Phrases with "bending"

Marjorie Bowen Valentine, bending over him, stroked his hands tenderly, then breaking from him, leaned against the wall in sudden woe. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Henry Handel Richardson Then, bending over the writhing anguished thing that had once been John Turnham, the doctor addressed it by name. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Willa Cather They were all laughing and bending toward her. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

John Lewis Burckhard I frequently saw mountain-goats of the largest size brought to the market of Shendy; they have long horns bending to the middle of the back; their flesh is esteemed a great dainty. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

For quite a long time there was silence in the room, while the detective, with all the concentration in his power, endeavored to absorb the personality of the man who was bending over him. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

She made such a lovely picture, bending over the child in her unconscious beauty. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

John Galsworthy She watched him bending over the tea-things, and thought how trim he still was, and how quick and precise his movements. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

George Gissing Oughtn’t you to eat something before you go up?’ Alma put her hands upon his shoulders, bending her face so as to hide it from him. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

George Elio Could he read the full forgiveness that was written in her eyes? She never knew; for, as she was bending to kiss him, the thick veil of death fell between them, and her lips touched a corpse. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

E. Phillips Oppenheim Wolfenden saw a dark, slim figure bending forward with his finger still pressed to the ball of the lamp. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Edith Wharton She had crossed the room and was bending over the hearth to light the fire. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

And Cumhal said, bending his knees, “I have come by the windy way And learn to pray when you pray. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

Virginia Woolf As if obeying a common instinct, they both stopped and, bending slightly over the balustrade of the river, looked into the flowing water. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Guy de Maupassant All of a sudden, a man emerged out of the thicket of large trees which shuts in the village of Saint–Innocent, and, bending under a load, he came towards me, leaning on a stick. The Peddler (Le Colporteur) by Guy de Maupassant [1900]

They were busy in her rigging, bending her sails to carry her out of the harbor. Novels by Eminent Hands by William Makepeace Thackeray [1847]

Three times he was seen close at hand, and twice he was actually interrupted when bending over the dead. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Edith Wharton This sudden conjecture carried the novelist straight to his library, where he found Vyse bending over the writing-table with his usual inscrutable pale smile. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

But I shall not stay late, Mary,” added the parson, bending to look at the suffering child; “and if you see any real necessity for the doctor to be called in to-night, I will go for him. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

On both sides of the huge rectangular table Gervaise, her two employees, and the apprentice were bending over, slaving at their tasks with rounded shoulders, their arms moving incessantly. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Elizabeth Gaskell When the descent was ended, there was yet the long narrow street before them, bending and swerving from the straight line, as it followed the course of the river. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

It lay parallel with his body, and by bending his elbow as much as the contracted space would permit, he could draw it a few inches at a time. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

George Gissing When his thoughts turned hitherwards, Sidney always pictured the old man sitting in his familiar mood of reverie, and Jane, in like silence, bending over a book at the table. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Willa Cather The next thing he was conscious of was lying on Polly’s bed, and Polly bending over him wringing out bath towels in hot water and putting them on his chest. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

George Gissing The paper-mills were not romantic; the old women who came along bending under huge bales of rags were anything but picturesque. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

He had twice stabbed his victim, and was bending over him, when, in my horror and indignation, I struck the murderer to the ground. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Fouquet led the way, followed by Aramis; but as the latter entered the grotto, he turned round, saying: “Yes, they are entering the wood; and, see, they are bending their steps this way. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Edith Wharton Mattie found her handkerchief and dried her eyes; then, — bending down, she took hold of a handle of the trunk. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

When I awoke I found him bending over me, pulling at the collar of my coat. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Wilkie Collins Ignatius Wetzel was still at the bed, bending over the body, and apparently absorbed in examining the wound which had been inflicted by the shell. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

H. Rider Haggard Next bending forward, she whispered awhile into his ear. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Jules Verne Cyrus Harding, bending low closed the eyes of him who had once been the Prince Dakkar, and was now not even Captain Nemo. Herbert and Pencroft sobbed aloud. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

No sooner, therefore, were they in the street, than Renzo began to look eagerly in every direction, throwing himself about, bending his head forward, and listening attentively. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Charles Dickens I am thankful!” said Mr. Lorry. “I am thankful!” repeated the Doctor, bending his head with reverence. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

He remembered his mother’s statuesque body bending over the gas ring to stir at something in a saucepan. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

The thin shoulders were hunched forward so as to make a cavity of the chest, the scraggy neck seemed to be bending double under the weight of the skull. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope Lady Selina walked over to the sofa, and stood at the head of it bending over her cousin. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser What cause have I given you to make you think you could do like this with me?” “What cause?” he asked, bending over her and smoothing her plump arms with his brown hands. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James But while he was hesitating as to just how to begin, the young girl said, bending forward and clasping her hands in her lap, “Please tell me about your religion. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

George Meredith Without beating, she certainly had accomplished the miracle of bending him. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

His clothes were dusted with flour, and over his back he carried a great sack of meal, bending so as to bring the whole weight upon his shoulders, and across the sack was a thick quarterstaff. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

D. H. Lawrence Annie was still bending at her waist. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith Lady Dunstane motioned her fan, and Diana came, bending head. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

A moment later the lads ascended the stairs, bending beneath their burden. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

For just a second, at the sight of the licking flames, the butler hesitated, and then, bending his head low down, he sprang forward and dragged his master outside. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Jack London The surgeon was bending over Northrup, who lay in the bottom groaning. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Walter Scott His back was towards the minstrel, and he was in the act of bending from his horse to deliver the royal charter to Wilkin Flammock, who had knelt on one knee to receive it the more reverentially. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

George Eliot But he’s as stubborn as th’ iron bar — there’s no bending him no way but’s own. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Violet, who was bending over the stove with a teapot in her hand, turned around with a little exclamation. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Chief Inspector Heat, bending forward over the table in a gingerly and horrified manner, let him run on. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

George Gissing For five minutes he held his hearers in absorbed attention, even Buckland bending forward with an air of genuine interest; and when he stopped, rather suddenly, there followed a silence. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope They bowed till they swept the floor with their long hair, bending themselves double, and after each motion bringing themselves up again to an erect posture. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Anthony Trollope Through the whole afternoon he snarled at Waddle; but Waddle sat silent, bending over the ledger. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

You should have seen him bending sentimentally over her at dinner. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

James Joyce A soft peal of mirthless laughter escaped from his lips and, bending down as before, he struck Stephen lightly across the calf of the leg with his cane, as if in jesting reproof. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Good. Sharply the menacing wind sweeps over The bending poplars, newly bare. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle So they became good friends, and people smiled to see his clouded face and her sunny one bending over the same guide-book. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Jules Verne The forest reached the shore, and the tall trees bending over the water were beaten by the waves. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She knelt down, clasping her slim young hands and bending her forehead upon them. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

And now in his torment there came the vision of a seraphic face bending over him in gentle solicitude; a face that brought comfort with it, even in the midst of his agony. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Walter Scott And, bending o'er his harp, he flung His wildest witch-notes on the wind; And loud, and high, and strange, they rung, As many a magic change they find. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It occurred to me that he had been very slowly bending toward her all evening to attain this proximity, and even while I watched I saw him stoop one ultimate degree and kiss at her cheek. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

He saw Rosamond, her arm in Philip’s, bending him away from the foam, and drawing him safely towards the highroads beyond. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

D. H. Lawrence He flushed, bending over the ground. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

James Joyce He brought forth a great stone jar of whisky from the locker and filled the decanter slowly, bending now and then to see how much he had poured in. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Silent, panting, bending forward, they appeared as if about to spring upon an enemy. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

E. F. Benson Wondering at this I pushed on, bending down, for the passage was very low, and in a dozen yards came out on the other side. Between the Lights by E. F. Benson

Joanna opened her eyes, and they fell on Nancy. She looked, uncertainly and then eagerly, at the grave young face bending over her, then a great gladness shone in her own. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Charles Dickens And I’m eighty-seven!” “Merry and happy!” mused the other, bending his dark eyes upon the stooping figure, with a smile of compassion. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

D.H. Lawrence At the top he stood leaning sideways, bending over the ladder to peer into the room. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

With his white, aristocratic hands he played with the louis, bending and straightening them again, as if they were made of pewter. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Tobias Smolle Another race thy view shall entertain Where bending Tiber skirts the grassy plain; Or should his vagrant stream that plain o’erflow, The Caelian hill the dusty course will show. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Victor Hugo The slender jet of water was like a supple wand of steel, bending at the slightest current of air. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Ford Madox Ford He undid the girth, bending down uncomfortably, perspiring and greasy: the girth-strap parted in his hand. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Cumhal called out, bending his head, Till Dathi came and stood, With a blink in his eyes at the cave mouth, Between the wind and the wood. The Wind Among the Reeds by William Butler Yeats [1899]

Rudyard Kipling Perhaps, in time, I might even be a member of a Legislative Council.’ ‘Don’t speak English,’ said Lalun, bending over her sitar afresh. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

George Gissing Hugh sat with his hands on his knees, bending forward. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Their mother, who remained bending over the bed, held them both in her embrace, and kept repeating the same words in a monotonous tone of voice. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Ford Madox Ford Immediately afterwards she was tenderly bending over a great bowl of roses beneath the lustre. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Katherine Mansfield Firm as a rock he stood, bending back a little in the swaying cart. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

George Gissing Her sister was bending over her in an instant, was loosening her dress, doing all that may restore one who has fainted. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Suddenly the giant with the preposterous moustache laid his great hand on Mr. Bidder’s shoulder, and, bending down, looked closely into his face. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

E. Phillips Oppenheim They had the bearing, too, these Frenchmen! He watched Monsieur de Founcelles bending over Violet, and he was suddenly conscious of a wholly new sensation. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

She seemed to be intoxicating herself with this stench of humanity as she sat on the edge of a stool, bending far over, smiling vaguely, her eyes slightly misty. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Wilkie Collins I mean what I say, mind!” he went on, bending closer to me, and speaking more seriously than he had spoken yet “I think you are very hardly used. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I shouldn’t say that he was very badly hurt either,” the Englishman declared, bending down and listening to his breathing. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was you—you who killed him,” she concludes, bending down. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Benjamin Disraeli Distinctly might be recognised a female figure bending over the recumbent form of a girl. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

She sat on the ledge of the stove, resting her feet on the lower ledge, bending towards her audience with the light of a little tin lamp thrown upon her. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

For two weeks Mr. Sutherland has been bending under the belief of your personal criminality in this matter. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

George Borrow Belle, who had flung her hair back over her shoulders, returned their salutations by bending her head, and after slightly glancing at Mr. Petulengro, fixed her large blue eyes full upon his wife. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Oscar Wilde When he entered, a young man with smooth yellow hair, who was bending over a lamp, lighting a long thin pipe, looked up at him, and nodded in a hesitating manner. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Beneath a ledge of rocks his fleet he hides: Tall trees surround the mountain’s shady sides; The bending brow above a safe retreat provides. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Edith Wharton On the landing she paused, bending her head toward Delia’s nightly kiss. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

George Gissing Hilliard had uncrossed his legs, and sat bending forward, his eyes on vacancy. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

He took those little hands in his own broad palms, and, bending down, kissed them reverently. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Charles Stur They were all arched elliptically by bending the bough of a tree at a certain height from the ground, and resting the other end on a forked stick at the opposite side of the arch. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

James Joyce Then, bending to the left, he followed the lane which led up to his house. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Virginia Woolf She sprang up, and began moving about the room, bending and thrusting aside the chairs and tables as if she were indeed striking through the waters. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

D. H. Lawrence Then he went quite quickly by bending down and getting a little grip with his fingers, and going ridiculously as on four legs. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Larose quickly picked out the grave he wanted, as the sculpture over it was heavy and ornate, picturing the life-sized figure of a winged woman bending over. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

A wind had swooped down from the east, bending everything before it and rattling the huge oval on which their eyes were fixed as though it would tear it from its hinges. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Andrew Lang In another moment she was bending with rapture over the glittering gems. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence The father moved mechanically, his thick, rounded shoulders bending and lifting dully: he worked monotonously. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

George Elio In a moment she was close to him, bending over him. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

George Gissing Laughable, isn’t it?’ Sidwell scarcely withheld herself from bending forward and giving him her hand. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Baldwin Spencer The Ningari boys (A and B) come in, bending forwards, each with a Numulakiri man's hand over his eyes. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

His wife towards the children looks, She does not mark his mien; The children, bending o’er their books, His terror have not seen. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

Henry James Olive Chancellor was on one side of her holding one of her hands, and on the other was Verena, who had dropped on her knees, close to her, bending over those of the old lady. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Henry Kingsley And rising up, he stood beside Tom, with one foot on the fender, bending down and looking into the empty grate. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Suddenly bending down, he saw that the tears were in her eyes—that her lips were trembling. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Our need of moving to and fro, of stretching our limbs and bending our bodies, shows only our defect. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

He could see the white bandage on the head of Pedro bending over it, and the wisps of black hair standing up weirdly. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

You leaned upon my arm — upon this, madame! I felt, in bending my head toward you, your beautiful hair touch my cheek; and every time that it touched me I trembled from head to foot. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Seen when the sun is bending westward and the shadows are lengthening, there is something curiously melancholy and picturesque about this City of the Dead in the dead desert. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

The grave-digger snatched up a sharply pointed knife and, bending over the body, tentatively pricked lightly at the place in the neck where he was intending to start severing the head. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Guy de Maupassan As she gazed out of the open window, Duroy bending over her, pressed a kiss upon her neck. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Someone would be bending over me soon, with a lanthorn, and I should be wiping the flour out of my eyes and blinking at the red velvet and gilding of the cabin ceiling. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Daphnis, ’twas thou bad’st yoke to Bacchus’ car Armenian tigresses, lead on the pomp Of revellers, and with tender foliage wreathe The bending spear-wands. The Eclogues of Virgil by translated by J. B. Greenough

Louisa May Alcott This cave was made with a clothes horse for a roof, bureaus for walls, and in it was a small furnace in full blast, with a black pot on it and an old witch bending over it. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch In a minute we were swamped — the two Highland regiments and the 44th bending against a sheer weight of Trench horsemen. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

Gertrude Stein A little taller bending does not haste the erection of the grotto that has a fountain. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Jack London Both men were on their knees, bending over the dogs. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Henry Kingsley A cool wind came up, bending the flowers, swinging the creepers to and fro, and raising a rushing sound, like the sea, from the distant forest. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

When I recovered my wits again my companion was bending over me. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Benjamin Disraeli Hark! It was but the screech of an owl! Once more at the river-side, once more bending over her with starting eyes, once more the attentive ear listening for the soundless breath. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Arthur Machen He saw himself bending over the table in the old familiar room, desperately scribbling, and then laying down his pen dismayed at the sad results on the page. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Rafael Sabatini Gustave stood there, bending over the fallen man, motionless while you might count ten. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Sinclair Lewis He reached home before Jinny, that evening in early March. He sat in one of the detestably neat gray-leather chairs, bending his newspaper. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was still on her knees, bending over the prostrate figure, from whose lips now came a faint moaning. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Edith Wharton She wore a Colonel’s uniform, with several decorations, and was bending over the desk busily writing. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

Edith Wharton As he pictured her bending over the child’s bed he thought how soothing her presence must be in illness: her very step would prognosticate recovery. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

At a given moment an enormous iron key was brought in on a silver salver, and, bending over the chair, the gray-headed negro laid it by Don Balthasar’s plate. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Jules Verne By the light of a dazzling flash, almost immediately followed by a tremendous clap of thunder, Michael could see huge pines on a high peak, bending before the blast. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Edward Arundel saw his cousin’s dark head bending over a book, or a desk perhaps, behind the window. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

In the shade of the trees competitors who had taken part in the sober events were now walking ponies and coffeehousing while they waited for the bending race. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

D. H. Lawrence They discoursed amiably as they went, James bending forward, Mr. May bending back. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Nathaniel Hawthorne He saunters slowly forward, slapping his left hand with his folded gloves, bending his eyes upon the pavement, and sometimes raising them to throw a glance before him. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

A. E. W. Mason The fourth was a young man; he was seated in the window, with his back towards me, bending over his zither. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

She grudged each moment that did not find her bending over his pillow, or seated by his side. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

D. H. Lawrence Himself bending over, powerful and new like dawn. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

They were clearly not countrymen, for they had the pallor of indoor workers, and the stoop which comes from bending many hours in the day. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

D. H. Lawrence Sometimes she glanced fiercely down the rows of faces, bending forwards and staring unceremoniously. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Help me, as you are a mother — I—— ’ “I must have fallen again, for the next thing I remember I was lying by the hearth, looking up into her face, which was bending over me. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

It was some moments before I realised that the man bending over me was Ferguson, our doctor; that I was lying undressed in bed; that my wife was standing by the doctor’s side. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Edith Wharton Bessy stood still a moment, bending her head to the sweet cold tinkle; then she moved away and said slowly: “We must go back. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Bram Stoker I think that it took me an effort and a little time to realize where I was, and that it was Jonathan who was bending over me. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

George Gissing Doubtless it is this wavering and undecided bending of his mind which has prevented him from ever doing any important literary work. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Ivan Turgenev Go to him,” he added, bending down over the side of the cart to Avdotya, “you see, he’s half crazy. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

Henry James During the day, in this vehicle, beside her stepmother, she sat in a small fixed, appreciative posture, bending forward and faintly smiling, as if she had been taken to drive for the first time. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Edith Wharton Her eyes fell on Henry Prest, who had come to the surface a little way off, bending over the chair of the handsome Mrs. Lyman. “And YOU least of all!” she thought. New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton

Vixen thought of the German Volkslied, as she looked at the old lady in the black cap, bending over a ponderous volume, with the solemn-visaged cat coiled on the chair beside her. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

At first a head with a big, shaggy hat thrust itself into the room; then a slender, bending body crawled in, straightened itself out, and deliberately raised its right hand. Mother by Maksim Gorky

That will be nice very nice!” And then, bending over his spade, he fell into a dead silence. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

He took her beneath the arms, bending to speak hot-breathed in her ear. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Margaret Oliphant A young lady rose up from a sofa at the end of the room and came forward, bending her soft brows a little to see who it was. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Andrew Lang Labakan went straight up to him, and, bending low, handed him the dagger, saying: ‘Here am I whom you seek. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anatole France And so he rose, his napkin under his arm, and went to the fireplace, bending to the hearth, both his fists on his thighs. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Rudyard Kipling But a man turned up, bending under the weight of much bacon. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Henry James But she folded her work, deliberately and correctly, bending her burning face upon it. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Sir Richard and the sergeant were bending over a certain spot amongst the flower beds which bordered the front of the house, with a little group of servants in the background. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Gustave Flauber Then as the rosy sky grew larger, the lofty houses, bending over the sloping soil, reared and massed themselves like a herd of black goats coming down from the mountains. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

He must, I thought, have been bending down when I had first looked that way and it gave me a certain pang of uneasiness that perhaps he had seen my hurried run across the turf to hide the wallet. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Henry James Then he added as he made her go into the house, bending over her, “The failure of my strength — that was just the reason of my coming. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Wilkie Collins After a moment of hesitation, she put one arm timidly round his neck, and, bending her grand head, laid it on his bosom. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Meantime Mr. Smith, bending forward stiffly as though he had a hinged back, was speaking to his daughter. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Edith Wharton There, during the long cool August days, lying full length on the pine-needles and gazing up into the sky, he would meet the eyes of his companion bending over him like a nearer heaven. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

H. G. Wells Yes.” “You know I am sorry, Mummy,” said Stella, bending over her weeping parent. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

As quick as lightning Larose scrambled down the ladder and, bending over the prostrate man, made to lift his head. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

It was not the thorn bending to the honeysuckles, but the honeysuckles embracing the thorn. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Benjamin Disraeli Now, his body bending to the strain, he was at one moment with his violin raised in the air, and the next instant with the lower nut almost resting upon his foot. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Henry James There’s supposed to be a copy of his last book in the house, and in the hall I come upon ladies, in attitudes, bending gracefully over the first volume. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

D. H. Lawrence There was the Milky Way, in clouds of star-fume, bending down right in front of him, right down till it seemed as if he would walk on to it, if he kept going. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell But it fell when he opened the cellar-door, and saw Barton and the wife both bending over the sick man’s couch with awestruck, saddened look. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

A. E. W. Mason He saw Trench bending over him with a great fear on his face. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Abraham Merri In the electric glare we saw Drake bending over Ruth. In it I saw a slide draw over the open portal through which shrieked the wind, streamed the rain. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton But now he seemed to be bending over a cool moonlit pool . Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

George Gissing Once in the street, Arthur and his companion struggled on in the gathering darkness, bending forward against the fierce storm of wind, sleet and snow. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

As soon as the lower part of a stem strikes against any object and is stopped, the upper part still goes on bending and revolving, and thus necessarily twines round and up the support. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

E. Phillips Oppenheim Towards afternoon the wind rises, and from my bed I can see the tree-tops bending and swaying, and the leaves flying in showers past the window. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

The gravediggers, bending nearly double, began to fling the lumps of earth on the coffin rapidly, striking the frogs, which were leaping against the sides of the pit, down to the bottom. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Elizabeth Von Arnim But here was Fanny herself, bending her head so as not to knock it against the frame of the door. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

At this exclamation his adversary bounded back and, bending his bare head, tried to distinguish in the gloom the features of the lieutenant. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

But to find an angel where I left a hag! That is the miracle! And an angel who has brought healing, if I mistake not,” he added, in a lower voice, bending over the speaker. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

William Hope Hodgson Then we commenced to set the bows, bending the bottom one first, and then those above in turn, until all were set; and, after that, we laid the arrow very carefully in the groove. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

George Gissing On the last day of ‘cram,’ she sat from morning to night in her comfortless little bedroom, bending over the smoky fire, reading desperately through a pile of note-books. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

George Eliot He continued to put large questions, bending his head slightly that his eyes might be a little lifted in awaiting her reply. Impressions of Theophrastus Such by George Eliot [1878]

But Pavel grasped a heavy hammer, and said curtly: “Don’t touch me!” “What!” demanded his father, bending over the tall, slender figure of his son like a shadow on a birch tree. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Sir Walter Scott She repeated them; and only bending his head, as an indication that he understood her, he entered the apartment, the door of which she pointed out to him. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

And not only did she do it with thoroughness, but with sympathy as well, for Larose saw her eyes fill with tears as she was bending over his wound. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Vsevolod Krestovsky He was sitting at a table, bending toward the one dusty window, and attentively examining a white twenty-five ruble note. Knights of Industry by Vsevolod Krestovsky

George Gissing She took the card to the drawing-room, and stood bending it between her fingers, not yet having removed her bonnet. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Thomas Hardy Then Manston’s black eyes seemed piercing her again, and the reckless voluptuous mouth appeared bending to the curves of his special words. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Ivan Turgenev The next day when Madame Odintsov came down to tea, Bazarov sat for a long time bending over his cup, then suddenly glanced up at her . Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Guy de Maupassan They now walked quickly, bending beneath the weight of their burden. A Cremation by Guy de Maupassan

Sharply the menacing wind sweeps over The bending poplars, newly bare. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

The Little Russian, bending his head to one side, listened to the powerful roar, and shaking himself, said: “I am not going to work. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Baldwin Spencer The women, bending one leg while they slightly swayed the body, and beckoned the men forwards with their hands, kept calling “kutta, kutta, kutta. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

George Gissing Turning the lamp out, he took the lighted candle in hand, and, bending over the corpse, tenderly kissed its forehead. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

The something poplars — yielding poplars? No, better, bending poplars. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins Slowly, and struggling as it seemed against himself, he turned a little away from me, and, bending his head over the table, supported it on his hand. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]