Phrases with "lightning"

The place is accursed, and will stand accursed till it is consumed by God’s lightning or falls piecemeal to the ground from natural decay. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

Algernon Blackwood Breaking across the phantasmagoria of appearances, it comes as a flash of reality, a lightning recognition of something that cannot be travestied. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Thomas Hardy She was no longer the same as in the independent days, when her intellect played like lambent lightning over conventions and formalities which he at that time respected, though he did not now. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

D. H. Lawrence And as she did so, quick as lightning he kissed her on the mouth, with a quick, brushing kiss. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling All the world was only the two Copleigh girls, Saumarez and I, ringed in with the lightning and the dark; and the guidance of this misguided world seemed to lie in my hands. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

As I replaced it in my pocket a vivid flash of lightning lit up the little open space in which the rocks stood. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Virginia Woolf All this she saw as one sees a landscape in a flash of lightning — and Sally (never had she admired her so much!) gallantly taking her way unvanquished. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

A few drops of rain fell; distant rumblings of thunder and flashes of lightning now cooled the air. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

H. G. Wells Just for one instant she saw one untenable indiscretion as it were in a lightning flash. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Jules Verne The body moved with such lightning speed that the best telescopes could hardly follow it. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

I cannot describe the horrors of that dreadful night; the bursts of lightning and the roaring of thunder were blended with the shrieks of the people. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Jules Verne The incessant flashes of lightning took various forms. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

George Meredith At each question, the then and the now struck her spirit with a lightning flash of opposing scenes. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Like lightning Larose realised that it was his opportunity. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Arthur Morrison Like lightning he whipped out a knife, and I flung in my left instantly on the chance of flooring him. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

They flew with the speed of lightning from me, whenever they saw me. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

None of the doors was closed, and a lightning glance sufficed to show him that two bedrooms and a kitchen lay behind them. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

A toy, but so deadly! I felt the thrill which shot like lightning through her, and made up my mind she should never have the opportunity of touching that box. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

He stood uncertainly on the threshold of the dark corridor; through a window he could see that the sky was clear, though the mountains still blazed in lightning like a silver fresco. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

E. Phillips Oppenheim Suddenly he conquered himself, and, with the swiftness of lightning across the water, the fierceness died out of his face, leaving it pale almost to ghastliness in the moonlight. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Florence Dixie Into the glade some half-dozen deer bounded, and like lightning disappeared into the opposite wood. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

W. H. Hudson Descriptions of bright sunsets and of storms with thunder and lightning would, no doubt, sound extravagant to one who had never witnessed these phenomena. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Thomas Hardy A dreadful flash of lightning then, and the thunder close upon it. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

It was like a flash of lightning in the intense darkness, short and sudden indeed, yet still intense while it lasted, and in an instant filling all with its glow. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

To see her haranguing the lightning and brandishing her digging-stick at the scowling skies in a thunderstorm was a sight to be remembered. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Thomas Hardy They saw their recent love as what it was: ‘Too rash, too unadvised, too sudden; Too like the lightning . The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Florence Dixie Like lightning Tom Firr was at his post, his grand voice ringing o’er field and through covert for miles around. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Thomas Hardy The lightning repeats itself, and, coming after the aforesaid thoughts of martial men, it bears a fanciful resemblance to swords moving in combat. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Edith Wharton The vision lasted but the flicker of a lid, but like lightning at night in an unknown landscape it lit up whole tracts of himself that he had never seen. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

He’s as quick as lightning on a point, and I can see him spinning an immense web and keeping his eye on every thread in it. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

With malicious intent he bethought himself, one day, to intrude on her class; as quick as lightning he gathered her method of instruction; it differed from a pet plan of his own. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Theodore Dreiser Terrified, shamed, nonplussed, she went down quite limply under this almost lightning attack. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne Until midnight we kept our seats upon the stern of the raft, whilst the lightning ever and again shed around us a livid glare similar to that produced by adding salt to lighted alcohol. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Excellent! Couldn’t be better!” He took a lightning glance at a big bureau in a corner. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Now or never, I called to myself, and in a lightning flash my whip was up. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

I am brave, active and strong, though I am so small, and quick as lightning too—and I shall not let anybody harm you. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Then to his amazement he saw that his car had been moved forward, and as in a dream he caught a lightning glimpse of a long rope dangling down from one of the rafters at the back of the garage. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Walter Scott Her history is closely interwoven with the legends of the Banshee and Mermaid. Be thou as lightning in the eyes of France; For ere thou canst report I will be there. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Edith Wharton As a dark river sweeps by under a lightning flash, she saw her chance of happiness surge past under a flash of temptation. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

And as she drew near the breathless stillness before the storm was broken by a sheet of lightning and a clap of thunder. The Ghost of a Chance by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

It had happened in a flash as lightning strikes a house. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

He appears sometimes like a flame, sometimes like a lightning flash. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

He sprang like lightning to his feet and, turning round, saw James Dice standing not 10 yards away. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

James Joyce So he outandouts his volimetangere and has a lightning consultation and he downadowns his pantoloogions and made a piece of first perpersonal puetry that staystale re-mains to be. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Quick as lightning I dropped on my knees and raised my arms. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Sir Walter Scott Tarry not their answer, but vanish like the lightning when the black cloud swallows it. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Abraham Merri Then from them came bolt upon bolt of lightning — lightning that darted upon the lovely shape swaying there; lightnings that fell upon her, broke and dashed, cascading, from her radiant body. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Quick as lightning he slid his pencil up his sleeve and turned on me with a fatuous smile. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Algernon Blackwood Memory shot back in a lightning glance over recent sensations and events. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Look!” I did look, and saw such a flash of lightning as I never believed could have occurred. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

That, if it came to shooting I should have to move like lightning to get my shot in first. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Quick as lightning I released my grasp with one hand and let on the full flood of light. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Robert Green Ingersoll I thank Columbus and Magellan. I thank Locke and Hume, Bacon and Shakespeare. I thank Fulton and Watt, Franklin and Morse, who made lightning the messenger of man. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

The lightning flashed, the thunder crashed, while now and again in the lulls I could hear the tumult of the torrent in the valley below me. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Eos, Ethon, Phlegon, Pirois, proud, Their lightning Maynes aduancing: Breathing forth fire on euery cloud Vpon their Iourney prancing. Muses Elizium by Michael Drayton [1630]

H. G. Wells Except for the lightning conductor, it was 250 years after Gilbert before electricity stepped out of the cabinet of scientific curiosities into the life of the common man. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

She was white as death again, but the sheer beauty of her gripped me and with fierce exultation came the lightning thought that chance was now going to throw her to my arms. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Wilkie Collins The lightning was quite awful on the moor. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Simultaneously with the fading away of the sound, the heavens seemed to open up with the rapidity of lightning into a blue vault of immeasurable height. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

A moment later they were in darkness, though now and again a vivid flash of lightning illuminated the harbour through sheets of blinding, torrential rain. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Henry Handel Richardson They did not sit down, and their talk was scampered through at lightning speed. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

They were all of recent date, and addressed to “Dr. Harry Thorn, Northern Hotel, Port Augusta.” Like lightning again, I went through their contents. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Henry Handel Richardson First, though, she shot a lightning glance at Richard: how would he take this sudden apparition? The look reassured her: he was to-day uplifted above all ordinary prejudice. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Willa Cather The lightning would play round it and jab into it so that we were always expecting it would fire the brush. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Away to the south the sheet lightning was like the flashing of an enormous lantern hidden under the horizon. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Soldiers moved or ran about the fields all day long, and their bayonets flashed like white lightning in the slanting rays of the autumn sun. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Jules Verne About eleven o’clock lightning began to blaze continuously in the sky. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

All at once she heard a tap at her window, and by the help of a flash of lightning she saw the face of a man appear behind the bars. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

George Meredith Fiery words of lightning sense Down the hollows thunder; Forest hostels know not whence Comes the speech, and wonder. Poems from the volume entitled “Modern Love” by George Meredith [1862]

They had not got far, however, when a violent storm of rain and lightning rendered their situation almost as bad as that from which they had escaped, and threatened them with death in another shape. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

After a little the thunder boomed, dull, distant, and slender skeins of lightning unravelled across the crest of the coming storm. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

George Meredith He whispered: “Come.” In the hurry of the moment she did not examine a lightning terror that shot through her. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

The faint breeze had died out, but the distant rumble of thunder and pale flashes of lightning gave warning of the approaching storm. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Victor Hugo It might have been the lightning consulting the night. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Jules Verne At that moment sheets of lightning spread over the island and illumined the dark trees. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Coligny followed them with his eyes, not without anxiety, for he never saw those two personified hatreds meet without a dread that some new lightning flash would leap forth. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

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

Andrew Lang Quick as lightning the crab picked them up and carried a quantity of them into her house, but when she came up for another the monkey sprang on her, and treated her so badly that he left her for dead. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Handel Richardson The lightning ripped it in fierce zigzags, darting out hundreds of spectral fangs. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

E. F. Benson She had seen love, at the most, like distant lightning winking on the horizon; she did not want the thunderstorm to come any nearer. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Virginia Woolf Then there was a violent crack of sound, like the split of lightning in the sky. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Jules Verne Vivid lightning darted amid the dense, black clouds. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Quick as lightning the Mino turned to repel this assault, but all too late; two slender quivering threads of steel crossed in his poor body, and he staggered into a corner of the cage. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

If she had gone like the wind before, she went like the lightning now. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Jules Verne The lightning increased in brilliancy, and appeared from all quarters of the horizon, each flash covering large arcs, varying from 100deg. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Like the brisk lightning in the Rehearsal, they gave flash for flash; and they were continually striving whose wit should go off with the greatest report. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Mark Twain The lightning showed us the wreck again just in time, and we fetched the stabboard derrick, and made fast there. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Ivan Turgenev I gazed, and could not turn away; these silent lightning flashes, these gleams seemed in response to the secret silent fires which were aglow within me. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

Thoughts surged like lightning through me. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Anna Katherine Green But no words coming, a change passes like a stroke of lightning over the surging mass. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Dangerfield nodded, and his spectacles in the morning sun seemed to flash two sudden gleams of lightning after him. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Machen It was a lightning flash from the sky at its bluest, and before that sudden and awful blast his whole life fell into deadly and evil ruin. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Ah!” The lightning had forked again. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Abraham Merri With lightning swiftness the blackness that was the chamber’s other wall vanished. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Andrew Lang As quick as lightning the watches slid from the hands of Tezila and her sister, and Aurora and Argentine stood before them, each with her talisman on her finger. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Maria Edgeworth The lightning flashed without effect. The Modern Griselda by Maria Edgeworth

Anthony Trollope Quick as lightning words of wrath and scorn flew from him, in which he painted the cowardice, the meanness, the falsehood of the ballot. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Swift as lightning he drew back and brought his free hand down like a hawk on the neck of the rabbit. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

The wind roared in our ears, the narrow track unwound itself like a lightning thread of silver through the saltbush, and we had to hold on like grim death to our seats. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

She had declared to me most positively that her companion, a man, had been struck by lightning and killed, and it was his body she desired that I should accompany her to see. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Andrew Lang Far from admiring its beauty, Saphir shook it impatiently off; but it was no good, for quick as lightning the frog jumped back again. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The vault above became obscured, lightning flashed from the heavy masses, followed instantaneously by crashing thunder; then the big rain fell. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

H.P. Lovecraft The lightning seems dark and the darkness seems light . The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

He avoided Goodwin, and his skilful escape from the trepanning story of Dr. Gregg is still referred to, in Coralio, as a masterpiece of lightning diplomacy. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Bram Stoker As yet the forces, from whose linking the lightning springs, were held apart, and the silence of nature proclaimed the calm before the storm. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

George Meredith There is that story of the golden bit By Goddess given to tame the lightning steed: A mortal who could mount, and sit Flying, and up Olympus midway speed. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

Ivan Turgenev The lightning never ceased for an instant; it was what is called among the peasants a sparrow night. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

But memory only gave lurid glimpses as of lightning across darkness. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Robert Green Ingersoll The lightning and thunder terrified him. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

A lightning glance, shot in his direction, was the eloquent advocate’s sole reply. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Rafael Sabatini For, with sudden, lightning speed, Mr Lessingham’s heavy riding-crop had crashed into his temple and knocked him senseless from the saddle. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

I suppose I did keep sufficiently cool, but in every flash of lightning the wind, the sea, the clouds, the rain, and the boat appeared to rush together thundering upon the coast. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Ann Radcliffe They were sheltered from the heaviness of the rain; but the long and vivid flashes of lightning which glanced through the casements, alarmed them all. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Andrew Lang Like a flash of lightning the jackal threw down the cord and was flying across the plain; but though his legs were long, the greyhound’s legs were longer still, and he soon came up with his prey. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Bram Stoker Either there was lightning afar off, whose reflections were carried by the rolling clouds, or else the gathered force, though not yet breaking into lightning, had an incipient power of light. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

D. H. Lawrence In a sort of lightning of knowledge their movement travelled through her, the quiver and strain and thrust of their powerful flanks, as they burst before her and drew on, beyond. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Quick as lightning a hope of liberty darted into his brain. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Victor Hugo There is the trace of lightning in your deformity; your face has been battered by the thunderbolt. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Entry into the house had been effected through a sky-light opening into a small lumber-room, the men had gained access by climbing up on to the roof by way of the ivy and the lightning conductor. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

E. F. Benson Georgie, it is true, with wonderful presence of mind, turned on an electric light when he had finished playing, but it was more like a flash of lightning than a slow, wonderful dawn. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

A sudden flash of lightning from the mount showed to Burbo, who stood motionless at the threshold, the flying and laden form of the priest. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She heard the lightning rush of his pen, as he covered sheet after sheet of paper without even glancing towards her; he had no more to say, he knew very well that his work was done. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

The look which passed like lightning across her face as she encountered his gaze fixed for the first time steadily upon her own, no one in that assemblage ever forgot. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

The murdering brutes!” He rose like lightning to his feet, and, darting round the bed, bent over the limp form. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

H.P. Lovecraft Flashes of lightning were visible through the bunk-house window. The Transition of Juan Romero by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

First, the examiner went through the notes at lightning speed, and added up their total, finding it to agree with the amount of loans carried on the book of daily balances. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Rudyard Kipling We were all huddled together close to the trembling horses, with the thunder clattering overhead, and the lightning spurting like water from a sluice, all ways at once. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

E. F. Benson During the address the church grew exceedingly dark, and the gloom was momentarily shattered by several vivid flashes of lightning followed by the mutter of thunder. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

M. P. Shiel He too: to lightning my tale I link! A-keel they wing, and fluttering poised, with shuddering joys, they wing. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Andrew Lang Medea, on the other hand, is a lightning goddess, in the opinion of Schwartz.101 No philological reason is offered. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

I remember getting a lightning glimpse of a figure running towards the car. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

The ancients believed that some pearls were constituted by flashes of lightning playing on bubbles within the oyster. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

H.P. Lovecraft Then came the devastating stroke of lightning which shook the whole mountain, lit the darkest crypts of the hoary grove, and splintered the patriarch of the twisted trees. The Lurking Fear by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Robert Audley took the thunder and lightning with the same composure with which he accepted all the other ills of life. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

None but souls bitter as hemlock or scorching as lightning will suit our purpose. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

The kids were downstairs already, having washed and dressed at lightning speed, as they always do when there’s no chance to keep anyone else out of the bathroom. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

H. G. Wells We couldn’t see a thing outside except the lightning flashes. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

The lightning flies not swifter than the fall, Nor thunder louder than the ruin’d wall: Down goes the top at once; the Greeks beneath Are piecemeal torn, or pounded into death. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

You did not care; it was as if you had been gazing on a tranquil evening sky and a lightning flash had suddenly startled you. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

A blinding flash of lightning tore through the sky and then an awe-inspiring peal of thunder crashed overhead. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

All this I took in in a lightning glance, but in some way so impressed was I, that for many haunting weeks afterwards every little trivial incident of the whole scene was seared upon my mind. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

The lightning continued very vivid, and they told us that a woman had been struck there some time before, while in the chapel by night. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

George Meredith If I could kill thee! shrieked her look: If lightning sprang from Will! An oaken head old Kraken shook, And she might thank or kill. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

He had seen something like a heavy flash of lightning in the fog. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Florence Dixie Like lightning Francois was off his horse and beating away the hounds with his whip ; then he seized the ostrich and broke its neck. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Such images are photographed in a flash of lightning on the sensitive brain of youth, and are naturally more often false guesses than true ones. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

The lightning — or the flash-light, to speak more accurately — has been rather late in striking this ungainly metropolis, but it has already got in its work with notable effect at some points. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

The two detectives sprang like lightning to their feet and, with a speed hardly to be expected from such heavy-looking men, raced to find out what was happening. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

The whole horizon of his past was lit up by a lightning flash which stunned him. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Edgar Rice Burroughs He hated it because he connected it with the chill and discomfort of the torrential rains, and he feared it for the thunder and lightning and wind which accompanied them. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Walter Scott The sabre of Saladin left its sheath as lightning leaves the cloud. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Then an electric torch was flashed and in a lightning movement Larose was back in the alcove, with his ears, rather than his eyes, now telling him what was happening in the hall. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

H. G. Wells It was jest the night for such gamesovercast — but a trifle too ‘ot, and all round the sky there was summer lightning and presently a thunderstorm. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

I called this the Lightning Rock, as on both our visits the lightning played so vividly around us. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

A flash of lightning broke the immense cloud for a moment, and the prince fancied that he saw below him in the fosse the same figures he had imagined before. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Algernon Blackwood The lightning the electricity has upset her. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Quick as lightning he turned round and pursued fiercely the mysterious figure fleeing from him with piercing shrieks that were like fuel to the flames of his anger. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

D. H. Lawrence But swift as lightning she had flashed out of the door, and they heard her running upstairs. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

The lightning showed his kneeling form, the eager upturned face, and a finger pointing urgently into the abyss. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

The lightning flashed, the thunder rolled, and the rain poured down. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

I found my motor cycle apparently just as I had left it, and with relief in my heart, made a lightning alteration in my appearance, as once before. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Like lightning the blows fell, and only ceased when Tarzan felt the limp form crumple beneath him. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

It was evidently going to be a good betting race, for when I reached the lightning totalisator again, I saw that £2,800 odd had already been invested. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

George Borrow The lightning had become more faint and rare. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Jules Verne The lightning blazed and the thunder continued to roll for some hours. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Suddenly, the motion of the boat changed, and the flickers of lightning fell into a small, land-locked basin. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

A carpenter sits cross-legged at a prehistoric lathe, turning chair-legs at lightning speed. Collected Essays by George Orwell

It’s Larose, Gilbert Larose,” and he swept his eyes round the table and in a lightning glance took in the expressions of them all. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

A vivid flash of lightning showed him her face as they stood for an instant leaning against each other, his arm encircling her. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Anthony Trollope When his mind was set on sending an indignant epistle to the Bishop, the words flew from him like lightning out of the thunder-clouds. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Mark Twain It was Jack-o’-lanterns, or lightning bugs; so he set down again, and went to watching, same as before. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

E. Phillips Oppenheim Not even the lightning can touch this house: I am sometimes angry with Andrew, he has so many of those hideous conductors nestling around the chimneys. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Abraham Merri Thought it was a lightning bolt, I figure; decided I had been stealing Norhala’s stuff. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Andrew Lang Then quick as lightning he sprang from his horse before the Dragon had time to shut his mouth. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

F. Scott Fitzgerald You got our land — take that for Peter Carhart!” He swung from the shoulder quick as lightning and down went Samuel in a heap. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

A vivid flash of lightning made the two round sternports facing him glimmer like a pair of cruel and phosphorescent eyes. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Andrew Lang The lightning flashed, the thunder rattled, fire bolts fell from heaven, burning up the forests and even the fields of corn. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rafael Sabatini Then swiftly as lightning she snatched a knife from the board and drove it at his heart. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

George Eliot Felix as quick as lightning turned his look upon her again, and, leaning forward, took her sweet hand and held it to his lips some moments before he let it fall again and raised his head. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

The captain told the mates to keep a bright lookout, and if they saw lightning at the southwest, to take in sail at once. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Next day, when he saw the girl called Alma, she managed to give him a glance of frank tenderness, quick as lightning and leaving a profound impression, a secret touch on the heart. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

The storm’s at the burstin’!” “Storm!” said Gourlay. He had a horror of lightning since the day of his birth. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

E. F. Benson Immediately after a peal of thunder crackled just above the house, but the probability that it was only a flash of lightning which awoke me gave no reassurance to my galloping heart. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

I saw some letters half protruding from his jacket pocket, and like lightning my fingers were on them and I had taken them out. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

He stepped aside, and quick as lightning brought the spark to the touch-hole. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Just as she turned, a peal of thunder broke, and a flash of lightning blazed broad over salon and boudoir. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

D. H. Lawrence Then quick as lightning both turned their attention again to Madame. Her temperature was a hundred and two. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

The lightning is sure to strike somewhere. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She started to run straight forward, and then turned like lightning and sped back the way she had come, enveloped in a sudden icy terror. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Herman Melville The oak draws lightning more than other timber, having iron in solution in its sap. The Lightning-Rod Man by Herman Melville

H. G. Wells The lightning was tremendous and a pine-tree was struck not a hundred yards away. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Abraham Merri Flashes of intense, green light, mingled with gleams like lightning strokes of concentrated moon rays, sprang from behind the wall — sprang and struck and burned upon the scales of the batrachians. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Every flash of lightning revealed for an instant the desolate landscape, the rocking trees, the swollen torrents rushing in floods to the valley. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

Charles Kingsley A flash of lightning revealed a lofty cairn above his head. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Theodore Dreiser Like lightning the entire situation hashed through his mind. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Abraham Merri From these turrets came vivid flashes, lightning bright — on their wake the rolling echoes of faraway thunder. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Thomas Hardy Why was that? There was no danger of lightning on such a morning as this. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

F. Scott Fitzgerald Up-stairs she fumbled for the electric switch and missed it in the darkness; a roomful of lightning showed her the button plainly on the wall. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Wilkie Collins She turned like lightning towards the place from which he had spoken. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

E. F. Benson And, again, though it had not come any nearer yet, the distant lightning flickered on the horizon. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]