Phrases with "pile"

There was a pile of picture-papers on a side-table, and I fetched them and began to turn them over. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

A young man sat in an armchair by the fire with a leg on a stool; he was smoking a pipe, and reading the Field, and on another stool at his elbow was a pile of new novels. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Jack London And they piled it on top of everything else on the fore-lower-deck, and they didn’t pile it any too securely either. Lost Face by Jack London

She pointed to the animal with one hand, to the gaunt pile of stone that bristled with cannon with the other. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

I slipped behind a pile of slabs. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

That night I dreamt of a pile of gold in the form of a grave in which a girl was buried, and woke up callous with greed. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She carried a pile of small account books but she brought nothing else. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Rudyard Kipling He would find himself sliding into dreamland by the same road — a road that ran along a beach near a pile of brushwood. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Feeling the inutility of answering these charges, I mutely continued the correction of a pile of English exercises. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Sinclair Lewis Bates saw them talking; saw the chief sign a pile of correspondence, give it to her, nod, take his derby, yawn and plunge out into the general office, heading for the elevator. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Sinclair Lewis She squealed as he leaped on a pile of brush and fired at the rabbit which ran out. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

An old man comes close and hits the tree with a club, whereupon the young men slide down one by one and fall into the lap of the maam-boongana man, making a pile of human bodies. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Over the grave a pile of stones was raised, and skilful artificers were set to work on the hardest and toughest stone they could find to make a statue of the chief whose memory they reverenced. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Andrew Lang They found him comfortably curled up on a pile of dead rushes, more than half asleep, for he was old, and could not venture out in the heat as he once used. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence Clara was kneeling on a pile of white underclothing on the hearthrug, her back towards him, warming herself. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Wolfe There he sat, briskly reading through the pile of papers on his desk. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Rudyard Kipling They made a pile of their trophies   High as a tall man’s chin, Head upon head distorted,   Set in a sightless grin, Anger and pain and terror   Stamped on the smoke-scorched skin. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It lit up the little table near which she had sat and the first thing she saw was the pile of small account books. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Benjamin Disraeli It was ancient and embattled, flanked by a couple of sturdy towers, and gave a noble promise of the baronial pile which it announced. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Arthur Morrison On the ledge behind stood her little pile of coppers, just reckoned. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Olaf Stapledon There will come an April when we shall be as out of place as a pile of last year’s potato haulms that no one has had time to burn. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Mark Twain AS soon as we reckoned everybody was asleep that night we went down the lightning-rod, and shut ourselves up in the lean-to, and got out our pile of fox-fire, and went to work. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

I close this Third Book as I opened it, with an admission of difficulties and complexities, but now with a pile of manuscript before me I have to confess them unsurmounted and still entangled. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H. G. Wells She was sitting in a chair by the open window with quite a pile of yellow-labelled books on the occasional table beside her. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Margaret Oliphant The factor paced back and forward on the path, going out of his way to avoid here and there a pile of poor furniture. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

George MacDonald A pile of small bodies instantly heaped itself at my back. Lilith by George MacDonald

H. G. Wells But I decided to inspect the clothes before I did anything further, and my first attempt brought down a pile from an upper shelf. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

There was a pile of letters on the table in the hall, but I let them be, for I was not in the mood for any communication with the outer world. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

H.P. Lovecraft Now and then a battered church façade or crumbling spire came in sight, but never the blackened pile that he sought. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Rudyard Kipling A big, shapeless white woman on a pile of bedding asked him mysteriously whether he thought her husband would come back from the war. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

James Joyce He stood still, gazing fixedly at the head upon the pile of papers. Dubliners by James Joyce

Samuel Johnson To pile stones is, I believe, a northern custom, and to burn the body was the Roman practice; nor do I know when it was that these two acts of sepulture were united. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

He would devote his closing years to good works, which would pile up enough merit to outweigh the rest of his life. Burmese Days by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence So he put his luggage into a pile on the platform, told Alvina to stand by it, whilst he went off for the registered boxes. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

F. Scott Fitzgerald But two days later Anthony looked in the closet and saw the bag still hung limp upon its hook and that the gay and vivid pile on the floor had increased surprisingly in height. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Andrew Lang Someone forgot to pile up the fire before we left and it has burnt itself out! But it is all right. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Willa Cather He had a pile of books on the seat beside him and was reading, when the train stopped with a jerk that sent the volumes tumbling to the floor. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

John Galsworthy Set up a pile of stones and left despatch for Hallorsen, telling him the whole story in case he ever does send back for me; then changed my mind. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Andrew Lang By and bye the season came when they must cut the peats and pile them up to dry, so that they might have fires in the winter. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Lucy Maud Montgomery But mine was answered, for the flat bumped right into a pile for a minute and I flung the scarf and the shawl over my shoulder and scrambled up on a big providential stub. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Mark Twain On a shelf I found a pile of my books, and I knew what it meant. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Washington Irving In front of this esplanade is the splendid pile commenced by Charles V, and intended, it is said, to eclipse the residence of the Moorish kings. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Then he brought her a pile of magazines, which she received in her lap, not a little embarrassed by this unexpected attention. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Jules Verne About half a mile from the coast on that part of the island overlooked by Cape Bathurst, the blocks of ice were already beginning to crowd together, and to pile themselves upon each other. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Can you give me the one I had before?” He emitted a faint moan from behind a pile of cardboard boxes on the table, which might have contained gloves or handkerchies or neckties. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The pile of lingerie in the closet was gone — and she had left instructions for sending her trunk. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

He passed the afternoon in the library, and burnt a pile of papers. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Olaf Stapledon On the opposite chair was a pile of books and papers. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Edgar Rice Burroughs I noticed as I felt about the floor in the dim light that there was a pile of fresh-turned rubble there. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

E. Phillips Oppenheim In a month or two they are just a pile of parchment. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

None of these things affected me so much as a pile of lumber on the floor, not firewood but unmistakable wreck-wood, black as bog-oak, still caked in places with the mud of ages. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Willa Cather A visitor’s book and a pile of catalogues lay on a deal table, together with a bottle of ink and some rusty pens. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Robert Louis Stevenson Here I tied her to a chestnut, and having given her corn and bread and made a pile of chestnut-leaves, of which I found her greedy, I descended once more to my own encampment. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Von Arnim She who can pile them up nearest to the ceiling becomes the principal personage in the community, and a flat bed is a social disgrace. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

For many weeks your letters arrived here and now they are lying in a pile on a table near me unopened. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

D. H. Lawrence Lucky if she’s not left with a pile of debts. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton There he found a game of dominoes, a mutilated picture-puzzle, some copies of Zion’s Herald and a pile of New York and London newspapers. The Triumph of Night by Edith Wharton [1916]

Rudyard Kipling We pile the men on to the troop-decks, stack the rifles in the racks, send down the sea-kit, steam about for a few hours, and land ’em somewhere. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

A pile of logs was next made up immediately under the bough in such a manner that a slight push would throw them down again. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Beneath its light, which fell full on him, flung down upon another pile of cushions facing the open front of the tent, was a guest whom the Khalifa delighted to honor. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

It worried me, I can tell you, to think of it all; and another thing happened that week that went to pile up my worries and fill me at the same time with intense anger. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Henry David Thoreau Indeed, when they lie thus one upon another, they remind me of a pile of scrap-tin. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

It was empty save for a pile of hessian and a couple of big tarpaulin sheets. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

He next crossed the river again, and upon landing made towards a pile of buildings he saw standing at a short distance from the shore. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Arthur Conan Doyle That on the right led into a large, cheerless, empty room, with a derelict lawn-mower in one corner and a pile of old books and journals. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

The pile towered above me like a mausoleum, and I reflected that it must take some nerve to burgle an empty house. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Henry James She sank down on her sofa at last and buried her head in a pile of cushions. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Nellie Bly On the desk was a neat little pile of white paper, probably 8x10 in size. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

She, too, came attended by a second coach, which was filled by her ladyship’s French waiting-woman, Mrs. Lewin, and a pile of boxes and parcels. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Then swiftly to the fatal place she pass’d, And mounts the fun’ral pile with furious haste; Unsheathes the sword the Trojan left behind (Not for so dire an enterprise design’d). The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Thomas Hardy The slowly-smoking pile showed not the slightest signs of activity. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Jack London In the night-time, after they had gone to roost, he climbed to the top of a pile of newly hauled lumber. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

H. G. Wells He was to be seen on each of the late nights amidst a pile of diagrams and text-books in one of the less draughty corners of the Educational Library, accumulating piles of memoranda. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Even forty years ago we had good men in politics, but we, we are brought up to pile up a million and “show what we are made of. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Sinclair Lewis Poor old Jim. His room had looked terrible — that narrow little room with a cot, all in disorder, a pair of shoes and a corncob pipe lying on a pile of books. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

F. Scott Fitzgerald You can imagine the sort of work I was doing for those exporting people — of course, I always intended to draw; do illustrating for magazines; there’s a pile of money in it. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Henry Lawson She seizes a stick, pulls it out, and — crash! the whole pile collapses. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

A peasant sitting on a pile of stones saw an ostrich approaching, and when it had got within range he began pelting it. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Thomas Hardy Such a perfect, delicate, and necessary finish did the figure give to the dark pile of hills that it seemed to be the only obvious justification of their outline. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

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]

Frequently a man is seen conveying stones — or the masses of metal which there correspond to stones — from one pile to another. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

Jules Verne Tout y était en place, la pile et la boîte qui la contenait, ainsi que l’appareil récepteur et transmetteur. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

A brace joining it at an angle had wedged him against a pile of boards on his left, fastening the arm on that side. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

The pile of the dead that lay at the foot of the steps when dawn broke was a proof, if any were wanted, of the gallantry with which they fought. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Henry James It struck him as a great pity such a pile should be touched: so much of the past was buried there that it was like desecrating, like digging up a grave. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle That’s worth a pile of money, just as it stands. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

H. G. Wells But any fresh development seemed destined to add new impossibilities to a pile already heaped beyond the powers of his acceptance. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

The others were running from the boat to the bank, upon which, out of the reach of the water, was a pile of dry bullocks’ hides, doubled lengthwise in the middle, and nearly as stiff as boards. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

H. G. Wells She walked across to the piano, took a pile of music from the cabinet near, surveyed Lady Osprey’s back, and with a gesture to me dropped it all deliberately on to the floor. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Sloane was snoring heavily, his clothes in a pile by his bed. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Arthur Conan Doyle The pile of odds and ends in the flat wicker-work basket supplied exactly one of those missing links of social development which are of such interest to the student. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

H. G. Wells It was a semi-circular space, shaped like the half of a bee-hive; and against the rocky wall that formed the inner side of it was a pile of variegated fruits, cocoa-nuts among others. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

We scrambled out of the lane over a pile of stones and furze bushes, and at the end of the next field were confronted by a tall, stone-faced bank. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Then she sprinkled the remainder of the letters on the top of the crumpled ones, and again set the pile alight. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Every day had arrived to find a pile of books with the places duly marked and the blue-covered quarto notebooks in readiness. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

The “ben” always displays a pile of chests and boxes, which, though possibly empty, testify to the “respectability” of the household. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

A pile of barrels and packing-cases stood in the corner, and there was enough sacking to make a sort of bed. Prester John by John Buchan

D. H. Lawrence There seemed no reason why people should go along the street, and houses pile up in the daylight. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells As I turn over the big pile of manuscript before me certain things become clearer to me, and particularly the immense inconsequences of my experiences. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Robert Louis Stevenson Every here and there was a town garden full of sickly flowers, or a pile of crockery inside upon the window-seat. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton Two kitchen chairs, a handful of broken crockery on a shelf, a cracked looking glass, and a pile of old baskets and cracker boxes in a corner completed the furniture. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

There was still twelve quid left in that secret pile of mine, and you can have a very comfortable week on twelve quid. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Joseph Furphy I had only wasted time in asseverating that barren reefs are twice as plentiful as half-tucker reefs; ten times as plentiful as wages reefs; and a hundred times as plentiful as pile reefs. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

D. H. Lawrence They know that if they themselves got a chance to make a pile of money and be capitalists, they’d JUMP at it. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Now he passed, by the mother, casting a stern glance at her face, and stopped before the pile of iron. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Edgar Rice Burroughs Come,” and he led me across the clearing and about the end to a pile of loose rock which lay against the foot of the wall. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

He had taken them out from beneath a pile of old “Sunday–School Advocates” and church magazines, where they had lain hidden from Alice’s view most of the week. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

At which the Coroner motioned to an officer and a pile of clothing was brought forward from some mysterious corner and laid before the witness. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells A pile of back numbers of the Times stood on a cane stool in a corner, and in a little bookcase handy for the occupier of the desk were Whitaker, Wisden and an old peerage. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Thomas Hardy Above the cliff, and behind the river, rose a pile of buildings, and in the front of the pile a square mass cut into the sky. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

When I made my pile and came home I looked to see a little society, but I had first the business of the Black Stone on my hands, and then the war, so my education languished. Greenmantle by John Buchan

In the foreground was a sooty, brick incinerator and a pile of rusty cans. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

The removal of the wood pile seemed a slow business, well as the three men performed their work, flinging down great crushing piles of wood one after another without a moment’s pause. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

I thought if I could only get it I’d make a nice little pile out of Frettlby over it; so when Whyte went on drinking I did not. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Well, after that when Madame Boches swept the corridors on Saturdays, she always left a pile of trash before the Lorilleuxs’ door. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am seated in my easy chair, drawn out a little way from its corner, with a pile of books on the table by my side, and my pipe in my mouth. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Diable! what is that in the corner? A pile of rags? No: ’tis a man. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Edgar Rice Burroughs Upon a pile of grasses at the far side of the room lay the Negress asleep. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Thomas Hardy After many turnings he came up to the first ancient mediaeval pile that he had encountered. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

The sun had broken the pile of western clouds, and sent low and level a red light flecked with trembling leaves on the dark panels that faced the windows. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. Rider Haggard With infinite labour they store up honey from the fields of knowledge, collect endless data from the statistics of science, pile up their calculations against the very stars; and all to no end. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Jules Verne Cyrus Smith, après mûres réflexions, résolut donc de fabriquer une pile très simple, se rapprochant de celle que Becquerel imagina en 1820, et dans laquelle le zinc est uniquement employé. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Robert Louis Stevenson He wore a skull-cap of black silk; a huge Bible lay open before him on the bed, with a pair of gold spectacles in the place, and a pile of other books lay on the stand by his side. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

F. Scott Fitzgerald There the man half sat, half leaned against a pile of pillows on the corner divan. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rudyard Kipling I was at Torrigiano’s feet on a pile of put-locks, as I might be here, toasting a herring on my knife’s point. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Exhibit A, a pile of apples; Exhibit B, some blood-stained chicken feathers. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Behind them jerkingly trailed a long beam, or a pile of boards clattering loudly. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Mark Twain He glanced from the little pile of gold pieces to Blucher several times and then went out. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Radclyffe Hall Joan sat down on a pile of nightgowns. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

At the table sat an unshaven Russian in shirt sleeves, addressing newspaper wrappers from a pile in front of him. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Henry James BUT HE NEVER WOULD— they might bet their pile on that! He never did, in the strange sequel — having, poor young man, no mother to bring. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

H. G. Wells I noticed then that the puma in its cage and the pile of packages had been placed outside the entrance to this quadrangle. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

The woman of granite, built to last for ever, continued to look at the glowing logs which made a sort of fiery ruin on the white pile of ashes. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Thomas Wolfe Hence the chaotic pile of malodorous junk which filled the shop. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

He sat in the little hut on a pile of dry bracken while the colours faded and the sky whitened, thinking, happily, triumphantly, of all the joy that was coming to him. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

The body and head was next placed on a pile of wood, and reduced to ashes, which were thrown upon the river and borne away, and that territory has never since been plagued by the visits of a vampire. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

F. Scott Fitzgerald Let your hair grow and write poems like this guy D’Invilliers in the Lit.” Amory reached lazily at a pile of magazines on the table. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The hole was to be only against one side of the pit, and so the other side of it I used as a shelf upon which to pile the excavated soil. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

As for Mrs. Rayneham, poor soul, she’s worried enough as it is by befriending me, and I’m not going to pile on the agony there. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

See here!” And he pulled out before the District Attorney a pile of old letters in the widow’s well-known handwriting. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

The pile of firewood was lighted before the executioners had left him. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

James Joyce Mother of Moses! *    *    *    *    * Tom Rochford took the top disk from the pile he clasped against his claret waistcoat. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Further on, within the zone of danger, nothing of human habitation remained except here and there a pile of frozen bricks or a blackened cellar choked with snow. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

It lay with a pile of others for some one hereafter to sort or burn. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Sinclair Lewis She moved, entranced, straight into his arms; they sat together on a pile of hay, taut with passion, unspeaking, and his hand smoothed her ankle. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling Then a pile of heads be laid — Thirty thousand heaped on high — All to please the Kafir maid, Where the Oxus ripples by. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

In that vast pile of straw any clothes that you were so unwise as to take off always lost themselves immediately. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

George Gissing On the last day of ‘cram,’ she sat from morning to night in her comfortless little bedroom, bending over the smoky fire, reading desperately through a pile of note-books. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Ford Madox Ford There was an orderly with fever or shell-shock or something — a rather favourite orderly of the orderly room — asleep on a pile of rugs. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Several little sealed envelopes lay in a pile at one side: she put down her pen as he entered. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then he scattered powder thickly over the floor beneath, so that when the candle fell at the recoil it must explode the huge pile in which the three drunkards were wallowing. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

D. H. Lawrence She returned, carrying a pile of great books. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

H.P. Lovecraft The pile of tools soon reached, and a hammer and chisel selected, Birch returned over the coffins to the door. In the Vault by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

She had quite a pile of books filled with pothooks — page after page of pothooks, looping on and on like the mangrove roots in some tropical swamp. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Edith Wharton She ran her hands through her goldfish-coloured hair, and flung herself down on a pile of cushions. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

I should not rest to-night with the idea of a pile of unopened letters. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Jules Verne Le docteur recueillit avec soin les instruments de physique et de navigation, et même une forte pile de Bunsen, qui avait été emportée dans le but de faire des expériences d’électricité. Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras by Jules Verne [1864]

On both sides of the main gateway the doors stood wide open, light streamed out, and from the huge pile came not the slightest sound. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

The fat one, the grandfather, used to fall asleep with his head on a pile of forms. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

One of the passages branched off into a laundry, where an old, skull-faced woman gave me a blue apron and a pile of dishcloths. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

The outer one had a pile of fresh hay in one corner and a few blankets. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Jules Verne At this spot the coast is made of yellowish limestone, presenting a very rugged outline; it is defended by enormous icebergs which the north winds pile up there in a most imposing way. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

We filled the steamboat with it, and had to pile a lot on the deck. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Between him and them was a patch of open country, a mass of thick undergrowth, and a steep rugged pile of rocks, up which he had clambered. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

D. H. Lawrence With her head thrown back, the roundness of her throat ran finely down to the bosom, which swelled above the pile of books held by her straight arms. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Gustave Flauber She sat down on a pile of stones, and sopped her cheek with her handkerchief; then she ate a crust of bread she had put in her basket, and consoled herself by looking at the bird. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

Ten o’clock Thursday morning found me seated in the one chair, staring at a pile of canceled notes on the desk before me. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Rudyard Kipling Hal moved up, always keeping behind the pile of planks so that only his head showed, and sat down on a trestle in the dark corner at the back of Mr Springett’s desk. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

H.P. Lovecraft He would not, he found, have to pile another on his platform to make the proper height; for the hole was on exactly the right level to use as soon as its size might permit. In the Vault by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

Sinclair Lewis In the center of the block, by itself, was the stable for the three horses of the drayman, and beside it a pile of manure. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Virginia Woolf Through the great glass doors she could see the traffic in Oxford Street. Omnibus seemed to pile itself upon omnibus and then to jerk itself apart. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Sinclair Lewis He had before him a pile of folders with complicated financial statements, and as he recalled his dawn-thoughts during the war, the folders looked dreary. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Dickens By no means insensible to the comfort of being within doors, he ordered Tom Scott to pile the little stove with coals, and, dismissing his work for that day, determined to be jovial. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Sinclair Lewis He crawled up to the main deck and huddled in the shelter of a pile of hay-bales where Pete was declaring to Tim and the rest that Satan “couldn’t never get nothing on him. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

James Joyce A sovereign fell, bright and new, on the soft pile of the tablecloth. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

R. D. Blackmore The wind was in the right way to do it truly now, with just enough draught to pile bountiful wreaths, and not enough of wild blast to scatter them again. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

The thing was beginning to pile up into a tremendous climax at Norton and he had nothing to contribute to that climax; nothing at all. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Olaf Stapledon Maggie was working through a pile of mending. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Simon had, as well as presents, a pile of telegrams from the still large numbers of his acquaintances who had not heard of his twin’s return, and he opened them as he ate and shared the contents. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Jules Verne Blount deposited a pile of roubles on the shelf, whilst his rival looked on with a sort of stupefaction. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

When the telephone rang, he crawled out of the sour pile of bed clothes. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

H. G. Wells A brisk traffic was going by, fruit carts, a hansom, a four-wheeler with a pile of boxes, a fishmonger’s cart. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Half-way between Lakamba’s house and the river a pile of dry wood was made ready for the torch that would set fire to it at the moment of Abdulla’s landing. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

George Meredith I am sure that a fellow who can let himself be gulled by a pile of figures trumped up in a Radical newspaper-office must have great faith in the fractions. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Robert Louis Stevenson The steward asked for my commands; but I was by this time so wearied, bewildered, and disturbed, that I could only wave him to leave me to myself, and sink upon a pile of cushions. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Benjamin Disraeli They stood in silence before the holy pile with its vaulting arches and crumbling walls, mellowed by the mild lustre of the declining sun. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Willa Cather When they had found their way up to the Snout they came upon a pile of corpses, a dozen or more, thrown one on top of another like sacks of flour, faintly discernible in the darkness. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

M. R. James Most of the floor was occupied by a pile of thick circular blocks of stone, each of which had a single letter deeply cut on its slightly convex upper surface. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

And how he had died and left me a widow, and his pile to comfort me. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Benjamin Disraeli Advancing towards the abbey, they passed a pile of buildings that, in the summer, might be screened from sight by the foliage of a group of elms, too scanty at present to veil their desolation. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Why bargain for a lift? I could slip under the pile of hessian and return unseen to the city, an uninvited passenger. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Abraham Merri We halted in front of a time-bitten pile that might have been a palace — five thousand years or twice that ago. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Thomas Hardy Eleven, twelve, one o’clock struck; the heap of spars grew higher, and the pile of chips and ends more bulky. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton But to whom did this mounting pile really belong? No time to think of that now; he was fast in the clutches of his theory. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

H. G. Wells He had seen a man handling a pile of cases for some public use. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Willa Cather First he threw out a pile of forgotten laundry and tied it up in a sheet. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Some day I’ll make a pile and go back and eat caviare with Billy. To-night I’ll show you how to handle a bunch of corruptionists. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

In front of me was a pile of furniture which made a kind of screen, and behind that I halted and listened. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Those that travel only by stage coach or sedan will probably be surprised learn of the carriage of this vessel; for we, on our little pile of mud, can only conceive of that to which we are accustomed. Micromégas by Voltaire [1752]

E. F. Benson And there was she with a pile of opened letters on the floor, and a pile of unopened letters on the table. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]