Phrases with "whirling"

Jack London Round and round he went, whirling and turning and reversing, trying to shake off the fifty-pound weight that dragged at his throat. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

The ghastly thing flew into the air, whirling over and over, and rolled again down the sides of the pit to the bottom. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Abraham Merri I jumped to Larry’s side, guarding his back, whirling it like a staff; felt it crunch once — twice — through unseen bone and muscle. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Anthony Trollope She would think more of Jack De Baron whirling round the room with her than of your position in the world, or of his, or even of her own. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

It was dancing a devil of a dance, this hat — bouncing and whirling round, diving down and then springing up again. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Abraham Merri The Shining One’s whirling lessened; its tinklings were faint, almost stilled. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Before they reached the wooden booth beneath that white-lettered signboard, a heavy hand had grasped Drayton’s arm from behind, whirling him about. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The roulette was whirling under his eyes whenever for a moment he closed them. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

George Gissing This way and that sped the demon engines, whirling lighted waggons full of people. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

H. G. Wells It was strange to see him smoking; his mouth, and throat, pharynx and nares, became visible as a sort of whirling smoke cast. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Edith Wharton Is that what you’re trying to say?” Her head drooped, and she saw the dead leaves whirling across the path at her feet, lifted on a sudden wintry gust. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Abraham Merri I felt myself lifted upon it by multitudes of little invisible hands; saw Drake whirling up beside me. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells When for a moment I raised my head to take breath and throw the hair and water from my eyes, the steam was rising in a whirling white fog that at first hid the Martians altogether. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

The sky was leaden, and innumerable whirling storms chased one another across the maidan like squadrons of cavalry. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Algernon Blackwood I heard only the noisy whirling of the iron chimney-pots against the morning wind. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle Next instant the man’s bony arms were round him, and the pugilist was hurled into the air in a whirling cross­buttock, coming down with a heavy thud upon the grass. The Bully of Brocas Court by Arthur Conan Doyle

John came at him with whirling arms, but Swipey jouked and gave him one on the mouth that split his lip. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

I saw nothing but that girl standing on the footboard as the train came on to the bridge; and then, all in a moment, I saw her whirling down into the gorge, like a feather blown out of a window. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Abraham Merri Instantly the sparkling ball expanded, whirling with prodigious rapidity and sending a cascade of coruscations into the cylinder. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Miles Franklin We just whizzed! It was splendid! The stones and dust rose in a thick cloud from the whirling wheels and flying hoofs, and the posts of the wire fence on our left passed like magic as we went. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Charles Kingsley And underneath that awful roof of whirling mist the storm is howling inland ever, sweeping before it the great foam-sponges, and the gray salt spray, till all the land is hazy, dim, and dun. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Rudyard Kipling All this she had from a Central Authority who lived in a board and tar-paper shed on the skirts of a razed city full of whirling lime-dust and blown papers. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

H.P. Lovecraft My mind was whirling with mad thoughts, and the words and warning of Arab prophets seemed to float across the desert from the land that men know to the nameless city that men dare not know. The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Robert Louis Stevenson All day, he wandered in the parks, a prey to whirling thoughts; all night, patrolled the city; and at the peep of day he sat down by the wayside in the neighbourhood of Peckham and bitterly wept. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton A gust of wind, whirling down from the dizzy height of the building on the next corner, drove sharply through his overcoat and compelled him to clutch at his hat. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle The Frenchman, whirling up his sword, showed for an instant a chink betwixt his shoulder piece and the rerebrace which guarded his upper arm. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson Not a leaf is stirring here; but the moon overhead (now of a good bigness) is obscured and partly revealed in a whirling covey of thin storm-clouds. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope All this was too much for Marian’s weak strength, and before long she was again whirling round with Captain Ewing. “Come, Miss Leslie,” said he, “let us see what we can do. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells The black figure of the doctor with its whirling whip danced out against the flame. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Algernon Blackwood For ever close upon his heels came following forms and voices with the whirling snow-dust. The Glamour of the Snow by Algernon Blackwood

To steady my thoughts and bring my whirling brain again under control, I fixed my eyes on her well-known form and features as upon a stranger’s whom I would understand and judge. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells They went over the brow in single file and to the headland beyond Penally, with the sleepless man gesticulating ever and again, and speaking fragmentary things concerning his whirling brain. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Rudyard Kipling D’you like it?’ Maisie looked at the wild whirling rush of a field-battery going into action under fire. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Abraham Merri Passing from the whirling ball the ions darted through the cylinder to two bands of a peculiar metal affixed to the base of the vehicles somewhat like skids of a sled. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle The Channel was covered with English torpedo-boats buzzing and whirling like a cloud of midges. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Olaf Stapledon It was soon a disc of whirling star-streams and strands of uncondensed gas, the last disintegrating tissues of the primal nebula. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Their whirling motion was accompanied by the waltzing rhythm. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

They were like a handful of catapulted stones whirling through the sky. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Benjamin Disraeli Then Mrs. Gamme had an opportunity of dealing with her diamond rings, and the rest danced — a waltz of whirling grace, or merry cotillon of jocund bouquets. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Edith Wharton At first he paid for these bouts of sleep by lying awake all night, his brain whirling and buzzing like a gigantic loom. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

H. G. Wells And meanwhile I suppose it was very fine to go whirling through the air like a flight of young swallows, swift and easy. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Isabella Bird At twelve the fog and snow cleared away, and revealed to view the mighty St. Lawrence — a rapid stream whirling along in small eddies between slightly elevated banks dotted with white homesteads. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Willa Cather He watched the snow flakes whirling by his window until he fell asleep. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Olaf Stapledon I perceived that I was on a little round grain of rock and metal, filmed with water and with air, whirling in sunlight and darkness. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

The children, whirling madly in the last of the quadrilles, were making the floor ring with the beating of their feet. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

H. G. Wells I recalled the last phases of my former life, that darkling climax of pursuit and anger and universal darkness and the whirling green vapors of extinction. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Edith Wharton She sank into the chair with a choking throat, her words, her reasons slipping away from her like straws down a whirling flood. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Kenneth Grahame The dragon charged with a roar and a squeal, — a great blue whirling combination of coils and snorts and clashing jaws and spikes and fire. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Algernon Blackwood But was not something larger, vaster these particles composed now also on the way? Movement and sound and flying sand thus merged themselves more and more in a single, whirling torrent. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

H. G. Wells His hat was a whirling speck behind. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Sir Walter Scott Now they wax, and now they dwindle, Whirling with the whirling spindle. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

These thoughts went whisking and whirling round in Captain Lake’s brain, to the roar and clatter of the Joinville Polka, to which fifty pair of dancing feet were hopping and skimming over the floor. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Perhaps he was ashamed, and the more enraged on that account, for he growled another curse, and started afresh to reach her, whirling his stick in the air. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Meredith Our task was to transfer the idea of Janet to that of Julia in my father’s whirling brain, which at first rebelled violently, and cast it out like a stick thrust between rapidly revolving wheels. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Elizabeth Gaskell So she covered her face again, and sank into a whirling stupor of sense and feeling. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

M. P. Shiel Wintry winds were whistling through the withered bracken and the branches, whirling withered birch-leaves about the south quadrangle; and no birds sang. The Pale Ape by M. P. Shiel [1911]

William Makepeace Thackeray Look at yonder window of the king’s chamber; — one morning a royal cane was seen whirling out of it, and plumped among the courtiers and guard of honor below. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Virginia Woolf She skipped up to him, whirling round on her toe, and kissed him lightly on the cheek. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

The huge copper lid of the lye-water kettle was rising mechanically along a notched shaft, and from the gaping copper hollow within its wall of bricks came whirling clouds of vapor. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Nathaniel Hawthorne The autumn wind wandered among the branches, whirling away the leaves from all except the pine trees and moaning as if it lamented the desolation of which it was the instrument. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

D. H. Lawrence In a moment with a quick flutter of sound, it was passing the lodge gates and whirling up the drive, through the wood, to us. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

H.G. Wells Your mind, what there is of it, is whirling with avian expectations. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

The canvas falls; their oars the sailors ply; From the rude strokes the whirling waters fly. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Presently after my friend overtook and passed me on a hired steed which seemed to scorn its cavalier; and I was left in the dust of his passage, a prey to whirling thoughts. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

H. G. Wells There, ready to hand on the table, was a folder of Blake’s strange tinted designs; his hank-haired rugose gods, his upward whirling spirits, his strained, contorted powers of light and darkness. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Baldwin Spencer Some of the old men paint themselves and come up behind him whirling the bull-roarers. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

D. H. Lawrence Only I could feel the spirits whirling and blowing about me. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Gustave Flauber It was as though a hurricane were whirling around him. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

George Meredith If there was no gain in whirling fancifully with one of the sex, a spin of a minute with her was downright bankruptcy. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

The mountain became a whirling mass of sand and wind and rain. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Sinclair Lewis His whirling mind flew over every sentence he had said or heard that night, till round his twisting body there was fevered shouting. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

She raised her skirts to her knees and really let herself go in a wild dance, whirling and turning, dropping to the floor in splits, and then jigging and bouncing. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

In a moment her madness came whirling back upon her. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope She still seemed to see the lights and hear the music, to feel herself whirled round the room, and to see others whirling, whirling, whirling on every side of her. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson She would soon see what Riseholme was when its life poured down in spate, whirling her punt along with it. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

James Payn There he lay for more than an hour, underneath the whirling sails, which one after another came round to peer over his haggard face, gashed with that frightful wound. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Rafael Sabatini He was the first to leap aboard the Dutchman, clad in mail and whirling his great scimitar, and his men poured after him shouting his name and that of Allah in a breath. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Abraham Merri A sudden cyclonic gust swept the cleft, whirling us like leaves toward the Pit. I threw myself upon my face, clutching at the smooth rock. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Sinclair Lewis He closed the door briskly, and made a whirling gesture with his right hand, out of pure bliss. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle Then when the infantry had formed in long deep masses their guns came whirling and bounding down the slope, and it was pretty to see how smartly they unlimbered and were ready for action. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Abraham Merri He saw the drummer stoop, lift the body of the priest with the broken neck and with one sweep of his long arm send it whirling over the ship’s rail. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Henry James You’ve set me whirling round, but we must go step by step. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

In an instant Raffles had seized the clubs, and was whirling them about his gray head in a mixture of childish pique and puerile bravado which I should have thought him altogether above. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

It is whirling feather-heads into all sorts of eccentric orbits, and filling the steadiest with a sense of insecurity. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

Edgar Rice Burroughs The savage, whirling bodies circled nearer. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

A great black ragged cloud, whirling round and round with furious gusts of wind, burst from the rock and came sweeping and tearing towards him. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

Edith Wharton Such sparkling tumultuous hours, sunlit, shadow-flecked, whirling past like the spray of racing waves. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Wilkie Collins The whirling round and round of men and women in each other’s arms was quite maddening to see. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Round he came, whirling in the foam, wi’ a lang line o’ blood across his brow where the stane had cut him. The Herd of Standlan by John Buchan

Wilkie Collins The next instant she started up in bed; her heart beating violently, her head whirling as if she had lost her senses. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

George Eliot But my eyes are less delighted with those whirling towers, which would soon make me fall from the window in sympathetic vertigo. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Sinclair Lewis The year and a half from his marriage to his graduation was one whirling bewilderment, without seasons or dates. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Oscar Wilde Then turning to my love I said, “The dead are dancing with the dead, The dust is whirling with the dust. Miscellaneous Poems by Oscar Wilde

H. G. Wells All about me gathered the invisible terrors of the Martians; that pitiless sword of heat seemed whirling to and fro, flourishing overhead before it descended and smote me out of life. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Abraham Merri Gone was the whirling wheel that had crowned it, but I knew this for the Grinding Thing from which we had fled; the questing block had been its scout. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells As she did so a handful of snowflakes came whirling about them. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

John Galsworthy Through the City zone, deserted as if it had been mustard-gassed, he was soon in the cheerier Whitechapel Road. He walked, trying to tire himself out and stop the whirling of his thoughts. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Julian Hawthorne There the black wheel still plunged to its work, whirling its gaunt arms about as if grasping for a victim. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Willa Cather The snow was whirling so fiercely outside his windows that he could scarcely see across the street; but within, the air was deliciously soft and fragrant. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

High in the air were seen whirling spires and cones of sand — a curious effect against the deep-blue sky. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Wilkie Collins Anything so weird, wild, and ghostlike I never imagined before even in a dream! The music changed, and the whirling cats began to leap. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Sinclair Lewis Samuel Dodsworth discovered that there was a snowstorm, nearly a blizzard, whirling about the house. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

James Clerk Maxwell Such whirling rings may be seen when an experienced smoker sends out a dexterous puff of smoke into the still air, but a more evanescent phenomenon it is difficult to conceive. Five of Maxwell’s Papers by James Clerk Maxwell

Fly, friends, fly!” he added, whirling his sword around him. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Mark Twain At half past two in the morning the dead silence of the village was broken by a crashing explosion, and the town patrol saw the preacher’s house spring in a wreck of whirling fragments into the sky. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Kate Chopin Almost every one danced but the twins, who could not be induced to separate during the brief period when one or the other should be whirling around the room in the arms of a man. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Ruefully he reflected that many good palings would by this time be whirling to a distant sea. At the Rising of the Waters by John Buchan

Arthur Conan Doyle But there comes a moment when it is brought home, when quick as the sparkle of a whirling sabre it is clear to us, and we see the men we were and the men we are. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

George Meredith What have I been in this house? I have a sense of whirling through it like a madwoman. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

While the rattle and bang continued it seemed not unnatural to young Gourlay (though depressing) to be whirling through the darkening land; it went past like a panorama in a dream. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Abraham Merri Then into the whirling vortex of my mind came steadying reflections — of history changed by the power of hate, of passion, of ambition, and most of all, by love. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

The pale blue sky of autumn gleamed upon the round, gray paving stones of the streets, strewn with yellow leaves, which the wind kept whirling about under the people’s feet. Mother by Maksim Gorky

When he had a tantrum he was just a whirling cloud of smoke. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Milady let her head sink between her two hands, and tried to recall her ideas, whirling in a mortal vertigo. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

At any rate he found himself engulfed to the middle in whirling snow, every step a task for Hercules. . The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Charles Dickens Soon it reddened, and lighted brands came whirling down, spattering the ground with fire, and burning sullenly in corners. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Abraham Merri Out of the north sped a squadron of obelisks from whose tops flamed and flared the immense spinning wheels, appearing at this distance like fiery whirling disks. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

And as the sudden revelation of the fact that this was so flashed upon my brain, such a sense of horror came rushing, whirling over me, that I staggered like a drunken man. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Guy de Maupassant It was the month of May: the spreading apple-trees covered the court with a whirling shower of blossoms which rained unceasingly both upon people and upon the grass. Miss Harriet by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Abraham Merri Rador leaped to the head of the little path, sword in hand; Olaf, shouting and whirling his mace, followed. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Edgar Rice Burroughs Don’t you recall the sudden whirling of our seats? After that the drill was above you instead of below. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

The wind was howling and crying round Sandstone Torr, tearing through the branches of the almost leafless trees, whirling the weather-cock atop of the lofty tower, playing madly on the window-panes. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Rudyard Kipling The steady beat of a night-mail, whirling down the valley, recalled me to business. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

H.G. Wells There was a whirling of zephyr skirts, four impassioned faces sweeping towards the open door of the passage that ran through the vicarage. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

The rain had stopped, but the wind still hurtled past, whirling the leaves from one darkness to another. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

We fell together, our hands clasped, between a crowd of whirling figures, the candles dancing before our eyes. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Francis Bacon For of this there is some issue; whereas in what is now done in the matter of science there is only a whirling round about, and perpetual agitation, ending where it began. The Great Instauration by Francis Bacon [1620]

Ah, bad girl! You do not know how a stone sounds as it nips the ear with a whirling buzz, nor how jagged and heavy it feels as it thumps against a skinny leg. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

The pest comes whirling down: by far more slow Springs the swift arrow from the Parthian bow, Or Cydon yew, when, traversing the skies, And drench’d in pois’nous juice, the sure destruction flies. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Thomas Hardy It was that, unless they performed their feat of getting up the slope with the precision of machines, they were over the edge and whirling in mid-air. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Algernon Blackwood This dancing was, however, an act of subconscious surrender; it really meant he hoped to find her among the whirling couples. The Glamour of the Snow by Algernon Blackwood

And while his mind was whirling within him in doubt and perplexity, Jane spoke again; but no longer calmly and connectedly; she was beginning to wander. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Virginia Woolf The waves drummed on the shore, like turbaned warriors, like turbaned men with poisoned assegais who, whirling their arms on high, advance upon the feeding flocks, the white sheep. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Matthew Arnold I have been in an uneasy chair above Caer Sidin, and the whirling round without motion between three elements. The Study of Celtic Literature by Matthew Arnold [1867]

G. K. Chesterton And indeed I suppose these critics would consider the action of a clock, in whirling its hands about, a very offensive piece of foreign gesticulation. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

The shrieking engine bore him on the dreary northward journey, whirling him over desert wastes of flat meadow-land and bare cornfields, faintly tinted with fresh sprouting green. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

In the morning we woke to window-ledges heaped white, and snowflakes falling so whirling thick that it was impossible to see ten feet ahead. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

D. H. Lawrence The decomposed body of the past whirling and choking us, language, love, and meaning. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins The whirling men and women went round and round, with white faces like the faces of the dead, and bodies robed in winding-sheets. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Olaf Stapledon These in turn, whirling and flattening and trailing spiral streamers, crumbled into stars. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Adam Lindsay Gordon The green down slopes to the great grey moor, The grey moor sinks to the gleaming Skelt — Sudden and sullen, and swift and sure, The whirling water was round my belt. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

William Makepeace Thackeray He whistled a polka so bewitchingly that two young Oxford men began whirling round the deck, and performed that popular dance with much agility until they sank down tired. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

T. E. Lawrence A door was flung open, and a cloud of smoky light streamed recklessly across, whirling with motes, through which black faces peered to know who I was. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

William Makepeace Thackeray Funnyman, the wag, came last, whirling up rapidly in a hansom, just as Mrs. Gashleigh, with rage in her heart, was counting that two people had failed, and that there were only seventeen after all. A Little Dinner at Timmins’s by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

Rafael Sabatini After him, whirling the remaining ten feet of the broken oar, came Yusuf. Sir Oliver confessed afterwards to knowing very little of what happened in those moments. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Olaf Stapledon Gasping in this vast whirling aridity, I almost forgot that in every mote of it lay some few spores of the organic truth, most often parched and dead, but sometimes living, pregnant, significant. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Unseen, the frail slip of paper was whirling away on the current of warm air; it was vanishing in a flash of flame. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling Before we knew where we were, the dust-storm was on us, and everything was roaring, whirling darkness. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Though he is stagnant in his cell, his connections without are whirling in the very vortex of life. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Anton Chekhov Whole clouds of big soft snowflakes were whirling restlessly over the earth, unable to find a resting-place. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

H.P. Lovecraft In my whirling brain there had begun to beat a certain rhythm which set my right hand twitching in unison. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Guy de Maupassan The procession of revelers caught sight of him, and uttered a shout: “A Jeames! A Jeames!” And they began whirling round him, surrounding him with a circle of vociferations. A Queer Night in Paris (Une Soirée) by Guy de Maupassan

Algernon Blackwood It was the whirling of those billion-miled sheets of incandescent fires that attend the birth of a nebula he watched. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Guy de Maupassan He rose early, without knowing why, nor what he was going to do, agitated by his nervousness, irresolute as a whirling weather-vane. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Nathaniel Hawthorne See that gray squirrel at the door of the fruit-shop whirling round and round so merrily within his wire wheel! Being condemned to the treadmill, he makes it an amusement. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

T. E. Lawrence The whirling direction of the squalls was shown to our eyes by the white mist they carried across hill and dale. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Edith Wharton She felt as if all its sparkles were whirling through her. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Down comes the whirling rope, and encircles his thick neck. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Olaf Stapledon The two long whirling tassels on the brim were two long spiraling star-streams. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Edna St. Vincent Millay And my heart rose like a freshet,   And it swept me on before, Giddy as a whirling stick,   Till I felt the earth once more. Second April by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Frances Hodgson Burnett She found herself lying awake listening to the wind whirling and crying round the tower. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Guy de Maupassant It was autumn, the russet-colored season of the year, and the leaves were whirling about on the grass like flights of birds. A Cock Crowed (Un coq chanta) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

H.G. Wells His whirling mind had time to analyse his sensations. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

Richard Hakluy This day and night we passed by a very great gulf, the water whirling and roaring as it were the meeting of tides. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

He had never heard of a lunatic whose delusion was that a whirling snowstorm shut him up in a golden cloud, where cold hands touched his. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Algernon Blackwood He turned funnel-wise like water in a whirling vortex, and then appeared to break up somewhat as a reflection breaks up and divides in a distorting convex mirror. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

G. K. Chesterton Through street after street and square after square went whirling this preposterous vehicle, in which the fare was urging the horse and the driver trying desperately to stop it. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Arthur Conan Doyle The room was whirling round, and he had felt something go like a ripping seam behind his ear. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

To and fro he paced like a caged brute; his mind whirling through the universe of thought and memory; his eyes, as he went, skimming the legends on the wall. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Virginia Woolf Helen whirling past here tossed a fan into Rachel’s lap. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Willa Cather As he listened to Raoul, he seemed to emerge from the conflicting emotions which had been whirling him about and sucking him under. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

The sun is a dizzying scarlet blaze, the sky a violet vortex whirling over me. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Algernon Blackwood The whirling vortices withdrew in some extraordinary way, the colour paled, the sound grew thinner, ever more distant, the great weaving designs dissolved. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The roses were whirling high in the darkened air, the flatteries and laughter were drowned in thunder, and the fiddles and glasses smashed with hailstones as large as potatoes. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Edgar Wallace Around, above, below them blazed golden suns, and his ears were filled with a roar of whirling planets. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

D. H. Lawrence So there they are, between the rocky Scylla of the fixed, established ideal, and the whirling Charybdis of the conservative opposition to this ideal. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Abraham Merri Its whirling disc shifted from the horizontal plane on which it spun. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

It was as meaningless as watching a crowd of dodgem cars bumping and whirling at a fair. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

George MacDonald Her grassy robe swept and swirled about her steps, and wherever it passed over withered leaves, they went fleeing and whirling in spirals, and running on their edges like wheels, all about her feet. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Baldwin Spencer Then the older men, whirling the Bidu Bidus, come out of the bush. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Besides, some of the big gentlemen were whirling around as well. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

The sky was inky and a few wandering flakes of the now rapidly advancing storm came whirling in, biting my cheeks and stinging my forehead. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells The snow had suddenly become thick again, and sliding with the whirling eddies out of the black pit of the sky came something, vague and large and very swift. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

George Gissing An hour later he was at Old Square, waiting for the tram to Aston. Huge steam-driven vehicles came and went, whirling about the open space with monitory bell-clang. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Jules Verne I felt that sickly giddiness which arises from long-continued whirling round. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Time, in its revolutions whirling all things out of their places, has made no change in the annual fête of San Agustin. Fashions alter. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

But at the heart of all the whirling absurdity there is a small core of stillness. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Edgar Allan Poe She did the pirouette to admirationwhirling round upon her apex. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells Immediately after, the stranger’s hat hopped off the bed-post, described a whirling flight in the air through the better part of a circle, and then dashed straight at Mrs. Hall’s face. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

G. K. Chesterton My brain was whirling like a windmill as I walked, trying to think of some manner of escape. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Willa Cather The snow was whirling so fiercely outside his windows that he could scarcely see across the street, but within the air was deliciously soft and fragrant. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Anthony Trollope He had been jealous, too, of the gasfitter, when he had seen his Polly whirling round the room in the gasfitter’s arms;—but the gasfitter was no gentleman, and the battle had been even. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Ivan Turgenev Flashes of red were whirling before my eyes; my hair stood up on my head in my fear and fury. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

Rudyard Kipling He was in the middle of the road now, whirling like an impaled cockchafer, and shouting madly for his wife and family. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Jules Verne They could no longer manage their balloon, which went whirling round and round in contending currents, and refused to obey the different dilations of the gas. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

George Meredith The far-off red rocks spun round his eyeballs; the meadow was a whirling thread of green; the brown earth heaved up to him. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

And then he crossed by a crag and came from a hole, whirling out of a dark place with a fell weapon — a Danish axe new dight, to give the blow with. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

George Gissing As for Decius, the utmost effort never enabled him to attain familiarity with these profound speculations: he was soon lost, and found his brain whirling with words that had little or no significance. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

H. G. Wells It stood out against a streaming, whirling uprush of red-lit steam. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Elizabeth Gaskell A tall large woman was whirling one child out of her way with a rough movement of her arm; while she was scolding a boy a little older than Tom, who stood listening sullenly to her angry words. Hand and Heart by Elizabeth Gaskell [1849]