Phrases with "being"

Arthur Conan Doyle Finally, on being informed that the time had come when he might address the jury, he stepped to the front of the dock. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Gaston Leroux The child was being beaten on the nape of the neck. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Jack London So sleepily helpless was I that she was compelled to hold me in my chair to prevent my being flung to the floor by the violent pitching of the schooner. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

William Hope Hodgson And we told them certain ways by which they might bring a more speedy life to the soil; and this they were eager to do, being freshly alive after so long a time of half-life. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Virginia Woolf For beyond the difficulty of communicating oneself, there is the supreme difficulty of being oneself. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She had not known or expected and conditions other than those she was familiar with—the conditions of being fed and clothed, kept clean and exercised, but totally unloved and unentertained. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Embroidered covers, on the other hand, have rarely been changed, the motive for such a proceeding never having been strong, and the risk attending it being obvious enough. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

George Meredith This is one of the lightning moments of life for the woman, at the meeting of the two men between whom her person has been in dispute, may still be; her soul being with one. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Edith Wharton I shall go on being what I have always been — sifting and sorting, as she calls it. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Walter Crane One may use a black on a white, a brown, or a gold outline (as in cloisonné), the nature of the outline being generally determined by the nature of the work. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Andrew Lang There was a fierce battle then, and the sea became so stormy that it was not very easy to keep the boat from being filled by the waves. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ralph Waldo Emerson The sciences, even the best — mathematics and astronomy — are like sportsmen, who seize whatever prey offers, even without being able to make any use of it. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Was it the girl? Was he being sorry for her because of her pluck and decency? But he had no real reason to think that she cared for the man other than as a friend. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Charles Dickens But Joey being a privileged person, and even an involuntary conquest being pleasant to youth and beauty, Marguerite merrily looked out for him next time. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

They hold the dart between the thumb and the remaining finger, which serve only to give direction, the velocity being communicated by the becket and forefinger. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Henry James And yet I remember never being jealous of my happier comrade, and striking up, for the time, one of those friendships of childhood. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

Henry Kingsley I have been down among the dead men, and since then up into the seventh heaven, in consequence of being not only gazetted, but promoted. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

William Makepeace Thackeray Yonder you see a dozen pair of red legs glittering in the water, their owners being employed in washing their own or other people’s rags. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau By means of this holy, sublime, and real religion all men, being children of one God, recognise one another as brothers, and the society that unites them is not dissolved even at death. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jack London The boat was leaping and pounding as it fell over the crests, I could hear the seas rushing past, and spray was continually being thrown aboard. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

D. H. Lawrence One thing she knew, in her subconsciousness, and that was, she would never sail for India. She and Anton, being important guests on account of the coming marriage, had rooms in the large bungalow. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe But the stamens, being shorter than the germen, cannot discharge the pollen so as to throw it upon the stigma, as the flower stands always upright till after impregnation. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

This consent, however, may be signified either expressly or tacitly, and the tacit consent “reaches as far as the very being of any one within the territories of that government. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

H. G. Wells Then Archie being there helped me to remember. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Anthony Trollope She told him that she was very fond of him, and talked nonsense about being his sister, and all that. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang Unhappily he did not dare to come forward, being afraid that he should only be jeered at, or even turned away from the castle on account of his impudence. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Makepeace Thackeray Think of the fashion of London being led by a Br-mm-l! [Footnote: This manuscript must have been written at the time when Mr. Brummel was the leader of the London fashion. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Rudyard Kipling Send me all the news of all the crops and what is being done in our village. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Wilkie Collins Reverting to this view in various ways, she pressed it on my consideration one day in these words: “There is one drawback, George, to my happiness in being here with you. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Do you happen to remember a country policeman being killed and his bicycle as well as his body being afterwards thrown over a bridge?” “Happen to remember!” exclaimed Pike with a scowl. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

I said something about it being all right — no necessity to make a fool of herself, when she turned upon me like a wild cat. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

There was he, having the best of everything, including a good lunch under the grandstand, his expenses being paid and in addition getting a pound note for being there. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Pu Songling He would have liked to awaken his companions, but the fear of being made fun of prevented him. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

Joseph Furphy This being so, there was no hurryrather the reverse — for the selection was not to be reached till dusk. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

I do so envy journalists who can write about plagues and strikes and Anarchist plots, and other pleasing things, instead of being tied down to one stale old topic. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

Joseph Furphy Also, Montgomery would, within a week, know all the details of the trip (station-spy again), but, being a white man, he would silently condone Nelson’s disobedience. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

H. Rider Haggard And now the darkness gathered and the snow fell thick and fast, covering up the track of her footsteps and she wandered from the path, and after her wandered Swanhild, being loath to show herself. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle Their legs were somewhat thin, ears large and pointed upwards, being almost pear-shaped. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

H. G. Wells What was there to prevent us being frank with one another? Their emperor — his position was a pile of ridiculous assumptions, no doubt, but at bottom — he was a sane man. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Elizabeth Gaskell I’m dreadfully afraid of being tempted, at an unguarded moment, by the aunt. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Eliza wondered why he should flush up at being asked for a prescription, and why he should have suddenly lost himself in a reverie. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Anna Katherine Green Dark Hollow is never light, but it is impenetrable after dark, and not being able to see anything, he knelt down in the road and began to feel about with his hand. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

H. G. Wells The place impressed Bensington as being eminently adapted to the requirements of scientific research. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Anthony Trollope Would Tom come and see her? Tom attended to her behest, and then sat down by her bedside on being told in a mysterious voice that she had to demand from him a great service. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

She was aware of his eyes being on her, with scornful bitterness, with triumphant contempt. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Come, De Guiche, you are innocent, and, being so, the scene of today must have wounded you. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Thomas Paine The natural feelings of every rational being will be against you, and wherever the story shall be told, you will have neither excuse nor consolation left. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

It put his temper up frightful, sir, I being one of their enemies the Frogs; but he says if he’d known it was me that snatched King out of the fight on Saturday, he’d not have minded so much. The Final Ending to it by Ellen Wood [1872]

Fancy lying in it for ever and a day!” “Fancy, rather, being borne on angels’ wings, and living with God in heaven for ever and ever!” cried Whitney earnestly. At Whitney Hall by Ellen Wood [1872]

Elizabeth Gaskell I must get him a proper nurse, somehow or somewhere, for all my being a Cranworth man. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Wilkie Collins An alarming accident has enabled me to test the value of one of my preparations on a living human subject — that subject being a man. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Rafael Sabatini He knew that it is not good to command where we are not sure of being obeyed or of being able to enforce obedience, that an authority once successfully flouted is in itself half-shattered. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Meanwhile honours without stint were being rendered to the great author and venerable sage. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Not because it was — Chris, but because they made me ashamed of being human, of belonging to the same species. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Anthony Trollope If her husband has not come in at that moment she might have said a word or two in her own defence, being driven to do so by the absence of any other mode of retreating. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy But only Avice was there, seated beside the teapot of brown delf, which, as artists, they affected, her back being toward him. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Perhaps, being of mixed birth with a large proportion of peasant blood in them, they were tougher in fibre than some. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

For it did not seem possible to Janet that a hopeless passion for a being like Elfrida Bell could result in anything but collapse. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

John Bunyan They are again put into the cage, and after brought to trial Then a convenient time being appointed, they brought them forth to their Tryal, in order to their condemnation. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

Peel had several reasons for being on the other side. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

What does my being a man of fortune mean? It means that I have become a marrying man — a man who has a right to marry. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

Anthony Trollope It’s all very well for your noble master to talk of being civil, and hoping that the horse had carried him well, and all that. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson The walls were of apple-green, and instead of being profusely hung with Elizabeth’s best water-colours, there was nothing on them but a sconce or two for electric light. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

On being asked if he knew anything of the matter, he said: “Well, I don’t say we did, mind you; but I had a suspicion we were in China waters at the time. The Treasure of Sacramento Nick by Guy Boothby

Arthur Conan Doyle His blood was up, and there was nearly being a pretty scene before the clerks. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Wilkie Collins Some of them — the physician-in-chief being among the numberbelieve that the recovery of her mind has not accompanied the recovery of her body. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

George Meredith Mr. Barmby wanted more advice, his dilemma being acute. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

He lingered a moment, said something cheerful about being nearly home, then made her a punctilious salute and went his way. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Thomas Paine There does not exist a being so devoid of sense and sentiment as to covet “unconditional submission,” and therefore no man in America could be with you in principle. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

George Meredith You have guessed him—the ancient Puck! We have laughed all day over the paper telling us of his worrying the Lords. Lady Esquart congratulates her husband on being out of it. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Arnold Bennett Then she thought: “Why should I be angry? The fact is I’m being mother all over again. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Now, all is changed, and, being happy again, I should feel deep regret at leaving the Pictorial Land. But I cannot tell. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Jane Austen Lucy was all exultation on being so honorably distinguished; and Miss Steele wanted only to be teazed about Dr. Davies to be perfectly happy. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

D. H. Lawrence It was a consummation, a being infinite. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Don’t dream of being under obligation to explain it to me, or to thank us at all. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Six other slight cases (each of which is specified) got well under the Homoeopathic treatment, none of its asserted specific effects being manifested. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

William Morris These also we counted, being five hundred; moreover some of the outermost of them, viz. The Hollow Land by William Morris [1856]

D. H. Lawrence Round the near horizon went the haze, opalescent with frost and smoke, and on the top lay the small blue sky; so that it was like being inside an enclosure, always inside. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope You are one of the wretched to whom the world offers nothing; and therefore — as, being human, you must hope — build your hopes on eternity. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Victor Carrington, always an observant man, had peculiarly the air of being on the watch that day during dinner. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

An idle, strolling custom house guard, belted over his blue capote, had the air of being depressed by exposure to the weather and the monotony of official existence. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

George Gissing But that was when he had never thought of being in want himself. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

He never likes being kept waiting. St. Luke's Summer by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Charles Kingsley Of course, being nearer heaven than I am, he sees clearer what he should say and do than I can see for him. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Willa Cather She could feel him approach, bend over her and lift her, and then she could feel herself being carried swiftly off across the fields. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Thomas Hardy He was thunderstruck when, while waiting in the full expectation of being admitted to her presence, the answer brought back to him was that she was unable to see him. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Such being the old countess’s programme — a plan, according to her lights, grand and generous, she might have dawdled over it, for a good while, for she did not love trouble. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

But every now and then there was a look in her face, or in her eyes, that struck him as being familiar—as if he had once known someone who resembled her. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Then he lighted the stump of a cigar; then he looked at his watch, and it being almost supper time, he went in to secure the best place. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Anthony Hope As they reached the city, she grew more composed, being persuaded by Bernenstein that nothing in her bearing must rouse suspicion. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

The most famous of botanists compiled a floral almanac; the months, and in some cases the weeks, being associated with the development and flowering of significant plants. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Oscar Wilde He atones for being occasionally somewhat over-dressed, by being always absolutely over-educated. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

George Gissing On both sides appeared a disposition to friendliness, though Nancy only marked her distrust in the hope of learning more about this mysterious relative and of being useful to her brother. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Algernon Blackwood Much that tradition had made lovely with the perfume of many centuries I found modernized until the ancient spirit had entirely fled, leaving a shell that was artificial to the point of being false. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Mr. Monckton felt very much like a spectator, who looks on at a drama which is being acted in a language that is unknown to him. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Mark Twain They were allowed to leave the stand without being cross-questioned. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

You have of course told him everything?” “He says my only hope is their not being able to prove identity. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Rudyard Kipling King was importing himself more freely into the trial, being vengeful where Prout was grieved. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Perhaps for the sake of her mother he had chosen to save her—and, being the man he was, he had been able to make use of his past experiences. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope Eleanor thought he might as well have left the compliment alone, but she said nothing and looked nothing, being occupied as she was with the baby. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Oliver Goldsmith I did not consider the impropriety of my being in such company till I saw a mob gather about me. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

The virgins wear theirs loose, plaited in small plaits of three, which, being parted in the centre, allows the hair to fall evenly down all round the head like a well-arranged mop. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

H. Rider Haggard Next morning, being Christmas Day, Lady Bellamy went to church, as behoves a good Christian, and listened to the Divine message of peace on earth and good-will towards men. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Sir Richard Burton And the thieves being all disposed of on this wise, Morgiana laid her down to sleep in perfect solace and ease of mind. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Willa Cather In his courtship, as in everything else, he was theatrical to the point of being ridiculous, but Ellen’s sense of humor is not her strongest quality. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Henry James That would be to tell her too much about himself — it being at present just from himself he was trying to escape. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Wilkie Collins It’s wrong in me to see through compliments, being a woman, 1 know. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Ivan Turgenev I remember at the end of my letter I spoke of the painful position of a girl who is conscious of being solitary, even among her own people. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Thomas Hardy He had ever possessed a full share of self-consciousness; he had been readily piqued, had shown an unusual dread of being personally obtrusive. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

I assure you it will bear being talked about. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

We cannot all escape from being abstractionists. Memories and Studies by William James

Anthony Trollope It is useless to give the chapters, as the treatise, being fragmentary, is differently divided in different editions. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

The English charts, being relatively useless, though more suitable to our rôle as English yachtsmen, were to be left in evidence, as shining proofs of our innocence. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Senora Gredos was simply looked upon as an invalid fond of entertaining because of her weariness in being confined to her couch. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Walter Scott His armour was ingeniously painted, so as to represent a skeleton; the ribs being constituted by the corselet and its back-piece. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

Wilkie Collins On that one poor little topic of the yacht he talked, talked, talked, as if his life depended upon his not being silent for an instant on the rest of the way back. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Robert Louis Stevenson Water, however, being entirely absent, except in the form of rain, I determined to return to Fouzilhic, and ask a guide a little farther on my way — ‘a little farther lend thy guiding hand. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Virginia Woolf She knew that it was of enormous importance that she should attend to these sights and grasp their meaning, but she was always being just too late to hear or see something which would explain it all. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

It was not until they had finished dinner and returned to the library that Carrados gave the slightest hint of anything unusual being in the air. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

He only felt the dead weight of a future that appalled him, being forced on him by the hands that were stretched out to give him blessing. Signa by Ouida

Anthony Trollope There was no doubt about Lucy being as good as gold; only that real gold, vile as it is, was the one thing that Frank so much needed. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf She had the reputation, which nothing in her manner contradicted, of being the most practical of people. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

John Galsworthy A blundering lot — making the worst of it like that! It was like being shot by your own side. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

The letter was a tissue of injustice and egotism; and Angela gave up all hope of influencing her sister for good; but not the hope of being useful to her sister’s children. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Andrew Lang Almost directly Iwanich saw his two horses being driven towards him by a host of eagles of all sizes. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arnold Bennett That’s the worst of being rotten amateurs. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

He did not know what had happened, what was being said, or what was being thought. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Anatole France I have my own way of being exacting. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

G. K. Chesterton And Murrel would sit up opposite him and reflect that this was what made a public man; the power of being excited at the same moment as the public press. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

There are, at the present day, certain groups of animals which are never found in fresh waters, being unable to live anywhere but in the sea. On a Piece of Chalk by Thomas Henry Huxley

I heard a man on the rails call out something about it being a lucky escape for Huggins, but I wasn’t quite so sure about the luck. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

James Hogg I accepted the invitation, being afraid to go to rest lest the commotions of the foregoing night might be renewed, and continued the worship as long as in decency I could. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Jules Verne Ah, if Doctor Ox’s experiment were being tried! But it was not being tried, as yet. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

The Puritan had thrown off chivalry as being parcel of Catholicism, and had replaced it by the Hebrew ideal of the subjection and seclusion of woman. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

John Galsworthy The movement was that of a man used to being spied on. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

But I haven’t been through bad enough times to justify me in being an optimist. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

John Galsworthy There was no possibility anyway of Fleur being dragged in as witness or anything of that sort. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Robert Louis Stevenson Escape being impossible, I was allowed my entire liberty, and continually explored the surface of the isle wherever it might support the foot of man. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

And from these internal enemies civilization is always in need of being saved. Memories and Studies by William James

Anthony Trollope But Rachel had known nothing of what is called society, and had never before known either the trouble or the joy of being loved. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton Poor Ellie such a good fellow, after all! “To thank me? For what? For being so happy here?” he laughed, taking her hands. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

There was no doubt about the character being cleared — but where the cleared man was nobody could tell. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

H. G. Wells Little containers, made to look like fountain pens, were already being manufactured. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

The queen, you must know, instead of being delivered of a son, was delivered of twins. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Miles Franklin Up to that date I do not remember being so fully interested in anything. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

H. G. Wells It was all of a piece and yet — was it not also — the thought was like being stung by a gnat and yet it came to him there-fantastically inconsecutive? “What a day!” said Gemini, first in bed. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether the denominations being retained, although the bullion were gone, things might not nevertheless be rated, bought, and sold, industry promoted, and a circulation of commerce maintained? 27. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

It must be done very cautiously, for the people must have no suspicion that they are being spied on. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

M. P. Shiel A sardonic glee burst at once into being within me. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

H. Rider Haggard Still, being mindful of their oath, they hunted for Koll and found him. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Nellie Bly How near it came to being correct can be seen later on. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Like Adam, I was apparently united by no link to any other being in existence; but his state was far different from mine in every other respect. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Anthony Trollope Linda said not a word as she was being thus conducted, but was thinking whether it might not even yet serve her purpose to be silent and sullen. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Jules Verne Their masters had to go on too, whether they would or not but they were so rejoiced at being able to quench their thirst, that this compulsory bath was no grievance. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Theodore Dreiser Life ought to be lived as he lived it; the privilege of being generous particularly appealed to her. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Algernon Blackwood Part of the time he was present, part of it he was not visibly so, being screened from observation, yet so placed that he could note everything that happened. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

W. H. Hudson My excuse must be that some things are common without being familiar; also that some common things have not yet been explained. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Edith Wharton He walked and walked, unconscious of the way, driven by the need of being alone and far from the realities to which he must so soon come back. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

The maid who answers it always seems to be hesitating, as if she were being prompted by someone behind her, and the reply is invariably the same —‘Still weak, but improving. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

H. G. Wells In a little while they were being constructed not only by governments and local authorities, but by robber bands, by insurgent committees, by every type of private person. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

H. G. Wells At the sight of another human being my torpor passed, and I leaned out of the window eagerly. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Rudyard Kipling He took the Cow — All-the Cow-there-was — and said, ‘Play at being a Cow,’ and All-the-Cow-there-was played. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

This being so, it would seem as if a marriage might ensue. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Henry Handel Richardson In comparison the bathroom struck cool, being windowless, and lit only by a raised skylight. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

William Henry Hudson And was she not a being of a higher order than myself? It was folly to think otherwise. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Anthony Trollope He was still a bachelor, being about fifty, and was not a little proud of his person. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen Or at least, if she did not bring herself quite to rejoice in Edward’s being fettered to Lucy, she determined, that had Lucy been more amiable, she OUGHT to have rejoiced. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

H.P. Lovecraft Animals shunned them through instinctive hatred, not because of being hunted. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Commencement for Termination. A contribution to our noble tongue by its scholastic conservators, “commencement day” being their name for the last day of the collegiate year. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

H. G. Wells And with these two words Eric Gunnarsson, the ambitious young man who may have dreamt at one time of being President of the World, vanishes from history. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

David Hume Experience being chiefly what forms the associations of ideas, it is impossible that any association could establish and support itself, in direct opposition to that principle. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

The Europeans during the prevalence of the plague, if they are forced to venture into the streets, will carefully avoid the touch of every human being whom they pass. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

As he had never spoken to Susan, the utmost sign he had given being a look or a warmer handshake than usual, he thought there would be no difficulty in transferring his homage to the younger sister. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

George Gissing But not when I have the choice between silence and being disagreeable. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

E. Nesbi And presently, when she stopped crying, they were able to laugh at her for being such a coward as to faint. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Andrew Lang Now, when tidings of these things came to a certain brave man, one exercised in war, he drew near, being guided by the sound, till he came to the very cause of the hubbub. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

H. Rider Haggard At that hour precisely, on the Sabbath in question, she appeared as usual — no, not as usual, for, it being Sunday, she had on her stiff, black gown — and, with all due solemnity, made the tea. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

He’s dead now, an’ I gave ’im a ‘andsome tombstone with the text: ‘Go thou and do likewise’ on it, being a short remark, lead letterin’ being expensive. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Thomas Carlyle In some senses, one may say it is the only phasis of Protestantism that ever got to the rank of being a Faith, a true heart-communication with Heaven, and of exhibiting itself in History as such. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Jules Verne Such being the case, it can be easily understood how a sudden jerk would separate the front from the hinder part. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

And as our bribes to those of the public being demonstrated out of Euclid to be as five shillings to sixpence, here again young Oxford had the advantage. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

The idea of the skin being reversed is a very ancient one: versipellis occurs as a name of reproach in Petronius, Lucilius, and Plautus, and resembles the Norse hamrammr. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Charles Dickens All these things being done, and midnight nearly come, they sallied forth to show him the spot where he was to keep his dreary vigil. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

The idea of going away with Cayrol, and of being alone with him in the carriage frightened her. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Andrew Lang Then, his pistol being empty, he grasped the barrel with both hands, and stood ready to use it as a club should the Yara approach and closer. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I stayed in Paris long enough to save appearances, the man Georges being supposed to have fled to the utmost ends of the earth. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Charles Dickens There being no safer man to imitate in all such proceedings than a courier, I buttoned mine. To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens [1852]

D. H. Lawrence From being a lofty creature soaring over her head, he was now like a big fish poking its nose above water and making eyes at her. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Frances Hodgson Burnett That is one of the reasons for their being put in the world. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Jack London The rest of the cunies, being considered my slaves, could not aspire to office of any sort under the crown. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Robert Louis Stevenson There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Mr. Grey had at first refused to accept the assertion as being worth anything, and had by no means confined himself to polite language in expressing his belief. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Edith Wharton What he felt was just an uneasy qualm, as if the new air in his soul’s lungs were being gradually pumped out of them again. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Of course Mitter has set her on to that young Fortescue, and I should say the information as to where that glass is being made came, in the first instance, from the boy. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Virginia Woolf The summer day was fading; lights were being lit, primrose lights, still separate, for the glow of the sunset was still in the air. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

But they were not bidden aught but to worship God, being sincere in religion unto Him as ‘Hanîfs, and to be steadfast in prayer, and to give alms: for that is the standard religion. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Joseph Furphy I lashed my hat on with a handkerchief, one side of the brim being turned down to keep some of the sand and dust out of my weather-ear. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Anthony Trollope It seemed to herself that she was being carried away by this man, because she had suddenly lost her remembrance of all negatives. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Allan Poe To a Musquito, is droll, and has at least the merit of making, at the same time, no efforts at being sentimental. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

So Jon’s being a saint and giving it to him. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]