Phrases with "breathing"

Her face was whipped to a flame, and her breathing was hard. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Thus they fought for nigh a half an hour, until the ground was all plowed up with the digging of their heels, and their breathing grew labored like the ox in the furrow. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

He had been listening for the sound of breathing and he had heard none. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

William Hope Hodgson And I made my breathing to seem as the breathing of one that did sleep, even as that naughty Maid did make pretending. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

D.H. Lawrence Beatrice lay rocking herself, breathing hard, her finger-nails pressing into her palm. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton In the warm hollow Lily lay still and her breathing grew low and regular. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Jack London It is easy, most easy, to kill a strong, live, breathing man with so crude a weapon as a piece of steel. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

George Gissing As soon as the sunshine gave promise of endurance, he gladly seized on the chance of breathing fresh air, and prepared to go out. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Henry Handel Richardson SHE had no feminine shrinking from sties; it didn’t matter to her how long she stood over them, breathing in the odour of pig. Sister Ann by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Hope Neither man spoke; their eyes met; each heard the other’s breathing and felt the vapor of it on his face. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

All seemed still; nothing but the hard breathing of the sleepers, and the monotonous rocking of Madame Filomel’s chair broke the silence. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

Elizabeth Gaskell During his absence, Barton grew worse; he had fallen across the bed, and his breathing seemed almost stopped; in vain did Mary strive to raise him, her sorrow and exhaustion had rendered her too weak. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Anthony Trollope The man’s hand at his throat must have stopped his breathing for some seconds. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne The next day my breathing was oppressed. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

R. D. Blackmore Jordas, with a great effort, threw himself off, and put his hat before his mouth, to make himself a breathing space. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

George Elio She heard no sound but her husband’s breathing and the ticking of the watch on the mantelpiece. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

H. G. Wells For a time nothing but the sounds of a newspaper being turned over and Brownlow’s breathing can have broken the silence of the flat. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

Arthur Conan Doyle The Master showed no sign of a touch, but his breathing was the more laboured, and a long line of ticks upon the referee’s paper showed that the student had a good show of points. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

D.H. Lawrence Yet he slept on, breathing with a slight, panting motion. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

He came nearer and whispered, breathing on her hair: “I love you! oh, how I love you!” She tingled from head to foot, as though a gust of flame had beaten on her. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Jules Verne The two enemies soon got out of breath, however, and in a little while, at the eightieth step, they began to move up heavily, breathing loud and short. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

F. Scott Fitzgerald This time he stayed down, breathing heavily, blood oozing from his lip where it was cut within and without. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

John Locke This the necessity of breathing has forced into our knowledge. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

As she drew the last warm, breathing little feathered miracle from Cleves’s hands and released it, he said rapidly under his breath: “I want a word with you later. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

This Lavendale which goes to and fro, and must needs get through the day’s business, is but a breathing piece of mechanism, a self-acting puppet. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

The ruddy lips and blue eyes, the faces breathing love, invested the dresses with the fresh purity of childhood. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

George Elio But now, Mr. Pilgrim, having felt the pulse, was putting some brandy in a tea-spoon between Dempster’s lips; the brandy went down, and his breathing became freer. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Charles Dickens Her grandfather was basking in the sun outside, breathing the perfume of the flowers, and idly watching the clouds as they floated on before the light summer wind. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

The relief of breathing the fresh air again was indescribable. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

As I lay, breathing fast, drifting on the sea, far out beyond the gulls I saw a flash of white, and an arm was lifted, signalling me. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Arnold Bennett When the master came in due course with the rope to do justice upon the sluggard he found the lad fallen forward and breathing heavily and regularly. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Margaret lay, her eyes closed, breathing stertorously. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Henry Handel Richardson Towards midnight his breathing grew more stertorous, the intervals between the breaths longer. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins Promise me that when you see her shrinking before the terrors of death to-night, you will have self-restraint enough to abstain from breathing a word of hope to her. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

D. H. Lawrence And — “It was a beauteous evening, calm and pure, And breathing holy quiet like a nun. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Gustave Flauber Antipas listened, breathing heavily; while the woman, with parted lips, gazed into the darkness of the pit, her face drawn with an expression of fear and hatred. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

They remained so for some minutes in silence; then, in a voice hardly breathing it, Sybil said: “All beauty returns. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

And, while I felt Idris to be near, and heard the regular breathing of my children, I could not be unhappy. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

The trembling women believed that the Wallachians had been driven out, and, breathing more freely, each awaited with impatience the approach of brother—husband—sons. Thirteen at Table by Mór Jókai

Robert Louis Stevenson He looked round him, breathing deep of earth’s plain fragrance; he looked up into the great array of heaven, and was quieted. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson In the midst, a little mirthful town lies sunlit, humming with the business of pleasure; and the palace, breathing distinction and peopled by historic names, stands smokeless among gardens. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Paine It requires some talents to be a common mechanic; but to be a king requires only the animal figure of man, a sort of breathing automaton. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Sinclair Lewis Good night, my dear!” He was convinced that this spirit of fire and mist might some day love him like a breathing woman. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

They moved, silent in the great stillness, breathing the calmness, the infinite isolation, the repose of a slumber without dreams. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

He was almost speechless; his quick breathing under the blankets pulled up to his chin, his glittering, restless black eyes reminded me of a wild bird caught in a snare. Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad [1901]

Rudyard Kipling He flung down on the pine-needles, breathing in snorts. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Andrew Lang At that same moment the Troll came, breathing hard, and he was ever so much bigger and stouter than either of the others, and he too was forced to go sideways to get in through the door. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Yet I own my heart quaked, my pulse leaped, when I suddenly heard breathing and rustling, and turning, saw in the deep shadow of the steps a deeper shadow still — a shape that moved and descended. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

George Eliot The artificial respiration was withdrawn: still the breathing continued, and there was a movement of the lips. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

G. K. Chesterton The wonder is that a breathing man can be found with temerity enough to suggest to the Americans the possibility of their having done wrong. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Edith Wharton Mr. Blandhorn leaned back, breathing heavily, and passing his handkerchief over his face and brow. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Ivan Turgenev There goes a cock-sparrow, hopping along with outspread wings; he chirrups, and every note, every ruffled feather on his little body, is breathing with health and strength. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

I lay supine, trying to keep my breathing regular, since I was supposed to be asleep, but I felt an odd excitement rising in my heart. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

A tight, silent, enclosed, sealed ——’ ‘Shut up!’ ‘Huh! You’re breathing short already! In about ten minutes the thing will hit you for six. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Without thinking, she took his hand and descended slowly, breathing heavily. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Theodore Dreiser The distraught Jennie, sitting by her sleeping child, was at last made to realise, by its peaceful breathing that all danger was over. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Edith Wharton But now a short convulsive breathing seemed struggling to keep time with the tick of the clock. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Guy de Maupassan Lastique got out the oars, and Jeanne and the vicomte sat side by side watching the trembling, phosphorescent glimmer behind the boat and feeling a keen enjoyment even in breathing the cool night air. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

The two men stood close together, breathing hard. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

George Meredith Above all, as it struck her, she could assist, and be more than an echo of one nobler, in breathing manliness, high spirit, into boys. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Henry Handel Richardson But Cuffy tore it away and remained standing with dilated eyes and open lips, breathing rapidly. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells My breathing made a piping noise, and it was as though knives were whirling in my lungs. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Arthur Conan Doyle However, the heavy breathing of the fellow made me hope that it might be a very long time before he recovered his senses. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

G. K. Chesterton She was in a breathing heat, and on her open face was an expression of the most infantile astonishment. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Arnold Bennett He could hear Ingpen breathing hard. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

D. H. Lawrence So they go on breathing the same air again and again, and that makes them more and more stupefied. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

The breathing was quick and anxious. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

George Gissing The west wind breathing up between the hill-sides only brought smoke from newly-built chimneys; the face of the fields was already losing its purity and taking on a dun hue. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Ivan Turgenev When at last he had stopped breathing and a general lamentation arose in the house, Vassily Ivanovich was seized by a sudden fit of frenzy. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

George Gissing Her body still quivered; she lay with her face half hidden against the hearth-rug, lips parted, but teeth set, breathing heavily. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

William Hope Hodgson He was lying on his back, breathing in a queer, jerky fashion. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Wilkie Collins Her eyes were almost closed; her quick breathing had grown calm and slow. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Ah! Richard Hardie! Richard Hardie! The patient was cupped on the nape of the neck by Mr. Osmond, and, on the glasses drawing, showed signs of consciousness, and the breathing was relieved. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Her long-drawn breathing seemed to deaden all other sounds. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle Outside it on the one side, dimly outlined to his audience, Tom Linden, breathing stertorously in his trance, lay back in a wooden armchair. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Its friendship was strong, free, unsentimental, breathing courage and humour. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

She put a vast arm round his shoulder and drew him towards her, breathing beer and vomit into his face. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle His back was bowed his knees were shaky, and his breathing was painfully asthmatic. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

He was carried past me insensible, his comic face horribly flushed and as if swollen, breathing stertorously. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

They were both breathing fast, but the smile had reappeared round the corners of her mouth. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

But the noise grew stranger, the sound of rustling and scrambling and breathing as if in the chase. Comedy in the Full Moon by John Buchan

There came a puffing night air along the passage, and rattled the door; then a quiet shutting of the hall-door, and a shuffling and breathing near the parlour. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arnold Bennett Lily was quietly asleep there, breathing with the softness of a child. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Wilkie Collins She had a way of sitting for hours together in the same part of the room, without ever changing her position, without occupation of any kind, without uttering a word, or breathing a sigh. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

With the bowl close to his nose he stuffed the food into himself with swift, greasy fingers, breathing fast. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Andrew Lang Then he rolled up the thread and put it carefully into his pocket, breathing silent thanks to the fairy. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith She struck a toneing warmth through his intelligence, not dissimilar to the livelier circulation of the blood in the frame breathing mountain air. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Rudyard Kipling Just at present an ex-judge who was sent to jail by another judge (upon my word I cannot tell whether these titles mean anything) is breathing red-hot vengeance against his enemy. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

I had the physical sensation of breathing it, of seeing it, of being at the same time driven on and restrained. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Rudyard Kipling Bennett, if you give him that rupee he’ll curse you root and branch!’ They listened to each other’s breathingthree — five full minutes. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

George Meredith Unhappily, the fancied salute of her lips encircled him with the breathing Clara. She rushed up from vacancy like a wind summoned to wreck a stately vessel. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Abraham Merri A maiden Ishtar, a virginal Isis; a woman — yet with no more of woman’s lure than if she had been some exquisite and breathing statue of mingled ivory and milk of pearls. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Willa Cather And the air, my God, what air! — Soft, tingling, gold, hot with an edge of chill on it, full of the smell of piñons — it was like breathing the sun, breathing the colour of the sky. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

I even fancy he went the length of tilting his head in compliment as he repeated, breathing visibly the while, “Ah, yes. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

He frowned sternly on young Osbaldistone, who was breathing now fiercely as though driven by some terrific emotion. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Arnold Bennett For himself, if he could have secured a fortune by breathing one business word to Auntie Hamps just then, he would have let the fortune go. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

H. G. Wells He became aware of Miriam breathing close to him. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

When sleeping my breathing is a trifle stertorous perhaps; at least, so Lucy has informed me more than once. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Willa Cather He sprang up with a dazed fear that some one had died; but Fanning lay in his berth, breathing quietly. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Charles Dickens After a long interval, Barnaby’s breathing grew more deep and regular, and his eyes were closed. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Rudyard Kipling The Chaplain’s wife was dozing in the drawing-room when Lispeth came in breathing hard and very exhausted with her burden. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Henry James The effect of this, in turn, was that, releasing her only to possess her the more completely, he seized her in his arms and, breathing deeply “I love you, you know,” clasped her in a long embrace. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Charles Dickens The injury to his chest (which rendered his breathing extremely painful) he thought he had received against the side of the galley. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Her body was very thin and still a child’s body, but lovely to him in its slender line, the long legs and high carriage of the head and the lovely bosom, breathing on the very edge of maturity. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Wilkie Collins Before the garden gate had closed on her friend she had returned to her one thought, she was breathing again her one aspiration. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Hour by hour his breathing became harder and more laboured, and when the dawn broke softly over the hills, I waited, watching for the frail spark of life to pass away with the shadows. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

He imagined that he could go on afterwards looking at the sunshine, enjoying the shade, breathing in the perfume of flowers in the small garden before his house. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

George Meredith She was not a woman to whom the breathing of pastoral passion would be suitable; yet he saw that she despised him for a lover; and still she professed to understand his dilemma. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

George Gissing Then, the fit over, something like a reaction of calm followed, and as she lay perfectly still in the darkness, her regular breathing would have led one to believe her asleep. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

His face, ghastly white except where the blood was clotted on his brow, had already assumed the leaden hues of death, and his breathing was faint and very shallow. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Morgan Robertson She sprang toward Rowland like a tigress, snatched the child, stared at him for a moment with dilated eyes, and then disappeared, leaving him limp and nerveless, breathing hard. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

He took to his bed several times; he rolled himself up and hid himself under the sheet, breathing hard and continuously like a suffering animal. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her whole being seemed thrilled with gratitude, yet she stood there breathing quickly, wondering, gazing at the newcomer with an expression which he utterly failed to understand. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Charles Dickens I only saw in him a much better man than I had been to Joe. His breathing became more difficult and painful as the night drew on, and often he could not repress a groan. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

E. Phillips Oppenheim In half an hour I am breathing a different atmosphere. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

As soon as his head was above the trap, breathing the free air, he had the same physical sensation as a man stepping out of water. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

D.H. Lawrence The only sound in the room was the occasional sharp breathing of Beatrice. Siegmund sat without the trace of a movement, almost without breathing. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle At the tenth her eyes were closed, and her breathing was slower and fuller than usual. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Robert Louis Stevenson Soon as the evening hours decline Tranquilly he’ll return to dine, And, breathing forth a pious wish, Will cram his belly full of fish. Moral Emblems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Nikolai Gogol Sacrifice everything to it, and love it with passion — not with the passion breathing with earthly desire, but a peaceful, heavenly passion. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

George Gissing Northway examined it and drew in his cheeks, breathing hard. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins My favorite pupil, Freddy, had been up earlier than the rest of us — breathing the morning air in the fruit-garden. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Oaksmith soon fell back in his chair, breathing heavily. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

Katherine Mansfield She looked up at him once, then down at the floor, and began breathing like a frightened little animal. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Then again he placed something, that for the moment I saw it looked like a piece of gold-beater’s leaf, to my lips, holding his head so far that his own breathing could not affect it. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

He came away from the corpse and regarded her — still red, and still breathing hard. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I must be near to feel that I am breathing the same air as the woman on whom a long-delayed vengeance is about to fall. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Thomas Hardy From the interior a low soft breathing came to his ear. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Outside, the air is soft from breathing over the Bosphorus, which flashes tremulously beneath the stars. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Wilkie Collins I saw him take out his handkerchief, and pass it over his face, breathing heavily and thickly, and leaning against the bookcase once more. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

And presently my breathing fell into the quiet rhythm of the sleep which descended on her at last. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

H. G. Wells Wordlessly, in a breathing moment she prayed. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The man ran, breathing like a crazy machine, and with face almost black. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Rudyard Kipling One small lamp in the white room showed Lalun and her maid leaning half out of the window, breathing heavily and evidently pulling at something that refused to come. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

D.H. Lawrence There was a vague hoarse noise filling the sky, like the whispering in a shell, and this breathing of the summer night occasionally swelled into a restless sigh as a train roared across the distance. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

She had been on her knees in the early morning, long before Letitia’s awakening, breathing out innocent thanksgiving for the happiness that overflowed her fresh young heart. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

H. G. Wells And after a long time, as it seemed, Ugh-lomi reappeared over the knoll, and came back to Eudena, triumphant and breathing heavily. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

If you’ll give me breathing space I’ll read it to you every word. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

The young girl’s agitation was violent; her cheeks were red, and her breathing was hard and stifled with emotion. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

He had been gradually getting more and more decrepit until for some time prior to his decease he had sunk into such a state of absolute torpor that his breathing could scarcely be discerned. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

D. H. Lawrence The breathing came still, but he was almost used to it. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells I fancied I heard the breathing of a crowd of those dreadful little beings about me. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Florence Dixie Over these we kept guard in no very good humour, breathing fervent prayers the while for speedy relief from our friends, who on their part evinced no particular hurry to go away. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

D. H. Lawrence The darkness was passionate and breathing with immense, unperceived heaving. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell Sylvia turned her head round to look; her mother had never moved, but was breathing in a loud uncomfortable manner, that made her stoop over her to see the averted face more nearly. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle Three dead men lay huddled together in front of them: while a fourth, with the blood squirting from a severed vessel, lay back with updrawn knees, breathing in wheezy gasps. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

William Hope Hodgson The head and face of the mummy were wrapped tightly with the same brown bandages, in a way that precluded any idea of a living, breathing being within. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

Elizabeth Gaskell She could tell from the breathing that her daughter was listening; but she was so dizzy and sick herself when she had ended, that she could not go on speaking. Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

D. H. Lawrence A cow was breathing wet hotness on his hand. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George MacDonald But Lona saw nothing, and I saw but Lona. “Mother! mother!” she sighed, and her breathing ceased. Lilith by George MacDonald

Rudyard Kipling We’ve been let off,’ Conroy answered, breathing as deeply as she. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

He leant his ear towards the head of the recumbent figure, to ascertain whether the sound of breathing was audible. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

M. P. Shiel Miss Langler got on the bed with him again, and kept breathing into his mouth. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Arthur Conan Doyle We led him down the passage and stretched him upon his own bed, where he lay unconscious, breathing heavily. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Bram Stoker She had lost something of the ghastly look that so upset you, and her breathing was normal. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Willa Cather He sat motionless, breathing unevenly, one dark hand lying clenched on his writing-table. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Robert Louis Stevenson Her breathing stirred her not. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

No ruse, however, succeeded in exposing the sham, which the Superintendent copied by breathing first heavily and then stertorously, with one eye open and on his man. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Zona Gale Her features were classic and of exceeding fineness, and her face was sensitive and highly-bred and filled with repose, like the surprising repose of breathing arrested in marble. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Marjorie Bowen She sat alone, directly opposite, erect and smiling at him; their gaze met across the lights, the jests and laughter, that in an instant were utterly tawdry, and he got to his feet, breathing sharply. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Another note, breathing a deep, full breath, joined itself to the first, and together they formed a vast fullness of sound that trembled beneath its own weight. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Wilkie Collins I had not been in the boat-house more than a minute when it struck me that the sound of my own quick breathing was very strangely echoed by something beneath me. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Suddenly then, in a dim, subconscious sort of way, Larose became aware of a faint sound, as of some one breathing close beside him. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

His breathing almost choked him. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Rudyard Kipling I lay awake till dawn, breathing quickly and sweating lightly, beneath what De Quincey inadequately describes as “the oppression of inexpiable guilt. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Guy de Maupassan I dressed quickly and set out, intending to spend the day in the woods breathing the air of the green trees, for I am originally a rustic, having been brought up amid the grass and the trees. A Recollection by Guy de Maupassan

Her breathing was quick, her skin parched with fever. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

Remotest of all was Oxford, where he had had a couple of years of donhood after the war, lecturing on Oriental history, breathing dust in sunny libraries, cruising down the High on a push bicycle. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her breathing is perfectly regular. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

It shied at nothing visible, jibbed, reared, breathing all the while as if its wind were touched. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Edgar Allan Poe The brig was rolling violently, and there was so much noise in consequence, that it was useless to listen for any weak sound, such as those of my breathing or snoring. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

E. Phillips Oppenheim I almost feel,” he went on, breathing quickly, with one hand upon the largest stone, “that I’d commit murder myself for it. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Virginia Woolf The guard holding his flag is about to blow his whistle; the train breathing steam in another moment is about to start. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her breathing was all the time soft and regular. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Captain Chudder slept, breathing stertorously, mouth open, limbs heavy and nerveless. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Algernon Blackwood Our slippers made no scratching on the gritty floor, and our breathing was suppressed almost to nothing; even the rustle of our clothes as we shifted from time to time upon our seats was inaudible. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Margaret Oliphant She felt her voice and almost her breathing arrested in her throat, and felt capable of nothing but to hold fast to the heavy door, which seemed to struggle with her like a living thing. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Walter Scott Perhaps this melancholy yet consolatory reflection crossed the mind of the unfortunate young nobleman with a breathing of comfort. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

The verandah was empty, and he was just about to enter the House, when through the west door came a figure, breathing hard and bent apparently on the same errand. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

When he had been fed he slumbered, breathing with a strange sound like the soft mewing of a kitten. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

George MacDonald It had ceased to be dark; we walked in a dim twilight, breathing through the dimness the breath of the spring. Lilith by George MacDonald

E. Phillips Oppenheim Haslem was there, unconscious, breathing heavily, stretched out on what seemed to be an operating table. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Algernon Blackwood The sishing of the ski through the powdery surface of the snow was the only sound that broke the stillness; this, with his breathing and the rustle of her skirts, was all he heard. The Glamour of the Snow by Algernon Blackwood

George Meredith So she stood, breathing quietly, steadily eyeing him. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Thomas Hardy Her ardent gaze seemed to affect him; his quick breathing became suspended, and he opened his eyes. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Frances Hodgson Burnett Then she slipped through it, and shut it behind her, and stood with her back against it, looking about her and breathing quite fast with excitement, and wonder, and delight. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her breathing became more regular. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Every wave, crowned with mist, caught us in a cool embrace, cradled us, and slipped away, only to leave us to another wave, higher, stronger, crested with opalescent glory, breathing incense. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

George Elio They watched her breathing becoming more and more difficult, until evening deepened into night, and until midnight was past. The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend Amos Barton by George Elio

Bram Stoker Lord Godalming grew very pale, and sat breathing heavily. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

We paddled with haste, breathing through our teeth. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

D. H. Lawrence They could hear the sleepers’ breathing in the other rooms. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan She ascended the stairs slowly, breathing hard. Tombstones by Guy de Maupassan

Edith Wharton It left him, collapsed and breathing heavily, to an apathy so deep and prolonged that Lily almost feared the passers-by would think it the result of a seizure, and stop to offer their aid. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Ten seconds later they stood before Hunk Bottles, and Sway Lim at his window, breathing the scents of manioc and pickled eggs, saw them very clearly. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Charles Dickens His breathing was so uncommonly loud, that it sounded almost like a snore. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

To Lesbia’s eyes the placid stream and the green pastures, breathing odours of meadow-sweet and clover, seemed passing lovely. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

The breathing space would not have lasted long, but it gave me time to get to my feet. Prester John by John Buchan

Mark Twain However, camping out, even though it be in a gorgeous tent, makes one fresh and lively in the morning — especially if the air you are breathing is the cool, fresh air of the mountains. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

H. G. Wells At any rate chance had given him a breathing space. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]