Phrases with "main"

Jules Verne Je regardais ces ondes lumineuses qui se brisaient sur ma main et dont la nappe miroitante se tachait de plaques livides. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Bram Stoker Goods are delivered in exact accordance with instructions, and keys left in parcel in main hall, as directed. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

The main thoroughfares were full of “summer sales,” St. Paul’s echoed to admiring Transatlantic criticism, and the Bloomsbury boarding-houses to voluble Transatlantic complaint. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

The machine started, but it was evidently in a bad way, for it made poor going till the descent towards the main Auchenlochan road. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Rudyard Kipling We entered the chintz-adorned, photo-speckled, brass-fendered, tile-stoved main cabin. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Elle regardait par moments dans la salle, levant un de ses bras ganté de blanc jusqu’au coude, s’éventant d’une main ralentie. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

Baldwin had previously detached himself from the main body of the army, and, proceeding to Edessa, had intrigued himself into the supreme power in that little principality. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

They have sailed by islands in the sea That the clouds lay thick about; And into a main where few ships be Amidst of dread, and doubt. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Marcel Prous J’avais toujours à portée de ma main un plan de Paris qui, parce qu’on pouvait y distinguer la rue où habitaient M. et Mme Swann, me semblait contenir un trésor. Du côté de chez Swann by Marcel Prous

Olaf Stapledon Its main driving force is often the good will. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

George Meredith Her main personal experience was in the social class which is primitively venatorial still, canine under its polish. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Wilkie Collins Lucilla’s main reliance in her days in the darkened room, was on what her lover could do to relieve and to encourage her. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

I don’t intend to be swamped by redcoats: they are needed for appearance rather than anything else: my main reliance is on my own civilians. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Marcel Prous C’est ainsi qu’on a vu la poignée de main de Saint–Loup se déclancher comme malgré lui au moment où il entendait votre nom, sans participation de regard, sans adjonction de salut. Le Côté de Guermantes by Marcel Prous

Jules Verne Cette lettre ne contenait que quelques lignes, écrites de la main de la jeune fille. L’Archipel en Feu by Jules Verne [1884]

We came at length to a turning which brought us in sight of a strong iron gate, that divided the two main quarters of the prison. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Marcel Prous Quand je dis au revoir à la princesse, le sourire habituel n’éclaira pas son visage, un salut sec abaissa son menton, elle ne me tendit même pas la main et ne m’a jamais reparlé depuis. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

Edgar Allan Poe Jupiter and myself are going upon an expedition into the hills, upon the main land, and, in this expedition, we shall need the aid of some person in whom we can confide. The Gold-Bug by Edgar Allan Poe

Il avait mis la main sur son coeur. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

But as we left the main thoroughfare and turned into the dark lane where you found us, a man rushed out upon my father, and with a thick stick, or a bar of iron, felled him to the ground. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The English game is main force to main force, the planting of foot to foot, fair play and open field, — a rough tug without trick or dodging, till one or both come to pieces. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

The next night he actually penetrates into a private house, and last night he again chances discovery by attacking in a main thoroughfare. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Mine is but a dull head, but whiles the slow hound puzzles out the scent — go to, And I do think you and I ha’ got hold of two ends o’ one stick, and a main foul one. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Arthur Conan Doyle The main party straggled over a couple of hundred yards, and in the middle was the little, dejected clump of prisoners. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Bram Stoker He grew excited as he spoke, and walked about the room pulling his great white moustache and grasping anything on which he laid his hands as though he would crush it by main strength. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle Beside us there was a long, reedy pool, constricted in the centre where the main carriage drive passed over a stone bridge, but swelling into small lakes on either side. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Jules Verne Mais la Lune grandissait à leurs yeux, et ils croyaient déjà qu’il leur suffisait d’étendre la main pour la saisir. Autour de la Lune by Jules Verne [1870]

D. H. Lawrence Meantime the three children were on the platform at Sethley Bridge, on the Midland main line, two miles from home. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Dans un grand fauteuil, une jeune femme blonde était assise, ou plutôt gisait une jeune femme très blonde, tenant à la main une feuille de papier timbré . Le Petit Vieux des Batignolles by Émile Gaboriau [1876]

Dans sa main droite, un gros paroissien luisait au soleil. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

John Galsworthy But I’d want to grow fruit and things for a main line. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Theodore Dreiser Steger got in his objection at this point, and created a considerable diversion from the main theme, because Stener kept saying he “thought” or he “believed. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

D. H. Lawrence So we strolled into a main street, dark and dank like a sewer. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Guy de Maupassant Mais comment boire? Elle essayait de recueillir dans le fond de sa main l’eau qui lui fuyait à travers les doigts. Pierre et Jean by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Thomas Hardy He called the landlord up to where they stood, and told him the main facts of the story. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

H. G. Wells The social and political dislocation following upon these two main struggles was indeed proportionately far greater than the disorder of 1917-1919, but warfare was its prelude rather than its cause. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

H. P. Lovecraf This example having been set, later authors were naturally forced to conform to it in order to compete at all; so that in this way a definite change begin to affect the main stream of macabre writing. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Jules Verne On les protège, on les gâte, on les adule, on les nourrit, on leur offre des jeunes filles en pâture, et malheur à l’étranger qui porte la main sur ces lézards sacrés. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Jules Verne On eût dit que la main d’un machiniste venait de fermer le compteur d’un théâtre. Kéreban le Tétu by Jules Verne [1883]

Olaf Stapledon Immense offices were set up in all the main centres, where hosts of inspectors were constantly at work taking sample readings of the world’s two thousand million minds. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Jules Verne Puis Mrs. Aouda, un peu fatiguée, remonta dans son appartement, après avoir « à l’anglaise » serré la main de son imperturbable sauveur. Le Tour du Mond en Quatre-vingts Jours by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells And his world, just like his home, resolves itself into three main elements. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

H.G. Wells The Angel had him at a disadvantage, and further distracted him from the main issue by irrelevant iridescence and a violent fluttering. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Jules Verne Thalcave, arrivé à bonne distance, lança ses bolas d’une main vigoureuse, et si adroitement, qu’elles s’enroulèrent autour des jambes de l’autruche et paralysèrent ses efforts. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

This is a great wonder thou tellest me; whereof some little part I guessed aforetime, but the main I knew not. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Ford Madox Ford Perhaps she would not have backed him up in his long struggle with dear Mark if she had not considered that their main necessity was to live high. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Actually there is no strong reason for thinking that the main lines of development would have been very different. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution by George Orwell [1946]

Anthony Trollope He was reduced to much misery during his cross-examination; but on the one main statement that he had been present at the marriage he was not shaken. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne John saisit la main du matelot. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Olaf Stapledon And the population was becoming conscious that personal money power had been the main cause of the perversion of the old civilization. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins They inquired carefully into the main particulars of her sad story; and all three came to the same conclusion, that she was innocent. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Charles Dickens Except when a branch road joins the main one, there is seldom more than one track of rails; so that the road is very narrow, and the view, where there is a deep cutting, by no means extensive. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Arthur Conan Doyle This, with a number of political and other pamphlets, was the main output of his lifetime. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Dougal opened the main door with a massy key. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Ultimately the lateral branches contract spirally, but not the middle or main stem. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

His main object in life is to consume it, if possible, less tediously. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Leon Trotsky But all the main facts are absolutely irrefutable. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Olaf Stapledon And that it might at last succeed, men now gave their main energies to perfecting human nature for sensitivity, intelligence, loving and creating. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Marcel Prous Mais tout à coup ce fut comme si elle était entrée, et cette apparition lui fut une si déchirante souffrance qu’il dut porter la main à son cœur. Du côté de chez Swann by Marcel Prous

Jules Verne Mr. Fogg tenait encore dans sa main la main de Mrs. Aouda. Passepartout comprit, et sa large face rayonna comme le soleil au zénith des régions tropicales. Le Tour du Mond en Quatre-vingts Jours by Jules Verne [1873]

Anna Katherine Green Judge Ostrander’s house, situated as you all know at the juncture of an unimportant road with the main highway, had in its rear three small houses, two of them let and one still unrented. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

The great peaks stood as islands above a main of level cloud, out of which the sun walked flaming, a ball of red-gold fire. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Jules Verne Tous répondirent à sa voix, qui s’entendit clairement, à sa main qui se tendait vers ses amis. Mistress Branican by Jules Verne [1891]

Jules Verne Pas un ouvrage ne trahissait la main de l’homme. Autour de la Lune by Jules Verne [1870]

G. K. Chesterton The main thing is that we start the war with an advantage unknown in all the other armies — horses. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Thomas Love Peacock The main difference is, that the one set of amusing fictions is told in music and action; the other in all the worst dialects of the English language. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

In the Staubthal I joined the main road and swung to the left up the narrowing bed of the valley. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

H. G. Wells Stella perceived his main attack was over. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Edgar Allan Poe Behind followed the main body of the savages, observing unusual order and decorum. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells Each main function of the new world was presented in his diagram by systems of circles and intersecting circles within. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Jules Verne La main de mon oncle et celle de Hans, cramponnées à mes bras, me retenaient avec vigueur. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

H. G. Wells The main indictment is sound, that I sketch out scenes and individuals, often quite crudely, and resort even to conventional types and symbols, in order to get on to a discussion of relationships. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Meredith Sir Franks, with a gentlemanly delicacy natural to all lovers of a smooth world, begged him to see the main and the insurmountable objection. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Virginia Woolf But watch her as she broods over the fire in the inner room of that tower which, though detached from the main building, has so wide a view over the estate. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Jules Verne Le lazo, au contraire, n’abandonne pas la main qui le brandit. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Thomas Wolfe Never takes the main route or the worn handle. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Baldwin Spencer The Watjinyerti was painted red and, for some time, he had to keep away from the main camp. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Bram Stoker Somehow, the mishap to the kite gave new hope to Mimi. It was as though the side issues had been shorn away, so that the main struggle was thenceforth on simpler lines. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

D’une main, il la rouvrit, tandis qu’il sortait l’autre main de la poche, avec les ciseaux. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

Ford Madox Ford One main line of topic held her; otherwise she could not think. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Its main features were simple, and, since they are important to my story, I must make them clear. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Ford Madox Ford A trowel! To point with a trowel; pensez y! If a trowel why not a main de fer, a dust-pan? Or a vessel even more homely! . Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Rudyard Kipling We then steered a little to the north-west bearing him off towards the east till at six o’clock Beatty had headed the enemy’s leading ships and our main battle-fleet came in sight from the north. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

H. G. Wells The main drains are big enough and airy enough for anyone. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Rudyard Kipling They were the first army corps on the march of the Mongol. The scouts are at Calcutta, and a flying column at Rangoon. Here begins the main body, some hundred thousand strong, so they say. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Et c’est la main gauche du cadavre que tu as trempée dans le sang . Le Petit Vieux des Batignolles by Émile Gaboriau [1876]

Jules Verne L’échange offrait des chances de salut que ne présentaient pas une attaque à main armée ou une fuite à travers ces contrées inconnues. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Henry James If among Miriam’s associates Mr. Dashwood dragged him down, the other main sharer of his privilege challenged him rather to higher and more fantastic flights. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Wilkie Collins Geoffrey stopped her by main force. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

In the time of a day and night with might and main he reached a land full hundred rests 59 away, or more. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

E. Phillips Oppenheim In a few moments they turned off the main street. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Marcel Prous Saint–Loup le salua et immobilisa la perpétuelle instabilité de son corps le temps de tenir la main à la hauteur du képi. Le Côté de Guermantes by Marcel Prous

E. F. Benson Somewhere above the tree-tops climbed the lane which joined the main road to Penzance, but all that had become immeasurably distant. Negotium Perambulans by E. F. Benson

Elizabeth Gaskell On a dit, je le sais, qu’elle fut cruelle la main qui le separa de sa femme et de son enfant. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Mais, à minuit, je sentais sa main sur mon bras, et je m’éveillais en sursaut. Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier [1913]

Rudyard Kipling The main road into Valentia!” and he laughed and rode off. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Rudyard Kipling Take him up!” The main mass of the Waters plunging on the Wheel shocked that well-bolted structure almost into box-lids by saying: “Very good. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

The main charge was that Wodehouse had agreed to do German propaganda as a way of buying himself out of the internment camp. Collected Essays by George Orwell

William Hope Hodgson The main had been left for a while longer. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

James Hogg But, Oh, Mrs. Calvert, that is not the main thing that has discomposed me, and shaken my nerves to pieces at this time. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Jules Verne Là, le capitaine Nemo s’arrêta, et de la main il nous indiqua un objet que je n’avais pas encore aperçu. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

George Gissing When she and Lucy had taken their seats by the fire in the cheerful little parlour, she proceeded at once t communicate the main purpose of her visit. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

When we stepped into the street out of the deserted main quadrangle, we three, I imagine, were the only people in the town who did not know of it. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Anatole France D’une main prompte et sûre il étouffa dans le département le parti naissant de la revision. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

H. Rider Haggard With this view, leaving the main road that ran through Rewtham, Bratham, and Isleworth to Roxham, she turned up a little bye-lane which led to the foot of the lake. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

The main thing is never to be seen together except on great occasions. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Jules Verne Sa main semblait prête à le harponner. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

George Meredith His powers were placed in evidence by her not daring to utter a sarcasm, which was possibly the main cause of her burning fretfulness. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

The main one was the grand avenue with the locked gates. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

H. G. Wells She took my arm to turn me about, and led the way towards two green chairs standing apart a little away from the main walk that here traversed the park. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Jules Verne Il serra une dernière fois la main de Simon Ford et quitta définitivement la houillère. Les Indes Noires by Jules Verne [1877]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then they turned off the main road and into the back country. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton The main building faced me; and I now saw that one half was a mere ruined front, with gaping windows through which the wild growths of the moat and the trees of the park were visible. Kerfol by Edith Wharton [1916]

Jules Verne Ses yeux ne se rouvraient plus, sa main se refroidissait, comme si le peu de vie qui lui restait se fût retiré vers le coeur. Mistress Branican by Jules Verne [1891]

George Gissing To get her out of the house was the main point; if she chose to depart in a whirlwind, that was her own affair. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Rudyard Kipling The enemy broke back in a loop, first eastward, then south, then south-west as our fleet edged him off from the land, and our main battle-fleet, coming up behind them, followed in their wake. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

The tendrils are from 4 to 5 inches in length, with the main stem sending off several lateral branches, which have their tips curved, as may be seen in the upper figure (fig. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Jules Verne Mais que faire? Comment revenir sur ses pas? Il sentit toute sa responsabilité; sa main se crispait sur sa lunette. Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras by Jules Verne [1864]

Elizabeth Gaskell Sylvie, my lass, a’m main and sorry a were so short wi’ thee last neet; a ax thy pardon, lass, a were cross to thee, and sent thee to thy bed wi’ a sore heart. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

The main building with its long, regular roof lay against the red sky like some monstrous ingot. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Those adventures of particular heroes have sometimes a sort of Arthurian link, but they really have no more to do with the main Arthurian story than if Arthur were not. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Jack London With this triple killing his main troubles with dogs ceased. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Jules Verne La nuit est venue, l’appareil se trouve encore en cet étroit canal, mais il n’a rien à craindre sous la main du commodore Simcoë. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

Jules Verne Ses amis et lui se retirèrent donc, non sans avoir remercié le sergent et échangé quelques poignées de main avec lui. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

E. T. A. Hoffmann They both went downstairs; the old man unlocked the great main door of the castle, V—— slipped cleverly through. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Miles Franklin The main substance of mother’s letters to me was a hope that I was a better girl to my grannie than I had been to her — a sentiment which did not interest me. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Mais bientôt la curiosité les gagnait et ils se rapprochaient du groupe bavard en tendant l’oreille, laissant une main posée sur le couvercle du poêle pour y garder leur place. Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier [1913]

But my main business that afternoon was pure nonsense. Greenmantle by John Buchan

The small garrisons were drawn from the various towns and fortresses, and went to swell the main army. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

T. E. Lawrence At the bottom we crossed the flat Gaa, matching our camels in a burst over its velvet surface, until we overtook the main body, and scattered them with the excitement of our gallop. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

T. E. Lawrence We turned more north to cut off an angle of the valley, and halted for half an hour till we saw the main body coming. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The main body of the detachment encamped in the courtyard of the mill. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

Il tenait à la main une longue perche garnie de lanternes multicolores, et il regardait paisiblement, une jambe croisée sur l’autre, travailler son compagnon. Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier [1913]

High up in the gable of the loft, where it joined the main wall of the house, there was a small door, and I noted with a transient surprise that there was a long ladder leading up to it. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

For in all that mile or three miles as it may be, there is hardly anywhere outside the main road, and not many places even there, where a man can stand upright. Collected Essays by George Orwell

H. G. Wells Except for them the wide, main street of the town was quite deserted, the people had been given three hours to clear out, and everybody, it seemed, had done so. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Jules Verne The astronomer seemed pleased with the proposal, and at once commenced a verbose and somewhat circumlocutory address, of which the following summary presents the main features. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Anatole France Jumage le remit dans sa poche, M. Bergeret replia le bras, et Jumage posa, d’une main un peu tremblante, le papier sur la table. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

Jules Verne Nous avions regardé du côté de la forêt, sans nous lever, ma main s’arrêtant dans son mouvement vers ma bouche, celle de Ned Land achevant son office. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Son Altesse daignait plaisanter Muffat, qui bégayait, frissonnant d’avoir tenu une seconde, dans sa main brûlante, cette petite main, fraîche des eaux de toilette. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

Jules Verne Glenarvan prit sa main et la serra dans les siennes. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

I saw plainly I had not room for lodging them, and that was a circumstance of main importance to be provided for. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Jules Verne J’aimais autrefois à collectionner ces belles oeuvres créées par la main de l’homme. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Jules Verne Mais, portant la main à sa tête: « Hé! ce n’est pas ma perruque! — En effet, monsieur Obadiah, c’est la mienne, répondit le greffier. Le Tour du Mond en Quatre-vingts Jours by Jules Verne [1873]

The main features are always the same; only this time it was more exciting to our fair friends, on account of Edward’s high stake in it. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Jules Verne Cyrus Smith fit à ses compagnons un signe de la main qui leur recommandait de ne pas bouger, et il s’approcha de la vitre, alors faiblement éclairée par la lumière intérieure. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

George Meredith Irony perusing History offers the beaten and indolent a sugary acid in the indication of the spites and the pranks, the whims and the tastes, at the springs of main events. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

H. G. Wells The main Polish masses never came into actual contact with the German troops, and only their great numerical superiority in aeroplanes saved their repulse from becoming a rout. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Guy de Maupassant Après qu’il eut salué le capitaine et serré la main de son compagnon le commissaire du bord, il entra dans le salon où quelques Anglais sommeillaient déjà dans les coins. Pierre et Jean by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Et comme le juge et le commissaire le regardaient bouche béante, il leur expliqua cette circonstance de la main gauche seule tachée de sang . Le Petit Vieux des Batignolles by Émile Gaboriau [1876]

Anthony Trollope As they came into the main street they encountered the opposition party, Mr. Westmacott, Ontario Moggs, and their supporters. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Guy de Maupassant Et ce petit portrait, moins grand qu’une main ouverte, semblait une personne vivante, méchante, redoutable, entrée soudain dans cette maison et dans cette famille. Pierre et Jean by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Joseph Furphy If you loose-out before you reach the main road, I shall certainly prosecute you. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Edgar Allan Poe The main building was about twenty-four feet long and sixteen broad — certainly not more. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Algernon Blackwood And he got no nearer to finding out what they were all so busy with or where the main stream of their activities lay. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Jules Verne Le ciel prêtait un fond noir à cet épanouissement de flammes que la main de Paganel allait y projeter. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

The main difference between people seems to be that one man can come under obligations on which you can rely — is obligable; and another is not. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Jack London On one occasion they took her off the sled by main strength. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Wilkie Collins He stopped, and summoned his will, and steadied himself by main force. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Jules Verne Je ne crains pas de le proclamer à haute voix, toute guerre qui nous remettrait les armes à la main serait bien venue . De La Terre a La Lune by Jules Verne [1865]

Marcel Prous Ayant à répondre à tous les sourires, à tous les bonjours de la main qui lui venaient du salon, il n’avait pas aperçu l’huissier. Sodome et Gomorrhe by Marcel Prous

Henry Lawson After tramping some three miles he reached a spur, running out from the main ridge. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Jules Verne Wilson prit en main le gouvernail. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Benjamin Disraeli The main force of the Turkish garrison had been quartered in an old palace of the Archbishop, situate in the middle of the city on a slightly rising and open ground, a massy building of rustic stone. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

Jules Verne Elle se profilait ainsi sur une longueur de trois milles, et se terminait brusquement à droite par un pan coupé qu’on eût cru taillé de main d’homme. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Andrew Lang Hallucination represents ‘the main trunk of our psychical existence. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Gaston Leroux They conducted him to the huge main hall, where, however, there was only one person. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Guy de Maupassan At last the main body of the troop arrived, in all two hundred men, each carrying two hundred cartridges. The Prisoners by Guy de Maupassan

Charles Dickens But main roads stretch a long, long way. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Again, the old poetry has a main element in its dissection of those complex mysteries of human character which conduce to abnormal vices and crimes, or lead to signal and extraordinary virtues. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Jules Verne Mais mieux vaut ne point s’attirer quelque mauvaise affaire, et ses camarades le retiennent au moment où sa main brandit un bowie-knife bien affilé. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

Henry David Thoreau What good I do, in the common sense of that word, must be aside from my main path, and for the most part wholly unintended. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Theodore Dreiser However, in crossing the street toward Madison Square Park, he noticed the line of men whose beds were already secured, stretching out from the main body of the crowd. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

As they were drawing near the park gates, an exclamation from Alice roused Jim from the reverie into which he had fallen, and caused him to glance up the lane that led from the main road. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Rudyard Kipling English officials — Deputy Commissioners even — turned aside from the main road to visit him, and on those occasions he dressed himself in the uniform of ancient days, and stood up like a ramrod. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Sir Walter Scott Even Balmawhapple seemed moved to take some precautions, by sending an advanced party in front of his troop, keeping the main body in tolerable order, and moving steadily forward. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Le directeur s’était précipité pour donner une poignée de main à un critique dramatique, dont le feuilleton avait une grande influence. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

The main point was that there were sinister brains at work to organise for their own purposes the perilous stuff lying about. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

That letter has got to be delivered, and there’s more roads than the main road. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Jules Verne Au premier plan, un gabier, accroché dans les haubans de misaine, se tenait d’une main et travaillait de l’autre avec une adresse remarquable. Une Ville Flottante by Jules Verne [1871]

Jules Verne Cela leur épargnait une lutte à main armée, une agression directe, dont quelques-uns d’entre eux pouvaient être victimes. L’Archipel en Feu by Jules Verne [1884]

Jules Verne Son premier acte fut de serrer vigoureusement la main que venait de lui tendre Harry. « Enchanté de te rencontrer! s’écria-t-il. Les Indes Noires by Jules Verne [1877]

I said above that the main quarrel between us and our critics was that of concreteness VERSUS abstractness. The Meaning of Truth by William James

H.P. Lovecraft I think the main line of the hill creatures had got close to the house when the dogs divided because of the roof business. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Washington Irving When in the hands of a robber, it is better to sell one’s merchandise for a fair price, than to have it taken by main force. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Sir Walter Scott Itwas Waverley’s custom sometimes to ride a little apart from the main body, to look at any object of curiosity which occurred on the march. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Andrew Lang As early as 1699, too, the Parisian critic knew that the editions were not very correct, and that the paper, type, ornaments, and FORMAT were their main attractions. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

The main fact was that the stress and odd circumstance of his father’s marriage had been increased and aggravated by the arrival of his own beloved Sarah in this dark, damp and tumbledown place. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

E. F. Benson The main lines of this defensive campaign being thus laid down, Lucia, with her Napoleonic eye for detail, plunged into minor matters. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

His main contribution to literature is his Lectures, published after his death. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Walter Crane To define the boundaries of such forms becomes the main object in early attempts at artistic expression. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Jules Verne Qu’attendait-il? Que voulait-il? Avait-il comme un pressentiment? Tout à coup, son regard s’enflamma, sa main s’étendit vers un point de l’espace. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Wilkie Collins I have nothing to do with public affairs; and, being one of the old school, I make it my main object in life to mind my own business. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

William Dampier A main part of their religion consists in washing often to keep themselves from being defiled; or after they are defiled to cleanse themselves again. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Marjorie Bowen The first and main cause of his dread was a trifle, an affair so slight that when he had first heard of it he had put it from his mind as a thing of no importance. The Fair Hair of Ambrosine by Marjorie Bowen

Nathaniel Hawthorne He reached the main army at Puebla on the 7th of August, with twenty-four hundred men, in fine order, and without the loss of a single wagon. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

George Meredith The main things are to be able to stand well, walk well, and look with an eye at home in its socket: I put you my hand on any man or woman born of high blood. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Jules Verne Ce qui n’était, dans le premier cas, qu’une sorte d’enquête archéologique, devenait, dans le second, une attaque à main armée avec effraction. Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum by Jules Verne [1879]

Jules Verne Au besoin, il retroussait ses manches et montrait un procédé expéditif, un tour de main rapide. Les Cinq Cents Millions de la Bégum by Jules Verne [1879]

Jack London The day following I was desperate, and I rafted together the foremast, the fore and main booms, and the fore and main gaffs. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]