Phrases with "back"

My voice came back in an echo, despairingly. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Massy sighed deeply over the back of the chair. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Jules Verne You will be at home there, and have someone to speak to about our father, while you are waiting till John and I bring him back to you some day. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope Thus they sauntered along, back to the outskirts of the town, and so into the brewery lane, by a route opposite to that of the churchyard. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Benjamin Disraeli As he opened the door his eyes lighted upon Cleveland. He was standing with his back to the fire. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

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]

Leona, having first resumed her disguise, went to the door, and called back the poor starving little children, who were only too eager to respond to her invitation. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

H. Rider Haggard Eric looked at him and sang again: “Swift away sped ship Gudruda, Left her lord in foeman’s ring; Brighteyes back to back with Baresark Held his head ‘gainst mighty odds. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Sinclair Lewis If he had had a job at home, he would probably have plunged back into it, and in a fury of papers and secretaries and telephone-calls have concealed himself from the scandal. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Will you get into the carriage, my dear M. d’Herblay? and it shall take us back to my house. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

E. F. Benson She markedly drew back her lips in speaking, being in no way ashamed of her long white teeth, and wore a practically perpetual smile when there was the least chance of being under observation. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Father and mother had gone back into the kitchen, and he peeped through the crack of the door to see what they were doing. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

As soon as my father noticed it and saw the older scars, he got angry and took me back to the school and told Mrs. Frost what he thought of her, and her punishments. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

He went straight back to Tolldale while the crowd at Woodlands slowly dispersed, more or less discontented with the day’s proceedings. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

D. H. Lawrence The cap had fallen from his grizzled hair, and his head leaned back against a profusion of the little wild geraniums that decorated the dead bough so delicately. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Peter gave them two minutes’ law and then clambered back to the highway and set off along it at a run. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Frances Hodgson Burnett She plucked several leaves and carried them back to her bench, somewhat as if she were a girl moving in a dream. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope And when I thought that you were rich, and the head of your family, I did all that I could to bring her back for you. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch On his way back he spied a company approaching along the dusky shore, and drew aside behind a rock while they passed toward the Saint’s dwelling. Phoebus on Halzaphron by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Arthur Conan Doyle Then they resolved themselves into the keepers of the ground, and pressed the people back until they formed a dense line along the edge of the field, leaving the whole space clear for the warriors. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

In the quiet back streets of Lerida and Barbastro I seemed to catch a momentary glimpse, a sort of far-off rumour of the Spain that dwells in everyone’s imagination. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Jules Verne They did not doubt that if Top had arrived safely at Granite House, Neb would have sent him back immediately. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Sinclair Lewis The back cover, though it was less glorious with green and red, was equally arousing. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

I’ll back my car, and you”— he addressed Peter Wappit —“go on ahead. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Arthur Conan Doyle He had come back late one afternoon, and had found Captain Tresillian installed as usual in the drawing-room, while his wife sat pouring out tea at the small table by the fire. The Colonel’s Choice by Arthur Conan Doyle

Andrew Lang But take the two pastilles, and if it ever happens that you are decapitated a second time, make use of them in the way I have shown you, and each will get back his own head. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins There were no oars in it, and therefore no means of taking it back to the mill. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

He passed the back of his hand across his eyes, pulling himself together. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

At length they all made a circuit, by which they gained the back of the place, still keeping among the trees. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Elizabeth Gaskell She had taken off her shawl, and hung it over the back of her chair. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Wilkie Collins Again the by-gone time looked back in mockery. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Wilkie Collins If she is not brought back to me in half an hour’s time, I shall send the men-servants to protect her. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She had, indeed, half turned back when a familiar voice hailed her. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

But he would dash out after her, seize her round the body, drag her back into the shop. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She glanced at it and looked back at him without understanding. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Jack London It ran up the tree, and from a point of safety chattered back savagely. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Then the three carronades peppered him hotly; and he hurled an iron shower back with fatal effect. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

H. G. Wells The Earthlings scattered away from the tall dishevelled figure, hesitated, and began walk and then run back towards the castle. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

E. Phillips Oppenheim As soon as the man was settled in his place and the window had been lowered, Cheshire crept cautiously into the back of the cab. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Wilkie Collins So I went back to the bed and tied the heavy handkerchief at my back by my cravat. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Rudyard Kipling And — I grow as lazy as they!” He shook himself and glided back to the hut. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

H. Rider Haggard Her back was towards the doorway, for her dressing-table was immediately opposite the door, which was raised some four feet above the level of the landing, and approached by as many steps. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Morrison Mrs. Grimes was nearest, with her back to the canvas, so that her skirts threatened to close my view. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

D. H. Lawrence The eldest, a girl of twelve or so, was standing toasting a piece of bacon with one hand, and holding back her night-dress in the other. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

I shall come back in a few hours to inquire if there is any change for the better. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

What recollections, what associations, were evoked by that plaintive melody, who shall say? The words came back with the music to which they have been eternally wedded. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Este looked sharply at Rags and then at John, who shrank back behind the palms. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

H. G. Wells It all came back to him intensified. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Pu Songling Once back in the village, he inquired about the mother; nobody could tell who she was. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Edith Wharton I’ve got to be back on the first of June —” the voice broke into a joyful conscious laugh —“so we must look alive. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His eyes, fixed on vacancy, were looking far out of that shabby little room, back along the avenues of time, thronged with the fragments of his broken dreams. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Charles Dickens I had not got as much further down the street as the post-office, when I again beheld Trabb’s boy shooting round by a back way. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Let us walk a little way back toward the house, and talk quietly. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Theodore Dreiser He decided to go back to his father’s bank and discount it, as he had seen others doing, thereby paying his father back and getting his own profit in ready money. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Andrew Lang At last the woman came back again, and said in a gruff voice, ‘Good evening, Zachiel; when the young moon shines in the basket, you are freed early, Zachiel.’ Then Joringel was free. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells William would not be able to keep it back from her. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Come, gunner, would it not have been a perfect way?” Lieutenant Réal threw himself back and Peyrol, still like a carven image of grim dreaminess, growled softly: “Time yet. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

The others came back directly, and they all descended the front steps together. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

There were some dilapidated outhouses, and the back garden, with rank grasses and obscene clothes-posts, looked like nothing so much as a neglected grave-yard. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle The slow snake-like form of muroena, the deepsea lamprey, writhed and twisted by, or the black ceratia, all spikes and mouth, gaped foolishly back at our peering faces. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

I have purified myself with washings in water, my back hath been cleansed with salt, and my inner parts are in the Pool of Truth. There is not a member of mine that lacketh truth. The Book of the Dead by E. A. Wallis Budge

George Eliot There was still something else to be stript away from her, belonging to that past on which she was going to turn her back for ever. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

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

Anthony Trollope So we had better go back to Plumstead.’ Mrs Grantly then felt that there was nothing further to be said, and it will be proper that the historian should drop a veil over their sufferings. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

A. E. W. Mason She hurried him into his boat and back to Kingsbridge at once. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

John Galsworthy If you see that in a horse, especially where it has to come up a hill, back it. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Jules Verne Herbert and Spilett returned to finish their work; and some hours after they came back to the shore, carrying the utensils and guns, a store of vegetables, of seeds, some game, and two couple of pigs. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Sarah Orne Jewett Those folks, or whatever they were, come about ’em like bats; all at once they raised incessant armies, and come as if to drive ’em back to sea. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

D. H. Lawrence Their hair was brushed straight back from their foreheads, making the sweep of the head bright and impeccable, and leaving both the young faces clear as if in cameo. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

John Galsworthy By the little Niobe — the same story; would I go back to him?” “Incredible!” She had spoken without raising her eyes, but she looked up now. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Must he really go back into that mist on the chance of being useful to her? It seemed he must. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

The telling brought back the scene to me, and I shivered at the picture of the cave with the morning breaking through the veil of water and Laputa in his death throes. Prester John by John Buchan

Willa Cather If you take even a vine and cut it back again and again, it grows hard, like a tree. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

One moment you drop into an abyss and the next you are back in the world that you would think too deep for any noise but the trumpet of the Last Judgment. And then off you go again. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

Andrew Lang The Princess, sitting in the hall of four-and-twenty windows, sent a slave to find out what the noise was about, who came back laughing, so that the Princess scolded her. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Roger had come back and was watching her. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

And then she thrust away the thought of the bag almost violently from her mind, and went back to the more agreeable thought of Mr. Sleuth’s income, and of how little trouble he gave. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Pretty soon both the air and the roads would be so full that no one could move in comfort and everyone would have to go back to the railways for quick travel. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

The dogs, who had started gleefully with the carriage, were called back by Branston, and driven home, wondering and wistful, looking back with ears oddly cocked and tails dejected. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Then I had been as spruce and neat as a man could well be; boasted a good coat to my back and a new hat upon my head. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

The weariness in her eyes was more marked than ever as she lay back against the cushions of her carriage. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Henry Handel Richardson Leaning back in his chair Mahony lay looking up at them and thinking the old, well-worn thoughts that besiege a mortal at sight of the Creator’s prodigality. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Charles Dickens Hugh strode briskly on, often looking back at the servant, whose horse was close upon his heels, and glancing with a leer at his bolster case of pistols, by which he seemed to set great store. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

WE must go back a few hours in the progress of our story. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Anthony Trollope Soon afterwards Mr. Jerningham was sent for, and came back with an intimation that Mr. Crocker’s services were no longer required, at any rate for that day. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Wilkie Collins When I had put the chairs back in their places my search on one side of the room was complete. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Anthony Trollope The boat by which we had left Colico had gone back to Colico, but the people swore that nothing had been left on board it. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins I turned my back on both the alternatives. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

G. K. Chesterton Syme stood staring back at the stiff face like parchment and the blank, blue eyes. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Jack London He put his back under too great a load of fish, and his chance for happiness in life was crossed off the books. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Walter Besant Come back and make us all happy. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Jacques Futrelle Mr. Czenki’s thin fist was clenched under his employer’s nose, and the jeweler drew back a little, vaguely alarmed. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Julian Hawthorne Come, we must creep back to the house. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

A. E. W. Mason Captain Willoughby brought a token from Mr. Feversham. Ethne carried it back to the house in her hand. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

But the truth is, a dreadful part of the story is coming on (as poor Katrine said of the poaching) and my pen holds back from it. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

Willa Cather Her feet sent back a continual spatter of mud. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Sir Walter Scott But I wish I were as sure of forty pounds as I am that the young man will come back safe and sound. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

I’ll be back again directly. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Every man and woman had run off into the jungles from fright, and would not come back again. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

H. G. Wells By an effort he gained a clue in his mind, and all that had happened came back to him, at first with a quality of insincerity like a story heard, like something read out of a book. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

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

Anthony Trollope She still looked forward to the chance of having him back again, and if he would come back, if he would take her back, then he should be entirely forgiven. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

When the child had quite gone out of sight, he rose and took his sickle again and went back to his wheat. Signa by Ouida

The omen was interpreted auspiciously by the lovers, and, bending once more to the earth, they rowed back to their island, but no longer in separate canoes. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

E. F. Benson But it was no good thinking of that: here was Villars at her elbow, and here was Thurso already on his way back to Windsor, for she had heard the motor start by the back way from the stables. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

We all went back to Kaze, arriving there on the 24th. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Andrew Lang The poor boy was very depressed by her words, and slunk back to his master like a dog with his tail between his legs. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence I suppose he’ll be getting sent back before long. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Willa Cather They went home sadly with the lilacs, back to the Rue Saint–Jacques, walking very slowly, arm in arm. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

John Galsworthy Pity we can’t arrange a match between him and the Marquess. I’d back the old boy. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

John Galsworthy Fleur had put her baby back in its nest, and was staring straight before her. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton Then they came back with a smile. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Miss Travers came alone, and intended to go back alone, the later the better. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

H.P. Lovecraft Death is merciful, for there is no return therefrom, but with him who has come back out of the nethermost chambers of night, haggard and knowing, peace rests nevermore. Hypnos by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Anthony Trollope No. Having held out my hand to a man in your position, with your long family and pressing claims, I am not now going to draw it back again. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Anna staggered to her feet, and turned to go back to her cottage, and as she opened the door, heard the cuckoo call two. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

H. G. Wells I lay on my back and talked through bandages, and with some little difficulty, for my tongue and mouth had swollen. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Edith Wharton It was probably the first time since Waldo Cranch had come back to live in the house that unbidden visitors had been free to enter it. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Anthony Trollope A poor Whig premier has none but the Liberals to back him; but a reforming Tory will be backed by all the world—except those few whom his own dishonesty will personally have disgusted. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Henry Handel Richardson They had made him feel a back number, an old fossil, who had to learn from some one he had always looked down on as his inferior, what was actually happening in the financial world. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Seraphina and I moved towards the door sadly, as if under the oppression of a memory, as people go back from the side of a grave to the cares of life. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

As soon as the doctor had gone we were herded back to the dining-room, and its door shut upon us. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Mark Twain I never waited for to look further, but uncocked my gun and went sneaking back on my tiptoes as fast as ever I could. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

George Meredith There is little doubt of her having the world to back her in protest against all fine filmy work of the exploration of a young man’s intricacies or cavities. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Edna St. Vincent Millay I will come back when it’s over. The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Ivan Turgenev But as though dropping into a swoon, she fell back instantly and melted away like vapour. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

H. G. Wells I had a rough time on the field because that was where the bigger louts got back upon me for my English accent and my irritating assumption of superior erudition. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

At seven o’clock the door of the ward was opened noisily, and flung back with a loud bang. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Then quickly the detective’s thoughts ran on, and his mind harked back to all the happenings since he had left the city. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Henry James It was occupied by a seated couple, a lady whose face was in sight and a gentleman whose identity was attested by his back, a back somehow replete for us, at the moment, with a guilty significance. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

H. G. Wells Most of us, were we suddenly put back into the London of King Henry VIII, would be as frightened, and frightened in the same way, as if we were put into a ward of unattended criminal lunatics. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

William Morris I tried to get up on my feet, but was too weak, and sank back again. The Hollow Land by William Morris [1856]

Edith Wharton But this time it was only to draw him back into the creative world from which he had been so violently ejected. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

But I remember well the day of our departure back to exile. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Arnold Bennett This method of being brought back to consciousness did not displease him. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Rudyard Kipling We were a long, long way back in his past. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

I waited until it was out of sight, and then went back into the house, where I found Nikola pacing up and down the room, his hands behind his back and his head bowed low upon his breast. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Theodore Dreiser It could not give him back his host of friends, his name, his house and family, nor Carrie, as he had meant to have her. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Yes, I think it was Gladys who sent back your watch. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Edith Wharton Didn’t she?” This was flung back to the “steps” for corroboration. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

M. P. Shiel The embassy had been sent back without an answer. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Edith Wharton He got up again, relit his cigar, and walked across the room and back before answering. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Maria Edgeworth She ran up a back staircase which led to her dressing-room, but suddenly stopped when she came to the landing-place, for she found Emilie watering her plants. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Ford Madox Ford Not absolutely silent of course: but silentish! Coming back from the parson’s, where they had dropped the little London sewer rat, they had talked very little . Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

She thought he had come back to climb over from a lorry farther up the road. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Louisa May Alcott They always looked back before turning the corner, for their mother was always at the window to nod and smile, and wave her hand to them. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Sinclair Lewis Jasper got into his car and drove back to the street that would take him out to the suburb of Rosebank. As he left Fandall Avenue he peered at his watch. The Willow Walk by Sinclair Lewis

John Galsworthy Walter will be back on Thursday. Have you seen Hubert yet?” “No, but I’m to go with Dad tomorrow. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Jane Austen I am sure I almost broke my back by cutting it out. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Anthony Trollope I again passed through Pittsburg, and over the Alleghany Mountains by Altoona, and down to Baltimore — back into civilization, secession, conversation, and gastronomy. North America by Anthony Trollope

William Morris Or,” she said quickly, “are you thinking that you must soon go back again? I will make my proposal which I told you of at once, and so perhaps put an end to your anxiety. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle The tall man bent his back and his knees like a diver about to spring, but before he could move, I had jumped with drawn sabre in front of him. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle Nigel, leaning on his sword by the gateway, saw Aylward totter past, a huge bundle under each arm, another slung over his back and a smaller packet hanging from his mouth. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Some instinct must have led Roger to draw his companion right back into the hidden portion of their recess for, this time, the returned wanderer did not follow the example of his predecessors. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Thank Heaven for its blue sky; it needs a long, upward gaze to give us back our faith. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

M. P. Shiel But when he proves beyond doubt that he does love her, and cares nothing for me, what’s left for me to do? I go back to England to-night. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

John Galsworthy I must say it gave me quite a shock, and I rubbed my eyes, because I had made sure that the Traquairs would bring Hatty back in their carriage. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton In the bedroom, while she was thrusting back into the satchel the few things she had brought away with her, she suddenly felt that his eyes were on her and that he was going to speak. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

R. D. Blackmore Tell this man Jack that he must be there before twelve o’clock tomorrow, and then you can call about two o’clock, and bring back what there may be for signature; and be careful of it. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

I am pleased to have you back with us so soon. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

But why am I to go back to London?” “Because to stay here would be ruin and disgrace to you; because the tie that links you to Horatio Paget must be cut at any hazard. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Charles Dickens Then she went back into the dining-room and effaced all traces of his presence as far as she could. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

John Galsworthy Soames, who had turned his back on her, spun round. To Let by John Galsworthy

Arthur Machen They thought that Mrs. Parry had got back her hearing suddenly — such things did happen now and then — and that the shock had made her “a bit queer. The Great Return by Arthur Machen

George Gissing He would go back among his own people and make friends. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Edith Wharton Kate repeated the name slowly as she turned back toward the fire. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

The quarrel of Patalolo with the Sultan of Koti was of his fomenting, but failed to produce the result he expected because the Sultan could not back him up effectively at such a great distance. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Anthony Trollope I wrote my book as I was travelling and brought it back with me to England all but completed in December, 1872. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Over and over, his last words came back to me: “Consciousness is the creature of Rhythm.” Bald and terse as the statement was, I now found it infinitely alluring. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Kate Chopin The woman grumbled a refusal to do part of her duty when she had not been permitted to do it all, and started back to her interrupted task of weeding the garden. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Taking over from dear ole Verrall. The dear ole chap got orders to go back to his regiment. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope He could only back out of the room, and get into his carriage, and be carried home as quickly as possible. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

She had gone back behind the tree, and now Willems could see a human figure on the path to the landing-place. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

D. H. Lawrence I don’t go back on what I said before. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy I don’t like to say it, Elfride — indeed I don’t; but you must be told this, that going back unmarried may compromise your good name in the eyes of people who may hear of it. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

George Meredith Then back to the dear old dusky chambers, with the pick and the axe in the mine of law, till I strike a gold vein, and follow it to the woolsack. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Elizabeth Gaskell Surely this great body of divinity will bring them back to the true church. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Arthur Morrison He had crashed through a thick glass skylight and fallen, back downward, across the back of a lounge. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Henry Handel Richardson What was to be done? Here Polly’s words came back to him with new stress. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry James Lady Davenant got up again and went to her; drawing off her glove she felt her cheek with the back of her hand. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

It was quite time that this confounded lieutenant went back to Toulon. This was the third day. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Rudyard Kipling I don’t know whether it will be a greater relief to me to get him back or to have him lost. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Arthur Conan Doyle Come back to my house, both of you, and I will give you the terrible experience of one who has good reason to remember his own meeting with the same peril of the seas. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Anthony Trollope She now again furnished the house — this being the third that she had put in order since she came back from America two years and a half ago. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Mr. and Mrs. Rolleston had come back to Melbourne, where the wretched Felix was compelled once more to plunge into politics; and Dr. Chinston had resumed his usual routine of fees and patients. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

H. G. Wells You can come back for all this pow-wow afterwards. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

George Gissing Then he wished to go back and notice which house she entered, but would not do so lest she should observe him. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Anthony Trollope You dare not go back from the promise you have made me. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

And as to her husband, sir, her father told me that he’d treated her very badly, and that she never meant to go back to him again to be made unhappy by him. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

H. G. Wells It is easy to make an unemployed young man into a Fascist or gangster, but it is hard to turn him back to any decent social task. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

John Galsworthy And how that boy smiled back at her! Emotion squeezed Soames’ heart. To Let by John Galsworthy

She said she was expecting the doctor back any minute now. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Henry James But instead of leaving me he brought out the next moment: “I don’t want anyone to back me. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

H. G. Wells We’ll go back to find London selling us, and selling the Union Jack with us, to anyone who cares to buy. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

I want you to go back into the drawing-room and sit where you were sitting when you listened to that ghost-story in the dark. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Then, with the rest emptied away, she tipped what was in the saucer back into the cup. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Edith Wharton I heard him call out, “To the station,” and we servants went back alone to the house. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was drawn back by an invincible force. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

But Mrs. Jasher had fallen back in a faint, and Robinson was again supplying her with brandy. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

G. K. Chesterton Pond could have sworn that the Irishman was really in love with Joan. He threw himself at her head; and she, on the accepted standards of modern youth, threw herself back at him. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]