Phrases with "rank"

On the side of the Soviets were the rank and file of the workers, the sailors, all the undemoralised soldiers, the landless peasants, and a few — a very few-intellectuals. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

George Meredith By birth Mrs. Harrington had claims to rank as a gentlewoman. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Thomas Hardy The material distinctions of rank and wealth he increasingly despised. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Rudyard Kipling I may as well say that I did not manoeuvre against ’im as a Frenchman, because I like Frenchmen, but stric’ly on ‘is rank an’ ratin’ in ‘is own navy. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

In this outer rank I took my place. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Hidden in hollows and behind clumps of rank brambles were large tents, dimly lighted with candles, but looking comfortable. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

George Borrow They placed themselves in a rank before the table where I was sitting. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

With respect to many of these forms, hardly two naturalists agree whether to rank them as species or as varieties. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Yet it does not hold probably the relative rank at the present day, that it did in that of the Incas. Residence in South America, vol. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Rudyard Kipling There was a break in the weather, and the rank earth steamed with vapour. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Two or three actions had procured him the rank of captain, at the age of twenty-three years. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

His book of European sketches must rank him with the most enlightened and agreeable travelers; and it might be fitly supplemented from his uncollected papers with a volume of American sketches. Henry James by William Dean Howells

Finally his feeling for his rank triumphed. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

He forgave a good deal in the course of the day to the possessors of rank or wealth. Sir Julian Garve by Ella D'Arcy [1897]

D. H. Lawrence She shrank from the little jungle of rank plants before her, evil-smelling figwort and hemlock. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins The marked peculiarity which singles him out from the rank and file of humanity lies entirely, so far as I can tell at present, in the extraordinary expression and extraordinary power of his eyes. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Olaf Stapledon But actually the individuals of human societies do not differ in rank in this extreme manner. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Let him simply confine himself to the truth, and he will find paradox growing every where under his hands as rank as weeds. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Rudyard Kipling We’re only the rank and file. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

But in these days of the tyranny of literature it is curious to meet with an author of the first rank who worked without a library. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Helen Zimmern Mrs. Somers, who may rank as the true heroine, is a bold yet highly-finished portrait, conceived and executed in Miss Edgeworth’s best manner. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

For you alcohol is rank poison — you are suffering now from the cumulative effect of all you have taken within the last twelve months. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

The Countess said that motives of curiosity had induced her to take this country in her way to Paris. Her wealth was immense, and her rank among the first in her own country. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope If love be anything but a dream, surely it must adhere to the person, and not be liable to change at every offered vantage of name or birth, of rank or wealth. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

In the passage leading to most of the churches was a table, at which several ladies of the highest rank sat collecting alms for the poor. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

James Joyce He, Mr Bloom, listened while he, Richie Goulding, told him, Mr Bloom, of the night he, Richie, heard him, Si Dedalus, sing ’Twas rank and fame in his, Ned Lambert’s, house. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

It need not be supposed that all varieties or incipient species attain the rank of species. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Rudyard Kipling There was two-an’-thirty sergeants, There was corp’rals forty-one, There was just nine ’undred rank an’ file To swear to a touch o’ sun. The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Sinclair Lewis The rank and file are all virtuous, but misled by these leaders. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling Unable overtake Without your aid: Come back for Truth’s own sake! Co-equal rank and powers if you agree. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

H. G. Wells The rank herbage was crushed and swept aside by the advancing monster. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

H. Rider Haggard And with thee, my uncle, shall go Incubu my friend, that when Twala sees his battle-axe flashing in the first rank of the Greys his heart may grow faint. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Oscar Wilde Your rank and wealth, Harry; my brains, such as they are — my art, whatever it may be worth; Dorian Gray’s good looks — we shall all suffer for what the gods have given us, suffer terribly. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

There was every rank of clergy, from the archbishop down, in robes of ceremonial, but I am unable honestly to declare the admiration for their splendor which I would have willingly felt. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope And he had, too, been instigated by a somewhat weak desire to emerge from that farmer’s rank into which he knew that many connected with him had supposed him to have sunk. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

H.P. Lovecraft I should not have ventured out that night; for the taint of thunder was in the clouds, and hellish phosphorescence rose from the rank swamp at the bottom of the hollow. The Tomb (Jun 1917) by H.P. Lovecraft [1917]

Wilkie Collins My education was the education of hundreds of others in my rank of life. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

He was not raised by rank and education above sympathy with the humblest of his followers. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Rudyard Kipling He knew his own value, and no money and no rank within the gift of the Government would have induced him to put studs in young officers’ shirts, or to hand them clean ties. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Before very long, the master went away; Corporal John (who was already a sort of young master) followed on his heels; and the rank and file were naturally relieved by their departure. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Walter Scott In such circumstances, another man, with the talents and rank of Argyle, but without a mind so happily regulated, would have sought to rise from the earth in the whirlwind, and direct its fury. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Arthur Conan Doyle I am Nigel of Tilford, of the family of Loring, a squire by rank and the son of a knight. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Anthony Trollope And now she was to meet him in the house of her great relations — in a position in which her rank and her fashion would seem to be equal to his own. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

The supreme government, appreciating the distinguished services and brilliant conduct of the aforesaid colonel, have given him the rank of general of brigade. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Evidently her reputation as a story-teller did not rank high in their estimation. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Anthony Trollope To her mother, rank and money, titles and property, are everything. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Mr. Roy suggested squareness and solidity; he was a broadbased, comfortable, polished man, with a surface in which the rank tendrils of irritation would not easily obtain a foothold. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

But, my darling, I am not asking you to marry for rank or for money. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Henry Handel Richardson Give a man means and you gave him friends and favours, and a rank second to none. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Walter Scott One of them, as they approached, called out to Quentin, “Sir Squire, give place — we come to relieve you of a charge which is above your rank and condition. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

When matins came to be said, there was a place vacant in the first rank of boarders. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Wilkie Collins His visitor represented almost every variety of rank in the social scale; and grew numerous in proportion as they descended from the higher to the lower degrees. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

This lady belonged, by birth, to a more elevated rank than that of her husband, and she was remarkably well bred as regarded her manners. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

William Makepeace Thackeray How long after the Conquest will do? Would a banker’s family do, or is a baronet’s good enough? Best say what rank in the peerage would be sufficiently high. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Descending the side of the levee, he penetrated the rank density of weeds and willows that undergrew the trees until the river’s edge, shouting Victor’s name. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

There is a more or less elaborate system of rank and grades. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Here he spent a great deal of his time with Ildebrando Conti, bishop of that city, a man of rank and merit. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

All differences of rank and station, all distinctions which Mammon raises in every other quarter, melt away before the friendly contact of the hunting-field. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Guests were present; the priest was waiting; her marriage to one eligible in rank and fortune was ready to be accomplished. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Wilkie Collins By dull people, I mean people of all degrees of rank and education, who never want to be amused. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

I am prepared to bring the rank of hadji within reach of the poorest and feeblest. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Resentful as he was equally of condescension and of neglect, it must have been no easy matter for persons of rank so to adapt their manner as to exactly please him. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

Walter Scott There was neither foppery nor slovenliness in his exterior, nor had he any marks of military service or rank about his person. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Anthony Trollope It was not that she had wanted them out of the way, but that she had been so horrified by what she had thought to be their very improper ideas as to their own rank of life. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Charles Dickens So there it remains, in the midst of cultivation and improvement, like ground accursed, and made obscene and rank by some great crime. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

George Meredith The marriage at Madrid, at the Embassy:—well, perhaps it was a step for us, for commoners, though we rank with the independent. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Anthony Trollope Of course Mr Quintus Slide was in the front rank of these accusers. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Henry Fielding The latter had given him rank in life, and riches, both in a very eminent degree. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Maria Edgeworth His connections, though of very high rank were not now in power. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Ralph Waldo Emerson All the barriers to rank only whet the thirst, and enhance the prize. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Marie Corelli The very idea of rank is anti-Christian.” At this the Archbishop began to look seriously annoyed. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

For many a long year Cassowary was a sort of king in the locality of his birth, though this rank brought him no isolation. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

William Makepeace Thackeray Such an action was worthy of them, and of the high rank which their profession holds in France, where the honors to be acquired by art are only inferior to those which are gained in war. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

He took his position near me in the rear of the last rank of the crowd. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

That he had killed a man of rank in a sudden quarrel, he had always known; that this man was now discovered to be Laius, added nothing to the reasons for regret. The Theban Sphinx by Thomas De Quincey

When I reflected on the work I had completed, no less a one than the creation of a sensitive and rational animal, I could not rank myself with the herd of common projectors. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Anthony Trollope And Lord Fawn’s title was his own, and Lady Fawn’s rank her own. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

The naturalist thus loses his best guide in determining whether to rank doubtful forms as varieties or species. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Jules Verne They were both about forty years old, and one of them well deserved to take first rank amongst celebrated female travellers. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

In broad bands, rank after rank, billow on billow, the rain burst out across the endless moors, and yet there was no wind to drive it at such a pace. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

The land at its best was ill-drained, and the trampling of beasts made a thousand hollows which would be puddles at the first rains and would further sour the rank soil. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

John Locke And thus they ordinarily apply the specific names they rank particular substances under, to things as distinguished by such specific real essences. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

CALTON: Ah! You did not have a drink, say at the Oriental Hotel, which, I believe, is near the rank where your cab stands? WITNESS (hesitating): Well, I might have had a glass. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Ford Madox Ford It was an irregularity, but the general was of a rank to risk what irregularities he considered to be of use to the service. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

But Caranby’s name was rarely mentioned in London. He remained so much abroad that he had quite dropped out of the circle to the entry of which his rank entitled him. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Nathaniel Hawthorne A true picture of society, therefore, would have the rich effect produced by distinctions of rank that seemed permanent, and by appropriate habits of splendor on the part of the gentry. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Maria Edgeworth The rank and superior understanding of a delinquent ought not to be considered in mitigation, but as aggravating circumstances. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Bram Stoker She was certainly a striking and unusual woman, and to all it seemed fitting from her rank and personal qualities that she should be the chosen partner of the heir on his first appearance. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

His rank is not equal to ours. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

T. E. Lawrence Everything was growing, and daily the picture was fuller and brighter till the desert became like a rank water-meadow. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Stan said: ‘You take that one, sergeant,’ and I thought at the time he was giving me my rank out of old habit, but I realise now he was bluffing them we were police. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Ford Madox Ford No rank then!‘Do you know the only time the King must salute a private soldier and the private takes no notice? . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

William Makepeace Thackeray Harassing public duties occupy so much myself and Lord Bobtail, that we have scarce time to see our private friends; among whom, I hope, my dear Lady Griffin will allow me to rank her. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

George Meredith From Steynham to Bevisham? Goodness, it’s rank madness. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Walter Scott The knight failed not to greet the Lord Abbot with all the formal compliments with which men of rank at that period exchanged courtesies. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Ford Madox Ford For this he differed a hair’s breadth in rank from the rank and file. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Anthony Trollope He had possessed, and had known himself to possess, in his office as well as in the outside world, a sort of rank much higher than that which from his position he could claim legitimately. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Mark Twain If your seat is near the center of a row and you enter late you must work your way along a rank of about twenty-five ladies and gentlemen to get to it. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Henry James Mr. Dosson was new to Gaston Probert, but the young man might have been a naturalist visiting a rank country with a net of such narrow meshes as to let no creature of the air escape. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

William Makepeace Thackeray The passage concerning their gallant comrades’ rank should be specially remarked. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Fraulein Hirsch was quite ready to explain that, in spite of the easy morals and leniency of rank and fashion in England, she was a sort of little outcast from sacred inner circles. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Andrew Lang It would be much better if you would marry, and I have collected here the portraits of the most beautiful women in the world of a rank equal to your own. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells They went forward through the rank exaggerated weeds and skirted the body of the second dead rat. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

The other — equally strange — was the case of a Russian of rank and wealth. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

The History of the War in the Peninsula and in the South of France from 1807–14 (1828–40) at once took rank as a classic, and superseded all existing works on the subject. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Anthony Trollope When Mark found himself in the private secretary’s room he was quite astonished to see the change in his brother’s appearance which the change in his official rank had produced. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli They were gratified in seeing another fine lady, but did not, of course, rank her with a duchess. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Wilkie Collins I will tell him all I have told you: I will tell him that you take a rank in beauty and goodness, which is the highest rank in the land — a far higher rank than mine — the only rank I desire. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Your majesty cannot comprehend this satisfaction, for your rank and merit attract attention, and compel regard. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Superiority of rank is a powerful and genuine influence in love. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Marjorie Bowen Nothing grew in this garden but tall, bright, rank grass and a small tree that bore white flowers. The Sign-Painter and the Crystal Fishes by Marjorie Bowen

He stept, from the slighted position of a younger son into the rank of the eldest; and thus became another being in all men’s eyes — but chiefly in his father’s. Lodore by Mary Shelley

George Gissing Barracks, in truth; housing for the army of industrialism, an army fighting with itself, rank against rank, man against man, that the survivors may have whereon to feed. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Walter Scott This was Dame Euphane MacCalzean, the widow of a Senator of the College of Justice, and a person infinitely above the rank of the obscure witches with whom she was joined in her crime. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Washington Irving In these conversations there was neither haughtiness on the one part, nor servility on the other; and you were only reminded of the difference of rank by the. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

G. K. Chesterton Worldliness has no human magic for him; he is not bewitched by rank nor drawn on by conviviality at all. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Anthony Trollope As you say, rank has its responsibilities as well as its privileges. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton The square shoulders seemed to alter in shape, and the sturdy figure collapsed among the tall, rank grasses at the foot of the tower. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Abraham Merri As if it were a signal there sprang out in the pale azure of the western sky row upon row of cirrus cloudlets, rank upon rank of them, thrusting their heads into the path of the setting sun. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

He held at court a rank so high That other noblemen asked why. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

The wind was rising, blowing in quick, sharp gusts and sweeping the forest of rain spears, rank upon rank, in mad dashes against the glass-roofed studio. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Niccolo Machiavelli So that in order to help one another, they did not retire from one rank into the other, as the Romans, but one man took the place of another, which they did in this way. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Walter Scott What a change is mine! Whilst I possessed neither rank nor fortune, I lived safely and unknown, under the protection of the kind and respectable friends whose hearts Heaven had moved towards me. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Virginia Woolf Such is the smell of it, so rank does it stink in the nostrils of Whitehall, that Whitehall excludes it entirely. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Wilkie Collins The rank of a Finch (I laugh at these contemptible distinctions!) was decided, in this case, to be not equal to the rank of a Batchford. Nevertheless, Miss married. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

It was a sharply cold night in February, and when I dismounted I found myself standing upon some wet rank herbage that promised ill for the comfort of our resting-place. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Anthony Trollope No one had thought more than she of the incentives provided by rank to high duty. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Theodore Dreiser The agents of Hull & Stackpole were in the market, of course, in the front rank of the scrambling, yelling throng, taking up whatever stock appeared at the price they were hoping to maintain. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing And what will you bet me that I don’t stand in the foremost rank of literary reputabilities ten years hence?’ ‘I doubt whether six or seven hundred a year will be enough for this. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Andrew Lang Presently up the bazaar came a gorgeous palanquin like those in which ladies of rank are carried about. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle The incident was hailed as a happy augury, and a great shout spread from rank to rank at the sight of it, with a waving of hats and a clattering of weapons. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Lady Morgan In short, I had resolved to confess my name and rank to Glorvina, to offer her my hand, and to trust to the affection of our fond and indulgent fathers for forgiveness. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

Alfred Ainger Lamb does not indeed suggest, by anything that he says, that the rank of a dramatist can be decided by passages or extracts. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

George Meredith But, if a young woman out alone in the woods was hardly to be counted among the well-born, she held rank above them. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Wilkie Collins Not very long ago, an actor, standing deservedly in the front rank of his profession, happened to play even more admirably than usual in a certain new part. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Benjamin Disraeli Of course, if you had created your rank and your riches, you might rest on your oars, and find excitement in the recollection of what you had achieved. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Wilkie Collins Look up, if you like, from this multitudinous and incessant squabbling among the rank and file, to the high regions in which the right reverend representatives of state religion sit apart. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

He has performed a magnificent feat and now rises at once to the first rank amongst the explorers of the day. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

In this wilderness of sweets lurks the fatal malaria, engendered, probably, by the decomposition of rank vegetable substances in a hot and humid soil. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

This person was Sebastian Benalcazar, a cavalier who afterwards placed his name in the first rank of the South American conquerors, for courage, capacity, — and cruelty. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Andrew Lang If influence among aliens is the test, Byron probably takes, among our poets, the next rank after Shakespeare. But probably there is no possible test. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins I believe that corpse to be the body of an English gentleman of rank and fortune, who was killed in a duel. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Some bore the initials and arms of Pizarro, and one or two of these were audaciously surmounted by a crown, as if to intimate the rank to which their commander might aspire. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Incomparably more effective as an engine of controversy, it is not entitled to the same rank as a literary exercise. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

They were mostly drawn from that which, when such distinctions existed, was denominated the lower rank of society. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Elizabeth Gaskell I marry a man who, whatever his rank may be will add dignity to the human race by his virtues, and not be content to live in an effeminate court on the traditions of past grandeur. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Henry Adams Palgrave himself held rank as one of the minor poets; his hymns had vogue. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

His rank was the same as the others, and one bead less than I had given them he would not take. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Rudyard Kipling Cairn Street at nine o’clock levels all distinctions of rank as impartially as the grave. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Abilities and virtues are absolutely necessary to raise men from the middle rank of life into notice; and the natural consequence is notorious, the middle rank contains most virtue and abilities. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

It is those which rank in the first category that test our promptitude of thought. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

In Dr. Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments, I have found a general character of people of rank and fortune, that, in my opinion, might with the greatest propriety be applied to the female sex. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

The easy flow of the narrative, and the vivid dialogue of the Spider and the Bee in the latter, rank high among those premonitions of novel with which, in this place, we should be specially busied. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

Anthony Trollope And yet I think I knew more than the average young men of the same rank who began life at nineteen. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Nevertheless the due distinctions of rank were immaculately preserved. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Andrew Lang He continued to serve the rajah for many years with unswerving fidelity; and married a maiden of his own rank in life, with whom he lived happily; dying at last honoured and loved by all men. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton Worse still, she was presently to discover that Raymond’s accession of rank brought with it no financial advantages. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Walter Scott Then Menie Gray had been beheld with admiration by men his superiors in rank and fortune, but with whom his ambition incited him to dispute the prize. The Surgeon’s Daughter by Walter Scott [1827]

Henry James Mine was the old unregenerate Oxford, the home of rank abuses, of distinctions and privileges the most delicious and invidious. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

If botanical science can develop the meritorious tendencies the fruit occasionally exhibits, the Calophyllum would certainly rank as one of the most wonderful of all tropical fruits. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Rudyard Kipling Kearney Street, at nine o’clock, levels all distinctions of rank as impartially as the grave. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

John Lewis Burckhard The Sheikh of Shemskein has the title of Sheikh el Haouran, and holds the first rank among the village Sheikhs of the country. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

George Meredith She does not rank among beautiful women. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Henry James This is rank embroidery, but the old surface itself insists on spreading — it waits at least with an air of its own. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Anthony Trollope He lived quite at his ease with people of the highest rank — and those of his own mode of life who disliked him did so simply because they regarded with envy his too rapid rise. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

A rank of wretched youths, with pinion’d hands, And captive matrons, in long order stands. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Charles Dickens If my niece marries you, she marries an impostor, without name or lineage, disguised in the character of a gentleman of rank and family. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Anthony Trollope The “nemo nisi armatus” referred to Italians, and to Italians, we may take it, of the upper rank — among whom, for the sake of dramatic effect, Deiotarus was placed for the occasion. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

George Gissing If I loved a woman of rank above my own she would make me a renegade; for her sake I should deny my faith. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Isabella Bird Thus truth is at a fearful discount, and men exult in successful roguery, as though a new revelation had authorised them to rank it among the cardinal virtues. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Believe this; and if rank ever puts itself under those pretty feet, be sure not to spurn the footstool. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

James Joyce Two deeds are rank in that ghost’s mind: a broken vow and the dullbrained yokel on whom her favour has declined, deceased husband’s brother. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Wilkie Collins Keep your familiarity for ladies in your own rank of life. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Nikolai Gogol Suffering was unpleasant to him, for his heart was accessible to many good impulses, in spite of the fact that his rank often prevented his showing his true self. The Cloak by Nikolai Gogol

George Meredith And I’m,” said Van Diemen, “a rank idiot double D. dolt, and flat as a pancake, and transparent as a pane of glass. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

M. P. Shiel We came at length to an old room on the second floor of the south wing overlooking a patch of garden, rank now with shrubs. The Case of Euphemia Raphash by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn A much higher rank may be claimed for him as a writer of satiric verse than of romantic narrative. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

As I came up he was lighting rank tobacco, in a cutty pipe, with an evil-smelling match, and the flame showed me the suspicion of a smile. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

The baulks of the common field were still plain; likewise orchards running wild, and that rank growth of weeds which means abandoned ploughland. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

William Makepeace Thackeray Coming on horseback, or in their caroches, knights and ladies of the highest rank were assembled in the grand saloon of Godesberg, which was splendidly illuminated to receive them. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

Sir Walter Scott There is no young gentleman of these parts, who might be in rank or fortune a match for Miss Julia, that I think at all likely to play such a character. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

G. K. Chesterton They found the sand harder farther on; it began to be crusted with scraps of turf and in a few moments they were flying easily over an open common of rank sea-grass. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

His name was Shîr Ali, in rank a Beg, and a Shirazi by birth. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Rudyard Kipling Rapid had followed rapid, rock rock, and island-group island-group, till the rank and file had long since lost all count of direction and very nearly of time. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Walter Scott Among others who heard this report, it reached the ears of a lady, who, once much higher in rank than Elspeth Glendinning, was now by the same calamity reduced to even greater misfortune. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Olaf Stapledon The barges and tugs, jewelled with port and starboard and mast-head lights, the vague and cliffy rank of buildings, the trailing smoke, all these the sunset dignified. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing For Bill, who was as rank a bully and coward as ever sang hymns to procure the wherewithal for a glass of gin, found a constant source of amusement in secretly torturing the poor boy. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

The world thinks that I am rich, and you will no doubt take rank as an heiress. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Between rank and rank of our great men are wide intervals. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Ann Radcliffe The dresses of the higher rank of visitors were as splendid as the scenery, of which Ellena was, in every respect, the queen. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Be you very sure, Joyce, many a love-passage had passed between them two; but I suppose when my lady was thrown in his way he couldn’t resist her rank and her beauty, and the old love was cast over. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Wilkie Collins He is a little given to overrate the advantages of birth and the importance of rank — but that is really the only noticeable defect in his character. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Anthony Trollope I thought that you were robbing me of all I valued in life; and you, you thought —” “I thought that Clara’s happiness demanded rank and wealth and position. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson The wretched little booking-office, and the baggage-room, which was not much larger, were crowded thick with emigrants, and were heavy and rank with the atmosphere of dripping clothes. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

So far as concerns the present question, the end sought by accumulation is to rank high in comparison with the rest of the community in point of pecuniary strength. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Washington Irving Sir Joshua was never so fashionably ill-bred as to wait an hour perhaps for two or three persons of rank or title, and put the rest of the company out of humor by this invidious distinction. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning I would not play her larcenous tricks To have her looks! She lied and stole, And spat into my love’s pure pyx The rank saliva of her soul. Last Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1862]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn One need not claim high rank for this sort of poetry, but it would be ignorant to overlook the service which Moore was doing to all who after him came to handle English metre. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

Anthony Trollope Heathcote was his nearest neighbor, and the only man in his own rank of life who lived within twenty miles of him. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray Has a man of rank I can’t marry a serving-made. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray