to the moment when I grasp the knobs and swing back the solid steel doors, I live in an ecstasy of expectation. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

He caught her face for a moment under the light by the door, and she seemed in an ecstasy of happiness. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

For once my body dominated my mind, and I slipped between the sheets in an ecstasy of fatigue and fell asleep immediately. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Jack London There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Anthony Trollope On Cæsar’s side there is an ecstasy of hope carried to the very brink of certainty; on the other is that fainting spirit of despair which no battalions can assuage. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

D. H. Lawrence Alice pressed her clasped hands against her bosom in ecstasy as the notes rose higher. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence The terrible frictional violence of death filled her, and she received it in an ecstasy of subjection, in throes of acute, violent sensation. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

F. Scott Fitzgerald Dexter walked the streets at night when the darkness was damp as rain, wondering that so soon, with so little done, so much of ecstasy had gone from him. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

D. H. Lawrence The mother and son were in ecstasy together. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells He stopped before them in an ecstasy of admiration. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Caroline Lamb What fire burns in your eye? What ecstasy is it thus to call you mine? Oh, tear from your mind every remaining scruple!—shrink not. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Andrew Lang He is awake, but still sees things which he would not see if he were not in a state of ecstasy (nasiyesi). The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Something lately seemed lost to them of that kind of glad activity; he was more aware of it than she, since he was less occupied in the aesthetic ecstasy of self-torture. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

And then, all at once she remembered—remembered everything, and a sense of something akin to ecstasy flooded her heart. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

If she had known where to find her husband in New York, she would have followed him; she waited his return in an ecstasy of impatience. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Maria Edgeworth This, if I may be allowed the expression, is Cupid’s Fata Morgana. Deluded mortals are in ecstasy whilst the illusion lasts, and in despair when it vanishes. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Henry James Then it was that she was glad she had never met him in that way before: she reaped with such ecstasy the benefit of his not being able to think she passed often. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Her mouth was trembling in an ecstasy of grief and fear. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

H. G. Wells The soaring, ever improving homes in which we live to-day would have sent our great-grandfathers scurrying to their cellars in an ecstasy of terror. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Henry James She would have pretended with ecstasy if he could only have given her the cue. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Arnold Bennett When the house began to ‘go up,’ Edwin lived in an ecstasy of contemplation. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Henry James I have never forgotten the ecstasy of hope in M. Mesnard’s question — as a light on the reverence then entertained for the institution M. Houssaye the elder had administered. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Percy Bysshe Shelley She could no longer contain herself, but, in an ecstasy of pleasure, as excessive as her grief and horror before had been violent, in rapid and hurried accents questioned the physician. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Shadow though it be of the true ecstasy and fiery life into which we shall enter, it is yet an heritage worthy of honour. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

D.H. Lawrence In the supreme ecstasy of the flesh, the Dionysic ecstasy, he reaches this state. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Nailed, as it were, through feet and hands and head and genitals, he passed utterly into a pang that was an ecstasy beyond his dreams. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Anthony Trollope Madame Staubach had declared during the ecstasy of her devotion, that not only she herself, but even Tetchen also, would become the prey of Satan if Linda did not relent. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Arnold Bennett She was in an ecstasy of repentance and good intentions. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

F. Scott Fitzgerald There was almost ecstasy in waking her and seeing her smile at him, shy but well aware of her own nicety of imagination. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Arnold Bennett Supposing some one were to come in and see us!” And she reflected also, in an ecstasy of relief: “My life will be quite simple, now. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

H. Rider Haggard All the while Agon’s eyes were fixed upon the altar before him apparently in an ecstasy of contemplation, and mine were fixed upon the small of his back in another sort of ecstasy. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Olaf Stapledon Down here on earth it was hell, though streaked tantalizingly with unfulfilling joys, with sex and beer and the bitter shattering ecstasy of air-fighting. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

H. G. Wells Love was pity, was tears, was a great harmony of all that was gentle, gracious, proud and aspiring in existence, towering up to an ecstasy of sense and spirit. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Edith Wharton Odo pulled away from her with a last wistful glance at Saint Francis, who looked back at him in an ecstasy of commiseration. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Arnold Bennett And meanwhile a miracle of ecstasy had opened — opened like a flower. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Thomas Wolfe There has been grief and love and fear and ecstasy and pain and death to-night: a whole universe of living has been here enacted. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Rushworth coming back now, almost at once? Small wonder that a feeling of ecstasy flooded Ivy Lexton’s whole being. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

E. F. Benson It told him with authority that this ecstasy of consciousness would be trespassed on and interfered with by the presence of others. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Edith Wharton He felt the ecstasy of decreasing pain, and courage came to him to open his eyes and look about him . The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

At her feet, clad only in his shirt, young Drayton was kneeling, his hands about her naked waist, his eyes raised in an ecstasy to her face. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Victor Hugo Blind, animal ecstasy was invading his mind — ecstasy combined with agony. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]