Phrases with "mass"

So that now there was a grand and noble sight, this central mass of heaving men, detached groups of fighters, and the spectators shouting, roaring, the dogs barking as though they were mad. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Such a mass of jewelry looked rather out of place in the daylight, but the twilight of the room made the glitter less pronounced. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

It had the same diamond-paned windows and pointed thatched roof and the same mass of old-fashioned flowers around the doorway. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Jules Verne The kindly rays of the sun have condensed all that mass of mist. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Jules Verne At its summit rose up a second cone, turned upside down and spindled on its point; its enormous mass threatened to crush the ship, as it was oscillating and ready to fall. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

The Hadrian met the mass of granite full, and the two men were hurled into the air, above a smashed mass of steel and iron, smoking and hissing. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Thomas Love Peacock From this position a portion of the sky and the woods was reflected in the pool, which, from its bank, was but a mass of darkness. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

H. G. Wells This large, loose assimilatory mass of movements, groups, and societies will be definitely and obviously attempting to swallow up the entire population of the world and become the new human community. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

He left behind him a mass of correspondence and autobiographical matter which he committed to his friend Lord John (afterwards Earl) Russell for publication. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle The whole lower story was one seething mass of fire, so that there seemed no possibility of approach from that direction. Gentlemanly Joe by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins The mass over, I send home the footman and the orphan, remaining behind myself, plunged in inconceivable perplexity. A Fair Penitent by Wilkie Collins [1857]

They can so mass that we do not know which side of the angle they will strike till the blow falls. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Guy de Maupassant Before the cafes a mass of men were drinking opalescent liquids that looked like precious stones dissolved in the glasses. A King's Son (Toumbouctoo) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Baldwin Spencer From the upper cross-bar a knob projects, and this, together with the cross-bar, is a mass of bright red abrus seeds. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

H. Rider Haggard At the western extremity of the temple a huge statue towered seventy or eighty feet into the air, hewn, to all appearance, from a mass of living rock. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Jules Verne The coast on the eastern side looked like a mass faintly printed upon a damp fog. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

George Gissing The mass of women I see about me are so contemptible that, in my haste, I use unjust language. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Andrew Lang A. then died, and B. in an extremely vivid dream (a thing unfamiliar to him) seemed to read a mass of unknown facts, culminating in two definite results, capable of being stated in figures. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy She appeared a mere spot, hardly distinguishable from the grass, as she crossed the open ground, and soon became absorbed in the black mass of the fir plantation. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Mark Twain The block must have been as large as the Fifth Avenue Hotel before the usual waste (by the necessities of sculpture) of a fourth or a half of the original mass was begun. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Jules Verne The mass was compact, and of an extremely close grain. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

A new growth of grass and bushes was springing up; there were traces of an earthwork under a mass of thorny twigs. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Edgar Wallace The little machine which Colson had described as the “sound strainer” was a mass of tangled wreckage. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

The mother drew the soft mass of muslin a little nearer to her heart. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope He would have had all mankind for candidates, and have selected from the whole mass those most worthy of the high reward. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Sometimes he thinks the past week has been a dream, till he touches the sticking-plaster on his brow, and finds that his left thigh is still a mass of bruises and that his right leg is wofully stiff. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

George Gissing Then, on Monday evening, when Earwaker was very busy with a mass of manuscript, the well-known knock sounded from the passage, and Malkin received admission. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Baldwin Spencer Behind them is a mass of beeswax wound round with whitened banyan-bark string. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

A mass of thin black films that had once been paper met her eyes. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Arthur Machen Consumption, which flourishes in that damp, warm climate, had laid hold of her; not only her lungs but her whole system was a mass of tuberculosis. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

George Gissing The mass of men at present regard women as creatures hoodwinked for them by nature—or at all events by society. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Edith Wharton At length he turned and looked back at the threatening mass of the overhanging fortress, and at the black house-fronts, lightless, indistinguishable, along the quay . Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman One of our inherited handicaps was that great mass of wreckage left over from the foolishness and ignorance of the years behind us. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Was he too late? The mass of the house rose like a cliff, and in that yard he seemed to be in a suffocating cave. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

To the great mass of cheap excursionists the characteristic scenery of the Lakes is in itself hardly a pleasure at all. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

William Henry Bragg The mass absorption coefficient in most substances of the β rays due to Sn X rays is known to be about 3200. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

The authorization being granted, he undid the parcel, and disclosed a mass of long, fair, silky hair threaded into a gold ring that was set with an emerald. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

A mass of mental phenomena are now seen in the shrubbery beyond the parapet. Memories and Studies by William James

Our ship was nothing but a mass of hides, from the cat-harpins to the water’s edge, and from the jib-boom-end to the taffrail. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Calumbo is now a poor place, with a few dilapidated stone houses in a mass of wattle and daub huts, surrounded by large “arimos. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Arthur Machen The girl was a mass of tuberculosis, she was within a few hours of death; she is now full of life. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

But Deyverdun was a perfect master of that tongue, and translated a mass of documents for the use of his friend. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Edmund Burke An individual is not of the same importance in a mass represented by a few as in a mass represented by many. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

D. H. Lawrence Frederick is struggling with a mass of Italian irregular verbs at the moment. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Society produces many a monster, but the mass of those whom, after creating them, it pronounces bad are merely bad from the conventional point of view; they are guilty of weaknesses, not of crimes. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

I had to admonish a silly Beluch, who, foolishly thinking that powder alone could not hurt a man, fired his gun off into a mass of naked human legs, in order, as he said, to clear the court. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outlines and covering up all the details. Politics and the English Language by George Orwell

Coom up, Brownie!” I humbly entreated that the ill-used mass might be allowed to sprawl in undisturbed misery. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Jules Verne The waves were impregnated with a mass of blood. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Jack London Nothing was to be seen of his chest, however, for it was covered with a mass of black hair, in appearance like the furry coat of a dog. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

George Meredith Here’s a breakfast to feed twenty hungry families in Spitalfields. Where does the mass of meat go? One excess feeds another. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

John Stuart Mill The combination of all these causes forms so great a mass of influences hostile to Individuality, that it is not easy to see how it can stand its ground. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

H. Rider Haggard Presently he moved on, then came a crashing of the reeds about fifty yards above us, and a few minutes later a huge black mass rose out of the water, about twenty yards from me, and snorted. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

And though every one of us consists of a body and soul, yet the hegemonic and intellectual faculty is small, being hid in the huge mass of flesh. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Andrew Lang When it drew near to three in the afternoon, a mass of dark clouds was seen rising in the north which came rapidly across the sky and took its course right above the farm. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

The mass of villainy, ignorance, and innocence began to be animated with something like a uniform movement. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

It is shown by a small spike placed over a terrella or by a small versorium; for they are turned by the terrella toward the mass that stands out and toward the large eminences. On the Magnet by William Gilber

D. H. Lawrence At last, after heaving at himself, for he seemed to be a mass of inertia, he got up. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

She was looking up toward the Montmartre height, hesitant, uncertain whether to continue, when a gust of wind blew down a mass of sooty smoke that covered the entire street. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Pierre broke open the chest with an axe, and the cover sprang back, disclosing to view a mass of gold coins—all ancient, and many of them foreign. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

H. G. Wells The mass production of cigarettes died out, and those who smoked, smoked pipes of substitute. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch They had no candles, but by economising their stock of matches they followed up the mysterious and beautiful staircase until it came to a sudden end, blocked by the fallen mass of cliff. Phoebus on Halzaphron by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

I caught one glimpse of a mass of tissue paper, and then she put the cover on again, and for a good half hour sat crouching down beside it, shuddering like one in an ague-fit. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

T. E. Lawrence We had no opportunity to notice this, or indeed anything, just now, except the mass of Feisal’s army, filling the valley from side to side. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

G. K. Chesterton If we look round at the exhibits in one of these æsthetic shows, we shall be struck by the large mass of modern objects that the decorative school leaves untouched. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson As they drew off into the distance, also, the woods seemed to mass themselves together, and lie thin and straight, like clouds, upon the limit of one’s view. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

F. Scott Fitzgerald Pat tried to explain this to John, but John was peering for Bonita Granville from behind the great mass of coiled ropes and pails where they hid. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

H. G. Wells Out of this knowledge mass there have since come many very trenchant criticisms of the President’s mistakes. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

William Morris For this third day the mass was fermenting indeed. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

H. G. Wells So they decided that the mass of people in the world were unprepared for it — while as a matter of fact it was they themselves who were unprepared for it. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Edgar Allan Poe The right, in its upper portion, was also partially, if not thoroughly, ossified, while the lower region was merely a mass of purulent tubercles, running one into another. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Just a stone-throw from the bank where the granite mass was I heard a crash —’ ‘The mass falling?’ said Penrith, sarcastically. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Catherine Helen Spence The mass of the people felt religion to be a necessity of their nature. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

If the great mass of travelers voted according to their ignorance, the majority in favor of knowing next to nothing would be overwhelming, and I do not say they would be altogether unwise. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

G. K. Chesterton With all his faults, and all his triumphs, he stands for the great mass of natural manliness which must be absorbed into art unless art is to be a mere luxury and freak. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

T. E. Lawrence In mass they were not formidable, since they had no corporate spirit, nor discipline nor mutual confidence. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Thomas Hardy The appearance of an oblong space of light in the dark mass of walls denoted that the door was opened. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

It lies at or near the south-west end of a mass of white-faced sandhills; there are none to the south or west of it. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Thomas Wolfe Else was a young widow of thirty who looked and was a perfect type of the Norse Valkyrie. She had a mass of lustrous yellow hair braided about her head, and her cheeks were two ruddy apples. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Jules Verne A few unrecognizable bodies lay on the slope of the embankment, but from that blazing mass no living thing could be saved. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

In these affairs no aim is taken at individual antagonists; the soldier delivers his fire at the thickest mass in his front. The Crime at Pickett’s Mill by Ambrose Bierce

On reaching Xauxa, however, these clouds gathered into one dark mass of warriors, which formed on the opposite bank of the river that flowed through the valley. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

H. G. Wells The hair of the men was often a mass of effeminate curls, their chins were always shaven, and many of them had flushed or coloured cheeks. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Leon Trotsky As soon as Lenin fell ill, Stalin with the help of his allies had Tsaritsin renamed Stalingrad. The mass of the people had not the ghost of an idea what the name meant. My Life by Leon Trotsky

He fell like a mass of rock; and the rudeness of the shock drew from him a groan resembling the roar of an infuriated beast. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope The room is half covered with damp straw, which has been kicked in from the passage; the windows are closed, and there is a huge fire burning on the other side of that moist mass of humanity. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Baldwin Spencer In the second form the implement is a double one, having a flint inserted into a mass of resin at each end of the curved stick. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Guy de Maupassan He could see only the back of her neck, a mass of blond hair, mingled with many white threads, and he was filled with immense pity, immense grief. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

The docks are wonderful, and the mass of shipping incredible. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

D. H. Lawrence Right away at the back was a mass of trees. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Benjamin Disraeli The mass of the pseudo-Italian army must be with us. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Baldwin Spencer The shaft is all of one piece and the whole weapon is red-ochred, with lines of white and yellow added on the prong, the attaching mass of resin being painted white. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

If you adopt the Arab life for the sake of seclusion you will be horribly disappointed, for you will find yourself in perpetual contact with a mass of hot fellow-creatures. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Jules Verne A formidable explosion could not have divided and torn this fleshy mass with more violence. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Jules Verne The solar rays shone through the watery mass easily, and dissipated all colour, and I clearly distinguished objects at a distance of a hundred and fifty yards. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Thomas Wolfe He had lively and good-humoured eyes, and a mass of crinkly brownish hair of which one felt he was rather proud. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Guy de Maupassan The marbles rose from this mass of dark hats and shoulders, piercing it in a thousand places, and seeming almost luminous in their dazzling whiteness. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Virginia Woolf It does not, as, with all its faults, the Elizabethan audience did, leaven the mass with fire. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

He would have paused to listen, but all his attention was needed to save the timber, and to prevent the boat from being swamped by the struggling mass at her stern. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Robert Louis Stevenson Such is the great mass of the old stories of wise animals or foolish men that have amused our childhood. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Guy de Maupassan Before long the pile of wood was nothing but a mass of flame, not red but yellow, a blinding yellow, a furnace lashed by the wind. A Cremation by Guy de Maupassan

George MacDonald Another mass of foliage, larger and more compact, presented my fancy with a group of horses’ heads and forequarters projecting caparisoned from their stalls. Lilith by George MacDonald

George Gissing She had a slight but well-proportioned figure, and a mass of auburn hair carelessly arranged. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Virginia Woolf All things had turned to ghosts; the whole mass of the world was insubstantial vapor, surrounding the solitary spark in his mind, whose burning point he could remember, for it burnt no more. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

H. G. Wells No other great mass of human beings has ever had so clear and active a peace disposition as our consolidated peoples. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

O lily-flowers and plum blossoms! O silver streams and dim-starred skies! O wine and roses, song and laughter! For there, kneeling on a mass of rugs, mazed and big-eyed, but understanding, was Lucy . Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Edith Wharton They agreed, however, to meet in San Zaccaria after low mass the next morning, and here Andreoni gave Odo a fuller report of recent events in the duchy. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Henry Handel Richardson His hair emerged a mass of dripping ringlets, covetously eyed by his companions. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells I did get through a very big mass of work in those years, working for a time with a concentrated fierceness that left little of such energy or capacity as I possess unused. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

D. H. Lawrence There is a great, false baroque façade to a church, up a wavering vast mass of steps: and at the side a wonderful jumble of roundnesses with a jumble of round tiled roofs, peaked in the centre. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Henry David Thoreau What is man but a mass of thawing clay? The ball of the human finger is but a drop congealed. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

William Makepeace Thackeray At this period my uncle, who attended mass every day regularly, always put ten florins into the box. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

He sat down at his desk, and busied himself with a mass of buff dockets. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

D. H. Lawrence Put kings’ and dukes’ children among the masses, and they’ll be little plebeians, mass products. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton The men of his generation had not learned that it was built on a human foundation and that a sudden movement of the underlying mass might shake the structure to its pinnacle. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

The latter are the foot-hills of the great Jebel Zánah, a towering, dark, and dome-shaped mass clearly visible from Magháir Shu’ayb. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

All we could see was a mass of black water rushing past us. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Wilkie Collins If the picture, was brought into court now, the evidence it could give against us was limited to a bit of plain panel, and a mass of black pulp rolled up in a duster. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

G. K. Chesterton The mass of Scots have accepted the industrial civilisation, with its factory chimneys and its famine prices, with its steam and smoke and steel—and strikes. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It was a linen bag which contained within it a mass of old rusted, and discoloured metal and several dull coloured pieces of pebble or glass. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

In the rude mass at the far angle, Mr. Jos. Larkin, I fancy, found some such subject of contemplation. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Bronislaw Malinowski The strength of his arguments and the mass of evidence strongly support his conclusions. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

H. G. Wells He began to remember a mass of ideas that had been overlaid and stifling within him. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Charles Dickens The mass of London people are shabby. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

It is made by trampling a mass of putrefying prawns and shrimps into a paste with bare feet. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

H. Rider Haggard The mass was of the width of a good-sized door, about ten feet high and not less than five feet thick. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

His head was a mass of tight, ordered curls. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Thomas Paine There is existing in man, a mass of sense lying in a dormant state, and which, unless something excites it to action, will descend with him, in that condition, to the grave. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Olaf Stapledon For instance, I might, as a disembodied spirit, simply perceive all that I now perceive of this world except my body, except the mass of visible and touchable characters which now constitute my body. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Willa Cather He went through Covent Garden to Oxford Street, and as he turned into Museum Street he walked more slowly, smiling at his own nervousness as he approached the sullen gray mass at the end. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

Virginia Woolf What Mary had said she could not remember, but she felt that there was a mass of knowledge in her mind which she had not had time to examine — knowledge now lying on the far side of a gulf. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

John Morley There was no counter-force, for the mass of the people was dumb, ignorant, and fettered. Voltaire by John Morley

After mass her remains were carried to the Arab Tent, and so she obtained her wish, namely, that in death she and her husband might rest in the same tomb. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

There is no society in our sense among people of the middle classes; the men when they are not at business are at the cafe; the women when they are not at mass are at home. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Some raving maniac sends us a mass of stuff, which savours strongly of Walt Whitman, and which, probably for that reason, he calls poetry. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

For in such a mass there are such natures and complexions of which cold might be composed, and which, united with others in proper measure, would yield a refrigerative virtue. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Francis Bacon The less the mass of a body, the sooner is it heated by the approach of a hot body; which shows that all heat of which we have experience is in some sort opposed to tangible matter. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

For a joke, he asked the priest if he didn’t have a second-hand mass that would do for a modest young couple. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Henry Handel Richardson Against it was the mass of her accumulated detail. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Radclyffe Hall The room was littered with a mass of futilities, including torn music and innumerable signed photographs. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

A mass of shrubs, full-leaved evergreens, laurel and dense yew, intervened between me and what I followed. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Anthony Trollope He does little or nothing, but roams about the house and talks to Peter. He did not even go to mass last Sunday. He says that the whole congregation would accuse him of being a liar. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

South are the Portuguese and west the Belgians. You cannot move a mass without a lever. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Thomas Hardy The whole noise impressed him with the sense that no one in its enormous mass ever required rest. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

George Gissing It sufficed however for the execution of a purpose which a sharp little brain hidden beneath a mass of rich curls had contrived during the day. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Gaston Leroux Her hair had come down and hung about her in a magnificent disorderly mass of black. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Jules Verne The superior cone, a mass of rock a thousand feet in height, and weighing thousands of millions of pounds, had been thrown down upon the island, making it tremble to its foundation. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Jack London She was wrapped in a long ulster, for the morning was raw; and I could see nothing but her face and a mass of light brown hair escaping from under the seaman’s cap on her head. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

We arrived in Cincinnati in February, 1828, and I speak of the town as it was then; several small churches have been built since, whose towers agreeably relieve its uninteresting mass of buildings. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

The scream was usually followed by a sudden movement in the dense mass and part of it would surge forward wherever the police line was weakest. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Ann Radcliffe The abbey of St Augustin was a large magnificent mass of Gothic architecture, whose gloomy battlements, and majestic towers arose in proud sublimity from amid the darkness of the surrounding shades. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Baldwin Spencer Sometimes, instead of the teeth, a number of small bright red seeds are fixed into the mass of resin over its whole surface. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

The mass of the people, in the nineties as now, were anti-militarist, bored by the Empire, and only unconsciously patriotic. Rudyard Kipling by George Orwell [1942]

We soon after came on a loted, who took to his heels, turning round a mass of rock; but, soon after, he almost met as, and we had a view of him within forty yards. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Charles Kingsley Ere he has gone a hundred yards, a mass of dripping oil-skins runs full butt against him, knocking him against the bank; and, by the clank of weapons, he recognises the coast-guard watchman. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Arnold Bennett Then he actuated the mechanism, and the mass of metal fell with a muffled, reverberating thud. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Anthony Trollope I never saw it myself,” said Gertrude. “We always thought her a mass of affectation. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald He found his way slowly over the jostled evening mass of Times Square, which the chariot race and its thousand satellites made rarely beautiful and bright and intimate with carnival. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Anthony Trollope This robs the mass of all oneness, of all entirety as a whole, and gives a scattered, straggling appearance, where there should be a look of massiveness and integrity. North America by Anthony Trollope

Henry Kingsley All this is seen through an arch in the dark mass of verdure which clothed the trellis-work, only broken through in this one place, as though to make a frame for the picture. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Henry James If you like, we will offer a mass for you. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

At the far end of the room O’Brien was sitting at a table under a green-shaded lamp, with a mass of papers on either side of him. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope He had acknowledged to himself that she was a flirt, a mass of affectation, and a liar. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Francis Bacon For although such things lie buried deep beneath a mass of falsehood and fable, yet they should be looked into a little. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

There is hardly a scrap of hedge left — it used to be twelve feet high, a mass of roses — and the garden is a wilderness of trampled mud. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

It was a rude, none-too-well-cared-for building, but it seemed respectable enough and very quiet, considering the mass of people it accommodated. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

To the west, and round by north-west to north, was a mass of broken timbered hills with scrubby belts between. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Rudyard Kipling The mass of opium is drawn up into a cone as, one by one, the Sirdar picks up the overlapping portions of the cakes that hung outside the bowl and plasters them against the drug for an outside coat. In an Opium Factory by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Willa Cather Before they got into it, he called Enid’s attention to a mass of thunderheads in the west. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Gerard, son of Catherine, always looked at two sides of a penny: and he tried to purchase this mass a trifle under the usual terms, on account of the pitiable circumstances. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Arthur Conan Doyle The mass of struggling players has swayed backwards and forwards, but never more than twenty or thirty yards from the centre of the ground. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Jack London The mass swung clear of the ladder, the men still clinging to their escaping foe. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Nathaniel Hawthorne One rosebud, indeed, she had selected for herself from the rich mass of flowers; for Kenyon well remembered recognizing it in her bosom when he last saw her at his studio. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

No one can say your mass isn’t massive. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

It was coming slowly, over the mass of the Adam, a man, a poor ragged sick man. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

It would gripe him to pay his last six francs to keep their whistles wet; however, a marriage without a mass wasn’t a real marriage at all. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Jules Verne To attack this mass of granite, even by a mine, was Herculean work, and it was really vexing that nature could not help them at their need. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Francis Bacon Thus it may be that the magnet would not attract iron as well through a mass of gold as through an equal space of air, or through ignited silver as well as through cold; and so in other cases. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Jules Verne Not a single white bear was seen! Once the Sergeant thought he saw an enormous white mass moving about on the other side of a clump of willows, but on close examination decided that he was mistaken. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

You may suppose, that although this is Sunday, there is no mass in the churches. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Robert Louis Stevenson But the vast mass of mankind are incapable of doing anything reasonably well, art among the rest. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing She was dressed with tawdry extravagance, wore a mass of false yellow hair, had her eyebrows dyed black,—piquant contrast,—and her cheeks and lips richly carmined. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

And the narrow-horizoned, curiously interlaced existences of the county-town add the mass of their colour-value, sombre but rich. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Henry Handel Richardson And a single glimpse of the dark mass that was his mother, lying shaking and sobbing, was enough for Cuffy: he turned and fled. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

From across the river, where loomed the darker mass of Peter–Paul, came a hoarse shout. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

George Gissing A mass of coal-black hair seemed to weigh down his head. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Thomas Hardy These erections were in their turn backed by ivy-covered ice-houses, laundries, and stables, the whole mass of subsidiary buildings being half buried beneath close-set shrubs and trees. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

William Hope Hodgson The star was sinking behind the enormous mass of the dead sun. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

H. G. Wells Assertive patriotism, mass fear, and impulse to persecuteparticularly the impulse to persecute — seem to be more dreadfully in evidence today than ever before in human affairs. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Leon Trotsky In October of 1927, the Central Executive Committee held its session in Leningrad. In honor of the occasion, the authorities staged a mass demonstration. My Life by Leon Trotsky

We went to mass this morning, which was said to be particularly crowded in consequence of the general desire to catch a glimpse of the ex-president. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Edith Wharton As the monks advanced, the pilgrims, pouring after them, filled the court with a dark undulating mass through which the procession wound like a ray of sunlight down the brown bosom of a torrent. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Virginia Woolf Flames for a moment danced over the vast funereal mass of the Law Courts. It was the second match that did the trick, she said to herself as she paid the driver and went in. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

One rather hates oneself for finding such faults—no one of which is absolutely fatal—in a mass of work which has given, and continues to give, so much pleasure: but the facts remain. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

William Dampier The land in which they choose to sow the rice is low and wet, and when ploughed the earth was like a mass of mud. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

John Galsworthy Old Jolyon pitched them down at last, and they fell with a thump amongst a mass of affidavits in ‘re Buncombe, deceased,’ one of the many branches of that parent and profitable tree, ‘Fryer v. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Olaf Stapledon But this growing mass of well-meaning bewildered public opinion is ineffective. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

H. Rider Haggard Now just before I had asked for the rifle I had perceived a little klipspringer antelope standing on a mass of rock about seventy yards away, and determined to risk the shot. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Henry James He saw that Roderick was a mass of hideous injury, and he tried to understand what had happened. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

They were all a little inclined forward, as if (Richard supposed) in the act of listening, so that they were a mass of slightly curved backs. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]