Phrases with "light"

Such men gravitating towards Paris, as a light amidst the darkness of evil days, from Germany, from Spain, from Britain, and from Scandinavia, came together by natural affinity. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Henry Kingsley Half William’s light was borrowed from him. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Thomas Hardy Venn turned the light upon their faces. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

The gleam of light in the whites of her eyes set off her black and penetrating glance. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Mr Rooney was born to toil under the clear light of heaven and, perhaps half-consciously, he was headed towards his inevitable destiny. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Willa Cather A recumbent figure started up from the grass and came running toward them through the flickering screen of light and shade. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

John Galsworthy With the sinking light the loneliness up there repelled her, for she was not a real nature-lover, and for an anxious heart Nature has little comfort. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Her red hair was unpowdered and fell down behind with curled ends, and perched on it she wore a hat of light straw, also of pale silver. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Thomas Hardy The light of the engine flashed for a second upon Tess Durbeyfield’s figure, motionless under the great holly tree. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Rudyard Kipling Passing Drinker’s Alley again we saw a naked window with a light in it, and there sat our button-selling Monsieur Peringuey throwing dice all alone, right hand against left. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

D. H. Lawrence On the roads silted with black dust, the rich light fell more warmly, more heavily, over all the amorphous squalor a kind of magic was cast, from the glowing close of day. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

We sat on smaller boxes, to appear humble, whilst his escort of black “swells” filled the doorway, squatting on the ground, so as to stop the light and interfere with our decorations. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Virginia Woolf The heat was intense, and the little fig tree under which Orlando lay only served to print patterns of fig-leaves upon her light burnous. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

James Joyce Why did absence of light disturb him less than presence of noise? Because of the surety of the sense of touch in his firm full masculine feminine passive active hand. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Anthony Trollope Instead of the existence of a difficulty, there was a flood of light upon his path, so the reader will think; a flood so clear that not to see his way was impossible. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne The light of the moon, and the lamps from the numerous shop-windows, discovered people promenading on the pavement, and amongst them Robin had hoped to recognize his hitherto inscrutable relative. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Virginia Woolf Sometimes indeed, when I pass a cottage with a light in the window where a child has been born, I could implore them not to squeeze the sponge over that new body. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

W. W. Jacobs He fumbled about in the darkness for the matches, and having obtained them, struck a light and looked round. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

D. H. Lawrence It was the shimmer of the pure impressionists, Monet and his followers, the world seen in terms of pure light, light broken and unbroken. Things by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Henry James It appeared to be a queer, superannuated coffer, of painted wood, with elaborate handles and shriveled straps and with the color (it had last been endued with a coat of light green) much rubbed off. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

D. H. Lawrence She saw the light still burning in the front room. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

In a second his eyes seemed to dazzle with excess of light and something beat on his body like a blast from an open furnace. The Magic Walking Stick by John Buchan [1927]

Robert Green Ingersoll Let us worship the sun, father and mother of light and love and joy. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

D. H. Lawrence But how? Why did he speak to her? Why were his eyes so certain, so full of light and confident, waiting for no permission nor signal? Tilly returned with a large leaf and found the two silent. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Standing hesitant, I glanced upward, looking for a light in the windows above. Serapion by Francis Stevens

I see there is a light in the Mill House. Marta must be back. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Pu Songling He saw her going away with a light step, and turn down the first lane; the young student ran behind her. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Anthony Trollope As a matter of course, when the light was restored the charter was gone; and Sir Edmund, the governor-general, was baffled, as all governors-general and all Sir Edmunds always are in such cases. North America by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim A light has been let in upon my spirits, although I cannot tell from whence. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Then, a few minutes later, getting up to have a drink of water, I saw a shaft of light from above the study window extending right across a lawn. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

As I say, the author of light literature, and often the author of solid literature, must resign himself to obscurity unless the ladies choose to recognize him. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Even as the sun lighteth broad heaven at noon-day, and that giveth light unto this dreary earth, so art thou the true light of Demonland which because of thee maketh the whole world glorious. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson With so gloomy a design this great work is still full of life and light and love. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling The light is turned off, and the Police depart; while the woman in the loose-box shivers, and moans that she is ‘seek; vary, vary seek. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope Louis and Vergniaud, Marie Antoinette, and Madame Roland, felt that they were stepping from life into glory, and their step was light and elastic. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Olaf Stapledon But her features were adequate, and a bright and generous spirit seemed to light them up from within. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Arnold Bennett He saw now that the tinge of light came through a small hole in the wood. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have known that young man go into a good many cases, but I never saw the case yet that he could not throw a light upon. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle But my heart was light at the thought of the honour which had been done me and the glory which awaited me. The Crime of the Brigadier by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Wilkie Collins The faint gleam of light through the parted curtains was fading fast. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Victor Hugo He hates the light which lights and warms him. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was the policy of our ancestors to search out even the most secret sins and expose them to shame, without fear or favor, in the broadest light of the noonday sun. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Gods — if there be gods — can do no more than!” The mighty blasphemy of her superb vanity seemed to him to burn through the golden light she stood in, as lightning through the sunbeams. Signa by Ouida

The small cabin is illuminated by the feeble light of a flickering lamp suspended from the ceiling; Professor Grime is lying on the opposite shelf on the broad of his back, with his mouth wide open. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

The light in the sky faded out as we sat in silence. At Whitney Hall by Ellen Wood [1872]

And the dust in the lane, and the warm greeny light coming through the hazel boughs. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle Lord John never hesitated, but, running towards it with a quick, light step, he dashed the flaming wood into the brute’s face. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Anthony Trollope That was the most charitable light in which Lady de Courcy was disposed to regard the question. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith She was by preference light-handed; and her saying of oratory, that ‘It is always the more impressive for the spice of temper which renders it untrustworthy,’ is light enough. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

We loaded our long-boat with goods of all kinds, light and heavy, and pulled ashore. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

George Meredith Before venturing to shake his arm Sewis struck a light and flashed it over the squire’s eyelids to make the task of rousing him easier. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Thomas Hardy She was asleep, and the light of the lantern fell upon her features. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

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

Willa Cather She was a light sleeper, and when she woke again, after midnight, Johnny’s concert was at its height. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

What with the light and the warmth, the drone of the water, the silence of the folk, and my mental and physical stress, I grew drowsy and all but slept. Prester John by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope He was propped up in the bed on pillows, and as he turned his eyes towards the door, the full light of the sun shone upon his face, and gave an especial ghastliness to its pallor. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne If I can succeed in diminishing the density of the atmosphere through which the moon’s light has to travel I shall have rendered her light more intense. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Henry Handel Richardson The windows were heavily curtained, and, in front of them, to the further exclusion of light and air, stood respectively a flower-table, laden with unlovely green plants, and a room-aquarium. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Love Peacock MR. FIREDAMP. Sir, you seem to make very light of science. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

The light from the window shone full upon her beautiful head and face—seen in profile—and her lovely figure, thrown back in a negligent attitude full of grace and abandon. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Rudyard Kipling The salmon tore up-stream, the tense line cutting the water like a tide-rip behind him, and the light bamboo bowed to breaking. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Sir Walter Scott There is a small room through which it opens; you may light a fire for yourselves there, and I ‘ll send you plenty of stuff to make you comfortable. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Sinclair Lewis Now, listening to Neil’s fumbling hints about wanting a job, he looked at Neil as at a light colored man whose effrontery was amusing. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins The last sounds I heard before I fairly dozed off to sleep were the cheerful crackling of the fire and the steady purring of the cat, as she basked luxuriously in the warm light on the hearth. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Margaret Oliphant The room was dark—he could not see her face, the only light in it being the reflection of the lamp outside. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The Bronx — the houses gathering and gleaming in the sun, which was falling now through wide refulgent skies and tumbling caravans of light down into the streets. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

The collection is invaluable alike for the light which it throws upon Voltaire’s career and character, and for the extent to which it reflects the manners, sentiments, and thought of the age. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Colin flung himself at the door, wrenched it open and, reaching upward, snapped on the general light switch of the veranda. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Sir Walter Scott Should one of the officers light upon them, he would run the scent up like a bloodhound and surprise us. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

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

Anthony Trollope They who were most inclined to be charitable in their judgment, such as John Griffith of Coed, thought that the document was still hidden, and that it might not improbably be brought to light at last. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

The light was clear within the ruins of its lodgment, because it might pass away, but could not be extinguished. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Ann Radcliffe Vivaldi remembered the light which had formerly appeared there, and, as recollection of the past gathered on his mind, he faultered in his purpose. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Without an outer wrap, a light kerchief on her head, a tin kerosene can in her hand, she traversed the city from one end to the other in the biting cold of a winter’s day. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Hardy In the dim light and the baffling glare of the clerestory windows he could discern the opposite worshippers indistinctly only, but he saw that Sue was among them. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Charles Dickens It was appointed that the water should be locked in an eternal frost, when the light was playing on its surface, and I stood in ignorance on the shore. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Gissing Her complexion was losing its muddiness and spottiness; her step had become light and brisk. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Guy de Maupassant The two turrets that flanked it had two plates of light on their summits, and no noise disturbed the silence of this clear, sad night, sweet and still, which seemed in a death-trance. A Wife’s Confession (Confessions d'une femme) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

The moon was almost at the full, and her mellow rays made the street almost as light as day. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Henry Handel Richardson Tired of reading, he would talk to himself by the hour together; his clear voice, with its light Irish slur, ringing through the house. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Did he really wish her to leave him? Flickering streaks of light fell on his face. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Jack London In fact, he never regarded the members of the family in any other light than possessions of the love-master. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Thomas Love Peacock They turned a point of the valley, and saw a light below them in the depth of the hollow, shining through a cottage-casement and dancing in its reflection on the restless stream. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

Margaret Oliphant As she sat by the dying fire, with her light shining so steadily, like a little Pharos of love and steadfastness, her mind went through many faintings and moments of darkness. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Marjorie Bowen His light brown hair was unpowdered and tied with a turquoise ribbon in his neck; he wore no jewels; the silk flowers, pink and red, on his waistcoat sparkled with threads of gold. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Upon the unoccupied tract of land, which the people of the neighborhood called the “plain,” a small but very bright light was seen describing the most capricious evolutions. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope It is no doubt a fact that with the very best of girls a man is placed in a very good light by being heir to a peerage and a large property. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

He was thinking of what the men had said: “A light woman out of France.” All the evil in the world might be happening that very hour, and he would know nothing. Signa by Ouida

George Gissing A light and springy and half-stalking step; head jutting a little forward; the cane mechanically swung—a typical woman-hunter, in some doubt as to his quarry. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

The door was ajar, and he could see the faint light of the night-lamp within. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Edith Wharton At length the old woman with the lantern stopped, and Charity saw the light fall on the stooping shoulders of the bearers and on a ridge of upheaved earth over which they were bending. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

M. P. Shiel The light was dim, but his step slow, and my eyes searched him fully. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

I saw in the patch of light a lot of loose, fair hair down there. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

A light was burning in my room. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Virginia Woolf Not a wheel must grate, not a light glimmer. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

From the day of his arrival in Greece he discarded animal food and lived mainly on toast, vegetables, and cheese, olives and light wine, at the rate of forty paras a day. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Of course there was really no need of haste, and we had to wait till our guide could borrow a match to light the first of the cigarettes which he never ceased to smoke. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

But the rain lashed him outside, and the light and the fire tempted him in. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

He uttered not a syllable the whole way; and the first word was, when they reached the house, to order Griso to light him to his room. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

G. K. Chesterton The last dim light out of the sky looked down on him in the shape of Pavonia and then grew dark. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Jack London I know what I shall do to-morrow, the first thing — run out a light anchor and kedge the schooner off the beach. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

When the snow is deep ’tis no light matter. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Thomas Paine As I wish it over, I wish it to come, but withal wish that it may be as light as possible. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Arthur Conan Doyle We opened it, and the light of the lantern gleamed upon a collection of gems such as I have read of and thought about when I was a little lad at Pershore. It was blinding to look upon them. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Oh, my precious—the light o’ the house—and to leave me alone. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

His method was to cadge a light from strangers, sometimes going without a smoke for half an hour rather than strike a match. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Its light streamed on the hedges, and flickered amidst the waving trees, and lay on the fields like pale silver. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Theodore Dreiser For want of light and air the finest flowers might die. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

D. H. Lawrence But I’m a stuggy fellow myself, maybe that’s how it is I can’t ever quite see him in the same light as the thin chaps do. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens The light was more condensed than those which have been so often seen in my presence upon previous and subsequent occasions. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

The walls on three sides were lined to the ceiling with books, which looked in the dim light like rich tapestry hangings. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

The light sails were clewed up and furled, the courses hauled up, and the jibs down; then came the topsails in the buntlines, and the anchor let go. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

The walls were hung or covered with some kind of deep grey from which light shone, almost as over a landscape. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Henry James On her limbs was the stiffness of death, and on her face, in the fading light of the sun, the terror of something more than death. The romance of certain old clothes by Henry James [1868]

I shut the garret-door; I placed my light on a doddered and mouldy chest of drawers; I put on a shawl, for the air was ice-cold; I took my letter; trembling with sweet impatience, I broke its seal. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

George Meredith All the greater the illumination when her light shines out! The signorina Vittoria is a cantatrice who is about to appear upon the boards. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Notwithstanding light rain the duty of demolition began at 6. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Bram Stoker It was for her a sad mischance that Mimi was away, for her love would have seen through all obscuring causes, and have brought to light the girl’s unhappy condition of health. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

When you struck the match to light your cigar I saw it was the face of the man wanted in Chicago. Somehow I couldn’t do it myself, so I went around and got a plain clothes man to do the job. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Henry James I assented with a laugh that I fear was awkward and for the next ten minutes, while I worked, I heard the light clatter of china and the tinkle of spoons and glass. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

Jules Verne The raft continued to glide on amongst the ice, with which it was quite mingled, but gleams of light sometimes fell upon it. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Anthony Trollope He put out the candle so as to see that no gleam of light from any source was making its way into the room, and then relighted it. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Henry Handel Richardson The job of winding up and getting in the money owed him was no light one. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Hope Then a light flashed into her eyes. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Jules Verne A wave of light and air penetrated my cabin. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle The light and fickle Monmouth began to take heart once more at the sight of their sturdy bearing, and at the sound of their hearty cheers. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

The bringing of the steps, light though they were, was too much for Janet’s weak frame, and she stopped in a fit of coughing, clutching the ladder for support, while it shook to her spasms. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

He revenges himself nobly for the harm I was obliged to do him, by imposing an eternal gratitude upon me—a light burden, that I shall bear joyfully so long as I live. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

The light of a solitary candle at the further end gave shadows to the darkness. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Benjamin Disraeli Here he stumbled over something at the doorway which appeared like a large bundle; he bent down with his light to examine it, and found Essper George lying on his back with his eyes half-open. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Sinclair Lewis The light had gone out abruptly, as though an agitated watcher were trying to hide from him. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Marie Corelli Nevertheless remember that ‘the light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehendeth it not’. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

E. F. Benson Tilting it this way and that to catch the light she read the letters stamped on it. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Lady Palliser was not calmly slumbering in front of the tea-table, in the mellow light of a duplex lamp, after her wont. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Thomas Hardy The track is rough, but if you’ve got a light your horses may pick along wi’ care. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

These two women, less fortunate than herself, had been among the first to be dismissed from the Ministry where they had enjoyed for a long time light work and good pay, and she had lost sight of them. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

This business detained us two days, during which time I shot a new variety of florikan, peculiar in having a light blue band stretching from the nose over the eye to the occiput. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

I found this out later, when I attempted other German authors without the glitter of his wit or the lambent glow of his fancy to light me on my hard way. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

After being night and day in the forest, impervious to the sun’s and moon’s rays, the sudden transition to light has a fine heart-cheering effect. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was no light task, for many of them were large and heavy. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Gaston Leroux This lavatory is lit by the glass door, and, when the door was open, the light which penetrated was sufficient to light it perfectly. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Poor Eleanor was never weary of listening to her father’s stories about the Prince Regent, and all the lesser planets of the darkened sky in which Mr. Vane’s light had once shone. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Edgar Wallace When the old man came back there was a faint flush in his cheek and a light in his eye which Tim did not remember having seen before. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

Wilkie Collins The light manner in which the world is apt to view the relative positions of debtor and creditor is abhorrent to me. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Ivan Turgenev Stay! and let me share in thy immortality; shed into my soul the light of thy eternity! November 1879. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Henry James He might judge therefore in what a light she regarded this boon for which in her bereft old age she humbled herself to be a suitor. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Through the dull, heavy sky now and again burst the sun, flooding reddish light through the skeleton windows upon the mass of simple faces upturned to us. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Virginia Woolf Its light raised a phantom castle upon earth. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was not a light from the basement to the top floor, no light even through the chink of the curtains. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Robert Louis Stevenson Mr. Utterson had been some minutes at his post, when he was aware of an odd, light footstep drawing near. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson [1886]

Wilkie Collins He was in no better humor for eating or drinking, than for whistling; so he wisely determined to light his candle forthwith, and go to bed. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Henry James She wore a light flaxen wig, which was never very artfully adjusted, but this mattered little, as she made no secret of it. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Henry James In each of them, at an interval, a ray of light became visible in the chink between the two leaves of the shutters. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

William Cowper Uptorn by strength Resistless in so bad a cause, but lame To better deeds, he bundles up the spoil— An ass’s burden,—and when laden most And heaviest, light of foot steals fast away. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Arthur Conan Doyle There were none, however, who could help him or throw any light upon the mystery. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

The light touch roused him, and a faint wind sent an eerie rustle through the still leaves of the magnolia, as they walked back in silence to the house. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

The foundation of the garland was a light wooden framework of uprights supporting graduated hoops, forming a bell-shaped structure about four feet high. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

A shaft of blazing yellow light darted from the level of the ground into my dazed eyes. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

H. G. Wells Her quick irregular writing seemed to bring back with it the changing light in her eyes, the intonations of her voice, something of her gesture. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Guy de Maupassant He was cold, and he looked set a light which was shining among the trees, in the window of a house. A Vagabond (Le Vagabond) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

For quite a time she did not stir, staring straight before her as if watching the vision of some pageant passing through the garden in the deep, rich glow of light and the splendour of flowers. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Henry James From the deck, where I merely turned round and looked, I saw the light of another summer day, the coast of Ireland green and near and the sea a more charming colour than it had been at all. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

Edith Wharton The air was light and pure, the shady turf invited him, and dismounting he bid his servant lead the horses to the wayside inn half way down the slope. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Edgar Allan Poe He next lit a small taper by means of a phosphorous match, and, placing the light in a dark lantern, descended with it through the opening, bidding me follow. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

D. H. Lawrence The canoe is as light as a feather,’ he said. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith A pale shadowy blue centre of light among the clouds told where the moon was. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Willa Cather Soon after he had turned out the light and climbed into the berth over Lieutenant Bird, a heavy smell of rum spread in the close air. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

H. G. Wells I do not know where the light comes from. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

H. Rider Haggard The careless words of the woman in the carriage had let a flood of light into his mind, and by it he saw many things which he had never seen before. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

H. G. Wells But in the indistinct light I also saw three Chins, seemingly aghast at the sight of me, and that the Sepoy was decapitated. The Flying Man by H. G. Wells [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle Meanwhile you will leave me these papers, and I think that it is very likely that I shall be able to pay you a visit shortly and to throw some light upon your case. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim By the flickering light of a candle she studied herself, endeavoring to arrive at some unbiased and impersonal opinion as to what she saw. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Theodore Dreiser He looked at her curiously out of his wise old eyes, a light of sympathy and affection shining in them — weary as they were. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

F. Scott Fitzgerald There was a slate-pink light over the city and people in the streets carried with them little balloons of frosted breath. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Bram Stoker The mysterious green light was in itself a milieu of horror. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Guy de Maupassan On the stream passed the flotillas of light craft, long, slender wherries, swiftly rowed by bare-armed oarsmen, whose muscles played beneath their bronzed skin. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins Tell them I don’t want the light of the candle to betray my headquarters to the German scouts. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Watkin Tench There is however, a species of light wood which is found excellent for boat building, but it is scarce and hardly ever found of large size. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Olaf Stapledon It has merely brought to light an increasing number of regularities in behaviour. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

But when she came to examine the work of one of the prize sewers her face would light up. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Wilkie Collins In the flickering light of a small fire, the stranger perceived the figures of three men seated, apart and silent, who were the only occupants of the room beside himself. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope Many things had been brought to light which had had their commencement in Mrs. Vincent’s days. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Olaf Stapledon At this point the will for the light in Japan blunderingly reasserted itself. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Sinclair Lewis There was a light — a farmer at early breakfast. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Virginia Woolf Oh, it was one of old Sir Walter’s she saw, adjusting the shade of her lamp so that the light fell on her knitting. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

A smart fellow in his profession, crafty as a fox, and jealous of his chief, whose abilities he held in light estimation. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

H. G. Wells Divine! Well, take a spring day in England, take the little feathers on a pheasant’s breast, or bits of a sunset, or the morning light through a tumbler of flowers on a window sill. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Arthur Conan Doyle If it had been Massena and Wellington instead of two young officers of light cavalry, we could not have weighed it all with more judgment. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

There was a light in Aunt Maria’s window, which showed that she was evidently grappling with the smoking embroglio which was racking two young hearts. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

She had greeted me with a charming smile — it fell on my heart like light on stone. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The words were precise, and the light in his eyes was clear and truthful. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Walter Crane But if we place a figure so that the light falls from one side, we perceive that it at once stands out in bold relief in broad planes of light and shade, further emphasized by cast shadows (p. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

H. Rider Haggard It was but a light thing, and only staggered him, but it gave her time to pass him, and reach the still open door. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Edgar Wallace The light shone whitely upon the cryptogram stone, and absent-mindedly he fixed his eyes upon this, the least of the old man’s mysteries. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

The guns seemed to be fired with light charges, unshotted. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Either a light emanated from themselves or some greater sun drew towards them from its own depth. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

E. Nesbi The others looked at each other by the dim light of the little candle. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Ay, the pale horse; my head’s splitting; oblige me with the looking-glass, and a little less light will answer. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Whilst the tendrils are revolving more or less regularly, another remarkable movement takes place, namely, a slow inclination from the light towards the darkest side of the house. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

D. H. Lawrence Suddenly she had passed away into an intensely-gleaming light of knowledge. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence