Phrases with "figures"

These figures were wary in their movements and perfectly silent of foot, like beasts of prey slinking about a camp fire. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

George Eliot She was not left long alone with the frescoed figures and the newly-lit tapers. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Walter Scott The figures of Celtic poetry, in themselves highly imaginative, were scarce sufficient for the enthusiasm of the ambitious bard, rising in his tone as he perceived the feelings which he was exciting. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

James Joyce They looked vacantly after some figures in the crowd and sometimes made a critical remark. Dubliners by James Joyce

Henry James She noticed how he passed over some things quickly, his first glance sufficing to show him if they were worth another, and then recognised in a moment the figures that made some appeal. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Jules Verne Chiefs of high position may be known by the finish and precision and truth of the design, which sometimes covers their whole bodies with the figures of animals. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Washington Irving At length they came running back into the Hall of Ambassadors in a mock paroxysm of terror; they had positively seen two spectral figures all in white. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Walter Scott He figures largely in mediaeval minstrelsy, where the achievements of his knights, or paladins, rival those of Arthur’s court. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Two figures passed, without perceiving me; they were in earnest conversation. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Rudyard Kipling At every half mile the horses and the donkeys jumped the water-channels — up, on, change your leg, and off again like figures in a zoetrope, till they grew small along the line of waterwheels. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Thomas Hardy The figures of these rural sutlers could be seen creeping up the slopes, laden like bees, to a spot in the rear of the camp, where there was a kind of market-place on the greensward. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

The devil incarnate is one of the familiar figures in the terror novel. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

The autumn sunshine streamed in upon them through the great windows of the church, and wrapped them in yellow light, like the figures of Joseph and Mary in an old picture. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Sinclair Lewis Where he got them did not matter to him; figures in the daily papers, in the census report, or in the Miscellany Column of the Sanctification Herald were equally valid. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Rudyard Kipling Bulaki Ram feared the Hajji, because the Hajji had often gloatingly appraised his skill in figures at five thousand rupees upon any slave-block. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Walter Crane Every group of figures must be in the strictest relation to each other and to the central interest or expression of the design. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

A great bustle and much preparation seemed to be going on within the convent, and veiled figures were flitting about, whispering, arranging, etc. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

H. G. Wells First one and then two other wrappered figures came out of the bungalows to join the first. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

M. P. Shiel This then being so, I was made all the more certain of my conjecture that the central figures on the papyrus were drawn from a Greek model. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

These precious specimens the Botham sisters used to borrow, and contrived to reproduce the figures by means of moulds made of paper pulp. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

H. G. Wells Little figures stand out enlarged, chosen by the hazard that they wrote or talked or carried a camera, to represent the nameless millions who have left no record. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

No shadow upon the brightness of his daughter’s beauty could possibly escape the old man’s eyes, dim as they may have grown for the figures in his banking-book. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

All the events of the past day or two kept crowding into her mind one upon another in flaring colours, like the figures in some hideous phantasmagoria. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

Benjamin Disraeli The dream is past, the spell is broken, and even the lore on which I pondered in my first youth is strange as figures in Egyptian tombs. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Arthur Conan Doyle For two hours I watched him as he covered sheet after sheet of paper with figures and letters, so completely absorbed in his task that he had evidently forgotten my presence. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle Nine-and-seventy Alleyne counted of these dark figures flitting across the line of the moonlight. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Algernon Blackwood The figures looked like shadows as he caught glimpses of their quiet movements far below. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Ford Madox Ford She laid the figures before Edward, who maintained an unbroken silence. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

H. G. Wells The bright little figures ceased to move about below, a noiseless owl flitted by, and I shivered with the chill of the night. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

When he came up this second time he was well under the island bank, and he saw dim figures running along the marsh, led by one who was flashing the torch. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim We gave him the correct figures but he only laughed at us. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

George Meredith History without her is the skeleton map of events: Fiction a picture of figures modelled on no skeleton-anatomy. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Charles Dickens But, the fierce figures were steadily wending East, West, North, and South, be that as it would; and whosoever hung, fire burned. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Only, as my memory drew it, it should have been peopled with strange figuresnymphs dancing on the sward, and a prick-eared faun peeping from the covert. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

James Joyce Beneath were sloping figures and at the foot a crooked signature with blind loops and a blot. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Young Mervyn had gone down the steps to see it duly placed; a murky, fiery light; came up, against which the descending figures looked black and cyclopean. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

At length the knocking at the door became louder, — the latch was lifted, — and three figures entered the apartment in which Walberg sat. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Arthur Conan Doyle It consists of a number of absurd little figures dancing across the paper upon which they are drawn. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

The moon had climbed higher into the heavens, by two hours’ journeying, since those figures first sat down — and yet they had moved not. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

He was glad, nevertheless, that Hesketh was coming, gratified that it would now be his turn to show prospects, and turn figures into facts, and make plain the imperial profit from the further side. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Gustave Flauber The material, upborne by the sea breeze, shone in the sunlight with its colours, its gems, and the figures of its gods. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Maria Edgeworth He showed me two excellent figures of French poissardes, and also a good cat, of his doing; — but my Caesar was the best of his works. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

William Henry Bragg The following values of the ratio were found by Porter and myself, using Sn X rays (Proc. Roy. Soc., 85, May, 1911): These figures give an idea of the amount of the dissymmetry. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

The old fortune~teller rocked to and fro in her chair, like those legless plaster figures that sway upon convex loaded bottoms. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

Among them, on them, beneath, in and a part of them, were figures and fragments of figures of gigantic men. The Mirage by Ambrose Bierce

Anthony Trollope But he had not as yet succeeded in seeing light through his figures when he was interrupted by the arrival of a letter which altogether arrested his attention. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Caroline Lamb Minute guns were fired at every pause; after which a slow solemn chaunt began; and the smoke of incense ascended till it partially concealed the dark figures of the men. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

These figures are guesswork, and I should be interested if someone would correct them for me. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Algernon Blackwood The figures certainly were chanting, but their chanting was not all he heard. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Andrew Lang How, after describing such a character as Clarissa, Richardson could turn to the whale-bone figures in “Sir Charles Grandison” is quite incomprehensible. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Typically, the chief figures of this group are mother, brothers and sisters, and father, to which are often added nursemaid, governess, and other servants. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Marjorie Bowen Across this scene of the handsome room, with its pleasant appointments, with the figures of young man and woman, rose the picture of a tablet in the parish church. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

F. Scott Fitzgerald There were Burne and Fred Sloane arrayed to the last dot like the lurid figures on college posters. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Walter Crane The miniaturist of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries constantly relieved his groups of figures upon a diapered ground. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

I suspect that a hopeful temperament and fondness for round numbers have always caused him to set his figures beyond his actual worth. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Two figures were coming down from the Jaeger’s cottage. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

It was scarcely possible to distinguish the figures I beheld, apparently guiding or superintending the rapid movements of vast engines, from human forms endowed with thought. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Sinclair Lewis He took his figures to Raymond Pearl the biometrician, who thought less of them than did Martin himself. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

George Eliot I know these figures I have just written, as if they were a long familiar inscription. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

There was only one change in the setting; the three figures seemed to be gradually closing together. Prester John by John Buchan

Margaret Oliphant But then he paused again, and turning round faced once more the darkening water, the boat lying like a shadow upon the beach, the vague figures of the men about it. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

G. K. Chesterton Too much hot and high emotion had gone to the creation of one of his great figures for it to be possible for him without embarrassment ever to speak with it again. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

H. G. Wells They stood there, dim little figures and very close together. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Baldwin Spencer Good figures of one of these are given by Dr. Basedow, op. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

In the brilliant dusty light, figures moved now to country dances. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Anna Katherine Green Both figures leaned, intent, and in another moment she had gripped his arm and clung there. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Wilkie Collins I showed you my private account-book, and when you attempted to defend yourself, I pointed to the means of falsifying the figures in the ledger which lay before me in your own dressing-case. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

By his side he hung a good broadsword of tempered steel, the bluish blade marked all over with strange figures of dragons, winged women, and what not. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Nathaniel Hawthorne But Kenyon was not deceived; he had recognized the voices of his friends, indeed, even before their disguised figures came between him and the sunlight. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle All along the green fringe of bowmen might be seen the steel-clad figures of knights and squires who had pushed their way into the front line to share the fortune of the archers. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Arnold Bennett Then the concertina ceased playing, so that an undistracted attention might be given to the supremely difficult final figures of the dance. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

H. G. Wells There are also figures that may be a note of his diminishing ammunition. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

H. G. Wells I became aware of her as one of a number of interesting attractive figures that moved about in my world, that glanced back at my eyes, that flitted by with a kind of averted watchfulness. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle In every direction I could see camp fires upon the sides of the hills, and already figures had begun to move around them. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

I cast my eyes back on the road we had come, and I thought I saw some figures a mile back, on the edge of the Letaba gorge. Prester John by John Buchan

Algernon Blackwood They were not figures necessarily; they were Powers. And “N.H.” was of their kind. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

William Henry Bragg These figures are taken from Mme. Curie’s Traite de Radioactivite, Vol. ii. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Several pairs of figures stalked solemnly past the niche without stopping. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle Our second post is now overdue, and I shall be surprised if it does not bring us either a further letter of explanation, or, as is more probable, the very volume to which these figures refer. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Their figures were shining against the black background of the forest with a pale, supernatural light — green and ghostly. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

The draped altar was hidden by figures — human or infernal — moving round it in a slow dance. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Ford Madox Ford He had had it from mere ‘articles’— on the philosophies and domestic lives of such great figures as Carlyle and Mill, or on the expansion of inter-colonial trade. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Mark Twain Be very careful and ATTENTIVE while you are drawing your first whale from my sample and writing the word and figures under it, so that you will not need to copy the sample any more. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Their shafts are covered with figures of gods, and emblems, and lines of hieroglyphed inscription, all cut in low relief. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

G. K. Chesterton While the rest were occupied in their respective ways with acting or scenery, two other figures in that human drama remained loyal to other enthusiasms, not without effect on their future. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim One of the strangest figures imaginable reeled into the room—to Sophy, a heaven-sent, amazing figure. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

G. K. Chesterton Compare, for instance, the public figures that make a background in each book. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle He took down ledgers and flashed great rows of figures before the eyes of the good doctor, explaining, at the same time, how month after month their receipts increased and their capital grew. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Jack London Ernest began by describing the army of revolution, and as he gave the figures of its strength (the votes cast in the various countries), the assemblage began to grow restless. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Samuel Johnson His figures neither divert by distortion nor amaze by aggravation. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Let us look at the changes of construction which are called figures to see if Homer also first invented these. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Virginia Woolf Remarkable faces, figures of strong outline and gnarled feature have flashed upon us in passing; but it is through her eyes that we have seen them. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Robert Louis Stevenson As night draws on, the single figures melt into the dusk, until only an obscure stir, and coming and going of black clusters, is visible upon the loch. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Tobias Smolle Among the principal figures of life, he observed few or no characters that did not bear a strong analogy to the savage tyrants of the wood. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

One of the chief figures had been a well-known London solicitor called Troth, who was the mystery man of the whole business. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

That day dawned blood-red and beautiful, but in a little it was a blinding blue from pole to pole, and the thermometer in the veranda reached three figures before breakfast. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Another thing he mentions — that the figures dance before his eyes in bed at night, and he is adding them up in his brain as if it were daytime and reality. Breaking Down by Ellen Wood [1872]

As she drove up she was aware of two tall figures pacing amicably together in the dusk. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

She thought, looking into the fire and feeling perhaps the figures in the room gather more closely about her, that she had never been charitable enough. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Jacques Futrelle Please bear those figures in mind a moment. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

H. G. Wells Great Britain then constituted the healthiest and most law-abiding community in the world, but the figures that emerge to the student of history present what seems to us an appalling welter of crime. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Isabella Bird Their figures are spoilt (if they ever had any) by early maternity and hard work. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Ford Madox Ford I heard a woman in the promenade of the Empire say once that it was the likes of them that saved the lives and figures of all the virtuous women of the country. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Jack London Of course, the Iron Heel kept the figures secret, but, at a very conservative estimate, at least one hundred and thirty thousand Mercenaries were slain. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Charles Dickens Three figures were huddled up below me, with the moonshine falling on them in ragged streaks through the gaps between the men standing or sitting above them. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

Edgar Allan Poe They attired me for the coffin — three or four dark figures which flitted busily to and fro. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Abraham Merri There were several figures walking there among the trees. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Walter Scott Both figures were animated, and, as it appeared, standing within six feet of him. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Ford Madox Ford The stab of hope that she had that one of the two figures would turn out to be the presentable man died . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Louisa May Alcott That night he looked as if he would like the fun of quizzing her figures and pretending to be horrified at her extravagance, as he often did, being particularly proud of his prudent wife. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Arthur Conan Doyle In silence we stood together in the darkness and watched the hurrying figures who passed and repassed in front of us. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

H. G. Wells Its light came glaring in through vast windows and arches and showed Graham that he was now one of a dense mass of flying black figures pressed back across the lower area of the great theatre. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

But he remains, for all that, a genius; and one of the great figures in our history. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

H. G. Wells And coming quickly across this opened room and up to the very verge of the cliff of the ruins came a little white clad figure followed by two other smaller seeming figures in black and yellow. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I saw my clerk, James Mulholland, leave the hotel where you were staying, and the figures from which you have made your offer were obtained from him. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Huitt sat like a sphinx, except that every now and then he made a comment, and once or twice he corrected his fellow guest’s figures with regard to some undertaking. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

I did not understand him nor his mother then; which made them more impressive; but I have discovered since that those two figures required no mystery to make them memorable. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

M. P. Shiel He no longer consulted the news, or examined the figures on the tablet. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

She recalled the three women who had visited her the day before, in the better-remembered figures of their childhood and young girlhood; and their present character did not seem a broken promise. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Abraham Merri And the jewelled craft was manned! Why, Kenton wondered, had he not noticed the tiny figures before? It was as though they had just arisen from the deck . The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

D. H. Lawrence I’ll get the figures by tonight. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Algernon Blackwood They the Devonham and his busy little figures called it sleep. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

His fall seemed perpendicular — there was nought to save him — the rock was as smooth as ice — the ocean of fire broke at its foot! Suddenly a groupe of figures appeared, ascending as he fell. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Jules Verne They have even calculated ——” “Oh, dear!” murmured Michel, “the figures are coming. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Leon Trotsky These were secondary figures of the period of the decline of the populist movement. My Life by Leon Trotsky

D. H. Lawrence Slowly the two figures diminished, on the whitish, up-curving road, laboring slowly up toward Papplewick village. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

High on the wall of masonry and earth a great gun loomed, and around it figures moved in silhouettes. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Edgar Allan Poe There were much glare and glitter and piquancy and phantasm — much of what has been since seen in “Hernani.” There were arabesque figures with unsuited limbs and appointments. The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The bonfire began to die out, but every now and then a circle of small black figures would join hands and dance round it, scattering wildly after a moment or two. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Edith Wharton It was a small group still, with heterogeneous figures suspended in large unpeopled spaces; but Lily did not take long to learn that its regulation was no longer in Mr. Stancy’s hands. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

He was gazing at the coming figures with the most intense gaze, a curious expression of inquiring doubt on his face. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

Rudyard Kipling There was Board meetin’ on Wednesday; an’ I sat overnight in the engine-room, takin’ figures to support my case. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Often perversely unfair to the majority of his English contemporaries, the scales seem to fall from his eyes in dealing with the great figures of other nations. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

For several miles the Coorong track had been winding at the edge of the lake, and they had been able to note the figures upon the mile posts. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

William Makepeace Thackeray The sacred personage introduced in Dumas’s play behind a cloud, figures bodily in the piece of the Massacre of the Innocents, represented at Paris last year. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Edith Wharton It was easier to think without those five figures dancing before her eyes; and she had a great deal of thinking to do before she slept. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Isabella Bird The figures of the American ladies in youth are very sylph-like and elegant; and this appearance is obtained without the use of those artificial constraints so justly to be condemned. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

The figures above Black Wolf had suddenly become animated into a giddy whirl. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

At the turning in of the grassy court two figures made her pause — two men on horseback. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Virginia Woolf By degrees white figures with shady hats came in at the door, admitting a wedge of the hot summer day, and shutting it out again. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

He was a gentleman in mind and manners and a pleasant one into the bargain, though he did pass his days adding up figures and was kept down by poverty. Breaking Down by Ellen Wood [1872]

As he grew older, however, his inspiration weakened; his command of his material left him; and he was no longer able to fill the figures of his creation with the old intellectual sublimity. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

The figures on the wallpaper, the figures that those children had grown up with, looked friendly and alive. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Total. “The figures totaled 10,000. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

I had read the unemployment figures but I had no notion of what they implied; above all, I did not know the essential fact that ‘respectable’ poverty is always the worst. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Isis wears a rich robe of the well-known Indian pine-pattern; Sekhet figures in a many-coloured garment curiously diapered; Amen is clad in red and green chain armour. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Jules Verne A telescope-case would probably be the property of some one on board a ship; and the figures obviously referred to the astronomical wonders that had been experienced. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Arthur Conan Doyle A howl of triumph rose from amidst the bushes, and a dozen wild figures armed with club and with spear, rushed upon the prostrate man. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Edgar Wallace And then there is the stone in the grounds, with all those queer figures and letters which have to be deciphered. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

Then there were pictures all over the place, figures cut out, colored engravings nailed up with four tacks, and portraits of all kinds of persons taken from the illustrated papers. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

It had evidently been made out by him at some previous time, for the body of the writing was in firm characters and the ink blue, while the figures were faintly inscribed in muddy black. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James They are all figures rather than characters — they are all pictures rather than persons. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

G. K. Chesterton Anyhow, I did think, instantly and very vividly, of a shadow-pantomime; and, the next instant, I saw one of the pantomime figures passing in black silhouette across the wall. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

H.P. Lovecraft In the center yawns a great open door, reached by an impressive flight of steps, and surrounded by exquisite carvings like the figures of Bacchanals in relief. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

H. G. Wells This rather more ambitious attempt commemorates the completion of Love and Mr. Lewisham. What the little figures rocketing across the left hand corner of the picture intimate I do not know. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Virginia Woolf Thus it comes about that his fragment revives, indeed stamps afresh, the great figures of the epoch, and, what is no less important, illumines the lesser figures by whom they were surrounded. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Thomas Hardy The immediate subject of their talk being exhausted she felt more embarrassed at sitting thus beside her past lover; but soon the two figures of the others were visible at the entrance to the town. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Conan Doyle Another heading was “ Argentine,” another “Costa Rica,” and another “San Paulo,” each with pages of signs and figures after it. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Edgar Rice Burroughs As I let my eyes roam over the scene I suddenly became aware of figures moving upon the flat top of a far-distant butte. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

The student of the seventeenth century opened his Licetus and saw figures of a lion with the head of a woman, and a man with the head of an elephant. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle By its light I saw far away upon the hillside two dark figures pursuing each other with extreme rapidity across the fells. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Mark Twain He figures up what all these taxes ought to amount to in a certain district. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Jack London Some, covered with obscene totemic figures and designs, were carved from solid tree trunks forty or fifty feet in length. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

D. H. Lawrence But there it was: the people seemed little, upright brisk figures moving in a certain isolation, like tiny figures on a big stage. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Nathaniel Hawthorne Some of the branches hung so low as partly to conceal the figures that went before from those who followed. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Edmund Burke These figures in painting would be clear enough, but I fear they might become ridiculous. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

H. G. Wells Here are the sort of figures that are generally given. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry James It was an evening, it was a world of types, and this was a connexion above all in which the figures and faces in the stalls were interchangeable with those on the stage. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

T. E. Lawrence Before I had climbed to the guns the hollow was alive with shots, and with the brown figures of the Beduin leaping forward to grips with the enemy. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

James Joyce Why is the underplot of King Lear in which Edmund figures lifted out of Sidney’s Arcadia and spatchcocked on to a Celtic legend older than history? — That was Will’s way, John Eglinton defended. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Jack London These figures are taken from a royal commission report and are authentic. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Anthony Trollope And he will listen with wondrous patience to the details of guides, jotting down figures in a little book, and asking wonder-working questions which no guide can answer. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

Wilkie Collins It stretched obliquely across the counterpane, and its dusky edges touched the figures of the mother and child. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

G. K. Chesterton I was pleased, and not displeased, when I discovered that the magic figures could be moved by three human fingers. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Charles Dickens Some of these were empty; in some, the rowers lay asleep; towards one, I saw some figures coming down a gloomy archway from the interior of a palace: gaily dressed, and attended by torch-bearers. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

There were human figures in it, and — yes — up here in the centre, nearest him, was a woman’s head. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

John Morley His was one of the robust and incisive constitutions, to which doubt figures as a sickness, and where intellectual apprehension is an impossibility. Voltaire by John Morley

Thomas Hardy The shadowy black figures of pedestrians moved up, down, and across the embrowned roadway. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

The figures in the chapels at Oropa are not as good as the best of those at Varallo, but some of them are very nice notwithstanding. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

H.P. Lovecraft I could master every detail of a book merely by glancing over it as fast as I could turn the leaves; while my skill at interpreting complex figures in an instant was veritably awesome. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They are all just a hopeless tangle of figures and wild calculations! Nobody could possibly make anything coherent out of them. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

There was nothing new in the latest scandal, only another turn of the old figures in the old kaleidoscope. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

A moment later I had a glimpse of figures on the edge of the forest, moving fast to the mouth of the glen. Prester John by John Buchan

E. Phillips Oppenheim They were like figures in some strange and tragical tableau, only their immovability was unnatural. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Zona Gale It occurred to St. George that they passed as figures in a dream will pass, in the casual fashion of all unreality, taking all things for granted. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

H. G. Wells Graham saw the aperture of the ventilator with ghostly snow whirling above it and dark figures moving hastily. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

George Gissing The rector’s eyes were still fixed upon the figures on the lawn, when a sudden ring at the door-bell announced the arrival of a visitor. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Mark Twain On either side, as one walks down the middle of the passage, are monuments, tombs, and sculptured figures that are exquisitely wrought and are full of grace and beauty. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Richardson figures a pair of antlers of the wild reindeer with twenty-nine points. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

H. G. Wells They are the figures for England and Wales for two typical periods. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Sinclair Lewis Their wet and corpselike heads were seen clearly in the glare; the pier was only a skeleton, a cage round a boiling of flame, with dots of figures still dropping from the promenade. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Theodore Dreiser Very graceful — those little lacy dancing figures — aren’t they? A delightful color scheme. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Guy de Maupassan He handed her a paper, which she took without knowing what she was doing and read the figuresninety francs — which she paid without a word. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

She was intensely desirous of seeing Lord Bosworth, and she fixed her eyes, with ardent curiosity, on the group of figures slowly advancing down the gallery. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Anthony Trollope He wrote the figures on a bit of paper; that was the way. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

The floor covered with kneeling figures — some enveloped in the reboso, others in the mantilla, and all alike devout, at least in outward seeming. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

The figures were admittedly incorrect; the sum of the shares came not to 2000 pounds, but to 1996 pounds, 6 shillings: 3 pounds, 14 shillings being thus left unclaimed. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

In square and other angular figures the influence is dissipated, and does not proceed in straight lines or in convenient arcs. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Chapters V and VI provided for the performance of agricultural labours in the Other World. The text of Chapter VI was cut on figures made of stone, wood, etc. The Book of the Dead by E. A. Wallis Budge

E. F. Benson Four figures disembarked, three female and one male. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]