Phrases with "enormous"

Rudyard Kipling Argentine beef boats we sighted too, of enormous capacity and unlovely outline. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Within hail of us the hull of the Elbe lightship floated all dark and silent under its enormous round, service lantern; a faithful black shadow watching the broad estuary full of lights. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

H. G. Wells She had built up in herself an enormous habit of reference to these upstairs people, she had curbed down all discordant murmurings of her soul, her very instincts were perverted or surrendered. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

The pretence for this appropriation was to prevent simony—in others, not in his Holiness—as the sale of benefices was carried by him to an enormous height. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

That culture, the loss of which he laments, is, for the enormous majority, a mere training to act as a machine. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Arnold Bennett And then the speech ended, and the speaker wiped his head with an enormous handkerchief. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Such a column is of enormous length, and contains many thousands, if not millions of individuals. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Benjamin Disraeli She may send us her bread-stuffs; but her laws will not admit our goods, except on the payment of enormous duties. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

On the 2d the steps were again heard in the withdrawing-room, sounding to their fancy very much like the treading of an enormous bear, which continued for about a quarter of an hour. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

I don’t know,” he burst out suddenly through an enormous rent in his solemnity, “if she thinks him absolutely a saint, but she certainly imagines him to be a martyr. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Thomas Wolfe A little later she would rap at his door and come in with an enormous cup, smoking with a beverage in whose soporific qualities she had the utmost faith. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Sarah Orne Jewett Through this piece of rough pasture ran a huge shape of stone like the great backbone of an enormous creature. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

G. K. Chesterton It was something that seemed all the more merciless, because it might turn out an enormous mercy. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Anthony Trollope The ponies grew in imagination, and became enormous horses capable of consuming any amount of oats. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H. G. Wells An enormous force of suggestion had so shaped her that the intense natural fastidiousness of girlhood had developed into an absolute perversion of instinct. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

As we returned, we saw one figure we had not observed before, which looks something like a woman mounted on an enormous goat. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

George Meredith I hope they treated you well?’ ‘Excellently,’ said Redworth, taking an enormous mouthful, while his heart sank to see that she who smiled to encourage his eating had been weeping. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Marjorie Bowen These were the hands, not of an idle gentleman, but a man of enormous strength. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

A bargain was concluded, by which Law became the purchaser of the hotel at an enormous price, the prince reserving to himself the magnificent gardens as a new source of profit. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Jules Verne Mount Franklin rose like an enormous screen before the western horizon, and night spread rapidly over all, as it does in regions of low latitudes. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Forty odd letters! There must be an enormous amount of information in forty odd letters; unless the woman wrote the direst twaddle ever penned by a feminine correspondent. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Oscar Wilde He had greasy ringlets, and an enormous diamond blazed in the centre of a soiled shirt. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Anthony Trollope The Baroness believed that enormous sums had been received, and was loud in assuring all her friends that this popularity had in the first place been produced by her own exertions. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

He took with him “a ton or so of books” in an enormous trunk painted one half black the other white — “the magpie chest” which henceforth always accompanied him on his travels. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Anthony Trollope It has an enormous sale, but so far is it from having achieved popularity that no man on any side ever speaks a good word for it. North America by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang The poor woman nearly died of these hardships, but she kept a brave heart, and at length she reached an enormous cave in the side of a mountain. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

John Morley It is mediocrity that needs laws and prescriptions for its most effective fertilization, and the enormous majority even of those who can do good work are still mediocre. Voltaire by John Morley

Having eaten and sunned himself, he began to examine the enormous rock, to the base of which he had so strangely penetrated. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Thus he had never had much trouble with the kind of girl who infatuates a foolish “elder son,” and then, maybe, tries to extract an enormous sum out of him by a threat of a breach of promise case. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

G. K. Chesterton They uprooted the enormous Upas of slavery, the tree that was literally as old as the race of man. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Out of a black, dreamless sleep, with the sense of being drawn upwards through enormous and gradually lightening abysses, Dorothy awoke to a species of consciousness. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

H. G. Wells He found himself, with an enormous sense of relief and warmth, in the passage. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Like all those who habitually and instinctively lie, he had an enormous respect and awe for the truth. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Jules Verne And I saw already, coming towards it with hungry eyes, enormous sharks, attracted by the human flesh. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

I felt as if an enormous hand made of air were sweeping me along. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Jules Verne Suddenly a frightful sound was heard; a genuine waterspout fell upon deck, heaved up by an enormous wave. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

We entered the building through an open doorway and came into an enormous hall, in which were several groups of children, all apparently employed in work as at some great factory. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

It may have been the great object of the life of the present Sultan to restore this enormous hoard. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Algernon Blackwood That seemed a dream, unreal, a transient detail picked out from the enormous Past that now engulfed him, heart and mind and soul. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Abraham Merri At some distant time there had been an enormous fall of rock. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Jules Verne An enormous lump of ice was then placed over the opening, thus closing all possible issue to the poor animal, walled up in a watery prison. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Leon Trotsky The enormous hall sparkled with the thousands of lights from the magnificent chandeliers; day and night it was filled to the brim with people. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Thomas Love Peacock It is practically recognised in all societies; and, though it is certainly the source of enormous evil, I conceive it is also the source of abundant good, or it would not have so many supporters. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

E. F. Benson So Irene put pressure, and on the very evening of the day she moved in, she and Lucy lit an enormous fire in her range, though the evening was hot, and waited to see what effect that would have. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

I always had enormous feet for my age, and believe me it was no consolation to be told that you were going to be tall. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

The Casa Riego was an enormous palace, with windows like loopholes, facing the shore. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

John Lewis Burckhard This enormous profit was alone sufficient to defray his expenses in carrying on the Wahaby war; but it was little calculated to conciliate the good-will of the people. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

I was at a loss before the august magnitude of my feeling, which I saw confronting me like an enormous presence arising from that blue sea. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

The other took it, cut the flap of the envelope with a jade paper-knife, and, drawing forth the contents, placed an enormous pair of spectacles upon his nose, and read them thoroughly. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

William Cowper And yet, finished as it seems, Still wants a grace, the loveliest it could show, A mine to satisfy the enormous cost. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Soon he was within arm’s length of the girl, but the way was blocked by an enormous prole and an almost equally enormous woman, presumably his wife, who seemed to form an impenetrable wall of flesh. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

H. G. Wells This was printed in enormous type on paper so fresh that it was still wet, and there had been no time to add a word of comment. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Jack London Outlined against the clear blue of the sky, he had the appearance of an enormous spider crawling along the tracery of its web. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

It had an enormous and very crooked stone chimney, little dormer windows with big hoods and a thatched roof that came down very low on both sides of the front door. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

H. G. Wells This enormous long avenue of hulls that were destined to be food, gave us a sense of the vast populousness of the moon world second only to the effect of our first glimpse down the shaft. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Thomas Wolfe Two hours after its departure from Berlin it was sweeping in beneath the arched, enormous roof of the Hanover station. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

She was a tall, gaunt young woman of the plainest Nubian type, with high cheekbones, eyes slanting upwards at the corners, and an enormous mouth full of glittering teeth. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Algernon Blackwood There seemed an enormous gesture; and it was a gesture, I felt, of adoration. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

William Makepeace Thackeray The enormous pillars which supported the vault, and the tracery thereof itself, were figures of men, of supernatural stature, delivered to tortures without a name. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Arnold Bennett But in face of the magnitude of the affair, looming more enormous as it approached, this attitude could not be maintained. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

During his lifetime Balzac, in an enormous eulogy of La Chartreuse de Parme, paid him one of the most magnificent compliments ever received by a man of letters from a fellow craftsman. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Anthony Trollope Chance has me the eldest son of a Duke and heir to an enormous fortune. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Wolfe Its toothless jaws were equipped with such an enormous set of glittering false teeth that the lips could not cover them, and they grinned at the world with the prognathous bleakness of a skeleton. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

I cast up enormous sums in my head, and accumulated them at compound interest. The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards

Thomas Paine The enormous expense of governments has provoked people to think, by making them feel; and when once the veil begins to rend, it admits not of repair. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

William Makepeace Thackeray Under her eyebrows are a pair of enormous eyes, which she is in the habit of turning constantly ceiling-wards. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Bram Stoker From every part of the eastern counties reports were received concerning the enormous immigration of birds. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Ahead of me I could distinctly see the nodding plumes of the foe as they crouched behind their enormous shields. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

He had taken enormous pains; he had given his nights and days to the work. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

He struggled, but his sense of the physical superiority of his assailants was so great that he soon gave it up; he was like a thin rabbit in the clutch of an enormous gamekeeper. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Robert Louis Stevenson Prodigal Louis had made enormous debts; and there is a story extant, to illustrate how lightly he himself regarded these commercial obligations. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James What enormous knuckles! There must be such knuckles in the mummies of the Pharaohs. Well, when I’m gone —! No, I leave you something more precious than gold — the sense of a great kindness. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Perhaps the earl himself was thinking so, as he sat there before an enormous mass of papers which strewed the library table. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Marie Corelli I, in my turn, take care to protect myself; — I am followed by detectives, and am at enormous pains to guard my life; not for my own sake but for his. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

A great patch of yellow light sprang from the middle of the upper edge of the dusky cloud, like the half of an enormous nimbus, glowing and glittering. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Anton Chekhov She had on an enormous new red hat, a new fashionable jacket, and bronze shoes. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

He has — not all, for no son of man will ever again have that; but he has some of Rabelais’ stupendous breadth, and he has yet more of Rabelais’ enormous optimism. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Edmund Burke They see with horror and alarm that enormous and shameless act of proscription. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Jules Verne It was at a quarter before four that Van Tricasse lighted his enormous pipe, which could hold a quart of tobacco, and it was at thirty-five minutes past five that he finished smoking it. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

This enormous creature had, like some other giants, a treble, fluty voice of little power. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Jules Verne The strand, fretted away in many places, had sunk to an enormous extent, and the waves washed along a level beach when the perpendicular shores had once checked their advance. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

George Gissing Between irrationality and coarseness of mind there is an enormous distinction. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Edgar Rice Burroughs It would require three more to return to the treasure, and then, with that enormous weight which required, you say, four sailors to carry, it would be months before we had again reached this spot. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Guy de Maupassan They had just seated themselves at table, and were speaking of the opera of the night before, when the butler appeared, carrying three enormous bouquets. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Another thing I was conscious of, strangely enough, was the enormous brass bowl for cigarette ends. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

F. Scott Fitzgerald There was nothing to look at from under the tree except Gatsby’s enormous house, so I stared at it, like Kant at his church steeple, for half an hour. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry James This family, very numerous, was interwoven into an enormous cousinship. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

John Galsworthy But look at their furniture: tassels, fringes, antimacassars, chandeliers, enormous sideboards. Over the River by John Galsworthy

The enormous value of these no one would now attempt to minimize. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

William Makepeace Thackeray There they rose up enormous under our eyes, and the most absurd trivial things were going on under their shadow. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

I hear from Mr. Tomes, who has specially studied this family, that many species have enormous ranges, and are found on continents and on far distant islands. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Lightly beaked at the nether extremity, it drooped towards an enormous cigar which was pointing at us like a gun just discharged. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

In all this enormous interval the buds of the horse-chestnut had not yet burst to green. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

I can still see him working his way slowly across the yard, bent double and almost hidden under an enormous sack, like a snail under its shell. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Jules Verne At this place the breadth of the sheet of water measured nearly 350 feet, and beyond the dazzling center could be seen an enormous basaltic wall, blocking up any issue on that side. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

H. G. Wells There had been an enormous deliberate reduction of insect life in Utopia, and that had seriously affected every sort of creature that was directly or indirectly dependent upon insect life. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

With the other he put on his nose a pair of enormous mother-of-pearl-framed spectacles — things exactly like those of a cobra’s — and began to read. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Virginia Woolf The imagination falters under the enormous strain. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Thomas Wolfe They were now running through the great industrial region of western Germany. The pleasant landscape was gone, and everything in sight had been darkened by the grime and smoke of enormous works. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

It rolled down the mountainside, an avalanche of black cloud, and from the peak above an enormous flame burst skyward. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Perched upon a sandbank was a regiment of enormous white pelicans of thoughtful and sage-like physiognomy, ranged in a row, as if to watch how we passed the bar. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Thomas Hardy Below the castle precipice lay enormous blocks, which had fallen from it, and several of them were carved over with names and initials. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

D. H. Lawrence An enormous orange moon was staring at them from the rim of the sandhills. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim He is trying to force the price of leather up by enormous purchases—the Americans would call it trying to corner the market. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Virginia Woolf She knew that it was of enormous importance that she should attend to these sights and grasp their meaning, but she was always being just too late to hear or see something which would explain it all. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

In the rapture of my enormous humiliation I live in your warm life, and you shall die — die, sweetly die — into mine. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Robert Louis Stevenson But as I continued to advance, the noise increased, and became like the hissing of an enormous tea-urn, and at the same time breaths of cool air began to reach me from the direction of the summit. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

T. H. Huxley His enormous jaws are widely opened at each expiration, his under lip hangs over the chin, and the hairy ridge and scalp are contracted upon the brow, presenting an aspect of indescribable ferocity. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Gaston Leroux People began by laughing and making fun of this specter dressed like a man of fashion or an undertaker; but the ghost legend soon swelled to enormous proportions among the corps de ballet. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

H. G. Wells Below, far below, was a torn floor of sunlit cloud slashed by enormous rents through which he saw the sea. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

As for Etienne, he shared the left hand room with the dirty clothes, enormous bundles of which lay about on the floor. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Charles Kingsley Common to them were all the fantastic and enormous shapes with which Nature bedecks her robes beneath the fierce suns and fattening rains of the tropic forest. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Edgar Allan Poe To-day I found an enormous increase in the moon’s apparent bulk — and the evidently accelerated velocity of my descent began to fill me with alarm. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Abraham Merri Ten ship lengths ahead of them was the bireme, racing on its four fold multiple feet of oars like an enormous water spider. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Archaeologists are convinced that an enormous interval of time elapsed before our ancestors thought of grinding chipped flints into smooth tools. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

When in repose it rested on its hind legs like a bird, and held its neck curving behind, so that its enormous head should not disturb its equilibrium. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

G. K. Chesterton Its bewildering squares and parallelograms were compact and perfect as a Chinese puzzle; an enormous hieroglyphic which man must decipher or die. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Arnold Bennett Sophia balanced that enormous swaying mass, her mother. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

They toiled exhaustedly up an enormous hill, hoping to find a village on the other side. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Benjamin Disraeli Its enormous columns are the first specimens of that colossal genius of the Pharaohs, which the Ptolemies never attempted to rival. Eastern Sketches by Benjamin Disraeli

Arthur Conan Doyle He wore a cotton cloth tied round his head after the fashion of Pope and other eighteenth-century celebrities, and was further distinguished by a pair of enormous slippers. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

Guy de Maupassant An enormous dog, a cross between a Saint Bernard and a Newfoundland, began to howl so terribly that Patissot felt a vague desire to retrace his steps. Sundays of a Bourgeois (Les Dimanches d’un bourgeois de Paris) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

The little white Countess danced in a circle about her equally white sire, clapping her hands and crying, “Papa, papa, you look like an enormous Polar bear. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

They’re simply the outposts of an enormous army. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

H. G. Wells It is a conspiracy of the lifeless, an enormous plot of the rebel metals against sensation. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Jules Verne The two northern ones, between which the aeronef was gliding like a ship between enormous reefs are the first steps of the Central Asian barrier. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

H. G. Wells At enormous initial cost, but with a final profit, the New Paper presented its readers with a beautiful photographic souvenir of the first of these occasions. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Anthony Trollope But, in lieu of this, he had the assurance that she was in possession of enormous wealth, and that she was the recognised cousin of lords and ladies by the dozen. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

It had been hot, and the big calf has an enormous appetite and apparently Lady Clare had been coy. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

He had been in practice for several years, and charged enormous fees for his advice. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

He set it straight with his tongue, stretched so that something whistled in his chest, and his enormous face was enveloped in a cloud of smoke. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Catherine Helen Spence The general gain was at the cost of enormous individual losses. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

I thought to fly, but looking towards the door it was bolted with two enormous bolts of iron, and now first, as I ate my bread, I saw it was all guarded too, and ribbed with iron. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

G. K. Chesterton There was a man dressed as a windmill with enormous sails, a man dressed as an elephant, a man dressed as a balloon; the two last, together, seemed to keep the thread of their farcical adventures. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Henry James Lady Agatha was already popular in the new States, where the history of her elopement, emblazoned in enormous capitals, was circulated in a thousand newspapers. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Virginia Woolf One day he was adding a line or two with enormous labour to ‘The Oak Tree, A Poem’, when a shadow crossed the tail of his eye. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It is of enormous importance that nothing further should leak out. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

The share-lists were speedily filled up, and an enormous traffic carried on in shares, while, of course, every means were resorted to to raise them to an artificial value in the market. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Jules Verne The boat had just struck an enormous iceberg, a floating block with rugged, slippery sides, to which it would be impossible to cling. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

He would write her an enormous letter, telling her what it felt like to be ignored and insulted, making her see how cruelly she had treated him. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

It could only have been Heyst. He had fastened some sort of enormous flag to a bamboo pole, and was waving it at the end of the old wharf. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

I found that he made an enormous impression, and yet the people I spoke to were chary of saying much about him. Prester John by John Buchan

I am always falling down precipices and into cataracts, and being pushed into great caverns in enormous rocks. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Henry James It seemed to her now that she was at an enormous fair — that the entertainment and the disagreements were very much the same. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Anthony Trollope Perhaps there was but little praise in this, as he could hardly have got beyond his enormous income unless he had thrown it away on race-courses and roulette tables. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Nellie Bly At another temple, near by a public laundry where the washers stood in a shallow stream slapping the clothes on flat stones, was a quaint temple hewed, cave-like, in the side of an enormous rock. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

As the thing had to be done, and was bound to attract an enormous amount of public attention in any case, it was as well to make it as spectacular and impressive as possible. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Two avenues of enormous plane trees stretched across the fields toward the ancient Chateau de Gagny, then a mass of ruins. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

The enormous systems of public schools in my own and other countries is entirely in their hands, — except of course in the management and directorship. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Edgar Allan Poe They are frequently found of an enormous size. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells Then, too late, the barrow had persuaded the little wheel to give up its fancy for the great wheel, and there was an enormous crash. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

To the Duke it seemed as if an enormous cloud of darkness had descended upon him, in the midst of which some unknown strength moved him at its will. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

And to refrain from admiring Hitler or Stalin — that, too, should not require an enormous intellectual effort. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution by George Orwell [1946]

H. G. Wells I felt an enormous astonishment at the evaporation of the great fight into which I had hurled myself, and not a little exultation. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Aunt Pussy inherited an enormous fortune, and the following year, I being then twenty, fell in love with Mark and accepted him. Her Murderer by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Abraham Merri The mathematics of the Cosmos. From the left of the crystalline base swept an enormous sphere. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Isabella Bird If he neglects to make a choice, the Bishopric at his death falls like a fief to the Patriarch, who has an enormous diocese, while three of the Bishops have only a few villages to look after. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

G. K. Chesterton We have therefore to start with an enormous psychological improbability that Browning made his poems complicated from mere pride in his powers and contempt of his readers. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Thomas Wolfe He put away an enormous breakfast, talking all the time and crackling with electricity. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Jules Verne This enormous hole was beyond all measurement, and formed a gloomy abyss, the bottom of which the sun’s rays could never reach. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Nationalism is an enormous subject. Notes on Nationalism by George Orwell [1945]

H. G. Wells Moreover, the huge size of these things enabled them — and it was a consideration of primary importance — to traverse the air at enormous speeds, and so run no risks of unanticipated weather. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Rudyard Kipling But to see a ship blow up is a terrible and wonderful sight; an enormous volume of flame and smoke almost 200 feet high and great pieces of metal, etc. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

F. Scott Fitzgerald In the little hours of the night every move from place to place was an enormous human jump, an increase of paying for the privilege of slower and slower motion. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

H. G. Wells They were built of enormous size — the usual stretch of wing being six hundred feet or more, and the length of the fabric a thousand feet. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Algernon Blackwood There also remained this other — an enormous imaginative leap! — that she could teach him “Egypt.” He watched her carefully, in a sense fascinated. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Andrew Lang Immediately an enormous and frightful genie rose out of the earth, saying: “What wouldst thou with me? I am the Slave of the Ring, and will obey thee in all things. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

This is an enormous sacrifice for a farcical writer to make. Collected Essays by George Orwell

He gave one enormous start of fear at the sight of the swift white figure flying at him out of the night. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Jules Verne It was an immense forest of large mineral vegetations, enormous petrified trees, united by garlands of elegant sea-bindweed, all adorned with clouds and reflections. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

H. G. Wells There was an enormous increase also in violent crime throughout the world. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

When they were all assembled, I went out and chartered a four-wheeled cab, in which I stowed them all — chest, tools, books, and the enormous parcel from the out — fitters. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Thomas Wolfe The centre of the room, however, had been left entirely bare save for a big strip of spattered canvas and an enormous plaster figure. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Jules Verne Its enormous head occupies one-third of its entire body. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Gaston Leroux Seen through the blackness of the night the blacker mass of the Trebassof villa loomed like an enormous blot, he stopped. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

But the chief signs of festival were within, where we found an enormous house-party assembled, including more persons of pomp, majesty, and dominion than I had ever encountered in one room before. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Rather than submit to pay this enormous sum for stock which was actually at a discount, the shareholders packed up all their portable effects, and endeavoured to find a refuge in foreign countries. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Henry James The little gentleman’s coat-lappet was decorated with an enormous bouquet and his neck encased in a voluminous white handkerchief of the fashion of thirty years ago. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

His heart quailed before the enormous pyramidal shape. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Charles Dickens And so I came to the Yard, which was shut up tight and strong with great folded gates, like an enormous patent safe. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

It was an enormous Boer hunting-dog, a mongrel in whose blood ran mastiff and bulldog and foxhound, and Heaven knows what beside. Prester John by John Buchan

The latter were thicker built than those of Earth — consequently still more disgusting, and some of them were of enormous size. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Isabella Bird The exception is Russian kerosene, carried by asses and horses, of which an enormous quantity was on the road. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

There seemed to be nothing in it but an enormous pile of straw reaching to the roof — in fact, the hut was almost entirely filled with straw. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Edgar Rice Burroughs The lower floor was an enormous tank of clear water in which numerous hideous Mahars swam lazily up and down. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Jules Verne On this line attached by a robust neck there rose an enormous spheroidal head. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

E. F. Benson I can easily imagine such a deed so eating into the material scene, the room or the haunted heath, where it happens, that its mark lasts an enormous time. The Other Bed by E. F. Benson

There was the prudent sagacity of wisdom and the deliberation of enormous strength in their movements. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Kenneth Grahame The spectacle was indeed magnificent — it generally is, with icebergs on both bows, and these were exceptionally enormous icebergs. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

He alleged that Clarke was in the habit of boasting, and telling enormous falsehoods about his gambling transactions, especially in his letters. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle As to the detail which remains to be worked out upon this plateau, it is so enormous that only a large expedition, with a very special equipment, could hope to cope with it. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

The priest, lighted up by the narrow, bright streak of the window, was reading his breviary through a pair of enormous spectacles. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Jules Verne Owing to a peculiar phenomenon of the Cordilleras, an enormous mass, many miles in extent, had been displaced entirely, and was speeding down toward the plain. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

When still a block from the theatre, he saw an enormous electric sign that hung over the middle of the street. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

H.P. Lovecraft Even so, however, we covered an enormous extent of ground — or, rather, air — after swooping down to a level where the wind became virtually negligible. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Anatole France I see infinitesimals which ride on dogs and pigs, and I see others which are fat and naked, with breasts like leather bottles, bellies in great folds, and thighs of enormous size. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Anthony Trollope Consider what an enormous interest may have to depend on those words. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Radclyffe Hall Growing reckless, she gave an enormous order for the simple reason that these things looked different. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Arthur Conan Doyle Some providence had thrown him into our hands, and an enormous reward awaited his betrayers. Our Midnight Visitor by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle It is to meet such a contingency that the Government has rushed enormous stores of food at the public expense into the country. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]