Phrases with "line"

H.P. Lovecraf Once we looked at the pavement and found the blocks loose and displaced by grass, with scarce a line of rusted metal to shew where the tramways had run. Fragments by H.P. Lovecraf

Mark Twain I passed the line around one of them right on the edge of the cut bank, but there was a stiff current, and the raft come booming down so lively she tore it out by the roots and away she went. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Rudyard Kipling Think for a moment of the number of men that a line running from Howrah to Delhi must use, and you will realise what an enormous amount of patronage the Company holds in its hands. Among the Railway Folk by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Jack London When they rested on the wall above this line they were left in peace. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

G. K. Chesterton If a man were to say that Maeterlinck derives so directly from Dickens that it is difficult to draw the line between them, I should be momentarily at a loss to catch his meaning. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Jules Verne She scuds along merrily in the freshening breeze, leaving in her wake, far as the eye can reach, a long white line of foam as well defined as a delicate strip of lace stretched upon an azure ground. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Anthony Trollope A girl married without some such appendage would seem to pass into the condition of a wife without any such line of demarcation. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling His first and natural impulse was to cross the line lower down, work up again, and, catching his well-wishers from behind, summarily slay them. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Charles Stur They were, however, much more distinct on the second occasion, and Mr. Browne made out a line of trees, and what he thought was grass on our side of them. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Shall I write you a line of introduction?” He sat down at my desk and wrote. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

There is a very narrow line between despair and black rage. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Baldwin Spencer Then, having shouted across to the women that all was ready, the leader of the Engwura went and broke through the middle of the Parra, and then through the line of boughs. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

T. E. Lawrence So the southern line was also settled. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

D. H. Lawrence She saw the line of little trucks full and ready. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells For more than two hundred and fifty miles from Walcheren to Friesland stretched a line of embankments and pumping stations that was the admiration of the world. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Wilkie Collins The pen went on; and more slowly, more feebly, formed words enough to fill a line — then stopped. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

But I had nothing else to do — and there was Dora! So, scribbling a line of acceptance, I told Burton to take it round. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Finally he wrote a line to Janet, informing her that the portrait had sustained an injury, and postponing her and her father’s visit to the studio. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

T. E. Lawrence Secondly, that they were as unable to defend a line or point as they were to attack it. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

He always had a passion for firearms; so he stopped short and contemplated the row of weapons, perfect and severe, drawn up in a line behind the black-framed panes. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

John Hill Burton Bentham did not draw a line of distinction between these sciences; and he seems to have considered the terms almost convertible. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

Baldwin Spencer Each band was about six inches broad, and had the form when the decoration was complete of a solid mass of pink down, edged with a line of white. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Rudyard Kipling One line started on a State guarantee of eight per cent. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Then against that line of greenish-blue a shore actually grew; she saw the waves against it. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Look here!” he said, taking down one of the jars, and pointing to the first line of the label. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Wilkie Collins The dense brown line of trees in the sky had faded in the gathering darkness to the faint resemblance of a long wreath of smoke. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

For all that, the British line frequently staggered under the weight of their courageous rushes, and irregular firing went on across the narrow gap. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

G. K. Chesterton In a tree that yawned and twisted The King’s few goods were flung, A mass-book mildewed, line by line, And weapons and a skin of wine, And an old harp unstrung. The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Edith Wharton I wrote to Réchamp of my double failure, he sent me back a line of thanks; and after that for a long while I heard no more of him. Coming Home by Edith Wharton [1916]

Edgar Allan Poe The fiftieth part of a line could not escape us. The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

Theodore Dreiser She had a line presently which was supposed to be funny. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells A line of icebergs, tailing one after the other in receding symmetry, lay athwart the course of the British fleet and not four miles from the head of that great column. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Benjamin Disraeli He seemed to have read every book in every language, and to have mused over every line he had read. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Charles Stur Southward, and for some degrees on either side, a fine dark line met the sky; but to the north-east and south-west was a boundless extent of earthy plain. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Gertrude Stein She was interested in André Masson as a painter particularly as a painter of white and she was interested in his composition in the wandering line in his compositions. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Anthony Trollope That was his line of life, and therefore she respected it. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Henry Adams The Minister’s mind like his writings showed a correctness of form and line that his son would have been well pleased had he inherited. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

H. G. Wells The voice in the dark began intoning a mad litany, line by line, and I and the rest to repeat it. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Anthony Trollope An active little man was Captain Boodle, always doing something or anxious to do something in his own line of business. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Well, the first specimen I had of his customs was certainly a singular one, and was, it may be well believed, an exception to his general line of conduct. Traces of Crime by Mary Fortune

Arthur Conan Doyle Beneath him was a line of high dignitaries, and then on every side I saw vaguely the heads of a vast assembly. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Wilkie Collins And more, he had written a line or two on it in pencil, thus:—“As soon as I am fit to see you, I will implore your pardon. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

George Gissing She quoted a line or two of Tennyson; the first time I ever heard a woman speak blank verse with any kind of decency. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

For example, toe the line is sometimes written tow the line. Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

Willa Cather The right of the Hun line swerved out, not more than twenty yards from the battered Snout, trying to run to shelter under that pile of debris and human bodies. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

G. K. Chesterton But right across it ran a line of bright, sinister, sulphurous green, as clear and crooked as Arabic —” Mr. Moses Gould once more attempted the arrest of the ‘bus. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Chod-tens from twenty to a hundred feet in height, dedicated to ‘holy’ men, are scattered over elevated ground, or in imposing avenues line the approaches to hamlets and gonpos. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

Henry James He takes the line that we HAVEN’T got to face it?” I was bewildered: it sounded somehow as if there were three sexes. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

His line is not the fanatic, but the superior critic of human follies. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Arthur Conan Doyle As we rode down the long line a buzz of greeting and welcome rose now and again from the ranks as they recognised through the gloom Saxon’s tall, gaunt figure. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

There, in a corner of the lounge he began to run through its columns, prepared, if necessary, to read every line of the paper even to the advertisements. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

James Joyce He broke into a run and, running quicker and quicker, ran across the cinderpath and reached the third line playground, panting. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Virginia Woolf Her hand went down to the hem of Katharine’s skirt, and, fingering a line of fur, she bent her head as if to examine it. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His eyes seemed always to be wandering back to the long line of sparring youths dimly to be seen now through the glass casements. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

The procession of water-fetchers had formed itself in a long chattering line that stretched river-wards. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

George Gissing It is not really a plain, but a gently rising wide and deep lap, surrounded by lofty mountains and ending at a line of sheer cliffs along the sea-front. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

To the south a line of hills appeared, where the natives were burning the spinifex in all directions. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Rudyard Kipling That line grew and grew and grew till it was three-quarters of a mile long from wing to wing — one solid wall of men, horses, and guns. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

On a lonely and desolate part of the coast, it was a big, derelict-looking barn-like wood and iron structure, standing just off an unfrequented track running behind a line of high sandhills. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

I had meant to keep along the Brighton line to Three Bridges Station. It was only when I struck the stile which leads to the footpath across the Horsham line that I realised what an idiot I was. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Virginia Woolf The cab entered the shadow of the trees, and joined the long line of cabs that was streaming towards the Marble Arch. People in evening dress were going to plays and parties. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

The heating of the shredded bark would, therefore, appear to fall into line with the gibberish of ancient alchemists. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Rudyard Kipling It was half-flood-dead-smooth, except for the triple line of combers, a mile from wing to wing, that broke evenly with a sound of ripping canvas, while their sleek rear-guards formed up behind. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Louisa May Alcott The room was very still, when the clear voice failed suddenly at the last line of Beth’s favorite hymn. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Edgar Allan Poe But here is an example: Sing to me / Isabelle. This is the opening line of a little ballad now before me which proceeds in the same rhythm — a peculiarly beautiful one. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

I glanced almost timidly at Dora. She was regarding it with a deep vertical line between her handsome brows. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle If I could only write a line —” “Not a word,” Girdlestone interrupted. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Charles Stur There was a line of low trees far away upon it to the N.E.; and to the north, at a great distance, the sun was shining on the bright point of a sand hill. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Rudyard Kipling There was, too, a cat called Ginger, evidently used to dogs; and a dusty old collie, Jock, whom she snapped into line after five abject minutes. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Arthur Conan Doyle D’ye see the line of argument? The question now is, Where are we to go?’ I faced round upon him with the oar in my hand. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Marjorie Bowen A thin dark line was running down the wall. Half-Past Two by Marjorie Bowen

The start took place just opposite the stands, and the sixteen horses were getting ready to line up. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

He held his course pretty well and strayed but little, and after an apparently interminable length of time found himself passing a line of cabs. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

H.P. Lovecraft Then I thought of the abandoned railway to Rowley, whose solid line of ballasted, weed-grown earth still stretched off to the northwest from the crumbling station on the edge at the river-gorge. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Abraham Merri Our line of flight became less abrupt, but the speed increased, the wind-pressure became almost insupportable. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

George Gissing Besides, nothing’s my line just now. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Leon Trotsky But no one can indicate the line in advance. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Borrow Who was it said that “Cervantes sneered Spain’s chivalry away?” I know not; and the author of such a line scarcely deserves to be remembered. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

T. E. Lawrence We then looked where Feisal was, and tapped our mounts’ heads gently round, and pressed them on the shoulders with our bare feet till they were in line beside him. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Baldwin Spencer The totem Ilkinia or sacred design is painted on the body of each man with red ochre and pipe clay, and the latter is also used to paint the face, except for the median line of red. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Nellie Bly Several of them were passing us in a line just as a gentleman made some remark about my trip around the world. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Charles Stur Like the plains at the Depot, they had gum-trees all round them, and a line of the same trees running through their centre. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

George Gissing She was pleased, on the whole, that his line should be one of moderation; it was socially advantageous; it made things pleasant with friends of the most various opinions. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

And to crown all, when they were finally induced to resume their line of march, it was impossible to persuade them to extinguish the pine knots which they had lighted to serve as torches. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Charles Dickens Provide yourself, sir, with a journeyman; I’m my country’s journeyman; henceforward that’s MY line of business. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

His line of activity has been invariably the same. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Anthony Trollope I have now before my eyes one who was pretty, brave, and a good horse-woman; but how men did hate her! When you were in a line with her there was no shaking her off. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Do you suppose I want each line I made to march so many paces to the right, with a meditation between each? But even if I could interfere it’d only get more mixed than ever. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

George MacDonald Besides, I couldn’t make a line without baby on my knee. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

I knew what it meant to be a poet, though for the life of me I could not have made a line of verse. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

H. G. Wells If the second line really comes out — which Hind says is rather doubtful. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Anthony Trollope No, I’m going on the quiet line altogether now: I’ve done with that sort of thing. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Richard Burton Many prefer this position, in line [figure] -some thus, in unicorn [figure] — and others the right angle. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Kate Chopin She wore a cool muslin that morning-white, with a waving vertical line of brown running through it; also a white linen collar and the big straw hat which she had taken from the peg outside the door. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

George Meredith What have I to write in it except the pair of commas under the last line of yesterday—“He has not come!” Oh! to be caring for a he. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

T. E. Lawrence The English fellows were not instinctive, nor negligent like the line by daylight, and be sure of peace during the hours these scattered numbers would consume in crossing. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Gertrude Stein The line of the rise is afternoon sunrise. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Frances Hodgson Burnett It is line and bearing and a sort of splendid grace and harmony. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

It reaches the Gulf at a shallow sag marked by a line of palms, the centre of three: they are fed by their several Nullahs, and are watered with the brackish produce of sundry wells. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was lying wide of the metals upon the left hand of the track as one goes eastward, at a point close to the station, where the line emerges from the tunnel in which it runs. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

She raised her head proudly and glanced down the line of her army. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

George Gissing It is long since I wrote a line of verse. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Even the mouth had the straight uncompromising line that is a child’s version of a mouth. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope They killed within a field of Heckfield church, and Heckfield church can’t be four miles from Barford Gorse. That they went as straight as a line everybody knew. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

T. E. Lawrence Gaza had been entrenched on a European scale with line after line of defences in reserve. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Henry Handel Richardson The others had got into one of the droschkes that waited in line beside the building. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Morrison He had some grey hair, but it was all below the line of his hat-brim; above that it was as the hair of a young man. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Willa Cather The Colonel’s line man came up to him. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Anthony Trollope The music of the Miltonic line was familiar to me. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Radclyffe Hall All that was heavy in her face sprang into view, the strong line of the jaw, the square, massive brow, the eyebrows, too thick and too wide for beauty. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

William Morris Presently the moving line faced us, and the archers set off at a smart pace toward us, the men-at-arms holding back a little behind them. A Dream of John Ball by William Morris [1888]

But whenever Arlette crossed his line of sight it was as if something had moved in his breast. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

T. H. Huxley The line ‘b’ indicates the plane of the tentorium, which separates the cerebrum from the cerebellum; ‘d’, the axis of the occipital outlet of the skull. Essays by T. H. Huxley

And then, finding the eye he turned on her intimidating, went on: ‘Are you a journalist? Is that how you knew Cooney Wiggin?’ ‘No, I’m in the same line as Cooney was. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Theodore Dreiser Cowperwood had figured on this Seventeenth and Nineteenth Street line scheme more than once, but he had never felt quite sure that he was willing to undertake it. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

The farmers took a line at right angles to the road, so as to prevent an escape on the western flank. Prester John by John Buchan

I proceeded across a piece of open ground instead of keeping on in the straight line I had hitherto been following; he imitated my example. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Henry Kingsley It was a piece of madness ever taking to such a line of life. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Gaston Leroux At the end of this clause, a line had been added, also in red ink: “‘Box Five on the grand tier shall be placed at the disposal of the Opera ghost for every performance. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

T. E. Lawrence As preliminary we determined to cut the line near Amman, thus preventing Amman’s reinforcement of Deraa, and maintaining its conviction that our feint against it was real. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

H. G. Wells Then it seemed to drop twenty feet or so abruptly, and then both the men cried out as it drove straight for the line of poplars between the shrubbery and the meadow. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle Let them stand forward, and form the first line or company. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Hers was to throw herself upon a line the least liable to pursuit, and the readiest for a new chapter of life in which oblivion might be found for the past. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

Sir Walter Scott Behind these charging columns marched in line the Irish, under Colkitto, intended to form the reserve. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Edith Wharton Amherst thought she looked taller, more majestic; so readily may the upward slant of a soft chin, the firmer line of yielding brows, add a cubit to the outward woman. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Charles Stur Proceeding onwards, at a mile and a half, we ascended a line of sand hills, and from them descended to firmer ground than that on which we had previously travelled. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Wilkie Collins We run a line round the Moonstone, and we draw that line closer and closer till we find it in Miss Verinder’s possession, supposing she decides to keep it. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

But the athaleb had his wits about him, and swam along on a line with the breakers for some distance, until at length an opening appeared, into which he directed his course. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch All I could see at first was that the chamber was small; next, that the light patch in a line with the window was the white coverlet of a bed; and next that somebody, or something, lay on the bed. The Two Householders by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Benjamin Disraeli This great avenue, extending from Luxor to Karnak, was raised by the two immediate successors of the great Rameses, and represents their long line of ancestry. Eastern Sketches by Benjamin Disraeli

John Galsworthy She had the habit of her own way, and no tactical sense of the dividing line between major and minor operations. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton After all, it was none of his business to furnish Winterman with an estimate of Howland Wade. “Well, you see, you’ve never told me what your line is,” he answered, temporizing. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

George Gissing But for her daughters’ sake she abode here: “You know, my gills adore Italy.” Of these young ladies, the two elder—Barbara and Made line were their seductive names—had good looks. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Robert Louis Stevenson In Alan’s view, besides, the hunt must have now greatly slackened; and the line of the Forth and even Stirling Bridge, which is the main pass over that river, would be watched with little interest. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Then he said quietly, “Now you have taken the numbers, sir; so I’ll trouble you for a line to make me safe against the criminal law. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Rudyard Kipling Then a cry went up from a group of privates standing near the line of contorted figures. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

He had been guided in the selection of this peculiar line of business by an instinctive leaning towards shady transactions, where money is picked up easily. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman In the records, of course, the child stands in her own line of mothers; but in dealing with it personally it is Lato, or Amel, without dragging in its ancestors. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Anthony Trollope In judging of such a character we find the difficulty of drawing the line between political sagacity and political prejudice. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle The German line suffered even more heavily than the British. Captain Hase’s ship, the Derrflinger, had a huge hole blown in her bows, and sank by the head. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

Virginia Woolf One day he was adding a line or two with enormous labour to ‘The Oak Tree, A Poem’, when a shadow crossed the tail of his eye. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

As Orlando realised this, he rose from his seat, aghast at the possibilities confronting him from this line of thought. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

John Galsworthy Here you were served by hairy English waiters in aprons; there was sawdust on the floor, and three round gilt looking-glasses hung just above the line of sight. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope I still think that such line will ultimately be drawn, and that the Southern States will be allowed to secede. North America by Anthony Trollope

Margaret Oliphant Extreme thinness of outline and sharpness of line made the contrast between this educated countenance and the faces which had lately surrounded the young minister still more remarkable. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Virginia Woolf She looked down the railway carriage, the omnibus; took a line from shoulder or cheek; looked at the windows opposite; at Piccadilly, lamp-strung in the evening. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Lightly as a plume the fly settled on the bosom of the pool; then came a startling splash, a gleam of silver, and the line tightened from the vibrating rod-tip to the shrieking reel. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

E. Phillips Oppenheim What is to come of it all?” “How can I tell? The soldier who is flung into the battle line does not waste time thinking of the morrow. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Andrew Lang Yet posterity declines to read a line of yours, and, as we think of you, we are again set face to face with that eternal problem, how far is popularity a test of poetry? Burns was a poet, and popular. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

T. E. Lawrence Near sunset the line became visible, curving spaciously across the disclosed land, among low tufts of grass and bushes. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Sir Walter Scott These forces formed the first line of the royalists. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

I pulled her gently out, and followed up the dark line to the shore where my two friends were only too glad to receive me. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Niccolo Machiavelli Others have written ordinary things in a letter, and then have written with water (invisible ink) between one line and another, which afterwards by wetting or scalding (caused) the letter to appear. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Richard Burton Accustomed as I have been to mirage, a long thin line of salt efflorescence appearing at some distance on the plain below us, when the shades of evening invested the view, completely deceived me. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Willa Cather Morse was shot down inside the Hun line three weeks ago. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Sigmund Freud Are not certain physical needs referred to in the same words? Now, in a line of associations ambiguous words (or, as we may call them, ‘switch- words’) act like points at a junction. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Rudyard Kipling His reward was another string of athletic cups, a good-conduct sword, and, at last, Her Majesty’s Commission as a subaltern in a first-class line regiment. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Jack London It was the custom to line the empty boats down and to portage the cargoes across. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Wilkie Collins She smoothed it out carefully on the table — then took it up again and looked at the first line of the writing. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Arthur Conan Doyle The cloud of smoke veiling for an instant the line of galloping steeds and gallant riders drifted slowly aside to show a very different scene. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

This semaphore communicated with the two wings of the prison — Eaglehawk Neck and the Coal Mines — by sending a line of signals right across the peninsula. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Before our weary and virtually disarmed men had actually reached the guns the line in front gave way, fell back behind the guns and went on, the Lord knows whither. A Little of Chickamauga by Ambrose Bierce [1898]

A line of Matthew Arnold’s, ‘The naked shingles of the world,’ was running in my head. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Henry James It was true that he did not exactly see Everina Brant preparing a version; that was not her line of old, and indeed it was not in her eyes to-day. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

Rudyard Kipling If the Government will give me independent jurisdiction, I’ll make and open the line straight away from Pachpadra to the end of my dominions, i. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Richard Burton An Acacia-tree or two on the Eastern side, and behind it a wall-like line of mud houses, finish the coup-d’oeil; the interior of this building is as simple as is the exterior. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

D. H. Lawrence Madie, and the coy little Tempest, and —” he hissed a line of a music-hall song through his teeth. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

F. Scott Fitzgerald She stood with her husband at the head of the receiving line — Bill had never seen them together before. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Arthur Conan Doyle The bonnet instantly ducked under his arm, and a line of razor-like knuckles left an open cut under his eye. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

George Gissing In the meantime, he would be grateful for a line assuring him that she was well. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

H. G. Wells These creatures of night had evidently won the first line of trenches and the fight had come to a pause. The Land Ironclads by H. G. Wells [1903]

Theodore Dreiser Hurstwood, buoyed up slightly by the long line of which he was a part, refrained with an effort from groaning, he was so weak. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

We Americans, you know, are accustomed to using municipal regulations for gun wadding when we line up to help the eagle scream. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Willa Cather She went obediently to the cellar, and Ralph took off his coat and began to line the barrel with straw. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Henry Kingsley When they came to the beach, they found the whole village pushing on in a long straggling line the same way as themselves. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Anthony Trollope But I expect to have a line from Miss Baker in the morning. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

H.P. Lovecraft Once he told about a veritable army of prints drawn up in a line facing an equally thick and resolute line of dog-tracks, and sent a loathsomely disturbing Kodak picture to prove it. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Wilkie Collins I should have called them a pattern couple, in their own line of life. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Feather was in fact listening with a gentle air and with her eyelids down drooped to the exact line harmonious with the angelic little poke bonnet. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

He did not know that in these violent and concentrative natures the line that separates reason from madness is so feeble a demarcation, that very few can perceive the hour in which it is passed. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was not until he had served the coffee and generously filled the liqueur glass above the line with the deep-brown brandy that he spoke again. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

The fire burned itself out only after it had climbed the hill directly north of my tent, within a very few yards, and just on the edge of the railway line to the south. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Jules Verne He felt more and more convinced that the writer was a Frenchman, and that the last line indicated that he was in distress from scarcity of food. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

There was our forward zone, consisting of an outpost line and redoubts, very cleverly sited, and a line of resistance. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His place was almost in a line with the girl’s. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Anthony Trollope The solitary red coat becomes distant, and still more distant from him, but he goes on while he can yet keep the line in which that red coat has ridden. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Thus, at the time of which I speak, nothing but a line of ruins and a few unsightly mounds represented the massive line of wall which had been so bravely defended by the last generation of townsmen. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Christ, that feeling! The line jerking and straining and a fish on the other end of it! The others saw my rod bending, and the next moment they’d all flung their rods down and rushed round to me. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Willa Cather You know how little opportunity a man has to carry on his own line of investigation here. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Every line of her face expressed resentment. Serapion by Francis Stevens

M. P. Shiel We went by a path which, after skirting the castle-back, followed the line of the cliffs a few feet from their edge. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He gazed at the thin line of gleaming steel, fascinated. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Yes, I have established the plain fact that this Brotherson was near to, if not in the exact line of the scene of crime in each of these extraordinary and baffling cases. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

F. Scott Fitzgerald Amory and Frog Parker considered that the greatest line in literature occurred in Act III of “Arsene Lupin.” They sat in the first row at the Wednesday and Saturday matinées. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

John Morley He is the most trenchant writer in the world, yet there is not a sentence of strained emphasis or overwrought antithesis; he is the wittiest, yet there is not a line of bad buffoonery. Voltaire by John Morley

Wilkie Collins I could barely see the dim black line of the hedges on either side, and any chance obstacle in the road would have thrown me down to a certainty. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

William Blake He form'd a line & a plummet To divide the Abyss beneath. The Book of Urizen by William Blake [1794]

Theodore Dreiser The man ahead had been paid for and gone to the blessed line of success. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

It was a marvel that we made such good time, for that line was congested beyond anything I have ever seen. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Neither voice or line could bear witness against me now, and hope began to revisit me, as I reflected that my brother’s zealous industry would discover some other means for our future communication. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]