Phrases with "monstrous"

H. G. Wells That vague and monstrous new order of things was at the same time the remotest, least distinct, and most disconcerting element in all this sideshow of unpleasant apprehensions. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Jules Verne The Rangoon rolled heavily and the passengers became impatient of the long, monstrous waves which the wind raised before their path. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Again, it would have been a monstrous sin in that tranquil place for any one member of the congregation to disturb the devotions of the rest by entering at such a time as this. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Mr. Hanson struck with his fishing-pole, and killed a monstrous water-snake. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

George Gissing But sudden confusion beset his mind — a sense of having been guilty of monstrous presumption — a panic which threw darkness about him and made him grasp the chair convulsively. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

This monstrous seance had aroused a storm of indignation and disgust within their breasts, and they looked questioningly at each other. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

The monstrous glass pot was set before him. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

H. G. Wells Any failure in this central business involved a monstrous abasement, and against that our poor souls sought blindly for the most extravagant consolations. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Radclyffe Hall All her life she must drag this body of hers like a monstrous fetter imposed on her spirit. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

At this moment a monstrous battering was heard. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

H. G. Wells They become a monstrous danger. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Arnold Bennett He spoke as if Cyril had invented strange and monstrous sins. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

A monstrous figure appeared in the dimness, which presently revealed itself as a man on horseback. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

H. G. Wells It led at last to monstrous results, but it was only through these monstrous and catastrophic results that men learnt the need and nature of the limitations of private property. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

H.P. Lovecraft Then came the frenzied tones again: “Carter, it’s terriblemonstrous — unbelievable!” This time my voice did not fail me, and I poured into the transmitter a flood of excited questions. The Statement of Randolph Carter by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

The curious thing about him was his face, which was decorated with features so tiny as to give the impression of a monstrous child. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Lord! how they chided with themselves, That they had let him in; To see him grow so monstrous now, That came so small and thin. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

George Gissing But the evils are so monstrous that it is hard to fix one’s mind on the good that may long hence result from them. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

It’s monstrous to instil such unscientific and pernicious dogmas into the brain of a three-year-old infant. The Web of Maya by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

Miss Pigchalke’s behaviour was the more monstrous that she had already received the first fifty pounds of the hundred-pound pension her friend’s widower had arranged to give her. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

It comes out first in monstrous boulders which may weigh anything up to twenty tons. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Men do not accumulate hate against each other in tiny amounts, treasuring every pinch carefully till it grows at last into a monstrous and explosive hoard. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

H. G. Wells And that being so it follows that under existing conditions the unrestricted meeting and companionship of men and women in society is a monstrous sham, a merely dangerous pretence of encounters. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Jane Austen Lord! what a taking poor Mr. Edward will be in when he hears of it! To have his love used so scornfully! for they say he is monstrous fond of her, as well he may. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

William Hope Hodgson Then it had fallen back once more with a prodigious splash, and so the quiet fell again, finding me sore afraid, and no little bewildered that so monstrous a creature could leap with such agility. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

George Meredith Dragged into the monstrous grotesque of the scene at the Gardens, Livia and Henrietta went through the ordeal, masking any signs that they were stripped for a flagellation. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Robert Louis Stevenson If the crime had been monstrous the punishment was in proportion. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

F. Scott Fitzgerald His face was of a monstrous and unnatural pink, vivid yet dead, and over his mouth was fastened what appeared to be a gag. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope It was a case in which persecution even to the very gate of the grave would be wise and warrantable — if by such persecution this odious, monstrous marriage might be avoided. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Is there not some ancient story of a monstrous wretch baked in his own bull? My situation was as bad. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

All what cannot be used is sent to the surface and dumped; hence the monstrous ‘dirt-heaps’, like hideous grey mountains, which are the characteristic scenery of the coal areas. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle His monstrous body had hardly crashed down upon the floor before the woman in the corner sprang to her feet, clapping her hands together and screaming out in her delight. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Thomas Hardy And about getting home his traps? Boxes, monstrous bales, and noble packages of foreign description, I make no doubt?’ ‘Hardly all that,’ said Stephen laughing. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

H. G. Wells The place was enclosed and rudely fortified by monstrous banks of earth, backed with steel both over the crests of the Downs above and across the dip of the valley. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

The Stilton that we get here, clouted in tin-foil, is monstrous poor stuff, hardly better than our American sort. A Sole Survivor by Ambrose Bierce

Guy de Maupassant When we arrived at the ferry, where my boat had been moored since morning, I saw in the grass, or rather above the tall weeds of the bank, an enormous red parasol, resembling a monstrous wild poppy. The Question of Latin (La Question du latin) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

H. G. Wells It was all a monstrous payment for courageous fiction, a gratuity in return for the one reality of human life — illusion. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle Never! Let the experiments go, let the research come to an end; any thing is better than facing this monstrous temptation which drags me so low. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

H.P. Lovecraft Later I had visions of sweeping through Cyclopean corridors of stone, and up and down gigantic inclined planes of the same monstrous masonry. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

George Meredith A monstrous crime had been committed, involving the honour of the family. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

It must be monstrous hot walking. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Edith Wharton He is so much stronger than his father — he is full of the most monstrous convictions. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The people raved against the Lady Eleanore and cried out that her pride and scorn had evoked a fiend, and that between them both this monstrous evil had been born. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Oscar Wilde I felt that this grey, monstrous London of ours, with its myriads of people, its sordid sinners, and its splendid sins, as you once phrased it, must have something in store for me. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle Yet his conclusions would seem monstrous to a modern taste. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Henry Fielding You are, therefore, doing a monstrous thing in endeavouring to procure a match between these two people, which will be to the ruin of them both. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Ford Madox Ford That seemed her to be a monstrous and incomprehensible working of Fate’s. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

H.P. Lovecraft When they had thinned out enough to be glimpsed as separate organisms, I saw that they were dwarfed, deformed hairy devils or apesmonstrous and diabolic caricatures of the monkey tribe. The Lurking Fear by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Here there was no highway but many forest tracks, one in especial much rutted by heavy wagons and showing the prints of monstrous feet. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Virginia Woolf It was birth the wrong way round — a monstrous inversion. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Anthony Trollope To Lord Chiltern, who had heard none of the details, the suspicion was so monstrous as to fill him with wrath. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Gaston Leroux He had heard the grating of the ladder on the wall, and I saw the monstrous back of the man raise itself. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

H.P. Lovecraft It was not quite dead, but twitched silently and spasmodically while its chest heaved in monstrous unison with the mad piping of the expectant whippoorwills outside. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

She had come, like everyone about her, to accept this monstrous existence almost as though it were normal. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

H.P. Lovecraft What it showed was simply the monstrous being he was painting on that awful canvas. Pickman’s Model by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Henry James The character of Paul Creston’s wife thus attributed to her was monstrous for reasons Stransom could judge his friend to know perfectly that he knew. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

Henry Fielding Here was a monstrous wheel, infinitely larger than those in which I had formerly seen lottery-tickets deposited. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

It was a monstrous thing, and yet strangely human. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Gustave Flauber The sun heated the yellowed grass; the ground was all chinked with crevices which in dividing formed, as it were, monstrous paving-stones. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Benjamin Disraeli It fact, it was too monstrous for a dream. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

On another occasion he struck a big sting-ray so full of his impish darts that it resembled an animated pincushion of monstrous proportions. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

The monstrous commissionaire, like a great glittering waxwork with the minimum of joints, stepped stiffly forward to open the taxi door. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Jules Verne A few steps off, a monstrous sea-spider, about thirty-eight inches high, was watching me with squinting eyes, ready to spring upon me. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

When he went to bed the fancied insult he had suffered swelled to monstrous proportions in his fevered brain. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

H. G. Wells He would compare his lot with that of other men, reproach himself for a monstrous greed and ingratitude. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Anthony Trollope I do not at all blame her, not in the least; it would be monstrous if I did. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Experience shows it to be a fearful thing to be swept in by the roaring surge of life, and then to float alone undirected on its restless, monstrous bosom. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Radclyffe Hall To herself she seemed all eyes and ears, a monstrous thing, a complete degradation, yet endowed with an almost unbearable skill, with a subtlety passing her own understanding. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a gloomy shadowy place at the best, but in those hideous shadows lurked the obscene shapes of monstrous polyps and strange, misformed fish which were like the creations of a nightmare. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Arthur Conan Doyle We all stopped to examine that monstrous spoor. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

H.P. Lovecraft Two titan swaths of destruction stretched from the glen to the Frye farmyard, monstrous prints covered the bare patches of ground, and one side of the old red barn had completely caved in. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

Leslie Stephen And, moreover, Pope’s great ally of this period had a dislike of his own to Bentley. Bentley had said of Warburton that he was a man of monstrous appetite and bad digestion. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

H.P. Lovecraft When the medical examiner came, there was only a sticky whitish mass on the painted boards, and the monstrous odour had nearly disappeared. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

It was noticeable that her stories were not only dirty and libellous, but they had nearly always some monstrous tinge of perversion about them. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Jack London I, who had not eaten for so long, began to swell to a monstrous fatness — my legs, my arms, my whole body. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

A gallery of monstrous doll-faces — pink vacuous faces, full of goofy optimism. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

H. G. Wells It is as if one attempted to satisfy the traffic needs of greater New York or London or Western Europe by a monstrous increase in horses and carts and nothing else. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Yet on the face of it the very idea seemed monstrous and Dan scorned himself for his folly as he wrote the letter to Penn. Nevertheless, something stronger than himself drove him to post the letter. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

In a chapel full of monstrous images and piles of medallions made of the ashes of ‘holy’ men, the sub-abbot was discoursing to the acolytes on the religious classics. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

G. K. Chesterton It seemed to me like some monstrous upheaval of madness. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Anthony Trollope Why did he not know that the charge was a monstrous absurdity? Talking of that, not even you were truer to me than your brother. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne But how useless was this mighty struggle of the great rivals! The inventor did not appear! He did not exist! He had never existed! It was all a monstrous pretense of the American newspapers. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Rafael Sabatini You’ve a monstrous mild look, sir, for Satan — neither tail, nor cloven hoof, nor pitchfork? Gad’s my life! but you’re a disappointment. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

G. K. Chesterton All this time MacIan had been in a sort of monstrous delirium, like some fabulous hero snatched up into the moon. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Jonathan Swif Mr. Ford and I dined with Mr. Lewis. We have a monstrous deal of snow, and it has cost me two shillings to-day in chair and coach, and walked till I was dirty besides. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

My person, with its human powers and features, seem to me a monstrous excrescence of nature. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Thomas Hardy Huge elephantine forms, the mastodon, the hippopotamus, the tapir, antelopes of monstrous size, the megatherium, and the myledon — all, for the moment, in juxtaposition. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

They seemed to him fragmentary utterances of a monstrous conspiracy against his body and soul. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

H. G. Wells It would be something to tell Philip. It was still extremely dangerous and it might become at any time horrible and tragic, but it no longer appeared a monstrous and unnatural experience. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Arnold Bennett He had said that he would have a new works, and, with all its faults and little cowardices, there the new works was! And moreover it had just been assessed for municipal rates at a monstrous figure. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

H. P. Lovecraf A young woman, through surgery of the brain-cells, is made to see the vast and monstrous deity of Nature, and becomes an idiot in consequence, dying less than a year later. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Anthony Trollope No; it had all melted into a monstrous shape, indistinct and gloomy, partaking of the darkness of night. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Leon Trotsky In spite of a monstrous terror, the desire to hear the opposition awoke in the party. My Life by Leon Trotsky

F. Scott Fitzgerald If anything, there was in it a quality of monstrous condescension. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Long draughts of sleep his monstrous limbs enslave; He reels, and, falling, fills the spacious cave. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Now ye may hear wonders of a monstrous thing. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Any alliance of heart and mind would be a monstrous thing, and monsters, as we all know, cannot live. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

You that are still in the flesh, subject to horrors of the imagination, think what a monstrous fear that must be which seeks in darkness security from malevolent existences of the night. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

James Anthony Froude He saw evil spirits in monstrous shapes and fiends blowing flames out of their nostrils. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

He was awakened at eight o’clock by a monstrous hammering on his door. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Sinclair Lewis He waited an hour, with the monstrous pile of saucers before him as his only companion. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells It is disgraceful, it is monstrous we should be made like this. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Virginia Woolf Then one of them, beautifully darting, accurately alighting, spiked the soft, monstrous body of the defenceless worm, pecked again and yet again, and left it to fester. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

H.P. Lovecraft Azathoth have mercy! — the lightning no longer flashes — horrible — I can see everything with a monstrous sense that is not sight — light is dark and dark is light . The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

He was a monstrous man, with a mane of greasy grey hair, his face pouched and seamed, with thick negroid lips. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

George Gissing With the mud at the bottom of society we can practically do nothing; only the vast changes to be wrought by time will cleanse that foulness, by destroying the monstrous wrong which produces it. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

H. G. Wells In a score of seconds they were within a tracery of glare and black shadows shot with moving bars beneath the monstrous wheels. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

H. G. Wells Of all the monstrous irrational phenomena of the former time, war was certainly the most strikingly insane. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Henry James I exhibited it month after month in the form of a monstrous levity, only praying heaven that my editor might now not tell me, as he had so often told me, that my result was awfully good. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Jules Verne The warning was scarcely spoken before the enormous billow, a monstrous wave forty feet high, broke over the fugitives with a fearful noise. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Do but think of the Mausoleum, and the Pyramids, and the monstrous sepulchres of the Indus and Ganges, which outside are mountains, and within are mines of precious stones. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

G. K. Chesterton There is a mystical substance, and it can give monstrous pleasures or call down monstrous punishments. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Oscar Wilde The wind had blown the fog away, and the sky was like a monstrous peacock’s tail, starred with myriads of golden eyes. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle That huge, sweeping river of wind of which I have spoken had, as it appears, whirlpools within it which were as monstrous as itself. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

I prayed for strength and faith, that the monstrous blundering forces in life might not overwhelm me, might not beat me back to futility and a meaningless acquiescence in existent things. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

One monstrous insect, as large as a horse, stood right in the centre of their path without budging. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Perhaps he reflected on his motives; but it seemed to me that his conscience could be nothing else but a monstrous thing which very few actions could disturb appreciably. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Jane Austen He makes a monstrous deal of money, and they keep their own coach. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

E. F. Benson That, too, had been monstrous in Emily’s eyes. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

H. G. Wells Written clumsiness becomes monstrous clumsy. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Edith Wharton Thus viewed, the situation became so monstrous that he lost his last shred of self-restraint in contemplating it. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Something huge and dark reared itself high above the stone arch, and the next second Peter was struggling in the side eddies of a monstrous wave. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

H. G. Wells Shapes appeared hunched like the backs of monstrous beasts, at first dark blue, and then with shining streaks that presently began to glitter. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

H. G. Wells In this dancing death of the lights the area of the street had suddenly become a monstrous struggle. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

H.P. Lovecraft The dark granite masonry was of a monstrous megathic type, with lines of convex-topped blocks fitting the concave-bottomed courses which rested upon them. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Oscar Wilde Time seemed to him to be crawling with feet of lead, while he by monstrous winds was being swept towards the jagged edge of some black cleft of precipice. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

H.P. Lovecraft A moment before, there had been an inner cave with vague suggestions of a monstrous arch and gigantic sculptured hand on the farther wall. Through the Gates of the Silver Key by H.P. Lovecraft [1934]

H. G. Wells His weak cries had seemed to be all that was left to avert this monstrous disaster. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Then I believe you don’t care a rush for him, and never want to see him again, and believe the whole monstrous farrago. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

G. K. Chesterton As they drew near there seemed a sort of monstrous irony in the fact that the dead machine was still throbbing and thundering as busily as a factory, while the man lay so still. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

But though this evil was and is still quite as monstrous as that of slavery, there was no means of mixing up prejudice and jealousy with the reform, to help it along, and he could effect nothing. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

H. G. Wells He felt his aeropile had dropped clear, that the monstrous fabric, clean overturned, hung like a sloping wall above him. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Andrew Lang On the voyage, the Runoia makes a harp out of the bones of a monstrous fish, so strange a harp that none may play it but himself. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

There is also a monstrous fine dairy with churns of butter, prints and skimming dishes all of the handsomest kind. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Abraham Merri Before us stood a monstrous shape; a geometric prodigy. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Edgar Allan Poe Even while I gazed, this current acquired a monstrous velocity. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

When John Knox wrote of “this monstrous regiment of women,” he can hardly have guessed how accurate the word regiment would be, centuries later. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

H.P. Lovecraft The shock was severe, and to this day Malone is not certain of what he saw; but in dreams he still pictures that cat as it scuttled away with certain monstrous alterations and peculiarities. The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

E. F. Benson A pound each, I say, and that’s a monstrous price. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Virginia Woolf She resembled, as Orlando had thought before, nothing so much as a monstrous hare. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Oscar Wilde Its monstrous wings seem to wheel in the leaden air around me. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

H. G. Wells For the whole world was flaring then into a monstrous phase of destruction. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

G. K. Chesterton And it was not long before Joan perceived that the last phase of the picture, obscure and monstrous as it seemed, gave Ivywood exactly the opening he wanted. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

G. K. Chesterton The consequence was that the Colonel carried his monstrous green headgear about the streets of that suburb for nearly a week, and nobody ever mentioned the subject to him. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Radclyffe Hall All that she was and had been he knew; in all the world she had no other secret save this one most unnatural and monstrous injustice that was stronger than her will to destroy it. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

H.P. Lovecraft We had at once recognized it as a monstrous cylindrical tower figuring in the very earliest carvings, but appearing only as a prodigious round aperture from above. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

He loomed behind the glass, a heavy bulk of monstrous greed. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Rudyard Kipling We planted it and it grewmonstrous as a banian. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson Above all, in these last, we may look to see some monstrous hybrid — Whether good or evil, who shall forecast? but certainly original and all their own. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Yet it gave me, and I could weep to admit it, a monstrous joy to know that Theresa thought she was leaving Allan of her own free intention, when it was I who was contriving, arranging, insisting. The Shell of Sense by Olivia Howard Dunbar

Henry James I feel as if my hands were embrued with the blood of monstrous alien altars — of another faith altogether. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

G. K. Chesterton It was already quite close, and out of it clambered a man of monstrous stature, who came wading to shore with the water not up to his knees, though it would have reached the hips of many men. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

George Meredith Henrietta responded with the imperceptible shrug which is more eloquent than a cry to tell of the most monstrous of loads. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

E. F. Benson These monstrous suggestions did not arouse the least anxiety in Lucia, but they vastly inflamed her curiosity. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

I merely decline to encumber your memory with petty injuries, when you are good enough to inquire into a monstrous one. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He could not resist the monstrous conviction that the little girl was justified in beating the nurse. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Jules Verne Let us hope that one day Christianity will abolish all these monstrous customs. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells The memory of one of the late Mr. Parham’s dinner-table arguments, of that late Mr. Parham with whom his own being was so mysteriously linked, had taken on a monstrous disproportion. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

H.P. Lovecraft After man there would be the mighty beetle civilisation, the bodies of whose members the cream of the Great Race would seize when the monstrous doom overtook the elder world. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Benjamin Disraeli Those wild harum-scarum men are monstrous disagreeable. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Robert Louis Stevenson She despised him, he reflected, as he sat once more alone; a monstrous thing for a woman to despise a man; and strangest of all, she seemed to like him. The Misadventures of John Nicholson by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jane Austen I am monstrous glad of it, for then I shall have her for a neighbour you know. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Gertrude Stein A RED HAT. A dark grey, a very dark grey, a quite dark grey is monstrous ordinarily, it is so monstrous because there is no red in it. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

It is one thing to sow the seed of an accident and another to see the monstrous fruit hanging over your head ready to fall in the sound of agitated voices. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

But I soon saw that it was a sooty-black animal that resembled a monstrous cat. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Marjorie Bowen My blood had always run cool and thin, and I detested deeds of violence; my even mind could not grasp the idea of the murder of women save as a monstrous enormity. The Avenging of Ann Leete by Marjorie Bowen

Thomas Hardy He said: “I’ve been kind to you, and given you every liberty; and it is monstrous that you should feel in this way!” “Yes,” said she, weeping. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Its shades once sheltered the nyáre, locally called buffalo, the gorilla, and perhaps the more monstrous “impungu” (mpongo). Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Something huge, black, monstrous had flapped out of the darkness and into it again, passing so close that the wind of its flight scattered burning brands right and left from the fire. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

George Meredith My monstrous conceit of elevation will not suffer condensation into sentences. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

That afternoon he set out for Chasehope. The matter should be without delay laid before his chief elder, and the monstrous suspicion which lurked at the back of his mind dispelled. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Sure your lordship must think me monstrous troublesome if I have robbed you of a dance,” she added, turning to a tall man in smoke-coloured velvet and silver. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Mark Twain WE slept most all day, and started out at night, a little ways behind a monstrous long raft that was as long going by as a procession. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Such monstrous ingratitude was almost beyond belief. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

I would not only go over to Imperialism, but I would attempt to biologise Imperialism. I thought at first that I was undertaking a monstrous uphill task. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson This was followed by a monstrous hissing and simmering as from a kettle of the bigness of St. Paul’s; and at the same time from every chink of door and window spirted an ill-smelling vapour. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

It is too absurd, really, that such a monstrous thing should be enforced; I’ll get a private Act, next Session, and regulate those absurd conditions in the will. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope But I do say that it is monstrous in any people or in any person to suppose that such bickerings can afford a proper ground for war. North America by Anthony Trollope

I offer here those parts of my narrative which I conceive to be the least credible — those which deal with the most monstrous and astounding follies of a strange people. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

H. G. Wells I resisted a monstrous impulse to stay in that place and drink myself into inactivity and stupefaction with beer. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

G. K. Chesterton The old man gaped helplessly like some monstrous fish. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

George Meredith But he had inflicted a monstrous disturbance on the man he meant in his rash, decisive way to elevate, if not benefit. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

A monstrous one, ten feet high at least, advertised Bovex. The Bovex people had dropped Corner Table and got on to a new tack. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

That was the particular cause which, acting on their general tendency to belittle a too-successful rival, made their spite almost monstrous against him. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

John Galsworthy London! A monstrous place! And all insured! ‘What’ll it be like thirty years hence?’ he thought. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

The candle from the other side of the room threw his monstrous black shadow on the wall. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

H.P. Lovecraft Upon investigation it was seen that a new abyss yawned indefinitely below the seat of the blast; an abyss so monstrous that no handy line might fathom it, nor any lamp illuminate it. The Transition of Juan Romero by H.P. Lovecraft [1919]

G. K. Chesterton Turnbull, let us draw swords here in this moonlight and this monstrous solitude. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Looking in she very dimly beheld a monstrous figure, over a furnace, beating with a mighty hammer the rings and rivets of a chain. Mr. Justice Harbottle by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

You can’t base your conduct on a monstrous conception. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

On every side one heard a monstrous uproar, mighty and strong. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

But what a strange brute it is! I should say it was a monstrous bear, from the shape of the head, if it were not so hairless. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

It related the last great novelty, the last great battle or crime, a storm or monstrous birth. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Walter Besant Alas! I have been a monstrous fool. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Arnold Bennett She ought to have protested with firm, dignified finality against such a ridiculous and monstrous outrage as that which Mr. Povey had committed. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Gissing He loathed what seemed to him the sordid tragedy of his sister’s life, and he resented as a monstrous thing his daughter’s involvement in such an affair. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Francis Bacon Which monstrous fable containeth a secret of empire; how kings are to make use of their counsel of state. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Arthur Conan Doyle How monstrous that scandal was can never be known save by such confidential agents as myself. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

George Gissing When I got up to offer you my thanks, I was thinking of the best part of your lecture—that where you spoke of girls being entrapped into monstrous marriages. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle Even as the brushwood rustled, and the monstrous beast blended with the shadow of the Gap, I fired at the retreating form. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]