Phrases with "wood"

Guy de Maupassan All at once, at the foot of the tall column of wood there was a rent which seemed to run to the top, like a painful shake; and it bent slightly, ready to fall, but still resisting. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Andrew Lang Lady X., after walking in a wood near her house in Ireland, found that she had lost an important key. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Oscar Wilde Three times in our journey we came to the banks of the Oxus. We crossed it on rafts of wood with great bladders of blown hide. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

Virginia Woolf It was a real fire; wood blocks were blazing; the flame ran along the streaks of shiny tar. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Caroline Lamb Towards noon, Calantha went out for a few moments, and near the Elm wood met Glenarvon. “Oh, for Heaven’s sake!” she cried, “do not come here: some one may see you. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

George Meredith Then I rose, And my disordered brain did guide my foot To that old wood where our first love-salute Was interchanged: the source of many throes! There did I see her, not alone. Modern Love by George Meredith [1862]

Robert Louis Stevenson Love on high in the flute-like And tender notes Sounds as from April meadows And hillside cotes; But the deep wood wind in the chimney Utters the slogan of death. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Virginia Woolf Her sigh was tender and enchanting, like the wind outside a wood in the evening. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Andrew Lang By-and-by the magician went out into the wood again for some more hunting, and on his return he tried afresh to waken the youth. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Baldwin Spencer The Churinga proper are wonderfully consistent in shape, whether they be made of wood or stone. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Tops are made from the fruit of one of the gourds which ripens about the size of a small orange, the spindle being a smooth and slender piece of wood secured with gum. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

John Lewis Burckhard If none, or only few of them, happen to be at Medina, no wood can be got even for money. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

H. G. Wells She dreamt that she and Gemini were wandering in a dark wood at twilight; it was a very dark wood and it was growing darker. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Washington Irving Sometimes it was accompanied by Christmas candles; but in the cottages the only light was from the ruddy blaze of the great wood fire. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Charles Dickens Twenty or thirty men, lamps, torches, litters, ropes, blankets, wood to kindle a great fire, restoratives and stimulants, came in fast. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

The ring made for Miss Dare’s third finger was too large for Mr. Orcutt’s little finger, and so slipped off when he dropped the stick of wood from his hand. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

And when we were passing that farm near the wood a man stopped us. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

John Galsworthy The first sunlight came stealing flat from trunk to trunk, birds did not sing but talked, a wood pigeon back among the trees was cooing. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

You and I, and our little boys, when we want to divide, say, a box, take care to procure a piece of wood which will reach from the bottom to the lid. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

The wind had risen, too, and the vast aisles of that clear and beautiful wood thundered with the swaying of boughs, and the crash here and there of an old and falling limb. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Later on, the heat of the room, warping the wood round the ivory button, may have caused it to slip out, and thus the bell would have rung. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Meanwhile, the woman just within the window of the garden-room stood for a few moments still as an image carved of wood or stone. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

When the cows were milked and the wood chopped, there was nothing to do for the rest of the day. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Charles Dickens The summer had been intensely hot and dry, the streets were very narrow, and the houses mostly built of wood and plaster. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Arthur Morrison Indeed, it seemed quite a likely path through the wood for a passenger to take, coming from the high ground by the Shopperton road. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

William Morris The wood was not very thick whereas he rode, so that he could see the whereabouts of the sun, and rode east as far as he could judge it. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

H. G. Wells Then perhaps a dusty battle to clean out a room; there were no vacuum cleaners in those days; or a turn at scrubbing — scrubbing the splintery rotten wood of a jerry-built house. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

When Vlasov found himself threatened with attack, he caught a stone in his hand, or a piece of wood or iron, and spreading out his legs stood waiting in silence for the enemy. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Hardy Six Carriford men and one stranger are gathered there, beneath the light of a flaring candle stuck on a piece of wood against the wall. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

At last, when I was worn out, I went and sat where there was a lot of wood stacked on a great wharf. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Guy de Maupassan Then, all of a sudden, they set again, croaking frightfully and trailing once more above the wood the long dark festoon of their flight. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Conan Doyle When about a distance of ten yards from the wall they leapt over it into the wood and disappeared. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

William Morris Thereafter when May was at hand they set out on their road, and whereas the Sage knew the wood well, he made a long story short by bringing them to Vale Turris in four days’ time. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Walter Scott Archibald had, with delicate attention, withdrawn the spectators from the interview, so that the wood and setting sun alone were witnesses of the expansion of their feelings. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Jules Verne Wilson wanted to kindle a fire to prepare the NARDOU bread, and he went out to pick up the dead wood scattered all over the ground. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Geoffrey Chaucer I prey to God that I moote sterven wood But I to yow be al so good and trewe As evere was wyf, syn that the world was newe. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

William Makepeace Thackeray On the 14th they were painted marble-color; and the basements of wood and canvas on which they stood were made to resemble the same costly material. The Second Funeral of Napoleon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1841]

Virginia Woolf The shadow of a thrush crossed the carpet; from the deepest wells of silence the wood pigeon drew its bubble of sound. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

Edgar Rice Burroughs As he broke from the dense wood and came in sight of the vessels again, he was filled with consternation to see that the Arrow was making sail and that the cruiser was already under way. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Robert Louis Stevenson And sometimes, close at band, the branches move, a moan goes through the thicket, and the wood thrills to its heart. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Walter Scott The terrified brethren turned their vehicle toward the towers of a convent, which arose in a wood of pine-trees beside the road. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

George Meredith Her glorious walk through the wood seemed burnt out. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I declare, Diana, there isn’t more than a cupful in the kettle! There, I’ve filled it up, and, Mary Joe, you may put some wood in the stove. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Andrew Lang But as the eagle had lost its feet it died, and its body was found in a wood on the Glass Mountain. . The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Morris Romantic as this Kensington wood was, however, it was not lonely. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle Out of the one wood and into the other they passed, all with the same crouching, furtive gait, until the black bristle of trees had swallowed up the last of them. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

H.P. Lovecraft There are certain Indian relics in the north wood — standing stones, and all that — which mean a good deal in folklore, and Asenath and I are following that stuff up. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

Wilkie Collins At the same instant that the noise caught my ear, the remembrance flashed across me like lightning of some beams of wood which had lain in the shed for years past. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Arthur Machen So I went on and on till I came to the secret wood which must not be described, and I crept into it by the way I had found. The White People by Arthur Machen

Bring out your hatchets, pickaxes, crowbars, and other weapons of war, and we’ll turn up our shirt-sleeves, and shiver our timbers, and not leave one splinter of wood adhering to another. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

The wood was shivered into fragments. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

D. H. Lawrence Our wood runs down to the water’s edge. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Dillsborough wood is not the only fox covert in the county. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell The middle window was also a door; the white-painted wood went half-way up. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

John Galsworthy The stroke had indeed slipped past their defences into the very wood of their tree. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

It blasts green wood or grass, the moisture within them being seized and kindled by the flame. Symposiacs by Plutarch

William Morris But one day as I drave the goats from our house there came from the wood four men, a-horseback and weaponed, but so covered with their armour that I might see little of their faces. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

The wood pile burned evenly and glaringly, and the faceless shadows quivered around it. Mother by Maksim Gorky

E. Phillips Oppenheim They entered the wood through a gate and passed along a path strewn and sodden with pine needles, soft to the feet and fragrant. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

The wood hen is a bird rather resembling the pheasant tribe in plumage, but not so handsome. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Andrew Lang Before daybreak she was at the door again and called to them, and again the pieces of wood answered for them. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

John Lewis Burckhard Our road lay through a wood of olive trees, in a fertile uneven plain of red argillaceous soil. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Gertrude Stein Kindling is wood and coal is tonny. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

The village is very large and straggling, and consists of a collection of haycock-looking huts, framed with wood or boughs, and covered over with grass. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Robert Louis Stevenson Birches grew there in a thin, pretty wood, which a little farther on was changed into a wood of pines. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Guy de Maupassan So he determined to have his wood cut down, and to simulate an accident. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Conan Doyle It has been folly on my part to shelter myself behind mere barriers of wood and stone. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

But about three years after that he was cutting bushes in a wood and he saw the Amadan coming at him. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Joseph Furphy Earth, metal, water, and especially wood (along the grain), are better media than the atmosphere, for the transmission of sound. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Edgar Allan Poe In several spots along the top of the eastern side of the gorge (we were now on the western) might be seen stakes of wood driven into the earth. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Charlotte Perkins Gilman There was a desperate tangle of wood and water and a swampy patch we never should have found our way across alone. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Gertrude Stein A great deal of wood and then there is no dissatisfaction none at all. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

H. G. Wells My clear, cool, straight mind? He hardly lets me see the wood for the trees, but I feel already that she-bear in pursuit. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Edith Wharton This was Vance’s day, and when he pushed open the door there was the stove, with a pile of wood and some scraps of coal ready for lighting, and a jug of milk and loaf of bread on the table. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

John Galsworthy They had reached a wood when he slackened suddenly. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling She’s walkin’ in de wood now. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

George Meredith Her eldest boy wished to be a sailor, and would walk miles to a pond to sail bits of wood on it, though there had never been a sea-faring man in her husband’s family or her own. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

D. H. Lawrence They had been killed off during the war, and the wood had been left unprotected, till now Clifford had got his game-keeper again. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Washington Irving A gallery or arcade of wood had been erected along the sides of the square, for the grand religious procession of the following day. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

He fell painfully upon a big heap of wood and for quite a minute lay dazed and stunned exactly where he fell. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

He was horrified at the expenses which mythology involved; not a wood nymph, nor a dryad, that cost less than a hundred francs a day! The dress alone amounted to three hundred francs. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Wilkie Collins I turned my back suddenly on the lonely view, and took the path through the wood which led to the bailiff’s cottage. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

The wood was of wonderful toughness, and Gourlay had been known to bet that no man could break the handle of his stick by a single grip over the crook and under it. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Thomas Hardy Triangular cobwebs already formed little hammocks for the dust in corners of the wainscot, and a close smell of wood and leather, seasoned with mouse-droppings, pervaded the atmosphere. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

The wood road which I had to take for some distance was deep with mud, and my feet sank with every step. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Willa Cather He was sitting by a wood fire at one end of the room, looking, oh, so worn and pale! — as he always does when he is ill, you know. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Yves, on approaching him next morning, remarked that “the night must have been a very damp one, for the wood on which the bishop’s head had rested was soaked with dew. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

G. K. Chesterton The wood was larger and vaguer than the clump that is the crown of the hill at Chanctonbury, but was rather like it and held much the same high and romantic position. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Jules Verne Wooden benches half fixed against the walls, huge blocks of wood cut with the axe, and two tables with clumsy legs, were all the appliances of luxury the saloon could boast of. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Baldwin Spencer The Irna is a small piece of wood perhaps as much as nine inches in length, though it may be less than this. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

When you see a rich wilderness of wood in decent England, it is like enough that you see it with some soft regrets. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Charles Dickens Being but a hewer of wood and drawer of water, she is rheumatic. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Virginia Woolf Nevertheless, the little bit of wood at Bromholm, the fragment of the true Cross, brought pilgrims incessantly to the Priory, and sent them away with eyes opened and limbs straightened. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Then Nevil found a bar of wood in the out-house ——” “Nevil?” “Yes, your nephew. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Even when I was a boy I could never walk in a wood without feeling that at any moment I might find before me somebody or something I had long looked for without knowing what I looked for. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Baldwin Spencer In either case the main part is composed of some light wood which is very liable to split. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

She’s never made of wood through and through as some men are. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

William Morris But even as he stretched forth his hand to take hers, she turned about suddenly and fared into the wood out of his sight, wending full as swiftly as might have been looked for. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Rudyard Kipling Everything else was wood — wood down to the massive clamped and bolted beams of the foundation which I investigated through gaps in the flooring. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

The wood was thin, and there was no room for retreat, while to recross the meadow would bring us clean into the open. Prester John by John Buchan

Gertrude Stein It shows no shade, in come little wood cuts and blessing and nearly not that not with a wild bought in, not at all so polite, not nearly so behind. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Jules Verne He placed a few pieces of wood among them, so as to keep in the fire until their return. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Undaunted he continued his experiments, finding that he could hack and hew splinters of wood from the table and chairs with this new toy. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

William Morris Now he entered the wood more to the south than he had done yesterday, and went softly as before, and still was he turning over in his mind the thoughts of last night, and ever they came back. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Andrew Lang Before Petru lay a wood made of copper, with copper trees and copper leaves, with bushes and flowers of copper also. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry David Thoreau Indeed, I selected this wood because I thought it the least likely to contain anything else. The Succession of Forest Trees by Henry David Thoreau

Anthony Trollope Walker and the College would certainly sell, but you’d have to pay for the land and the wood separately. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

He was using wood from old cigar boxes, thin boards of unfinished mahogany upon which he executed fretwork and embellishments of extraordinary delicacy. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope Whether fever and ague yearly, and cords of wood stretched from fifteen to twenty-two are more than a set-off for these good things, I will leave every one to decide according to his own taste. North America by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott No; the seared wood is the fitter for the use of the workmen — the hardened and the dried-up heart is that which can best bear the task imposed by these dismal times. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Another silence followed, and then came sounds as of wood striking wood again. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Only occasionally some one would carefully put a piece of wood in the fire, and when a stream of sparks and smoke rose from the pile he would drive them away from the woman with a wave of his hand. Mother by Maksim Gorky

There was no car in the garage and it was apparently being used as a wood shed only. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Richard Hakluy We also saw their houses, near the seaside, which were made with pieces of wood on both sides, and crossed over with poles and then covered over with earth. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

The interior is picturesque in the extreme; the hall is large and square, panelled with oak, and having a massive staircase of the same wood leading from it to a music gallery above. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle We are well off his land now, nor can he tell in this great wood which way we have taken. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

WITH the chill winds of February blowing in her face, Eleanor Monckton entered the wood between Tolldale and Mr. de Crespigny’s estate. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

William Morris So I will abide the morning hereby; but I will be wary and let the wood cover me if I may. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Charles Stur When the natives saw us quietly seated they came over, and brought a quantity of sticks for us to make a fire, wood being extremely scarce. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

I may mention as another illustration of the varied habits of this genus, that a Mexican Colaptes has been described by De Saussure as boring holes into hard wood in order to lay up a store of acorns. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Frances Hodgson Burnett The stillness of lake and shore and wood was so wonderful that he did not go into the villa he lived in. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Sir Walter Scott The piece of wood which he was about to nail on was at first too long; then he sawed it off too short, then chose another equally ill adapted for the purpose. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Andrew Lang In the morning the witch gave the girl two pieces of linen to weave before night, and the boy a pile of wood to cut into chips. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling Get a log of wood or something. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

Andrew Lang Just outside the wood where she was now living lay a great corn-field. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton He would go on a long tramp, to a wonderful swampy wood he knew of, the first to catch fire from the autumn frosts. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

The removal of the wood pile seemed a slow business, well as the three men performed their work, flinging down great crushing piles of wood one after another without a moment’s pause. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

She spake: “The wood is growing thin, Into the full light soon shall we win. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Andrew Lang Gold and precious stones were as common as wood with us, and the stables where the horses of the sun were kept were more splendid than the palace of the greatest emperor in the world. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Baldwin Spencer They are made from the wood of the india-rubber tree, and the women and children think the sound they make is the voice of a spirit called ngagurnguruk. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Frances Hodgson Burnett She searched about until she found a rather sharp piece of wood and knelt down and dug and weeded out the weeds and grass until she made nice little clear places around them. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

I therefore desired to know if one of them would trouble himself with a small piece of wood I very much wanted to convey to my son. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Andrew Lang Now, it happened that the king to whom this wood belonged was hunting in it. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

No view-hallo sounding across miles of wood and valley was ever fainter or more ethereal. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Guy de Maupassan You can light the fire with the wood that’s under the shed. The Moribund by Guy de Maupassan

Sir Walter Scott Retaining, therefore, his weapon of defence, and placing the purse of the gipsy in a private pocket, our traveller strode gallantly on through the wood in search of the promised highroad. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Baldwin Spencer Some of them are certainly made of mulga, but others of a wood both lighter in colour and weight. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

But darkness was not a thing to terrify him, bred in the nightness of a wood and the very fosterling of gloom; nor could the wind afflict his ear or his heart. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

A reward of ten dollars was offered for the largest fragment of wood that should be found from either wreck, five for the second, and so on. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Ho, how quickly he bound it with a shield strap, a narrow band! Towards a wood he floated down the stream, where he found his sovran standing by the shore. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

In the day, I believe, he worked sometimes for a neighbouring farmer, because he often went forth and did not return until dinner, yet brought no wood with him. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Materials are at hand; a well-grown wood Runs equal with the margin of the flood: Let them the number and the form assign; The care and cost of all the stores be mine. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Arthur Conan Doyle Good-bye! God bless you!” “Look here, General,” I said, peremptorily breaking off a piece of wood to make communication more easy, “this sort of thing has been going on too long. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

An impulse which he could not resist took him towards the river-bank and the wood behind Marchmont Towers. Once more, for the last time in his life perhaps, he went down to that lonely shore. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle The young man stood smiling, looking down at this garrulous piece of wood and metal, when suddenly the smile broadened, and a light of mischief danced up into his eyes. The Voice of Science by Arthur Conan Doyle

Guy de Maupassan Before the door of the forester’s dwelling a young woman, her arms bare to the elbow, was chopping wood with a hatchet on a block of stone. The Prisoners by Guy de Maupassan

Guy de Maupassan She was flying through a clear night, above the wood and streams. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

He was beginning to feel miserably cold, so he carried up some broken wood and made a fire on the immense hearth in the upper chamber. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson As the girl proceeded these glades became more frequent, the trees began again to decline in size, and the wood to degenerate into furzy coverts. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

At the turn of the hill, where a strip of wood runs up the slope, he stopped, and a dark shadow came over his face. The Keeper of Cademuir by John Buchan [1894]

William Dampier The temple itself was low and ordinary, built of wood and thatched like one of their houses; which are but very meanly. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

D. H. Lawrence The wood was roofed with a wide young sobbing sound, and floored with a faint hiss like the intaking of the last breath. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Sir Thomas Browne It contained 700,000 volumes, which served the city for fuel instead of wood for six months. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Ethan Brand thrust more wood into the fire, and closed the door of the kiln; then looking over his shoulder at the lime-burner and his son, he bade, rather than advised, them to retire to rest. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

H. G. Wells Eastward was the wise man’s course, a road dipping between hedges to a hop garden and a wood and presently no doubt reaching an inn, a picturesque church, perhaps, a village and fresh company. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

George MacDonald They dragged me into the wood above the valley, where their tribe lived — in wretched huts, built of fallen branches and a few stones. Lilith by George MacDonald

Charles Dickens As they did not move, he sent off two parties:— one to lie concealed in a wood on the left of the French: the other, to set fire to some houses behind the French after the battle should be begun. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

John Galsworthy The smoke of a wood fire, the scent of balsamic remedies, the drone of his own voice, retailing that epic of a penguin’s egg, drowsed him till the book dropped from his hand. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells They soon cleared the open, and drew near the wood of chestnut-trees again — neither afraid now because neither was alone. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Thomas Hardy They had turned into the wood at an opening between Melbury’s and Marty South’s; but Fitzpiers could easily track them by their voices, low as they endeavored to keep their tones. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Andrew Lang You will have to keep the stove always lit, you will have to fetch the wood for it from the forest, and you will have the charge of the black horse in the stables. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

His costume dated back to ‘48, he was made of wood and parchment and still swathed his neck in a white cloth; and even his wife had never been seen in a low-necked dress. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Andrew Lang He was afraid to go home and tell the same tale that he had told yesterday; so he searched the wood through and through till night was nearly come. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassant It was still deserted, so he jumped out and set off walking again, but instead of following the highroad, he ran across the fields towards a wood which he saw a little way off. A Vagabond (Le Vagabond) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

He denied that he had; he said he had only gone along the path for a few paces, and had then plunged into the wood again. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Her eyes were closed, and yet her head was thrust forward as if she was staring at the big, now roaring, wood fire before her. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Andrew Lang If there was nothing else for him to do, he said he would fetch wood and water for the kitchen-maid, and that he obtained leave to do. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The wood resounded against the door, and awakened many a mournful echo in the profound depths of the staircase; but from a human creature, none. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Anthony Trollope The wood belongs to his lordship, and the foxes are a nuisance. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne By throwing in some bits of wood he found that it set towards the southern angle. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Baldwin Spencer The wood is heavy, but light in colour, and has been ornamented in a somewhat unusual manner by charring with fire the surface of five rather irregular rings. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Sir Walter Scott We are not made of wood or stone, and the things which connect themselves with our hearts and habits cannot, like bark or lichen, be rent away without our missing them. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Henry James He seemed to be in a wood, very much like the one on which his eyes had lately closed; but the wood was divided by the murmuring stream he had left an hour before. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Then there’s sorrel, which is good with bread and butter, and pig-nuts, and a kind of wood shamrock which has a sour taste. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

I had some wood stacked for you. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Here they cut in wood and ivory, that ’tis like spider’s work, and paint on glass, and sing angelical harmonies. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Robert Green Ingersoll Have plenty of wood and coal — good cellars and plenty in them. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

If young life may not caper on a spring morn to the glory of God, it will dance in the mirk wood to the Devil’s piping. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

H. G. Wells I never imagined the Welsh were such artists at wood carving. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Then the swain stood One moment in the glimmering wood Trembling, ashamed: Yet now grown wise Deemed all a snare for ears and eyes. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Thus harassed by hunger and the elements, the battered voyagers were too happy to retrace their course and regain the port where they had last taken in supplies of wood and water. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

But he was an old man, getting beyond his work, people said; his cottage stood in a clearing in a wood on the other side of the estate, and she never once sighted him. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

She saw me also and in trying to jump from the end of a pile of wood on which she had mounted, the poor child fell and was not able to rise again. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Jules Verne If the load of wood were not quite ready, the Sergeant could easily stop it from being dragged away. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

The tripod which held the cooking-vessel over the wood flame, among the former inhabitants of Britain, has not been entirely effaced. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

D. H. Lawrence There was not even a spark of fire, the light wood had burned right away. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

Elizabeth Gaskell They were taken by their host into a wainscoted parlour, where a wood fire crackled and burnt, and the crimson curtains shut out the waning day and the outer chill. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Jules Verne There is wood in the forest, and eggs in nests; we have only to find a house. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Abraham Merri The wood was alive and raging. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

John Galsworthy Winifred Dartie was sitting on a sofa before a wood fire. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

G. K. Chesterton He made his way through the dim wood for some distance and with some difficulty, until there began to shine through the trees a level light, in lines of silver, which he did not at first understand. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Puddles of water infested the courtyard, along with wood shavings and coal cinders. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Steel bent; wood snapped; hammers went awry, for their weight lightened even between the upward swing and the blow. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

The wood seemed to yield to the flesh with a damp sound. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

But when he went again into the wood it was again the same. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

It was all hung, too, with a Chinese paper whereon pink and green parrots squatted in wonderful blue trees, and there seemed generally to be a wood fire burning. Basilissa by John Buchan [1914]

Firm in her resolve, she did not go near the wood the next day, wondering and very frightened, however, what the gamekeeper would do. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

The wood and château were melancholy objects. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

M. P. Shiel I knew Switzerland very well, but this was different somehow—a heavier eventide of wood and wonderland of solitude, for I think that Upper Styria must be about the loneliest of lands. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

George Meredith Why, you’re as quiet heer, sir, as if you was miles away, in a wood cottage, and ne’er a dog near. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]