Phrases with "line"

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]

The line of attack I chose was that the land was a great public service that needed to be controlled on broad and far-sighted lines. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H. G. Wells They had no hanging galleries, but from little openings on the middle line peeped out men and the muzzles of guns. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

D. H. Lawrence I too look out of the harbour at the pale line of sea beyond the mole. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Fritz Muller, in order to test the conclusions arrived at in this volume, has followed out with much care a nearly similar line of argument. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The sunlight fell full on him as he bent above the Dust, bringing out every kindly line of his heavy, dark face. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Rudyard Kipling But I told her there was a line o’ springs just where she wanted to dig her ditch, an’ she’d flood the park if she went on. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Not a line of his face became softened as he looked at it. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

They are all of wood, except for the granite foundations and doorsteps, but the stout edifices rarely sway out of the true line given them, and they look as if they might keep it yet another century. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Arthur Conan Doyle I could see no explanation for such a line of conduct. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

He had borne it all very gently and sadly, and it was over, a page in the past, no line erasable, no line addible for ever. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The name of the charity is a line or two longer, but never mind the rest. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

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]

Anthony Trollope One woman with reference to another can draw the line between love and friendship. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Diagonally across the wide square was drawn a line of soldiers, rifles ready, staring at the hotel roof. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Henry Fielding I think I know more what belongs to the dignity of a man; and, I believe, I have shewn it at the head of a line of battle. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Arthur Morrison They are a quaver under the bottom line for the t, and a crotchet on the first space for the h. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

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]

H. G. Wells I knew men were often drowned in this dismal pilgrimage and that everyone who got to the front line arrived nearly worn out and smothered in mud. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

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

G. K. Chesterton He had never read a line of poetry himself; but he was no fool. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Charles Dickens The soldiers were in front of us, extending into a pretty wide line with an interval between man and man. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Theodore Dreiser He forgot that he had severed himself from the past as by a sword, and that if he did manage to in some way reunite himself with it, the jagged line of separation and reunion would always show. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins And steadily and slowly — very slowly — I saw the figure, and the line of frame below the figure, vanish, as the valance moved down before it. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

On a third floor line was a baby’s diaper, still implanted with filth. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope Ralph the son, on whose behalf all this triumph was felt, was silenter than usual, and trotted along at the rear of the long line of horsemen. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

The line which divides the best and most accomplished verse from poetry itself — that subtle and momentous line which every one can draw, and no one can explain — Beddoes had not yet crossed. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

F. Scott Fitzgerald The line split to pass two smart limousines that stopped at the curb. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Gertrude Stein If you see the chance then spring again and if not be extreme, be certain that the show has that line in line and do not, never, see the patent desert the measles. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

The English, bless them, drew the line at that. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Rudyard Kipling It’s the second editionline for line. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Anthony Trollope She did not stir out of the house that day, but in the course of the afternoon she wrote a line to a friend who lived not very far from her. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens Duke William took off his helmet, in order that his face might be distinctly seen, and rode along the line before his men. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Rudyard Kipling Naturally a father who has worked for the line expects the line to do something for the son; and the line is not backward in meeting his wishes where possible. Among the Railway Folk by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Jules Verne By way of comparison, we may say that Victoria Island was rather larger than St Helena, and its area was about the same as that of Paris within the line of fortifications. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

The whole period of delay had not been twenty minutes, and the line between Plymouth and Penzance was tolerably clear at this hour. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson Once we saw it framed in a grove of tall and exquisitely graceful white oaks, in line and colour a finished composition. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

D’Artagnan, placed in line with his company, saluted with an expressive gesture his three friends, whose eyes soon discovered him, and M. de Treville, who detected him at once. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Edith Wharton A word at last, no doubt — a line to explain. The Long Run by Edith Wharton [1916]

Jack London Now he was standing in line at the spike. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Had it been otherwise — had she possessed, according to the approved pattern of the strong man of action, the capacity for taking a line and sticking to it — she would have been lost. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Isabella Bird A sword was brought from my room, and with it the mamaché traced a line upon the four walls, repeating a formula which I understood to be, “I am making this tower for Miriam and her child. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Charles Stur It was encircled by a line of gum-trees, between whose trunks the white bank of clay was visible. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Arnold Bennett He read: “Dear Mrs. Clayhanger. Just a line to say that my husband is at last discharged. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

H. G. Wells I suppose that is the natural line for an imaginative writer to take, in an age of material progress and political sterility. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells They stood in a line along the edge of a copse, with brown-leaved trees and a faint smell of decay and a touch of autumnal dampness in the air, and they shot lead pellets at birds. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

You could not look back or forward, without seeing into far perspective the clouds of dust which marked the line of the long series of vehicles. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

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]

Here I can only give a brief indication of the Communist line of attack. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Algernon Blackwood He can no longer write a line in the old way that was bringing him success —” Dr. Silence opened his eyes for a second and looked at her. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Henry Kingsley On the opposite hill a ring of smoke and fire, and in front of it a thin scarlet line disappearing. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Thomas Hardy If you will send me one little line and say, “I AM COMING SOON,” I will bide on, Angel — O so cheerfully! . Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

It seems to me that the line you’ve picked is as good as could be. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Ralph Waldo Emerson Yet line for line and point for point, your dominion is as great as theirs, though without fine names. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Andrew Lang Thus Roderick Random, the starving cadet of a line of small lairds, accepts the almost incredible self-denial and devotion of Strap as merely his due. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis And Sharon — Oh, the darling!” She was coming along the line of converts and near-converts, laying her shining hands on their heads. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

The other woman reared her child for a year or so, and then, giving birth to a half-caste at some siding, took both along the line and disposed of them either by neglect or design. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

The first thing I did in my new room was to shift the bed into the corner out of line with the window. Prester John by John Buchan

Arthur Conan Doyle But it seems to me, my Lord Cardinal, that you have our numbers and condition very ready upon your tongue, and I would fain know how the eye of a Churchman can read a line of battle so easily. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Virginia Woolf Slowly a great owl launched itself from the elm tree and swung and rose, as if on a line that dipped, to the height of the cedar. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

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]

Standing, as I suppose you, against the oak, that stain, which changes its place from day to day, will give you the line you must follow through the forest in order to light upon him. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Willa Cather A line of motors stood along the siding. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Perhaps it would suffice to let him see that he was spending the capital as well as the income to make him alter his line of conduct. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

The crown was safe in the York line for generations to come. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle The line of pigeon-holes in the wire curtain was deserted by the public, though the linoleum-covered floor bore abundant traces of a busy morning. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Rudyard Kipling The salmon tore upstream, the tense line cutting the water like a tide-rip behind him, and the light bamboo bowed to breaking. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was lit up by a line of torches, which flickered and smoked in their iron sconces. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Arnold Bennett I can’t very well get away today, but I shall go tomorrow, and I shall drop her a line to-night. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle Some way out from the town a line of pessoners, creyers, and other small craft were rolling lazily on the gentle swell. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Bram Stoker The four of us ranged in a line before the door of the tomb. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Wilkie Collins Every line of the writing was hidden in the part which he still held folded up under his hand. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

A line painted along the convex surface of a revolving internode becomes first lateral, then concave, then lateral and ultimately again convex. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Jules Verne Soldiers, armed with bows and arrows, were drawn up in line of battle; but by this time the balloon was expanding, and rising quietly beyond their reach. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle The immediate front of the English line was shrouded with scattered trees and bushes which hid the enemy; but when they had cleared these a fair view of the great French army lay before them. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

When it was windy on Lochan Dhu the gale took your line out of the water at right angles and held it stiff as a telephone wire. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

At this time where but a hair’s line separated the living from the dead, I feared that our friend had become a victim to the all-embracing evil. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Straight along the line to the left, not so very far away, lights were glimmering. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

A line of low ridges ran all round the eastern horizon, and another bluff-faced hill lay at the south-west end of them. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Edith Wharton The windows toward the garden were close-shuttered, but those on the farther side of the room stood open on a starlit terrace whence the eye looked out over the lagoon to the outer line of islands. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

H. G. Wells A little farther on the dry reeds up the bank were smoking and glowing, and a line of fire inland was marching steadily across a late field of hay. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

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

Lucy Maud Montgomery The following Monday Anne surprised Marilla by coming down from her room with her basket of books on her arm and hip and her lips primmed up into a line of determination. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

It was the signal for moving, for in the east a thin pale line of gold was beginning to show over the trees. Prester John by John Buchan

Charles Dickens It’s policy to give ’em line enough, and there’s no objection to that. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle If a rod of six feet threw a shadow of nine, a tree of sixty-four feet would throw one of ninety-six, and the line of the one would of course be the line of the other. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Wilkie Collins Let me have one line in answer, to say you will act instantly for the best. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Theodore Dreiser There was one line being laid out to within a few blocks of his new home — the Seventeenth and Nineteenth Street line it was called — which interested him greatly. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

G. K. Chesterton They were devilish near the line at the last election. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

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]

Jack London Everything in readiness, I made a line fast to the apex of the shears and carried it directly to the windlass. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

On the corner of the Vaugirard and the Rue de Medicis one always finds a line of cabs, and presently they were bumping and bouncing away down the Rue de Seine to the river. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

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

Edward Jenner Time and future observation would draw the line of distinction. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

Bronislaw Malinowski For to draw up a genealogy we must first know who are the individuals between whom the line of descent is to be drawn; in other words we must know how fatherhood is defined in a given society. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Trying three times, however, to contact the professor over the phone and upon each occasion finding the line engaged, with his usual impatience he decided not to ring again but go to see him at once. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Edith Wharton Why couldn’t some women always be in golf clothes — if any? Gala get-up wasn’t in everybody’s line . Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

But there was no message — only a line from Peter, saying he had hopes of being sent to Switzerland. That made me realize that he must be pretty badly broken up. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Leon Trotsky On the 21st, our army took a firm stand on the Pulkovo line and offered vigorous resistance. My Life by Leon Trotsky

I pointed at the curved line of yellow sands. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

George Gissing She had left her address with me, so at length I wrote her a line just saying I hadn’t forgotten her. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Elizabeth Von Arnim That, thought Mrs. Fisher, her eyes going steadily line by line down the page and not a word of it getting through into her consciousness, is foolish of friends. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Rudyard Kipling The Egerton Mills own a baby railway — twenty-inch gauge — which joins on to the big line at Dhariwal station, so that the visitor steps from one carriage into another, and journeys in state. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle Was not that person the actual criminal? You see how we come at once upon a most fruitful line of inquiry. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

I didn’t exactly dislike the idea, for my objection to my past weeks had been that I was out of my proper job, and this was more my line of country. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

H. G. Wells In which case somehow wouldn’t he always be picking up his yesterdays? That line of thought was too mathematical for Rud’s rhetorical mind, and he dropped it. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

George Meredith Not with any disdain, with no passion: such a line as she herself pursued she indicated to him on a neighbouring parallel. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Anthony Trollope If you could just have written a line to your friend the Postmaster-General, I really think we could have squared it all. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

H. G. Wells His endless muttering monologue vitiated every effort I made to think out a line of action, and drove me at times, thus pent up and intensified, almost to the verge of craziness. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Thomas Paine See this work, Part I starting at line number 254. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Jules Verne It followed very nearly the line traced by the course of the river Forth, fifteen hundred feet above. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Arthur Conan Doyle On one side of the room a line of boxes stood all corded and packed. The Club-Footed Grocer by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Among those who had joined us was, fortunately, one of the many boys who pervaded the fair selling halters, and, by means of several of these knotted together, a line of communication was established. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

John Galsworthy If one’s nerves did not flutter, she was taking the line of least resistance, and knew that nobleness was not obliging her. To Let by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton If, as I take it, an amicable arrangement is necessary — to secure the requisite evidence then a line from you, suggesting an interview, seems to me more advisable. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Father made off on a line of his own. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

H. G. Wells The American flag was still flying over a handful of battered shipping to the southwest, and the British remnant was in two groups, separated by that fatal line of icebergs. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Malicorne learned two things; the first, that the young men had something to say to each other; and the second, that he ought not to walk in the same line with them; and therefore he walked behind. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

A conspicuous mount in this northern line I called Mount Sargood*. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Not a line of its terrible outlines wavered. The Shadows on the Wall by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Anthony Trollope But Mrs. Brattle and Fanny, who could read every line in his face, knew that he was well-pleased. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

William Makepeace Thackeray The elephants were, as I said, in a line formed with admirable precision, about three hundred of them. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Yet this mob of eager children, who were going to be thrown into the front line in a few days’ time, were not even taught how to fire a rifle or pull the pin out of a bomb. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

The yellow desert, barren and undulating, with a line of purple peaks on the horizon, reaches away into the far distance. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

H. G. Wells If you have to go to Liverpool, well, anyhow let me have the Hyde Park platform next Sunday. Let me take a line and get a press for the party. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

T. E. Lawrence We sent all the Juheina back to Wadi Yenbo with orders to mass at Kheif, and keep up a steady pressure on the Turkish line of communications. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Thomas Hardy Sue had, in fact, never written a line to her suitor on the subject, although it was fourteen days old. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

William Makepeace Thackeray Why, if you had sixteen quarterings, you could not have smaller feet than those; and if you were descended from a line of kings you could not smoke better or bigger cigars. The Kickleburys on the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1851]

Goldwin Smith It would be a leaden extinguisher clapt on my genius, and I should never more produce a line worth reading. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Henry David Thoreau It seemed as if I might next cast my line upward into the air, as well as downward into this element, which was scarcely more dense. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

E. Phillips Oppenheim He looked farther along the line towards De Besset’s quarters. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

George Meredith And one only meets a charming girl to hear that she’s engaged! ’Tis not a line of a ballad, Miss Middleton, but out of the heart. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

This was a sure indication of our near approach to the Telegraph Line, as it is through a region of that kind, that the line runs in this latitude. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Anthony Trollope Nor when he got home was he much more inclined to any resolute line of action. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Lord St. Maurice left the room and Adrienne remained by the window, her eyes fixed upon the little group which had come to a standstill now on the summit of the low line of cliffs. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle Looking back, the whole bank of cloud was broken by the widespread line of noble ships which were bursting through it. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Wilkie Collins The line between the two colours preserved no sort of regularity. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Benjamin Disraeli Not a line have I been permitted to read; but I am resolved to rebel, and you must arrange it all. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

No objects in it could be distinguished, except a rolling river in the far distance, and, farther off still, on the horizon, a line of dark mountains, of strange shapes. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

And for the first time I fancied that he seemed displeased with my importunity, as though I were overstepping the just line of my duties. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

My plan was to seek Mr Turnbull’s cottage, recover my garments, and especially Scudder’s note-book, and then make for the main line and get back to the south. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle We kept outside the Goodwins and straight down Channel until we saw a line of black dots in front of us, which I knew to be the Dover-Calais torpedo-boat cordon. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

The safest anchorage, however, is on the the eastern part, about half a mile off the shore, in a line with the round tower. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Here the prospect again shifted; the black gate opened, showing the lowest of the long line of rapids called Borongwa ya Vivi, with the natives and their canoes, like flies upon bits of straw. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Ford Madox Ford Their charwoman, who could not read and write, had a son, a sergeant in a line regiment. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

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

Henry James It urged her to do something; but it suggested no particularly profitable line of action. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

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]

Virginia Woolf Peggy was drawing a line with a tube of some sort round her lips. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Henry Handel Richardson There was a line we used to have drummed into us at school — it’s often come back to me since. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle I am aware, Mr. Holmes, that you take a very high line in professional matters, and that you are prepared to work for the work’s sake. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Thomas Hardy By a curious fascination she would look at it again and again, till every line of the engraver’s performance seemed really a transcript from what had happened before his eyes. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch One or two shots were fired at them, low down, from the sills of a line of doorways to his right; but no citizen showed himself and no one appeared to be hit. Three Men of Badajos by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

I did not fear that I had diverged very largely from the true route, but still I could not feel any reasonable certainty that my party would follow any line of march within sight of me. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

They had started from Surprise Valley with a cavalcade of thirty animals, and disposed of them leisurely along their line of march, until they were picked up at Reno, as above explained. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

William Makepeace Thackeray The lamps at the railroad dotted the line with fire; and the light-houses of the bay began to flame. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Wilkie Collins I turned to take the road back, and stopped, struck by the tranquil beauty of the last faint light in the western sky, shining behind the black line formed by the parapet of the bridge. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Virginia Woolf The roar of traffic sounded louder as she approached the ghostly line of trees. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

T. E. Lawrence So I hurried into line my shadowy principles, to have them once precise before my power to evoke them faded. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

H. G. Wells Each time the line was sharp and clear against the sky, and yet she had a dim perception of something lurking there. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

The common guilt of the two Empires is defined precisely by their frontier line running through the Polish provinces. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Anthony Trollope It is sometimes impossible to prevent the betrayal of a confidence, when the line between betrayal and non-betrayal is finely drawn. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Sir Walter Scott It was therefore often difficult to guess what line of conduct he might finally adopt upon any given occasion. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

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]

Edith Wharton They had all been deserted by their owners since the last German advance, for they were in the direct line of the approach to Paris, and the little house in question was also on Bertha’s trajectory. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Robert Louis Stevenson About nine in the morning, in a burst of wintry sun between two squalls of hail, I had my first look of Holland — a line of windmills birling in the breeze. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy It was necessary for Cytherea to pass directly across the line of his front. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Edgar Allan Poe I left at once the employment of Messrs. Cut & Comeagain, and set up in the Eye-Sore line by myself — one of the most lucrative, respectable, and independent of the ordinary occupations. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

George Meredith Every line is a text to the mind of the writer. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

M. R. James For me they have always had a very strong attraction, with the grey paling of split oak, the noble trees, the meres with their reed-beds, and the line of distant woods. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Arthur Conan Doyle Now I think, Watson, that our line of action is perfectly clear. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mrs. Unthank, grim and fierce though she was and appeared to be, was obviously disconcerted by Dominey’s line of questions. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

John Lewis Burckhard To the margin of the third line the following letters are annexed: 4. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Jack London He was succeeded by his son, Lewis Pocock, and for five generations this remarkable line of slave-drivers handled the coal mines. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

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

H. G. Wells One black gap in the long line of grey, round-backed airships marked the position from which the Vaterland had come. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Anthony Trollope What peculiar misfortune in those days of frost and snow had befallen the line of rails which runs from Schenectady to Lake Champlain, I never quite understood. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

A line drawn due north from the source of the Derwent would strike another river winding out from the northern part of the island, as the Derwent winds out from the south. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Well, sir, Elsie went up to town and I never had a line from her afterwards, although she had promised to write often. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

He asked for Lombard’s address and a line of introduction to him, and his only instruction was to keep Haraldsen safe for the next week. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Rudyard Kipling I merely suggest to you opportunity to advance the honour and interest of your University College. It may also be that the name and line of some of you must now die out for lack of succession. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

H. G. Wells I did not awaken with a start, but opened my eyes, and lay very comfortably looking at a line of extraordinarily scarlet poppies that glowed against a glowing sky. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

This force was therefore wholly insufficient, and from time to time the line was broken through by the people and was formed again with difficulty. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Frances Hodgson Burnett How tall and straight his body was, with a devilish elegance of line against the background of light in the hall. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Edith Wharton She was his, he had chosen her, she had taken her place in the long line of Lansing women who had been loved, honoured, and probably deceived, by bygone Lansing men. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Henry James But such a face as that, such a head, is a fortune!” Madame Carré brought her to book, giving her the first line of the speech of Clorinde: “Vous ne me fuyez pas, mon enfant, aujourd’hui. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

E. F. Benson Since, therefore, no one would care to cast his line standing perched on that razor-edged eminence, the pool must needs be fished from the western bank. Gavon’s Eve by E. F. Benson

H. G. Wells The line the cold, inhuman reason of the moon would take seems plain enough to me, and a suspicion of it, and then perhaps some sudden sharp realisation of it, must have come to him. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

H. G. Wells For a time the line was like a slack string along the edge of the ditch, uncertain of its next step. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Living in the trenches, you are apt to get your horizon narrowed down to the front line of enemy barbed wire on one side and the nearest rest billets on the other. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

G. K. Chesterton He sometimes wrote bad work; he sometimes wrote even unimportant work; but he wrote hardly a line which is not full of his own fierce vitality and fancy. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

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]

George Meredith I looked over the water to the white line of shore and batteries where this wonder stood, who was what poets dream of, deep-hearted men hope for, none quite believe in. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle This was reached upon the first of July. A deep-sea piano-wire line was lowered, and was dragged slowly along the bottom of the ocean. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

The object of our present line was to reach the new hills seen from the Anthony Range. Three of them appeared higher than, and isolated from, the others. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

I scribbled a line of acceptance and went to dress. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope Good as Mr. Pritchett’s advice undoubtedly was, Bertram did not take it; and his uncle received no line from him during the whole period of his absence. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Upon the faintly luminous background of the eastern sky, the sombre line of the great forests bounded that smooth sea of white vapours with an appearance of a fantastic and unattainable shore. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle He brought it down by the North Devon line and walked a great distance over the moor so as to get it home without exciting any remarks. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]