Phrases with "intensity"

Henry James However, I shall perhaps be as clear as is absolutely needful if I remark that our young lady was too much given up to her own intensity of observation to be sensible of mine. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

The intensity of strife visible among the conflicting elements of which the world, like the individual human being, is composed, too clearly announced the imminent end of all things. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Thomas Carlyle A high but narrow contracted intensity in it: bony brows; deep, strait-set eyes, in which there is something bewildered-looking, — bewildered, peering with lynx-eagerness. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

D. H. Lawrence And the men were all talking: talking, talking with that peculiar intensity of the Florentines. Aaron felt the intense, compressed sound of many half- secret voices. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Louis Stevenson There is an intensity of consideration in the piece that shows it to be the transcript of familiar thoughts. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

The wonderful hair hung free and luxuriant about her neck and shoulders, and glowed with an intensity of fiery color which made all the other hues of the room pale and vague. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Theodore Dreiser The general feeling reacted on Carrie. She presented her part with some felicity, though nothing like the intensity which had aroused the feeling at the end of the long first act. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells It was a big wild dog, coming before the wind, tongue out, at a steady pace, and running with such an intensity of purpose that he did not seem to see the horsemen he approached. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Elizabeth Gaskell And Mr. Wilkins obeyed, and looked with an intensity of eagerness almost amounting to faintness on the experiment, and yet he could not hope. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

And now she sat motionless, as though her strength were spent, and the intensity of her grief had lulled her into forgetfulness. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Anthony Trollope He had once shown some symptoms of admiration for Cherry, by whom he was hated with an intensity of dislike that had amounted to a passion. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe Nor was this resolution in any degree weakened by the present intensity of hunger under which I laboured. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry James She looked at the person so acting as if this person were somebody else, waiting with intensity to see what would follow. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

The day had been one string of extraordinary experiences, accumulating in intensity to the one ghastly discovery which had overtopped and overwhelmed all the rest. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

F. Scott Fitzgerald Only Maury Noble remained awake, seated upon the station roof, his eyes wide open and fixed with fatigued intensity upon the distant nucleus of morning. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Basil, on the other hand, had lived with such intensity on so many stories of boarding-school life that, far from being homesick, he had a glad feeling of recognition and familiarity. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

H. G. Wells The intensity of the colouring of such a map would vary widely. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Meredith Her bloodless fixed features revealed an intensity of anguish that checked him. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Henry James She’s no relation to you whatever, and if she’s known in high quarters but as going about with you, then — then —!” She failed, however, as from positive intensity of vision. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Olaf Stapledon Such intensity of harsh experience was intolerable to me, the frail spirit of a lowly cosmos. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James Fortunately I’ve a devoted associate in the person of a young lady who has every day a fresh indignation and a fresh idea, and who maintains with intensity that the prize will still turn up. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

Henry James It was given to but few of us to be taught by the event, to be made to wonder with the last intensity what had been the matter. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

George Meredith She could not blame herself, for the intensity of her suffering testified to the bitter realness of her love of the dead man. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

M. P. Shiel I still studied—sought—thought—but over the intensity of research was shed the appeasing glamour of the long, long, trance, the hyperborean dream. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Henry Handel Richardson Otherwise, Avery appeared to sleep, to sleep profoundly, with an intensity such as living sleep never attains to—the very epitome of repose. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

That she did not feel with the depth and intensity of her husband, or in the same key of feeling, is clear. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Charles Stur There were only two occasions on which the thermometer was noticed to exceed the range of 130 degrees in the shade, the solar intensity at the same time being nearly 160 degrees. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Henry James He cultivated the conceit that such contemplations — not of course in their literal but in their symbolic intensity — were a sign of a man of the world. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Jack London Continually changing its intensity and abruptly variant in pitch, it impinged on his nerves and senses, made him nervous and restless and worried him with a perpetual imminence of happening. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Sinclair Lewis He made it a point to sneak uptown that evening and saw Mr. Dimick talking to the driver of a Beulah–Montpelier bus with an intensity that wasn’t in the least gray. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

In this connection a somewhat ghastly story is told, which serves to show the intensity of the enthusiasm with which our anatomist was inspired. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Henry James The shopman, who had not stirred, stood there in his patience — which, his mute intensity helping, had almost the effect of an ironic comment. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Arnold Bennett She saw in the facile intensity of his emotion a guarantee of their future happiness. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

H. G. Wells The intensity of that desire blazing through her seemed to shame his dull discretions. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

The fluttering of her heart seemed to communicate itself to the tips of her fingers, and the jingling of the crockery-ware betrayed the intensity of her emotion. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Edith Wharton The thing had happened to him with other women as to whom his first emotions had not differed in intensity from those she inspired. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

George Gissing As he approached the explanation to which his story had tended, the signs of age and weakness disappeared before the intensity of his feeling. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

James Anthony Froude The intensity of his emotions arose only from the completeness with which he believed it. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Edgar Allan Poe It now, however, continued for some moments, and gathered intensity as it continued. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Algernon Blackwood The body itself I saw but dimly, but an overmastering curiosity woke in me to see it clearly — to recognise! The intensity of my effort caused a blur, it seemed. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

It was hard for us to bear the intensity of that undisclosed distress. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

His whole countenance, and the thrilling note in his voice betrayed the intensity of his feeling. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Edith Wharton A cool spirit within her seemed to watch over and regulate her sensations, and leave her capable of measuring the intensity of those she provoked. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Florence Dixie The intensity of her voice seemed to have awoke a world of understanding within him. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

I doubt if there was any great intensity in the young man’s desperation; for I do not believe that he was capable of any real depth of feeling. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

On such occasions a man is rarely just to himself, and the intensity of my self-abasement would have satisfied my worst enemy. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

It was perhaps only a painter’s habit of looking earnestly at a pretty face that gave intensity to his gaze. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

There was nothing else to be done; the very intensity of his private conviction made a warning useless and impossible. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

E. T. A. Hoffmann She loves you with an intensity which I should not have credited the delicate child with. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Edith Wharton She had no time for reading now: every hour was packed with what she would have called life, and the intensity of her sensations culminated on that triumphant evening. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Abraham Merri The light about us was clear and pearly, about the intensity of the moon at full. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Henry James Dennis, in deeper compassion, looked at him with an intensity that might have suggested submission, and Tony followed up what he apparently took for an advantage. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

M. P. Shiel And very still they lay on a still sea, itself a dead thing, livid as the lips of death; and there was an intensity in the calm that was appalling: for the ocean seemed weighted, and the air drugged. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Robert Louis Stevenson She, indeed, was eaten up of zeal; but the intensity of her eagerness wore her out; and she died about a year after the murder, of grief and indignation, unrequited love and unsatisfied resentment. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

It was the first pleasure she had known since her marriage, the first distraction for a mind that had dwelt with agonizing intensity upon one image. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Thomas Hardy Those scenes were rapidly receding into distance, and the intensity of his sentiment regarding them had proportionately abated. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

H. G. Wells It was difficult to look into this eastward fog; we had to peer with half-closed eyes beneath the shade of our hands, because of the fierce intensity of the motionless sun. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Anthony Trollope The world has not yet forgotten the intensity of the feeling which existed when old Mr. Scarborough declared that his well-known eldest son was not legitimate. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edgar Allan Poe The intensity of the darkness seemed to oppress and stifle me. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Florence Dixie It was a feeling that can never be acutely felt in all its intensity save in conjunction with love. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

It directed him to the Guard; it said, with an intensity that Pauline had never uttered, but he in his crisis heard: “Take us as we are, and say yes; say yes or no . Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

But we have to admit we don’t know them!” “Oh, do you think you can live here without knowing?” Beatrice broke out with an intensity that surprised us all. The Long Chamber by Olivia Howard Dunbar

The fog increased with such intensity that he could scarcely distinguish objects at ten paces’ distance. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Edgar Allan Poe In the meantime the morphine had its customary effect — that of enduing all the external world with an intensity of interest. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

The sister, if she who loved her brother with a somewhat morbid intensity could be more anxious than usual, was more so now. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Janet delivered it with an intensity of quiet pleasure which she showed extraordinary skill in concealing. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

The intensity of the feelings were increased a hundredfold, owing to the importance of the sums risked. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Leslie Stephen Instances might be given in some early satires, and in the attack upon dissenters in the Tale of a Tub. His intensity of loathing leads him to besmear his antagonists with filth. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Jules Verne The intensity of his look seemed to attract, and fascinate, and draw it onward more surely than if he had been towing it. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

H. G. Wells I was in love with her with an intensity that only soldier-boys who had been living in the mud of Flanders for half a year could understand. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Henry James For the rest of the matter, as I say, the difference of aspect produced by the difference of intensity cut short very soon my vision of similitude. Within the Rim by Henry James

Charles Dickens It would be difficult to overstate the intensity and accuracy of an intelligent child’s observation. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

D. H. Lawrence There was an intensity in the air, almost magical. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

She was the Lady Rowena; she loved with the serenity and intensity of a noble mind. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Jules Verne The reflections of these bands came running along the waves in myriads of lights, growing in intensity as the sky darkened. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

George Gissing What she now endured was the ripe intensity of a woe that fell upon her, at fifteen, when Mr. Smithson passed from her sight and away for ever. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Leslie Stephen The intensity of his absorption in the immediate end, deprives them of some literary merits; and we, to whom the sophistries are palpable enough, are apt to resent them. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

H. G. Wells I found myself that the cries were singularly irritating, and they grew in depth and intensity as the afternoon wore on. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Sigmund Freud The intensity of the dream-elements proves to be determined in a different manner: that is, by two factors which are mutually independent. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

The play shows us a small group of ladies and gentlemen, in the midst of which one man — Alceste — stands out pre-eminent for the intensity of his feelings and the honesty of his thoughts. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Thomas Hardy His misery was of an intensity and kind with that of Palissy, in these struggles with an adverse fate. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

D. H. Lawrence Mrs Bodoin, deliberately scheming for Virginia, kept moderately cool over it, but even she was thrilled to the marrow, and of an intensity and ferocity with the decorators and furnishers, astonishing. Mother and Daughter by D. H. Lawrence [1929]

In contending against it, M. de Commarin had only succeeded in increasing its intensity and insuring its continuance. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing He brings his speech to a close exactly with the end of the tenth minute, and, on sitting down, eyes his unknown neighbour with wrathful intensity for several moments. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

The last banners passed, and the last moaning women, looking back with awful intensity as they went. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Henry James All of which leaves us with this interesting vision of a possibly great truth, the truth that you can’t have more than one kind of intensity — intensity worthy of the name — at once. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Anthony Trollope The intensity of their cruelty is the only strength of the governing faction; the extent of their abominations alone makes them terrible. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf The intensity with which this was spoken irritated Mrs. Ambrose. “I don’t mean to go, and I don’t mean not to go,” she replied. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

She made no protestations of her grief — her self-reproach — for she never for a moment imagined that any one could doubt the intensity of her feelings. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

And so too there is plenty of intensity in his romantic situations; but it is the intensity of simple, natural, unsophisticated, hardy, and manly characters. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Elizabeth Gaskell The half-ludicrous nature of some of their grievances has lingered on in tradition; the real intensity of their sufferings has become forgotten. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Jules Verne Joe felt his stomach revolt at the sight, and, regaining a little strength from the intensity of his repugnance, he rushed at the top of his speed and plunged into the lake. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

D. H. Lawrence Algy came up with cigarettes, and she at once began to smoke, with that peculiar heavy intensity of a nervous woman. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

F. Scott Fitzgerald Over the ashheaps the giant eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg kept their vigil, but I perceived, after a moment, that other eyes were regarding us with peculiar intensity from less than twenty feet away. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Virginia Woolf Wandering in the maze of the impossible and tedious story suddenly some passionate intensity seizes us; some sublimity exalts, or some melodious snatch of song enchants. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Anthony Trollope An intensity of wrath filled his breast. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

M. P. Shiel The intensity of this hatred of an unknown man to me seemed hellish. The Case of Euphemia Raphash by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Oscar Wilde That very concentration of vision and intensity of purpose which is the characteristic of the artistic temperament is in itself a mode of limitation. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Over all these again and again he moved his hands, and again ceased and paused, and the intensity died from his voice. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Elizabeth Gaskell As for me, I was more in love with the real Lucy than ever; but I shrunk from the false similitude with an intensity proportioned to my love. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

Virginia Woolf She has none of that romantic intensity which is connected with a sense of one’s own individuality, unsated and unsubdued, cutting its shape sharply upon the background of the world. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

D. H. Lawrence From his mother he drew the life-warmth, the strength to produce; Miriam urged this warmth into intensity like a white light. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy I would understand why there should be a wee bit of envy; but I cannet see a reason for the whole intensity of what he feels. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Henry James The intensity of the golden age of the histrion was the intensity of his good faith. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Jules Verne About the 15th of August the vapors ejected had sensibly diminished in intensity and thickness. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

And in this upwelling of life her love expanded, and the society of Henri was the reward she allowed herself for the intensity of her past sufferings. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

D. H. Lawrence He kissed her, and the intensity of passion began to burn him again. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence Her husband, with his intensity and his darkness, was obliterated. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Bronislaw Malinowski And in the same society the character of a given personal relation—be it parental kinship or anything else—varies with the intensity of the feeling and is essentially defined by the latter. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Benjamin Disraeli The effect of drinking upon him was only to increase the intensity of the sensation by which his mind was at the moment influenced. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

David had always been her child; now her love for him burnt with twice the earlier intensity because he was altogether dependent on her. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

He meant it with an intensity of will utterly beyond the inferior faculties of a tiger. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Henry James The intensity of her grief and anger gave her a kind of majesty, and Rowland, for the moment, felt ashamed of the ironical ring of his observation. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

It was then, with a sudden pang as though an enemy had struck a blade into him, that he realised the intensity of his hatred for this boy. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Thomas Hardy She felt her weakness increasing with the quickness of her breath; she uttered a wild scream, which in its heartrending intensity seemed to echo for miles. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Robert Louis Stevenson By noon the sky is arrayed in an unrivalled pomp of colour — mild and pale and melting in the north, but towards the zenith, dark with an intensity of purple blue. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sigmund Freud In the latter, intensity is identical with psychic value; the most intense elements are in fact the most significant, and these constitute the central point of the dream-thoughts. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Edgar Allan Poe But, without educated thought, he erred continually by the very intensity of his investigations. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

He acted with an intensity that made the rest of the play somewhat colourless. The Understudy by Mary Cholmondeley

I almost fainted with the intensity of my emotion and I rose dazed and giddy from my knees, but I rose in faith and hope too. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Thomas Hardy Of all the degrees and qualities of punishment that Fitzpiers had undergone since his sins against Grace first began, not any even approximated in intensity to this. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Olaf Stapledon Dick, meanwhile, had seen the sudden intensity of Paul’s expression, and was alarmed. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

No lesser word would fit either the intensity of my feeling or the confused state of my mind. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing I’m going to begin to live!’ She quivered with intensity of feeling, or with that excitement of the nerves which simulates intense feeling in certain natures. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Olaf Stapledon Gradually it took on such an intensity of physical vigor and well-being, and such a divine confidence, as was manifested by no spirits up and down the ages since the stars began. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells Since the war scares of 1937 and 1938 the process of world armament had been going on with an ever-increasing intensity and an ever-increasing stress and dislocation of the ordinary life of mankind. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Henry James Something now again became possible for these communicants, under the intensity of their pressure, something that took up that tale and that might have been a redemption of pledges then exchanged. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

George Gissing Turning from contemplation of life’s one rapture, he looked with the same intensity of desire to a state that had neither fear nor hope. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Rafael Sabatini His constancy, the humility with which he made his suit, the obvious intensity of his devotion, began at last to wear away that gentlewoman’s opposition, as dripping water wears away a stone. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Edgar Allan Poe My memory flew back, (oh, with what intensity of regret!) to Ligeia, the beloved, the august, the beautiful, the entombed. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

D. H. Lawrence It urged him to an intensity like madness, which fascinated him, as drug-taking might. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

He saw the Mystery upon her hands melting into them; it was flowing away, gently but very surely; it lessened in size and intensity as he watched. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

She stole a glance at him often after this, and she always saw the same expression in the pallid Israelitish face, an intensity she had never seen in any other countenance. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

The cheers for the various Seniors varied not only in intensity but in quality. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Jeremy Bentham The mischief, in point of intensity and duration, is indeed unknown: it is uncertain: it is remote. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

The intensity of that joy made my past life of no account. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Virginia Woolf Such was the intensity of her feelings that she could even imagine that she had suffered dissolution, and perhaps some faintness actually attacked her. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Henry James Mrs. Newsome has been with him, this month, with an intensity that I’m sure he has thoroughly felt; he has lavishly entertained her, and she has let him have her thanks. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

T. E. Lawrence We were received with machine-gun fire of a vigour, direction and intensity beyond any of our experience. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Leslie Stephen The intensity of his contempt for the follies of others shut his eyes effectually to any similarity between their tenets and his own. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

H. G. Wells Some kindred depression had come to Pestovitch, who had been watching the drawn intensity of Firmin’s face. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Arthur Conan Doyle Now, however, he suddenly leaned forward, and I read a very real intensity in his eyes. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

I excused myself; but her intensity chilled me. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle He was of a sickly colour, and his thin, sandy hair seemed to bristle up with the intensity of his emotion. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Instability. The intensity with which they are held does not prevent nationalist loyalties from being transferable. Notes on Nationalism by George Orwell [1945]

D. H. Lawrence There he lay in the white intensity of his search, and his voice gradually filled her with fear, so level it was, almost inhuman, as if in a trance. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

George Eliot He conceived no picture of the future but one made up of hard-working days such as he lived through, with growing contentment and intensity of interest, every fresh week. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Charles Dickens I had no thought that I remember, either that I possessed it myself or that I lacked it, but I admired it with an intensity that I cannot describe. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

Virginia Woolf Ralph was reading, but she had noticed for some time that his eyes instead of following the print were fixed rather above the page with an intensity of gloom that came to weigh upon her mind. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

They played with all the intensity of practised gamesters; and though they only staked crown-pieces, they had an air as if life and death hung on the balance. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Racked me with such intensity that, even in my state of death, I feared I should go mad. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

H. G. Wells The frequent carelessness of my writing, my scientific qualifications of statement and provisional inconclusiveness, and my indifference to intensity of effect, perplexed and irritated him. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Henry James The intensity of our period is that of the “producer’s” and machinist’s, to which add even that of architect, author and critic. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

These two considerations are necessary to explain the intensity with which this Lisbon tragedy laid hold of the German mind, and chiefly under the one single aspect of its undistinguishing fury. Goethe by Thomas De Quincey

Olaf Stapledon He distinguished between them merely by the greater intensity or vividness of sensations. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

And the first Nicholas was a good Russian; he held the belief in the sacredness of his realm with such an intensity of faith that he could not survive the first shock of doubt. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Thus the very intensity of his love was the one motive which led John Marchmont to contemplate the step that Mary thought such a cruel and bitter wrong to her. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Her other self, or the image in which she saw both those choices in one vision, still stood opposite her, nor was its glory dimmed though and as her own intensity absorbed it. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

He believed this not so much because the thing was probable or feasible, as because he desired it with an intensity of feeling that blinded him to the force of hard facts. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Gissing I loved Thyrza even then with more intensity of pure feeling than I had ever before known, and now I love her with a love which lasts a lifetime. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Virginia Woolf No minutes in his life had hitherto extorted from him such intensity of anguish. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

But it is conceivable that the Graal absorbed, as material things will, something of the high intensity of the moment when it was used, and of its adventures through the centuries. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Virginia Woolf And he seized her hand and raised it to his lips and kissed it with an intensity that brought the tears to her eyes, and quickly he dropped it. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

F. Scott Fitzgerald This was one of his handsome days, she thought; a sort of intensity had displaced the melancholy in his dark eyes. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

The intensity of his devotion at all times, the inspiration which the great festivals of the Church particularly roused in him, changed all this rapidly. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Henry Adams This was no great reproach, for, more or less, every statesman lied, but the intensity of the private secretary’s rage sprang from his belief that Russell’s form of defence covered intent to kill. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Edith Wharton But on one occasion his stay with us coincided with a protracted heat-wave; a wave of such unusual intensity that even the nights, usually cool and airy at the Mount, were as stifling as the days. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Florence Dixie For a moment locked in each other’s arms they gave that parting kiss, into which all the intensity of a life companionship and love about to be severed was imparted. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Percy Bysshe Shelley Resistless horror revelled through her bosom: in an intensity of racking thought she rapidly paced the apartment; at last, overpowered, she sank upon a sofa. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Elizabeth Gaskell Then she would sit and listen with an intensity of attention for his footstep. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Oscar Wilde That very concentration of vision that makes a man an artist, limits by its sheer intensity his faculty of fine appreciation. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Edgar Allan Poe In the mad intensity of my devotion, I forgot everything but the presence and the majestic loveliness of the vision which confronted my gaze. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

George Gissing Was it the peculiar intensity of his egoism that so long blinded him to common anxieties? Even as the last coins slipped between his fingers, he knew only a vaguely irritable apprehension. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

E. F. Benson The climax of intensity arrived when she let down a string from an upper window, and Georgie’s cook attached a small basket of nourishing food to it. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

L. lacked the intensity of feeling and power of imagination to make him a great poet; but few poets have appealed to a wider circle of readers. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Arnold Bennett Her friends, however sympathetic, could not appreciate the intensity of her torture. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

He’s in it now — don’t you feel that he is in it?” She spoke with such singular intensity that, in spite of herself, Madge shuddered. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

I have no words to describe the intensity of my sensations. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

But Elfrida felt the intensity in his voice with a kind of fear, not of the situation — she had a nervous delight in the situation — but of herself. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Sigmund Freud The factor of reality is inoperative in determining the intensity of dream-images. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

R. D. Blackmore The intensity of Mr. Mordacks’s eyes made him blink, and mutter a bad word or two, but remain pretty much at his service. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

H. G. Wells The Communist propaganda is altogether too self-satisfied about the intensity and uniqueness of its revolution. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Henry James When she could really see again she was on a sofa in the drawing-room, staring with intensity at an object soon distinct as the great Italian cabinet that, at Poynton, had been in the red saloon. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Some species sting with more than the intensity of the nettle. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Algernon Blackwood Ten seconds, perhaps twenty, she stood there, gazing with a sudden fixed intensity at LeVallon, whose figure, almost close enough for touch, was sideways to her, the face in profile. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Helen Zimmern The intensity and severe restraint of her purpose had blinded her vision, perverted her logic; and thus the value of some of these ingenious apologues is lowered. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

George Meredith His intensity of sensation launched him on an eternity of the swinging in ridiculous nakedness to the measure of time gone crazy. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

From the very night she came back to East Lynne, her love for Mr. Carlyle had burst forth with an intensity never before felt. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Charles Dickens The effect is greatly heightened by the universal suddenness and vehemence of gesture; two men playing for half a farthing with an intensity as all-absorbing as if the stake were life. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Edith Wharton She was not missing anything, and her intensity of attention when Cerdine was on the stage drew an anxious line between her brows. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

D. H. Lawrence And she was cut off from ordinary life by her religious intensity which made the world for her either a nunnery garden or a paradise, where sin and knowledge were not, or else an ugly, cruel thing. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Its intensity I cannot now even myself recall. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sinclair Lewis And at infrequent times he perceived the comedy of life; relaxed for a gorgeous hour from the intensity wearing to his admirers. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

H. G. Wells Neither of them was thinking with any particular intensity about cuckoos. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

John Galsworthy Every memory she had of him came to life with an intensity that seemed to take all strength from her limbs, so that she nearly collapsed in the snowy street. Over the River by John Galsworthy

It increased in intensity and gradually occupied the whole scene. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Olaf Stapledon It has of course the appeal of every human tragedy; but neither in magnitude nor in intensity of suffering is it at all remarkable. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Meredith He was indeed that figure of indomitable strength to which her spirit, exhausted by intensity of passion, clung more than to any other on earth, though she did not love him, scarcely liked him. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

John Hill Burton A native of Japan, when he is offended, stabs himself to prove the intensity of his feelings. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Abraham Merri And its blueness, even in the vial, held an intensity of luminousness. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri