Phrases with "violence"

Anthony Trollope When he was angry it would almost seem that he was about to use personal violence on the object of his wrath. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Men of crime, as a type, fight very shy of shedding blood, and generally only resort to violence when in a state of panic or in actual self-defence. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

It seemed as though Providence had taken pity on them; for, notwithstanding the insecurity of the craft and the violence of the breakers, the dreaded passage was made with safety. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

He’ll hardly do violence to that most excellent Christian doctrine. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The violence of the northern savages exasperated Christianity into power. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Olaf Stapledon The disposition toward evil, they say, is so deeply ingrained in human nature that in some situations men must be restrained by violence from doing irreparable harm to their fellows. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

M. P. Shiel I asked him as to the lady, as to the meaning of the marks of violence on her body. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

It all happened in a second, and he was not much hurt, but the violence of the push had shaken him, and he saw stars before his eyes. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Jack London This gentleness and violence on his part was a curious blend similar to the one in his carriage of awkwardness and ease. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Anthony Trollope The United States Constitution also guarantees to each State protection against invasion, and, if necessary, against domestic violence — meaning, I presume, internal violence. North America by Anthony Trollope

Then, from the violence of her emotions, she fell down in a fit, with her arm around the sister whom she had saved. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

Wilkie Collins To spare you a similar infliction, I have done violence to my own feelings. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Florence Dixie I remember seeing her knuckles ringed with brass, and I felt the blow strike me with fearful violence ; but I remember no more. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Olaf Stapledon Many of them condemn the use of violence absolutely, as morally wrong, and as spiritually damaging to the individual who uses violence. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Jane Austen The violence of her feelings, which must wear her out, may be easily kept in irritation. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Henry James The silence was in truth quickly broken; Mrs. Wix rose to her feet with the violence of the sound she emitted. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Il répondait que ça allait beaucoup mieux, mais qu’il était encore étourdi par la violence de la crise. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

George Gissing The mother was only just able to break the violence of her fall. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Jules Verne Plus d’une fois Mr. Fogg dut se précipiter vers elle pour la protéger contre la violence des lames. Le Tour du Mond en Quatre-vingts Jours by Jules Verne [1873]

G. K. Chesterton Place that man in the silver-silent purity of the palest cloister, and there will be some deed of violence done with the crozier or the alb. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Ford Madox Ford Tietjens forced his left arm to violence to restrain it from tearing itself from the colonel’s grasp. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Olaf Stapledon The apostles of violence and the apostles of gentleness swayed them this way and that. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

This is no common case of violence and the parties to it are not of the common order. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Victor Hugo Under her reign, otherwise relatively mild, pressing for the fleet was carried on with extreme violence — a gloomy evidence that the Englishman is a subject rather than a citizen. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Jules Verne Et son accent, son geste, indiquaient la violence de ces haines de cannibales. Mistress Branican by Jules Verne [1891]

But he found the throne occupied by a subject, who at once secured by violence what he had won by guile. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Anthony Trollope The free State of New York would be entitled to the assistance of the Federal government in putting down internal violence, if unable to quell such violence by her own power. North America by Anthony Trollope

Ann Radcliffe Company, by compelling her to withdraw her attention from the subject of her sorrow, afforded her a transient relief, but the violence of the exertion generally nerally left her more depressed. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

The violence of her sobs shook her slender frame, and she was obliged to lean against the trunk of a tree for support. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Any attempt at violence by you would have been summarily avenged. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Edith Wharton It had needed all the queen’s violence to obtain from him that their daughter’s nuptials should be celebrated there with proper state, and in all men’s sight, as became a princely bridal . Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Walter Scott In striking his head against this impediment, the force of the blow had been broken in some measure by a high-crowned hat, yet the violence of the shock was sufficient to shiver the branch to pieces. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Wilkie Collins The father had escaped infection, and the violence of the epidemic was beginning to wear itself out, when the daughter caught the disease. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Juss, leaping up again, thrust up at Corund with his sword and with the violence of the blow brake through the rings of his byrny about his middle and drave the sword into his breast. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Olaf Stapledon In the present state of the world this view involves deep pessimism; for there is no prospect that violence will be speedily eliminated. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Jules Verne More than once Mr. Fogg rushed to protect her from the violence of the waves. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Jules Verne The monsoon blew with extreme violence during all the next morning. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Jules Verne Nulle trace de violence à l’intérieur. Les Indes Noires by Jules Verne [1877]

Arthur Machen But there were positively no other marks of violence about him, certainly none that would account for his death; and when they came to the autopsy there wasn’t a trace of poison of any kind. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

The Provisional Government, to which you swore fidelity in the great days of March, is not overthrown, but by violence expelled from the edifice in which it held its meetings. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

But the first effect of the removal of the King by violence was to give a powerful stimulus to the reaction already in progress. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Anthony Trollope In this, the first, he is ironically reticent as to Antony’s violence and unpatriotic conduct. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Gallantry forbade him to do violence to a lady; honour forbade him to run away. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Sinclair Lewis Probably many of them cared nothing about insults to the Corpo state, but had only the unprejudiced, impersonal pleasure in violence natural to most people. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Suddenly he stopped; — he struck his hand with violence on the table, — the pages I was trembling over quivered from the violence of the blow, — I started from my chair. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

The right could not, indeed, be construed to authorise any unnecessary act of violence to the natives. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Elizabeth Von Arnim George was her cousin and all that, but the strict orders and the violence did seem rather overstepping the bounds of what he might and might not do. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Henry James It’s a wonder, with all my violence — the gross publicity I’ve given my desires. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Then he dashed the casket on the floor with such violence that it broke into fragments. Prester John by John Buchan

Tobias Smolle In order to dissipate the violence of his sorrow, he continually shifted the scene from one company to another, contracted abundance of low connexions, and drowned his cares in repeated intoxication. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Ann Radcliffe When he had left the castle, the marquis sent for his daughter, and poured forth his resentment with all the violence of threats, and all the acrimony of contempt. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

E. T. A. Hoffmann How can I describe to you, old woman, this moment of reawakening? The violence of the plague had completely robbed me of all recollections of the past. The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

George Eliot It was Messer Francesco Valori’s bitterness and violence which chiefly determined the course of things in the council to-day. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Notwithstanding the suddenness of the disaster there was no shouting, as if the very violence of the shock had half-stunned the shadowy lot of people swaying here and there about her decks. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Those who struggle against society are, on the whole, those who have reason to dislike it, and normal healthy people are no more attracted by violence and illegality than they are by war. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Julian Hawthorne All fears of violence on his part had been for some time past allayed. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

Wilkie Collins The violence of the squall seemed already to be spending itself, and I asked whether there was really no chance for us if we remained by the ship. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Anthony Trollope With what delicious violence had that storm of kisses fallen on her! Then she prayed for him, and strove very hard that her prayer might be sincere. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Like a dead man, only friction could make him warm or violence make him mobile. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

The violence of the short tumult within him had been such as could well have shattered all creation; and yet nothing was changed. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Anthony Trollope He did so much in this year, was so really efficacious in restraining for a time the greed and violence of the aristocracy, that it is not surprising that he was taught to believe in himself. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Victor Hugo It was the violence of his fever striking against the doors. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Edgar Allan Poe I had, indeed, little power of reflection left, and the violence of the pain in my head seemed to be greatly on the increase. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

The violence of the wind, and the hail and sleet, driving nearly horizontally across the ocean, seemed actually to pin us down to the rigging. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Caroline Lamb Dread, dread the violence of her uncurbed passions, of an imagination disordered and overpowered. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

H. G. Wells Uncle Jim appeared with none of the disruptive violence Mr. Polly had dreaded. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle You see that we hold all the cards, and we have only to fear some sudden act of violence on their part. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Samuel Johnson The gentlemen were perhaps sometimes skilful gladiators, but the common men had no other powers than those of violence and courage. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

George Eliot Movement, with some object before him, was the best means of counteracting the violence of suffering in these first hours. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Even extreme grief may ultimately vent itself in violence — but more generally takes the form of apathy . Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

The violence of the gale made it hard for me to force my way towards the west, but I succeeded at last in regaining the fort. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

H. G. Wells A faint smell of gunpowder still hung in the air, and two or three books Mr. Polly had recently acquired had been shied with some violence under the bed. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Oh, sir,” said he, turning to the justice, “fear no violence from me, not even angry words; my misery is too deep for irritation, or excitement. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Forgive a violence deeply repented, and that shall offend no more. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

He — the man of violencedeprecated the use of force, for he had a clear comprehension of the difficult situation. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Anthony Trollope He had asserted that the British lion would no longer sleep peaceably in his lair, if such a violence were put on the constitution as that meditated by the young commissioner. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

His administration was stained with fewer acts of violence than might have been expected from the circumstances of his situation. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Jules Verne The only question was, how long would she hold out with so little sail, and what sail could resist such violence for any length of time. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Mes tempes battaient avec une violence inouïe, et mon cœur, dans ma poitrine, se gonflait à la briser. Le Petit Vieux des Batignolles by Émile Gaboriau [1876]

Elizabeth Gaskell However much I oppose you at first, I am sure to yield soon; almost in proportion to my violence at first. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Henry David Thoreau How gently each has been deposited on the water! No violence has been used towards them yet, though, perchance, palpitating hearts were present at the launching. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle They seize him and use violence towards him in order to make him sign some papers to make over the girl’s fortune of which he may be trustee — to them. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Anthony Trollope From moment to moment she kept her eye warily on him, fearing that he might take her by the arm, or attempt some violence with her. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

I have promised Marian that, should I and her husband meet, as we must do, I believe, sooner or later, she need apprehend no violence on my part. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Wilkie Collins I closed my ears to the profane violence of her language. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Trollope It appeared to them that Ussher was not using any violence to the young lady, who had herself admitted in her evidence, that she was a willing party to Ussher’s proceedings. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Elizabeth Gaskell And she would patiently bear all wayward violence of temper; more than patiently would she bear it — pitifully, as one who knew of some awful curse awaiting the blood-shedder. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

It was in that very wood that her husband had declared his love for her; the same wood that had since been outraged by violence and murder. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Charles Dickens The masquerade dresses on the fringe of the Carnival, did great violence to this promise. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Ann Radcliffe The violence of the fall completed the effect of her distress, and she fainted. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

As to his audience, certainly it was all that could be wished in point of violence and combustible passion; but also it was something more. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Gourlay, in spite of his mad violence when roused, was a man at all other times of a grave and orderly demeanour. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Then, just as I was half on to my feet, he stumbled against me with such violence that I fell back again and rolled over on to the floor. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

William Cowper They ploughed and sowed, And reaped their plenty without grudge or strife, But violence can never longer sleep Than human passions please. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Besides, her reappearing would excite universal curiosity, and the violence of her affliction would prevent her from concealing its cause. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Edith Wharton He felt that he should hate Bessy if he won her back at that price; and the violence of his feeling frightened him. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Anatole France Such violence does not lie in my habits, and as you can see, sir, I am better fitted to lecture from the chair of a college on belles-lettres than I am to fight with lackeys at the corner of a street. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

It excuses every violence of protest and at the same time never fails to crush it, just as it crushes the blindest assent. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

G. K. Chesterton Tolstoy has shown that violence merely breeds violence in the person towards whom it is used, whereas Love, on the other hand, breeds Love. So you see how I am placed. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Olaf Stapledon In times of crisis and of violence it tends to become dominant; while the community-mentality can establish itself firmly only in times of security and peace. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Thomas Hardy Having remained with suspended breath in this attitude for a few seconds she turned round, bent her head upon the table, and burst out weeping anew with thrice the violence of the former time. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Anatole France Je pense comme Jaurès que marcher avec les défenseurs de la violence et du mensonge, c’est tourner le dos à la révolution sociale. Monsieur Bergeret à Paris by Anatole France

Leslie Stephen Any violence offered me I shall do my best to repel; and what I cannot do for myself, the law shall do for me. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

The hereditary taint that was in my blood had never until this time showed itself by any one sign or token; but at this time I became subject to fits of violence and despair. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

He flung himself against the door with so much of violence that he broke the thick wooden bolt and fell upon the floor. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

G. K. Chesterton There is, for instance, a certain output of violence into the void. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

This proneness to sudden accesses of violence and fury was the compensation which abated the effect of his ordinary craft and self-command. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

She goaded me to violence and to murder. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Thomas Wolfe Who can wonder at it? For what a world it is that most of them were born into! They were suckled on darkness, and weaned on violence and noise. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Jules Verne Un coup de vent de sud-est passait sur la côte avec une violence sans égale. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

Jules Verne Le vent soufflait de l’est, et parfois avec la violence d’un ouragan. L’Ile Mystérieuse by Jules Verne [1874]

E. T. A. Hoffmann The violence of my inward conflict burst out at length in a passionate flood of tears, which I was unable to repress. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Wilkie Collins She had great difficulty in accomplishing this, from the violence of her agitation, which made her hands tremble to such a degree that she was hardly able to keep the keys separate one from the other. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

They looked blankly at one another, and their violence seemed suddenly to die down as I faced them. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Jules Verne Cent baleines de la plus forte taille n’auraient pas refoulé avec plus de violence les flots de l’océan. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

Jules Verne En ce moment, la violence du vent redoubla; les mâts plièrent sous la pression des voiles, et le yacht sembla se soulever sur les flots. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

She was frightened of firearms, and generally of all weapons, not from personal cowardice, but as some women are, almost superstitiously, from an abstract horror of violence and murder. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

This otherwise quiet time was disturbed by exhibitions of violence on the part of Mrs. Byron, which suggest the idea of insanity. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Wilkie Collins My wealthy relative’s cheque — henceforth, the incubus of my existencewarns me that I have not done with this record of violence yet. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Jules Verne Nous avons fait plus de deux cents lieues depuis l’îlot Axel. A midi la violence de l’ouragan redouble; il faut lier solidement tout les objets composant la cargaison. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

George Gissing It came with violence soon after that day at Malvern. The weather was hot; one should have been far away from these huge rampart-streets, these stifling burrows of commerce. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Olaf Stapledon Instead I must face the fact that, in the world as it is to-day, violence must sometimes be used; and that to abjure it is sometimes to betray the very cause that pacifists have at heart. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Ford Madox Ford He opened a door and looked round it, and was immediately thrown with great violence down into the passage with his head against the wall. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

H. G. Wells I sat up on the couch and remained looking at the woman and rejoicing — rejoicing that I had come away out of all that tumult and folly and violence before it was too late. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

He had brought down a pair of handcuffs as well as a sufficient supply of Somnol. My own deed of violence was the one entirely unforeseen effect, and Raffles vowed it had been a help. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

William Morris You will never find a case in this kind of work where ugliness and violence are not the result of barrenness, and not of fertility of invention. Hopes and Fears for Art by William Morris [1882]

You will have that anarchy which gives his chance to the spoiler, and out of anarchy will come some day a man of violence who will tyrannically make order again. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

This exhibition of violence affrighted her all the more by reason of the contrast; for up to this he had been an uxorious husband. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Bram Stoker She had entered on a course of violence which became a habit. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

George Gissing His violence had an excellent effect. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope It is hard for a man to be at once tender and pugnacious — to be sentimental, while he is putting forth his physical strength with all the violence in his power. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton They could not believe that either vision at the one end or violence at the other could ever be practical. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Thomas Wolfe It was from that that he had wanted to escape — that and the shameful memory of their savage quarrels, and a growing madness in himself which had increased in violence as she had tried to hold him. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Leon Trotsky My childhood does not appear to me like a sunny meadow, as it does to the small minority; neither does it appear like a dark cave of hunger, violence and misery, as it does to the majority. My Life by Leon Trotsky

E. T. A. Hoffmann His cries passed into a brutish bellow that was awful to hear; and thus raging with the harrowing violence of madness, he was taken away to the madhouse. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Her violence might almost seem madness; but all people who live in solitude become to a certain degree insane. Lodore by Mary Shelley

David Hume I feel an immediate indignation arise in me against such violence and injury. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Arthur Conan Doyle At my summons, instead of the man of violence whom we expected, a very old and wrinkled woman hobbled into the apartment. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Jules Verne J’ai la tête encore alourdie par la violence de mon rêve. Voyage au Centre de la Terre by Jules Verne [1864]

Caroline Lamb The violence of her feelings had been tried too far. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

At this period lawlessness and violence appear to have prevailed to an unusual extent in the metropolis, and the office of a Bow Street justice was no sinecure. Fielding by Austin Dobson

While Caesar is guardian of affairs, neither civil rage nor violence shall disturb tranquillity; nor hatred which forges swords, and sets at variance unhappy states. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Marjorie Bowen She sat up suddenly on the bed, jerked to that posture by the sheer violence of her emotion, and put her fingers to her throat as if she would strangle herself with her own hands. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Already, it had been a night of violence for him and another murder, weighed against his own safety, was as nothing to him. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Caroline Lamb Calmness and deliberation had vanquished Calantha; violence could not. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Henry James He had not been violent, and yet there had been a violence in the impression. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

The count, as though stung by a serpent, started up with such violence that he overturned his chair. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Jules Verne The violence of subterranean force is ever diminishing. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Gustave Flauber His temples were throbbing with violence enough to stun him, and he felt a numbness as of intoxication creeping over him. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Olaf Stapledon All that sob-stuff over an insect!’ In this matter of violence the new self of the rear-gunner revolted with peculiar horror from his normal self. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Ann Radcliffe From the languor of his air she drew no favourable omen, and, almost sinking under the violence of her emotion, she went to meet him. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Anthony Trollope In this, as in so many of the forensic actions of the day, there had been an admixture of violence and law. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

For six months this man had lived by fawning upon or threatening his fellow-men; by violence or craft; by the degradation of the vagrant or the audacity of the thief. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Andrinetta had accompanied us to Naples; and soon I saw she was very ill, and she had fits of violence that approached insanity. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Ann Radcliffe They opposed the ruffians; a dispute ensued; and the violence of the contest arose so high, that they determined to fight for the decision. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Thomas Paine The rugged face of society, checkered with the extremes of affluence and want, proves that some extraordinary violence has been committed upon it, and calls on justice for redress. Agrarian Justice by Thomas Paine

For the first time in my life I had seen men die by violence — nay, by brutal murder. Prester John by John Buchan

Matters were proceeding to extremity, menacing the capital with violence and bloodshed, when Pizarro himself appeared among them. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

I had promised to wait patiently for his return, and as soon as he did return, I would be sent off without one day’s delay, for I was not his slave, that he should use violence upon me. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Olaf Stapledon Particularly in this age of violence the spirit of Man was tormented by the convulsions of his flesh. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

The violence of her action, and the fury which convulsed her face, effectually terrified me, and dis-engaging myself from her grasp, I screamed as loud as I could for help. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

But the real danger lay in missing the coast of Mogador, or not being able to get within its port from the violence of the breakers near the shore. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Virginia Woolf The night was full of roaring and cursing; of violence and unrest, also of beauty and joy. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

The violence of the shock had thrown him down upon one knee; without rising, he lifted his gun, ready to take aim. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Elizabeth Gaskell It is a great truth that you cannot extinguish violence by violence. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Herrick followed him; he could scarce recall the violence of his late emotions, but he felt there was a scene to go through, and he was anxious and even eager to go through with it. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Une fièvre de curiosité poussait le monde, cette curiosité de Paris qui a la violence d’un accès de folie chaude. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

Jack London The papers were filled with tales of violence and blood. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Elizabeth Gaskell She held me tight — tighter; without positive violence I could not have risen. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

Krag waited till they were out, and then banged the front door after them with such violence that the windows shook. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

William Dampier The violence of the wind did not last long, yet it was 11 o’clock at night before we got out our canoes, and then it was quite calm. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

With the quiet hours that followed the storm the violence of his attack lessened, and eventually he was brought back by a relative subdued, but mad, for all to see. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Isabella Bird The violence of the rapids cannot be imagined by one who has not seen their resistless force. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Anthony Trollope They tumble down with sufficient violence and the usual fantastic disposition of their forces; but simply as cataracts within a day’s journey of Niagara, they would be nothing. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope No man could touch him or either of his servants in the way of violence without committing an offence which he would be bound to oppose by violence. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Charles Dickens In the afternoon we shot down some rapids where the river boiled and bubbled strangely, and where the force and headlong violence of the current were tremendous. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Throughout, violence had been eschewed, even though men were starving, and appeals had been made solely to the justice and expediency of their case. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Charles Dickens Then, with a sudden hurry of violence and swearing horribly, he threw the bottle from him, and stooped; and I saw in his hand a stone-hammer with a long heavy handle. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Danvers explained this by telling us that upon a few occasions Sturm had been called a fraud and actually threatened with physical violence and he had had to protect him. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

There was no need of external aid to develop these tastes; and Morris was fortunate in going to a school which did no violence to them by forcing him into other less congenial pursuits. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Jules Verne Etant donné sa violence de caractère, on imagine aisément dans quel état Uncle Prudent devait être. Robur-le-Conquerant by Jules Verne [1886]

Get away quick,” and the frightened dog bolted off at the unexpected violence of his friend. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Their way was short, and they walked with their utmost speed; but the violence of the storm made their progress very slow, and their anxiety made it seem still slower. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Annie broke from her reluctance with a sort of violence which carried her further than she would have gone otherwise. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Wilkie Collins There was a dreadful exhibition of violence and recrimination at his lordship’s residence: in the end he re-purchased the bracelet. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Thomas Paine What at first was obtained by violence was considered by others as lawful to be taken, and a second plunderer succeeded the first. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

A new moon hung in the west, and to Mr. Byrd, pacing the walk in front of Imogene’s door, it seemed as if he had never seen the town look more lovely or less like the abode of violence and crime. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope There is in this story an attack upon charitable bazaars, made with a violence which will, I think, convince any reader that such attempts at raising money were at the time very odious to me. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Thomas Hardy Derriman dashed open the entrance-hurdle with such violence that the whole row of them fell flat in the mud. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

He turned, and she clasped him round the neck instantly, pressing close to him as if afraid of violence or escape. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Only the mad violence of the storm broke the quiet. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Olaf Stapledon Certainly, violence is always damaging to the individual who uses it, or countenances it. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

They took ——” But suddenly Dr. Shillington sprang to his feet and, swinging up his arm, dashed something with great violence to the floor in the middle of the room. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

And Isobel, who had denied with violence his own charges against this very woman, seemed to believe her confession. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Caroline Lamb Oh dread the violence of a mad and incurable attachment. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Indeed, the generosity of my violence took all the fight out of him at once. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Jules Verne Une explosion formidable n’eût pas divisé, déchiré, déchiqueté avec plus de violence ces masses charnues. Vingt Mille Lieues sous les Mers by Jules Verne [1869-70]

H. G. Wells He saw it shouting, though he could not hear its shouts; he saw the violence of its movements grow. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Wilkie Collins He knocked with the absurd violence of a man who vents his anger on the first convenient thing that he can find. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

The violence of the currents and of the gale, would probably have carried us too far, and we should have lost the opportunity of acting. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson