Phrases with "above"

Abraham Merri We were about a hundred feet above the end of the slide when I began to be less sure. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

On Schleswig-Holstein, above all, Morier exerted himself to convey a right view of the question to those who guided opinion in London, whether newspaper editors or responsible ministers. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Edgar Allan Poe Upon so doing, I soon rose above the difficulty, and perceived immediately, that I had obtained a great increase in my rate of ascent. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

T. E. Lawrence I crouched behind my bush, while it crawled slowly into view past the south cutting, and along the bank above my head towards the culvert. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Francis Bacon But above all we must try to investigate and discover the effects and operations of heat when applied and withdrawn gradually, orderly, and periodically, at due distances and for due times. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quite above us, beyond the will of you or me, is this secret affinity or repulsion laid. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Rudyard Kipling Most of the talk was altogether above his head. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Even now he is in the chamber above us at dinner. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

Edgar Rice Burroughs One hundred and fifty-three degrees had been the maximum temperature above the ice stratum. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Anton Chekhov He found the examining magistrate sympathetic, and was stimulated by his youth, his health, his good manners, his dignity, and, above all, by his cordial attitude to himself and his family. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Arthur Conan Doyle But if he crossed from the castle to the fort, it was not above the ground, for our own people were between. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Robert Green Ingersoll Compare this king with Helmholtz, who towers an intellectual Colossus above the crowned mediocrity. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

The blue smoke of wood fires spread in a thin mist above the high-pitched roofs of houses that had glistening walls of woven reeds, and all round them rough wooden pillars under the sloping eaves. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle Seeing that the noose had slipped across the face, he tried to push it down, but the mail glove hampering him he pulled it off, and grasped the rope above the lad’s head with his naked hand. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Feeling that it would do her good, I allowed her to have her cry out, and occupied myself meanwhile in building a cairn of large stones above the dead man. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

D. H. Lawrence Compared with Lumley, Woodhouse, whose church could be seen sticking up proudly and vulgarly on an eminence, above trees and meadow-slopes, was an idyllic heaven. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

The fair sister of thine, she is to me above all maids that I have ever seen. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Samuel Johnson It was once the residence of some man above the common rank, for it has two stories and a chimney. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Robert Louis Stevenson To windward, the sprays fell from the height above noticed in the most wonderful cascades, and streamed down the walls of the building in froth as white as snow. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Unfortunately this aperture was high above the ground, and it was necessary to climb over a huge heap of loose rubbish in order to profit by it. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Jack London In the other hand he held a bottle, which, from time to time, was inverted above his head to the accompaniment of gurgling noises. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle Sometimes it was a frightened trader, which had come tearing in with her canvas curved like a lady’s bodice, because she had seen a patched fore-topsail rising slowly above the violet water-line. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

The quartz is then excavated above the topmost level, and thrown down the shafts to the lowest, where it is received into waggons and conveyed to the reduction works. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Packed like sardines we moved into the bleak streets, above which the stars twinkled in ribbons of sky. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Then you could hear her as far as the double chestnut tree above Père Gruneau’s blacksmith forge. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Daniel Defoe Where have we seen anything above a tinker turn wizard? And where have we had a witch of quality among us? Magicians, soothsayers, devil-raisers, and such people, we have heard much of. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

Arthur Conan Doyle There he lay, trampled over by either party, while that great fight for which his fiery soul had panted was swaying back and forward above his unconscious form. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

H. G. Wells In the dimness above was his father’s portrait. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Mark Twain In the list as above set down will be found EVERY POSITIVELY KNOWN fact of Shakespeare’s life, lean and meager as the invoice is. Is Shakespeare Dead? by Mark Twain

Henry James Beautiful and wonderful for her, even, at times, was the effect of these interventions — their effect above all in bringing home to each the possible heroism of perfunctory things. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

We think Delamarne is relying entirely upon the many precautions he has taken up above and banking upon the numerous alarms he has had installed everywhere. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

Arthur Conan Doyle Just after one o’clock I was twenty-one thousand feet above the sea-level. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Walter Scott And mind this is no meant to haud ye to onything whilk ye wad rather forget, if ye suld get a charge of a kirk or a scule, as above said. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

Jules Verne It was just what the engineer had made it out to be in the dark; that is to say, a vast funnel which extended, widening, to a height of a thousand feet above the plateau. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Robert Louis Stevenson To give the public what they do not want, and yet expect to be supported: we have there a strange pretension, and yet not uncommon, above all with painters. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells All sorts of mean little motives were there — over and above the ‘must. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

As the inspector advanced to the bell-pull a head was thrust out of the open window immediately above the street door. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Jules Verne Was it, then, for the sole pleasure of his guests that he had brought the aeronef above the national domain? If so, he came not to receive their thanks. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Tobias Smolle This variety of dress is absolutely indispensible for all those who pretend to any rank above the meer bourgeois. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

H. Rider Haggard The lower edge of this hole stood about six inches above the level of the pool, and water ran out of it in a thin stream. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Ivan Turgenev Lightly rising from the earth, she floated by, and suddenly she raised both hands above her head. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

At present, when we want to say anything above the level of a geometrical definition, we are obliged to do conjuring trick with sounds, associations, etc. New Words by George Orwell

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was a whistling through the air, and a knife buried itself in the panels of the door a few inches above his lowered head. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Elizabeth Gaskell We crossed the court, borrowed a lantern from the ostler, and scrambled up the rude steps to our chamber above the stable. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

Anthony Trollope To an artist, said Dormer, let his art be everythingabove wife and children, above money, above health, above even character. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

As to the “Tales” themselves, Chaucer beyond a doubt meant their style and tone to be above all things popular. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Rudyard Kipling It is true he was unbribable, but bird-skins, butterflies, beetles, and, above all, news of big game pleased him. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

He was conscious of nothing except the blankness of the page in front of him, the itching of the skin above his ankle, the blaring of the music, and a slight booziness caused by the gin. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

James Hogg If it was particular for anything, it was for a smooth, almost perfect rotundity, with only a little protuberance above the vent of the ear. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Sigmund Freud I have, above all, sought to give some idea of the problems to which the further dissection of the dream-work leads, and to indicate the other themes with which these are connected. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Many wise birds had laid their eggs above the limit of the highest tide. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

D. H. Lawrence Particularly beautiful the great east bay, above the great altar. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Victor Hugo Having done all this, he looked up into the deep shadow above him. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Meredith I seemed to rise right above the roofs of London, beneath which I had been but a wandering atom a few minutes ago. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Gissing Lady Ogram is not poor, and I fancy she would like above all things to end her life as aunt-in-law (if there be such a thing) of a peer. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

David Hume If the reason of man gives him a great superiority above other animals, his necessities are proportionably multiplied upon him. Of the Immortality of the Soul by David Hume [1777]

Charles Dickens Mr Willet received the intelligence of Dolly’s trouble with that surprising presence of mind and readiness of speech for which he was so eminently distinguished above all other men. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Edward Jenner No other person attended the horse or milked the cow but the lad above mentioned. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

H. G. Wells And perhaps a hundred feet below there was a sort of step in it that gave a quite broad recess, sheltered from above and with room enough for a man to sprawl on it if he wanted to do so. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

H. G. Wells We want to talk and tell exactly what our ideas and feelings are, not only to our fellow citizens, but to our allies, to neutrals and, above all, to the people who are marshalled in arms against us. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Leslie Stephen The quality valued above all others in philosophy, literature, and art was clear, bright, common sense. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Nathaniel Hawthorne At length, climbing one of the pillars by means of the iron balustrade, he took down the flag, and entered the mansion waving it above his head. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Willa Cather Hedger was not above medium height, but he practised with weights and dumb-bells, and in the shoulders he was as strong as a gorilla. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Anna Katherine Green Towards this ray I was driven through great gaps in the yawning rocks and along narrow galleries sloping above an unfathomable abyss. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Rudyard Kipling The demolition-squad were just getting to work when “a party of horsemen appeared on the cliffs above and opened a hot fire on the conning tower. Tales of the Trade by Rudyard Kipling

D. H. Lawrence But higher, much higher up, where the olives had given way to pine trees again, ran the coast road, keeping to the height to be above the gullies that came down to the bays. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling Morning gave us a new world — somewhere between Heaven and Earth. The sea was smoked glass reddish-grey islands lay upon it under fog-banks that hovered fifty feet above our heads. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

These orders were addressed to M. d’Artagnan and to certain others whose fidelity to the king was far above suspicion. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

H. Rider Haggard I will teach her mind to follow the secret ways of knowledge, I will train it till it can soar above its fellows like a falcon above sparrows. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Charles Stur We crossed barren stony plains, having some undulating ground to our left, and the magnetic hill as well as another to the south of it shewed as thunder clouds above the horizon. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Thomas Hardy He had advanced as far as the shrubbery, which grows near the north wall of the house, when he fancied he heard, above the rush of the waterfall, noises on the other side of the building. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

D. H. Lawrence Yes, gentlemen? What d’you say? Chianti — hein?” They all bowed above the table. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

His fortune may have been invested solely in America. He was a man who declared that he valued liberty above all other blessings. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Speaks the sentimentalist for the children of the poor? Ah, but the children of the rich, laundered, sweet-smelling, complexioned of the country, and, above all, with soft, in-door voices. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Thomas Hughes He won’t do if he can’t respect those above him. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Leon Trotsky Those who for a long time had been preparing to become my opponents — Stalin above all — were anxious to gain time. My Life by Leon Trotsky

She was hanging on to it merely by that one arm grasped firmly just above the elbow. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

The generality of the children were far above the average rustic in brightness of intellect, and this superiority might fairly be ascribed to Aunt Betsy’s influence. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Not so! he shall be hurled into El ‘Hutamah! 5 And what shall make thee understand what El ‘Hutamah 1 is?—the fire of God kindled; which rises above the hearts. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

H. G. Wells We were in a little room, one of a vast multitude of little rooms, very cool and sunny, hollowed out of the limestone of a sort of cape, very high above the sea. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Edgar Allan Poe In height he might have been below rather than above the medium size: although there were moments of intense passion when his frame actually expanded and belled the assertion. The Assignation by Edgar Allan Poe [1834]

George Meredith Clouds of high colour above London City are as the light of the Goddess to lift the angry heroic head over human. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

T. E. Lawrence The shells passed over our heads, to burst behind us in the air; and yet, of course, for all that they could see from their hollow place, fairly amongst us above the hostile summits of the hill. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

But its exquisite beauty, its truth to all the requirements of the noblest musical art, above all, its real sublimity of conception have carried all before it. Signa by Ouida

Thomas Hardy He came to the corner above Farfrae’s, and soon guessed the nature of the proceedings; for being a native of the town he had witnessed such rough jests before. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

D.H. Lawrence And I noticed that up above the snow, frail in the bluish sky, a frail moon had put forth, like a thin, scalloped film of ice floated out on the slow current of the coming night. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Ford Madox Ford Like being in the butts up above Groby on the moor, waiting for the grouse to come over. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

He again noted the ugliness of her hands, to which, as they lay folded in her lap, the flashing of a half-hoop of fine diamonds, now worn above the wedding-ring, carried first his attention. A Marriage by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

William Hope Hodgson Up above him, Stubbins and Plummer still shouted and cursed, and the shrouds quivered and shook, as though the two were fighting desperately. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

John Locke But allow it to be by some other way which is above our conception, it must still be creation; and these men must give up their great maxim, Ex nihilo nil fit. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Mr Vladimir exhibited his white teeth in a smile, with dimples on his round, full face posed with a complacent inclination above the bristling bow of his neck-tie. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

George Gissing He ascended to the third storey and tapped at a door which allowed rays of lamplight to issue from great gaps above and below. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

H. G. Wells The tense young steersman divided his attention between the guiding stars above and the level, tumbled surfaces of the vapour strata that hid the world below. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

But, looking at the physiognomy above him on the wharf, he was obliged to dismiss the notion of common, crude lunacy. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Rudyard Kipling Here the train ran in under the walls of Agra Fort, and another train — of thought incoherent as that written above — came to an end. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

In the last four days Bunting had avoided his usual haunts; above all, he had avoided even passing the time of day to his acquaintances and neighbours. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Thomas Hardy This thing was sure: it was a new woman in many ways whom he had come out to see; a creature of more ideas, more dignity, and, above all, more assurance, than the original Grace had been capable of. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Virginia Woolf Names mounted one above another; here on a visiting-card, here engraved on brass — Foster; Abrahamson; Roberts; S. Pargiter was near the top, punched on a strip of aluminium. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Henry David Thoreau It has a long, narrow, one-sided, and slightly nodding panicle of bright purple and yellow flowers, like a banner raised above its reedy leaves. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

John Lewis Burckhard The only door which affords entrance, and which is opened but two or three times in the year, is on the north side, and about seven feet above the ground. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

I did not want to see him; above all, I did not want him to find Laputa. It was my private business that I rode on, and I asked for no allies. Prester John by John Buchan

William Makepeace Thackeray The above is one pritty pictur of mearly fashnabble life: what follows is about families even higher situated than the most fashnabble. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Edgar Rice Burroughs As the attackers came on they paused occasionally wherever a projection gave them sufficient foothold and launched arrows and spears at the defenders above them. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Wilkie Collins He called the bright heaven above us to witness that he devoted his whole life to me. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

He draws a roll of money as large as a small loaf of bread from his pocket, and waves it above his head, while at the same time he makes pantomime of drinking from a glass. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Margaret Oliphant He began to speak to me about my engagement, and if I thought of the harm I was doing Walter, and that it was his duty to think of the family above all. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

I have had no other case of puerperal fever in my own practice for three years, save those above related, and I do not remember to have lost a patient before with this disease. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Thomas Hardy Mrs. Lodge pushed up her sleeve and disclosed the place, which was a few inches above the wrist. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

It bulged out above the street, so his vision was limited; he saw the people in the middle and on the other side, but not those directly beneath him. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

George Eliot That’s a place o’ trust, and thee’t above a common workman now. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

The inn looked dirty, but he found a decent widow, above whose door ran the legend in home-made lettering, “Mrs. brockie tea and Coffee,” and who was willing to give him quarters. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

E. F. Benson It happened to be a major third above Lucia’s cor anglais, and they blew on them together with a very charming effect. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Anthony Trollope Now Phineas was certainly above Mr Low in parliamentary reputation. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Round him everything stirred, moved, swept by in a rush; the earth under his feet and the heavens above his head. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

E. F. Benson Then it was the Navy’s turn, and the Navy had to lie on its keel above the boards of the bunker, in order to reach its ball at all, and missed it twice. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The rope sped with singing whir high above the heads of the blacks. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

The servants were regarded as equals in the house, not one above the other, as is the case in many places. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

H. G. Wells He had wounded her by harshness, by unsympathetic criticism, above all by his absurd secrecy about Miss Heydinger’s letters. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

And the other horn of the dilemma is the difficulty of maintaining wages above this point consistently with success in industrial competition. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

There was a dreaming sky above the town, and its light less came to the earth than was on it, shining in every path with a gracious immanence. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

And a brilliant swarm of stars hung above the land humming with voices, piled up with houses, glittering with lights — and over the silent flat shadows of the sea. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

H. G. Wells In brief I realize that Being is surrounded east, south, north and west, above and below, by wonder. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Thomas Hardy Beneath his feet was aerial space and the unknown; above him was the firm, familiar ground, and upon it all that he loved best. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Most of the things one imagines in hell are if there — heat, noise, confusion, darkness, foul air, and, above all, unbearably cramped space. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Following the old Norland fashion, the ground floor was mainly storerooms, as in a Border keep, with the living-rooms above them, and the bedrooms in the top storey. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

At the back of this was fixed a shallow marble slab for holding things, above which was a cupboard let into the wall. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Henry Handel Richardson She stretched her arm straight above her head, then laid it across her eyes again. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

In addition to the works above named M. wrote some indifferent dramas, including Eurydice, Mustapha, and Elvira. Dr. Johnson said of him that he was “the only Scotsman whom Scotsmen did not commend. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Many a hand played with well-wrought girdles, rich and long, above gay colored robes, over costly ferran 65 skirts of silken cloth of Araby. In high spirits were these maids of noble birth. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Willa Cather I remember Mr. Dillon’s hand used to linger in the air above the board before he made a move; a well-kept hand, white, marked with blue veins and streaks of strong black hair. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

From her childhood she had been gifted with a power of intellect — a strength of will — that lifted her high above the common ranks of womanhood. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Far above him he saw dimly clouds chasing each other in the heavens, but there was no movement of air where he sat. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

E. Phillips Oppenheim The machine seemed to hover for several moments above the building, then descended slowly on to the rails and disappeared in the shed. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Thomas Hardy While dismounting she beheld a crowd of boys standing at the door of a harness-maker’s shop just above the inn, looking inside it with deep interest. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

The Nile mud is strongly impregnated with it; and in Nubia we used to find it lying in thick talc-like flakes upon the surface of rocks far above the present level of the inundation. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

He was as far above such a meanness by his nobility of heart, as he was raised above all need for it by the overflowing opulence of his genius. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Virginia Woolf Her body became a drift of melting snow, above which her knees rose in huge peaked mountains of bare bone. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Her mast appeared above the roof of some low sheds grouped about a short wooden jetty. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

The clouds descended ever lower and lower over London. Out of a window and above the river a lady was leaning, looking out to hear whether even now she could catch the Highlanders coming. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

The Indians, three in number, accompanied us in their own curial, and, on entering the river, pointed to a place a little way above well calculated to harbour a cayman. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Willa Cather He might, for instance, have had a convenient electric drop-light attached to the socket above his writing table. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Alarmed at what had taken place, and suspecting the gentleman in the light coat, he drove to the police station at St. Kilda, and there made the above report. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Really it is the dearest old place in the world, Geraldine, and I should like above all things to live there by-and-by, when the estate is ours. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

He opened his enemy’s waistcoat, and laid his hand above the region of the heart. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning God, above the starlight, God, above the patience, Shall at last present ye Guerdons worth the cost. A Drama of Exile by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1844]

William Makepeace Thackeray Anybody at eight o’clock of a Sunday morning in summer may behold the above scene from a bridge just outside the town. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

It was a glorious sunset, the west lighted up with gold and purple and crimson; the sky above us clear and dark-blue. Seen in the Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1875]

The snow was above the wheels: Leek could neither get on nor turn back. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

William Morris But on the third day, somewhat after noon, when they were come up above the tilled upland and the land was rough and the ways steep, there lay before them a dark wood swallowing up the road. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Maria Edgeworth Seriously, then, if you are resolved to be tragical, et de me faire une scène, I must submit — console myself, and, above all things, take care not to be ridiculous. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Ford Madox Ford She had tucked her up under an eiderdown on their four-post bed because They would have all the windows open and currents of air must, above all, be avoided by women. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

I looked at the sea of yellow faces above the garish clothes-faces all happy and excited over this bit of fun, all certain that the elephant was going to be shot. Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

H. G. Wells And by still obscurer processes this finger had become Mrs. Skelmersdale. He recognized her sudden reappearance above the threshold of consciousness with mild surprise. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

He wore long, green, worsted stockings pulled up above the knee over his trousers, a sort of woollen nightcap on his hairless cranium, and wooden clogs on his feet. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

He raised his arm, and turned off the flaring gas-jet above his head. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Beads of perspiration clustered above his canary-colored eyebrows as he set down the glass with a gasp. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

The proof of an animal being stolen didn’t turn up above once in fifty or a hundred times, so they could well afford the expense when it did. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

The agrarian in Laconia, that it might bind on knapsacks, forbidding all other arts but that of war, could not make an army of above 30,000 citizens. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Tobias Smolle The knight had not enjoyed his repose above two hours, when he was disturbed by such a variety of noises, as might have discomposed a brain of the firmest texture. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

D. H. Lawrence But near the earth it became again bright coloured, gleams of green like jade, gleams of blue like thin, pale sapphire, in little caverns above the wet stones where the walls trickled for ever. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing That her friend was far above her she had always gladly confessed; she felt it more than ever now that she tried in vain to read Adela’s secret thoughts. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Henry James This time, nevertheless, she felt emboldened for risks; above all as something portentous seemed to have leaped into her sense of the relations of things. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

Mark Twain He believed he had taxed the forbearance of the powers above to the extremity of endurance and that this was the result. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Overhead its point of emergence was curtained by a network of roots pushed out by the trees above and sprawling over the lip in helpless search for soil. The Disenchantment of ’Lizabeth by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Raised above the world of fares by the nature of his calling, he contemplated their actions with a limited interest. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

At the back of the cubicle, against the wall, was a narrow wooden bench and above it were racks of tools and a broad shelf. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Henry James In that case — over and above the absurdity of it — he wouldn’t have gone away just to leave us together. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

Thus hemmed in between two enemies, above and below, the position of the Spaniards was critical. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Sigmund Freud The above qualification — in so far as the two wishes are mutually compatible — contains a suggestion that there may be cases in which the function of the dream fails. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

D. H. Lawrence She too lived in the ignominious position of an upper servant hated by the master above and the class beneath. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence He removed his hands from clasping his shin, some distance above the ankle. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

To-day he had seen youth, enterprise, and, above all, knowledge, seated by fair Margaret and her father on terms that look familiar and loving. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Sigmund Freud But I note that, in the speech which I make to Irma in the dream, I am above all anxious that I shall not be blamed for the pains which she still suffers. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Sir Walter Scott But they never saw more of them than is above narrated. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Through this resolution Leonella was determined to break: She conceived it to be inspired by envy, and that her Sister dreaded her being elevated above her. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Matthew Price! I uttered one long wild cry, flung my arms wildly up above my head, and fell as if I had been smitten with an axe. An Engineer’s Story by Amelia B. Edwards

The visible human pageant is only of value to him as it suggests the viewless host of heavenly shapes that hang above it like an idealizing mirage. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Rudyard Kipling There was the twelve av my room sittin’ down in a little patch, the dhry grass wavin’ above their heads an’ the sin av black murdher in their hearts. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Jonathan Swif Thornhill had lost seven teeth by a kick in the mouth from Dering, who had first knocked him down; this was above a fortnight ago. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

It reached the top, hovered for one sickening moment, at a fearful angle, sped along above us for about ten yards, and then again almost turning over righted itself and glided down on to the road. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

He stood up in the boat, and, above him, Heyst stooped low with urbane smiles, thanking him and apologizing for the liberty, exactly in his usual manner. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Edna St. Vincent Millay But, sure, the sky is big, I said; Miles and miles above my head; So here upon my back I’ll lie And look my fill into the sky. Renascence and other poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Sinclair Lewis There was no sound, even of birds, no sound from the street above — a minute away yet inconceivably far. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Arnold Bennett The two devils gazed at each other for an instant; and then, noticing that Cyril’s head was above Mr. Povey’s, the elder devil controlled itself. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Jeremy Bentham Unnecessary labour, expense, or other suffering or danger, on the part of persons at large, coming under the sphere of the operations of the persons above mentioned. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Anna Katherine Green The judge, who a moment before had towered above them all in melancholy but impressive dignity, shrunk with one gasp into feebleness and sank back stricken, if not unconscious, into his chair. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Sigmund Freud It seems, above all, extravagant; and so Scherner's readers have hesitated to give it even the small amount of credit to which it is, in my opinion, entitled. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Sinclair Lewis Well, he was! And the Minnesota Valley —— I used to sit there on the cliffs above Mankato for hours at a time, my chin in my hand, looking way down the valley, wanting to write poems. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Also above the emperor’s table and the other tables, and above a great part in the hall, is a vine made of fine gold. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Willa Cather There was a curious attitude in men of his class and time, that of being rather above speech, as they were above any kind of fussiness or eagerness. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Daniel Defoe The true original appear Before the effects begin: But storms and tempests are above our rules. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

As he hesitated a voice from the stairs above him said: ‘Z-z-zt!’ He looked up to see his cousin Anne’s head peering over the banisters, her two long fair plaits hanging down like bell-ropes. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Willa Cather Suddenly his eye fell upon a large photograph of his brother above the piano. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Ford Madox Ford Great black nights above the purple moors. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Just above his uplifted hand was a figure of the Madonna and Child; and some among the men tell how a sudden light seemed to swim around it as the speaker pleaded for the women and children. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

From above them, Mr. Virtue stared down with an insolent disdain beside which the high-hatted one’s languid contempt seemed almost courtesy. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Rudyard Kipling These said that tigers sometimes wandered about on the hills above the lake, but were most generally to be found five miles away. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Samuel Johnson Round us was a perpendicular rock, above us the distant sky, and below an unknown profundity of water. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

A million yards or years of rope stretched above him; there might be a million years or yards below him. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Abraham Merri The wailing of the women was shrill above the drums. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri