Phrases with "back"

But they were too eager to wait while they went back to fetch it, and King began pulling up the tussocks, while Casey attacked the earth underneath with his big clasp knife. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

G. K. Chesterton When men looked back they saw progress and reason; when they looked forward they saw shapeless tradition and tribal terror. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Wilkie Collins You will find us both waiting to go back with you to the old home. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Maria Edgeworth He had not sufficient resolution to keep beyond the sphere of her attraction; but, frequently, when he found himself within it, he cursed his folly, and drew back with sudden terror. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Elizabeth Gaskell He limped out of the yard through the now deserted house, where men were busy at the mad work of destruction, and found his way back to the lane into which the shippen opened. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Well, when are you going back to Australia to your family? Oh, I’m very sorry; I forgot you were a widower. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman When daylight came she crept back to the southwest chamber and hurriedly got some clothes in which to dress herself. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

He handed them back and spat on the floor. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

H. Rider Haggard Our life and vigour came back to us, our feeble pulses grew strong again, and the blood went coursing through our veins. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Henry James I know nothing of her original conditions — some minor American citysave that for her to have gone back to them was clearly to have stepped out of her frame. The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James [1901]

Joseph Furphy On hearing the order, he made a wide circuit round the cattle, and quietly turned them back along the track, where he followed them as before. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

E. Nesbi Mother had gone back to her writing, and several sheets of pink paper with scalloped gilt edges and green four-leaved shamrocks in the corner were spoiled before the three had decided what to say. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Henry James I’m just thinking how I shall give back my liberty. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

Henry James All she had said to Fleda was that she would go back to Ricks that night, and the girl had lived for days after with a dreadful image of her position and her misery there. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

She was leaning back in her chair and her eyes were cast down. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Arthur Machen He got a back room in a quiet street off the Caledonian Road, and waited. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Anthony Trollope If the worst comes to the worst, we can get back to Stamford by rail. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Sittin’ back in her chair, sure. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

William Makepeace Thackeray The fact is, he was going to pay his losses upon the last Manchester steeple-chase, and I leave you to imagine how much principal or interest poor Polly ever saw back again. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Margaret Oliphant Mr. Beecher, who flattered himself on his penetration, nodded slightly when her back was turned. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

G. K. Chesterton WHAT Joan Brett really felt, as she went back from the second tête-à-tête she had experienced in the turret, it is doubtful if anyone will ever know. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

George Eliot But I must go back to my bimbo now. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Larose pointed to the still slumbering Sir Parry. “Go back to your bed,” he whispered and she obeyed instantly. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Willa Cather She looked about desperately from Bartley to the door, then to the windows, and back again to Bartley. She rose uncertainly, touched his hair with her hand, then sank back upon her stool. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

John Galsworthy Swithin said he should go back to lunch at Timothy’s, and he offered to take anybody with him in his brougham. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Sinclair Lewis I swear, if some quack settles there or if Woestijne neglects the health work again, I’ll go back and run ’em both out of business! And be kind of fun to be state senator, some ways. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

The laugh! Where is my laugh? Give me back my laugh . The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Oscar Wilde But I suppose you will be back soon?” “No: I am going to be out of England for six months. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

H. G. Wells I’ve been crawling back ever since. The Brothers by H. G. Wells [1938]

Anthony Trollope I wouldn’t go back for anything. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The back view of her figure was its best view. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

George Meredith It has given her husband back to her; it has destroyed the intrigues against her. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

She had gone back to her duty meekly and resignedly when this time of respite was over, but with a sense of unspeakable woe. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Rudyard Kipling Hul-lo!’ Strangwick, his hands behind his back and his eyes set, gave tongue in the strained, cracked voice of a boy reciting. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Edith Wharton But he had turned, and was drawing her back along the road by which she had come. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Bram Stoker With a sigh, she sank back amid her pillows. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Thomas Hughes That will never do; so he scrambles himself back to where his branch joins the trunk, and stands with lifted rod. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Rudyard Kipling After a long time there came back the drawling, sleepy snarl of a full-fed tiger just wakened. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Andrew Lang There he gathered the three most beautiful oranges he could find, and turned to go back to the gate. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang It was from you and your inexhaustible vitality that these collaborating spectres drew what life they possessed; and when they parted from you they shuddered back into their nothingness. Letters to Dead Authors by Andrew Lang

Looking back afterwards he never could see what drove him to it. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Anthony Hope But the fate’s there, depend on it!” The two were back in their little room now, past the door that hid the bodies of the king and his huntsman. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

H. Rider Haggard The dull clouds caught the light, but they could not hold it all: back it fell to earth again, and the forests lifted up their arms to greet it, and it shone upon the face of the waters. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Edith Wharton Then the bridegroom appeared, flushed but chivalrous, and explaining to his father-in-law under cover of the ritual that he had torn his glove and had to go back for another. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Aramis pushed his so vigorously that after going back fifty paces, the man ended by fairly taking to his heels, and disappeared amid the hooting of the lackeys. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

He let me go and I dropped limply back in the chair. Greenmantle by John Buchan

I based no calculation on all Mrs. Harbottle had gone back to, just as I had based no calculation on her ten years’ companionship in arms when I kept her from the three o’clock train. The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Leon Trotsky One could get into the open country through a back gate without going to the street. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Elizabeth Von Arnim She couldn’t give him back his vigour and wholeness, but she could and would give him the means of having himself cared for and mended. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

As he did so, a phrase from the previous day came back to him. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Looking back in after years, I can realise what a worrying fortnight then followed for me. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Next moment he was on his horse’s back and out on the veldt making for the westward. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

She was a mangy beast, and it might be somehow found out through her that it was I who had visited the back garden in the night. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Nellie Bly Doubting my ability as a runner, he thought he turned his back so that he should not witness the race. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

But no matter whether they went slow or fast, Whitney would come back ready to die from the exertion. At Whitney Hall by Ellen Wood [1872]

Anthony Trollope I really must go back now, Mr. Moggs. I came out because mother said I’d better. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

George Borrow We have been to the wars, but not to fight; we left that to the Busne. We have kept together, and like true Calore, have stood back to back. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Thomas Hardy The first pig was got back promptly; the second with some difficulty; the third a long-legged creature, was more obstinate and agile. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Charles Dickens But, as I had compassion on his infirmities, and thought he might have learnt no better, I have managed to bring him back to you. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

But I’ll be back in an hour — there!” “You swear?” “By all my gods. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

I saw myself conducting Raffles back to his chair, with a firm hand and a stern tongue. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Go back to thine own world; thou hast no nature to aspire to ours! “It was I who prepared Paolo to receive thee at the revel. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

He’ll be back in no time at all. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

There are only two broken pillars standing, and part of a wall which forms the back wall of my house. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

This sent him back to the hall in search of Dougal, whom he encountered in the passage. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Andrew Lang When she got back with her purchases she set the old man on the bedstead and rubbed his crippled leg with the oil for an hour. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I’ve done a term at a hospital and can go back any day under the Government Rehabilitation Scheme to complete my course. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Charles Kingsley But when his lordship’s back was turned, everybody did just nothing. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

D. H. Lawrence But she came back in snatches. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

E. T. A. Hoffmann I will give it all up, and go back — into my dungeon. Arthur’s Hall by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Anne drew him back and quickly closed the window. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Charles Kingsley So I ducked under the old man’s hammock, and out into the gallery; and when I thought the coast was clear, back again I came, and stumbled over this. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Abraham Merri I remember running back through the shimmering corridors and out into the courtyard. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

He was sitting back in the armchair, and I saw the whites of his eyes show when he saw me with the rifle. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Anthony Trollope As for me, I shall go back with Mr. Leslie to Kingston.” And so she did. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Bram Stoker Presently he got one to suit, after a little play back and forward the bolt yielded, and with a rusty clang, shot back. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

But Stingaree was by no means in that state of Napoleonic despair which his bent back and lowering countenance were intended to convey. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Anthony Trollope I shall hate to go back to the House, and have somehow learned to dislike and distrust all those things that used to be so fine and lively to me. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens The other man had his back towards the dungeon, and Barnaby could only see his form. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Anthony Trollope But that is settled, and why should we go back to words that were spoken in haste, and which are simply disagreeable?” “I have come to know whether it is settled. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

The doctor was barely forty yards behind and a little further back were Larose and two other men. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

He unlocked and opened the tall and antique chest in which the sacred vessels were kept, lifted one of them out, and, carrying it back into the church, set it upon the altar. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

And peace came back and the deep wound in my life healed. The Lowest Rung by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

George Eliot Come, I don’t like to see you cry; but you know I must go back some time. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Robert Louis Stevenson For a moment Hermiston warmed his hands at the fire, presenting his back to Archie; then suddenly disclosed on him the terrors of the Hanging Face. “What’s this I hear of ye?” he asked. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence But the crowd surged on, back and forth, back and forth, slowly. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Wilkie Collins He was to start from home on Monday morning, and, whether he got the new place or not, he was to be back for his birthday dinner on Wednesday at two o’clock. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Gaston Leroux It will not suffice merely to give Natacha back again to her father. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

George Gissing But will you tell me what you have set before yourself?’ He drew nearer and leaned upon the back of a chair. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Edith Wharton She had fancied that, after all, the easiest part of it would be just the being with Strefford — the falling back on their old tried friendship to efface the sense of strangeness. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Rafael Sabatini The skipper came back to the poop, and stood there moodily watching that other ship’s approach, cursing himself for having sailed into such a trap, and cursing his mate more fervently still. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Ivan Turgenev Give it back at once!” Vassily was taken aback, but at once recovered himself. The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

Ford Madox Ford But it always comes back — the memory of his innumerable acts of kindness, of his efficiency, of his unspiteful tongue. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

F. Scott Fitzgerald A melancholy figure—a brilliant start back in the eighties, and now one of the city’s failures. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Thomas Hardy So I have run back with it at once. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton The intervening months, as she looked back at them, were merged in a vast golden haze, through which here and there rose the outline of a shining island. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Anthony Trollope These days at Merle Park gave him back at any rate his health, and rescued him from the intense wretchedness of his condition on the day after the comparison of Bolivia’s wines. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis To Sidney Dow, at sixteen, his eagerest memories were of occasional weeks he had spent with his grandfather and uncles on the Vermont farm, and the last of these was seven years back now. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling The doctor was compelled to bend over him, his face towards the back of the seat, and from what I had seen I supposed the navvy was now dead. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

There seemed nothing for it but to go back to London and tell Sir Walter the game was up. Greenmantle by John Buchan

H. G. Wells Subito?” [] “Give me back the money for the carriage. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Jack London Jack Burns’s pack-train was starting back light for Crater Lake, and Churchill was invited to a mule. Lost Face by Jack London

Anthony Trollope I would visit the coasts of Asia. And I would ride back into Africa on a camel. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson But when he had pushed cup and saucer from him, wiped his moustache, and driven back his chair, fleetly to skim the less important columns, she felt justified in claiming his attention. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Rudyard Kipling The Eaters of Flesh had fallen back and left an open path to the south, and drove upon drove of buck fled along it. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Henry James He had money, now, that would outlast the summer; when it was spent he would come back to Rome and make another statue. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

You will come back and —” “Woman, I will never come back. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Anatole France All these reflections brought her back to that point. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

George Gissing Go back into my room Alice, and I’ll get her to bed. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

James Joyce His father was standing before the dressing-table, examining his hair and face and moustache with great care, craning his neck across the water-jug and drawing it back sideways to see the better. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Willa Cather The name of the goddess took us back to Salammbô, which is the book of Flaubert I like best. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Sinclair Lewis We knew each other at art school in Berkeley. Now he knows all the toffs in London.” “Mr. Wrenn,” said the best little poet, “I hope you’ll back up my contention. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

The old lady thus forced back to her own house, endured the disturbance for some days longer, when suspecting that Anne Robinson was the cause of all the mischief, she dismissed her from her service. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Mary Webb He turned into the woods, and made his way back till he was opposite the house. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

These jewels all go back to Mr. Wylder. He never can be anything to me. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

That’s looking very healthy,’ he added, referring to Grant’s big toe, and came back of his own accord to the portrait lying on the counterpane. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

D. H. Lawrence She looked at him, frightened, and started running down the hill, calling Coo-ee! again to Clifford. The man above watched her, then turned, grinning faintly, back into his path. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Louis Stevenson For some time back we have had the sound of cannon in our ears; and now, a little past Franchard, we find a mounted trooper holding a led horse, who brings the wagonette to a stand. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Earwaker has a friend, who has just come back from travel in the tropics; the talk about it has half decided me to leave England. I have been saving money for years to that end. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope She was always thinking of her child, and, after a while, longing that Luke Rowan might come back to them, with a heart almost as sore with longing as was that of Rachel herself. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

And be back here within the half hour. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

His officer worked for him! In his own brain alone lay the secret of escape! He — Rufus Dawes — the scarred, degraded “prisoner”, could alone get these three beings back to civilization. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Go back to the tiger who rules you, and tell him that — as Allah liveth — I will fall on him, and smite him as he hath never been smitten. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Wilkie Collins Leaving the house, I took the way once more that led to Fordwitch Wood. What would Mrs. Roylake have said, if she had discovered that I was going back to the mill? There was no other alternative. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

George Gissing He entered, and found himself alone with Cecily. “Mrs. Lessingham will certainly be back very soon,” she said, in shaking hands with him. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

William Dampier They said that when they had done their business with the friar they would return to Manila, and hope to be back again at this place in four days’ time. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

So now, finding he would have to go back many miles again down West to get to Belton, he was half inclined not to go. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I escaped from Austria and got back to Russia just in time for the horror, but just in time also to save his life. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Robert Green Ingersoll In order to do that I shall have to put on my glasses; and that brings me back to where I started — that man has advanced just in proportion as his thought has mingled with his labor. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

As she was counting her coin, and putting back what she did not want, the latch of the kitchen door was lifted from without, and the door itself pushed and shaken. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Wilkie Collins About seven o’clock the next morning, after sitting up all night, she went back again wearily to the kitchen to begin her day’s work. The Poisoned Meal by Wilkie Collins [1858]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Two days later, however, his son Roscoe materialised from Baltimore, hot and cross from a hasty trip, and escorted the weeping general, sans uniform, back to his home. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Charles Dickens The man was sorry to have disobliged him, and would carry it back again. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

So they paid us back in our own coin. The Dark Cottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Thomas Hardy On his way back he formed a resolution. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing Stung to the defence of her friend, who, clerk though he might be, was neither impudent nor vulgar, she found herself driven back upon self-respect. The Scrupulous Father by George Gissing

James Anthony Froude It fell from off his back at the sight of the cross. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Edith Wharton As she passed Mr. Gryce, the train gave a lurch, and he was aware of a slender hand gripping the back of his chair. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Sinclair Lewis Standing back behind that big bush, lilac bush I guess it is, across the road, there’s a fellow watching this place. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

E. F. Benson Six or eight times he did this, then turned back into the lamplight. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Longcluse would have stabbed him, but the baron recognised him, and sprang back with a yell. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Mr. Van Wyk, perplexed, folded his arms, and leaning back against the rail, with his little, black, shiny feet well out, examined him covertly. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Think of her in her loneliness, with her heart yearning to go back to the man she loved, and with her love arrayed against herself, and pleading for him. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Andrew Lang Some of the ships had foundered, and some had drifted back to land. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

After that one wild question he sank slowly back upon the pillows, and lay faint and weak, his breathing scarce audible. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

The gladiator shrank back once more. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

I think he was disappointed, for he pitched them back again into their nook in the little trunk-shaped box contemptuously. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle The long, sleek, black barque, the sweep of white sand, and the fringe of nodding, feathery palm trees sprang into dazzling light and back into darkness again. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

Pu Songling He was so much troubled that he ordered his retinue to go back to the palace. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

But I learned it, and came back to tell it to Trevick — with the Death’s Head,’ ended Polwin, slowly and pointedly. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins Not a thing do I know about this new inmate of ours, except that I am to take her back with me. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

He came home another Sunday, some time in the winter, very angry because his lights wouldn’t go on and he had had to drive the whole way back that night without them. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Virginia Woolf The thrush was silent and the worm sucked itself back into its narrow hole. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

But it went on, plodding, croaking, jerking, back towards Westminster. Of Evelyn, Lester was no longer immediately conscious. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Wisely he made no immediate attempt to force himself back into her good graces. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Anthony Trollope I wonder what the ladies are at? Shall we go back and see?” Then they turned to the house, and Mr Spooner began to be a little fidgety. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing We go back to Eastbourne.’ ‘Ah! How’s that, Bell?’ ‘We are a little tired of society, and father needs quietness again. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Anthony Trollope Of course I can wait, if I only know that you will come back to me. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

D. H. Lawrence They drifted drunkenly back to the ineffable howl of There’s a long, long trail —. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

He sent it to Smail, who passed back to the Scottish left-centre, one Morrison, an Academical from Oxford who had hitherto been pretty much of a passenger. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Henry James She lent herself especially to positions in which the face was somewhat averted or blurred; she abounded in lady-like back views and profils perdus. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

Wilkie Collins I was so provoked that I gave her the change back (as the saying is) in her own coin. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am afraid that if I had stayed out another year, I should have descended altogether to the commonplace and come back a millionaire. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Precious moments were flying, but he must go back to the car and get something stronger, like a screw-driver, to raise up the board. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Nellie Bly When she came back she told me that the woman had had a hideous nightmare. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Between the Cathedral and St. Peter’s Church was situated a poor, back district called Frog Lane. It had been rechristened Diglis Street, but was chiefly called by the old name still. A Day of Pleasure by Ellen Wood [1872]

Where then was he? With a rush as of charging horses, events, pictures, words came back to him. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Henry Handel Richardson She took two steps at once, to get nearer to the portly back in front of her. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

E. Phillips Oppenheim Now the shadow of one of them crept a little in advance of the ladies, and Adrienne Cartuccio, seeing it, stepped suddenly back with a cry of alarm. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Andrew Lang When all was over, and the power of the dragon was broken for ever, he rode quickly back to the castle, and was ready to receive the prince with open arms, and to promise him his daughter to wife. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

A few minutes more of this rough work — a little fighting back to back — and all would be over. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

If I go back without you, perhaps the Shah may cut off my ears instead of yours. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

A moment later they were back in his lap. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Jules Verne Altamont, indeed, was mad enough to make an attempt, and would certainly have lost his life if the others had not held him back by main force. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Edith Wharton Jim seldom got back early enough to assist at these visits; and Lita too, at first, was generally out. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

George Gissing Imagine a very ugly cubical brick house of two stories, in a suburb of Manchester. It stands a few yards back from the road. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

He won’t be back till tomorrow morning. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Mr. Brett was not he was expected back in an hour. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

The semi-amiable expression on the High Priest’s face twisted back to its habitual snarl. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

She shall not be frightened; but she shall have a better adviser than Dr. Doddleson. And now I will go back to the house. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

John Galsworthy A few days back she had reminded him of that oath. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Virginia Woolf In Norfolk, of which Richard Dalloway was half thinking, a soft warm wind blew back the petals; confused the waters; ruffled the flowering grasses. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

At last his step came slowly along the garret gallery, and Lindo, who approved of nursery tea, walked in first, his dignity somewhat impaired by a brier hanging from his back flounce. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Wilkie Collins It was vitally important that I should get back to the inn and make the necessary arrangements for our departure the next morning, before the primitive people of the place had retired to bed. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

They sent me back to the front before I had a chance of getting to know her, but she used to give me little timid good mornings, and her voice and eyes were like an angel’s. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Edith Wharton The Duke presently rose, and handed back to Trescorre the reports of the secret police. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

H. G. Wells Queer how one comes drifting back to these images. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

I’ll see if he is all right and come back and undress you. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

He finished his dinner without further annoyance and strolled back to the Yard with Williams, hoping that the photographs of the prints on the envelope would be ready for his examination. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

George Eliot She was seated in a leaning posture on a settee, with her back towards the door; the great rich coils of her pale blond hair surmounting her small neck, visible above the back of the settee. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

When at last he had finished and a few moments of intense silence followed, she sank back tremblingly into a chair. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

No breath to waste in parley, but the clank of steel: he and Mevrian back to back on a table of rock, those six setting on from either side. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

We returned to Jimmy and the horses, and pushed back for the rock as fast as we could. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Oscar Wilde Sibyl Vane’s brother had not come back to kill him. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

James Joyce Kathleen and her sister sent Irish picture postcards to their friends and these friends sent back other Irish picture postcards. Dubliners by James Joyce

Isabella Bird Boy is usually close to me, eating scraps from my dinner, and gently biting the back of my neck when he thinks that I am forgetting his presence. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

George Gissing If Mary had taken the girl back that despair would most likely never have come upon her. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Hastening back to Perry where he pored over a musty pile of, to me, meaningless hieroglyphics, I explained my plan to him. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Charles Dickens I had seen that Sambo Pilot, with one hand laid on the stem of the tree, drawing them back into the heavy shadow. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

Edith Wharton He drew back sharply as he saw her, his florid face turning sallow with the shock; then the blood poured back to it, swelling the veins on his temples and reddening the lobes of his thick ears. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]