Phrases with "torch"

When he came to the light he saw it was a torch of thick branches, the flame whereof blew hither and thither on the wind. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Ann Radcliffe He made towards it, and passed it just as the light of a torch gleamed upon the walls of the vault. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Withhold my message to save the exposures of a trial, and keep the flame from the torch of insurrectionary freedom. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

But this was not till after he had left Edinburgh, to carry the torch of learning to the south. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

H. G. Wells Such was the large fear-obsessed mentality to which the disclosures of Harold Rigamey came like a torch to a hayrick. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then, if Madam wants to see whether any of her boarders are out what she considers too late, she can come in here with a candle or a torch and see for herself. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

The dwarf did not answer in words, but, leading us along a side passage, held his torch above his head, and bade us look. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Tobias Smolle Hymen lighted up his brightest torch at Virtue’s lamp, and every star shed its happiest influence on their Heaven-directed union. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

He found his torch was dead and lit that candle. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

E. Phillips Oppenheim One of them, who had almost the appearance of a monk, in his long toga-like cloak, a giant brandishing a torch in one hand and a great knotted stick in the other, came blundering forward. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

The only light obtainable came from the torch which our guide had taken from a bracket on leaving the chancel and now carried in his hand. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

He pulled the door to like lightning and without flashing his torch groped for and found the bolt housing. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

M. P. Shiel I held a torch to the pile: a sheet of flame shot up, crackling, around the beloved sacrifice. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

I had left the room door ajar when I entered, and of course I had switched off my torch after my first look round. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Edith Wharton By the light of his electric torch he saw her lying almost across the threshold. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

The dwarf went forward to him and said something in a low voice, whereupon he took a torch from the wall at his side and signed to us to follow him. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

He lay down upon the floor and flashed his torch everywhere under the well, and at the back from where the drawers had come out. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

H.P. Lovecraft As I ceased poring over this incredible document I saw that the light of my torch was beginning to fail, hence quickly inserted the extra battery I always had with me. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Flashing a torch through the chinks of his garage. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Robert Green Ingersoll Do not imagine that there is any being who would give to his children the holy torch of reason and then damn them for following where the holy light led. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

After Swaylone’s death, another musician took up the tale; and so the light has passed down from torch to torch, till now Earthrid bears it. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

But there was one open, and my torch showed me that it contained a very steep flight of stairs — the kind of thing that in old houses leads to the attics. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

A torch was flashed and it was seen at once it was that of the missing major. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

H.P. Lovecraft Then, torch in mouth, I scrambled through myself — my back torn as before by stalactites. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

A gloomy platform hung with black cloth and surrounded by horse-soldiers, each with a torch in his left hand and a drawn sword in his right, stands in the midst of the public square. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

I saw a hand light a torch at the lanthorn, and the crowd of faces, the muddle of limbs, the horses’ heads, and the quiet trees above, flickered into sight. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

I was very cool and restored the pistol to my pocket and took the torch in my hand before I moved . Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

The torch flickered, hissed, and went out, the glowing end falling on the mat, whence Babalatchi snatched it up and tossed it outside through the open square. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

In the midst of these screams they saw Mordaunt upon the poop with a torch in hand. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

And as the lackey carried a torch in his hand, he placed himself between the superintendent and the bishop of Vannes, so that both of them could read at the same time. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Then Daunt returned down into the vaults and gathered all his things together, sweeping his torch round many times to make sure he was leaving nothing behind. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

His haste was his obsession then, and Sam Gover tells us there was light only from the torch when the finger was pressing on the catch. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

At this instant a torch chanced to be carried past; its blaze aided the pale moon in doing justice to the crisis, in lighting to perfection the dénouement pressing on. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

The latter he put down upon the floor, and, having done so, turned to place the torch in the socket fastened to the wall. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Robert Louis Stevenson For what should the woman have seen? A man with a torch - and then A moment’s blur of the eyes - and a man with a torch again. Ballads by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim The torch was almost immediately extinguished, but the man still advanced. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

His first act was to elevate his torch to a level with my face, squint malignantly, project his under lip, and turn away. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Electric light can give brilliance, and can make a brave display, but after the naphtha torch it seems austere and thin. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Olaf Stapledon The torch which had fallen from the hand of man could never be picked up and carried forward by a fresh runner. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

It was like mine in every particular, even to the bracket for a torch upon the wall. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim To have used his electric torch would have helped him little and would have invited trouble. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Gustave Flauber Hamilcar took a torch and disappeared into the darkness. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

A few minutes later, Mangan, now wearing a pair of black gloves and with a little pocket torch to light his way, was prowling round the lower rooms of the canon’s house. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

H.P. Lovecraft The beam from my torch could not reach the roof, but the lower parts of the monstrous arches stood out distinctly. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Willa Cather The engine panted heavily, and the fireman dodged in and out among the wheels with his yellow torch and long oilcan, snapping the spindle boxes. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

H.P. Lovecraft In the light of my torch it seemed as if that dust were not as even as it ought to be — there were places where it looked thinner, as if it had been disturbed not many months before. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Victor Hugo Through the gate passed a man with a torch in his hand. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle I was in darkness, but a brigand with a torch stood beside him, and I saw his eyes and his teeth gleaming as he peered at me. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

H.P. Lovecraft Last of all, I did indeed flash the torch upon the exposed page — steeling myself in advance to suppress any sound no matter what I should find. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Henry James I could see meanwhile the torch she refused to pass on flame away in her chamber of memory — pour through her eyes a light that shone in her lonely house. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

Mine, while the torch of Hymen newly fired Becomes extinguished,—soon—too soon expires; But thine, within the closing grate retired, Eternal captive, to her God aspires. Poems 1816-1823 by Byron [1816-1823]

Bruno had set a torch in the ring in the wall of his stone stable, and was still threshing by its light with the peasant whom he had hired to help him. Signa by Ouida

But I don’t want to lose Grimaud.” “You shall have one of my musketeers to carry a torch for you. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Walter Scott The torch of the Saxon Cupid shone for some years as brilliant as when it was first lighted. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

H.P. Lovecraft The lowness of the chiselled chamber was very strange, for I could hardly kneel upright; but the area was so great that my torch showed only part of it at a time. The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

A golden age of peace has followed that wild time; but the Spanish king’s death is like to light the torch and set the war-dogs barking. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Then he proceeded to flash his torch in every direction. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Sinclair Lewis The last thing Elmer saw in the light of his electric torch was Lulu huddled, with shrunk shoulders, her face insane with fear. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Percy Bysshe Shelley Every thing had till now been obscured by total darkness; and Verezzi, for the first time, saw the masked faces of his persecutors, which a torch brought by Bernardo rendered visible. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Wilkie Collins Is the place wet there? Is it the rain from heaven that is dropping through the roof?” Gabriel took the torch with trembling fingers and knelt down on the floor to examine it closely. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

John Galsworthy I’ll tell you what; I’ll walk you in to the hotel, borrow a torch and come back to her. Over the River by John Galsworthy

William Godwin She delights to profane the sacred altar with a funereal flame, and pollutes the incense with a torch from the pyre. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

The next moment he drooped his head, and gently, placidly, drifted away from earth, like an infant sinking to rest, The torch had flashed up before going out. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Ivan Turgenev People like them can’t be found in your great world even if you search for them by day with a torch . Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

H.P. Lovecraft I drew out my torch and cast a brilliant beam into the opening. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

There is, beside, the “link-man,” a lank, dark-faced, black-haired man, in a sable suit, with a link or torch in his hand. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Bram Stoker The imposture regarding the Dauphin was like a torch-race — so soon as the lighted torch fell from the hand of one runner it was lifted by him who followed. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

His back was towards me and he was flashing a torch before him and stooping to pass through the opening in the wall. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

His torch would have soon run down and he had to conserve that for an emergency. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

The lurid glow of his smouldering torch imperfectly lights his figure and face, and, except when much perturbed, his link never blazes. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Leon Trotsky An unexpected, unwelcome, but resplendent torch rose above the Volga. Now we began to fire at the pier. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Charles Dickens It was smitten harder though, when, torch in hand, I descended from the cheerful day into two ranges, one below another, of dismal, awful, horrible stone cells. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

He will place the bowl upon the floor over there, and will then turn his back on you while he puts his torch in the bracket upon the wall yonder. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

George Meredith The torch of war was actually lighting, and he was not fashioned to be heedless of what surrounded him. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

William Hope Hodgson Now whether it had come to the bo’sun to set alight this first of the fungi, I know not; for it may be that his torch coming by chance against it, set it afire. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

Thro’ Elis and the Grecian towns he flew; Th’ audacious wretch four fiery coursers drew: He wav’d a torch aloft, and, madly vain, Sought godlike worship from a servile train. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

H.P. Lovecraft I thrust my torch within, beholding a black tunnel with the roof arching low over a rough flight of very small, numerous and steeply descending steps. The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Peleus sister alike and brother in high misprision Held, nor lifted a torch when Thetis wedded at even. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

E. Phillips Oppenheim Some one had lit a torch and they realised that it was a stranger who was stealing off with her. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

H. G. Wells They know it is like carrying a torch into a powder magazine. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

The torch was fastened against a great cliff of granite by an iron band. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Arriving at the end of the passage the detective flashed a torch upon the ceiling and nodded to his companion. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

With a premonition that I might be long away from food, I had brought some slabs of chocolate, and my pistol and torch were in my pocket. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

He switched on a small electric torch and saw that it was twenty minutes to one and he rolled noiselessly off the bed, and with a catlike tread approached the window and lifted the blind. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

And so the ante-chamber was dark; a page carried a torch before the king, who walked on slowly, greatly annoyed at what had recently occurred. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

At that instant a current of air blew some sparks from the torch and brought to the princesses an ill-smelling odor of dampness and blood. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

H.P. Lovecraft As I held my torch aloft it seemed to me that the shape of the roof was too regular to be natural, and I wondered what the prehistoric cutters of stone had first worked upon. The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

I flashed my torch inside the machine-gun nest. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Marjorie Bowen As the wild clouds began to roll over the stars he regretted his impulse to walk and flashed the torch about to discover any place or person where he could ask his way. The Breakdown by Marjorie Bowen

There were few lights — only now and then the flare of a torch which showed the grey stone houses, with every window latticed and shuttered. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope Ugh —” and she shuddered as she thought of the matrimonial torch which her friends had been so ready to light on her behalf. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

You throw a torch into a pile of buildings, and when they are consumed, you sit among the ruins and lament the fall. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Edgar Allan Poe I thrust a torch through the remaining aperture and let it fall within. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

Walter Scott In this last gambaud the torch which he bore was extinguished; but this extraordinary warder whirled it round his head with infinite velocity, so that it again ignited. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

G. K. Chesterton When the ends of the earth came marching in To torch and cresset gleam. The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Exactly at a quarter past two, Captain Bonnett was to signal to them by the flashing of a torch in the window of the footman’s little room off the entrance hall. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

H.P. Lovecraft Concealment being futile at this juncture, we used our torch for a running glance behind, and perceived that the mist was thinning. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

They were, of course, Guildford and Short Alf. Another torch was switched on, and then for a couple of minutes or so, in perfect silence, the two lights played up and down the big steel door. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

D. H. Lawrence The men were stooping over something dark, the man with the torch bending forward too. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Abraham Merri The lodge was a fortress beleaguered by the woods, a fortress whose garrison sallied forth with axe and torch to take their toll of the besiegers. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

Gauntry heard him and instantly flashed his torch in the direction from which the sound had come, at once showing up the white faces of the two watching men. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Willa Cather The engine panted heavily, and the fireman dodged in and out among the wheels with his yellow torch and long oil-can, snapping the spindle boxes. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Virginia Woolf For if Chloe likes Olivia and Mary Carmichael knows how to express it she will light a torch in that vast chamber where nobody has yet been. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Taking what remained of a torch from a socket near the door, we entered together. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He directed his torch to the ground and motioned the others not to come too near. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Then suddenly Broome, who, along with Colonel Jasper, was occupying the back seat, flashed his torch upon the prostrate figure of the detective on the floor of the car. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim When it came out the flash of a torch dazzled Cheshire. An exclamation broke from his lips. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

I had a tiny electric torch which my wife had managed to buy in Barcelona, otherwise we had no light of any description between us. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Dumesnil held a small electric torch to his watch. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Virginia Woolf As if the prayer were a torch applied to fuel, a smoke seemed to rise automatically and fill the place with the ghosts of innumerable services on innumerable Sunday mornings at home. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

The Prince hesitated and determined to wait for that fuller darkness; while he waited he took out his electric torch with his left hand, and rehearsed his movements. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

H.P. Lovecraft Very low and sand-choked were all the dark apertures near me, but I cleared on with my spade and crawled through it, carrying a torch to reveal whatever mysteries it might hold. The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

He flashed his torch upon the young fellow, who was sitting up in bed. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It seems to me that the sweetest moment of my freedom would be to bring the great news to my uncle, and know that the supreme joy of my life was also a torch to light him rejoicing into another world. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

The executioner had been directed to apply his torch from below. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

John Morley They may have rejoiced in their strength so long as they cherished the illusion that those who first kindled the torch should also complete the long course and bear the lamp to the goal. Voltaire by John Morley

He wanted the torch only when he came to look inside the safe, and that’s why he drew the curtains. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The Inspector flashed his torch round, left one man at the outside gate, one in the scullery and one in the passage. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Then I sets my torch well alight and blows it out when it’s a-smouldering. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

It was still not pitch dark there, but he switched on his small torch as he inserted the long key of the bunch in the keyhole of the safe. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

H.P. Lovecraft The narrow passage led infinitely down like some hideous haunted well, and the torch I held above my head could not light the unknown depths toward which I was crawling. The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

The alderman assenting, he caught up a torch and was hurrying thither, when an accident stopped him, and indeed carried him a step or two in the opposite direction. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

It was a dim star-lit night and he had to proceed very carefully along a pathway under high over-hanging trees, flashing his torch every now and then to keep in the right direction. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

The other lights had apparently gone out, except the red end of a torch on the bank. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Charles Dickens As soon as they had made a breach at the window, large enough for the admission of a man’s head, one of them thrust in a torch and looked all round the room. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

I managed to get the little electric torch jammed in the corner of the cross-bar, where it lit up the floor towards the door. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Jules Verne You will have to walk hatchet or torch in hand, and, believe me, that’s not quick work. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Virginia Woolf She flashed her torch onto a name on a street corner. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Victor Hugo He was not Satan, certainly; but he was Lucifer. His entrance, with his torch in his hand, was sinister. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Charles Dickens Each had a loop-hole in its massive wall, where, in the old time, every day, a torch was placed — I dreamed — to light the prisoner within, for half an hour. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Arthur Conan Doyle I thought, too, of the glimpse I had in the light of Lord John’s torch of that bloated, warty, blood-slavering muzzle. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Henry Kingsley This the Major denied, quoting:— “By torch and trumpet fast array’d. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

H.P. Lovecraft Then courage returned, and I scraped away more dirt in the light of the electric torch I had provided. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

A startled cry came from inside the cottage, a big electric torch was flashed and a burly figure jumped across the threshold and flung itself upon the chauffeur. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Henry James That was the torch of my analogy. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

I bought a small electric torch to equip myself for the adventure. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

It was associated with that big rat that I mentioned had rushed out when I flashed my torch round the chapel. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Here they deemed it safe to light a torch to show them the way. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

He had no torch with him, but quickly striking a match, saw at once that the child was not there. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

G. K. Chesterton He flashed on his electric torch and nearly fell off the ladder. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Jules Verne This was done, and a little before four o’clock, at the moment when the sailor’s torch went out in its turn, Cyrus Harding and his companions passed out of the passage. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle I could see by the dim light of the single torch which Murgatroyd held upon the margin, that the roof of the cave sloped sheer down upon us as we sculled slowly out towards the entrance. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

M. P. Shiel And as Cobby was being led away, the man ran, put the torch and Cobby’s hat with haste and stealth into Cobby’s hand, and walked away out, poor but honest. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

We flashed the torch through the window and instantly raised a cheer. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

He sprang up with a savage imprecation and finding he was in total darkness, flashed his torch in bewilderment, not realising for the moment what had happened. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

When this was ended, the black cloth was removed, and revealed a gay panoply; and the Pope blessed the people, and ended by throwing his torch among them: so did two cardinals. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Virginia Woolf All that you will have to explore, I said to Mary Carmichael, holding your torch firm in your hand. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

He slung the pipe across his back, and, taking the torch in his hand, got upon the horse, and started off before them, as hard as he could go. The Secret Rose by William Butler Yeats [1897]

Jules Verne There remained in the square only Ivan Ogareff and the torch bearers. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Although he had a torch with him, he did not switch it on at first, letting his eyes become gradually accustomed to the dimness. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

George Meredith He farmed his land, distillingly alive For the utmost extract he might have and hive, Wherewith to marshal force; and in like scheme, Benign shone Hymen’s torch on young love’s dream. Odes in Contribution to the Song of French History by George Meredith [1898]

It lies in the larger and more important, though connected, fact that, at a given moment, his were the hands in which the torch of the novel-procession was deposited. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

At last the time came when Sir Richard must go, whereupon Robin Hood called his band around him, and each man of the yeomen took a torch in his hand to light the way through the woodlands. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

But he kicked like a mule, and what with the torch in my hand he slipped from my hands like a trout and was over before I could grab him again. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

William Hope Hodgson Now the bo’sun led the way, and, finding the marks led direct to the valley, he broke into a run, holding his torch well above his head. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

They made the image of death a beautiful boy, with a torch turned down. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

He flashed his torch upon the roof, as it was evidently through there the sound was penetrating. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Switching off his torch for a second to make certain that his was the only light in the corridor, he snapped it on again quickly and took a searching look at the body. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Then I saw that the passage lights had not been turned on, and that whoever was there had a torch like me. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

E. Phillips Oppenheim When Knigenstein came to me I knew that he was in earnest, but I never dreamed that the torch was so nearly kindled. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The spell of life went forth from her ever-creative spirit, and communicated itself to a thousand objects, as a torch kindles a flame wherever it may be applied. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Victor Hugo Then the doctor cast the torch into the sea. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

She, being in the dark and with her arm thrust in to the shoulder through the small hole, couldn’t see what was going on, and she dared not withdraw the torch now to run round. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Arthur Conan Doyle When they were close to the King, the man-at-arms plucked a torch from its socket and held it to his own face. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

But I noticed, as I turned my torch on the ground, that from the clamp which I had shattered a brass rod sunk in the floor led to one of the door-posts. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

He held his torch to it, and then — his face went pale and clammy, his eyes took on a look of horrible surprise, and his hands shook as if he had been seized suddenly with an ague. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

He flashed the torch on him, and before the light had reached his face the man leaped. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

He would have blazed away like a torch if anyone had placed a lighted match close to his mouth. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Charles Dickens The vaults were profoundly dark, and having no torch or candle — for they had been afraid to carry one, lest it should betray their place of refuge — they were obliged to grope with their hands. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Robert Louis Stevenson One moment: and there, on the reef, where the breakers whitened and beat, Rahéro was standing alone, glowing and scorched and bare, A victor unknown of any, raising the torch in the air. Ballads by Robert Louis Stevenson

H.P. Lovecraft I took the torch from my mouth and shut it off to save the battery. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

See,” the speaker snapped a little electric torch full on to his own face for a few seconds. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

I found the wallet, but with more difficulty than I had expected, and, in my search for the particular slab of chalk, had to flash my torch a great deal longer than I liked. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Victor Hugo The torch threw out their profiles and attitudes into relief. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Sinclair Lewis Above the picture was an inspiring educational symbol — no antiquated lamp or torch or owl of Minerva, but a row of dollar signs. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

I rolls ’em up together to make a nice fat torch and I peeps up into the branches of the trees until I finds a Johnny–Longtail all asleep. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Maria Edgeworth I saw him fix and mount his ladder with his little black pot swinging from his arm, and his red smoking torch waving with astonishing velocity, as he ran up and down the ladder. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Besides, they may be back any minute now, and if they happen to flash their torch this way, they may catch sight of you yet. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

He flashed his torch as few times as possible and always directed it so that its range would fall only a few feet ahead. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Walter Scott You shall sooner light your torch in a puddle of rain than bring a spark out of a cold-blooded coward. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Then he flashed his torch round and instantly he gave a gasp of horror and pressed his hand upon his heart for it had started to throb so violently. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Nathaniel Hawthorne A few, however, adhered to this new marvel, and even declared that a red gleam like that of a torch had shone through the great front window, as if the negro were lighting a guest up the staircase. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Rudyard Kipling Now that I am older I propose, if you, my constituents, will permit me, to hand on the sacred torch of boredom. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

An officer with a torch went before the horses, and gave orders at every post to let them pass. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Men kiss but fire that only shows pursue; Her torch and Hero, figure show and virtue. Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe and George Chapman

Sir Walter Scott Having shut the door of his cell, he placed the torch in a candlestick made of wood, and looked around his sleeping apartment, the furniture of which was of the most simple kind. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Jules Verne Then a torch was brought, and the wood, heavily soaked with oil, instantly took fire. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

George Meredith That ‘European rose of the coal-black order,’ as one of his numerous pictures of her painted the girl, was a torch in a cavern for dusky redness at her cheeks. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

George Meredith A torch lit up Lord Romfrey’s face as he stepped ashore. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Sir Walter Scott The man who held the torch in this instance was the huntsman, whose sulky demeanour Brown had already noticed with surprise. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

George Meredith She had then the beauty coming from the fathom depths, with the torch of Life in the jaws of Death to light her: beauty of the nether kingdom mounting to an upper place in the higher. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Thy hand o’er towns the fun’ral torch displays, And forms a thousand ills ten thousand ways. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

H. P. Lovecraft Already my torch had begun to expire; soon I would be enveloped by the total and almost palpable blackness of the bowels of the earth. The Beast in the Cave by H. P. Lovecraft [1904]

H.P. Lovecraft The rays of my torch shot feebly into the engulfing blackness, bringing phantasmal flashes of hideously familiar walls and carvings, all blighted with the decay of ages. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

H. P. Lovecraft Prompted by some preserving instinct of self-defense, I broke through the spell that had hitherto held me immovable, and flung my now dying torch at the creature who menaced my existence. The Alchemist by H. P. Lovecraft [1908]

George Meredith The feeling that it was she to whom it was given to lift the torch and plant the standard of Italy, had swept her as through the strings of a harp. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Leon Trotsky With the oil torch still blazing, we went on to the headland. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Ellister had been rowing and Douro leaning over the side of the boat flashing his torch to attract the fish. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

My torch showed me a long passage with something like a door at the far end, but I clicked it off, for I did not dare to use it now. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

H. P. Lovecraft Determined upon further exploration, I felt in my pockets for flint and steel, and lit the unused torch which I had with me. The Alchemist by H. P. Lovecraft [1908]