Phrases with "caressing"

Catherine Helen Spence I felt the soft moist climate of the father-land caressing me; the sun shone, not with the summer blaze of our Australian skies, but as if through a tender haze. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

George Meredith Her womanly nature did not shrink from caressing it with a touch of soothing hands. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Edith Wharton As for the newly married Duchess, who sat at the other end of the cabinet caressing a toy spaniel, she was scant fourteen and looked a mere child in her great hoop and jewelled stomacher. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Anne Bronte I could do with less caressing and more rationality. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Edith Wharton And it was like her, too, not to make any covert appeal to his sympathy, not to seek to entrap his judgment by caressing words and plaintive allusions. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Elizabeth Gaskell Margaret knelt by him, caressing him with tearful caresses. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

William Morris Or else, O child, how wilt thou hurt me! Birdalone wept; but presently she fell to caressing the mother’s hand, and said: This is thy doing, wherein thou hast made me wise. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Her half-hushed but laughing voice was deliciously human; her delicate little hands, caressing Tressa’s, were too eagerly real to doubt. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Andrew Lang He had escaped from the palace, and his manners were so gentle and caressing that Zayda and her mother soon got over the first fright he had given them. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassant As soon as he was outside of the garden, he stopped to gaze upon the plain all flooded with the caressing light, bathed in that tender, languishing charm of serene nights. Clair de lune by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

I lifted up her clothes and touched her sex, caressing it gently while kissing her; in a moment or two her love-milk came. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

George Meredith He had read of this characteristic of caressing obedience of the women about to deceive. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Andrew Lang It was first a slow, caressing sound, then more and more lively and urgent, and so sonorous and piercing that it penetrated as far as the farthest alleys and retreats of the town. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Beside her horse another’s always gallops, which is not mine; in her ear another’s caressing voice, not mine, unceasingly vibrates. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Elizabeth Gaskell At last she ceased her delicate, busy cares: but she still held the head softly, as if caressing it. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

She stood by his manger caressing him while he ate his corn, and feeling very safe from Captain Winstanley’s society in the warm clover-scented stable. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

George MacDonald And now came a sweet rain, filling the atmosphere with a caressing coolness. Lilith by George MacDonald

Among them she saw the face she sought, as the dog eagerly ran back, caressing the hair of a soldier who lay underneath the weight of his gray charger, that had been killed by a musket-ball. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Frances Hodgson Burnett You don’t feel shy now, do you? No, you don’t,” in caressing conviction and appeal. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Edith Wharton But one day as she was caressing him her husband came out of the chapel; and the next day the old dog was gone. Kerfol by Edith Wharton [1916]

Margaret Oliphant Oh, Arthur, my dear boy,” cried the widow, taking his hand and caressing it between her own, “now that he is gone, tell me. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Arnold Bennett He timidly touched her hair, caressing it. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Guy de Maupassant It was a good beast, caressing and faithful, intelligent and gentle. Mademoiselle Cocotte by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Virginia Woolf She laid them side by side, flower to flower and stalk to stalk, caressing them for walking alone. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Guy de Maupassan These little papers which bear our name in caressing terms are relics which we adore; they are chapels in which we are the saints. Our Letters by Guy de Maupassan

He woke in the wide caressing bed, softer and warmer than any bed he had ever slept in, and began to grope about for his matches. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Anthony Hope I mastered myself again and looked in his face as he stood in thought, his hand caressing the strong curve of his clean-shaven chin. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Elizabeth Gaskell Poor little motherless girl!” said he, laying his other hand on her head, with the caressing gesture he had been accustomed to use when she had been a little child. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Elizabeth Gaskell The duchess welcomed them in her most caressing manner, and showed Theresa the suite of rooms, with the little private staircase, appropriated to her use. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

I was patient but persistent and I went on caressing her till her hot lips told me that I had really excited her. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

George Meredith It was of the sarcastically caressing kind, masterly in ease of style, as the flourish of the executioner well may be with poor Bare-back hung up to a leisurely administration of the scourge. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

At once her lips grew hot and I went on kissing and caressing till her eyes closed and she gave herself to the pleasure. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Jules Verne Do you hear, Dick?” continued he, caressing his friend; “we must have a bear, so look out. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

I tried to insert my finger into the vagina; but she drew away at once and quickly, closing her sex as if it hurt, so I went back to caressing her tickler. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

The next moment my sex was caressing her clitoris and of herself she drew up her knees and suddenly with one movement brought my sex into hers and against the maiden barrier. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

D. H. Lawrence Isn’t it early? But don’t they look cold?” “Cold!” said Miriam, in her musical, caressing voice. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

There was a little smile in his small greenish eyes, and his voice had a friendly, caressing sound. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Madame Boche, in a low voice accused Boche of caressing Madame Lerat’s knees. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope Never, never, never would she forgive him! Never again would she sit on his knee caressing him. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Trip bounded back, and came leaping up, licking him with little caressing licks. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

There, caressing as he pretended, the animal with his hand, he put this bit of burning tinder in his ear. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

F. Scott Fitzgerald All life was weather, a waiting through the hot where events had no significance for the cool that was soft and caressing like a woman’s hand on a tired forehead. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells But first I noted the sunlight on her face caressing the lines of her cheeks and neck. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

One night when Jones was in Henry’s bed, there was a shriek of pain and Jones was heard to be kissing and caressing his victim for nearly an hour afterwards. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Guy de Maupassan When seated face to face with Mme. Walter, he met her troubled but caressing glance. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins She felt Cecilia’s arm tenderly caressing her. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Anthony Trollope When at Bragton she could at any rate be quiet, and Mary’s caressing care almost made the place pleasant to her. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence She stood clasping him and caressing him, and he was something unknown to her — something almost uncanny. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Arnold Bennett Even the long row of the Embankment gas-lamps, stretching right and left, scarcely trembled in the still, warm, caressing air. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Elizabeth Gaskell Mrs. Kirkpatrick was as caressing as could be. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Guy de Maupassant Parent saw her side face, and recognized its graceful outlines, the movements of her lips, her smile and her caressing looks, but the child chiefly took up his attention. Monsieur Parent by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

For thirteen years of Diana’s life all love and tenderness, endearing words, caressing touches, fond admiring looks, had been utterly unknown to her. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Sinclair Lewis His voice was caressing and unpleasant. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence It made him furious that she could sit there caressing him and yet sneer at him. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The youth who called himself Fred the Ripper sat with his hands caressing his trousers pockets and his eyes fixed hungrily upon Tottie Green. He was waiting for a sign. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Edith Wharton He held her hands against his breast, caressing them. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

The caressing sand takes print of my foot alone. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

She would have to stand by in silence and see him caressing another woman, while every caress would stab her like a sword. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Charles Dickens But if you do go, Nell,’ said the boy, caressing her, and pressing his face to hers, ‘be fond of him for my sake. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Caroline kissed her, in her gentle caressing way, saying softly — ‘I love you dearly. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Abraham Merri Low pitched, vibrant, continuous, it crept into the ears, and seemed to pour through them along every nerve, touching them, caressing them with the soft fingers of the very soul of poppied sleep. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Margaret Oliphant The two talked in whispers,—Susan because of her feebleness, the mother in the instinct of caressing tenderness. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

D. H. Lawrence Their voices sounded out with strong intonation, and the broad dialect was curiously caressing to the blood. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

It is the first letter in the series of his collected correspondence which is not all Epicurean elegance and caressing wit. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Juliette’s avowal of her sudden friendship was given with a caressing air. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Then to please old Archie she played ‘Auld Lang Syne’— that tender caressing air which is one of the most pathetic and heart-stirring melodies in the world. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Henry James He had inspired her with a clinging, caressing faith in his wisdom. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Edgar Rice Burroughs When he was disobedient she cuffed him, it is true, but she was never cruel to him, and was more often caressing him than chastising him. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Elizabeth Gaskell But, on stroking her cheek in a caressing way soon after, he was almost shocked to find her face wet with tears. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Sinclair Lewis Leora was confessing to the friendly Mrs. Tredgold how cautiously the wife of an assistant director has to economize and with that caressing voice of hers Mrs. Tredgold comforted, “I know. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Jules Verne The child pointed to a bird which she was caressing tenderly in her bosom. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Guy de Maupassan He had entered it as a conqueror, with the approval of all Paris. Thus Fortune had led him to the beginning of old age, coddling and caressing him. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

William Morris And therewithal she did at last bow down her head and fall to weeping, and Viridis was moved by her tears and fell to kissing and caressing her. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

She played sad tunes, tenderly touching the soul of the lover by the soft, caressing accords; she sang sweet, tender songs, in which rang the anticipation of caresses and yearning for the beloved. Philip Vasilyevich’s Story by Maksim Gorky

When the ripples wavered on the smooth sand and ran in caressing ripples towards their feet, they started and shrunk. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Henry James The little thin-lipped, peremptory air with which she had addressed her father on the occasion of their former meeting had given place to the most lingering and caressing tones. The American by Henry James [1877]

Algernon Blackwood Bruder Schliemann’s long white fingers were caressing the keys to some purpose. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Arnold Bennett And he is the last!” Laurence, ignoring Madame Foucault, approached Sophia. “You have an air very fatigued,” she said, caressing Sophia’s shoulder with her gloved hand. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Florence Dixie It was the sweetest little creature imaginable, with soft silky fur, and bright, gentle eyes, and it thrust its nose against my cheek in a caressing manner, without the least sign of fear. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Ever after this, he showed me a caressing kindness, and so condescendingly, that, generally, he would leave any people, for a moment, with whom he was engaged, to come and speak to me. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

George Gissing Would he not? to please her? Mrs. Hannaford spoke in a soft, caressing voice, and Piers returned her look of kindness; but he was firm. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope Rachel, when she had received her mother’s promise, embraced her warmly, caressing her and petting her as was her custom, and then after a while she resumed her work. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri They whipped out a full yard from the Disk’s surface, touching her, caressing her. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

It was after sunset when we arrived in the birthplace of Palladio, which we found a fair city in the lap of caressing hills. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

George Gissing He seemed to breathe delicious perfumes, his forehead and cheeks were fanned with cool, scented airs, he felt the touch of fairy hands caressing his hair. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Radclyffe Hall Surrounded by his books, caressing their bindings, Sir Philip would look care-free again and light-hearted. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Maria Edgeworth At dinner he placed me beside Anne, little sister Anne; but no caressing tone, no diminutive of kindness in English, or soft Italian, could touch her heart, or move the gloomy purpose of her soul. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Will that content you, Tobalito?” The caressing diminutive charmed her listener. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Abraham Merri The waves ran gently to it, caressing its rocks. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Sinclair Lewis When Mr. Gale came down to breakfast he found her caressing an ancient silken flag. The Kidnaped Memorial by Sinclair Lewis

Ford Madox Ford His eyes were soft, like a deer’s, his voice and hands caressing . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Edith Wharton I presume some of you know ABOUT God already; and all of you at least know OF Him,” she urged, caressing her italics. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Jack London She possessed a gentle, caressing tongue that soothed him when it passed over his soft little body, and that impelled him to snuggle close against her and to doze off to sleep. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Wilkie Collins When he lets it out of its cage, it hops on to his knee, and claws its way up his great big body, and rubs its top-knot against his sallow double chin in the most caressing manner imaginable. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

D. H. Lawrence She stroked them softly against her lips and cheek, caressing them. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope He can reprove faults with so much flattery and utter censure in so caressing a manner that the female heart, if it glow with a spark of Low Church susceptibility, cannot withstand him. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

How charming and caressing you can be when you like. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

D. H. Lawrence And leaning down, he drew off one of the grey shoes she had on, caressing her foot with the slip of his hand over its slim, bare shape. The Blue Moccasins by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Jack London A kind word, a caressing touch of the hand, on the part of Grey Beaver, might have sounded these deeps; but Grey Beaver did not caress, nor speak kind words. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Edith Wharton Shall we, Vanny?” She leaned to him with one of her swift caressing touches, and he sprang up and bent over her, covering her neck and shoulders with impatient kisses. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

George Meredith She ran up gracefully, and taking her father’s hand, murmured a caressing “Dear papa!” “There—all right—quite right—quite well,” Mr. Pole repeated. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Andrew Lang The little dog woke up too, and sprang round her in his most caressing manner. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Maria Edgeworth Forester, who was present at this declaration, was much astonished, that a lady, whom he had seen caressing a canary-bird, could speak with so much decision and good sense. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

Sinclair Lewis If —” His caressing hands could feel her shiver with anxiety. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

A swarm of unseen birds seemed to be flying about in the room, penetrating everywhere, touching the heart with caressing wings, soothing and at the same time alarming it. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Edith Wharton Boyne was frightened by a reminder of Judith’s way of caressing certain thoughts and images with her lashes. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Edith Wharton Besides, he wasn’t in the mood for books, with this spring air caressing him . Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

However, before I could pull myself together, her whole demeanour had changed, and she was kneeling on the floor kissing and caressing something she believed to be beneath her. Mr. Aristocrat by Guy Boothby

Gaston Leroux I wonder if these are the eye-glasses from the presbytery!” He seized them eagerly, his fingers caressing the glass. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

While caressing the spaniel, his eye roved over the papers and books just replaced; it settled on the religious tract. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

George Meredith For my part, I exulted in having done a thing that gave me a likeness to Heriot. ‘Little Richmond, you’re a little hero,’ he said, caressing me. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Arthur Machen And she had made herself defenseless before him, caressing and fondling the body that had been so despised. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Wilkie Collins With careful, caressing hand, he parted his brother’s ruffled hair over the forehead. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

The great square was crowded, till it resembled one vast sea of heads, upon which a gleam of wintry sunshine played as if with a caressing hand. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

D.H. Lawrence He placed his hands beneath his arms, where the wind was caressing him, and his eyes opened with wondering pleasure. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Abraham Merri And again I marveled at the marble smoothness and fineness of her skin on which the caressing water left tiny silvery globules, gemming it. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

They were still silent, but it was the silence of tender and caressing thoughts. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Anthony Trollope His foul suspicions had been present to his mind even while she was caressing him. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

The children rushed along like a whirlwind; the warm air was caressing and intoxicating. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Her husband laid his hand on hers with a caressing touch. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

She was a small, pale, quiet girl now, not a merry, caressing kitten. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

They crowded very close about him, with their hands always on him in a careful, caressing grip, as though all the while feeling him to make sure he was there. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Virginia Woolf She stood between two fluidities, caressing her cross. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Elizabeth Gaskell No more pleasant tête-à-tête breakfasts, enlivened by her sense and wit, and cheered by her pretty caressing ways. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Guy de Maupassant Five hundred francs! What a fortune! He poured the gold pieces out on the counter and spread them out with his big hand with a slow, caressing touch so as to see them all at the same time. Madame Husson’s “Rosier” (Le Rosier de Madame Husson) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Wilkie Collins The Sibyl took me by the hand, with a caressing gentleness which was new in my experience of her. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Anthony Trollope I am not in the least afraid that she’ll bite me; and as for caressing the animal — that kind of caressing which you mean — it seems to me to be just what she’s made for. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Machen The girl was lying in her white room, caressing a small green stone, a curious thing cut with strange devices, awful with age. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Anthony Trollope Lady Fitzgerald had welcomed her like a mother, with more caressing soft tenderness than her own mother usually vouchsafed to her; and even Sir Thomas had gone out of his usual way to be kind to her. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

The caressing wind brought to her the rich, moist fragrance of the whole countryside . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

The king felt Madame withdraw her hands, caressing his face while she did so. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

D. H. Lawrence Miriam went on her knees before one cluster, took a wild-looking daffodil between her hands, turned up its face of gold to her, and bowed down, caressing it with her mouth and cheeks and brow. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

There was a good-natured smile on his face, and a clear, caressing look in his small gray eyes. Mother by Maksim Gorky

The birds set up a clamour when the girl appeared, but she went from one to another, caressing some, taking others for an instant upon her wrist, or stooping to adjust their jesses. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Arnold Bennett Her voice, so persuasive and caressing to George, had been charged with all sorts of accusations against the silent fellow whose back now and then collided with hers. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

That kissing and caressing a girl could inculcate — self — restraint is not taught by our spiritual guides and masters; but is nevertheless true. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

H. G. Wells She danced, you know, with a serious face; she danced with a serious dignity, and yet she was smiling at me and caressing me — smiling and caressing with her eyes. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Jacques Futrelle The steel worker extended a caressing hand, whereupon the bird rose swiftly, surely, with white wings widely stretched, circled once over the vast steel structure, then darted away to the north. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Guy de Maupassan He would soon take the little low seat that he preferred beside the Countess and lay his cheek against her knee with a caressing movement. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Jack London The hand lifted and descended again in a patting, caressing movement. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Squatting there in the semi-dusk, he began to massage it between his long, muscular fingers, rubbing, moulding, pressing the root with caressing deliberation. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Poor little keys,” she added, caressing them lightly. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Jack London When Thornton passed a caressing hand along his back, a snapping and crackling followed the hand, each hair discharging its pent magnetism at the contact. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Anatole France He talked with emphasis, in a caressing voice. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Kate Chopin And when I got here-” “When you got here you never came near me!” She was still caressing his cheek. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Mine! mine! mine!” He crooned like a mother over a child, caressing the coffin; then suddenly drew himself upright and fixed Mrs. Jasher with an indignant eye. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

She trembled and resumed in a caressing tone of voice: “We’re still friends, aren’t we?” He shook his head as he answered: “Yes, we’ll always be friends. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Wilkie Collins His wife’s caressing arms were twining round his neck again, and her cheek was laid gently against his. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Anthony Trollope With the sweetest and most caressing smile in the world, she offered Mrs Peacocke a ten-pound note. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Oh, my child, my own one!” Lily was now leaning against the bed, and her mother was standing over her, caressing her. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope