Phrases with "light"

The light of the lanthorn under the keystone of the arch glimmered feebly on the blade of his maimed arm. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

The fate of one of these prisoners was uncertain; some mitigatory circumstances having come to light since his trial, which had been humanely represented in the proper quarter. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Anthony Trollope He would return for the light — and for the lady, in half an hour. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

There are some splendid effects of light and shade on the Thames; the contrast between the blueness of the sky and the yellow water is frequently exceedingly beautiful. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

H. G. Wells A skilfully graded road with exceedingly bold, light and beautiful viaducts mounted towards the pass. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

William Hope Hodgson I did not tell him that the light had been so close that, even in the darkness, we should now have been able to see the ship herself. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Thomas Hardy With the setting of the moon the pale light lessened, and Tess became invisible as she fell into reverie upon the leaves where he had left her. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Sir Walter Scott A ray of light streamed on his uncurtained couch, and showed to Morton the working of his harsh features, which seemed agitated by some strong internal cause of disturbance. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

The light died from tne streets. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

He wore a braided surtout, with frogs behind, light grey trousers, and wash-leather gloves, and had altogether rather a military appearance. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

The pilgrims now rush forward, madly struggling to light their tapers at the holy fire. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

G. K. Chesterton For example, just as there is such a thing as a poetical metre being beautifully light or beautifully grave and haunting, so there is such a thing as a poetical metre being beautifully rugged. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Marie Corelli Like a flash of light illumining some divinely written scroll of duty, he suddenly perceived a way in which to shape his own life and make it of assistance to others. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Virginia Woolf Meanwhile outside her room the sounds, the movements, and the lives of the other people in the house went on in the ordinary light of the sun, throughout the usual succession of hours. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Anthony Trollope No doubt Lady Cantrip would see it in the same light as he had done. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

But suddenly the door opened and the light from a couple of torches fell into the cell. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Gaston Leroux Lachtka! “The Bay of Lachtka!” The word was a ray of light for the reporter, who recalled now the counsel Gounsovski had given him. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Wilkie Collins Being only in a country town, we had a light four-wheeled chaise at our disposal, as a matter of course. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

D. H. Lawrence He sat with his clear, queer, light grey eyes fixed on Harriet’s face. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells I would lie awake or dream of a transfigured Marion of light and fire. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

H. G. Wells She clicked on her shaded light and the two regarded each other in a sorrowful scrutiny, perplexed with themselves and life. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Willa Cather The light about him, the very air, was green. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Charles Dickens There was a man on board this boat, with a light fresh-coloured face, and a pepper-and-salt suit of clothes, who was the most inquisitive fellow that can possibly be imagined. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Elizabeth Gaskell Down the causeway of this street a naval officer with a lady on his arm was walking briskly, with a step that told of health and a light heart. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Elizabeth Gaskell There sat her father, the shaded light of the candle-lamp falling upon, and softening his marked features, while his snowy hair contrasted well with the deep crimson morocco of the chair. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Time hung heavy on my hands, for I had nothing to read and no light to read by. “Divus” Johnston by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope I have no history to hide, no story to be brought to light to my discredit. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli A word from Colonel Campian, and the thing would be settled; but it is rather absurd to invoke the authority of a husband for so light a matter. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

William Morris This is thine, Sir Arthur, said the wood-wife, and thou wilt wear it like as it were silk; and this thine, my child, and thou art strong enough to bear such light gear. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Charles Dickens The couch was white too; and her simple dress or wrapper being light blue, like the band around her hair, she had an ethereal look, and a fanciful appearance of lying among clouds. Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens [1866]

In the cold light of morning Stoner laughed mirthlessly as he slowly realized the position in which he found himself. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

William Hope Hodgson He appeared to be trying to lift his feet, and the light from his swaying lantern showed an almost incredible sight. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

M. R. James It was the summer, and a light night. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Arthur Conan Doyle And then suddenly I had that flash of light which comes to the brave man who refuses to despair. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Before they had quite died out she became aware of a light tread approaching the door of the room. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Marjorie Bowen Visconti noticed it, and looked with a smile at da Ribera, who in his turn smiled also and passed a light word on at which the laugh was general. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle No doubt it was one of his foreign customs to leave the light burning during the night. The Lonely Hampshire Cottage by Arthur Conan Doyle

F. Scott Fitzgerald With a last yawn he went into the bathroom, and turning on the dresser light (the bathroom had no outside exposure) he contemplated himself in the mirror with some interest. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

A light cart or cab could be stationed in the lane at the back, three men could fill it with valuables in as many hours. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

The light of the candles flickered over the face of her dead Joseph. And tick, tick, tick went the clock. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Two Malays, silent and almost motionless, steered, one on each side of the wheel, whose brass rim shone fragmentarily in the oval of light thrown out by the binnacle. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Ann Radcliffe The light at length appeared, and discovered the Earl insensible, and weltering in his blood. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Arnold Bennett She descended the stairs, asking herself aghast: “Why am I doing this?” Another light was burning in the hall, and through the slit of the half-shut door of the breakfast-room she could see light. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Zona Gale Here on the shores had begun the morning traffic of itinerant merchants of Med and Melita, compelled by law to carry on their exchange in the morning only, when the light is least lovely. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle In a low chair beneath a red shaded standing lamp sat Ida, in a diaphanous evening dress of mousseline de soie, the ruddy light tinging her sweet childlike face, and glowing on her golden curls. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

G. K. Chesterton You did not light it, Better men than you, men who could believe and obey, twisted the entrails of iron and preserved the legend of fire. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Elizabeth Barrett Browning My eyes grow with the light which is in thine; The silence of my heart is full of sound. A Drama of Exile by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1844]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu In he came, and Miss Sheckleton felt that light and hope entered the room with him. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

D. H. Lawrence The hard white light showed her somewhat haggard-looking as she reached up to it. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens Good night, good night!” We thought it best that he should stay in his own rooms; and we left him on the landing outside his door, holding a light over the stair-rail to light us down stairs. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Make a hole in your flour, and pour in your yeast and eggs, and as much milk just warm, as will make it into a light paste. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

H. G. Wells I could see his staring eyes and gleams of light on his studs and watch chain. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Before their eyes the whole surface of the mountain had changed suddenly to a dazzling burning yellow, which showed up through the jacket of turf as light shows through a human hand. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Herman Melville The place called the cuddy was a light deck-cabin formed by the poop, a sort of attic to the large cabin below. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Edith Wharton Thunder rolled incessantly through the roar of the rain, and a strange glitter of light ran along the ground under the increasing blackness. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Thomas Hardy Thomasin, as she had expected, was not visible, and Eustacia recollected that a light had shone from an upper window when they were outside — the window, probably, of Thomasin’s room. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton In the fading light an Arab was rubbing down one of the horses, a powerful young chestnut. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Arthur Conan Doyle As I did so, as quick as a flash there shot out a long tentacle from this mass of floating blubber, and it fell as light and sinuous as a whip-lash across the front of my machine. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

It was already dark, and on the ice-covered snow glittered the pale light of moon and star. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

The light at the nape of his neck made a glowworm of him. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

John Locke To talk of any other light in the understanding is to put ourselves in the dark, or in the power of the Prince of Darkness, and, by our own consent, to give ourselves up to delusion to believe a lie. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

The light was shadowed by the gloom of the grave. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Through it filed several men, all attired in the same frock coats, light trousers, patent-leather pumps and spats which distinguished Mercy and Virtue from the common herd. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Elizabeth Barrett Browning They lean together! I would gaze on them Longer and longer, till my watching eyes, As the stars do in watching anything, Should light them forward from their outline vague To clear configuration. A Drama of Exile by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1844]

E. F. Benson This was a long and laborious business, and the light had begun to herald day in the east before we had it out, and lying by the side of the grave. Mrs. Amworth by E. F. Benson

Ford Madox Ford Again a Verey light obliged, but the trench being deep there was nothing to see except the backside of a man. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

John Galsworthy Her protective feeling and something slightly rapturous had been roused in her by the sight of Swithin, block-like and portentous above his waistcoats, in a light blue chair. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Algernon Blackwood He suddenly became conscious of a pattern forming before his eyes, hanging in empty space, shining, soft with light and beauty. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Willa Cather A light seemed to break upon her from far away — or perhaps from far within. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

I told him if he tried to harm her I’d let the light in upon him and his doings. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Jules Verne The soft silvery light was pleasant to her eyes, and her little trembling hand expressed to Harry, who clasped it, how deeply she was affected by the scene. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Arthur Conan Doyle Strictly as Girdlestone guarded her, and jealously as he fenced her off from the outer world, he was unable to prevent this one little ray of light penetrating her prison. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Andrew Lang Then she saw in tile distance a light that twinkled between the trees. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It is generally assumed that the book throws light on his own family relations; but it would be rash to argue confidently about this, as the inventive impulse was so strong in him. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Arthur Conan Doyle We forbore to light a fire or to make any unnecessary sound. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

He was looking me full in the face in the ample light of the first-class compartment, which we of course had to ourselves. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

D. H. Lawrence Oh wonderful Orosei with your almonds and your reedy river, throbbing, throbbing with light and the sea’s nearness, and all so lost, in a world long gone by, lingering as legends linger on. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Francis Bacon The third is concerning the times, which in many cases give great light to true interpretations. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

D.H. Lawrence At a certain place on the mountain ridge the light burns gold, seems to fuse a little groove on the hill’s rim. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Bram Stoker When this was done not a gleam of light from the tower could be seen from outside. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Edith Wharton The maid came in to draw the curtains and light the lamps. New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton

A light was switched on and he found himself in the grip of three burly men. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Henry Lawson There was a light inside, but when Bob knocked there was no answer. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Anthony Trollope But, had the light of day pervaded the whole room, I doubt whether Crofts would have seen that blush, for he kept his eyes firmly fixed upon the fire. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

William Hope Hodgson The light appeared to come from the sun — shooting out from somewhere near its centre, diagonally. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

The light in the room had no unusual brilliance now; it was a good light in which he could easily observe the expression of her face. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

George Gissing Above there was a light footfall, passing constantly hither and thither. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Nina laid her hand lightly on his shoulder, and the contact, light as the touch of a falling leaf, seemed to calm him. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

He was no more a portent to her; the falling away of the deathlight had taken from him something of his apparent majesty, and a kind of need and even peevishness showed in his face. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Henry James But he could see nothing; no light came through the crevices. The American by Henry James [1877]

Anthony Trollope There were no windows, whatsoever, on one side of the house, and on the other only those necessary to light the huge staircase of the mansion. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling The morning broke in one sheet of pale yellow behind the green hills, and the booming stopped with the first ray, as though the light had been an order. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Frances Hodgson Burnett A jerk and a remorseless dragging over the carpet and Robin was out of the protecting darkness and in the gas light again, lying tumbled and in an untidy, torn little heap on the nursery floor. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

William Hope Hodgson When we go aloft, you must give us a light until the man gets his going in the top. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

By the dim light that remained, I could see an expression of pain flit across her face. The Diamond Lens by Fitz James O’Brien

Wilkie Collins In the dim light I could only discern at first the figure of a woman. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Elizabeth Gaskell She did not see him; and he followed her for several yards, admiring her light and easy walk, and her tall and graceful figure. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Robert Louis Stevenson There was still a light in the window of Marjory’s room: one little oblong patch of orange in a world of dark blue hills and silver starlight. Will O’ the Mill by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne Not a single ray of light from the moon pierced through the clouds. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

G. K. Chesterton Sometimes in an outlying house a light in one erratic, unexpected window would give them a nameless hint of the hundred human secrets which they left behind them with their dust. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

James Joyce To hell with them! The curse of a goodfornothing God light sideways on the bloody thicklugged sons of whores’ gets! No music and no art and no literature worthy of the name. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

D. H. Lawrence For soon the light began to fade in her, gradually, and as she was in his arms, her head sank, she leaned it against him, and lay still, with sunk head, a little tired, effaced because she was tired. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

The head-lamps cast funnel shaped cones of light through the slowly drifting strata of river mist, and one of these cones rested for a long moment on the dim figure that had met the car. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle From roof to basement not a light twinkled in any part of the great building. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Virginia Woolf Waking, I cry “Oh, is this your buried treasure? The light in the heart. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

Unvaried scene! where neither change nor fate, Nor care, nor sorrow, can our joys abate; Nor finds the light of thought resistance here, More than the sunbeams in a crystal sphere. Petrarch’s Triumphs by Petrarch

In the lane ahead the light summer gown fluttered under the foliage, bright in the sunlight, almost lost in the shadows. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Catherine, stooping to light a four-beaked oil lamp mounted on a brass pedestal, turned her finely carved face over her shoulder. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

The engine was light and powerful, with tremendous driving-power considering its size. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

We will now relate what had happened and so throw some light on the situation, which looked very dark, especially for the two friends. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Rudyard Kipling He moved along the cliff towards the sound, till his light showed him a miniature canon in its face, which he entered. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Virginia Woolf May my bones turn to coral; and fish light their lanthorns; fish light their green lanthorns in my eyes. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

This garment was so light and serviceable that it was adopted by the Spaniards. The wealthier chiefs sometimes wore, instead of this cotton mail, a cuirass made of thin plates of gold, or silver. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

George Meredith What am I here but a discontented idle lout crooning over the empty glories of our isle of Saints! You feel them, Pat. Phil’s all for his British army, his capabilities of British light cavalry. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

The light of the candle shone full upon his face when Diana came into the room, and she could see that he was paler than usual. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

There was a charming fountain in the court, with a dome-roof as light and fragile-looking as a big bubble, at which each worshipper performed his ablutions on coming in. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Anthony Trollope At the corner of the little patch of garden ground attached to it he met Mrs. O’Hara. Her hat was on her head, and a light shawl was on her shoulders as though she had prepared herself for walking. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Now as they came under this awful monument of crime and wholesale vengeance a light air swept by, and several of the corpses swung, or gently gyrated, and every rope creaked. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

H.P. Lovecraft She had large black eyes, a prominent Roman nose, light hair which was never dark at the roots except when the local drug store was short on supplies, and a beautiful but inexpensive complexion. Sweet Ermengarde by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

He did not trust the light to let him do it. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Willa Cather The courage in her eyes was like the clear light of a star to him as he went out. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

H. Rider Haggard A moment more, and, just as the Elmoran was about to turn, the great Zulu made a spring, and in the growing light we could see his long lean hands close round the Masai’s throat. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Thomas Hardy And now another volume of light shone over the window. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

H. Rider Haggard What do you say?” A flood of light filled Mildred’s eyes as she rose and confronted him. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

In this way it was obviously hoped that the fraud would not come to light until long after the real coins had been sold, and I gather that she has already done her work successfully in several houses. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

It’s a light grey one and rather conspicuous. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

D. H. Lawrence You will soon be the only light again. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

E. Nesbi There was no light in any of the windows. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Nikolai Gogol Report No. 389 was despatched to him that same day; and also upon that day there came to light a sufficiently curious explanation, which the reader may learn from the following chapter. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

George Gissing The moon’s rays shone full upon her; a light shawl which seemed to have covered her head had slipped down to her shoulders, and one end was held in a hand passed over her breast. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Bruno, without asking him, lifted him up in his arms; he himself was a strong man, and the light burden of the thin little lad was a small one to him. Signa by Ouida

Walter Scott Ere many months had passed, Effie became almost wedded to her duties, though she no longer discharged them with the laughing cheek and light step, which had at first attracted every customer. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Ralph Waldo Emerson All lies in light before them; they are in their element. The Young American by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1844]

Benjamin Disraeli His hair, which he wore very long, descended over his shoulders, and must originally have been of a light golden colour, but now was severely touched with grey. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Thomas Hardy The interior of the brewhouse was wrapped in gloom, but a streak of light fell towards her in a line across the floor from the inner or workshop door, which was not quite closed. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Walter Crane The figure of a pattern relieved as light upon a dark plane, as a rule, requires to be fuller in form than dark-figuring upon a light ground. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Charles Stur Neither did he therefore on this occasion, throw any light on the nature and character of the distantinterior. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was many hours since lunch, at which he had drunk one glass of light hock. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Rudyard Kipling A light engine slid through the station, and he caught a glimpse of young Barton in the cab. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Edith Wharton He and I don’t often look at things in the same light — but I quite agree with him that the management of such matters is best left to — to the persons concerned. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Sinclair Lewis This fellow Silga owes me for a light truck, damn him!’ ‘What makes you think he’s gone?’ ‘My daughter saw him off at the train. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells For a space I had to stare at Cavor and the white-lit things about me to season my eyes to light again, before I could turn them towards that pallid glare. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Elizabeth Gaskell Her large eyes were sunk deep down in their hollow, cavernous sockets; but the light was in them still, when Edward came. The Well of Pen-Morfa by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

D. H. Lawrence The light rose in the room, then sank to a small dimness, as the flame sank down on the candle, before it mounted again. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Theodore Dreiser Sometimes he would begin to light a cigar two or three minutes before he would actually do so, tossing aside match after match. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

The man at the cigar light followed hastily. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

A Cartesian declares that light exists in the air; but a Newtonian asserts that it comes from the sun in six minutes and a half. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

E. F. Benson They just went by him, like a light summer breeze wandering by some square-built house. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

E. F. Benson There they all stood, veiled in vapours, and outlined by the red light that streamed from the still-open door of the intoxicated Puffin, getting colder every moment. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Guy de Maupassan A great rose-tree covered with flowers, climbing as high as her window, exhaled in the night a soft and gentle perfume, in light breaths; and she stood for a moment enjoying it. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells From this very light long body, magazine guns projected on either side. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Then a point of light was swaying and flickering away to the left, and now we were checking and circling. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Nurse, nursery maid, housekeeper, all came running in, and hearing my story, they made light of it, soothing me all they could meanwhile. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Zona Gale Over everything hung that imponderable essence that was clearer and purer than any light —“better than any light that ever shone. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Abraham Merri Within the sea of light I glimpsed shapes cyclopean, unnameable. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

John Galsworthy The sight of the ballroom, with its gleaming floor, gave her a feeling of joy, of triumph, for she loved dancing, and when dancing she floated, so light was she, like a strenuous, eager little spirit. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

William Hope Hodgson I was walking about the fo’cas’le head, feeling like this, when I saw the light for the third time. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Jacques Futrelle A light hand fell on his arm — he started a little — and in his ear sounded a voice soft with the tone of a caress. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

I selected a cigar and proceeded to light it. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

This lamp gave a pleasant aspect to the cottage upon dark nights, and threw a bright line of light into the obscurity of the lane. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

And at this table sat a man, and his face was that of a true man, and the light in his eyes was pure and good. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Anthony Trollope Then the bell would ring for tea, and the children with the beef-steaks, the pickled onions, and the light fixings would all come over again. North America by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett She was too changeable, too dark, and too light . Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Lady Morgan His first glance was directed towards the casement of Glorvina’s room, but there nor in any other did the least glimmering of light appear. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

A short, dapper figure leaped lightly on the deck and nearly bounded into him where he stood beyond the circle of light from the gang- way lamp. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Morgan Robertson Instantly, the whirling points were blotted out; the universe of gray changed to the fog; the flame of light to the moon rising above it, and the shapeless darkness to the form of the first officer. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

Virginia Woolf Omnibuses conglomerate in conflict)— for ever desiring —(the clock asseverates with twelve distinct strokes that it is midday; light sheds gold scales; children swarm)— for ever desiring truth. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

George Gissing It was nearly nine o’clock, and dusk was beginning to deepen into gloom, so that he must have a light to read by. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Algernon Blackwood The shafts of light shot out like arms towards the paling zenith. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Charles Dickens Undo the door while I light this, Clemmy.’ Clemency complied briskly; but observed as she did so, that he would only have his walk for his pains, that it was all his fancy, and so forth. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

It must have been a light attack, and the elders will hardly come in time for mamma to have any nursing. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was still no sound, no light anywhere in the house, no open door. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Ford Madox Ford They were now crawling out into the light of day . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

H. G. Wells By his shaded light I could see his sharp little nose, his little pale eyes behind his glasses, his mouth pursed up with the endeavor of his employment. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Robert Louis Stevenson It seems he could have gone to prison with a light heart. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens He was jealous of the very light and air getting to her, and they kept her close. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

In undertakings which needed the greatest attention, he changed his plans without any reason and showed himself as light as the dust swept before the wind. The Secret History of the Court of Justinian by Procopius [1896]

Guy de Maupassant The projected reflections suddenly revealed a vague, white mass, and soon the low, square wall of the lodge grew pink from the light of the lanterns. The Olive Grove (Le Champ d'Oliviers) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

Sir Thomas Beecham notably deserves credit for preserving to us a little oasis of grace and light in a time when all else was darkness and violence. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Anthony Trollope If so I may, perhaps, find myself up to a little very light work. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing The only thing in her favour was that the afternoon drew on, and the light thickened. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then I light a cigarette and stand over her by the hearthrug. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Andrew Lang In the grey light of dawn the Master of the Horse let out the seven foals, and off they went again over hill and dale, and off went the lad after them. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He heard a light sigh of relief. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Willa Cather The fire made a flickering pattern of light on the wall. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Radclyffe Hall She would push her mother in a light wicker bath chair which they had bought second-hand, or on very special occasions drive with her in a fly. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Before entering the circle of light playing on the sunken, glassy-eyed, starved faces, Colonel D’Hubert spoke in his turn: “Here’s your musket, Colonel Feraud. I can walk better than you. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

The old man listened intently, those dark eyes of his shining under the bushy white brows, shining with the reflected light of the fire, shining with a fiercer light from within. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

I perceived in the lurid light of Britten’s suggestions that so it was Mr. George Alexander would have mounted a statesman’s private room. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Elizabeth Gaskell No inflammation ensued, but still it appears the greatest care, perfect quiet, and utter privation of light are necessary to ensure a good result from the operation. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Ivan Turgenev The small slightly-convex panes of the window shone dimly blue in the faint light thrown on them by the night sky. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

M. R. James But they do not, I think, know that any glimmer of light has ever been thrown, or could be thrown, on the mystery. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Nathaniel Hawthorne They describe him as a beautiful boy, with blue eyes, light curling hair, and a sweet expression of face. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

H. G. Wells Moreover the Asiatics had a real fighting flying-machine, the Niais as they were called, a light but quite efficient weapon, infinitely superior to the German drachenflieger. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Jacques Futrelle After a while, from below, he heard the tinkle of a bell and Blair entered with light tread: “Beg pardon, sir, are you asleep?” “Who is it, Blair?” “Mr. Hatch, sir. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

Wilkie Collins Its light illuminated a strip of thick tapestry, hanging loose from the ceiling to the floor, on the wall opposite to the door by which we had entered. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

The light ebbed out of the ravine. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Henry Handel Richardson And, if this image held, it would throw light on the obscure purpose of such a seemingly aimless life as his had been; a life ragged with broken ends. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Theodore Dreiser Having soft, silky, light-brown hair, the color of light dust, and moist gray-blue eyes, with a fair skin and even, white teeth, she was flatteringly self-conscious of her charms. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Well, I only hope you’ll find those emeralds Don Pedro talked about,” and with a light laugh she entered the cottage. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume