Phrases with "visible"

Thomas Hardy NOT a soul was visible on the hedgeless highway, or on either side of it, and the white road seemed to ascend and diminish till it joined the sky. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

He is visible to our mental perspective as a rather slender man, above medium height, with keen hazel eyes, a long nose, and long legs, and quick and lively in his movements. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

John Galsworthy Wilfrid, though still in London, was neither visible nor spoken of. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells With each, the cave opened out and the number of Selenites visible increased. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

William Dampier I have often taken notice of it, especially if it is high land, for you shall then have the clouds hang about it without any visible motion. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But my nostrils snuffed up a scent of cigar-smoke, clouds of which the narrator had emitted by way of visible emblem, I suppose, of the nebulous obscurity of his tale. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Bronislaw Malinowski The Naudowessies have the curious idea that their offspring are indebted to their father for their souls, the invisible part of their essence, and to the mother for their corporeal and visible part. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Thomas Hardy His whimsical isle-bred fancy had grown to be such an emotion that the Well–Beloved — now again visible — was always existing somewhere near him. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Arnold Bennett She suddenly saw in a new light her father’s hints that there was something in this young man not visible to everybody. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Jules Verne C’était l’île Amsterdam, située par 37° 47’ de latitude, et 77° 24’ de longitude, dont le cône élevé est, par un temps serein, visible à cinquante milles. Les Enfants du Capitaine Grant by Jules Verne [1867-68]

George Gissing There was no feigning in this outbreak of passion, it was a genuine gleam of womanly nature making itself visible amid the foul gloom of a desecrated humanity. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

In a window of that was the only visible light. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Wilkie Collins I was obliged to be cautious, and to begin by asking about the lodgers first — the men being still visible out in the garden, to excuse the inquiry. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Hope The marriage which had set all Ruritania on fire with joy and formed in the people’s eyes the visible triumph over Black Michael and his fellow-conspirators was now three years old. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

E. Phillips Oppenheim No tinge of color was visible in his cheeks. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Baldwin Spencer In the gorges the rocks rise abruptly from the sides of the waterpools, leaving often only a thin strip of blue sky visible overhead. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Wilkie Collins He was just visible between the sandhills, returning to the beach. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The visible carriage or action of the individual, as resulting from his organization and his will combined, we call manners. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

The good Christians she left behind her looked on and feared to weep, lest they should offend Him, who had taken her to Himself, and set a visible seal upon the house of clay that had held her. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Thomas Carlyle You may see how a man would fight, by the way in which he sings; his courage, or want of courage, is visible in the word he utters, in the opinion he has formed, no less than in the stroke he strikes. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Edward Bellamy The rampart of earth thrown up from the excavation was visible among the trees from the house, and a few steps brought us to the spot. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Samuel Johnson As he preys in the sea, he does little visible mischief, and is killed only for his fur. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

A little water was actually visible in the lake-bed alongside of it, at the southern end, but it was unfit for drinking. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

It appears that he had no visible deformity. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

On the right, on the left, of your majesty, visible or invisible, he will be on hand tomorrow during the reception of the ambassadors. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Ford Madox Ford The servant, visible in the mirror, had come and gone deviously back, Tietjens still gazing at the elk’s head. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Daniel Defoe It might take up a great deal of our time here, to inquire whether the Devil has any particular shape, or personality of substance, which can be visible to us. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

The monument of the brave General Brock stands on an elevated point near Queenstown, and is visible at a great distance. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

William Henry Hudson But he does not come to us in visible form to tell us in an audible voice that to cry out to him in sore pain and distress is unlawful. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

For some weeks he reigned in the capital, visible and glorious, the undisputed lord of the civilized universe. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Walter Scott He was a ghastly spectacle as he sat up almost naked on his couch, the bones and cartilages as visible through the surface of his skin as if they had never been clothed with flesh. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Wilkie Collins There was no living creature visible on the broad highway over which they had been walking for the last quarter of an hour after leaving the inn. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

The general was as clear a case of no visible means as I ever saw. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Guy de Maupassant The eye! Think of it, the eye! It imbibes the visible life, in order to nourish thought. A Divorce Case (Un cas de divorce) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

F. Scott Fitzgerald This latter quality, indeed, often took material form and was visible as fine froth in the corners of his mouth. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

The warm moon-light night swam to meet us; the meadow-land of the shore was hardly visible beyond the silver water. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Hardy It was hardly visible now, even if visible at all; yet Lady Constantine knew from daytime experience its exact bearing from the window at which she leaned. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Abraham Merri There were a dozen or more men standing on the bow deck; how many others not visible there was no knowing. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

But the unexpected proffer of the old man had been a great relief to him; it seemed as if Heaven had given him a visible token of its protection. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Henry James So it was that their felicity had fructified; so it was that the ivory tower, visible and admirable doubtless, from any point of the social field, had risen stage by stage. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

John Lewis Burckhard Our direction was S. 1° E. The mountains we passed are called Akabet Haimar (ﺮﻤﻴﺣ ﺔﺒﻘﻋ) and are visible at a considerable distance. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Caroline Lamb A dark shadow now became visible upon the smooth surface of the green—was it the reflection of the tree—or was it a human form? It lengthened— it advanced from the thicket. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

George Meredith Those visible immortals beam Allurement to the dream: Ireful at human hungers brook No question in the look. A Reading of Earth by George Meredith [1888]

At these words a visible emotion was expressed on the beautiful countenance and calm features of Athos. He rushed toward D’Artagnan with eyes fixed upon him and clasped him in his arms. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Edith Wharton She hesitated a moment, looking down the street toward the angle of Madison Square, which was visible from the corner where they stood. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

He could see the torches being snatched out of the burning pile, and rendering visible for a moment the gate in the stockade round which they crowded. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch It came from Young Zeb, the upper part of whose person, as he stood up in his cart, was just visible between two tamarisk bushes. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Jules Verne It was still bitterly cold, but the atmosphere had lost nothing of its former stillness, and not a cloud was visible from horizon to zenith. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

All this is visible through the glass; it seems occurring within pistol-shot; we see all but the enemy, whose presence, whose thoughts, whose motives we infer. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

William Blades Stark betrayed such visible anxiety that the vendor, Smith, declined setting a price. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Wilkie Collins But one living creature was visible by the light of the gas-lamp over the gate. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Thomas Hardy Not a soul was visible or audible in the infinite length of the straight, flat highway, with its ever-waiting lamps converging to points in each direction. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

My opinion was received by the civil officials with visible discontent. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Thomas Hobbes Sanctity may be feigned; and the visible felicities of this world are most often the work of God by natural and ordinary causes. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Thomas Hardy Here he stayed till the thin shades thickened to opaque obscurity, and the loft-door became an oblong of gray light — the only visible shape around. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Bram Stoker Moreover, it is a peculiar trunk, without any visible means of opening. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Anthony Trollope Almost every family has a black sheep, and it is the especial duty of a family solicitor to keep the family black sheep from being dragged into the front and visible ranks of the family. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Algernon Blackwood Spring, like a visible presence, was passing across the town, bringing the amazing message that all obey yet no man understands. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

H. G. Wells Was I there to learn or was I there to obey? Obviously Mitchell had no case and as obviously I was making a confounded nuisance of myself for no visible reason. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

By that time the English sloop, getting away from under the land, had become visible even from the spot on which they sat. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

I read the lecture; for I had lacked both time and will to get the trash by heart — read it hurriedly, humbly, and with visible shame. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

D. H. Lawrence And in this twilight of his life little remained visible to him. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

William Henry Bragg By a modification of his ingenious fog method, he has succeeded in rendering the paths of ionising agents visible to the naked eye. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Our appearance in the long empty room at that early hour caused visible consternation amongst the China boys. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Henry Lawson She lets her lower jaw fall a little, moves it to one side, lifts it again, and brings it back into position with a springing kind of jerk that has almost a visible recoil. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

M. P. Shiel My companion reclined on a small Sigma couch, raised high to the table-level in the Semitic manner, visible to her saffron slippers of satin. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Andrew Lang These were so vivid that she thought they must be visible to others. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Those doubtless are visible enough on the surface of these great movements, but the movements themselves have far deeper sources. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Guy de Maupassant There was only one thing that could reveal his internal agitation, the way in which he slowly swallowed his saliva with a visible effort, as if he were choking. No Quarter (Le Père Milon) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

He reappeared on the platform of the barbican, his helmet being just visible above the parapet. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

H.P. Lovecraft They were loud — loud as the rumblings and the thunder above which they echoed — yet did they come from no visible being. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

George Gissing He gazed at her till an actual halo, a visible aureola, seemed to glitter about her, and he feared to turn away his eyes for a moment lest the beautiful effect should vanish. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry Handel Richardson Each step cost Louise a visible effort; her arms hung slack at her sides; her very hands felt heavy. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins The only traces of illness still visible in her face left a delicacy in its outline which added refinement to her beauty. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Wilkie Collins The mill-boat, beyond all doubt — and nobody in it! The empty inside of the boat was perfectly visible to me. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Henry Handel Richardson As if to test him to the utmost, even the hideous spectre of his blackest nights took visible form, and persisted, till, for the first time, he dared to look it in the face. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle He sat coiled in his armchair, his haggard and ascetic face hardly visible amid the blue swirl of his tobacco smoke, his black brows drawn down, his forehead contracted, his eyes vacant and far away. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The country beyond them appeared more open and park-like than I had anticipated, since from the mainland the entire coast that is visible seems densely clothed with tropical jungle. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Jules Verne Planting myself again before him, I demanded in a louder tone, “What do you mean to do with me?” Words seemed almost ready to burst from his lips, which he compressed with visible irritation. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Jules Verne It was therefore a considerable disappointment to him that, in consequence of the heavy clouds, not a star was visible in the firmament. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

A. E. W. Mason The wooded slopes of Ramelton were very visible to him across the shimmer of the desert air. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Thomas Hardy Sometimes the smoke divided them; then it swerved, and the two were visible to each other but divided from all the rest. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Rudyard Kipling Only there was no visible roof to this temple. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

H. Rider Haggard Angela stood firm, and Pigott oscillated — that was the only visible result. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Thomas Hardy Contrary to his expectation there was visible no sign of that confusion or alarm which a serious accident to the mistress of the abode would have occasioned. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Rouse’s damp footprints had been visible on the concrete path, and so she had taken it for granted that Rouse had already been and gone. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Edith Wharton No lines were visible this morning, or else the glass was at a happier angle. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Gustave Flauber But Schahabarim’s man took her further away, and they passed along by the terrace which enclosed the camp of the Barbarians. A breach became visible in it, and the slave disappeared. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

The visible universe is like a gigantic stomach, and the real outside of the world we shall never see. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

George Gissing Her features were of a very common order, and nothing distinguished her from middle-aged women of average refinement; she had chubby hands, rather broad shoulders, and no visible waist. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Henry Fielding Then her nose, as well proportioned as it is, has a visible scar on one side. Amelia by Henry Fielding

I repeated these wonderful words in my mind, and I could see those footpaths so familiar to me, yet hardly visible to the average being. In the World by Maksim Gorky

This reply, which was of a nature calculated to deepen the forebodings which had already settled upon the minds of those present, produced a visible effect. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James Won’t he see it then?” On which Maggie gave her, after an instant’s visible thought, the strangest of slow headshakes. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Maskull beheld with awe the torpedo of crystal that was to convey them through the whole breadth of visible space. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu She looked toward the point at which the rising splendour of the moon was already visible over the distant hills. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The night mists had rolled away and the weatherbeaten façade of St. Paul’s was clearly visible now, with its exquisite curves and its grey nebulous background. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Then it is that the track becomes visible as far as the eyes reach. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Terry had insisted that if they were parthenogenetic they’d be as alike as so many ants or aphids; he urged their visible differences as proof that there must be men — somewhere. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

The higher we ascended the hill the more abundant became the wooding, and green grass for the first time was visible amongst the stones. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Rudyard Kipling Six years in her eyes were no more than six months to ordinary women; and ten made less visible impression on her than does a week’s fever on an ordinary woman. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

I called aloud on the guard, and pointed out the figure, visible as it was in that strong light to every eye. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Jules Verne True, he had at length remained visible along the entire route from Prairie-du-Chien to Milwaukee, and he had covered in less than an hour and a half this track of two hundred miles. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

D. H. Lawrence For only the flat, round, visible world exists. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

But the same restless energy is visible even in his life at Gadshill, which was his home from 1860 to 1870. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

The larger are so many pale blue orbs floating lazily in a luminous mist, the only visible manifestation of life being a delicate but rhythmical deepening of the central hue. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Arthur Conan Doyle God’s visible hand was everywhere, in the rainbow and the comet, in the thunder and the wind. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Victor Hugo The wind is visible in clouds, the wave is visible in foam; effluvium is invisible. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Thomas Wolfe It was an order as inevitable as the seasons, and in it Mr. Jack read the same harmony and permanence which he saw in the entire visible universe round him. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Henry James Nothing had occurred, since I first spoke to him, to create a visible urgency, and no enlightenment could possibly have reached him. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

His visible discomfort made her uneasy. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

As a result of that most fortunate combination of mental and visible or audible things, the tiredness which often seized him in those moments was absent. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Rudyard Kipling Then he came back with a visible wrench to his unwinking watch. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

They chatted together as they strolled, and I did not care any more than if they had not been visible to the naked eye. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Henry James They rested upon the gentleman who had been described to him as Colonel Capadose — rested, as it appeared to him, with a kind of habitual, visible complacency. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

Andrew Lang These contradictions are visible to “the analytical reader,” who concludes that a very early poet may have been, though Homer seldom is, as inconsistent as a modern critic. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Henry James Basil Ransom’s visible discomfiture was more agreeable to her than anything had been for a long time. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Guy de Maupassant Elle prenait, depuis son arrivée au Havre, un embonpoint assez visible qui alourdissait sa taille autrefois très souple et très mince. Pierre et Jean by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Rafael Sabatini Others had joined him and were peering through the gathering gloom at the moving object that was Lionel’s head and the faintly visible swirl of water about it which indicated that he swam. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Abraham Merri As they swept away there streamed behind them other scores not until then visible to us, joining pair by pair from hidden arcs. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Elizabeth Gaskell But as spring ripened into summer, and Nest was still bedridden, Edward’s coolness was visible to more than the poor mother. The Well of Pen-Morfa by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

H.P. Lovecraft One, though spacious and inviting, opened on a seemingly bottomless abyss without visible means of descent. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Only the black shapes of the servants were dimly visible as they twirled their fans,—and overhead the gleaming stars. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Thomas Hardy The old lady was not present, and turning round the girl had an impression that the toes of a pair of boots were visible below the fringe of the curtains. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Daniel Defoe But take this with you, as you go, that all this is upon a supposition, that the Devil can assume a visible shape, and make a real appearance, which, however, I do not yet think fit to grant, or deny. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

James Anthony Froude The reflection of his own emotion was before him in visible form. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

His interest in the progress of his age was profound, though it did not often take shape in visible form. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Charles Dickens They were just visible from her window. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Abraham Merri There was no visible copula of the tablet with cones; no antennae between it and the circled shields. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

George Eliot She was seated in a leaning posture on a settee, with her back towards the door; the great rich coils of her pale blond hair surmounting her small neck, visible above the back of the settee. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

G. K. Chesterton At the apex, however, he turned the horse sharply round and drove with equal violence up the other side of the garden, visible to all those in the group. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Two other doors, visible to all eyes, present themselves at the sides of the second compartment. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

And for the instant that I maintained the visible state I looked straight into Theresa's soul. The Shell of Sense by Olivia Howard Dunbar

Austin was seldom visible before noon, dawdling away the bleaker morning hours smoking and reading in bed. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

It was that wonderful moment when, for lack of a visible horizon, the not yet darkened world seems infinitely greater — a moment when anything can happen, anything be believed in. The Shell of Sense by Olivia Howard Dunbar

Charles Dickens There was no carelessness, no languor, no idle curiosity; none of the many shades of indifference to be seen in all other assemblies, visible for one moment there. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Edith Wharton As for Hermione, her look of happiness had returned, but with an undertint of melancholy, visible perhaps only to Garnett, but to him always hauntingly present. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Jules Verne But the want of food was beginning to tell upon us sadly, and our sunken cheeks and wasted forms were visible tokens of what we were enduring. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Ford Madox Ford Brilliant illuminations flickered on hut-gables visible through the doorway. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Anna Katherine Green A face was visible in it — a very white face which altered under my scrutiny into a semblance more natural. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

George Meredith Your established man carries usually all the signs, visible to the multitude or not, of the stages leading to that eminence. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Nathaniel Hawthorne They gazed back at the obscure wilderness which they had traversed, and longed to be buried again in its depths rather than trust themselves to so vast and visible a solitude. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Anthony Trollope What is this catalogue of comparative excellence, of which there is but one visible number? The world, we think, makes a great mistake on the subject of saying, or acting, farewell. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Gertrude Stein Head. Ahead. I don't want to be visible or invisible. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

He seemed to love the sight of me, as if I were a visible and intimate proof of his power, and he treated me as an Oriental tyrant might treat a favourite slave. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

The grass was wet with dew; beneath the window it had been trodden and partly leveled for a wide space, from which a devious trail, visible in the light of a lantern, led away into the bushes. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Thomas Hobbes But the name of idol is extended yet further in Scripture, to signify also the sun, or a star, or any other creature, visible or invisible, when they are worshipped for gods. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Such is the earth and all the stars and everything visible to the eye. Mother by Maksim Gorky

The Graal was lifted or was itself no more — they could not tell; they were flung back before this lifting and visible form. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Sir Walter Scott The wind began next to arise; but its wild and moaning sound was heard for some time, and its effects became visible on the bosom of the sea, before the gale was felt on shore. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

John Galsworthy And yet, unless there were some outward and visible sign condemning the fellow’s conduct, it would look as if nobody cared. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Henry James His visible insistence — for it came to that — even demanded of him a certain disagreeable effort, the sort of effort he had mostly associated with acting for an idea. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

John Lewis Burckhard All these towns are on the borders of the Ledja. Their inhabitants formerly cultivated the fields watered by the Lowa, of which the stone enclosures are still visible in some places. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Seaweed alone was visible as it rested on the palm of the hand. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Marcel Prous Mais il était visible que le duc, tout en compatissant au sort de son cousin et en répétant: «Pauvre Mama! c’est un si bon garçon», portait un diagnostic favorable. Le Côté de Guermantes by Marcel Prous

Baldwin Spencer As a general rule they only go about at night time, and only make themselves visible when men or women are alone. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Gaston Leroux Suddenly, the darkness was made visible by a small dark lantern and Raoul instinctively stepped backward as though to escape the scrutiny of a secret enemy. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

No waistcoat was visible to the naked eye. Capturing a Convict by Richard Marsh [1893]

Jules Verne Her electric lamps rendered her visible for some time. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Athos did the like; only it was very visible that the kiss was still more affectionate, and the pressure of his lips even warmer with the father than with the friend. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Andrew Lang Actual appearances, as we have said, are not common, and just as all persons do not hear the sounds, so many do not see the appearance, even when it is visible to others in the same room. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

George MacDonald As I gazed I saw, growing gradually visible beyond the mist, the tops of a range of mountains, which became clearer and clearer. Lilith by George MacDonald

Leslie Stephen They come to this, that Pope was really a wit of the days of Queen Anne, and saw only that aspect of Homer which was visible to his kind. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Caithness, still caught in spiritual combat, also rose, but he made no movement to assist; he left that visible action to his ally. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

The tops of a second clump were also visible about half a mile off. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Theodore Dreiser Now that she had a visible means of support, this irritated her. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

From where we stood the interior of the latter was quite visible to us. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Robert Louis Stevenson Some followed strange gods in the direction of Drummond Street, and others slunk back to meek good-boyism at the feet of the Professors. The same is visible in better things. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Within a month of the accession, the realities of the new situation assumed a visible shape. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Ivan Turgenev Ten paces from him, in the thick darkness there came the flash of a bright light: it was a glowing ember and close to it there was visible for an instant the front part of a face with lips thrust out. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

Henry Handel Richardson Of brick, two storeys high, towering above its neighbours, it would face both ways, be visible to all comers. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Conan Doyle You have evidently seen more in these rooms than was visible to me. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

In a visible peril observation is a kind of defense; against the unseen we lift a trembling hand. What Occurred at Franklin by Ambrose Bierce [1906]

Thomas Carlyle To the earnest Dante it is all one visible Fact; he believes it, sees it; is the Poet of it in virtue of that. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

H. G. Wells The air cleared in the afternoon, and then, far away to the west under great banks of steam and dust, the flaming red eruption of the atomic bombs came visible across the waste of water. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

George Gissing The breath from their lips was plainly visible on the air. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Jules Verne The darkness was still very great, though some grayish streaks were already visible on the eastern summits. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Thomas More By these ends they measure all their designs, and manage them so that it is visible that the appetite of fame or vainglory does not work so much on them as a just care of their own security. Utopia by Thomas More

John Galsworthy Cautiously ‘taking a lunar’— as old Forsyte put it — he SAW Bicket inflating a balloon; little was visible of his face or figure behind that rosy circumference. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Sinclair Lewis With no visible connection he said, “Uncle Whit is kind of clumsy, but just the same, he’s a pretty wise old coot. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Sir Walter Scott A harp, and other matters of a very uncanonical appearance, were also visible when this dark recess was opened. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

E. T. A. Hoffmann For a long time he observed the stalwart young workman in silence, but with visible satisfaction; then he questioned him about his previous life. Master Johannes Wacht by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Anthony Hope The count advanced, bowing low, and striving to conceal a visible agitation. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Olaf Stapledon Nothing now was visible but the starry sky. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

A smoking brand in the fireplace fell suddenly upon a bed of hot coals, where, lacking the fortitude of Guatimozin, it emitted a sputtering protest, followed by a thin flame like a visible agony. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

I then went at Mahamed again, who first said he would give me the two men I wanted, then went off, and sent word to say he would not be visible for three days. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

The outward and visible form is dead, but its spirit lives on in you. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

She evidently mistook the nature of my visible emotion. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Yet, if it would be vain to attempt an accurate and exhaustive account of Rabelais’ philosophy, the main outlines of that philosophy are nevertheless visible enough. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Elizabeth Gaskell The unwonted sternness and solemnity visible on the countenances of all whom she met awed and affected her. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Over the stony fields the visible heat danced with a lively tremor incompatible with the gravity which is an attribute of the supernatural. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

The night was cold and boisterous; but a full moon was shining in a clear sky, and every object in the broad street was visible in that penetrating light. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

The earth on the pathway was trampled and black, and as hard as iron, and where the bare ground was visible under last year’s leaves it was also flattened, and as smooth as stagnant water. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Henry James My poor sister-in-law, in her grave, couldn’t help herself, and the real mother, to save HER skin, renounced all visible property in the child. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Henry James I was invited — with no visible connection — to repeat afresh Goody Gosling’s celebrated mot or to confirm the details already supplied as to the cleverness of the vicarage pony. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

It was a sort of concentrated, well-nigh visible stench, suggesting nothing less than decayed slaughter-houses or open graveyards. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

M. P. Shiel Without visible motion it came, wafted on the breaths of high heaven: half an hour—and still it was remote, fifteen hundred feet up. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Joseph Furphy Toby, with his bare feet and brown, good-humoured face, was the only person visible on the station premises as I rode up. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Thomas Hardy No workbox was visible anywhere. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

But there are things which have no type in the material world; abstract ideas, which can only be represented by visible objects supposed to have some quality analogous to the idea intended. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]