Phrases with "shape"

Gertrude Stein That does not shape the way to say that there is not anywhere anything that is resembling. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

In Scandinavian mythology, Odin changed himself into the shape of an eagle, Loki into that of a salmon. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Thomas Hardy They were wounded, broken, sloughing off their outer shape in the deadly struggle against years, weather, and man. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Abraham Merri Its shining core had shape — but a shape that my eyes and brain could not define. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

George MacDonald If I seemed to catch the shape and rhythm of a dance, it was but to see it break, and confusion prevail. Lilith by George MacDonald

Andrew Lang In the earlier shape the author says that, on May 20, 1436, the Pucelle Jeanne came to Metz, and was met by her brothers, Pierre, a knight, and Jehan, an esquire. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton But in his short studies there is the unanswerable thing called real originality; especially in the very shape and point of the tale. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Leslie Stephen It is put at least with force and dignity; and it expressed in the pithiest shape Swift’s genuine conviction, that the war now meant corrupt self-interest. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Andrew Lang Here is the long arcade, in shape exactly like the galleries of the Bodleian Library at Oxford. The bookseller’s booth is arched over, and is open at front and side. The Library by Andrew Lang

Our minds have taken the shape of the inn and the church and the green, I suppose. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Edith Wharton He knew that Floss would always be what she was — he could no more influence or shape her than he could bend or shape a marble statue. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

G. K. Chesterton The shape of the cross is irrational, just as the shape of the human animal is irrational. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

For now the shape took a quick step forward, and there broke from it a sudden confused noise. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Most commonly his feet were deformed, and he was obliged to curl up and conceal his tail in some part of his habiliments; for, take what shape he would, he could not get rid of that encumbrance. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Tobias Smolle This paste is put into trails or circular cases made of grass woven, having a round hole at top and bottom; when filled they resemble in shape our Cheshire cheeses. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Rudyard Kipling Tell me, did you see the shape of the pot?’ ‘For a little time. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Green was clever enough to notice this, and to shape his course accordingly; and thus his lessons became, from a sporting point of view, an unqualified success. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Jules Verne It is very like a cigar in shape, a shape already adopted in London in several constructions of the same sort. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Abraham Merri The veils fell from the shape upon the left hand of the king. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Willa Cather He had nothing behind him to shape his opinions or colour his feelings about what was going on in Europe; he could only sense it day by day. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

At its calldead woman and inorganic shape — the gatekeeper, if at all, would come down and open. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

In Vernon, about the year 1566, the witches and warlocks gathered in great multitudes, under the shape of cats. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Arthur Conan Doyle It took the shape of a letter dated from New York, and addressed to the same criminal investigator whose theory I have quoted. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Julian Hawthorne But that is neither here nor there; and sure enough they were only put into their present shape quite recently. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

The shop was a double shop, resembling Salmon’s at South Crabb in shape and arrangements. Lost in the Post by Ellen Wood [1870]

Abraham Merri Within the radiance was a shape of ineffable light and Kenton knew that this was the soul of it. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Henry Handel Richardson Every time Mamma saw her she said: “For goodness’ sake, child, pull up your socks!” (Yet wouldn’t let her wear garters, because of spoiling the shape of her legs. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

It came down in short smooth rushes till lowered half way or more, when it took a run and settled swiftly its turtle-back shape with the deep border piece fitting exactly the edge of the bedstead. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Charles Dickens The Cricket on the Hearth came out into the room, and stood in Fairy shape before him. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

Olaf Stapledon To believe in the illusory cow is to fail to see that the cow-like shape is not a complete cow. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Virginia Woolf I rise; “Fight,” I cry, “fight!” remembering the shape of my own nose, and strike with this spoon upon this table pugnaciously. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Geoffrey Chaucer For ther nas nevere yet no man on lyve (If that I koude a faucon wel discryve), That herde of swich another of fairnesse, As wel of plumage as of gentillesse Of shape and al that myghte yrekened be. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

He caught the meaning here and there, and straightway would lose himself in a tremendous effort to shape out some intelligible theory of events. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Circumstances have made you what you are, and will shape your destiny for you without your interference. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Victor Hugo A change in the shape of the shell changes the shape of the fish inside. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Thomas Hardy The shape glided noiselessly on. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

William Hope Hodgson But were capable, under certain conditions, of combining under the action of keynote-vibrations into secondary vibrations of a size and shape to be determined by a multitude of only guessable factors. Eloi Eloi Lama Sabachthani by William Hope Hodgson

H.P. Lovecraft Then came a flash of anticlimax as the white shape sidled into a lateral archway to our left to join two others of its kind which had summoned it in raucous tones. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

William Hope Hodgson As I neared the break of the poop, I looked up and saw the dark shape of the Second Mate, leaning over the rail above me. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Over and over again in the Nights we are told of some seductive lady that she was straight and tall with a shape like the letter Alif or a willow wand. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch It shone behind a drab-coloured blind, and in shape resembled the stem of a wine-glass, broadening out at the foot; an effect produced by the half-drawn curtains within. The Two Householders by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

W. W. Jacobs He rubbed his moustache and beard with his handkerchief and put them into shape with his fingers. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Henry Handel Richardson But when he weighed them, and allowed them to rise up and take shape before him, it was invariably in this order that they did so. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Joseph Furphy Best shape saddle I ever had a leg over, that was. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Elizabeth Gaskell He looked ill, and worn; and, when he was not rattling and laughing, his face fell into a shape of anxiety and uneasiness, which was new to her in it. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

H. G. Wells The thing might, after all, be merely a lump of that almost equally hard substance, corundum, with an accidental resemblance in shape to the diamond. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

James Joyce His boots are spoiling the shape of my feet. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Baldwin Spencer Human hair-string is then tied tightly round so as to preserve the shape and to fix it firmly on to the head. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

I could see only a faint, white clad shape inside; and, true to Fergus, I pulled the collar of my cloak high up, for it was July in the wet seasons, and the nights were chilly. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

H. G. Wells It is the common shape to which all current political dramas reduce. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells And even as he looked a pale blue shape ascended very swiftly from the city like a dead leaf driving up before a gale. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle But its general shape must be what I have indicated, and it can run up a curtain, and it is carnivorous. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Nellie Bly The few filthy rags with which they endeavored to hide their nakedness presented no shape of any garment or any color, so dirty and ragged were they. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

The shape and size of the eggs vary. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

The moonlight shone broadly on it, and he could detect the very shape and size of its lock. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells I became aware of some vague shape looming darkly out of the black. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Anthony Trollope London will soon assume the shape of a great starfish. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy Will any Jack Rag or Tom Straw among ye buy my goods?” The woman’s manner changed, and her face assumed the grim shape and colour of which mention has been made. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Watkin Tench In the course of repeated examinations it plainly appeared, he was an utter stranger to the place where the cattle might be, and was in no shape concerned in having driven them off. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

There was as yet no distrust of the grand shape opposite her, but the tiny vibrations of that single syllable span within her. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

They were identical in size and shape . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle It took the shape of the following telegram. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

William Hope Hodgson In the meanwhile, he continued to shape the batten until it was a very good and true fit according to his liking. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

Anthony Trollope The shape you will be looking at is that of a horseshoe, but of a horseshoe miraculously deep from toe to heel; and this depth becomes greater as you sit there. North America by Anthony Trollope

Algernon Blackwood I was able to conceive the shape of that new figure which is intrinsically different to all we know — the shape of the tessaract. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Arthur Conan Doyle In shape and size it was not unlike a cigarette-case. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Olaf Stapledon The vaguely cow-like and bush-like shape reinstates in my present consciousness certain past sensibles belonging not to bushes but to cows. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

I will, and the muscles of my vocal organs shape my speech. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

H.P. Lovecraft The dark glassy surface displayed a pinkish glow, and a vague white shape seemed to be taking form at its center. The Evil Clergyman by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

William Hope Hodgson It covered the deck furniture of the old ship, so that the shape of each article and fitment was often no more than suggested through it. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

But he was also cautious and calculating, and he knew that to commit crime with impunity he must so shape his life as to escape suspicion. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

They ring like clinkstone when struck, and in shape are most fantastic. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Elizabeth Gaskell For a moment, I stood uncertain how to shape my answer to the solemn questioning of her silence. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

John Galsworthy Two hundred years of shape and energy all gone in half an hour. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

It is generally from twelve to fourteen inches long, and in shape resembles a dice-box used at backgammon. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

She had suggested that he was more fascinated than in love; and already he knew that her suggestion had given shape and utterance to a vague suspicion of his own soul. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

I can no longer rightly shape the words. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

He stood up and paused for a few moments as if to recover, then he lifted the fixed endoplasmic shape in his hands, and took his seat again upon the now secluded throne. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Sinclair Lewis Did you ever realize that it’s less the shape of things than the light that gives a landscape beauty?” “No, I don’t think I ever did. A Letter From the Queen by Sinclair Lewis

They had seemed to see the shape of the lion moving slowly — and the queer wave in the road had passed almost in the same path but in the opposite direction. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

The outlines of her white shape did not stir in the least. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Henry Kingsley The stillness was awful; it boded a storm, for behind the forest blazed up a sheet of lightning, showing the shape of each fantastic elevated bough. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Vague and sombre as his thoughts were, they had, like the darkening landscape outside, shape enough to define their general character. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

With his long protruding chin his face had the shape of a yellow-pointed shoe, and his eyebrows looked as though they were made of horsehair and fastened on with glue. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Rudyard Kipling Then, a golden mystery upheaved itself on the horizona beautiful winking wonder that blazed in the sun, of a shape that was neither Muslim dome nor Hindu temple-spire. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Andrew Lang But just now you must take a red silk thread and tie it round my little finger, so that you may be able to recognise me again, into whatever shape she turns me. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Gertrude Stein It was of a shape that made no audience bigger if the opening is assumed why should there not be kneeling. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

He was left now to his own resources, to shape his life without the tender admonitions of the school-house. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

I felt that I must give a very wide berth to Mr. Theodore Judson the attorney, and his stuck-up son, unless circumstances should so shape themselves as to oblige us to work with him. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Victor Hugo At the corners of old maps of the world of the fifteenth century are great vague spaces without shape or name, on which are written these three words, Hic sunt leones. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Nellie Bly The paddle is a straight pole, with a board the shape and size of a cheese-box head tied to the end of it, and with both those paddles on the same side they row us ashore. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

D. H. Lawrence The forward drop of his head was curiously beautiful to her, the straight, powerful nape of the neck, the delicate shape of the back of the head, the black hair. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells They don’t see the shape of it as a world organisation. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

He, on his side, had that faculty of beholding at a hint the face of his desire and the shape of his dream, without which the earth would know no lover and no adventurer. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Arthur Machen He looked down towards the trees in the garden, and saw with utter astonishment that one had changed its shape in the few hours that had passed since the setting of the sun. The Terror by Arthur Machen

George Meredith Captain Welsh was one of those men who show you, whether you care to see them or not, all the processes by which they arrive at an idea of you, upon which they forthwith shape their course. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

H. G. Wells It is a new life — absolutely — and it wants the shape and it wants the endorsement of a new life. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

As she began to shape a phrase of dubious farewell the door was thrown open and Sir Giles Tumulty came in. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Nathaniel Hawthorne After a little inspection they began to recognize the features of their own minister, the Rev. Dr. Colman, growing into shape and life, as it were, out of a cloud. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Charles Dickens When the Devil goeth about like a roaring lion, he goeth about in a shape by which few but savages and hunters are attracted. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Robert Louis Stevenson We found each other ripe, filled with great ideas that took shape and clarified with every word. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Frances Hodgson Burnett It is not the mere beauty of size and shape and colour which affect one. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

I very much doubt if you, for all your experience, ever saw such perfect shape and fine lustre. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

George Gissing Sick of imaginative writing, he turned to the studies which had always been most congenial, and tried to shape out a paper or two like those he had formerly disposed of to editors. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Robert Green Ingersoll These gods did not even know the shape of the worlds they had created, but supposed them perfectly flat. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

She said — and she just had to say, or at least to think: “No, no; the other way!” The shape tottered, twisted, and was reluctantly forced round. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Sinclair Lewis Have the business in shape so that Dave can wind it up. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

The idea took shape in his mind to go there, and to travel as swiftly as possible, it might even be feasible to get there before sunset. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

E. F. Benson It hid his plump second chin and concealed the slightly receding shape of the first: another week’s growth would give it a greater solidity. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Baldwin Spencer In the blade there are the same variations in shape which have already been described in the case of the ordinary grooved boomerang. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

H. G. Wells It is only I think the basis and matter of society, not its shape and life and reality, but it had to be apprehended before I could get on to more actual things. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

William Hope Hodgson Something loomed out under a great peak, a shape of greyness. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

He then spread out the other end until it took the shape of a fan, and weaved the strands loosely together with beach trailers. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

R. D. Blackmore Yet here in the old time landed men who carved the shape of England; and here even in these lesser days, are landed uncommonly fine cod. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

In shape the emeralds looked like buttons more than studs. The Game Finished by Ellen Wood [1869]

He looks dead tired now, and his trousers are all rumpled and out of shape as if he’d been lying down without taking them off. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

It is due to these inquiries that the shape of an “unholy necromancer,” which so long haunted men’s vision, has begun to fade. Niccolo Machiavelli by W. K. Marrio

Gertrude Stein If there is a shape a real shape prettily, if there is and there is no wonder does it happen all the time, if it does not is there a certainty that there is collusion. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Theodore Dreiser His constitution was in no shape to endure. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Maria Edgeworth I had then a vast idea — as I think you have now, Helen — of self-devotion; you would devote yourself to your friends, but I could not shape any of my friends into a fit object. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Abraham Merri One arm of Norhala held Ruth — and in her attitude I sensed a shielding intent, guardianship — the first really human impulse this shape of mystery and beauty had revealed. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Mark Twain Meantime shadow No. 2 has been creeping out well to the rear of the face west of it — and at five o’clock has assumed a shape that has rather a poor and rude semblance of a shoe. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Thomas Hardy Clare’s shape appeared at the door. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

William Dampier It resembles in shape a hog’s-gut pudding. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

But what a strange brute it is! I should say it was a monstrous bear, from the shape of the head, if it were not so hairless. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

The shape of Lawrence Wentworth’s desire had emerged from the power of his body. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

George Meredith Have we such scenes of drapery’s mournfulness On Beauty’s revelations, witched we plant, Over the fair shape humbled to confess, An angel’s buckler, with loud choiric chant. The Sage Enamoured and the Honest Lady by George Meredith

Her dress was fantastically over-coloured: a bodice of bright orange with silver buttons, a hooped skirt of the old-fashioned shape a burning crimson, and faded yellow shoes. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

William Morris She stepped ashore, and stood ankle-deep in the sweet grass, and looked about her for a while, and saw no shape of man astir. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Henry Handel Richardson It had not taken the latter long to shape his actions or what he believed to be the best. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang If you place it on your little finger, you will take the shape of the King’s son, followed by a splendid court. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It then begins aggressively to shape men’s views of what is meritorious, and asserts itself at least as an auxiliary canon of self-complacency. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

George MacDonald If I had put on any other shape than a wolf’s she would not have seen me, for that is what is growing to be her own shape inside of her. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

The shape of these was more than suggestive — it told me all. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Sir Walter Scott I’se e’en drive a stage at it, for if it change its shape when I’m ower near, Tarras will never stand it; and it will be ower muckle to hae him and the deil to fight wi’ baith at ance. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

I stole through by-paths into the fields; I needed solitude to bring my thoughts into shape and order. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

H. G. Wells The shape and direction of one’s private observation is no more the schoolmaster’s business than the shape and direction of one’s nose. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry James Slowly — I say slowly, for to my tense expectancy the instants appeared ages — it took the shape of a large, definite figure, and this figure advanced and stood at the top of the stairs. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

It was an agony to her not to be able to write with her own hand, to be obliged to so shape every sentence that Mary might learn nothing which she ought not to know. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Thomas Hardy They leant over the table together, and the milkwoman could see the opaline hue of the egg-fluid changing form as it sank in the water, but she was not near enough to define the shape that it assumed. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Abraham Merri Could the illimitable cast itself into such a shape as that which came to the call of the wearer of the ring? Or rather — would it? My empire had been widespread — under sun and moon and stars. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Jack London And I was some figure of a man before I lost my shape — polo, steeple-chasing, boxing. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Yet I own my heart quaked, my pulse leaped, when I suddenly heard breathing and rustling, and turning, saw in the deep shadow of the steps a deeper shadow still — a shape that moved and descended. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Arnold Bennett And Hanbridge has the shape of a horse and its rider, Bursley of half a donkey, Knype of a pair of trousers, Longshaw of an octopus, and little Turnhill of a beetle. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

H. G. Wells This foul Food is the last shape of the Devil, still set as ever upon the ruin of our world. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Suddenly I was startled to perceive the shape of a man on the path near by. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

And Aunt Dean was left to bemoan her fate, and wish she had never tried to shape out other people’s destinies. Aunt Dean by Ellen Wood [1872]

The shape of the block is a saddleback, and the lay is west-east, curving round to the south. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

William Henry Bragg The shape of the cavity is immaterial. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

George Gissing Bob knew that the speaker was the man notorious in this locality as Mad Jack. Raising himself with difficulty, he looked round and saw a shape crouching in the corner. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

H. G. Wells Ever and again some novel shape in vivid colour obtruded. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Marie Corelli Like a flash of light illumining some divinely written scroll of duty, he suddenly perceived a way in which to shape his own life and make it of assistance to others. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Elizabeth Gaskell The shape is an oblong, with the two corners near the door of entrance cut off to form cupboards. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Before anyone realised what he was doing, he encircled the soft, white neck of the materialised shape with his hairy hands and, with a double turn, twisted it completely round. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

H. Rider Haggard What if a substitute can be found so like to her in shape and height and feature that, in the twilight and beneath the shadow of the hood, none shall know them apart?” Leonard started. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Obscurely, besides, through a hint which had reached me, I guessed what this decision was likely to be, and it took the very worst shape it could have taken. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

H. G. Wells The black was to cut the shape of the old tower-into something unrecognisable. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Henry Adams To such monstrous shape has the original mistake of the Constitution grown in the evolution of our politics. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Many a harmless puss has been hunted almost to the death by mobs of men and boys, upon the supposition that the animal would start up before them in the true shape of Mother ——. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Henry Handel Richardson It had to do with the shape of the master’s legs. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope The admonition might come in the rude shape of repeated minorities in the House of Commons. Hitherto the number of votes at the command of the Ministry had not been very much impaired. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim There’s an old horn mug been found here, too, that they say, from the shape of it, must have belonged to some foreigners. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

It was in shape and size something like the old-fashioned “wardrobes” which one sees in bed-rooms without closets, but opened all the way down, like a woman’s night-dress. The Parenticide Club by Ambrose Bierce

The shape did not yield to his grasp, but it suggested that it was about to do so. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Henry James On this occasion it seemed to shape itself in her mind; she began to see what it ought to be, though she also saw that she would perhaps have to wait awhile. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Charles Dickens I might have known that he would never help me out; but it took me aback to have to shape the question afresh, as if it were quite new. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Nathaniel Hawthorne A funeral train comes gliding by your bed in which passion and feeling assume bodily shape and things of the mind become dim spectres to the eye. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

The material is of dark and sometimes black earth as in the Gaboon, and the shape is the umbrella, rarely double or pagoda-roofed. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

H. G. Wells The two of them began to shape out more and more definitely the movement and organisation that was needed to correct that tangle of faults. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Do us the favour to shape your course accordingly. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

He was an athletic savage, with an enormous square shock head of hair resembling a straw beehive in shape and size, and with grave, surly, much-lined features. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

An old woman with a face pulled out of shape by badly-fitting store teeth came in and whispered to a man sucking on the handle of a home-made walking stick. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

E. F. Benson It was hairless, and slug-like in shape and in texture. Negotium Perambulans by E. F. Benson

E. F. Benson My eyes also, I suppose, became accustomed to the sudden darkness, for they could now perceive the shape of the furniture in the room from the light of the starlit sky outside. The Other Bed by E. F. Benson

Just as the male shape approached the female, the dark Shadow started from the wall, all three for a moment wrapped in darkness. The Haunted and the Haunters by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1859]

Virginia Woolf As if any interruption would break the frail shape she was building on the table she turned her back to the window lest Mr. Ramsay should see her. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

He holds that Searle was merely a demon who took human shape for a little, and disappeared when the joke grew stale or the — the juice ran dry, so to speak. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

The sound approached steadily, and Dain, looking through the branches, could see the faint shape of a big white boat. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

To the left of this mountain there was a straight thin ledge like a tight-rope, and on the right a very beautiful cluster of hills, in shape like the grouped petals of an opening flower. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

G. K. Chesterton On the contrary, on his vast shoulders and shape generally gigantesque, his head looked oddly and unnaturally small. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Ralph Waldo Emerson What difference can it make whether it take the shape of exhortation, or of passionate exclamation, or of scientific statement? These are forms merely. The Method Of Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

But this resemblance is confined to general appearance, as in the prominence of the canines, and in the cutting shape of the molar teeth. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

H. G. Wells Love had come to me with her eyes and robed in her beauty, more glorious than all else in life, in the very shape and colour of life, and summoned me away. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

H. G. Wells It was of white marble, in shape something like a winged sphinx, but the wings, instead of being carried vertically at the sides, were spread so that it seemed to hover. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

I doubt my father’s mind is as old-fashioned, and of as rigid a shape as his Court suit, at sight of which my best friends can scarce refrain from laughing. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Abraham Merri Its shape was roughly triangular. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Thomas Hardy He looked round, and a slight girlish shape appeared quite close to him, He could not see her face because it was in the direction of the moon. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

She would not question how it came to pass, but she believed that, in the dim long-ago, Divinity walked among mankind and wore the shape of man; to what end, except to make men better, she knew not. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Andrew Lang Immediately he took the shape of a harpy, and, filled with rage, was determined to devour his son, and even the Princess too, if only he could overtake them. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling The air was hazy, and the Thing seemed to be forty feet long and ten feet high, with twenty feet of tail and a shape that quivered all along the outlines. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

H. G. Wells Our job is to realise the shape in the block, to get the vision of it clearer and clearer in our heads and then to set about carving it out. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Should I find the law in shape to deal with it? A few days would show. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

D.H. Lawrence He seemed like a crystal that has achieved its final shape and has nothing more to achieve. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Edith Wharton One of them, drifting nearer, took the shape of her maid, followed by luggage-laden stewards, and signing to her that it was time to go below. Autres Temps . . . by Edith Wharton [1916]

Gertrude Stein Nicely and the shape and all that section that is the time to use a weeding. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

At the farther end of the room the sinister shape of the gallows reared itself aloft in the gloom; only now I could see that it was not a gallows at all. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

It was not long after this that he began to talk mysteriously of some trouble which menaced him, which gradually took the shape of a criminal prosecution overhanging him. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

I gasped audibly, “Where am I?” A shape hitherto unnoticed, stirred, rose, came forward: a shape inharmonious with the environment, serving only to complicate the riddle further. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

H. G. Wells For a long time he sat pursuing thoughts that were half emotions, emotions that took upon themselves the shape and substance of ideas. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

And now, returning to the roof, it is pleasant to breathe the fresher air that comes with sunset—to see the island, in shape like an ancient Egyptian shield, lying mapped out beneath one’s feet. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]