Phrases with "mass"

H. G. Wells I’d never heard a woman before in all my life who could talk of love, who could lay bare and develop and touch with imagination all that mass of fine emotion every woman, it may be, hides. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Jules Verne On the beach, about fifty paces from Cape Esquimaux, a large white mass was moving about and growling angrily. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

She had drifted so far within Cape Esterel that the low projecting mass of it seemed to be in actual contact with her stern. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Better a little belief tied fast, better a small investment salted down, than a mass of comparative insecurity. Memories and Studies by William James

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

When all the mass was sung to its end Home with her mother dear did she wend. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

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]

A mass of burning cellulose would give off volumes of poisonous gas. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

H. G. Wells Several hundred millions of human beings were still self-subsisting, quite out of its scheme, or dealing with it only for a few manufactured articles and mass produced commodities. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

The car drew up, and when I had ridden back to the spot I found a young man bending over a dark motionless mass lying by the roadside. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

The figure was visible — that of a short broadish man, with a mass of cloaks, rugs, and mufflers across his arm. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

It was a perilous moment; and when Burton looked at the windowless walls and at the officials at the door, and thought of the serried mass of excited fanatics outside, he felt like a trapped rat. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Andrew Lang Now B.‘s dream was a dream of reading a mass of minute details, including names of places entirely unknown to him. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Bram Stoker He crumbled the wafer up fine and worked it into the mass between his hands. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Betty felt that invisible soft mass press against her everywhere — against head and breasts, hands and thighs and legs. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

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]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Jeff climbed up and I followed, and we rather shivered to see how far down that swaying, wavering figure dropped, hand under hand, till it disappeared in a mass of foliage far below. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

D. H. Lawrence A mob is like a mass of bullocks driven to frenzy by some bott fly, and charging frantically against the tents of some herdsman, imagining that all the evil comes out of these tents. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

The feeling of his idle friends in high society was shared by the great mass of the English people; here was a man they could trust. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Wilkie Collins At eleven, on Thursday morning, Superintendent Seegrave (who is a mass of human infirmity) points out to all the women servants the smear on the door. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Simultaneously mass was finished, the bell rang, and the people came out of church. In the World by Maksim Gorky

William Henry Bragg The great variety in the quality of these radiations is shown by the following list of mass absorption coefficients in aluminium given by Barkla and Sadler (Phil Mag., May, 1909): Cr 136, Fe 88. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Sinclair Lewis He leased the land to the iron-mining company, and every time a scoop brought up a mass of brown earth in the open pit the company ran very fast and dropped twenty-five cents in Mr. Duke’s pocket. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Dudley Warner The mass of readers have cared less for form than for novelty and news and the satisfying of a recently awakened curiosity. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

H. Rider Haggard Then Eric came and putting his hands beneath the stone, lifted, and while men wondered, he rolled the mass alone, to where it should be set as the corner stone of the hut. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Thomas Wolfe Several young smart alecks in evening clothes took this opportunity to go about among the dark mass of people, arrogantly throwing the beams of their flashlights into the faces of those they passed. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

G. K. Chesterton One cannot help wondering whether that great mass of silent virtue will ever achieve anything on this earth. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Andrew Lang But that the mass of the Epic is of one age appears to be a natural inference from the breakdown of the hypotheses which attempt to explain it as a late mosaic. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Ford Madox Ford It antagonized her, and it was a weight upon her, for hitherto she had completely ignored them: in this place they seemed to have a coherence, a mass . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Jack London On the benches on either side arrayed a mass of miserable and distorted humanity, the sight of which would have impelled Dore to more diabolical flights of fancy than he ever succeeded in achieving. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Catherine Helen Spence But that was nothing to the great mass of infidelity which preceded and accompanied the social revolution which you were expecting — that catastrophe which closed your century and introduced ours. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

But instead of a prescription, there entered Mr. Benjamin Rymer. His mother stood up, staring, her hair a mass of white corkscrews. Margaret Rymer by Ellen Wood [1875]

Yes, it was as she had expected, a fierce heat had been generated there since she had last used the oven, and through to the stone floor below had fallen a mass of black, gluey soot. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

H. G. Wells There is a mass of fine literature to-day wherein love shines clean and noble. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle Close beside her a mass of wreckage floated upon the waves. The “slapping Sal” by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

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]

Edgar Allan Poe But these reflections partook not of the idiosyncrasy of my disease, and were such as would have occurred, under similar circumstances, to the ordinary mass of mankind. Berenice by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Olaf Stapledon The Communists began organizing mass meetings of the workless, and I had a good deal to do with this job. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

By day he had a mass of rough golden hair, but now it seemed to brood above his head like a black cloud that made his face deathly white by comparison. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Virginia Woolf At first, she attached no meaning to the moving mass of green which seemed to enter the room independently of any human agency. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Guy de Maupassant The garden was a mass of flowers, of all colors and all kinds, mixed in a coquettish, well-planned disorder. Julie Romain by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

D. H. Lawrence The spirit of vengeance belongs to a mass which is higher than a mob. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle Our eyes fell upon a mass of rusted machinery, great rolls of paper, a litter of bottles, and, neatly arranged upon a small table, a number of neat little bundles. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

He descended among the trees, where the soft glow of Japanese lanterns picked out parts of their great rugged trunks, here and there, in the great mass of darkness under the lofty foliage. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Another mass rises out of the water squared and buttressed, in the likeness of a fort. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Jules Verne At length the mass of cachalots broke up, the waves became quiet, and I felt that we were rising to the surface. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Anthony Trollope The railway itself is ugly, and its numerous sidings and branches form a mass of iron road which is bewildering, and, according to my ideas, in itself disagreeable. North America by Anthony Trollope

James Joyce Through the wide doors of the sheds she caught a glimpse of the black mass of the boat, lying in beside the quay wall, with illumined portholes. Dubliners by James Joyce

While I was searching on foot, Mr. Young and Tommy, from their camels' backs, saw another mass of bare rocks further away to the north-west. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Anatole France Behind him, by the open door of his workroom, appeared under the lamp a mass of documents bound in blue, a collection of the annual budgets. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Rudyard Kipling MRS. H. One mass of vanity! Will nothing ever touch you in this life? There must be a Hereafter if it’s only for the benefit of —— But you will have it all to yourself. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

H. Rider Haggard Leonard’s throat was a mass of bruises, his hands and face were bleeding, and he was so stiff and hurt that he could scarcely move. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

From our viewpoint on the bluff we could mark the constant widening of the gap, the steady encroachment of that blazing and smoking mass against its disordered opposition. What Occurred at Franklin by Ambrose Bierce [1906]

Paint has a dual constitution, involving, as it does, a menstruum 6 (oil, size or what not) and a mass of content in the form of pigment suspended therein. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Thomas Paine In those the mass of the people met and enacted laws (grammatically speaking) in the first person. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

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]

George Meredith That is to say, they don’t believe in the abstract at all, but they go to work blindly by agitating, and proselytizing, and persecuting to get together a mass they can believe in. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Jules Verne But what was to be done? It was no use to think of clearing away a mass of frozen snow ten feet thick, extending over so large an extent of ground. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Willa Cather A dark moving mass came over the western hill, the Lee boy was bringing in the herd from the other half-section. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Thomas Paine There is always a sufficiency somewhere in the general mass of society for all purposes; but with respect to the parts of society, it is continually changing its place. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

After mass he and his men took a morsel. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

He had winnowed out the few grains of discontent, which, if left to themselves, might have fermented in secret till the whole mass had swelled into mutiny. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Arnold Bennett This mass was Cyril, once white. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

She was bending half forward, with a winning smile, and in the background bloomed a mass of tropical plants. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Her ear could not gather a melody from the intricate mass of notes. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Sir Thomas Browne The celebrated Greek philosopher who taught that the sun was a mass of heated stone, and various other astronomical doctrines. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

Sir Thomas Browne As at the creation there was a separation of that confused mass into its pieces; so at the destruction thereof there shall be a separation into its distinct individuals. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

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

William Hope Hodgson In fact, the jagged mass of ruin was literally suspended in mid-air. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

But suddenly, as we struggled round a bend, there would be a glimpse of rush walls, of peaked grass-roofs, a burst of yells, a whirl of black limbs, a mass of hands clapping. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Virginia Woolf No single phrase will sum up the charge or grievance which we have to bring against a mass of work so large in its volume and embodying so many qualities, both admirable and the reverse. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Where she showed faint signs of fear, many another woman would have been hysterically panic-stricken, and under that silk-soft mass of moonlight hair was a remarkably clear and well-ordered mind. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

She was still the same odd-looking creature, with a mass of tow-coloured hair piled above her long white face. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Rudyard Kipling Here be several strong smells, a mass of railway lines, and a multitude of men. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

D. H. Lawrence And life is a mass of unintelligent forces to which intelligent beings are submitted. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence It’s nothing but a mass of forces. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

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

D. H. Lawrence Then again they dipped and crossed stream, the horses stepping gingerly across a tangle of fallen, frail aspen stems, then suddenly floundering in a mass of rocks. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was a chuckle from below, the disappearance of the dark mass of obscurity, and then silence. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Theodore Dreiser She walked east along Van Buren Street through a region of lessening importance, until it deteriorated into a mass of shanties and coal-yards, and finally verged upon the river. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

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]

He remembered the thin features, the great mass of white hair, and the ivory complexion. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

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

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]

Suddenly Denys uttered a strange cry of distress to come from so bold and hard a man; and held up to the torch a mass of human hair. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Once again we see the former crowd; the same faces; the same peasants; the same lawyers; the same mass of spectators, noble and plebeian; the same judge; the same jury. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

Edgar Rice Burroughs He worked so assiduously with this new toy that the table top was soon a mass of scrawly loops and irregular lines and his pencil-point worn down to the wood. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Our terminus that day was the usual resting-place of travellers, “Mfumba” behind Nkumungu (Point) Kaziwa, a mass of granitoid slabs, with a single tree for landmark. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

He told us proudly that once a year, on the day of the titular saint, a priest came and said mass in that chapel, and it was easy to see that this was the great occasion of the old man’s life. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

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]

H. G. Wells Then the propeller smashed, everything stopped with a jerk, and I was falling into a mass of yellowing leaves, and Lord Roberts A, so it seemed to me, was going back into the sky. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

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]

Miles Franklin Yet everyone is a mass of egotism. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Thomas Hardy Her hair was twisted up in a large round mass at the back of her head, and she had put on one of the new frocks — a pale blue woollen garment with neck-frillings of white. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

The mass of men were at once despised and pitied by the chaste sorcerers. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

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]

It looked the same size as the others, but being more distinctly and sharply defined in mass and detail seemed out of harmony with them. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Such a mass of facts and such a maze of interests would have encumbered and perplexed a more commonplace intellect, but Defoe handled them with experienced and buoyant ease. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Siegfried scarce could wait till mass was sung. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Sinclair Lewis Most of them were in offices all day, and thought more in card-catalogues or statistics than in mass and color. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

The chambers were always about three parts filled with a speckled, brown, flocculent, spongy-looking mass of a light and loosely connected substance. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Thomas Hardy Lastly he carefully raked the whole mass of dead and dry leaves into the middle of the pit, burying the ground with them as they had buried it before. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Thomas Hardy All waited in the growing light, their faces and hands as if they were silvered, the remainder of their figures dark, the stones glistening green-gray, the Plain still a mass of shade. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Miss Doria Wymondham was tall and thin with a mass of nondescript pale hair confined by a black velvet fillet. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Out of the struggling mass mourners a man or woman would rise, only to fall back again on the living heap or on the bare ground in wild abandon. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

The first notice of the approach was the sudden emerging of horses’ heads from the deep gloom of the shady lane; the next was the mass of white pillows against which the dying patient was reclining. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

As the heated rocks cooled from their highest parts downwards, cracks or fissures have been formed in them by contraction, and these have been filled from the still-fluid mass below. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Kate Chopin You first go to chapel to mass early in the morning. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Certainly he had accumulated a mass of evidence, but it threw no light on the case. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

It was a mass of short entries, with cryptic abbreviations, winds, tides, weather, and courses appearing to predominate. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

M. R. James Looking closer, he saw that it was a thick black mass of cobwebs; and, as he stirred it gingerly with his stick, several large spiders ran out of it into the grass. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

And this was more than a shower, it was a fierce, tropical downpour, and speedily the blazing mass of the Grange was hissing savagely as water tried to quench the fire. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Above all, he groans over the unwieldy mass of his authorities—“anti-solar systems of chaff. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

His plays are like Watteau’s pictures, which, for all the unreality of their atmosphere, produce their effect owing to a mass of accurate observation and a profound sense of the realities of life. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

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]

Andrew Lang Only late we find the true meaning of what seems like a mass of fantastic, savage eccentricities. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Never before in the history of the world had such a mass of human beings moved and suffered together. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

He bent his head, and a third granite mass sank between his shoulders. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Baldwin Spencer At the lower end, when it is held upright in the hand during the mourning ceremony, is a mass of beeswax with abrus seeds, and hanging down from this a strand of banyan-bark string. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

It seemed that the Fascists always heard mass before going into action. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

The Weser estuary was on my starboard hand, but the whole place was a lee-shore and a mass of unknown banksjust look at them. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

He was the spearhead of a flying wedge when it collided with a mass going in the opposite direction. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

H. G. Wells To live without some sort of segregation from the general mass is impossible in exact proportion to one’s individual distinction. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Olaf Stapledon Democracy can’t possibly work unless there is a truly educated mass of citizens. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Dropping on the seat of the skylight, I gave myself up to idle gazing at the lights about the quay and at the black mass of the mountain on the south side of the harbour. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Ford Madox Ford Thoroughbred! In a sheath gown of gold tissue, all illuminated, and her mass of hair, like gold tissue too, coiled round and round in plaits over her ears. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The hairdressing had been a success; her reddish mass of hair was piled and crushed and creased to an arrogant marvel of mobile curves. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells I couldn’t persuade myself to your mystical belief in mass direction. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

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

If Shakespeare is all that Tolstoy has shown him to be, how did he ever come to be so generally admired? Evidently the answer can only lie in a sort of mass hypnosis, or “epidemic suggestion”. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman On the floor in front of the broken looking-glass lay a mass of black stuff in a grewsome long ridge. The Vacant Lot by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

George Borrow After mass and breakfast, he departed for Guadalajara, Victoriano having been already despatched under a guard. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Thomas Hardy A corner of the square mass swayed forward, sank, and vanished. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Jacques Futrelle She clutched at the hat and saved it, but her hair tumbled down about her shoulders, a mass of gold, and floated out behind. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

M. P. Shiel Now my ears caught the purling noise of a brooklet, and following the moss-path, I was led into a mass of bush only two or three feet higher than my head. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

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

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]

In the one case it rests on elegant forms and fashionable toilets — in the other, it sees nothing but a mass of dark and kneeling figures, or a representation of holy and scriptural subjects. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Lady Morgan I used to get to mass myself sometimes, but it is now too far to walk for me. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Bram Stoker The moonbeams seemed to quiver as they went by me into the mass of gloom beyond. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

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

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]

The last few yards of the road were clear, and only out in the water was the struggling shouting mass of humanity. Prester John by John Buchan

H. G. Wells Our mass of a world may do anything to us now. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Eliot The mass of the Florentine boyhood and youth was no longer left to its own genial promptings towards street mischief and crude dissoluteness. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Jules Verne Leaning over the low parapet of the raft we looked on in breathless silence, as the scarlet rag, distinct as it was against the blue mass of water, made its slow descent. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

H. G. Wells At first that mass of formative influence takes the outline of the home, but it broadens out as the citizen grows until it reaches the limits of his world. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

E. F. Benson It was low-built, only two stories in height, and like the garden, its walls were a mass of flowering roses. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

Algernon Blackwood Finding no mass of worshippers through whom it might express itself completely, it pressed inanimate matter thus into its service. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle The differentiation of an amorphous protoplasmic mass —” Here Rupert Esdaile broke the connection again, and the funny little tinkling voice ceased as suddenly as it began. The Voice of Science by Arthur Conan Doyle

D. H. Lawrence The procession crowded forward and filled the street in a mass below. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Some two hours later, however, when Inspector Stone and the others were interestedly regarding the great mass of fallen masonry, the inspector squeezed Larose’s arm and whispered with a chuckle. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Jack London Once off his feet and under that mass of huskies, there was no hope for him. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

John Stuart Mill The difficulty is that which exists in all cases in which there is a mass of feeling to be contended against. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Edmund Burke For a great city, such as Bordeaux or Paris, appears to pay a vast body of duties, almost out of all assignable proportion to other places, and its mass is considered accordingly. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

She saw, what previously, in her stunning confusion, she had not seen, that, hardly two stones’ throw in advance, lay a mass of rock, split as into a gateway. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

M. P. Shiel After this, I had breakfast by the kiosk-steps, and when I was finished, put a mass of truffled foie gras on a plate, brushed through the thicket to the well, and gave it her. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Only so recently as 1861 Siemens patented the device of fastening a mass of iron to one end of an electromagnet in order to increase the power of the other end. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Jules Verne The mass of cedars and pines became blacker and blacker, and the waters of the Tom, totally obscured in the distance, mingled with the approaching shadows. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Bram Stoker Nothing but a mass of typewriting, except the later notebooks of Mina and Seward and myself, and Van Helsing’s memorandum. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Great spurts of flame sprang from the two electrodes, and the mass of lead was surrounded by an aureole of golden sparks, which hissed and snapped like pistol-shots. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

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]

It had been found cast aside with a mass of papers of old date, and accident alone brought it to light. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

I realized then that what had seemed only a mass of stuffs of some sort were human beings all looking at me. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

D. H. Lawrence They ought to learn to be naked and handsome, and to sing in a mass and dance the old group dances, and carve the stools they sit on, and embroider their own emblems. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

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

Moving north, we went over a mass of open-rolling sandhills with triodia, and that other abominable plant I call the sage-bush. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

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]

For the day after you have said your first mass I shall have the pleasure of appointing you to a benefice. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

H. G. Wells The man’s face was a mass of blood, and he was sickeningly inert to his companion’s lugging. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

The mass of the rich and the poor are differentiated by their incomes and nothing else, and the. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

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

D. H. Lawrence There was a crashing and bursting of timber, as the first floor fell in a mass into the blazing gulf, splashing the fire in all directions, to the terror of the crowd. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne From this shapeless mass of ruins flames and black smoke still rose. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Henry Handel Richardson To the great mass of mankind, it was more than immaterial whether one of its units toiled or no; not a single soul was benefited by it. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells These mass hatreds were accepted in a kind of despair by even the wisest. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

D. H. Lawrence Someone hung on the latch a moment, then a little girl entered and began pulling off her outdoor things, dragging a mass of curls, just ripening from gold to brown, over her eyes with her hat. The Odour of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence

Leslie Stephen With so many causes for jealousy and discord, it is no wonder that the political world became a mass of complex intrigue and dispute. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Matthew Arnold Few of us have any notion what a mass of Celtic literature is really yet extant and accessible. The Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867]

The door-frames, like the window-frames, were richly carved; the fireplace was in the same massive style, and the mantelpiece projected with a mass of very rich carving. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D. H. Lawrence And what is the wrong, pray? The mass doesn’t know. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Future historians will have nothing to go upon except a mass of accusations and party propaganda. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

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]

Sinclair Lewis And the blurry mass was Hazel Cornplow, plus two blankets and man’s felt hat. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

In the yard of Bacadou’s farm the dark ribbon wound itself up into a mass of men and women pushing at the door with cries and greetings. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

William Morris Right so I fell upon the floor and knelt, Not as one kneels in church when mass is said, But in a heap, quite nerveless, for I felt The first time what a thing was perfect dread. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

G. K. Chesterton The mass of the Irish have clung to agriculture with claws of iron; and have succeeded in keeping it. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Victor Hugo Only to behold in the sea a mass of water is not to see it at all: the sea is an ebb and flow of fluid, as much as a flux and reflux of liquid. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Jeremy Bentham And who would think it? This mass of absurdity is the work of modern refinement, not of ancient barbarism. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

H. G. Wells Armies and armaments are cancers produced by the malignant development of the patriotic virus under modern conditions of exaggeration and mass suggestion. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

George Gissing Among his unused material lay a mass of notes he had made in a reading of Diogenes Laertius, and it seemed to him now that he might make something salable out of these anecdotes of the philosophers. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Jules Verne Even in perfectly calm weather, when there is no wind whatever, this upheaval sometimes arises in a mass of foam. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

We rode into it at a trot, which was the most we could get out of our horses, and we stuck in that human mass as if in a moving bog. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

Nellie Bly Inside, a filthy stone court was crowded with a mass of humanity. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

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

Jules Verne Before getting lower the liquid mass must remain stationary, as in the case with the ocean before the ebb tide commences. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The poor little chap was lying there, with his face a mass of bruises, and his eyes closed; but he had shifted one leg an inch or two, and was still breathing. The Roll-Call of the Reef by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Marjorie Bowen From head to foot he was a mass of green slime, his doublet torn, his hands scratched, his face hot and perspiring. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

John Ruskin The Treasure Valley was one mass of ruin and desolation. The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin [1841]

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]