Phrases with "mechanical"

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]

Olaf Stapledon When mechanical transport had collapsed altogether, attempts were made to maintain contact by sailing-ships and caravans. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

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]

H. G. Wells There is every indication of a steady increase in this proportion of mechanical energy, in this emancipation of men from the necessity of physical labour. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

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

H. G. Wells It is a bona fide mechanical contrivance, a thing emphatically of this sordid world. The Chronic Argonauts by H. G. Wells [1888]

Edith Wharton A ghostlike self looked back at her from her toilet-glass: she watched it performing the mechanical gestures of the toilet, dressing her, as it appeared, without help from her actual self. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Sinclair Lewis I’ve been working on my mechanical drawing lately, and I’ve got the idea that they ought to get away from imitating carriages. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

The Greeks, quick and adventurous, skilled in mechanical art, had many of the qualities of successful navigators, and within the limits of their little inland sea ranged fearlessly and freely. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

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]

Jules Verne The ornithopter, or mechanical bird, offers certain advantages, no doubt. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Henry Adams The mechanical theory, mostly accepted by science, seemed to require that the law of mass should rule. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

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

Before he subsided into a chair near Mr Milburn he grasped the collar of his dress coat on each side and drew it forward, a trick he had with his gown in court, a nervous and mechanical action. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

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]

She saw him; she looked at him quite steadily; she rose, slowly, with a mechanical movement, and stood upright beside her bed, clasping her forehead with her hands, and gazing at him. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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

Sidney Colvin The review is quite in his manner, that of a man insensible to the higher charm of poetry, incapable of judging it except by mechanical rule and precedent, and careless of the pain he gives. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

He cannot go much further down than myself in the scale of valuation, especially if he has Italian enough to know that the exquisite mechanical harmony of Petrarch’s style is beyond my reach. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Therefore the logical end of mechanical progress is to reduce the human being to something resembling a brain in a bottle. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

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]

Thomas Paine Thus situated and connected, you become the unintentional mechanical instrument of your own and their overthrow. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

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

And yet how wonderfully, how unexpectedly, nearly all of them improved during those first few weeks! For the most part they were not really stupid, only dazed by a dull, mechanical rigmarole. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

T. E. Lawrence Joyce alleged the parade-magnificence of his Egyptians — formal men, who loved mechanical movement and surpassed British troops in physique, in smartness, in perfection of drill. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

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]

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]

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

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

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

A mechanical device for inflicting personal distinction — prototype of the modern newspaper conducted by persons of austere virtues and blameless lives. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

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]

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

The mechanical construction of a falsehood is a matter of the gravest import. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Her voice, which was exquisitely sweet and soft, seemed to produce a mechanical effect on him. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

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]

Jules Verne But the projectile must describe a curve unalterably determined by the laws of mechanical reasoning. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Andrew Lang Amateurs will never really value mechanical reproductions, which can be copied to any extent. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

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

Edgar Rice Burroughs He was an old fellow who had devoted the better part of a long life to the perfection of a mechanical subterranean prospector. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

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]

Henry Adams A dynamic theory would begin by assuming that all history, terrestrial or cosmic, mechanical or intellectual, would be reducible to this formula if we knew the facts. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

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]

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

H. G. Wells And from point to point tore the countless multitudes along the roaring mechanical ways. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

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]

Willa Cather The mechanical dish-washer she had never been able to use, and patent flat-irons and oil-stoves drove her wild. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Olaf Stapledon The most it can do is to describe the mechanical situations in which these are observed to occur, or emerge. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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]

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]

D.H. Lawrence Only by mechanical attraction he gravitated into line with us. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

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]

Edgar Allan Poe I perceived, too, that the gallant soldier preferred topics of philosophical interest, and that he delighted, especially, in commenting upon the rapid march of mechanical invention. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Charles Dickens In his preparation for the day, too, and at his breakfast, he was often virtually asleep while in mechanical action. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

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

H. G. Wells Socialism developed at first in England and then in France because both the industrial and the mechanical revolution had hit first England and then France before it struck the rest of the world. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H.P. Lovecraft Other apertures were undoubtedly connected with bygone mechanical facilities — heating, lighting, and the like — of a sort suggested in many of the carvings. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

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]

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

Thomas Hardy His mechanical movements stopped, his hand remained on the blind-cord, and he seemed to become breathless, as if he had suddenly found himself treading a high rope. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Elizabeth Gaskell He was a little struck, notwithstanding, by the form of the answer, which sounded like a mechanical repetition of her first reply — not changed and modified in shape so as to meet his last question. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Willa Cather Your uncle bought you some kind of a mechanical toy, a Turkish lady sitting on an ottoman and smoking a hookah, wasn’t it? And she turned her head backwards and forwards. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Edmund Burke Besides those things which directly suggest the idea of danger, and those which produce a similar effect from a mechanical cause, I know of nothing sublime, which is not some modification of power. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

D. H. Lawrence But he turned in mechanical obedience, and set off at a heavy run downhill, looking almost like a bear, his trousers bagging over his military boots. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

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

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

H. G. Wells The high little mechanical table they erected before the window seemed to me like an altar on which I had to offer up my son. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

For his nerves there was no mechanical sense of coming back; this was as much the end of his proud, prosperous life as death itself could have been. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

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

Robert Louis Stevenson A sedentary population, accustomed, besides, to the strange mechanical bearing of the common tramp, can in no wise explain to itself the gaiety of these passers-by. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

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]

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

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. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

George Meredith She opened it with a mechanical hand, thinking there might be patriotic orders enclosed for her. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

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]

George Gissing My time will be wholly occupied in a round of all but mechanical duties, and I think that will be the best medicine for my mind. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Olaf Stapledon Through a long series of new discoveries and inventions a new and incomparably mightier source of mechanical power was at last brought into action. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

I thought she despised my country birth, my mechanical attempts, my lack of aristocratic pretensions and traditions. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

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]

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]

To make sure that all written records agree with the orthodoxy of the moment is merely a mechanical act. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

George Gissing I suppose the mechanical details of the undertaking are entirely within your province. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Sinclair Lewis Save with Paul Riesling, mechanical friendships — back-slapping and jocular, never daring to essay the test of quietness. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

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]

H. G. Wells Now even a mechanical foot-bath does not like being passed in this lordly fashion on a bright morning on the open road. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

George Gissing There were black-boards and other mechanical appliances for teaching, and on the walls hung maps and diagrams. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

H. G. Wells He saw my points and put me in touch with capable men to supplement my mechanical insufficiency. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Elio And the singing was no mechanical affair of official routine; it had a drama. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

Alfred Ainger Though Lamb had always fretted against what he called his slavery to the “desk’s dead wood,” the discipline of regular, and even of mechanical work, was of infinite service to him. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Watkin Tench In so numerous a community many persons of perverted genius and of mechanical ingenuity could not but be assembled. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

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]

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

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

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

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]

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]

Edith Wharton I had a friend named Lucy Warne who married a very clever man — a mechanical genius —— ” Amherst’s face cleared. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

H. G. Wells He had failed to raise war to its ultimate mechanical level. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

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]

George Berkeley Some have pretended to account for appearances by occult qualities, but of late they are mostly resolved into mechanical causes, to wit. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

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]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The mechanical might and organization requires in the people constitution and answering spirits: and he who goes among them must have some weight of metal. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

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]

Jack London My method of mechanical hypnosis was the soul of simplicity. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

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

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

Edward Bellamy There ensued an era of mechanical invention, scientific discovery, art, musical and literary productiveness to which no previous age of the world offers anything comparable. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

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

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]

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

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

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]

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

Theodore Dreiser At this task she laboured incessantly for some time, finding relief from her own nervous fears and imaginings in the humdrum, mechanical movement of the machine. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

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]

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]

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

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]

G. K. Chesterton He knew there was a dance that night and took no notice of it; he was not sentimental, but some of the tunes stirred almost mechanical memories. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

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]

Rafael Sabatini The orderly, with perfect, mechanical military obedience, dealt Tomatis a resounding buffet. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

And this resemblance to a mechanical figure went so far that he had an automaton’s absurd air of being aware of the machinery inside of him. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

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

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

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]

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

But this was only the beginning of the growth period, the first trickle of the coming flood of mechanical power. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

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]

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]

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

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

Leslie Stephen One might be tempted to say, were it not for the conclusive evidence to the contrary, that this love of the most mechanical variety of facetiousness implied an absence of any true sense of humour. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Olaf Stapledon Of course it was possible that in some unexplained but purely mechanical way the presence of many planetary girdles created the explosion, or the fiery limb. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

For a war of that kind has got to be won by mechanical means, i. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

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]

Jeremy Bentham Hardiness, even in the sense in which it is opposed to the action of mechanical causes, is distinguishable from strength. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

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]

This may be disputed, because at any given moment the effect of some recent mechanical invention may appear to be the opposite. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

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]

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]

Wilkie Collins As a design, it was worthless; as a print, it had not even the mechanical merit of being a good impression. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

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

Edith Wharton Here it was, in all its mechanical terror — endless and meaningless as the repetitions of a nightmare. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

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

We were often amused by watching this exhibition of mechanical skill in the streets. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

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 piece of apparatus standing on a wooden box at Madsen’s left hand is a Geryk mechanical vacuum pump. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

Charles Dickens Iron clamps and girders, fire-proof from top to bottom; mechanical lifts for the housemaids, with all their brushes and brooms; everything that heart could desire. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

George Gissing He went through his routine, at the mill and elsewhere, in a mechanical way; all the time his instincts and habits subjugated themselves to the frenzy which chafed at the centres of his life. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

How have you been?” “I? I hardly know whether I’ve been at all,” she answered, in mechanical parody of his own reply. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Thomas Hardy Edith Harnham’s large dark eyes expressed some interest in the contents, though, in her character of mere interpreter, she threw into her tone as much as she could of mechanical passiveness. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

He gave Gilbert his hand in a mechanical kind of way. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

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

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

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]

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

Charles Dickens His mouth was such a post-office of a mouth that he had a mechanical appearance of smiling. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

D. H. Lawrence But still it had a stiffness and a blank, mechanical look, was something less than human. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith She half-protested to herself that he expected from her the mechanical correctness of a machine, and overlooked the fact that she was human. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

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]

By a mechanical impulse he presented the letter to his brother, who took it and disappeared. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

D. H. Lawrence It was pure organic disintegration and pure mechanical organisation. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence And she could hardly make mechanical words to speak to them. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

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

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]

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

Henry Adams Against it, no mechanical force could compete except within narrow limits. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

D.H. Lawrence Now it is cosmopolitan, the cathedral is like a relic, a museum object, everywhere stinks of mechanical money-pleasure. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

They are the high priests of the modern cult of perfected material and of mechanical appliances, and would fain forbid the profane from inquiring into its mysteries. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

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]

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]

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]

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]

D. H. Lawrence The taking of tea was just a mechanical action, to cover over her existence. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

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

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

Henry Adams Society became fantastic, a vision of pantomime with a mechanical motion; and its so-called thought merged in the mere sense of life, and pleasure in the sense. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Henry Handel Richardson In one of the houses opposite, at a window on the same level, a girl was practising the violin; his eyes followed the mechanical movements of the bow. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

The justification for class distinctions, if there is a justification, is no longer the same, because there is no mechanical reason why the average human being should continue to be a drudge. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution by George Orwell [1946]

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 I feel I have the honour of mechanical England in my hands. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Olaf Stapledon For the theory expressly denies mechanical determinism. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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]

Without a high level of mechanical development, human equality is not practically possible; Dickens goes to show that it is not imaginable either. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

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]

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

Francis Bacon Upon this history, therefore, mechanical and illiberal as it may seem (all fineness and daintiness set aside), the greatest diligence must be bestowed. Preparative toward a Natural and Experimental History by Francis Bacon

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

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]

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

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

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

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She had suddenly become like one of those dolls in a Russian Ballet, mechanical puppets in whose soundbox some string has broken. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He was proud of the fact that he could never become a mechanical or scientific genius. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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]

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

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

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