Phrases with "form"

My form of sickness was indifference. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

In Le Bessin, they attribute to sorcerers the power of metamorphosing certain men into beasts, but the form of a dog is that principally affected by them. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

George Meredith And if you would like a further definition of Genius, think of it as a form of swiftness. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

G. K. Chesterton Reversing the usual mathematical formula, it’s possible to reach the same results in reality by treating motion as a fixed point and stability as a form of motion. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Anthony Trollope A diamond in a star of honour might form a part of an heirloom; but I do not think that a diamond itself could be an heirloom. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

The principal constituents of the skeleton, and the changes of form of contracting muscles, may be felt through one’s own skin. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Walter Scott Count Robert caught up a fragment of the bedstead, large enough to form a sort of club, with which he menaced the native of the wilds. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Bracken, brambles, shrubs and bushes had grown up and degenerated, only to be succeeded by a ranker and more dense form of undergrowth. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Walter Scott It was a large wolf-dog, in strength a mastiff, in form and almost in fleetness a greyhound. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Well, either of those jobs would have been Art in its highest form compared to the one you’ve steered me against. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Oscar Wilde We live in an age when men treat art as if it were meant to be a form of autobiography. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Charles Kingsley Now it is worth remarking, that it is Shelley’s form of fever, rather than Byron’s, which has been of late years the prevailing epidemic. Thoughts on Shelley and Byron by Charles Kingsley

One can now form some idea of the pleasantness of Fabrizio’s conversations with the Duchessa: a gloomy silence reigned almost invariably between them. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Arthur Conan Doyle Here there were creatures of every conceivable tint and form which pelagic life can show. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

D.H. Lawrence There is something crude and sinister about it, almost like depravity, a form of reverting, turning back along the course of blood by which we have come. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Baldwin Spencer It is used also in the making of fire, and, at times, as a very primitive form of musical instrument, though we have not ourselves seen it employed for the latter purpose. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Walter Scott But we hasten to quit political reflections, the rather that ours, we believe, will please neither Whig nor Tory. Three form a College — an you give us four, Let him bring his share with him. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Robert Louis Stevenson And when he had satisfied himself, ‘Remember,’ said he, ‘that I can promise nothing, but I will try to find a form of words. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Gaskell It was summer; there was no black darkness in the twenty-four hours; only the light grew dusky, and colour disappeared from objects, of which the shape and form remained distinct. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Olaf Stapledon We have, after all, no good reason to believe that the ideal form of man is a pattern subsisting independently of the actual world. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Not volcanic forms these; not even accidental forms, if one may venture to form an opinion from so far off. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

H. G. Wells But I set it down, and the reader must form his judgment as he will. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Baldwin Spencer The first known camping place was at Ilpma in the Strangway Range, and its only food consisted of Udnirringa berries which form a favourite food of the emu. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

William Blades He, so to speak, begets it; he determines its form and adornment, he doctors it in disease and decay, and, not unseldom, dissects it after death. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

James Joyce How first he saw that form endearing, how sorrow seemed to part, how look, form, word charmed him Gould Lidwell, won Pat Bloom’s heart. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

The ciliary muscle is generally thought to effect the change of form of the crystalline. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

It then loses the venerable aspect of a duty, and assumes the fantastic form of a whim. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Charles Dudley Warner Thirty years ago Irving was much read in America by young people, and his clear style helped to form a good taste and correct literary habits. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Ralph Waldo Emerson By degrees we may come to know the primitive sense of the permanent objects of nature, so that the world shall be to us an open book, and every form significant of its hidden life and final cause. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

The hills of Kentucky, which rise at about the same distance from the river, on the opposite side, form the southern boundary to the basin in which Cincinnati is built. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson Edinburgh was alive in those days to her very paving-stones; town and university combined to form a hotbed of intellectual unrest, a breeding-ground for disturbing possibilities. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton Neither one of the couple cared for money, but their disdain of it took the form of always spending a little more than was prudent. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Olaf Stapledon In these worlds man, though varying greatly in form and fortune in particular worlds, had in every case developed from a sort of five-pronged marine animal, rather like a star-fish. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Oliver Goldsmith Not, Madam,’ continued she, ‘that I in the least suspect the young ladies virtue, prudence and discretion; but there is a form in these things, Madam, there is a form. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

George MacDonald He thought he could distinguish the vapoury form of North Wind, seated as he had left her, on the other side. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Victor Hugo Beneath the snow which he removed a form grew under his hands; and suddenly in the hollow he had made there appeared a pale face. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Walter Crane In designing one's sprig, too, the best plan to secure good decorative effect is to see that its general form is inclosed or bounded by an agreeable linear shape, although itself not actually visible. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

And see If aught of sprightly, fresh, or free, With the calm sweetness may compare Of the pale form half slumbering there. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Jules Verne The belts themselves were occasionally broken by spots, which the records of astronomy describe as varying both in form and in extent. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Thomas Hardy They had decided on no particular plan of action; and, finding that the man of the baleful trade was no longer in their company, they seemed quite unable to form any such plan now. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

E. Phillips Oppenheim That is where you are apt to form wrong conclusions. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Ann Radcliffe I am not apt, indeed, to form opinions upon uncertain grounds. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Charles Dickens The form that was to be doomed to be so shamefully mangled, was the sight; the immortal creature that was to be so butchered and torn asunder, yielded the sensation. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Is that clear?” “Yes, Marshall.” “Incidentally, how did you get here?” “By hired car form Worthing, but I dismissed the driver short of the house. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Algernon Blackwood From planetary spirits down to elementals, they’re concerned with the building up of form in the various kingdoms —” “Yes, yes,” Povey interrupted impatiently. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

John Lewis Burckhard Their contents might be deposited in some of the buildings adjoining the mosque, of which they form no essential part, no religious importance being attached to them. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

That those institutions in the course of time tended to assimilation with the Polish form was not the result of any pressure, but simply of the superior character of Polish civilisation. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

I had a very soft spot in my heart for Rose: her beauty of face and form always excited and pleased me and her mind, too, grew quickly through our talks and the books I gave her. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Theodore Dreiser He realised the danger of envy, and preferred a Spartan form of existence, putting all the emphasis on inconspicuous but very ready and very hard cash. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

John Locke To form a clear notion of truth, it is very necessary to consider truth of thought, and truth of words, distinctly one from another: but yet it is very difficult to treat of them asunder. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

H. Rider Haggard Bending over him, her hand resting on his forehead, is a draped female form of such white loveliness as to make the beholder’s breath stand still. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

In reality the leading men at Madrid knew that they had little to gain by letting loose the superior Spanish army against Portugal and trying to form the whole peninsula into a single state. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Lucy Maud Montgomery Gilbert was merely smiling with appreciation of the whole affair in general and of the effect produced by Anne’s slender white form and spiritual face against a background of palms in particular. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Baldwin Spencer Fig. 7 is an admirable example of one special form in which the barbs are few in number--only five in this specimen. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

H. G. Wells Eh? You begin to see? And we form a band — able-bodied, clean-minded men. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Sinclair Lewis He advised the workers to buy rifles, to form classes in marksmanship, to study Georges Sorel. Fred was raving, when Sara appeared, after midnight. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

It may be some excuse that I had often practised this very innocent form of eavesdropping upon strangers, and for fun. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Olaf Stapledon In its extreme form the theory is too crude to be seriously considered. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Ann Radcliffe The characters of the marquis and his lady were in their nature too opposite to form a happy union. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Richard Burton Women, children, and invalids of the poorer classes sat upon a “Haml Musattah,”— rugs and cloths spread over the two large boxes which form the camel’s load. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Oscar Wilde Pure modernity of form is always somewhat vulgarising. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

He was deeply impressed with the importance of form in drama, and at the height of his powers he began to compose rhymed plays which were like old ballads put into dialogue. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

William Henry Bragg The curve for the freshly prepared substance had the form given in Fig. 12 and this shows two steps unmistakably. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Henry Adams To other Darwinians — except Darwin — Natural Selection seemed a dogma to be put in the place of the Athanasian creed; it was a form of religious hope; a promise of ultimate perfection. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

G. K. Chesterton Piracy on the high seas is probably a form of sea-sickness. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle The form produced by this is something like an inverted fruit dish, with the central fairy as the stem, and the lines of light which flow in a graceful even curve forming the sides of the bowl. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Baldwin Spencer It is made out of a more or less circular sheet of paper bark folded over to form a semicircular one. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

John Galsworthy Was that the case?” “No.” “What should you say, then, was the reason? You are the person best able to form an opinion. Over the River by John Galsworthy

The idea seems to have been to form a sort of dwelling-house for different families, as each bath has a small kitchen attached to it. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Jules Verne The place where they had halted was wider, so as to form a cavern of moderate dimensions. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

George Gissing He could be cruel now for cruelty’s sake; it was a form of fruition. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

I am a man of the world, and I am unable to form any judgment which is not justified by facts. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Thomas Hardy It should rather, however, be said, the inventor of the particular form of man-trap of which this found in the keeper’s out-house was a specimen. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

E. F. Benson It was hardly necessary even to make that little piece of dissection that proved this, but for the sake of form he did so. The Confession of Charles Linkworth by E. F. Benson

It is a “tough” or “realistic” worldview which fits in with the American form of wish-thinking. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution by George Orwell [1946]

Henry Adams He required no incense; he was no egoist; his simplicity of thought was excessive; he could not imitate, or give any form but his own to the creations of his hand. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Henry James It was “in the female line,” as Basil Ransom had written, in answering her letter with a good deal of form and flourish; he spoke as if they had been royal houses. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

I asked Mr. Watson, one of the Holloways, where they were, and he said: “It’s a case of ‘Oh, what a surprise!’” We were directed to form a circle — which we did. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Baldwin Spencer These tail-tips are called Alpita and are a very favourite form of ornament amongst men and women alike. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Rudyard Kipling She can earn as much as a hundred dollars a month, and professes to regard this form of bread-winning as her natural destiny. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

John Morley The Rockingham or Foxite section were obviously unable to form an effective party with serious expectation of power, unless they had allies. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Olaf Stapledon The form of man was the ideal to which all men approximate, and it existed independently of actual men. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

I recoiled; I was alarmed lest (according to the plain common-sense theory of Julius Faber) I might be preparing my imagination to form and to credit its own illusions. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Robert Louis Stevenson Entering without the form of any knock, I found him sitting with his Indian at a simple meal of maize porridge with some milk. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Algernon Blackwood Invisible fire, you see, is dangerous and incalculable; locked up in a form we can perhaps manage it. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

They are symbolized to people’s minds in general by the dagger called a kris, and by the peculiar form of frenzy which has given rise to the phrase “running amuck. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Edgar Allan Poe Wilson’s retaliations in kind were many; and there was one form of his practical wit that disturbed me beyond measure. William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe

E. T. A. Hoffmann He could not recover his self-composure, still less form any decisive plan of action. Master Johannes Wacht by E. T. A. Hoffmann

He saw her lips, which were quivering under the dab of lipstick rouge, try to form the words, “Thank you. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Anthony Trollope Mr Gresham would attempt to form a Ministry if the Duke of Omnium would join him. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne When the firedamp had accumulated in the air, so as to form a detonating mixture, the explosion occurred without being fatal, and, by often renewing this operation, catastrophes were prevented. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

The form shows how clear, cold intelligence plays with miracles and applies the supernatural to daily life. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

As above mentioned, I had in Australia many opportunities of studying the dust whirlwinds; and as I looked upon them as the initial form of a cyclone, I paid much attention to them. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Edith Wharton If his stoic acceptance of the inevitable proceeded from the resolve to spare himself pain, that at least was a form of strength, an indication of character. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

H. G. Wells That is the primary form of a university. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

John Lewis Burckhard In looking through a glass of a light yellow colour, one may form a pretty correct idea of the appearance of the air, as I observed it during a stormy Semoum at Esne, in Upper Egypt, in May 1813. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Walter Besant Also, I seemed to see before me the awful form of the Bishop, tall and menacing, beckoning me away. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Arthur Conan Doyle The scythesmen had passed the handles of their long weapons through the sleeves of their jerkins in such a way as to form a couch or litter, upon which poor Reuben was laid. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

It is the God-sent form of trust in the magic force and inspiration belonging to the life of this earth. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

The words seemed to form themselves, fiery or pathetic, in the air, outside her lips. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

The form of the garment was so vital with Emerson that it is impossible to separate it from the matter. Memories and Studies by William James

Edward Bellamy That, no doubt, will be the ultimate form of society, and will realize certain economic advantages over the present federal system of autonomous nations. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

By the ninth — Each department is to have two trustworthy individuals to form a council, which shall give judgment in all matters on which they may be consulted by the executive. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

The only remaining portions of this latest form have been printed, and are lull of a silvery and resonant promise. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

H.P. Lovecraft The Great Race seemed to form a single, loosely knit nation or league, with major institutions in common, though there were four definite divisions. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Walter Scott No form is seen, and though voices are heard, yet the accents are undistinguishable, as of one who speaks in his sleep. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

For the music that so created her form in his imagination at the same time swept his imagination round and round her form, but its cry drove him from her. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Francis Bacon Now my directions for the interpretation of nature embrace two generic divisions: the one how to educe and form axioms from experience; the other how to deduce and derive new experiments from axioms. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Anthony Trollope Lord Grex was not a man with whom he would wish to form any intimacy. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

The most obvious form in which this consumption occurs is seen in the wearing of liveries and the occupation of spacious servants’ quarters. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Charles Kingsley And a poetry of doubt, even a sceptical poetry, in its true sense, can never possess clear and sound form, even organic form at all. Alexander Smith and Alexander Pope by Charles Kingsley

Everything had to form a pattern: the shoes under the bed, the ties in the holder, the pencils on the table. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

These four red and white lilies make together the form of a Maltese cross, and between each of the arms is a purl rose with yellow centre and graduated blue petals. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

The sabre wound in his thigh threatened to form a serious abscess. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Henry James If Fleda’s feeling about the old things had taken precipitate form the form would have been a frantic command. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Through one opening made by the havoc of a storm in the line of trees that form the avenue, he sees it plainly enough. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Henry Adams Their form was tied to politics or literature. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

As you are probably aware, there is a form of exorcism still in common use. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Edmund Burke The form of a cross used in some churches seems to me not so eligible as the parallelogram of the ancients; at least, I imagine it is not so proper for the outside. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Wilkie Collins He has accordingly appended a form of codicil amending the defect, and we have added it to the will. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Goldwin Smith Grace of form he never lacks, but this was a part of his nature, improved by his classical training. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Anthony Trollope Each form of speech had its own advantage. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Henry Adams None of the astronomers were irreligious men; all of them made a point of magnifying God through his works; a form of science which did their religion no credit. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

As I puzzled over the subject, certain conclusions began to form in my mind. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

I lifted her up in my arms; her light form rested on my breast. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

H. G. Wells Its appearance upon the market in a convenient, controllable, and assimilable form is a matter of the next few months. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Walter Crane Nature must be translated into the terms of line and form and colour, and invention and fancy may be pleasantly suggestive in the harmonious metre and rhythm of pattern. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

D. H. Lawrence But the woman wanted another form of life than this, something that was not blood-intimacy. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Algernon Blackwood Like human beings, he came thence undoubtedly, but more directly than they, in more intimate relations, therefore, with the elemental powers that build up form and shape the destinies of matter. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Thomas Hardy In the course of time the watching girl saw that the ship had passed her nearest point; the breadth of her sails diminished by foreshortening, till she assumed the form of an egg on end. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The form of the building was roughly a hollow square enclosing a fair-sized patio, the entrance of which I had to cross to gain the rearward premises and slip out of sight of the patrols. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Henry James Her fear as the evening went on became contagious, and the contagion took in my breast the form of a sudden panic. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

Anthony Trollope I agree on her behalf that her title to these trinkets must be made the subject of inquiry by persons adequate to form a judgment. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott I paused, and gazed on the house as if I had hoped to form some conjecture from the outward appearance concerning the state of the family within. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

We’ve been sinking lower and lower and lower, through every form of degradation, privation, misery, until at last we’re in the ditch — amidst the slime of the outer ditch. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

They lacked form, and those fine qualities of strength and clarity which form alone can give. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have some pieces and I am convinced that they would form a puzzle the solution of which would be interesting to us, but how or where they fit in, I frankly don’t know. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Jules Verne The police proceeded with their inquiries in all due form and with all lawful slowness. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Anthony Trollope Come, Marion, thou requirest to be at no form of welcoming the New Year. Thou, too, wilt be better in thy bed, as thy duties call upon thee to be early. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

It is couched, like so much of his work, in the autobiographic form, which next to the dramatic form is the most natural, and which lends itself with such flexibility to the purpose of the author. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Marie Corelli His eyes wandered from the picture to the inanimate form lying at his feet. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

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]

George Elio Every form of disapproval jarred him painfully; and, though he fronted his opponents manfully, and often with considerable warmth of temper, he had no pugnacious pleasure in the contest. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

The inner walls of the two ways, instead of meeting so as to form an angle, ended in a little chapel, on which were depicted certain figures, long, waving, and terminating in a point. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

It loses personal form and activity — these passing over to the content — and becomes a bare Bewusstheit or Bewusstsein uberhaupt of which in its own right absolutely nothing can be said. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Anthony Trollope But Cicero has, in accordance with his memory, reduced to his own form Aristotle’s idea as to “invention” in logic. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

G. K. Chesterton He was a short, stolid, rather sleepy little man, who stood the whole time with half-closed eyes and a beatific smile, as if this peculiar form of popularity were a never failing pleasure. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Every form of legality is bound to degenerate into oppression, and the legality in the forms of monarchical institutions sooner, perhaps, than any other. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Henry James The form of it, at least — so beautifully had she recovered herself — was all there now. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Simmer until it is thick, then add the yolks of the two eggs to form it into a paste. Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola

Ione, tremble not, thou art my queen — my goddess — be my bride! All the wishes thou canst form shall be fulfilled. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Richard Burton Our primitive kitchen is a square wooden box, lined with clay, and filled with sand, upon which three or four large stones are placed to form a hearth. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Robert’s features and form were with her; the sound of his voice was quite distinct in her ear; his few caresses seemed renewed. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Oh, the exultation in my heart! It was like being reprieved from a most horrible form of death. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Wilkie Collins Regina began without any preliminary form of address. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

H. G. Wells There was a humour of form and expression which had many local varieties. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

They form huge breeding grounds for alligators and mosquitoes, and usually for malarial fevers, but from the latter the Peninsula is very free. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

William Godwin Having consulted Merlin, the magician contrived by an extraordinary unguent to metamorphose Uther into the form of the duke. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

I could see but the outline of her small form in its sable dress — an infant beside the dead. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

T. H. Huxley There is not known to be a single ordinal form of insect extinct. Essays by T. H. Huxley

The Seasons, allies of Spring, followed him closely, to form a quadrille, which, after many words of more or less flattering import, was the commencement of the dance. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Olaf Stapledon Its form in immaturity, moreover, is to be understood only by reference to its mature form. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Oscar Wilde As a method Realism is a complete failure, and the two things that every artist should avoid are modernity of form and modernity of subject-matter. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Thomas Hardy The form of Rainbarrow stood above the hills, and the moon stood above Rainbarrow. The air was charged with silence and frost. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing In the meantime, he began to perceive that Lilian was not likely to form many acquaintances in the town. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

T. H. Huxley The bones which form the subject of this paper present characters which, although not decisive as regards a geological epoch, are, nevertheless, such as indicate a very high antiquity. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Robert Louis Stevenson He laid a form before her, and she wrote the order in a clear hand, and re-read it. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ann Radcliffe She watched and listened in trembling expectation, but no form met her eye, no sound her ear; in this state she remained a considerable time. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Ford Madox Ford And gradually the knowledge had come to her that Edward did not love Leonora and that Leonora hated Edward. Several things contributed to form and to harden this conviction. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

John Galsworthy He was again a ‘threadpaper’; and to this thinned form his massive forehead, with hollows at the temples, gave more dignity than ever. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

Linton’s looks and movements were very languid, and his form extremely slight; but there was a grace in his manner that mitigated these defects, and rendered him not unpleasing. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

The stones are, no doubt, designedly acquired as a disguise and so represent another form of life insurance. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Beside his own books, through many of which we may make his intimate acquaintance, his letters, and others telling the story of his life, form many volumes. Robert Louis Stevenson by E. Blantyre Simpson

George Borrow These are the stones which form the sierras of Spain and Portugal; those singular mountains which rise in naked horridness, like the ribs of some mighty carcass from which the flesh has been torn. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

When he told me then, in his agony of grief, that he was unable to form even a suspicion of your meaning, I could have staked my earldom on his veracity. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Washington Irving I endeavored to form some arrangement in my mind of the objects I had been contemplating, but found they were already fallen into indistinctness and confusion. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Billy jumps upon a rock, yelling: “Look out! Look out! Poi-jon! Poi-jon belonga dingo — belonga Jack!” Right in the cleft of the rocks, roughly widened to form a footway, lies a poison bait. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Thomas Hardy On the back was the form of a cheque, and this she had filled up with the same sum, payable to the bearer. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

In showing that, under their rule, the modern proletariat never existed, they forget that the modern bourgeoisie is the necessary offspring of their own form of society. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Richard Burton The fields and gardens are divided into small oblongs, separated from one another by little ridges of mould which form diminutive water-courses. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

The fort-crowned hill and the little town clinging to its foot form the centre of the picture. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Arnold Bennett Edwin, immediately after the demise, had become aware of influences far stronger than those which had shaped the already half-forgotten interment of old Darius Clayhanger into a form repugnant to him. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Hence it is by no means surprising that one species should retain the same identical form much longer than others; or, if changing, should change in a less degree. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Being has no outline but that which non-being makes, and the two ideas form an inseparable pair. Memories and Studies by William James

Olaf Stapledon Similarly the desire for immortality, which is but a form of the desire for life, indefinitely prolonged, is simply an expression of the opportunity which permitted our ancestors to live and breed. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Edith Wharton She was an old bent woman; her white hair now seemed an attribute of age, not a form of coquetry. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Some lines of Gozlan’s in his Balzac in Slippers, form a good sequel to Werdet’s account of the Gargantuan dinner. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Jeremy Bentham This volume will form a work of itself, closing the series of works mentioned in the preface. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Thomas Hardy At half-past twelve she left her assistant alone in the kitchen, and, returning to the sitting-room, waited for the reappearance of Angel’s form behind the bridge. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy Jude Fawley signed the form of notice, Sue looking over his shoulder and watching his hand as it traced the words. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

There may be some considerable range of variation in detail within the scope of this principle, but they are variations of form and expression, not of substance. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

James Anthony Froude The form of words is repeated by multitudes who do not care to think what they are saying. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Bram Stoker It is in form a dutiful letter, not entirely without an apparent compulsion or at least intelligent supervision. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle Variety and difference is as much in evidence as among humanity, and makes for that diversity of form and custom that we find on our side so fruitful of experience. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Edith Wharton But the hilarity remained, and flowed into the form of his idea. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Jane Austen The resolution of doing so helped to form the comfort of their evening. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Jules Verne But the Nautilus was rising slowly to the surface of the sea, and the form of the Avenger disappeared by degrees from my sight. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Karl Philipp Moritz To what various, singular, and unaccountable fatalities and adventures are not foot-travellers exposed, in this land of carriages and horses! But, I will begin my relation in form and order. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

John Lewis Burckhard The kesoua is always of the same form and pattern; that which I saw on my first visit to the mosque, was in a decayed state, and full of holes. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

This is the oldest form of bridge in the country, and the bridge in the picture is one of the oldest bridges. Chinese Pictures by Isabella L. Bird [1900]