Phrases with "great"

So the shepherd docked them and took the tails home to be made into a pie, or gave bundles of them to friends as a great favour. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

G. K. Chesterton It may well begin on a morning when the sunlight came late but brilliant, under the lifting of great clouds from a great grey sweep of wolds that grew purple as they dipped again into distance. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Virginia Woolf She could hardly believe that so great a monster could start so gently on so long a journey. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

The present question about the horse was, she thought, unfortunate, since, though Guy had exercised great self-denial, it was no wonder Philip was annoyed. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Sinclair Lewis But for months he wrestled and played with that idea of a great pilgrimage to the Mount of Muses; for he really supposed college to be that sort of place. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle Pictures and prints which even my unpractised eyes could recognize as being of great price and rarity hung thick upon the walls. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Helen Zimmern A visit from Sir Humphrey Davy during the summer was a great delight. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Willa Cather Jacob the constant lover, who served seven years for Rachel: the trickery of Laban: the rivalry between the sisters: these are great stories which have lived through the centuries. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

It has been a great pleasure to him also. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

F. Scott Fitzgerald I was a great deal too warm for that, and too alive. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Willa Cather He put a great deal of young energy into it, and buried a great deal of discontent in its dark furrows. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

They had been selected for this service out of a great number that offered, on account of the superior sagacity of the man who had been appointed their leader. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Guy de Maupassant The conclusion they came to was, that the Baron’s past life concealed some great mystery, that, perhaps, he had natural children, or some connection of long standing. Rust (La Rouille) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

George Meredith He is a great favourite with you. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Andrew Lang A great arm-chair next charged at him like a bull, and to say that Mr. Hubbell was awed “would indeed seem an inadequate expression of my feelings”. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Elizabeth Gaskell This is a great shock, but bear it like a man. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

D. H. Lawrence Then she went out again, under the great moon, to see if everything was right. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle That great black stiff got his ten and out as neat as ever I saw. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

AND thou, O matron of immortal fame, Here dying, to the shore hast left thy name; Cajeta still the place is call’d from thee, The nurse of great Aeneas’ infancy. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

They fled for fear; with these, he chas’d along Camers the yellow-lock’d, and Numa strong; Both great in arms, and both were fair and young. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

I knew very well that she was full of a great anxiety to say a word or two to me in private, but dared not for fear of prying eyes and ears. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Arthur Conan Doyle Upon this slope were assembled a great number of school children, all kneeling at prayer. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle He had some great and rare literary qualities. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Francis Bacon I, therefore, well knowing and nowise forgetting how great a work I am about (viz. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

So then they were married, and a great feast was given for three days and three nights. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Thomas Love Peacock I have made a choice for you, Scythrop. Beauty, genius, accomplishments, and a great fortune into the bargain. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Guy de Maupassant Left alone, the little thing without a father set off running towards the fields, for a recollection had been awakened which brought his soul to a great determination. Simon’s Papa (Le Papa de Simon) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Maria Edgeworth I went to Baldwin’s bank: I found a great crowd, all pressing their demands — the clerks as busy as they could be, and all putting a good face upon the matter. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Jonathan Swift People were tempted to lend by great premiums and large interest; and it concerned them nearly to preserve that government which they trusted with their money. On the Conduct of the Allies by Jonathan Swift [1711]

And of course this narrowness of vision is in one way a great advantage to him, because it is fatal for a caricaturist to see too much. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

Usually I had gone back to that old place with a great feeling of comfort, like a boy from school who ranges about his room at home and examines his treasures. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Theodore Dreiser What he knew of that under-world where grovel the beat-men of society (and he knew a great deal) had hardened his nature. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

The relief, however, of getting rid of him, if only for the time being, was so great that to celebrate the occasion I ordered a bottle of wine at dinner and invited Dayus to share it with me. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is an idea—yes? All the same, it is not a great amusement. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Now M. Boutromet, having remarked that, in all transactions between the monk and Chicot, it was the latter who paid, had a great deal of consideration for him, and promised all he wished. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

The unimaginative, hard-working men, great and small, who served this flag afloat and ashore, nursed dumbly a mysterious sense of its greatness. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Wilkie Collins Madame Danville frowned portentously, and rose in a great hurry from her chair. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

E. F. Benson Mrs. Williams sets up for being a woman of great talents, tact, and accomplishment: I thought there was more noise than work. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Wilkie Collins The great change preparing for the country acted universally on individuals, even to the humblest, and it acted on me. Nine O’Clock! by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Leslie Stephen For the present it is pretty clear that the great problem of self-support had been very inadequately solved. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Andrew Lang The next thing was to provide himself with smart clothes, and then to take a big house where he could give great feasts to the nobles and beautiful ladies who lived in palaces round about. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H.P. Lovecraft It was a long dog-trot to the ruined station, and the great brick warehouse walls around me seemed somehow more terrifying than the fronts of private houses. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Henry James I was lifted aloft on a great wave of infatuation and pity. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

He had never been a great traveller, dearly though he loved the north of France with its Gothic cathedrals and ‘the river bottoms with the endless poplar forests and the green green meadows’. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

George Gissing As a lad I determined on a certain career, and I stuck to it in spite of conscious unfitness, in spite of a great deal of suffering, out of sheer obstinacy. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Anthony Trollope He ought, at any rate, to believe that men who have been here much longer than he has must know the ways of the country a great deal better. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassant This talent attracted to his cafe — for he was a saloon keeper at Criquetot — a great many customers who preferred the “mass at Cornu” to the mass in church. A Sale (À vendre) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

So great hitherto had been my good fortune that I was hopeful it would go on again. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Andrew Lang At length he beheld them returning side by side, and so great was his anxiety to know his fate he almost died from excitement before they reached him. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Florence Dixie His sire, “Hubert,” had been a great favourite with Ronald’s father, and after this latter’s death Lady Ettrick had shown great affection for the dog. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Abraham Merri They roared; they seemed to pelt through air and drop upon us; they beat about our ears with thunderous tattoo like covered caverns drummed upon by Titans with trunks of great trees. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle Mr. Snelling has shown great strength of mind, and rendered signal service to psychic study, by taking a strong line, and putting his professional reputation as an expert upon the scales. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Edgar Allan Poe They are fashioned of hard-burned little bricks, red, with black ends, so that the walls look like a chess-board upon a great scale. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

And this raises a great difficulty. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

But you will be my wife?” Aghast, white as the driven snow, she watched him with dilating eyes that slowly filled with a great horror. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

It was not a constitutional weakness, overcoming will, but the instinctive precaution of a man whose errand it was to rise to great emergencies of exertion. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Nearer, but still far to the left, ran the high right bank of the Wady Hamz, sweeping with a great curve from north-east to west, till it stood athwart our path. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

I will be at the stile as near eight o’clock as I can, if you will come out there to meet me: but it is Saturday night, you know, when there’s always a great deal to do. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

George Gissing She had brought a great deal of luggage, including books to the number of fifty or so. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Anthony Trollope He was fond of the society of ladies, and was a great favourite with his sisters, who thought that every girl who saw him must instantly fall in love with him. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang This was a fresh surprise and almost as great a shock as the loss of her little dog, who had been so faithful to her ever since the first day she had seen him. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Elizabeth Gaskell Presently she returned, bringing the coffee and a great large cake. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

Charles Dudley Warner Benches were built along the sides for summer use; and a great spinning-wheel at one end, and a churn at the other, showed the various uses to which this important porch might be devoted. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was a great moment for him, a moment in which he needed all his self-control, all his imagination, all his resolution. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

The horror of that thought was so great that I lost all consciousness of my surroundings — ’twas something like a fainting fit in death. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

H.P. Lovecraft The man was great — I say it even now, knowing as much as I do. Pickman’s Model by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Arnold Bennett The fact is, you know, Hilda always had a great notion of me as a doctor. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Among the forests he saw a great glade, and in the glade wandered a solitary lamb. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Look at her, so charming, such a great favourite, so generally admired! It would be too sad. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Elizabeth Gaskell The flying fish went a great way, and his undisguised admiration for Margaret’s singing carried him still further. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Anthony Trollope My two young friends made their way into the great hall, and thence into the drawing-room, and I followed them. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Jack London Elusive idea — chasin’ elusive idea — great sport. Lost Face by Jack London

Ann Radcliffe To be sure, I have a sister lives in Savoy, but that is a great way off: and I have saved a little money out of my wages, but that won’t carry us such a long journey. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

He had an excellent way with juries, appealing to them with a great assumption of breezy honesty. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

My great hope now was that things would gradually die down, and if I could only manage to keep the wretched Sloop quiet, the whole matter might soon be in a way of being forgotten altogether. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

G. K. Chesterton We have had a great revival in our time of the cult of violence and hostility. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Henry James It wasn’t in truth a difference for the better, so that there might be still a great tension. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

Leslie Stephen Jack has a great variety of talk, Jack is a scholar, and Jack has the manners of a gentleman. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Mary Arden was the youngest daughter and the heiress of Robert Arden, of Wilmecote, Esq., in the county of Warwick. The family of Arden was even then of great antiquity. Shakspeare by Thomas De Quincey

G. K. Chesterton Odd how often the right thing’s been done for us by the second in command, even when a great man was first in command. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

George Gissing Bless my soul! As if two or three years wouldn’t suffice to draw out the mean qualities in the kind of people I am thinking of! I say ten, to leave myself a great margin. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Robert Green Ingersoll A great many people say that a scarcity of money is our only difficulty. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Jules Verne Partridges and ptarmigans on their way to the south passed over the fort in great numbers, and supplied fresh and wholesome meat. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Washington Irving It were a matter of indifference to me whether our heroines are in keeping, or our candle snuffers burn their fingers, did not such make a great part of public care and polite conversation. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Good-night, Mr. Chicot; I congratulate you upon your power to take a great trouble quietly. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Andrew Lang The fir-tree was placed in a great tub filled with sand, but no one could see that it was a tub, for it was all hung with greenery and stood on a gay carpet. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim A great load seemed to have fallen away, and all the terrors of the last hour seemed like a page from a drama he might have been reading about some other man’s life. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

A great hullabaloo must be made, so that it gets plenty of publicity. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

A. E. W. Mason He had done you some great wrong. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

G. K. Chesterton The man who throws a bomb is an artist, because he prefers a great moment to everything. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Anthony Trollope I have overlooked a great deal too much already,—a great deal too much. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Marmion was composed in great part in the saddle, and the stir of a charge of cavalry seems to be at the very core of it. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Henry James Mon siège est fait — a great glittering crystal palace. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Walter Scott You endeavoured to avert the great and concluding tragedy of the 30th of January; and it confirmed me in my opinion, that Markham Everard might be misled, but could not be base or selfish. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

George Meredith A minute after his parting with Emilia, Wilfrid swung round in the street and walked back at great strides. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Henry James Life at these intensities clearly became “scenes”; but the great thing, the immense illumination, was that we could make them or not as we chose. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Henry Handel Richardson Meanwhile Laura sat in her thin nightgown and shivered, feeling the cold intensely after the great heat of the day. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

M. R. James It is the seat of a bishopric; it has a handsome but almost entirely new cathedral, a charming garden, a lake of great beauty, and many storks. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Thomas Hardy They talked and bounded on, Jude cutting from a little covert a long walking-stick for Sue as tall as herself, with a great crook, which made her look like a shepherdess. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Henry James With this she hinted at a success more personal — a success peculiarly stamping the age in which society, the world of conversation, is a great drawing-room with the City for its antechamber. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

After all, it was a great deal to be a son of a man who could so gallantly hold the position of a cynosure for three generations. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

George Gissing He told me he was going to Cumberland with the hope of seeing you; and I understood him to mean he wished to ask you —’ The sudden and great change in Miss Nunn’s expression checked the speaker. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Dr. Brice was very upset, but to Percy’s great satisfaction and only as he had expected, insisted that his leaving must be kept from everyone until the new assistant was actually upon the scene. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Foote was evidently in as great a hurry as himself, and, such was the violence of the shock, that it was a wonderful thing that they did not both fall to the ground. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Edgar Allan Poe His artistical skill is great and his ideality high. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe My eyes, also, gave me great uneasiness. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

She had a great mind to hum a tune. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

Alphonse Daudet All of a sudden, about ten o’clock, there was a great stir in the multitude, for the garden gate banged open. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

D.H. Lawrence We went at a great pace down the gully, between the sheer rocks. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

George Elio He had inflicted a great and unrepented injury on her, and now he assumed an air of benevolence towards her. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

When I was a boy I was fond of fairy tales, and most of the stories I remembered had been about great German forests and snow and charcoal burners and woodmen’s huts. Greenmantle by John Buchan

It looked like a great worm with a silver crown upon his head. The Secret Rose by William Butler Yeats [1897]

H.P. Lovecraft It seems a great Hazard and Burthen to take away the whole Box, and in Town (i. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Arnold Bennett At last she let him go, and gave a great sigh. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Rudyard Kipling Sometimes a woman or a poor man, watching the ritual — it was nothing less — when the great yellow chart was unfolded, would throw a few flowers or a handful of cowries upon its edge. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

It was with a great start that he heard a voice speaking from the silence — a harsh, yet cultivated voice, but he could not imagine which of his companions was speaking. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

E. Phillips Oppenheim The face was the face of a girl, almost a child, and the great eyes seemed filled with a queer, appealing light. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Women now played a great part in politics. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

They sit about small round tables, or in circles of chairs, and the haze of tobacco seems to prolong the great narrow place, with its pillars and bays, to infinity. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Beyond the town change was proceeding; in a great circle round that solitary house there was no living thing but a few men and women, unconscious yet of the doom. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

I was jokesome and daffin’ wi’ her, and made a great crack o’ the tups, and praised a’ I saw about the toun, and Rab and Richie were as wise as judges. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

The fortunes of a great man and a great Press are at this moment on a razor-edge. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Willcox expedited the deed, and I remember him telling me he had a great pleasure in making it ready. Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad [1901]

The little tea-party was a great success. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

E. F. Benson Thackeray offered to introduce her to galaxies of great folk who would receive her with open arms, but she thought ‘“society” produced so ill an effect on him that she had better avoid it. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Francis Bacon The growth of them comes from great wits; the prizes and rewards of them are in the hands of the people, or of great persons, who are but in very few cases even moderately learned. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

H. G. Wells Mr. Burleigh was being distantly cordial to Lord Barralonga, and Mr. Hunker was saying what a great pleasure it was to him to meet “Britain’s foremost statesman. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Among the other great advantages of good yards, there is none greater than the time saved. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Henry James I’m told there’s a great deal of that in America.” “A great deal of angelic ministering?” the girl laughed again. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle Of all the great battles in which I had the honour of drawing my sword for the Emperor and for France there was not one which was lost. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

George Gissing Mr. Cullen is a short, stout man, very seedily habited, with a great rough head of hair, an aquiline nose, lungs of vast power. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Rudyard Kipling Golightly began explaining at great length; and the more he explained the less the Station–Master believed him. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn Their popularity was so great that the proprietors authorised Barnes to pay Moore a retainer of £400 a year; and up to 1828 this source of income, with the annuity from Power, was his main revenue. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

There’s a great deal of feeling about it in Sparta — the first Mrs. Snider was so popular, you know — and it isn’t a full year. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Edgar Allan Poe There was about it an evidence of great age and infirmity. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Conan Doyle How shall I describe it? First of all, it seemed to be a great distance away, far down in the bowels of the earth. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

He held his uncle’s memory in great veneration. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Edgar Allan Poe Whatever may be said against the abuses of the artificial landscape-gardening, a mixture of pure art in a garden scene, adds to it a great beauty. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

This was a great misfortune; but it was inevitable. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Lady Haughton has been, of course, in great grief. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Janet said over and over again to herself, in tearless anguish, “Cuckoo and Fred! Cuckoo and Fred!” The shock had succeeded to a great strain, and she succumbed to it. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Andrew Lang And there was time enough for that, for days and nights went by, and no one came; at last when some one did come, it was only to put some great boxes into the corner. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It’s maybe the great chance of my life. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

I got up soon: what with this dinner-party and other things, there has been a great deal to do today, and I soon forgot my dream. Robert Ashton’s Wedding-day by Ellen Wood [1870]

Henry James The house had a verandah of extraordinary width all round, and a great many doors and windows standing open to the verandah. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Anthony Trollope For what was the money wanted but that the Lovels might be great and noble and splendid? He said that he would do so. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

It was going to be a great pleasure to Irene, and Lapham felt that she was bound to cut out anything there. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Rudyard Kipling I—’ But it was not seemly to allow Mr. Cleever to depart: he was a great man. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Rudyard Kipling Here Vixen was ever in great form. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Willa Cather Her head was small — capable of great agitation, like a bird’s; or of great resignation, like a nun’s. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Wilkie Collins Renew your promise to keep the great calamity of my life a secret, on your honor and on your oath. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Anthony Trollope Since that time there has been a very great change indeed — and in some respects a great improvement. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

There has been a great deal too much given away. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

George Meredith He felt the great gurgling sea in which they were drowned heave and throb. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Belief, against which he had been unconsciously struggling for days, flooded in upon him, as the sense of a great catastrophe will overtake a man who has endured it without realizing it. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Sinclair Lewis For once Carol permitted herself the spiritual luxury of not asking “Why, Hugh dear, what do you say when some one gives you a present?” The great man was apparently waiting. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Charlotte Perkins Gilman They had a great globe, quite fairly mapped out from the small section maps in that compendium of ours. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Beyond, and seen between the stems of ilex trees, was a great blaze of yellow flowers. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Jules Verne Just a minute ago, when I was trying to sleep, several facts occurred to my memory, that make me hope it will, for we are in the region of great electrical tempests. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Elizabeth Gaskell If they thought I was going to marry that great lubberly girl, they were mistaken. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

To the scientific world of Brittany and France the capture of an Apatura Iris in Morbihan was of great importance. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Alfred Ainger After an awful pause the Comptroller said, “Don’t you think Newton a great genius?” I could not stand it any longer. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Thomas Hardy Knight is a good fellow and a clever man; but at the same time it does not escape my perceptions that he is no great catch for you. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

The whole world, without art and dress, Would be but one great wilderness; And mankind but a savage herd, For all that nature has conferr’d. Hudibras by Samuel Butler [1663-1668]

A great deal of her conversation was carried on by hints; she generally contrived, however, to make her meaning reasonably clear. Burmese Days by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence Ah, said my friend, couldn’t I come on Friday. Friday was a great night. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Jack London Like the savage, the attitude of these men was stoical in great things, childish in little things. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Oscar Wilde Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is always Judas who writes the biography. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Arthur Machen For I, though a lonely child, knew the joy of the dark lantern, and it was a great and exceeding joy. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Henry James Again I saw the great shadow on the wall, motionless and solemn. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

This unsettled him and he went off at a great pace towards the top of the burn. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

John Bunyan At last things came to a hubbub and great stir in the Fair, insomuch that all order was confounded. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

The great streams of traffic were busier than ever, the backwaters emptier, and Gray’s Inn a basin drained to the last dreg of visible humanity. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

He’s from Aberdeen, and a great worker in the cause. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

H. G. Wells It obliged the Vaterland to come about in that direction, and made her roll a great deal as she went to and fro over Manhattan Island. Away in the north-west clouds gathered. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Arthur Machen Here and there one can hear, as it were, the whisper and the hint of deeper mysteries, visions of a great experiment and a great achievement to which some men may be called. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

A foreigner, he was something of a mystery to everyone and there was no doubt he purposely cultivated this mystery as a great asset for him. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Let him who has never known the great grief of slaughtering a wife judge him harshly. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Gustave Flauber That day a great joy came to her: at dinner-time, Madame de Larsonniere’s servant called with the parrot, the cage, and the perch and chain and lock. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

H. G. Wells I hope she was properly paid off and not simply made away with by a minion, but I become more and more aware of my ignorance of a great financier’s methods as I become more and more aware of them. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

While I was in a great measure satisfied with the information I had gained, I was not altogether easy in my mind. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Virginia Woolf It’s nearly the end of October. Life is thoroughly pleasant, although unfortunately there are a great number of fools about. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

D. H. Lawrence Certainly he seems to me a man who squanders a great deal of talent unworthily. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton But you also have great memories, O men of Kensington! You showed that you could sing, and sing great war-songs. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

I had come suddenly into a great possession and was dazed with the joy of it. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

William Henry Hudson On the central portion of the building rested a great dome-shaped roof, resembling ground glass of a pale reddish tint, producing the effect of a cloud resting on the stony summit of a hill. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

And it’s an augury of great good for the future. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

He used to jaw about everything, every Sunday in the park, and his great idea was to purge your life of all pleasure, so that your mind would be clean and clear to think aright. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Florence Dixie Califaté bushes, loaded with ripe berries of a great and unusual size, frequently brought us to a halt, as it was impossible to resist their tempting and refreshing aspect. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was only once referred to by name, and then under the initials “X. X.”; but it had plainly been floated for the first time into the business at a period of great depression some six years ago. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing When he walked, it was at a great rate, with head down, and cutting left and right with the stick he always carried. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

D. H. Lawrence It was obvious in the anxious brightness of his eyes, how proud he was, after the great shock, of being alive. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

It was a great thing to know that Marian was safe; but he would have wished her in the keeping of any one rather than of him whom the world would have called her natural protector. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Berkeley The great mechanical principle now in vogue is attraction. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

It was a still day of July in which no cloud tempered the heat of the sun, but the great upper chamber in the tower was cool and dusky. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Anthony Trollope Mr Peacocke was a small wiry-looking man, anything but robust in appearance, but still capable of great bodily exertion. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Margrave seated himself — there was great curiosity to hear his performance. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

William Henry Hudson If there was one kind of work I preferred above all others, it was wood-cutting, and as a great deal of timber was required at this season, I was allowed to follow my own inclination. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Mr. Brotherson suddenly developed a great need of him, and it became a common thing for him to spend the half and, sometimes, the whole of the evening in the neighbouring room. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Marjorie Bowen There was a great scuffling of feet, the dragging of a heavy body, and Mastino, an inert mass upon the soldiers’ arms, was forced back upon the balcony. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]