Phrases with "great"

William Morris When the door had shut on them the old man turned to me, still smiling, and said: “Frankly, my dear guest, you will do me a great service if you are come to set my old tongue wagging. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Anthony Trollope You are a nobleman and he is a tradesman; but when we knew him first he was quite as good as we, and I believe we owe him a great deal of money which mamma can’t pay him. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Really, it’s a great game pitting oneself against the law and even more exciting than sticking Boches.” He grinned happily. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

But to do this I must dazzle him into giving me a great pleasure. The Hermit of ——— Street by Anna Katharine Green

I take so much delight in my friends, that a little intercourse goes a great way, and illuminates my life before and after. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Thus it happened that for several days in succession I sat at the bottom of the table at a great distance from the Baroness. At length, however, chance brought me nearer to her. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

In writing up the subsequent account, a great many interesting phenomena may be introduced quite impossible to obtain either by this or any other process. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Henry Fielding At last, with a kind of forced smile, she said, “I suppose the pill and drop go on swimmingly?” I told her they were reported to have done great cures. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

G. K. Chesterton Minor poets cannot write to order; but very great poets can write to order. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Ford Madox Ford She wrote to me just before her death and said she had great troubles. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Algernon Blackwood The air, soft and cool, caressed his cheek like the touch of a great furry paw. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Henry Handel Richardson Her bathing-place was a great sandy-bottomed pool that ran out from the beach, and at its deepest came no higher than her chin. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

Guy de Maupassan Their somber mass appeared like a great island, and the country round about like a sea hidden under the light mist that floated over the plains. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Hence the Sage is able in the same way to accomplish his great achievements. Tao Te Ching by Lao tzu

Arnold Bennett From the bridge they had a sudden view of a raw gash in the earth; and hundreds of men were crawling about in it, busy with minute operations, like flies in a great wound. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

In Vernon, about the year 1566, the witches and warlocks gathered in great multitudes, under the shape of cats. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

We had tea together in the verandah, overlooking the great expanse of the heathered, purple moors. The Ghost of a Chance by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Algernon Blackwood Yet the figures still rose from earth to heaven, silent, majestically, in a great spiral of grace and strength that overwhelmed me at length with a genuine deep emotion of worship. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

There is always a great deal to be done, when one knows how to set about the doing. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

D. H. Lawrence So he went down to the shore in great trouble, saying to himself: “Shall I give myself into this touch? Shall I give myself into this touch Men have tortured me to death with their touch. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

There was a great pain at the boy’s affectionate heart as he read the hard words dealt to his old friend, and worse still, the sentence. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He shook his head at the sight of so great a wickedness. The Secret Rose by William Butler Yeats [1897]

George Meredith Then she cried out: ‘Are Harriet and Caroline as great liars as Louisa?’ Mrs. Fiske grimaced. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Jack London Possibly this appearance was due to the weariness of the slender neck, unable properly to support so great a burden. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

William Makepeace Thackeray I asked her how she supposed she could be otherwise? This QUESTIONING answer saves a great deal of trouble, and serves two purposes — i. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Henry James I imagined he had read a great deal, and recovered, in some degree, in restless intellectual conjecture, the freedom he was condemned to ignore in practice. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

Abraham Merri Blue black, shining, sharply cut as though from polished steel, it reared full five thousand feet on high! How great it was I could not tell, for the height of its precipitous walls barred the vision. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

It gives me great pleasure to write to you. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Jules Verne There was a great crowd in the public room. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Through bands that swaddle and strangle— But the Pope in the chair of awe Looks down the great quadrangle. Poems Before Congress by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1860]

From Bombay he has brought great divans, and costly carpets, and European furniture. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

William Makepeace Thackeray Mrs. Gashleigh, who had lived a great part of her life in Devonshire, and kept house in great state there, was famous for making some dishes, without which, she thought, no dinner could be perfect. A Little Dinner at Timmins’s by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

Walter Scott It was made by the late Dr. Gregory of Edinburgh to a counsel of great eminence at the Scottish bar. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Abraham Merri Upon the farther bank was the Wolf-woman upon her great black mare, the captive girl still clasped in her ann. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Edward Bellamy Windows opened on a courtyard where a fountain played to a great height and music made the air electric. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

A. E. W. Mason If I dared! But I think—don’t you?—that a great trouble rather clears one’s wits. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Richard Hakluy We also saw them at Bear’s Sound, both by sea and land, in great companies; but they would at all times keep the water between them and us. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

H. G. Wells Then far away in the south he saw a great Asiatic airship going eastward. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The fire of a deep passion was blazing in his dark eyes, and the light of a great wistful joy shone in his face. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

My surprise and perplexity were great on discovering, by touch more than vision, Miss Isabella’s springer, Fanny, suspended by a handkerchief, and nearly at its last gasp. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Anthony Trollope She made inquiry about four-crop rotation, and endeavoured, with Bunce, to go into the great subject of stall-feeding. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen It is really too great a violation of decency, honour, and interest, for him to be guilty of. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Elizabeth Gaskell Was not it kind of him?” Jemima did not answer, so Mary continued: “You know it’s a great pull up to the farm, and we were so hot already. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Still, you must admit that even in Jeanne’s interest a husband’s arm would be of great advantage. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

But he did struggle and made a great effort to hold his breath. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

A great quantity of guns and ammunition and £100,000 in spices fell into the hands of the Mahdi. He was master of Kordofan: he was at the head of a great army; he was rich; he was worshipped. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

I am a great magician, and I am a great humourist. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

When he was a little boy he still had great numbers of uncles and aunts living. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

And they had a great fight, and he got the better of the other man, and then the troop on his side gave a great shout, and he was left home again. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

The crime at Clyde House created a great sensation not only in the State of South Australia, but throughout the whole great Commonwealth itself. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

D.H. Lawrence She was evidently one who watched the sources of life, saw it great and impersonal. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope She clearly acknowledged to herself that she had a great difficulty before her. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang When they had eaten a great many pebbles they thought they had done enough for that day, and all went home together and curled themselves up to sleep. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis He let him have three or four, later one or two, drinks a day, and with no great pleasure shared them with him. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Hope Duels were frequent among all the upper classes, and private quarrels between great men kept the old habit of spreading to their friends and dependents. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

The lawn, which was still steeper on this side, towered above her in that dime visibility like a veritable mountain slope, and crowning it was the great house, vast, shadowy, and grim. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

George Gissing They met in a spot chosen for its impressiveness, the City office of a great line of ocean steamers. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

William Hope Hodgson In an instant, I had crossed the threshold, and the great doors closed, silently, shutting me in that lightless place. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

George Meredith Which is only a way of telling you that the great result of mortal suffering—consciousness—had fully set in; to ripen; perhaps to debase; at any rate, to prove her. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

D. H. Lawrence It was a grey scratched-out heap near a hole — like a great badger hole. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

H. G. Wells It was Sir Bussy’s great opportunity. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

G. K. Chesterton For Mrs. Browning was a great poet, and not, as is idly and vulgarly supposed, only a great poetess. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Arthur Machen But to tell the truth, Austin, I haven’t paid much attention to the matter for the last few weeks; I knew poor Herries intimately, and his terrible death has been a great shock to me, a great shock. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

H. G. Wells Incidentally, great power was to be given them. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Anthony Trollope I say nothing about the coarseness of your language on the present occasion, though I might say a great deal if I pleased. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

As if under a great wind the mist furled up and fled. The Far Islands by John Buchan [1899]

But that was the worst of it, he reflected, for to have a great life great hazards must be taken, and there was always the risk of this sudden extinguisher. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Rudyard Kipling There was nothing else in all that great plain except the army; no sound but the changing notes of the aeroplanes and the blunted impression, rather than noise, of feet of men on soft ground. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

At last Inspector Stone appeared, bringing my money with him, and to my great surprise, handing it to me with a smile. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Arthur Conan Doyle Some great creature was coming up the tunnel of light which we had projected into the abyss. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Still, it would have been a great temptation to the strongest of us, for she must have been very beautiful. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

A soldier, accompanied by a small boy with a pail of paste, was sticking up great flaring notices: By virtue of the present, the city of Petrograd and its suburbs are declared in a state of siege. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

H. G. Wells The Children of the Food were to be given a great reservation — in North America perhaps or Africa — in which they might live out their lives in their own fashion. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Anyhow, there was a great laugh at Starlight’s easy way of taking it. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

E. F. Benson These great singers are always at their best with a small intime sympathetic audience. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Walter Besant It was partly the faintness of hunger, but partly it was the strange room, and that old man glaring at me with his great wolfish eyes. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

A pink-haunched monkey lopading across the road with a great show of prudence seemed to have strayed into an unfamiliar country, and the rustling twigs behind him made an episode of sound. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Sinclair Lewis But they were open grass, and they brought back the valleys and uplands of Vermont. His great arms were hungry for the strain of plowing, and he sighed and turned back to his shining new kit of tools. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Andrew Lang When the money and the pomegranates arrived there was no need for them to work any more, and the princess saw at once that they were not fruit at all, but precious stones of great value. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Gissing I could never live without some serious work of the social kind, and I look upon it as a great opportunity for civilising people. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Henry Lawson She looked like a ladder with a dress on, and she didn’t know a great A from a corner cupboard. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Benjamin Disraeli Intelligence of the appointment of the Centaur was speedily diffused throughout the island, and produced great and general satisfaction. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

E. F. Benson Abfou said she was most psychical, and had great mediumistic gifts. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Bellingham pointed out that the whole thing was an experiment, and that the price asked was enormous, unless a great success were morally certain. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

And there is another feeling that is a great consolation in poverty. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

H. G. Wells For a great space he lay in that strange condition, inert and still neither dead nor living but, as it were, suspended, hanging midway between nothingness and existence. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

G. K. Chesterton I think in a way he really regarded himself as a sort of steward or custodian of the mysteries and secrets of a great house, where ghosts might have walked with all possible propriety. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

I did manage it at last, but the clothes was awful spoiled, and he looked a dreadful objeck, with his pale face and a great cut on his forehead that I’d washed and tied up with a handkercher. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Ford Madox Ford You’ll admit yourself you never saw anything so ravishing as me amongst the lilies and the tea-cups with the great crucifix above my head. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Hence we may in part account for the great event of Shakspeare’s early manhood, his premature marriage. Shakspeare by Thomas De Quincey

In a sense this room always pleased Coxeter’s fancy, partly because it implied a great many things that money and even modern culture cannot buy. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Does that “equal sky” exist wherein we shall have the company of all our dogs? It will be a great pleasure and also a great embarrassment. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Elizabeth Gaskell When I looked I saw Dick Jackson holding her hand, and speaking quick and low and thick, as a man speaks in great vehemence. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Radclyffe Hall A great peace possessed her, one of those mysterious waves of wellbeing that came over her at times. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Property requires extremely great efforts for its protection; and in reality all of you, our rulers, are greater slaves than we — you are enslaved spiritually, we only physically. Mother by Maksim Gorky

At Wuthering Heights it always sounded on quiet days following a great thaw or a season of steady rain. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

They had, they had been friends, great friends. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Edith Wharton He bent over her with great gentleness. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

We blasted the tree roots, and, yoking oxen, dragged the debris into a great heap. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

Henriet, who had great difficulty in overcoming his agitation, than began his revelations. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Henry James She could accept even without bitterness a rigour of economy so great that the little fee they paid for admission to the pier had to be balanced against other delights. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Dora’s dislike of Dane had become intensified as the years had gone by, and it was a great but unspoken sorrow for her to think that she should have come from such a father. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Algernon Blackwood I have something of great importance to test your confidence with. The Man Who Found Out by Algernon Blackwood

E. Phillips Oppenheim The great world’s drama, in which he knew that he, too, would surely continue to play his part, seemed like a thing far off, the concern of another race of men. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Nikolai Gogol The officers lent great animation to society at B—. The Calash by Nikolai Gogol

And then, when I shall be great and strong, when France is great and strong, in my turn, then, will I cry, ‘Mercy’!” “Mercy, did you say? then ask his liberty of the king. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

There was still a great deal of traffic in the roadway, but the pavements were deserted. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Andrew Lang Being tired he stretched himself on the ground at no great distance from them, and soon they all three began to talk to one another. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Lucy Maud Montgomery It must be a great deal better to be sensible; but still, I don’t believe I’d really want to be a sensible person, because they are so unromantic. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Anthony Trollope A great deal of money had been spent lately, and unless money was borrowed without security and at a great cost — to which Mr Goffe was averse — the sum needed could hardly be provided at once. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

After taking a great jorum of beef-tea, which Mrs. Mapping brought up at mid-day, he was lying still and tranquil, when there came a loud knock at the street-door. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

Thomas Love Peacock The great firm of Catchflat and Company, in which young Crotchet is a partner, has stopped payment. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

E. F. Benson I like those great double doors to the kitchen. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Elizabeth Gaskell Indeed, at the time, I was not without suspicions (which I never named) that the beginning of all the mischief was a great jump I had taken from the top of one of the stiles on that very occasion. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Wilkie Collins The doctor must have gained a great deal of money by his skill as a coiner. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Andrew Lang It is a proof of Tennyson’s genius that he should have thus early grasped the great historical aspect of religion. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

George Meredith She was alone, in great perplexity, and did what I had requested her to do. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Her life had been the every-day life of other girls of her own position, and she differed from them only in being a great deal more fascinating, and a little more wilful, than the majority. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle He drank a great deal of brandy and smoked very heavily, but he would see no society and did not want any friends, not even his own brother. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

He spoke to them from a great height, physical, mental, and spiritual. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

The gum tree proved to be a sapling of no great promise or pretensions. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

E. F. Benson It is a great loss I know, and deprives me of the pleasant society of Russian princesses. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

The silence was unbroken except for the harsh cries of the hawk, sailing low now in great circles over the lake. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Granville, perhaps you will read the letter aloud to your mother and me?’ Granville, who had just laid open his egg with great skill, experienced a moment’s natural annoyance at the interruption. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is as though a great weight had been rolled away from my heart. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Rudyard Kipling The great man must have been persecuted by outsiders aforetime, and fled up the hill for refuge. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Wilkie Collins His face flushed; he gave a heavy sigh as one does sometimes, when one is making a great effort. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

That is what happens after a great exertion. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

It was also a great public clock at which he was staring; but he could not make it out — moon or watch or clock. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Afterwards he went to his room to lie down upon his bed and, following upon the bad night, to his servant’s great delight he quickly dropped off to sleep. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

I daresay we shall have a great many people calling to-morrow afternoon. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Jack London Then he heard a great outcry of snarls and yelps. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

D. H. Lawrence There had been a great ringing of a door-bell and battering on the shop-door. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon Christ! What sense was there in those bloody great fires? Those flying sparks, perhaps, from some unseen, far greater fire. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Elizabeth Gaskell And in all this Ruth was as great a child as any. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Well, I have taken up a great deal of your time, and you have been very forbearing. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

The boyish, happy look had gone, and was replaced now by one of great sternness. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

A great many young girls are like that, you know. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Willa Cather We found the sick man in a great walnut bed, a relic of the better days which this lodging house must have seen. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Walter Scott I have a great respect for bets — it is part of an Englishman’s character to bet on what he thinks fit, and to prosecute his enquiries over hedge and ditch, as if he were steeple-hunting. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Jules Verne In the evening they doubled Cape Borda, and came alongside Kangaroo Island. This is the largest of the Australian islands, and a great hiding place for runaway convicts. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Arthur Conan Doyle Once for an instant I opened the lattice window, but a gust of wind and rain came blustering through, bearing with it a great sheet of seaweed, which flapped down upon the table. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Why on earth should you die — you of all people, a great strong fellow with a constitution of iron? You don’t look much like dying!’ ‘For all that I shall die. The Dead Man of Varley Grange by Anonymous [1878]

George Meredith A great nobleman patronizes Christopher; a Lord Fleetwood, a lord of wealth. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Edith Wharton My heart seemed to stop beating; I had to fetch up my breath with great heaves that covered me with sweat. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Edgar Allan Poe This great success, however, came too late for the salvation of our devoted people. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Theodore Dreiser Lester sat down in great comfort amid the splendours of the great Louis Quinze dining-room. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Henry Handel Richardson Or: ‘Another great nugget found on the goldfields!’— for he knew the ties I had with the colony. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Already, at fifteen, I had made myself familiar with the great English poets. Oxford by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

D. H. Lawrence It would be a great satisfaction to see him dead. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

A great many ladies were members, Elfrida would see, and they were always glad to welcome a new personality. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

John Galsworthy But up went the tapering Nose, for here came MacGown! How the fellow had changed — grim, greyish, bitter? The great Italian had met his match for once. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Sinclair Lewis She read Kipling, with a great deal of emphasis: There’s a REGIMENT a-COMING down the GRAND Trunk ROAD. He tapped his foot to the rhythm; he looked normal and reassured. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis Well, you mark my words: By 1910 he’ll be out of business, that’s what’ll happen to him; you mark my words! Yes-sir, they’re a great concern, the Pequot bunch. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Andrew Lang M. Auguste Filon thought that Queen Mary might secure dramatic rank for Tennyson, “if a great actress arose who conceived a passion for the part of Mary.” But that was not to be expected. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Ah! it is a great misfortune to love children too much!” This energetic woman was conquered, and yet understood that she was wrong to allow herself to be conquered. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

He is so great and so English, that from him alone we shall learn more truths of his country and his age than from all the rest together. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

We were now going on at a great rate, when Mr. Stewart popped in his head, which put a stop to our discourse, which had become very interesting. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Gum is brought in great quantities for exportation. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

In conclusion, his respect for letter-writing ladies is so great that he would not touch one of them with a ten-foot pole. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Guy de Maupassan Julien, by way of economy, had introduced great reforms which necessitated making some changes. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Bronislaw Malinowski In the first place, there is a great variety of modes in which the different legal norms are preserved, impressed upon the social mind, and taught to different members of the society. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The great rhododendron beds were laden with blossoms, the toilettes of the women were brilliant almost to audacity; even the servants’ liveries seemed to speak of a season noted for life and colour. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

William Hope Hodgson Yet, they were still a long way below me; for the rock, over the mouth of the pit, on which this house stands, arches up to a great height. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

She had lately taken up painting in water-colours, having read in a high-class woman’s weekly paper that a great many princesses of the European royal houses were cultivating that art. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Jules Verne I had wished to visit the reef, 360 leagues long, against which the sea, always rough, broke with great violence, with a noise like thunder. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

It had been a great day — the greatest day they were ever likely to see, however long they lived, they were told; but it was over and they were home and home was best. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

The clumps of shrubbery had grown to great proportions, making the paths much narrower, and, in walking, their skirts caught in some of the interwoven branches. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Marjorie Bowen There were a great many objects in the room, but Elsie was forbidden to touch any of them. Elsie’s Lonely Afternoon by Marjorie Bowen

G. K. Chesterton For a race of simple tastes, however, it is great fun. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Arthur Conan Doyle Yet here was this wretch, a creature too foul to live, who had tried to work me so great a mischief, and yet I could not bring myself to crush his skull in. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

It is greatest near Singapore and in Borneo, being there more than twice as great as it is at London. (See Captain Creak in Report of Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger, Physics and Chemistry, vol. On the Magnet by William Gilber

The dates have been coming in to a great amount. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson We have a great power upon our spirits; and as time passed I worked myself into a frame of acquiescence, nay, and I began to grow impatient for the hour. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle A great pile of boulders was heaped up at the very end of the pass, and among these our fugitives were skulking, entirely demoralised apparently, and incapable of resistance. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

George Gissing I have suffered a great deal before I could bring myself to come here and tell you. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Rudyard Kipling They smote with great solemnity up and down the grounds, while the little boys looked on. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Texworthy drove off, as usual, at a great pace, and not a word was spoken until the professor was at his door. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Charles Kingsley He helped to make him a great general: but he helped to make him more — a great politician, coloniser, discoverer. The Study of Natural History by Charles Kingsley

W. H. Hudson After the pies came roast beef; and, finally, great basins of mutton broth fragrant with herbs and cumin-seed. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Ivan Turgenev You know there always was a great deal of the absurd in my life. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Julian Hawthorne Papa has a great many, but he says I mustn’t wear them until after I am married. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Wilkie Collins The wild growth of prickly bushes, spread in great patches over the grass, was in a glory of yellow bloom. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

You see, he’s no longer a young man, and it is a great chance for him to be invalided away from home, and where he can’t be got at by the kind attentions of friends and—patients. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Washington Irving His haunts are not confined to the valley, but extend at times to the adjacent roads, and especially to the vicinity of a church at no great distance. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

Algernon Blackwood He seemed to pass under the mastery of a great mood that was a composite reproduction of all the moods of his forgotten boyhood. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Anthony Trollope Take it as he might — as coming from Mrs. O’Hara or from the priest — he found the letter to be a great burden to him. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Liberty to roam about the island with her dog Vixen esteemed a great boon. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

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

George Gissing Thus might he have looked and spoken after some great effort, which left him wearied, almost languid, incapable of strong emotion. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman This chintz also covered a great easy chair which had been the favourite seat of the former occupant of the room. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

D. H. Lawrence Particularly beautiful the great east bay, above the great altar. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Green Ingersoll This great man breathed, so to speak, the atmosphere of his time. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

The blustering wind blew from the heights, and drove each dale full of great drifts. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The steps wound spirally upward, and were cut with great accuracy; but the drippings from the low roof of the stairway had worn every tread into a basin and filled it with water. Phoebus on Halzaphron by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Francis Bacon We represent also all multiplications of light, which we carry to great distance, and make so sharp as to discern small points and lines. The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

Andrew Lang Pelleas, a King of the Isles, loves the beautiful Ettarre, “a great lady,” and for her wins at a tourney the prize of the golden circlet. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassant This view was one of those sweet, rare, delightful things that seem to permeate you and are unforgettable, like the memory of a great happiness. Madame Parisse by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

A great bird hung quivering in the air above my face. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Virginia Woolf Shadows crept over Bartholomew’s high forehead; over his great nose. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]