Phrases with "serpent"

Gustave Flauber There was an oval basin with a step of onyx round it; delicate slippers of serpent skin were standing on the edge, together with an alabaster flagon. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Finally, gentlemen, Vasa loved a peon girl on my father’s estate, and she induced him to have the sun encircled by a serpent — a Peruvian symbol — tattooed on his left wrist. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

William Blake Now the sneaking serpent walks In mild humility, And the just man rages in the wilds Where lions roam. The Marriage of Heaven and Hell by William Blake [1790-93]

No gallant knight, adventurous, in his bark, Will seek the fruitful perils of the place, To rouse with dipping oar the waters dark That bear that serpent image on their face. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Andrew Lang So the boy put the cap on his head, and hung the wallet round his waist, and the shining shield on his shoulders, and flew beyond the great river that lies coiled like a serpent round the whole world. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Victor Hugo A serpent issues from its hole with similar precautions. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Il représentait un serpent boa qui digérait un éléphant. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry [1943]

Now he could distinctly see a serpent twisting among the embers. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

D. H. Lawrence But the gold and flowing serpent is coiling up again, to sleep at the root of my tree. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne Immediately one of these arms slid like a serpent down the opening and twenty others were above. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Jules Verne Le serpent que l’on vient de tuer mesure une douzaine de pieds de long. Mistress Branican by Jules Verne [1891]

William Cowper Charm the deaf serpent wisely. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

He was as wise as a serpent and as loyal as a dog, and he saw a lot of things coming that we are just beginning to realise. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Andrew Lang Luckily for himself the serpents were all away for the afternoon, at a meeting of their own, for there is nothing a serpent likes so well for dinner as a nice plump rabbit. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith I could have taken her long neck till she twisted like a serpent and hissed. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Marcel Prous Après avoir exterminé le serpent Python, c’est une branche de laurier à la main qu’Apollon fit son entrée dans Delphes. Il voulait ainsi se préserver des germes mortels de la bête venimeuse. Le Côté de Guermantes by Marcel Prous

Abraham Merri Back of it, to the rim of the sea was a lane of moonlight; a gigantic gleaming serpent racing over the edge of the world straight and surely toward the ship. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

George Meredith Her notion of the passion was parasitic: man the tree, woman the bine: but the bine was flame to enwind and to soar, serpent to defend, immortal flowers to crown. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

I commended the wisdom of that old serpent Bullivant in the choice of his intermediary, for I’m hanged if I would have taken such orders from anyone else. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

The long granite serpent winds upward in the darkness, every coil a stair. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

D. H. Lawrence But because she could not love herself nor believe in herself, she mistrusted everybody with the mistrust of a serpent or a captured bird. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne Le Plesiosaurus, serpent à tronc cylindrique, à queue courte, a les pattes disposées en forme de rame. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

George MacDonald In some of them, beauty of colour enhanced loathliness of shape: one large serpent was covered from head to distant tail with feathers of glorious hues. Lilith by George MacDonald

D. H. Lawrence A serpent went round his loins and haunches. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

I was turning to go into the dining-room when my eye fell upon a book bound in serpent skin, standing in a corner of the top shelf of the last bookcase. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Willa Cather The serpent was the symbol of water. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Whatever serpent might lurk in it, it was a veritable Eden I had come to. Prester John by John Buchan

William Godwin She was like a serpent upon a rock, that casts its slough, and appears again with the brilliancy, the sleekness, and the elastic activity of its happiest age. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

Charles Kingsley Draco — a dragon — serpent — the emblem of Diabolus himself — ah! And the guardian of the golden apples of the West, who would fain devour our new Hercules, his most Catholic majesty. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

During this fray with the serpent the old negro, Daddy Quashi, was in Georgetown procuring provisions, and just returned in time to help to take the skin off. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Victor Hugo The black cloud and the red flame fought, serpent against serpent; live ashes, reft by the wind, flew from the fire, and the sudden assaults of the sparks seemed to drive the snowflakes before them. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

M. P. Shiel In addition to these two figures a horse’s head, a dog, or a serpent may sometimes be seen; and these forms comprise the almost invariable pattern of all grave reliefs. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Jules Verne Ses eaux fournirent aux tables du bord d’excellents poissons, des maquereaux, des bonites, des albicores, et des variétés d’un serpent de mer nommé munérophis. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Jules Verne Cependant, à glisser comme un serpent sur cette crête inclinée, les fugitifs n’allaient pas vite. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

D. H. Lawrence But there was a serpent in her Eden. She searched earnestly in herself to see if she wanted Paul Morel. She felt there would be some disgrace in it. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

George Eliot Gradually the hearth, the dim library, the candle-light disappeared — seemed to melt away into a background of light, the green serpent with the diamond eyes remaining a dark image on the retina. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

I hold this serpent in my hands. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

If you can imagine a rabbit fascinated by a serpent you will have some notion of how the man faced his persecutor. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

The serpent skins that clothed some of the leaders of the dance were poor vestments if compared to the mad dragons of escaping multitudes. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

George MacDonald Nay, Diamond, if I change into a serpent or a tiger, you must not let go your hold of me, for my hand will never change in yours if you keep a good hold. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Jules Verne The serpent has a temperature of 86°, the frog 70°, and the shark several degrees less. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

George Meredith The circle he moved in hummed of women, prompting novices as well as veterans to suspect that the multitude of them, and notably the fairest, yet more the cleverest, concealed the serpent somewhere. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Ye were the serpent in the garden this day. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Where no road was cut a serpent could scarcely make its way through the tangle of vines and creepers. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

William Makepeace Thackeray Lady Kicklebury remarked that Shakspeare was very right in stating how much sharper than a thankless tooth it is to have a serpent child. The Kickleburys on the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1851]

D. H. Lawrence The strange liquid sound of her appeal seemed to him like the swaying of a serpent which mesmerises the fated, fluttering, helpless bird. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Kingsley He has a similar dread of a screech-owl, whom he compliments in the name of its mistress, Pallas Athene. If he finds a serpent in his house, he sets up an altar to it. Superstition by Charles Kingsley

George MacDonald I suppose it was a young one of the same serpent that tempted Adam and Eve. Father was telling us about it last Sunday, you remember. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Possibly sun and serpent worship, baptism, and the use of the cross as a sacred emblem, were the survival of religious beliefs that had obtained in the very cradle of the human race. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Victor Hugo Be Nothingness. The serpent in repose, twisted into a circle, is a figure at the same time of the infinite and of naught. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

It is a serpent encircling the sun, which Lola Farjados induced you to have tattooed when you were in Lima thirty years ago. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Jules Verne C’était une sorte de chevalier de Rhodes, un Dieudonné de Gozon, marchant à la rencontre du serpent qui désolait son île. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

I am always in hopes that some spring or autumn I shall cast off my present shape as a serpent casts his old skin. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Adam Lindsay Gordon At the core the ashes are bitter and dead, But the rind is fair and the rind is red, It has ever been pluck’d since the serpent said,   Thou shalt NOT SURELY die. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

George Meredith And when no catastrophe follows, the prophet, for the honour of the profession, must decry her as cunning beyond aught yet revealed of a serpent sex. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

George Meredith So, then, we are in your hands, child! Adieu, and let the gold-crested serpent glide to her bed, and sleep, dream, and wake, and ask herself in the morning whether she is not a wedded soul. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Thomas Hardy At this moment the fiddles finished off with a screech, and the serpent emitted a last note that nearly lifted the roof. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

And when she saw the serpent coming she woke him, and he said, “This time I will put the serpent in a way that he will eat no more king’s daughters. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

George Meredith If I were to find as many bad names for the serpent as there are spots on his body, it would be serpent still, neither better nor worse. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

About six feet from him — glowing like molten gold in the gusty glow of the burning tree — a round sleek stream of water slipped from the rock into the darkness, like a serpent from its hole. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Yet such a beautiful economy — could it have arisen unbeknownst? Who can tell? The serpent glides off with his secret. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

George Eliot He felt as if a serpent had begun to coil round his limbs. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

I have mentioned also the serpent shape, as being one very favourite in mythology. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

There was the hiss of a serpent in the voice in which she continued: “Very well! this decides me. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Jack London The marks of the sea are still on us, as the marks of the serpent are still on us, ere the serpent became serpent and we became we, when pre-serpent and pre-we were one. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Andrew Lang And there stood the youngest sister, chained fast to the wall, and before her was stretched a serpent with seven heads, horrible to see. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anatole France It was an Eve in an illustrated Bible. Her stomach was rather big, her legs were rather short, and she held converse with a serpent in a Dutch landscape. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

In the twinkling of an eye, he had leaped behind a tree; and was crouching there, pistol in hand, peering from either side of his place of ambush with bared teeth; a serpent already poised to strike. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

George Meredith Her philosophy swallowed it in the lump, as the great serpent his meal; she hoped to digest it sleeping likewise. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Jules Verne Je reconnus le javanais, véritable serpent long de huit décimètres, au ventre livide, que l’on confondrait facilement avec le congre sans les lignes d’or de ses flancs. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Jules Verne Mieux vaut un tigre en plaine qu’un serpent sous les herbes. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

George Meredith Asserted here, verified there, the rumour gathered volume, and from a serpent of vapour resolved to sturdy concrete before it was tangible. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

The only thing that remains to her of her former life is the gold serpent in the Metropolitan Museum and her golden globe, the symbol of the Kuen–Yuin; but the latter no longer changes color. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Andrew Lang Man raised a serpent to the skies, perhaps, but his interest in the animal began on earth, not in the clouds. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang The girl quickly pushed Vassili into a chest under the bed, locked it and whispered: ‘Listen to what the serpent and I talk about. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

When the fray was over and the wicked little serpent lay squirming in death, both dogs took joyful credit on account of the feat. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Guy de Maupassant The husband, a big fellow of about forty, stared at a vine-tree, quite exposed to view, which stood close to the farm-house twining like a serpent under the shutters the entire length of the wall. No Quarter (Le Père Milon) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

William Godwin Apollonius warned his young friend against the match in an enigmatical way, telling him that he nursed a serpent in his bosom. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

The serpent too shall die, Die shall the treacherous poison-plant, and far And wide Assyrian spices spring. The Eclogues of Virgil by translated by J. B. Greenough

For I felt that she was a serpent and must be met as such. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

For once the serpent had been foiled. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

S. — What stuff a fool may talk! No true soldier would pit a serpent against a brave enemy. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Nothing now was left but the Shadow, and on that my eyes were intently fixed, till again eyes grew out of the Shadow — malignant, serpent eyes. The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1859]

Jules Verne Better to meet a tiger on the plain than a serpent in the grass. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

D. H. Lawrence But he Loerke, could he not penetrate into the inner darkness, find the spirit of the woman in its inner recess, and wrestle with it there, the central serpent that is coiled at the core of life. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang By-and-by a swell seemed to rise on the water, and, a few minutes later, a hideous monsterpart bird, part beast, and part serpent — stepped noiselessly on to the rocks. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence There was a bird on a bough overhead, lifting its wings for flight, and a serpent wreathing up to it. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

J’ai alors dessiné l’intérieur du serpent boa, afin que les grandes personnes puissent comprendre. Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry [1943]

Sinclair Lewis He saw that in Terry Wickett there might be a serpent even in this paradise. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

William Harrison Ainsworth Had a serpent glided from its folds, it could not have startled her more. A Night's Adventure in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth

George Meredith Oh, loathsome! What a serpent it is I’ve got round me! And you tell me God put it. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

The serpent has one infallible, perhaps because it is automatic, regard for its own comfort and well-being — it cannot be induced to tie itself into a knot. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

E. Nesbi It’s quite right what it says in the poetry book about sharper than a serpent it is to have a toothless child — but it means ungrateful when it says toothless. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Victor Hugo It is not true that the serpent which tempted Eve had a human face, as Cadmus relates. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

The serpent syde to the womman, nay, nay, ye shal not deye of deth, for sothe God wot, that what day ye ete therof youre eyen shal open and ye shul ben as goddis, knowing good and harm. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Andrew Lang The youth looked down and beheld a long thick serpent beginning to crawl up the tree. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The next day she was brought down to the shore as before, and a great many people gathered to see the serpent that was coming to bring the king’s daughter away. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

James Joyce Which was meant in a shirt of two shifts macoghamade or up Finn, threehatted ladder? That a head in thighs under a bush at the sunface would bait a serpent to a millrace through the heather. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Now Elias was a bachelor, and had blown the serpent from his youth up. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

H.P. Lovecraft Then, as the flash subsided, I saw that my host was trembling too; a look of shocking fear half-blotting from his face the serpent distortion of rage which my screams had excited. He by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

Jules Verne Sa figure s’altéra, et il se sentit mordre au coeur par le serpent de la jalousie. Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras by Jules Verne [1864]

We must be bold!” “And we ARE bold,” exclaimed Robespierre, with sudden passion, and striking his hand on the table as he rose, with his crest erect, as a serpent in the act to strike. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

And the King commanded that serpent back into its hole, whither it returned, hissing wrathfully. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Samuel Johnson Shakespeare supposes falsely, but according to the vulgar notion, that a serpent wounds with his tongue, and that his tongue is “forked”. Preface to Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson [1765]

No longer a woman but a serpent indeed surged before him in the darkening room, bursting and breaking from the woman’s shape behind it. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

George Meredith Half serpent in the struggle grow these worms. Modern Love by George Meredith [1862]

Wilkie Collins Her eyes were lustrous and fascinating, as the eyes of a serpent — large, dark and soft, as the eyes of the wild doe. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

When his language was most flowery there was sure to be a serpent hidden in it somewhere. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Robert Louis Stevenson Mr. Alexander: there was the weak point, there was the Eve in our perishable paradise; and the serpent was already hissing on the trail. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang Near the rock was a lion seeking to reach the mound, and each time he moved out darted a serpent from the rock to prevent him. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George MacDonald She turned as if a serpent had bit her. Lilith by George MacDonald

Guy de Maupassan Then they compared, grew animated, and, after some hesitation, the choice of the three judges settled upon a little golden serpent holding a beautiful ruby between his thin jaws and his twisted tail. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

My sword was no longer than a piece of steel; it was a serpent that assumed every form and every length, seeking where it might thrust its head; in other words, where it might fix its bite. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Abraham Merri From the Pit arose a hissing as though within it raged Babylonian Tiamat, Mother of Chaos, serpent dweller in the void; Midgard-snake of the ancient Norse holding in her coils the world. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Light and the magic of the sea, which, though it takes its ease, is forbidden absolute rest, transformed it until imagination created similitude to a serpent in its natural element. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Allas! I see a serpent or a theef, That unto many a man hath done mescheef, Go at his large, and where him lust may turne. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

William Godwin He next broke the shell, and shewed the young serpent that twisted about his fingers in presence of the admiring multitude. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

D. H. Lawrence He slid along in the deep grass; he was difficult as a serpent to see. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence The serpent shall swallow itself in a last gulp. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Sir Richard Burton So as soon as it was dark, up came the serpent as usual, and made toward me, but could not get at me to swallow me for the wood that fenced me in. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Abraham Merri A dozen shafts quivered along the side of the mast; one fell at his feet — serpent scaled, black and crimson, its head buried deep within the deck. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Andrew Lang Finally, in another place, he saved a serpent, which was also handed over to him and now they made a party of four — the dog behind Jenik, the cat behind the dog, and the serpent behind the cat. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence The serpent in the grass was sex. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Victor Hugo Of what good is a king? You cultivate that parasite royalty; you make a serpent of that worm, a dragon of that insect. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Abraham Merri Out from the middle of this ring stretched a tentacle — writhing, undulating like a serpent of steel, four score yards at least in length. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Andrew Lang Stand a little on one side, and then, when the serpent rises to the surface, I will say to him, “O serpent, to-day you can eat two people. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Blake All day the worm lay on her bosom All night within her womb The worm lay till it grew to a serpent With dolorous hissings & poisons Round Enitharmons loins folding, 6. The Book of Urizen by William Blake [1794]

The serpent became seriously elongated, but though the beginning was now a grey blotch in the mud, the end was not. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Sinclair Lewis Never had Hazel found out what female serpent had drawn it . The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Typhus, the whirlwind or typhoon, has a hundred dragon or serpent heads, the long writhing strive of vapour which run before the hurricane cloud. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Abraham Merri The head of a serpent broke through its milky surface; then another and another. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Victor Hugo That serpent is my love — a love which is all-powerful, for it has brought you to me. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Meredith She chimes with the third notes of Camillo’s solo to inform us of her suspicions that they have a serpent among them. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Caroline Lamb Lady Margaret, who was present, looking upon him stedfastly, shrunk as if she had seen a serpent in her way, and then recovering herself, held her hand out towards him. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Kate Chopin He dreamt of a serpent coiling around his throat, and when he strove to grasp it the slimy thing glided away from his clutch. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Grimaud extended his arm, and by the bluish splendor of the fiery serpent they distinguished a little isolated house on the banks of the river, within a hundred paces of a ferry. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

I took hold of the chain cautiously, the shark watching, and with a quick turn of the wrist the docile serpent lashed offensively. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

He clung to the door, and whispered at his master — such a whisper: so loud, so cutting, so full of meaning and malice; it was like a serpent hissing at a man. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Jules Verne Aussitôt un de ces longs bras se glissa comme un serpent par l’ouverture, et vingt autres s’agitèrent au-dessus. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Gustave Flauber Then they saw a long scar upon the whiteness of his brow; it moved like a serpent between his eyebrows; all his limbs trembled. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

H. G. Wells The head of this cable serpent seemed to be lifting itself obliquely up the cliff. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Richard Burton Dr. Buchanan likens it to a serpent uttering human sounds. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Jules Verne Mais bientôt l’agonie du reptile touche à sa fin, ses mouvements diminuent, ses contorsions s’apaisent, et ce long tronçon de serpent s’étend comme une masse inerte sur les flots calmés. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

William Blake For he strove in battles dire In unseen conflictions with shapes Bred from his forsaken wilderness, Of beast, bird, fish, serpent & element Combustion, blast, vapour and cloud. The Book of Urizen by William Blake [1794]

Ann Radcliffe He recoiled from him, as if he had suddenly seen a serpent in his path, and stood gazing on his face, with an attention so wholly occupied as to be unconscious that he did so. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The arrested train was still in sight, a serpent of lights come to a standstill along the line. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Abraham Merri Attached to a needle rising vertically from the bowl’s bottom were two slender pointers, serpent shaped, blue. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Abraham Merri The serpent shape flashed toward us; it vanished beneath, merging into the waiting Thing. Then slowly the Thing began to move; quietly it glided to the chasm it had blasted in the cliff wall. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Abraham Merri As we ascended the serpent steps Marakinoff appeared. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

A sort of serpent hatched form the egg of a cock. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Henry James Under all his culture, his cleverness, his amenity, under his good-nature, his facility, his knowledge of life, his egotism lay hidden like a serpent in a bank of flowers. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Robert Browning A sudden little river crossed my path As unexpected as a serpent comes. Dramatic Romances by Robert Browning [1845]

Gaston Leroux He set himself to slip like a serpent through the crowd. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

George Meredith I had the eagle in my bosom erst: Henceforward with the serpent I am cursed. Modern Love by George Meredith [1862]

E. F. Benson It shed a new and lurid light on Withers, it made her mistress feel that she had nourished a serpent in her bosom, to think that Withers was contemplating so odious an act of selfishness as matrimony. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

George Meredith Lurk to surprise her, and what a serpent she becomes! She is not to be aware that you are watching her. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]