Phrases with "sheets"

Edith Wharton Yet that night, while he tossed between the scented sheets of Mrs. Glaisher’s guest-room, he could not shake off the torment. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

The effeminacy of sheets was unknown to any of the inmates. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

H. G. Wells I remember only sheets and sheets of boyish scrawl. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins Here we found many more verses on many more sheets of paper in the same hand-writing. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Henry James They watched it a while from the upper windows — a violent June shower, with quick sheets of lightning and a rainfall that danced on the pavements. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Another cloud spread out, and from the colonnade of the Pantheon sheets of water streamed down, threatening to inundate what lay below. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Moreover, from those three rooms all the linen, such as sheets and pillowcases, had been removed, and the beds made up — to suggest they were not going to be occupied again, at least for some time. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Arthur Conan Doyle And so it came about that the Gazette had a long column, with headlines like an epitaph, when the sheets of the Intelligence and the Courier were as blank as the faces of their editors. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

The Larborough firm had come out with ladders and putty and recalcitrant sheets of glass and had replaced the windows without fuss or mess. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Baldwin Spencer He had been working hard all day and was coming back, carrying a number of sheets of bark on his head. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

These were large sheets of paper which had to be closely covered with writing, and as soon as they were so covered, they were burnt in the furnace. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Henry Handel Richardson This was carried out in sheets of cold rain, which soaked the canvas walls and made it doubly hard to get about the clay tracks that served as streets. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang The night was as dark as pitch, and the wind blew furiously and drove the rain in sheets into his face; but he made his way down to the ford under the palace walls and stepped into the flooded water. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence At that moment we heard a step on the servants’ stairs, and Rawdon opened the door to reveal Hawken descending with an armful of sheets and things. Rawdon’s Roof by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Smiths render iron sheets tougher with certain liquids, and by blows of the hammer, and from them make shields and breastplates that defy the blows of battle-axes. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Anna Katherine Green Do they look at all familiar?” She glanced down at the crumpled sheets and half-sheets he had spread out before her. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Robert Louis Stevenson I thank you, sir”; and the clerk laid the two sheets of paper alongside and sedulously compared their contents. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson [1886]

Henry Handel Richardson You can only think of sheets and parrakeets. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

And one day in early spring, Sé-só-Kah, the robin, awoke at dawn, and saw a girl at the foot of the blossoming tree holding a babe cradled in the silken sheets of her hair. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

William Henry Bragg They excite emergence β rays in sheets of metal laid on the paper, or incidence β rays in plates laid on top of the chamber when such sheets or plates are placed into position. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

In the middle of the floor, lying a little apart, were three figures with sheets over them. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Wilkie Collins In a frenzy of terror and loathing, I caught up the vile sheets of paper and threw them into the fire. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Charles Kingsley The snow-white sheets on the bed were turned down as if ready for an occupant. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

At last Gerard put his fingers in his ears, and lying down in his clothes, for the sheets were too dirty for him to undress, contrived to sleep. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Willa Cather All over the marsh, snow-on-the-mountain, globed with dew, made cool sheets of silver, and the swamp milk-weed spread its flat, raspberry-coloured clusters. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Arthur Conan Doyle Courage and resource were penned in by desperation and numbers, while the great yellow sheets of flame threw their lurid glare over the scene of death. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Sinclair Lewis Gottlieb had turned back to his desk, which was heaped with shabby note-books, sheets of calculations, and a marvelously precise chart with red and green curves descending to vanish at zero. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

The sheets might be tucked in, but the thing was to keep them tucked in. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

As a matter of fact he had written his name six hundred and seventy times on sheets of foolscap by way of steadying his nerves. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

It is foolish to put every passing thought on paper, but these sheets have already served me so well that I cannot resist the temptation of making them the repositories of my secret fears and hopes. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells His last done sheets lay loose, partly covering others that were clipped together into fascicles. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Kate Chopin A small band of them were lying on their stomachs on the floor looking at the colored sheets of the comic papers which Mr. Pontellier had brought down. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Henry Handel Richardson Odd sheets of newspaper lay about, and lengths of twine; the floors were unswept, the beds unmade; one of the children had dropped a glove . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Wolfe Therefore, he was not a man to rip the sheets in darkness or beat his knuckles raw against a wall. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

The time passed on; the storm had risen afresh; the violence of the gusts blew yellow sheets of sand whirling over the plains. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Jack London Father hoisted one of mother’s sheets on a couple of ox-goads lashed together. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

At three miles farther we had a white salt channel right in front of us, with some sheets of water in it; upon approaching I found it a perfect bog, and the water brine itself. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Ford Madox Ford But there that quartermaster sat in his office, playing the romantic game over his A.F.B.’s till the broad buff sheets fairly glowed in the light of the incandescent gas. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

George Gissing On the table lay traces of literary occupation, sheets of manuscript, open books, and the like. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Edith Wharton Behind him was his writing-table, scattered with the loose sheets of “Colossus”; before him, the joyous temptation of sun and sea. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

She said, “My lords and guests in Ishnain Nemartra, there be beds of down and sheets of lawn for all of you that be aweary. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Edith Wharton The scribbled-over sheets lay at his feet in a heapdead leaves indeed! He had come back to reality, and the world where he had spent those fervid hours had vanished in mist. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Charles Stur We passed several sheets of water, however, some of which had a depth of two feet, although the greater number were shallow. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

H. G. Wells The browning old sheets have a reality and veracity impossible to convey in any other fashion. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Homespun sheets were durable, doubtless, but not comfortable. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

H. G. Wells Also they delighted very greatly in the close brightness of flowering hedges, sheets of bluebells, primrose rides, green moss and tendrils and any sort of flower. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Wilkie Collins Do me a kindness, good friend, and let me send off all these sheets of paper, the idle work of an idle morning, just as they are. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

James Joyce Two sheets cream vellum paper one reserve two envelopes when I was in Wisdom Hely’s wise Bloom in Daly’s Henry Flower bought. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Leslie Stephen One cause of this disappearance now appears to be that it had no sale at first, and that Pope preserved the sheets for use in a more elaborate device which followed. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Henry James He had a number of sheets of paper cut into small equal squares, and he was apparently covering them with pictorial designs — strange-looking figures. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Kate Chopin Fanny was looking again through the several sheets of Belle Worthington’s letter. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Rudyard Kipling I walk about daytimes thinkin’ o’ it till I sweats my underclothes wringin’, an’ I lie abed nights thinkin’ o’ it till I sweats my sheets all of a sop. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Jack London We were already under way, all sails set and drawing, and the sheets being slacked off for a wind abeam, as the last boat lifted clear of the water and swung in the tackles. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Theodore Dreiser Large sheets of clear, beveled glass were used, some oval, some oblong, some square, and some circular, following a given theory of eye movement. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

James Joyce Myles Crawford crammed the sheets into a sidepocket. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Richard Burton Those coming from the North assume the pilgrim-garb at or off the village of Rabigh. 17 These sheets are not positively necessary; any clean cotton cloth not sewn in any part will serve equally well. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Sigmund Freud Rushing in, he found that the old man had fallen asleep, and the sheets and one arm of the beloved body were burnt by a fallen candle. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle On the second page were the printed letters “C. P. R.,” and then came several sheets of numbers. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Sinclair Lewis Every night when Fatty retired he had to remove from his bed a collection of objects which thoughtful house-mates had stuffed between the sheets — soap, alarm clocks, fish. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Lino on the floor, gas-fire, huge double bed with sheets vaguely dingy. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

I then gave him a wire, and he gave me three large sheets of mbugu, which he said I should require, as there were so many water-courses to cross on the road I was going. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

H. Rider Haggard As for the weather, it continued to be simply vile, the rain coming down in sheets till we were chilled to the marrow, and utterly preventing us from lighting a fire. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Then Gervaise understood that he fancied he was on a roof, laying down sheets of zinc. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Yes, Athos, I know what you mean: we shall do very well at the Parpaillot.” “Let us go to the Parpaillot, then, for here the walls are like sheets of paper. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

E. F. Benson He tore the envelope open, and a whole sheaf of sheets fell out. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

There was no tablet there, but there were two sheets of paper. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Sinclair Lewis He bought a dollar fountain-pen, which had large gold-like bands and a rather scratchy pen-point, and a box of fairly large sheets of paper. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Then she thought to hang some sheets on the brass wires near the ceiling to serve as curtains to keep out the sunlight. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

The method was this: they float on their backs, erect a sail, and then, holding the sheets with their hands, catch the wind. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

Then she went over to the fireplace, and watched the flimsy sheets curl up and become thin and black in the flames. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her fingers, on each side, clutched at the fine sheets as though anxious to tear them into shreds. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

John Galsworthy But, lying warm between those fine linen sheets of Emily’s providing, he was visited by memories and torture. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Some ridges now approached the creek; from the top of one many sheets of water glittered in stony clay-pans. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

George Gissing Having brought himself with an effort to open the envelope he had received, he found several sheets of notepaper, one of them, remarked immediately, in a man’s writing. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

I want you to live and marry Lillian, and use this confession,” he laid his hands on the loose sheets of paper, “from Queen Beelzebub, so that you can put an end to her wicked doings. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Virginia Woolf Some had yellow stains, others had places where the threads made long ladders; but to the ordinary eye they looked much as sheets usually do look, very chill, white, cold, and irreproachably clean. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Baldwin Spencer The men began to prance about and, after a minute or two, the bark sheets were opened up, so that the girl and boys could be seen. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

More coke had been put into the stove and the sunlight slanted in between the sheets onto the stove. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Ralph Waldo Emerson The old press they were then using printed five or six thousand sheets per hour; the new machine, for which they were then building an engine, would print twelve thousand per hour. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Baldwin Spencer They merely make a grave about four feet deep, clear the ground immediately around it and place sheets of stringy-bark on the top of the low mound of earth that is heaped up (Fig. 50). Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

E. Phillips Oppenheim Dust sheets lay over the furniture. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Another night they went out wrapped in sheets and frightened the priest, who rushed into a sentry-box; and the sentry, as much frightened as he was, called the police. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

H. G. Wells He took up another handful of sheets and began to tear them. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Thomas Hardy She hurt her side with wringing up the large sheets she had to wash for the Castle folks here. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Samuel Johnson He travelled on foot, unless some violence of weather drove him into a waggon; and at night he would go to a penny lodging, where he purchased clean sheets for sixpence. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

These roll superbly through enormous sheets of sand, unite and approach the mainland in one stately stream three miles in breadth. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

He found Mr. John Rouse,busy over some sheets of foolscap paper, which he had partly covered with writing. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Rudyard Kipling Some of them rumbled, some hissed, some went off spasmodically, and others lay dead still in sheets of sapphire and beryl. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

We were compelled in the morning to remove the camp, as we had not a drop of water, and unless it descended in sheets the country could not hold it, being all pure red sand. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

If they want to wash their sheets and dry them, they do not send them to Ealing, but lay them out in the first place that comes handy, and nobody’s bones are broken. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

They had not type enough to print two sheets at a time. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

You seem to see great sheets of iron bursting open. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

H. G. Wells He began to hunt out forgotten note-books and yellowing sheets of memoranda. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Jack London Attending to sheets and tacks now left me little time to see what was taking place, but I happened to be on the poop when Wolf Larsen ordered the two strange sailors forward and into the forecastle. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

H. G. Wells Gemini has written me sheets about it. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

And his mother, who was a tender soul, had said, “He loves you, we will not mind about the dower, and you shall have my own self‐spun sheets and my string of pearls. Signa by Ouida

It was a fine night now, with a thin moon and quivering sheets of dim smoky stars. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Will the editors of all similar sheets do likewise? or have they more elastic consciences? For, behold, the muckrake is likewise visible in all. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Anthony Trollope Unfortunately we haven’t got a mangle, and we have to iron the sheets if we want them to look at all nice. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Light, in its narrow alleys, was so hard to come by that they tried to trap it by means of sheets of glass projecting from each window. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

H. G. Wells Some lavender-tinted sheets from Honeywood House testified to a night spent at his Aunt Rowena’s at Barnes. But there were no more drawings; he was getting too deeply moved for that sort of relief. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Anthony Trollope Ada’s sheets and mine, and Florian’s, are only just rough pressed. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

There were some nice little sheets of water in the creek-bed, but scarcely large enough to be permanent. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Virginia Woolf The sheets fell in the middle of the group, and were eyed by them all. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

The halyards were let go, and the yard clewed down, and the sheets started, and in a few minutes the sails smothered and kept in by clewlines and buntlines. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

I swung Seraphina in front of me, and made her sit low on the stern sheets beneath my feet. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The rug which he had rolled up under the sheets into the shape of a human form was undisturbed. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle She had gone down to the market town and bought numerous sheets of pink and blue paper, and these she had pinned in patches over the sombre covering which had lined the walls before. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

Then he got the sheets from his bed, and put the flour on his face, and went on there to frighten ’em; all in fun. Roger Monk by Ellen Wood [1868]

The sheets of bark, having holes pierced through each in pairs, were then tied on the rafters with cords twisted of the inner rind of the kurrajong tree. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

The fifty-five sheets once composed in a single week, and the six thousand lines once reeled off in ten days, were probably invented as well as set on paper within the periods stated. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

D. H. Lawrence Curtain! A few bars of Toreador — and then Miss Poppy’s sheets of music. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

William Blades When all the sections are loose, the separate sheets are placed singly in a bath of cold water, and allowed to remain there until all the dirt has soaked out. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

The sole objects in the room that could be called ornamental were two sheets of black paper pinned to the walls, with writing on them in chalk in beautiful copperplate. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Thomas Hardy Several sheets of paper were thrust aside from the rest, upon which letters had been begun and relinquished, as if their form had not been satisfactory to the writer. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Virginia Woolf She smoothed the sheets with a mixture of affectionate amusement and hope. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Abraham Merri Far away now the lightnings glimmered; blackness had given way to darkest twilight; the rain still hissed in sheets driven by the howling wind. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells The sheets lay on her counterpane and seemed to emit faint echoes of riot and battle. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

H. G. Wells It seemed to me the box was regular sticking out and showing, like your legs do under the sheets in bed, and I went and put all the earth I’d got out of my ‘ole for the rockery slap on top of it. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Soon he walked to the bed and began to tear the sheets into strips. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Two rude sleeping-places constructed of sheets of bark, and three pieces of broken iron pots comprised all the movable articles, except two short blocks of wood. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Fire flowed in sheets undulating with the expanses of long grass amongst the trees, here and there, in coal-black clumps, and flashed violently against a low edge of forests very dark and far away. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Arnold Bennett These sheets were nobly filled. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Wilkie Collins As I got near the shore, the clouds gathered black, and the rain came down, drifting in great white sheets of water before the wind. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

William Henry Bragg The slopes of such curves at the origin are relative measures of the rays scattered by sheets so thin FIG.41. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

The room, an attic, and very clean, was bare and cold, almost emptied by the drunken habits of the man, who took the very sheets from the bed to turn them into liquor. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

True, if Bellina had perceived that her sheets were falling upon granite, and if she had abandoned herself to rage or despair, she would have composed a poem. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

The old fellow carefully emptied upon the table the contents of the basket — a big lump of clay, several large sheets of paper, and three or four small lumps of plaster yet damp. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Henry Handel Richardson Elsa also sat meekly by while, with practised hands, Annemarie disposed on the Professor’s shelves the lavendered dozens of sheets and cloths into which she, Elsa, had sewn so many hopes. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

He sat down on a chair to guard her in case Earle and Miguel came back, but they didn’t and after a while she pulled the sheets away from her face and told him to get out. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Leon Trotsky Two of the workers, a young boy and girl, would watch reverently as I pulled the freshly printed sheets off the hectograph, and then would exchange glances. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Wilkie Collins It was Sextus Cyril Sax. I have tried on three different sheets of paper to describe the effect which this discovery produced on me — and I have torn them up one after another. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Virginia Woolf Upon these white sheets I indent my name. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

G. K. Chesterton Most of the other Socialists have preferred sheets of paper, and they have grown thinner and thinner sheets. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Arthur Conan Doyle John Girdlestone took some sheets of blue official paper from a drawer, and his quill pen travelled furiously over them with many a screech and splutter. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

And then, to add to her discomfort, the rain came, not in heavy drops, but driving in sheets of thin spray that blotted out what few landmarks there were upon the moor. Across the Moors by W. F. Harvey

It ended by signal abruptly, nowhere in particular, between two lamp-posts before a large drapery establishment — a long range of shops already lapped up in sheets of corrugated iron for the night. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Kate Chopin How luxurious it felt to rest thus in a strange, quaint bed, with its sweet country odor of laurel lingering about the sheets and mattress! She stretched her strong limbs that ached a little. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Virginia Woolf The only difficulty, perhaps, was to find an envelope that would contain the bulky product, or any reason, when two sheets were blackened, for not filling a third. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Marjorie Bowen All of them, in hue and cry at my heels! Her servants, her priests, her father!” He clenched the frail music sheets in his hands and flung them down. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

H. G. Wells But such things as collars, ties, shoelaces, sheets and blankets, spoons and forks, all the haberdashery and crockery of life, are unattainable. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

The sheets stank so horribly of sweat that I could not bear them near my nose. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

The sheets were as fine as silk, and the Chalons blankets as soft as fur — far different from the rude Witney fabric which had hitherto been his only covering. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Jules Verne Unsized paper, with the sheets impregnated with dextrin and starch and squeezed in hydraulic presses, will form a material as hard as steel. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Amazed, I yet selected a state-room, and while the steward was gone for the sheets and pillow-cases, I occupied my time by opening the doors of all the other state-rooms. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

James Joyce Stephen rustled the sheets again. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Anthony Trollope Should she fill sheets with indignation? It would be of no use unless she could follow up her indignation by strong measures. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

I wanted a hot bath, clean clothes, and a night between sheets more passionately than it is possible to want anything when one has been living a normal civilized life. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

George Gissing She found herself in the ghastly torture-hall, at a desk on which lay sheets of paper, not whiter than her face. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Jules Verne He determined to conquer the difficulty at any price, and constructed a canoe in the Australian manner, with large sheets of bark of the gum-trees. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope They were not, she said, such as ladies like them were accustomed to sleep on, but the sheets were clean, and perhaps for one night they would excuse the want of better accommodation. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Round about were coloured designs, and stones covered with pencilling, and boards, and all sorts of sheets of paper and cardboard. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Jack London No bath, no shave for them, no clean white sheets and all clothes off, and fifteen hours’ straight sleep. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

When Mary came back the next morning, she said they had given her such a beautiful room, the dimity curtains whiter than snow, and the sheets scented with lavender. The Beginning of the End by Ellen Wood [1869]

Jane Austen A very few lines from Edmund shewed her the patient and the sickroom in a juster and stronger light than all Lady Bertram’s sheets of paper could do. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

It was dim with smoke, but not greatly obscured: the smoke rose and spread in sheets among the branches of the trees. The Crime at Pickett’s Mill by Ambrose Bierce

John Galsworthy But while he kissed her he saw the sheets of that letter fallen down on the floor of his bedroom — his father’s white dead face — his mother kneeling before it. To Let by John Galsworthy

E. Nesbi It’s only clumsy things like tablecloths and sheets that have to be rubbed. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Then I left my hiding-place, climbing out of the stern sheets by the after-davit, and preparing every successive motion with exquisite tenderness, till I stood on the deck. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is small, but it is airy, and the sheets are clean and kept in lavender. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ford Madox Ford You could never teach Mrs. Cramp that wool must not be put into boiling water! Oh God, she ought to lie between lavendered linen sheets with little Chrissie on soft, pink silk, aircushionish bosoms! . Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Bram Stoker As she came in, she handed a number of sheets of typewriting to Van Helsing. He looked over them gravely, his face brightening up as he read. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Rudyard Kipling Some of them rumbled, some hissed, some went off spasmodically, and others lay still in sheets of sapphire and beryl. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

D. H. Lawrence She entered the shop, where sheets of lead and tins of paint and putty stood about, varied by sheets of glass and fancy paper. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

But the only visible effect was the substitution of wide, low-lying sheets of smoke for their bulk of fog. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Hardly was he once more between the sheets before he was sleeping softly as a child. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

In about ten minutes we had her full again, sheets aft, tacks down, decks cleared, and the officer of the watch leaning against the weather rail peacefully. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Charles Kingsley Vast sheets of utter blackness — vast sheets of shining light. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

E. F. Benson Up the chimney they flew in sheets of flame; sometimes he was afraid he had set it on fire, and he had to pause, shielding his scorched face, until the hollow rumbling had died down. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Here they found the beauty of Sevenbergen sleeping on an old chest not a foot high, and no attempt made to cover it; but the sheets were snowy white, and so was Margaret’s own linen. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

D. H. Lawrence He put the child into bed wrapped as she was in the shawl, for the sheets would be cold. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

He then placed all these material proofs upon his table, and covered them over with three or four large sheets of paper. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

After she had watered the flowers and arranged the sheets of music scattered in disorder over the piano, she looked at the samovar, and remarked, “It needs polishing. Mother by Maksim Gorky

It was market-day and proper March, with a sky that was here pale green, there pale blue, while little busy clouds like torn sheets of grey paper flew and scattered under cross tugs of wind. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

I’ve had a fire lit in your room, Master Tom, and the maids has put fresh sheets on to the bed. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then I make my way downstairs again, and after locking all the doors and pulling down the blind, I undo the packet and spread the sheets out on the table before me. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Willa Cather Presently he placed some sheets upon the piano and began vehemently to explain something to the pianist. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

H. G. Wells Mostly they were done on sheets of manuscript paper, so that here they suffer considerable reduction and compression. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Through sheets of drifting snow, over heaps of frozen seaweed and icy drift he moved, shifting his lantern right and left, until its glimmer on the water warned him. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Theodore Dreiser I wish I might have sheets for my bed, and I could afford better underwear if you would let me wear it. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Henry Handel Richardson He was about to turn the corner of a street, when a sudden blast of wind swept round, bearing with it some half dozen single sheets of music. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

D. H. Lawrence They all seemed like blank sheets of paper in comparison. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

James Joyce Mr Bloom folded the sheets again to a neat square and lodged the soap in it, smiling. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I shall want hot water, towels, lint, and of course these sheets will have to be got rid of. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Ford Madox Ford Even Sylvia’s two pair of sheets . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Henry James He lost himself a moment, examining the sheets of his new book, while the younger man’s eyes wandered over the room again. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

William Morris It was at first supplied in sheets of which the dimensions were sixteen inches by eleven. The Art and Craft of Printing by William Morris [1902]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan folded the sheets into a small parcel which he tucked into the quiver with his arrows. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Upstairs there were dirty tales of once-used sheets not being washed, but simply damped, ironed and put back on the beds. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Samuel Johnson The whole work was printed twice over, a great part of it three times, and many sheets four or five times. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Looking round the room he saw, too, that there were a couple of bloated portfolios leaning against the wall, and running over with sheets of dirty Bristol board and crumpled drawing paper. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Mark Twain Then they brought eight little iron bedsteads, and set them up in the tents; they put a soft mattress and pillows and good blankets and two snow-white sheets on each bed. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Grimaud seized his arm in his bony fingers, and pointed to the bed, upon the sheets of which the livid tints of death already showed. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Printed sheets are better for the city, and the hektograph copies ought to be sent off somewhere. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Robert Louis Stevenson Odd leaves and sheets and boards — a thing to make a bibliomaniac shed tears — are fished out of odd corners. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ford Madox Ford Mark would make up a couple of hundred dozen pairs of sheets without turning a hair . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Algernon Blackwood For the rain was falling in sheets and bucketfuls, the road had become a river of water, and Fillery’s automobile, ordered for an hour later, had not put in an appearance. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Jules Verne These sheets were kept together by bars of wood, and formed a very fragile boat. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Isabella Bird Early this morning a gale from the south-west came on, and the howling and roaring have been frightful, the rain falling in sheets most of the time. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

H. G. Wells Every other light had gone out about her and against this glare hung slanting walls, pirouetting pillars, projecting fragments of cornices, and a disorderly flight of huge angular sheets of glass. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]