Phrases with "shadows"

At the same time, gigantic bats began to trace their vast, silent circles around the intruders, whilst the light of the torch made their shadows tremble on the high stone walls. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Arthur Conan Doyle Poplars and moon, black bars and silver streaks, for mile after mile our course lay along the same chequered track, with our shadows in front and our dust behind. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

He had turned his eyes away and was staring into the shadows of the room. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

George Eliot It was what I could never understand, that he, with his fiery spirit, which seemed much more impatient than mine, could hang over the books and live with shadows all his life. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Charles Dickens The shadows of the wintry afternoon were beginning to fall, and even now the dreadful carts were rolling through the streets. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Charles Dickens It got into shadows on the road, and lay cunningly on its back to trip him up. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Zona Gale For an hour or more the moon, flooding the edge of the deck of The Aloha, cast four shadows sharply upon the smooth boards. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Charles Dickens The shadows upon Redlaw’s mind succeeded thick and fast to one another, and obscured its light as the night-clouds hovered between the moon and earth, and kept the latter veiled in darkness. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

Arthur Conan Doyle His face was deadly pale, and his hand shook until the shadows flickered up and down the wall. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Henry David Thoreau The shadows of the clouds are moving; The works of man shine; The earth puts forth fruits; The fruit of the olive puts forth. Natural History of Massachusetts by Henry David Thoreau [1842]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Back and forth over the deserted tables a heavy pattern of beams and shadows swayed with the motion of the pines outside. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edgar Rice Burroughs He had taken scarce a dozen steps toward the jungle when a great form rose up before him from the shadows of a low bush. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

H. G. Wells The man in yellow came out of the nearer shadows into the circle of light. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Andrew Lang The result is that Phaon, of all the shadows here, is the most distinguished by the fair. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Amid all the shames and shadows of that life there will always lie the ray of her perfect honesty. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Robert Louis Stevenson Algerian airs through all the place Unconquerably sally; Incomparable women pace The shadows of the alley. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

She was used to shadows lying across the pavements, but now it was not so. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Theodore Dreiser Everything she had seen and heard thus far — the merest scraps and shadowsindicated that these people were, in a measure, refined and in comfortable circumstances. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Maria Edgeworth Maurice, who had seized the light, contrived to throw the shadows so as to deceive the eye. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Edith Wharton Now he had passed the pool, then skirted the deep shadows of the holly-garden; now the gate glimmered white before him. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

I saw, moving in the doubtful shadows of approaching night, the grave-digging hyaena! It is an ill wind that blows nobody good. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Algernon Blackwood Next, from the shadows by the window, a somewhat shrill purring announced the restoration of the cat to its normal state. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Thomas Hardy Thus he conducted her across the front of the hut into the shadows of the firs. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

There were other shadows than those of chasing clouds and wheeling bird flocks over those fields. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But some of these black shadows have rushed forth in human shape. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Anthony Hope There they sat, sometimes smoking, never speaking, while the tedious afternoon wore away, and the shadows from the trees of the forest lengthened. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

The beauty of tomorrow succeeded the beauty of today, and the shadows bewildered him in his pursuit of the substance. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Seen when the sun is bending westward and the shadows are lengthening, there is something curiously melancholy and picturesque about this City of the Dead in the dead desert. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Wilkie Collins The lights and shadows in our half-darkened room, which at other times suggest strange resemblances to my fancy, failed to disturb me now. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

By the uncertain light of smoky torches, Dain noticed the vague outlines of a group of armed men in the dark shadows to his right. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

The haze seems to be self-luminous, giving a soft, yellow light, so diffused that shadows are unknown. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

The forests came out of the clear shadows of the morning, became distinct, as if they had rushed nearer — to stop short in a great stir of leaves, of nodding boughs, of swaying branches. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Radclyffe Hall Angela was not looking well, her mouth had a childish droop at the corners; there were quite new shadows, too, under her eyes, and these shadows accentuated her pallor. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Walter Scott On a sign by the minstrel, they withdrew to the inside of the church, so as to remain unobserved amidst the crowd, in which they were favoured by the dark shadows of some parts of the building. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

Abraham Merri They set radiant lamps within the stones, and of black light they wove the sheltering shadows and the shadows that slay. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton Outside, the afternoon shadows were lengthening across the grass, and through the empty window-frame that faced her she saw the Mountain thrusting its dark mass against a sultry sunset. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Gustave Flauber The elephants feeling their croups stung by the arrows began to gallop more quickly; a great dust enveloped them, and they vanished like shadows in a cloud. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Guy de Maupassant The shadows of a balmy night were slowly falling. The Horrible by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Rafael Sabatini Next, leaning further forward, she held out a key and a letter, as if proffering them; then she drew back into the shadows of the room. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

T. E. Lawrence Our shadows had no edge: we doubted if that faint stain upon the soil below was cast by us or not. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

It is not very apparent now, but I saw it quite distinctly just now when the shadows of the bones were whiter. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Willa Cather Long shadows were falling in the garden. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

But Bruno was too incessantly occupied to notice these shadows on his sunshine. Signa by Ouida

It was hot still, but the shadows were deepening and lengthening. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

The daylight is dying   Away in the west, The wild birds are flying   In silence to rest; In leafage and frondage   Where shadows are deep, They pass to its bondage —   The kingdom of sleep. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

Rudyard Kipling And I loved them so!” She stretched out her arms to the shadows and the shadows within the shadow. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Again the sound, and again the morris-dance of shadows among the rafters. At the Article of Death by John Buchan

The shadows trembled mutely on the floor, shelves closely set with books stretched across the walls, and portraits of stern, serious persons hung over them. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Wilkie Collins The frogs were croaking, and the rats were slipping in and out of the shadowy water, like live shadows themselves, as I got nearer to the marshy side of the lake. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Afterwards she sat outside and watched the shadows deepen, watched the lights fade from violet into grey, and from grey into obscurity. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Jack London So clearly could one see canon, gorge, and precipice, and the shadows that lie therein, that one looked unconsciously for the white surf-line and bellowing caverns where the sea charges on the land. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Jules Verne Occasionally, in the mists above, appeared the shadows of huge birds. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

One could almost have sworn that he noticed nothing, and was utterly ignorant who were these two hunters after adventures, passing like shadows across the courtyard, wrapped up in their cloaks. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

H. G. Wells Bert remained a little aloof from it for a long time, looking into the gathering shadows among the trees, in the expectation of another Chinaman alive or dead. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Robert Louis Stevenson The hair is touched with light; the eyes are constellations; the face sketched in shadows — a sketch, you might say, by passion. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mark Twain They gained steadily on it, and at last, breast to breast, they burst through the open door and fell grateful and exhausted in the sheltering shadows beyond. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Rudyard Kipling Other shadows came and went behind the circle, among them a drunken Man flourishing staff and drinking-bottle. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Darkness was falling quickly and they stared with something like consternation on their faces into the shadows up the road. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

His white torso, naked like a stripped athlete’s, glimmered, ghostly, in the deep shadows of the deck. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Lights gleamed; shadows deepened; strange figures stalked to and fro, or squatted in groups amid their merchandise. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Radclyffe Hall The pony, even more tired than his rider, jogged along with neck drooping and reins hanging slackly, too weary to shy at the ogreish shadows that were crouching ready to scare him. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Charles Dickens It was a dark winter day, and what with the shadows within, and what with the shadows without, he could but dimly discern the others who were brought there to have their arms bound. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

G. K. Chesterton Also, he affected that sort of languid stoop that such artists assume; and there was the high-shouldered stoop exaggerated, as shadows do exaggerate. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

I waited a good while: shadows crossed the lighted blinds; once a big, broad shadow appeared there, that made me fancy I mightn’t have been waiting for nothing after all, somehow. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The walled garden full of shadows blazed with colour as if the flowers were giving up the light absorbed during the day. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle No lion-tamer in a cage could be in more imminent peril, for death might be crouching in wait for him in any of those black shadows which mottled the moonlit deck. A True Story of the Tragedy of “Flowery Land” by Arthur Conan Doyle

Algernon Blackwood The draught, as he did so, shook the flame, sending a flutter of shadows dancing through the air. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Benjamin Disraeli We cannot bear this any longer; all the lights and shadows of life are lost. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Edgar Allan Poe Love lifts the boughs whose shadows deep Are life’s oblivion, the soul’s sleep, And kisses the closed eyes Of him who slumbering lies. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Sinclair Lewis Gee whittakers!” The shadows slipped in arabesques over the dust-gray floor and scampered as bravely among the rafters as though they were in such a tale as men told in believing days. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling And there came a priest, who was a sub-lieutenant, out of a wood of snuff-brown shadows and half-veiled trunks. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle The two candles were throwing out little circles of light, and the stair was deeply illuminated, with heavy shadows at the top. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Noon passed; the scanty shadows lengthened; and Howie gave more trouble of an insensate sort. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Jules Verne In time the glow of the burning lava, reflected in the icy mirror, fell upon the troop of skaters, and cast their lengthened shadows grotesquely on the surface of the frozen sea. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

For love is like a journey in mountainous country, up through the clouds, and down into the shadows to an unknown destination. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Jules Verne Once more the shadows of night fell on the prairie, and the glaring eyes of the wolves glowed like phosphorescent balls in the darkness. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Once or twice on my homeward walk amongst the fast gathering shadows the memory of that girl’s pale, dark face and plaintive voice crosses my mind. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Walter Scott Yonder they meet, the two shadows — and two of them there are — odds against me if I am discovered, and if their purpose be unfriendly, as is much to be doubted. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Margaret Oliphant She stood for a moment looking at the two shadows before her, for they were little more. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

She laughed a little hysterically, out of the deep shadows between the gloomy mat walls. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

In the sea of shadows that slumbered before them a light had glimmered forth. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Bram Stoker In the soft light the distant hills became melted, and the shadows in the valleys and gorges of velvety blackness. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Herman Melville Shadows present, foreshadowing deeper shadows to come. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Virginia Woolf It was raining gently, and as she stood at the door, breathing in the mild damp air, she watched the curious shadows that trembled on the pavement under the trees. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Sinclair Lewis The alleys were filled with shadows — they may have been men lurking and they may have been barrels, but in neither case did Neil like them. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

The shadows lay sleeping under the trees, and a family of cocks and hens went plodding inquisitively to and fro among the cabbages in the adjacent field. In the Confessional by Amelia B. Edwards

Robert Louis Stevenson The shadows of the rocks lay out for some distance at their feet, so that my own shadow, moving, pausing, and stooping on the top of that, reached sometimes half across the bay. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling They came — blessings on their blunt muzzles, they came — as shadows come, drifting down the stream, stirring neither foot nor tail. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

There it lay, with its white tombstones and its shadows spread under him, seeming to say —‘Ay, here I am; the narrow goal of all your plans. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

There was a gleam on a little piece of white forehead, and all around and about her there were shadows deepening. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle I sprang to my feet, my inert hand grasping my pistol, my mind paralyzed by the dreadful shape which had sprung out upon us from the shadows of the fog. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Charles Dickens The shadows of night had gathered so fast, that he did not look about him when he closed the door, but plodded straight along the street. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Henry David Thoreau The shadows of rocks and trees, and shrubs and hills, are more conspicuous than the objects themselves. Night and Moonlight by Henry David Thoreau

And then, dropping her work, the child gazed at Paris, which was darkening over with the shadows of night. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Mary Webb So many hundreds were there, and their shadows so multiplied them, that they seemed less like birds than like some dream of a bird heavenessential birdhood. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Edith Wharton Odo’s own mind, across which the events and emotions of the day still threw the fantastic shadows of an expiring illumination, was wrought to the highest state of impressionability. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

But the stern soul of Brandon was not one which shadows could long affright. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

I told him that I did remember the time before I came to the Manor House. Some events I could remember distinctly, others faintly, like the shadows in a dream. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle At one end a high wood fire blazed merrily, casting strange shadows along the walls, and sparkling like a thousand diamonds among the crystals on the roof. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry James Mrs. Penniman took too much satisfaction in the sentimental shadows of this little drama to have, for the moment, any great interest in dissipating them. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Abraham Merri Into the secret shadows they flowed, two by two, each bearing over it the slim shaft holding the serene flame. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Virginia Woolf The waves breaking spread their white fans far out over the shore, sent white shadows into the recesses of sonorous caves and then rolled back sighing over the shingle. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Arthur Machen The shadows had changed when he awoke; his senses came to him with a sudden shock, and he sat up and stared at his bare limbs in stupid amazement. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Oscar Wilde A faint purple mist hangs over the Park, and the shadows of the white houses are purple. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Edgar Rice Burroughs With one accord the blacks took to their heels; nor did they stop until the last of them was lost in the dense shadows of the surrounding jungle. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Miles Franklin A wise old moon slowly chases the shadows westward once again and laps all in her silver enchantment. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Virginia Woolf Black shadows stood still over the silver moors. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Andrew Lang The troll made a whole crowd of women go past them, one after the other, but all these were nothing but shadows and deceptions. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

In the black shadows of the wall of the court I could feel the eyes upon me; I could see the parted lips of the young girl as she leaned further towards me. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim And so, when he had come to the last line, he talked to her softly of it, pointing out the strange lights on the sea, and the shadows lying across the desolate country. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

G. K. Chesterton And in the same connection, if it was a place of shadows it could hardly be called a place of shams, when it contained one who is still perhaps the greatest poet writing in our tongue. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Abraham Merri And mysterious shadows drifted through the forest, like the shadows of the wings of hovering unseen guardians. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Bram Stoker Seeing Adam from her window going through the shadows of the trees round the gate, she thought that he must be engaged on some purpose similar to her own. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Algernon Blackwood The shadows of the haunted plantation, hugely lengthened by the rising moon behind them, reached to the very walls and covered the stone tiles of the roof with a dark pall. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

George Meredith Those which are the forces of the outer world are as shadows to the power we have created within us. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

H. G. Wells The shadows gathered, and the deeps of the forest began stirring. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Abraham Merri Other shadows clung to the dark walls and clustered in the corners; shadows that seemed only to await command to deepen into substance. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

D. H. Lawrence The shops were just lighted, the last miners were passing home along the causeways, half-visible shadows in their grey pit-dirt, moving through the blue air. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy All was indeterminate and vague within her, like the shapes and shadows in the garden, except — her will to have. To Let by John Galsworthy

Thomas Hardy The bottom of the vale was green to a width of ten yards or thereabouts, and the shining facets of frost upon the blades of grass seemed to move on with the shadows of those they surrounded. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

R. D. Blackmore The sun, though up and brisk already upon sea and foreland, had not found time to rout the shadows skulking in the dingles. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Whom thus the chief upbraids with scornful spite: “Blame not the slowness of your steeds in flight; Vain shadows did not force their swift retreat; But you yourself forsake your empty seat. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

And when, after drilling a deep hole with his stick, he moved from that spot the night had massed its army of shadows under the trees. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Evidently there were no watchers for St. Mark’s shadows abroad that night, except ourselves. Watching on St. Mark’s Eve by Ellen Wood [1868]

Arthur Conan Doyle The light beat upon him where he stood, but long shadows trailed down the walls and hung like a black canopy above him. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

It was not even the shadows under her eyes and the small hollow at the temple. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Their faces were white, shining in the grey shadows of the thundery air. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

I turned to Isabel’s voice, and saw her face uplifted, and her dear cheeks and nose and forehead all splashed and barred with sunlight and the shadows of the twigs of the trees behind me. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson As he got there the day began to dawn, and he leaned over a hurdle and beheld the shadows flee away. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Green Ingersoll The shadows of this world, the radiance of heaven, and the glare of hell mixed and mingled until man became uncertain as to which country he really inhabited. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Henry Handel Richardson Mahony put him on the chain, and was just about to turn in when two figures rounded the corner of a tent and came towards him, pushing their shadows before them on the milk-white ground. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton In moments of excitement his odd irregular features seemed to grow fluid, to unmake and remake themselves like the shadows of clouds on a stream. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Thy body on thy parents I bestow, To rest thy soul, at least, if shadows know, Or have a sense of human things below. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

H. G. Wells Things were passing — one, two, three — subtly sneaking shadows . A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle This hall was as light as day, for torches burned in numerous sconces upon the walls, throwing strange shadows from the tusked or antlered heads which ornamented them. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Meanwhile, the sun was fast sinking—the lights were crimsoning—the shadows were lengthening. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

D. H. Lawrence The bus-driver, with dark shadows under his eyes, represents the intelligent portion of the conversation. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

The firelight glanced and glowed on her throat and bosom, tingeing their marble with opalescent lights, and searching the deep shadows under her long lashes. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

The bonfires flung great staggering shadows across the hanging woods. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Anton Chekhov Two long narrow shadows moved down the steps towards the flower-beds, swayed to and fro, and leaned their heads on the trunks of the lime-trees. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

H. G. Wells The shadows made gigantic travesties of our shapes and those of the Selenites on the irregular wall and roof of the tunnel. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

George Meredith The folds of light and shadow everywhere were satin-rich; shadows perforce of blackness had light in them, and the light a sword-like sharpness over their edges. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

H. G. Wells She flitted up to me, and her eyes were shadows in her dusky face. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Robert Green Ingersoll Words are the shadows of all that has been; they are the mirrors of all that is. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

In one place, only, the light of the fire illuminated a small part of the rugged wall, where the shadows of our bodies would surge up, repeating our movements, and suddenly be gone from our sight. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Rudyard Kipling They ran inland across the waste to warm themselves, then turned to look at the glory of the full tide under the moonlight and the intense black shadows of the furze bushes. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Edgar Allan Poe Suddenly there shot along the path a wild light, and I turned to see whence a gleam so unusual could wi have issued; for the vast house and its shadows were alone behind me. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

The far hills grew pink and mulberry in the sunset, and strange shadows stole over the bush. Prester John by John Buchan

Arthur Conan Doyle Again the feeling of vague horror came upon our souls, and we gazed round with frightened eyes at the dark shadows which lay around us, in all of which some fearsome shape might be lurking. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

The lights and shadows that flit across it, its internal vicissitudes. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

The shadows were now beginning to lengthen; but the sun still blazed in the heavens with unabated intensity. A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest by Amelia B. Edwards

Wisps of mist floated like trails of luminous dust, and in the dazzling reflections of water and vapour, the shores had the murky semi-transparent darkness of shadows cast mysteriously from below. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Theodore Dreiser How true it is that words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Nathaniel Hawthorne Far through the woods gleamed the flames of Our Lady’s Chapel, flinging fantastic shadows from the clustered foliage, and glancing on brooks that had never caught the sunlight. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Nikolai Gogol The shadows of the fluttering clothes covered nearly the whole of the yard and lent it a degree of coolness. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

Wilkie Collins These are my imperishable relics; these are the deeds of my life that I shall love best to look back on, when the all-infolding shadows of death are closing round me. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

They were trained to pick out of shadows birds that were themselves dun-coloured shades, and to see among trees the animals that are coloured like the bark of trees. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

The fire was now low, the flames burning bluely and petulantly, with occasional flashes, projecting spectral shadows on the walls — shadows that moved mysteriously about, now dividing, now uniting. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Nikolai Gogol Divine night! Magical night! Motionless, but inspired with divine breath, the forests stand, casting enormous shadows and wrapped in complete darkness. A May Night by Nikolai Gogol

The brilliant light of day fell through the irregular opening in the high branches of the trees and streamed down, softened, amongst the shadows of big trunks. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

The sky was darkening outside the window, the rooks were sailing westwards with a mighty clamour, and the shadows were gathering in the corners of the room. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

The shadows of the trees cast by the electrics on the walks were so thick and black that they looked palpable; it seemed as if she could stoop down and lift them from the ground. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

The shadows of things assumed strange and ghastly shapes. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

But for two whole days her moods had come and gone like the shadows of the clouds when sun and wind are strong together; and the last of her whims was not the least puzzling at the time. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

To the left, in the distance, she could see something shining: a broad disc of light in which narrow shadows pivoted round the centre like the spokes of a wheel. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Under the harsh shadows and highlights of Silas’s jacket was an elegant affair of Edwardian curlicues and Baroque nonsense, entitled Bells on Her Toes. Which was Rupert Rouge being arch about vice. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

The consulted one detached himself from the group of shadows to which he belonged and came over to Grant. He introduced himself as the stage-manager, and asked what exactly it was that Grant wanted. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Elizabeth Gaskell There were cows, too, tethered in the dusky shadows of the open cow-houses, with heaps of cut green food before them. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

He must have courage to dip his pencil in shadows black as night, and light that might blind an eagle. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

He was watching the flame of her wand as it played, seeming to lick her cheek and her throat, while the shadows above enfolded her softly like a cloud. Signa by Ouida

Where were the watchers? And where was Tod? The shadows of the trees, of the hedges, of the graves, fell in distinct lines on the grass; and I don’t mind confessing that it felt uncommonly lonely. Watching on St. Mark’s Eve by Ellen Wood [1868]

The shadows of the fells rose inky black and beyond imagination huge against the sky. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

But there was a deadlier snake to find and destroy, somewhere in the blotched shadows of the forest. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

H. G. Wells Presently these swarms began to fall into lines and columns, were clad in uniforms, formed up and began marching and trotting towards the black shadows under those worn and rust-stained teeth. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

William Makepeace Thackeray The clouds were dancing round about them; you could see their rosy purple shadows sweeping round the clear serene summits of the hill. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Edgar Allan Poe I use the word fancies at random, and merely because I must use some word; but the idea commonly attached to the term is not even remotely applicable to the shadows of shadows in question. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

If only there are clouds in the sky the hills lie waiting to receive the shadows that slip like birds from shoulder to shoulder. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Virginia Woolf The afternoon sun warmed the fields, poured blue into the shadows and reddened the corn. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

There were lurking shadows in the corners of the room that he scarcely liked. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

With a rhythmical swing of their bodies they walked through the light towards the outlying shadows of the forests that seemed to guard their happiness in solemn immobility. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Edith Wharton All the values of the temperate landscape were reversed: the noon high-lights were whiter but the shadows had unimagined colour. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

George Meredith One does not live for ever—on earth; and it becomes a question whether friends should be shadows to one another before death. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Let me go, my friend; let me vanish from you quietly among the shadows of these trees. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

D. H. Lawrence I watched the shadows darken farther and farther along the brightness, hushing the glitter of the water. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Away shadows of the future — smoke and vapours of the pit! Let us have the sun and air of heaven while we may. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Marjorie Bowen He was turning away to seek enlightenment, when a dark form he had passed unnoticed in the distant shadows of the great room rose, and he recognized, as it advanced, the secretary’s stooping figure. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

H. G. Wells There were rumours of airships going and coming, and of happenings Londonward. Once or twice their shadows fell on him as he worked, but whence they came or whither they went he could not tell. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

It shadows forth, in type and parable, his ideal of the perfection of the human character, with its special features, its trials, its achievements. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Isabella Bird At the first crossing all lay glorified in a golden veil, with indigo shadows in the rifts and white lights on the heights. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Victor Hugo The shadows of the caverns of man’s mind. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes advanced along it in the same slow and methodical way, while we kept close at his heels, with our long black shadows streaming backward down the corridor. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Palms and houses loomed vaguely out of the dusk; and a caravan of camels, stalking by with swift and noiseless footfall, looked like shadows projected on a background of mist. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

H. G. Wells The shadows lay black behind the dynamos, the ball governors of the engines whirled from light to darkness, and their pistons beat loud and steady. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

It was almost dark, and the shadows were confusing, for the fire below did not seem to cast a light on the land, but it seemed to her that the land was changed. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Jack London They were only here and there, lurking in dark courts and passing like grey shadows along the walls; but the women from whose rotten loins they spring were everywhere. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Meantime the rites and fun’ral pomps prepare, Due to your dead companions of the war: The last respect the living can bestow, To shield their shadows from contempt below. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Jack London Several times he fired his shot-gun with effect into the shadows that dogged him. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She made her way to the great open fireplace, on which a log was burning, looked down into the shadows of the room and back again at her host’s face. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

George Eliot It was summer morning in his heart, and he saw Hetty in the sunshine — a sunshine without glare, with slanting rays that tremble between the delicate shadows of the leaves. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Arthur Conan Doyle His strong, firm jaw was clean-shaven, and his companion had frequently remarked how much it suggested those old Roman busts which peered out from the shadows in the corners of his chamber. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]