Phrases with "high"

George Gissing Across the churchyard and the rectory garden was visible the white dust of the turnpike, along which on the further side ran a high brick wall capped with tiles, the enclosure of private grounds. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was so high that I could not reach the top of it with my hand, and it appeared to be covered with grease. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Thomas Love Peacock Such a lovely, serious creature, in a fine state of high dissatisfaction with the world, and every thing in it. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Willa Cather Then all the hero’s young life becomes more real than it was as one followed it from year to year, and the story ends on a high plateau. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Thou, fair queen, to the stars if looking haply, to Venus Lights thou kindle on eves festal of high sacrifice, Leave me the lock, thine own, nor blood nor bounty requiring. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

A. E. W. Mason It was openly announced that a high wall was to be built about the House of Stone. Too many prisoners had escaped in their fetters along the Nile bank. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

The Commandant had his headquarters in an old chateau situated in a big garden encircled by a high wall and, day and night, sentries were posted within a few yards of one another all round. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Anthony Trollope They think, I believe, in England, that any kind of work here is sure to command a high price; of this I am quite sure, that in no employment in England are people so tasked as they are here. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Near the mirror was a high folding-screen of four leaves, and behind this screen could be heard the sound of a door continually shutting and opening. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Victor Hugo Let us steer to the west, let us regain the high sea; head for the buoy, steer for the bell — there’s an offing down there. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Margaret Oliphant His features were high and thin, his eyes invisible under their deep sockets. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

A staff he carried, where on high A glass was fix’d to measure by, As amber boxes made a show For heads of canes an age ago. The Poetical Works of Thomas Parnell by with an introduction by George Gilfillan [1855]

Anthony Trollope Her hands may be full, you know, or she may think you don’t go high enough. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

The double doors to the living room stood open, and from the room beyond came welcome in high excited tones. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

John Lewis Burckhard In some of these, the whole town of Mekka, and the Temple, as high as the black stone, were under water, and in all of them many houses were destroyed and lives lost. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

George Gissing I only wish to ask you whether you have a high opinion of him. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Why? Chiefly because of the difficulty and uncertainty of a market, and the high charges for freights and commission. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

They had twice raised his rent to show I suppose their high sense of his distinguished patronage. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

And there between us, in the great coffin, held on high by the grim, shadowy beings, was all that she loved, invisible, unattainable, too, and beyond all human comfort. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anthony Trollope I think that I should not cower before my position, but that I should, on the other hand, endeavour to soar so high that I should be consumed by my own flames. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

It was piled high with large wooden boxes on more than one of which he could see scrawled the words: O. Brotherson, Derby, Pa. This explained her presence, but the boxes told nothing. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Sinclair Lewis Spring on the prairie, high spring. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

James Anthony Froude At Elstow, as we have seen, there was still a high place; there was still a liturgy; there was still a surplice. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

D. H. Lawrence She washed the high window-ledges and the narrow mantel-piece, that had large mounds of dusty candle-wax, in deposits. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James It may appear to some readers that she gave herself much trouble, and it is certain that for a woman of a high spirit she had allowed herself easily to be arrested. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

One of these, a youth of coal-black comeliness, was preaching with the most violent gesticulations, frequently springing high from the ground, and clapping his hands over his head. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Henry James Her beautiful wondering eyes played high and low, like the flight of an imprisoned swallow, then, as she sank upon a seat, dropped at last as if the creature were bruised with its limits. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

The sun was high in the heavens when, on waking, I saw the servant who had attended me bustling about the room. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Very high and very springy, with enormous wheels, it was difficult to get into, and dangerous to get out of. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Mark Twain The waters of Genessaret are of an exceedingly mild blue, even from a high elevation and a distance of five miles. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Henry Kingsley After him came a quantity of indifferent people; and then Charles’s heart beat high — for here was some one coming whom he knew with a vengeance. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

There was no room for small faults and vices; everything and everybody was worked on a high scale. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Virginia Woolf Heaped high with round crates of cabbage, cherries, carnations, they looked like caravans piled with the goods of tribes migrating in search of water, driven by enemies to seek new pasturage. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Radclyffe Hall David sat watching with luminous eyes in which were reflected her secret troubles; then he got up and planted a paw on the book, for he thought it high time to have done with this reading. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

D. H. Lawrence He was glad to be on a high road. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Benjamin Disraeli They did not mount so high as you have since permitted them. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Ann Radcliffe It is unnecessary to describe the high enthusiasm of Adeline, the more complacent pleasure of La Luc, and the transports of Clara, as the scenes of this romantic country shifted to their eyes. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

We now departed for the high hill westward, crossing a very boggy salt channel with great difficulty, at five miles; in five more we came to the arm. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Walter Scott Aubrey and Lily, unquestionably judges in such matters, had a high opinion of these beings, if we may judge from the following succinct and business-like memorandum of a ghost-seer. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

So high and shrill was the wail that Lester felt as though Evelyn herself must have been torn away and have vanished, but it was not so. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Rimmer raised his head, another servant took off his black neck-tie; for it was only on high days that the poor Vicar indulged in a white one. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Willa Cather How can you face it all with so much fortitude?” She looked at him with that clear gaze which Wilson had so much admired, which he had felt implied such high confidence and fearless pride. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Anthony Trollope He felt that he was disgracing himself in his own eyes, that he had been idling his time and neglecting the high duties which he had taken upon himself to perform. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Radclyffe Hall On a morning of high scudding clouds and sunshine, Stephen rode Raftery into Upton, then over the bridge that spans the river Severn, and on to the Meet at a neighbouring village. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Henry James In The Scarlet Letter there is a high degree of polish, and at the same time a charming freshness; his phrase is less conscious of itself. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Because the names of finite things and their relations are disjoined, it doesn’t follow that the realities named need a deus ex machina from on high to conjoin them. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Jonathan Swif We are now here in high frost and snow, the largest fire can hardly keep us warm. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Anthony Trollope Such high functionaries are, as a rule, men inclined to tell a traveler that if he does not like the guests among whom he finds himself, he may go elsewhere. North America by Anthony Trollope

That free, and (as it were) immaculate, self which had been by high disposition granted her was bound now to take on the conditions of its earthly place and natural heredity. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Wilkie Collins You see, I tell you the worst at once, Mary, because I know your courage and high spirit, and feel sure that you will bear up bravely against this unforeseen parting, for both our sakes. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

He came of a race that was held in high honour, which had produced men famous with sword and gown in the days that were gone. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

What he thought of it I don’t know, The matters we discussed were not of course of high policy, though from the point of view of the war in the south they were important enough. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Anthony Trollope I did not doubt the high principles, but feared much that there would be a lack of common sense. North America by Anthony Trollope

Oh, I really am getting attached to her, she is so gentle and high bred. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Sinclair Lewis Gid already felt a little dizzy on the path that mounted high above his father’s business of embalming hoot-owls. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence Tom, now lifted high above the small wagon load, called to his brother some question about the stack. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Then came the day when he went on Mr. Goodwin’s arm down the grey lichened steps to the Italian garden, and took one turn among the stone-edged beds, under the high south wall. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Kate Chopin Mr. Pontellier returned to his wife with the information that Raoul had a high fever and needed looking after. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The day had begun fine and sunny, but a high wind had arisen. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Jules Verne A miserable network of bare branches was seen above two hundred feet high in the air. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Arthur Conan Doyle Lastly, it was not a boom, nor a crash, such as one would associate with falling water or tumbling rock, but it was a high whine, tremulous and vibrating, almost like the whinnying of a horse. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Caroline Lamb It stands upon a high barren cliff, separated by a branch of the sea from the village of Belfont, to which any one may pass by means of the ferry below. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Arthur Machen A high white vapour veiled the sky, and they only knew that the sun had risen by the brightening of this veil, by the silvering of the woods and the meadows and the water in the rejoicing brook. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

D. H. Lawrence If you are of high importance to humanity you are of high importance to yourself. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

I mean it as a high compliment. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Charles Dickens My left arm was a good deal burned to the elbow, and, less severely, as high as the shoulder; it was very painful, but the flames had set in that direction, and I felt thankful it was no worse. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Mark Twain The great building stands all by itself, grand and lonely, on a high ground outside the town. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Gustave Flauber Gold, silver, and brass coins were arranged on tables or packed into niches, and rose as high as the joists of the roof along the four walls. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

D.H. Lawrence I was submerged in the village, on the uneven, cobbled street, between old high walls and cavernous shops and the houses with flights of steps. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Margaret Oliphant The wit was not of a high order, but perhaps that is scarcely necessary to make a duel of this kind between a young man and a young woman amusing. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Washington Irving He was a stout old gentleman, with a weather-beaten countenance; he wore a laced doublet, broad belt and hanger, high crowned hat and feather, red stockings, and high-heeled shoes, with roses in them. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Shapes moved about, and there was a shadowy man high up on the bridge. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

H. G. Wells The high road ran along the far side of the pond—“And it didn’t wear a hedge or anything,” said Lady Marayne. “That was what they didn’t quite like. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle She stayed for three-quarters of an hour waiting for Sol’s reappearance, and then went away in high dudgeon. Our Derby Sweepstakes by Arthur Conan Doyle

Abraham Merri The high priest and the rest of the lesser priests were awaiting me. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

How dark is this place! and so many of the Ruthyn family they are buried here — is not so? How high and thick are the trees all round! and nobody comes near. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Victoria was in high spirits, and even succeeded in instilling a little cheerfulness into her uncle’s sombre Court. King Leopold, indeed, was perfectly contented. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Alexander Pope One dedicates in high heroic prose, And ridicules beyond a hundred foes: 110 One from all Grub-street will my fame defend, And, more abusive, calls himself my friend. Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot by Alexander Pope [1735]

Olaf Stapledon On this subject I took a high moral line, which increased my reputation. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

D. H. Lawrence Really, a high pitch of breeding. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

It is the only occasion where Gibbon has failed in his usual high finish and admirable literary form. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

John Lewis Burckhard A high insulated mountain in the plain bore east, four hours distant. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Marie Corelli His high forehead, white as marble, had no furrows to mar its smoothness, and from under deep brows a pair of wondering wistful brown eyes peered like the eyes of a lost and starving child. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Maria Edgeworth They are expected, in most schools, to run of all the elder boys’ errands, to be ready at their call, and to do all their high behests. The Good Aunt by Maria Edgeworth

Daniel Defoe Not to carry the description farther, in short, plain country Joan is now turned into a fine London madam, can drink tea, take snuff, and carry herself as high as the best. Everybody’s business is nobody’s business by Daniel Defoe [1725]

Charles Dickens All the while the unfortunate tender plunges high and low, and is roared at. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Ford Madox Ford He says Miss Wannop holds the quarter-mile, half-mile, high jump, long jump and putting the weight records for East Sussex. That explains how she went over that dyke in such tidy style . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Edgar Allan Poe There was an air distingue pervading the whole man, which spoke of high breeding, and hinted at high birth. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Conversing thus we entered a hall, the walls of which were hung with high warp Flemish tapestry. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Wilkie Collins Different women have different ways of riding the high horse. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Robert Louis Stevenson You take a high responsibility in this affair. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ralph Waldo Emerson All mythology opens with demigods, and the circumstance is high and poetic; that is, their genius is paramount. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

But these two qualities of industry and of aiming at a high standard would not have carried him so far if he had not added exceptional gifts of nature. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

This put him in high good humour. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Mark Twain It stands up high and spreads far abroad, and is unfathomably deep. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

G. K. Chesterton Are you coming, Hibbs?” And the two gentlemen, who were both attired in high hats and afternoon callers’ coats, betook themselves down the street. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Elizabeth Gaskell I was perched up in a high gig with a hood to it, such as in those days was called a chair, and my companion was driving deliberately through the most pastoral country I had ever yet seen. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Rudyard Kipling Not first nor last of Heaven’s high Host, the Four That night took place beneath The Throne once more. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

He occupies a high position where they live, and if what that gamekeeper knew had been blazoned to the world, it would have meant disgrace and driven him out of public life. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Henry James He seemed to have formed a high opinion of Rowland’s discretion, for he presently continued: “It would be a great match, for she brings him neither a name nor a fortunenothing but her beauty. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Charles Dickens As in every other place I visited, the judges here were gentlemen of high character and attainments. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

They were all in high spirits. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

George Meredith Baroness Lucie was of high birth, a wife openly maltreated, a woman of breeding, but with a man’s head, capable of inspiring man-like friendships, and of entertaining them. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Frances Hodgson Burnett One marvel of a day he had walked so far that when he returned the moon was high and full and all the world was purple shadow and silver. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Victor Hugo Ursus kept what Master Nicless had said of intriguers and complaints in high places to himself, and did not tell Gwynplaine, lest it should trouble the ease of his acting by creating anxiety. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

William Makepeace Thackeray Hence the art of roguery, under such high patronage, maintains in France a noble front of impudence, and a fine audacious openness, which it does not wear in our country. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

E. F. Benson Without a second’s hesitation Elizabeth threw up the sash, and, without appearing to see Lucia at all, called out to Georgie in a high cheerful voice, using baby-language. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

George Gissing The baby — of course a new baby — lay in a bassinette near its mother, seemingly asleep; the other child was sitting in a high chair by the table, clattering ‘bricks. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

H.P. Lovecraft In the center of Sarnath they lay, covering a great space and encircled by a high wall. The Doom that Came to Sarnath by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

Virginia Woolf It was a pity that the man who had built Pointz Hall had pitched the house in a hollow, when beyond the flower garden and the vegetables there was this stretch of high ground. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Gustave Flauber The motion of his mantle agitated the lights of the candelabrum, which was lower than his sandals, and the fine dust raised by his footsteps surrounded him like a cloud as high as the waist. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Wilkie Collins He carried his head as high without a shirt-collar as ever he had carried it with one. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Wilkie Collins These rebuffs are wholesome reminders of his fallible human nature, to a man who has occupied a place of high trust and command. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Willa Cather His intelligence was of a high order, his taste never at fault. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

John Galsworthy He jumped as high as ever he could, twined his legs behind her back, and hugged. Awakening by John Galsworthy

The ditches were bordered by high hedges full of flowers, which on that side protected the foot-passengers from being intruded upon by the horses and carriages. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

H. G. Wells That, at least, is the only way in which I can explain our friend’s high intellectual mobility. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

There are contemporary references to S. which show him to have been generally held in high regard. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

George Gissing Piers went his way with raptures and high resolves singing at his heart. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

David, tramping the high moors, found that he was more weary after five miles than after twenty in the summer heats. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Radclyffe Hall Like the Allied ambulance driver she was shot at, but in her case she happened to stop a bullet — it was only a flesh wound high up in the arm, yet enough to render her useless for a moment. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

I will strive to be worthy of so high a grace and so blessed a happiness. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

The king finds out his mistake, is reunited to the lady out of the hay, and the were-wolf is cast off a high cliff into the sea, and that is the end of him. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Charles Dickens This was made out to be high treason, and he was tried, found guilty, and sentenced to be executed. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Macbean had risen, lifting the lamp; holding it on high he led the way through baize doors into the banking premises. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau All justice comes from God, who is its sole source; but if we knew how to receive so high an inspiration, we should need neither government nor laws. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

His opinion of Brodie’s sagacity, high already, was enhanced by the remark. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Charles Dickens Where I peck ain’t so high a object with me as What I peck. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Isabella Bird The plain of Gandaman or Wastagun is a very large one, over 7000 feet in altitude, and is surrounded mainly by high mountains still snow-patched, but to the north by low rocky hills. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

I’d give a thousand pounds to know where high water is. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Wilkie Collins Even with your high standard of duty, it would be asking too much. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Arthur Conan Doyle I should recommend that some form of summons or writ be served upon each of them, calling upon them to appear in our camp within a certain date under pain of high treason. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

R. D. Blackmore And women of high consideration, looking on, were wicked enough to be pleased at this, and say that he must be a young lord, and they had quite foreseen it. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

She was so accustomed to admiration from every one, high and low, that Sir Michael’s conduct made very little impression upon her. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Virginia Woolf Also they sang emulously in the clear morning air, swerving high over the elm tree, singing together as they chased each other, escaping, pursuing, pecking each other as they turned high in the air. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Sigmund Freud This irritation was susceptible to fixation, because it concerned a part of the body which in Dora had to a high degree retained its significance as an erotogenic zone. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Benjamin Disraeli Vivian again joined the ladies in their morning walk, but Miss Fane was not in her usual high spirits. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Anthony Trollope So I do also your lordship and her ladyship, because he is a most respectable young man, though his station in life isn’t so high as some people’s. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Sinclair Lewis For days, miserably returned to high school, he longed for the farm. Land by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope Among English ladies it did not seem that at present she had prospect of a high place. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

There was the crushing disappointment of expectations that had soared high as the topmost throne on Parnassus. She had a long way to descend. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

H. G. Wells In towns, he would climb swiftly up the backs of high houses and down again, or box, or work an electric drill and excavate and repave back yards. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Wilkie Collins In his delirium of high spirits, he had burst through the invariable monotony of his articulation. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Walter Scott Of a comely countenance and grace was she, And by birth and parentage of high degree. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

D. H. Lawrence Then the unthinkable high vibration slackened and became more undulating. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe At high noon of the night in which she departed, beckoning me, peremptorily, to her side, she bade me repeat certain verses composed by herself not many days before. Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe

I did as I was bid, and found myself in a little dark chamber which smelt of chemicals, and was lit only by a tiny window high up in the wall. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Larose demurred, it was too high and, after some little argument, it was agreed he should pay only sixteen. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Miles Franklin There was a great flow of geniality and high company talk. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Unfortunately, these last were highly popular professions; and many people, high and low, belonged to them here — and everywhere else. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Sinclair Lewis The moon was small and high now, and unheeding. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

The fire was high at present, but they might lower it at any moment; by the flashes all round I could see that we had a hundred or two hundred men against us. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Wilkie Collins We are built of stone; and we are much too long, and are not half high enough. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Benjamin Disraeli After seventeen years of a delicious home they were presented, and immediately married; and all to personages of high consideration. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Mark Twain The idea of it is to dance as wildly, as noisily, as furiously as you can; expose yourself as much as possible if you are a woman; and kick as high as you can, no matter which sex you belong to. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

She looked at Finaun’s high nose, his sweeping beard, his air as of a good child well matured, and she sent it to the market: “One must eat,” said she. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Sir Walter Scott It is an act of high treason, but you shall nevertheless be obeyed. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

H.P. Lovecraft The picture seared into my soul is of one scene only, and the hour must have been long after midnight; for a waning crescent moon was high in the vaporous heavens. The Statement of Randolph Carter by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

The scent from the garden flowers came pleasantly in at the open window; the moon, high in the heavens, was tinting the trees with her silvery light. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

Isabella Bird The instruction in these schools is given principally by ladies of high station and education. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Anthony Trollope She was quite alive to the beauty of a high rate of interest, but did not quite understand that high interest and impaired security should go hand in hand together. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

W. H. Hudson Walls, floor, and the high arched roof were all of black stone. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Elizabeth Gaskell How redeem it?’ ‘By a speculation offered to me, full of risk; but, if successful, placing me high above water-mark, so that no one need ever know the strait I am in. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Virginia Woolf In short, all his serving men and women held him in high respect, and cursed the foreign Princess (but they called her by a coarser name than that) who had brought him to this pass. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Anthony Trollope Only a man can’t always be in high spirits. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

George Meredith Up from the solitary street of the slate-roofs, she mounted a big hill and had the life of high breathing. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Henry James I said it was a high old POSE, and I knew what to think of it. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Among your people do you find high and lasting affection appearing in proportion to this indulgence?” It is a very awkward thing, sometimes, to have a logical mind. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Holding the candle high in her left hand, Alice opens the door. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Walter Scott But especially swear, he shall not lack the instruction of the godly man who hath placed the gospel-truth high above those idolatrous shavelings, the monks and friars. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Jane Austen She is in high favour with her aunt altogether, because she is so little like myself, of course. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Gustave Flauber Then when he was outside he took the great zaimph from his neck, and raised it as high as possible above his head. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Anthony Trollope Honesty, high wages, and hot dinners. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Beyond this yard, quite open to it, lay a long garden, well filled with vegetables and fruit trees, and enclosed by a high hedge. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

Robert Louis Stevenson And you have only to look these happy couples in the face, to see they have never been in love, or in hate, or in any other high passion, all their days. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edgar Rice Burroughs Since the sun neither rises nor sets there is no method of indicating direction beyond visible objects such as high mountains, forests, lakes, and seas. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

A monstrous one, ten feet high at least, advertised Bovex. The Bovex people had dropped Corner Table and got on to a new tack. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

They shouted in high glee: “Yes. Smoke, Castro. Let him smoke. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Thomas Hardy Mrs. Crickett unfolded the paper, took out the hair, and waved it on high before the perplexed eyes of Elizabeth, which immediately mooned and wandered after it like a cat’s. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

He had travelled all the way, borne, as became his high rank, in a litter. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Down the great central aisle you may walk on mossy stones between the high shafts of broken pillars under the sky. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

D. H. Lawrence They stood together on a high place, an earthwork of the stone-age men, watching for the light. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon But immediately, in the light of his own miraculous vision from the foothills of eternity, both downward into time and upward to eternity’s high peak, horror and resentment fade. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope Many of them cover large spaces of the ground, and their rent will sometimes go up as high as 800 pounds and 1000 pounds a year. North America by Anthony Trollope

Her father, though of high rank, had in the end dissipated his fortune, and even destroyed his reputation and influence through a course of dissolute indulgence. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Bram Stoker Surprised at the influx of birds, to which they had been strangers so long, they all looked towards Castra Regis, from whose high tower the great kite had been flying as usual. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson The high inhuman note of the wind, the violence and continuity of its outpouring, and the fierce touch of it upon man’s whole periphery, accelerated the functions of the mind. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Guy de Maupassant Then she began to speak in a thin, high voice, which no one had ever heard, a voice which seemed to come from the distance, perhaps from the depths of this heart which had always been closed. Queen Hortense (An Old Maid) (La Reine Hortense) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

The house itself is surrounded by a high wall and you will have to break through the gates there, too. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Andrew Lang A second shot, directed at his forehead, fared no better, for this time the Stalo jumped so high to the other side that the arrow passed between his finger and thumb. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Miss Lux was standing behind her, her bleak face even bleaker than usual, and two very unusual spots of bright red high on her cheek-bones. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Dickson was glum, but Heritage seemed in high spirits. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Wilkie Collins To a girl possessing a high opinion of her own importance it was not very agreeable to feel herself excluded, as an illiterate stranger, from the one absorbing interest of her schoolfellows. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Benjamin Disraeli The triumphant strain elevated his high hopes, the tender tone accorded with his emotions. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

T. H. Huxley My father was one of the masters in a large semi- public school which at one time had a high reputation. Autobiography by T. H. Huxley

Anthony Trollope But still with them something of the feeling of high blood, of rank, and of living in a park with deer about it, remains. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Towards this gate, horizontal across the weary meadows, came the grassy, rutted approach from the high road. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle The high voice of Wee One was heard. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Ivan Turgenev Gemma passed by the arbour, turned to the right, passed by a small flat fountain, in which the sparrows were splashing busily, and, going behind a clump of high lilacs, sank down on a bench. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But now she is a high and sacred lady and should never see you again. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]