Phrases with "torrent"

Rudyard Kipling He kicked backward at a mud wall that crumbled at the stroke, and, crumbling, melted to yellow mud under the torrent of rain. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

H.P. Lovecraft He knew me at once, and began pouring out a meaningless, half-incoherent torrent of words in my direction. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

Henry Handel Richardson His vitality exhausted itself beforehand — in a passionate aversion, a torrent of words — and failed him at the critical moment. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

He felt that he could have forgiven it — and himself — if he had been swept into the vortex of a headlong mountain torrent leaping down its own wild water-way, carrying all before it. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

It seemed to David — and he held it part of the infernal miracle — that the torrent did not quench the lights. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Sylvia found herself surrounded by a wildly-surging torrent which threatened to overwhelm her. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Isabella Bird It is said to be much like a torrent bed, but the snow was lying heavily upon it, filling up its inequalities. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

The river had covered the usual track, and we had to take to torrent beds and precipice ledges, I on one yak, and my tent on another. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

George Gissing Miss Waltham may very likely refuse to see me, but, if you would ask her—’ Letty was borne on a torrent of strange thoughts. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Nathaniel Hawthorne They remained stupefied, stranded, as it were, in the midst of a torrent which deafened them by its roaring, but might not move them by its violence. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Progress stopped by a torrent and impassable gorge. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

It is so humiliating to read this torrent of falsetto sentiment now, and to think that a man gifted like Burns should have poured it forth. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

H. G. Wells In the road that runs from the top of Putney Hill to Wimbledon was a number of poor vestiges of the panic torrent that must have poured Londonward on the Sunday night after the fighting began. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

H. G. Wells For the main road was a boiling stream of people, a torrent of human beings rushing northward, one pressing on another. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Jules Verne This was too much for Count Timascheff, and having poured out a torrent of angry invective against the English officers, he ordered his crew to embark immediately. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Washington Irving The stranger attempted, once or twice, to stem the torrent of words, but in vain, so he bowed his head and suffered it to flow on. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch After five minutes of this the ground grew easier and at the same time steeper, and I guessed that we were slanting up the hillside and away from the torrent at an acute angle. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

Mrs. Evitt, in a torrent of words, told him all she knew, and all she suspected. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Richard Burton It will be used in the following pages to express a “hill water-course, which rolls a torrent after rain, and is either partially or wholly dry during the droughts. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Charles Dickens An avalanche had swept over it, and plunged into the torrent at the bottom of the gulf below. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Such is the headlong tumult, such “the torrent rapture,” by which life is let loose amongst the air, the earth, and the waters under the earth. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

George Meredith Flame, stream, are we, in mid career From torrent source, delirious dream, To heaven-reflecting currents clear. A Reading of Earth by George Meredith [1888]

Rudyard Kipling It was a red and heavy audit, for the land was very sick and needed a little breathing-space ere the torrent of cheap life should flood it anew. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

E. F. Benson While he answered she made up another sentence in Italian about the blue sky or Venice, or very meanly said her husband had been there, hoping to direct the torrent of Italian eloquence to him. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

H. G. Wells When the mid-dinner change came we talked a little about indifferent things, making a stiff conversation like a bridge over a torrent of unspoken intimacies. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

George Meredith The torrent glints under the rowan red, And shakes the bracken spray: What joy on the heather to bound, old hound, Over the hills and away. Scattered Poems by George Meredith

G. K. Chesterton His spirits were already unnaturally high; they rose as the Saumur sank, and in half an hour his talk was a torrent of nonsense. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

The torrent dashes by with inconceivable rapidity; its colour is black as night, and the dark ledge of rock on which you stand, is so treacherously level with it, that nothing warns you of danger. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Jules Verne At any rate, the opening on the northeast, which was partly visible, poured out no torrent upon the northern slope of the mountain. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Washington Irving Morning, noon, and night, her tongue was incessantly going, and every thing he said or did was sure to produce a torrent of household eloquence. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

George Meredith Their talk bordered the old life which they had known, like a rivulet, coming to falls where it threatens to be e, torrent and a flood; like flame bubbling the wax of a seal. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Anthony Trollope But this was too good to last, and before very long he made a faux pas, which brought down on him in a torrent the bottled-up wrath of the viscount. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Did he act well? When had he acted? Where had he acted? Sir George interrupted the torrent of interrogation. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Rudyard Kipling Some forest tree, all unimpressed by the cryptomerias, had tossed a torrent of tenderest pink flowers down the face of a grey retaining wall that guarded a cutting. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

George Meredith What is that force?—the heat and torrent of the blood. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

H. G. Wells All the peace and fixity that man has ever known or will ever know is but the smoothness of the face of a torrent that flies along with incredible speed from cataract to cataract. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Who is she, and how did it happen? Mrs. Evitt, in a torrent of words, told him all she knew, and all she suspected. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Not for one moment had Serge stopped his torrent of accusation and offence, and not once as far as anyone knew had he repeated himself. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

George Meredith Had she asked herself the reason of her extended speculation, her foot would not have stopped more abruptly on the edge of a torrent than she on that strange road of vapours and flying lights. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

From between the staring ribs and the grinning teeth spurred a torrent of black blood, showering the shrinking grasses; then the thing shuddered, and fell over into the black ooze of the bog. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Tobias Smolle All his fortitude was insufficient to bear him up against this torrent of misfortunes; his resources were all dried up, his invention failed, and his reflection began to take a new turn. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

John Lewis Burckhard The valley opens directly upon the sea, into which it empties its torrent when heavy rains fall. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Jules Verne Si ce torrent n’eût pas été arrêté dans sa chute par la disposition des flancs de la montagne, il serait allé se précipiter dans la mer et former des îles nouvelles. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

G. K. Chesterton He poured perpetually into newspapers and their waste-paper baskets a torrent of tales, verses and violent articles, warning men of this deluge of barbaric denial. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Jack London By day he cooked as well, and, in the betweenwhiles, helped Anson in the building of the boat beside the torrent as the green planks came down. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Olaf Stapledon He poured out on the bewildered head master a torrent of grotesque and mostly obscene fantasies ranging, from schoolboy smut to acts of brutal sexual aggression. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James Francie, at this, broke out into a torrent of tears. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

John Ruskin The torrent rises at last — sweeps away the harvests, and half the cottages of the careless peasants, and leaves them destitute. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

This is one of my worst days, and you came bouncing in upon me, and tortured my nerves by your breathless torrent of words. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

James Hogg There was such a torrent of profound divinity poured out upon him that the laird became ashamed, both of himself and his new-made spouse, and wist not what to say: but the brandy helped him out. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Edith Wharton Once she found herself in the afternoon torrent of Broadway, swept past tawdry shops and flaming theatrical posters, with a succession of meaningless faces gliding by in the opposite direction . The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Jules Verne Déjà un torrent de matières incandescentes, de minéraux liquéfiés, tombait du contrefort sur la prairie et rongeait ce côté de la palissade. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Joseph Furphy Then, without interrupting my good host’s torrent of unrepeatable congratulation, I turned aside and unstrapped a portion of Bunyip’s pack. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Anthony Trollope Then she threw herself into a torrent of tears declaring that she had been betrayed. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott The roaring of a torrent was heard in the neighbourhood, the ground became in some places broken, in others boggy, and everywhere unfit for riding. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Henry Kingsley At one end the lip had broken down, pouring a torrent of lava, now fertile grass-land, over the surrounding country, which little gap gave one a delicious bit of blue distance. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Anthony Trollope All of which, however, became quite unnecessary, when, in the course of the afternoon, Miss Altifiorla appeared at Durton Lodge. She arrived with a torrent of reasons. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

John Lewis Burckhard After ascending the bed of a torrent for about half an hour, I saw on each side of the road a large excavated cube, or rather truncated pyramid, with the entrance of a tomb in the bottom of each. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Tobias Smolle That opportunity now offers; you have, in the hearing of all these people, poured forth a torrent of abuse against me, both in the character of a gentleman and of a magistrate. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

H. G. Wells One hundred and twelve metres of width! What is this coming torrent of traffic from Finisterre to God knows where? Not a sign of it as yet. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Meredith He leads a torrent that must sweep him on. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Arnold Bennett Train after train fled downwards with its freight towards the hidden city, and the torrent still surged, more rapid than ever, through the narrow gullet of the station. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Henry Fielding The moment Amelia saw him, the tears which had been gathering for some time, burst in a torrent from her eyes, which, however, she endeavoured to conceal with her handkerchief. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Then there was a torrent of soft talk tossed back and forth; no savage sing-song, but clear musical fluent speech. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

From between the staring ribs and the grinning teeth spurted a torrent of black blood, showering the shrinking grasses; then the thing shuddered, and fell over into the black ooze of the bog. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Henry James It was a prodigious view as the pressure heightened, a panorama fed with facts and figures, flushed with a torrent of colour and accompanied with wondrous world-music. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Another moment and I expected a torrent of tears. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

Andrew Lang He poured out a torrent of invective. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Abraham Merri From it the lambent torrent poured; billowed down upon us. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

She came to herself very quickly, and hugged her Charlie with such a torrent of incoherent endearments, welcomes, and benedictions as I cannot at all undertake to describe. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

You can see the beginning of the track from this house; it climbs up beside the torrent just across the valley. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Adam Lindsay Gordon I have seen enough of slaughter, Seen Scamander’s torrent red, Seen hot blood poured out like water, Seen the champaign heaped with dead. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Jules Verne Le torrent mugissait au-dessous. Une Ville Flottante by Jules Verne [1871]

M. P. Shiel In his hand he flourished a document; a torrent of invective came from him. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

William Hope Hodgson Here, the noise came up to me, plainly; and I saw, below me, a torrent of clear water, issuing from a small fissure in the Pit side, and rushing down the rocks, into the lake beneath. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

William Makepeace Thackeray The blast once more swept over the agitated river, whirled off the sheets of foam, scattered them far and wide in rain-drops, and left the raging torrent blacker than before. George Cruikshank by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

E. T. A. Hoffmann But all at once a female voice began to let off a torrent of abuse, maledictions, curses, vituperations! A man protested; a second laughed. The Fermata by E. T. A. Hoffmann

George Eliot When there’s water enough Arno will be full, and that will not be till the torrent is ready. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Arthur Conan Doyle The old volcano blew his head off and a torrent of red-hot invective descended upon his listeners. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Away in the background, over Notre-Dame, the cloud divided and poured down such a torrent of water that the island of La Cite seemed submerged. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Isabella Bird Near the bridge the Karun is joined by the Sabzu, a very vigorous torrent from the Ardal plain, which is crossed by a twig bridge, safer than it looks. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Black was the river as a torrent of ink; lights glanced on it from the piles of building round, ships rocked on its bosom. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

John Lewis Burckhard Near Beyadhein we crossed the torrent Saroudj a second time; its different branches inundated the whole plain. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Jules Verne Du moins, l’égueulement du nord-est, qui était en partie visible, ne versait aucun torrent sur le talus septentrional du mont. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

The expanses of water were bordered by wider spaces of grass which had grown during the rainless summer, but which were no doubt soon to be submerged under the autumnal torrent the river would become. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Jules Verne For some moments he seemed perfectly stupefied; then, recovering himself, he began to overwhelm the count with a torrent of questions. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

He watched her with a curious, dreamy sense of his own impotence against the fierce and fiery torrent of her bidding. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Isabella Bird An ascent of low, blackish volcanic hills is made by a broad road of gray gravel, which a torrent has at some time frequented. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Anthony Trollope It is very generous of her —” “Nonsense, Herbert!” And then there was another torrent of eloquence, in answering which Herbert found that his arguments were of very little efficacy. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

And every valiant person is likened to a lion, boar, to a torrent and whirlwind. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Down in the hollow the roaring torrent had sunk to a full, lipping stream, and the colour had changed from a turbid yellow to a clear, delicate brown. Politics and the Mayfly by John Buchan

Having found his tongue, the wretched man gave vent to his boiling passion in a torrent of curses. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

It seemed as though a torrent of sensations and confused ideas were pouring down on her, their roar preventing her from hearing her own voice or understanding aught. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

John Lewis Burckhard On the west side of the hill runs the deep valley Wady Akka, with a torrent of the same name, which we passed, over a bridge near a mill. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

It was as if a torrent rushing madly down a mountain-side had been dammed up, and its waters bidden to stagnate upon a level plain. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Richard Burton But if mischief be intended, a case of bloodshed is brought about, and then nothing can arrest the torrent of popular rage. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Algernon Blackwood He crouched motionless, watching in some reconstructed ante-chamber of the soul’s preexistence, while the torrent grew into a veritable tempest. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Soon a torrent of vivid sparks fell around them—then, at last, the volcano was extinguished—then all was dark and still—the floating bark and heaving ocean. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Florence Dixie We must creep along the crags that skirt the torrent till we get beneath the ledge. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Jules Verne Already a torrent of burning matter and liquefied minerals fell from the side of the mountain upon the meadows as far as the side of the palisade. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Abraham Merri Ten feet beneath us was a torrent of blue sea-water racing with prodigious speed between polished walls. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

The noise on the high road still continued; it had gone on all night: it was like the sound of a torrent heard from a long way off. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Isabella Bird Waggons, horses, soldiers, and drivers were then hurled over the precipice, and the little stream ran into the Niagara river a torrent purple with human gore. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Algernon Blackwood But he instantly overbore me with his torrent that had to come. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

E. F. Benson She wondered as they went out to commune with Elizabeth’s sweet flowers till the other guests arrived how great a torrent would be let loose. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Isabella Bird This bank is a cliff 300 feet high, and from the edge of the road you may throw a stone into the boiling torrent below; yet the only parapet is a rotten fence, in many places completely destroyed. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Abraham Merri Out of this rift poured a thousand-foot-high torrent of horned globes. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Rudyard Kipling He found the courtyard a rain-lashed pond alive with frogs; a torrent of yellow water ran under the gate, and a roaring wind drove the bolts of the rain like buckshot against the mud-walls. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Behind it, and considerably out of breath, toiled a stout and elderly lady, who, as soon as she saw the girl seated on the bank by the roadside, burst into a torrent of speech. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Our course at first lay up the banks of a torrent that had cut deeply into beds of boulder clay filled with great stones. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

It appeared first in the country, a spring from the ground; then it gathered head in the villages; then it swelled to a torrent in the cities. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Thomas Hardy With the summer drought the torrent had narrowed till it was now but a thread of crystal clearness, meandering along a central channel in the rocky bed of the winter current. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Thence we passed through the dry Báb (“sea gap”), cut by a torrent in the regular line of the coralline cliff, the opening of the Wady Melláh, off which lay our Sambúk. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Jules Verne Une salle richement ornée, que traversèrent rapidement les colons, confinait à une bibliothèque, dans laquelle un plafond lumineux versait un torrent de lumière. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Jules Verne Le torrent courut à la surface des tufs durcis, et il acheva de détruire les maigres squelettes d’arbres qui avaient résisté à la première éruption. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Jules Verne Ceux-ci poussèrent un cri; ils croyaient Hatteras abîmé dans le torrent de feu; mais le capitaine était retombé de l’autre côté, suivi par son chien Duk, qui ne voulait pas le quitter. Les Aventures du Capitaine Hatteras by Jules Verne [1864]

Down its sides rushed with fearful noise a torrent of poisonous water, which, insinuating itself through the soil, penetrated to all the springs of the city, and rendered them unfit for use. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Jules Verne D’ailleurs, peut-être pourrions-nous échapper aux fureurs du torrent et revenir à la surface du globe. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

Walter Scott But while Edith in vain strove to intercept this torrent of idle talk, she caught the eye of one of the ladies who entered the Queen’s apartment. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Jules Verne Jusqu’à minuit, nous restâmes ainsi, muets, immobiles, au sommet de cette tour, irrésistiblement penchés sur ce torrent qui nous fascinait. Une Ville Flottante by Jules Verne [1871]

Other men he had seen who had been wrested off their feet, swept out of their own keeping by such a torrent on the steep hillside of their youth. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Then he burst into a torrent of speech. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

M. R. James The question let loose a torrent of declamation. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Then a torrent of words and protestations rose upon my lips, but I pressed them back, and to gain time for reflection asked a question. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

He has “broken the ice, and the torrent streams forth. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

G. K. Chesterton The English imagine that Irish politicians are so hot-headed and poetical that they have to pour out a torrent of burning words. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Henry James He talked as well as ever, or even better; but his talk always ended in a torrent of groans and curses. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Jules Verne The torrent of men, armed with loaded canes and sticks, was irresistible. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Wilkie Collins The clown’s wife had sat very pale and very quiet under the whole overwhelming torrent of Mr. Blyth’s apostrophes, exclamations, and entreaties. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

George Meredith Where the torches ran a flood, Tales of him and of the deed Showered like a torrent spray. Ballads and Poems of Tragic Life by George Meredith [1887]

Maria Edgeworth I think it very unkind, and unhandsome, and ungenerous, and undutiful of you, Colambre; you my son!” She poured forth a torrent of reproaches; then came to entreaties and tears. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

Jules Verne A herd of a dozen antelopes were quenching their thirst in the bed of a torrent where some pools of water had lodged. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

H. G. Wells He was indulging in a tirade against Lord Horatio, a torrent or abuse and insult that would have made Milton’s controversial style seem propitiatory and Tertullian a gentleman. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

John Lewis Burckhard While coffee was roasting I left the room, finished copying some inscriptions, and rode off in a torrent of rain. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Washington Irving The stream of literature has swollen into a torrent — augmented into a river — expanded into a sea. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

By and by a torrent is reached, and the ascent begins in earnest. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

George MacDonald High over me glimmered the thick, steel-shiny stalk, shooting, with a torrent uprush, a hundred feet into the air, to spread in a blossom of foam. Lilith by George MacDonald

George Meredith She found him out, though he had strayed through the court of the inn, and down a hanging garden to the borders of a torrent that drenched the air and sounded awfully in the dark ravine below. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Jules Verne Bientôt même il fut constant que, si notre marche continuait, nous nous éloignerions du torrent dont le murmure tendait à diminuer. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

Edith Wharton The old Count was not alert enough to follow these manoeuvres; and the Countess hid her designs under a torrent of guileless chatter, as pick-pockets wear long sleeves to conceal their movements. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

A torrent of words was poured into the enigmatical, the fateful silence; outlandish, angry words, mixed with words and even whole sentences of good English, less strange but even more surprising. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

H. G. Wells And in that pause in the uproar too, the sun rose, the dark waters became luminously blue, and a torrent of golden light irradiated the world. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

The bit of cork in his medicine, which at another time would have elicited a torrent of indignation, excited only a momentary attention. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Richard Burton Piles of boxes and luggage in every shape and form filled the ship from stem to stern, and a torrent of Hajis were pouring over the sides like ants into the East-Indian sugar-basin. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Practised as she had long been in commanding her passions and inclinations, a torrent of tears forced their way. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Apparently the whole of that frightful torrent of trash (the pages read every year would, I calculated, cover nearly three quarters of an acre) was stored for ever in his memory. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Tobias Smolle He had no occasion to repeat his insinuation; I moved from the place immediately, and was so much transported with grief, anger, and disdain, that a torrent of blood gushed from my nostrils. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

If he opened his lips it would only be to pour forth a torrent of menaces, insults, and invectives. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

He had his hand on my throat; a crimson darkness was in my eyes; I could not see, I could not hear; there was a torrent of sound pouring in my ears. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

On l’entendait gronder comme un torrent ou passer avec le sifflement appuyé d’une chute d’eau. Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain-Fournier [1913]

It was applied for in due form, and was just about to be granted as a matter of course, when up rose Nicholas Tulrumble, and drowned the astonished corporation in a torrent of eloquence. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

M. R. James Jensen met them with a torrent of description and explanation, which did not at all tend to encourage them for the fray. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Gustave Flauber He descended them as though he were rolled down in a torrent from the top of a mountain; three times he was seen to leap, and then he alighted below on his feet. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

It was too much for Blenkiron. He indulged in a torrent of blasphemy such as I believe had never before passed his lips. Greenmantle by John Buchan

E. Phillips Oppenheim Despite his usual custom, Mr. Huitt was compelled to join in the spasmodic torrent of conversation in the “Club Car” on the way home. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

H. G. Wells The last fight was a mighty one, stamping and shouting, and once a blow at the fire that sent a torrent of sparks up into the night. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Jules Verne La mer se précipitait comme un torrent dans notre retraite, et, décidément, puisque nous n’étions pas des mollusques, il fallait se sauver. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Then he gripped him by the arm and poured forth a torrent of not very intelligible praise of the excellence of the cuisine to which he was guiding him. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Leslie Stephen At length Erasmus, that great injured name, The glory of the priesthood and their shame, Stemm’d the wild torrent of a barbarous age, And drove these holy Vandals off the stage. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Abraham Merri The Golden Girl pressed upon its side; it slipped softly back; a torrent of opalescence gushed out of the opening — and as one in a dream I entered. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

George Meredith Did you go to church yesterday, Ned? Confound it, you’re on me again, are you?” And Algernon went on spouting unintelligible talk under a torrent of blows. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Anne of Austria lowered her head, allowed the torrent to flow on without replying, hoping that it would cease of itself; but this was not what Louis XIII meant. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

David Hume They hurried away with such a torrent of sublime and pathetic, that they left their hearers no leisure to perceive the artifice by which they were deceived. Of Eloquence. by David Hume

The torrent of its fiery passage struck the darkening hollow in the walls. Et in Sempiternum Pereant by Charles Williams

H. G. Wells A torrent of patriot recruits should be pouring into the army from every position in life. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Sir Richard Burton And she floodeth cities with torrent tears When she flasheth her look of levin light. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Isabella Bird After crossing the Serba torrent with its delicious shade of fine plane trees, the heat of the atmosphere, with the radiation from rock and gravel, was overpowering. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Jules Verne Had a torrent of lava rushed between the shores, it could not have been more impassable. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

John Lewis Burckhard We rode for an hour in a narrow valley, following the torrent upwards. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Jules Verne There was no possibility of crossing the torrent of lava; on the contrary, the colonists were obliged to retreat before it. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

John Lewis Burckhard The Wady Shinterab forms a very large torrent during the rainy season; it is at least three hundred yards broad, and about twelve feet deep. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Jules Verne J’entendais le bruit du torrent s’accroître, et je croyais déjà sentir l’eau bienfaisante rejaillir sur mes lèvres. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

Virginia Woolf The chorus, like a torrent jumping rocks, brutally assaulting old trees, pours with splendid abandonment headlong over precipices. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Abraham Merri The Thing upon which we rode was a torrent roaring through it. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Florence Dixie But even as it flashed through the air she heard a cry full of intense pathos and yearning, her hand was struck up, the blade flew from her grasp, a torrent of rushing blood poured down upon her. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Washington Irving The rocks presented a high impenetrable wall over which the torrent came tumbling in a sheet of feathery foam, and fell into a broad deep basin, black from the shadows of the surrounding forest. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

That was finally broken by the descent through the skylight of a torrent of water. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Jules Verne C’étaient simplement les dernières traces laissées par le torrent qui avait si longtemps grondé dans cette cavité, et l’air, légèrement humide, n’émettait aucune émanation méphitique. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Edith Wharton Nothing really mattered but this torrent of light in her veins. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

She just glanced out, and Mrs. Poidevin was on the point of calling to her, when Tourtel fell into a torrent of words about his flowers. Poor Cousin Louis by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

The channel was barely twelve feet wide, and the torrent in rushing down formed traverse furrows which showed how near the rocks were to the surface. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Fétis burst into a torrent of Gallic oaths after reading this affectionate scrawl. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

The water rushed down it like a torrent in wet winters, and formed a sort of creek, and the bed of it made what track there was. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

George Meredith Half-way down the ravines it resembled the light cast off a torrent water. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Abraham Merri The shell started smoothly, and as the tiny torrent of shining particles increased it gathered speed. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

G. K. Chesterton In all the torrent of his thought there were two thoughts that never crossed his mind. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

G. K. Chesterton The King had still little beyond the confused sense of a man caught in a torrent — the feeling of men eddying by. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Jules Verne Un torrent nous avait portés d’une mer à l’autre. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

Olaf Stapledon I would pour into the overflowing cup of his mind a torrent of visions. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Richard Burton The Arafat torrent sweeps from East to West with great force, sometimes carrying away the habitations, and even injuring the sanctuary. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Jules Verne Le torrent redevenait rivière, à courant rapide, il est vrai. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Guy de Maupassant Then a flood of sorrow invaded his heart, a torrent of despair, which seemed to overwhelm him and drive him mad. Monsieur Parent by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Leon Trotsky I confess that under his torrent of words I did not know what to say. My Life by Leon Trotsky

A torrent wound about like a dropped thread. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Walter Scott The water, wheeling out far beneath, swept round the crag, which thus bounded their view, and tumbled down the rocky glen in a torrent of foam. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

It spread out its wings, fitted them carefully into place again, ducked its head for a moment, as though making a sort of obeisance to the sun, and then began to pour forth a torrent of song. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

H. G. Wells Bert Smallways was only one of countless millions in Europe and America and Asia who, instead of being born rooted in the soil, were born struggling in a torrent they never clearly understood. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

One old lady gripped her skirts with both hands, while the torrent beat down on her bonnet as though it were falling from a spout. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Arthur Machen The woman glared at him, transformed in a moment to a fury, with bloodshot eyes, and poured forth a torrent of execration, a stream of blasphemies and early English phraseology. The Red Hand by Arthur Machen

A torrent springing at its head, and dashing with inaudible fury along the bottom, seemed to gleam placidly amongst the rounded forms of inky bushes and pale boulders below our path. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]