Phrases with "figure"

G. K. Chesterton There are works of great authors manifestly inferior to their typical work which are yet necessary to their fame and their figure in the world. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Jules Verne Tous avaient la figure basanée, et un certain air de famille. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

D. H. Lawrence His figure interested her — the figure of a boy, almost a street arab. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

The figure traced on a bell-glass was either an irregular spire or a zigzag line. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Henry James There was a figure in the grounds — a figure prowling for a sight, the visitor with whom Flora was engaged; but it was not the visitor most concerned with my boy. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

In the midst of his activity Montesma suddenly saw that white-robed figure standing at the top of the companion, and flew to her side. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle Portsmouth, Plymouth, and Sheerness in flames, with London either levelled to the ground or ransomed at his own figure — that was a more feasible programme. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

He drew nearer, and by the light of a little blaze that suddenly flared up he saw plainly the fat figure of a ragged man in an old brown sweater and cap. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

But while I’m out you just try to figure out what ginger-cake potentate would be most likely to want to buy this work of art for his private collection—just to keep it out of circulation. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Anna Katherine Green He had turned out all lights but one, but this was sufficient to show me his tall figure straining up to put out this last jet. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

This brings the figure up to £19 1s, but to arrive at the grand total one has to make a guess. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Henry James All this was a good deal to have been denoted by a mere lurking figure who was nothing to him; but, the last thing before leaving the church, he had the surprise of a still deeper quickening. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Anthony Trollope There was no figure there to make her think that her lover was coming either to save her or to disturb her. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton He approached the group slowly, but with composure; but he was decidedly pale, and the eyes of Brain and Fisher had already taken in one detail of the green-clad figure more clearly than all the rest. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Thomas Hardy In a moment or two she looked back, and seeing the well-known Herculean figure of the yeoman behind her felt rather alarmed, though she determined to show no difference in her outward carriage. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then with the roar of a trapped lion, he turned, but the door had slammed behind him, and Black Simon, with grim figure and sardonic face, stood between. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Henry James Biddy had a momentary sense of being a figure in a ballet, a dramatic ballet — a subordinate motionless figure, to be dashed at to music or strangely capered up to. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Henry James At the same moment the figure turned quickly away, and then Laura saw that it was accompanied by another, that of a tall gentleman with a light beard which shone in the dusk. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Jules Verne John Mangles, debout, la figure pâle, les dents serrées, regardait l’eau qui tourbillonnait. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Arthur Conan Doyle In an instant — but it was just one instant too latethey resumed their solemn masks as my figure came into view. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Henry James At the same moment a woman’s figure advanced from within, into the light of the street-lamp, and a face, half-startled, glanced at him out of the darkness. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Willa Cather Her figure in profile, he used to tell her, looked just like an interrogation point. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

D. H. Lawrence She could only see the dark-clad man’s figure standing there upon her, and the gripped fist of flowers. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

For about twenty minutes Grant followed that half-seen figure through a dark and silent world. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

D. H. Lawrence The figure of the Most High bored her, and roused her resentment. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James But Nash had the rare distinction that he seemed somehow to figure his affairs, the said host’s, and to show an interest in them unaffected by the ordinary social limitations of capacity. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Watkin Tench Its shape and figure are well known by the plates which have been given of it. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Robert Louis Stevenson A price was naturally set upon the banker’s head; and, as the case was inexcusable and the public indignation thoroughly aroused, the unusual figure of 750 pounds was offered for his capture. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arnold Bennett Tarara-boom-deay!” Upon this entered Mr. Peartree, like a figure of retribution, and silence fell. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Virginia Woolf A very fine figure of a man he was, everyone agreed, his truncheon extended; his waterproof pendant. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

This Pinkerton is frightened, and he seems sick; the medico don’t seem to care a cent about his state of health; and you’ve got to figure how you would like it if he came to die. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Nathaniel Hawthorne You, especially, have always seemed like a figure in a dream, and now more than ever. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

The sick man saw some one watching him, and the figure was associated with an unreal presence, the phantom of his brain, which had been with him often in the day and night. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell She stood up, her bare feet curved round the curving surface of the stone, her slight figure balancing as if in act to spring. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Edgar Rice Burroughs A figure arose in the bow of the leading canoe — a figure that I was sure I recognized even before he spoke. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Arthur Conan Doyle He must have fallen upon his back, for we could see the curved outline of his portly figure standing out above the surface as he struggled desperately to regain his feet. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Borrow This figure remained at the door, his eyes fixed upon myself and Judah. The first inquiry which I now addressed was “Have you heard of your father?” “I have,” he replied. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

How could you imagine it? It is a shabby little figure of a private soldier: they have posted him as sentinel. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Thomas Hardy As they came up to the house, Grace’s figure was distinctly visible, drawing the two white curtains together which were used here instead of blinds. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

He was a broad-shouldered, square-built man, with a flat, pale face, broad and square, like his figure — not a pleasant-looking man by any means. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

There were moments when, looking at Grimaud, the duke asked himself if he was not dreaming and if that marble figure was really at his service and would grow animated when the moment came for action. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

G. K. Chesterton But Yuba Bill is a figure of a widely different character. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Edith Wharton Presently she came in sight: a slender black-mantled figure hung on the arm of an elderly man in the sober dress of one of the learned professions — a physician or a lawyer, Odo guessed. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

George Borrow At length the moon shone out faintly, when suddenly by its beams I beheld a figure moving before me at a slight distance. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

H. G. Wells But to suffer so much Royalty and Privilege as an Englishman has to do before he may make any effectual figure in public life is not a small concession. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

George Gissing Then a figure of quite different appearance, coming quickly forward, hesitating, gazing around; a beautiful face, calm with too great self-control, sad, pale. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

He bent over the insignificant figure of Huish, where it grovelled, apparently insensible, at the base of the figure-head. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

T. E. Lawrence His figure was tall, slim, almost boyish from the continual athletic activity of the man. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Arthur Machen He was going down hill, and he hastened onwards, and he could see the bars of a stile framed dimly against the sky, and the figure still advanced with that gliding motion. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

When a figure passed in front of the fire, the shadow was tremendously magnified on the distant wall of rock. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Henry James His jaw was too square and set and his figure too straight and stiff: these things suggested a want of easy consonance with the deeper rhythms of life. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Algernon Blackwood Beyond him, in the shadows by the window, his wife’s figure was just visible as she leaned, half reclining, across the wooden sill into the night. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Sinclair Lewis I figure out I’ve made about a quarter of an inch out of a possible hundred rods. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Henry James Who in the world was he, and what was his errand? He might have been a figure out of one of Hoffmann’s tales. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

Edgar Allan Poe They were each about twenty yards in circumference, and their shape, as well as relative position in regard to the third chasm, is shown in figure 5. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells But over it all in my memory now is an effect of deliberate confrontation, and the figure of Marion stands up, pale, melancholy, tear-stained, injured, implacable and dignified. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Anthony Trollope Her figure was lithe, and soft, and slim, and slender. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

T. E. Lawrence Together they lifted the inert figure on to the pommel, and returned. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

He was in the act of helping another figure to alight, which looked like a girl. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Arthur Conan Doyle A figure appears in the centre of the ring, at the same time the fairies faced inwards. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

John Galsworthy You — you betrayed me, Father!” Bitterly wounded, Soames gazed at her passionate figure writhing there in front of him. To Let by John Galsworthy

Henry James Her figure had no variety of expression — she herself had no sense of variety. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

C’était une bonne figure de ménagère, lourde, fripée, mais belle encore. Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier [1913]

H. G. Wells Then it was that my Destiny saw fit to bring a grave little figure into my life who was to be its ruling influence and support throughout all my most active years. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Arthur Conan Doyle I clung to my lover in speechless terror, and glared up at the dark figure above us. The Winning Shot by Arthur Conan Doyle

E. Phillips Oppenheim He looked across the room at that merciless figure at the desk and he took up his role once more. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

H.P. Lovecraft The figure before me was short but exquisitely proportioned, and clad in somewhat formal dress of perfect cut and fit. Cool Air by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Charles Dickens And my terror was greatest of all when I found no figure there. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Charles Dickens Then and not before, did Trotty see in every Bell a bearded figure of the bulk and stature of the Bell — incomprehensibly, a figure and the Bell itself. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

I forgot to smoke, forgot my comfort — everything but the odd figure of my friend and his inconceivable romance. The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan [1900]

Andrew Lang I’ll send for him, and you shall judge of the truth of what I tell you; but be sure to prepare yourself against being frightened at his extraordinary figure when you see him. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Naturally pallid and of small inconspicuous features, her eyes on these occasions would so flame and her whole figure so dilate that she looked like another woman. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

The big loose-limbed figure of Amos, striding down the twilit slopes with his bag of tools slung on his shoulder, was a pleasant sight to eyes that hungered for a friend. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Mark Twain Let us average the ages of the Quaker City’s pilgrims and set the figure down as fifty years. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

He was the most important figure in Elizabethan as in classical drama, and Shakespeare’s ghosts are principally of that class. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

The one loves all; the other says: ‘Halt! You mustn’t!’” The figure of her husband, somber and ponderous, like a huge moss-covered stone, now rose in her memory. Mother by Maksim Gorky

James Hogg At the extremity of the Colwan wood, I perceived a figure approaching me with slow and dignified motion. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

John Galsworthy His mother’s voice said: “It’s only I, Jon dear!” Her hand pressed his forehead gently back; her white figure disappeared. To Let by John Galsworthy

Algernon Blackwood The figure seemed to spit at me, yet not with grace and invitation. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

She trotted on in the dust sulkily; a little rosy and auburn figure in the shadows, as if she were a Botticelli cherub put into life and motion. Signa by Ouida

John Galsworthy The future, how uncharted! A squirrel crossed close to her still figure and scampered up a trunk. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells It was extraordinarily interesting to me to figure out the advantage accruing from this shortening of the process or that, and to weigh it against the capital cost of the alteration. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Wilkie Collins The figure appeared, in its velvet pall. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

George Gissing I don’t flatter myself that I could make a figure in the House of Commons; but I want to sit there, and be in the full current of existence. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Even those rough, coarse men, casting uneasy glances at that white, bowed head and crouching figure at the head of the table, and listening to his low moaning, were conscious of a vague pity. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Olaf Stapledon A figure came out into the garden, lit by the hall light. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Mark Twain He shows us a figure and says: “Statoo brunzo. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Arthur Conan Doyle By the light of the corridor-lamp I saw my sister appear at the opening, her face blanched with terror, her hands groping for help, her whole figure swaying to and fro like that of a drunkard. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Ann Radcliffe The figure of Julia was light and graceful — her step was airy — her mien animated, and her smile enchanting. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

But four more years were to elapse before the central figure was ready to be placed under its starry canopy. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

All voices had sunk to a whisper, and if by chance a figure passed one of the windows, it was in a hurried, frightened way, which Sweetwater felt very ready to appreciate. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

John Galsworthy The silvery little figure had turned at her entrance, extending a hand clad in a fabric glove. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Like a figure of a shadowgraph he slid through the door and up the stairs. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

F. Scott Fitzgerald And all the critics will groan and grunt about “Dear old Pinafore.” And I shall go on shining as a brilliantly meaningless figure in a meaningless world. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

The figure on the earth said: “You must. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

George Meredith Ammiani was moving over to her to seize and denounce the traitress, when he beheld another figure like an apparition by her side; but this one was not a whitecoat. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

D. H. Lawrence Miss Pinnegar, a poor, patch-cheeked, rather round-backed figure with grey-brown fringe, stood as if she did not quite know what to say or do. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Willa Cather When Imogen stepped upon the station platform she was immediately appropriated by her hostess, whose commanding figure and assurance of attire she had recognized from a distance. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Ford Madox Ford It is difficult to figure out. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Near him, her black form merged in the night, like a figure half chiselled out of a block of black stone. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

George Meredith But the lady, though absent, did not figure poorly at all. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

He could not trust himself to look again at the erect dignified little figure with its square dark face. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

She occupied a low, deep, wickerwork arm-chair, and I saw her in exact profile like a figure in a tapestry, and as motionless. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Anton Chekhov Going back to the copse, he walked slowly, continually standing still and looking round at the gate with an expression in his whole figure that suggested that he could not believe his own memory. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Charles Dickens Long before then his thoughts had gone back to the dreary room above the little shop, and to the shameful figure heavy on the bed, but heavier on his heart. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Willa Cather He pictured her then very much as he did now; about her figure there gathered a luminous cloud, like dust, with soldiers in it . One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

D.H. Lawrence It was really Italy. The man was soft, dark, he would get stout later, trapu, he would have somewhat the figure of Caruso. But as yet he was soft, sensuous, young, handsome. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Julia had come across to his side; together they gazed down with a sort of fascination at the sturdy figure below. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

The small young figure before her was her judge; but it was too the centre and source of the peace. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Yes, Miss Bosworth has certainly grown; and then she has had her stays made by my French staymaker, and that improves any young woman’s figure and gives a taller air. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Jules Verne Sa figure se formait et devenait plus mâle, et il promettait d’être un homme aussi accompli au physique qu’au moral. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

G. K. Chesterton Long afterwards, I had the luck to figure in a political row about the Sale of Peerages; and many said that we were wasting our energies in denouncing it. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Il avait la tête et tout un côté de la figure bandés de linge blanc. Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier [1913]

H. G. Wells George Gissing was a strange tragic figure, a figure of internal tragedy, and it is only slowly that I have realized the complex of his misfortunes. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Sir Walter Scott But touching your matters, sage interpreter of the stars, I can tell you more of your own fortune than plan or figure can show. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Victor Hugo Be Nothingness. The serpent in repose, twisted into a circle, is a figure at the same time of the infinite and of naught. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

H. G. Wells Late that night Benham found himself the leading figure amidst a party of Jews who had made a counter attack upon a gang of roughs in a court that had become the refuge of a crowd of fugitives. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Henry Adams As Adams sat there, numbers of people came, for the figure seemed to have become a tourist fashion, and all wanted to know its meaning. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Virginia Woolf I am the swathed figure in the hairdresser’s shop taking up only so much space. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Walter Scott He felt, however, at length, that it touched his honour to interfere in behalf of his discomfited companion, and therefore addressed himself to the victorious figure in the goat-skins. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Gertrude Stein A very striking figure and a very satisfying one in the crowd of mixed nationalities. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Henry James Paul Overt suspected her of a tendency to figure great people as larger than life, until he noticed the manner in which she handled Lady Egbert, which was so sharply mutinous that it reassured him. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

He was standing in the hall, trying to figure out what to do, feeling so ashamed, when Earle appeared with his boots in his hand. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

A single glance satisfied me that the figure was that of my French attendant. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edith Wharton What other guarantee have I got?” “That I mean what I say?” Millner glanced past the banker’s figure at his rich densely coloured background of Spanish leather and mahogany. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Anna Katherine Green From the end of the forty foot room, his seated figure confronted them, silent, staring and unmoving. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

E. Phillips Oppenheim Behind her came Hincks, a changed man, debonair and happy, perfectly at ease and a very attractive figure in his new uniform. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They hesitated for a moment, acutely conscious of his disapproving glance, his burly figure filled the doorway. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Anthony Trollope As a rule, no figure should be drawn in a position which it is impossible to suppose any figure should maintain. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

The fame of Cairns had travelled before him to Rosanna, but none had been prepared for a figure so weird or for a countenance so forbidding and malign. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Suddenly the door opened, and a figure came out and closed the door softly after it. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

G. K. Chesterton Through all this coloured comedy there advanced the rigid figure of M. Marcus, with a visage which announced vividly that that political Puritan did not believe in puppet-shows. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Guy de Maupassant It was empty, clear, profound, full of light! But my figure was not reflected in it . Le Horla by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Jules Verne Ma figure haletante disait toutes mes souffrances. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

H. G. Wells Across these drowsy thought-phantoms came the figure of Mr. Rupert Catskill, hands on hips, face and head thrust forward speaking, saying astonishing things. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

D. H. Lawrence She stood, a small stubborn figure with tight-pressed lips and big, sullen, childish eyes, watching him, white with fear. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Radclyffe Hall Grey eyes — no, blue, and a round-about figure — plump hands, with soft skin always puckered from soap-suds — a housemaid’s knee that had pained very badly: See that dent? That’s the water . The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Nellie Bly She was the most charming figure in that group around the wood fire. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Next minute the figure of a man appeared: Miss Craig was relieved to see that the stranger was a clergyman. Across the Moors by W. F. Harvey

Theodore Dreiser They will naturally figure as the principal assets of the firm. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

But at the same instant, in the dim light of the rifle-flashes, I saw or thought I saw a figure standing near the place where the rifle had flashed. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

T. E. Lawrence A white-headed figure checked us for a moment, but he never stirred, and so we judged him a kilometre post. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Trollope In figure she was small, but not so small as she looked to be. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Then with a sudden display of energy, “Emily’s figure is not what you would call plump. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

E. Phillips Oppenheim Suddenly I remember the little black figure whom not a minute ago I had seen crossing the market-place. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Leon Trotsky And there were many of these Dorns. Above them all towered the figure of Falz-Fein the Sheep King, a “Kannitverstan” of the steppes. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Wilkie Collins Emily’s slim finely-strung figure spoke for itself as to the first of these misfortunes, and asserted its happy freedom from the second, if she only walked across a room. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Guy de Maupassant It was Jean Varin himself, Jean Varin. After a long struggle, and painful hesitation, he put the figure down onto the table. An Adventure in Paris (Une Aventure Parisienne) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

But while he was applauding himself for this resolution, the door opened, and the figure appeared at it, beckoning and nodding to him, with a familiarity somewhat terrifying. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Thomas Hardy Some of the men had turned their heads when the young preacher’s figure arose among them. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Virginia Woolf She climbed another step and looked down once more upon the figure that was only partly lit up, standing in the street with a colorless face turned upwards. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Julian Hawthorne In figure he was above the medium size, and appeared strongly built, though he had complained to me more than once of rheumatism or some other bodily failing. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

A figure squeezed in beside me behind the chimney-stack. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Marcel Prous Proportions minuscules de la figure de la femme, effet logique et nécessaire de la façon dont l’amour se développe, claire allégorie de la nature subjective de cet amour. Albertine disparue by Marcel Prous

Henry James A couple of tapers, however, twinkled on the altar and just enabled him to perceive a figure seated by one of the pillars. The American by Henry James [1877]

The old woman was coming up; her broken figure hovered in crippled little jumps on the edge of the light; they heard her mumbling, and a light, moaning sigh. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

James Joyce The figure of a woman as she appears in the liturgy of the church passed silently through the darkness: a white-robed figure, small and slender as a boy, and with a falling girdle. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Anthony Trollope The figure of Mr. Western asking with an angry voice why he had not been told did alarm her. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

It was not always like the adversity we figure in allegory; it had its moments of being like prosperity, and if upon the whole it was continual, it was not incessant. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells He meditated for some time, and then took pen and ink and improved Lewisham’s careless “one” to “five” and touched up his unticked figure one to correspond. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Thomas Hardy Besides the watchman who called the hours and weather in Casterbridge that night there walked a figure up and down corn Street hardly less frequently. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Robert Louis Stevenson And in the study we may reconstruct for ourselves some pale figure of what life then was. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Galsworthy Thinking: ‘Too much taste — too many knick-knacks,’ she saw in an old lacquer-framed mirror the figure of a girl coming in from the verandah. To Let by John Galsworthy

George Eliot She even saw a tall female figure by the column of smoke, doubtless the gypsy-mother, who provided the tea and other groceries; it was astonishing to herself that she did not feel more delighted. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

In the darkness the mother saw the faint outline of her straight figuregray on the black background. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Arthur Conan Doyle The captain had heard that the Governor was an eccentric, but he was hardly prepared for the curious figure who came limping feebly down his quarter-deck, his steps supported by a thick bamboo cane. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

To David she was truly an amazing sight, for her stoutness and shortness of figure gave her, lying there with a handsome China shawl over her knees, the appearance of a bolster. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

G. K. Chesterton It is against the snow that we see the flaming mediaeval figures; and especially that memorable figure who (like Campbell of Glenure) had no right to have red hair when he was dead. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Thomas Hardy Half-way up the steepest part of the pass he saw in the dusk a figure pausing — the single person on the incline. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Ford Madox Ford She hadn’t, in complexion, in figure or in the languor of her gestures, aged by a minute. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Her figure is regular, and so are her features, that can’t be gainsaid; and if her eyes were not so utterly devoid of life, I may say, of the power of vision, she might pass for a beauty. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

George Eliot At last she saw a figure crawling slowly out of a house, and soon sinking back in a sitting posture against the wall. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Marie Corelli And still he stared persistently at the glorious figure of the Christ, till the Divine eyes seemed to flash the fire of an everlasting wrath upon his treacherous soul. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Algernon Blackwood The figure of “N.H.” still was definite enough in form indeed, yet at the same time taking the rays into itself as though it were a body of light. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Sinclair Lewis Then you don’t think — you’re quite sure I ought to stay here in town?” “I told you so! I certainly do!” She crept back to her room, a small timorous figure in white. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

I found it, sure enough, and was about to return, when I saw a figure that seemed to emerge from the crater itself. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Of course it was tampering with my figure — in an almshouse there aren’t any; but that’s the way it presents itself to the best of them. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

At sight of this lowering figure Hannah uttered a squawk, and fled with cheeks red as fire. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Edith Wharton They fixed their eyes simultaneously on the case opposite them, and when the official figure had vanished down a vista of mummies and sarcophagi Archer spoke again. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

I have described the female figure at the upper end of the north wall, and how she holds in her right hand the ankh and in her left the jackal-headed sceptre. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Jules Verne C’est une sorte de ketch malais, à deux mâts, à poupe carrée, monté par une dizaine d’hommes, sous les ordres d’un capitaine de figure énergique. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

John Galsworthy To their right was the round beech tree clump of Duncton, to the left the open Down; no figure was on the road in front. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Anthony Hope But, looking back, he saw the figure of a mounted constable just coming into sight behind him. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Wilkie Collins She is nearly as tall as Lady Janet herself, and possesses a grace and beauty of figure not always seen in women who rise above the medium height. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

It was too dark for him to see any figure then, only the tombstones loomed on him in ghostly shapes. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Henry Handel Richardson Nor would he have been human, had he not at heart felt proud of the fine figure cut by his bride-elect. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

The arms that were emblazoned on the panel were peculiar; I remember especially one device — it was the figure of a stork, painted in carmine, upon what the heralds call a “field or. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Marie Corelli Then seeing the Cardinal, she smiled — and her gaze wandered slowly to the bent, white-haired figure crouching beside her, whose whole frame was shaken by sobs. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The figure of a man had loomed up out of the darkness. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Marcel Prous Les adieux de Bloch, déplissant à peine dans la figure de la marquise un languissant sourire, ne lui arrachèrent pas une parole, et elle ne lui tendit pas la main. Le Côté de Guermantes by Marcel Prous

Abraham Merri Except for the slaves, on it was but one little figure — one toy. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

The figure of a man appeared, coming along the road at a brisk pace, and carrying a large bundle in his arms, enveloped in his cloak. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle Over the parapet there appeared a ball of brass, then a pair of great brazen shoulders, and lastly the full figure of an armored man. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Charles Kingsley It is Eustace Leigh. The other is a familiar of the Holy Office. He holds in his hand a lamp, from which the light falls on a bed of straw, and on the sleeping figure of a man. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Marcel Prous L’inverti se croit seul de sa sorte dans l’univers; plus tard seulement, il se figure — autre exagération — que l’exception unique, c’est l’homme normal. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

William Henry Bragg It is therefore comparable with the difference between the corresponding figure in column VI and the absorption coefficient of tissue paper ; and 0. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

And such beauty, sir,” he continued in a lower tone, intended for Valera’s ear alone, “such, unusually transcendent beauty! Such a face and figure are worth all the talent in the world. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then his whole figure appeared at the top, staggering like a drunken man. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

These words, however, cannot be uttered without intermediate physical processes in the bulb and vagi nerves, which processes nevertheless fail to figure in the mental activity-series at all. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her figure was still slim and elegant, the streaks of grey in her raven black hair were few and far between. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]