Phrases with "flash"

Presently one came up marked ‘Races,’ and I remembered in a flash what my benefactor of the morning had said. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Then in a flash the real meaning of what I proposed to do occurred to me. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Just now, turning and twisting possibilities about, the solution of the mystery came over me like a flash of lightning. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Olaf Stapledon Startled and alarmed, he nevertheless felt, and quickly suppressed, a flash of glee; the letter would have to be postponed. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

H.P. Lovecraft Willett, gifted with a flash of inspiration, believed he saw the situation, and wove into his reply a caution from a letter he remembered. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Algernon Blackwood Then it moved talking to Povey or Kempster or someone and I realized in a flash who it was. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

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]

John Galsworthy For a moment words failed Nicholas and then a flash of caustic humour redeemed him from his sober self. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

All through the morning the voting continued, and every vote was accompanied by a flash and a roar from heaven. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

E. F. Benson And like a flash it came upon me why Harry had bidden me not think about it. The Dust-Cloud by E. F. Benson

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

Edith Wharton That moment, to her watcher, seemed quicker than a flash yet as long as a life-time. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then a flash of memory, an effort of realisation chilled him; his feet were upon the earth again, his head was heavy. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

H. G. Wells In a flash Mr. Ledbetter realised that his retreat was closed. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

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]

Ivan Turgenev Ten paces from him, in the thick darkness there came the flash of a bright light: it was a glowing ember and close to it there was visible for an instant the front part of a face with lips thrust out. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

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

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]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu And — by Jove! — a flash of light! He had it! The whole thing was clear now. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Then like a flash they leaped together, and a great shout went up, for William had gotten the better hold of the two. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Jules Verne A flash of anger and disdain kindled in the eyes of the Unknown, and I had a glimpse of a terrible past in the life of this man. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Olaf Stapledon Suddenly Paul saw the foal, and in a flash recognized its expression in the speaker, in the ladies and gentlemen on the platform, in the audience. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

G. K. Chesterton When John Braintree came into the room, Olive instantly and in a flash saw every detail about him; all that she liked in his appearance and all that she disliked in his clothes. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

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]

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

Willa Cather They straightened their stooping shoulders and lifted their heads, and a flash of momentary animation kindled their dull eyes at that cold, vibrant scream, the worldwide call for men. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Henry Handel Richardson If you’ll excuse me sayin’ so, surr, them ‘oove seen it do tell as ‘ow you be rather a flash ‘and with the reins. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

That flash was enough to reveal the burly form of Mastrovin. He shut the gate behind him, but he did not lock it. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

I couldn’t recall it at the time I was spinning the yarn, but it came back to me in a flash to-day. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

He told me that each time he closed his eyes a flash of thought showed him that crowd of bodies, laid out for death, as plain as daylight. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Arthur Conan Doyle She was past me like a flash and tore on down the Colchester Road. In that instant I saw all that it would mean if she could reach the town. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

James Joyce A quiver of minnows, fat of a spongy titbit, flash through the slits of his buttoned trouserfly. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Anthony Trollope And then the way in which they were placed! When I saw this the conviction flew across my mind like a flash of lightning that the preparation had been made under other eyes than those of the servant. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Quick as a flash of lightning, Hardacre picked up a heavy decanter and struck his accuser straight in the face. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

F. Scott Fitzgerald In a flash he pictured an elaborate explanation as to what he was doing here. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Wilkie Collins A flash of lightning startled the gentlemen when they went to the window to look out: the thunderstorm began. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

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]

Willa Cather Sometimes when he was most despondent, when he thought himself worn out with this struggle, in a flash he was free of it and leaped into an overwhelming consciousness of himself. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Benjamin Disraeli Very suspicious this last circumstance! A flash crossed my mind, but I could gain nothing, even with my most dexterous wiles, from the little Dacre, who is a most unmanageable heroine. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Then in a flash everything came back to him. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Anna Katherine Green In a flash I realized my situation. X Y Z by Anna Katherine Green

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]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Mr. Longcluse had the reins in his hand, and he and his companion passed swiftly by the window, and the flash of the lamps crossed the panelled walls of the housekeeper’s room. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

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]

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

It was no longer a flash but a gleam. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Arthur Morrison But he saw the best opening, as by a flash of inspiration; and beyond that he had another resource, if he could but find courage to use it. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Henry James This situation had put on in a flash the bright form of Mrs. Beale: she stood there in her hat and her jacket, amid bags and shawls, smiling and holding out her arms. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Edith Wharton Vance sat down, and was listening absently to the roar of the storm when a flash illuminated the walls of glass, and celestial fields of azure and rose suddenly embowered him. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

H. G. Wells It came upon him in a flash — that that roaring, swaying multitude was after him. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Jules Verne Perhaps in the night of the fifth and the morning of the sixth of May there had appeared a flash of light of electrical origin which lasted about twenty seconds. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle What he sought was evidently not there, for again we saw the flash through another blind, and then through another. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

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]

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]

Arnold Bennett This truth which Edwin Clayhanger had enunciated she had indeed always been vaguely aware of; but now in a flash she felt it, she faced it, she throbbed to its authenticity, and was free. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

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]

Algernon Blackwood One second they saw LeVallon carrying the girl off, the next a flash of intense and vivid brilliance entered the big studio, flooding all detail with a blaze of violent light. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

H. G. Wells Now with the proper dead, the hair will go on growing —” “I know,” said Warming, with a flash of pain in his expression. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

H. G. Wells A flash of horrible anticipation passed through the bar. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Henry James The movement made him stop, and, stopping, he turned on her in a flash a face of something more than, suspicion — of passionate reprobation. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

William Hope Hodgson Yet I cannot say that I saw anything with certainty; save, it seemed to me, that with the first flash of the light, there had been something upon the waters, where now there was nothing. The Voice in the Night by William Hope Hodgson

Another flash illuminated all around them. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

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]

Willa Cather Just now he felt that Gerhardt’s flash of high spirits was in some way connected with him. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He saw a flash of unhappiness on her mouth, so brief that only he would have noticed, and he could pretend not to have seen. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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]

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]

Henry James Little by little it was thus clarified, though from the first flash of his re-appearance she had read into it the real essence. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

E. F. Benson In a flash there came back to her all her misgivings about the legality of Diva’s permitting gambling in a public room, and now the police were raiding it. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Blunt produced another disturbing white flash and muttered: “I should say mixed. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Just as she turned, a peal of thunder broke, and a flash of lightning blazed broad over salon and boudoir. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Wilkie Collins The wind, the hail, and the lightning maddened my thoughts of your father and you — I was nearly letting you see it, when that flash came between us as we parted at my door. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Henry James The term Maisie had used was a flash of diplomacy — to prevent at any rate Mrs. Wix’s using another. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

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]

The policeman returned during the recital of the story, and I would have sworn the detective instantly took his eyes off me to flash a quick glance at his subordinate. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

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

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]

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

François looked at him with astonishment, for a flash of ferocious joy played over his face. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

But in June of this année terrible Ibsen had a flash of happiness. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Then he looked at me with a flash of the old indignation. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson So that he concludes by striking into us some sense of that disproportion of things which Shelley has illuminated by the ironical flash of these eight words: The desire of the moth for the star. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton Why should I,” she exclaimed with a flash of inspiration, “when all the power is mine? If I came in anger, in abhorrence . The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

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]

Henry James Rowland made the most of this dim illumination to try to detect the afterglow of that frightened flash from Miss Garland’s eyes the night before. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Bram Stoker Every cloud that is blowing up here — and they all make for the highest point — is bound to develop into a flash of lightning. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Grace caught a glimpse of the stranger’s face—a queer, heavily-lined face, with deep-set eyes which even in that solitude seemed to flash from side to side. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

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

He had turned like lightning but was too late to see any flash and so could not determine from which direction the shot had come. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Now a flash of some emotion flickered across it. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

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]

Virginia Woolf In a flash she saw her picture, and thought, Yes, I shall put the tree further in the middle; then I shall avoid that awkward space. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

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

In a flash he realised what had happened. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

William Makepeace Thackeray Some day, I wonder, will everything we have seen and thought and done come and flash across our minds in this way? I had rather not. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

And in that trisulk flash Corinius beheld through the south-west window the Iron Tower blasted and cleft asunder, and the next instant fallen in an avalanche of red-hot ruin. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

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

Ivan Turgenev In a flash everything had melted away again like a dream. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

H. G. Wells He perceived in a flash for the first time that this troublesome, clever, disrespectful child was tall and shapely and sweet, and indeed quite a beautiful young woman. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Rudyard Kipling Then a piece of mica, or a little pool, or even a highly-polished leaf will flash like a heliograph. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

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

Edith Wharton Kate had seen in a flash what capital would be made of her emotion. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Elizabeth Gaskell Till all at once, like a flash of lightning, her life, past and present, was revealed to her in its minutest detail. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

D. H. Lawrence To see the soldier’s young, brown, shapely peasant’s hand grasp the loaf or the wine-bottle sent a flash of hate or of anger through the elder man’s blood. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells Near the top I stumbled upon something soft, and, by a flash of lightning, saw between my feet a heap of black broadcloth and a pair of boots. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

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]

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]

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

Arthur Conan Doyle Her pale face looked past him, and it was some new light in her eyes, a flash of expectancy, of triumph, of wicked joy, which gave him sudden warning of his danger. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Isabella Bird One of the finest sights I have seen was my own camp in a thunderstorm, with its white tents revealed by a flash of lightning, which lighted for a second the black darkness of the ravine. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Rudyard Kipling I saw Cold Iron flash in the sun, but I couldn’t quite make out where it fell. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Charles Dickens When he first opened his eyes, there was a new look in them for a moment, which struck home to Trottle’s memory as quick and as clear as a flash of light. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

The flash lighted up the scene for an instant, and for an instant only; like the sudden lightning, it revealed all around. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

And every now and then her bright eyes would flash over the ring of familiar faces, and glance from them with an impatient disappointment as she danced; her gros bebees were not enough for her. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

The black hand dropped in a flash from STOP to FULL. “Now then, Beale!” cried Mr. Rout. The steam hissed low. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

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]

Henry James At least I couldn’t interpret otherwise the sudden flash that came into her face. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

G. K. Chesterton But he said it in some of the plainest and most unmistakable words in all literature; as lucid as a flash of lightning. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

James Joyce I’m sure he squirted juice in his eyes to make them flash for flightening me. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Suddenly, however, and as if in a flash of startled discovery, he stopped dead. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Abraham Merri Shakily I arose from aching knees, and saw Ventnor flash down and run, rifle in hand, toward his sister. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

All at once it came upon me, like a flash of lightning, that she was in a hypnotic trance. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Edith Wharton In a flash they had shown her the bare reality of her situation. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

He beheld in a flash the days of his manhood, of strength and adventure. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

But the men behind, who were spread out, had to form into single file to get through the narrow gap in the wire, and just as this moment there was a flash and a bang from the Fascist parapet. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I saw the flash of the blade quite distinctly. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

The flash of the powder and the startling report of the piece, as the board, struck by the ball, was shivered into splinters, filled the natives with dismay. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle Especially change of pace — you could never tell by his action up to the last moment whether you were going to get a ball like a flash of lightning, or one that came slow but full of devil and spin. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Although my back was turned to the stranger, I heard him say behind me, “He is gone!” He was—like a flash of lightning. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Edith Wharton He felt her close on him, like a panting foe; and her answer was a flash that showed the hand on the trigger. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

M. P. Shiel In a flash the whole truth illumined him—the whole brave story of her struggle—self-conquest—sacrifice. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

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

In a flash the whole truth dawned upon him. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

You know her — the red-haired bit, called Jane.” And then in a flash all about Sloop himself was made plain. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

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

George Eliot He stood perfectly still; but the flash seemed to have whitened him. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

But the realisation of everything came to him in a flash and dropping the rifle like a red-hot coal, he darted over to the woman and tried to lift her up. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Rudyard Kipling Ubique means you’ve caught the flash an’ timed it by the sound. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

Ultimately he found one in Joseph Douro, the proprietor of a flash night-club. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

By one of those surface thoughts that flash across moments of intensity, I noted that Moore was dressed in a gray suit, patterned with a faint, large check in lighter gray. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Theodore Dreiser A flash that was hypnotic, significant, insistent passed between them. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Isabella Bird The water lay in the mocking beauty of its brilliant colouring, a sea without a shore, without a boat, without a ripple or flash of foam, lifeless utterly, dead from all time past to all time to come. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Henry James I remember a queer vision when the steward told me this — the wild flash of a picture of Jasper Nettlepoint leaping with a mad compunction in his young agility over the side of the ship. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

George Meredith It was a flash of himself, and a bad one, but I was not the person whom he meant to deceive with it. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

James Joyce She could almost see the swift answering flash of admiration in his eyes that set her tingling in every nerve. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

George Meredith He penetrated a plot in a flash; and in a flash he formed one; but in both cases, it was after long hovering and not over-eager deliberation, by the patient exercise of his quick perceptives. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

G. K. Chesterton Then he brought the horse down with a second shot; and the whole equestrian group heeled over and slipped and slid and vanished in one white flash into the dark fenland below. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

The flash of a pinch of gunpowder in your face may be a bigger matter. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

And I admire Moore for that flash of the fallen angelic — it is the sentiment of a hero and a madman — too base and too noble for this cool, wise world. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Mr. Orcutt saw this, and the flash of indignation that had involuntarily passed between him and the prisoner subsided as quickly as it arose. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton He saw in a flash what had happened. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Wilkie Collins I might have been deceived by the lamp-light; but I thought I saw a flash of expression under her heavy eyelids, charged with such intensity of angry suspicion that it startled me. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

G. K. Chesterton It was outlined so sharply against the moon that for the first flash it was hard to be certain even that it was human: the hunched shoulders and outstanding hair had rather the air of a colossal cat. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Henry James Moreover, since her arrival in Rome she had been much on her guard; she had pretty well ceased to flash her lantern at him. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

G. K. Chesterton The bolt came in a flash out of the blue sky of the summer into the black shadows of the summer-house. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

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]

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

Bram Stoker At length there came a flash so appallingly bright that in its glare Nature seemed to be standing still. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Guy de Maupassan Another flash of lightning illumined space, lighting up the horizon for an instant, then another almost immediately came, followed by still others. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

A flash and a report at the very foot of the hill followed. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

The flash of living colour had brought back to her, by a process deeper than reason, her peace of mind, her love of God, her power to worship. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Edith Wharton With a flash of her dimpled fists she snatched the new Merceria beads from her neck and thrust them into the pocket of her frock. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Willa Cather In the sculpture she had seen in the Art Institute, it had been caught in a flash of arrested motion. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

I arrest you for Wilful Murder.” There was a flash of something in the air. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

He had seen the frequent flash of her polished brass work and the stripes of her deck-awnings—so much, and no more. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Once he started up suddenly, just as he was dropping off to sleep, and complained of a flash of light which had almost blinded him. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Jules Verne A flash of electric light shot across the clearing. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Frere leant forward and took the girl’s shapely hand with an easy gesture, but she drew it away, with a flash of her black eyes. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle In a flash we got a glimpse of the real Josiah Amberley, a misshapen demon with a soul as distorted as his body. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

In a flash of remorseless energy, I seized the panting body, felt for the throat, and, expelling pity from my heart, gripped until all was still. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

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]

It is always hateful to be shot at in the dark — every rifleflash seems to be pointed straight at yourself — but it was the bombs that were the worst. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

He saw life around him with extreme clearness, and he felt it as it is — thinner than air and more elusive than a flash of lightning. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Arthur Morrison Like a flash his neck was clipped in the big man’s left arm: Josh Perrott was in chancery. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

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]

Rafael Sabatini Swift and abruptly as a flash of lightning his heavily loaded crop smashed down upon the dirty hand that held the barker, and knocked the weapon into the dust. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

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

He sometimes fears she will not live, so bright are the sparks of intelligence which, at moments, flash from her glance and gleam in her language. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

George Meredith I was walking on leveller ground, my head bent and eyes half-shut, when a flash of light in a brook at my feet caused me to look aloft. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Henry Handel Richardson Then, he received one of those sudden impressions which flash on us from time to time, of having seen or done a certain thing before. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

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

R. D. Blackmore But you must remember that we have not the gift of hitting — I might say of making — the truth with a flash or a dash, as you ladies have. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

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

H. G. Wells By some queer flash of intuition it came to Benham that even if this was not Prothero, still Prothero did these things. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Virginia Woolf Blank expectant faces stare at us as we rattle and flash through stations. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

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]

And yet the space of time occupied by a flash of lightning might have covered what it has taken so many words to put down on paper. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

H. G. Wells I told no living soul, because I meant to flash my work upon the world with crushing effect and become famous at a blow. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle I knew that I had only to flash ‘Vieni’ and you would surely come. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Arthur Conan Doyle Quick as a flash I raised my pistol and fired. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

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

Elizabeth Gaskell Out of her fright came a flash of indignation which made her face scarlet, and her dark eyes gather flame, as she heard some of their speeches. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

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]

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]

Wilkie Collins Her large steady black eyes looked at me with a flash of their bright firmness of bygone days. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Walter Scott I cannot endure that I should see Mary Avenel’s eyes again flash with joy at the restoration of her lover. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Robert Louis Stevenson I could see the waggon that had brought them tied to a live oak in a piece of open; I could even catch the flash of an axe as it swung up through the underwood into the sunlight. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

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]

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]