Phrases with "behind"

He said to Williams, who was seated not more than a yard in front of the screen, “There is some one at the back of the screen behind you who is taking a most abnormal interest in us. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Arthur Conan Doyle Neither of them noticed that the stout gentleman behind with his hand placed jauntily in the breast of his coat, was still clutching the brown handle of a pistol. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

D. H. Lawrence The boy still stood unmoved, holding by one hand behind him, looking down from above, from his dangerous elevation, in a sort of abstraction. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle The major lingered behind to bid farewell, and then rejoined his German friend, who had been compelled to wait at the door for the latchkey. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Thomas Hardy Ten minutes later he rode away in the direction of Bristol, Tupcombe behind him, trembling at what these movements might portend. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Henry James She has very old-fashioned ideas — haven’t you, mamma?” she added, looking over my head at Mrs. Pallant, who had just come in behind me. Louisa Pallant by Henry James [1888]

Caroline Lamb She soon perceived, however, that the tall figure behind her was waiting for her reappearance. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Guy de Maupassant She was trotting behind him with a mournful and famished look, her tail between her legs, her ears flattened against her head and stopping and starting whenever he did. Mademoiselle Cocotte by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

But it would be a subject for an Epic, this Herries struggle, with a changing England behind it. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Then she suddenly experienced the sensation of something more unpleasant still behind her back. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

A. E. W. Mason She left him behind in America this spring. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

His master walked to and fro before the fire with bowed head and with his hands behind his back. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Sigmund Freud Unconfessed motives are wont to conceal themselves behind just such unsatisfying explanations. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Henry Handel Richardson He sat here as fast a prisoner as though chained to a stake — an old and weary man, with his fiftieth birthday behind him. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Elizabeth Gaskell As soon as Ralph had shut the door behind them, Mr. Wilkins went to the sideboard, and took out a bottle which had not previously made its appearance. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

At a glance Caroline perceived that his social hilarity was gone: he had left it behind him in the joy-echoing fields round the school; what remained now was his dark, quiet, business countenance. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Nathaniel Hawthorne In a few months more she helped him up the staircase with a pause at every step, and a longer one upon the landing-place, and a heavy glance behind as he crossed the threshold of his chamber. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

The mystical reverence that he felt for her was somehow mixed up with the aspect of the pale, cloudless sky, stretching away behind the chimney-pots into interminable distance. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Washington Irving They have not even left a distinct name behind them, though for nearly eight centuries they were a distinct people. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Virginia Woolf Her development was very slow and very awkward, but it had the irresistible impetus behind it of a deep-seated and noble ambition. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Walter Scott Therefore, get thee behind me, Satan! If I have seemed to be thy servant for a short time, it is but with an honest and Christian purpose. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Jack London But she thrust him ignominiously away and behind her. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Henry James Beside her an old gentleman was drinking absinthe; behind her the dame de comptoir in the pink ribbons was calling “Alcibiade! Alcibiade!” to the long-aproned waiter. Four Meetings by Henry James [1877]

H. Rider Haggard When my mind cleared I found myself standing inside the remnant of the Greys near the top of the mound, and just behind no less a person than Sir Henry himself. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Suddenly I felt myself shiver and start, and, turning, beheld him standing erect, a black shadow against the moonlighted wall behind him. The Old Stone House and other stories by Anna Katharine Green

Guy de Maupassant My brothers, Jacques and Paul, followed, and I trailed on behind in spite of the prayers of my mother, who stood in front of the house with her sister and my cousins. Mademoiselle Perle by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

I had a tall screen behind me and a radiator at my feet. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

The sense of suspense might have been his own imagining, but it seemed to him that behind the doors and the windows folk were listening. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Anthony Trollope But the glory of the château was the large garden behind the house. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy A figure moved behind him, and thinking it was still the girl with the broom Jude took no notice, till the person came close and laid her fingers lightly upon his bass hand. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Jane Austen I had gone a few steps, Fanny, when I heard the door open behind me. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Anthony Trollope Mrs Parker, with many sobs, bade him farewell, and Mr Wharton stood in the hall immoveable till the front door had been closed behind her. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Behind this was the kitchen; behind the former, a sort of flagged store-room. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Arthur Conan Doyle He glanced at me, and then without a word he turned and walked slowly through the forest, I keeping always about the same distance behind him. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Anthony Trollope A man who fires at you from behind a wall never will wait. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle He had not gained the crown of the slope, when he heard a sudden scuffle behind him and a feeble voice bleating for help. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Then behind me I heard the hall door clang, and the noise of a key turned in its lock. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

I was tying up a bundle of papers, and putting them in their place, preparatory to closing my desk, when Crimsworth reappeared at the door, and entering closed it behind him. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Edith Wharton Wrayford threw himself back against the opposite wall, behind the door. The Choice by Edith Wharton [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle From Wells we marched upon the twenty-fourth to Shepton Mallet, with the ominous sabres and helmets still twinkling behind and on either side of us. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Andrew Lang Then he turned his eyes in the other direction, and, far, far away, he caught sight of the ship with her sails spread, and a fair wind behind her. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Don Gomez sat like a statue in his place behind her. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

H.P. Lovecraft I entered, carrying my bicycle, and closed the door behind me. The Picture in the House by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

He said policemen are hiding in the yard; he did not see the house porter; but he saw the policeman who was hiding behind the gates. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Wolfe After a while, however, in the midwatches of the night, behind thick walls and bolted doors and shuttered windows, it came to me full flood at last in confessions of unutterable despair. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Nathaniel Hawthorne A natural impulse leads them to steal gradually onward, hiding themselves, as it were, behind a closer, and still a closer topic, until they stand face to face with the true point of interest. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Somebody behind shouted, “The Government’s broken the law,” and Oliver felt a little cold as he heard this final reduction of his own sentences to a supposed fact. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Rudyard Kipling They must have slipped down while we were in the passages, and now thought themselves perfectly hidden behind an old gilt leather screen. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

George Meredith While he was gazing at the fray, the door behind him opened, as he knew by the rush of cool air which struck his temples. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

A girl laughed above, in an open lattice behind a grating. Signa by Ouida

Marjorie Bowen There was a ball overhead in the great state rooms, and he could hear the music, violins, flutes and harpsichord, distinctly, though he had closed the door behind him. The Folding Doors by Marjorie Bowen

George Gissing With hands clasped behind him, Arthur stood for a long time gazing at the glorious scene. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

William Makepeace Thackeray Before the general background of waving heights which encompassed the bay, rose a second semicircle of undulating hills, as cheerful and green as the mountains behind them were grey and solemn. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

H. G. Wells I may perhaps tell what else remains to tell of Marion and Effie, and then for a time set my private life behind me. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

D. H. Lawrence His face seemed to Daphne curiously hidden behind the black beard, which nevertheless was thin, each hair coming thin and fine, singly, from the sallow, slightly translucent skin. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Marjorie Bowen The Prince rushed like a madman through the streets, a little group of us behind him. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

George Meredith It was a delicious afternoon of Spring, with the full red disk of sun dropping behind the brown beech-twigs. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

William Makepeace Thackeray A gentleman sitting behind me tapped me on the back and asked for a light. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

The restless shuffle behind Powell’s back stopped short, the intermittent shadowy chuckling ceased too. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Guy de Maupassant A man servant behind him held his guns, loaded them and handed them to his master. The Snipe (Contes de la bécasse) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

On a summer day, such as this one, Keswick smelt of flowers, save only in the slums, behind Main Street, where the odour was quite another one. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Rudyard Kipling There was a clash of broken glass behind the tree. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Charles Dickens But they had none at all; for the messenger had scarcely shut the door behind him, when there came another tap, and Tackleton himself walked in. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Anyway, you use this method to clear the closets and also for behind all doors ——” “And the bed,” Amory suggested. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ali, coming through the passage with an armful of pillows and blankets pressed to his breast high up under his chin, caught sight of his master before the door closed behind him. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

James Joyce The artist, like the God of creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Walter Scott And you, my lady, be pleased for once to dispense with a pillion, and get up, as you have done before, behind Saunders, who shall convey you safe home. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Abraham Merri Groups of elders, both men and women, came dancing toward us and fell in behind us as we went on. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle Challenger looked round with a glare, expecting to find some smug charlatan behind him. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Guy de Maupassan Then, she rushed behind some hangings, where she began to give vent to a flood of German words, which I did not understand, while I remained standing, dumbfounded. An Adventure (Une Aventure) by Guy de Maupassan

Perceiving that the willows also had halted for breath I determined to make a dash at them, leaving the camp-kettle behind to make its way back to camp as best it could. The Mirage by Ambrose Bierce

At any rate, O’Shane crashed heavily on to the floor and in a matter of seconds the two men had passed out into the street, banging the door to behind them. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Sir Michael’s wife walked toward the house in which her husband slept with the red blaze lighting up the skies behind her, and with nothing but the blackness of the night before. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Sinclair Lewis He breezed into the brown diminutiveness of the Merchants & Miners, but Mr. Topman, behind the bars, jerked back as though Neil were known to bite. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Leon Trotsky I managed in passing to tell Syermuks to meet me behind the station in an inconspicuous corner where there were no lamps. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Gissing Gazing at the forms of silvered cloud floating on blue depths, he heard a movement immediately behind him; he turned, to behold Emily standing in the doorway. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Baldwin Spencer The performance came to an end by the ab-moara men suddenly squatting down behind the performers. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Thomas Hardy He was both liked and abused by the girls who knew him, and though they were pleased by his attentions, they never failed to ridicule him behind his back. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Henry Handel Richardson And then, as he looked, his blood seemed to congeal: she was not alone; he saw her turn and speak to some one behind her. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

James Joyce Somewhere here lord Edward Fitzgerald escaped from major Sirr. Stables behind Moira house. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

She took refuge behind a lofty and magnificent Tomb, erected in honour of the Convent’s Foundress. Ambrosio followed her example, carefully hiding his Lamp lest its beams should betray them. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

D. H. Lawrence He would be a Napoleon of peace, or a Bismarck — and she the woman behind him. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

But behind immense was the body of agitated pursuers. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Washington Irving His saddle was cumbrous, projecting very much in front and in rear, and he rode with a banner fluttering behind him. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Suddenly there was a great noise behind Lakamba’s chair. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Baldwin Spencer There, all sat perfectly silent, the Immirinja in the front and the Alknalarinika behind them. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

The same man was coming out from behind the organ, and was passing along the gallery the same way. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Arnold Bennett In the small and tawdry proscenium, behind a worn picture of the Bay of Naples, were silhouetted the figures of the men’s leader and of several other officials. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Raffles had stepped down like a cat from behind our cover; grasping an angle of the stack with either hand, I put my head round after him. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

It trotted tranquilly by within a hand’s breadth of me and disappeared behind a rock. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle I could now see that a second fainter light followed a few paces behind the other. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Abraham Merri The moon was behind us and the Brunhilda was like a swanboat sailing down with the moonlight sending her, ja. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Andrew Lang Then, to his vexation, the man found that he had left his axe behind him, and he knew that if it lay all night in the mud it would become rusty and useless. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Lucy Maud Montgomery I’ve got a pain so often now — behind my eyes. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

To the right of the door showed the light of a window, sheltered by a red curtain, behind which the chiefs of the village were enjoying their evening. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle Through the clatter of our horses’ hoofs I could still from time to time hear the ominous murmur from behind us. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Virginia Woolf And so running, panting, set upon reaching the Barn and taking up her station behind the tea urn before the company came, she reached the Barn. And the butterfly rose and the bluebottle. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Abraham Merri We passed through it out into the square behind the fortress. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

You have seen here and there, in the prismatic rays of desire, a beautiful eye behind a blind, an ivory forehead pressed against a window, a mouth smiling behind a fan. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I heard Jean explain that he had been behind one of the bins in the corner, but I know better. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

H. G. Wells He was bearing down on them from the left, with his wicked little eye red, and his great horn down, and his little tail like a jury-mast behind him. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Marjorie Bowen She turned the key and entered, closing the door carefully behind her, holding her breath, stepping even more lightly than usual. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

A blank yellow wall rose behind overtopping the tree, reflecting the glare. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Gaston Leroux He heard revolver shots from behind the figure and saw Rouletabille at one of the gallery windows. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

John Galsworthy They stand in the way of — Nothing.” Jon listened, bewildered, almost outraged by his father’s words, behind which he felt a meaning that he could not reach. To Let by John Galsworthy

Leon Trotsky I watched this scene from behind the backs of the grown-ups. My Life by Leon Trotsky

He dimly noticed Elizabeth sprawling beside him, and screams coming from within the Club. Beyond the gate two Burmans were racing through the moonlight with their long hair streaming behind them. Burmese Days by George Orwell

H. G. Wells If so, he has forgotten them or put them behind him. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

H. Rider Haggard If the others have been sacrificed it was no fault of mine, for there are forces behind me that I cannot control even when I guide them. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Half an hour later we had left the city behind us, and were driving through the suburbs in the direction of Mr. Maybourne’s residence. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Andrew Lang As he had been bidden, behind them came Ardan son of Gorla, rejoicing in his heart that work so easy had fallen to his lot. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells He used to come into the yard behind his mother’s cottage, and, after a careful inspection of the ground for hens and chicks, he would sit down slowly with his back against the barn. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

In a minute the creek would be behind us and we would be thumping our stem into the short hollow waves of the fiord, and lurching through spray and rain for some point on the opposite shore. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Charles Dickens On a bright morning I rattled away from Paris, in the German chariot, and left the large dark creature behind me for good. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

H. G. Wells As though a higher mind is imprisoned somewhere behind the human brain. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Sinclair Lewis Jasper opened it with a flat key and closed it behind him. The Willow Walk by Sinclair Lewis

Edgar Rice Burroughs First I took the wolf dog to the spot where the man had fought with Dian. A few paces behind us followed Raja’s fierce mate. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

In long skirts, it is true, but with most of their petticoats left in the bedroom behind them. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

They were quartering the forest behind him, and if he went back that way he would have to discard his horse and take to crawling in thickets. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

A. E. W. Mason It opened, she came out; with a nervous movement she shut the door behind her. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

Leon Trotsky There were cries behind and a ditch ahead. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Now this man I spoke of, this Andrew Power, who stood behind the presidential chair, seems to have been a sort of sublimified madman. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was an insignificant-looking person amongst the athletic young men by whom he was surrounded, but his eyes, behind his horn-rimmed spectacles, were exceptionally hard and piercing. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Thomas Hardy At one side of the road was a low wall, but she could not have gone behind that without considerable trouble and singular conduct. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

G. K. Chesterton The tallest of the three abode the blast in a high silk hat, which the wind seemed to charge as vainly as that other sullen tower, the house behind him. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

The panel closed behind them and alone at last, Ann sank back into one of the pews, physically and mentally exhausted. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

She saw him and his servant change into werewolves, at least partially, remaining in a half state, devouring her children whom she left behind in her escape. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Mark Twain They couldn’t a been worse scared if the place had a been full of ghosts laying for them behind everything and under the beds and shivering through the air. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope There had been morning callers there, and people had told some truth and also some falsehood respecting the property which John Bold had left behind him. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence In the morning the coast was still chill in shadow, though the sun was up behind the hills, when the woman came down from the villa towards the goddess. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassant He should have watched them behind the doors. Monsieur Parent by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Victor Hugo His under-clerk, who had been on his knees behind him, got up also. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Quick march!’ He and the Military Policeman went in behind the others, arm-in-arm, with a dancing step — the policeman, till they got inside, wagging his fat behind in imitation of a pwe-dancer. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Sinclair Lewis As a background, behind the noises of Hugh and the kitchen, the house reeked with a colorless stillness. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Elizabeth had put on her raincoat and Mrs Lackersteen was cowering in the rickshaw behind her umbrella, but neither was much use against the rain. Burmese Days by George Orwell

I tell you I saw her long black hair spread behind her upon the moonlit water as she struck out with bare arms by the side of a swift prau. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

H. G. Wells What mattered was the ideas behind him. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

But in a flash we were past them, and their cries faded behind me. Prester John by John Buchan

Jules Verne At this moment the creature’s head could be seen, which was small, flat, but widened behind by the large temporal fossae hidden under the long roof. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

He came to the house behind Holborn, and he passed down the corridor into the secret hall. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Somewhere behind me I felt fresh air. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Margaret Oliphant Phœbe, you needn’t be a-hiding behind me, child, as if the pastor was thinking of how you was dressed. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Robert Louis Stevenson For after this first squib-like conflagration of the dry moss and twigs, there remains behind a deep-rooted and consuming fire in the very entrails of the tree. The Old Pacific Capital by Robert Louis Stevenson

Theodore Dreiser He rode about the city those days behind a team of spirited bays, whose glossy hides and metaled harness bespoke the watchful care of hostler and coachman. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Their pagris were gone and their puttees trailing yards behind them, but they had no damage worse than bruises. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Gustave Flauber He sat bare-headed beneath a parasol of byssus which was carried by a Negro behind him. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

I turned the handle quickly and, stepping into the room, closed the door gently behind me. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

It’ll be all dark behind us then. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Jules Verne But Hatteras would not hear of it; he did not want to leave traces behind of which a competitor might take advantage. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

John Galsworthy She’s behind with her rent, and her sister’s ill. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

In the corner behind the door, the sand-pile rose to the ceiling, in shape just like the deposit at the bottom of an hour-glass. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

George Eliot Presently, as she walked on wearily, she heard the rumbling of heavy wheels behind her; a covered waggon was coming, creeping slowly along with a slouching driver cracking his whip beside the horses. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Arthur Machen I may have thought that I detected a lack of candour, a hidden reserve behind all the generosity of Mr. Marsh’s expressions. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Walter Scott War and terror, to use the expression of the poet, had rushed on to the field, and left only wounds and death behind them. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Rudyard Kipling He may be behind us even as we speak. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Henry James The door closed behind her with a very quick softness and Lionel remained a moment staring at it. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

James Joyce He boundles alltogotter his manucupes with his pedarrests in asmuch as because that he confesses before all his handcomplishies and behind all his comfoderacies. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Arthur Conan Doyle He then closed the door behind the bulky form which followed him and carefully adjusted the heavy curtain over the latticed window. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

Gaston Leroux He found himself at the bottom of a staircase, down which, behind him, a procession of workmen were carrying a sort of stretcher, covered with a white sheet. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Instinctively I darted forward in pursuit, but was soon passed by the man behind me. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing Generally he held his hands together behind him; if not so, one of them would dip its fingers into a waistcoat pocket and the other grasp the lapel of his coat. The Pig and Whistle by George Gissing

Andrew Lang Behind the garden there is a hedge with tall aspens which rustle in the morning wind, behind the hedge is a road, behind the road is a wood, and behind the wood the wide world. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells He started, looked up, the door slammed behind him, the tray tilted sideways, and the steel wedge struck him behind the ear. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Marjorie Bowen For anyone to have stood between him and the wall would have been impossible; behind the back of his chair was not space enough to push a walking-stick. Scoured Silk by Marjorie Bowen

Mark Twain We was in the path to the mill; and when they got pretty close on to us we dodged into the bush and let them go by, and then dropped in behind them. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

In the twinkling of an eye, he had leaped behind a tree; and was crouching there, pistol in hand, peering from either side of his place of ambush with bared teeth; a serpent already poised to strike. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Virginia Woolf The rubber-shoed pony was pacing up and down the lawns leaving a pale wake in the grass behind him. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Hooker wanted to get into the sheds to fetch a coat he had left behind and, knowing he had offended me by talking to the reporters, he had been waiting until the coast was clear to go in. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

E. Phillips Oppenheim From behind him, two exceedingly formidable-looking men slipped into the room. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Anne Bronte Then footsteps were heard on the stairs, and my aunt entered the room with a solemn countenance, and closed the door behind her. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

I was about to pass him with a wave of the hand when to my disgust there was a loud bang behind me and I knew I had got a blow-out in one of my back tyres. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

This was a man’s foot, which I now saw projecting from behind the drapery through which I had seen the white hand glide. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Machen From the road behind him, from the road before him, from the unseen wells beneath the trees, rivulets of waters swelled and streamed down towards the center to the brook that crossed the lane. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

George MacDonald He searched for his hay-cork, found it, stuck it in harder, and was just dropping off once more, when, pop! with an angry whistle behind it, the cork struck him again, this time on the cheek. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Anthony Hope These were followed by a car drawn by four horses: on it, under a heavy pall, lay a coffin; behind it rode a man in plain black clothes, carrying his hat in his hand. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Arnold Bennett The baby’s cry, behind the door, rose to a mysterious despairing howl, which had such an effect on Constance’s heart that she could have walked through fire to reach the baby. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

It lies a little distance before us, and a little distance behind — about as far as the eye can carry. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Thomas Hardy Elfride followed lingeringly behind him. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Robert Louis Stevenson Again, in taking away our friends, death does not take them away utterly, but leaves behind a mocking, tragical, and soon intolerable residue, which must be hurriedly concealed. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James It seemed to Rowland a sort of foreshadowing of matrimony to see Miss Blanchard standing gracefully on his hearth-rug and blooming behind the central bouquet at his circular dinner-table. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Guy de Maupassant Soon they left the outposts behind them, made their way through deserted Colombes, and found themselves on the outskirts of the small vineyards which border the Seine. It was about eleven o’clock. Two Friends (A Fishing Excursion) (Deux Amis) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Arthur Morrison But just at this moment, the woman, emitting a terrific shriek, was suddenly lifted from behind and vanished. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

John Galsworthy He passed through and heard the grate of the rings as the curtains were drawn behind him. To Let by John Galsworthy

Bronislaw Malinowski In the camp the husband sleeps at the right hand of the fire, his wife behind him, and her young children behind her. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Anthony Trollope Whom should they meet, standing on the path, armed with his gun, and with his keeper behind him armed with another, than the Marquis of Trowbridge himself. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

He had been behind in the crowd, he said, beside the carriage of the commissioner and the judge of the Marine Court sent by the Havana authorities to deliver the pirates. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Karl Philipp Moritz I came to a lofty eminence, where all at once I saw a boundless prospect of hills before me, behind which fresh hills seemed always to arise, and to be infinite. Travels in England in 1782 by Karl Philipp Moritz

William Morris Therewith she took her hand, and led her forth of the prison, and locked the door behind her; and then downstairs they went, and out-a-doors by a little wicket at the stair-end. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Anthony Trollope Charley, with a light and quick step, passed over the thwarts, and, disregarding Mrs. Woodward’s scream, let himself down, over the gun-wale behind her seat into the water. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Gustave Flauber From time to time Barca had a volley of arrows discharged behind him to check them, and several were killed. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Algernon Blackwood They like to glorify themselves, though few of them understand even the A B C of the serious belief that may lie behind it all. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Nothing remained to him but the abstract idea of wealth, and the knowledge that he could leave it behind him as a monument of his own individual greatness when he should be dust. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle Here behind this magic door is the rest house, where you may forget the past, enjoy the present, and prepare for the future. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

He turned to a younger man behind him. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then behind his desk is the door that leads to the inner study — a small room where he keeps papers and things. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Over there, behind that clump of trees. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Anna Katherine Green In an anguish of ungovernable shyness, she slipped behind the ample figure of her friend till only her fluttering skirt betrayed her presence. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Keeping behind the skyline I ran for maybe half a mile, till I judged I was above the uppermost end of the glen. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Heaven bless thee!’ With that he got into his coach, and drove off to the Vatican. His purse which he had left behind was well supplied. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Arthur Conan Doyle The ball grazed Reuben’s cheek, leaving a red weal behind it like a lash from a whip, and blackening his face with the powder. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle