Phrases with "visions"

His conceptions crowded upon him in vivid, serried multitudes — the wildest visions of fantasy mixed pell-mell with the most vital realizations of fact. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Marjorie Bowen What could a ghost leave but fairy gold? But she cried all the same in pure disappointment at the loss of the golden visions that the two golden coins had conjured up. Elsie’s Lonely Afternoon by Marjorie Bowen

Guy de Maupassant Ulrich scarcely slept, his mind haunted by visions and his limbs shaking with cold. The Inn (L'Auberge) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

H. G. Wells They became at last instruments to realize the plans and visions of the very men they had hunted, maltreated and murdered in the crude zeal of their first beginnings. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men, through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen [1903]

Charles Dickens He felt quite happy; and as he leaned upon his staff and mused, a bright smile overspread his face, and none but cheerful visions floated into his brain. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

In a general way I’m not much of a one for lectures, but the visions of war I’d had that morning, starting with the bomber flying over the train, had put me into a kind of thoughtful mood. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

At night, when I shut my eyes, I see before me visions of bulls’ heads. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Thomas Love Peacock Then we shall see visions of transcendental illumination, and soar on the wings of ideas into the space of pure intelligence. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Percy Bysshe Shelley Confused visions flitted in Matilda’s imagination whilst under the influence of sleep; at last they assumed a settled shape. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Wilkie Collins It dispelled the visions — and it was bearable because it did that. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Edith Wharton Her visions of a brilliant marriage for Lily had faded after the first year. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Wilkie Collins Nothing was left but my own horrid visions of vengeance and death. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Walter Scott We have seen the palate, in the case of the porridge-fed lunatic, enter its protest against the acquiescence of eyes, ears, and touch, in the gay visions which gilded the patient’s confinement. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Andrew Lang Even on Brougham’s showing, then, this dream was a thing unique in his experience, and not one of the swarm of visions of sleep. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

George Eliot With a single drop of ink for a mirror, the Egyptian sorcerer undertakes to reveal to any chance comer far-reaching visions of the past. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Walter Scott The door of the apartment opened at length, and these visions were dissipated. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

What if his Quinola should be the great attraction of the season! And his mind was filled visions of overflowing houses and showers of gold. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Edith Wharton Odo’s was in fact one of those dual visions which instinctively see both sides of a case and take the defence of the less popular. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Charles Dickens Judge, jury and spectators have visions of his lounging about, with an ill-looking, large-whiskered, dissolute young fellow of six feet high. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Willa Cather Then, because the picture-making mechanism was crushed, the disturbing visions flashed into black, and Paul dropped back into the immense design of things. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Eh! His — er — visions are batrachian. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Henry James Her mind, assailed by visions, was in a state of extraordinary activity, and her visions might as well come to her there, where she sat up to meet them, as on her pillow, to make a mockery of rest. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Hugo: Enough; we will start this very day, Thurston, Eric, and I, And the baffled visions will pass away, And the restless fires will die. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

During the last year or so of war a lot of us had had visions like that. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

These visions were self-sustained. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Jack London As the time passed, I grew more contented with my lot, and the devil came less and less in my sleep to torment the old Adam in me with lawless visions of tobacco and savoury foods. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Andrew Lang Speaking then as a non-scientific student, I submit that on the side of ordinary causes for the visions and voices we have: 1. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

The Middle Ages wondered at visions of the truth — alchemy, sorcery, fountains of youth, these are part of the dream. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Elizabeth Barrett Browning And, not without The wreath he died in and the doubt He died by, Tasso, bard and lover, Whose visions were too thin to cover The face of a false woman over. A Vision of Poets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1844]

Rudyard Kipling The visions that your old men saw fifteen years ago I saw translated to-day into stone and brick and concrete. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

These visions faded when I perused, for the first time, those poets whose effusions entranced my soul and lifted it to heaven. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Edgar Allan Poe And again I sunk into visions of Ligeia — and again, (what marvel that I shudder while I write,) again there reached my ears a low sob from the region of the ebony bed. Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe

But besides that, as grief and solitude ripened her heart, and made her tremble at times to think how deeply it could feel, her vague and early visions shaped themselves into an ideal of love. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Marjorie Bowen Usually when I did this my second sight, or clairvoyance or whatever you called the faculty I had, rewarded me with distinct visions or pictures. Ann Mellor’s Lover by Marjorie Bowen

H.P. Lovecraft The great roads held hints of motion, but in the earlier visions I could not resolve this impression into details. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Mrs. Hare was better then; the sunshine and the business of stirring life had in some measure effaced the visions of the night, and restored her to her wonted frame of mind. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

George Eliot Images from the past kept urging themselves upon him like delirious visions strangely blended with thirst and anguish. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

The man who saw the white fool said of a certain woman, not a peasant woman, “If I had her power of vision I would know all the wisdom of the gods, and her visions do not interest her. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Olaf Stapledon All these forms kept appearing, vanishing, reappearing, invading one another and exterminating one another, like the visions that haunt us between waking and sleeping. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells In some odd way these visions mixed up with my dream of in my uncle in his despair. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Andrew Lang The universal idea is that such visions may be ‘clairvoyant. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

George Meredith They have that whisper and waving of secresy in secret scenery; they beckon to the bath; and they conjure classic visions of the pudency of the Goddess irate or unsighted. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

William Godwin They said that her boasted visions were so many delusions of the devil. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Olaf Stapledon And the new lure of power was one of the dream visions that confused him. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Andrew Lang Have just seen visions on lawn — a soldier in general’s uniform, a young lady kneeling to him, 11. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Benjamin Disraeli His thoughts were wandering in a distant land; visions of another life, another country, rose before him, troubled and obscure. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Elizabeth Gaskell She’s bad enough as it is, with her dreams and her methodee fancies, and her visions of cities with goulden gates and precious stones. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Olaf Stapledon Over his books in his own comfortable suburban home he would be distressed by visions of the slum-tenement homes that he had visited when he was working for an ‘after-care’ committee. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Eliot Poor Tom formed no visions of the distant future as he made his way homeward; he only felt that the present was very hard. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Andrew Lang It is curious to see a white man taking to the Indian religion, and having exactly the same sort of visions as their red converts described to the Jesuit fathers nearly two hundred years before. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

And so, softly closing her door, she left her to her queer visions and deathlike slumber. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jack London After that he will be left to gibber his visions to padded walls. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

It was strange to find her most romantic visions realised; strange, but a strangeness not without pain. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

She inherited something of his sanguine nature, and she loved him very dearly, so she may be forgiven if she believed in his vague visions of future grandeur. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle Percy and Astley were young and hot-headed with wild visions of dashing deeds and knight errantry, but Knolles with cold, clear brain and purpose of iron held ever his object in view. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Her father had been the keystone in the arch of Mary’s existence: he was gone, and a mass of chaotic ruins alone remained of the familiar visions which had once beguiled her. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Wilkie Collins And she made matters worse, poor child, by writing in her diary about the visions and supernatural appearances that had terrified her. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Edgar Allan Poe With her and with her terrible crew went all our gay visions of deliverance and joy. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry James Besides, she wished to convince herself that she had done everything possible to content her husband; she was determined not to be haunted by visions of his wife’s limpness under appeal. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Henry James In all Mrs. Luna’s visions of herself, her discretion was the leading feature. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Andrew Lang He can create visions that the waking self can remember, but cannot originate, and cannot trace to any memory of waking impressions. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

The Funeral March seemed the very soul of those dark masses whose delegates sat in this hall, building from their obscure visions a new Russia — and perhaps more. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

William Harrison Ainsworth No visions seemed to haunt his peaceful slumbers. A Night's Adventure in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth

George Borrow Perhaps they are wise, and I am a fool, I know not, but one thing I am certain of, which is, that were I not independent I should be very unhappy: I should have no visions then. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Edith Wharton Now and then he would stop writing and let his visions sweep him away; then he would return with renewed fervour to the minute scrutiny of his imaginary characters. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Olaf Stapledon Little by little I reproduced in myself this cramped and ungenerous mode of the mind; and, as I did so, visions of your world came crowding in upon me with increasing vividness. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Jack London It was a time of visions and miracles, while seers and prophetesses were legion. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The visions of good men are good; it is the undisciplined will that is whipped with bad thoughts and bad fortunes. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

A knock at the door dispelled Sarah’s visions of that happy day. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

It was a strange and melancholy illusion, evolved half-consciously like all our illusions, which I suspect only to be visions of remote unattainable truth, seen dimly. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Scared with the visions which seemed to throng with unceasing rapidity and vividness, I threw open the window and looked out upon the quiet scene around. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anatole France These visions rendered me lazy. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Elizabeth Gaskell The visions come thick upon me, and my sight grows clearer and clearer. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Caroline Lamb But a dark malady at times had fallen upon La Crusca. He would see visions of horror; and the sight of a mother and a child threw him into frenzy, till it became necessary to confine him. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Rudyard Kipling Whoring not with visions — overwise and overstale. The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Eliot Those old stories of visions and dreams guiding men have their truth: we are saved by making the future present to ourselves. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

George Eliot A character at unity with itself — that performs what it intends, subdues every counteracting impulse, and has no visions beyond the distinctly possible — is strong by its very negations. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Good heavens! how long were the hours! She took up a book, but the fixed idea that engrossed her mind continually conjured up the same visions between her eyes and the page of print. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Sinclair Lewis He also saw visions in pipe-smoke, and was very brave and poor and pure. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing Dire visions of infection at once assailed Mrs. Byass; impossible to admit under the same roof with her baby a person who had just been ill. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Ann Radcliffe But, notwithstanding her fatigue, she could not sleep, and her mind, in spite of all her efforts, returned to the scenes that were passed, or presented gloomy and imperfect visions of the future. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Andrew Lang Probably most readers know the procession of visions which sometimes crowd on the closed eyes just before sleep. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

H.P. Lovecraft It was the largest group in one place that I had seen so far, and so sharply did it impress me that the visions of fabulous aeons faded suddenly away. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Caroline Lamb In the struggles of ebbing life, even as the spirit of flame rushed from the bands of mortality, visions of punishment and hell pursued him. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Arthur Machen There are all sorts of ways of breaking down this wall, one of them being brandy, the resulting visions being known as delirium tremens. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Guy de Maupassan Her eyes were gazing languidly towards the distant horizon as if they sought to follow through the park visions of her youth. The Love of Long Ago by Guy de Maupassan

H.P. Lovecraft As I stared at the uncannily lighted door and windows, I became subject to the most extravagant visions — visions so extravagant that I cannot even relate them. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Rudyard Kipling The visions departed, and Shame followed Passion:— “He took what I said in this horrible fashion, “I’ll write to Harendra!” With language unsainted The Captain came back to the Bride. . Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

E. F. Benson Winds take a pensive tone, and stars a tender fire, And visions rise and change, that kill me with desire. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

I could put fear into their hearts, and terrify them with visions of the wrath to come. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Maria Edgeworth Without previous concert, they raised visions of Parisian glory which were to prepare the young lady’s imagination for a French lover or a French husband. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

George Meredith Many visions of him they had, and were pleased. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Arthur Machen He says that light came to him, but only in flashes, and now and then there were visions of things to come, which were afterwards fulfilled. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Gifts, powers, material, intellectual, and spiritual possessions are the fruits of effort; they are thoughts completed, objects accomplished, visions realized. As a Man Thinketh by James Allen [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson They are dreams and unsubstantial; visions of style that repose upon no base of human meaning; the last heart-throbs of that excited amateur who has to die in all of us before the artist can be born. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James The visions I have just spoken of were mixed with other debates. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Elizabeth Gaskell The visions melted into deep, unconscious sleep. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Kate Chopin She was going there for the last time to dream her dreams; to see the visions that hitherto had crowded her days and nights, and to bid them farewell. Short stories by Kate Chopin

James Joyce Her hopes and visions were so intricate that she no longer saw the white pillows on which her gaze was fixed or remembered that she was waiting for anything. Dubliners by James Joyce

Elizabeth Gaskell Either he did not recognize her, or she came in too completely as a part of his sleeping visions for him to be disturbed by her appearance there. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Edith Wharton His eyes were full of visions of work to be, his hands of the strength of work done. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

The girl felt the old fingers clutch her and squeeze into her with a numbing strength, so that the free activity in which she had moved during her conflict with visions was now imprisoned and passive. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Their visions of the triumph of justice captivated her and warmed her heart. Mother by Maksim Gorky

We doubted whether he had any visions of wealth—for himself, at any rate. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

He has prophetic visions and sensations, which are generally true, but sometimes erroneous. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

And O, what torturing visions were those in which Charlotte smiled upon him, radiant with health and happiness; and there had been no such thing as her illness, no such thing as his grief. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing They were the love letters of a poet, one in whom melancholy mingled with every emotion, whose brightest visions of joy were shadowed by brooding mortality. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

The sea of visions went to the table, and, bending over it, beckoned to Madge to draw closer. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

H. P. Lovecraf One great thing may be said of the author; that he never ruined his ghostly visions with a natural explanation. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

John Galsworthy A distracted squeeze, a heavy sigh, and, soon after, sounds from the young man’s motor-cycle called up visions of flying dust and broken bones. To Let by John Galsworthy

Walter Scott I had wild visions — visions of conducting her as if to some poor retreat, and introducing her at once to rank and fortune she never dreamt of. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

George Eliot But again she shrank from impressions that were alluring her within the sphere of visions and narrow fears which compelled men to outrage natural affections as Dino had done. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

G. K. Chesterton Crowds of impatient malcontents were adjured to Wait for the Word; and apocalyptic visions were provided, of the scenes of world-change that would follow, when once The Word was spoken. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Edgar Allan Poe In their gray visions they obtain glimpses of eternity, and thrill, in awakening, to find that they have been upon the verge of the great secret. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Elizabeth Gaskell So she looked fixedly at vacancy; a series of visions passing before her, in all of which her son was the principal, the sole object — her son, her pride, her property. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Theodore Dreiser She took only a mouthful to eat and then practised on, sustained by visions of freedom from financial distress — “The sound of glory ringing in her ears. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

So, when he got no answer about the nocturnal visions and voices, he glided calmly on to another matter. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Rudyard Kipling When due and sufficient reasons have been given, weighed and approved, the machinery moves forward, and the dreamer of dreams and the seer of visions is gone from his friends and following. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

These, with extraordinary visions seen by the enthusiastic, alternately cheered and depressed them according as they foretold the triumph or pictured the reverses of the cross. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It is bewildering to have her so close to me in a chamber peopled many and many a night with thoughts and visions of her. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

There is always something to be given up even when our brightest visions are realised; there is always some one figure (a low one perhaps) missing in the fullest sum of earthly happiness. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Henry James This claims to be called a haunted chamber, for thousands upon thousands of visions have appeared to me in it; and some few of them have become visible to the world. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

William Blake As glasses discover Worlds In the endless Abyss of space, So the expanding eyes of Immortals Beheld the dark visions of Los, And the globe of life blood trembling 8. The Book of Urizen by William Blake [1794]

It seemed to me as if, while I lavished my heart and my youth upon visions of beauty, I was losing the beautiful realities of actual life. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

George Meredith His visions of our glorious future enchained me. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Henry James Disconnected visions passed through it, and sudden dull gleams of memory, of expectation. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

And all the old love, the old longing,   Broke out in the breasts of the boys, The visions of racing came thronging   With all its delirious joys. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

They did; and there was an end of it, and went in for all kinds of rose-coloured visions after the fashion of such-like poor mortals in this lower world. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

Virginia Woolf I wished for you; the same scenes strike us both, and the same kind of visions has amused us both ever since we were born. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Ivan Turgenev Your visions will leave you and, moreover, that dog will be of use to you. The Dog by Ivan Turgenev

The same lust-exciting visions floated before his eyes: Matilda, in all the pomp of beauty, warm, tender, and luxurious, clasped him to her bosom, and lavished upon him the most ardent caresses. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Elizabeth Von Arnim She instantly had visions of vergers turning Catherine-wheels down the path, headed by high-stepping curates, followed by a congregation intoxicated by reaction. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

My visions of a former night really seemed to be prophetic. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

G. K. Chesterton March had one of his vague visions of ladies in cloudy crinolines and gentlemen in outlandish hats and whiskers revisiting that lost garden like ghosts. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

George Gissing The girl had visions of a life such as the heroines of certain novels rejoice in. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Henry James They had prolongations of instants that counted as visions of bliss; they had slow approximations that counted as long caresses. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Olaf Stapledon But since their visions were not as a rule very profound, they and he soon saw all there was to see in them. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Such are the visions that fade away —   Man proposes and God disposes; Look in the glass and I see to-day Only an old man, worn and grey,   Bending his head to a bunch of roses. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

George Meredith There shone a strictly feminine quality! according to the romantic visions of the sex entertained by Commander Beauchamp, and by others who would be the objects of it. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

And still new visions kept opening out before the eyes of enthusiasts — strange speculations and wondrous possibilities. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

George Eliot I might in time get to be a seer of visions myself, like the Suora Maddalena, and Camilla Rucellai, and the rest. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

G. K. Chesterton In the wild visions of vanishing consciousness, he saw again something that belonged to an utterly forgotten time, something that he had seen somewhere long ago in a restaurant. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

He could conjure up no visions but those of fear. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Jack London Only in my dreams did he torment me, principally with visions of varied foods and with imagined indulgence in the foul weed called tobacco. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

H. G. Wells But the two visions are not seen consistently together, at least by me, and I do not surely know that they exist consistently together. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

E. T. A. Hoffmann The first time I played upon it I somehow fancied that I was only the magnetiser who has the power of moving his subject to reveal of his own accord in words the visions of his inner nature. The Cremona Violin by E. T. A. Hoffmann

H.P. Lovecraft For some time I accepted the visions as natural, even though I had never before been an extravagant dreamer. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

It may be that it drove all practical considerations out of his mind, making room for awful and precise visions which nothing could dislodge afterwards. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

H.P. Lovecraft This matter of the spectral piping harassed me greatly, and I wondered if the crickets of autumn had come before their time to vex the night and haunt the visions of men. The Moon-Bog by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Elizabeth Gaskell In all Philip’s visions of future prosperity, it was Sylvia who was to be aggrandized by them; his own life was to be spent as it was now, pretty much between the four shop walls. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

George Gissing Perchance he regretted the visions of his youth, the dreams of glory in marble. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The crowd of his early visions seemed to have awaited him beneath his mother’s roof and thronged riotously around to welcome his return. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Richard Burton As they approached the Holy Land, visions of the “Nabbut” caused a change for the better in their manners. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

George Eliot And in visions I saw the meaning of the Crucifix.’ He paused, breathing hard for a minute or two: but Romola was not prompted to speak again. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Edith Wharton At one time he had had musical and literary yearnings, visions of desultory artistic indulgence; but these had of late been superseded by the resolute determination to plunge into practical life. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Jack London Nor was she above seeing visions and hearing voices. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

My mind took a leap there; I will tell you, prettiest, what it was! Before I went thither I had some fine vague visions about virtue. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

These visions needed not that any sound should speak to me, or music mould my feelings. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Anna Katherine Green Her visions were all inner ones. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Olaf Stapledon He had shown me, through years of inner turmoil, the aspirations and reluctances of a primitive being haunted by visions from a higher sphere. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

H.P. Lovecraft On the contrary, my absence from the conscious world was marked by visions of the most unutterable hideousness. Imprisoned with the Pharaohs by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

She could not tell whether the incredible visions that had manifested would show themselves to her; she did not desire but neither would she avoid them. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

The visions that had held her helpless — visions of poverty and of escape from poverty — suddenly vanished and left only a shocked realization of what was happening to her. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Her spirits were enlivened by the evident change for the better in Elvira, and her fancy presented her with visions bright and pleasing. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

George Gissing But an hour of contentment sufficed to banish such visions as sheer frenzy. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Anna Katherine Green Despicable! the work of a man without conscience or heart! Yes, and he knew it, and for weeks his sleep was broken by visions and his waking hours rendered dreadful by fears. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Sinclair Lewis The returning train was torturingly slow, and he dismounted at Mohalis fevered with visions of her. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

From her childhood she had been acquainted with the grave, and with visions of a world beyond the grave. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Wilkie Collins Serene visions re Marchesina Potts swam benignant before my eyes. A Passage in the Life of Perugino Potts by Wilkie Collins [1852]

On this the visions became more distinct. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

George Gissing For the moment he had shaken off his visions of Tartarus, and was his saner self once more. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

H.P. Lovecraft As I have said, it was not immediately that these wild visions began to hold their terrifying quality. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Andrew Lang But this very popular writer can see no visions in a crystal ball. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

I had indulged in visions of better flats than these. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Wilkie Collins Far down the corridors rise visions of flying phantoms, ever at the same distance before us — their raving voices clanging like the hammers of a thousand forges. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Thomas Carlyle An outer hull of chaotic confusion, visions of the Devil, nervous dreams, almost semi-madness; and yet such a clear determinate man’s-energy working in the heart of that. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

But all through that night Mr. Whitelaw, who was not commonly a seer of visions or dreamer of dreams, had his slumbers disturbed by some unwonted perplexity of spirit. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

I bid you at that particular time, because I can see visions more vividly in the dusky glow of firelight than either by daylight or lamplight. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

The voice which speaks to me in visions does not lie. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Ann Radcliffe Then visions of pleasure shall float on our sight, While light bounding our spirits shall flow; And the god shall impart a fine sense of delight Which in vain sober mortals would know. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Neither murders nor visions interest him. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

E. F. Benson As some minutes must elapse before he gets into the hypnotic state in which the visions begin, I strolled out on to the balcony for coolness. At Abdul Ali’s Grave by E. F. Benson

Rudyard Kipling His sleep was broken by visions dread Of a shining Boh with a silver head. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

He was wildly excited by visions of inconceivable promise. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Walter Scott The Commissioners’ personal reliance on him made his task the more easy, and it was all along remarked that trusty Giles Sharp saw the most extraordinary sights and visions among the whole party. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

George Gissing At the point to which he had been reduced by several days of blank despondency, Peak was able to find genuine encouragement in visions such as this. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

G. K. Chesterton The Church in its earthly action has really touched morbid things—tortures and bleeding visions and blasts of extermination. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H.P. Lovecraft It is evident that with time the curious inhibitions somewhat waned, for the scope of my visions vastly increased. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

H.P. Lovecraft Of my visions after 1914 I will here mention only a few, since fuller accounts and records are at the disposal of the serious student. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning I lived with visions for my company Instead of men and women, years ago, And found them gentle mates, nor thought to know A sweeter music than they played to me. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1850]

H.P. Lovecraft But when I awaked next morning I felt it had all been a dream, for the visions I had seen were more wonderful than any sound of wild pipes in the night. The Moon-Bog by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

It is impossible to imagine Wordsworth dwelling with zest on visions and imagery, on which Spenser has lavished all his riches. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Walter Scott Sleeping, to be sure, is the most serious employment of your life — for as to eating, you hardly match a sparrow; but I entreat you to sleep without dreaming, or to keep your visions to yourself. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Thomas Wolfe It was inconceivable, and as George listened he grew sick, as one does in some awful nightmare when he visions someone he knows doing some perverse and abominable act. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Charles Dickens Truth is sacred, and the visions are crowned by a shining white beaver bonnet, impossibly suggestive of a little feminine postboy. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Olaf Stapledon The dreams and visions that plagued the Dolt might well have risen from the suppressed side of his own nature. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon He was overwhelmed by visions of what might have happened if he had not been able to control his arm. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Jack London Often, for quite decent intervals, I forgot my heat and pain in dreams and visions and in memories. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Edith Wharton Ten months earlier the amount it stood for had represented the depths of penury; but her standard of values had changed in the interval, and now visions of wealth lurked in every flourish of the pen. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]