Phrases with "lines"

E. Phillips Oppenheim She looked at him, leaning back in his chair, with the lines of mirth deepening about his eyes, in cold surprise. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Ford Madox Ford I’ll let you off this time, but, by God, if I catch you spying round the officers’ lines again you are for a D.C.M . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Willa Cather The camaraderie of her frank, confident eyes was qualified by the deep lines about her mouth and the curve of the lips, which was both sad and cynical. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

It IS ‘ard lines, no doubt; it’s ‘ard lines to have to hown yourself beat; it’s ‘ard lines to ‘ave to come and beg to you for charity. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

When George Eliot uttered surprise at seeing no lines on his forehead, his reply was:—“I suppose it is because I am never puzzled. Memories and Studies by William James

George Gissing He turned to the few lines of text devoted to the painter. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Anthony Trollope It lay exactly between the lines of the two armies. North America by Anthony Trollope

He and Miguel climbed into the pit and set their birds down on the short lines so that they faced each other. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Thomas Hardy The windows on all sides were long and many-mullioned; the roof lines broken up by dormer lights of the same pattern. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Theodore Dreiser Cowperwood noted, with singular vividness of feeling, that the lines of her movements — the fleeting, momentary positions she assumed — were full of a wondrous natural charm. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Baldwin Spencer All three men took part in the drawing, which consisted of a few concentric circles in the centre, with corkscrew-like lines around. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Sarah Orne Jewett Beside a delightful variety of material, the decorations went beyond all my former experience; dates and names were wrought in lines of pastry and frosting on the tops. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

He ventured upon the bold step of forging verses, closely resembling lines in Paradise Lost, and ascribing these verses to older poets. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

She repeated every word of it by memory, following the lines with her finger, to cheat herself and bearers into the notion that she could read the words, or nearly. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

When you were anywhere near the Fascist lines you had to creep at a snail’s pace; it was very difficult to move quietly on those hill-sides, among the crackling shrubs and tinkling limestones. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Ford Madox Ford Be worked for by men that you trust: but distrust them all the timealong certain lines of frailty: liquor, women, money! . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

G. K. Chesterton He knew that lines of poetry ought to be in a row, as palings ought to be in a row; and he knew that neither palings nor poetry looks any the worse for being simple or even severe. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Jack London It is true, we are even now building still more wonderful wonder cities, but the wonder cities of the oligarchs endure, and I write these lines in Ardis, one of the most wonderful of them all. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Anthony Trollope Mr Stumfold’s lines in falling thus among the Peters, had fallen to him in pleasant places. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

John Morley His lines to Liberty give us the keynote to his mood at this time. Voltaire by John Morley

Mary Webb The lines of his face were always etched in dirt, and he always had a bit of rag tied round some cut or blister. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

G. K. Chesterton The lines of the landscape down which they sped, were the simple, strict, yet swerving, lines of a rushing river; so that it was almost as if they were being sucked down in a huge still whirlpool. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Virginia Woolf At least, she listened to the first twenty-five lines attentively, and then she frowned. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Webbe improves some gracefully flowing lines of Spenser’s into the most portentous Sapphics; and Puttenham squeezes compositions into the shapes of triangles, eggs, and pilasters. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle His face might have been chiselled in granite, hard-set, craggy, remorseless, with deep lines upon it, the scars of many a crisis. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Wilkie Collins This time I observed, what I had not noticed before, that there were some lines of writing (in a woman’s hand) at the back of the portraits. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

The upper and lower curves of the oval are thickened by an arch of gold thread laid lengthwise, and kept in place by little radiating lines of red silk. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle The form produced by this is something like an inverted fruit dish, with the central fairy as the stem, and the lines of light which flow in a graceful even curve forming the sides of the bowl. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Ann Radcliffe I thought I knew the characters, and the lines I read confirmed my conjecture, for I remembered to have heard you often repeat them. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Baldwin Spencer Then comes a three-quarter inch band of dark red, the three-inch band of light red, with white bands and lines and an oblong hole through the centre. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

How well she knew it! How often she had gone down to Fontainebleau. But today all the familiar lines were altered. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Robert Browning Demoniaco-seraphic: these two lines form a compound of adjectives humorously used by Browning to express the inferiority of the writers he praised to Waring. 99. Dramatic Romances by Robert Browning [1845]

George Eliot Besides, we get tired of a “manner” in conversation as in painting, when one theme after another is treated with the same lines and touches. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

Mark Twain Parallel lines are lines that can never meet until they run together. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Theodore Dreiser No attempt had been made to extend the down-town terminus of the several lines into the business center — they stopped just over the river which bordered it at the north. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

E. Phillips Oppenheim The lines about his mouth were more dogged than ever. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

John Morley In short, Voltaire's great panorama, magnificent as it is and most royally planned, is not drawn in lines and with color that explain the story or lay bare the principles of its progress. Voltaire by John Morley

Baldwin Spencer The performer was decorated with lines and bands of down passing from his head along either shoulder and then down the body as far as the knees. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

George Meredith His cheeks bloomed in spite of lines and stains, and his large, quietly dilated, brown ox-eyes, that never gave out a meaning, seldom showed as if they had taken one from what they saw. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Thomas Wolfe There were fewer lines of hose in the street, and one could see firemen pulling them in and putting them back in the trucks. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Wilkie Collins The messenger returned with these lines of reply:— “Under any ordinary circumstances, I should have used my influence to help you on in the world. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

At length they came in sight of the broad plains of Ceutla, and beheld the dusky lines of the enemy stretching, as far as the eye could reach, along the edge of the horizon. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

H. G. Wells These superstitions work out along the obvious lines of the popular logic. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Andrew Lang This becomes evident when, in place of examining the Iliad through microscopes, looking out for discrepancies, we study it in its large lines as a literary whole. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope And all these lines and points of duty were well known to her, though she knew not, and had never asked herself, whence the lesson had come. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

It would he a very easy matter for them to buy up all the good farms along their lines and put tenants on them, and run them in their own interest. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Helen Zimmern It was just because Miss Edgeworth’s lines were cast among the rich and idle that she was able to understand all the misery and heartlessness of the lives of a large section of this community. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Wilkie Collins But her senses seemed to share the confusion of her mind — the words mingled together, and the lines swam before her eyes. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Wilkie Collins She followed the intricate net-work of lines and figures with her finger — suddenly stopped — looked again to make sure — and turned from the time-table with a face of blank despair. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Away over them was a huge round white blotch, with black markings on it, and two long black lines going round and round, one very fast and one very slow. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

The lines of street and the outlines of tenements can be dimly traced, while revetments of rounded boulders show artificial watercourses and defences against the now dried-up stream. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Baldwin Spencer Two eyes are indicated; the five oblongs with white cross lines have a red ground; the rest of the surface is yellow. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

I did not hope for a minute that those horrible lines in the newspaper were false. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

An Egyptian text has almost the appearance of alphabetical writing in its regular lines of minute figures. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

A slight pallor came into his face, a slight compression affected the lines of his lips, but it would have required a closer observer than Sergeant Morris to note the change. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Charles Stur The line adopted is the one which was proposed by Mr. Lindsay in 1840, as requiring less outlay in the original construction than either of the other lines proposed. An account of the sea coast and interior of South Australia by Charles Stur

Edgar Allan Poe The consideration of this last equality would give birth immediately to the idea of stanza,15 that is to say, the insulation of lines into equal or obviously proportional masses. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

Henry Kingsley It is a little rounder perhaps, and also a little fuller in colour, but there are no lines there yet. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

He stared for a long time at those blurred and half-illegible lines before he became aware of their full meaning. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

They are totally at variance, but they argue along lines so different and so remote that they never come into collision. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

E. Phillips Oppenheim The lines of her forehead had suddenly appeared. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Kate Chopin When he saw her face in the lamp-light, looking pained, with all the soft lines gone out of it, he threw his hat aside and seated himself. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The whole problem seemed to have been multiplied by seven, and the total again doubled and redoubledseven blue lines on land, seven dotted lines on the sea, seven islands in the offing. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Rudyard Kipling Her grey and silver dress disappeared under the musicians’ gallery; two electrics broke out, and she stood backed against the lines of gilded pipes. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

William Black It is exceedingly interesting to note, as has already been mentioned, how Goldsmith altered and altered these lines until he had got them full of gentle vowel sounds. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

Wilkie Collins The pattern was blurred lilac lines running across and across the dingy black ground in a trellis-work form. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Sir Richard Burton Then she turned them over and behold, the kitchen wall clave asunder, and therefrom came a young lady, fair of form, oval of face, perfect in grace, with eyelids which kohl lines enchase. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

When Margaret saw these proofs of love and signs of a gentle heart bereaved, even her exultation at getting back her marriage lines was overpowered by gushing tenderness. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Thomas Hardy This was Saturday, and in a feverish state of anxiety about her he sent off three brief lines stating that he was coming the following day, for he felt sure something had happened. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Baldwin Spencer The Kurdaitcha himself has lines of down passing across the front of the helmet, down the side of the face and front of the body and legs as far as the knees. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Washington Irving There are four lines inscribed on it, said to have been written by himself, and which have in them something extremely awful. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Anthony Trollope These people were not allowed to pass the lines either of one army or of the other; or if they did so pass, they were not allowed to return to their homes. North America by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather His disappointed vanity ate away at his vitals like the Spartan boy’s wolf, and only the deep lines in his young forehead and the twitching at the corners of his mouth showed that he suffered. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

There was nothing else in the room to interest me, except the lines and lines of books, for his table was as bare as a bank-manager’s. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

William Makepeace Thackeray We went out upon the lines of fortification, through an ancient gate and guard-house, where once a chapel probably stood, and of which the roofs were richly carved and gilded. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Lewis Carroll How are we to play?” To this question Mad Mathesis made no reply: she was busy drawing lines down the margins of the catalogue. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

H. G. Wells But yet quite a number of them do not follow up these admissions to their logical consequences, produce the lines and continue the curves until the complete form of the Open Conspiracy appears. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman We had learned that life was far easier, pleasanter, more richly satisfying when followed on these new lines—and the new lines were not hard to learn. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Theodore Dreiser One could afford to pay almost any price for the short lines already built if one could wait and extend the lines into larger and better areas later. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Ford Madox Ford Tietjens said: ‘Derry will act along the lines of my suggestions. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Richard Burton Good old weapons of the proper curve, marked like Andrew Ferraras with a certain number of lines down their length, will fetch, even in Arabia, from L7 to L8. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The pale light that surrounds the dead face of the martyr was wanting here: in its stead, upon selfish lines and contracted features, a shadow stood. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Andrew Lang Compare La Chancun de Williame, lines 1041–1058 with lines 1140–1134. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

There is a passage in it — a trifle — just the diver as seen coming up from the depths, that in its dozen lines or so attains to distinct artistic value. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Wilkie Collins The lines and markings of age followed next; and here the first obstacles presented themselves. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Regarding lines as generated by the motion of points, surfaces by the motion of lines, and solids by the motion of surfaces, and considering that the ordinates, abscissae, &c. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

I saw strength to obstinacy and courage to recklessness, in the firm lines of the chin; an older and deeper look in the eyes. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Wilkie Collins Printed lines and written lines swam before her eyes. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Andrew Lang The lines capitalised are thus explained by the Judge: ‘Here the author certainly intimates that Shakespeare is not his real name, and that he was fearful lest his real name should be discovered. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle His back was covered with dark red lines as though he had been terribly flogged by a thin wire scourge. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

The O. B. who wrote the threatening lines acknowledged to by Orlando Brotherson, was not the O. B. who penned all of those love letters. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

The black eyebrows were less bushy, the wrinkles were gone, the whole lines of the face seemed to have altered; even the nose seemed shorter. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Against the savage purple of the night rose a few wisps of rigging and some gruff funnels: lyrics in steel and iron, their leaping lines as correct and ecstatic as a rhymed verse. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Wilkie Collins I add these lines to your sister’s letter because I am not sure that you are quite so fit yet, as she thinks you, to accept her proposal. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

T. H. Huxley Turning from these purely morphological considerations, let us now examine into the manner in which the attentive study of the lobster impels us into other lines of research. Essays by T. H. Huxley

The following illustrative lines were written of a Californian gentleman in high political preferment, who has passed to his accounting: Of such tenacity his grip That nothing from his hand can slip. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

H. Rider Haggard Once I heard a scholar with a fine voice read aloud from the Greek poet Homer, and I remember that the sound of the rolling lines seemed to make my blood stand still. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Jacques Futrelle In the other two sides of the great cube, just where the dividing lines of the halves came, were the funnel-like mouths of a two-inch boring. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

John Galsworthy He noticed, too, some little lines running away from the corners of her eyes, and a nice darkness under them. Awakening by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins Against this there were double lines drawn in red ink, and the following note was appended to them — “Not admissible. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

To lines bated with prawn, soles came, with numerous gambols, to bite. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

The lines had the desired effect; for within four days after his accession—i. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Mrs. Gaskell He had suddenly become like an old man; his deep bass voice had a quavering in it, his eyes looked dim, and the lines on his face were deep. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

H. G. Wells For some minutes up there the two crossing lines of ships looked so close it seemed like a hand-to-hand scuffle in the sky. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Sidney Colvin At first he seems to have worked steadily enough along the lines which others had marked out for him. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Guy de Maupassant Her look, her smile, her hair fluttering in the wind, the little lines of her face, the slightest movement of her features, delighted me, upset me, entranced me. Farewell! (Growing Old) (Adieu!) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

H. G. Wells And to the south over the hills, came vast aqueducts with sea water for the sewers and in three separate directions, ran pallid lines — the roads, stippled with moving grey specks. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

He had the high gloss which good living and regular exercise give, but there were anxious lines about the corners of his eyes, and something brutal about the full compressed lips. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

William Henry Bragg As for the existence of two straight lines it suggested that there were α particles of more than one range, and that the distance of 3. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Is your carriage waiting?” “No,” said Lady Newhaven faintly, quite thrown off the lines of her prepared scene by the sudden intrusion into it of a foreign body. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

There are subtle lines of trouble and the deep rings of anxious care quite as patent to the ear as to the sharpest eye sometimes. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

He was, in fact, a theorist along lines so novel that he became persona non grata to more than one member of the faculty. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

E. Phillips Oppenheim One saw now that it was not time but grief which had written lines into her face and stolen the colour from her cheeks. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Rudyard Kipling Is she convinced now about her sister’s death?” “She’d give anything to be able to believe it, but she’s a hard woman, and brooding along certain lines makes one groovy. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Edgar Allan Poe With some unusual excellences, it has some of the worst faults of Halleck. The lines which follow are of great beauty. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells A spasm of hate for the writer of those fatal lines must surely have seized him. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Andrew Lang In Hogg’s MS. copy, given to Laidlaw there are two verbal differences, in lines 1 and 4. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

Gemma reflected: pushing her little foot against the wet gravel in lines and circles. Signa by Ouida

Wilkie Collins It appeared to be a printed circular, with some lines in pencil added on the empty page. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

John Morley Two lines in his first play had served to mark him for no friend to the hierophants: Nos prêtres ne sont point ce qu'un vain peuple pense; Notre crédulité fait toute leur science. Voltaire by John Morley

Such, at least, appeared to be the meaning of the next lines I could decypher. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Sidney Colvin Single lines and passages declare, indeed, abundantly his vital poetic faculty and instinct. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Liquid fire seemed to run under the light skin, and the lines of her figure, every one of which had something true to say to you, were of an almost epigrammatic neatness. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Such stragglers as they met in their way were easily cut to pieces, and the three bodies, bursting impetuously on the disordered lines of the Peruvians, took them completely by surprise. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Rudyard Kipling Perfectly smooth sea — perfectly still ship, except for the engines running, and her waves going off in lines and lines and lines — dull grey. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Elizabeth Gaskell Then the limpness became softness, and the very creases took the lines of beauty. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Our lines lay east ofHuesca; I wanted to stay where we were till the first crack of dawn showed us which was east and which was west; but the others were against it. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Giles always seems to be conducting several lines of research at once, some perfectly harmless and one or two perfectly loathsome. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Jack London It was to become an old story with me, and it bore its share in cutting the lines in my face that I shall carry to the scaffold. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

I do not know by what art the old builders had planned it; but the airy pilasters, the perfect lines of the ceiling, the soft coloring of the wood seemed to lay open the house to a clear sky. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

Forty years later, another young scholar, JEAN DE MEUNG, added to the 4000 lines which Lorris had left no fewer than 18,000 of his own. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

E. Phillips Oppenheim Gertrude had risen that morning with dark lines under her eyes and her manner on the dock had been almost spiritless. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

He studied the people among whom he was, and did his best to lead them gently towards reforms, whether of the slave-trade or other abuses, on lines which could win their sympathy. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Familiarity with its lines of coast and sky, its declivities and hollows, its sunny places, its deepest shades, the sources of its streams, the meagre beginning of its gullies cannot suffice. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Henry James The whole thing was to be — oh, on fiddling little lines of course — a protest against the chatty. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

He said, too, he was sure that the fuselage had not been cast in one piece, but was built of a series of plates fused together, and that he could discern the shadowy lines where they had been joined. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Henry Adams The laws of history only repeat the lines of force or thought. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

It manifests itself in countless ways in current literature and inviting lines of investigation suggest themselves with reference to various aspects of its study. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

The infantry continued to practise on the beach of the port: their manoeuvres were very uncouth and disorderly, they merely moved backwards and forwards in lines of two deep. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Bram Stoker I have just had a few hurried lines from Jonathan from Transylvania. He is well, and will be returning in about a week. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Sir Walter Scott The word was then given to advance; and in a few minutes the first lines stood on the brow and commanded the prospect on the other side. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Last night a soldier had brought a few wild, passionate blotted lines to her. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Doubtless it was its insufferable heat which was accountable for the worn lines in his face and the spiritless air which the wife’s eye detected. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Then from each degree straight lines are drawn parallel to the æquator. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Anthony Trollope I was asked to copy some lines from the Times newspaper with an old quill pen, and at once made a series of blots and false spellings. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Gustave Flauber It had three lines of circumvallation, and upon the heights which surrounded it there extended a wall fortified with towers. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

He was one of those boys who can go through years of schooling and at the end of it are unable to read ten lines consecutively. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Walter Crane Number three shows the relief carried further by lines expressive of the modelling of the arm and the rounding of the pot, and also by cast shadows from the forms. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

George Meredith Amalia wrote these lines to Laura:—‘If she sings that song she is to be seized on the wings of the stage. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Andrew Lang These lines are not in MS. 5970. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

George Meredith Janet sent a few dry lines to summon me over in April, a pleasant month on heath-lands when the Southwest sweeps them. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Eliot She drew up her blinds, liking to see the grey sky, where there were some veiled glimmerings of moonlight, and the lines of the for-ever running river, and the bending movement of the black trees. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

The way the earnest singer sang these lines is beyond the conception of ordinary singers, public or private. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

H. G. Wells Because I find West quoting me to her: “You say my lines are lacking in metremetres are used for gas, not the outpourings of the human heart. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope The lines in which he addresses that Pallis Court, at the end of Jacob Omnium’s Hoss, are almost sublime. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

E. F. Benson So breakfast being finished, and his model ready and glowing with beauty, he quickly sketched in the broad lines of flowers and foliage and began to paint. The Cat by E. F. Benson

In what part of the world she had been built I could not tell; but wherever it was, she did credit to her designer, for her lines were perfection, and nothing short of it. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Thomas Wolfe And her cult of the unusual had led to an exploration of the most shadowy border lines of life. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

H.P. Lovecraft Great low square blocks with exactly vertical sides, and rectangular lines of low, vertical ramparts, like the old Asian castles clinging to steep mountains in Roerich’s paintings. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Edith Wharton No lines were visible this morning, or else the glass was at a happier angle. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Olaf Stapledon A few miles behind the lines one might often find complete rural peace, marred only by distant muttering. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Baldwin Spencer They are ornamented with alternate lines of red and white. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

William Black We need not stay here to discuss Goldsmith’s position as a political economist; even although Johnson seems to sanction his theory in the four lines he contributed to the end of the poem. Goldsmith by William Black [1878]

The lines of her body lost all pose of self-reliance and she looked the very picture of distress. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

The eternal-womanly continues along the old lines of housekeeping from an atavistic impulse, and no one woman can stop because all the other women are going on. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Henry Handel Richardson The musicians began to tune; Dove, as master of ceremonies, was flying about, with his hands in gloves that were too large for him; people ranged themselves for the lancers in lines and squares. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Sinclair Lewis The intolerably long lines of the deck planks belonged to a prison corridor. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

In 1807 he sent to the lady herself the lines beginning,— O had my fate been join’d with thine. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

The atmosphere was too hazy to allow of distinct vision, but I could distinguish lines of hills, if not ranges, to the westward for a long distance. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Andrew Lang These lines describe cremation, and Mr. Leaf does not think them borrowed from the “later” VII. 79, 80, but that VII. 79, 80 are “perhaps borrowed” from XXII. 342, 343. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

F. Scott Fitzgerald Luella herself was more noticeably changed—she was a little stouter, and there were those lines around her eyes that had come when Chuck died one evening back in 1921. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

G. K. Chesterton I read over and over the great and grave lines of the old poets, because they alone were worthy of you. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Walter Crane It is often a good plan to recur in the main lines or forms of the frieze to some variation of the lines or forms of the field. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Theodore Dreiser I want to get control, just as soon as possible, of all the street-railway lines I can on the North and West Sides — new or old franchises. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

George MacDonald It seemed sometimes that all the great billows of mist-muddy wind were woven out of the crossing lines of North Wind’s infinite hair, sweeping in endless intertwistings. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

But the attacking army grew daily more active; the skirmishes around the lines and on the river more damaging to the besieged; and the Mahdi’s guns began an intermittent bombardment of the palace. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

G. K. Chesterton Haven’t you seen Dutch and Flemish galleries, and don’t you know what great men painted cabbages? What they saw was certain lines and colours; very wonderful lines and colours. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Hope, courage!” Beneath these few lines was the letter M. But the baron did not need this initial to be reassured. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

James Payn It is true, I have had devilish hard lines lately, but then it was partly deserved. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Margaret Oliphant She stood still for a little, watching the boat and the widening lines it drew along the surface of the water. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

G. K. Chesterton The next two lines are: “I mean to charge from right away, and force the flanks of their array. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Andrew Lang To restore the confidence of France it was necessary that the Dauphin should penetrate the English lines to Rheims, and there be crowned. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Baldwin Spencer On the right is a red band with two lines of white dots, on the left is a simple white band succeeded by a red. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

He listened in silence while I gave him the main lines of the business that I had gathered from Macgillivray’s papers, and he made no comment when I came to the story of the three hostages. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Henry Adams The lines of their lives converged, but King had moulded and directed his life logically, scientifically, as Adams thought American life should be directed. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Looking down on the trees, every shade of green meets the eye, here light as grass, there dark as holly, whilst the fleecy clouds above cast lines of dark shadows over hill and dale. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Bram Stoker The endless railway lines and switches round the Southampton Docks fired his anxiety afresh. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Kate Chopin The lines of her body were long, clean and symmetrical; it was a body which occasionally fell into splendid poses; there was no suggestion of the trim, stereotyped fashion-plate about it. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

So that poesy may bear some resemblance to the colors in painting, while dancing is like the lines which mark out the features. Symposiacs by Plutarch

H. G. Wells I took the egg ashore and put it in a good place well above the tide lines and in the sun, to give it all the chance I could, and pulled the canoe up safe, and loafed about prospecting. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

But especially he made the lines deeper from the nose to the corner of the mouth, and at the extremity of the eyes. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

He was never tired of gazing at the gracious lines of the landscape. The Dark Cottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

E. Phillips Oppenheim On the contrary, the set lines about his mouth relaxed into a faint forbidding smile. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Jonathan Swif I think I ought to allow for every line taken up by telling you where I dined; but that will not be above seven lines in all, half a line to a dinner. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Yes, how convincingly these few lines pointed to the fact that it was Sir James Marley who had killed Captain Dane, although, as evidenced by them, he had not deliberately intended to do so. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Long lines of flame burn red along the Seine, and mark its windings as with a hand of fire. Geoffrey's Wife by Mary Cholmondeley

These lines were spread over the first leaf of a sheet of letter-paper; the second leaf, as well as a long strip of the first, had been torn away. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Wilkie Collins By the last gleam of twilight she read the lines which set a price on her recovery — which published the description of her in pitiless print, like the description of a strayed dog. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Under her eyes were blacker lines than her pencil had ever traced. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Arnold Bennett The dim extremity of the jetty was wreathed in spray, and the waves ran along its side, making curved lines on the masonry like curved lines of a rope shaken from one end. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]