Phrases with "vision"

Abraham Merri But this I do knowthat last vision was of a cataclysm whose beginnings we face now — this very instant. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells That it should hang like a threat over the spacious vision before him could not enter his nineteenth century mind. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Henry James My wonder came from the fact that Lady John had also found Mrs. Server all right, and Lady John had a vision as closed as Obert’s was open. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Algernon Blackwood Like some vision of ethereal beauty she stood before us, yet a vision that was alive. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

G. K. Chesterton They had some cause for feeling nervous; sensible as they were of how this preposterous procession out of a three-act farce must have sprawled across the vision of the visionary king. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Henry James He was in fact quite to cherish his vision of it, to play with it in idle hours; only speaking of it to no one and quite aware he couldn’t have spoken without appearing to talk nonsense. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Edith Wharton With them came the hated vision of the house he was going back to — of the stairs he would have to go up every night, of the woman who would wait for him there. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

He knelt and prayed to the Virgin, her of whom he had had a vision in the snowy wood, but he had no answering comfort. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Lilith, checked in her monotonous gabble by the radiant vision who let in the sun’s new light, stared at it with old and blinking eyes. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

H. G. Wells There was something next to this, a vision of huge complicated machinery that did not join on to anything else. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

The merest glance of our sensitive and uncloyed vision can detect the strength of the relation between two beings, and therefore instantly calculate its duration. The Shell of Sense by Olivia Howard Dunbar

Katherine Mansfield Not at the prospect of losing that vision of diamonds and blue velvet bust, but at the tone—placing me outside the pale—branding me as a foreigner. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Her answers led to some mention of the strange vision which Miss Collingham was describing in her trance just before the scream was heard. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry James Say that a dozen times in his life a man has a complete sculpturesque vision — a vision in which the imagination recognizes a subject and the subject kindles the imagination. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Edith Wharton Below him, still with that unimpaired distinctness of vision which seemed a part of his heightened vitality, he saw a great gesticulating mass of people. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Richard Burton And one of the Englishmen, half publicly, half privily, as though communing with himself, condemned my organs of vision because I happened to touch his elbow. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

F. Scott Fitzgerald For a moment the vision endured; then the path turned into a clump of trees and he was gone, save for the small crunch of his boots on the pine needles. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Sir Richard Burton But I understood not what they said and thought that this was a dream and a vision which had betided me for stress of concern and chagrin. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Olaf Stapledon Suddenly he had a vision of himself with his medals and his wing on a shabby civilian coat, selling tooth-brushes from door to door. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

H. Rider Haggard Obeying the impulse of the moment, Leonard stepped forward towards the vision holding his rifle ready, but before he reached the spot where it had stood the figure vanished. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

The rarity is when great peculiarity of vision is allied with great lucidity and unusual command of all the classic expository apparatus. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Algernon Blackwood And, by this strange vision so often vouchsafed to me, I am equally sure that one day it shall be given to me to announce to a weary world this glorious and terrific message. The Man Who Found Out by Algernon Blackwood

Willa Cather The spot was enchanted; a vision out of Alexandria, out of the remote pagan past, had bathed itself there in Helianthine fire. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

George MacDonald The vision passed, but she sat on. Lilith by George MacDonald

At the end of the first turning Willems saw a flash of white and colour, a gleam of gold like a sun-ray lost in shadow, and a vision of blackness darker than the deepest shade of the forest. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

The vision passed; and Lord Juss perceived himself in his bed again, the cold morning light stealing between the hangings of the windows and dimming the soft radiance of the lamps. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

H. G. Wells And then like a vision of purpose came Mr. Gambell, the greengrocer, running out of Clayford’s Alley and buttoning on his jacket as he ran. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

George MacDonald I waited and waited to give the vision time; it would not come; the mirror stood blank; nothing lay in its dim old depth but the mirror opposite and my haggard face. Lilith by George MacDonald

The story is apparently a distorted version of Ezekiel’s vision of the dry bones. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

H. G. Wells No vision of the history of life have they given you, no wisdom about the nature of things, no discriminatory use of language. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Arthur Conan Doyle I suppose the whole thing is not a vision and a touch of nerves?” “That, at least, is very easily settled,” said Holmes, lighting his little pocket lantern. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Edith Wharton The vision that had come to him had no likeness to any of his earlier imaginings. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Virginia Woolf The force of her rage was beginning to spend itself, and the vision of the world which had been so vivid became dim. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

At the moment when his young wife hung upon his arm, proud and radiant, a vision of Marie-Anne rose before him, more life-like, more potent than ever. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Sir Walter Scott This vision was certainly attended with one of the most important of consequences connected with the Christian dispensation — the conversion of a sinner. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Edith Wharton The vision was vague and contradictory, but it all seemed to meet and mingle in the woman’s eyes. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Whatever sort of a vision she thought she saw, there’s nothing to be seen from there. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Algernon Blackwood Memory failed to reconstruct it for me; vision darkened; his words conveyed no meaning. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Arthur Machen Well, from the heart of this London atmosphere I was suddenly transported in my vision to a darkling, solitary country lane as the dusk of a November evening closed upon it thirty long years before. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

He was angry with himself for having dawdled and procrastinated, and let life slide by him, while he waited as if for a vision from heaven, to point out the road, in which he should walk. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

H. G. Wells Still, a diamond that size conjured up a vision of many thousands of pounds. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Arthur Machen But to Secretan Jones, disturbed by the rattle of his cup and saucer, a vision of the future, highly coloured, was vouchsafed, and he began to write to the papers. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

George MacDonald Perhaps she was but a vision of his own fancy. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

It has been described as “a vision of Christ seen through the clouds of humanity. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Charles Dickens He was inclined to think it a vision of his own brain, when suddenly a vague suspicion of the truth flashed upon his mind. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

Charles Dickens No. I lost the beloved figure of my vision in parting with the secret. The Holly-Tree by Charles Dickens [1855]

Henry James Compared with my actual sense, the sense with which I sat there, that other vision was gross, and grosser still the connection between the two. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Was not everything about her pretty, and refined, and good? The vision of Elsa rose suddenly before her, with her dark, mysterious beauty and her formidable youth. The Pitfall by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

T. H. Huxley His hearing was very acute, but the sense of vision seemed to be less perfect. Essays by T. H. Huxley

The little table in the adjoining room, on which Theron found his meal in waiting for him, seemed a vision of delicate napery and refined appointments in his eyes. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

I had a vision of old Nelson under the brig’s snowy awnings, nursing his unassuming vexation, and fanning himself with his hat. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

As dangerous as a sudden glare of light to eyes long blind and newly regaining vision in the friendly and soothing dark would be the agitation that your presence at this crisis would cause. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

There rose before her a vision of her host’s pale, startled face. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Edgar Allan Poe The apartments were so irregularly disposed that the vision embraced but little more than one at a time. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells In a flash came a vision of the long duty of the afternoon — she possibly packing for Clapham all the while. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

E. F. Benson She went to her piano, and through a slightly blurred vision had a good practice at the difficult treble part of the duet Georgie and she had run through before his departure. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Henry James Yes, it was positive that during one of these minutes the Princess had the vision of her particular alarm. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

D. H. Lawrence There was some puzzling, tormenting residue of the Sunday world within her, some persistent Sunday self, which insisted upon a relationship with the now shed-away vision world. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells I have been trying, for a day or so, to reconstruct my vision of the world as I had it in those days, to restore the state of my brain as it was about 1878 or 9 when I was in mid schoolboy stage. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Edgar Allan Poe I could not, I would not, confine my glances to the cliff; and, with a wild, indefinable emotion, half of horror, half of a relieved oppression, I threw my vision far down into the abyss. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Virginia Woolf Behind the rainbow of wit and sensibility there is a vision which he is determined that we shall see. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Edith Wharton And immediately she had a great vague vision of the splendours they were going to — all the banquets and ceremonies and precedences. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

With the words there came to her the memory of her other experience in that room, when in dream or vision she had heard some such voice command her and struggled desperately to obey. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Benjamin Disraeli What were her thoughts? What was the impression that the fair vision conveyed? Her countenance was grave, but it was not sad. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

With that weird vision of something questionably human impressed upon his senses, Heyst moved on a pace or two. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

H. G. Wells To this day you can go right through to a B.A. degree here in the blackest, most self-satisfied ignorance of the modem vision of the process of life in time. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

John Galsworthy He has been admitted to a vision of the dim roads of social progress, has understood something of patriarchal life, of the swarmings of savage hordes, of the rise and fall of nations. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton He had never seemed so remote as at the moment when that vision flashed through her mind. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Anthony Trollope A vision of what that breakfast might be to him with his own wife at his side came before his eyes, and therefore a messenger was at once sent for the vehicle. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Cette pièce fut la dernière vision qu’il emporta. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

George Eliot What she had painfully pressing on her inward vision was, that the trial was coming to an end, and that the voice of right and truth had not been strong enough. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Willa Cather They had the faded look often seen in the eyes of men who have lived much in the sun and wind and who have been accustomed to train their vision upon distant objects. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Henry James It was the vision of his remedy that now excited him: ineffably, grotesquely simple, it had yet come to him only within a day or two. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

E. F. Benson An extraordinary clearness of vision was his all day, and towards sunset an empty whisky-bottle. The Cat by E. F. Benson

D. H. Lawrence But the revengefulness came out in her new vision of people. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence Richard thought of the snaky Praxiteles horses outside the Quirinal in Rome. Very, very nearly those old, snaky horses were born again here in Australia: or the same vision come back. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Arnold Bennett Her vision was blurred by a mist, and she stumbled into the kitchen and seized the clock, and carried it with her upstairs, and shivered in the intense cold of the night. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Henry James One step into the room had sufficed; my vision was instantaneous; it was all there. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Edith Wharton The vision of that scene — which, a moment ago, would have appeared too improbable to call up any definite picture — seized painfully on her imagination. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

And when that vision crosses my mind, I am free to confess I desire to be back in the boat again. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Not only is the range of vision a complete circle, but the crab seems able to concentrate its gaze upon any two given points instantly and automatically. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

George Meredith Her vision of the reality of things was without written titles, to put the stamp of the world on it. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Wilkie Collins A sort of vision (as I understand it) must have overpowered him at the moment. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

George Meredith Whose was it? She had a vision of the gulfs of bondage. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

It seemed more like a vision intended for my guidance than the mere imagining of an over-excited brain. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Virginia Woolf There was the vision still, but she had not grasped it. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

By the way she stared at it, Duffham thought she must see in it a vision of the future. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Arthur Conan Doyle So much we have gained by this clear vision of our first pterodactyl. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

H. G. Wells The clearer their vision and the subtler their art, the more certainly do these novels tell of the possibility of salvation for all the world. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

They wandered very wide of that simple family prayer, and made themselves into a vision of the future, in which he saw his life changed and brightened by the companionship of a fair young wife. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

H. G. Wells He translated imperial vision into practical reality. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

I was about to see in the flesh — faded, broken, aged, but still identical — that being who had been the vision and the problem of so many years of my short life. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

H. G. Wells At first I had had a vision of weeping parents and guardians, and all sorts of complications; but now I saw that I simply had to keep my mouth shut, and nothing in that way could arise. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

D. H. Lawrence The vision of her tormented him all the days of his life, as she had been then, a strange, exalted thing having no relation to himself. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

This is the peculiarity that I wish the reader to notice, as having first been made known to me for a possibility by this early vision of Fanny on the Bath road. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

The vision of translation from poverty and obscurity to such a splendid post as this — truly it was too dazzling for tranquil nerves. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Henry James She had had a very exciting life, and her vision of happiness at present was to be magnificently bored. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

H. G. Wells Then abruptly this vision passed — to return to memory in the anaemic meditations of a waking dawn. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

H. G. Wells The vision of that arranged Career, that ordered sequence of work and successes, distinctions and yet further distinctions, rose brightly from the symbol. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Olaf Stapledon But we who cannot see his vision cannot really feel the ultimate rightness of things. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James Lim-bert’s vision of accidents hovered mainly over the sudden awakening of Mr. Bousefield to the stuff that in the department of fiction his editor was palming off. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Walter Scott Forget that so stern a vision has crossed your path of life; and let me pursue mine, sure that I can meet with no worse misfortune after the moment it divides me from your side. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Benjamin Disraeli The vision of his whole life passed before him. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The axis of vision is not coincident with the axis of things, and so they appear not transparent but opake. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Elizabeth Gaskell Only remember my prophecy when my vision comes to pass; or make a bet, and whoever wins shall spend the money on a present to Prince Caramalzaman or Princess Badoura, as the case may be. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

George Meredith She saw, or she divined, much of this struggle; but the vision of it was fitful, not consecutive. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

When our poor, faultily sensitive vision can perceive a thing, we say that it is visible. Unseen - Unfeared by Francis Stevens

A horsewoman was crossing their span of vision in the Row at a brisk canter. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

James Joyce And so the triptych vision passes. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

The surrounding sky had cleared completely, and in the light of late afternoon there came to him a vision which, for the instant, snatched the remaining breath out of his lungs. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

E. F. Benson This, too, soon vegetated, and one morning, on opening her eyes to the horror of a new day, she found that her vision was strangely blurred. How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery by E. F. Benson

Charles Kingsley And on the appearance of the said Cossacks and Croats, the poet’s vision stops short, and all is blank beyond. Thoughts on Shelley and Byron by Charles Kingsley

Margaret Anstruther had, in a vision within a dream, decided upon death, not merely in her own world but in that other. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Henry James Then inclination answered that some day her self-support would fail, and he had a vision of this exquisite creature calling vainly for help. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Edith Wharton It was growing more and more evident to Boyne that he could recover his old vision of Mrs. Sellars only when they were apart. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

H. G. Wells How could she ever have doubted that there was all this and more also beneath his darkness and his quiet? To her his vision of affairs seemed fresh and powerful and broad. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Oscar Wilde That very concentration of vision and intensity of purpose which is the characteristic of the artistic temperament is in itself a mode of limitation. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Edith Wharton In his eyes lingered the vision of the dark-haired mother mounting the stairs with her little fair daughter. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Olaf Stapledon It had seemed to me in the moment of my vision that all the longing and hope of all finite spirits for union with the infinite spirit were strength to my wings. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Unless there is black light as well as white, perceive may be the better term, but whatever the faculty so abruptly acquired, it at least gave the sense of vision and after an extremely vivid fashion. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Algernon Blackwood The vision about the so-called Tablets of the Gods had meanwhile passed almost entirely from his memory. The Man Who Found Out by Algernon Blackwood

And often the restoration in vision of Fanny and the Bath road, makes me too pathetically sensible of that truth. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

Andrew Lang The vision of the absent seen by a waking, or apparently waking, man is called “a wraith”; the waking, or apparently waking, vision of the dead is called “a ghost”. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells For a moment the vision of that great courtyard hangs real. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

G. K. Chesterton She never could describe the vision afterward; but she always denied it was a dream. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

H. G. Wells Something of the same sort came into all their minds — a vision of little people coming out to war, in a flood, the little people, inexhaustible, incessant, malignant. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Thomas Wolfe The contents of the shop revealed a breadth of vision and of interest that would have made the contents of a French bookshop, with its lingual and geographic constrictions, seem paltry and provincial. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Virginia Woolf Nevertheless, we go on perseveringly, conscientiously, constructing our two and thirty chapters after a design which more and more ceases to resemble the vision in our minds. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

God’s vengeance, he said, was preparing for me, and affirmed that in a vision of the night he had beheld the manner and the instrument of my doom. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Henry James She put off deciding and choosing; before the vision of a conflict with her father she dropped her eyes and sat motionless, holding her breath and waiting. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Presently, along came Alexander. But what a change had come over him since Monday! Then he was a faded ruin; now he was a vision of splendour. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Niccolo Machiavelli And there is nothing that causes greater confusion in an Army than to obstruct its vision, whence most stalwart Armies have been routed for having their vision obstructed either by dust or by the sun. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Virginia Woolf They appeared to him to be more than individuals; to be made up of many different things in cohesion; he had a vision of an orderly world. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Andrew Lang Look down, look down! You see what lies at the bottom there?” He enacts the vision and says, “There was a fellow traveller. The Puzzle of Dickens’s Last Plot by Andrew Lang

Julian Hawthorne The vision of her youth rose up before her, and filled her with vain, remorseful terrors. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Edith Wharton With vertiginous speed and microscopic vision she was reliving that whole period of her life, stripping bare again the black ruin over which the drift of three happy years had fallen. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

G. K. Chesterton He could never have given (even if his really manly modesty had permitted it) any vaguest vision of what he did when he saw that portent. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Une vision se levait du crépuscule, madame passait toujours, avec sa majesté de reine puissante, comblée d’ans et d’honneurs. Nana by Emile Zola [1880]

G. K. Chesterton He might say, as Hamlet said of a vision equally terrifying, “I’ll have grounds more relative than this. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Sinclair Lewis In his mind was but one thought — to make up the lost time; in his eyes was no vision save speedometer and the road that rushed toward him. Speed by Sinclair Lewis

A. E. W. Mason The vision of the lighted café in the desert town would never be very far from her thoughts, but she had no intention of relaxing on that account from her determination to pretend to forget. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

We come back into the concrete from our journey into these abstractions, with an increase both of vision and of power. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

A vision had flashed up of the disconsolate burglar, lying in a pool of blood, slain by his own hand in excessive grief for the loss of his phantasmal sweetheart. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

I fell asleep with a vision of Amos, his face all puckered up at the mouth and a wandering sentiment in his eye, recapturing in his dingy world the emotions of a boy. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Henry James Though she disclaimed the prophetic vision she was at this instant the nearest approach he had ever met to the priestess of the oracle. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

I have waded in red blood to the knee; and in this hour, in my old years, the world is become for me a vision only and a mock-show. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Jules Verne This faculty —(I verified it later)— gave him a range of vision far superior to Ned Land’s. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

The technique which Hegel used to prove his vision was the so-called dialectic method, but here his fortune has been quite contrary. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Victor Hugo His vision was the light of Mene, Tekel, Upharsin, outside a booth. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

H. G. Wells Changed very little in essentials, but enlarged, because our vision of time and space has enlarged. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

I had a vision of what I had been fighting for, what we all were fighting for. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

John Galsworthy Holly withdrew as from a vision of perfect love, convinced that Jon must be nice. To Let by John Galsworthy

Thomas Wolfe There came to me a vision of man’s inhumanity to man, and as time went on it began to blot out the more personal and self-centred vision of the world which a young man always has. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Virginia Woolf Wherever she happened to be, painting, here, in the country or in London, the vision would come to her, and her eyes, half closing, sought something to base her vision on. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

What La Bruyère saw with the spiritual gaze of a moralist rushed upon the vision of Saint–Simon in all the colour, the detail, the intensity, the frenzy, of actual fact. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

H. G. Wells We have to realize that for all that they were haunted by a vision of the civilized world of to-day, they still belonged not to our age but to their own. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Wilkie Collins He loosened the sail, he seized the oars; and the faster he pursued it, the faster the mocking vision fled from him over the empty and endless sea. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Algernon Blackwood But what perplexed him even more, making him feel his vision had gone utterly awry, was that Défago’s stride increased in the same manner, and finally covered the same incredible distances. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

What is there to prevent that? The vision vanished before dawn, just at the hour when dreams return home through the doors of horn or ivory. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Jack London Out of abstractions Ernest had conjured a vision and made them see it. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

He saw her — a vision plain, close to, detailed, plastic, coloured, lighted up — he saw her hanging round the neck of that fellow. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

M. R. James Such, in literal truth, Emily, was my vision — I can call it by no other name — of this afternoon. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Algernon Blackwood The reality, truth, lay in that world of vision just departed. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Henry James I could imagine “We always use it” pinned on their bosoms with the greatest effect; I had a vision of the promptitude with which they would launch a table d’hote. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

George Eliot But remember what I once said to you about a vision of consequences; take care where your fortune leads you. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

It closed with a catch-lock; this dastardly vision had opened it with her key, and left it open to make good her retreat if he should awake. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

And it wasn’t at all the kind of vision that can be talked about. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Henry Handel Richardson But after this last precise vision of the waxen babe that awaited her in the land of shadows, the memories came crowding thick and fast: she could not follow each singly to an end. Mary Christina by Henry Handel Richardson

I would not have heard, nor I believe would he have recapitulated, just at that moment, for half the world, the details of the hideous vision which had so unmanned him. An Account of Some Strange Disturbances in Aungier Street by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1851]

His standard was that of practical usefulness, and he lacked the vision to see that an experiment which is not demonstrably useful at the moment may yield results in the future. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Edgar Allan Poe It is no longer philosophical to base upon what has been a vision of what is to be. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

H. Rider Haggard But this time he did not attempt to resist, and no vision came to save him. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Sigmund Freud Here I may add the interpretation of a vision described to me by an hysterical woman of forty, as having occurred when she was in normal health. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Also a fantastic and finely ironic vision of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife rose before him and the vision of himself as Joseph irked a certain complexness of his mentality. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Indeed, I cannot say at this moment whether I actually saw this apparition with my eyes, or whether it was a dream-like vision of the brain. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Edith Wharton Out of that dark vision light was to come, the shaft of cloud turning to the pillar of fire. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Perhaps this apocalyptic vision is a little wild; and I feel I ought to ask pardon for an outbreak of enthusiasm, which, I assure you, is not my commonest failing. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

The highest and the lowest classes were alike filled with a vision of boundless wealth. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

George Meredith I felt myself as if in the forest again, merely wondering at the growth of the trees, and the narrowness of my vision in those days. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

If it bridges it, in the pragmatist’s vision of his hypothetical universe, it can be called a ‘true’ idea. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Arthur Conan Doyle The dressing was like a thing in a dream, and so was a vision of the Master with the grin of a bulldog upon his face, and his three teeth amiably protruded. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

H. G. Wells Our vision of life was revised in outline and detail alike. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Virginia Woolf Only the ineffective word “hedgehog” illustrated his vision of Europe, bristling with guns, poised with planes. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

John Galsworthy He must not, would not behave grudgingly! While he stood watching the tardy sunlight, he had again that sudden vision of the world which had come to him the night before. To Let by John Galsworthy

Andrew Lang The phrase ‘dreamt’ is to be taken as the common-sense way of stating that Lord Lyttelton had a vision of some sort. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Algernon Blackwood It was almost like a faint singing cry in his head, like a voice of dream, a voice of vision and unreality. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Arthur Conan Doyle I have a vision of a dark, frantic face, of a woman’s voice, which screamed in French, ‘My waiting is not in vain. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Edith Wharton As she listened, there flitted through her mind the vision of Liff Hyatt’s muddy boot coming down on the white bramble-flowers. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Up the gangplank and the vision of the world adjusts itself, narrows. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton But presently this merciful apathy was succeeded by the sudden acuteness of vision with which sick people sometimes wake out of a heavy sleep. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

How often he had awoke, in an agony of shame, from a vision of a crowded court-house, and his uncle’s wife in a criminal dock, hemmed in on every side by a sea of eager faces. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Thomas Carlyle For, in fact, I say the degree of vision that dwells in a man is a correct measure of the man. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Each was associated with some vision of sun-drenched landscape. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

D. H. Lawrence And, through the man in the closed wagon, Gudrun could see the whole scene spectacularly, isolated and momentary, like a vision isolated in eternity. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Walter Scott The seer of this striking vision descended to her family, so much discomposed as to call her father’s attention. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Henry James There came to me thus a bewilderment of vision of which, after these years, there is no living view that I can hope to give. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Before the stern realities of life — before sickness and sorrow and the dread shadow of death — that schoolgirl’s vision had utterly melted away. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Edgar Allan Poe I was now immeasurably alarmed, for I considered the vision either as an omen of my death, or, worse, as the fore-runner of an attack of mania. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry Handel Richardson The vision was a cold douche to his folly. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

D. H. Lawrence Jesus-the vision world-the everyday world-all mixed inextricably in a confusion of pain and bliss. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence