Phrases with "mask"

H. Rider Haggard Nothing was to be read there, for it was impossible to pierce the mask of solemn calm beneath which, in common with all his race, the king was accustomed to hide his thoughts. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Why that smile? Thou now art deeming This my coldness all untrue — But a mask of frozen seeming, Hiding secret fires from view. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

Our eyes met, and she dropped hers instantly, but not before I had learnt something; for if ever I saw misery under a mask it was on her face. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Guy de Maupassant When the case was heard, it was proved that the mask had been very skillfully made from a portrait of the deceased woman. Ghosts (Le Noyé) by Guy de Maupassant [1888]

H. G. Wells And yet so like Philip; as like Philip as a mask is like a face. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

George Meredith He’s as distinctly made to be laughed at as a mask in a pantomime. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

George Meredith She saw Renee sitting stonily, too proudly self-respecting to put on a mask of flippant ease. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Anthony Trollope I saw his face wearing a mask as plain as I can see yours. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

When fever is brewing, just as electric lights glimmer from the sullen mask of cloud on the eve of a storm, there come sometimes odd flickerings that seem to mock and warn. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Meredith Beauchamp asked her if she had brought servants with her; and it gratified her to see that he was no actor fitted to carry a scene through in virtue’s name and vice’s mask with this actress. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Abraham Merri They framed the handmaiden! The face of Yolara changed to that gorgon mask that had transformed it once before at sight of the Golden Girl. In her blind rage she forgot to cast the occulting veil. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Virginia Woolf His features were covered by mask within mask. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Ann Radcliffe Still, however, she pursued Adeline with an eye of scrutiny; and the mask of kindness would sometimes fall off, and discover the features of distrust. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Thomas Paine The mask was now thrown off, and matters were come to a crisis. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

George Meredith She clung to him and closed her eyes, showing him a face of slumber, like a mask of the dead. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

E. F. Benson At the moment the medium’s face became contorted to a mask of hellish terror; mouth and eyes were both open, and the eyes were focussed on something close to him. The Thing in the Hall by E. F. Benson [1912]

Walter Scott The reader is aware that, by doing so, he had an opportunity of breaking Darsie’s fall from his side-saddle, although his disguise and mask prevented his recognizing his friend. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Night lifted it, laying bare the stifled truth below; but there was no one to see except myself, and when the day broke the mask fell back again of its own accord. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

George Meredith Love shone cunningly through the mask of filial duty, but the plea of urgency was reasonable. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

T. H. Huxley Unity of plan everywhere lies hidden under the mask of diversity of structure — the complex is everywhere evolved out of the simple. Essays by T. H. Huxley

She was of a bitter thinness, tall, and her small white face like a mask set with fierce hostile eyes. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

His glance fell on Grant, and in the bright diamond light from the window his placid face became suddenly a mask of horror. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Virginia Woolf And Renny had said, “I help them to make shells,” and a mask had come down over his face. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

George Meredith He was not one to be deceived by the Greek’s mask in running down daily to Brookfield. A manoeuvre like that was poor; and besides, he had seen the sallow eyes give a twinkle more than once. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

H.P. Lovecraft It wouldn’t be pleasant if I took that mask off — let it alone. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]

The Moderator’s massive visage was the mask behind which his brain ticked small and foolish like a clock. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

H. Rider Haggard Moreover, it had sleeves just long enough to leave the hands of the wearer visible, and beneath its peaked cap was a sort of mask with three slits, two for the eyes and one for the mouth. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Ford Madox Ford He had said to Mark, over Sylvia’s first letter “You won’t let ’em?” and Mark knew the agony that was behind his tallowy mask and goggle eyes. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

He was shot as he knelt, having a mask of leather over his face, because the Bretons who composed the squad of execution refused to fire at a priest unless his face was concealed. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

She had managed to overhear quite a lot which they had said, and so it was with some effort that she composed her face to mask the emotion she was experiencing. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

George Meredith She whirled, she twirled, the mock-priest grinned, And quickly his mask unriddled; ’Twas Adrian! loud his old laughter dinned; Then he seized a fiddle, and fiddled. Poems from the volume entitled “Modern Love” by George Meredith [1862]

Henry James At present, however, she neither taunted him with his fallacies nor pretended that her own confidence was justified; if she wore a mask it completely covered her face. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Well, thou mayst mask thine eyes; no more. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

It was with the utmost difficulty, Peschi said, that Rivereau and the rest had succeeded in persuading the poor creature to leave the bedside and go into the other room while the mask was. Two Stories by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

Edith Wharton He was evidently deeply disturbed, yet his anger, she felt, was only the unconscious mask of another emotion — an emotion she could not divine. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

The whitish gleam was the mask conferred by the enormity of their remotion. The System of the Heavens as Revealed by Lord Rosse’s Telescope by Thomas De Quincey [1846]

Wilkie Collins In plain words, will you buy the mask of me for two hundred scudi?” “I have not twenty scudi in the world, at my own free disposal. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Marie Corelli His courtesy and gentleness were but a mask for licentiousness — his apparent truth was but a disguise for mere reckless and inconstant passion. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

E. F. Benson He found a mask in his study; he set his children in a row, and bade them each assume it in turn, so that they might speak boldly under cover of it, and answer the cosmic questions he put to them. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

H.P. Lovecraft His eyes, looking past me toward the malodorous sea, were positively starting from his head; while his face was a mask of fear worthy of Greek tragedy. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Robert Green Ingersoll Through the wrinkles of time, through the mask of years, if you really love her, you will always see the face you loved and won. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Arthur Conan Doyle Only once during all those months did I ever see him without that sad but impassive mask which he usually presented towards his fellow-man. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

With much labour he cut down bushes, so as to mask the approach to the waterhole on all sides save where these tracks immediately conjoined. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

No one had ever seen his face or had any idea what he was like for, working single-handed, he had always slipped on a mask as he had entered the banks. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

However, he exerted himself to meet the conversation of the squire, and to mask as well as he was able the evidence of the conflict which still raged within him. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Gaston Leroux Look, I am not laughing now, I am crying, crying for you, Christine, who have torn off my mask and who therefore can never leave me again! . The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

It was a mask of a face; a sad mask, on the whole. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Edgar Allan Poe The mask which concealed the visage was made so nearly to resemble the countenance of a stiffened corpse that the closest scrutiny must have had difficulty in detecting the cheat. The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

With an effort Willems took his eyes off the deathlike mask and turned them up to Aissa’s head. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

George Meredith His ejaculation, ‘Women!’ was, as he knew, merely ignorance roaring behind a mask of sarcasm. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Rudyard Kipling But she was deadlily learned and evil-instructed; and, now and again, when the mask dropped, men saw this, shuddered and almost drew back. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Henry Handel Richardson To Mahony this seemed to cap the climax; and he did not mask his sentiments. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

John Galsworthy When, after that drive which seemed to last for ever, she entered Roger’s drawing-room, she disguised under a mask of resolution a very torment of nervousness and emotion. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

And now she was shut up in her house and would see no one, not even her own servants, without the black velvet mask which she wore day and night. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Arthur Conan Doyle It only remains, therefore, to discover what is wanted by this German who writes upon Bohemian paper and prefers wearing a mask to showing his face. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

In repose his features had a curious character of evil, exhausted austerity; but when he smiled, the whole mask took on an unpleasantly infantile expression. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

And yet I was halfway to the front door before I remembered the vile crape mask upon my face, and tore it off as the door flew open and my feet were on the steps. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

H. G. Wells It was a mask and disguised the actual facts of government. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

T. E. Lawrence This self-distrusting shyness held a mask, often a mask of indifference or flippancy, before my face, and puzzled me. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Gaston Leroux What is this farce?” Christine simply took off her mask and said: “Dear, it is a tragedy!” Raoul now saw her face and could not restrain an exclamation of surprise and terror. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Isabella Bird My mask was frozen to my lips. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Yvonne laughed nervously, but coming to the edge of the box buried her mask in her bouquet and looked down. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Here, Luigi, Giovanni! seize the hag! — quick! — why loiter ye?” The mask retired from the door, and another and yet taller form presented itself. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Her wig of a bright brown colour was arranged in a fashion of fifty years ago, falling about her strange mask of a powdered, painted face in long curled ringlets. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

George Meredith His humour of sententiousness and doctorial stilts is a mask he delights in, but you ought to know him and not be frightened by it. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

John Galsworthy The mask was down over her face, that mask behind which so much went on that he could not see. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

He is moving; and if he has taken off his mask I shall be able to see. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

H.P. Lovecraft He was said to be dark, expressionless, and bearded, and his landlord thinks the swarthy mask — which was duly exhibited — looked very much like him. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]

Wilkie Collins Have you brought the wax mask with you, or have you not?” “I have not. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Nature was the same, as when she was the kind mother of the human race; now, childless and forlorn, her fertility was a mockery; her loveliness a mask for deformity. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

A man might as well wear a mask as all that adornment. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

A woman appeared—the lady whom the waiter had said he believed was a Mrs. Jaynes, and who had advanced that curious story about a mask being made to imitate the human face. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

The woods were unmoved, like a mask — heavy, like the closed door of a prison — they looked with their air of hidden knowledge, of patient expectation, of unapproachable silence. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

M. R. James Then a bird (perhaps) rustled in the box-bush on her left, and she turned and started at seeing what at first she took to be a Fifth of November mask peeping out among the branches. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Arthur Conan Doyle Then, with a gesture of desperation, he tore the mask from his face and hurled it upon the ground. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Skeletons still perambulate among us, as in The Messenger, where the stripped-off mask shows a hideous skull. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Gaston Leroux Once, you could not look at my mask because you knew what was behind . The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

A. E. W. Mason For a second the mask was lifted and his stern features softened. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Sainte Croix therefore, when engaged in its manufacture, always wore a mask made of fine glass. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Willa Cather Tomorrow night the wind would blow again, and this mask would be the golden face of Aphrodite. But a “big” career takes its toll, even with the best of luck. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

What could she say to him from whose familiar face the mask had fallen? The husband she had loved and honoured was lost to her for ever. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Henry James What it had come to was that he wore a mask painted with the social simper, out of the eye-holes of which there looked eyes of an expression not in the least matching the other features. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

George Gissing He was my dear friend; I have only of late discovered his infamy, and for the gravest reasons, which you shall learn, I am obliged to mask my knowledge. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

A mask of stone could not have been more inflexible. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Edgar Allan Poe His mask and cloak lay where he had thrown them, upon the floor. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

And Raffles was looking humbly in her face, the crape mask snatched from his own. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

His face, relieved forever from its mask of repression, turned towards me with the look of a despairing spirit. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Henry Adams Behind his almost Falstaffian mask and laugh of Silenus, he carried a fine, broad, and high intelligence which no one questioned. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Wilkie Collins No mask could have been made expressionless enough to resemble it; and yet it looked like a mask. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

D.H. Lawrence What is the good? I have only to tie a mask on for the meeting. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf The mask might conceal anything — or nothing? Anyhow it was a mask of great distinction. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was not until the two people whose entrance had had such a remarkable effect upon Bernadine, rose to leave, that the mask was, for a moment, lifted. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

His face was like a mask and he continued to stare stonily at his companion. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Rudyard Kipling Speech, gesture, and step, so carefully drilled into him, had gone away with the borrowed mask of indifference. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

D. H. Lawrence Connie wondered sometimes if it were a sort of mask to disarm opposition, because it was almost too fixed. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

He had taken one of the framed photographs from the chimney-piece, and was scanning it at suicidal length through the eye-holes in the hideous mask which he still wore. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

G. K. Chesterton Something in her face suggested that the movement had been one of impatience or even of dismay since it cannot help looking like a mask of tragedy over quite trivial irritations. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Thomas Hardy It was a laugh full of character; the low forced laugh which seeks to hide the painful perception of a humiliating position under the mask of indifference. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

It was a mask of metal, with glass eyes. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

She spoke of the agreeable audacity which a mask rendered practicable; she talked like a friend; she admired her dress, and insinuated very prettily her admiration of her beauty. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edith Wharton He stood looking down on the sleeping face which seemed to lie like a delicate impalpable mask over the living lineaments he had known. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Edgar Allan Poe His mask and cloak lay, where he had thrown them, upon the floor. William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe

It seemed as if Fareham had lifted a mask and shown her his real countenance, with all the lines that tell a life history. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Sigmund Freud If they are analysed, it is found that they signify something that is not contained in them, that they are intended to mask another wish of some kind. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

John Galsworthy Her self-possession was wonderful, but there were moments when, behind the mask of her face, inscrutable as it had always been to him, lurked an expression he had never been used to see there. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

E. Phillips Oppenheim I felt that my mask was perfect. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

George Meredith The council upstairs permitted Arabella to go, on the understanding that she was prepared for hostilities, and ready to tear the mask from Wilfrid’s face. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

I may have erred — my eyes may have deceived me — it may not have been you that capered and piped in a dog’s mask to yon lost crew. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

The mask was closing on his face. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Ralph Waldo Emerson Our poet’s mask was impenetrable. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Wilkie Collins If I didn’t see the mask hanging up there now, as whole as ever, I should really believe it had been broken to pieces, just as I dreamt it. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Marjorie Bowen In the tall doorway stood the Earl, wrapped in a pink domino, with a mask in his hand. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

H. G. Wells I breathed in Sargon, in Alexander, in Genghis Khan, in Napoleon. Now I come among you, using you as my mask and servants. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

John Galsworthy His father’s mask had been forced awry by the emotion of the meeting, so that the boy suddenly realised how much he must have felt their absence. To Let by John Galsworthy

Nathaniel Hawthorne Therefore, had it been possible, Kenyon would have done well to mask himself in some wild, hairy visage, and plunge into the throng of other maskers, as at the Carnival before. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

E. F. Benson His mouth drooped open, his eyes grew monstrous and protruding, and what had been the pleasant, neat-featured face of a man was a mask of terror, a gargoyle, a nightmare countenance. The China Bowl by E. F. Benson

Victor Hugo It was the shipwreck of a human face into the mask of an animal. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Walter Scott Tyrrel, in the meantime, stood looking on with wonder, imagining that he beheld in the features which emerged from a mask of mud, the countenance of an old friend. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

He works for Felon the sculptor, and it was Felon who had been commissioned to do the bust for which the death mask would serve as model. Two Stories by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

From behind her mask she looked at him. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

D. H. Lawrence But it was not a round face: it was characteristic enough, and took queer ironical dimples, like a mask which is comic but frozen. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

He wore a wig, a mask concealed his face, and a long cloak hid his figure. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Victor Hugo Unknown people had worked upon his face; he, on the other hand, had worked on his mind, and behind this well-executed mask he had placed all that he could of thought. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

G. K. Chesterton On the present occasion, any appearance he might have had of arranging the Belloc banquet was in fact a mask for Professor Eccles’ influence. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Edgar Allan Poe A mask of black silk entirely covered his face. William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe

George Meredith Her mask of ingenuousness was flung away for a look of craft, which could be power; and with her changed aspect his tolerance changed to hatred. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

His face, too, was as Jaikie remembered it in the Canonry, a mask of ruthlessness. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle She had not said a word, but had stood with a face like a mask looking blankly in front of her. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Dr. Hoop–Brown felt the nearest approach to a lump in his throat that he had experienced for many years, and he looked down quickly to mask the expression on his face. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

George Meredith In public, the brass mask of the Idol they call Propriety commands or supplies their feelings and thoughts. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

He had followed in the corridor a mask, which he thought he recognized; but the mask had lost itself in the crowd, and he could not meet with it again. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Charles Dickens You had not your little wits sharpened by their intriguing against you, suppressed and defenceless, under the mask of sympathy and pity and what not that is soft and soothing. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

George Meredith The round brown eyes and the ruddy varnish on his cheeks were a mask upon grief, if not also upon joy. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

George Meredith Rose had got a mask at last: her colour, voice, expression, were perfectly at command. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Anatole France He did not find on the funeral mask brought from St. Helena the characteristics of that face, beautiful and powerful, which medals and busts have consecrated. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Arthur Conan Doyle From his pocket he pulled a mask of dark cloth, which he fastened securely across his face, adjusting it carefully that his sight might be unimpeded. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

When the miner comes up from the pit his face is so pale that it is noticeable even through the mask of coal dust. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

The mask drew back, and composed his disordered mantle. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

George Meredith He talked with a ready affability, latterly with greater social ease; evidently not acting the indifferent conqueror, or so consummately acting it as to mask the air. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

H. G. Wells Had he after all been too unsympathetic? Few people could suspect how subtly profound he really was beneath the mask of that cynical gaiety of his. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

There was something behind his mask of gay pugnacity; nay, there was something behind the good Garlands and their culpably commonplace misfortunes. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

A. E. W. Mason She could throw off the mask for a little while; she had an opportunity to be tired; she had solitude wherein to gain strength to resume her high spirits upon Durrance’s return. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Victor Hugo She was not ignorant of the incarnate hideousness of Gwynplaine. She had seen the mask which was his face; and that mask had not caused her to draw back. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

It was afternoon, twilight yet out of doors: starless and moonless twilight; for, though keenly freezing with a dry, black frost, heaven wore a mask of clouds congealed and fast-locked. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

In truth I must have given them fair cause, though my mask was now torn away and hid nothing but my left ear. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Willa Cather The ignorance and the fatuous conceit which lay behind her grimacing mask of slang and ridicule humiliated him so deeply that he became absolutely reckless. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Wilkie Collins Their jealous hatred of Lady Winwood assumed the mask of Duty — duty toward an outraged and deceived fellow-creature. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Oscar Wilde The mask of youth had saved him. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

I forgot for a moment how impervious my mask and domino were to the hard stare of the old campaigner, and was preparing for an animated scuffle. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Maria Edgeworth Under the unsuspected mask of stupidity this worthy mistress of our intriguing valet-de-chambre concealed the quick ears of a listener, and the demure eyes of a spy. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Wilkie Collins The mask of coquetry — badly worn from the first — dropped from her. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

I dismissed my carriage, ran up the broad stair-case, mask in hand, with my domino fluttering about me, and entered the large bedroom. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

I removed my mask imprudently for a moment, about an hour ago, and, too late, I fancied you saw me. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

F. Scott Fitzgerald I’m tired as hell!” As he spoke the sudden anger died out of his eyes and the mask of weariness dropped again over his face. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

But, though the governess had come in there for the very purpose of taking the mask off for the first time in her life, she seemed to look upon the frightened cry as a fresh provocation. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Anatole France Disciples of Dr. Gall, whose system was then in favor, regarded the mask as suspicious. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

She was deeply shocked, intensely sorry; and she made no attempt to mask her sorrow by any conventional speech or pretence whatsoever. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Sigmund Freud This anxiety cannot enter into the dream otherwise than by taking advantage of the corresponding wish; but the wish is able to mask itself behind the concern which has been aroused during the day. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Charles Dickens Let us veil our meaning under a mask of romance; you, I, and Nettie. William Tinkling being the plainest and quickest writer, shall copy out. A Holiday Romance by Charles Dickens [1868]

The instantaneous kindness of your expression, that blasted English mask of courtesy and good breeding — it said everything. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Walter Scott So they satisfied their mutual dislike with saying a few sharp things to each other occasionally, but all under the mask of civility. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

He looked at the body of the miserable woman in its strange mask of age. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

D. H. Lawrence An angry wax mask of mortification, haughty with a stiff, wooden haughtiness, and two little near-set holes for eyes, behind glass pince-nez. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

F. Scott Fitzgerald He began to walk quickly back toward town, not waiting to remove the mask but watching the road with difficulty through the jagged eye-holes. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry James But she was, after all, herself — she couldn’t help that; and now there was no use pretending, wearing a mask or a dress, for he knew her and had made up his mind. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

And the old man was light hearted and merry, and said that he had worn a mask when he was young, and could have told a whispering tale in a fair lady’s ear. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

At noon the next day a message was received that they were ready and they filed into Court trying to mask all expression from their faces. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Guy de Maupassan It was useless for him to allow the public to examine the mask for themselves before the exhibition began. An Artist by Guy de Maupassan

Rudyard Kipling He had plenty of money of his own; his training had set the public-school mask upon his face, and had taught him how many were the ‘things no fellow can do. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

John Galsworthy Has a mask on, prettily shaped, prettily worn, liable to fall off. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

George Meredith An arm-chair in her room invited her to rest and think—the mask of a natural desire for sleep. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

John Galsworthy It hurt; yes — more than if she had kept her mask unmoved, her hand unlifted. To Let by John Galsworthy

D. H. Lawrence If you are a mask you don’t walk like a human being: you dance and prance along extraordinarily like the life-size marionettes, conducted by wires from above. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

What other course then? She must dissemble, mask her face with indifference, if possible with tenderness, and undertake the difficult task of separating Micheline from the man whom she adored. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Arthur Conan Doyle Yet I have learned from a side-wind that he is but a debauched and low-living man, though he covers his pleasures with a mask of piety. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins Then I felt a perfect fever of impatience to cast the mould directly; and see whether the mask would come out without a flaw. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

The lady, forgetting that she wore her mask, raised her hand as though to wipe her eyes, and meeting the rough velvet, she tore away her mask in anger, and threw it on the floor. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry James Her mask had dropped for an instant, but she had put it on again, to Ralph’s infinite disappointment. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

They had received him with a show of kindness and hospitality, and, reposing on this, he had been decoyed into the snare, and found this kindness only a mask to cover the blackest perfidy. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Henry Handel Richardson The skin of his face, too, had a peculiar, drawn feeling, as if it were a mask that was too tight for it. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Marjorie Bowen One of the dancers was the mask in red and yellow. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

The mask and beard became you very well, and as to the axe, I do not think it would be out of keeping even at this moment. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Henry James She seemed to speak, with intense gravity, from behind a mask or a cage. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

H. G. Wells Finally I chose a mask of the better type, slightly grotesque but not more so than many human beings, dark glasses, greyish whiskers, and a wig. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Rudyard Kipling The man wasn’t drunk — only a little concerned in liquor, like — an’ his back was a mask where he’d slipped in the muck comin’ along. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

He went frequently to the theatres, then fashionable, when ‘The fair sat panting at a courtier’s play, And not a mask went unimproved away. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

George Meredith Do they think that I am going to put on a mask to please them? Not for anybody! What they are to know they may as well know at once. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Edith Wharton Thus, in broken phrases, he flung his defence at her: a defence improvised, pieced together as he went along, to mask the crude instinctiveness of his act. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

H. G. Wells The mask was a cleverly simplified caricature of Bohun’s visage and the ginger wig and forelock might have been the Boss’s natural hair. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Elizabeth Gaskell Thither she steered, defying wind and snow; guided by here a thorn-tree, there an old, doddered oak, which had not quite lest their identity under the whelming mask of snow. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She looked into the white, beautiful face wearing once more its mask of studied indifference, and her heart grew faint. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

In these thirty lines we have the preluding mutterings of the storm which was to sweep away mask and revel and song, to inhibit the drama, and suppress poetry. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Edith Wharton No mask had dropped from Denis’s face: the pink shades had simply been lifted from the lamps, and she saw him for the first time in an unmitigated glare. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Walter Scott He hastened to say, in tolerable French, that her will should be a law to them in every respect, and that she was at perfect liberty to wear the mask till it was her pleasure to lay it aside. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Virginia Woolf It had been smooth as a mask before she spoke. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Edmund Burke At length the mask is thrown off, and they are now trying means (with little success) of exacting their benevolence by force. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Virginia Woolf Throwing faint smiles to mask their cruelty, their indifference, they seize me. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Wilkie Collins Old as I was, versed as I was in the hard knowledge of how to keep the mask on in the hour of need, this was not to be done. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

He and his men and found nothing, but under a smiling face and jaunty air he was now intending to mask the dreadful disappointment which he felt. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

The time might come in which he would have to mask his thoughts, and stoop to the hateful hypocrisy of civility to this man; but he had not yet schooled himself to do this. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]