Phrases with "vivid"

William Makepeace Thackeray Programmes, however, have been published of the affair, and your vivid fancy will not fail to give life to them, and the whole magnificent train will pass before you. The Second Funeral of Napoleon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1841]

Henry Handel Richardson But, little by little, a vivid recollection of what had actually occurred returned to sting him: and certain details stood out fixed and unforgettable. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

They were so vivid to her that she forgot the god on the stair; she was secluded from him in all this ghostly vehemence of her past, and the ghostliness of any apt to be truly more than ghost. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Henry James In the midst of this his sense was vivid that he belonged to the class whom the upper ten thousand, as they passed, didn’t so much as rest their eyes upon for a quarter of a second. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle With such a drama as this afoot it were impertinent to speak of myself, save in so far as I saw or heard what may make these old scenes more vivid to you. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

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

Henry James The lady looked at me with a good deal of fixedness, long enough for my glance to receive a vivid impression of herself. Four Meetings by Henry James [1877]

In Anax junius the basal part of the abdomen in the male is a vivid ultramarine blue, and in the female grass-green. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

The boy ran about hither and thither, flitting from bank to bank, in quest of flowers or insects, curious about everything in nature, vivid as a flash in all his movements. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

H. G. Wells Along the darkling streets, amidst the sullen crowds, the thought of Nettie, my Nettie, and her gentleman lover made ever a vivid inflammatory spot of purpose in my brain. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle The one is “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” which, whether you take it as a vivid narrative or as a wonderfully deep and true allegory, is a supremely fine bit of work. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Her colour came and went with her vivid intellectual excitement; occasionally she would dart a word, usually a very apt word, like a lizard’s tongue into the discussion. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

H.G. Wells But when he came over the brow of the moor, a vivid light sprang up before him and refused to be ignored. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Henry James Her eyes were fixed, but her thoughts were wandering, and an image more vivid than any that Raphael or Titian had drawn had superposed itself upon the canvas. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

The sticks that have gone all to white ash and still keep the shape of sticks, and under the ash the kind of vivid red that you can see into. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

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]

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

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]

H. G. Wells There was a general absence of vivid excitation, and the sexual life flowed along in an orderly fashion. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Then there came a vivid recollection of how ungracious, how censorious, Adelaide Strain had just been concerning Jack Mintlaw’s letter. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

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]

Henry Handel Richardson Besides, from there, he went straight to the latter half of an Abendunterhaltung, to hear Furst play Brahms’ Variations on a theme by handel That night he had a vivid dream. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

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]

In the mean while she was an angel, a lily, a pearl, a star, and several other things, animal, vegetable, and mineral, which his vivid imagination chose to picture her. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

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]

G. K. Chesterton I only know that, for some reason, the last scene of this dinner is also astonishingly vivid in my memory. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

H. G. Wells But that was only one of a perpetually recurring series of vivid approximations. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Henry James Peter was personally detached, but he consented to listen to his companion’s vivid account of the state of things on the stage, where the elation of victory had lighted up the place. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

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]

G. K. Chesterton For two facts became instantly and simultaneously vivid to her consciousness. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

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]

Edith Wharton It was a vivid tale, sultry and savage as the Spanish landscape — so one reviewer said. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch This time, however, the light, though less vivid than the first flash, did not vanish. Three Men of Badajos by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Edgar Allan Poe The metre is formed of Iambuses and Anapests. The Hunter of the Prairies (fifty-six octosyllabic verses with alternate rhymes) is a vivid picture of the life of a hunter in the desert. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

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]

It was a shaded reading-lamp, which made a wide circle of vivid light around the spot where it stood, but left the rest of the room in shadow. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Algernon Blackwood Joan was ever a prey to vivid fancies of one kind or another, and this was one of them. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Edith Wharton She had thrown a black mantle over her head, and her face looked pale and vivid in the fading light. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

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]

He was very silent when at the afternoon tea with the ladies, but Lillian chattered enough for two, and gave Mrs. Bolstreath a vivid account of the animated pictures. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

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]

He closed the circuit, and a vivid flash revealed to him — THE MAN. Warder Troke, coming up, put his hand on Rex’s shoulder. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

She saw no object in the room but the tall figure of the old man, flushed with punch, and leering with a horrid jollity, straight before her like a vivid magic-lantern figure in the dark. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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

Kenneth Grahame All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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]

Andrew Lang These varied in degree, “some were so vivid as actually to deceive the judgment”. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

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

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

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]

Suddenly, in a vivid white flash, the low point of land with the bending trees on it and Almayer’s house, leaped into view, flickered and disappeared. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

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

A vivid crimson flush glowed in her cheeks and lit up her shining eyes. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

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]

On his breast was a scar which lay like a red streak from the right shoulder to the nipple and was so vivid that even in the half-light I could see it distinctly. In the World by Maksim Gorky

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]

E. F. Benson A vivid metaphor like that is needed. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was only half past five, but he could see scarcely ten steps before him, except when the lightning made everything vivid and grotesque for great sweeps around. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

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

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 question whether the fiction which gives a vivid impression of reality does truly represent the conditions studied in it, is one of those inquiries to which there is no very final answer. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

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]

Henry James It was the truth, vivid and monstrous, that all the while he had waited the wait was itself his portion. The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James [1903]

But she made no sign of going, nor did she offer him any vivid tribute. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

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]

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]

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

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

D.H. Lawrence This question of a door-spring that made the door fly open when it should make it close roused a vivid spark in her soul. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

E. Phillips Oppenheim As he drew nearer, Pryde gained a vivid but lightning-like impression of his appearance. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

She recollected the Good Samaritan who had, and with laughter in her heart she tossed a hand ‘towards that sudden vivid image. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

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]

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

Dreams were particularly sweet and vivid after a spell of dissipation; they came with remorse and with tears, with curses and transports. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Francis Bacon Hence, too, it is that the hairs of animals are not generally so beautiful and of so vivid a color as the feathers of birds, viz. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Elizabeth Gaskell Thus we see that, while her imagination received vivid impressions, her excellent understanding had full power to rectify them before her fancies became realities. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Arthur Conan Doyle He stood at the door with his arms folded, looking intently at his wife, with a face which might have been a handsome, sun-tinted mask save for those vivid eyes. The Nightmare Room by Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins My vivid imagination, Father Benwell, is my rock ahead in life. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

And yet he had a vivid perception of the peril in which he stood. Irremediable by Ella D'Arcy [1894]

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]

To believe that such a vivid jewel in the barren Collados del Demonio had been kept from knowledge of the world by accident was folly. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

G. K. Chesterton For instance, there seems to be a much more vivid interest in the lives of such literary men than in their literary works. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

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]

To see him again! The thought of that possibility seemed like a spot of vivid light, which dazzled her eyes and made them blind to anything around or beyond it. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

H. G. Wells The picture was clear and vivid only in the middle of the field. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

George Gissing He showed no agitation, but the light of his eyes was very vivid as they read her expression. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Henry James She had naturally chosen her closest intimate, and it was already vivid enough to Isabel that Gilbert occupied this position. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

He had considerable powers of vivid expression, so that in this way he could make us see all he described. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Algernon Blackwood But in my mind there began to grow the vivid picture of a woman — large, dark-skinned, with white teeth and masculine features, and one eye — the left — so drooping as to appear almost closed. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

A man who can flash a vivid picture into the dullest mind in few words is well worth money. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

D. H. Lawrence He is FORCED to live in vivid RAPPORT with the mass of men. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

For the instant his mind was aflame with this vivid impression — that he was among sinister enemies, at the mercy of criminals. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

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

George Meredith Freshness, illumination, then salt air, vivid distances, were a bath for every sense of life. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

H. G. Wells At the end of that bout of reading he attained a vivid realization of the garrulous badness that rules in this field of work, and the prevailing slovenliness and negligence in regard to it. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

The story which forms the conclusion made so vivid an impression on me, that I wished to get it by heart, in order to repeat it to some of my friends. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

G. K. Chesterton I think it was partly the pains of youth that afterwards made so vivid to him the pleasures of childhood. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

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

Virginia Woolf She fixed Terence with her vivid blue eyes and addressed herself to him in particular. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Sigmund Freud Still more entitled to a role in the dream than a weak and almost unnoticed impression is a vivid impression which has been accidentally retarded in its elaboration, or intentionally repressed. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle The strange, wild frieze moved slowly and silently onwards amid a setting of black stone and yellow sand, with the one arch of vivid blue spanning the rugged edges of the ravine. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

E. F. Benson The colours of all I saw were twice as vivid as they had been, shape and outline were intensified too. The Cat by E. F. Benson

Her vivid imagination was already interested, her quick sympathies were awakened. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

H. G. Wells My perceptions do not seem to be so thorough, vivid and compelling as those of many people I meet and it is rare that my impressions of things glow. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Oscar Wilde For when one looks back upon the life that was so vivid in its emotional intensity, and filled with such fervent moments of ecstasy or of joy, it all seems to be a dream and an illusion. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

D. H. Lawrence The passionate sense of fulfilment, of the future germinated in her, made her vivid and powerful. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

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

G. K. Chesterton In these Shaw has realised and made vivid two most important facts. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

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

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]

Henry James But the dwelling before me gave a vivid meaning to the empty words: it had been spiritually blighted. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

Willa Cather If the novel is a form of imaginative art, it cannot be at the same time a vivid and brilliant form of journalism. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Richard Burton The external railing is separated by a dark narrow passage from the inner, which it surrounds; and is of iron filigree painted of a vivid grass green, — with a view to the garden. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Edgar Allan Poe It was grass, clearly — but grass such as we seldom see out of England — so short, so thick, so even, and so vivid in color. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

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]

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]

H. G. Wells He wondered what she had meant by those broken half-forgotten sentences; the picture of her eyes and the earnest passion of her face became more vivid as his mechanical interests faded. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

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

John Galsworthy In the taxi for Paddington she had such a vivid vision of Wilfrid, alone, with this hanging over him, that she very nearly leaned out to say: “Cork Street.” The cab turned a corner. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

E. Phillips Oppenheim So vivid was the illumination that we could see the white foam on the top of the green waves, and the floating seaweed rising and falling. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

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

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]

Wilkie Collins He possesses, unfortunately, an acute nervous sensibility and a vivid imagination; and besides, he has, as I suspect, been superstitiously brought up as a child. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Henry James Her vivid friend, moreover, had got before her; he clearly suffered from the nature of the control he had to exercise. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Nancy had the natural, alert interest of youth, as Sybil had the — perhaps supernatural — vivid interest of age, and Henry’s occasional rather mysterious remarks had provoked it still more. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

From Stony Cross the vast stretch of wood and moor lay basking in the warm vivid light, the yellow of the dwarf furze flashing in golden patches amidst the first bloom of the crimson heather. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

So vivid was the impression, that I was accustomed to say to the attendants, ‘Stop, my brother is assisting me. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim His eyes were bright, there was a flush of vivid color in his pale cheeks. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

John Stuart Mill The same strong susceptibilities which make the personal impulses vivid and powerful, are also the source from whence are generated the most passionate love of virtue, and the sternest self-control. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

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]

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]

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

The poem was the work of one day, of which Mrs. Burns retained a vivid recollection. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

What did it mean? Sweetwater, noting it, and the vivid contrast it offered to Frederick’s air of depression, felt that his return had been well timed. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

E. F. Benson Miss Robinson’s account is too full of vivid but impossible details to be accepted entirely. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

H. G. Wells I’ve still a vivid picture in my mind of the little lawn at Irvington that looks out upon the rushing steel of Hudson River, where Gidding opened his heart to me. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

His failure to find her at home when he returned that night added to his alarm, especially as he remembered the vivid thunderstorm that had deluged the town in the afternoon. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

A low line of crimson behind the black trunks of a distant group of trees marked where the sun had left its last track in a vivid streak that looked like blood. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

The sketch was evidently an immediate reminiscence, and must have been made when the subject was a vivid image in the artist’s mind. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

D. H. Lawrence Telepathy! Think of the marvellous vivid communication of the huge sperm whales. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing But the need to seek security for Veranilda again became vivid to his mind. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

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]

Jules Verne At ten o’clock a vivid flash showed them the palisade, and as they reached the gate the storm burst forth with tremendous fury. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Henry James The specimens of vivid Delf, in particular had the dignity of family portraits; and it was in the midst of them that our friend resignedly expressed himself. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

H. G. Wells The sun had set, the sky was a vivid tranquillity of green and yellow, and against that he came out black — the oddest little figure. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

D. H. Lawrence But he kept still his great ideas of himself, he seemed to live in a complete hallucination, where he himself figured vivid and lordly. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

In his historical writings he aimed rather at conveying a vivid and picturesque general effect than at minute accuracy of detail or philosophical views. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

E. F. Benson Yet this was no retrospective happiness, the happiness of vivid memory: it was his normally; it gushed from him as from some unquenchable spring. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

William Hope Hodgson Even as I raised my eyes, I was thrilled with a feeling of wonder; for, now, the hazy light had resolved into a single, great star, of vivid green. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Wilkie Collins I heartily wish my memory of the date was as vivid as my memory of that poor lady’s face, when it looked at me sorrowfully for the last time from the carriage window. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

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

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]

Edith Wharton It was as vivid now as Mrs. Leath’s had been a moment earlier. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

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

Sigmund Freud A portion of the dream which seems clear to us usually contains vivid elements; an obscure dream, on the contrary, is composed of less vivid elements. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

H. G. Wells Stella appeared in a state of vivid interrogation. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

So vivid there, it stood for all the dear country round which was now hidden by the darkness; it centred his world among its leaves. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Thomas Hardy But lingering emotions may have led her memory to play pranks with the scene, and her vivid imagination at that youthful age must be taken into account in believing her. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells Ever and again some novel shape in vivid colour obtruded. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

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]

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]

Olaf Stapledon Johnson minor suddenly became a vivid picture of a desperately perplexed and frightened little person. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

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]

H. P. Lovecraf He loves the vivid green of jade and of copper domes, and the delicate flush of sunset on the ivory minarets of impossible dream-cities. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

E. F. Benson His eyes were vivid and alight; his face alert again, and full of that huge vitality that was so characteristic of it. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Andrew Lang Elsewhere I have tried to describe the vivid delight of first reading Homer, delight, by the way, which St. Augustine failed to appreciate. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Olaf Stapledon At this moment I forced on Paul a vivid apprehension of the other boy, and of his craving to have his tool, and of his rage against Paul. Paul stopped working. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

The village girls were splendid vivid creatures with coal-black hair, a swinging walk, and a straightforward, man-to-man demeanour which was probably a by-product of the revolution. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

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]

Algernon Blackwood Only, as in a dream, subsequent language fails to retain the searching, vivid reality. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Virginia Woolf Never had any words been so vivid and so beautiful — Arabia Felix — Aethiopia. But those were not more noble than the others, hardy barbarians, forests, and morasses. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

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]

Wilkie Collins I feel how vivid an impression I must have produced to have been painted in such strong, such rich, such massive colours as these. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

William Hope Hodgson Suddenly, a ray of vivid green, flashed across the darkness. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

H. G. Wells The six holiday-makers found the visit to this place a very vivid experience, almost too vivid for their contentment. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Each smooth leaf of the green bush gave back a separate gleam, vivid to the eye in that pouring yellowness. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

What he liked best (though he could not have told you about it) was a vivid physical picture. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

D. H. Lawrence But she was enjoying herself, she was triumphant and happy as the darting needle danced ecstatically down a hem, drawing the stuff along under its vivid stabbing, irresistibly. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

His pen-pictures of Mill, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and others, are wonderfully vivid but too often sour in flavour; his sketch of Charles Lamb is an outrage on that generous and kindly soul. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Virginia Woolf Nothing’s been quite so vivid since. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

It was an ideal afternoon, verging towards evening; an afternoon of golden lights and broken shadows, of vivid greens in shady places. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

There the old woman had been a vivid centre to him. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

A look of — ” my mother’s voice sank to a hushed whisper-“I can only describe it as holy Exultation. It was too vivid and triumphant to have been of this world. Serapion by Francis Stevens

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]

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]

Thomas Wolfe Beside her assurance, her air of practice and authority, her sharply vivid stamp, the man who accompanied her was made to seem even younger than he was. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Wilkie Collins With a vivid remembrance of Ariel’s “ten claws,” I decided, nevertheless on discouraging Dexter’s new whim at every possible opportunity and by every means in my power. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Abraham Merri The shining threads grew thicker, pulsed, were spangled with tiny vivid sparklings. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle One was a clear and vivid style, more flexible and Saxon than that of his great model. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Warm is the parlour atmosphere, Serene the lamp’s soft light; The vivid embers, red and clear, Proclaim a frosty night. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

H. G. Wells I recall with a vivid precision her queer start when she heard the rustle of my approaching feet, her surprise, her eyes almost of dismay for me. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

H. G. Wells It dawned upon Mr. Cave, after regarding one of these masts very fixedly on one particularly vivid day that the glittering object there was a crystal exactly like that into which he peered. The Crystal Egg by H. G. Wells [1897]

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

E. F. Benson The sight of me, poor thing, must have made more vivid to her what she had to do. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

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]

Willa Cather Her vivid blue eyes were a trifle too prominent, and a generous blush of colour mantled her cheeks. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

They were the pride, as well as the only vivid pleasure, of his life. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]