Phrases with "basket"

George Gissing At this moment, approached a familiar figure, Mr. Jollyman’s errand boy, basket on arm; he had parcels to deliver here. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Anatole France In the centre of the table flowers were disposed in a basket of gilded bronze, decorated with eagles, stars, and bees, and handles formed like horns of plenty. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

George Eliot She took the basket from Maso, and stepping into the house, said, — ‘I know you like these things when you can have them without trouble. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Nor did he soon avert his gaze; perhaps he thought me, with my basket of summer fruit, and my lack of the dignity age confers, an incongruous figure in such a scene. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Elizabeth Gaskell Unless, indeed, you had a box or a basket for me to carry; then there would be some sense in it. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Arthur Conan Doyle Would you mind asking me something else in return — something not quite so eccentric this time?” “No, no; you have refused, and there is an end of it,” said Burger, with his basket on his arm. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

D. H. Lawrence I am sick of “things,” even Perugino.   The sight of the woman with the basket of bread reminded us that we wanted some food. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Miles Franklin I stopped; he wheeled abruptly and grasped my wrist in a manner which sent the basket whirling from my hand. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Charles Kingsley But after a little time there came a boy, the prettiest boy that ever was seen on earth, and in his hand a basket full of fruits and flowers, more beautiful than tongue can tell. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Nevertheless, between us we had two dozen and three fish, a total weight of just over twenty-seven pounds, the best basket that had been taken out of the Black Loch in Oliver’s memory. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Sir Richard Burton Then he took his net and basket and staff and went down to the Tigris, where he made a cast, but brought up naught. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Setting down his basket he slid back the great bolt of solid copper, gave a warning rap, and pushed in the door to the length of the restraining links. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Elizabeth Von Arnim Presently I heard a faint sniff, and the basket being held up to me began to shake. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

There were old cups and saucers on the high, narrow chimney-piece, below which a cosy fire burned in a little old basket grate. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Margaret Oliphant It was a basket that was well known in the neighbourhood, and had conveyed many a little dainty in time of need. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Arthur Morrison At last the shopwoman called the boy within, and Dicky darted across — not directly, but so as to arrive invisibly at the side next the basket of music boxes. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

The birds dropped from the boughs on the turf around her so fearlessly that one alighted amidst the flowers in the little basket at her feet. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

It was closed, but on its neatly-covered top lay one or two hymn-books, a basket of russet apples, and a piece of half-completed knitting work. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Julian Hawthorne By-and-by he appeared, with the basket on his arm; he descended the ledge, and Kate followed him, with her eyes on me. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Charles Dickens She had had the precaution to furnish her basket with some slices of bread and meat, and here they made their frugal breakfast. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Andrew Lang They saw Seven Inches handing the three princesses out of the boat, and letting them down by a basket into a draw-well, but king nor princes ever saw an opening before in the same place. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells A head rose over the arch, and the figure of a workman carrying a basket appeared. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

H. G. Wells He stretched out his hand and dropped them into that new waste-paper basket Ethel had bought for him. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Charles Dickens The basket packed in silence, they brought her bonnet to her, and smoothed her disordered hair, and put it on. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

They had a large picnic basket and some rugs with them, and also two deck-chairs. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Janet was in trouble over a basket of butter and fowls that had been sent her by one of the country patients, and of which the railway people denied the arrival. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

Andrew Lang She also brought with her a pair of scissors to cut off the dead blooms, and a basket to put them in, so that when the sun rose next morning he might see nothing unsightly. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

In the dingy offices of the old days, men kept their letters in open trays on their desks, and when they wanted a particular letter they routed through each basket until they found it. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Andrew Lang He carried his basket to the Princess, who at once sent him back to the pantry to bring all the tarts and sugar plums that had been prepared for the King’s supper. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Pu Songling He looked at the first basket he took to the bank; it was only putrid flesh and broken bones. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Andrew Lang He put down his mould and his basket on the ground, took up a handful of clay, and made a doll as large as life. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Eliot Mrs Holt held on her lap a basket filled with good things for Job, and seemed much soothed by pleasant company and excellent treatment. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Wilkie Collins He put the key of the cabinet back in the basket, and crossed the room to the bureau, with the basket in one hand and the letter in the other. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anton Chekhov The stranger held in one hand a basket of mushrooms, with the other he playfully fingered a cheap watch-chain on his waistcoat. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Robert Burns An’ whan we chasten’d him therefore, Thou kens how he bred sic a splore, As set the warld in a roar O’ laughin’ at us; — Curse thou his basket and his store, Kail and potatoes. The Poetical Works of Robert Burns by Robert Burns

They had brought blankets, and two deerskin cloaks lined with fustian, and a basket of broken meats. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Thomas Hardy The basket being large and heavy, Car had placed it for convenience of porterage on the top of her head, where it rode on in jeopardized balance as she walked with arms akimbo. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Well done, Agnese! it was certainly a capital thought of yours! And setting the basket on a table, she passed her arms through the straps, and lifted it upon her back. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

D. H. Lawrence We saw the iron clutches of the fiend pick the window, and a face flaming red like fire in a basket did glower down on us. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Kindness always made me ineloquent, and as I sat in his big basket chair and sniffed the delightful odour of his pipe, I expressed myself chiefly in woe-begone monosyllables and hiccoughs. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Samuel Johnson Cuddies are so abundant, at sometimes of the year, that they are caught like whitebait in the Thames, only by dipping a basket and drawing it back. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Richard Hakluy Indians euery one laden with a basket full of Mulberries: for there be many, and those very good, from Culifa-chiqui thither, and so forward in other Prouinces, and also nuts and plummes. Virginia Richly Valued by Richard Hakluy

Sinclair Lewis Mrs. Tiffany sat on the porch, her blue bonnet lashed to her faded hair, with a brown veil, a basket of flowers and a shoe-box of lunch on her knees. The Kidnaped Memorial by Sinclair Lewis

Andrew Lang Otto met them; he had a basket in his hand and said: ‘Look, here is something that an old man has just left for you. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence A woman, walking up the railway line to Underwood, drew back into the hedge, held her basket aside, and watched the footplate of the engine advancing. The Odour of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence

Nothing can be said; let us be off, gentlemen, let us be off!” Grimaud was already ahead, with the basket and the dessert. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Jane Austen Your lap seems full of good things, and here is a basket of something between us which has been knocking my elbow unmercifully. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Mark Twain He sought Ben Rogers, and found him visiting the poor with a basket of tracts. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Sigmund Freud A large, heavily laden basket (something like a market — basket) is thrown after her through the window. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Edith Wharton Her poor little possessions had been crammed in carelessly and in haste, and on top, flattened out and disjointed, lay the old stuffed dove from the gilt basket he had sent to her mother. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

George Borrow I sat in silent astonishment till the waiter returned with a basket containing the wine, which, with three long glasses, he placed on the table. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Arthur Conan Doyle An occasional brace of pheasants, or basket of hares, was all that ever reached me to remind me that I was heir to Otwell House and one of the richest estates in the country. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Robert Louis Stevenson The king and queen, the grand duke, and a basket of cold provender for immediate use, set forth from Calistoga in a double buggy; the crown prince, on horseback, led the way like an outrider. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry Handel Richardson Afterwards they sat and chatted on the verandah, while a basket was being filled with peaches for Mary to take home. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Elizabeth Von Arnim Well?” “And he was put in a basket in the water, and that did swim. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

A very new basket phaeton stood glittering at Annie’s door when she got home, and Mrs. Wilmington put her head out of the open parlour window. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

As far as I can gather, however, he doesn’t seem to be doing any fishing at all, or, at any rate very little, although he is often to be seen carrying a basket and rod. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Rudyard Kipling The opium arrives by challans, regiments of one hundred jars, each holding one maund, and each packed in a basket and sealed atop. In an Opium Factory by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

H. G. Wells I shall be wanting the basket back and mind you let me have it. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

George Gissing She dismissed the matter, and her basket being full of beans, seized a fork to dig potatoes. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

When they finally left the vacant lot they walked side by side and talked of how much Etienne liked being at Lille. Her basket was full of yellow dandelions. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Another song, doubtful, by another gentleman in another blue coat and more bright basket buttons — [increased applause]. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Henry David Thoreau I too had woven a kind of basket of a delicate texture, but I had not made it worth any one’s while to buy them. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

They love approbation or praise; and a dog carrying a basket for his master exhibits in a high degree self-complacency or pride. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

A guard came in, carrying something made of wire, a box or basket of some kind. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

E. Nesbi They cut a big bunch of roses, and put it in a basket with the needle-book that Phyllis had made for Bobbie on her birthday, and a very pretty blue necktie of Phyllis’s. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

D.H. Lawrence She dropped her basket in the passage, and then sank into a chair. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Instead of following the Croydon hounds, Miss Floyd was content to drive Talbot and Lucy in a basket carriage through the frost-bespangled country-side. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

E. F. Benson He put the basket on his head and came down the street again, shrilly whistling. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Jules Verne Immediately a basket with some food and five pints of coffee descended towards them. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Thomas Hardy About a quarter of the way up a girl was resting beside a basket of white linen: and by the shape of her hat and the nature of her burden he recognized her. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Sir Richard Burton Go up to him and set the basket before him, saying: ‘O Abu al-Sa’adat, verily I went out today to fish and cast my net in thy name, and Allah Almighty sent me this fish. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

The first thing I can recollect, an old woman had me in a basket at Broadway and Twenty-third trying to sell me to a fat lady. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Virginia Woolf Indian elephants, silver vases, the walrus that she had found in the waste-paper basket one morning, when the guns were firing for the old Queen’s funeral — there they all were. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

A basket of corn was on the floor by her side, and out in the yard the poultry were beginning to clamour a protest of overdue feeding-time. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Raymond caught the basket from the hands of his Page: He emptied the contents upon the bed, and examined them with minute attention. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Grimaud understood that it was to be a breakfast on the grass, took the basket, packed up the viands, added the bottles, and then took the basket on his arm. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Andrew Lang At first the work she had to do seemed very difficult, but either she was wonderfully quick in learning, or else the basket may have secretly helped her. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Maria Edgeworth As soon as he had helped her to lift the basket into her passage, he was retiring, when he heard a voice at the back-door, which was at the other end of the passage. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

Kate Chopin One of them began to kick and talk about a basket full of crabs. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Virginia Woolf Here is the pen and the paper; on the letters in the wire basket I sign my name, I, I, and again I.’ ‘Summer comes, and winter,’ said Susan. ‘The seasons pass. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Thomas Hardy At twenty minutes to four an elderly woman places her basket upon the shafts, slowly mounts, takes up a seat inside, and folds her hands and her lips. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Then we saw that he carried under the other arm a basket — a peace-offering of yams and fruit, no doubt. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Anne Bronte After a formal greeting, the elder girl, who was trifling over a piece of canvas and a basket of German wools, asked if I should like to go upstairs. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

Arthur Conan Doyle My faith, some more heads will have to roll into the sawdust basket some of these mornings. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Andrew Lang The fox thanked him, and, taking the basket in his mouth, trotted off to the king’s palace and made his way straight to the king. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang But never trouble yourself about that, dearest one, a basket of fresh turnips will soon set matters right, and you can speedily call up again every form you wish to see. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson There was a row of little boxes like mangers for those who wanted to write telegrams, and she took one of these, putting her basket on the floor behind her. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

D. H. Lawrence When he came in at eight in the morning he took his basket to her, and when he came down at one o’clock she had his dinner ready. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim They made their way to the lounge and sat in basket chairs looking down at the sea. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Andrew Lang Down, down, down he went; would he ever stop going? But when the basket did stop, the young man forgot what he had been told, and put his head out to see what was the matter. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang Looking up he saw a speck in the sky: the speck drew nearer and nearer, and proved to be a basket containing twelve heavenly maidens. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Presently an old peasant woman trudged up the church-path with a basket of vegetables on her head. In the Confessional by Amelia B. Edwards

E. Nesbi A basket chair was put for him and he sat there, dressed in clothes of Father’s which were too big for him. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Wilkie Collins He brought in with him a basket of flowers and a basket of fruit, which he held up in triumph at the foot of his niece’s bed. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Sinclair Lewis The place had none of the lip-stick flavor that he had expected; there wasn’t so much as a tall gilt basket tied with a rosy ribbon. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Jaikie found a compartment with only one old woman in it, and carefully deposited the basket on the floor and the four children on the seats, the while he made strange noises to soothe the infant. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Virginia Woolf Her hair had been very red in those days; she was toying with a basket of roses. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Baldwin Spencer It seems a great deal of trouble to take, because the basket is so small that it only serves to hold very little, in this particular case it contained only a little red ochre. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Andrew Lang When the old hag had turned over the whole basket she muttered, ‘Bad stuff, bad stuff; much better fifty years ago — all bad. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

With him there were a monk, a conscript, and two contadini with a basket of poultry between them, and two melons in a handkerchief. Signa by Ouida

Willa Cather The basket was full of fruit, with a big Hawaiian pineapple in the middle, and in the box there were layers of pink roses with long, woody stems and dark-green leaves. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

John Galsworthy She plucked a basket full of the best blossoms, took them up to Dinny’s narrow and conventual bedroom, and disposed them in bowls by the bedside and on the window-sill. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

He called Scampy ‘Captain’ many times, and foreigner or no foreigner, Scampy’s estimation of him went soaring high, when the contents of the luncheon basket were revealed at one o’clock. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Every basket is power and civilization. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

He killed his great understanding heart by laughing, then reached into the waste-paper basket for Mrs. Doyle’s letter. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Guy de Maupassan As for the women, she has culled the best there is from the basket of pickpockets. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

D. H. Lawrence Putting aside her basket of silks, she went to one of the windows. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

How dare you talk so to another man’s wife, and him far away?” She ended gently, but very firmly, “You need not trouble yourself to come here any more, Luke; I can carry my basket myself. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Virginia Woolf Without saying a word, the only token of her errand a basket on her arm, she went off to the town, to the poor, to sit in some stuffy little bedroom. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Mark Twain The Jewish money-changers have their dens close at hand, and all day long are counting bronze coins and transferring them from one bushel basket to another. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Andrew Lang To her, as her most faithful servant, she gave the lucky basket in charge, and besought her to treasure it carefully. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

James Joyce After the transfer the boy put his basket on his arm and asked: “Any bottles?” “What bottles?” said the old man. Dubliners by James Joyce

A child of three or four years old was sitting on a basket close by, and two older children were on their knees, weeding a cabbage bed. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Andrew Lang When Peppe uncovered his basket sure enough a layer of beautiful purple figs met the king’s eyes, but underneath there was nothing but dirt. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy In Marty’s basket was a brown paper packet, and in the packet the chestnut locks, which, by reason of the barber’s request for secrecy, she had not ventured to intrust to other hands. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

At other times a somewhat similar design of basket is used for trapping eels. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

George Eliot I think I must go home now, and come again another day, and then I can bring you a basket with some jam-tarts and things. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

The newspaper was the French Figaro. The Coroner handed the basket to the jury, who examined the contents curiously. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Eliot An’ what’s he come to? Why, I saw him myself last market-day a-carrying a basket wi’ oranges in’t. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Rudyard Kipling Being a methodical bird, he’d bought a motor-bike and a basket lined with oil-cloth, and he used to skirmish out planting his silly stuff by the wayside, and in coppices and on commons. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Ford Madox Ford And I was passing her the nickel-silver basket of rolls. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Robert Louis Stevenson Benbow could not lie still in his bunk after he had lost his leg; he must be on deck in a basket to direct and animate the fight. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry Handel Richardson Now, she made as if she were gathering fruit; but the basket on her arm was empty: she stared unseeingly at the streaky red and gold of the western sky. Mary Christina by Henry Handel Richardson

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was that to me anyhow — I thought I was sweet — waiting to hand that basket to you. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

R. D. Blackmore For the name well described his benevolent practice of undoing any harsh thing he might have said, sometimes by a smile, and very often with a shilling, or a basket of spring cabbages. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Edith Wharton A crumpled dishcloth trailed on the stairs, and in a corner stood a broken-handled basket full of rusty garden tools festooned with cobwebs. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Arthur Conan Doyle An elderly placid-faced woman sat in a basket chair in the recess, and looked up with quiet loving eyes at the swift play of emotions which swept over the girl’s eager features. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

H. G. Wells There she discovered him seated in the nurse’s armchair with that fine big rubbish basket he had admired before his knees. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Andrew Lang Together they all rode to the edge of the rock, and then Ian lay down and shouted, and the basket was drawn up, and in it they got one by one, and were let down to the bottom. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

She then gave me a basket of tobacco, and a nest of hen eggs for her “son’s” breakfast. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Jane Austen Here — probably this basket with pink ribbon. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

An admirer, Fay Doyle He threw the letter into the waste-paper basket with a great show of distaste. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is a singular thing a man must be supposed to be ill when he has any business! Send me supper to this room, and a basket of wine: I expect the visit of a friend. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

She had a basket beside her full of flowers, and she was reading in a book. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Sigmund Freud Lastly, the market- basket might be interpreted as the mark of a servant. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Arthur Morrison Then there came a golden summer evening when Mrs. Simmons betook herself with a basket to do some small shopping, and Simmons was left at home. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Theodore Dreiser Clad in a morning gown of gray and silver, her hair piled in a Psyche knot, she had in her lap on this occasion a Java basket filled with some attempt at Norwegian needlework. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

At three o’clock precisely Miss Vincent took her seat beside Mrs. Darrell in the low basket carriage. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The New Year — for this young maiden was no less a personage — carried all her goods and chattels in a basket of no great size or weight, which hung upon her arm. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Rafael Sabatini At once!” And whilst one of the men steadied the vessel against the wall of the fort, the other swarmed up the short, stout mast with a basket on the crook of his arm. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Marjorie Bowen She carried a bunch of lilies, on her arm hung the basket that betokened her errand. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

H. G. Wells Apparently he tossed them into the great metallic carrier which projected behind him, much as a workman’s basket hangs over his shoulder. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Thomas Hardy Pierston made him welcome, and they went towards Sylvania Castle. ‘You were staring, as far as I could see, at a pretty little washerwoman with a basket of clothes?’ resumed the painter. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

The photograph showed two men, one of about seventy, the other some twenty years or so younger, sitting in basket chairs on a lawn with the corner of a verandah showing behind them. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Andrew Lang She cherished the basket and the egg as her chiefest treasures, and had a golden case made for the basket, so that when the time came to lay the egg in it, it might not risk any harm. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins He was leaving the room again, with the basket of keys in his hand. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Marie Corelli The Prince took the basket of lilies, and moved by a sudden fancy, set it gently in front of Angela’s great work. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Thomas Hardy On the other seat were two or three passengers, one of them a working woman who held a basket on her lap, in which was a tabby kitten. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Nathaniel Hawthorne He gathered here and there a herb, or grubbed up a root and put it into the basket on his arm. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Andrew Lang Then the woman gently coaxed the cock from the basket and carried it off to her own poultry yard, from which she brought one exactly like it, and popped it in its place. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Glamour filled the world, and he strayed after it, basket and all. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Jane Austen I would not disappoint the little angel for all the world: and if you want me at the card-table now, I am resolved to finish the basket after supper. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Sometimes in the course of our frequent descents from heaven to the waste-paper basket we feel that we lose too much to accomplish so little. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Theodore Dreiser A youth with tan-coloured hair, that needed clipping very badly, came shuffling along between the machines, bearing a basket of leather findings under his left arm, and pressed against his stomach. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Guy de Maupassan Monsieur d’Etchegorry had dismissed the servant and engaged a char-woman, whom he intended to pay, merely by small sums on account, and he used to go to market with a basket on his arm. The Old Maid by Guy de Maupassan

Andrew Lang The queen, watching this transformation, could hardly believe her eyes, and would have taken it all for a dream, had it not been for the basket which she held in her hand. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins At the same moment Mercy roused herself and spoke: “Won’t you sit down?” she said, softly, still not looking round at him, still busy with her basket of wools. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Anthony Trollope Then, in some half hour, he came again, with an armful or basket of books, and distributed them in the same way. North America by Anthony Trollope

Tripping over the basket of fruit, he fell, and straightway an avalanche of human flesh descended upon him. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Each lady contributor takes it in her turn to keep the basket a month, to sew for it, and to foist its contents on a shrinking male public. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

When I left the room the basket was there; I saw it. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

One morning Gervaise surprised her emptying a basket of oyster shells there. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Charles Kingsley Each basket contained a square package of carefully corded hide; the look whereof friend Amyas knew full well. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

George Eliot And I went and bought my basket and the pots, and —’ ‘Come, then, fire away,’ said Christian. ‘Here’s another placard. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Andrew Lang Then they dragged a basket out of the house, and tied a rope to it. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Nikolai Gogol I ordered my basket chaise to stop in front of the church, and entered softly that no one might turn round. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

Lecoq, my lad, put the basket on the table. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Andrew Lang Jesper made no reply, but put his pearls in the little basket and walked off. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith He chose to call it feminine inconsistency, in a woman who walked abroad with a basket of marriage-ties for the market on her arm. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

James Joyce Why this infliction? Would birds come then and peck like the boy with the basket of fruit but he said no because they ought to have been afraid of the boy. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Lucy Maud Montgomery One evening Marilla, coming in from the orchard with a basket of apples, found Anne sitting along by the east window in the twilight, crying bitterly. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle Behind him were two negroes with a basket and a water-skin. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

There is also attached to the quiver a little kind of basket to hold the wild cotton which is put on the blunt end of the arrow. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Andrew Lang Then the girl returned to the house, carrying the basket filled with water. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang She was just going to alight, when she suddenly remembered she had left her basket behind her. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The basket was half-full, in fact; more than half, and, on looking at it, a sudden thought struck the lawyer. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

D. H. Lawrence I went to the gate, basket in one hand, ninepence in coppers in the other, a demure deacon’s wife. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling An’ then there’ll be ‘er basket an’ sundries. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Here I take this great basket, so; here I tie my rosary around the handle, thus; and here I slip the rosary over my head and sling the basket upon my back, in this wise. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Wilkie Collins A brown dog, of the companionable retriever breed, ran in and fawned upon old Toller. Cristel followed (from the kitchen garden), with a basket of vegetables on her arm. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

A blacksmith produced two very handsome spears, and a fisherman a basket of fish, from which two fish were taken out and given to me. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

I stole round to the back of the house, filled a basket with elements more generous than those of the former day; extracted fresh drugs from my stores, and, thus laden, hurried back to the hut. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

John Ruskin He had several very bad falls, lost his basket and bread, and was very much frightened at the strange noises under the ice. The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin [1841]

She was bringing in a basket of flowers from the hothouse, to be arranged by her own hands. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

I found it in his waste-paper basket in Buffalo.” “Ah! and you could make use of that?” “I know it was a mean trick,” he acknowledged, dropping his eyes from her face. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Athos saw nothing living but a soldier, upon the terrace beneath the second and third court, who was carrying a basket of provisions on his head. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Sarah Orne Jewett I longed to go on; but it did not seem frugal to dig any longer after my basket was full, and at last I took my hoe by the middle and lifted the basket to go back up the hill. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Charles Kingsley In his hand he held a basket containing three apples, and three fresh-gathered and fragrant roses. The Poetry of Sacred and Legendary Art by Charles Kingsley

Elizabeth Gaskell But it seemed that this was against the rules; and all I could do was, to have the loan of a basket for a short time. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

How timid she was! — what induced it? The intruder was a shop-boy with an apron on, carrying a basket of grocery parcels to one of the few houses higher up. The Other Earring by Ellen Wood [1874]

George Elio He had set down the basket of strawberries on the gravel, and had lifted up little Lizzie in his arms to look at a bird’s nest. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

George Meredith The arrival of her diurnal basket of provisions offered a refreshing intervention of the commonplace. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Andrew Lang Next day he wove a basket out of some rushes, so that if he ever left the island he might be able to carry his treasures about. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Eliot Presently, in her disappointed search for remarkable objects, her eyes fell on a man with a pedlar’s basket before him, who seemed to be selling nothing but little red crosses to all the passengers. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was a limpid black night, hung as in a basket from a single dull star. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

So absent-minded was he, that sometimes when grinding somebody’s wheat he would thoughtlessly turn into the “hopper” a bag of rye, a lot of old beer-bottles, or a basket of fish. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Will you please come indoors?” and then smilingly he took her basket of roses from her. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Edith Wharton She too carried a double burden: her shoes and the candle in one hand, in the other a large covered basket that weighed down her bare arm. False Dawn by Edith Wharton

D. H. Lawrence The Somers had insisted on packing one basket of food for the house, and Victoria had brought some dainties as well. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence