Phrases with "instrument"

There is but one hope leftthat the Power which now dooms the doomer, may render me an instrument to expedite his fall. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

The instrument had been detained by the Pizarros to the very last moment. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Robert Louis Stevenson First comes the tedious climb, dragging your instrument behind you. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Benjamin Disraeli The internal activity of a nation is important and sacred because it prepares the instrument for its appointed task. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

In this way the mariners’ versorium is arranged, which is an instrument beneficial, useful, and auspicious to sailors for indicating, like a good genius, safety and the right way. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Edith Wharton Don’t imagine from this that I had hitherto been an instrument of destruction. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Henry Handel Richardson At Johanna’s entrance, she started, grew very red, and hastily raised the instrument to her shoulder. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

But (more than she guessed) she was also the instrument of her own past. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

George Meredith He pressed it, and whenever it shrunk a quarter inch to withdraw, he shook it up and down, as an instrument that had been lent him for due emphasis to his remarks. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

He held his instrument against his chest, and was in the act of drawing his bow across it — the note she had heard had not yet come to an end. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

G. K. Chesterton I was wondering if some other instrument . The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

But a further step had been made since Virgil had adopted it as an instrument of his genius. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Henry James He stood looking at the half-wrought clay for a moment, and then flung the instrument down. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

George Gissing She turned to her companion, spoke a word, and renewed the very slight acquaintance which had existed a few years ago between Redgrave and Miss Leach. Then the sound of an instrument imposed silence. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Edith Wharton The swarthy stranger, fitting a pair of eye-glasses to a nose that was like an instrument of precision, had begun a closer and more detailed inspection of the tapestries. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

D. H. Lawrence But my instrument is the piano. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Mark Twain You are an instrument — a speaking-trumpet. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

In every fresh specimen of cryptogamia which I placed beneath my instrument I believed that I discovered wonders of which the world was as yet ignorant. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

She compelled her instrument to try again. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Steele Rudd Dave thrust out his arm violently, knocked the instrument to the other side of the room, and kicked wickedly. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

It is well known that, early in the history of printing, governments became jealous of this new instrument for influencing opinion. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Upon the floor between me and the Mahars lay a tiny surgical instrument which one of them must have dropped. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

His instrument is a trumpet of challenge; and he lived, as he appropriately died, in the progress of an unaccomplished campaign. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Washington Irving His instrument was as old and battered as himself. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

An instrument used by the Caucasian to enhance his beauty, by the Mongolian to make a guy of himself, and by the Afro–American to affirm his worth. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Wilkie Collins After uselessly searching for some instrument to help her, she got from the footman (without telling him what she wanted it for) a small chisel. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

He felt he was the instrument of an irresistible Fate! No sooner had the Spaniards got his consent, than orders were given for the royal litter. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

George Meredith Ay! on her wretched tinkler called a piano, which tries at the whole orchestra and murders every instrument in the attempt. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Leon Trotsky Stalin has been the chief instrument in carrying out this overturn. My Life by Leon Trotsky

E. Phillips Oppenheim The man went crashing against the iron railing, and the instrument he had been holding fell clattering on to the stone flags. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Wilkie Collins The strings were few in number, and the instrument was so small that I could have held it easily on my lap. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

John Galsworthy The instrument made very little noise — so he could strum on it without fear of waking the eleventh baronet. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Underneath this lies the half-conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes. Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

Arthur Machen His voice was as full and rich as a woman’s, but purged of all emotion; he was an instrument of music in the flesh. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

He felt as if he had taken into his hand the lever which worked some formidable machine—an instrument of death and doom, and that every movement of his hand might bring destruction. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Meredith That instrument now gave a final flourish and bang whereat Sound, as if knocked on the head, died languishingly. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

But the rhinoceros whip was the favourite instrument of chastisement. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Rudyard Kipling Who am I but the instrument of vengeance in the hands of an over-ruling Providence? (And I put in fresh sparking-plugs this morning. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Cammerley removed the instrument out of reach with a little sigh. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

G. K. Chesterton The thing which might have been mistaken for a tricycle turned upside-down was the inexpressibly important instrument to which the corkscrew was the key. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

An instrument to tickle human ears by friction of a horse’s tail on the entrails of a cat. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

George Gissing Just when she flattered herself that she had never looked so lovely, an instrument of destiny embraced her in the shape of an affectionate child, and lo! she was a fright. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Anthony Trollope But he feels himself to be an instrument for the moment of despotic power as opposed to civil rights, and he won’t stand what he calls “jaw. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Pensively she twirled the unaccustomed instrument in her jewelled fingers, fancying her smooth cheek clothed with a manly beard. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

William Hazlitt He now ‘bends up each corporal instrument to the terrible feat’; at other times his heart misgives him, and he is cowed and abashed by his success. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Arthur Conan Doyle I associated that instrument with the single weakness of his nature, and I feared the worst when I saw it glittering in his hand. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Olaf Stapledon Bergson's conclusion is that the brain is merely the instrument of consciousness, or the point at which consciousness enters into and avails itself of matter. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Henry James The only trouble, indeed, was that when the instrument was so perfect it seemed to interpose too much between you and the genius that used it. The American by Henry James [1877]

Sigmund Freud So far as I am aware, no attempt has yet been made to divine the construction of the psychic instrument by means of such dissection. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Olaf Stapledon The instrument was perfected, but the music, though exquisite, was repetitive of the ancient themes. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling Qua Death, as created or evolved, on this planet (He needn’t exist elsewhere, you know), and especially qua the instrument of decay that was to kill her, she’s some odd weeks owing to the grave. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

G. K. Chesterton All the medical authorities agreed that the instrument had been something more subtle than a dirk, though no medical authorities would consent even to guess what it was. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Anthony Trollope The bludgeon was produced, and was handed up to the bench, and inspected by the Chief Justice. The instrument excited great interest. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton She turned away from the instrument discouraged. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

John Locke Whether syllogism is the great instrument of reason: first cause to doubt this. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Jules Verne Ils semblaient être portés avec un instrument de fer. De La Terre a La Lune by Jules Verne [1865]

This instrument consists of a vessel like a turned box (or pyxis) of wood, brass, or any solid material, not deep, but sufficiently wide, provided with a cover of glass or crystal. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Jules Verne I say seventy-five fathoms, though I had no instrument by which to judge the distance. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Anthony Trollope It may be that an instrument shall be too fine for our daily uses. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Charles Dickens Presently the honoured parent appeared to be adjusting some instrument like a great corkscrew. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Watkin Tench He examined it attentively, remarked that it was the production of a workman, and demanded ten minutes to make an instrument ‘to speak with it. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Willa Cather Mrs. Forrester darted toward the desk, but Niel lifted the instrument in his left hand and barred her way with his right. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

The rice ears are cut short off, sometimes by a small sickle, and sometimes by an instrument which produces the effect of shears. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Priscilla’s gayety, moreover, was of a nature that showed me how delicate an instrument she was, and what fragile harp-strings were her nerves. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

I take it that Sir Charles was bending over his desk and the person who committed the crime scratched him with some very sharp instrument impregnated with poison. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

D. H. Lawrence The man was but the instrument and the finisher. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Ford Madox Ford She had gone from the instrument to look at Mark. She spoke to him; she spoke to him again. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

The instrument fell to the floor, and its chords snapped. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

What do you think the ingenious user of such an instrument would do with it?” This was said, I am now sure, out of a spirit of sarcasm. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

It expressed, plainer than words could do, the intense anguish at having made himself the instrument of thwarting his own revenge. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Charles Dickens It happened, at length, that he had occasion to change the instrument in his hand, for his shoemaker’s knife. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Wilkie Collins I am only the instrument of a domestic conspiracy on your sister’s part. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

This instrument of castigation is made of ivory or metal, with a lozenge often neatly carved and ornamented at the handle. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

An unearthly pathos seized the instrument — an inexplicable, yet intense longing, a vague desire for something unattainable, took possession of us. In Great Waters by Guy Boothby

Rudyard Kipling The Hertzian waves wouldn’t be strong enough to work a great heavy Morse instrument like ours. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

But the child was to be to him an instrument she could not be. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Here is one definition from a popular dictionary: ‘Any instrument or organization by which power is applied and made effective, or a desired effect produced. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

How could he ever have thought of letting himself be an instrument in the hands of a crook like Loding! “A very amusing and intelligent crook. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Olaf Stapledon It corresponded to the heard nearness or remoteness of one and the same instrument in the normal world. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Lovely, she was, standing there with that instrument of torture in her hands. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

The whole proceeding, and the articles of agreement, were carefully recorded by the notary in an instrument bearing date June 12, 1535, and attested by a long list of witnesses. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

I heard a faint clanking sound from the narrow court which I have already mentioned, as if caused by the scraping of some iron instrument against stones or rubbish. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The little brig Flash was the instrument of Lingard’s fortune. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Nevertheless one ought not to confuse the capabilities of an instrument with the use it is actually put to. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Edgar Wallace Another instrument had been overturned; ends of cut wires dangled from roof and wall. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

Maria Edgeworth That the Count Laniska should choose the instant when the king was showing him unusual favour, to make that favour an instrument of his base malice, is scarcely credible. The Prussian Vase by Maria Edgeworth

Jules Verne Ce lavage s’opérait au moyen d’un instrument d’origine américaine, appelé «craddle» ou berceau. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

George Meredith And if you have not the habit of taking counsel with them, you are but an instrument in their hands. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Yet Sosia was her only hope, the only instrument with which she could tamper. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Jules Verne What Cyrus Harding was to do to ascertain the passage of the sun at the meridian of the island, without an instrument of any sort, Herbert could not guess. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Steele Rudd And if we didn’t put the instrument down immediately he would tear it from our hands and pitch it outside. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Elizabeth Barrett Browning But thou, who, in my voice’s sink and fall When the sob took it, thy divinest Art’s Own instrument didst drop down at thy foot To hearken what I said between my tears, . Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1850]

It may have been here, too, as we are told, that WHB apprenticed himself to a firm of instrument makers in the town, leamed to work a lathe and made the apparatus for his classes. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

After being the instrument of human justice I aspired to be that of the justice of God.” “But let me see, how was it done? Speak,” said the monk. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

He gave the instrument a knowing rattle on the shaft, mouthed it, appeared to commune for a moment with the muse, and dashed into ‘The girl I left behind me’. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Jane Austen Our instrument is a capital one, probably superior to —— You shall try it some day. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Justinian entertained the highest regard for him and showed him very great favour, condescending to make him the chief instrument of his extortion and sole arbiter in legal decisions. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

An idea now occurred to me to have an instrument made according to my own plans, which should be nothing less than a violin. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Jules Verne It was an instrument of excellent quality, a perfect pocket chronometer, which the reporter had not forgotten to wind up carefully every day. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

And the man that can play the instrument of Earthrid would be able to conjure up the most astonishing forms, which are not phantasms, but realities. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

H. G. Wells It could be a very potent instrument indeed in the present phase of human affairs. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells What should be an instrument becomes a divinity. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The first ones had been caused by someone forcing an instrument through the slit between the sashes and the second by the catch being pressed back. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

I did not follow her advice to chain either of them with iron, for I found cords of love, the only instrument white men know the use of, quite strong enough. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have just finished, and am lighting my pipe, when the click of the telegraph instrument in the shop warns me of a communication. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Andrew Lang This instrument is sacred among the natives of Australia, where it is used to call together the men, and to frighten away the women from the religious mysteries of the males. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle It must have taken some strength to leave these marks on such tough material, whatever the instrument may have been. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

He was delighted with the prospect of being the instrument of such a power. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

The instrument alluded to is the nsambi or nchambi; four strings are attached to bent sticks springing from the box; it is the wambi of the Shekyanis (Du Chaillu, chap. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Olaf Stapledon As a power-unit it demanded little more skill than we use in motoring; but as an instrument for the varied synthesizing of materials it could employ every range of ability. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

This instrument he submitted to a number of jurists in the capital, requiring their signatures. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Edmund Burke You hold up, to chastise them, the second-hand authority of a king, who is only the instrument of destroying, without any power of protecting either the people or his own person. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Jules Verne Mais ici, pas un instrument quelconque, pas un ustensile. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

But now with Broome out of the way, he sat up instantly and began to slash feverishly at the napkins, to realise, however, that his piece of glass was an altogether ineffective instrument now. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Thomas Hardy Then he directed the instrument to the less bright shape of Saturn. ‘Here,’ he said, warming up to the subject, ‘we see a world which is to my mind by far the most wonderful in the solar system. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

When his arduous task was completed, Gasca determined to withdraw to Lima, leaving the instrument of partition with the archbishop, to be communicated to the army. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

The Communist movement in Western Europe began, as a movement for the violent overthrow of capitalism, and degenerated within a few years into an instrument of Russian foreign policy. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Joseph Furphy Peanner, or flute, or fiddle, or the curliest instrument out of a brass band, it was all one to her; it come sort o’ natural to her to fetch music out of anything. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Andrew Lang Listen! Go down and ask him what this instrument costs; but I won’t kiss him again. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

T. H. Huxley Such being unquestionably the necessary conditions under which living creatures exist, Mr. Darwin discovers in them the instrument of natural selection. Essays by T. H. Huxley

It was certainly an altogether inferior instrument at that time. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She had practically reached the instrument but she was waiting until he had turned the corner before she held the receiver to her ear. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

E. F. Benson Suddenly he laid the instrument down, frowning. The Confession of Charles Linkworth by E. F. Benson

He is the passive instrument through whom flows the emanation from on high; His words are not his own, but a suggestion. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

George Gissing The expression might signify that she rejoiced at having been an instrument of his discomfiture; perhaps it was nothing more than gladness at seeing him again. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

He had not known fear, nor did he find fear, nor was fear the instrument of salvation. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Jules Verne What could it be? Was it some exuberant aeronaut rejoicing on that sonorous instrument of which the Renommée makes such obstreperous use? No! There was no balloon and there were no aeronauts. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Gustave Flauber He fastened a sort of harpoon to the end of a cord and whirled it rapidly like a sling; the iron instrument caught fast, and they began to climb up the wall, the one after the other. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

William Morris That is the only real art there is, the only art which will be an instrument to the progress of the world, and not a hindrance. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau We should not, with Warburton, conclude from this that politics and religion have among us a common object, but that, in the first periods of nations, the one is used as an instrument for the other. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jules Verne Rosette, however, did not possess a reflector of this magnitude, and was obliged to content himself with the good but comparatively small instrument he had. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

His left hand rests upon a skull, his right hand holds an instrument which deserves a passing comment. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

H. G. Wells She took Lewisham up into a threadbare room on the first floor, “There’s the use of a piano,” she said, and indicated an instrument with a front of torn green silk. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

It seems obvious, from the method of employment, that an actual Spear could hardly have been used, it would have been an impossibly unwieldy instrument for the purpose. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

From the window near the instrument the green, with its restive horses and swaying crowds, its splashes of scarlet coats and its white splash of hounds, could be viewed in comfort. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Ann Radcliffe Despairing to effect these by open violence, she called in an auxiliary of no mean talents, and whose character and views well adapted him to be an instrument in her hands. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

The instrument then reminds the army that the conversion of the heathen is the work most acceptable in the eye of the Almighty, and one that will be sure to receive his support. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

E. F. Benson We have to be only the instrument through which Abfou functions. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

James Anthony Froude The minister when he preached was, according to the theory, an instrument uttering the words not of himself but of the Holy Spirit. A man like Bunyan, who really believed this, might well be alarmed. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

The instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

D. H. Lawrence Neither is he the mere instrument of God’s will. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Ralph Waldo Emerson Trade is an instrument in the hands of that friendly Power which works for us in our own despite. The Young American by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1844]

Ann Radcliffe Again I looked round for the instrument of destruction, and again I was respited. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

George Gissing Music was one of his foibles; he learnt an instrument with wonderful facility, and, up to a certain point, played well. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Henry James The marriage was most unhappy, and the Maestro Grandoni was suspected of using the fiddle-bow as an instrument of conjugal correction. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

I have not here been considering the literary use of language, but merely language as an instrument for expressing and not for concealing or preventing thought. Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

God’s vengeance, he said, was preparing for me, and affirmed that in a vision of the night he had beheld the manner and the instrument of my doom. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

He loved the instrument and played as much from natural intuition as acquired knowledge, but in the plan of action he had laid out for himself his violin could have no part. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle He was an instrument of service — nothing more. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

He held his instrument by the neck with one hand, and seemed to be contemplating a descent to the foot of the hill. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Algernon Blackwood He continued with an air of intense conviction: “The Artist is ever an instrument merely, and for the most part an unconscious one; only the greatest artist is a conscious instrument. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson Talk is, indeed, both the scene and instrument of friendship. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy Now the possibility of setting up a really powerful instrument is over! It is too cruel — how could it happen! . Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

John Stuart Mill What was once desired as an instrument for the attainment of happiness, has come to be desired for its own sake. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Jules Verne But here, not any instrument whatever, not a utensil. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Wilkie Collins But the hour of discovery was at hand, and the instrument of effecting it was a certain cardinal who was desirous of supplanting Monaldeschi in the queen’s favour. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

In 1700, he communicated to Dr. Halley a description of his reflecting instrument for observing the moon’s distance from the fixed stars. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

He is the last resource of the dying, the chosen instrument of heavenly mercy. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Jane Austen I was glad you made her play so much, for having no instrument at her grandmother’s, it must have been a real indulgence. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Anthony Hope I told him briefly what had happened, and how the queen had won Rupert’s instrument to be her servant. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

John Morley For law, alike as a profession and an instrument of mental discipline, he had always the profound respect that it so amply deserves, though he saw that it was not without drawbacks of its own. Burke by John Morley [1879]

He didn’t like being made an instrument for blackmail, but he was curious to see to whom he was about to be sent. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Virginia Woolf She could hardly bring herself to remember her own private instrument of justice — the typewriter. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Arnold Bennett She saw Edwin as an instrument to be played upon, and herself as a virtuoso. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Wilkie Collins I have heard of opium as a possible means of relief; and I am going to get the instrument for injecting it under the skin. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

I will now tilt the instrument so as to get the spectrum of the celestial wanderer’s tail. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

In other words, U.N.O.‘s usefulness as an instrument of world peace is nil. In Front of Your Nose by George Orwell [1946]

George Meredith You have an instrument ready to your hands. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Henry Fielding Such an affront from my own scholar was beyond human patience; I flew into a violent passion, I flung down my instrument in a rage, and swore I was not to be taught music at my age. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

E. Phillips Oppenheim Save for the persistent clatter of the bell from the somewhat ancient instrument below, the whole house was wrapped in darkness and silence. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Jules Verne Je dis cent cinquante mètres, bien qu’aucun instrument ne me permît d’évaluer cette distance. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Anthony Trollope Undoubtedly he had quarelled with Mr Bonteen before this occasion, and had bought this instrument since the commencement of the quarrel. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

James Anthony Froude The instrument required to be delicately handled. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Benjamin Disraeli On a sofa of unusual size lay a Cremona; and as Mr. Beckendorff passed the instrument he threw by its side the bow, which he had hitherto carried in his hand. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Jules Verne We know that this gigantic instrument had been set up according to the reflecting system, called by the English “front view. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells They passed some men and women and they made extraordinary gestures to them and abominable noises produced by an instrument specially designed for that purpose. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Jules Verne Le crâne, fracassé par un instrument contondant, montrait la cervelle à nu, et la substance cérébrale avait subi une attrition profonde. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

As I say, I am not a bad musician, and the instrument in my hands was of as beautiful a tone as one could wish. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Jane, a truthful, unsuspicious girl, was all the fitter instrument of the cunning monster. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Arthur Morrison This brought the big boy after Dicky at once, with a hiding: except on some rare occasion when the hunchback rated his instrument of vengeance too high, and Dicky was able to beat him in truth. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

D. H. Lawrence It amused her to see his head nod over the instrument as he made an effort to get the right note. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope He had with him such an instrument as was afterwards used. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne After considerable discussion as to the best form and principle of the proposed instrument the work was finally commenced. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Thomas Hardy I was the instrument of a national principle. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

E. T. A. Hoffmann He had never heard the instrument there before. Arthur’s Hall by E. T. A. Hoffmann

T. H. Huxley But, however good lectures may be, and however extensive the course of reading by which they are followed up, they are but accessories to the great instrument of scientific teaching — demonstration. Essays by T. H. Huxley

William Makepeace Thackeray We had music on board all the way from Smyrna. A German commis-voyageur, with a guitar, who had passed unnoticed until that time, produced his instrument about mid-day, and began to whistle waltzes. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

The instrument of His death is honoured; but the thought for the sake of which He was content to stretch His nailed hands upon it, His thought is without honour. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Andrew Lang The bull-roarer is an instrument easily invented by savages, and easily adopted into the ritual of savage mysteries. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling Some one had brought out a banjo — which is a most sentimental instrument — and three or four of us sang. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Arnold Bennett Edwin, quite unaware that he was an instrument in the hands of his Auntie Clara’s Providence, left the shop without due excuse and passed down the long blue-paved yard towards the printing office. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He had an instrument in his hand resembling a small bit and brace, and some chips and sawdust on his flannel waistcoat, which he brushed off with two or three sweeps of his short fat fingers. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Wilkie Collins I was ashamed to ask the nuns for an instrument of flagellation; so I made one for myself of stout cord, pitilessly knotted at very short intervals. A Fair Penitent by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Edith Wharton He does give the impression of being something out of his own laboratory: a delicate scientific instrument that reveals wonders to the initiated, and is absolutely useless in an ordinary hand. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

This instrument was nothing more than a long, slender hand-vise, with a very powerful grip and a considerable leverage, which last was accidentally owing to the shape of the handle. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

The megaphone man raised his instrument of torture; the inside of the great automobile began to thump and throb like the heart of a coffee drinker. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Willa Cather While she was on the stage she was conscious that every movement was the right movement, that her body was absolutely the instrument of her idea. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Marjorie Bowen To Milan!’ The garden was one wild, yelling confusion; the news was spreading like fire; each thought and acted for himself; and Giannotto, instrument of vengeance, whimpered on his knees. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

A hypodermic syringe would be too weak an instrument to effect such a radical change in you. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Wilkie Collins Never could any poor human creature have been a more innocent instrument of mischief in the hands of Destiny than I was, on that fatal journey. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]