Phrases with "midst"

By the end of the tenth day, I should have heard from Prendergast and know enough to penetrate into the very midst of the monks. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

T. H. Huxley In the very midst of her flight a branch is seized, the body raised, and she is seen, as if by magic, quietly seated on it, grasping it with her feet. Essays by T. H. Huxley

James Hogg I put my hands in my pockets, and walked with dignity and energy into the midst of them. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

William Godwin Faustus with a sudden impulse cast himself into the midst of the flames with which they were surrounded, with the desire to snatch one of the damned souls from the pit. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

D’Artagnan arrived in the very midst of the conversation, still pale and much disturbed by his interview with the king. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Gissing In a moment Arthur had violently forced a passage through the crowd, and, how he knew not, had dragged Carrie from the midst of it into the open street. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Guy de Maupassant His mother had not seen it! She was looking intently at her clock, which stood on the mantelpiece, and the embarrassment increased in midst of a glacial silence. A Family Affair (En Famille) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Another instant and out of the cloud’s midst at sea-level, sweeping with no apparent hindrance straight through the scarlet terraces and antique shipping, the Nagaina plowed incongruously into view. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Robert Louis Stevenson The good Lachevre has departed, carrying his household gods; and long before that Gaston Lafenestre was taken from our midst by an untimely death. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

William Makepeace Thackeray She ran into the police-barrack, which was luckily hard by; but the Arnaoot was nothing daunted, and followed into the midst of the police. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

T. E. Lawrence Allenby was in the hopeful midst of a great scheme for the coming spring. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

M. P. Shiel And into the midst of this racket burst the news that the negotiations with Germany, Russia and France were at a deadlock. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

He found them remarkably clear; so much so, indeed, that he travelled for some distance into their midst before he realized that he had passed beyond their borders. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Victor Hugo Now he had entered into the midst of life, and remained alone. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was in the very midst of the wood, soundless, except for a slight ripple of breeze every now and then amongst the tree tops. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

In midst of al the temple sat meschaunce, With sory comfort and evil countynaúnce. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Full of rage and despair, I discharged my remaining rifle-barrel into the midst of the crowd. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Robert Louis Stevenson It fell in the time of the fishing that the man awoke in his house about the midst of the afternoon. Fables by Robert Louis Stevenson

Each person proceeded in order, and when the fourth prince had reached the midst of his adventures, a sudden noise interrupted him, which caused the vault to tremble and to open. The History of the Caliph Vathek by William Beckford

Immediately there was a stir among the group of servants in the corner, and an intelligent-looking, though somewhat pompous, Irishman stepped out from their midst and confronted the jury. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Arnold Bennett For where two or three are gathered together i’ my name theer am I in th’ midst of ’em. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Sigmund Freud On the other hand, it seems that dreams of an infantile type reappear with especial frequency in adults who are transferred into the midst of unfamiliar conditions. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Jules Verne It was the first time that the settlers had set foot on the right bank of the Mercy, and ventured into the midst of those gigantic and superb coniferae now sprinkled over with snow. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Edgar Allan Poe They paid me no manner of attention, and, although I stood in the very midst of them all, seemed utterly unconscious of my presence. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Gustave Flauber The horrible animals dug out black furrows as they passed through the midst of it all. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Arnold Bennett She exulted because she was in the very midst of her wondrous adventure and tingling with a thousand apprehensions. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

H.P. Lovecraft I found it in the glare of mid-afternoon, in the clangour of a metropolis, and in the teeming midst of a shabby and commonplace rooming-house with a prosaic landlady and two stalwart men by my side. Cool Air by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

The volcano is scooped out into a natural basin, containing, in the very midst of its fiery furnace, two lakes of the purest, coldest and most transparent water. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Charles Dickens The cry arose again, and there was a terrible and confusing rush of the women into the midst of the struggle. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

The host, hostess, and two lads were watching with anxiety the circle of these angry gamblers, from the midst of which war seemed ready to break forth, bristling with knives and hatchets. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Gradually, from the midst of the young author’s obscurity, there issued an attraction which made the world wish to know more of him. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Jane Austen Serious she was, very serious in her thankfulness, and in her resolutions; and yet there was no preventing a laugh, sometimes in the very midst of them. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

By and by an old woman rose slowly from the midst of those who were sitting, and moved with tottering uncertain steps towards a higher point of ground, a little apart from the crowd. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Jules Verne Then he said: “Besides, M. Aronnax, the Nautilus is not lost; it will carry you yet into the midst of the marvels of the ocean. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Then, as if it had waited for that moment so that the sun might shine on its defeat, a heron rose from the midst of the reeds with a prolonged and plaintiff cry. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

In the very midst of the continuity our experience comes as an alteration. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Henry Handel Richardson Maurice slowly made his way through the midst of all these people, while Dove loitered, or stepped out of hearing, with one friend after another. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Hardy In the very midst of its length, at the point where the road began to drop down a hill, the detective drove against something with a jerk which nearly flung them both to the ground. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

James Anthony Froude Young village blackguards do not dream of archangels flying through the midst of heaven, nor were these imaginations invented afterwards, or rhetorically exaggerated. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

William Godwin She snatches the smoaking cinders, and the bones whitened with flame, from the midst of the pile, and wrests the torch from the hand of the mourning parent. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Andrew Lang Their father burst into the midst of them, bearing his basket, and crying: ‘Don’t spoil your appetites, children, with that stuff. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Maria Edgeworth The sliding bow was for Lady Anne, and the way was to dash into nonsense with her directly, and full into the midst of nonsense I dashed. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

In this way you glide on delightfully in the very midst of crowds, without being inconvenienced or stopped for a moment. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

If their sense of direction were not utterly at fault, it came from the very midst of the towering black cloud that threatened. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

D’Artagnan passed through the very midst of this discontented mob just as if his horse and he had been made of iron. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Maria Edgeworth The elderly gentleman who had accompanied Mr. Percival now made his way through the midst of the noisy crowd, and directed what should be done to restore Mr. Hervey’s suspended animation. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Charles Dickens On our walking into the midst of one of these dreary perspectives of old men, nearly the following little dialogue took place, the nurse not being immediately at hand: ‘All well here?’ No answer. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Then midst my pity for their lost delight, Yet more with barren longing I grew weak, Yet more I mourned that I had none to seek. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Jules Verne It was a remarkable fact that, although in the very midst of the furious tempest, they did not suffer from it. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

William Dampier Close by the seaside are good guns planted at equal distances lying along from one end of the bay to the other; besides a small fort a little further in from the sea, near the midst of the bay. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

William Dampier The midst of the island is planted with plantain-trees, which are not very large, but the fruit extraordinary sweet. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

William Makepeace Thackeray There is one in the very midst of them, the great burly fellow with the beef: he could beat all three in five minutes. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Margaret Oliphant The girl had come suddenly, without warning, without any fault of hers, out of her innocence and lightheartedness, into the midst of the most terrible problem of life. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

H.P. Lovecraft We were now burrowing bodily through the midst of the picture, and I seemed to find in its necromancy a thing I had innately known or inherited and for which I had always been vainly searching. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Margaret Oliphant There was, therefore, no one to recognise Lord Erradeen as he came slowly into the midst of this tragedy, not knowing what it was. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

But the men and women all knew Bruno as he came down into the midst of them with the stately tread of his bare swift feet. Signa by Ouida

Jules Verne Some of the ship’s crew in their diving-dresses were clearing away half-rotten barrels and empty cases from the midst of the blackened wrecks. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Arthur Conan Doyle The arbalesters on the tower leaned over and shot into the midst of them, but could not stop their advance. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

E. T. A. Hoffmann As if by the wave of a magician’s wand you are transported into the midst of thriving fields, fertile arable land, and meadows. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

He stooped and picked it up, and as he plucked it, with a harsh scream just over his head, a large bird with heavy beating wings broke away from the midst of the branches. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

So dark was the night that we were in the cricketers’ midst before we saw the shimmer of their pyjamas; and then Lord Amersteth almost trod on Mackenzie as he lay prostrate in the dew. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Gonzalo and Valdivia threw themselves into the midst of their followers, menacing some, encouraging others, and at length led them gallantly forward to the firm ground. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Henry James He was very pleasant, and he knew an immense deal about everything, or, rather, about every one, and he would take her right into the midst of life. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

H. G. Wells The fifth cylinder must have fallen right into the midst of the house we had first visited. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

He need not have spoken; there could be no doubt that Manuel had lost himself, and my belief is that the ship had sailed right into the midst of the flotilla. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

And when the emperor dieth, men set him in a chair in midst the place of his tent. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Virginia Woolf Down, down, into the midst of ordinary things the finger fell making the moment solemn. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

There were even now no houses to see, but only the minarets peered out from the midst of shade into the glowing sky, and bravely touched the sun. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Jack London His brows were bright with the divine that was in him, and brighter yet shone his eyes from the midst of the radiance that seemed to envelop him as a mantle. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Together thus, alone in the very midst and presence of death, the distinctions of the world they were about to leave disappeared. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

George Meredith He is there in midst of the pupils he harried to brains awake, trod into union; lo, These are his Epic’s tutored Dardans, yon that Rhapsode’s Achaeans to know. Odes in Contribution to the Song of French History by George Meredith [1898]

In midst of Italy, well known to fame, There lies a lake (Amsanctus is the name) Below the lofty mounts: on either side Thick forests the forbidden entrance hide. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

William Morris Waned the day and I hied me afield, and thereafter I sat with the mighty when daylight was done, But with great men beside me, midst high-hearted laughter, I deemed me of all men the gainfullest one. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

But humanism explicates the summarizing word “ought’ into a mass of pragmatic motives from the midst of which our critics think that truth itself takes flight. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Charles Stur As they passed, however, I snatched up a carbine, and, without taking any aim, discharged it into the midst of them, and brought one of their number down — the only bird I had shot for many years. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Guy de Maupassant The word ‘spy’ at once spread through the midst of the stragglers, and they gathered in a group round the prisoner. The Horrible by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Elizabeth Gaskell She checked herself, smiling sadly at Molly through the midst of her thick-coming sobs. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

William Makepeace Thackeray One wretched old tottering hag began whining the Lord’s Prayer as a proof of her sincerity, and blundered in the very midst of it, and left us thoroughly disgusted after the very first sentence. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Marie Corelli And the old Prince stood, arrested as it were in the very midst of his wrath and sorrow by some force more potent than even the spirit of vengeance. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

They were all still and indifferent as may be ghosts, through the midst of which pass unnoticed the forms of the living. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Margaret Oliphant Mr. Gladstone’s name was as a firebrand thrown into the midst of this peaceable little country community. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

There are palm-woods about their feet, and clustered huts, from the midst of which they tower up against the murky sky magnificently. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Is it war, I ask you, to seek to poison the drinking water of an enemy, to send stalking into their midst some loathsome disease? Such things belong to the ages of barbarity. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Robert Louis Stevenson We were still but new under cover when the sun rose; and at the same time, from the midst of the basin, a great shouting of seamen sprang up, and we knew the SARAH was being boarded. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Overwhelmed in the very midst of his triumph, he struggled against this fright. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Jules Verne Ten or twelve poulps now invaded the platform and sides of the Nautilus. We rolled pell-mell into the midst of this nest of serpents, that wriggled on the platform in the waves of blood and ink. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Helen Zimmern As daughter to the Countess of Huntingdon she had seen much strange society, and had been in the very midst of the evangelical revival. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Arnold Bennett Shells were falling in the southern quarters of Paris, doing perhaps not a great deal of damage, but still plunging occasionally into the midst of some domestic interior and making a sad mess of it. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

John Lewis Burckhard At Berber nobody is afraid of encountering crocodiles in the river, and we bathed there very often, swimming out into the midst of the stream. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

And I plunged right into the midst of the bushes, and heard a peasant ploughing alone on the clearing about thirty paces away. The Peasant Marey by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1876]

William Godwin Rheims lay in a direction expressly through the midst of the enemies’ garrisons. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Jules Verne But, in the very midst of the fun, Joe saw the doctor approaching. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Henry Handel Richardson His chief remaining hope was that there would be no open speaking, that Schilsky’s name would not be mentioned; and plump into the midst of this hope fell Ephie’s question. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Jules Verne Each time an Usbeck rolled on the ground, midst cries of rage from his companions. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Gustave Flauber They were trained to gallop rapidly, following the arrow of the rider, and dash into the midst of a group of the enemy, overturning men and biting them savagely as they fell. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

Jules Verne But no; the fire was lighted just as usual, and fanned into vigor by Ben Zoof applying his mouth in lieu of bellows, and a bright flame started up from the midst of the twigs and coal. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

A hound would suddenly burst into their midst and disappear. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Jules Verne He omitted no point of detail; he conducted them throughout the magazines, workshops, through the midst of the engines, and compelled them to visit the whole 1,200 furnaces one after the other. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Edgar Rice Burroughs I kept close to the edge of the forest, in the very midst of which the hill seemed to rise. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

D’Artagnan, who had no settled habits of his own, as he came from his province into the midst of his world quite new to him, fell easily into the habits of his friends. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

About four in the morning, as the captain and Herrick sat together on the rail, there arose from the midst of the night in front of them the voice of breakers. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Thomas Hardy A passage was kept clear through their midst by two barriers of timber, extending from the door of the college to the door of the large building between it and the theatre. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

He had forced his way into the midst of the dense crowd, when unhappily he fainted away; his guards shrieked out, and the event instantly became known. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

He walked straight into the midst of the guards, who on seeing him were silent. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Arthur Conan Doyle His fellow-students gathered round Tom outside in the hope of sharing in the joke, but he pushed them angrily aside and strode through the midst of them and down the University steps. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

It so happened that the nation into whose midst he had plunged, and whose characteristics he had scrutinised with so avid a curiosity, had just reached one of the culminating moments in its history. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Nathaniel Hawthorne But still they rambled on, and soon found themselves in a rocky dell through the midst of which ran a streamlet with ripple and foam and a continual voice of inarticulate joy. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

H. G. Wells He made his way slowly into the midst of this mass of people, until he realised that the descending staircase of the central Way led to the interior of the buildings. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

It was a fortunate chance which threw Ibsen thus suddenly into the midst of a group of those in whom the hopes of the new generation were centred. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

But as iron is not hindered by any obstacle from receiving force or motion from a loadstone, so it will pass through the midst of flames to the body of the loadstone and adhære to the stone. On the Magnet by William Gilber

West Lynne then returned the Hon. Mr. Attley, a county nobleman’s son; but he died in the very midst of his first session, and another writ had to be issued. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Washington Irving The aunt, who was one of the best tellers of ghost stories in all Germany, had just been recounting one of her longest, and had fallen asleep in the very midst of it. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Then, rapidly as an eagle swoops, he rushed downwards into the midst of one of the groups, skimming through the midst, and as suddenly again soaring aloft. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle In the very midst of it the Emperor appeared. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

Walter Scott We have roused the night raven, I heard him croak, As we plashed along beneath the oak That flings its broad branches so far and so wide, Their shadows are dancing in midst of the tide. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

So we extricated a little two-seater from the midst of a clump of lilacs, and drove through four miles of sweet-scented dusk, with nightingales shouting in every thicket. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

They paused — the man and the beast — as if struck into inactivity in the very midst of activity. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Robert Louis Stevenson It would be well if there were no more than two; but the sects in Scotland form a large family of sisters, and the chalk lines are thickly drawn, and run through the midst of many private homes. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Presently they had blundered fairly into the midst of a group of these shapes, which seemed indeed to form about them from the misty light itself or rise up from the ground. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

The revulsion, here, is too violent, and seems to throw a dank and deathly exhalation into the midst of the sweetness which the mutual disclosure of love should have spread around itself. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Henry James He remained a moment, looking on the ground; then he said, “Princess, you have no idea – how should you have? – into the midst of what abject, pitiful preoccupations you thrust yourself. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

But Mercury swift conveyed me away, terrified as I was, in a thick cloud through the midst of the enemy. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Karl Philipp Moritz I now saw myself in a moment, as it were, all at once transported into the midst of a company, all apparently very respectable men, but all strangers to me. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

John Lewis Burckhard Kanouat is situated upon a declivity, on the banks of the deep Wady Kanouat, which flows through the midst of the town, and whose steep banks are supported by walls in several places. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Arthur Conan Doyle Our good chaplain, in the very midst of a psalm, had uttered a great shout of praise and thanksgiving, and so passed on to join those of his parishioners who were scattered round him upon the moor. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Florence Dixie This was an enormous puma, who suddenly sprang up from the midst of our cavalcade, sending the mules and luggage horses stampeding away in all directions. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]