Phrases with "mechanical"

H. G. Wells It was a mechanical shrilling of extraordinary intensity that seemed to come simultaneously from every point of the compass. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

I was still strung up to a mechanical activity, and I ran every inch of the three miles to the Staubthal without consciousness of fatigue. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

By a mechanical and involuntary impulse, her hand seized the vase; she opened it, and the volatile essence it contained sparkled up, and spread through the room a powerful and delicious fragrance. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His fingers were locked like mechanical things of steel around the handle of the bag which was still under his arm. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Sigmund Freud Moreover, there is no difficulty in explaining this tendency towards the retention of a symptom upon a mechanical basis. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

E. F. Benson The humour had attained the highest point of felicity when Peppino concealed a mechanical nightingale in a bush, which sang “Jug-jug” in the most realistic manner when you pulled a string. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Sidney Colvin He often spoke of the subject, and once maintained his view against Wordsworth when the latter seemed to be advocating a mechanical principle of vowel variation. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Sinclair Lewis I’ve been a good salesman; I’ve helped spread mechanical conveniences among a lot of stubborn dumb-bells, and I’m glad of it. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling The mechanical steed is a wooden horse with an astonishing tail. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Mankind has been demoralised since by its own mastery of mechanical appliances. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

H. G. Wells We have spanned the whole history of mechanical mass production. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

D.H. Lawrence Any little thing that roused or thwarted his mechanical action aggravated his sickness till his brain seemed to be bursting. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Ford Madox Ford The mechanical impulse to divest himself of money was so strong that he began to say: ‘In that case . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Rudyard Kipling He put his letter into an envelope, stamped it with stiff mechanical movements, and dropped it in the drawer. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

The very system of mechanical supplication he had for months carried out so severely by rule had rather checked than fostered his power of originating true prayer. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

D. H. Lawrence But the novel, like gossip, can also excite spurious sympathies and recoils, mechanical and deadening to the psyche. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon It rejects the view that all reality is essentially mental, and that matter is an illusion; but it does not affirm that mechanical principles can explain everything. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

It should contain specimens of what every country could produce in raw materials, in machinery and mechanical inventions, in manufactures, and in the applied and plastic arts. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

D. H. Lawrence It maddened her to hear his mechanical voice giving orders about the work. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

The moment life is put beyond the reach of your will, and placed under the influence of mechanical operations, it becomes, to thinking beings, a torment insupportable. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

D. H. Lawrence For one night she had said: “I think a man’s body is ugly — all in parts with mechanical joints. The Overtone by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

Arthur Conan Doyle The official was a white-faced, unemotional man, who went through his duties in a dull, mechanical way. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

The plunge of the lead with the mournful, mechanical cry of the lascar came at longer and longer intervals; and the men on her bridge seemed to hold their breath. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Robert Louis Stevenson Only a kind of mechanical capacity for ascertaining whether two really is half four, etc. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

By degrees, the bitterness at my heart diffused itself to the circumference of the circle in which my life went its cheerless mechanical round. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Except for their own coup, the cable-cars, with their flaming foreheads, and the mechanical clangor of their gongs at the corners, seemed to have it altogether to themselves. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Willa Cather The mechanical toys Ralph could not operate successfully, as well as those he had got tired of, were stored away here. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Henry James The personality isn’t our English personality and it may not always carry us with it; but the direction’s right, and it has the superiority that it’s a human exhibition, not a mechanical one. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Click-click, click-click! The awful, mechanical emptiness of it appalled him. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Olaf Stapledon To a slight extent mechanical power was still used. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

James Joyce Exposure by mechanical artifice (automatic bed) or individual testimony (concealed ocular witnesses), not yet. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

George Meredith That is fair dealing, is it not?” The gentleman’s mechanical assent provoked the lady’s smile. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

A mechanical impulse, which I cannot explain, prompted me to untie the string, and, impelled by an invincible curiosity, I read the first letter which came to my hand. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

G. K. Chesterton It is a characteristic of all things now called “efficient”, which means mechanical and calculated, that if they go wrong at all they go entirely wrong. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

George Gissing Richard was a mechanical engineer, employed in certain ironworks where hydraulic machinery was made. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

H. G. Wells And with the smash of the high and dangerous and splendid edifice of mechanical civilisation that had arisen so marvellously, back to the land came the common man, back to the manure. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

D. H. Lawrence But it was becoming a mechanical action now, this drama: birth at Christmas for death at Good Friday. On Easter Sunday the life-drama was as good as finished. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling Until steam replaces manual power in the working of the Empire, there must always be this percentage must always be the men who are used up, expended, in the mere mechanical routine. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

The other went on rubbing with mechanical persistency the place his lips had touched. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

George Gissing Everything about him told of a life spent in mechanical labour. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Olivia Marchmont flung aside the cross she had borne in dull, mechanical obedience, rather than in Christian love and truth. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

This patent office contains models of all the mechanical inventions that have been produced in the Union, and the number is enormous. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

D. H. Lawrence And now, from under the cloak of love, the sword was cynically drawn, the sword of mechanical necessity. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Leslie Stephen Johnson’s sentences seem to be contorted, as his gigantic limbs used to twitch, by a kind of mechanical spasmodic action. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Olaf Stapledon What more? An attempt to cover up guilt and futility by mechanical triumphs, business hustle, and the sound of a hundred million gramophones and radio-sets. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

If muscle can contract without nerve, there is an end of the Cartesian mechanical explanation of its contraction by the influx of animal spirits. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

D. H. Lawrence We’re only cerebrating make-shifts, mechanical and intellectual experiments. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Though he did not pursue the discovery into mechanical contrivances, he left the means of that extension to his followers. On the Magnet by William Gilber

George Gissing Why is there so much suffering under our present social system? Because the majority of men are crushed to a dead level of mechanical toil, with no opportunity of developing their special faculties. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Sinclair Lewis She was sorry —— Perhaps he had made all the mystery of love a mechanical cautiousness but —— She fled from the thought with a dubious, “Some day. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

It is attached to a sort of mechanical arm, long enough to pass halfway across the Hall of Justice. The arm runs back through the wall there, between the ceiling of the corridor and the floor above. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Force, then, is the act of immanent Divinity. I find no meaning in mechanical explanations. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Guy de Maupassant Paul, with a delighted glance at me, gave his short mustache a mechanical twirl, and passed his fingers through his, hair, which. The Rondoli Sisters by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

When they entered she looked up in a mechanical sort of manner, and Vandeloup could see how worn and pinched-looking her face was. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Ralph Waldo Emerson Certain mechanical changes, a small alteration in our local position apprizes us of a dualism. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Gervaise, speechless, her throat contracted with anguish, had clasped her hands together, and held them up in mechanical gesture of prayer. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Henry James There was something fixed and mechanical in the serenity painted on it; this was not an expression, Ralph said — it was a representation, it was even an advertisement. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Their mental equipment corresponds with the astonishing mechanical contrivances for overcoming friction in the physical world. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Olaf Stapledon But, as in so many other worlds, the development of natural science and the production of mechanical power from tropical sunlight caused grave mental confusion. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Frances Hodgson Burnett Each man is a part of it and each part’s greatest ambition is to respond to the shouted word of command as a mechanical puppet responds to the touch of a spring. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Was that sternness or simplicity, I wonder? Or a mere unmeaning superstition, a mechanical thing? If there lives anybody completely honest in this world, surely it must be my uncle. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

H. G. Wells It conceived its rôle to be the working-out of the logical consequences of mechanical invention during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Catherine Helen Spence We have had mechanical inventions and appliances from one, economy in lighting from another, hints on ventilation from a third. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

D. H. Lawrence It had seemed to her that he had been mechanical and barren with her. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Kennet was deeply impressed by it, and Gus followed the construction with the keenest interest and with a display of mechanical intelligence that rather surprised me. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

In tying yourself to the ideal of mechanical efficiency, you tie yourself to the ideal of softness. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

A mechanical panting and muscular jerks were the only sign of life; she was now but a quivering organism. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Marjorie Bowen She, sitting up, and gathering her mantle together over her low blue dress with a mechanical gesture, was the first to speak. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

D. H. Lawrence The officer just saw him as a mechanical thing. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

If there is any literary drudgery more mechanical than another, it is generally supposed to be that of making a dictionary. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

He dusted himself briskly, swearing fluently in a mechanical tone, as an underpaid actor recites the gypsy’s curse. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Robert Louis Stevenson Indeed, there can be no better pastime for a lonely man than the mechanical exercise of verse. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

The tendency of mechanical progress, then, is to frustrate the human need for effort and creation. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Henry James But I had to return to the fact that for this sort of work — the daily mechanical grind — I was already equipped; the people I was working with were fully adequate. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

She’s like some breeds of car — you want to be a mechanical genius to understand her . Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Henry Adams The revolution in attitude seemed voluntary, but in fact was as mechanical as the fall of a feather. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

He spent his days flying a mechanical contraption mindlessly across deserts that men had conquered only with suffering and resolution. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

I must not burden the reader with mechanical details, but it is necessary that I should give an outline of the arrangement at which I arrived after much thought and a few tentative pencil drawings. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

He invented, too, a mechanical carriage having four wheels, and put in motion with a handle worked by the person sitting inside. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

D. H. Lawrence And during the last months, under the influence of death, and of Birkin’s talk, and of Gudrun’s penetrating being, he had lost entirely that mechanical certainty that had been his triumph. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence She saw his clenched, mechanical body moving there like an obsession. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells How can we help that? I am no mechanical optimist. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

D. H. Lawrence The child was now incapable of understanding, she had become a little, mechanical thing of fixed will. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H.P. Lovecraft A third voice was indubitably that of a mechanical utterance-machine connected with one of the detached brains in the cylinders. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

H. G. Wells Neither he nor his son-inlaw had any mechanical aptitude. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Charles Dickens We had got to the top of Holborn Hill before I knew that it was merely a mechanical appearance, and that he was not smiling at all. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Theodore Dreiser Jennie was clever at solving these mechanical problems. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

But I dared not rest, for I was at that point of exhaustion when mechanical movement was my only hope. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Jules Verne But, as we have seen, all the mechanical difficulties had not been overcome. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Wilkie Collins The tones were slow and mechanical — the tones of a man searching his memory with pain and difficulty; repeating his recollections, one by one, as he recovered them, to himself. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Radclyffe Hall She talked and coughed and coughed and talked all the way from London to Seabourne. She was like a thing wound up, a mechanical toy. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

The outer consciousness that repulsed the man and set the car in motion was as mechanical as the motor itself. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells Along the great south road the Labour Company’s field workers in huge wheeled mechanical vehicles were hurrying back to their meals, their last spell finished. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

The tendency of mechanical progress is to make your environment safe and soft; and yet you are striving to keep yourself brave and hard. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Victor Hugo Silently, and with mechanical deliberation, he unbuckled the belt in which was his case, and replaced it on the shelf. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope The lad who is sent to mechanical work has longer hours, during which he is kept from danger, and has not generally been taught in his boyhood to anticipate pleasure. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edward Bellamy You have admired the vast economy of labor as of mechanical force resulting from the perfect interworking with the rest of every wheel and every hand. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

The old chap could eat in his terrific mechanical way; but Sterne, from mental excitement, could not — not that evening, at any rate. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

A small portion of the community, however, was instructed in mechanical arts; some of them of the more elegant kind, subservient to the purposes of luxury and ornament. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

E. Phillips Oppenheim Amongst other of his accomplishments, he is a mechanical and strategical genius. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

George Gissing Something seemed to be preoccupying him; he went to his chair in a mechanical way. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Thomas Paine Many a youth, with good natural genius, who is apprenticed to a mechanical trade, such as a carpenter, joiner, millwright, shipwright, blacksmith, etc. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Olaf Stapledon For civilisation, after all, is not a matter of mechanical power and modern conveniences. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Helen Zimmern But they permit us to feel for him, to pity him; he is no cut-and-dried mechanical knave. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

The bell did not toll for service with more mechanical punctuality than I obeyed the summons. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Virginia Woolf The old horse settled down into his mechanical jog-trot, and Eleanor lay back under her white umbrella. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

H. G. Wells Nor can I speculate how far these phenomena in Russia are the mechanical consequence of privation and overcrowding in a home atmosphere bordering on despair. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells An unconscious dramatic urge in her, a mechanical trick of thinking in gestures, made it all too plain to him how little she wanted to resume their conversation. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Midway between high and low water is a zone sensible to the airiest tread, being fitted for such temporary effect by a mechanical operation. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Margaret Oliphant There is not a mechanical convenience invented but I have it before it is well out of the brain that devised it; and that is how I get on so well with no backbone to speak of. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Henry Adams The Atlantic would have to deal with a vast continental mass of inert motion, like a glacier, which moved, and consciously moved, by mechanical gravitation alone. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Edith Wharton It was always — punctually, inevitably, with the inexorableness of a mechanical law — it was always the wrong thing that struck him. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Colonize another planet, and the game of mechanical progress begins anew; for the foolproof world you have substituted the foolproof solar system — the foolproof universe. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Edgar Wallace For the most part it was Greek to him, for the professor had reached that stage of mechanical knowledge where he outstripped his pupil’s understanding. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Time, as mechanical science shows us, is an element in power; and patience is in durability. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

H. G. Wells And, in the second place, we all overlooked the fact that such mechanical intelligence as the Martian possessed was quite able to dispense with muscular exertion at a pinch. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Thomas Carlyle I rather guess, the intellect of the Nineteenth Century, so full of miracle to Heavyside and others, is itself a mechanical or beaver intellect rather than a high or eminently human one. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

Olive Schreiner Every mechanical invention which lessens the necessity for rough, untrained, muscular, human labour, diminishes also the social demand upon woman as the producer in large masses of such labourers. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

His meagre brown hands emerging from large white cuffs came and went breaking bread, pouring wine, and so on, with quiet mechanical precision. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

After a moment, he made a mechanical movement as if to walk on. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Robert Green Ingersoll The trouble is, that in the phenomena of mind we find the same endless chain of efficient causes; the same mechanical necessity. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Sinclair Lewis As she looked at them, for the first time she shuddered; she became a thing of warmer blood than a mere attachment to the plane, mechanical as the engine. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Oscar Wilde He pleaded for true book ornament as opposed to the silly habit of putting pictures where they are not wanted, and pointed out that mechanical harmony and artistic harmony went hand in hand. Arts and Crafts by Oscar Wilde [1888]

Rudyard Kipling There were small Rajahs, escorts coughing in the veranda, who came to buy curiosities — such as phonographs and mechanical toys. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Moreover, the crible continue à grilles filtrantes, the invention of MM. Huet and Geyler, introduced, we are told, into the mechanical treatment of metals, a principle which greatly economizes fluid. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

G. K. Chesterton I know that it must be your danger not to fall like many tradesmen into too dusty and mechanical a narrowness, but rather to be too broad, to be too general, too liberal. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

But at first he could not, apparently, get free from it: and he might have seemed unable to dispense with its almost mechanical externalities of mis-spelling and the like. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Robert Louis Stevenson They took no notice whatever of my friend’s presence, which was disquieting in itself, and increased the resemblance of the whole party to mechanical waxworks. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry Lawson And away down on Auckland gum-fields, perhaps, Jim reads the par with a grin; then grows serious, and sits and scrapes his gum by the flickering firelight in a mechanical manner, and — thinks. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

This idea is implicit in, for instance, most of the propagandist stuff that is written about the rapid mechanical advance in Soviet Russia (the Dneiper dam, tractors, etc. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Olaf Stapledon So far as could be inferred from the fragmentary relics of the previous cycle, mechanical invention had never passed beyond the crude machinery known in our own mid-nineteenth century. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Andrew Lang Perhaps we lay too much stress on the somewhat mechanical art of plot-building. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy He saluted her courteously, yet with mechanical stiffness, and did not halt. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Olaf Stapledon Indeed, manners and customs began to grow less dependent on mechanical aids. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Hitherto I have only pointed out the absurdity of aiming at mechanical progress and also at the preservation of qualities which mechanical progress makes unnecessary. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

When human strength was not sufficient to restore a displaced limb, he skilfully availed himself of all the mechanical powers which were then known. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

Kenneth Grahame Night-jars, sounding their mechanical rattle, made him think that the wood was full of searching warders, closing in on him. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

T. E. Lawrence It gave us three generations of mechanical transport. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

A person with a more definite mechanical turn would probably construct some of them and put them into operation. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Robert Green Ingersoll The phenomena of a material world are subjected to immutable laws; are produced and reproduced in the same invariable succession, and manifest only the blind force of mechanical necessity. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

I give my word it was sheer mechanical shrinking that drove me on. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Here he was himself wholly and without flaw; — a Titan with his grasp on a mechanical idea by means of which he would soon rule the world. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Homer walked more than ever like a badly made automaton and his features were set in a rigid, mechanical grin. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

H. G. Wells By an enormous effort I resisted a mechanical impulse to shoot through his fat body. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

H. G. Wells The natural pose to which I resorted to recover my self-esteem, was one of critical hostility to mechanical science and an affectation of literary ambition. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

She was wearing a tight, shiny dress that was like glass-covered steel and there was something cleanly mechanical in her pantomime. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

D. H. Lawrence But he too was blind, and intent, irritated into mechanical action. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells A horse, perhaps, in certain districts, or a bicycle, or any such mechanical conveyance personally used, the Utopians might find it well to rank with these possessions. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

But beyond the mechanical facts all is mystery in the movements of organization, as profound as in the fall of a stone or the formation of a crystal. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Guy de Maupassan He ate that they might not think he was frightened, and went in the afternoon with Boisrenard to the office, where he worked in an absent, mechanical manner. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Arnold Bennett Yet amid the wild confusion of her feelings, a mechanical intelligence guided her hand to follow Arthur Dayson’s final sentences. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Olaf Stapledon All that he knows of the physical world is shape, movement, resistance, mechanical sequence of changes. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

And, as a necessary consequence of any sort of perfection, of mechanical perfection as of others, you find that the horse is a beautiful creature, one of the most beautiful of all land-animals. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

H. G. Wells Even as he stood turning over the pile of documents the mechanical vehemence of the telephone filled him with a restored sense of the adverse will in things. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Your Wellington is the most humdrum of commonplace martinets, whose slow, mechanical movements are further cramped by an ignorant home government. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Bram Stoker The base of his system was animal magnetism, which could be super-induced or aided by mechanical appliances. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

H.P. Lovecraft The awesome quest had begun when West and I were students at the Miskatonic University Medical School in Arkham, vividly conscious for the first time of the thoroughly mechanical nature of life. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

The Socialists are right, therefore, when they claim that the rate of mechanical progress will be much more rapid once Socialism is established. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Edgar Wallace He had enlisted the services of the cleverest of scientists, and from the shattered apparatus one of the most brilliant of mechanical minds of the country was rebuilding the broken instruments. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

It is to a mechanical instinct, which is found in many men, and not to true philosophy, that most arts owe their origin. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Edgar Allan Poe I spoke of our gigantic mechanical forces. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Leon Trotsky The ruling faction exerted its pressure by a mechanical concentration of its forces, by threats and reprisals. My Life by Leon Trotsky

D. H. Lawrence They hurried in, out of the huge, monstrous, mechanical wind, that whistled inhumanly and was palely cold. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

Henry Adams Whether voluntary or mechanical the result for education was the same. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

The arms lay outside the counterpane, straight down on either side; and the mechanical playing movement of the fingers showed he was not asleep. Poor Cousin Louis by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

Olaf Stapledon They produced and consumed, bought and sold, played ritual games with balls, and transported themselves hither and thither in mechanical vehicles in search of a goal which ever eluded them. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

He was also a mechanical genius, and patented 16 inventions. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

I winced when I contemplated its artistic and mechanical excellence, for I knew at what a price that quality had been obtained. Working for an Empress by Ambrose Bierce

Willa Cather No one responded and she sat nodding her head like a mechanical toy and smiling her white, set smile through her teeth, until Alcee Buisson and Frau Lichtenfeld came to her support. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Abraham Merri From their massiveness distilled a sense of power, mysterious, mechanical yet — living; something priestly, hierophantic — as though they were guardians of a shrine. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells Whatever it was, it was a thing with mechanical possibilities. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Guy de Maupassan He passed her, and in a mechanical voice she said: “Will you not come home with me, you handsome dark man?” “I have no money,” he replied. Sympathy by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells Surely they were the weirdest, most destructive and wasteful megatheria in the whole history of mechanical invention. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Sinclair Lewis As Holabird’s tweeds made Clay Tredgold’s smartness seem hard and pretentious, so his dinner revealed Angus Duer’s affairs in Chicago as mechanical and joyless and a little anxious. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Edith Wharton Usually Draper fluttered long about his point before making it; and his sudden movement seemed as mechanical as the impulsion conveyed by some strong spring. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Guy de Maupassan It had not ceased to vibrate, to live its mechanical life, and it had kept up its regular tick-tock since the last century. A Tress of Hair (One Phase of Love) (Le Chevelure) by Guy de Maupassan

D. H. Lawrence Our mechanical age tries to override it. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Olaf Stapledon At bottom it depended on the special characters of the new source of mechanical power. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Edith Wharton The mechanical act of nourishment performed, her mind leapt back to the prospect of Amherst’s return. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

These mechanical employments are in a degree a modern fact. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Maria Edgeworth Now it was that I felt the advantage of having been taught, when I was a boy, the use of carpenters’ tools, and some degree of mechanical dexterity. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Yet in all his dealings with the art-products of mankind he manifests the same curious dryness and mechanical literality of judgment — a dryness increased by pride in his non-conformity. Memories and Studies by William James

Henry Adams The historical mind can think only in historical processes, and probably this was the first time since historians existed, that any of them had sat down helpless before a mechanical sequence. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Meanwhile I am assuming that the tendency of mechanical progress is to make life safe and soft. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

D. H. Lawrence She was isolated now from the life of her childhood, a foreigner in a new life, of work and mechanical consideration. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens My heart failed me when I saw him squaring at me with every demonstration of mechanical nicety, and eyeing my anatomy as if he were minutely choosing his bone. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

A mechanical device acting automatically to prevent the fall of an elevator, or cage, in case of an accident to the hoisting apparatus. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Gazing on it, I then saw that it was no living form, but a mechanical automaton. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Lewis Carroll He left the boys to their problem, and, in the silence of his own room, set himself to unravel Hugh’s mechanical paradox. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

G. K. Chesterton He had talked to the colonel about the military and mechanical arrangements, and displayed a remarkable knowledge both of the details of discipline and the technicalities of electricity. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

The modern provision of mass-amusement, and the mechanical inventions which bring it almost to their doors, have distracted them from the effort of providing their own. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Jack London Yet I, Darrell Standing, found these things within myself in solitary in San Quentin by means of mechanical self-hypnosis. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Francis Bacon In the youth of a state, arms do flourish; in the middle age of a state, learning; and then both of them together for a time; in the declining age of a state, mechanical arts and merchandize. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Apart from the mechanical difficulty of so large a task, it would scarcely be a difficult matter to trace this correlation. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

D. H. Lawrence But the desire for chaos had risen, and the idea of mechanical equality was the weapon of disruption which should execute the will of man, the will for chaos. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne Barbicane had no means of estimating the projectile’s speed, but reasoning showed that it must uniformly decrease, according to the laws of mechanical reasoning. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells In a little while no one thought anything of crossing an abyss on a wire, and the mono-rail was superseding the tram-lines, railways: and indeed every form of track for mechanical locomotion. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Finding it necessary, as their reputation widened, that they should be better than at first, I have learnt them all, so as to have no mechanical drawback in looking after the words. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman We had expected a dull submissive monotony, and found a daring social inventiveness far beyond our own, and a mechanical and scientific development fully equal to ours. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

H.P. Lovecraft The brain, I may add, is virtually immortal with its mechanical faculties and a limited nourishment supplied by occasional changes of the preserving fluid. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]