Phrases with "flashes"

The critics who find wit, eccentricity, flashes of Shandyism, and what not else of the same sort in these discourses, must be able—or so it seems to me—to discover these phenomena anywhere. Sterne by H. D. Traill [1882]

He favoured me with one of those lightning flashes which are among the tricks of his tradethen you can see what eyes he really has. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

The thunders of eloquence being hushed, flashes of lightning, or, as the vulgar say, glasses of gin, gleamed about. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

It lends the power which flashes our messages in thrills that leave the lazy chariot of day behind them. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Washington Irving At times the black volume of clouds over head seemed rent asunder by flashes of lightning which quivered along the foaming billows, and made the succeeding darkness doubly terrible. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Jules Verne Although the “Albatross” had sunk several hundred feet she was still in the thick of the cloud, and the flashes played across her as if they were fireworks. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Rudyard Kipling I could not see who was next me till the flashes came. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

The tide was creeping across the river sands, higher, higher, and I saw the seaweed floating on the beach, and the lançons springing from the foam, silvery thread-like flashes in the gloom. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Balzac often proceeded in bursts of enthusiasm, flashes of illumination, and in a few nights would map out the entire scenario of a whole novel. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Virginia Woolf There were pools of red and purple in the shade; flashes of silver in the sun. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Algernon Blackwood The words helped memory in me; flashes of what I had forgotten came back in sheets of colour and waves of music; the phrases built little spirals, as it were, between two states. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Henry David Thoreau It flashes out conspicuous with all the virtue and beauty of a Maple — Acer rubrum. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

A terrible depression of mind, broken by flashes of hilarity, had taken possession of him. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Edith Wharton His malicious commentary on life had always amused Susy because of the shrewd flashes of philosophy he shed on the social antics they had so often watched together. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

She never says anything that you can remember; nothing in flashes or ripples; nothing the least literary. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

H.P. Lovecraft Rain was pouring down in torrents, and upon the southern horizon were flashes of the lightning that had so lately passed over our heads. The Tomb (Jun 1917) by H.P. Lovecraft [1917]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A diamond star flashes in her wonderful hair, and diamonds sparkle on the plain band of black velvet which encircles her white, shapely throat. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

She was still coldly brilliant, with just a shade more bitterness, perhaps, in those little flashes of irony and cynicism which passed for wit. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Robert Louis Stevenson Desprez leaped upon him with one of his sudden flashes of excitement, and felt his head all over from an ethnological point of view. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bruno and Signa went up the street in the moonlight, with yellow flashes now and then falling across them from the lamps swinging in the doorways. Signa by Ouida

Washington Irving The flashes of her dark refulgent eye were like sparks of fire on the withered, yet combustible, heart of Aben Habuz; the swimming voluptuousness of her gait made his senses reel. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

He was not reputed to be a consistently wise man, but he had periodical flashes of penetration and audacity that none could equal. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

George Gissing But the new responsibilities—and then this latest revelation — Not in linked thoughts, but in swiftly successive flashes of feeling, did these things pass through his mind. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

F. Scott Fitzgerald From here and there in the valley flashes of fire leaped toward them, followed by sharp detonations. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Meredith I chanced to speak of Heriot. One of her sheet-lightning flashes shot out. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

We guided ourselves, by the fitful flashes of forked and sheet lightning combined, towards a ghostly point, whose deeper blackness silhouetted it against the shades. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Indeed, there can be no more unhappy moment in any life than that in which for the first time a terrible ‘if’ flashes upon the mind. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman He brandished the sword with a sort of cold fury and calculation; the blade gave out flashes of light, the shadow remained unmoved. The Shadows on the Wall by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

H. G. Wells Up the broader of the two meeting canyons some sort of engineering work was going on and periodic flashes lit the drifting mist. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He knew in flashes what it was — some path of hope to lead him toward what he thought was an imminent and ominous old age. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

A few drops of rain fell; distant rumblings of thunder and flashes of lightning now cooled the air. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was wearing some sort of negligée between golf and dinner costume, something in one piece with vivid flashes of scarlet and wide sleeves, and her arm rested affectionately upon his shoulders. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

He stood with the toy in his hand, looking long at the shining links, with their flashes of precious stones. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Two flashes mean, ‘Are you there?’ Three mean ‘yes’ and four ‘no. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Sir Walter Scott Then having received the boy’s thanks for his generosity he also spurred his horse, and rode after his master as fast as the fire flashes from flint. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Abraham Merri From fiery mist and gemmed flashes came bolt upon bolt of lightning. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

John Bunyan There came also flashes of fire out of the Hill, that made Christian afraid that he should be burned. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

H. G. Wells The description of their death, as it was seen by the crowd, tallies very closely with my own impressions: the three puffs of green smoke, the deep humming note, and the flashes of flame. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Olaf Stapledon When Paul first made the acquaintance of Humpty, he found the boy in a state of morbid diffidence punctuated now and then by flashes of contempt for his fellows. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells Now they were all thin little strokes of blue, and now one and now a multitude would heel and catch the sun and become short flashes of light. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

On a body colour of rich, magnificent emerald-green, flashes of red, yellow, and blue were everywhere shooting up and vanishing. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Robert Louis Stevenson She was pretty enough to look at; but then she had given proof of dead stupidity, redeemed indeed by patience, but aggravated by flashes of sorry and ill-judged light-heartedness. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim Its broad light flashes at once upon Olive’s pale, scared face. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

He had aspirations after magnanimity, generosity, superiority — interrupted, however, by flashes of indignation and anxiety — frightful anxiety to know how far she had gone. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

There came, the next moment, a sound of distant thunder; flashes lighted the blank curtain; and suddenly a vein of lightning and a sharper peal shattered the statue to fragments. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

In the intervals between the flashes the darkness was so dense that it was quite impossible to see one’s hand before one’s face. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Jules Verne The flashes dazzled and almost blinded them. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

George Meredith Something of this went reeling through Fleetwood; positively to this end; accompanied the while with flashes of Carinthia, her figure across the varied scenes. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

George Borrow Other flashes and peals succeeded, but slight in comparison, and a few drops of rain descended. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Jules Verne It was the Dinka River. A few lightning flashes were reflected in the water; summer lightning, without thunder. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Edith Wharton Jim, bless him, always had time; no doubt that was what his mother meant when she called him lazy — as lazy as his father, she had once added, with one of her rare flashes of impatience. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Willa Cather This morning, in his song there were flashes of silvery Southern springtime; they opened inviting roads of memory. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

When a red light flashes across the field of vision, there arises in the mind an “impression of sensation”— which we call red. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

E. F. Benson How the morning flashes by! I had hardly begun my practise, when Georgie came, and I’ve hardly had a word with him before it is time to go out. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

His thoughts came like lightning flashes and he prepared to mine the fields of battle that he already saw ahead. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

George Gissing The flashes became frequent, and then, of a sudden, the strength of his limbs failed him. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle I was conscious of immense oppression upon my chest, great tightness within my head, a loud singing in my ears, and bright flashes before my eyes. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

George Eliot And it flashes out in your face still, until you draw that veil of dull quiescence over it. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle For a space the gallant rustics held their own, and the dense mass of men and horses swayed backwards and forwards, with the swirling sword-blades playing above them in flashes of angry light. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Victor Hugo He was illuminated by one of those great flashes which emanate from duty. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope There were, occasionally, flashes of his former customary, sarcastic pungency; now and again he would rouse himself to be ill-natured, antagonistic, and self-willed. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

H. G. Wells Forthwith flashes of actual flame, a bright glare leaping from one to another, sprang from the scattered group of men. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The flashes of happiness which I have had during these last seven years, have been followed by periods of corresponding depression. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle These flashes come upon me at times. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Thomas Hardy Just before dawn she heard the men stirring in the yard; and the flashes of their lanterns spread every now and then through her window-blind. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells But before the exodus to peace and freedom could be achieved, such scattered flashes of understanding had to ignite a steadier illumination. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Theodore Dreiser Only the atmosphere of distrust and ill-feeling was strengthened, precipitating every now and then little sprinklings of irritable conversation, enlivened by flashes of wrath. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne The flashes gradually became brighter and more rapid. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

T. E. Lawrence We chased its intermittent flame, hoping to catch it between us and the broken bridge: but before we overtook it there came flashes and explosions far up, as Peake fired his thirty charges. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Henry James In the midst of her mysterious perversities she had admirable flashes of justice. The American by Henry James [1877]

H. G. Wells And amidst all the vast details moved little red specks, the red-clothed defenders of the Council. Every now and then faint flashes illuminated the bleak shadows. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Soft Shoes flashes through a patch of moonlight, then darts into a blind labyrinth of alleys and becomes only an intermittent scuffle ahead somewhere in the enfolding darkness. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Daniel Defoe And, from this ex plosion, I judge those corruscations or flashes in the storm to have proceeded, which most people as well as myself observed, and which some took for lightning. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

Edith Wharton Any attempt to question or minimize Lanfear’s theories roused in his disciple the only flashes of wrath I have ever seen a scientific discussion provoke in him. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

He surveyed the courtier from head to foot, and two flashes beamed from beneath his bent brows. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

D. H. Lawrence These flashes of desire for a visual object would no longer carry him into action. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis On the glaring expanse of the lake-levels of hard crust, flashes of green ice blown clear, chains of drifts ribbed like the sea-beach — the moonlight was overwhelming. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells She would tell him of her reading and about Uncle Robert’s flashes of intuition and unreasonableness. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Coppola went on heaping up his spectacles, whilst wilder and ever wilder burning flashes crossed through and through each other and darted their blood-red rays into Nathanael’s breast. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

H.P. Lovecraft The rays of my torch shot feebly into the engulfing blackness, bringing phantasmal flashes of hideously familiar walls and carvings, all blighted with the decay of ages. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Wilkie Collins Nothing moved but the reflected flashes of the volcano on the main island over the black sky. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

H. Rider Haggard Down flashes Whitefire before he can smite, and the carle’s shield is cloven through. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

John Lewis Burckhard We had no sooner deposited our baggage than a heavy rain set in, accompanied with tremendous peals of thunder and flashes of lightning. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

The flashes of fire died away in the darkening windows, as though the houses were reduced to embers. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

H. G. Wells He jumped to the conclusion that this must be the cable he had seen lit up by those green flashes in the night. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Then a driving flurry of snow would hide everything except the dark red flashes in the white swirl. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

Edith Wharton But in reality she had no such belief: the depths of anguish inclosing her were no longer lighted by flashes of hope. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

George Meredith His leaving of his young bride to herself this day was classed among the murky flashes which distinguished the deeds of noblemen. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Rudyard Kipling Between their iron-grey boles were flashes of red — the blood-red of the Mikado’s bridge. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle He’d think we was three flashes of light and we’d get such a lick on that we’d shoot fifty feet up in the air at the other end. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

G. K. Chesterton Dickens flashes back that it is not to the interest of a man to get drunk, but he does get drunk. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

I have seen the same kind of thing by flashes in other films. New Words by George Orwell

The tide was creeping across the river sands, higher, higher, and I saw the seaweed floating on the beach, and the lançons springing from the foam, silvery threadlike flashes in the gloom. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

H. G. Wells Once the lightning had begun, it went on in as rapid a succession of flashes as I have ever seen. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Olaf Stapledon And the future? Black with the rising storm of this world’s madness, though shot through with flashes of a new and violent hope, the hope of a sane, a reasonable, a happier world. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells They were but flashes of outlook. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Alfred Ainger A foible—if in either case it is to be called a foible—in the character of the two poets, respectively, flashes out into sudden light. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Edith Wharton Between these intermittent flashes the velvet curtains of the darkness were descending, and in the intervals of eclipse the voices of the crowds seemed to sink to smothered murmurs. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Guy de Maupassant It was very dark there, the red glare of a formidable furnace alone lit up with great flashes five blacksmiths, who hammered upon their anvils with a terrible din. Simon’s Papa (Le Papa de Simon) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

So, we are expecting great things from you, one of those brilliant flashes of intuition for which in the old days, I’m told, you were so famous. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Charles Kingsley Amyas ran forward breaking his head against the doorway, and beheld, as soon as he could see for the flashes in his eyes, an old acquaintance, held on each side by a sturdy sailor. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

E. F. Benson During the address the church grew exceedingly dark, and the gloom was momentarily shattered by several vivid flashes of lightning followed by the mutter of thunder. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

H. G. Wells And far away towards Knaphill I saw the flashes of trees and hedges and wooden buildings suddenly set alight. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Virginia Woolf The flashes now came frequently, lighting up faces as if they were going to be photographed, surprising them in tense and unnatural expressions. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

D. H. Lawrence Her mother had flashes of anger. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton She had rejected Rosedale’s suggestion with a promptness of scorn almost surprising to herself: she had not lost her capacity for high flashes of indignation. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Arthur Conan Doyle Further down for half a mile or more the long rolling cloud of smoke, with petulant flashes of flame spurting out through it, showed that every one of our raw regiments was bearing its part manfully. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

H. Rider Haggard Next second the roll of the meeting shields came to our ears like the sound of thunder, and the plain seemed to be alive with flashes of light reflected from the shimmering spears. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

That he was sinking into a lower depth of degradation, rather than recovering, was sadly obvious to Ida, in spite of occasional intervals of better feeling and rare flashes of his old brightness. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

She told him herself, by flashes of the lamp: “I love you — courage — health — hope. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

James Anthony Froude Suddenly, we know not how, the meaning flashes upon us. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Virginia Woolf The leaf on the plane-tree flashes green through the chink in the curtain. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

The housekeeper’s mind was dark, or worse than dark upon the subject — an obscurity enlightened by flashes of delusive light. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Now and then we come to a clear channel, and sometimes we get an hour or two of sweet south breeze; but these flashes of good luck are few and far between. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

D. H. Lawrence Kangaroo had become again beautiful: huge and beautiful like some god that sways and seems clumsy, then suddenly flashes with all the agility of thunder and lightning. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

There was — yes, there was — one of those fearful flashes of his kindling eye. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

There were a few pale flashes of lightning in the mountains, and at the words ‘The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness,’ a low but solemn peal of thunder came as an accompaniment. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

The composer does not find his theme by picking out single notes; but the whole theme flashes into his mind by inspiration. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

H. G. Wells The horse lay motionless (his neck was broken, poor brute!) and by the lightning flashes I saw the black bulk of the overturned dog cart and the silhouette of the wheel still spinning slowly. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Edith Wharton Such flashes of joy as Lily moved in would have blinded Miss Farish, who was accustomed, in the way of happiness, to such scant light as shone through the cracks of other people’s lives. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Theodore Dreiser And his thoughts continued to dwell on her, notwithstanding the hectic days which now passed like flashes of light in his new business venture. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

E. Phillips Oppenheim A smart dogcart flashes by and pulls up at the shop-door. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Abraham Merri Over and about that golden isle shot flashes of iridescences from what seemed luminous flying flowers. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Most of the drive back was accomplished by nearly incessant flashes of sheet lightning. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

It came nearer and nearer, with loud thunder-claps and long flashes of vivid lightning, followed by short periods of appalling blackness. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

H. G. Wells They saw the flashes and the men falling and an invisible hand, as it were, lit the bushes as it hurried towards them through the twilight. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

William Hope Hodgson In an instant, all the air was full of rain, and a hundred lightning flashes seemed to flood downwards, as it were in one great shower. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Jack London His revolver went off four times, and he saw the flashes and heard the explosions of their revolvers. Lost Face by Jack London

Arthur Conan Doyle Like fighting dogs, half smothered in foam, they tore through the sea, their sides almost touching and the flashes of their guns licking the very paint from the bulwarks of their opponents. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

D. H. Lawrence I cannot help forgetting, and sharing the spink’s triumph, when he flashes past with a fleece from a bramble bush. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

A savoury smell is wafted from the kitchen; a pleasant vision of the dining-saloon, with table ready spread and lamps ready lit, flashes upon us through the open doorway. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Across this livid space pale flashes of sheet-lightning passed noiselessly. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

H. G. Wells There are some flashes of intuition. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Northward lies the Cataract—a network of islets with flashes of river between. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The windows were filled with flashes of red light, a great fissure parted the wall, the pictures and book-cases came crashing down beneath a shower of masonry. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

H. G. Wells Presently the bushes thickened until they lashed the passing rider, and little flashes and gouts of blood came out on horse and man. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Blue flashes of faint lightning lit up the tangled intricacies of the wood, but the fullest fury of the storm had not yet burst forth. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Henry James It had seemed to him that there was no one he had ever liked whom he could like quite so comfortably: a man of his age had had what he rather loosely called the “ usualflashes of fondness. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Apart from those momentary dazzling flashes light was diffused through the sky. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Do not interrupt or distract the impression by sophistry or levity, or by that wild and withering eloquence that flashes from your lips, not to enlighten but to blast. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

The ancients believed that some pearls were constituted by flashes of lightning playing on bubbles within the oyster. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Edith Wharton Durand, with one of his rare flashes of self-possession, had converted his stammer into a strangling cough, and, released by the Duchess, made haste to follow his rescuer out of the room. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

George Meredith The thoughts, it will be discerned, were but flashes of a momentary vivid sensibility. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]