Phrases with "pitch"

H. G. Wells In Bun Hill Bert and Grubb had developed to a very high pitch among the hiring stock a method of repair by substituting; they substituted bits of other machines. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Kenneth Grahame Strung up to the highest pitch of expectation, we knew not from what quarter, in what divine shape, the first surprise would come. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

He would have liked to pitch the books into the fire, and did not even care for fairy tales. Aunt Dean by Ellen Wood [1872]

We then proposed to pitch the tents upon the valley sands within the “Gate,” but this was overruled by the Sayyid, who told grisly tales of fever and ague. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu In a few minutes they heard Vane Etherage’s voice raised to a pitch of testy bluster, and then Miss Charity’s rejoinder with shrill emphasis. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

D. H. Lawrence Till he reaches a pitch of dehumanised recklessness, and then the lid is blown off, as the top is blown off a hill to make a new volcano. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

But, with the door open, the interior of the room was in part view of all the seven card-players, and they all confirm Huntley’s testimony that the room was in pitch darkness when he went in. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have half a mind to let Monmouth carve his own road, and to pitch my tent in this quiet English township. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Anthony Trollope Do pitch into the broiled bones while they are hot, never mind me. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Steele Rudd And if we didn’t put the instrument down immediately he would tear it from our hands and pitch it outside. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Charles Dickens If it wasn’t for wengeance, I’d play at pitch and toss with it on the losing hazard. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

But for all this I could feel a murderous temper only just beneath my smiles, and knew that the very slightest crossing might rouse me instantly to a pitch of rage. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Meant bagging the letter from you to blackmail me with it; that’s what they meant! Of course, when they failed to bring it off, they’d pitch any yarn to you. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Thomas Hardy The child assumed that this was the cart of a gipsy, and his dread of those wanderers reached but to that mild pitch which titillates rather than pains. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton The sudden lowering of his emotional pitch brought a proportionate relief. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Virginia Woolf I need someone whose mind falls like a chopper on a block; to whom the pitch of absurdity is sublime, and a shoe-string adorable. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

All the lights went out and the room was plunged into pitch darkness. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

I’ll pitch ’em all out, neck and crop, out o’ Wyvern doors. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

For once in my sober life I was strung up to the gambler’s pitch of adventure. Prester John by John Buchan

John Galsworthy We could get the Preface to pitch it strong about desertion of one’s kith and kin, and pusillanimity and truckling to the foreigner and all that. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

James Joyce Dondderwedder Kyboshicksal Foughty Unn, Enoch Thortig, endso one, like to pitch of your cap, pac, on to tin tall spilli-cans. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Edith Wharton Is this an abstract baby?” Again she frowned at the adjective; but she had reached a pitch of exaltation at which such obstacles could not deter her. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Henry Handel Richardson The labour of THEIR hands had raised the colony to its present pitch of prosperity. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Rudyard Kipling The pitch scarcely varied, and the temperature of the whole was that of liquefied air. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

The moon was disappearing behind a cloud, and in a few seconds it was almost pitch dark. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Anthony Trollope With pitch of this sort he had never soiled himself before. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Richard Burton At such times the Syrian and Persian servants, who are admirably expert in their calling, pitch the large green tents, with gilt crescents, for the dignitaries and their harims. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Anthony Trollope When men rise to such a pitch as that which he filled, and Cæsar and Pompey, and some few others around them, their greatest danger does not consist in fighting. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Olaf Stapledon Labour-saving devices were developed to a pitch hitherto unknown on the planet. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling The air being filled with the smoke of Hell — sulphur and pitch as it is written — they die speedily with gaspings, and so are buried in the dark. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Robert Louis Stevenson On deck the rest were got to a pitch of revelry quite beyond the bounds of what is human; so that no reasonable name can describe the sounds they were now making. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson I am at a pitch of discontent with fiction in all its form — or my forms — that prevents me being able to be even interested. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Moggs by this time, too, had learned to pitch his voice for an out-of-door multitude. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Kenneth Grahame It’s pretty nearly pitch dark now, anyhow; and there ought to be a bit of a moon later. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

George Meredith I should like to pluck out my heart and pitch it on the waves, to see whether it would sink or swim. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

M. P. Shiel The escaping convict, however, has this advantage: that his mind is strung to a far higher pitch than his pursuers’; and, given a certain ecstasy, everything can be accomplished. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

My first impulse was to wait till he got up and then pitch him down among the boulders and let his German accomplices puzzle over his broken neck. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Sir Walter was not the man to pitch a case too high. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Her nervous system was wound up to the highest pitch of excitement. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

John Galsworthy Clare, you look so lovely!” “That, if true, is not a reason for queering my pitch at home. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Jules Verne There he held on in the front row with crossed arms, glaring at President Barbicane. The shouts of the immense crowd continued at their highest pitch throughout this triumphant march. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

The heat was still intense, the brass work was too hot to touch, and the pitch fairly bubbled in the seams. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

G. K. Chesterton Hearing the hoofs of the ass and the feet of his friend behind him, he turned his head, but could see nothing but the pitch darkness of a closed coal cellar. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Edith Wharton With her perceptions strung to the last pitch of sensitiveness, she felt a change in Amherst as soon as they re-entered Bessy’s house. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Leon Trotsky For a quarter of an hour their speaker heaped rudeness on arrogance, even embarrassing the conscientious German interpreter, who could not quite take his pitch from this sort of tuning-fork. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jules Verne The act was that of madmen, it was horrible; but at such a pitch had they arrived after five weeks of anger that could not vent itself, of rage that could not he gratified. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

George Meredith Come, sir, you’re in a gentleman’s rooms; don’t pitch your voice like a young jackanapes blowing into a horn. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Anthony Trollope His thoughts were serious enough, but he could not pitch his voice so as to suit the tone in which she addressed him. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton The room was pitch black, and at first I saw nothing; but gradually a vague glimmer at the foot of the bed turned into two eyes staring back at me. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Rudyard Kipling Order him up here and pitch in a stinger. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

G. K. Chesterton And high above all the sound of the struggle there broke into the silent evening a bellowing human voice, nasal, raucous, at the highest pitch of pain. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Thomas Hardy Still it might have been awkward if I had found her; for, d’ye see, neighbours, there’d have been nobody left at home to keep down Father’s spirits to the decent pitch that becomes a old man. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

The night was pitch dark, but ahead of me in the throat of the pass there was one patch of light, and it showed a rum little hill with a rocky top: what we call in South Africa a castrol or saucepan. Greenmantle by John Buchan

One of a race of persons who lived before the division of labor had been carried to such a pitch of differentiation, and who followed the primitive economic maxim, “Every man his own horse. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Edgar Allan Poe No one, however, stirred, and it was quite evident that the whole party were wound up to the highest pitch of nervous excitement. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

D. H. Lawrence His passion had run on subconsciously, till now it had come to such a pitch it must drag his conscious soul into allegiance. The Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

And going to a bigger pine, he rose by his own unaided exertions to the top branch, where he sat, all bedaubed with the pitch which that vegetable exudes. Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

Florence Dixie On its crest, under some spreading beeches, we resolved to pitch our camp, water being near at hand, and the position otherwise favourable. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Edith Wharton She stood motionless where he left her, every nerve strung to the highest pitch of watchfulness. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

It’d be a good idee to pitch into Catholics in general whenever you can. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Percy Bysshe Shelley Revenge, which called for innocent blood—the blood of the hapless Julia. Her passions were now wound up to the highest pitch of desperation. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Watkin Tench The natives always pitch on a part of a tree for this purpose, which has been perforated by a worm, which indicates that the wood is in an unsound state, and will readily yield to their efforts. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Henry David Thoreau In the course of the summer I had discovered a raft of pitch pine logs with the bark on, pinned together by the Irish when the railroad was built. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Chanlouineau stood perfectly unmoved in the midst of the assembly, which was excited to the highest pitch by his startling declaration. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

The interview was at its highest pitch of excitement. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

George Meredith Two hours in advance of them, the earl’s famous purveyors of picnic feasts bowled along to pitch the riverside tent and spread the tables. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

The populace were raised to a pitch of ungovernable fury. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

My father, who loved her, was driven by this spectacle, and by my outrageous conduct, to a pitch of fury — he drew his sword. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

George Meredith On a sudden she excited herself to pitch and give volume to that note which had been the enchantment of the night in the woods. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Charles Dickens The signal had been secured by the first pirate party that landed; his hair was all singed off, and his face was blackened with the running pitch from a torch. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

Robert Louis Stevenson To the west of Castel-le-Gachis four rows of venerable lime-trees formed, in this starry night, a twilit avenue with two side aisles of pitch darkness. Providence and the Guitar by Robert Louis Stevenson

Virginia Woolf That anguish could reduce one to such a pitch of imbecility, she thought! Anyhow the old man had not heard her. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Olaf Stapledon It was a rich sequence of qualities diverse in pitch and in intensity. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Keep you chin low down and nearer to your chest — that will change the pitch of your voice and give it a deeper tone. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Walter Scott Of guns, dogs, fishing-rods, flies, and means of sport by sea and land, we have enough and to spare: you cannot pitch on an amusement, but we will pitch on the means of pursuing it. The Tapestried Chamber by Walter Scott [1828]

Wilkie Collins I was wrought up by the extraordinary outburst that had escaped him to the highest pitch of excitement: I was hardly conscious of what I said or did. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Anthony Trollope However, there’s Sir Timothy. When he looks in that way, all buckram, deportment, and solemnity, I know he’s going to pitch into somebody. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

It was the best thing that could be done: and no end of a relief, besides, to pitch upon something to do. The Angels’ Music by Ellen Wood [1876]

Arthur Conan Doyle I told you, I think, how he came to pitch upon me for the job. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Because things with me have come to such a pitch that it is only at times I know if I am dead or living, asleep or waking, mad or sane, myself or another. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Isabella Bird It was several miles from thence to the gate of Tihran. It was nearly pitch dark when we got out of Abdul Azim and the rain still fell heavily. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

The pitch of excitement to which he had worked himself told terribly on his enfeebled condition, and he lay back on his pillows exhausted—almost sinking. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Thomas Hardy Thomasin’s cheek was flushed to a pitch far beyond that which it had reached before her troubles, and her eyes glittered. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

M. P. Shiel The train was already moving; and I just had time to pitch into the nearest compartment, without a ticket. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

D. H. Lawrence It drove her father to a pitch of mad exasperation. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

The place was pitch dark, but they had an electric torch, and if they once flashed it on me I was gone. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Oscar Wilde This, however, is a foolish habit, and merely shows that the moral instinct can be brought to such a pitch of perfection that it will make its appearance wherever it is not required. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

At a pitch I could be a tolerable road-sweeper or an inefficient gardener or even a tenth-rate farm hand. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Henry Handel Richardson As he threw back his braces and wound up his watch, he felt it incumbent on him to warn her not to pitch her hopes too high. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Percy Bysshe Shelley Nursed by solitude, and wound up, perhaps, beyond any pitch which another’s soul might be capable of, it sometimes almost maddened her. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Chelsea was a long way from the Waterloo Phoenix, in spite of the short cuts; but wherever the Signora’s pupils are thickest, we’re obliged to pitch our tents. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Miladi knew that the bottom step was of lead, and that no head could pitch down upon that, without ever never being a head any more, except in the hospitals. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Rudyard Kipling If she’s meant for the open — sea, pitch the draft into the fire. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Daniel Defoe After the deluge he had Noah only to pitch upon, and he quickly conquered him by the instigation of his grand-son. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

In the dark evening, after a quite idle day, one’s ennui reaches a pitch that is frantic, suicidal. Burmese Days by George Orwell

George Gissing Be off, and let me pitch into your young man for daring to refuse my dinner. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Anne Bronte Her feelings had been wrought to a pitch that rendered it necessary to seek relief in tears. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

William Dampier Any ship in distress may be refreshed and recruited here very conveniently; and besides ordinary accommodations be furnished with masts, yards, pitch and tar. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Olaf Stapledon A society in which modern industrial activity has reached a very high pitch and is not consciously planned for social welfare will tend to glorify industrial power as an end and not merely a means. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Thomas Hardy If a great battle were to occur — as it soon will, no doubt — feeling would grow to a pitch that would make it impossible for me, a disguised man of no known occupation, to stay here. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

H. G. Wells Other voices at a lower, more respectful pitch replied. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Florence Dixie It was pouring with rain, pitch dark, and the wind was blowing with such force that it was hard to keep one’s legs. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

In a musical note the lowest in pitch of these is generally predominant, and the others which are less marked are the octave, the twelfth, the second octave, &c. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Philip Sidney Of ships by shipwreck cast on Albion’s coast, Which rotting on the rocks, their death to die: From wooden bones and blood of pitch doth fly A bird, which gets more life than ship had lost. Poems by Philip Sidney

R. D. Blackmore Those free-traders now are come to such a pitch that any day or night they may shoot you. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes shot the slide across the front of his lantern and left us in pitch darkness — such an absolute darkness as I have never before experienced. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Olaf Stapledon But at the wave’s crest man’s intellectual power, moral integrity, and spiritual insight seem to have risen to a pitch that we should regard as superhuman. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling She’s beginning to pitch already. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Instead of sinking on the steps as I intended, I seemed to pitch headlong down an abyss. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu There are men who would pitch you over the bannisters for a less thing. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Joseph Furphy We have fairly trustworthy evidence that whales communicate with each other by notes so low in pitch — by sound-vibrations so long in range, so few per second — that no human ear can detect them. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

H. G. Wells They would clap a pitch plaster over their victim’s mouth. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Willa Cather Of course all Swedes were conceited, but they would never have believed that all the conceit of all the Swedes put together would reach such a pitch as this. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Augustine Birrell The Court is at the highest pitch of want and luxury, and the people full of discontent, Remember me to yourselves. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Anthony Trollope They could not screw themselves up to the necessary pitch of courage to enable them to enter in among loaded pistols and black-visaged murderers. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Charles Lamb It is to the weak, the nervous; to those who feel the want of some artificial aid to raise their spirits in society to what is no more than the ordinary pitch of all around them without it. Confessions of a Drunkard by Charles Lamb [1813]

H. Rider Haggard Then they halted, and Leonard and Otter walked to and fro searching for a suitable place to make the camp and pitch their solitary tent. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

H. G. Wells Bodily he is sounder and fitter, almost completely free from disease; mentally he is clear and clean and educated to a pitch that was still undreamt of two centuries ago. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Charles Stur Several flights of parrots flew over our heads to the north-west, at such an elevation as led me to suppose they would not pitch near us; but not a bird of any kind did we see in the desert itself. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

He had no fear that he would be seen by anyone in ‘The Towers’, for the night was pitch black, and the moon would not be up for some hours. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Virginia Woolf He had his pitch by a row of posts. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Andrew Lang It was almost pitch dark now, and only the stars lit up the Glass Mountain. The poor boy still clung on as if glued to the glass by his blood-stained hands. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It’s as dark as pitch in there. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Isabella Bird He spent the evening in preaching a sermon, and, by a carefully-arranged exhibition of emotion, studied to perfection, wound up his large audience to a pitch of enthusiasm. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Olaf Stapledon Things had come to such a pitch that, whenever any conduct seemed likely to earn general approval, he conceived an irresistible desire to take the opposite course. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Jack London Woeful it looked, this line of poor folk tottering on the steep pitch to death; how woeful it was I did not dream. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

The lessons reached such a pitch of boredom that the brightest spot in the week was Mr Booth’s so-called chemistry lecture on Thursday afternoons. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Marjorie Bowen Unlocking a second door, he ascended a flight of stone steps, pitch dark, from which he emerged into a large circular chamber with a thick pillar in the middle from which the groined ceiling sprang. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

F. Scott Fitzgerald His hair was pitch black, damp and curly — the hair of a Grecian statue gone brunette. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

M. P. Shiel For I said to Leda: ‘In Venice will I pitch my Patriarch tent. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

H. G. Wells To go along a road with some traffic is better for a child than to go along a secluded path between hedges; a street corner is better than a laurel plantation as a pitch for perambulators. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry James The pitch was the happiness of his wife that was to be-the sight of that happiness as a joy for an old friend. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

George Eliot He was ready to pitch everything else — no matter where — for the sake of surrendering himself to this delicious feeling which had just disclosed itself. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Algernon Blackwood Five minutes later, however, he looked at me across the canoe, the smoking pitch in his hand, his face exceedingly grave. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Ford Madox Ford But I daresay you can touch pitch and not be defiled. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Tobias Smolle When he was provided, the others began to pair themselves, and, unhappily, the German count chanced to pitch upon the same nymph who had captivated the desires of the British knight. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

They went into the ground for prodigious distances, and inside they were pitch dark and so low that you could not even kneel in them, let alone stand. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

John Galsworthy He had promised it a good home! He tipped it from the window and saw it pitch headlong into the blanket. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

George Meredith His depths were sounded, and he answered independently of his will, that he must be up to the heroical pitch to decide. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

I rode ahead, and reconnoitred, and having ascertained that it could not be seen from the path, bade them pitch our camp there. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was after midnight and pitch dark in their room. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Arthur Machen It might have been a piece of work by Burke and Hare, the doctor reflected; a pitch plaster might have been clapped over the man’s mouth and nostrils and held there. The Terror by Arthur Machen

Arthur Conan Doyle From that day these outrages have never ceased, until now they have reached a pitch which makes us the opprobrium of the civilized world. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

E. T. A. Hoffmann He well understood how painful it must be for her to forego altogether the exercise of that art which she had brought to such a pitch of perfection. The Cremona Violin by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Willa Cather Trueman’s was thick and low, — his speech was rather indistinct and never changed in pitch or tempo. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Of course, Fred did not stand that, and offered to pitch him into next week unless he kept his place better. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

Jules Verne The crew had arrived at the highest pitch of insubordination. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Marjorie Bowen This vault-like room was high and and, in the blackness of the storm, pitch dark. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

It tells so clearly how the grip of terror held the city then, and explains far better than could any words of mine to what a pitch of horror everything had come. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

And the pity of it, the cruelty of it, was that his very qualities were his last torture, raising to the acutest pitch the conflict between love and patriotism. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

That they loved one another, and to a pitch that excluded the scene and everything in it, was clear to any casual onlooker. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

M. P. Shiel The sentiment that now occupies my mind about Dr Burton is this: ‘the pity of it!’ One cannot touch pitch and go undefiled. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

Rudyard Kipling There were things in the water — black things — and the water was as black as pitch with blue scum atop. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Olaf Stapledon At last we found ourselves going down hill in pitch darkness, into a strange valley. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling He was in no position to do this, because he was a junior who had not yet learned to pitch his word of command in the same key twice running. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Any way, the fancy has come to such a pitch now, and is telling upon her so seriously, that something must be done. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

I’ve often watched a dingo turn round twice, and then pitch himself down in the long grass like as if he was dead. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

She was a kind little thing before that damned fellow—what could she see in him—good for nothing—old as I am, I’d pitch him over my head like a stock o’ barley. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Now these trees are of a fat and oily nature, insomuch that they weep pitch and rosin; and, if you cut then gore (as it were) appears presently in the wound. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Never heard of such a swindler’s trick in all my life; couldn’t pitch the fellow into the street because of the look of the thing, and can’t take any other measure without you, you know. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Rudyard Kipling Up the valleys, down the valleys go they, saying, “Here is a place to build a breastwork; here can ye pitch a fort. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Sinclair Lewis All tripe! Could have written — Too late!” He darted on with an alarming plunge, seeming always to pitch forward yet never quite falling. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle But those who are at the lowest pitch of human misery are at least secured against the future. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

George Gissing The man was at length worked to a pitch of frenzy, and then—thud, thud, mingled with objurgations and shrill night-piercing yells. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

My baggage, which had arrived previously, was lying soaking in the sleet, while the wretched servants were trying to pitch the tent in the high wind. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

First, from the ground a lofty pile they rear, Of pitch trees, oaks, and pines, and unctuous fir: The fabric’s front with cypress twigs they strew, And stick the sides with boughs of baleful yew. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Arthur Conan Doyle To me, with my nerves worked up to a pitch of expectancy, there was something depressing and subduing in the sudden gloom, and in the cold dank air of the vault. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Anthony Trollope She had given it as her opinion that priest M’Carthy was pitch, pitch itself in its blackest turpitude, and as such could not be touched without defilement. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence He could hardly see anything but hats and shoulders, uneasily moving like boiling pitch away beneath him. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

E. Nesbi It’ll be pitch dark in a minute. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

George Meredith Gives up guessing, I suppose, for she’s quiet about it; and I pitch her tales about Australia, and life out there. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Louisa May Alcott Now then, young Brooke, pitch into a man of your own size, will you?” cried Laurie, delighted with a poke in the face from a tiny fist, flapping aimlessly about. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

H. G. Wells My mind had flashed very rapidly from the realization of its significance to the thought that if one could be sure of that, then indeed one could pitch oneself high. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It has really come to such a pitch that I thought it was a duty to speak to you about it. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Jack London The wind smote the schooner with a sudden gust, and she heeled over till her lee rail was buried, the roar in her rigging rising in pitch to a shriek. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

George Gissing Instead of making him qualmish, the green roarers of the Channel had braced his nerves, and put him in good heart; the boat could not roll and pitch half enough for his spirits. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Walter Scott This rumour came to the ears of Lady Forester, who had reached that pitch of mental agony in which the sufferer will do any thing, or endure any thing, that suspense may be converted into certainty. My Aunt Margaret’s Mirror by Walter Scott [1828]

Arthur Morrison An’ I pitch it in the water to swell it out again; see?” I still failed to understand the method of its arrival. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

E. F. Benson The Mayor and her Prince Consort drove back to Mallards, Lucia strung up to the highest pitch of triumph, Georgie intensely fatigued. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Willa Cather Thea particularly hated to accompany for Miss Darcey because she sang off pitch and didn’t mind it in the least. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Thomas Love Peacock But the system of dissuasion from all good learning is brought here to a pitch of perfection that baffles the keenest aspirant. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

Thomas Hardy Elizabeth-Jane’s anxiety to know if Farfrae were going away from the town reached a pitch that disturbed her, for she could no longer conceal from herself the cause. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Henry James The noble privacy of Fawns had left them — had left Mr. Verver at least — with a little accumulated sum of tolerance to spend on the high pitch and high colour of the public sphere. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

At night, as may be supposed, it is pitch dark. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

D. H. Lawrence Good-breeding at a very high pitch — innate, and in its shirt sleeves. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

It was not a subsidence, however, of the dreadful excitement, but a sudden screwing-up of my nerves to a pitch such as I cannot describe. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Maria Edgeworth Those who do not really feel always pitch their expressions too high or too low, as deaf people bellow or speak in a whisper. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Henry James I don’t know what it was in her — save, that is, the positive pitch of delicacy in her beauty — that made her, so impressed and presented, indescribably touching. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Her feeling of defiance had reached such a pitch that she preferred that no one should understand. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Virginia Woolf How tempting, how very tempting, to let the view triumph; to reflect its ripple; to let their own minds ripple; to let outlines elongate and pitch over — so — with a sudden jerk. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Thomas Hardy On going up to the fire to throw a pitch of dead weeds upon it, she found that he did the same on the other side. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

D. H. Lawrence The voices rose in pitch and derision. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Tobias Smolle And so, Count, if you are so disposed, I am your man, that is, in the way of friendship, at which of these you shall please to pitch upon. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

H. Rider Haggard Tell the bearers also to bring up my tent and to pitch it there by the water. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

She heard him pitch himself down the stairs, and then the front door closed with a bang. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

The captain sent me, who was the only one of the crew that had ever been there before, to the top to count the hides and pitch them down. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Charles Dickens In an instant the candle was out, and the room was plunged in pitch darkness. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

I will be your groomsman if you really and truly prefer to pitch upon me, rather than on some one older and better. The Syllabub Feast by Ellen Wood [1875]

It was dark as pitch in the streets, and I went into the gate and all around the house. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

The pavements were wet, and he had gone to the Elephant and Castle, where he knew of a pitch under shelter. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell