Phrases with "marble"

Anthony Trollope Ethelbert opened an establishment, or rather took lodgings and a workshop, at Carrara, and there spoilt much marble and made some few pretty images. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft At the end of the corridor was a bathroom — a discouraging relique with ancient marble bowl, tin tub, faint electric light, and musty wooded paneling around all the plumbing fixtures. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Oscar Wilde Those who live in marble or on painted panel, know of life but a single exquisite instant, eternal indeed in its beauty, but limited to one note of passion or one mood of calm. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Thomas Hardy Then she glided pensively along the pavement behind him, forgetting herself to marble like Melancholy herself as she mused in his neighbourhood unseen. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The marble inevitably loses its chastity under such circumstances. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

John Lewis Burckhard In El Fasy’s time there were eight marble basins in this room, for the purpose of ablution. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Arthur Conan Doyle From there, with all the yapping and clamor of a hunt, they scrambled over a cabinet, and so along a chain of chairs that ended at the broad marble mantelpiece. An Impression of the Regency by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sinclair Lewis As they entered the bar of the Grand Hotel, with its paintings of lovely but absent-minded ladies, its mirrors, its thick marble rail along a mahogany bar, he blurted: “Well, I got mine, too. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

William Makepeace Thackeray If he were not a genie, and enchanted, and with a strength altogether hyperatlantean, he would drop the moon with a shriek on to the white marble floor, and it would splitter into perdition. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Launcelot Darrell planted his back against the low marble chimney-piece, and prepared to meet his fate. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

That is what you have left in marble for the mercilessly just to ponder on; that alone is the meaning of your work. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

There are also several pretty marble fountains in different parts of the city, which greatly add to its beauty. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Andrew Lang Go into your garden and lift up the little marble slab at the foot of the great myrtle tree. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Oscar Wilde Whose smitten lips my lips so oft have kissed, And now in mute and marble misery Sirs in His lone dishonored House and weeps, perchance for me. Poems by Oscar Wilde [1881]

Mark Twain It has 7,148 marble statues, and will have upwards of three thousand more when it is finished. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

George Meredith She ‘s cool as a marble Venus, as you said. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Those glassy eyes, with their awful look of horror,—that marble hand—told me that life had been gone for hours. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

The water flows into a marble cistern, to which you descend by a flight of steps of delicate whiteness, and return by another. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

H. Rider Haggard To his soft advances she was as cold as a marble statue, the lovely eyes never grew tender for him. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

H.P. Lovecraft In the marble streets were marble pillars, the upper parts of which were carven into the images of grave bearded men. Polaris by H.P. Lovecraft [1918]

Zona Gale There was a statue or two of some indefinable white material, glistening like marble and yet so soft that it had been indented in several places by accidental pressure. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

John Galsworthy Little Jon got up, jumped one of them, and walked round the clump of iris plants which filled the pool of grey-white marble in the centre. Awakening by John Galsworthy

Arnold Bennett Involuntarily he shuddered, as the conviction forced itself upon him that Rocco had some unconscious human being helpless on that cold marble surface. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

E. F. Benson The centre of the fountain was a marble Italian Cupid which squirted the water out of a wine-skin held under its arm. Caterpillars by E. F. Benson

My only consolation here was my marble bath, which the horses had polluted; within its cool and shady depths I could alone find respite from my tormentors. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Edgar Allan Poe The lips were of the usual marble pallor. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

These shapes have no angles: a caryatid in marble is almost as flexible; a Phidian goddess is not more perfect in a certain still and stately sort. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Wilkie Collins The other hand grasped the marble cross at the head of the grave. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

She lived in pain, but smiled through it, with her marble face and violet eyes and long silky lashes; and fretful or repining word never came from her lips. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Washington Irving It is overlooked by a small gallery supported by marble pillars and Morisco arches. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Rafael Sabatini Laboriously he cut through the three successive planks, to find himself confronted next by a layer of marble tiles, which for a moment caused him to despair. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Anthony Trollope She was selling all that for the marble halls. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Bending, with a breaking heart, I touched the marble drapery with my lips, then crept back into the silent house. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Charles Dickens As she rose, her face changed, she gave a cry, and fell upon the marble floor. To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens [1852]

Thou say’st, that when a sinless child, I duly bent the knee, And prayed to what in marble smiled Cold, lifeless, mute, on me. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

Henry James The dark red walls of the room threw them into relief; the polished marble floor reflected their beauty. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Sinclair Lewis They sat at a teak and marble table eating Eggs Fooyung, and listened to a brassy automatic piano, and were altogether cosmopolitan. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Along with these three kinds of law goes a fourth, most important of all, which is not graven on tablets of marble or brass, but on the hearts of the citizens. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Sinclair Lewis He spoke softly enough, looking at the giddy marble of the soda counter, but he spoke sternly: “Look here, May. This is our chance. Land by Sinclair Lewis

Parry, for his part, will raise this slab of marble and a passage will be opened. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Mark Twain Before you is a marble slab, which covers the Stone of Unction, whereon the Saviour’s body was laid to prepare it for burial. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

They fell like cut flame upon the marble table—green and red and burning white. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Virginia Woolf He put down his cup on the little marble table. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Guy de Maupassan Men of all ages, almost naked, walked slowly about, grave and silent; others were seated on marble benches, with arms crossed; others still chatted in low tones. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

James Payn His marble cross was without speck or flaw. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

If there should be no corpse exhibited; if all the marble slabs are unoccupied, strange as it may seem, the visitors turn hastily away with an expression of disappointment or discontent. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

The great Herstane Craig had old snowdrifts still in its ravines, and he had the fancy that it was really built of marble which shone in places through the brown husk. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A whole pillar of marble from one of the rooms above came crashing through and buried him underneath a falling shower of masonry. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

They squeezed past a big Dutch armoire, from the top of which had fallen a marble torso of Hercules. Randal was now on familiar ground. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

She became abnormally aware of her own presence as she stood looking down and impatiently tapping with her little white slipper upon the marble flags. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Otherwise, it is like flinging a block of marble up into the air, and, by some trick of enchantment, causing it to stick there. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

H.P. Lovecraft When I returned to the churchyard place of marble and went down the steps I found the stone trap-door immovable; but I was not sorry, for I had hated the antique castle and the trees. The Outsider by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Willa Cather The top seemed to be one great slab of very hard rock, lying on the mixed mass of the base like the top of an old-fashioned marble table. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Jules Verne Resting is hardly an appropriate expression, for American beds rival marble or granite tables for hardness. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Sinclair Lewis The benches were shelves of ponderous mahogany; the news-stand a marble kiosk with a brass grill. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

I doubt she never thought of the mind inside him, or cared whether he had a heart or a lump of marble behind his waist-band. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Mark Twain Tom’s astonishment was boundless! He scratched his head with a perplexed air, and said: “Well, that beats anything!” Then he tossed the marble away pettishly, and stood cogitating. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Andrew Lang In order to do her more honour, Tubby came to meet her at the foot of the great marble staircase. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Algernon Blackwood LeVallon sat like a marble figure, cold, indifferent, looking straight before him, listening, if only with half an ear, to a stream of words whose import it was not difficult to guess. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Sinclair Lewis Then the business center, the thickening darting traffic, the crammed trolleys unloading, and high doorways of marble and polished granite. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Mark Twain But soft you, the fair Ophelia: Ope not thy ponderous and marble jaws, But get thee to a nunnery — go! Well, the old man he liked that speech, and he mighty soon got it so he could do it first-rate. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Elizabeth Gaskell The tablet is of white Carrara marble on a ground of dove-coloured marble, with a cornice surmounted by an ornamental pediment of chaste design. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Andrew Lang Even there the Childe must dwell In a dun-walled marble cell. Aucassin and Nicolete by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne Some admirable statues in marble and bronze, after the finest antique models, stood upon pedestals in the corners of this magnificent museum. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

There was a marble bench here, with a marble statue of Cupid near at hand, perched on a pedestal, so the spot was quite that which lovers would have chosen. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

William Morris The difficulty in it necessary to be overcome was the making of a pure and true flexible line, not over thick, with little bits of glass or marble nearly rectangular. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

Wilkie Collins I stupefied good Papa with churches and pictures — and then I tried him with a marble woman to begin with. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

The marble looked icy-cold now that no wax-candle shone on it and there was no smoking incense. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

She was forth in the dark corridor, down by the winding marble stair, through the mid-court, hasting to the banquet hall. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

George Meredith They bear the veiled sun like a sangreal aloft to the wavy marble flooring of stainless cloud. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

The room was built of rose-coloured marble excepting the floor, which was tessellated in rose and grey. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

She stood up where all the rest were seated, a tall and perfect figure, a beautiful statuesque head, supported by a neck like a marble column. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

The dead white of her complexion showed like marble against the scarlet robe, the dense hair showed raven black above the pale brow and large luminous eyes. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Thomas Hardy The marble hardness left her face, she moved with something of her old bounding step, and flushed in all her young beauty. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

She went up a flight of marble steps, to a door facing the river. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Walter Scott The matted and dishevelled locks of hair which escaped from under his hat, together with his fixed and unmoved posture, made his head more resemble that of a marble bust than that of a living man. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

He tells Perceval he is a priest, and has buried 3000 knights slain by the Black Hand; every day a knight has been slain, and every day a marble tomb stands ready with the name of the victim upon it. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

Edith Wharton Mrs. Spragg tottered meekly after her, and Mr. Spragg lounged out into the marble hall to buy a cigar before taking the Subway to his office. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But Anthony laughed again — whether she wanted a cake of ice or a marble of it, he must go down-stairs to the kitchen. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

George Gissing Basil pulled away the trailing leafage from a marble hemicycle, and, having spread his cloak upon it, begged tremorously that Veranilda would rest. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Edith Wharton He knew that Floss would always be what she was — he could no more influence or shape her than he could bend or shape a marble statue. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Twice he had passed the house saunteringly; then boldly ascended Mr. Burford’s sedate white marble doorsteps. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

G. K. Chesterton At one end of the path was a classical statue of some nameless nymph, and at the other end it was flanked by two classical urns; but the marble was weather-stained and streaked with green and gray. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

H.P. Lovecraft Nor was there ever a marble city of Aira, or those who could delight in strange songs, save in the dreams of mine old playmate Iranon who is gone. The Quest of Iranon by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

H.P. Lovecraft I have failed in my duties and betrayed the marble city of Olathoe; I have proven false to Alos, my friend and commander. Polaris by H.P. Lovecraft [1918]

There was neither youth nor age, but beauty, mature and majestic as that of a marble Demeter. “Do you believe in that which you seek?” she asked, in her foreign, melodious, melancholy accents. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

He heard the grave-digger’s clumsy boots upon the ladder and the sounds of his heavy breathing as he pulled the marble towards him and lifted it upon his shoulder. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Mark Twain Under a marble altar like a table, is a circular hole in the marble floor, corresponding with the one just under it in which the true Cross stood. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

H. G. Wells But behind that marble mask the thoughts stormed. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Benjamin Disraeli The room opened on a terrace adorned with statues and orange-trees, and descending gently into a garden in the Italian style, in the centre of which was a marble fountain of many figures. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Victor Hugo The ancient comparison of flesh to marble is absolutely false. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

There was also a marble vessel, that seemed designed to contain holy water, but it was empty, — and there was a stone bench, on which Isidora sunk down in weariness, but without hope of rest. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Anatole France What a presentiment was that which came to me, when a child, under the lindens of Joinville, before the marble nymphs! I wished to die then. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Wilkie Collins While the milliners of the Grifoni establishment were industriously shaping dresses, the sculptors in Luca Lomi’s workshop were, in their way, quite as hard at work shaping marble and clay. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her face was as marble white as the gown in which she was wrapped—a soft, filmy affair of lace and chiffon fastened around her with a girdle. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

There was a stone terrace with two flights of steps; winged lions; and grim marble masks. Signa by Ouida

Edith Wharton On the broken marble pavement, chairs and a low table were grouped, and a few geraniums and blue morning-glories had been coaxed to grow between the slabs. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Willa Cather Occasionally she glanced anxiously over her shoulder toward her shining kitchen, with a black and white linoleum floor in big squares, like a marble pavement. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

In the centre of the garden was a magnificent fountain, with a large, oblong, marble basin, and a Triton, on a high pedestal, pouring water from a shell. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

He’s a cunning dog, and not very soft-hearted; and has no more conscience than that,’ and he touched his finger to the cold summit of a marble bust. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sir Richard Burton Presently he came to a staircase and, descending it to the bottom, found himself in a court paved with white marble and alabaster, which shone in the light of the moon. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Louis was calm and cold; his fine head looked like a marble bust. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

G. K. Chesterton For the weather steadily hardened and sharpened; that night the ice of the lake, glimmering in the moonlight, was like a marble floor, and they had begun to dance and skate on it before it was dark. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Dobbs standing stock-still, like a marble pillar, outside the gate under the dark, overhanging trees; Dobbs standing on the watch, in a stealthy, mysterious manner, without his boots. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

It has two rows of marble galleries on pillars, with marble balusters; the pavement is also marble, covered with Persian carpets. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Niccolo Machiavelli And a good sculptor will never be found who believes he can make a beautiful statue from a piece of marble poorly shaped, even though it may be a rough one. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Mark Twain We took off our shoes and went into the marble mausoleum of the Sultan Mahmoud, the neatest piece of architecture, inside, that I have seen lately. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Anatole France Therese led Jacques to the moss-covered steps which, ascending behind the grottoes, led to the Gerbe-de-l’Oise, formed of leaden reeds in the midst of a great pink marble vase. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

At the end rises the grand facade of the main building, majestic and severe, with its immense windows, and its double flight of marble steps. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

When I was a girl he came once to the Temple of Yian, all alone, and spread his shroud on the pink marble steps. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

The block of marble had fallen upon its sculptured end and the gloriously executed work of the girl’s head was smashed to atoms. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Edith Wharton On a table against the window a little Greek marble lifted its pure lines. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

H.P. Lovecraft And sometimes at sunset I would climb the long hilly street to the citadel and the open place, and look down upon Aira, the magic city of marble and beryl, splendid in a robe of golden flame. The Quest of Iranon by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

The mother could see that she had tumbled many things out of the drawers of her bureau upon the marble top. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

The former is still the Good Pull Up for Carmen; the latter an affair of marble and gilt, efficiency and cheapness, which at odd times is found convenient by people of all sorts. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

The lines of the girl’s face were faultless in their execution, the tender sadness of her expression being portrayed as sharply and as clearly as if the cold marble were a thing of life itself. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Ruth read the inscription on the low marble pedestal, relating how he had fallen in the taking of the Redan, and then looked again. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

On the other side of the fireplace, an old secretary with a marble top had been forced, broken, smashed into bits, and rummaged, no doubt, to its inmost recesses. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

G. K. Chesterton And Guthrum heard the soldiers’ tale And bade the stranger play; Not harshly, but as one on high, On a marble pillar in the sky, Who sees all folk that live and die — Pigmy and far away. The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Algernon Blackwood Erect and stately, as though a marble statue passed from my sight by some interior motion of its own, her figure entered the zone of shadow just beyond the door. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

John Lewis Burckhard Those shafts, formed of the Mekka stone, cut principally from the side of the mountain near the Shebeyka quarter, are mostly in three pieces, but the marble shafts are in one piece. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

In the centre of this long façade there was an archway, opening into a stone quadrangle, where a fountain played perpetually in a marble basin. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Here some design a mole, while others there Lay deep foundations for a theater; From marble quarries mighty columns hew, For ornaments of scenes, and future view. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

George Gissing Now, to enter the Thermae was to hear one’s footsteps resound in a marble wilderness; to have statues for companions and a sense of ruin for one’s solace. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Kenneth Grahame And so at last you come to the Palace steps — great broad marble steps, reaching right down to the water. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Nathaniel Hawthorne Elder groups were seated on the fragments of pillars and blocks of marble that lay round the verge of the arena, talking in the quick, short ripple of the Italian tongue. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Some more potent upheaval had cloven a great slice from the marble mantel. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Mary Webb The cries of the owls were hard as marble also, and of a polished ferocity. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Andrew Lang But within was neither man nor beast; neither boar nor dogs, but only a fountain with marble round it, and on the edge a golden bowl, richly wrought, which pleased Pryderi greatly. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

There is an open door of glass Close by that lady’s chair, From thence, to slopes of messy grass, Descends a marble stair. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

He was a marble statue of Episcopacy, chiselled out by the hand of Catholicism, — a figure magnificent and motionless. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Only a strong effort of will kept him from falling—an effort that gave to his face the immobility of a marble mask. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

The sweat streamed down his marble forehead, and his hand, under his coat, tore his breast. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

He darted back to the block of marble and, lifting it in his arms, staggered to the foot of the ladder. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Andrew Lang The marble figures became men once more, and took up their occupations just as they had left them off. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

John Lewis Burckhard The floor, which is upon a level with the door, and therefore about seven feet above the level of the area of the mosque, is laid with marble of different colours. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Victor Hugo The infant had tried to suck the marble breast. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Victor Hugo There are fresh springs under the shrubs; arbours for lovers; and beautiful groups of marble statuary by Bernini. Flowers! there are too many — during the spring the place is on fire with roses. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle I can remember that my eyes caught a little knob of marble as broad as my palm, which was imbedded in one of the grey stones of the rockery, and I found time to admire its delicate mottling. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Gertrude Stein When the surface of marble is burned it is not much discolored. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Mark Twain The inside of the great mosque is very showy with variegated marble walls and with windows and inscriptions of elaborate mosaic. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Virginia Woolf Down the slopes of the Andes the white blocks of marble go bounding and hurtling, crushing to death a whole troop of Spanish muleteers, with their convoy — Drake’s booty, gold and silver. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

M. P. Shiel In many of the chambers were old marble tombs; one was a museum piled with bronzes, urns; but broken, imbedded in fungoids, dripping wide with moisture. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle But these all ended in one large circular hall with a square pedestal of tufa topped with a slab of marble at one end of it. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Henry Kingsley The room behind him grew dark, and the marble pillars, which divided it in unequal portions, stood like ghosts in the gloom. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Robert Green Ingersoll The have worshiped their destroyers — they have canonized the most gigantic liars, and buried the great thieves in marble and gold. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Under a cloudless sky the flowers were packed and heaped along the marble bridge to the parapet. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Andrew Lang How different from thy choice of a sepulchre have been the fortunes of thy tomb! I will that none should break The marble for my sake, Wishful to make more fair My sepulchre. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Six columns support the floor of marble on which it stands covered with figures. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Andrew Lang Under the tree is a fountain, and by the fountain a marble slab, and on the slab a bowl of silver, with a silver chain. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H.P. Lovecraft Flutes shrieked and drums began to beat, and as I watched in awe and terror I thought I saw dark saltant forms silhouetted grotesquely against the vision of marble and effulgence. The Moon-Bog by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Her head inclined gently, gravely, toward him — with the posture of that armless woman in marble he had been studying — and her brown eyes, regarding him from the shadows, emitted light. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

If he finds that cream-colored marble is more artistically beautiful than a rigid presentment of actual flesh and blood, let him stain his marble of that delicate hue until the end of time. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Why did the people stare? His numbers, though they moved or seemed to move In marble or in bronze, lacked character. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

H. G. Wells He came back presently, followed by Bombaccio with a jingling tray and passed across the terrace and down the marble steps towards the tennis court. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Washington Irving A marble figure of Mary is stretched upon the tomb, round which is an iron railing, much corroded, bearing her national emblem — the thistle. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Anthony Trollope I do not speak of that fictitious marble slab up there; but here, among the sandhills by this river, and at the Mount of Olives over which we passed, I do believe. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Someone looked out, but on perceiving Strangers uttered a loud shriek, started back again, and flew down the marble Stairs. ‘What can this mean?’ cried Lorenzo; ‘Here is some mystery concealed. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

He was standing as erect and passionless as a marble statue, looking straight before him. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Only when he came to where the old bishop was asleep in the wonderful marble of Fracesco di San Gallo he was moved by a sudden impulse, and plucked the end of Bruno’s cloak. Signa by Ouida

George Gissing As he drew near the lodge gates in the high wall, he perceived a handsome drinking fountain, built of marble and set in the wall itself. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Julian Hawthorne The rigidity descended through her whole body; she was like a marble statue. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Tobias Smolle I mean shafts and capitals of marble columns, heads, arms, legs, and mutilated trunks of statues. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

William Makepeace Thackeray Real marble could have had no better effect, and the appearance of the whole was lively and picturesque in the extreme. The Second Funeral of Napoleon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1841]

Andrew Lang In its midst was a high seat, overlaid with fine carpets, and into it opened eight doors, each having opposite to it a marble basin. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

For, long after, its recollection rests upon the mind, like a marble dream. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Cut my goddess in two: she is still white marble to the core. The Adventures of the Black Girl in her Search for God by George Bernard Shaw

It looked like marble as she lay there. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Why should not so elegant a man have a house of his own; and if he had told me it was built of marble and hung with Florentine tapestries, I should still have credited it all. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence You’re like a bit out of those coloured marble mosaics in the hall, you have to fit in your own set, fit into your own pattern, because you’re put there from the first. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Among these I found a fine rock tarn; indeed, I might call it a marble bath, for the rock was almost pure white, and perfectly bare all round. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

The snow-white limbs of Everhard were extended as if for the inspection of a sculptor, and moveless, as if they were indeed what they resembled, in hue and symmetry, those of a marble statue. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

He did not answer the question literally, but came over from the doorway and seated himself at the little marble table opposite Claude, leaning his elbows on it. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Rudyard Kipling On the carved marble pillars of each hall are fixed revolving cases of the S.K.M. pattern to show textile fabrics, gold lace, and the like. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Your head in marble would be a treasure to me. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

William Blades The volumes were uncut, and had the original marble covers. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Without such experience, indeed, we do not even know what marble means, in any sense, save as the white limestone of which we carve our mantelpieces. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

George Gissing These collections of nude figures in marble have only an historical interest. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Oscar Wilde The sculptor hewed from the marble block the great white-limbed Hermes that slept within it. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Abraham Merri Upon the mount’s top was a broad, flat plaza on which were great buildings, marble white and golden roofed; temples I thought, or palaces, or both. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

The floor of the cathedral is of marble — the great screens and high-backed chairs of richly-carved cedar. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Marjorie Bowen Then he advanced with a quicker step toward the marble summer-house. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Arthur Machen Beneath his feet, as he sat in the garden porch, was a block of marble through which there ran a scarlet stain. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

William Makepeace Thackeray You have never seen the palace of Amsterdam, my dear sir? Why, there’s a marble hall in that palace that will frighten you as much as any hall in Vathek, or a nightmare. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Edith Wharton Millner, with a faint twinge of envy, glanced across at the colonnaded marble edifice in the farther corner. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Virginia Woolf And for ever round the marble shoulders, in and out of the folded fingers, go the thin high sounds of voice and organ. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

He groped his way to a carved, marble coffin. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle I caught glimpses of velvet chairs, a high white marble mantelpiece, and what seemed to be a suit of Japanese armour at one side of it. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

It was bare, and marked with curious swirls of dirt, like a marble table-top. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

H.P. Lovecraft In ordered terraces rose the green banks, adorned here and there with bowers of vines and sweet blossoms, and seats and benches of marble and porphyry. The Doom that Came to Sarnath by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

Anthony Trollope This, to my eye, gave the houses an unfinished appearance — as though the marble ran short, and no further expenditure could be made. North America by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson Here was a gate into the park, and hard by, under a tuft of laurel, a marble garden seat. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

G. K. Chesterton In a flash I remembered all the fairy-tales about princes turned to marble and princesses changed to snow. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Andrew Lang Still one cannot but regard the published Becket as rather the marble from which the statue may be hewn than as the statue itself. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson The ancient Arsinoe stood here; a few blocks of marble with the cross attest the presence of Venetian Christians; but now — the desolation of desolations. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

In the depths of this fragrant wilderness, marble porticos and pavilions were erected, and baths excavated in the solid porphyry. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Anthony Trollope But as Hortensius, his rival and opponent in this case, had taken a marble sphinx from Verres, he thought it expedient to show how superior he was to such matters. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He moved from the open space, where the moonlight fell upon his marble face, to the shadow of the magnolia grove. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

As this is true, let me in safety rise, or else for ever be fixed here a marble monument. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

Mary Webb They were like a sculpture in marble on some ancient tomb. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]