Phrases with "wild"

Directly, with a wild little laugh, she said to me: “Juan — I shall never dare come out. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

W. H. Hudson When I first knew the evening primrose, where it is both a wild and a garden flower and very common, I did not often smell at it, but was satisfied to inhale its subtle fragrance from the air. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

H. G. Wells There has been a wild epidemic of dismissals, of servants employed in London, for example, and a still wilder shifting of unsuitable men to novel, unnecessary jobs. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

I will do all this, if, in return, but for one month you will give yourself up to my guidance in whatever experiments I ask, no matter how wild they may seem to you. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He supposed many men meant no more than that when they said they were in love — not a wild submergence of soul, a dipping of all colors into an obscuring dye, such as his love for Nicole had been. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

W. H. Hudson Our guides, principally regarding its size, at once guessed it to be an animal which they no doubt expected to find in that place — namely, a wild horse. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Arthur Conan Doyle Has it seemed to thee, Alleyne, that she loves any one?” “Nay, I cannot say,” said Alleyne, with a wild throb of sudden hope in his heart. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

A wild cat dashed up under his very nose. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

It threw him forward upon the neck of the horse, which, in wild terror, reached the door at a gallop, and stood there quivering and steaming all over. The White Cat of Drumgunniol by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I spent that day and the next in wild spirits. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

So they all got out and sat on a stone-heap like gipsies and ate little cakes and drank milk out of a bottle while they listened to the skylarks overhead and smelt the wild thyme at their feet. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Mark Twain Some of my ideas were wild enough. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

E. T. A. Hoffmann Traugott’s wild delight may be imagined. Arthur’s Hall by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Olaf Stapledon The racket of battle, the tumbled and bleeding human forms, began to seem as a dream when one is all but wakened, a dream of being entangled in the insensate feuds of wild animals. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon Desperately, with a wild leap of the mind, I disengaged myself from your world. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

On the contrary, he remained perfectly motionless, looking upon his former master with a wild and sorrowful gaze. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Guy de Maupassant She was prettier than any other woman present, elegant, graceful, smiling and wild with joy. The Diamond Necklace (La Parure) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

F. Scott Fitzgerald At first I thought it was another party, a wild rout that had resolved itself into “hide-and-go-seek” or “sardines-in-the-box” with all the house thrown open to the game. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Guy de Maupassan It was there, in my head, in my heart, in my whole body, it seemed to me; and it swallowed me up as a wild beast might have. A Father’s Confession by Guy de Maupassan

Kate Chopin So here he stood over the prostrate figure; his old gray jeans hanging loosely about him; wild eyed-with bare head clasped between his claw-like hands, which the white disheveled hair swept over. At Fault by Kate Chopin

I was sowing my wild oats last summer, Mary, and they brought me a crop of sorrow But I am wiser now — wiser and happier. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Margaret Oliphant Such was the scene upon which Arthur Vincent, not unwarned, yet incredulous, came suddenly with eyes of horror and wild indignation as he reached his own door. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

He heard a sound like wind afore him, and, looking up, saw coming down the road a grey horse stretched out to a wild gallop, and a man on its back with a face like a soul in torment. The Outgoing of the Tide by John Buchan [1902]

Arthur Morrison The hat was a wretched thing, and there must be some special reason for Greer’s wild anxiety to recover it, especially as the navvy must have left another, probably better, behind him. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Henry David Thoreau I love the wild not less than the good. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

H. G. Wells They ran about wild after our first shot and suddenly came at us. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Mark Twain Modernized, it is now the scene of more peaceful recreations than the exhibition of a party of wild beasts with Christians for dinner. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

It wakens up the frozen spirit of enjoyment, and leads the sad faculties forth on a wild forgetful frolic. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Before evening they reached a spot overshadowed by a grove of wild mulberry trees, in which some scanty springs afforded a miserable supply to the army. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu What shall we do?” exclaimed poor little Agnes, in wild helplessness. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

E. Nesbi But all the racking did not bring out any idea more novel than wild cherries. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

G. K. Chesterton You saw her managing the White Elephant Sale at Ponder’s End. Well, if it had been literally an army of wild elephants, it would hardly have been on too large a scale for her tastes. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu But Cleve’s heart was disquieted within him, and his sky this evening was wild and stormy. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Nature and the sports connected with a wild life were my next resort. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Oh! ye wild black swans, ’twere a world of wonder For a while to join in your westward flight, With the stars above and the dim earth under, Through the cooling air of the glorious night. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

The wild bursts of supernatural fury and agony which swell and mingle in a hurricane, I dare say, led his imagination a strange aërial journey through the dark. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D. H. Lawrence Anyhow on she comes, with her tall ladder of square sails white in the afternoon light, and her lovely prow, curved in with a perfect hollow, running like a wild animal on a scent across the waters. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

George Gissing On hearing that piece of news, Samuel, who had just come from the nearest public-house with a foaming jug, executed a wild dance round the room and inadvertently knocked two plates from the dresser. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

H. G. Wells Morris had his wild moments — of sympathy with the martyred Chicago anarchists for example — but then he was a poet. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Washington Irving He would carry a fowling-piece on his shoulder for hours together, trudging through woods and swamps, and up hill and down dale, to shoot a few squirrels or wild pigeons. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Robert Green Ingersoll We are with them between contending hosts, unable to move, wild with thirst, the life ebbing slowly away among the withered leaves. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

The only animals' tracks seen round our well were emus, wild dogs, and Homo sapiens. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

A thought struck me: one of the many curs, which range wild throughout Tehran, had just pupped under a ruined archway, close to our house. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Anthony Trollope The wild oats must be sown somewhere. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle We had not got half-way upon our return, however, when another great wave swept the shattered forecastle off the reef, and, extinguishing the signal light, hid the wild denouement from our view. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Pop! The wild wine foamed into the wide flat glasses. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

H.P. Lovecraft It was the wild thunder of the mountain, raised to hysteric fury — I must have been crawling upward for some time, so that the surface was now quite near. The Lurking Fear by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Benjamin Disraeli Her eye lights up with a wild and glittering fire, but the flash vanishes into darkness, and gloom follows the unnatural light. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Mary Webb Hounds symbolized everything she hated, everything that was not young, wild and happy. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Arthur Conan Doyle I am not sorry, for it may be a sign that he has sown all his wild oats. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Sir Walter Scott Many a wild colt has turned out a noble steed. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

A thrill passed through every nerve, and a wild impulse came to me to burst through the crowd, join her, and battle with them all for her life. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Many skins of wild animals lay scattered on the ground. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

But has one ever seen such a wild fellow,” continued he, “making himself a Mazarinist and helping to arrest Broussel! Breathe not a word of that, or the Comte de la Fere will be furious. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Oscar Wilde He paused for a moment, and a wild feeling of pity came over him. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

The wind was wild in the tree-tops, and rushing down the aisles and corries of the hillside made a sound which was now like a great organ and now like muffled drums. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

George Gissing Do you understand me?” She only replied by a wild effort to free herself, and, succeeding in her object, darted to the other end of the room. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Sir Charles sprang at him with the ferocity of a wild beast, drawing back his arm to strike again. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

She played and sang very sweetly, and danced admirably, and did everything in a wild way of her own, which was infinitely more charming than the commonplace perfection of other women. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

A savage and bloodthirsty man was exiled, as in the case of Lycaon, into the body of a wild beast: the soul of a timorous man entered a hare, and drunkards or gluttons became swine. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Henry Kingsley When Lady Hainault and Lady Ascot heard that a cousin of Mary’s had just turned up from the wilds of Australia, they looked at one another in astonishment, and agreed that he must be a wild man. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

I remembered the wild words he had spoken a few nights back; the strange calm by which they were followed; my dream of the evening before. How the Third Floor Knew the Potteries by Amelia B. Edwards

D. H. Lawrence The wild life, even the life of the trees and flowers seemed one bristling, hair-raising tussle. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne We generally hunt them at the south of the Slave Lake, where they feed upon the shoots of willows and poplars, and certain wild roses to which they are very partial. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

T. E. Lawrence Wadi Hamdh differed from the other wild valleys of Hejaz, in its chill air. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

G. K. Chesterton The occasion of their special meeting was that the wild and hitherto rather vague movement called the Brotherhood of The Word had suddenly received support from a very unexpected quarter. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

E. T. A. Hoffmann They all gathered round him; but when he suddenly leapt to his feet and cried with a wild look, “What do you all want?” they all hurried off out of the room in a string, Herr Elias in the middle. Arthur’s Hall by E. T. A. Hoffmann

The hare and the rabbit were well enough known, and with the leveret form part of an enumeration of wild animals (animalium ferarum) in a pictorial vocabulary of the fifteenth century. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

Willa Cather She’s new here and the people are wild about her. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

The broad meadows had a wild look with their tall, isolated trees and their hedges of poplars which stained them with shade. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

He made an impulsive step forward, but she turned a wild face to him and called out over her shoulder — “Keep back! Do not come near! Do not . An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Gray Forest was not more remarkable for its wild and neglected condition, than was Newton Park for the care and elegance with which it was kept. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry Kingsley Late on a wild rainy night she reached Exeter, utterly penniless, and wet to the skin. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her companion paused to tear a little cluster of wild roses from the hedge. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

The hunters cheered them with horn and with mouth; then all together they swung in a troop between a pool in that wood and a wild crag. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

A strange, wild look of lowering wrath suddenly filled Mr. Sleuth’s pale face. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Of Hester:— “Shame, Despair, Solitude! These [he says] had been her teachers — stern and wild ones — and they had made her strong, but taught her much amiss. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

D. H. Lawrence Men were still yelling like wild beasts — others were asleep — soldiers were singing. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

This was done; the infant was suspended, by thongs running through the fleshy parts of his feet, to the branches of a tree, and he was supposed to have perished by wild beasts. The Theban Sphinx by Thomas De Quincey

W. H. Hudson We have really no words, he concludes, adequate to express the effects of this song, heard in the midst of a nature so redundant, and of mountain scenery so wild and savage. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Arthur Conan Doyle Ah, you shrink, you shudder! My wild words have frightened you. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Andrew Lang The daughter was led into the forest, where the wild beasts tore her to pieces, and the old witch was burnt at the stake. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

When we were in the car again my host was in wild spirits at having got his job over. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

There was nothing particularly strange in such an apparition in the neighbourhood of woods full of wild pigeons; and yet the sight thrilled him. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

She therefore dissuaded her no more: but nursed in her excited heart the wild and increasing desire to know if sorcery had indeed a spell to fascinate love to love. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

The scenery was most interesting, with every variety of hill, roll, plateau, and ravine, wild and prettily wooded; but we saw nothing of the people. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

There is a wild loneliness in his spirit that no one can reach. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Marjorie Bowen Valentine’s eyes grew wild with fear. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

H. G. Wells His bulbous slashed boots flew out in wild strides, and his face was distorted into a permanent grin, because that wrinkled his nose and kept his glasses in place. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He was not like Dowie, but his realisation of the mystery of this thing touched his nerves as a wild unexplainable sound heard in the darkness at midnight might have done. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A flight of wild duck were put out from a pool in the wood, and for a few minutes every one was busy. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Anton Meynall had killed him deliberately, but I was the real murderer as he had only done it because, in my wild rage, I had implored him to. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

He said he had seen wild tigers in their native jungle and they were beautiful creatures. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Suddenly they heard a rattle of horse’s hoofs, and past them tore a wild steed with a man on its back riding under whip and spur. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

The hat-palm, a brab or wild date, the spine-palm (Phœnix spinosa), and the Okumeh or cotton-tree disputed the ground with the foul Rhizophora. Then clearings appeared. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

In a spot between three great oaks she came upon a man who was roasting a wild boar over a fire. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

With a wild cry, and ‘Oh, Charlie!’ she threw her arms about his neck; and the ‘good little crayture,’ as Magnolia was wont to call her, had fainted. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sir Walter Scott Their trumpets sounded a wild march, of an Oriental character, which formed the usual signal for the Templars to advance. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

He mused instead upon the wild and tropical tangle of moods, emotions, passions, which had grown up in that strange temperament. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

G. K. Chesterton His private tradition was equally wild and unworldly. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

William Morris Whereupon came a great rush of men of both sides, striking side blows at each other, spitting, cursing, and shrieking, as they tore away like a herd of wild hogs. The Hollow Land by William Morris [1856]

G. K. Chesterton It is a wild letter, full of taunts; you can see it for yourselves; but it makes a particular point of poor Hook’s habit of fishing from the island. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Thomas Hardy But I suppose he has a right to sow his wild oats as well as other young men. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

R. D. Blackmore The baby lay now on its father’s breast, and the mother’s had been wild for it. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

The athaleb will now go in a straight line to the land of the Orin.” Upon this I started up in wild excitement. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Oscar Wilde The wild bee reels from bough to bough With his furry coat and his gauzy wing. Poems by Oscar Wilde [1881]

Margaret Oliphant Oona, as wild with fear as she had been with daring, caught at Walter’s hand with the strength of despair, and fled dragging him after her. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

When she got to Albion Villa, she cast a wild look all around for fear she should be seen in her wedding clothes, and darted moaning into the house. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu They were within six miles of Twyford. Her heart was in a wild flutter — now throbbing madly, now it seemed standing still. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Robert Green Ingersoll Some are as rude as the skins of wild beasts, and others glisten and glitter like silk and gold. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Jules Verne It was therefore a wise step for the Company to endeavour to explore a new country, where the wild animals had hitherto escaped the rapacity of man. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

George Borrow I admired so much the spirit of the “brute bull” that I frequently, during his wild onset, shouted “Viva Quesada!” for I wished him well. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Edgar Allan Poe The sternness of his countenance gave place to a look of wild amazement, if not horror, while he recoiled several steps from the figure, and let fall his sword upon the floor. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

F. Scott Fitzgerald When he arrived home alone he turned the key in the lock in wild anger. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

D. H. Lawrence England is far more wild and savage and lonely, in her country parts. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Robert Louis Stevenson For you may plump into a cave among the rocks, and find yourself face to face with a wild boar, or see a crooked viper slither across the road. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

The aspect of the country was as wild and dreary as the climate. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

D. H. Lawrence Now again her wild recklessness came over her. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim They are all just a hopeless tangle of figures and wild calculations! Nobody could possibly make anything coherent out of them. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Wilkie Collins We heard of him, leading a wild life, among a vicious set of men. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Watkin Tench Here we paused, surveying “the wild abyss; pondering our voyage. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

G. K. Chesterton Lewis Carroll gave mathematics a holiday: he carried logic into the wild lands of illogicality. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

H. G. Wells I gave way to a wild storm of weeping. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Mark Twain When the ferryboat with her wild freight pushed into the stream, nobody cared sixpence for the wasted time but the captain of the craft. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

G. K. Chesterton In all those wild seas and waste places people did assume that they had to rescue the drowning and the dying. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Guy de Maupassant He gasped in amazement, too besotted to understand, perplexed, bruised and wild with fear. Walter Schnaffs’ Adventure (L'Aventure de Walter Schnaffs) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Montrose, the recusant, had made his way north when he was least expected, and was now leading a host of wild Irish to the slaughter of the godly. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

His eyes glared, his nostrils dilated, and his face exhibited the baffled ferocity of a wild beast that had suddenly found itself caught in a trap. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

James Joyce The wild garden behind the house contained a central apple-tree and a few straggling bushes under one of which I found the late tenant’s rusty bicycle-pump. Dubliners by James Joyce

Arthur Conan Doyle A howl of exultation burst from the English at the sight, answered by a wild roar of anger from the Spaniards. A seaman had run from the Lion’s hold and whispered in the ear of the shipman. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Some of them had on necklaces composed of the teeth of wild boars slain in the chase; many wore rings, and others had an ornament on the left arm midway betwixt the shoulder and the elbow. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Juventus is wild for Prince John, but nobody knows where he is. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

William Cowper Rusting there In wild disorder and unfit for use, What wonder if discharged into the world They shame their shooters with a random flight, Their points obtuse and feathers drunk with wine. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Richard Burton Even the feathered creatures were perfectly familiar to my eye — paddy birds, pelicans, giant cranes, kites and wild water-fowl. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

George Meredith This condition was attributable to a gentleman’s wild rageing with the word, into which he had not infused the mystic spirit. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

There could be no wild revelry, no freedom. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Jules Verne The pines, completely enveloped in flames, threw a wild glare on the scene. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Algernon Blackwood He knew Saturn or the Sun in the same way that he knew a pebble or a wild flower — by feeling-with them. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Margaret Oliphant There was something in it of that whirl of desperation which gives a wild quickening to enjoyment in the sensation of momentariness and possible ending—the snatching of a fearful joy. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle From their sounds Lord John judged them to be some form of wild cattle. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

A loud and wild resonance, made up of all the noises of the hurricane, dwelt in the still warmth of the air. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

H. G. Wells A wild hope came to Mr. Ledbetter that the unknown was in a fit or suddenly dead, with his head upon the writing-table . Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

D. H. Lawrence I think you and Phoenix and mother and I might live somewhere in a far-away wild place, and make a good life: so long as we didn’t begin to mix up marriage, or love or that sort of thing into it. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang The author of the Ettrick version knew better the nature of war, as we shall see, and his Douglas objects to Otterburn as a place destitute of supplies; nothing is there but wild beasts and birds. Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang [1910]

Algernon Blackwood I smelt the keen, fresh air and the scent of wild flowers. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Radclyffe Hall She had not intended doing it so quickly, but waiting seemed useless, and, besides, she was filled with a wild energy that rendered any action a relief. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Thomas Carlyle Thialfi was with him, and Loke. After various adventures, they entered upon Giant-land; wandered over plains, wild uncultivated places, among stones and trees. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

George Gissing Whenever he could get away into the fields he was happy; to lie still for hours watching some wild thing, noting its features and its ways, seemed to him perfect enjoyment. Humplebee by George Gissing

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then hints began to appear, wild rumours were floated about as to her reasons for this abrupt retirement in the midst of her brilliant and wholly unexpected success. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Andrew Lang Before he left, his youngest daughter made him promise to bring her back a wreath of wild flowers. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins As I grew older, it had always been one of my favourite projects to go to Cornwall, to explore the wild western land, on foot, from hill to hill throughout. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Ann Radcliffe About the break of day they quitted the forest, and entered upon a wild and mountainous country, in which they travelled some miles without perceiving a hut, or a human being. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Edgar Allan Poe Yet, for a wild moment, did my spirit refuse to comprehend the meaning of what I saw. The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe

Gustave Flauber Virginia would feed the rabbits and run to pick the wild flowers in the fields, and her flying legs would disclose her little embroidered pantalettes. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

G. K. Chesterton The thumb-screw can easily be called Manicure. Being pulled about by wild horses can easily be called Massage. The modern problem is not so much what people will endure as what they will not endure. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

The Cossack subsided on the floor, and was immediately held down and tied up with towels, which he began to bite and tear with the teeth of a wild beast. In the World by Maksim Gorky

G. K. Chesterton I was never wild until just ten minutes ago. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

You have seen Nature in wild forms in far countries. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

H. G. Wells For a moment he watched it in wild dismay, and then he stooped towards it. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Rudyard Kipling Anon, I caught the tramp of armies afoot, the hum of crowded cities awaiting the event, the single sob of a woman, and dry roaring of wild beasts. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Guy de Maupassant He yelped, oh, how he yelped! They were filled with remorse, with terror, with a wild inexplicable fear, and ran away from the spot. The Watch Dog (Pierrot) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

An inward shiver, a burning cheek, a heartpang of wild remorse, and a faint answer. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

The skins of wild beasts are little worn in Pompeii; and those bold-eyed Roman women think it rather odd that we should like to powder our shaggy heads with brick-dust. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Rudyard Kipling He had often, with Baloo’s help, robbed bees’ nests in single trees, and he knew that the Little People hated the smell of wild garlic. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Elizabeth Gaskell But after his time, I fear there was a falling back into the wild rough heathen ways, from which he had pulled them up, as it were, by the passionate force of his individual character. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Henry Kingsley For a minute there was a wild scene of confusion and struggling, while Mary crouched against the wall with the child, shut her eyes, and tried to pray. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Henry Adams Their senility was congenital, like Gladstone’s Oxford training and High Church illusions, which caused wild eccentricities in his judgment. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Willa Cather Under the bluffs that overhung the marsh he came upon thickets of wild roses, with flaming buds, just beginning to open. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Miles Franklin I stood ankle-deep in violets, where they had run wild under a gnarled old apple-tree, and gave way to my wounded vanity. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

In her heart alone could she hope to meet that image, — to herself alone did she dare to repeat his name, and those wild and sweet songs of his country1 which he had taught her in his happier moods. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

It made his sides ache with laughing, he said, to see how folk ran wild with terror, and broke their heads because of his nonsense. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Elizabeth Gaskell His practice was not half so wild or extraordinary as that to which an aunt of mine was subjected by a disciple of Mr. Day’s. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

He’s of a wild breed and you must never go too near him. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Wilkie Collins This is a bold thing to say; but I think I can advance some proofs that my assertion is not altogether so wild as it may appear at first sight. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Even Gloria’s beauty needed wild emotions, needed poignancy, needed death. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Henry Kingsley Then a wild hubbub; and people begin to squeeze and crush against one another. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

This made me fight myself, like a wild beast, after which I would be painfully ashamed of myself. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Wolfe Yes, even now they pass below me, wild with joy, mad with hope, drunk with their thoughts of victory. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Rudyard Kipling Its chief inhabitants to-day are Zum and Ohim, birds and wild beasts, but the stately ruins thereof give a shadow of its beauty while it flourished in its pride. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Jules Verne There were no animals — no wild horses, or yaks, or Tibetan bulls. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

The second march was disorderly as the first: it reminded me of driving a train of unbroken mules over the Prairies; the men were as wild and unmanageable as their beasts. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

At nine they came in again with a rush, wild for breakfast. A Day of Pleasure by Ellen Wood [1872]

Arthur Conan Doyle It promised to be a wild night. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

As we roared through the darkness I kept pinching myself to make myself feel that I was in the enemy’s land on a wild mission. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Others who tried to stop them were shown the star sapphire, and threatened with “sorcery, death, wild beasts,” and other unpleasantnesses. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Dorothy caught sight of a wild rose, flowerless of course, growing beyond the hedge, and climbed over the gate with the intention of discovering whether it were not sweetbriar. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence Her hair was wild about her face. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

A wild duck, when it has young poults, you see what an uproar it makes. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

I hated to see plump citizens with wild eyes, and nursemaids with scared children, and miserable women scuttling like rabbits in a warren. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

He had a head like a rock, but he got to the required condition by wild mixing. Greenmantle by John Buchan

T. E. Lawrence They were dragged out, and then had a wild struggle in the sand beside the water-hole. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

D. H. Lawrence Another wild struggle in Anna’s breast, and the snort of laughter. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

But what was more appalling than the fury of a wild beast, accomplishing in all innocence of heart a natural function, was the fixity of savage purpose man alone is capable of displaying. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Walter Scott It was a wild and very sequestered dell in Tweeddale, surrounded by high hills, and far remote from human habitation. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Wilkie Collins The clouds were wild in the western heaven, and the wind blew chill from the sea. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George MacDonald To my fancy it seemed to have run down a stair inside, an eager cataract, at every landing wild to get out, but only at the foot finding a door of escape. Lilith by George MacDonald

Charlotte Perkins Gilman There were no wild beasts in the country and very few tame ones. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

John Lewis Burckhard At five hours, a wild passage across the mountain begins, called Akabet Djebel Doushe (عقبة جبل دوشه). Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Singing, swearing, howling like wild beasts! His right-hand neighbour reasoned high of faith and works, ending each pious argument with a sudden rhapsody of oaths and never slept a wink. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

M. P. Shiel The Queen has been talking with him from Windsor about Burton and the miracle; the whole world seems wild with excitement; they say that no miracle was ever seen by so many reliable witnesses. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]