The empty structures were vertical rubble; they had been eaten, not by time, but by men: boards torn out at random, missing patches of roofs, holes left in gutted cellars.
They were clinging to the side of a vertical cliff, with the earth rolling down, dropping away, and giant tiers of twisted boulders streaming up and shutting out the sun, leaving them to speed through a bluish twilight, with no sight of soil or sky.
But the track cut through at times and the mountains parted, flaring open like two wings at the tip of the rail-one wing green, made of vertical needles, with whole pines serving as the pile of a solid carpet-the other reddish-brown, made of naked rock.
He was looking at a long wall of vertical strips, which was the battery of coke ovens.
Raising his face to the cold air, he saw the peaceful darkness bf the sky and a single star above a smokestack with the vertical lettering: Rearden Steel.
Beyond the square, a few dots of light, scattered Vertically above the twenty fifth-floor limit of the city, suggested a distant, rising form, which was the Taggart Building.
Through the open door of the relay room, she saw the tower men standing grimly idle-the men whose jobs had never permitted a moment’s relaxation-standing by the long rows that looked like vertical copper pleats, like shelves of books and as much of a monument to human intelligence.
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The architect used long vertical lines to pull the eye upward.
On a small ladder, a good-looking sandy-haired boy is painting a vertical sign that will say: "Doc’s."
Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim -- Westside Story