Phrases with "vivid"

Suddenly, by a vivid flash of lightning, the dreaded barranca appeared in sight for a moment, and almost before the drivers could stop them, the horses had plunged in. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

For a time these developing phases were no more than a secret and private trouble between us, little shadows spreading by imperceptible degrees across that vivid and luminous cell. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Edith Wharton Mrs. Shallum, though in command of but a few verbs, all of which, on her lips, became irregular, managed to express a polyglot personality as vivid as her husband’s was effaced. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

George Meredith Her rejected petition to her husband for an allowance of money, on the day in Wales, became the vivid memory which brings out motives in its glow. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Algernon Blackwood One second they saw LeVallon carrying the girl off, the next a flash of intense and vivid brilliance entered the big studio, flooding all detail with a blaze of violent light. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

D. H. Lawrence It was not so much what she said; it was she herself who roused him, roused him with a small, vivid pricking. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells I tried to summon the memory of vivid moments, of tender or intense emotions to my assistance; I felt that if I could recall one genuine twinge of feeling the growing severance would be stopped. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Algernon Blackwood Your vivid thoughts will tell me more than your halting words. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

H. G. Wells It is only that another more vivid reaction-memory-and-event system has established a by no means perfect control over what are called the voluntary muscles of your body. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Saturated by vivid white light, my bemused sight swayed under temporary aberration. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

It had little other vegetation upon it than huge plots of triodia, of the most beautiful and vivid green, and set with the most formidable spines. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

H. G. Wells It seemed to me that the pit had been enlarged, and ever and again puffs of vivid green vapour streamed up and out of it towards the brightening dawn — streamed up, whirled, broke, and vanished. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Leslie Stephen We should be better pleased if we could restore a vivid image of the inner circle upon which his happiness most intimately depended. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

There was no light left either in the low rooms or in the corridors, only from time to time a livid glare illuminated the dark apartments with a vivid flash, which as instantly disappeared. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

As Gourlay looked, a robin was perched on the quiet roof-tree, its breast vivid in the sun. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Arthur Machen It was all a vivid picture to him as he sat in his chair, unwilling to wake. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

T. E. Lawrence We crossed over a rise, and from the far side opened a wide view, which was the delta of Wadi Yenbo, the largest valley of Northern Hejaz. It seemed a vivid copse of tamarisk and thorn. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

I find this empire of the floor much more vivid and detailed in my memory now than many of the owners of the skirts and legs and boots that went gingerly across its territories. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

D. H. Lawrence Lettie was enjoying her public demonstration immensely; it exhilarated her into quite a vivid love for him. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

John Morley Of the fierce brutality of the crowd of that age, we may form a vivid idea from the unflinching pencil of Hogarth. Barbarous laws were cruelly administered. Burke by John Morley [1879]

You have a vivid mental picture of the vertebrae snapping apart and the spinal fluid dripping out of them. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Oscar Wilde M. Guy de Maupassant, with his keen mordant irony and his hard vivid style, strips life of the few poor rags that still cover her, and shows us foul sore and festering wound. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

That hateful scene at Brentford is as vivid in my mind as if it had happened yesterday. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Jules Verne The doctor had, therefore, been right in counting upon the fantastic appearance of the balloon throwing out rays, as vivid as the sun’s, through this intense gloom. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Abraham Merri Their heads were as large as those of the anaconda, and were scaled in vivid emerald. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

D. H. Lawrence So she walked abstractedly about on the edge of the wood, with wide, vivid dark eyes, and a faint flush in her cheeks. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

Guy had what some would call a vivid imagination, others a lively faith. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Henry James She had a vivid answer for each, and it was brought home to Vogelstein while he listened that this would be indeed, in her development, as she said, another phase. Pandora by Henry James [1884]

She was at that moment coming down the stairs, and it was this fact which had pierced to my inner consciousness, and aroused once more in me a vivid sense of my surroundings. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

But for God’s sake don’t let us talk about it!’ As he spoke Madeline saw the vivid clearness of the situation grow blurred and confused. The hesitation of Miss Anderson by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

E. F. Benson Gradually this conviction became so vivid that he spoke to her, calling her by name. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Wilkie Collins Father Benwell’s trained observation followed the vivid changes of expression on Romayne’s face, and marked the eager look in his eyes as he lifted his head from the dog to the dog’s master. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

In a vivid vision he saw the girl at the cash desk, as she handled his threepenny-bit, grin sidelong at the girl behind the cake-counter. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

A vivid flash of lightning showed him her face as they stood for an instant leaning against each other, his arm encircling her. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Isabella Bird It is a village of 150 houses, and is famous for very fine velvety carpets, of small patterns, in vivid vegetable dyes. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

E. F. Benson Then the face of the Mayor sprang into vivid illumination, suspended against the blackness, and her open, sleep-walking eyes gleamed with soul-horror in the focused light. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

He was a vivid illustration of the night it must have been. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Sidney Colvin Cowden Clarke at Hunt’s request brought Keats to call on him soon afterwards, and has left a vivid account of their pleasant welcome and conversation. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Henry James Catherine, meanwhile, had made a discovery of a very different sort; it had become vivid to her that there was a great excitement in trying to be a good daughter. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

H. G. Wells Its flowers were vivid yellow splashes, distinctly visible as separate specks this mile away. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Willa Cather These anchors may be ideas; but more often they are merely pictures, vivid memories, which in some unaccountable and very personal way give us courage. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Vandeloup assented eagerly, and they were soon in the flower garden at the back of the house, which was blazing with vivid colours, in the hot glare of the sunshine. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

For, like all weak men of a vivid fancy, he was constantly framing dramas of which he was the towering lord. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

When I think of the Socialists there comes a vivid memory of certain evening gatherings at our house. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Lady Morgan’s detestation for dates was accompanied by a vivid imagination, an inaccurate memory, and a constitutional inability to deal with hard facts. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

They got their glow in high moments of altruistic ambition — and in moments of vivid worldly success. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

She was an early riser, being too vivid and highly strung a creature, even at sixty-seven years of age, to give way to sloth. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Sigmund Freud On the contrary, the people in the dream appear to be quite indifferent; or, as I was able to note in one particularly vivid dream, they have stiff and solemn expressions. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Henry James He had of course by this time well reached the age of renouncement; but it had not hitherto been vivid to him that it was time to give up everything. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

H. G. Wells And — grotesque thought! — they were fighting for him! For a space he was like a man who pauses in the reading of a vivid book, and suddenly doubts what he has been taking unquestioningly. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He had also lain in a canoe on the bosom of Lake George, making his soul the mirror of its loveliness and grandeur till not a picture in the Vatican was more vivid than his recollection. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

H. G. Wells Mr Streit betrays at times as vivid a sense of advancing social collapse as I have, but it has still to occur to him that that collapse may be conclusive. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

There was a vivid gas-jet just above their heads, and the light fell full upon their faces. The Four-Fifteen Express by Amelia B. Edwards

The west flared with the vivid colours of the sunset, delicately pink, and melting on the horizon into sheets of shimmering gold. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Edith Wharton It’s miserable for you and it does HER no good!” She lifted a vivid face. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Ann Radcliffe She was enchanted with the new world that was now exhibited to her, and she was not cool enough to distinguish the vivid glow of imagination from the colours of real bliss. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

D. H. Lawrence Tiny buds on the hedges, vivid as copper-green, were opening into rosettes; and thrushes called, and blackbirds shrieked and scolded. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith France, too, her rival!—the land of France, personified by her instinctively, though she had no vivid imaginative gift, did not wound her with a poisoned dart. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

With a vivid remembrance of the great catastrophe of her life he appeared to her with all the fascination of a great and dangerous thing; of a terror vanquished, surmounted, made a plaything of. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Charles Dickens But what the agitation of a steam-vessel is, on a bad winter’s night in the wild Atlantic, it is impossible for the most vivid imagination to conceive. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

This criticism does not in any degree detract from the value of one of the most vivid and substantially accurate narratives in the range of European literature. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Her throat became convulsed in waves to resist strangulation; and the apprehension of the jerk was so vivid that she seized her head in both hands as if to save it from being torn off her shoulders. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

George Meredith She cannot see widely, and is one of the wild while the fit lasts; and, after it, that savage narrow vision she had of the unbeloved retains its vivid print in permanence. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Olaf Stapledon He himself had absorbed a good deal on these subjects in his scanty spare time, and I have no doubt that he had a gift for presenting it in a vivid way. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

The things we had seen in Spain did not recede and fall into proportion now that we were away from them; instead they rushed back upon us and were far more vivid than before. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Henry James It might have passed for finished his drama, with its catastrophe all but reached: it had, however, none the less been vivid again for him as he thus gave it its fuller chance. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Henry James Hawthorne’s stories are the old Greek myths, made more vivid to the childish imagination by an infusion of details which both deepen and explain their marvels. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

G. K. Chesterton Within his narrower limits, Trollope was a more strict and masterly realist than Thackeray, and even those who would call his personages “types” would admit that they are as vivid as characters. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

John Galsworthy That vivid member of the family was asleep with one pyjama-d arm outside the sheet and her cheek resting on the back of the hand. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

He did not know whether he was asleep or awake, so strange was life, so vivid were his dreams. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Edgar Allan Poe Although this event failed not of a vivid effect upon my disordered imagination, yet was it evanescent as vivid. William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe

He has left us a vivid presentation in gorgeous language of the naturalistic calendar of the changing year. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Henry James While he slept moreover he had a strange and vivid dream. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

H. G. Wells It was as if he stepped through such boundaries as Alice passed to reach her Wonderland; the other world became a dream again; as if he closed the pages of a vivid book and turned to things about him. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

For a second nothing moved about the courtyard in the great vivid clearness of the day. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

H. G. Wells He had an intense receptiveness to vivid work; he had an inevitably right instinct for the word in his stories; but he had no critical chatter. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Who or what was behind that wall? Standing there alone and weaponless beside the unconscious girl, Drayton was swept by a terror deeper and more vivid than any dread he had ever before experienced. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Nathaniel Hawthorne He carried a stick with a wooden head, carved in vivid imitation of that of a serpent. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The East, gray when Jelly-bean entered the garage, became a rich and vivid blue as he turned on his solitary electric light. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The vivid bloom had left her cheeks; but I think she was all the prettier because of that delicate pallor, which gave a pensive cast to her countenance. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

As Tennyson said to him at the close of a visit to Aldworth, ‘You’re a jolly, vivid man; you’re as vivid as lightning’. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Isabella Bird Few of these beautiful monoliths have fallen, but some are much time-worn, and have a growth of vivid red or green lichen upon them. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Henry Handel Richardson His coffin, a small deal box, painted a light and vivid green, was a misfit balcony flower-box, which the joiner seized this opportunity to get rid of. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

George Meredith He prattled of his yesterday, today, and tomorrow, which did not imply past and future, but his vivid present. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

In the semi-obscurity of the alley his high shirt collar and his cuffs made small patches of vivid whiteness. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

George Meredith One by one they came out in crimson flame, till the vivid host appeared to have stepped forward. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

D. H. Lawrence Then she added, flushing suddenly vivid pink under her transparent parchment skin: “It wouldn’t be right for you to marry an old thing like me, would it?” He looked at her dumbfounded. The Blue Moccasins by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Ann Radcliffe They were sheltered from the heaviness of the rain; but the long and vivid flashes of lightning which glanced through the casements, alarmed them all. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

George Meredith The countenance was vivid in repose. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

D. H. Lawrence This night he woke almost at once from a vivid little dream. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

A Golampian assemblage with uncovered heads resembles, indeed, a garden of flowers, vivid and deep in color, no two alike. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

Walter Crane We must constantly supplement our school and studio work by these direct impressions of vivid life and movement, and neglect no opportunity or despise no source or suggestion. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Edith Wharton The evocation was so vivid that it caught her breath like a blow, and she sank down helplessly on the divan among the piled-up books. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Let me bear the blame — he was my brother — let me go with you, but leave her in ignorance ——” Mr. Gryce, with a vivid sense of justice, laid his hand on the young man’s arm. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith Diana had the Celtic vivid sense of country. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

John Stuart Mill Instead of a vivid conception and a living belief, there remain only a few phrases retained by rote; or, if any part, the shell and husk only of the meaning is retained, the finer essence being lost. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

This incident, trivial as it seemed, made a vivid impression upon me, and it was with a mind really calmed from its past agitation that I re-entered the house and took up my watch in the sick-room. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Olaf Stapledon Paul was proudly, lovingly conscious of the Archangel’s vivid humanity, even of his little weaknesses, which served greatly to endear him to his admirers. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

E. F. Benson Then for a moment he got a glimpse, a flash, vivid but brief, connected with him. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

H. G. Wells The vivid and creative mind, by virtue of its qualities, is a spasmodic and adventurous mind; it resents blinkers, and the mere implication that it can be driven in harness to the unexpected. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Rudyard Kipling The Soudan campaign was a picturesque one, and lent itself to vivid word-painting. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Henry James This first glimpse of her had given a brief but vivid accent to her resemblance to her mother; he could have taken her for Mrs. Newsome while she met his eyes as the train rolled into the station. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

H. G. Wells The light upon the railway puzzled me at first; there were a black heap and a vivid glare, and to the right of that a row of yellow oblongs. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Abraham Merri Passing, a vivid gleam of blue caught his eye and stayed him, like a hand. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Henry James He still, whenever he likes, has a vision of the room, the bright red sociable talkative room with the curtains that, by a stroke of successful audacity, had the note of vivid blue. The Lesson of the Master by Henry James [1888]

Standing there, in the midst of the whispering, bare-headed, kneeling, and villainous crowd, I had a vivid vision of her pale, dim, pitiful face. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Helen Zimmern It was in 1835 that Mr. Ticknor, the American historian of Spanish literature, visited Edgeworthstown. He has recorded in his journal a pleasing and vivid picture of his visit. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

It was an entirely new colour — not a new shade or combination, but a new primary colour, as vivid as blue, red, or yellow, but quite different. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

George Meredith They touched the nut-brown hair to vivid threads of fire: but she lay faceless. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

If not exactly handsome, there was that in his marked features and vivid expression which Celia thought more attractive than absolute regularity of line, or splendour of colour. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

H. G. Wells That dream instant was as clear and vivid as the actual moment. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Jules Verne But the artificial light, which escaped in long streams from the skylights of the “Nautilus” was as vivid as before, and the sheet of water shone around the floating vessel. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

George Gissing Caesar’s conciseness comes of strength and pride; Xenophon’s, of a vivid imagination. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Henry James Nevertheless he virtually offers the most vivid reflection of New England life that has found its way into literature. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

John Morley The people among whom he lived had systematized that freedom from law or restraint in the relations of the sexes, of which his poem is so vivid a representation. Voltaire by John Morley

He gave his vivid word to everything he had seen and done; we laughed and exclaimed and were silent in a concert of admirable understanding. A mother in India by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Margaret Oliphant He could see them all in their pews, imagination, with a cruel freak like a mocking spirit, depicting all the finery of Mrs. Pigeon and Mrs. Brown upon that vivid canvass. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Immediately the white linen showed a vivid stain. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Elizabeth Gaskell There was no invalid to hope and fear about; even the Higginses — so long a vivid interest — seemed to have receded from any need of immediate thought. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

That was why he gazed with wistful eyes at that laurel clump, so vivid in the pouring rays. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

And I was now so accustomed to Isabel’s vivid interruptions, qualifications, restatements, and confirmations. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Wilkie Collins I read these little domestic confidences in the bright morning with the terrible recollection of what had happened the evening before vivid in my memory. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

The perception of it was growing so vivid that he instinctively read his notes in silence, paraphrasing them for Janet if she happened to be there. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Bram Stoker But we call him Quincey. In the summer of this year we made a journey to Transylvania, and went over the old ground which was, and is, to us so full of vivid and terrible memories. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

G. K. Chesterton The green, fantastic human figure, vivid against its autumn red and gold, was already among its highest and craziest branches, which by bare luck did not break with the weight of his big body. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Arthur Machen This was covered with a vivid green cloth, trimmed with a bright yellow border. Far Off Things by Arthur Machen [1922]

Olaf Stapledon He picked it up almost as though it were a live bomb, but though it raised a vivid memory of the adventure, it gave him no fresh experience. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Elizabeth Gaskell Her father had quite enough of the spirit of hero-worship in him to make him take a vivid pleasure in the accounts of what she had heard and whom she had seen. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Leslie Stephen He surpasses Pope chiefly, as it seems to me, where Pope’s conventional verbiage smothers and conceals some vivid image from nature. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

A moment later they were in darkness, though now and again a vivid flash of lightning illuminated the harbour through sheets of blinding, torrential rain. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

She never said anything about it, nor, as a consequence, did anybody else; it being a certain rule in this world that what is not made of vivid personal importance will cease to be of social interest. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Henry Handel Richardson She was a rosy, apple-cheeked woman, and her vivid colouring was thrown into relief by the long black cloak and the close-fitting, black poke-bonnet that she wore. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Puissant and aggressive, these exhalations are at times so strong as to almost make the eyes water, while exciting vivid reminiscences of old-fashioned matches and chemical experiments. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Edith Wharton Her vivid smile was like a light held up to dazzle me. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

Arthur Conan Doyle My splendid lamp cast a brilliant flood of vivid light in front of me, very different from the yellow glimmer which had aided me down the same passage only twelve days before. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She saw her sister’s sardonic expression and Mrs. Ahearn’s face turning a vivid red. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In both classes the change of colour is sometimes seasonal, and the tints of the naked parts sometimes become more vivid during the act of courtship. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Sigmund Freud It is supposed that the final picture of the dream is so vivid that it forces the dreamer to wake; in reality it is so vivid only because when it appears the dreamer is already very near waking. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson Presently a great green serpent, vivid as the grass in spring, wound rapidly across the path; and once again I paused and looked back at my companion, with a horror in my eyes. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

The mere sight of suffering, independently of love, would suffice to call up in us vivid recollections and associations. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

As I learnt later I must have slept nearly three hours, and then a dream came into my sleep, as dreadful and vivid a dream as I ever remember, before or since. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

G. K. Chesterton The twisted shadows of the one or two garden trees showed upon this sheen, not gray or black, as in common daylight, but like arabesques written in vivid violet ink on some page of Eastern gold. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

H. G. Wells The towers of the Oriental College and the pine trees about it had gone, and very far away, lit by a vivid red glare, the common about the sand pits was visible. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Henry Handel Richardson He did not try to control these details, nor was he conscious of a mental effort; they stood out for an instant, as vivid sensations, then glided by, to make room for others. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

G. K. Chesterton The pale and vivid face of Olive Ashley with its lift and poise and pointed chin had entered his world like a wedge, like the spear of something external and antagonistic. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Margaret Oliphan The vivid genius still held it, but the ideas were alarming, distracting beyond measure. The Sisters Brontë by Margaret Oliphan

Arnold Bennett Sophia’s blood was in her face, and it remained there, enhancing the vivid richness of her beauty. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Henry Handel Richardson It was, of course, conceivable that he had been swept off his feet by Mary’s vivid young beauty, by over-indulgence, by the glamour of the moment. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Close by a patch of vivid green moss indicated the existence of moisture and the further possibility of water. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

As for Mr. Hurd, he saw and understood her vivid emotion at sight of him; saw and pitied; not without wonder that so beautiful a creature should have been jilted. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Marjorie Bowen Utter blackness followed upon the vivid flash, and the thunder crashed and rolled, and at last the rain came with a mighty roar. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle Again and again came the vivid white glare with thunder at the same instant, like the flash and roar of a monstrous piece of artillery. The Fiend of the Cooperage by Arthur Conan Doyle [1897]

Ivan Turgenev I have a vivid recollection of his appearance in those days. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

His knowledge of history was singularly wide, and he sometimes showed a great power of vivid presentation. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Edith Wharton They had not met since their Sunday afternoon walk at Bellomont, and that episode was still so vivid to her that she could hardly believe him to be less conscious of it. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

E. F. Benson This raking together (the image was so vivid to him that he almost believed that it actually took place) was about the worst part. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

The vivid blue of a boddice was tempered by the sober gray of a skirt, and a bright-hued ribbon gleamed among rich tresses of brown hair. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

It is undying, it is but a memory, and its vividness cannot be made clear to another mind, any more than the vivid emotions of a dream. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

H.P. Lovecraft He had on a loose dressing-gown, and was swathed around the head and high around the neck with a vivid yellow scarf or hood. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Elizabeth Gaskell With his first calm words a vivid colour flashed into her cheeks, which never left them again during the evening. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Olaf Stapledon Everything was so vivid and difficult and beautiful, from my mate’s heavenly grin to the smooth steel of my hook. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

G. K. Chesterton She aimed at a vivid and curious image, and she missed it. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

So vivid was the dream that she did not regard it as one. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Henry James It became tolerably vivid to him that if editors wouldn’t print one’s lucubrations, it would be a comfort to feel that one was able to publish them at one’s own expense. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The valley itself was carpeted with a luxuriant grass, while here and there patches of wild flowers made great splashes of vivid color against the prevailing green. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Oh, to lose her now! — now that her love and her reason had both returned, each more vivid than before! Futile, indeed, might be Margrave’s boasted secret; but at least in that secret was hope. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

He shuddered; for the delusions of the senses of hearing are the most vivid of all, and from their nature have a compelling character. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

H. G. Wells And each of us was essentially a teeming, vivid brain, tensely excited by the encounter, quite unaware of the other’s mental content or what to do with him. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

George Meredith The vivid idea of her was a phantom presence, and cold, assuring him that the bodily Diana was absent. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

G. K. Chesterton Thus his most vivid things are the red-hot little love lyrics, or rather, little love dramas. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Anatole France He had on the other hand a vivid tenderness for my good tutor, which he well deserved for his always joyful humour and the incomparable elegance of his mind. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

This morning he had an elation of his own; it touched everything with more vivid reality. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Charles Dudley Warner His excellence consists in sudden and brilliant touches, in vivid exhibitions of passion and emotion. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Every sense quivering with a vivid expectation, he peered into the living-room. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

He wrote three novels, Swallow Barn (1832), Horse Shoe Robinson (1835), and Rob of the Bowl (1838), which give a vivid presentation of life in the Southern States. Kennedy, Walter (fl. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Algernon Blackwood Beyond lay the strip of Delta vivid green, the palms, the roofs of Bedrashein, the blue laughter of the Nile with its flocks of curved felucca sails. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Henry Handel Richardson In his wheeled bed, Peterle blinked and averted his face from the too vivid light. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

More than once, nay, at least a dozen times, a vivid flash of lightning showed me how near I had been to death’s door. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

H. G. Wells Things that had been as vivid and startling as new wounds became unstimulating and ineffective with repetition. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Henry Handel Richardson If it had only not been Schilsky who was concerned! Some of the ugly stories he had heard related of the young man rose up and took vivid shape before his eyes. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Their first impact is so vivid that nothing that comes afterwards effaces it. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

G. K. Chesterton He felt a strange and vivid value in all the earth around him, in the grass under his feet; he felt the love of life in all living things. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

George Eliot Something like this sense of enlarged being was in Adam’s mind this Sunday morning, as he rode along in vivid recollection of the past. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Jack London A thousand times this occurred, and each time the terror it inspired was as vivid and great as ever. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

The ghosts that are actively vicious are the most vivid and numerous in later fiction. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

The Scot has the lower faculty in full degree; he has the forecasting leap of the mind which sees what to make of things — more, sees them made and in vivid operation. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Henry James His companion’s artless but vivid recital had set his blood in motion. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Walking through a fiery furnace their images would have haunted her still, vivid and palpable even in the agony of death. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Ivan Turgenev He had a vivid memory of him and used to describe him to me with particular pleasure. The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

The sense of beauty of the Irish is so vivid and their innate poetry so intense that they glimpse the loveliness of magic, and their enchanted beings are of beauty rather than of horror. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

H. G. Wells He gives a vivid description of the scene that evening. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

George Gissing From nightmarish dozing, he started with a vivid thought, a recollection which seemed to pierce his brain. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

D. H. Lawrence The tiles were shining with patches of vivid orange lichen. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James All this, strange to say, was never so vivid to him as when he was in Millicent’s company; which is a proof of his fantastic, erratic way of seeing things. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

He was able to take a vivid interest in the preparations for the National Norwegian Theatre in Christiania, which was finally opened by the King of Sweden and Norway on September 1, 1899. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

But the most noticeable thing about him was his huge mop of frizzled hair, which, by some process, known only to himself, he usually dyed a vivid yellow. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

The little wooden market-house stood on a patch of short-trimmed grass, under the vivid green foliage of a bread-fruit tree. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle Gronow’s account is also very vivid and interesting. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

They happened to myself, and my recollection of them is as vivid as if they had taken place only yesterday. The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards

George Meredith Those vivid young feminine perceptions and untamed imaginations are desperate things to encounter. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith