Phrases with "shock"

Jules Verne His massive head momentarily shook a shock of reddish hair, which resembled a lion’s mane. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

This struggling thing, from the shock of which my very soul still trembled, was but a fellow-victim — a wallaby which, feeding along the ledge, had happened on the trap made by my fall. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

John Galsworthy The spasmodic energy which had followed the shock of seeing her had ebbed out in utter lassitude. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells I remember the shock I had when I saw a penny under water within easy reach of my hand as I thought, and when I picked it up I found it wetted my sleeve. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Edith Wharton The idea of Grancy’s remarriage had been a shock to us all. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Mrs. Branston bore the shock of his ill news better than Gilbert had expected. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Arnold Bennett But the violent shock of the news had convulsed her whole being. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Was he prepared to meet him? Had he an answer ready when Amos Cadwalader should ask him what had become of his child? “I had meant to shock the truth from this man, and I did so. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

H.P. Lovecraft The shock was severe, and to this day Malone is not certain of what he saw; but in dreams he still pictures that cat as it scuttled away with certain monstrous alterations and peculiarities. The Horror at Red Hook by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

It was the unexpected character of her countenance that scared me, and for a moment the shock called up corresponding moral images. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

F. Scott Fitzgerald Moreover it is confusing to come across a youthful photograph of some one known in a rounded maturity and gaze with a shock upon a fiery, wiry, eagle-eyed stranger. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gustave Flauber The crowd meanwhile ran to and fro; armed bands passed; captains shouted orders, while the shock of the rams beating against the rampart was constantly heard. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

The realisation that the parchment-faced little man was a detective had indeed been a bit of a shock for me, but I found soon, there was a worse shock to come. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

I want to prepare Theresa for freedom; she has lived so long quietly with me that I dread the shock and excitement of other voices and the pressure of city sounds upon her delicate ears. The Hermit of ——— Street by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins But I was weak and ill and the shock of hearing what I heard fell so heavily on me that I fainted. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Edith Wharton In the first shock of the outcry all her defences had crashed together about her head, and it had been almost a relief to feel them going, to feel that pretences and disguises were at an end. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

It was the most vital shock I had yet experienced; and for a moment I stood paralyzed. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins The shock which struck her, when she overheard the news of her husband’s death, has prostrated her strength at the time when she needed it most. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

It was miraculous that she had not been hurt, for, as it was afterwards discovered, she had only fainted from the shock she had received. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Sinclair Lewis As I say, first you shock him, and then you become so darn flighty that nobody can follow you. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Abraham Merri Strangely I felt my own heart veer toward this — Thing; bowing before its beauty and its strength; almost worshiping! A shock of revulsion went through me. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

H.P. Lovecraft The hideous expression he ignored altogether, deeming it a not improbable result of the profound shock as experienced by a person of such abnormal imagination and unbalanced emotions. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Sinclair Lewis With a shock he realized that there was much to what the boy had said. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Margaret Oliphant Oona had fallen across him and the shock had thus been broken. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

George Meredith Subsequently a sweet surprise alleviated the shock she had sustained. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Rudyard Kipling I had no theory to go on, except a vague idea that I had come between two poles of a discharge, and had taken a shock meant for some one else. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Guy de Maupassan After the first shock she became almost indifferent; she felt neither jealousy nor hatred, only contempt. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Conan Doyle But to tell the truth, sir, we were both very much attached to Sir Charles, and his death gave us a shock and made these surroundings very painful to us. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Maria Edgeworth She did not attempt to read it regularly through: some passages here and there were sufficient to astonish and shock her extremely. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Elizabeth Gaskell I told M. Voss, on his return home, and he tried to cheer me, but the shock of seeing M. de la Tourelle had been too terrible for me. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

A shock had brought back the reason a shock had taken away. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

H.P. Lovecraft But the worst shock came when my uncle shewed me the Orne jewellery in a downtown safe deposit vault. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

H. G. Wells We tend towards attachment but a shock or a mounting subconscious resistance may suddenly interfere. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Henry James It is a proof of the sincerity of the latter’s aspirations that the castel was not a shock to her faith. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

George Gissing I, too, have ceased to fear poverty—thanks to you—but I dread the more anything that can give a shock to my placid materialism. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Bee, being half a head taller than Mr. Sandal, could see over his shoulder; and her first feeling was one of shock that he should be so much more like Simon than Patrick ever was. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Jack London One was blown to pieces in the air, the expedite exploding, and the shock of it disrupted the second balloon, which fell prettily into the remaining fortress. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Guy de Maupassan The shock she had sustained had entirely upset her nervous system; she started at the least noise, and the slightest emotion caused her to go off into long swoons. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Virginia Woolf I walked straight up to you instead of circling round to avoid the shock of sensation as I used. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

D. H. Lawrence A shock of horror went through him, as he felt his forearm hit the face of the officer a brutal blow. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton He remembered his shock of disappointment, and was surprised to find that he now felt a choking homesickness at the idea of looking at it all for the last time. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

A thought shrieked into James Dice’s mind, an idea positively leaped at him, and then a shock of sheer amazement seemed absolutely to freeze the very marrow in his spine. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Olaf Stapledon With shock he saw her, for she was changed. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

D. H. Lawrence It was a shock for the young soldier. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells Other shock heads came into sight. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

George Gissing The shock had left her trembling, and the necessity of feigning calmness was a new trial of her nerves. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Virginia Woolf Helen was surprised to see how genuine both shock and problem were, but she could think of no way of easing the difficulty except by going on talking. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Jules Verne Could they have found a calmer or more peaceful spot to sleep in? On the earth, houses, towns, cottages, and country feel every shock given to the exterior of the globe. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

It was plain that the sight of that popish practice had given her a shock — almost a scare, as if she had seen a secret and nefarious rite. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

H. G. Wells Bert felt the shock of the altered tone, though he could not understand a word that was said. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Jules Verne Suddenly a shock overthrew me. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

The shock of having taken the man’s life, whoever he was, was not oppressing me so much now, as I argued to myself that after all I had been acting only in self-defence. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Each child felt the transition like a shock — and the sight of the rounded summit of Lisnavoura, now closely overhanging them, struck them with a new fear. The Child that went with the Fairies by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James Isabel’s words, if they had been meant to shock him, failed of the mark and only made him smile with the sense that here was common ground. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

I have little physical timidity, but the shock struck me into a pose as rigid as death. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Robert Louis Stevenson My first visit to Apia was a shock to me; every second person the ghost of himself, and the place reeking with infection. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James On the spot there came to me the added shock of a certitude that it was not for me he had come there. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

James Joyce The shock which had first attacked his stomach was now attacking his nerves. Dubliners by James Joyce

Margaret Oliphant They had come to bestow their favour upon him, to make him happy, and behold he had fled in con temptuous haste, without waiting for their approval; even Tozer felt the shock of the failure. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Charles Dickens We had experienced a pretty smart shock before coming below, which, but that we were the most sanguine people living, might have prepared us for the worst. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

George Gissing A man who would discourse on this topic must be courageous; he must dare to shock and give offence. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

I loved to hear the music of steel brushing against steel, the mellow shock of the mallet on thigh pieces, and the jingle of chain armour. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

BY THE next morning Robert had almost fully recovered from the shock of the accident, and was able to both think and speak coherently, and realise all that had happened. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

George Eliot I am persuaded that this will be a shock of which he will feel the effects all his life. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

The shock of the sight had driven all caution out of him. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

H. G. Wells Once the mental shock of moving unsupported through the air was over, his sensations ceased to be unpleasant, became very speedily pleasurable. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Miles Franklin What on earth was I to do about this? What would Ma say? It was a shock that this thing written as a lark could come back to me as a real book like one written by a grownup educated person. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Jules Verne The shock was so violent that the logs became disunited, the cords broke, and the water bubbled up between. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Suddenly a shock passed through her system. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

I hardly know what I am doing—the shock has been so great. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Bram Stoker So now we can come and go without alarming her unduly, for a shock to her would mean sudden death, and this, in Lucy’s weak condition, might be disastrous to her. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Wilkie Collins In the second place, his sudden appearance at Bingen would prove to be a serious, perhaps a fatal, shock to his old friend. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Ford Madox Ford He had a rule: Never think on the subject of a shock at a moment of shock. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

He shut himself up and abandoned himself to his grief, and it was a long time before his frivolous nature recovered the shock he had suffered. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

What with the shock of him going in this awful rash way, and thinking myself a made man by that chance, I was nearly off my chump for a week. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

The shock of that surprise utterly unnerved the wretched creature. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing The shock kept her still trembling and her face bloodless. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Arthur Machen I can’t say that it guided me in any real sense; it was more like a great flare of red paint on a wall; it rang up my attention, if I may say so; it was a sort of shock like a bang on the big drum. The Terror by Arthur Machen

George Gissing The result is a species of shock to the system, sure to manifest itself before long in one or other form of debility. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Charles Dickens I have no selfish meaning in what I say; but I find the shock of what broke upon me last night, to be very heavy indeed. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Edith Wharton It was a shock to her to learn afterward that he was but two years older than her mother. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Henry Handel Richardson And before she had recovered from the shock of this announcement, the house was up for sale, and she hard at work sorting and packing. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Frances Hodgson Burnett Robin’s eyes sometimes gave her a ghost of a shock when she came upon her sitting alone with her work in her idle hands. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

H. G. Wells Only with the shock of world economic disaster did the real social and political thinking of America rise to its full vigour. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Oh, you ——” “Aunt, Aunt, please don’t!” cried Richard, recovering instantly from the shock of her appearance. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

And now tell me, when first your father presented himself to you, was not his revelation a great surprise, a shock to your feelings?’ ‘It was indeed. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

He had left the tool below and went to fetch it, dropping the lid, and when two sharp blows of the hammer drove in the first nail, a shock ran through my being — I had ceased to live. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

Abraham Merri I saw Drake enter with the saddlebags; saw them drop from hands relaxing under the shock of this amazing tableau; saw his eyes widen and fill with wonder and half-awed admiration. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Elizabeth Gaskell But it was still a shock when it came, however much it might have been anticipated. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Jack London Thus at the first shock would the Iron Heel be brought to earth and lie practically dismembered. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

As she turned it up the odd dusty room and its strange company were revealed more clearly and Dickson saw with a shock how haggard was the beautiful face. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

George Gissing Hugh’s fatal violence could have but one explanation, and that did not come upon Harvey with the shock of the incredible. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Arnold Bennett The shock of his strange advent momentarily silenced the quarrel; but soon it leaped up again, under the shelter of the noisy music — the common, tedious, tippler’s quarrel. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

The night air ruffled a shock of tow-coloured hair. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Both mentally and physically my condition was deplorable, and for the first time I realized that a shock to the mind may react upon the body as vilely as any debauch of self-indulgence. Unseen - Unfeared by Francis Stevens

Charles Dickens It is the case of a shock under which the sufferer was borne down, one cannot say for how long, because I believe he cannot calculate the time himself, and there are no other means of getting at it. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

All he was aware of was the shock of this hint of departure. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Wilkie Collins Before I was out in the passage again, the first shock from the beam fell on the door. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Henry Adams This discovery seemed to shock none of the students. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

The shock brought me to my senses, and I rose an altogether different man, though still hating him with a tenfold loathing as the cause of all my misery. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

D. H. Lawrence But when Mr Massy came, there was a shock of disappointment in the house. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

It was something of a shock to have this service asked of him. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

It was a shock to him, on coming out of his brown study, to find the girl so near to him, as if one waking suddenly should see the figure of his dream turned into flesh and blood. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

D. H. Lawrence Suddenly a shock ran through her, so violent that she thought she was struck down. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling D’you think you could tell him, and — yes, Mrs. Betts in the cottage with the wistaria next the blacksmith’s? I’m afraid this has been rather a shock to you. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Wilkie Collins He saw that all his efforts to break the shock of the discovery had been efforts made in vain; he felt the vital importance of rousing her, and firmly and distinctly repeated the fatal words. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope She had known the handwriting instantly, and at the first shock she put the paper down upon the table. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

H. G. Wells The chimney broke, but the glass receiver stood the shock and rolled to the bottom, a potential bomb. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Willa Cather Emil’s cold, frowning face, the girl’s content — Alexandra had felt awe of them, even in the first shock of her grief. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Virginia Woolf A shock of something like relief, of something that had a tinge of triumph in it, went through him as he leant back in the corner. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Andrew Lang This “dream” “produced such a shock that I had no inclination to talk about it”. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton The shock of finding her gone when he reached home gave a new turn to his feelings. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Henry James Then she added: ‘I suppose it was your eagerness to save your companion the shock of seeing me — in my dishonour — that led you to steal our cab. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

For the first time now with his leader-lord the liegeman young was bidden to share the shock of battle. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

The two young women had cared a good deal for one another, and the shock to Matilda was serious. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

Recovering from the first feeling of shock which the letter had given, the doctor considered how he would deal with Larose when he arrived as arranged upon the Wednesday for lunch. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

The shock was felt all through the vessel, and Pine, who had been watching the ironing of the last of the mutineers, at once divined its cause. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

I don’t know whether it was the shock of your going or the lack of your sober companionship, but he was a different person afterwards. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope There was some considerable delay in the court after this, as though all the parties concerned felt unwilling to commence business after the shock which Feemy’s death had occasioned. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Anna Katherine Green My daughter may die from shock or shame, but she will never cloud your son’s prospects with the obloquy which has settled over her own. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Henry Handel Richardson The shock of this discovery was so great that it drove over her lips a thought that had come to her in the night . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins Sometimes, the money is wanted for purposes which I don’t suspect in this case, and which I won’t shock you by mentioning. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Arthur Conan Doyle Dark and murky was it all, but hope mounts high in youth, and it ever fluttered over all the turmoil of his thoughts like a white plume amid the shock of horsemen. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Wilkie Collins If you have got anything to tell me, shock or no shock, out with it on the spot. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Edith Wharton Their glance met in a shock of comprehension. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Edith Wharton She had not spoken since they had entered the shanty, and he wondered if she had felt a shock of disappointment. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

The few local court cases were calculated rather to cause a little welcome excitement than to shock or grieve. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

The shock of warmth gave me one of those minutes of self-possession which comes sometimes in the middle of a fever. Greenmantle by John Buchan

To make the shock less shattering. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Marjorie Bowen She felt with a sense of shock that he was making an effort to reveal his very soul to her; she saw his emotion, and wondered dimly that it did not touch her. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Algernon Blackwood With a shock he then realized another thing: it was the very daisy he had broken, uprooted, killed a few minutes before. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

William Cowper At once the shock unseated him; he flew Sheer o’er the craggy barrier, and, immersed Deep in the flood, found, when he sought it not, The death he had deserved, and died alone. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

H. G. Wells As the first shock of the change of light passed, I saw about me more distinctly. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

There is a shock and a crash, as of a gate flung to behind one by the perfidious hand of fate. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Elizabeth Gaskell When the first shock was over, the three sisters began to enjoy the full relish of meeting again, after the longest separation they had had in their lives. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Jules Verne A shock is therefore needed to produce the explosion, for, simply lighted, this substance would burn without exploding. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Abraham Merri In my palm, at the base of my thumb, I had felt the same shock that I had in touching the slab below. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

John Locke I would fain know why a shock and a hound are not as distinct species as a spaniel and an elephant. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

To be thrown with Davies was to receive a shock of enlightenment; for here, at least, was a specimen of the breed who exacted respect. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Elizabeth Gaskell Sylvia heard the sound of the passionate rush and rebound of many waters, like the shock of mighty guns, whenever the other sound of the blustering gusty wind was lulled for an instant. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

W. H. Hudson But when I approach the flower to my face and inhale its perfume, than a shock of keen pleasure is experienced, and a mental change so great that it is like a miracle. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

After the first shock there was a dead silence; no voice murmured the common-place phrases of congratulation which might naturally have followed such an announcement. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Algernon Blackwood But that first sense of shock remains: I yearned to know him, to stand where he stood, to be exactly like him. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Perhaps a quarter of a minute passed and then the grave-digger, smiling a cold contemptuous smile, had recovered from his shock and, knife still in hand, was advancing again to the coffin. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Her usually acute brain was fogged by terror and the nerve-strain of a shock whose full effects she was yet to feel. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Charles Dickens To see her with her white hair and her worn face kneeling at my feet gave me a shock through all my frame. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Edgar Allan Poe After the first shock of astonishment, however, we resolved, as a matter of course, upon further experiment forthwith. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

The shock of this discovery was overpowering, and some time elapsed before I could rally from it. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

H.P. Lovecraft Dr. Torres knew, but the shock killed him. Cool Air by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

H. G. Wells When one got over the shock of little Redwood’s enormous size, he was, I am told by people who used to see him almost daily teufteufing slowly about Hyde Park, a singularly bright and pretty baby. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Elizabeth Gaskell Suddenly there was a shock and stound all over the vessel, her progress was stopped, and a rocking vibration was felt everywhere. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

H. G. Wells For some British readers there will be a shock, when they read of it, quite different in its nature from the shock that came to me. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

The shock of those last few moments had made thought impossible. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Eliot Then she said, softly, “Hetty!” There was a slight movement perceptible in Hetty’s frame — a start such as might have been produced by a feeble electrical shock — but she did not look up. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Sinclair Lewis Like a shock came the thought that he actually could go. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton Whatever shock her words brought to his personal hope, he was grateful to her for speaking them so clearly, for having so sure a grasp of her purpose. Madame de Treymes by Edith Wharton [1907]

Their bodies met with a shock that would have slain two ordinary men and could have been heard, you would swear, away in the streets of Keswick itself. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

D. H. Lawrence The doctor says that the shock does it like that sometimes. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London Before he had recovered from the shock caused by the tragic passing of Curly, he received another shock. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Abraham Merri The shock of his impact was no greater than that of breaking through thick cobweb. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Abraham Merri The shock still held me rigid, although a tingle in every nerve told me of returning force. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

D. H. Lawrence The shock had thrown him off his balance. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence She had only realised with a shock that stunned her, that she was overcome by this pure transportation. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

W. H. Hudson I am not going to shock the enlightened and scientific reader by expressing belief in this confession, but give, without comment, a simple translation of it. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mrs. Max Drayton, in the seclusion of her drawing-room, was rather a shock to her unexpected visitor. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

When it was put a second time he glanced up with a start, as if he had been brought back with a shock from the place of shadows in which his thoughts had been straying. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

George Meredith They sat with folded hands while Wilfrid turned to Mrs. Chump, who advanced, a shock of blue satin to the eye, crying, on a jump: “Is ut Mr. Wilfrud?” “It’s I, ma’am. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

It looked like just such a rent as might be caused by a shock of earthquake, and, being still new to the East, we wondered the Government had not set to work to mend it. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

D. H. Lawrence Yes, yes — how jolly!” She held out her hands to Leslie, but it was too great a shock to his mood. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

The shock was so great that its first effect was only to produce a kind of physical numbness which extended even to the brain. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle What with the shock and the loss of blood, I fainted, and should have been drowned if Holder had not caught hold of me and paddled for the bank. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Rudyard Kipling Michael had died and her world had stood still and she had been one with the full shock of that arrest. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Jack London Every hour was filled with shock and surprise. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The shock which his nerves had received did not permit him to sleep very soon. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It had been the greatest shock of her life. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Scarcely waiting the shock of their enemy, the panic-struck barbarians let off a feeble volley of arrows, and, offering no other resistance, fled rapidly and tumultuously across the plain. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

H. G. Wells With a shock it came into Mr. Parham’s head that he was seeing bones and nerves and blood vessels hurrying to their appointed places in that swimming swirl. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Sinclair Lewis Though he had watched Gottlieb declining, it was a shock that he could be so unwell as to drop his work even for a few months. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

What else could it be? She fell, as if shot, into a chair under the first shock and found herself unable to move. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Marston read the letter that announced the event with a stern look, and silently, but the shock he felt was terrific. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

How then do you become Napoleon? There is always one escape: INTO WICKEDNESS. Always do the thing that will shock and wound people. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Theodore Dreiser The shock of death affected her greatly and left her for a time in a depressed state. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Maria Edgeworth There was nothing that tended to raise her spirits much in the letter itself, to make amends for the shock the direction had given. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

H. Rider Haggard The shock was so great that for a second or two he staggered, and nearly fell. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing With a shock of disappointment, Piers saw that the old photograph had faded almost to invisibility. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Charles Dudley Warner The shock of their encounter was dreadful; their lances were shivered, and sent up splinters in the air. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Arthur Conan Doyle A shock of very bright red hair grew low over his eyes and forehead. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

H.P. Lovecraft At last beginning my attempt, I lunged again and again at the thin paneling with my left shoulder, heedless of shock or pain. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Leslie Stephen It is, however, equally plain that an alliance with a foreign fiddler was certain to shock British respectability. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Henry Adams That the language would require at least three months’ hard work before he could touch the Law was an annoying discovery; but the shock that upset him was the discovery of the university itself. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

G. K. Chesterton Though he said nothing and did not move, I knew that he had been for an instant cleared and sharpened with a shock of cold water. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

The shock of his wife’s falsehood may kill him — after he has made a new will in your favour!” The two men stood face to face, looking at each other. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

He was sorting out planks and, intending to tease and perhaps to shock her, he showed her a pile at the farther end of the shed in the semi-darkness. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

A. E. W. Mason She did not move immediately; she retained her attitude and position, expecting that the change in him would for the first moment shock her. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Bram Stoker I fear that tomorrow will end our watching, for the shock has been too great. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Jules Verne In the midst of his perplexities, a shock was felt. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a shock to me to hear that I had placed my friends in such horrible peril. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Then, with a shock of surprise, I realized what it was, and exclaimed: ‘But I say, damn it, where are the beds?’ ‘Beds?’ said the other man, surprised. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Henry James What in all the wide world had he now to keep awake for? He stared before him with the question, and it was then that, as one of the cemetery walks passed near him, he caught the shock of the face. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

John Galsworthy I received quite a shock when I apprehended that the book was that dreadful ‘Don Juan’ that one has heard so much about. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy