Phrases with "giant"

Nathaniel Hawthorne The very law that condemned her — a giant of stem featured but with vigour to support, as well as to annihilate, in his iron arm — had held her up through the terrible ordeal of her ignominy. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

T. E. Lawrence Then, making pace, we pushed after our party down the giant valley, whose hills tell short of architecture only in design. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Wilkie Collins The first of the Passion pictures illustrated Revenge. A corpse, in fancy costume, lay on the bank of a foaming river, under the shade of a giant tree. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Thomas Hardy They went out and walked together, the pattern of the air-holes in the top of the lantern being thrown upon the mist overhead, where they appeared of giant size, as if reaching the tent-shaped sky. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

He rose from supper a giant refreshed; and, changing his seat to one nearer the fire, began to examine the other guests with an eye to the delights of oratory. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Leslie Stephen A few days afterwards Boswell ventured a call, was kindly received and detained for some time by “the giant in his den. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Benjamin Disraeli There also was a giant in the wildest part of the shrubbery, and a dwarf, on whom the ladies showered their sugarplums, and who, in return, offered them tobacco. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Andrew Lang But hardly had he come within reach of the enemy, than the giant touched him with a ring that he held in his hand, and the Prince remained immovable where he stood. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Makepeace Thackeray Then came a superb drum-major, a handsome smiling good-humored giant of a man, his breeches astonishingly embroidered with silver lace. The Second Funeral of Napoleon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1841]

Abraham Merri Far to the west another gray and ochreous giant reared its bulk, closing the vale. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

D. H. Lawrence The giant rolled after him — when alas, the acolyte of the tea-tray slipped among the vegetables, and down came the tray. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

A giant in height and strength, he defeated all antagonists at boxing, but Burton mastered him with the foil and the broad-sword. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Edgar Rice Burroughs In a frenzy of despair, I bent to the grandfather of all paddles in a hopeless effort to escape, and still the copper giant behind me gained and gained. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Andrew Lang So she bowed to the giant, and made her way back to the window where the giant could not see her. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Isabella Bird Huge hemlocks threw high their giant arms, and from between their dark stems gleamed the bark of the silver birch. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Charles Dickens But a giant weak in the legs and not standing upright! — keep him in the carawan, but never show him, never show him, for any persuasion that can be offered. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Suffering has been the lot of all living things, from the giant of the primeval swamps down to the smallest zoophyte. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Abraham Merri They were limpid, pellucid as gems whose giant replicas they seemed to be. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

H. Rider Haggard Far, far they sailed, till they reached a giant peak that split space in twain. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Andrew Lang The giant was full of pity for the poor young man, but inquired anxiously what he had done with the eyes. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Hope Hodgson And I gat the giant above the middle part, and the Diskos did glut itself, and went through the giant as that he did be naught, though so huge and monstrous and girt with strength. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

When the other giant lunged after him, he was caught in a cross-buttock that sent him crashing down on the bricks. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Guy de Maupassan The whole sky was aflame; the Arc de Triomphe stood out against the brilliant background of the horizon, like a giant surrounded by fire. A Stroll by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Conan Doyle Three pirates had fallen before him, and he had wounded Spade-beard in the neck, when the Norman giant sprang at him from the side with a slashing blow from his deadly mace. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Abraham Merri The giant Medusae drifted — stately, luminous kaleidoscopic elfin moons. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Away beyond it rose a line of giant cliffs similar to those upon which we are supposed to stand in our survey of the savage scene, and through which the road had somehow made its climb to the summit. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Nathaniel Hawthorne It impresses us as a giant with a mind comprehensive and discriminating enough to care for the great and small concerns of all the town. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Guy de Maupassant He walked with giant strides, through the rain, straight on, until he reached the river, without thinking where he was going. Regret by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

H. G. Wells World cooperation in giant undertakings, becoming real almost day by day. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Arthur Conan Doyle He thrust with his sword at Calverly, but Belford who was the next in the line raised his giant club and struck him a crushing blow from the side. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Theodore Dreiser In the commercial heart of this world Frank Algernon Cowperwood had truly become a figure of giant significance. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Thomas Love Peacock You shall cut me a giant before you go. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

Andrew Lang And, be quick! — for at this very moment the giant has fallen asleep, and you have only a quarter of an hour to do everything. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Handel Richardson It had to do with a buggy, a giant buggy, full of people; and, inverting the real event of the day on which it was modelled, he now longed with all his heart to be among them. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang A woman as tall as a giant was leaning over the oven. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Virginia Woolf The scattered dinner-tables of the modern world, the chase and eddy of the various currents which compose the society of our time, could only be dominated by a giant of fabulous dimensions. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Travellers in the Hartz, ascending the Brocken, are in certain atmospheres startled by the apparition of a shadowy figure,—a giant image of themselves, thrown on the horizon by the dawn. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Bram Stoker That giant spot in high air was a plague of evil influence. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Meanwhile, it was wonderful to wake every morning close under the steep bank, and, without lifting one’s head from the pillow, to see that row of giant faces so close against the sky. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

The giant who had been in bed nearly an hour and a half, lay grandly stretched out on the down bed. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Andrew Lang This giant kept an enchanted castle in the midst of a lonely wood; and some time after the death of Cormoran Jack was passing through a wood, and being weary, sat down and went to sleep. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Gustave Flauber Although emaciated, and somewhat advanced in years, he was a giant in stature, and on his hip he wore a cutlass in a bronze scabbard. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

Andrew Lang They rushed instantly to the hall, where the giant was awaiting them, and flinging themselves at his feet implored him to take the kingdom if he would, but to have pity on the princess. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing There was great concourse of drays and waggons; wheels and the clang of giant hoofs made roaring echo, and above thundered the trains. A Lodger in Maze Pond by George Gissing

Abraham Merri As softly as though by the hand of a giant of cloud we were lifted out from the wall, and were set with no perceptible shock beside her on the back of the cubes. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Greenhill remonstrates at another mouth being thus forced upon the party, but the giant silences him with a hideous glance. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

H. G. Wells These squares the giant children should arrange and rearrange to their pleasure. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Miss Clarissa! ’Tis a pillow-case for a giant then. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Olaf Stapledon It was indeed a giant mechanical fly which could cling to precipitous places or suddenly leap from the ground by kicking with its prodigious thighs. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Sinclair Lewis Panting with the joy to come, he stared out of the window at a giant and glorious figure of Istra — the laughing Istra of breakfast camp-fire — which towered from the street below. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Henry Handel Richardson It was the same with his relatives; they, too, had made giant strides along the road of decay: throats had sagged, eyes grown smaller, knuckles bonier. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

George Meredith The Egoist, who is our original male in giant form, had no bleeding victim beneath his paw, but there was the sex to mangle. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Edgar Rice Burroughs With a jolt it stopped before the cottage, and a black-haired giant leaped out to run up onto the porch. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

The giant is an Oriental figure and appears in Vathek, along with genii, dwarfs, and kindred personages, but the Gothic giant has more diabolism than the mere Oriental original. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Only a giant Highlander, who must have been some seven feet in height and was broad in proportion, stood motionless near the entrance. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Almost simultaneously with the lion’s turning to renew the attack a half-naked giant dropped from the tree above squarely on the brute’s back. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Rudyard Kipling Lammitter was the first by two inches — a giant in the land, an’ a terreefic man to cross in his ways. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Guy de Maupassant The fusing material bubbles, sparkles, throws out blue, red, yellow, green sparks, reflections from giant diamonds, rubies, emeralds, turquoises, sapphires, topazes. The Trip of Le Horla (Le Voyage du Horla) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Edgar Rice Burroughs There were the trunks of trees uprooted by the undermining of the river banks, giant creepers, flowers, grasses, and now and then the body of some land animal or bird. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Edgar Allan Poe Yet Wordsworth and Coleridge are men in years; the one imbued in contemplating from his childhood, the other a giant in intellect and learning. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Andrew Lang Over against the door was a high seat, and on it lay a giant negro, before whom she salaamed. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells The giant saved Woking station and its cluster of houses until the last; then in a moment the Heat-Ray was brought to bear, and the town became a heap of fiery ruins. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

He is a man of more than ordinary stature, a giant in miniature, with massive and muscular but well-proportioned limbs: he must number fifty years or more. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

The comfortable reassurances in which he had clothed himself were torn away by the same giant hands that were wrecking his house. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

H. G. Wells She went a few paces past the corner, came in sight of the run containing the giant chicks and stopped again. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Sinclair Lewis I am not shocked but only grieved by the irreverence and boorishness that is, perhaps, to be expected from such a lusty young giant of a country. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Wolfe That spreading constellation to the north is called Chicago, and that giant wink that blazes in the moon is the pendant lake that it is built upon. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Behind us rose a dark and forbidding wood of giant arborescent ferns intermingled with the commoner types of a primeval tropical forest. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Edith Wharton It was as though some giant machine of her own making had caught her up in its wheels and was grinding her to atoms . The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Edgar Allan Poe Even the most unmusical ear will not fail to appreciate the rare beauty and strength of the extra syllable in the line Seem groups of giant kings in purple and gold. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Samuel Johnson All nations have a tradition, that their earliest ancestors were giants, and these stones are said to have been thrown up and down by a giant and his mistress. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

The giant turned out to be Charles Tyrwhitt Drake and the medium-sized man Edward Henry Palmer, both of whom were engaged in survey work. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Abraham Merri There was a flash of light and upon the instant he crashed down as though struck by a giant hand, lay sprawling and inert upon the floor. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Andrew Lang Soon after the giant went to fetch his brother who was likewise a giant, to take a meal off his flesh; and Jack saw with terror through the bars of his prison the two giants approaching. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jack London No man less than a giant could have done what he did, once he had gained the foot of the ladder. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

In this baronial hall lived an eligible single party — a giant so tall he used a step-ladder to put on his hat, and could not put his hands into his pockets without kneeling. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

H. G. Wells And when the fire was out the giant rats came back, took the dead horse, dragged it across the churchyard into the brickfield and ate at it until it was dawn, none even then daring to disturb them. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Sinclair Lewis He was a grotesque figure, and he knew it, a white-polled giant squeezed into a small seat in a classroom, listening to instructors younger than his own sons. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Algernon Blackwood Their dazzling, giant grandeur was of stellar origin. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

H. G. Wells A glorious exhilaration possessed him now, a giant activity. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Algernon Blackwood I never took my eyes off the small, moving figure; small yes — and yet somehow making me think of a giant plotting the destruction of worlds. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Leon Trotsky But, taken in general, the process is developing by giant strides toward a bloody finale. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Charles Kingsley Catch him, Will, and bring him me here!” The surgeon vanished as the blind giant made a step forward; and they set forth, Amyas walking slowly, but firmly, between his two friends. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

The giant followed as soon as he could recover his breath and tear off his bandage. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Sinclair Lewis He was a fair young giant with curly hair and a grin and with a voice like the Bulls of Bashan whenever the strategy called for manliness. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Andrew Lang The giant marvelled at his skill, and said: ‘It is a wonder that such a man as thou shouldst be without a companion. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Nellie Bly I saw one, a giant in frame, a god in features; but he was a public wrestler. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Edgar Allan Poe He was a giant in stature — insolent, rapacious, filthy, had the gall of a bullock with the heart of a hyena and the brains of a peacock. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

This frightful shock seemed to restore Porthos the strength that he had lost; he arose, a giant among granite giants. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

The giant slept the eternal sleep, in the sepulcher which God had built about him to his measure. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

G. K. Chesterton He was at once a giant and a dwarf. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

The brightness, the variety of colour, the picturesque placing of the city, and the giant mountain Corcovado, rising behind it, made up a picture that I shall never forget as long as I live. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

As an arbiter, Boots thought the giant admirably successful, but Biornson did not seem to share the opinion. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle As the coil of men formed up upon the white road, with just a tremulous shifting motion along the curved and undulating line, its likeness to a giant serpent occurred again to my mind. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

William Makepeace Thackeray But what was my terror when I heard the giant groping among the bodies, and, fancying myself, cut the half of my hip off, and took it with him to be roasted. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Andrew Lang The giant didn’t know what to say, for he couldn’t have believed it of the little fellow. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling But it is Joss when the stray 12-inch shell, hurled by a giant at some giant ten miles away, falls on her from Heaven and wipes out her and her profound calculations. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

Abraham Merri Suddenly the sun dipped down behind the flank of the stone giant guarding the valley’s western gate; the whole vale swiftly darkened — a flood of crystal-clear shadows poured within it. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

E. Phillips Oppenheim One of them, who had almost the appearance of a monk, in his long toga-like cloak, a giant brandishing a torch in one hand and a great knotted stick in the other, came blundering forward. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Victor Hugo What a man is he who revenges himself for a benefit received! Barkilphedro was a giant among such men. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

William Makepeace Thackeray The giant and the maid — both tremble his voice to hear. The Fitz-Boodle Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1842-43]

Edith Wharton Suddenly they heard a remote sound, like the hum of a giant insect, and following the high-road, which wound whiter through the surrounding twilight, a black object rushed across their vision. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Andrew Lang On this the giant seized his club and laid about him most unmercifully. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Abraham Merri The Norseman had slipped on a pair of pajamas and, giant torso naked under the sun, he strode out upon us. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

The little crowd held their breath, while the sky tossed cloud after cloud as though there were some giant juggler over the hill, and the Tarn, black as ink, lay insolently below them. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Andrew Lang Then came the giant home with the goats. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith The giant in him loved her warmly. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Andrew Lang On hearing these words the giant leapt out of bed with an angry roar, and sprang at the parrot in order to wring her neck with his great hands. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I now found them to be giant ferns, arching overhead with their broad fanlike leaves and branches in dense masses, making the roadway quite dark in the shadow. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Wilkie Collins From head to foot his whole body was wrenched round, as if giant hands had twisted it, towards the right. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

William Makepeace Thackeray In the old King’s time we would have given a thousand for you, when he had his giant regiment that our present monarch disbanded. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Marjorie Bowen The door was shut before the soldier heard, and Francisco set once more his giant frame against it. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

There was all the power and grace of a giant cat in his swift and terrible onslaught. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Abraham Merri Before us stretched a narrow gorge, a sword slash in the body of the towering giant under whose feet the tunnel crept. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Willa Cather The giant baby of a long family, he had never slept away from home a night in his life before he enlisted. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Rudyard Kipling Here is evidently one of the newest type — No. 25, a giant who has just brought the mail in and waits to be cleaned up preparatory to going out afresh. Among the Railway Folk by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

At the moment the yacht was entering a small bay, surrounded by giant cliffs, against which the great rollers of the North Sea broke continuously. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Great Theron fell, an omen of the fight; Great Theron, large of limbs, of giant height. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Abraham Merri In front of us stretched a series of giant steps leading into a vast court strewn with fragments of fallen pillars. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

The giant head loomed over him; the great paw struck his chest and thrust him down. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

It was an ill time for the sheep in the paddocks, which were often one giant drift, where the presence of the flock could only be detected by the yellowish steaming snow. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Sometimes the image of her son grew before her until it assumed the proportions of a giant in the old fairy tales. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Still the same note sounded, but now it was as if blown by a giant trumpeter immediately over his head. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Thomas Hardy These are the parting words of your own Viviette!’ Swithin, who was stable as a giant in all that appertained to nature and life outside humanity, was a mere pupil in domestic matters. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

H. G. Wells There came to men’s ears stories of things the giant boys could do, and they said “Wonderful!”— without a spark of wonder. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Abraham Merri Another rush of feet — and down upon Lugur’s forces poured the frog-men, their booming giant leading, thrusting with their lances, tearing and rending with talons and fangs and spurs. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Nga Yin was a giant supposed by the Burmese to be buried, like Typhaeus, beneath the crust of the earth. Burmese Days by George Orwell

H. G. Wells The eldest son was a mighty schemer of wheeled engines; he had made himself a sort of giant bicycle that no road in the world had room for, no bridge could bear. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Andrew Lang The giant had done this for many years when Jack resolved to destroy him. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Abraham Merri One he had made for Gigi, full nine feet long, that the dwarf-legged giant handled like a wand. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Henry James He was the giant whom they had seen descending along the rocks. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

He was a tall, strong man; and, perched up on the driving-cushion, looked like a giant compared with Jacob, who seemed no bigger than a shrimp beside him. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

G. K. Chesterton The giant man-trap had closed with the most scientific precision and perfection; only the trap was empty. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Marjorie Bowen He remembered that Mastino was a giant — he had once found it to his advantage, he might now find it to his peril; but it was not fear, but bitter shame, that brought Conrad almost to his knees. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

He dominated the rest of them like a giant at a pigmies tea-party. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

In a forked glen into which he slipped at night-fall he was surrounded by giant toads, who spat poison, and were icy as the land they lived in, and were cold and foul and savage. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Andrew Lang And when the king and queen and princess saw the young man a great joy filled their hearts, for they knew him for the eldest son, who had long ago been enchanted by a giant and lost to them. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang And up an avenue of giant place trees the peris led him, dumb with amazement. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sometimes it seemed as if the whole sash would give way before the fiercer blasts, as though a giant had set his knee against it, and was striving to force an entrance. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Jules Verne The grass here was five or six feet in height, and had made room for swamp-plants, to which the dampness of the place, assisted by the heat of summer, had given giant proportions. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Andrew Lang She then made ready the pie, and after eating and drinking heartily myself, I was just taking my leave of the young woman when we observed the giant coming through the castle gates. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassan Jeanne, smiling, looked at this good giant whom one would have thought was an ogre at the very sight of his mustaches, and she thought: “How one may be deceived each day about everybody. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Now of Grettir must it be told that he let little space go betwixt his blows or ever the giant was dead; then he went up the cave, and kindled a light and espied the cave. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Andrew Lang No sooner had he done this than a terrible hailstorm burst behind, and the giant was killed on the spot. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang The little tailor began his game once more, and flung the largest stone he could find in his wallet with all his force, and hit the first giant on the chest. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Willa Cather My old friend has seen him being driven in his sledge on the Nevskii Prospekt on winter afternoons; black horses with silver bells and a giant in uniform on the seat beside the driver. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

By the half-light that strayed in through the portico, we could see vague outlines of a forest of giant columns rising out of the gloom below and vanishing into the gloom above. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

In such a time every breath is a tale of terror, and every rumour grows instantly to giant proportions. Signa by Ouida

Theodore Dreiser They did not dare to utter a feeble squeak until some giant had accidentally fallen and they could do so without danger to themselves. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells St. Paul’s he knew survived, and many of the old buildings in Westminster, embedded out of sight, arched over and covered in among the giant growths of this great age. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

The aeroplane moved, and ran with bird-like swiftness along the ground, then soared with the hum of a giant bee. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Charles Kingsley So the savage concludes that there must be a giant living in the cliff, who threw stones at him, with evil intent; and he concludes in like wise concerning most other natural phenomena. Superstition by Charles Kingsley

Sinclair Lewis Through the window came the chorus of fog-horns on North River. “Boom-m-m!” That must be a giant liner, battling up through the fog. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence One afternoon a giant lunged after him: the boy darted gracefully among the heaps of vegetables, still bearing aloft his tea-tray, like some young blue-buttoned acolyte fleeing before a false god. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith Sharp it throws out an emerald shoulder, And, thundering ever of the mountain, Slaps in sport some giant boulder, And tops it in a silver fountain. Poems from the volume entitled “Modern Love” by George Meredith [1862]

Olaf Stapledon And so, in half an hour, one more tract of the city’s honeycomb was obliterated, as by giant footfall. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

One giant of a soldier stood in our path, his face dark with sullen suspicion. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Virginia Woolf Now and again some glass tinkled in the cupboard as if a giant voice had shrieked so loud in its agony that tumblers stood inside a cupboard vibrated too. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

The giant leapt into the line, and with a blow of his axe split the skull of the beast on his right hand. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Steele Rudd Dwyer was a giant beside Casey. Dwyer didn’t say anything — he wasn’t a man of words — but started throwing the rails down to let the cows out. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Victor Hugo But that the giant should allow it, there is the wonder; and that he should admire the height of the dwarf, there is the folly. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

R. D. Blackmore I would carry you up if I could; but even a giant could scarcely do that, in a stiff gale of wind, and with the crag so wet. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Jules Verne Ben Zoof, in particular, roused himself with redoubled vigor, like a giant refreshed from his slumbers. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Jules Verne Very well; let our industrious friends construct a giant alphabet; let them write words three fathoms long, and sentences three miles long, and then they can send us news of themselves. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

All we want, gentlemen, is your vote and interest — I mean your —” “Gaffing agin!” interrupts the giant angrily. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

H. G. Wells Secretly the Central European power had gathered his flying machines together, and now he threw them as a giant might fling a handful of ten thousand knives over the low country. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

The next morning Jack went out again, and all happened as before, and the giant this time had four heads, and Jack made eight halves of them. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Khan promptly retreated, sliding through, the door and out of sight with the streaking speed of a giant white cockroach. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells They were vastly amused and thrilled by my giant wasps and rats, but young Caddies was beyond them. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Edgar Rice Burroughs For reply the giant motioned them to follow him, and set off up the beach in the direction from which they had recently come. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

H. G. Wells Already I have dreams about that giant skull, quite unpleasant dreams. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

Theodore Dreiser Failure was staring him in the face — giant failure. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Rudyard Kipling Descending, I passed a giant in moleskins who filled the low-ceiled tap-room. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

The giant harken’d to the dashing sound: But, when our vessels out of reach he found, He strided onward, and in vain essay’d Th’ Ionian deep, and durst no farther wade. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Arnold Bennett Huge barges, each steered by a single man at the end of a pair of giant oars, lumbered and swirled down-stream at all angles. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

George MacDonald In a short time almost every giant was prostrate, and a jubilant pæan of bird-song rose from the tops of fifty trees. Lilith by George MacDonald

Andrew Lang Four millstones formed his shield, and on a box — tree close by hung his giant sword. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Two great cedars made islets of shadow in the sunny grass, and a copper beech, a giant of his kind, was just showing its dark brown buds. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Andrew Lang And when the great beast beheld the hard blows which the giant dealt his master he flew at his throat, and much trouble had the monster in beating him off. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George MacDonald He will think he has been a giant always, and will not know you, or any of us. Lilith by George MacDonald

Abraham Merri On the floor, at the king’s feet, crouched a giant Chinese with a curved and crimson sword. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Guy de Maupassant Coming closer, on opening the worm-eaten stile, one fancied that he saw a giant garden, for all the old apple-trees, as knotted as the peasants, were in blossom. No Quarter (Le Père Milon) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle And then suddenly, with a crashing and a rending, a thudding of giant feet and a panting of monster lungs the beast was upon me once more. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Andrew Lang Leaving her cart behind some trees, Kisa crept gently up to the open door, and, crouching down, listened to what the giant was telling his wife, who was at supper with him. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells For some days the village of Pangbourne in Berkshire fought with giant ants. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

The boy, a Marblehead hopeful, whose name was Sam, was to act as cook; while I, a giant of a Frenchman named Nicholas, and four Sandwich–Islanders were to cure the hides. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

George Meredith A pigmy’s a giant if he can manage to arrive in season. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

G. K. Chesterton Those giant gestures of Man, that made the high statues and the strokes of war, tossed and tormented all their limbs. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

In the distance, like a giant of the forest, stood the big oak tree of the rendezvous. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Andrew Lang But the bird was too quick for him, and, flying behind his back, begged the giant to have patience, as her death would be of no use to him. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang At length the giant crawled away, and lay quivering in a corner, and the queen went up to him. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He wished to meet, eye to eye, the valorous giant Brandabarbaran, Lord of Arabia, whose armour is made of the skin of a dragon, and whose shield, strapped to his arm, is the gate of a fortified city. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

She grew faint in gazing; the grotesque hands that stretched out were surely not those of Nancy Coningsby, but of a giant form she did not know. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

The next shell took off a corner of a building as neatly as a giant might do it with a knife. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Jules Verne That very day Judge Jarriquez dined with the family on board the giant raft, and when evening came he shook hands with them all. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Andrew Lang But a giant came up to him, and said, ‘If you will give me Nicht Nought Nothing, I will carry you over the water on my back. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

His feet pounded over the hard oiled road in giant strides, but again the creature flitted from the circle of light, this time to one side. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

The natural affection of this woman and her granddaughter had in fact dispelled the shadows of giant schemes. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Olaf Stapledon One was the giant tank, the other the legged aeroplane. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Arthur Conan Doyle It may have been a giant squid: They are found at every level. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]