Phrases with "scarlet"

Sinclair Lewis Vestal had dug up wrinkled wrappings from pre-war Christmases, scarlet and silver and crocus-yellow, and ironed them out, and the odd-shaped boxes under the tree were a sparkling heap. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle Behind them a great man upon a white horse bore the banner of Josselin which carries nine golden torteaus upon a scarlet field. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Robin’s beard is as yellow as gold, while yon tattered beggar in scarlet hath a beard of brown, besides being blind of one eye. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

James Joyce Hard after them Myles Crawford appeared on the steps, his hat aureoling his scarlet face, talking with J. J. O’Molloy. — Come along, the professor cried, waving his arm. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

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

Victor Hugo Ah, what a decisive turn of the wheel! I was below, I am on high — on high for ever! Behold me a lord! I shall have a scarlet robe. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

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]

Leon Trotsky A girl in the last grade of high school, a distant relative called Sophia, came to stay with the Schpentzers for a few weeks until her family got over an attack of scarlet fever. My Life by Leon Trotsky

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was wearing some sort of negligée between golf and dinner costume, something in one piece with vivid flashes of scarlet and wide sleeves, and her arm rested affectionately upon his shoulders. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Abraham Merri Out from each side of the steps and along the curved wall to where it met the sides of the chamber another file of bowmen stretched, scarlet and silver, shoulder to shoulder, arrows alert. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

George Gissing Thick-clustered berries arrayed the hawthorns, the briar was rich in scarlet fruit; everywhere the frost had left the adornment of its subtle artistry. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

I think they said there were flowers over and around the place where it struck?” “Yes, great big scarlet ones. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Willa Cather A few tough zenias and marigolds and a row of scarlet sage bore witness to the buckets of water that Mrs. Bergson had carried there after sundown, against the prohibition of her sons. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

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

D. H. Lawrence Even from here we can see the yellow carts rattling slowly, the mules nodding their high weird plumes of scarlet along the broad weary harbour-side. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

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

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]

Oscar Wilde Her teeth showed like white seeds in a scarlet fruit. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Nellie Bly It was very large and had a scarlet face and gray fur. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

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

Rudyard Kipling The sheet turned scarlet and half her uniform too, as she bore the load into the kitchen. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

There was something grand about this severe face, and in the darkness, with the scarlet light gleaming fiercely on its immobility, it was assuredly effective, if somewhat theatrical. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

As he arrived he was overtaken by Roger Clint in white and scarlet on Operation Stockings. “You’re Patrick Ashby, aren’t you?” he said. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

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

D. H. Lawrence Near the window closest to the bed was a table with writing materials, and a handsome cactus-plant with clear scarlet blossoms threw its bizarre shadow on the wall. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

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]

No one suspected that it had been concerted between her and the old reprobate in scarlet and ermine. Mr. Justice Harbottle by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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]

That the plague was not what is commonly called contagious, like the scarlet fever, or extinct small-pox, was proved. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Charles Dudley Warner The queen wore a brial or regal skirt of velvet, under which were others of brocade; a scarlet mantle, ornamented in the Moresco fashion; and a black hat, embroidered round the crown and brim. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Edith Wharton He got up early from Laura Lou’s side, flung open the window, and leaned out quaffing the wintry gold and scarlet of the sunrise. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Her uncle’s hawk-brows drew closer together and with a kind of half-articulate snarl he reversed the box, so that the scarlet inscription was again uppermost. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Rafael Sabatini A three-cornered hat was set rakishly upon his loose, untidy hair, and he wore a scarlet riding-coat of velvet, very soiled and frayed, with tarnished gold lace and dirty, torn ruffles. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Edgar Allan Poe And life arose in our paths; for the tall flamingo, hitherto unseen, with all gay glowing birds, flaunted his scarlet plumage before us. Eleonora by Edgar Allan Poe [1841]

D. H. Lawrence As we were proceeding with these, in came the remainder of the night’s entertainment: three station officials, two in scarlet peaked caps, one in a black-and-gold peaked cap. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Wilkie Collins By her side trotted a little Italian greyhound, the pet companion of all her walks, smartly dressed in a scarlet cloth wrapper, to keep the sharp air from his delicate skin. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

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]

D. H. Lawrence So he lit his bicycle lamp, and rummaged in the box, pulling out a large brown blanket, striped with scarlet and yellow. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Boris told me that he too was an ex-colonel of the Russian Army. His wife was there too, a horrid, fat Frenchwoman with a dead-white face and scarlet lips, reminding me of cold veal and tomatoes. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

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

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]

H. G. Wells Unobtrusive men-servants in grey with scarlet facings hovered serviceably. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Oscar Wilde Thou shalt not die! no asps of Egypt creep Close at thy heels to taint the delicate air; No sullen-blooming poppies stain thy hair, Those scarlet heralds of eternal sleep. Poems by Oscar Wilde [1881]

Below her linen collar she wore a scarlet ribbon, from which hung a silver locket, the only ornament she possessed. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Sporting with her infamy, the lost and desperate creature had embroidered the fatal token in scarlet cloth, with golden thread and the nicest art of needlework. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle They were followed by a banner-bearer who held high the scarlet wedge upon a silver field which proclaimed the presence of the famous warrior. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

She became alert and business-like, put her clothes on, knotted the scarlet sash about her waist, and began arranging the details of the journey home. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

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]

There was never a better wedding seen, and the scarlet jackets of the post-boys dazzled one’s eyes in the morning sun. Robert Ashton’s Wedding-day by Ellen Wood [1870]

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]

Ford Madox Ford One of his hands, scarlet also, was extended. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

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

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]

So Little John came to the Fair. All scarlet were his hose and jerkin, and scarlet was his cowled cap, with a scarlet feather stuck in the side of it. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

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

Arthur Machen In the centre of the cloth was a round mat, apparently made of scarlet and white tags or lengths of wool; this supported the lamp of state. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Sinclair Lewis Yet the dread of having to try the feat himself made him admire the manner in which Carson tossed about long creepy-sounding words, like a bush-ape playing with scarlet spiders. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Sir Walter Scott His head was covered with a scarlet cap, faced with fur — of that kind which the French call “mortier”, from its resemblance to the shape of an inverted mortar. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Victor Hugo His Eminence in scarlet is magnificent; his Eminence in gray is terrible. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Meredith They were arrested by the thunder of the knowledge, that the nobleness in him drawing her to be able to speak of scarlet matter, was personally worshipped. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Sinclair Lewis In her loose nutria coat, seal toque, virginal cheeks unmarked by lines of village jealousies, she was as out of place on this dreary hillside as a scarlet tanager on an ice-floe. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing The sight of that propagandist document affected him, to use the old simile, as scarlet does a bull. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

No flutter of scarlet petticoat or flash of scarlet plume revealed the presence of the divinity. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

A headless and armless idol, covered in scarlet linen, was produced from a cupboard, and reverentially enshrined in the dining-room. At Twickenham by Ella D'Arcy [1897]

This lady was in a gown of scarlet velvet, lined and faced with sables, made exact to her shape, and the skirt falling to her feet. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

W. H. Hudson This night he came, and at my side, Wearing a cloak all beautiful With scarlet bright embroidery, He sat and boldly played the lover. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

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]

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

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

H. G. Wells They were naked, save for swathings of scarlet cloth about the middle; and their skins were of a dull pinkish-drab colour, such as I had seen in no savages before. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Oscar Wilde The thing was still loathsome — more loathsome, if possible, than before — and the scarlet dew that spotted the hand seemed brighter, and more like blood newly spilt. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

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

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

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

I awoke with the dew of terror on my forehead, to find Miss Bennett leaning over me in a scarlet cloak with a hood over her head, and shaking me by my coat sleeve. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Her artistic tendencies required that scarlet pampas grass should stand in a high yellow jar on the piano, and that the piano itself should be festooned with terra-cotta Liberty silk. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

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

Benjamin Disraeli He was dressed in a dark cassock with a red border, and wore scarlet stockings; and over his cassock a purple tippet, and on his breast a small golden cross. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

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

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]

D. H. Lawrence Sometimes we passed cottages where the scarlet lilies rose like bonfires, and the tall larkspur like bright blue leaping smoke. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

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

The top of the petticoat is yellow satin; the rest, which is of scarlet cashmere, is embroidered in gold and silver. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Ford Madox Ford The Barker cabinet looked very rich, with its green, yellow and scarlet inlays. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

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 Had she been informed that he would be seen on the following Sunday walking down the High Street in a scarlet coat and top boots, she would not have thought such a phenomenon more improbable. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Within the door the “wedding garments” were hanging for the wedding guests, scarlet silk crepe, richly embroidered. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Edith Wharton Beyond the apple trees stood a yellow summer-house festooned with scarlet runners; and below it, on the farther side of a rough fence, the land dipped down, holding a bit of woodland in its hollow. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

Sinclair Lewis She had discarded her white robe for a dressing-gown of scarlet with sleeves of cloth of gold — gold and scarlet; riotous black hair; long, pale, white face. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

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]

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

Abraham Merri Two and ten archers in belted kirtles of silver and scarlet stood on the lowest step, shoulder to shoulder, bows at stand, arrows at strings, ready on the instant to be raised to ears and loosed. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

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

Guy de Maupassan The scarlet rose in the Marquise’s hair had the appearance of a splash of purple fallen from the clouds upon her head. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

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]

George Meredith The peaked cap of the rushing rock-dotted sweeps of upward snow caught a scarlet illumination: one flank of the white in heaven was violetted wonderfully. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson A little after we had started, the sun shone upon a little moving clump of scarlet close in along the water-side to the north. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Look! — see those scarlet birds! What are they? There are birds of the same color in Yian.” “Where is Yian, Ysonde?” I asked with deadly calmness. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

The window-curtains and portières were of the same reps as the divan, the prevailing colours being scarlet and orange. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

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]

He rose and took off his doublet; a scarlet waistcoat, with long scarlet sleeves, was underneath. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Sir Walter Scott A piece of scarlet embroidered cloth, called the snood, confined her hair, which fell over it in a profusion of rich dark curls. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

The bench of justices were remarkably warm over it, neglecting the judicial business, and showing themselves at the Buck’s Head windows in purple and scarlet streamers. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

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]

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

Henry Kingsley What do you think of that for a ten-year-old?” The boy’s face flushed scarlet as the Captain passed on, and he held out his hand to Alice to say good-bye. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

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]

Elizabeth Gaskell Miss Eyre’s little nephew fell ill of scarlet fever —’ ‘Ah! by-the-by, how careless of me not to inquire. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

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]

H. G. Wells There was blood, I saw, in the sink, — brown, and some scarlet — and I smelt the peculiar smell of carbolic acid. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

She wore a long loose dressing-gown of scarlet cashmere, girdled with a cord and tassels, which she tied and untied, and twisted and untwisted in sheer idleness. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

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

Abraham Merri This man squatted, his pointed chin resting on a tall drum whose curved sides glittered scarlet and jet with the polished scales of some great snake. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Oscar Wilde The sunset had smitten into scarlet gold the upper windows of the houses opposite. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Anthony Trollope New scarlet cushions and drapery had been prepared, with new gilt binding and new fringe. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

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

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]

Isabella Bird The side walks are literally encumbered with bales of scarlet flannel, and every other article of an emigrant’s outfit. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Sir Walter Scott The scarlet plaid, which formed part of her dress, was laid aside, that it might not impede her activity in attending the stranger. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Wilkie Collins Robert will tell you, and all your family, how many women are as scarlet as I am — virtue wears it at home, in secret; and vice wears it abroad, in public: that’s the only difference, he says. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Henry Handel Richardson She wore a scarlet hood on her head. Mary Christina by Henry Handel Richardson

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]

Tobias Smolle At present, however, he is in a ridingdress, jack-boots, leather breeches, a scarlet waistcoat, with gold binding, a laced hat, a hanger, a French posting-whip in his hand, and his hair en queue. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Ford Madox Ford The policeman, his face scarlet like a lobster just boiled, was lumbering unenthusiastically towards the two girls who were trotting towards the dyke. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

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]

Over the quaint old Venetian glass dangled Vixen’s first trophy, the fox’s brush, tied with a scarlet ribbon. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

She is dying of scarlet fever, and you must enter into her body, and so rid yourself in time of the Black Ram.” “Mother!—the Finches are common people. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Oscar Wilde His finely-chiselled nostrils quivered, and some hidden nerve shook the scarlet of his lips and left them trembling. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Every silent little stream hurrying toward the lake was gay with painted leaves afloat, scarlet maple or yellow oak. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

From the window near the instrument the green, with its restive horses and swaying crowds, its splashes of scarlet coats and its white splash of hounds, could be viewed in comfort. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Isabella Bird We drove for many miles through woods of the American oak, little more than brushwood, but gorgeous in all shades of colouring, from the scarlet of the geranium to deep crimson and Tyrian purple. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Anne, trembling with anger and scarlet with humiliation, left the room, shutting the door violently after her. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Of course she could not decline, and a large double scarlet blanket was placed before her. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

This canal was crossed in many places by massive bridges, high-curved, single-arched, and built of scarlet stone. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Arthur Conan Doyle A high dais at the further end was roofed in by a broad canopy of scarlet velvet spangled with silver fleurs-de-lis, and supported at either corner by silver rods. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

So plainly it shone, that it revealed the deep alcove with a portion of the tarnished scarlet curtain drawn over it. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The scarlet letter burned on Hester Prynne’s bosom. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Arthur Conan Doyle Down goes the red cross, and up springs Simon with the scarlet roses!” The death of the Genoese leader did indeed bring the resistance to an end. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Crest where cold drops beaded cling, Small ear drooping, nostril full, Glazing to a scarlet ring, Flanks and haunches quivering, Sinews stiff’ning, void and null, Dumb eyes sorrowful. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Nathaniel Hawthorne She was a dainty little figure with a white neck, round arms, and a slender waist, at the extremity of which her scarlet petticoat jutted out over a hoop, as if she were standing in a balloon. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

George Eliot I have a scarlet cloak, but that is for the old woman who wins. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

A scarlet sash was tied loosely round her willowy waist, and a scarlet ribbon held back the rippling masses of her bright hair. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle Here and there among the moving throng of dark jerkins and of white surcoats were scattered dashes of scarlet and blue, the whimples or shawls of the women. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

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]

Arthur Machen He was wonder-struck, almost aghast, before the scarlet magic of the afterglow. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

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]

Frances Hodgson Burnett His face flushed scarlet and he sat bolt upright. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

D. H. Lawrence There was a bowl of freesias and scarlet anemones on the table. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

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]

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]

Her eyes were fixed on a girl of about her own age in a scarlet coat and a small black velvet jockey cap, whose pony was giving her trouble. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Marjorie Bowen On the terrace in front bloomed peonies and Turks’ caps, the stone vases held trailing masses of geraniums, scarlet amid their bright leaves. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

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 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]

Sir Walter Scott This doublet hung unbuttoned over a close dress of scarlet which sat tight to his body; he had breeches of the same, but they did not reach below the lower part of the thigh, leaving the knee exposed. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

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

The lamp had a scarlet shade over it. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

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]

He could not forget the blood he had seen, and those scarlet streams changing so quickly into purple, blackish pools were still strong in his memory. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Anthony Trollope To tell the truth, Marie would hardly have known the difference had he presented himself in scarlet vestments. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri The living frieze of scarlet and silver swung six by six out from their walls and followed them. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Thomas Hardy The unexpected discovery sent a scarlet pulsation through Grace for the moment. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

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]

Bram Stoker The whole bed would have been drenched to a scarlet with the blood which the girl must have lost to leave such a pallor as she had before the transfusion. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Henry Kingsley Landward, in the west, the sun was going down in purple and scarlet splendours, but seaward, all looked dark and ominous. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

D. H. Lawrence When they were going away, the old lady came timidly with three tiny dahlias in full blow, neat as bees, and speckled scarlet and white. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope He was dressed in boots and breeches, and a scarlet coat in which garb he was, in his sister’s eyes, the most handsome man in Norfolk. ‘Oh, Mary!’ he exclaimed. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

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]

Theodore Dreiser As he did so a young girl bounded in from the street, red-cheeked, blue-eyed, wearing a scarlet cape with the peaked hood thrown over her red-gold hair. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

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]

On the rocky spots grew spiny cactuses, with flattened pear-shaped joints and scarlet fruit. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The scarlet letter had not done its office. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

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

Marjorie Bowen Still at the same measured pace the coach advanced; a cumbrous structure, swung high on massive gilded wheels, and open under an embroidered canopy of scarlet silk. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

It looms out as a scarlet patch upon all the racing days I have had later in my life. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

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

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

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

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]

Virginia Woolf Stiff and curled, the little rods of waxy smoothness rose from the earth, nourished yet contained, suffused with scarlet and coral pink. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Benjamin Disraeli She walked up and down her room with a troubled step, and a scarlet flush alternately returned to and retired from her changing cheek. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Lucy Maud Montgomery With one bound she crossed the kitchen floor and stood before Mrs. Rachel, her face scarlet with anger, her lips quivering, and her whole slender form trembling from head to foot. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Wilkie Collins At that signal he raised his eyes once more, read the line she had written to thank him for the scarlet pouch, and tried to write something in return. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Alas! against the shafts of love, What armor can avail? Soon Cupid sent an arrow through His scarlet coat of mail. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

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]

The desert of scarlet sand stretched in all directions, except one, where there was a sort of little oasis — some low hills, clothed sparsely with little purple trees from base to summit. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

One, for example, would have a scarlet satin petticoat, and over it a pink satin robe, with scarlet ribbons to match. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

In the forests all round Hopi-Hopi Indians, who paint their teeth scarlet and skin white men alive, are beating their war-drums. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

George Borrow I looked around for the abominable thing, and found it not; no scarlet strumpet with a crown of false gold sat nursing an ugly changeling in a niche. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

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

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

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]

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]

The man who had decoyed them had fed them well; till they were out of sight of shore stolen children had nothing but goodness at his hands; the mountebank in scarlet had only said the truth. Signa by Ouida

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

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]

Thomas Hardy A scarlet oozing appeared where her blow had alighted, and in a moment the blood began dropping from his mouth upon the straw. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy