Phrases with "fathoms"

William Morris Six fathoms from the Stamford bridge He left that dame to stand, And whiles she wept, and whiles she cursed That she ever had taken land. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

Far below the mean street was drowned in a haze of sunlight, as though a glassy yellow sea had flooded it fathoms deep. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Thirty out of our forty fathoms of chain were out. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Jules Verne In certain parts of the ocean at the Antilles, under seventy-five fathoms of water, can be seen with surprising clearness a bed of sand. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

It proved to be a long-mouthed pit, sunk in the trap hill-slope some four fathoms deep, but much filled up; and, so far from being built in, it had not even the usual wooden platform. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Jack London Perhaps we were five fathoms down and exploring the face of the reefwall for lurking places of our prey, when it happened. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Andrew Lang You must also be armed with a spear two fathoms long, which you will be able to wield by means of the magic ring upon your left thumb. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The true Richard Devine was buried fathoms deep in the greedy ocean of convict-discipline, and the waves of innumerable punishments washed over him. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

George Meredith Then came a series of climbings and fallings, risings to the surface and sinkings fathoms below. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Henry David Thoreau How many pickerel are poised on easy fin fathoms below the loaded wain. Natural History of Massachusetts by Henry David Thoreau [1842]

Jules Verne Now Cape Bathurst rises abruptly, like a perpendicular wall, from water three hundred fathoms deep. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Rudyard Kipling He reached the traffic-polished black asphalte of a side-street and trod warily among the reflections of the shop-lamps that burned in gulfs of pitchy darkness, fathoms beneath his boot-heels. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Anthony Trollope Counting fathoms of rope and looking after unruly midshipmen on shore are not duties capable of bringing out in high relief the better traits of a main’s character. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne It must have been about three o’clock when we reached a narrow valley, between high perpendicular walls, situated about seventy-five fathoms deep. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

He investigates vice, he dissects passion, he fathoms man — the soul, the heart, the entrails, the brain, the abyss each has within him. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

William Hope Hodgson And then, just as the dawn was upon us, there loomed up a fresh wonder — the hull of a great vessel maybe a couple or three score fathoms in from the edge of the weed. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

Jack London There were ninety-eight fathoms of shell-money, which is pretty close to five hundred in itself. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

And there be some that have five fathoms in length, and some of six and of eight and of ten. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

George Meredith We’re a mixed lot, all of us-the best! You’ve noticed, Skepsey has no laugh: however absurd the thing he tells you, not a smile!’ ‘But you trust his eyes; you look fathoms into them. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

All this he seemed to see in the large eyes of his mother and his sister, looking up at him through the green water, hundreds of fathoms down and still sinking. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Robert Louis Stevenson Thomson has been sounding with his special toy ever since half-past three (1087 fathoms of water). Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Hope Hodgson Above me, the many constellations passed in a strange, ‘noiseless’ circling, Westwards. The moon fell through that last thousand fathoms of the night-gulf, and there was only the starlight . The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

I should have given four fathoms for each man and the same for each boat. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Mr. R.B.N. Walker also ascended the Nkomo for some thirty miles, and found it still a large bed with two fathoms of water in the Cacimbo or “Middle dries. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Arthur Conan Doyle The body of Captain Hardy had not yet settled upon the sand forty fathoms deep before the pirates had rushed along the cabin gangway. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

Jules Verne The tree was only twenty fathoms off, and in a few minutes was safely reached by the whole party; but for this refuge they must all have perished in the flood. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

William Hope Hodgson Here, I found that the boat was within some five fathoms of the beach, and I could see Job still lying insensible; but of the monster there was no sign. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

Wilkie Collins He sat in a corner for the rest of the time, pretending to listen while I was playing the pianoreally lost to me and my music; buried, fathoms deep, in some uneasy thoughts of his own. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Jules Verne For half a minute the starboard side of the vessel was turned toward them, and, in spite of the darkness, John could discern a line of foam which moaned and gleamed four fathoms away. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

But it is easy to understand how minute, how almost negligibly small a portion that 500 fathoms is of the earth’s diameter, which is 6,872 miles. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Jules Verne It had landed on a sand-bank, twenty-five fathoms from the coast. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Robert Louis Stevenson The course of the stream was tortuous, but with a resultant direction a little by west of north; the sides the whole way exceeding steep, the expedition buried under fathoms of foliage. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

The southern channel, twenty-five fathoms deep and three hundred metres broad, is garnished on both flanks with a hundred metres of dangerous shallow, easily distinguished by green blazoned upon blue. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Jules Verne Thanks to the perfection of our apparatus, we were forty-five fathoms below the limit which nature seems to have imposed on man as to his submarine excursions. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Jules Verne But here the cord was not more than ten fathoms long, and the extremity was attached to a small barrel which, by floating, was to show the course the dugong took under the water. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Jules Verne It is not surprising that such masses should be stranded and adhere to the land, for to each foot above water they have two feet below, giving, therefore, to this one about eighty fathoms of depth. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

William Hope Hodgson Higher, I saw the hideous form of the dread goddess, rising up through the red gloom, thousands of fathoms above me. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Edgar Allan Poe To the westward we saw some icebergs of incredible size, and in the afternoon passed very near one whose summit could not have been less than four hundred fathoms from the surface of the ocean. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Jules Verne We had to seek repose at more than twenty-five fathoms in the bowels of the deep. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Jules Verne At one in the morning, the hauling in of the sounding-line was not yet completed; 1,670 fathoms were still out, which would entail some hours’ work. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

She was a pretty, petite brunette who was only 660 fathoms tall, but who compensated for this small size with many other charms. Micromégas by Voltaire [1752]

She smiled, a veritable queen amidst the gim-crack ornaments of Mrs. Jasher’s parlor, and Sir Frank, who was fathoms deep in love, could not keep his eyes off her face. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

D. H. Lawrence Only occasionally the soul rises gasping through the fathomless fathoms under which we live, far up to the surface of the ether, where there is true air. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang When the Drakos heard that Janni had come back, he fled for fear forty fathoms underground. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Then he was rated as third lieutenant on the books of some worm-eaten old man-of-war at Portsmouth, and gave up his time to looking after the stowage of anchors, and counting fathoms of rope. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

They consisted of fourteen red caps, as many “sashes,” and fifty-two fathoms of cloth for the crew; ten Peças de lei or Chiloes for each interpreter, and two pieces for the canoes. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

It was the better part of a mile wide, but save for some fathoms in the middle, where the Sker current ran, it was no deeper even at flood than a horse’s fetlocks. The Outgoing of the Tide by John Buchan [1902]

Jack London The combat, fathoms deep under the sea, was on — if by combat may be named such a one-sided struggle. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Eighty fathoms and no bottom! A depth as great as the height of St. Peters! The line is snatched in a block upon the swifter, and three or four men haul it in and coil it away. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

William Hope Hodgson I believe it now, right enough; only it’s hard to understand there’s a live devil, and this kind of devilry going on, not twenty fathoms away from my own ship. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

William Hope Hodgson Then, when apparently some half-dozen fathoms distant, they again ceased. The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson

Andrew Lang Janni and his sister in course of time came to a great castle, in which dwelt forty Draken, who, when they heard that Janni had come, fled forty fathoms underground. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson He does me fathoms better’n he does you — fathoms, he does. Fables by Robert Louis Stevenson

Friends, we still might seem to be, If I my wrong could e’er forget; Our hands have join’d but not our hearts: I would our hands had never met! “Down, down, down, ten thousand fathoms deep. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Charles Kingsley To turn and try to escape was to confess all; and the two, collecting themselves instantly, walked towards her, Rose wishing herself fathoms deep beneath the earth. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Jules Verne In that way we went about two miles, but without ever obtaining the greatest depths of the Indian Sea, which soundings of seven thousand fathoms have never reached. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

H. G. Wells The sphere hit the water with a huge splash: it must have sent it fathoms high. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Jules Verne The raft backed about two fathoms on the line, which was then at full stretch. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

William Morris Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Weep through your hair! And yet: but I am growing old, For want of love my heart is cold; Years pass, the while I loose and fold The fathoms of my hair. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

From Valentia the road would lie down-hill for about 200 miles to the point at which the bottom is now covered by 1700 fathoms of sea-water. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

Jules Verne After pondering awhile, he said: “If we were farther away I should expect to find a depth of two or three hundred fathoms instead of five fathoms. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Walter Scott He threw them o'er his left shoulder, With meikle care and pain; And he bade it keep them, fathoms deep, Till he returned again. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Richard Hakluy This sound we called the Five Men’s Sound, and plied out of it, but anchored again in 30 fathoms and ooze; and riding there all night, in the morning the snow lay a foot thick upon our hatches. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

William Morris Iseult! again: the pieces of each spear Fly fathoms up, and both the great steeds reel; Tristram for Iseult! Iseult! and Guenevere! The ladies’ names bite verily like steel. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

Andrew Lang The Drakos, when he heard that Janni had come back, fled for fear forty fathoms deeper underground. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. Rider Haggard Three fathoms under him the rock Wolf’s Fang split the waters, and thence, if he can come thither, he may leap sheer into the pool below. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Jules Verne I thought that at about eight fathoms deep we should find a calm. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

The best anchorage is at the western side of the harbor, where we lay at about three cables’ lengths from the shore, in a little more than thirty fathoms water. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

The stone had fallen twelve fathoms hence, but with her leap the comely maid out-sprang the throw. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The stern slipped off the ledge and plunged twenty fathoms down out of sight. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Robert Louis Stevenson At twelve noon the tender rode very heavily at her moorings, when her chain broke at about ten fathoms from the ships bows. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Jules Verne It was the same water in which Captain Denham of the Herald sounded 7,000 fathoms without finding the bottom. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

A huge gold-lip, found four fathoms deep, where the sea grass sways indolently long, contained a tinted pearl like: “That fella sitting down along a tree and sing out along night time. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Jules Verne From eight to nine o’clock the Nautilus remained some fathoms under the water. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]