Phrases with "scarlet"

Sinclair Lewis Along the decks she saw missionaries, gamblers in tall pot hats, and Dakota chiefs with scarlet blankets. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Machen And then — but the rest of the night was given to tender and delicious things, and when he went up to bed a scarlet dawn was streaming from the east. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Sinclair Lewis A rotisserie, before whose upright fender of scarlet coals whole ducks were happily roasting to a shiny brown. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Her face was heavily made up, and her scarlet lips and stained eyebrows stood out weirdly against the dead white of her skin. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

It was bright scarlet in color, and about the size of a pigeon or small hawk. Serapion by Francis Stevens

The scarlet inscription lay across it as if written in characters of blood. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Her coat was newly clipped and she wore a scarlet ribbon round her forelock. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

H. G. Wells Over this he flung a scarlet cloak with its edge fantastically curved. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Sometimes the caracara extended its scarlet blossoms from branch to branch, and gave the tree the appearance as though it had been hung with garlands. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

D. H. Lawrence The scarlet lining keeps flashing. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Carriages of all sorts were discernible under the branches, assembled at the further side to the right of the hall-door, over the wide steps of which was spread a scarlet cloth. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Benjamin Disraeli The walls were hung with scarlet cloth, tied up with ropes of gold. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Her eyes were wide open and glistening, a scarlet spot shone on her cheeks. Our Strike by Ellen Wood [1871]

H. G. Wells Then I was moved to urinate and found myself staring at a chamber-pot half full of scarlet blood. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H.P. Lovecraft Over the bog was a deluge of flaring light, scarlet and sinister, and pouring from the strange olden ruin on the far islet. The Moon-Bog by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

The road, or rather path, led us through fields, covered with the greatest profusion of bright yellow sunflowers and scarlet dahlias, so tall that they came up to our horses’ ears. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle On her deck could be seen a dense crowd of people cheering and waving their hats, and the gleam of scarlet told that there were officers of the garrison among them. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

James Joyce The bed was clothed with white bedclothes and a black and scarlet rug covered the foot. Dubliners by James Joyce

Mrs. Gaskell I was thankful that I was on the spot now, to counteract the dazzling fascination of any yellow or scarlet silk. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

Jacques Futrelle Then, with kindling curiosity, he snipped the scarlet thread with a pair of silver scissors, and unfolded the wrappings. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Anthony Trollope As for ribbons, the mercers’ shops must have been emptied of that article, as far as scarlet and yellow were concerned. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Ford Madox Ford The garden had red brick paths, sunflowers, hollyhocks and scarlet gladioli. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

D. H. Lawrence The young one in a black gold-laced cap talks to the elder in a scarlet gold-laced cap. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

E. F. Benson She had long straight hair which fell over her forehead, and sometimes got in her eyes, and she wore on her head a scarlet jockey-cap with an immense cameo in front of it. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Geraldine always had a penchant for scarlet draperies. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Frances Hodgson Burnett To let a sad thought or a bad one get into your mind is as dangerous as letting a scarlet fever germ get into your body. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Benjamin Disraeli From each carriage an eminence descended with his scarlet cap and his purple train borne by two attendants. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Marjorie Bowen Of all the habits there he could only identify one—the scarlet and orange domino Lady Lyndwood had told him she would wear. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Ann Radcliffe Innumerable marine plants spread their vigorous leaves on the rocks below, and the richness of their verdure formed a beautiful contrast to the glowing scarlet of the coral that branched beside them. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

And where the cities had been — the ten glittering, scarlet cities — there surged and thundered the white-maned hosts of him. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Barbara,” carried on the unceremonious justice, “what is it that you see in Carlyle more than anybody else?” Barbara’s scarlet cheeks answered for her. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But her hesitation was only for an instant, though long enough to display a scarlet letter on her breast. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Rudyard Kipling Behind the old boat lay a scarlet hydroplane crowded with nickel fitments and reeking of new enamels. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

James Joyce Buen retiro! The boyce voyce is still flautish and his mounth still wears that soldier’s scarlet though the flaxafloyeds are peppered with salse-dine. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Nathaniel Hawthorne But, in truth, Pearl was the one as well as the other; and only in consequence of that identity had Hester contrived so perfectly to represent the scarlet letter in her appearance. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

James Joyce Ellis on quay in scarlet thread. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Henry Kingsley Alice took Sam’s pocket-handkerchief, and filled it indiscriminately with everything she could lay her hand on, principally Trochuses, as big as one’s fist, and “Venus-ears,” scarlet outside. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

E. F. Benson But let me whisper, lovely fair, That joy may soon give place to care, And sorrow cloud this day; Full soon your eyes of startling blue, And velvet lips of scarlet hue Discoloured, may decay. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

George Gissing Delightful, too, are the scarlet runners, which have to be propped again and again, or they would break down under the abundance of their yield. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Andrew Lang The red ruby, the brown falcon, the white maids, “the scarlet roofs of the good town,” in “The Sailing of the Sword,” make the poem a vivid picture. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

The colossal hand gripped a trident, and the figure stood erect in a scarlet chariot drawn by six wild, white steeds, about whose plunging marble hoofs scarlet dolphins disported. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

William Morris Many scarlet bricks there were In its walls, and old grey stone; Over which red apples shone At the right time of the year. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

Edith Wharton The big lantern over the front door illuminated fresh scarlet paint and super-polished brasses, the firemen’s agitated helmets and perspiring faces, the flashing hoods of the lamps. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Henry Handel Richardson The room had two large windows, flanked by scarlet geraniums, which blossomed furiously in the fierce sun; and the bed stood in a curtained alcove. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Abraham Merri He set the golden helm of Bel on his head, fastened buckler, threw the scarlet threaded mantle, over his shoulders. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

D. H. Lawrence The group of soldiers stood at the end of the moat, in their light blue and scarlet uniforms, very bright. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton You don’t need that scrap of a scarlet rag to mark you out among decent citizens. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

A slim, slight young fellow of twenty, with straight fine light hair and blue eyes, and a round spot of scarlet on his thin cheeks. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

And all the marble was flooded with scarlet blood. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

A scarlet blush came into his thin cheeks as he confessed that he was very poor, could scarcely live, and he was getting up this concert in his desperate need. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

He presented himself before the Bishop of Elphin for examinationperhaps as a type of deeper and more inward incongruencies — in scarlet breeches, and was rejected. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

D. H. Lawrence One actor alone was not in armour, the wizard Magicce, or Malvigge, the Merlin of the Paladins. He was in a long scarlet robe, edged with fur, and wore a three-cornered scarlet hat. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Arthur Conan Doyle On this pinnacle stood a solitary, motionless figure clad entirely in black, save for a brilliant dash of scarlet upon his head. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

The King of Portugal held a long conversation with her and Minister O’Sullivan, and she describes him as dressed in a flamboyant manner — a scarlet uniform, lavishly ornamented with diamonds. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Upon this stand two chairs, in that on the right hand sits the strategus, in the other the orator adorned with scarlet robes, after the fashion that was used by the dukes in the aristocracy. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Charles Dickens He had come to look upon felony as a kind of disorder, like the scarlet fever or erysipelas: some people had it — some hadn’t — just as it might be. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

The trees were in blossom, and a wall of pink and white bloom rose up on either hand above the scarlet and amber tulips. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

George Elio You might have taken off his splendid peruke, and his scarlet cloak, which was thrown backward from his shoulders, without annihilating the dignity of his appearance. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

When the service ended a tall figure in scarlet crossed rapidly toward the sacristy. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

It is needlessly affixed to names of most diseases: “the cholera,” “the smallpox,” “the scarlet fever,” and such. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

Ford Madox Ford She had just dropped her eyelashes, twice, in recognition of two small staff officers with a good deal of scarlet streak about them who were tentatively rising from their chairs. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Oscar Wilde How different he was now from the shy, frightened boy he had met in Basil Hallward’s studio! His nature had developed like a flower, had borne blossoms of scarlet flame. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Another thought that a scarlet mole should be buried alive in the public park and a suitable incantation chanted over the remains. Fantastic Fables by Ambrose Bierce

Henry Handel Richardson She had never wanted the scarlet lining of the big, upturned brim; in a dislike to being conspicuous which was incomprehensible to Mother, she had implored the latter to “leave it plain”. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Leon Trotsky Four died in infancy, of diphtheria and of scarlet fever, deaths almost as unnoticed as was the life of those who survived. My Life by Leon Trotsky

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her lips—gashes of scarlet fury—seemed as if they were on the point of withering him with a storm of words. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Frances Hodgson Burnett A girl in scarlet tulle was like a child out of a nursery ready to dance about a Christmas tree. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle The pink had deepened to scarlet upon Mr. Stuart’s cheeks, his eyes were vacant but brilliant, and he gabbled, gabbled, gabbled as he rode. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle The backs of his hands, which lay upon his lap, were covered with bright scarlet blotches. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

The device on it is the Eye of Osiris, a mystic symbol for which I have a sentimentally superstitious affection, as also had my poor uncle, who actually bore it tattooed in scarlet on his breast. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Abraham Merri The scarlet lipped woman touched his shoulder, and the confusion cleared. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle One in a scarlet cap bent over it, steadying the jagged rock which was balanced on the spoon-shaped end of the long wooden lever. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Elizabeth Gaskell So pretty! And we could hardly step without treading the little bright scarlet berries under foot. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Ivan Turgenev The feathers of his wings were tinged with rose colour; the ends of them were bright red, as though dipped in fresh-spilt scarlet blood. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

E. F. Benson And that pretty scarlet ceiling. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Its colour, when it first opens, is scarlet and yellow. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

George Gissing You just look out for yourself!’ ‘And you just turn out of my house,’ cried Bessie, scarlet with wrath. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

James Joyce A scarlet pimparnell now mules the mound where anciently first murders were wanted to take root. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

If Mrs. Burton went abroad to the bazaar or elsewhere she was accompanied by four Kawwasses in full dress of scarlet and gold, and on her reception day these gorgeous attendants kept guard. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

The black cloud had now reached the scarlet terraces that surrounded the harbor. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

The white flag, typical of the sanctity of religion, floated over others of scarlet and green; the music was of squeaking bagpipes, and rude tumtums, struck like minute drums. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

The sleepless nights—the imagination of ghosts and phantoms—the cold sweat—these are as common and as plain as the pustules that denote smallpox or the spots that indicate scarlet fever. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Papagayo had a bag of grass-cloth and bits of cane, from which protruded strips of leather and scarlet broadcloth. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Virginia Woolf Some were gazing across the street into the windows of a milliner’s shop where the light still shone brightly upon scarlet feathers and golden slippers. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

Willa Cather Her face was scarlet and her eyes were blazing. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Such helpfulness was found in her — so much power to do, and power to sympathise — that many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

D. H. Lawrence The big, hard hands, folded behind black kilt-frill! The women, too, shuffled slowly past, rocking the scarlet and the bars of green, and all twisting as they sang, to look at us still more. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

They had much wisdom of me; they builded them palaces of scarlet stone and of the red metal called orichalcum that was in no other place but the ten kingdoms. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

The uniform glaring scarlet of the sands became separated into a score of clearly distinguished shades of red. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Edgar Rice Burroughs From scarlet the officer’s face went white, for this was mutiny; and mutiny he had met and subdued before in his brutal career. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Ford Madox Ford His arms, outstretched, held out before him a little image of the Blessed Virgin — a tawdry, scarlet and Prussian blue affair that the girl had given him on her first return from the convent. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Marjorie Bowen At a side table in the pleasant parlour Louise Monet was illuminating a text; one of the beatitudes, “Blessed are the pure in heart,” began to flourish in gold and scarlet under her pen. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

John Locke Upon which, his friend demanding what scarlet was? The blind man answered, It was like the sound of a trumpet. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

On a scroll beneath three words were inscribed in scarlet letters: “Sic semper tyrannis. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Walter Scott Another whose kinsmen had been slain in battle and died on the scaffold to the number of seven, bore a child spattered on the right shoulder and down the arm with scarlet drops, as if of blood. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Guy de Maupassant The women, having placed their great baskets at their feet, had taken out the poultry, which lay upon the ground, their legs tied together, with terrified eyes and scarlet combs. The Piece of String (La Ficelle) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Wilkie Collins It projected a little at one end, and it was bound in scarlet morocco. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

She looked very pretty in her winter costume, with a good deal of rich brown fur about her, and a dash of scarlet here and there. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

The male Amadina lathami behaves very differently, exhibiting before the female his brilliantly spotted breast, scarlet rump, and scarlet upper tail-coverts. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

William Morris The tatter’d scarlet banners there, Right soon will leave the spear-heads bare. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

Behold me, then, by noon of that same day domiciled in an apartment next to the one whose door bore that scarlet sign which had aroused within me such feverish hopes the night before. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Nathaniel Hawthorne Is Hester Prynne the less miserable, think you, for that scarlet letter on her breast?” “I do verily believe it,” answered the clergyman. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Arnold Bennett Afterwards, he resumed command of himself and his faculties, but at the beginning he was invariably flustered, scarlet of face, and inclined to perspiration. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Victor Hugo This page was dressed from top to toe in scarlet velvet, and had on his skull-cap, which was embroidered with gold, a bunch of curled feathers. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Her white hair had been smoothly brushed and she wore a loose cloak of scarlet velvet, which fell to her feet. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Elizabeth Gaskell On it, resting against the wall, was a bright green japanned tea-tray, having a couple of scarlet lovers embracing in the middle. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Lucy Maud Montgomery What flavoring did you use?” “Vanilla,” said Anne, her face scarlet with mortification after tasting the cake. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Sidney Colvin On one side is a field of drooping oats, Through which the poppies show their scarlet coats; So pert and useless that they bring to mind The scarlet coats that pester human kind. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

R. D. Blackmore A broad hat, looped at the side, and having a pointed black crown, with a scarlet feather and a dove-colored brim, sat well upon the mass of crisp black curls. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Virginia Woolf Its abrupt jerks shook him wide awake, and he saw Mary Datchet, a sturdy russet figure, with a dash of scarlet about it, as the carriage slid down the platform. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

From preaching to an audience fired with faith The Lamb who died to save our souls from death, Whose blood hath washed our scarlet sins wool-white: I wake from daydreams to this real night. The City of Dreadful Night by James Thomson

George Meredith A very agile middle-aged gentleman was the first to appear under the portico-lamps, and he gave his hand to a girl of fifteen, and then to a most portly lady in a scarlet mantle. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Henry James The latter showed us his window of the better time, where a rosy youth in a scarlet smoking-fez now puffed a cigarette at the open casement. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

The well-worn scarlet coat and high black boots became him. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Her corsage and gown of scarlet silk brocade were like the chalice of a great flower; her white arms and shoulders like the petals of the flower above it. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Henry Handel Richardson His skin was bronzed; and his large, scarlet mouth supplied a vivid dash of colour. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

While the maid was busy crimping or starching, I took an Italian iron from the fire, and applied the light scarlet glowing tip to my arm: I bored it well in: it cauterised the little wound. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Elizabeth Gaskell Virginie’s face coloured scarlet as she received it. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Wilkie Collins Put roses into my coffinscarlet roses, if you can find any, because that stands for Scarlet Woman — in the Bible, you know. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

A. E. W. Mason A scarlet letter-box was built into the left-hand wall, and at that Ethne’s whip was pointed. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Jacques Futrelle A flame of scarlet leaped into her face and the glare of the blue eyes was pitiless. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was very richly dressed, with furred robes, a scarlet hood, and wide hanging sleeves lined with flame-colored silk. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

D. H. Lawrence She shrugged her shoulders, laughed, and turned to pick up a scarlet pimpernel. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence And on the broad grass of the roadside grew the trees with the bright scarlet flowers perching among the grey twigs. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence It was a far-off procession, scarlet figures of women, and a tall image moving away from us, slowly, in the Sunday morning. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

G. K. Chesterton Another instant and the hall was full of the fog of it, and red sparks began to swarm like scarlet bees. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Fawley took his departure and made his way according to directions to where, under a scarlet awning, guests were coming and going from the great grey stone palazzo. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

F. Scott Fitzgerald This one began with a fanfare of trumpets down by the Strand, and presently a scarlet line of horse guards came into sight. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

A wisp of scarlet cloth clung to his shoulders, and, drawn over his head down close to his eyes, was a skull-cap of some kind of pelt with the tail waving behind it. Greenmantle by John Buchan

But, suddenly, his face grew red with a scarlet flush, and he lifted it again. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Thus Nature has ordered this little tangara to put on mourning to the north of the line and wear scarlet to the south of it. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Edith Wharton Serious complications had developed from a protracted case of scarlet fever, and for two weeks the child’s fate was uncertain. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Abraham Merri It struck the wall close to where the scarlet armored Kulun had vanished. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Then there was one final tremendous wailing blast, and, my God!”— he spoke with an effort —“down upon the scarlet canvas streaked a long, grey shadow. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

H. G. Wells The room was long and lofty, a room of scarlet hangings and pale brown stone, unilluminated as yet by any of its red-shaded electric lights. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Isabella Bird The body and wheels were painted bright scarlet and black; and it was drawn by a pair of very showy-looking horses, about sixteen “hands” high, with elegant and well-blacked harness. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

The recollection fascinated him, and now anything of a scarlet nature drew his attention at once. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Rumanika, above all, was as delighted as if he had come in for a fortune, and sent to say the Raglan coat was a marvel, and the scarlet broadcloth the finest thing he had ever seen. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

James Joyce Stephen, scarlet with shame, opened a book quickly with one weak hand and bent down upon it, his face close to the page. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Benjamin Disraeli From a broad belt of scarlet leather peeped forth the jewelled hilts of a variety of daggers, and by his side was an enormous scimitar, in a scabbard of chased silver. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

The scarlet hucamaya, with a loud shriek, flew from its perch, and performed a zig-zag flight through the air, down to the troubled fountain in the court. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

The scarlet of the poppies ran into the blue of the cornflowers. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle As I stood in the darkness, wrapped in my scarlet chlamys — for the evenings here are chill — I was suddenly aware that I was not alone. The Centurion by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jules Verne An intermittent jet of scarlet blood flowed from it; the patient’s paleness and weakness showed that he was seriously injured. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

William Makepeace Thackeray There he lay in his little boots and spurs, and his little coat of scarlet and gold. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Henry Handel Richardson He was returning from the Old Magpie Lead, where he had been called to a case of scarlet fever, and saw himself covering the same road daily for some time to come. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

He was robed in a long mantle of scarlet lined with ermine, with crabs, woodlice, and centipedes worked thereon in golden thread. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Oscar Wilde She makes and unmakes many worlds, and can draw the moon from heaven with a scarlet thread. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

A bit of scarlet tape is fixed to the end, so that it will be easy to pick up. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

The color of his garments was brown, no popular hue with the Pompeians; all the usual admixtures of scarlet or purple seemed carefully excluded. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Charles Dickens He was then attacked by scarlet fever; in four weeks became deaf; in a few weeks more, blind; in six months, dumb. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Ford Madox Ford The boy, slim in the body, but heavy in the bright red cheeks, with brown hair, truly shiny leggings and a tie of green, scarlet and white stripes, had a temporarily glum expression. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Ford Madox Ford Ask your married pals what it’s like!’ The boy, scarlet in his khaki, rubbed the sole of one foot on the instep of the other. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Sinclair Lewis The interior was of black and white and crimson tiles, with a sensational ceiling of burnished gold, and a fountain in which a massive nymph forever emptied a scarlet cornucopia. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

This is still more remarkably the case with scarlet fever and some other diseases. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch It was heavily sealed and decorated with a large green label bearing a scarlet cross. The Poisoned Ice by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Rashleigh had taken off his hat, and the man of scarlet favoured him with a gaze of more attentive scrutiny than he seemed to bestow upon the rest. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Victor Hugo The twilight spectres were making game of him, poor wretch! The little man in scarlet was the will-o’-the-wisp of a dream. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

I never wanted to kiss Miss Keeldar in my life, though she has fine lips, scarlet and round, as ripe cherries; or, if I did wish it’ it was the mere desire of the eye. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

The cord by which it had been suspended still clung to the cross and mingled its red threads with that other scarlet thread which had gone to meet it from the victim’s wounded breast. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He shut out his two scarlet geraniums, which accompanied him in all his changes from one lodging to another. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Guy de Maupassant He saw them disappear side by side, the red trousers of his friend making a scarlet spot against the white road. Two Little Soldiers (Petit Soldat) by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Gemma, with a scarlet riband in her short gold locks, and her hands full of sweetmeats, was run‐ ning from one to another of the listeners, taking all they gave. Signa by Ouida

E. F. Benson The morning was glorious, and in the blaze of the winter sun the scarlet gowns of Councillors, and the great silver maces dazzled the eye as the procession went into the hotel. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Guy de Maupassan People were there already in their Sunday clothes, startling toilettes, gaudy ribbons and bright scarlet designs. A Recollection by Guy de Maupassan

Sinclair Lewis A girl with a black frock and a scarlet smile fawned, “Ye-es?” He wasn’t sure, but he thought she was a flirtatious person whom he had noted as belonging in an office next to Emily’s. Moths in the Arc Light by Sinclair Lewis

Roderick took Violet straight to the end of the room, where his quick eye had espied Mrs. Tempest in her striking black and scarlet costume. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

It was night, and the white faces and the scarlet banners were luridly floodlit. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle Two streaks of scarlet glowed on either side of the square, but elsewhere the fringe of fighting-men was of the dull yellow khaki tint which hardly shows against the desert sand. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Anna Katherine Green A knot of scarlet ribbon at her breast was to distinguish her. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Croup, measles, scarlet fever and other children’s ailments passed me by and, ill-nourished as I undoubtedly was, diseases of malnutrition got no hold upon me. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

D. H. Lawrence They had five tiny children, all boys: and the four who could stand on their feet all wore scarlet caps. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

In the course of 1790, after an attack of scarlet fever at Aberdeen he was taken by his mother to Ballater, and on his recovery spent much of his time in rambling about the country. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Henry Kingsley Here, too, the native passion-flower, scarlet and orange, was tangled up with the common purple sarsaparilla and the English honeysuckle and jessamine. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Andrew Lang And as he watched, he noticed one girl, dressed in white with scarlet pomegranates in her hair, who seemed to him lovelier than all the rest. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Sinclair Lewis On the outskirts they passed a steel-mill which flared in scarlet and orange flame that licked at the cadaverous stacks, at the iron-sheathed walls and sullen converters. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

She was dressed as she came from dinner, in a gown of ivory-tinted satin, relieved at the breast by a large bouquet of scarlet poinsettias. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence His flute, his Aaron’s rod, would blossom once again with splendid scarlet flowers, the red Florentine lilies. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu He had got on his dressing-gown, which was pea-green, and a scarlet fez, and stood with his inquisitive smile and scowl, and his long pipe a little removed from his lips. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Robert Green Ingersoll The mumps, and the measles, and the whooping-cough, and the scarlet fever started in their race for man. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

G. K. Chesterton Screaming, the woman caught a cake Yet burning from the bar, And struck him suddenly on the face, Leaving a scarlet scar. The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Sinclair Lewis Yet her dark eyes were as hot as those of her own mother, Julie Saxinar, that piquant and bawdy Frenchwoman, who lacked only a scarlet kerchief and a tambourine to become a gipsy. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Most humiliated and scarlet with indignation, her cavalier, at the stern injunction of the policeman, had instantly slunk away. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

His skin was scarlet like the head of the green woodpecker. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Scarlet they were, beyond doubt; scarlet as blood newly shed; scarlet as the writing that lay across what he claimed for his own. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

The whole face of the South American Brachyurus calvus is of a “glowing scarlet hue”; but this colour does not appear until the animal is nearly mature. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

George Gissing This scarlet woman, this meteor from hell flashing before the delighted eyes of men, she, then, had bound Hubert for ever in her toils; no release for him now, no ransom to eternity. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

She was absolutely wonderful to-night in scarlet and silver. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith But the next day our scarlet livery appeared. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

John Galsworthy Surely Kit was too young to have got scarlet fever. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Then there are scarlet wild flowers, that seem as if they were made of wax or shining coral, and quantities of white jasmine, trailing on the grass, and throwing itself over the branches of the trees. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

T. E. Lawrence He was wondering if the walk to the Consulate was long enough to wet me a decent, solid, harmonious colour; and I was wondering if all he ever sat on would grow scarlet as himself. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Emily Dickinson The maple wears a gayer scarf, The field a scarlet gown. Poems by Emily Dickinson

Oscar Wilde And in the twilight of the third day they came nigh to the great scarlet gates of the City of the Seven Sins. And from the city there came the sound of much laughter. Poems in Prose by Oscar Wilde [1894]

Horace Walpole The Knight himself on a chestnut steed, in complete armour, his lance in the rest, his face entirely concealed by his vizor, which was surmounted by a large plume of scarlet and black feathers. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

A man clothed in scarlet stood in the centre and directed them. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

They wear large blue turbans, scarlet coats and white trousers. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

But now there grew a faint ripple of water in the bowl where the scarlet fish, suddenly restless, was swimming hither and thither as though pursued by an invisible hand. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Sinclair Lewis Titanic walls of the Grand Canyon: scarlet pillars and pyramids of orange. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis