Phrases with "hills"

Sinclair Lewis He saw the Arno, in full brown tide after recent mountain rains, with old palaces along it and cypress-waving hills beyond. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

T. E. Lawrence Afterwards we were in an open valley for an hour, with low hills to the right and mountains to the left. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Below, a fine stretch of woodland park is bounded by those dark fir-topped hills scarcely a couple of miles away. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Olaf Stapledon In quiet times Paul and his friends played rugger with the Division, or walked over the down-like hills which were already beginning to stipple themselves with flowers. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Richard Burton Here the spurs of two opposite hills almost meet upon the plain, a favourable ground for Badawi ambuscade. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Wilkie Collins Her eyes rested as lovingly on the blighted, solitary, ill-omened view before us, as if they saw the friendly hills of Cumberland in the dim and threatening sky. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

And then the hills fell back, the glen became a valley, and the Garroch ran free in wild meadows of rush and bracken. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Low hills rose to the left, and to the right, after some miles of peat, flared the chimneys of pits and oil works. The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan [1900]

Elizabeth Gaskell He stood in the humble low-roofed attic, the window open, and the tops of the distant snow-covered hills filling up the whiteness of the general aspect. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Andrew Lang The only thing that was different was the snow, which had lain thick upon the hills and trees when he started, but grew less and less the farther he went south, till it disappeared altogether. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Standing among these admirably shaped hills which run down to the lake at such curious angles, I can preserve all the illusions of Tasso’s and Ariosto’s descriptions. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

John Lewis Burckhard These petrifactions are gene­rally found in low grounds, but I saw several also on the top of the low hills of gravel and sand over which the road lies. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

It was the last house in the canyon and the hills rose directly behind the garage. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

D. H. Lawrence The hills were like the knuckles of a hand, the dales were below, between the fingers, narrow, steep, and dark. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

H. P. Lovecraf He knew the abysmal gulfs of abnormality that he had opened, and went forth into the wild hills prepared and resigned. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Rudyard Kipling Your logs will grow as high as hills and as long as villages, and as wide as rivers. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Arthur Conan Doyle Between these little hills there darted great clouds of strange fish, many of them quite unknown to Science, exhibiting every shade of colour, but black and red predominating. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Isabella Bird The hills again opened, and there were flourishing breadths of turnips, and people digging potatoes, an article of food and export which was introduced by the missionaries forty years ago. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Anatole France The hills that surround Florence were the boundary of their horizon. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Wilkie Collins She came to the place where the hills and the plain were joined together. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Isabella Bird An ascent of low, blackish volcanic hills is made by a broad road of gray gravel, which a torrent has at some time frequented. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

John Lewis Burckhard The hills which rise over the plain are covered to their tops with thick heath. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

The hills shouldered it friendlily, hills with wide green rides among the firs and sometimes a bald nose of granite. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

If you take the midnight steamer at Venice you reach Trieste by six o’clock in the morning, and the hills rise to meet you as you enter the broad bay dotted with the sail of fishing-craft. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Arthur Machen He stopped to watch, and looked up at the great mound that jutted out from the hills into mid-valley. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

G. K. Chesterton I never read the Bible myself, but that part they laugh at is literal truth, ‘Why leap ye, ye high hills?’ The hills do leap — at least, they try to. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

The hills are covered chiefly with tunas, low firs, and numbers of shrubs, with flowers and berries. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

There was an opulent moon, the vast hills curving down to the plains were all grey and silvery, and the deodars overhead fretted the road with dramatic shadows. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Amidst the Euganean hills I have built a small but neat mansion, where I reckon on passing quietly the rest of my days, having always before my eyes my dead or absent friends. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

On every side the prospect was bounded by long ranges of hills — some of them precipitous, others covered to the summits with dark foliaged trees, looking nearly black in the distance. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Andrew Lang Then Minnikin said: ‘Now go over fresh water and salt water, over high hills and deep dales, and do not stop until thou comest to the King’s palace. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith There’s nought for us here save to count the clock, And hang the head all day: But over the hills we’ll bound, old hound, Over the hills and away. Scattered Poems by George Meredith

If it come, take the valley road home, for these hills will be death. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle Beyond that the hills become precipitous. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

A. E. W. Mason Never had she so hungered for her own country and the companionship of its brown hills and streams. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

At last they came to the jumble of hills in the hollow of which lies Yooldil-gabbi. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

John Lewis Burckhard We saw some low sand hills on the western banks of the Nile. At eight hours we reached Wady el Homar (ﺭﺎﻤﺤﻟﺃ ﻱﺩﺍﻭ), i. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Charles Stur In this, however, we were disappointed, for the hills were too rugged, although of no great breadth or height. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Rudyard Kipling Presently they went away in haste; they went over the hills and were not; and a black slave came out and washed the door-sills with bright water. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Rudyard Kipling Then they would turn east and march up into the hills to Kasauli or Dugshai or Subathoo. I dined with the officers the night before they left — they were marching at five in the morning. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

D. H. Lawrence The hills behind Palermo prick up their ears on the sky-line. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Often in the mornings the valley was hidden under seas of cloud, out of which the hills rose flat and blue, giving the landscape a strange resemblance to a photographic negative. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

He relaxed his vigilance and many of his sheep strayed away into the hills and were lost. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Daniel Defoe But this is not supposed by those who know that the whole country is one rock of chalk, even from the tops of the highest hills to the bottom of the deepest rivers. From London to Land’s End by Daniel Defoe

Sidney Colvin The hills are very beautiful, when you get a sight of ’em; the primroses are out,—but then you are in; the cliffs are of a fine deep colour, but then the clouds are continually vieing with them. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Isabella Bird The evening is gray and threatening, and low, snow-covered hills look grimly over the bare brown plain which lies outside this mournful place. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

The hills are bald and bare, and you find, as you draw near, that the city lies at their feet under a veil of mist, or climbs earlier into view along their sides. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Charles Stur The hills were more detached than in other places, and much lower. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

We had not this effect till we had climbed the first barrier of hills and began to descend on the thither side; but we had incident enough to keep us engaged without the picturesqueness. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells This remarkable young woman had become soft and wonderful as April hills across which clouds are sweeping. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

We had one heavy shower of rain in the afternoon, so that the forest was very wet, and the hills slippery and difficult for the mule. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

William Dampier It is a very mountainous island, full of hills and valleys. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

But now as they drew nearer the hills the weather grew colder, snow was spoken of, and when they got into Westmoreland the mountain-peaks gleamed whitely against a lead-coloured sky. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

H. G. Wells He had come over the hills beyond Sevenoaks, he and his friend, and he it was did the talking. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

A. E. W. Mason It skirted the hills opposite to the pass from which it had descended in the morning. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

George Meredith The old city of Meran faces Southward to the yellow hills of Italy, across a broad vale, between two mountain-walls and torrent-waters. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

John Ruskin The day was cloudless but not bright; there was a heavy purple haze hanging over the sky, and the hills looked lowering and gloomy. The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin [1841]

Isabella Bird Not a mountain rose above the gently-curved hills which were painted in soft blue on the sky of the distant horizon. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Mark Twain It is well watered, and its affluent vegetation gains effect by contrast with the barren hills that tower on either side. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

William Dampier These hills are barren, except the lower sides of them that are covered with some of the same rich black mould that fills the valleys, and is as good as I have seen. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

D. H. Lawrence And she scarcely saw the heather-covered hills with the deep clefts between them, nor the oak woods, nor the lingering foxgloves, nor the earth at all. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence Unremarkable ridges of moor-like hills running away, perhaps to a bunch of dramatic peaks on the southwest. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

George Borrow The town lay in a deep hollow, and appeared to be surrounded by hills on almost every side. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Mark Twain From the dome of St. Peter’s one can see every notable object in Rome, from the Castle of St. Angelo to the Coliseum. He can discern the seven hills upon which Rome is built. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Willa Cather The old man even volunteered to take Mr. Kronborg up into the hills to see this place, though it was a very long drive to make in one day. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

D.H. Lawrence Siegmund looked round at the grey hills smeared over with a low, dim glisten of moon-mist. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

That was rather of farm, farms, and evermore farms, lying along the rich levels of the stream, and climbing as far up its beautiful hills as the plough could drive. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Charles Dickens Not only that, but the vast armies of dead would overflow the hills and valleys beyond the city, and would stretch away all round it, God knows how far. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

E. T. A. Hoffmann There the two lovers stood arm-inarm on the topmost gallery of the tower, and gazed out into the sweet-scented wooded landscape, beyond which the blue hills rose up like a giant’s city. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

T. E. Lawrence They blew from Central Asia, or from Caucasus, terribly over the great desert to these low hills of Edom, against which their first fury broke. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Rudyard Kipling We found a city among hills which knew itself to be a prize greatly coveted by the Kaiser. For, truly, it was a pleasant, a desirable, and an insolent city. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

John Lewis Burckhard W. I found here a small chain of white and red sand-stone hills in the midst of granite. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Radclyffe Hall She would sit with her needle-work dropped on her knees, while her eyes turned away to the long line of hills that stretched beyond the Severn valley. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Love weeps and falls behind, but what of that? The love which will not climb the hills with us is not the love we need. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

The hills had snow on their tops, but in the valleys the larches were beginning to break into intense green flame. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

That blazing rifle-backsight among the hills was the road to freedom. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

The quoin-shaped hills of the foreground, all uptilted and cliffing to the north, show the curious mauve and red tints of the many-coloured clays called in the Brazil Tauá. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

George Meredith Why did she come? But how was it that he was drawn to think of her? Absent or present, she was round him, like the hills of a valley. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

T. E. Lawrence His tribesmen seemed sufficient instrument, and his hills to provide natural advantage. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Charles Dickens In the distance one way, Coketown showed as a black mist; in another distance hills began to rise; in a third, there was a faint change in the light of the horizon where it shone upon the far-off sea. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Arthur Conan Doyle You see, for example, this great plain to the north here with the queer hills breaking out of it. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Robert Louis Stevenson Napa valley and its bounding hills were now utterly blotted out. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jack London He was armed with the weapons of the slain guards — a live arsenal that fled through the hills pursued by the organised might of society. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

George Gissing The hills on this side of the promontory climb, for the most part, softly and slowly upwards, everywhere thickly clad with olives and orange-trees, fig-trees and aloes. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

John Lewis Burckhard Our road lay over a high sandy plain, in the direction of E. by N.; insulated rocky hills rise above the plain, and form a hilly chain, much inferior in height to the mountains on the east side. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Rudyard Kipling We crossed the Juniata by Fort Granville, got into Shippensberg over the hills by the Ochwick trail, and then to Williams Ferry (it’s a bad one). Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Robert Louis Stevenson The son of Mr. Great-grace visibly ‘tumbles hills about with his words. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson There are the hills of Fife, the hills of Peebles, the Lammermoors and the Ochils, more or less mountainous in outline, more or less blue with distance. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling East of Suez men do not build towers on the tops of hills for the sake of the view, nor do they stripe the mountain sides with bastioned stone walls to keep in cattle. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Charles Stur The same dreary desert extended to their base, only that as we approached the hills the flats were broader, and the fall of waters apparently to the east. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

E. Phillips Oppenheim Underneath his feet, almost underneath the whole range of hills around which the road wound, was another world—an active world bristling with the great vehicles of destruction. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Charles Stur The flat between us and these hills was unusually barren, and all the trees at the side of the lagoon were dead. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

We love to fill our thought with speculations on man, even though the man be the muffin-man, rather than with inanimate objectshills and streams — things to dream about, not to meditate on. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

For robbery and murder, no hills could be better fitted, the passes being so intricate, and the winds and turns so sudden and sharp. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Edgar Allan Poe He descended the hills at a great rate, so that every body had soon a good look at him. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

They were shut out of the churches; but, as one of the society protested, the fields were open to them, and they had the hills for their pulpit, the heavens for their sounding board. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Rudyard Kipling For the rest, Hurree could so stage-manage the journey through the hills that Hilas, Bunar, and four hundred miles of hill-roads should tell the tale for a generation. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Summer days, and the flat water- meadows and the blue hills in the distance, and the willows up the backwater and the pools underneath like a kind of deep green glass. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Anna Katherine Green She didn’t fear nature even at its worst, and she knew these hills better than many who had lived among them for years. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Guy de Maupassan The hills right and left were covered with woods, old seignorial woods where magnificent trees still remained, and where the rarest feathered game in that part of France was to be found. Love by Guy de Maupassan

Rudyard Kipling This is a world where the very hills are turned upside down, with the cities upon them. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Richard Burton Grey mists floating over the hills northwards gave the Dar al-Bayda,23 the Pasha’s Palace, the look of some old feudal castle. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

T. E. Lawrence A passive defence of the Subh hills had shown that the Arabs did not shine as passive resisters. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Behind it swells a dorsum of golden-yellow sand; and the horizon is closed by ranges of hills and highlands, red and white, blue and black. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

The town is finely situated, with a bay in front, and an amphitheatre of hills behind. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Richard Burton They failed; but we were consoled by seeing through a gap in the Western hills a heavy cloud discharge its blessed load, and a cool night was the result. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Thomas Hardy Her husband slept profoundly, but not so she; she sat brooding by the window-slit, and lifting the curtain looked forth upon the hills without. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Charles Stur At about a mile, however, it entered a narrow defile in the range, and the hills closed rapidly in upon it. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

This morning we saw land; a long, low ridge of hills on the island of Eleuthera, where they make salt, and where there are many negroes. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Rudyard Kipling It topped its bank and joined the flood-water that was hemmed between two low hills just where the embankment of the Colliery main line crossed. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

And those whom Tiber’s holy forests hide, Or Circe’s hills from the main land divide; Where Ufens glides along the lowly lands, Or the black water of Pomptina stands. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Walter Scott The hills which ascend on each side of this glen are very steep, and rise boldly over the stream, which is thus imprisoned within their barriers. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

George Gissing His eyes often passed from one to the other of the faces opposite him, with unmarked observation; frequently he fixed his gaze on the remoter hills in brief musing. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

H. G. Wells We could bank up a valley in that range of hills over there and make a nice reservoir, and we could make a big place here to generate our electricity and have it all simply lovely. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

George Meredith The women, they shall sigh and smile, And madden whom they may: It’s over the hills we’ll bound, old hound, Over the hills and away. Scattered Poems by George Meredith

D. H. Lawrence They saw the hills of Derbyshire fall into the monotony of the Midlands that swept away South. Miriam was somewhat scared by the wind, but the lads enjoyed it. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

The next best thing to tramping the hills yourself is to plan out another man’s travels. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

I remembered that D. H. Lawrence, writing of this same landscape or another near by, said that the snow-covered hills rippled away into the distance ‘like muscle’. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

H.P. Lovecraft There are protecting hills along the coast beyond them — Queen Mary and Kaiser Wilhelm Lands — and I thank Heaven no one has been able to land and climb those hills. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Elizabeth Gaskell I longed to slip out unseen, and to run away by myself in amongst the hills and dales. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Robert Louis Stevenson Shelving hills rose round it on all sides, here dabbled with wood and fields, there rising to peaks alternately naked and hairy with pines. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

She could not bear to see the Cornish hills yet awhile, she told Hilda, in her letter of congratulation. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Mark Twain The hills are barren, they are dull of color, they are unpicturesque in shape. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Not long after Robin had so gone to his rest a great cloud peeped blackly over the hills to the westward. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

E. Phillips Oppenheim They sat in the bald undecorated restaurant with its high windows, out of which they seemed in incredibly close touch with the glorious panorama of snow-capped hills rolling away to the mists. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Under the red dawn the earth had been one vast white counterpane, running into hills and ridges, but otherwise unfeatured. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

The hills shone with ice, and at Herries’ very feet was the black still pool that he had so often seen before. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Mark Twain These hundreds of green squares, marked by their black lava walls, make the hills look like vast checkerboards. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

The tapestry is an old woman whispering, the slipper a fallen leaf, the house and the hills around it a well in which you are sunk up to your very neck. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Washington Irving He constructed an aqueduct by which water was brought from the mountains of Alfacar to irrigate the hills and orchards north of the city. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Frances Hodgson Burnett Robin knew that Donal’s home was in Scotland—where there are hills and moors with stags on them. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

All afternoon we sped southward, mostly in a country of hills and wooded valleys. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Charles Dickens I think that I began to notice this when I was walking up hills by the carriage side, and master had gone on in front. To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens [1852]

Willa Cather Her eyes did fill once, when she saw the last of the sand hills and realized that she was going to leave them behind for a long while. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Sir Walter Scott The hills were greener and more abrupt than those which Brown had lately passed, sinking their grassy sides at once upon the river. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Virginia Woolf I have sliced the waters of beauty in the evening when the hills close themselves like birds’ wings folded. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

T. E. Lawrence We turned half-right in the plain, to get under cover of the low hills which screened it from Wadi Hamdh, in whose bed the railway lay. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

On the right lay Sarah Island; on the left the bleak shore of the opposite and the tall peak of the Frenchman’s Cap; while the storm hung sullenly over the barren hills to the eastward. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Edgar Allan Poe I have before said that the chain of hills through which ran the main gorge was composed of a species of soft rock resembling soap. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Richard Burton Many, however, suppose Ohod to be one of the four hills of Paradise. The other three, according to Al-Tabrani from Amr bin Auf, are Sinai, Lebanon, and Mount Warkan on the Meccan road. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Between the foresaid hills also is another water that on nights freezes hard and on days is no frost seen thereon. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Charles Stur Of these two hills Mount Foster is the highest and the nearest, and as the Macquarie runs between them to the westward, it must also be closer than Mount Harris to the marshes. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Snow lodged on the trees, hid the grass in the fields, covered the hills in the distance. At Whitney Hall by Ellen Wood [1872]

Florence Dixie To our left, right in front, and gradually wreathing the hills to our right, a huge prairie fire came rushing rapidly along. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Featureless hills surround it, and it looks out into the east wind, over a dark bay dotted with naked rocks. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Each way the prospect was bounded by hills in the distance. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Anthony Trollope And he learns to note the strong rough work of the brush of Paul Veronese, and the beautiful blue hills of Titian’s backgrounds. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

The hills looked gray and solemn. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Under the black hills it seemed so very small, and in the white moonlight so cold and desolate. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

But the lake, that had slipped so beautifully down between the hills and now lay in perfect peace, rose up to her and for a moment drew her into its own tranquil reassurance. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Thomas Hardy Behind him the hills are open, the sun blazes down upon fields so large as to give an unenclosed character to the landscape, the lanes are white, the hedges low and plashed, the atmosphere colourless. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Olaf Stapledon But our home had vanished, with the whole suburb, and the hills too, and the sea. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Edith Wharton Beyond the black hills an amber west passed into pale green, and then to a deep blue in which a great star hung. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

John Lewis Burckhard I saw no hills to the west, as far as my eyes could reach. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

D. H. Lawrence Around were fair, tree-clad hills and dales, already bluish with the frost-shadows. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Miles Franklin All the men were forced to walk up hills for miles and miles in the dust and heat, which did not conduce to their amiability, and many and caustic were the remarks and jokes made upon the driver. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

They were yellow; the bay was very blue, the wooded hills very green. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

We have done our work — “And now the hills stretch home. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

And then my thoughts strayed across the hills to the scene of our coming triumph where the heroic and noble Don Rafael awaited our coming to set a new and shining star in the firmament of nations. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Henry Kingsley This beautiful semicircular basin is about two miles in diameter, surrounded by hills on all sides, save that which is open to the sea. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

I kept for a while along the ridge, with the Sound of Sleat on my right, and beyond it the high hills of Knoydart and Kintail. I was watching for the Tobermory, but saw no sign of her. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Jules Verne The horizon was closed by a line of hills covered with aspens, alders, and sometimes large oaks. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Richard Burton About 2 A.M. we began ascending hills in a south-westerly direction, and presently we fell into the bed of a large rock-girt Fiumara, which runs from east to west. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Karl Philipp Moritz We were now led by a steep road to the vale, through which we passed, and then ascended again among the hills on the other side. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

Lucy Maud Montgomery A cool wind was blowing down over the long harvest fields from the rims of firry western hills and whistling through the poplars. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Ralph Waldo Emerson He has lost the lines of grandeur of the horizon, hills and plains, and with them, sobriety and elevation. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

T. E. Lawrence At the moment more Turkish machines got up from Amman and quartered the rough hills northward from Muaggar, looking for us. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Robert Louis Stevenson The road from Turnberry to Girvan lies along the shore, among sand- hills and by wildernesses of tumbled bent. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Radclyffe Hall The hills lay folded in swathes of whiteness, and so did the valleys at the foot of the hills, and so did the spacious gardens of Morton — it was all one vast panorama of whiteness. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Afterwards when a new generation arose they looked on the pine-clad hills as their home and birthright. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Rafael Sabatini From behind the hills peeped the edge of the moon — a sickle of burnished copper. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

His illness made Vernon grow, and he shot up into a lanky, leggy boy — weakly, too, till the hills tautened his sinews again. Basilissa by John Buchan [1914]

Charles Stur We crossed some low sand hills to a swamp in which there was a good deal of surface water, but none of a permanent kind. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Arthur Machen For just that moment you knew everything and understood the stars and the hills and night and day and the woods and the old songs. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Algernon Blackwood What happened next I hardly realised, only that he caught my arm and hurried along the road at a reckless, half stumbling speed, and that the lonely hills behind us followed in the darkness. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

T. E. Lawrence They could not turn west; for there the steep hills of Hejaz were thickly lined by mountain peoples taking full advantage of their defensiveness. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Thomas Hardy Knight having arrived over the hills to Castle Boterel upon the top of a crazy omnibus, preferred to walk the remaining two miles up the valley, leaving his luggage to be brought on. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Algernon Blackwood Whole hills of sand went shifting into level surfaces whence gardens of dim outline emerged to meet the sunlight. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

West lies the Machray sea-loch, where the hills are low and green and mostly sheep-ground. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

The house stood almost on the summit of a swell of moorland which crowned a sort of plateau, and there was no higher point nearer than the big hills six miles off. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

D’you mind the big white house away up near the hills ayont the station and east of the Ayr road? It looked like a gentleman’s shooting lodge. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Isabella Bird The hills have been eaten nearly bare. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Fields and trees, hills and winding streams, even when enlivened by the society of the lower animals, were not all-sufficient for her happiness. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

You see, a big sand such as this is like a range of hills dividing two plains, it’s never dead flat though it looks it; there’s always one point, one ridge, rather, where it’s highest. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

William Dampier We marched about 5 miles in this valley; and then ascended a hill and travelled about 5 miles farther over two or three small hills before we came to any settlement. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Gustave Flauber Louder still rose the voice from the dungeon; the neighbouring hills gave back an echo with startling effect, and Machaerus seemed actually surrounded and showered with curses. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

The sun went down behind the purple hills that sheltered the western side of the little village. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Robert Louis Stevenson Grand work at last! A number of the Saturday Review here; it reads so hot and feverish, so tomblike and unhealthy, in the midst of dear Nature’s hills and sea, with good wholesome work to do. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sinclair Lewis So far as possible, the builders kept the beauties of forest and hills and river; the roads were not to be broad straight gashes butting their way through hills, but winding byways, very inviting . Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Machen I thought of the lonely place, deep in the valley of the ashtrees, of the lonely hills and lands about it. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Robert Louis Stevenson The pony was tired, and the hills very long and steep, and the air sultrier than ever, for now the breeze began to fail entirely. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Makepeace Thackeray The hills rise in perfect harmony, and fall in the most exquisite cadences — the sea seems brighter, the islands more purple, the clouds more light and rosy than elsewhere. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

H.P. Lovecraft Somehow they managed to live on independently by the product of their estate, for occasional lights glimpsed from far-away hills attested their continued presence. The Lurking Fear by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Charles Stur He had given them to understand that we were going over the hills again, on which they told him that if he did not make haste all the water would be gone. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

F. Scott Fitzgerald When he crossed the hills the wind blew cold as misery, and if the sun was out he tramped with his eyes squinted up against the hard dimensionless glare. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Jack London The same low hills of sand were about us, but sparsely covered with scrub brush. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

H. G. Wells Yonder, I take it are the Martians, and Londonward, where those hills rise about Richmond and Kingston and the trees give cover, earthworks are being thrown up and guns are being placed. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Florence Dixie My little horse, keen as his rider, took the bit between his teeth, and away we went up and down the hills at a terrific pace. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Far up the long Gled valley they looked to the towering hills whence it springs; then to the left, where the sinuous Callowa wound its way beneath green and birk-clad mountains to the larger stream. Comedy in the Full Moon by John Buchan

T. E. Lawrence Even with treachery as an ally, to pass the hills would be dangerous. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]