Phrases with "breathing"

Wilkie Collins The breathing of the lightest of sleepers must have reached my ear, through that intense stillness, if the room had been a bedroom, and the bed were occupied. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Edgar Allan Poe No pictorial or sculptural combinations of points of human liveliness do more than approach the living and breathing beauty. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

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

Rudyard Kipling Janoo from the bed was breathing seventy to the minute; Azizun held her hands before her eyes; and old Suddhoo, fingering at the dirt that had got into his white beard, was crying to himself. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Ann Radcliffe La Motte now stepped hastily towards the bed, when, breathing a deep sigh, she was again silent. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

How could a solid, living, breathing body be invisible, they asked. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jules Verne His breathing became difficult, and he asked for air. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Leon Trotsky The deer kept up a lively trot, their tongues out at the side, breathing heavily with a “chu-chu chu-chu. My Life by Leon Trotsky

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

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

Indeed, as Anthony watched, his own breathing became quieter and deeper; his tightened body relaxed, and his eyes left turning excitedly towards the beast crouching in the road. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Rudyard Kipling He was lying in his cabin breathing pretty loudwrapped up in rugs and his eyes sticking out like a rabbit’s. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Guy de Maupassan They went to bed and to sleep, just as they did the preceding day, their sonorous breathing blending with the feeble breathing of the old man. The Moribund by Guy de Maupassan

Andrew Lang The prince followed and entered the mill, but stopped in terror by the door, for, instead of a hare, before him stood a dragon, breathing fire and flame. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Maxwell Hartington sat back in his chair after his fashion, listening to my story, breathing noisily through his open mouth, perspiring little beads and looking more out of condition than ever. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

T. E. Lawrence There lay Abd el Muein upon a carpet, face down, breathing the least smoky level of air. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

She lay there, breathing fast and deep, dripping with spray. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

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]

Wilkie Collins There was no question of anything but the fearfully-exact resemblance between the living, breathing woman and the specter-woman of Isaac’s dream. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Mottreux nodded and stepped away, breathing only “Be ready then. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

He felt himself hemmed round by those green hills, by yonder brown and rugged wall of Nabb Scar, stifled for want of breathing space. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Nikolai Gogol All seemed united in it: the art of Raphael, reflected in the lofty grace of the grouping; the art of Correggio, breathing from the finished perfection of the workmanship. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

Nathaniel Hawthorne Cold blasts, that bring death with them, now blow upon the shivering invalids, who came hither in the hope of breathing balmy airs. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

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

George Meredith Her breathing was suppressed till he appeared in view at different points, more and more distant, and then she sighed heavily, stopped her breathing, and hoped her unshaped hope again. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

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

Charles Dickens His breathing was a little quickened; but he repressed all other signs of agitation. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

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

Now he could hear the paddles distinctly, and even a rapidly exchanged word in low tones, the heavy breathing of men fighting with the current, and hugging the bank on which he stood. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

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

Edgar Allan Poe No pictorial or sculptural combinations of points of human loveliness, do more than approach the living and breathing human beauty as it gladdens our daily path. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Robert Louis Stevenson The first was a great, red-headed gentleman, of an imperious and flushed face, who carried his hat in his hand and fanned himself, for he was in a breathing heat. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith Yes! though anything!’ ‘And if ever you were to witness the power of his just breathing to me?’ ‘I would. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

The San Saba contingent sat, breathing hard, in the gallery, its disordered hair hanging down to its eyes, its sixteen-ounce hats shifted restlessly from knee to knee. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Elizabeth Gaskell She had difficulty of breathing all day, even when sitting perfectly still. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

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]

And a man had passed her, breathing hard and walking very quickly. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

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]

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]

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]

Thomas Hardy There was no wind, in a human sense; but a steady stertorous breathing from the fir-trees showed that, now as always, there was movement in apparent stagnation. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

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

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle His pulse was feeble and intermittent, but his breathing grew longer, and there was a little shivering of his eyelids, which showed a thin white slit of ball beneath. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

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]

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

Arthur Conan Doyle He sprang out beyond sword sweep, and the pair stood breathing heavily, while the crowd of young squires buzzed their applause. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

George Gissing For any movement she made she might have been asleep; the regular sound of her heavy breathing was quite audible, and vapour rose from her lips upon the air. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

M. P. Shiel Prince Zaleski had listened as I read aloud, lying back on his Moorish couch and breathing slowly from his lips a heavy reddish vapour, which he imbibed from a very small, carved, bismuth pipette. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

I waited a long time for him to die, but his breathing did not weaken. Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

He then tiptoed into the living room to see Harry. The old man’s breathing was noisy but regular and he seemed to be sleeping quietly. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

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]

George Gissing Short of such decisive change, what hope for her? Bob was already asleep, breathing stertorously. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

D. H. Lawrence The warmth was Clara’s breathing heaving. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

The dwarf from Saturn, who clocked in at no more than a thousand fathoms, trailed behind, breathing heavily. Micromégas by Voltaire [1752]

Rudyard Kipling Where is your hand, Harper.?’ The housekeeper waited till’ the sobs changed to the regular breathing of sleep before she stole out. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

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

Nikolai Gogol Meanwhile the clerk and his assistant, breathing hard with their friendly exertions, exhaled such a strong odour that the court-room seemed temporarily turned into a drinking-room. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

Corpang’s breathing was difficult, Sullenbode was quiet, listless, and depressed. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

And now we’re a pretty pair!” His hands grasped the edge of the bunk, and he leant his weight on them, breathing very hard. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

F. Scott Fitzgerald A new world, material without being real, where poor ghosts, breathing dreams like air, drifted fortuitously about . The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Mr. Hall stood near an open window, breathing the fresh air and scent of flowers, and talking like a brother to Miss Ainley. To him Caroline turned her attention with pleasure. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

This was a relief; yet that oppressed, flushed, discomposed slumber, and heavy breathing only confirmed her fears that the fever had gained full possession of him. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Theodore Dreiser His step was in the room mornings and evenings; at night for long prosaic, uninterrupted periods she could hear him breathing by her side, his hand on her body. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

E. Phillips Oppenheim Anna Kastellane stood there, breathing quickly, her fingers still clenching the knob of the door behind her. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

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]

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

In another moment Launcelot Darrell and his companion were standing so close to her, that she could hear their hurried breathing as distinctly as she heard her own. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

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

D. H. Lawrence The place was breathing with silence. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

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

George Gissing Robert talked a little about the fine weather and the pleasure of breathing morning air; he elicited in reply a series of assents. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Flashing his torch, he saw the steps below and, climbing gingerly through the hole, let himself down upon them, closely followed by the boy who was breathing heavily in his excitement. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Willa Cather McKann was ashamed of the way he was panting, for Kitty’s breathing was as soft and regular as when she was reclining on the back seat of his taxi. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Im-phm!” The contrast between the lowness of his voice and his steady, breathing anger that possessed the air (they felt it coming as on waves) was demoniac, appalling. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

D.H. Lawrence The strand was wide, forsaken by the sea, forlorn with rocks bleaching in the sun, and sand and seaweed breathing off their painful scent upon the heat. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

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]

His breathing silences, the low rumblings of his voice, recalled the last efforts of a spent thunderstorm. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Jack London He fell to the floor, half stunned for the moment, breathing heavily and blinking his eyes in a stupid sort of way. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

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]

Robert Louis Stevenson Nothing had altered but the light, and that, indeed, shed over all a spirit of life and of breathing peace, and moved me to a strange exhilaration. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rafael Sabatini Go, denounce me! Go to the devil! But out of here with you!’ ‘Take care, Etienne!’ The other was breathing hard, and his eyes flamed with anger — the anger of the baffled man. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

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]

Thomas Hughes We get a minute’s breathing time before old Brooke kicks out, and he gives the word to play strongly for touch, by the three trees. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Marjorie Bowen Through the heavy curtains fell the first glimmer of the London dawn, but where my lady stood all was dark; she tore the letter to shreds, breathing heavily. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

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

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]

Anthony Trollope It was only the other day that it was decided that it was to be;—and there ought to be breathing time before one also decides when. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

H. G. Wells Then whispering and then heavy breathing as Kurt came struggling up with the first of the hidden bombs. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Thomas Hardy At that moment she fancied she could hear the breathing of persons within. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

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]

When fully himself Dan could hear the soft breathing of many unseen beings, but whether they were men or women, or a mixture of the sexes, he could not say. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Arnold Bennett Darius’s breathing was quick and shallow, and growing more so. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Elizabeth Gaskell She only heard the hard breathing of those who are engaged upon unwonted labour; the few hoarse muttered words; the swaying of the branches to and fro. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Elizabeth Gaskell But Rover’s ears were sharper than my breathing was noiseless: he heard me, and sprang out from under Phillis’s restraining hand. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

H. P. Lovecraft The breathing continued, in heavy, gasping inhalations and expirations, whence I realised that I had no more than wounded the creature. The Beast in the Cave by H. P. Lovecraft [1904]

In the morning he came out early, and stood for a time in the doorway, listening to the light breathing behind him — in the house. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

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]

At last, however, he judged he had got it deep enough and, turning again to Harold, found he was just breathing and that was all. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Joseph Furphy His breathing was gentle and regular, though his face was covered with gorged mosquitos. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

The idea is monstrous, I tell you —” “I— I fought him — soul battling against soul —?” she stammered, breathing faster and irregularly. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

George Meredith Their breathing in common was just heard if either drew a deeper breath. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

I heard the Englishman breathing deeply, and through the dusk I was aware of the eyes of Monica, the wide, vague eyes of a young girl in which youth can find exactly what it pleases. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

George Gissing What would he do? What would become of him? She turned away, and presently left the room, for the sound of his uneasy breathing made her suffer too much. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

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

Robert Louis Stevenson When they do not require to go to the office, when they are not hungry and have no mind to drink, the whole breathing world is a blank to them. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

A lateral door suddenly opened, and Fouquet appeared in the chamber, pale, distracted, with lips half opened, breathing a cry of grief and anger. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Funny to be afraid of anybody; and especially of one’s husband, whom one saw in his more simplified moments, such as asleep, and not breathing properly through his nose. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

John Galsworthy James’ breathing was as if strangled; his eyes were closed. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

He sat down, and bent his head forward upon the open Bible, breathing hard, but suffused with a glow of satisfaction. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

The sound of breathing resounded through the hut, until only my mother remained awake, thinking her own thoughts, which, it may be supposed, were far from being of the most pleasant description. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

I thought that I could actually hear the breathing of the person who was slowly returning down the lobby. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sinclair Lewis She watched the dog in suspense, breathing quickly every time he seemed to halt. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

John Galsworthy I could hear a noise, indeed, as if someone were breathing very hard — it was a dreadful moment; then, afraid that he might do something violent, I ran to the front door and opened it. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

George Meredith The breathing Aminta had now a common purse with her first lover. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Edgar Rice Burroughs At first I thought they were dead, but later their regular breathing convinced me of my error. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

George Gissing Now, would it be possible to frighten her? Have you’—he peered more keenly—‘any evidence that would make things awkward for Mrs. Carnaby?’ Alma kept close lips, breathing rapidly. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

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

Edith Wharton She stood still a moment, breathing quickly. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

George Gissing Mr. Daffy, breathing hard, struggled with his painful thoughts; the timber-merchant, deeply meditative, let his eyes wander about the carriage. The Riding-whip by George Gissing

George Eliot And in visions I saw the meaning of the Crucifix.’ He paused, breathing hard for a minute or two: but Romola was not prompted to speak again. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

I need air, breathing place in this close room, and so must you. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Bram Stoker Her breathing grew stertorous, the mouth opened, and the pale gums, drawn back, made the teeth look longer and sharper than ever. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

George Meredith Husbands exist who refuse the right of breathing to their puppet wives. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Rudyard Kipling There lay Messua, gagged, and bound hand and foot, breathing hard, and groaning: her husband was tied to the gaily-painted bedstead. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Thomas Hardy He was in his little cot, breathing calmly, his arm thrown over his head, and his silken curls crushed into the pillow. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

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]

Rudyard Kipling You were just going to hand over to someone, weren’t you?” He sat down, breathing frostily in the chill air. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Sir Walter Scott There was a dead silence in the cavern, only interrupted by the low and suppressed moaning of the wounded female and by the hard breathing of the prisoner. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Anatole France His outstretched legs reached the sea, and his breathing shook earth and heaven. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

Arthur Conan Doyle In the evening I found time to look in upon my wounded friend, and found him propped up with cushions upon his couch, breathing with some pain, but as bright and merry as ever. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

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]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Ah, ah! Thou, breathing thy communicable grace Of life into my light, Mine astral faces, from thine angel face, Hast inly fed, And flooded me with radiance overmuch From thy pure height. A Drama of Exile by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1844]

You can climb a knotted rope, can’t you?” “Yes, yes,” exclaimed Sir Eric, breathing hard in his excitement, “of course I can. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

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]

Wilkie Collins But she was breathing dreadful quick — I felt that, as I stooped down and kissed her. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Jack London We went up to him, but he seemed unconscious, breathing spasmodically. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Henry Handel Richardson People’s faces grew as wizened as the skins of old apples; throats and lungs were choked by the grey dust, which whirled through the streets, and made breathing an effort. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

I’ve woke up in a cold prespiration many a time, fancying that I heard his breathing close beside my bed, though I always slept with my door locked and the kitching table pushed against it. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

In the second act he is breathing the foul and heated atmosphere of party passion and religious hate, generating the lurid fires which glare in the battailous canticles of his prose pamphlets. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Whenever she could find an excuse to do so she ran thither, and forgot everything in the content of breathing the same air as her lover. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

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]

That night it was many hours before Larose got to sleep, and lying by her side and listening to her tranquil breathing he considered in a thousand ways how he could protect her from further shocks. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

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

Wilkie Collins Fatigue had overpowered him; she heard, within, the quiet breathing of a man in a sound sleep. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

George Meredith Beauchamp looked from Dr. Shrapnel in his invalid’s chair to his uncle Everard breathing robustly, and mixed his uncle’s errors with those of the world which honoured and upheld him. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

The respiration of the young woman was so light that for an instant Catharine thought she was not breathing at all. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Rudyard Kipling I want to live — my God, how I want to live, and see it develop!” He looked through the door at Shaynor breathing lightly in his chair. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

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

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

Rafael Sabatini Minutes passed, then down the stairs, breathing noisily and swearing fluently, came Nathaniel. ‘Skewer my innards,’ said he, as he entered, ‘I can’t find no plaguey bottle. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Arthur Conan Doyle The prisoner lay with his face towards us, in a very deep sleep, breathing slowly and heavily. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

F. Scott Fitzgerald There was a group on the front steps, breathing the sparse air, and another group singing around the lamp-post at the corner. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

H. G. Wells A deep silence followed, broken for a time only by the indignant breathing of Sir Titus Knowles. “WET kisses,” he said. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

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]

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

Ford Madox Ford She beat him by a yard and a half to the kissing-gate, white in the hedge: panicked, breathing hard. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

No sound was heard save the quiet breathing of the sleeping herd-the little calves snuggled up beside their mothers in full content. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

The child was breathing and asleep; he had fallen upon his mother, and so had escaped unhurt. Signa by Ouida

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]

Wilkie Collins I hated the bright day that would make things pleasant, and the bracing air that forced me to feel the luxury of breathing whether I liked it or not. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Edith Wharton She leaned her head on his shoulder, her round forehead and rough braids pressed against his cheek, her hands in his, breathing quickly and joyfully. False Dawn by Edith Wharton

He stopped, breathing heavily, about three yards from Mark, and, as he stood, it was not the sword that a second time deterred him. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Her mouth was open as if she were amazed at something, but her breathing was not audible. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Returning into the yard to see what he could do for Hitler, he had found the animal breathing so painfully through his lacerated wind-pipe that he had thought it best to kill him too. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

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

The sufferer was breathing heavily. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

D. H. Lawrence She heard him breathing heavily, strangely, beside her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing She listened for the very breathing of the two, who were so close to her that she might almost have touched them. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Edith Wharton Then she noticed how stout Jack had grown — he would soon be almost as plethoric as Herbert Melson, who sat a few feet off, breathing puffily as he leaned his black-gloved hands on his stick. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

H. G. Wells It is like the single voice crying aloud that betrays the silent breathing multitude in the darkness. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

H. Rider Haggard He lit a breathing radiance by her side, and again the great sound pealed, “Let in the living waters, and cleanse away the sins of this generation. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

W. W. Jacobs He threw the fragment of glass stand which remained in his hand from him, and, quick as thought, gained the bed again, and crouched there, breathing heavily. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

Guy de Maupassan She pushed open the door, sighed with satisfaction in breathing the cool air of the vast nave, took a chair and sat down. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

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]

H. G. Wells Lord Horatio stood very still at his desk, dilating and contracting his nostrils almost as though he was doing breathing exercises. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Algernon Blackwood In the middle of which up stole again that other layer, breathing terror and shrinking dread, and with a vividness of actuality that put all the rest into the shade. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Wilkie Collins Her breathing was easier; the dark flush on her face was dying out again. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

He hasn’t spoken a word since, but he’s breathing all right. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

George Gissing Pale, breathing uneasily, he supported the scrutiny of those dark eyes for what seemed to him a minute or two of most uncomfortable time. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

His body did not even jerk when the shots hit him, the tortured breathing continued without a pause. Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence It came to be, gradually, that after church on Sundays the house was really something of a sanctuary, with peace breathing like a strange bird alighted in the rooms. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim Masters was sitting tight, breathing a little hard, looking fixedly at his host. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

She twice listened at the door of Jeanne’s little room, from which, however, not even a sound of breathing came. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

E. Phillips Oppenheim In the half-light I can scarcely see his features, but I catch the gleam in his eyes, and hear his laboured breathing as he stands before me blocking my path. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Her breathing soft and low, As in her breast the wave of life Kept heaving to and fro. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Benjamin Disraeli There was another Duke not less celebrated, whose palace was a breathing shrine which sent forth the oracles of mode. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

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]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He lay back heavily with his mouth open, breathing stertorously and quite insensible. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Gissing She moved as if breathing the air that suited her. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Thomas Hardy The infant’s breathing grew more difficult, and the mother’s mental tension increased. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

D.H. Lawrence They could hear the faint breathing of the sea. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell Her father had occasionally experienced a difficulty in breathing this spring, which had for the time distressed him exceedingly. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

His breathing distressed him, and soon two moons circled in his vision, swinging about the shining length of Francis’ weapon. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

The men pulled with set lips and dilated nostrils, breathing hard. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

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]

William Hope Hodgson For, perhaps a minute longer, she lay silent, breathing quickly. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

H. Rider Haggard For a moment his enemy was still, breathing stertorously, for the shock of their fall had been great. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Bram Stoker On the bed beside the window lay Jonathan Harker, his face flushed and breathing heavily as though in a stupor. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her breathing was uneven, her eyes were seeking to rend the mask from his face. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]