Phrases with "scene"

George Gissing There has never since been anything like a scene of emotion between us —that her conscience couldn’t allow. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Virginia Woolf Afar, it offered a pale blank of mist and cloud; near, a scene of wet lawn and storm-beat shrub, with ceaseless rain sweeping away wildly before a long and lamentable blast. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

George Gissing After breakfast, and before Arthur Peachey’s departure for business, there had been a scene of violent quarrel between him and his wife. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

He had selected for the scene of his ingenuity an admirable spot. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

The scene had the bright perfection and stillness of an apparition. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Oscar Wilde Yet they felt that the true test of any Juliet is the balcony scene of the second act. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Stupefied with drink, and bewildered with the scene he had just witnessed, he re-entered the tavern he had quitted shortly before. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Arnold Bennett And, after her scene with him in the porch of the new house, had he not the right? . Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Gissing For several days after the scene in which Mr. Malkin unconsciously played an important part, Marcella seemed to be ill. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Nathaniel Hawthorne As in its mirth, so in the darker characteristic here alluded to, there was an analogy between the sculptured scene on the sarcophagus and the wild dance which we have been describing. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Isabella Bird The scene outside was extremely picturesque; there were hundreds of carts with shaggy, patient little horses in rows, with very miscellaneous tentscabbages and butter jostling pork and hides. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

John Galsworthy She received him in the most matter-of-fact way, as if there had been no scene between them. To Let by John Galsworthy

Jules Verne No, my son! Joam Dacosta, guilty, might fly! Joam Dacosta, innocent, will not fly!” The scene which followed these words was heart-rending. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Anthony Trollope The hotel-keeper in Albemarle Street had been paid, and all the tribute had been packed and carried off from the scene of the proposed wedding banquet. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Mark Twain A silence broods over the scene that is depressing to the spirits. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

George Eliot Mrs. Deane was not a woman to take part in a scene where missiles were flying. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

George Meredith In this case, they spoil both pictures: and that scene down there rather hooks me; though I prefer the Dachstein in the wane of the afterglow. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

The farmer of Clachlands called a meeting of his labourers in the great dusty barn, which had been the scene of many similar gatherings. Politics and the Mayfly by John Buchan

William Hope Hodgson It seems impossible to convey truly to you, the strange scene on the royal yard. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

John Galsworthy In Paris again! The Bois de Boulogne, that Green Niobe — all drinking water, he remembered it still, and the scene between them, there . Swan Song by John Galsworthy

George Meredith A man may have good nerve to face the scene which he is certain will be enacted, who shrinks from an hour that is suspended in doubt. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

The rest of the party saw the scene from the tower. Thirteen at Table by Mór Jókai

Abraham Merri Difficult, difficult almost beyond thought is it for me now to essay to draw in words the scene before us then. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Robert Louis Stevenson Talk is, indeed, both the scene and instrument of friendship. Memories and Portraits by Robert Louis Stevenson

The scene later in the day, when Frederick entered the village under the guardianship of the police, was indescribable. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

She did not like the idea of London, which she imagined a city given over to fog and lung disease, but she was very glad to leave the scene where she felt that her laurels were fast withering. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Ann Radcliffe And the green scene unveils in light! Her’s the fresh gale that wanders wild O’er mountain top, and dewy glade; And fondly steals the breath, beguil’d, Of ev’ry flow’r in every shade. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Let them go,” he muttered to himself; and he closed his eyes again under the red shower of scented petals, trying to recall the scene with all its delight and all its fear. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

The scene is no longer laid in England but on a rough Bush track on a very hot Australian afternoon. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Washington Irving He could not help, too, rolling his large eyes round him as he ate, and chuckling with the possibility that he might one day be lord of all this scene of almost unimaginable luxury and splendor. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

H. Rider Haggard Before him the scene was even stranger, made up as it was of snowy fields broken by ridges of black rock, and laid one beneath the other like white sails drying upon the slopes of a sandhill. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope Having so resolved, she descended with dignified mien and refreshed countenance to Mrs. Quiverful. This scene in the bishop’s study took longer in the acting than in the telling. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

This scene was only one out of eight, and the young scene-painter wanted to take perfect models of all the eight scenes back to the Phœnix. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Benjamin Disraeli Then the island seemed on fire, and the scene of their late festivity became a brilliant palace, with pediments and columns and statues, bright in the blaze of colored flame. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Washington Irving He had three or four boon companions, who regarded him as their model, and at the head of whom he scoured the country, attending every scene of feud or merriment for miles round. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

George Meredith At dawn she stood at her window looking across the valley of Meran, and felt the whole scene in a song of her heart, with the faintest recollection of her having passed through a tempest overnight. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

And I feel now that any endeavour to put the scene into words is a mere presumptuous effort to describe the indescribable. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

But if it was very wicked, and I must recognize that the scene would be shocking to most of my readers, I feel bound to say that the people themselves did not look wicked. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Gaston Leroux But the curtain rose on the kermess scene and Richard made a sign to the stage-manager to go away. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Walter Scott This termination of the tragic scene drew forth of course a squall from Mrs. Dutton, and Jeanie, with instinctive curiosity, turned her head in the same direction. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Mark Twain There were thousands upon thousands of vehicles abroad, and the scene was full of life and gaiety. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Melanie, who brought the beer with trembling hands, dreaded some scene which might result in the closing of her establishment. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

Florence Dixie I sat down under a banana tree, letting my eyes wander in lazy admiration over the scene at our feet. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

D. H. Lawrence It ended by Mr. May metamorphizing himself into a pug dog: he said he had got the “costoom” in his bag: and doing a lump-of-sugar scene with one of the Baxter Brothers, as a brief first item. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

William Hazlitt But perhaps the whole is not equal to the short scene which follows when Caesar enters with his train. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

G. K. Chesterton The scene in which Kit takes his family to the theatre is a monument of the massive qualities of old English enjoyment. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

G. K. Chesterton But does he want specially to be snapshotted by all the journalists ~prostratus in horto~? It was no fault of his, but the scene was not very dignified even for him. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

The scene before him—this humble little school-room, and the simple people standing there—meant to him the fulfilment of a life-long dream. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Edward Bellamy This certainly seems like sheer madness, a scene from bedlam. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Arthur Conan Doyle They formed the background of the picture, and were all looking out with eager interest at the same scene which fascinated and bewildered us. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Sigmund Freud The dream-work began on the afternoon of the day after the scene in the wood, after Dora had noticed that she was no longer able to lock the door of her room. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

But Hunk Bottles regarded the scene with slow anger. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

George Eliot The scene had quite changed in the half-hour that Adam had been in the garden. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Washington Irving Still, however, my imagination continued busy, and indeed the same scene remained before my mind’s eye, only a little changed in some of the details. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Caroline Lamb The castle presented a scene of the utmost confusion and distress. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Edith Wharton It had been like the stage gauze which gives an illusive air of reality to the painted scene behind it, yet proves it, after all, to be no more than a painted scene. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Anthony Hope For many days there had been quarrels and ill will between him and the duke, and the scene which I had witnessed in the duke’s room was but one of many. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Benjamin Disraeli Miss Dacre had shared the innocent but unusual and excessive gaiety which had properly become a scene of festivity at once so agreeable, so various, and so novel. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Sinclair Lewis Bessie saw that there was danger of a scene which might get into the papers, might ruin her. Let’s Play King by Sinclair Lewis

To call this scene beautiful would be a strange abuse of terms, for it is altogether composed of sights and sounds of terror. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Edith Wharton Across that sanguinary scene passed, like a mocking ghost, the philosophers’ vision of the perfectibility of man. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Let fancy pourtray the joyous scene of the twentieth of June, such as even now my aching heart recalls it. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Tobias Smolle Notwithstanding the gravity of the occasion, it was impossible to behold this scene without being seized with an inclination to laugh. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

F. Scott Fitzgerald In two springs he reached the scene of actionlifting the tray he brought it down upon the extra’s head with all the strength of his forty-nine years. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

The gentry flitted across the scene like kingfishers crossing a flock of hedgerow sparrows. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Charles Dickens When he got out of the house, the air was cold and sad, the dull sky overcast, the river dark and dim, the whole scene like a lifeless desert. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Sigmund Freud This scene is an unmistakable imitation of a scene that was actually experienced. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Dark visaged maîtres d’hôtel, deft and eager, watched the scene with interest. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

I had never seen any scene like it; I don’t suppose I shall ever see another. Losing Lena by Ellen Wood [1868]

Robert Burns It was a delightful family scene for our poet, then lately introduced to the world; his mind was roused to a poetic enthusiasm, and the stanzas were left in the room where he slept. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

D. H. Lawrence Hannele had never been married, but she had come quite near enough to the realization of the event to know that such a scene WAS practically inevitable. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Once before we parted for ever, Theodora; but that separation was as the pastime of children in comparison with the tragic scene we now enact. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope I’ve had such a scene here; Lord Fawn and Mr. Greystock almost coming to blows about that horrid woman. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton A lunar landscape a scene of winter moonlight had inexplicably got in between me and all other scenes. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle Turn it on, and it is a scene from the Arabian Nights. But there is one of these strange openings in the earth which has a special interest, for it is the handiwork, not of nature, but of man. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Arthur Conan Doyle When morning broke, a scene of marvellous though savage beauty lay before them. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Here he renew’d His loud complaints — choosing that spot to be The scene of his last horrid tragedy. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Mary Webb The scene set his teeth on edge. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Sir Walter Scott There are many caves of the same kind in different parts of Scotland. I need only instance those of Gorton, near Rosslyn, in a scene well known to the admirers of romantic nature. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Robert Louis Stevenson Night after night I found the scene rivet my attention and keep me awake in bed with all manner of quaint imaginations. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

The cemetery was now a scene of the wildest confusion and dismay. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Nathaniel Hawthorne Yet, if he could have beheld the scene with his clear, natural eyesight, he might still have found both merriment and splendor in it. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Jules Verne Besides, how attack this unknown thing, how defend one’s self from it? Wait for daylight, and the scene will change. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

The scene was amusing from its variety, but we did not remain long, as it threatened rain. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Washington Irving When I retired to my cabin, the awful scene still followed me. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Thomas Hardy He expected a scene at breakfast, but she only exhibited an extreme reserve. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

James Joyce For the loaf of Obadiah, take your pastryart’s noas out of me flouer bouckuet! Of the strainger scene you given squeezers to me skillet! As cream of the hearth thou reinethst alhome. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

The language of the vulgar is a sort of Tarpeia. We have therefore relieved it of as many gems as we were able, and in the foregoing scene presented it to the gaze of our readers simplex munditiis. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

But Scott himself describes the migration as a scene in which their neighbours found no small share of amusement. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Robert Louis Stevenson At the end of the incantation scene the Italian translator has made Macbeth fall insensible upon the stage. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

The engine slackened speed, and stopped at about a hundred yards from the scene of the catastrophe. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Benjamin Disraeli I had always been accustomed to view my own figure performing some future action, or engaged in some future scene of my life. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Andrew Lang I purchased it, and upon a careful examination I found it to coincide in all respects with the scene which had passed through my imagination in the dream. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Walter Besant Last scene of all, I was lying dead, starved to death with hunger and cold, in a miserable, bare, and naked garret. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

Anthony Trollope Then there was a scene which was sad enough. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Edith Wharton Her first impulse, after her scene with Raymond, had been to ring up Indiana Rolliver and invite herself to dine. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Henry James Had this been the case, he would probably have made a still graver mistake in transporting the scene of his story to a country which he knew only superficially. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

I can see the whole scene now. The Phantom Stockman by Guy Boothby

Robert Louis Stevenson No sooner had they returned, than the scene of yesterday began again. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Love Peacock Some of the ladies were so much shocked at this extraordinary display, that a scene of great confusion ensued. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

Willa Cather He left the walk and cut across the turf, intending to enter by the open French window, but he paused a moment outside to admire the scene within. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

During the first three or four years of his arrival in America, he had evidently been unquiet in his mind, and dissatisfied with the scene around him. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Could she, with a look, have transported me a thousand miles from this scene of personal humiliation and unknown, unimaginable outcome, she would have bestowed that look and ignored the consequences. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

It took place on a Saturday. I can see the blue sky overhead now, and the bright sun that shone upon the scene and lighted up the feathers. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

Abraham Merri Dureresque, grimly awful as materialization of a scene of the Dance Macabre — and yet — vastly comforting. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Anthony Trollope Now his time was out, and he came to ask whether he was to leave the scene of his forty years of work. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The scene must follow my erratic movements — the scene must close on London for a while, and open in Edinburgh. Two days had passed since Major Fitz–David’s dinner-party. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Henry James They were touching bottom assuredly tonight; the whole scene represented the terminus of the cul-de-sac. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Wilkie Collins The scene that followed, though it only lasted for a few minutes, was too painful to be described — Miss Halcombe herself shrank from referring to it. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

We have the record of two tours which he made in Germany to view the scene of operations;5 and it is amazing how exact a picture he could bring away from a short visit to each separate battle-field. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Thomas Paine The contest for monarchy and succession, between the houses of York and Lancaster, laid England in a scene of blood for many years. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

There must be something in it, he told himself excitedly, for it could not be just a coincidence that this woman was bringing Dr. Athol upon the scene too. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Sir Walter Scott The scene which their light presented to Mannering was in the highest degree unexpected and striking. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Edgar Allan Poe For example — The great heavens Seem to stoop down upon the scene in love- A nearer vault and of a tenderer blue Than that which bends above the eastern hills. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Gertrude Stein The scene now so well known with its brilliantly coloured background now not at all extraordinary, outraged the Paris audience. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

The scene was thick with gold dust like a bee’s wing and the trees smelt of honey. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

H. G. Wells The scene was beyond his describing. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

M. R. James That scene closed, and the next was so dark that perhaps the full meaning of it escaped me. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Henry Handel Richardson But after a scene of this kind, he would half suffocate her with remorse. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

When Ethel’s sweet smile has sometimes reproached my tardiness, I have escaped, but half alive, from a scene like the one you witnessed. Lodore by Mary Shelley

H. G. Wells To others it may be a scene of achievement and construction radiant with hope. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was a scene of wild confusion into which he stepped—a bourgeois-looking dining room it might have been, or the salle à manger of a pension. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

M. R. James The scene passed — I should have remarked, by the way, that on the rough walls of the enclosure I could distinguish bones, and even a skull, lying in a disorderly fashion. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

No; every pang that Aurora had felt, every agony that John had endured, had left a certain impress upon the scene in which it had been suffered. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Wilkie Collins I said to myself: “This scene in the drama of your life, my friend, has closed in; you must enter on another, or drop the curtain at once. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

He was hustled, and pushed, and dragged with great violence away from the scene of the struggle, all the time being urged to run quickly. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

E. F. Benson Some people’s natures are veritable enigmas: I quite expected to have had one good scene with him, but as yet nothing of the sort has occurred. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

James Anthony Froude He describes the scene as if the choice had rested with the magistrates to convict him or to let him go. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Wilkie Collins Neither do I desire to darken these pages by describing in detail an act of righteous retribution which must present, by the nature of it, a scene of horror. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Ann Radcliffe The duke listened with astonishment! Such social merriment amid a scene of such savage wildness, appeared more like enchantment than reality. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Ivan Turgenev My mother was having a scene with my father; she was reproaching him with something, while he, as his habit was, maintained a polite and chilly silence, and soon left her. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

We threw open the windows, which are on a level with the ground, with large balconies and wide iron gratings, and the scene by the torch-light was very curious. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Such a scene as last night’s was impossible for her in her condition. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Charles Stur The scene was at once changed. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Isabella Bird This place is called “The Hell of Waters,” and has been the scene of more than one terrible tragedy. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Radclyffe Hall She would be refused, and a scene would ensue. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Henry Fielding Before we return to Booth we will relate a scene in which Dr Harrison was concerned. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Ann Radcliffe The astonishment of Cornelia for some moment surpassed expression; at length a gleam of recollection crossed her mind, and she too well understood the scene before her. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Antoine scored a big success in the part of Goriot, rendering the death-bed scene with remarkable power and skill. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Wilkie Collins The spectators of the terrible scene turned with one accord toward the sacrificed woman. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Perhaps it seemed thus to Hot Tamales. The scene was in his line. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

They felt as if the whole scene must fade with the moonlight, and vanish before morning. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

It was indeed a scene to remember, and the picture of it, as I saw it then, rises before me now as clearly as if it were but yesterday. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

D.H. Lawrence The peasants had applauded the whole graveyard scene wildly. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

What succeeded was all one scene of continued, dreadful dumb show; different passions of panic, or deadly struggle, or hellish malice absolutely suffocated all articulate words. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

Wilkie Collins When I look back at that eventful morning, I recall a scene of confusion and suspense, the bare recollection of which seems to upset my mind again, even at this distance of time. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Jules Verne Vain as the task may seem, I will not pause in my work of registering the events of our drama, as scene after scene they are unfolded before our eyes. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Your majesty, in omitting the dance of the Fruits, would be losing the most beautiful scene in the ballet. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Thomas Hardy The scene was repeated the next night. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Henry Fielding All appears one scene of happiness and tranquillity. Amelia by Henry Fielding

E. F. Benson And I thought, didn’t you, that I did the sleep-walking scene at the right moment, just after I had been speaking of Shakespearian simplicity. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Henry Handel Richardson The scene she had just been through with Richard seemed, at a stroke, to have added years to her age. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Benjamin Disraeli Glad am I enough that I was prevailed upon to patronise the Premium; for I think I seldom witnessed a more amusing scene than I did the day I dined there. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

H.P. Lovecraft Piles of moss-covered stones near the water promised tolerable seats, and the scene was sheltered from all possible view by a ruined warehouse on the north. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Charles Stur It was an occasion on which the best and noblest sympathies of the heart were roused into play, and a scene during which many a bright eye was dim through tears. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Henry James Every scene had thus its explanatory picture, and as each act — though I am not positively certain I arrived at acts — would have had its vivid climax. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Mrs. Skene complied with his desire, and she tells me that a very painful scene ensued. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Anthony Trollope It was now nearly the end of January and they were still at Merle Park. There had been a scene in which Sir Thomas had been very harsh. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Conceive our situation: it was a scene of misery that I shall never forget. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Henry James She made him no scene of violence, and appeared to have given up the line of throwing a blur of recrimination over her own nefarious doings. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

He was silent; he did not wish to have a scene of discussion with one who was but a child to him; moreover, it was his nature to abhor scenes of any sort, and to avert even a dispute, at any cost. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Benjamin Disraeli This was a scene not reserved for me, yet my first visit to Shoubra closed with an incident not immemorable. Eastern Sketches by Benjamin Disraeli

The scene vanished in an instant — swallowed up almost before he had realized it. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Florence Dixie This deviation in the way of explanation has led us from the scene of the ostrich-hunt. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

In the curious scene at Lord Warwick’s, under the cover of jealousy and wounded affection, a suppressed distrust, almost a latent hostility, had, for a moment, come to the surface. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But he did not profane that scene by the mockery of his art. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Anthony Trollope But Lady Desmond had not witnessed the scene which I have attempted to describe, and her heart, therefore, was not full of it, and was not inclined to be so filled. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

I think the “character” whose disappearance from the London scene I most regret is that character which was so popular that at various times it was given affectionate nick-names. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Virginia Woolf The mere presence of a young man had altered her disposition curiously, and filled her with a desire for a scene which should end in an emotional forgiveness. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Elizabeth Gaskell She dreaded the perpetual recourse to such stimulants as change of scene and society, because of the reaction that was sure to follow. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Richard Burton At last the house became a scene of preparation. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

If the pier had presented a scene of life and bustle to the Tuggses on their first landing at Ramsgate, it was far surpassed by the appearance of the sands on the morning after their arrival. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Arthur Conan Doyle You will now be present at the last scene of a remarkable little drama. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Guy de Maupassant Meanwhile, however, Monsieur Hamot had seized the ruffian by the throat, and they were rolling on the ground together, amidst a scene of indescribable confusion, and the ceremony was interrupted. Madame Baptiste by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Anthony Trollope Altogether the house had been a success, and the scene of much happiness. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

We ought, in common prudence, to have immediately retreated to the house, but the scene was too beautiful to be left. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Walter Scott On the present occasion, he was peculiarly disposed to enjoy the scene of pleasure which had been prepared. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Walter Scott The scene into which he was guided, strengthened an association which was not of itself unlikely to occur to the ignorant and martial islander. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Each day’s sun shooting its morning rays above the tree-tops lit up the usual scene of daily activity. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Anthony Trollope The Almshouse opened with a scene in a clergyman’s house. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

On the other days it was a scene of activity. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

William Godwin She told me, that the doubt in her mind in that respect, lay between London, and a farm upon Epping Forest, which was the principal scene of the five first years of her life. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Athos, still within the inclosure of the window, watched this scene with a smile of disdain on his lips. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Many a scene of blood and crime that pure cold eye had rested on; but on few more ghastly than this, where two men, with a lighted corpse between them, waited panting, to kill and be killed. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Mrs. Knox took in the whole scene by the light of the one candle standing on the table. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu This confidence connected with such a scene chimed in, with a harmony that was full of pain, with the utterly vague suspicions that had somehow got into his imagination. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Henry Handel Richardson And now, sitting there under the multitudinous stars, Mahony let the smothered ache for movement, the acute longing for change of scene that was smouldering in him, come to full consciousness. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing A scene of this kind—never more violent, always checked at the right moment—occurred between them about once every month. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

The scene of the story has a peculiar interest, from the fact that it is laid at Hawthorne’s own door; the Feltons are supposed to have lived at the Wayside and the Hagburns in the Alcott house. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Charles Dickens It is not a scene to be forgotten, but it is scarcely one, I think (at all events, as I saw it), to remember with much pleasure, or to covet the looking-on again, in after-life. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

The very first scene in ‘Coriolanus’ came with smart relish to his intellectual palate, and still as he read he warmed. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Jules Verne Clearly at some period not very remote the hollow had been the scene of a conflagration, accidental or intentional. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

When La Bouille was reached, our party found the village celebrating the feast-day of its patron saint, and the little triangular place looked more like a scene from opera-bouffe than usual. In Normandy by Ella D'Arcy [1904]

To Alec's eyes was this romantic scene displayed. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

I found a good deal of enjoyment, too, in the busy scene around me. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Sinclair Lewis Jove, you must have led the most perilous life!” “Oh. That! That scene with the hose was taken in the studio. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Algernon Blackwood The memory of the late scene was still horribly in his mind, but no vestige of it remained. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Washington Irving My curiosity being now fully aroused, I whispered to one of the familiars, as he was about to leave the room, and begged an interpretation of the strange scene before me. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Arthur Conan Doyle I stayed for the most part at Coombe Tracey, and only used the hut upon the moor when it was necessary to be near the scene of action. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

He seemed to be describing, when he continued, a scene which was actually at that moment taking place before his eyes. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh