Phrases with "formed"

Charles Dickens The shouts of the rabble, the shrieks of women, the cries of the wounded, and the constant firing, formed a deafening and an awful accompaniment to the sights which every corner presented. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Dry summer dust was in the wind; the sun bounded cheerily from the plate-glass windows and made radiant gasoline rainbows where automobile drippings had formed pools on the street. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Finally, almost on his hands and knees, in turn he sniffed at every crack at the junctions of the big stones that formed the floor of the room, lifting up the thick matting as he passed along. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

In fact, it formed a little closet, and the ledge of a window, which it enclosed, served as a table. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Edgar Allan Poe The metre is formed of Iambuses and Anapests. The Hunter of the Prairies (fifty-six octosyllabic verses with alternate rhymes) is a vivid picture of the life of a hunter in the desert. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

George Borrow Huz, in Hungarian, is twenty, and the Hussar force is so called because it is formed of twentieths. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Baldwin Spencer The two projecting piece were bound round with fur string and, while the bark was pliant, were shaped so that they formed a kind of spout, which was smeared over with beeswax and white pipe clay. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Walter Scott His helmet, formed of mermaid sand, No lethal brand could dint; No other arms could e'er withstand The axe of earth-fast flint. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Bram Stoker His men instantly formed round the cart in a sort of undisciplined endeavour, each one shouldering and pushing the other in his eagerness to carry out the order. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

There is another salina about one hour down the coast, formed by a reef, near the Ras el-Ma’llah. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

He seemed to be making comparisons in his mind as his lips formed a grimace. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Henry Handel Richardson Sufferers are seldom sweet-tempered; and Laura formed no exception. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Edgar Rice Burroughs At my right the side of the canyon continued to the water’s edge, the valley lying to my left, and the foot of it running gradually into the sea, where it formed a broad level beach. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Edgar Allan Poe It is formed of a light wicker, and is wonderfully strong for so frail looking a machine. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

It looked as if those parcels, stacked round and apparently in contact, formed a sort of train from the clock round the room to the heap under the bed. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

An “Index Society” has been formed in England, already numbering about one hundred and seventy members. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Samuel Johnson In the center of every floor, from top to bottom, is the chief room, of no great extent, round which there are narrow cavities, or recesses, formed by small vacuities, or by a double wall. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Jules Verne The ice-masses which proceed from sea water, porous, opaque, and tinged with blue or green, according as they are struck by the rays of the sun, are lighter than ice formed from fresh water. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Arnold Bennett He told me there was going to be some difficulty with the Company, and, unless the independent shareholders formed a strong local committee to look after things, the trouble might be serious. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Meeting his eye with unshaken firmness, she resumed, in a low and constrained voice: “You are wondering about the ring that formed a portion of the scene we are discussing. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Nathaniel Hawthorne As early as 1786, he was appointed brigade major of the militia of Hillsborough County, then first organized and formed into a brigade. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Ann Radcliffe In the mean time, the plans, which would be formed for separating him from Ellena, might succeed, and he should lose her for ever. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Anthony Trollope He was not far wrong in the estimate he formed of both their characters. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

William Cowper I never framed a wish or formed a plan That flattered me with hopes of earthly bliss, But there I laid the scene. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Caroline Lamb Nature formed me fierce, and your authority was not strong enough to curb and conquer me. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

John Morley The chief personal fact of this time was the connection which Voltaire formed with the Marquise du Châtelet, and which lasted from 1733 till 1749. Voltaire by John Morley

Ivan Turgenev And indeed, he himself had formed a totally different conception of the still unknown woman, the girl to whom he was to give himself wholly, who would love him, be his bride, his wife. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Thomas Hardy As you may know, sir, the players formed a very good band — almost as good as the Mellstock parish players that were led by the Dewys; and that’s saying a great deal. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope And in about a quarter of an hour after this resolve had been formed Mrs. Smith was standing by him and talking to him. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne On each side were massed forests of giant trees, whose summits towered some fifty feet above the ground, and joining one bank to the other formed an immense cradle. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Involuntarily his lips formed an immemorial phrase: “What a night!” Strangely enough, he was almost sober. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Now, these Troglodytes all lived in caverns, which were formed partly by art and partly by nature, although art must have had most to do with the construction of such vast subterranean works. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Any personal opinions or conjectures that he may have formed are not evidence, and he must not be asked about them. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle Modern criticism has more than indorsed the high opinion formed of him by his contemporaries. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Olaf Stapledon Sheep and cattle, however, and particularly the hardy native yak, formed the mainstay of the population. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

He stated he had carefully examined the injuries of the dead man, and had formed the opinion that there was very little probability deceased had taken his own life. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

A coalition was formed against them; and a bloody battle was fought on the plains of Poyauhtlan, in which the Tlascalans were completely victorious. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

John Lewis Burckhard The ruins of Scythopolis are of considerable extent, and the town, built along the banks of the rivulet and in the valleys formed by its several branches, must have been nearly three miles in circuit. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Jean-Jacques Rousseau For the original act by which the body is formed and united still in no respect determines what it ought to do for its preservation. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

William Blake He formed scales to weigh; He formed massy weights; He formed a brazen quadrant; He formed golden compasses And began to explore the Abyss And he planted a garden of fruits 9. The Book of Urizen by William Blake [1794]

Sigmund Freud The intensities of the individual ideas become capable of discharge in their entirety, and pass from one idea to another, so that individual ideas are formed which are endowed with great intensity. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Anthony Trollope Men might like to be like Ravenswood, and women may dream of men so formed and constituted, but such men do not exist. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Benjamin Disraeli The aristocracy of England formed the constitution of the Plantagenets; the Wars of the Roses destroyed that aristocracy, and the despotism of the Tudors succeeded. The Spirit of Whiggism by Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli The Duke and Lord St. Jerome, Clara Howard and Charles Faulcon, Miss Dacre and Mrs. Dallington, formed one, and, as they flattered themselves, not the least brilliant. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Arthur Conan Doyle There were, as I have said, great financial as well as political interests at stake, and a syndicate was formed to manage the business. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

H. Rider Haggard There were six of them, and they formed in line before the pair. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Thus it happened presently that the yeomen, to whom Gilbert stood talking, were all surrounded by a crowd of people that formed a ring about them. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Directly ahead an ascent in the road formed a crest beyond which we could see nothing. Four Days in Dixie by Ambrose Bierce [1888]

Thomas Hardy Excepting the spot of shade, formed by the gig as before, the down was quite bare. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Wilkie Collins She was thinking of that “other presentiment,” which had formed the subject of her mother’s last satirical inquiry. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Edith Wharton His hand was still unsteady, but he formed the letters slowly and carefully, with a sort of morbid satisfaction in the doing. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Guy de Maupassan A double staircase bestrode this entrance hall leaving the center empty, and, meeting at the height of the first floor, formed a sort of bridge. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope This, probably, was the beginning of the party which two years afterward formed the first Triumvirate, B.C. 60. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

The entire crowd now joined as if in one cry; all the cries united formed one immense howl. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Borrow It consisted of about two acres in admirable cultivation; a small portion of it formed a kitchen garden, whilst the rest was sown with four kinds of grain, wheat, barley, pease, and beans. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

The dainty trail formed by these bright sparkling drops seemed to affect him oddly. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

E. T. A. Hoffmann Often he told us many wonderful stories, and got so excited over them that his pipe always went out; I used then to light it for him with a spill, and this formed my chief amusement. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Henry James They stood there under the old trees in the lingering light, and, young and fine and fair as they both were, formed a complete superficial harmony with the peaceful English scene. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

T. H. Huxley In this lagoon there is comparatively little living coral; the bottom of it is formed of coral mud. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Henry James They formed a qualified draught of Europe, an afternoon and an evening on the banks of the Mersey, but such as it was he took his potion at least undiluted. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Gertrude Stein Hemingway had been formed by the two of them and they were both a little proud and a little ashamed of the work of their minds. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

I formed in my imagination a thousand pictures of presenting myself to them, and their reception of me. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Thomas Hardy She formed curious resolves on checking gay fancies in the matter of clothes, because it was inconsistent with her past life to blossom gaudily the moment she had become possessed of money. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins Reclining shepherds and shepherdesses in Watteau costume, with their dogs and their sheep, formed the adornments of the pedestal. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

John Lewis Burckhard To the south of the crescent formed building, and its adjoining edifice, stands the principal curiosity of Shohba, a theatre, in good preservation. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Charles Dickens Suddenly they stopped again, paused, struck out the time afresh, formed into lines the width of the public way, and, with their heads low down and their hands high up, swooped screaming off. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Gissing Isn’t it a pity? But I am losing all hope, and I so fear he may have formed some other attachment. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

He supposed, however, that a romantic love-story, where a poor American girl marries an English lord, formed a refuge for them from the real world which promised them so little and held them so cheap. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

H.P. Lovecraft Curwen, it was clear, formed a vague potential menace to the welfare of the town and Colony; and must be eliminated at any cost. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Charles Dickens This disorder, and the roads, formed the main subject of conversation. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Jules Verne A little bank, produced by a landslip, enabled him to step down to the level of the sea, and from there he was able to look closely at the steep wall which formed the coast. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

The perfect roundness of her limbs formed suave and enchanting curves. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

H. G. Wells Well, I mention this experimental work now in order that you should not think I am throwing casually formed ideas before you tonight. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

William Godwin She felt herself formed for domestic affection, and all those tender charities, which men of sensibility have constantly treated as the dearest band of human society. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Edith Wharton She considers the tie was formed too hastily. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Anthony Trollope The stuff of which his manhood was to be formed had been slow of growth, as it is with many men; and, consequently, when temptation was offered to him, he had fallen. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Thousands of threads like glass, formed of fluid lava, fell like rain upon the island. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Abraham Merri They swirled, eddied and formed a barricade between us and the armored men. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

The pure union of these substances formed gold; but other metals were mixed with and contaminated by various foreign ingredients. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Here they find another shantee, but a few yards from the entrance of that wondrous cavern which is formed by the falling flood on one side, and by the mighty rock over which it pours, on the other. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

He carried matters so far, that he formed by insensible degrees a society of young Quakers, who met at his house; so that he was at the head of a sect when a little above twenty. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Sir Walter Scott The entrance to the park lay through an old-fashioned gateway in the outer wall, the door of which was formed of two huge oaken leaves thickly studded with nails, like the gate of an old town. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Arthur Conan Doyle A small wooden couch and a rude chair formed the whole of the furniture. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Of the morrow’s doings I must say a few words, since they formed a milestone marking the first stage of my earthly pilgrimage. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

The canvas was painted to match the color of the wall, and it formed a sort of screen about three feet in height and seven feet long. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Charles Dickens Therefore, I followed him without a word, to a retired nook of the garden, formed by the junction of two walls and screened by some rubbish. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Percy Bysshe Shelley In the centre of an amphitheatre, formed by these mountains, surrounded by wood, stood the Castella di Laurentini, whose grey turrets, and time-worn battlements, overtopped the giants of the forest. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

For even as I formed the resolution, I observed two men approaching from the direction of Blackfriars, and recognized in them my quondam teacher and his junior. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Dickens’s general conceptions of life, not less than his literary individuality, had been formed before he became a traveller and sojourner in foreign lands. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Henry Kingsley If he were to be clumsy now — now that the link formed by his father, Lord Ascot, between him and Lord Saltire was taken away — they were ruined indeed. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

H.P. Lovecraft This formed the worst of the camp horror, but other things were equally perplexing. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

As we slowly drew up to the door, a lane was formed in the crowd, through which Kant was led, I and my friend supporting him on our arms. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

Sinclair Lewis As the bright arrows fell with a faint puttering sound, a crescent of blackness was formed in the gray dust. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins The garden at the Vicarage formed the new scene. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Thomas Hardy A little way down an intersecting road passed over a small ridge, which now showed up darkly against the moon, and this road here formed a kind of notch in the sky-line. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Charles Stur The plains of the interior formed the banks, and nothing but salsolae grew on them. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

We had already formed our plans, and it was arranged that the island official should send his name in to Hayle, Leglosse and I keeping in the background as much as possible. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Olaf Stapledon A new automatic habit may be formed on the basis of the new behaviour. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Margaret Oliphant Mrs. Vincent would not have harmed a fly, but it gave her a certain pleasure to wound the rash female bosom which had, as she supposed, formed plans of securing her son. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Thomas Hardy Here they were within a plantation which formed the Abbey grounds, and taking a new hold of her he went onward a few steps till they reached the ruined choir of the Abbey-church. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

He learned that they were Mexicans, or rather subjects of the great Mexican empire, of which their own province formed one of the comparatively recent conquests. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Sidney Colvin They have made men, women, old men, young men, old women, young women, hags, girls, and infants, all careful; so they are formed into regular phalanges of savers and gainers. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Leon Trotsky We formed a co-operative of three. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Edith Wharton From the works of these architects Odo formed his first conception of the earlier, more virile manner which the first contact with Graeco–Roman antiquity had produced. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Willa Cather His friend, Cyrus Dalzell, on one of his visits, took this board away, had the diagram exactly copied on sandstone, and sent it to him, with the column-like boulder that formed its base. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Kenneth Grahame There were great doings when they got down to the village again, and had formed up in front of the inn. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

The point of this artless narrative is that the black boy formed the firm opinion that that which he and two others had concluded to be a snake must have been “‘Nother kind. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Baldwin Spencer The swelling is so formed that one surface is nearly flat, the other very distinctly convex. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Victor Hugo They formed a busy and confused group, in rapid movement on the shore. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Thomas Hardy When do you start?’ ‘I have not formed any plan as yet. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Rudyard Kipling The Empire formed up two deep round the carriage and began to explain its grievances. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

The Aztecs, properly so called, formed but a small part of the population of the valley. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

William Makepeace Thackeray Mrs. Berry hates her cordially, and thinks she is a designing toad-eater, who has formed a conspiracy to rob her of her aunt’s fortune. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Walter Scott After more than two years’ wedlock, Baldrick became weary of his wife to such a point, that he formed the cruel resolution of putting her to death. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was as a concession to his hypochondriacal imagination that he formed the habit of reading in bed — it soothed him. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

The Red Sea is said by some authorities to derive its title from the scum formed by this plant (TRICHODESMIUM ERYTHRAEUM), which is strongly impregnated with iodine. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Jules Verne It is only a little village, composed of about twenty houses, grouped on a slightly undulating bank, formed of ocherous earth and clay. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

This concrete attachment to the scenes about him had always formed an important element in his character. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

The ants’ nests have a singular appearance on this plain; they are in vast abundance on those parts of it free from water, and are formed of an exceeding hard yellow clay. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Have you thought of what is to be done? have you formed any determination?” “It seems to me, sir, that hesitation is impossible. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

But they quickly rallied, formed again, and renewed the battle with greater spirit than ever. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Charles Stur There can be no doubt, I think, but that they were formed by the action of water, and that constant rolling, when they were in a softer state, gave them their present form. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

By that time, or very soon after, all Brighton had the information and formed a more or less just appreciation of its gravity. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Had his wife given him more children he would have formed them and their wives and children into a band, and the affairs of this little world would have been directed by him with pride and pleasure. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Between the two, a small door, with a porch supported by a couple of pillars, formed the entrance to the house. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Through this window shone a mild light which silvered the foliage of two or three linden trees which formed a group outside the park. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

It was a winding staircase, built in a turret which formed one angle of the tower. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Thomas Hardy Trees which seemed old enough to have been planted by the friars still stood around, and the back hatch of the original mill yet formed a cascade which had raised its terrific roar for centuries. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

It formed part of the legends of Cyprus, and was alluded to by the lyric poet Timocreon (Bergk. Poetae Lyrici Graeci, p. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

Gustave Flauber The sun fell on the piteous things, disclosing their spots and the creases formed by the motions of the body. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

John Galsworthy Perhaps you’d like to know how I formed my view. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

George Gissing Close at hand, a circle of men had formed about Mr. Chown, who was haranguing on the Woman question. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

These, with the teachers’ dwellings, formed three sides of a quadrangle; the fourth side consisting of an iron railing and a gate. Was it an illusion? by Amelia B. Edwards

H. Rider Haggard Then, after a year or two, I perceived your power of work and your great natural ability, and I formed a design. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing Every project he formed took for granted his unlaborious preeminence in a toiling world. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

It was suggested that this formed part of a street, laid out on the plan of the Jebel el-Safrá, the hauteville of Magháir Shu’ayb. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Thomas Hardy Cottagers formed his only patients, and his Wessex-wide repute was among them alone. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

A deep recess with a window — a recess that held one couch, one table, and a fairy cabinet, formed a room within a room. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Anthony Hope But Fritz was still pale, and his hand shook like a leaf as he extended it to the Marshal. Presently we formed procession and took our way to the door of the station. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

The maids of honor and the courtiers, who had formed a respectful circle round the king on his entrance, drew back, on observing he wished to speak privately with his captain of the musketeers. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

John Galsworthy They formed a pattern, thus, side by side. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Many a picture had he formed of Henry, but none like this. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Watkin Tench They are not as strong as lines of equal size formed of hemp. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Anthony Trollope It consisted of four streets, which were formed by two roads crossing each other, making at the point of junction a centre for the town. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Masses of rock lay piled about the limestone crags that formed the summit. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Arthur Machen And I believe that cheese always formed part of the farmers’ breakfast, as a kind of second or cold course. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Jules Verne Its difference from the manatee consisted in its upper jaw, which was armed with two long and pointed teeth which formed on each side diverging tusks. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Abraham Merri And all about it played shifting, tremulous shadows formed by the merging of the golden light with the curtain’s emerald gleaming. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton She regretted that her one short visit to England had taken her so little out of London — that her acquaintance with the landscape had been formed chiefly through the windows of a railway carriage. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Edward Bellamy The companionships we formed then remain our companionships till the end of life. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

H. G. Wells They had disposed of the unfortunate German drachenflieger and were now aiming at the incipient aeronautic park — the electric gas generators and repair stations which formed the German base. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Thomas Hardy Before she had quite emptied her glass the dance was called, the dancers formed in two lines, the music sounded, and the figure began. The Fiddler of the Reels by Thomas Hardy [1893]

His mouth crookedly formed the word ‘Judith.’ She came to the bedside, not frightened like Sarah, smiling, standing on her toes to be level with the bed. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

H. P. Lovecraf Man’s first instincts and emotions formed his response to the environment in which he found himself. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Jules Verne Exactly two hundred feet behind the angle formed by the river, the wall, terminated by a fall of rocks, died away in a gentle slope to the edge of the forest. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

My grandfather was an atheist, famous in his day, in the town of Toulouse. It is true that I was always taught that the Christian influence was a false one, but that has not formed my mind. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Nikolai Gogol Since then the headman has formed the habit of shaking his head solemnly and thoughtfully, of stroking his long, drooping moustache, and of darting hawk-like glances from his eyes. A May Night by Nikolai Gogol

Jules Verne I cast a last look on these wonders of nature, on the riches of art heaped up in this museum, upon the unrivalled collection destined to perish at the bottom of the sea, with him who had formed it. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Caroline Lamb She had seen Lord Avondale satisfied, and whilst Lord Glenarvon was near her, only momentary fits of remorse obtruded—no lasting fear occurred—she formed no view for the future. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Thomas Hardy But it haunted him; and ultimately formed a quickening ingredient in his latent intent of following his friend the school master thither. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

F. Scott Fitzgerald I’ve formed the habit of liking you. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Abraham Merri It betrayed, I believed, a slipping or cracking of the rock which had formed a ledge. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Washington Irving They could speak a little bad French, play the piano, dance quadrilles, and had formed high acquaintances; but the Trotters were not to be distanced. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

This fortification, which extended more than two leagues, rested at either end on the bold natural buttresses formed by the sierra. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Benjamin Disraeli The monsignore was the greatest statesman of Rome, formed and favored by Antonelli and probably his successor. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Thus concealed from the eyes of any chance watcher, he contrived to approach one end of the terraced slope which formed the garden front of the castle. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

When this was performed they set to work, and with two strong booms that lay near, and the top, they quickly formed a raft of most respectable dimensions. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Their calendar was formed on the same plan. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Samuel Johnson I expected the otter to have a foot particularly formed for the art of swimming; but upon examination, I did not find it differing much from that of a spaniel. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Thomas Hardy In place of the autumnal scenery which formed a setting to the previous enactments, we have the culminating blooms of summer in the year following. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

They formed the theme of converse at their meals, and the subject of their study and comment when alone. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Edgar Allan Poe In the same way, the angle formed by the rope with the vertical axis of the machine, indicates the velocity. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Maria Edgeworth Many studied the countenance of the king, to discover what his wishes might be; and a thousand idle conjectures were formed from his most insignificant movements. The Prussian Vase by Maria Edgeworth

Jane Austen The acquaintance she had already formed were unworthy of her. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Victor Hugo Happily, Dea was not formed of such clay. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

At all times, when quiescent, he had a retiring manner, and an appearance, whose want of pretension did not at first allure, and yet which afterwards formed his greatest attraction. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Olaf Stapledon He had raised her, formed her spirit. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Edith Wharton A sense of mutual congratulation was in the air as the groups formed themselves again in the drawing-room. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

George Meredith They formed a circle, one-half for the Dauphin, one for Roy. How long the boorish fun lasted, and what exactly came of it, I did not hear. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

His personal appearance, it must be admitted, formed a tempting basis upon which to build a legend. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

What he valued equally was the hearty friendship which he formed with the Prince Consort. They had the same tastes, the same interests, the same serious outlook on life. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Arthur Conan Doyle The face which was turned towards us formed a dark cliff, with ferns and brambles growing in its niches. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Elizabeth Gaskell And I don’t thank them that went and took my poor lad to have such harsh notions formed about him. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

He invented a sort of sandal similar to those of the Romans of old, the bottoms of which were formed of light wood, having a complicated arrangement of buckling straps to secure them. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Anthony Trollope He was quite aware of the nature of their thoughts; perfectly conscious of the judgment they had formed respecting him. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

The company was formed without him, and his nomination of manager in the tropics came out to him by post. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Big, massive-looking stone flags formed the floor, and all around the walls were broad stone shelves. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Jules Verne An elevated point of land jutted out like a promontory, and curving towards the coast, formed a little inlet of a mile in width at most. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Marie Corelli Much of our character is formed by the earliest impressions of childhood — and my earliest impressions were those of sorrow. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

James Payn There is a tacit, if not an expressed understanding between female friends, that the first genuine “attachment” formed by either shall at once be revealed to the other. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

D. H. Lawrence It was at these times we formed the almost passionate attachment which later years slowly wore away. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith I made the announcement that I had thoughts of entering Parliament, before I had half formed the determination, at my sister’s lawn party yesterday. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

Tobias Smolle This is the river anciently called Sulga, formed by the famous fountain of Vaucluse in this neighbourhood, where the poet Petrarch resided. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

The party were shown enough, however, to confirm the impressions each one of them had formed already. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Arthur Conan Doyle Then when the infantry had formed in long deep masses their guns came whirling and bounding down the slope, and it was pretty to see how smartly they unlimbered and were ready for action. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Thomas Hardy But Providence is nothing if not coquettish; and no sooner had Eustacia formed this resolve than the opportunity came which, while sought, had been entirely withholden. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Humboldt, who analyzed the cement of the ancient structures at Cannar, says that it is a true mortar, formed of a mixture of pebbles and a clayey marl. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Arthur Conan Doyle Under his direction the rowers skirted the dangerous surf which beat against the cliffs until they came to a spot where an outlying reef formed a breakwater. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

The native population formed at his rear in a vast, chattering semicircle to watch his work. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Oliver Goldsmith But you may still be happy; and whatever opinion you may have formed of me, you shall ever find me ready to contribute to it. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith