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English citations of conflagration

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  • 1787Alexander Hamilton, Federalist № 16
    And as to those mortal feuds which, in certain conjunctures, spread a conflagration through a whole nation, or through a very large proportion of it, proceeding either from weighty causes of discontent given by the government or from the contagion of some violent popular paroxysm, they do not fall within any ordinary rules of calculation.
  • 1847Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights ch. XXXI
    “Yes that’s all the good that such a brute as you can get from them!” cried Catherine, sucking her damaged lip, and watching the conflagration with indignant eyes.
  • 1876Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ch. XIV
    A brown spotted lady-bug climbed the dizzy height of a grass blade, and Tom bent down close to it and said, “Lady-bug, lady-bug, fly away home, your house is on fire, your children alone”, and she took wing and went off to see about it — which did not surprise the boy, for he knew of old that this insect was credulous about conflagrations, and he had practised upon its simplicity more than once.
  • 1898H. G. Wells, The War of the Worlds ch.11
    Every now and then a haze of smoke from some nearer conflagration drove across the window and hid the Martian shapes.
  • 1922James Frazer, The Golden Bough
    Again the ancient Italian opinion that mistletoe extinguishes fire appears to be shared by Swedish peasants, who hang up bunches of oak-mistletoe on the ceilings of their rooms as a protection against harm in general and conflagration in particular.