Phrases with "flash"

Edith Wharton As she did so, it struck her with a flash of irony that she was indebted to Gus Trenor for the means of buying them. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

H. G. Wells It occurred to me in a flash that he was intoxicated, possibly by the fungus. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

George Gissing One scrap of dialogue she had with Grace, and her eyes answered with a flash of hatred to the arrogance of the other’s regard. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

When Gourlay was in wrath he had a widening glower that enveloped the offender; yet his eye seemed to stab — a flash shot from its centre to transfix and pierce. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

As I lay, breathing fast, drifting on the sea, far out beyond the gulls I saw a flash of white, and an arm was lifted, signalling me. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

The flash of a silk hat, and the deferential way in which the assembled neighbors fell back to clear a passage, made his identity clear. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Rudyard Kipling The lama, seeing the flash of the metal, droned a blessing. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Her first glance at his face brought a flash of pleasure, the next a look of fear. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Willa Cather As he came up the shady road, he saw with disappointment the flash of two white dresses instead of one, moving about in the sunny flower garden. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell And yet at times Hester thought, or rather a flash came across her mind, as if all things were not as right as they seemed. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

George Meredith They say, ’tis as ready to flash out as your temper. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Virginia Woolf Out of the corner of his eye, as he raised his glass, he saw a flash of white in the garden. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Wilkie Collins Strangely enough, at the moment when I addressed him, a flash came, and seemed to pass right over his face. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Algernon Blackwood The deep baying of dogs woke me once, just before the dawn, it must have been, for I saw the window frame against the sky; there was a flash of lightning, too, I thought, as I turned over in bed. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Edith Wharton In a flash she saw the peril of this departure. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Edith Wharton In a flash all her torturing doubts fell away from her. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

The Putney business is all very well — supremely delightful, in short, while it lasts — but such a mere lightning flash of excitement. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Rafael Sabatini In a flash Casanova saw light. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

The fraudulent clerk and the flash “cracksman” interchanged experiences. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

D. H. Lawrence Their eyes met in the briefest flash of a glance, then both turned their faces aside. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Morrison The flash of a bull’s-eye dazzled him, and he staggered back. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Arthur Conan Doyle His face was long, thin, and hollow-cheeked, with a pair of great thatched eyebrows and deep sunken melancholy eyes, which lit up upon occasion with a sudden quick flash of fiery enthusiasm. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

G. K. Chesterton This serene and pastoral decline, surely the mildest of slopes into death, was suddenly diversified by a flash of something lying far below. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

H. G. Wells Between us there was a flash of complete understanding. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Edith Wharton Perhaps after all there’s a way — ” In a flash she was out of his arms, and ecstatically facing him. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Jack London He leaped in with a flash of fangs that ripped down the side of the mastiff’s neck. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle Quick as a flash old Wat’s arrow had sped, and the Butcher sprang back with a howl of pain, his hand skewered by a cloth-yard shaft. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Anthony Trollope In figure, form, and face she never demanded immediate homage by the sudden flash of her beauty. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Thomas Carlyle Napoleon’s working, accordingly, what was it with all the noise it made? A flash as of gunpowder wide-spread; a blazing-up as of dry heath. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

For a flash they looked upon each other, and then glanced guiltily aside; and Carthew fled from the eye of his accomplice, and stood leaning on the taffrail. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Wilkie Collins Their natural expression flew back into her eyes with the rapidity of a flash of light. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

F. Scott Fitzgerald As if in answer to his prayers came a flash of lightning and he looked eagerly at her who stood beside him on the soggy haystack, ten feet above the ground. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

D. H. Lawrence Like a flash her small white hand went out and smacked his face. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Wolfe In a flash of stabbing pity she felt the wonder, the strangeness, and the miracle of living. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Robert Louis Stevenson The same cry, in words not very different, came from both of us, that the other was come in compliment to say farewell, and then we perceived in a flash we were to ship together. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

A flash of lightning ran down my spine, I heard the dull crash of the ash stake, and then a very gentle patter like the sound of a far-distant stream. Across the Moors by W. F. Harvey

Every flash of lightning revealed for an instant the desolate landscape, the rocking trees, the swollen torrents rushing in floods to the valley. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

E. F. Benson Immediately after a peal of thunder crackled just above the house, but the probability that it was only a flash of lightning which awoke me gave no reassurance to my galloping heart. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

In a flash the head of a python arose, and with gaping jaws struck as the branch fell from my hand. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Rudyard Kipling They’d dance on the nakid roads in the nakid daytime; they’d flash their liddle green lights along the diks, comin’ an’ goin’, like honest smugglers. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Algernon Blackwood Power and deep delight rose in me, but with them a flash of stupid, earthly terror. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle Quick as a flash Burt sprang upon him and struck him down with a life-preserver. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

He knew very little about the value of etchings and passed them by, but his light happening to flash upon a small painting at the end of the row, he moved up closer to look at it. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

H. G. Wells Two! In a flash he rose to his position. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

G. K. Chesterton In a flash I remembered all the fairy-tales about princes turned to marble and princesses changed to snow. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

At least it has been noticed that when the time comes for the flash young bulls to be banished, and they are transported, the mother’s grief is loud-voiced and prolonged. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Thomas Wolfe But he also liked the long velvet backs of lovely women, and the flash of jewellery about their necks. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

H. G. Wells I remember I did that, but I do not remember clearly what was in my mind at the time; I think it was a vague rush towards the flash of companionship in her eyes. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

It was a flash of vision, and then I made a bolt for the rail. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

G. K. Chesterton But now nothing could undo or deny that flash of fact, that for a second they had been glad to be interrupted. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Now and then their horses’ hoofs struck fire from a flint-stone, and the flash sparkled through the darkness; often not even the sound of their gallop was audible on the gray, dry, loose soil. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

George Eliot Suddenly she saw a light on the stone balustrades of the balcony that projected in front of Esther’s window, and the flash of a moving candle falling on a shrub below. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

H. G. Wells Then blinding flames squirted out in all directions from the point of impact, and the little man who had jumped became, for an instant, a flash of fire and vanished — vanished absolutely. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

The flash of passion was all over very soon. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

And what is necessary to gain them? A flash of sense; a minute of wisdom; forget a dream and accept a reality. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Edith Wharton Her graces were complementary and it needed the mate’s call to reveal the flash of color beneath her neutral-tinted wings. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

She saw in a flash her opportunity to redeem his defects, use his powers, and do large, novel, rather startling things. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Miles Franklin The flash buggy has disappeared. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Arthur Morrison In a flash Grandfather Nat was through the counter-wicket. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

In a flash he realised exactly what had happened. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Henry James I used to call it the music-room, for we had anticipated Bayreuth. The very gates of the kingdom of light seemed to open and the horizon of thought to flash with the beauty of a sunrise at sea. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

Madame Durski’s house is a flash gambling crib, and all those fine gentlemen in cabs and broughams go there to play cards. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jacques Futrelle There was a flash of amazement in the young man’s face, a sudden bewilderment; the diamond expert’s countenance was expressionless. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Willa Cather The Professor had assigned him the subject with a flash of humour. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Edith Wharton In a flash the two meetings had connected themselves in his mind. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Edith Wharton She turned back to him with a flash of laughter lighting up the haggardness of her face. Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton [1907]

H. G. Wells Suddenly there was a flash of light, and a quantity of luminous greenish smoke came out of the pit in three distinct puffs, which drove up, one after the other, straight into the still air. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

A. E. W. Mason She certainly moved her foot, and I certainly saw something small and bright flash in the palm of her glove as she raised herself again. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

There was a flash of something in the air. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

But on some topics females can flash communication to female like lightning, or thought itself. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Sudden as a flash of powder he pulls out a small revolver — a Derringer — Starlight gave him once, and holds it out to me, butt-end first. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Arnold Bennett In a flash she saw Miss Spencer dead at her feet — the police — a court of justice — the scaffold. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Edith Wharton Was it possible that Denis had after all spoken? A rising hope checked her utterance, and she saw in a flash that it still lay with him to regain his hold on her. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Edith Wharton There one saw at a flash the unbridgeable difference between men like Winsett and the others — Archer’s kind. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

George Meredith It came with a flash of joy that was speedily terror, and she fell to praying vehemently and vaguely. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Yet did each flash shoot a ray of humanity and sympathy into the thick black supernatural horror. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Edith Wharton He saw in a flash that he was on unknown ground; but his one thought was that Fulvia was in trouble and looked to him for aid. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Jules Verne Strange symptoms were manifest in the air; the fog suddenly rent like a curtain torn by the wind; and for an instant, like a flash of lightning, an immense column of flame was seen on the horizon. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Charles Kingsley A flash of lightning revealed a lofty cairn above his head. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Robert Louis Stevenson In the banquet scene, while the first murderer gives account of what he has done, there comes a flash of truculent joy at the ‘twenty trenched gashes’ on Banquo’s head. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

G. K. Chesterton It was only for a flash that his face was thus lifted. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. G. Wells I heard the crack of Moreau’s pistol, and saw the pink flash dart across the tumult. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

H. G. Wells I had a flash of understanding. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

If I want you I’ll flash my torch and then you come up at once. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Her frown and the angry flash from her dark eyes asked plainly by what right he approached her at such an hour. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

H. Rider Haggard Lady Bellamy’s eyes gave a flash of triumph, and then she stood watching the pitiable exhibition of human misery as curiously as ever a Roman matron did an expiring gladiator. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Edgar Rice Burroughs It was the surprise at the blinding flash and the deafening roar that had caused her hasty but temporary retreat. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

I waited for the next flash to come and then started for it, groping my way over the rough ground to the accompaniment of the thunder. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Edith Wharton It was three o’clock now; then in a flash it was half-past. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

George Gissing I thought — if you felt able to let Mr. Barfoot know that you had no longer any —’ A flash of stern intelligence shot from the listener’s eyes. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

There was a flash of mischief in his eyes, but a very tender light as well. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

The young man in evening dress became as frantic as Marie. When lie got it running again, there was a flash of light and the film whizzed through the apparatus until it had all run out. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Edith Wharton She saw in a flash of sympathy that he would need her most if he fell beneath his fate. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

George Meredith The young enthusiast was dancing him into the condition of livid taciturnity, which could, if it would, flash out pungent epigrams of the actual world at Operatic recitative. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

It required no flash of inspiration to guess that it was Judge — but what had happened to him? Was he asleep, fainting, or drunk? . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Charles Kingsley The flash was right outside the bar. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Margaret Oliphant As Vincent stood recovering himself and regaining his breath, the sudden flash of a match struck in one of the carriages attracted his attention. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

As Gourlay sat, his eyes fixed dully on the faded ray, a flash of intuition laid his character bare to him. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

George Eliot But no; my world remained as dim as ever, and that flash of strange light refused to come again, though I watched for it with palpitating eagerness. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

A flash shot into a mounded wood far away. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Arthur Conan Doyle I saw them well in the light of an open door, but of me they could have seen only the flash of Violette’s grey side and the black flutter of my cloak. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

In a flash of a second, I suddenly became sick with fear. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

He could not manage English: he was obliged to leave that branch of education in the English teacher’s hands; which he did, not without a flash of naïve jealousy. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Algernon Blackwood In a flash it came to him that this was just what he had felt twenty-five years ago as a boy when he was in love for the first time. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Crack followed crack, flash and peal together, or so quick on each other, that no mortal could distinguish the rattle of one discharge from the bursting explosion of the other. Three Men of Badajos by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Henry James But it all went out, on her part, in a flash too — in a sudden wonderful smile. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

H. G. Wells Sometimes when I made a new success I had a flash of desire that she should witness it. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Algernon Blackwood My heart beat quicker, a flash of thin joy came up in me. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

It will be pitch dark but I know every foot of the way and shall not have to flash my torch. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Thus Franklin Pierce became the nominee of the convention; and as quickly as the lightning flash could blazon it abroad his name was on every tongue, from end to end of this vast country. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Edith Wharton He knew in a flash what the token signified, and the sight stirred his pity; but it also jarred on his strong sense of discipline, and he turned sternly to the operatives. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then in a flash he notched his shaft and drew it to the pile, his keen blue eyes glowing fiercely behind it from under his knotted brows. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

I would have sent it through the universe like a flash of fire. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

H. G. Wells Then for a flash Cavor opened a window moonward, and we saw that we were dropping towards a huge central crater with a number of minor craters grouped in a sort of cross about it. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

I jumped up in a flash and turned round. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Edith Wharton In a flash he pictured his plight if he let his disgust get the better of him and turned away from this man’s coarse friendliness. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Henry James If one talks about your affairs, my dear, one mustn’t be too particular!’ the girl continued, with a flash of passion. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Benjamin Disraeli In the darkness of his meditations a flash burst from his lurid mind, a celestial light appeared to dissipate this thickening gloom, and his soul felt as if it were bathed with the softening radiancy. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

In a flash he realised that he had been mistaken. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Bring a smart young fellow from here to make up a fourth, someone who’s used to flash life. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

He was near the Odeon theatre, when a thought quicker than a flash of lightning lit up the darkness of his brain. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

In a few seconds, however, he turned in a flash and, jumping off the verandah, ran quickly towards the big gates. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

D. H. Lawrence Paul remembered they were the hands of Clara’s husband, and a flash of hate went through him. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy Whenever a flash of reason darted like an electric light upon her lover — as it sometimes would — and showed his imperfections, she shivered thus. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was a flash of anxiety in her eyes, however, as she noticed the deepening frown on Philip’s forehead. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

William Cowper Then we are free: then liberty, like day, Breaks on the soul, and by a flash from heaven Fires all the faculties with glorious joy. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

D. H. Lawrence Its stiff blindness made a flash of rage go through him. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing All this in a flash of consciousness, whilst she pressed her sister closer to her side. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Anthony Trollope By heavens, there he is!” As he spoke the flash of a shot glimmered across their eyes, and seemed to have been fired almost within a yard of them; but they were neither of them hit. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Even when you see them it’s only for a flash of a second. Burmese Days by George Orwell

He turned in a flash and seized the animal by the throat. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

D. H. Lawrence The moon glistened on her finger-tips as he cherished them, and a flash came out of a diamond, among the darkness. The Overtone by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

The smugglers used to flash a light there. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

The flash of the diamonds caught his quick eye. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Edith Wharton This view of the Gryce incident chimed too well with Selden’s mood not to be instantly adopted by him, with a flash of retrospective contempt for what had once seemed the obvious solution. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Just as I fancy myself dropping off there comes a flash of light in my eyes, and I am broad awake again. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Gissing It came like a flash of lightning. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Edgar Wallace In a flash the packet was in his hand, and then he saw the moonlight gleam on something which the man held. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

It was but a flash: but sometimes a flash fires a mine. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Henry Handel Richardson Here, once more, her mother’s idea had broken in upon her like a flash of light, even though she could not immediately bring herself to accept it. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

In a flash it turned and tried to reach his face with snapping jaws. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

The flash of light had revealed nothing, yet it had distracted my thoughts, and the work of reloading was an additional distraction. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

In a flash I realised my position, and saw that if I was not very careful I should find myself in Queer Street. Then came your reward, and from that moment I hid myself like a ‘possum in a gum log. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

When I saw her standing before me in that lightning flash I felt sure I was looking upon an inhabitant of another world. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Edith Wharton Luckily I had foreseen the risk I was taking —— ” “So that you really didn’t care ——?” broke from her with a flash of her old irony. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is ignorance which stands —” The observers were conscious of a sort of flash towards the cabinet, but the youth had disappeared. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Abraham Merri God forgive me — I smiled at her and she trusted me! I looked beyond her, from whence had come a glitter of yellow like a flash from a huge topaz. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells Now and then someone would come up at a station and flash a light on us for a moment and then I would see Twain sitting up and scowling at the universe in general and the Germans in particular. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There came to him suddenly a flash of inspiration. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Someone lit a torch, and the admiral became a dark, solid figure, with the flash of the gold lace on his coat. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle And then suddenly, after a week of helpless suspense, there came a flash of light. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Henry Kingsley That comes of that infernal flash military groom of Jim’s putting on the saddle without rubbing his back down. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

The terrific slam darkened the cabin instantaneously to his eye as if after the flash of an explosion. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

E. Phillips Oppenheim And almost at the same time a white, gleaming object, like a flash of silent lightning, passed before his dazzled eyes. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Arthur Morrison I was hard at my grandfather’s heels, and in a flash of time I saw that another man was rising from over the one on the doorsill. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Percy Bysshe Shelley Every flash of lightning, although now distant, dazzled his eyes, unaccustomed as they had been to the least ray of light. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Olaf Stapledon At any moment the fundamental physical structure and substance of our own many-galaxied cosmos might be reduced to chaos, so that in a flash all its frail intelligent worlds would vanish. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Conan Doyle With a flash a row of polished steel fangs shot out from below the upper lip, and the great striped chest snapped at us like a wild animal. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

T. E. Lawrence He knew the sound and sense of the Arabic phrase, and raised his eyes like a flash to mine, while his heavy sleep-ridden face began slowly to change into incredulous joy. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Edith Wharton She had seen in a flash why she was being left, and why the plan had not been divulged to her before-hand; and she quivered with resentment and humiliation. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Edith Wharton In a flash this report had gone the rounds and the buyers were on their guard. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

George MacDonald The birds moved rustling in their nests, and a flash of joy lit up the eyes of the dancers, when suddenly a warm wind, growing in strength as it swept through the place, blew out every light. Lilith by George MacDonald

H. G. Wells Then once a flash and what I thought was a gun, until I looked up and saw a fading trail of greenish light still hanging in the sky. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Then, as everything was silent, I ventured to flash my torch, but the chapel was all empty except for a big rat which darted from under the organ and ran straight across the floor. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

D. H. Lawrence Cherries touched his ears and his neck as he stretched forward, their chill finger-tips sending a flash down his blood. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins A flash of the old spirit sparkled in her weary eyes as she turned and re-entered the shed. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Then in ten minutes the fog had lifted and we were able to flash lights over the surface of the whole river bed. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Because, little by little, we had let bad dishonest ways and flash manners grow upon us, all running up an account that had to be paid some day. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Suddenly, the man seemed to take suspicion at something, for he turned round sharply with big, gaping eyes, and his left hand went in a flash to his hip. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

In a flash unsensational ponderings were displaced by a picture of a steamer in distress far away. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

G. K. Chesterton And whenever his eyes strayed for a flash from the calm, staring, hypnotic eyes of the Marquis, they saw the little tuft of almond tree against the sky-line. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Under her amazement there was a hint of fear, and then came a flash as of anger. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Algernon Blackwood You must not be too close —” “Why not too close?” asked Henriot, springing forward like a flash before he could prevent the sudden impulse. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Algernon Blackwood The policeman, of course, had interrupted the flow and inrush of another state just at the moment when a flash of direct knowledge was about to blaze. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Virginia Woolf All this she saw as one sees a landscape in a flash of lightning — and Sally (never had she admired her so much!) gallantly taking her way unvanquished. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Marjorie Bowen Another flash revealed to him that he had drawn near that inner door — in the instant it was visible; it seemed to open and shut — quickly. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle The smell of hot metal remained to assure us that the light was still there, ready to flash out at a moment’s notice. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Charles Dickens At last it came in a solemn way — not in a flash but like a kind of pale faint light brought very slow to the face. Mrs. Lirriper’s Lodgings by Charles Dickens [1863]

William Hope Hodgson Ewiss was out of it, though he listened quietly, with the deepest interest, and a flash of a smile now and again that showed he had a sense of humor. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

Arthur Conan Doyle The student suddenly saw a flash of triumph upon the grim face, and a gleam in the dull, malignant eyes. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Wilkie Collins The flash that had tinged it from the first, deepened palpably, and spread up to the very rim of his black skull-cap. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

H.G. Wells A ploughman going to his work, along under the stone wall of Siddermorton Park, saw the Strange Bird flash over him for a moment and vanish among the hazy interstices of the beech trees. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

H. Rider Haggard Nyleptha’s face, while Agon spouted away, was a perfect study; she smiled indeed, but beneath the smile it set like a stone, and her eyes began to flash ominously. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

James Joyce Where flash becomes word and silents selfloud. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Her face was, not beautiful, nor even pretty; but her features were such as one seldom forgets; for, at the first glance, they startled the beholder like a flash of lightning. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

George Eliot Yet what pleasant association had he ever had with monks? None. The glance and the suggestion hardly took longer than a flash of lightning. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

E. F. Benson Then he had a flash of intuition. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

It struck me in a flash that those confounded Chinamen couldn’t tell we weren’t a desperate kind of robbers. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

It seemed to show you in a flash the whole other soul; a small, blinkered, feminine soul, that had learned absolutely nothing from years on the road. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

M. R. James In another infinitesimal flash he had taken it in. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

His thoughts avalanched through him like lightning as he gave his imagination full rein, and then in a flash an inspiration came to him. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

I don’t know who she is,” answered Carmilla, with a flash from her fine eyes. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

In her surprise she emitted a faint cry, vanished back and in a flash reappeared in the doorway with Willems’ revolver in her hand. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Rafael Sabatini In a flash he took it; took it like one who has been waiting in leash for it. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was the sound of commotion from the entrance hall of the place, a tangle of angry voices, a peremptory command given in an official tone, a glimpse of grey uniforms and the flash of arms. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

He saw in a flash that nothing prevented the other from shouting, too. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

There was a flash of fire and a red bubble burst upon the forehead of Van Steyne. The wind caught it and in an instant his face was flecked over with blood. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Wilkie Collins I liked to feel her hearty indignation flash out on me in that way. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Dan saw in a flash that he had been mistaken in thinking that Mrs. Jarsell was strong. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her white shapely fingers ceased to flash through the darkness. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]