Phrases with "above"

Thus, after a moment’s pause, he went on:— “The house in which I was born stands on a low cliff above the sea. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Anthony Trollope I always wish that he should have everything that he desires; and now I wish that he should have this thing because he desires it above all other things. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Mingled with and above the pain which called up the three great black weals across the slender fingers of each hand, was the sense of outrage and cruelty. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Berkeley Qu. Whether, when a room was once prepared, and models in plaster of Paris, the annual expense of such an academy need stand the pubic in above two hundred pounds a year? 72. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Wilkie Collins Richard Turlington’s voice was suddenly audible on deck exactly above them. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Anthony Trollope The Duke had a habit of taking her hand, which she never would permit for above a few seconds. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Watkin Tench It would be as needless, as impertinent, to anticipate the reflections which will arise in reading the above account, wherein a regard to accuracy only has been consulted. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

A long, writhing, bright-red thing, like a nightmare fishingworm, lashed out above him, curled back and encircled his neck in a strangling grip. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

She saw the reason for not appearing in the daylight, for a stranger in Woodilee — above all such a stranger as she — would have been too much for the brittle nerves of the parish. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

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

Rudyard Kipling I know that her strength — notice how the tides have steadied — and our new blankets weigh a bit, too — is above normal. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Gertrude Stein And what food above all the soup. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

She would have liked it above all things, but she thought it very kind of Guy not to seem angry when she said, ‘No, thank you. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Sir Walter Scott Being also a public, it was two stories high, and proudly reared its crest, covered with grey slate, above the thatched hovels by which it was surrounded. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Whatever your feelings about Miss Lovel may be, I am above concealing mine. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

And, above all, no animal must ever tyrannise over his own kind. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

The language must have been vexing, for as they sped along far above the passionless sea one jostled the other. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was all very purposeless and sad when Anthony told Gloria one night that he wanted, above all things, to be killed. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Edgar Allan Poe What I have said above upon this topic must suffice. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

H. G. Wells For sound practical reasons, over and above any ethical or sentimental considerations, we have to devise a collectivisation that neither degrades nor enslaves. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

But his thoughts seemed naturally to lift him above the level of others, and he was most truly himself when he was alone. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Chant in melody musical Hymns of bridal; on earth a foot Beating, hands to the winds above Torches oozily swinging. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

Charles Kingsley We’ll be silent; we’ll turn the other cheek, and commit our cause to One above who pleads for the orphan and the widow. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Not far from where Roberts then was there stood a flat-topped rock about eight feet above the level of the beach. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Abraham Merri About us, above us, began again to rumble the countless drums of the thunder. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Isabella Bird This plain is truly “Paradise” as seen from the hill above it, nor can I say that its charm disappears on more intimate acquaintance. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Tobias Smolle The entrance into the arena was by four great gates, with porticos; and the seats, of which there were thirty, rising one above another, consisted of great blocks of stone, many of which still remain. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

William Hazlitt It was something above nature. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

A workman was mending the stove; the concierge stood looking on, with her arms folded above the most striking feature of her personality. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Across the hall was a door with “Café — Restaurant,” in gilt letters above it. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Edith Wharton In advertising for one I never imagined — I didn’t aspire to any one above the ordinary hack. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

There was only the star-light above them but in their hearts were lights that shine surely from another world. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

He was not, seemingly, above five-and-forty, but his forehead was knit into many a line and furrow; and in his eyes the light, though searching, was more sober and staid than became his years. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

D. H. Lawrence If the house had not stood with its little grassy garden some thirty or forty feet above the ocean, sometimes the foam would have flown to the doorstep, or to the steps of the loggia. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Bram Stoker That horrid thing has the wolves and the rats and his own kind to help him, so I suppose he isn’t above trying to use a respectable lunatic. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Don’t you recall the sudden whirling of our seats? After that the drill was above you instead of below. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Victor Hugo Plenty of fleurs-delis everywhere, and the great escutcheon of England over the four walls, above the peers, as well as above the king. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Next week they went to Rotterdam, bag and baggage, and lodged above a tailor’s shop in the Brede–Kirk Straet. Only one person in Tergou knew whither they were gone. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Edgar Rice Burroughs Instead he perched lightly upon a smaller branch twenty feet above the raging captive. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Anthony Trollope I liked it because the hotel was above par, and because the country round it was good for walking; but it has not advanced as Cincinnati and St. Louis have advanced. North America by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle As he spoke they saw first one great square of canvas appear above the vessel, and then another, until she had spread her white wings to their fullest extent. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Mr. Gryce was not above employing a little finesse. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence No landmark could have been more foreign to me, more depressing, than the great dilapidated palace which lay for ever prostrate above us, fretting because of its own degradation and ruin. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells He left Uncle Robert regarding the Real Truth of Things above the bed with a look of disdainful penetration. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Edgar Allan Poe As it was, we were all more or less stunned by the immense weight of water which tumbled upon us, and which did not roll from above us until we were nearly exhausted. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

The skirts of her ingyi curved outwards above her hips in little panniers, according to the ancient Burmese fashion. Burmese Days by George Orwell

They do not make above the usual ninety-five per cent. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Robert Louis Stevenson Sea eagles soaring above our heads; old tanks, ruins, and desolation at our feet. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

Walter Scott In one corner was an image of the Virgin, rudely cut, and placed above a Saxon font of curious workmanship. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

Wilkie Collins Everything looks dark and confused; grim visions of cloaked men flit by, all smoking; shrill female voices rise above the clatter of our wheels, then subside again in a moment. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Victor Hugo His deformity had raised him above all. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Meredith When Vittoria awoke she had the fancy that she had taken one long dive downward in a well; and on touching the bottom found her head above the surface. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle But above all I thank you for that you have delivered into my hands one whom I had vowed to punish in that he has caused us more scathe by fouler means than any living man. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

In the eveningabove all, if Tommy had produced some of his civilisationyarns and music were the rule. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

H. G. Wells His active little figure was black against the autumnal sunset, and to the right the chimneys of his house just rose above a gloriously tinted group of trees. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

I leaned over the edge, and, as he got to his feet on the ledge above the boiler-plates, I whistled so that he turned his face to me. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

The spencers were now the only whole sails on the ship, and, being strong and small, and near the deck, presenting but little surface to the wind above the rail, promised to hold out well. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Were you to stand on the roof above Georges’ nightcap, you would see the Pool, a forest of masts, the ships at anchor, the lighters and the barges . Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

George Gissing An Englishman desires, above all, to live largely; on that account he not only dreads, but hates and despises, poverty. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

William Hope Hodgson I looked, and saw, vaguely, a cloud of dust hovering above a pile of débris. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Anthony Trollope It was then finished according to the original plan, with a fine portico and well proportioned pediment above it — looking to the east. North America by Anthony Trollope

While he sat drinking in his slow sensual way, his young wife slept peacefully enough in one of the rooms above him. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Anthony Trollope He told himself that he loved the rocks and the wildness of the scenery, and the noise of the ocean, and the whirring of the birds above and below him. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Walter Scott They raised him in the air above the heads of the mortals, who could only run beneath, to break his fall when they pleased to let him go. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

The Fascist parapet was visible now, a dim black mound, looming high above us. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

His shop joined Dovey’s forge: and when we arrived there, Figg was outside, holding forth to Dovey, who had his shirt-sleeves rolled up above his elbows as usual, his leather apron on. Abel Crew by Ellen Wood [1874]

Jeremy Bentham Two instances more will be sufficient to illustrate the most material of the modifications above exhibited. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Anthony Trollope What is Mr Moffat’s family to you, and me? Mr Moffat has that which ranks above family honours. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Henry David Thoreau But above all harvest as early as possible, if you would escape frosts and have a fair and salable crop; you may save much loss by this means. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Guy de Maupassant The animal, almost crippled, lifted with difficulty his legs, large at the knees and swollen above the hoofs. Coco by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Arthur Conan Doyle From above came one thin knife-edge of sunshine, and fifteen feet over our heads one saw the tops of the reeds swaying against the deep blue sky. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Jules Verne In fact, in the side of the lake, and now above the surface of the water, appeared the long-looked-for opening. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Elizabeth Gaskell I have seen something of it: father used to get fuddled, and, in the long run, it killed mother, let alone — oh! Anne, God above only knows what the wife of a drunken man has to bear. Libbie Marsh’s Three Eras by Elizabeth Gaskell [1847]

William Makepeace Thackeray This angel is without a place; and for this reason (besides the pleasure of composing the above slap at episcopacy)— I have indited her history. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Arthur Conan Doyle The three of them removed his coat, turned up the sleeve of his right arm, and finally passed a rope round above the elbows and made it fast. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

H. G. Wells And the tremendous skull of the great hog of Oakham hung, a portentous ivory overmantel, with a Chinese jar in either eye socket, snout down above the fire. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Isabella Bird The view from the hill above the town was the most glorious snow view I ever saw. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

She made a regular old friend of me, and, as she was a handsome woman, always well dressed, with lots to say and plenty of admirers, I wasn’t above being singled out and made much of. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Arthur Conan Doyle At the same instant there came a confused murmuring sound through the little window far above my head. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson I meant no ill, and did nothing out of my just rights; but I am above all these old vulgar notions too; and if I spoke sharp, I’ll ask her pardon. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy Below these in force, above them in pitch, a dwindled voice strove hard at a husky tune, which was the peculiar local sound alluded to. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Charles Stur During our stay at the Depot the barometer never rose above 30. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Lucy Maud Montgomery She liked the delicious hint of fragrance, as some aerial benediction, above her every time she moved. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Kenneth Grahame For Augustus, who detested above all things going to bed with little boys, was ever more knave than fool, and the trapper who was wily enough to ensnare him had achieved something notable. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Victor Hugo That which was above went and came, free, joyous, dancing, trampling under foot; above him the world which treads, below the world which is trodden upon. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

George Eliot But I have not faith that it would be so with me, for since my affections have been set above measure on you, I have had less peace and joy in God. I have felt as it were a division in my heart. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

George Meredith And above all things, let me beg you not to be inconsiderate to the squire, when he and I are doing all we can for you. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Meredith Mrs. Mel topped him by half a head, and in addition stood three steps above him; towering like a giantess. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

John Galsworthy Arrived, however, at this other white house, also desirably situated on the slope above the river, he almost had a fit while waiting for them in the car. Passers By by John Galsworthy

Jonathan Swif I cannot endure above one dish; nor ever could since I was a boy, and loved stuffing. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

George Berkeley Qu. Whether paper be not a valuable article of commerce? And whether it be not true that one single bookseller in London yearly expended above four thousand pounds in that foreign commodity? 89. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

Thomas Hardy Fate’s nothen beside a woman’s schemen!’ ‘I suppose, then, that Fate is a He, like us, and the Lord, and the rest o’ ’em up above there,’ said Gad, lifting his eyes to the sky. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle As it swung up we all three sprang back, I with my pistol levelled, and the carpenter with the hammer above his head. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

H. G. Wells Two huge bluffs put their foreheads together above us and hid the glacier from us, but one could feel the near presence of ice in the air. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

The small body was brown with sun, the hair—that lay thick and matted above his eyes—jet black. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

William Morris These are the conditions of life which the refined man of all ages has set before him as the thing above all others to be attained. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

In this house Miss Mancel had passed above a twelve month, when Sir Edward Lambton returned from his travels, in which he had spent four years. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

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]

G. K. Chesterton He is brave, magnanimous, sincere about himself, amusing, absurdly hopeful; above all, he is both strong and weak. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

He would hardly have come there to drink, for both above and below the place the branches of the trees touched the water, and afforded him an easy and safe access to it. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

In a few minutes more they had mounted their horses and set off at a quick gallop towards the turreted château that peeped above the trees three miles away. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

H. G. Wells Mrs. Elphinstone suddenly cried out at a number of tongues of smoky red flame leaping up above the houses in front of them against the hot, blue sky. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Ann Radcliffe These views of futurity, my friend, elevate us above the evils of this world, and seem to communicate to us a portion of the nature we contemplate. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Anthony Trollope He had been a short, fat old man, not much above five feet high, very silent, very hard, and very ignorant. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle It is hardly necessary to describe him, for many will remember that large, bluff, honest personality, that broad, cleanshaven face, and, above all, that pleasant, mellow voice. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Richard Burton All the individuals above mentioned lost no time in opening the question of a loan. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Only he and she in all that intoxicated crowd were aloof, were poised above emotion and looking on. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Gustave Flauber Sometimes he would spread out his right hand above his eyes in order to find out some one. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

There were on board our ships some patriots that weren't above doing that sort of thing, I can tell you. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Edgar Rice Burroughs While we waited we devoted the time to the construction of an upper deck, since the one immediately above the ballast was some seven feet from the gunwale. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

D. H. Lawrence Then he climbed the fence, and stood on the highway above the meadow. A Modern Lover by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

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

Robert Louis Stevenson Ugly actions, above all in ugly places, have the true romantic quality, and become an undying property of their scene. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

The city itself extended above this, for we could see the terraced streets rising above our heads; but here our progress ended at the great cavern in the chief square, opposite the pyramid. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Arthur Conan Doyle And yet you will observe that there is a creeper below and a water-pipe above which give some foothold. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Lewis Carroll Soldiers marching in all directions: and in the middle stood a gigantic officer giving orders in a voice of thunder, which made itself heard above all the uproar of the pigs. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

Guy de Maupassan The first thing which attracted attention was the display of bare shoulders, above a flood of brilliant gowns. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

It was almost night; he felt he was in a look-out, bear-shooting, on the mountain of Tramezzina, above Grianta. A hunter’s idea came to him: he took a cartridge from his pouch and removed the ball. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Isabella Bird Long undulating lines showed where the blue hills rose above the green island of Orleans, and slept in the haze of that gorgeous season. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

George Meredith Is he changed by adversity, Robert? Though he’s awful secret, that old man! Do you consider a bit Gammon’s faithfulness, Robert!” “Ay, he’s above most men in that,” Robert agreed. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Theodore Dreiser We think we are individual, separate, above houses and material objects generally; but there is a subtle connection which makes them reflect us quite as much as we reflect them. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

There was something peculiarly piteous in the sight of the gasping beaks that showed now and again above the water, as though in terrified protest at this treachery of a trusted and familiar element. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Ford Madox Ford On the moors above Groby, for instance. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

William Makepeace Thackeray Old-fashioned people, who believe in the Emperor, believe in the Théâtre Français, and believe that Ducis improved upon Shakspeare, have the above opinion. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Henry David Thoreau No doubt temperament, and, above all, age, have a good deal to do with it. Walking by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Ford Madox Ford At any rate up over the landscape, the hills, the sky, she felt the shadow of Father Consett, the arms extended as if on a gigantic cruciform — and then, above and behind that, an . Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Benjamin Disraeli M. de Whiskerburg and Count Frill departed with Sir Lucius, being extremely desirous to be initiated in the mysteries of the turf, and, above all, to see a real English jockey. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

What rejoiced him above all was to see that his tenant, the cabaretier, was so busy he hardly knew which way to turn. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry Handel Richardson In addition, she had two thoughts for company which uplifted her far above petty considerations. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Robert Louis Stevenson Presently the Felsenburg came plainly in view, some way above them, on a bold projection of the mountain, and planting its bulk against the starry sky. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope I haven’t above an hour or two. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

He had not sat there above a minute when he saw his father, with one or two more gentlemen, get over the gate from the field opposite. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Henry James Her point was before her; it was sharp, bright, true; above all it was her own. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Abraham Merri Each inner water-front is faced with a terrace of those basalt blocks which stand out six feet above the shallow canals that meander between them. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle I want a roof to cover me, and clothes to wear, and food to eat, and, above all, brandy to drink. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

The voice of the Serang pronounced distinctly above the confused murmurs — “Eight fathom. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

She was honest above all else. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Gorice the King, sitting in state on the battlements above the water-gate, sniffed with his nostrils as a lion at the scent of blood. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Anthony Trollope But, as it was, any of the towns above named would have suited him as well as Dresden, for he saw no society, and cared nothing for the outward things of the world around him. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

T. E. Lawrence Then the blue fort on its rock above the rustling palms, with the fresh meadows and shining springs of water, broke on our sight. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Jules Verne Her b’s and her c’s above the stave were dreadfully shrill. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

Anthony Trollope Were I to write the names of those whom I know to be true, I should be unable to insert in it above five or six. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Baldwin Spencer The yams are placed on the stones, grass stalks above the yams and then the earth is shovelled in and heaped up to form a small mound. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Isabella Bird The harbour is well sheltered and capacious, and the suspension-bridge above the falls very picturesque. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle On either side of the court a tall, graceful palm-tree shot up its slender stem to break into a crown of drooping green leaves some fifty feet above their heads. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Anthony Trollope These were on the north side of Lincoln’s Inn Fields, near the Turnstile, and Mr Ball remarked that the distance was again not much above a mile. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Mark Twain It was walled three feet above ground with squared and heavy blocks of stone, after the manner of Bible pictures. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Abraham Merri The theory of a glacial moraine accounted for its oddly level appearance — that and our height above it. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

His arms were stretched up above his head, and again he recoiled a step or two. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He was a great man, perhaps, and rich, no doubt, and far above them; but why should they be ashamed to break his bread with him? They would have broken theirs with him. Signa by Ouida

Theodore Dreiser No familiar or suspicious faces were about, and yet he did not like reading in the lobby, so he sought the main parlour on the floor above and, seated by a window there, looked them over. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne They implied the existence of a certain quantity of watery vapour in the atmosphere, and the barometer fell slightly, whilst the thermometer rose to 15° above zero. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Rafael Sabatini He had deemed it wiser not to round Pendennis Point. So in the bay above Swanpool on the western side of that promontory he had dropped anchor as the evening shadows were deepening. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Nathaniel Hawthorne Of course I am perfectly aware that the above statement is exaggerated, in the attempt to make it adequate. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Winston looked round the shabby little room above Mr Charrington’s shop. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

G. K. Chesterton But, like many other intelligent people, he was not above the weakness of playing with a toy to amuse himself, on the theory that it would amuse a child. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

From above and below, from all sides, the rending grief of a hardly tolerable suffering caught him; he clung horribly to his rope, and the rope shook in the sound. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

He was a gentleman, and I was proud that she should marry above her station. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

The deep, glowing disk of the blue sun peeped above the sea. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

The coffin up above moved forward a little again; the ropes were readjusted with a rattling, wooden sound. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle As she sat opposite to him she could not keep her eyes from his hard angular face, every rugged feature of which was exaggerated by the flickering yellow light above him. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

He had told her to take care of herself, keep warm, eat nourishing food, and, above all, avoid fatigue. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Richard Burton Opposite us the way seemed barred by piles of hills, crest rising above crest into the far blue distance. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Arthur Conan Doyle My pulse upon examination was ten beats above the usual, and my reflexes were increased. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Rich as he was, Mr. Topsparkle was not above making more money. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Yes, she was there, kneeling in a corner, a candle burning dimly on a stone shelf above her head. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Anthony Trollope It happened not above a fortnight since, I think. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Olaf Stapledon The Dolt, I gather, had interpreted this to mean that a common spirit or soul emerged, with a life of its own over and above the life of the individual. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

He’s a busybody and craves notoriety above everything. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James This echo — as distinct over there in the dry thin air as some shrill “heading” above a column of print — seemed to reach him even as he wrote. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

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

Anthony Trollope I should not be above taking money with my wife, if it happened to come in my way, provided that I were earning an income myself to the best of my ability. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Walter Scott The wife of a man, above the lowest class of society, being left alone in the house, a few days after delivery, was attacked and carried off by one of those convulsion fits, incident to her situation. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

Anthony Trollope Suits in which the value controverted is above twenty dollars (4l. North America by Anthony Trollope

Marjorie Bowen Her hand had been forced, she was doing the thing that she had above all things not wished to do, throwing away the fruits of years of self-respect, decorum, of correct behaviour. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

The privileged reader screwed up his lump, and solitary above the billowy roofs of the town, like a lighthouse-keeper above the sea, he turned to the pages of the story. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Anthony Trollope It was a white, large house, as belonging to a moderately prosperous citizen, with two windows on each side of the door, and five above, and then others again above them. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

He lifted up the window very slowly and then with his head just above the level of the sill for minute after minute knelt as motionless as the house itself. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Andrew Lang We had Ho-garth, and Bunbury, and George Cruikshank, and Gilray; we had Leech and Surtees, and the creator of Tittlebat Titmouse; we had the Shepherd of the ‘Noctes,’ and, above all, we had you. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton Basil’s voice certainly was sounding above us, and not by any means in the rich and riotous tones in which he had hailed us before. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

When he had attained the crest above the lake, the landscape sloped gently down for two miles to the sea. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

His black hair, damp from the bath, stood out like a fierce, shaggy mane above a dark, savage face in which a pair of singularly bright blue eyes blazed angrily upon the intruder. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Caroline Lamb Whilst our friends are healthy, rich, happy, and, above all, well dressed and gaily attended, they are delightful, adorable. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

F. Scott Fitzgerald His model legs were in riding breeches, above which he wore a soft sweater jacket of blue chamois, and as he walked he swung a crop acrimoniously at the overhanging leaves. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

She was not above taking advice. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

But, above all things, he hungered for the appreciation of the friends among whom he had been born and raised. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

John Lewis Burckhard Further up in the mountain, above the spring, is a large cavern where the people sometimes collect saltpetre; but it is more abundant in a cavern still higher in the mountain. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Algernon Blackwood Something that apparently rose through the floor was passing slowly into the air above the table and above the bowl. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

They admired Hawthorne above all living men, and his sudden advent on their barren island seemed, as Thaxter afterward expressed it, like a supernatural presence. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Anthony Trollope I fancy sometimes that I can see the platform raised just one step above the ground on which I stand,—and look into the higher world to which I am ascending. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Edith Wharton Her needle hung like a sword of Damocles above the canvas; she saw at once that Joe depended on her trying to win Charlotte over to his way of thinking. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Charles Kingsley He sent up out of those corbels upright shafts along the walls, in the likeness of the trees which sprang out of the rocks above his head. Grots and Groves by Charles Kingsley

Rudyard Kipling We, the public, only see an eighth of it above water. Tales of the Trade by Rudyard Kipling

G. K. Chesterton The garden hung very high above the lane, and its end was steep and sharp, like a fortress. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Anthony Trollope Ask that Lady Mabel; — ask your father — ask that Lady Cantrip. And above all, ask yourself. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy And on again to the window opened to the cold starry night above Hyde Park, with his father lying dead. To Let by John Galsworthy

Arthur Conan Doyle Already I heard shouts above me which told that my pursuers were descending the hill. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Losing not a moment of time, he lifted up his ladder and leant it upon the brickwork high above the middle of the window. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Henry James Her eyes were very pretty, and on either side of them, above a pair of fine dark brows, was a band of silvery hair, rather coquettishly arranged. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

High above his head, high above the silent sea of mist the drooping leaves of the palms rattled together with a mournful and expiring sound. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]