Phrases with "lilac"

She would have the garden railings hung with white, and the body might be laid out under the lilac trees, whose twigs were already tipped with green. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Elizabeth Gaskell For instance, the pale lilac muslin gown she wore this evening had been worn many times before, and had looked unfit to wear again until Cynthia put it on. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A puff of wind stole into the room through the open windows, bent the lilac blossoms in their vases and wafted their perfume into the further recesses of the stately apartment. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Behind them, on the other side of the lawn on this west side of the house, is a thick hedge of lilac just now at its best, and what that best is I wish all who love lilac could see. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Nothing is now left of it except a few old cellar stones and a lilac bush, and in summer a helpless trail of morning glories among the weeds, which might be considered emblematic of Luella herself. Luella Miller by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

He had no time to take in the details of her costume: the eminently respectable black silk dress; the primitive collar and cuffs, and the old-fashioned cap with lilac ribbons that adorned her head. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Elizabeth Von Arnim And that gorgeous lilac on the table — she must go and put her face in it . The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

The bear-bine with the lilac interlaced, The sturdy bur-dock choked its slender neighbor, The spicy pink. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Wilkie Collins A very old, rotten, dingy strip of black silk, with thin lilac lines, all blurred and deadened with dirt, running across and across the stuff in a sort of trellis-work pattern. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Sinclair Lewis He wore a black sack suit and a lilac tie. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis John poked to the fence and sniffed at a spray of lilac blossoms till the neighbor called over, “Nice evening. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Gertrude Stein A lilac, all a lilac and no mention of butter, not even bread and butter, no butter and no occasion, not even a silent resemblance, not more care than just enough haughty. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

As for me, I ventured upon a lilac silk of Palmyre’s, and a black mantilla. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

E. Nesbi The cake had a wreath of white lilac round it, and in the middle was something that looked like a pattern all done with single blooms of lilac or wallflower or laburnum. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

The lilac was in bloom, the hedges and trees were clothed in their early green, and all things seemed full of promise. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Yet one great thought of comfort was with him — the fiddle was safe under its rose‐leaves and its lilac mint‐flowers. Signa by Ouida

Willa Cather When the grass turned green in Park Place, and the lilac hedge at the back of Trinity churchyard put out its blossoms, he was tormented by a longing to run away. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

It was a great moment however for me when I rode out on to the course in all the glory of lilac and old gold. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Rose of Dawn — lilac and black sash — I noticed with satisfaction, had quietened down, and the boy on her seemed to have her well in hand. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

D. H. Lawrence At the sides of the house were bushes of lilac and guelder-rose and privet, entirely hiding the farm buildings behind. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Handel Richardson Oh, how hot the room is! — and the lilac is stifling. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Sinclair Lewis It was suitable to the harem feeling that Chris should be wearing a loose-throated lilac dress. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

She had a new lilac muslin dress on, fresh and simple; her smooth brown hair had a bit of lilac ribbon in it; and she looked as pretty and ladylike as a girl can look. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Oscar Wilde The other kept munching scented pastilles, which he took with an affected gesture out of an oval box of lilac enamel. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

John Galsworthy The window was enlarged, of course and the view’s jolly from it, especially now, at lilac and apple-blossom time. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Elizabeth Gaskell I remember once going in a lilac silk to see candles made, and my gown was utterly ruined. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Ivan Turgenev In the garden, in a thicket of lilac bushes, a wood-dove greeted her with its first morning warble . Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

D. H. Lawrence The Major’s wife hoveredfelt it her duty to aude, or play audience — and entered, seating herself in a breath of lilac and amethyst again at the near distance. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

F. Scott Fitzgerald Knotted at her throat she wore a lilac scarf that even in the achromatic sunshine cast its color up to her face and down around her moving feet in a lilac shadow. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

E. Phillips Oppenheim The light waft of perfume from the handkerchief which she had pressed to her lips reminded Roger of lilac and spring crocuses. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Entangled in the meshes of the feathery, golden, if criminal, ringlets of Lady Audley, Anne did not know when she hopped round the curve of the walk behind the lilac and snowball bushes. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Marjorie Bowen She buttoned up her bodice, turned away, pulled her bonnet from the couch, swinging it mechanically by the pale, lilac strings. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Edith Wharton Farther still, above the Asian shore, the snows of Taurus floated in lilac twilight. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Sinclair Lewis Standing back behind that big bush, lilac bush I guess it is, across the road, there’s a fellow watching this place. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis In the present rookery there were odd things — a step up from the hall to the dining-room, a picturesqueness in the shed and bedraggled lilac bush. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Oscar Wilde The spray of lilac fell from his hand upon the gravel. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

A. E. W. Mason The trees out, freshly green, lilac and flowers in the gardens, and I don’t know what tingle of hope and expectation in the sunlight and the air. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

D. H. Lawrence She knew Lizzie Bates’s fox furs, and Fanny Clough’s lilac costume, and Mrs. Smitham’s winged hat. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith A faint smell of lilac recalled the country and old days, and some church bells began ringing. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Ivan Turgenev Only one arbor of lilac and acacia had grown up properly; the family sometimes drank tea or dined there. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Henry Handel Richardson It was two o’clock on a cloudless afternoon, and so warm that the budding lilac in squares and gardens began to give out fragrance. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

At last the houses came to an end, and then on each side were walls, over which spread mantling clematis and clusters of lilac blossoms. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Virginia Woolf It is in libraries that are markedly private, secluded, shaded by lilac trees and brown with folios, that he still draws his faint, regular breath. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

John Galsworthy What taste Frenchwomen had! Madame Lamotte was in black with touches of lilac colour, Annette in greyish lilac linen, with cream coloured gloves and hat. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

And if I keep my eyes tightly shut and the eyes of memory open, I can see as I sit stroking Miss Blinkett’s cat the legs of the new Vicar pass up the lane outlined against a lilac skirt. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Theodore Dreiser The next afternoon he was in the pretty little park by one, and had found a rustic bench beneath the green leaves of a lilac bush which bordered one of the paths. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Frances Hodgson Burnett Robin was waiting behind the lilac bushes and her nurse was already deep in the mystery of Lady Audley. “There she is!” cried Donal, and he ran to her. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Mrs. Robinson, hurrying in with an armful of lilac orchids, was overjoyed. The Goldfish by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The lilac and the snowball were in blossom and there was a big hawthorn tree which smelt sweet and sweet. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

John Galsworthy Now, at the end of July, despite its northern and eastern aspects, a warm and slumberous air came in between the long-faded lilac linen curtains. To Let by John Galsworthy

Solemn smokes of cut plug swirled in a haze of lilac up to the dreary rim of gallery and the chimera of corpse faces that swam above it. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Her grave was by some beautiful sweet-smelling lilac shrubs and the headstone upon it was a broken column of the whitest marble. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

The padre, who was walking under the shade of a lilac silk parasol, insisted upon resigning it to me. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Andrew Lang When a book is covered in cloth of a good dark tint it may be allowed to remain unbound, but the primrose and lilac hues soon call out for the aid of the binder. The Library by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton Torrents of blue and lilac and crimson foaming over the branches of unknown trees. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Grant noticed that the vases were designed to hold white lilac and not anemones. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

There’s a little flower up yonder, the last bud from the multitude of bluebells that clouded those turf steps in July with a lilac mist. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

The window, as he knew, looked over the stables, but a green hedge of lilac and laburnum trees hid the buildings from view. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Andrew Lang It was all made of shells, blue and green and pink and lilac and white, shading into each other till you could not tell where one colour ended and the other began. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence In her room they opened into a grand bowl of lilac fire. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis The brick of the walk was worn to a soft rose, shaded by gently moving branches of lilac bushes. Speed by Sinclair Lewis

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then, in silence, Anthony and the girl in lilac walked the three blocks to the small rickety house which was her home. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

D. H. Lawrence And then, of course, there is none of the cosiness which climbing roses and lilac trees and cottage shops and haystacks would give to an English scene. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

There was a tall woman with grey parted hair in a lilac gown. The Lowest Rung by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Virginia Woolf All that could be seen out of the window was the branch of lilac tree hanging motionless and ponderous across the road. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

The elder woman, Mrs. Gubbins, was an old country-woman who wore for her round a lilac sunbonnet with apron and shawl. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

John Galsworthy It was past that disillusioned moment which divides the day and night — still and lingering and warm, with hawthorn scent and lilac scent clinging on the riverside air. To Let by John Galsworthy

The lilac deepened into purple, blushed into rose-colour, brightened into crimson. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I put on my lilac dress and my ermine, with a new hat that came last night, and a thick veil. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

And through the window came a wandering—perhaps a lost—odour—a delicate, sweet odour of lilac that fixed the broker for a moment immovable. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Another is bending with lilac blossoms, which hang in graceful clusters — another with flowers like yellow balls. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Virginia Woolf They swooped suddenly from the lilac bough or the fence. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Soon the bridegroom arrived—a smart young officer, well thought of at Scotland Yard, well set up, wearing a long tail coat a lilac and white tie, and shaking in every limb. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Edgar Allan Poe The upper part of the body is usually gray, sometimes of a lilac tint; the under portion of the purest white imaginable. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Gertrude Stein Then the shirting is extreme and there is a lilac smell and no ginger. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

After Scotland the air smelt heavy and flat, but infinitely sweet, for the limes and chestnuts and lilac bushes were domes of blossom. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

The heat in the drawing-room was intense, and Monsieur Letellier hastened to open a window, at which he remained standing, struck by the sight of a lilac bush which was already budding. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

H. G. Wells The lilac was reasonably early and profuse, and the oak leaves were warm with golden promise. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Robert Louis Stevenson Hidden among some lilac bushes, she enjoyed the great decorum of the arrest, and heard the dialogue of the two men die away along the path. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Marjorie Bowen The mirror behind her reflected her slender figure in the tight lilac silk, the loops of soft brown hair falling over the muslin fichu and the faint coloured keys of the spinet. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Virginia Woolf In gardens it fell over flowering bushes of lilac and laburnum. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Willa Cather He planted gourd vines about the back porch, set out clematis and lilac bushes, and put in a kitchen garden. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

The white cloth, fringed with silver, formed a kind of porch at the garden gate, which was thrown back against the lilac trees. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Virginia Woolf Little windows, and the lilac and green of the garden were reflected in her eyes. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

F. Scott Fitzgerald A soft-eyed girl in a lilac dress tittered to her companion. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

What colour is a lilac when you are not looking at it, I wonder?” Bee remembered that the Rector had once broken it to the twins that a clock does not tick if no one is in the room. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Richard Burton Again the grey hills and the grim rocks become rosy or golden, the palms green, the sands saffron, and the sea wears a lilac surface of dimpling waves. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

G. K. Chesterton All the time there was a smell of lilac all round him. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

D. H. Lawrence The lilacs came out, and in the pensive stillness of the suburb, at night, came the delicious tarry scent of lilac flowers, wakening a silent laughter of romance. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy Raising herself to pull down a lilac blossom she observed him. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

R. D. Blackmore There was no lilac out, but there ought to have been, because it was not sunny. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]