Phrases with "instrument"

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

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]

Olaf Stapledon For the creature’s achievement of perception and of will was seemingly the instrument by which the Star Maker himself, cosmos by cosmos, woke into keener lucidity. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Tossing his cigar into the fire, he snatched the instrument from the unwilling hands of the artist, and fell to himself. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Milton had created and wielded an instrument which was beyond the control of any less than himself. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

D. H. Lawrence As for him, he seemed only like an instrument for his work, his business, not like a person at all. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

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]

Jules Verne This instrument was designed for the purpose of rendering visible on the surface of the moon any object exceeding nine feet in diameter. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

William Cowper The voice Is but an instrument on which the priest May play what tune he pleases. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

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

James Joyce Pity. Who has the organ here I wonder? Old Glynn he knew how to make that instrument talk, the vibrato: fifty pounds a year they say he had in Gardiner street. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

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

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

In the new régime of science the mercury was descending rapidly; but in a moment the instrument was obscured by a blinding fall of snow. The Ocean Wave by Ambrose Bierce

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

Horace Walpole I took thee for an instrument of the tyrant; I perceive thou hast made the like mistake. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

Billy, in a rage, was inclined to bundle the boy and his battered instrument overboard, for he saw in the race north nothing but a waste of time. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

The idea is thus, when functionally considered, an instrument for enabling us the better to HAVE TO DO with the object and to act about it. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Anthony Trollope He put the instrument alternately to his mouth and to his ear, and then informed me that Captain Battleax was desirous that we should all go home to our own houses. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang The instrument which produces the sounds that warn women to remain afar is a toy familiar to English country lads. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy She thanked him very warmly, for she had never seen anything like such an instrument before, and it interested her. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

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]

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

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

Bacon, knowing all that he did, thinking all that he thought, was content to be the echo and the instrument of the cleverest, the foolishest, the vainest, the most pitiably unmanly of English kings. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Bronislaw Malinowski Fr. W. Schmidt has at his disposal the powerful instrument of linguistic knowledge. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Nay, girl, give the instrument to me. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

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

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]

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]

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]

Arthur Morrison The wounds had all been inflicted, apparently, with the same blunt instrument — probably a club or life preserver, or other similar weapon. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

E. T. A. Hoffmann Away with the tumbledown thing!” and he kicked over the little instrument again and again, till the strings were all jarring and jangling together. Signor Formica by E. T. A. Hoffmann [1820]

James Hogg Should I be honoured as an instrument to begin this great work of purification, I should rejoice in it. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Joseph Furphy I took from my pack-saddle the double-tongued jews-harp I always carry; and, sitting on the floor with my back against the door-post, unbound the instrument from its square stick, and began to play. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

George Meredith Algernon eyed the lumpy-headed, heavy-browed rascal with what disgust he had left in him, for one who came as an instrument of the Fates to help him to some poor refreshment. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

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

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]

Maria Edgeworth I answered, No. How then? says he; and presently ordering the instrument to be put into my hands, desired me to blow. Lame Jervas by Maria Edgeworth

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

Willa Cather If there were an instrument by which to measure desire, one could foretell achievement. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

George Meredith It struck her like a scoffer’s blow that she, the one woman on earth loving Nevil, should have become the instrument for dispossessing him. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

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

They looked around to find this instrument of tyranny, and examined the dispositions of all, in order that they might the more speedily be able to ruin their subjects. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

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

John Morley An Act of Parliament is the least instrument by which such incapacity could be imposed. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Anthony Trollope A blow on the head would have brained a man, and a knock on the arm with such an instrument would break the bone. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

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

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]

And in such an enterprise no instrument must be neglected; even the forlorn Don Antonio might prove serviceable yet. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

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

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]

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]

Captain Cluffe was quite clear he had seen an instrument in the prisoner’s hand on the night of the murder, as he looked into the little bed-chamber of the Brass Castle, so unexpectedly. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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]

Anthony Trollope He on the other side thundered at the door with the knocker, till that instrument had been unscrewed from within. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

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]

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]

Oscar Wilde Considered as an instrument of thought, the English mind is coarse and undeveloped. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

He told Mr. Sheldon only that he had been the chief instrument in the bringing about of this important discovery. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Marie Corelli The only one we have for service just now is a much smaller instrument in the left-hand choir-chapel — but no person could have played even on that without the key. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

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]

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]

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]

This instrument was made to lock both at the top and at the keyboard, but the key of the latter had been mislaid. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

His verse is an instrument of many modulations, of exquisite delicacy, of strange suggestiveness, of amazing power. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

The large walls of silex tottered and fell upon the sand, and the sand itself, an instrument of pain when launched from its hard bed, riddled the faces with its myriad cutting atoms. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

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 Murdered Cousin by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle For example, this extraordinary instrument that he has made . The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

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]

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]

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

Robert Louis Stevenson Indeed his play with that instrument was as good as a whole romantic drama; it was so dashing, so florid, and so cavalier. Providence and the Guitar by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arnold Bennett He didn’t know why he should feel the desirability of a revolver in a London hôtel of the most unimpeachable fair fame, but he did feel the desirability of such an instrument of attack and defence. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

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

They go through queer little processes of definition and generalisation and deduction with the completest belief in the validity of the intellectual instrument they are using. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Willa Cather A voice is not an instrument that’s found ready-made. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Robert Louis Stevenson She has a pleasing voice, with which she accompanies her musical instrument with judgment. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

D.H. Lawrence It is an instrument of injustice and of wrong. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Jules Verne C’est donc entre ses mains un instrument redoutable, et il le manie avec une surprenante habileté. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Wilkie Collins He exhibited this instrument of torture with every appearance of pride and pleasure. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Edith Wharton He had fallen below his own standard of sentimental loyalty, and if he thought of Sophy Viner it was mainly as the chance instrument of his lapse. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

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]

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]

Samuel Johnson Hamlet is, through the whole play, rather an instrument than an agent. Preface to Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson [1765]

Edgar Allan Poe Over his left ear, he carried, after the fashion of a modern clerk, an instrument resembling the stylus of the ancients. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

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]

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]

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]

Olaf Stapledon In each of them a minority held effective power over the whole society, and in each a single individual was at once the instrument and the wielder of that power. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

D.H. Lawrence It is the subjugate instrument of the blood. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

E. F. Benson Well, as I sat there, doing nothing, but just looking and listening, I heard the sound quite distinctly of some flute-like instrument playing a strange unending melody. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

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]

George Gissing A loan, strictly a loan, of course, the most binding legal instrument should be given in acknowledgment of the debt; interest should be paid at the rate of three and a half per cent. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

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

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

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 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

The seat, or rather the instrument of exterior vision, is the eye. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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]

Margaret Oliphant A kind heart! is that like a spade, an instrument in your hands?” “The comparison is good again,” said his companion with a laugh; “your faculty that way is improving. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

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

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

Olaf Stapledon They insist that the individual cannot fulfil himself save as an instrument of society, or a channel for social forces. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

This instrument is the achromatic microscope. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

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]

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]

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]

Arnold Bennett Jules neatly and quickly removed the seal with an instrument which he had clearly brought for the purpose. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

He wished her to be an instrument only; peace, joy, love, were but names for the passivity of the instrument. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Thomas Hardy Ah, an equatorial is a thing indeed!’ ‘An equatorial is the one instrument required to make you quite happy?’ ‘Well, yes. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle The instrument with which this punishment had been inflicted was clearly flexible, for the long, angry weals curved round his shoulders and ribs. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Olaf Stapledon He is but an instrument through which I chose to observe your world, and through which I choose to exhibit your world to you. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

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

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]

The blow behind the ear, done with a blunt instrument, but the other two with an instrument with a square edge. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

An instrument employed in the rectification of national boundaries. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle Two of the lower windows have marks as if a chisel or some such instrument had been pushed under them to force them open. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

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]

Olaf Stapledon Was it likely that this humble instrument could accomplish a task that was profoundly alien to it? This argument was confirmed by the fact that metaphysics seemed never to make any progress. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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]

Matthew Arnold The sooner the Welsh language disappears as an instrument of the practical, political, social life of Wales, the better; the better for England, the better for Wales itself. The Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867]

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

Morgan Robertson Sharp instrument — umph! “Which was equally unjudicial on the part of the court. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

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

Olaf Stapledon Each man, they said, must regard himself as but an instrument of something greater than himself, must live for that something, and if necessary die for it. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

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]

William Harrison Ainsworth It is wonderful! I know not who or what you are; but to me you are an instrument of vengeance, and as such I shall use you. A Night's Adventure in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth

H. G. Wells The instrument swayed, struck and overturned the lamp, and fell noisily upon the floor. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

George Meredith The instrument is simpler than we are taught to fancy. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

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

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]

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]

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

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]

As an instrument of education. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

George Berkeley Qu. How, why, by what means, or for what end, should it become an instrument of oppression? 38. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Edgar Allan Poe He bore in one hand an instrument composed of an assemblage of steel rings, and shook them vigorously as he ran. A Tale of the Ragged Mountains by Edgar Allan Poe [1844]

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

William Hazlitt Richard in the busy turbulence of his projects never loses his self-possession, and makes use of every circumstance that happens as an instrument of his long-reaching designs. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Robert Burns Then take that instrument used in winnowing the corn, which, in our country dialect, we call a wecht; and go through all the attitudes of letting down corn against the wind. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

Henceforth he spoke always in a monotonous whisper like an instrument of which all the strings but one are broken in a last ringing clamour under a heavy blow. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

This instrument Williams left behind him, in Marr’s house, and it fell into the hands of the magistrates. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

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]

An instrument in harmony with the sentiments of an assassin. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

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

The children catch small grasshoppers for their birds with a shovel-shaped instrument of open rattan work. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

George Borrow Juanito, bring me the guitar, that I may play this gentleman a tune of Andalusia. The carcelera had a fine voice, and touched the favourite instrument of the Spaniards in a truly masterly manner. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Willa Cather That night when the Doctor came in to see Fanning, he threw his stethoscope on the bed and said wearily, “It’s a wonder that instrument doesn’t take root in my ears and grow there. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Meredith His Corinth, to each mood subservient In homage, made he as an instrument To yield him music with scarce touch of stops. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

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]

Anthony Trollope He has required that I shall be banished to England; and as his order is backed by a double file of red-coats, — an instrument which in Britannula we do not possess, — I purpose to obey him. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

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

Beside these the packet enclosed an instrument made of green talc, bearing an imperfect resemblance to a chisel, and a flat, irregularly-shaped stone of considerable size. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

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

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]

Calcagninus, De re nautica, uses the term pyxidecula for an instrument which he describes as “vitro intecta. On the Magnet by William Gilber

He was lying on his side, head uphill, back towards her, apparently asleep; hiss fiddle-shaped instrument was beside him. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

It is not his fault if his categories are so fine an instrument that nothing but the sum total of things can be taken to show us the manner of their use. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

John Lewis Burckhard The characters appear to be writ­ten from right to left, and although mere scratches, an instrument of metal must have been required, for the rock, though of sand­stone, is of considerable hardness. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

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

Then a tiny voice inside the instrument said mysteriously: “The case is adjourned and the crowd is dispersing. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Leon Trotsky The sharp knife of Marxism was the instrument by which the bourgeois intelligentsia cut the Populist umbilical cord, and severed itself from a hated past. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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]

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]

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

Edith Wharton He has been the humble instrument compelling me to exact the truth of you. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Arthur Morrison Within, on a velvet lining, lay a small silver instrument resembling a syringe. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

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]

Rudyard Kipling Then I extolled the instrument by which the miracle had been wrought. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

She brought an instrument like a lute, and upon this she played some melancholy strains. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

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

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]

An instrument of torture operated by a person with cotton in his ears. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Thomas Hardy Or it might have been likened to an upright musical instrument with the front gone. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Machen Raymond took a small glittering instrument from a little case, and Clarke turned away shudderingly. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

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

Washington Irving His instrument was as old and battered as himself. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

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]

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]

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]

Sir Richard Burton Then the tables were spread and they all ate and drank and were gladdened after which fourscore damsels came before them, each holding in hand an instrument of mirth and merriment. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

George Gissing Old Jo Racket played this instrument more than sixty years ago; so far back I can answer for it. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

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

Edith Wharton It was a small slim ivory toy — just the instrument for a tired sufferer to give himself a “hypodermic” with. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

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]

The instrument which had inflicted it was found under his body. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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

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]

Charles Dickens He had never seen the instrument that was to terminate his life. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

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]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim Some one else must go for my instrument case. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

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]

Edith Wharton Her sombre violence constrained him: she seemed the embodied instrument of fate. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Sinclair Lewis War is finished, except as an instrument of protest, and women are recognized by all thinkers as our equals — practically. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

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

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

George Meredith I was ushered aside by a member of the firm to inspect an instrument prepared to bind me as surety for the costs of the appeal. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

The plough is hardly a more blessed instrument in America than the needle. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope