Phrases with "ears"

When he uncovered his ears the music had stopped, and to his horror he found himself longing for it to begin again. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim And now a mist is blotting them all out, and the throbbing upon the drums of my ears is louder. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Strange to say, the weather was not cold, it was simply bracing, — hardly severe enough to make the ears tingle. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

The ears can wait till to-morrow. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Henry James He spoke little, but his remarks, without being sententious, had a nobleness of tone that caused them to re-echo in the young girl’s ears at the end of the day. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

His ears were then shorn away and he was thrown into the street. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

I held my hand because we are now under the flag of the Orang Blanda, and Abdulla can speak into the ears of the great. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

John Galsworthy Your ears are sticking up so nicely to-night, Michael.” Michael went on his knees and joined his hands behind her waist. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

It is a pity her ears were not cut off too. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Zona Gale The very walls are the ears of Prince Tabnit, and it is better to be behind those walls. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Henry James The high voice went on; its quaver was doubtless for conscious ears only, but there were verily thirty seconds during which it sounded, for our young woman, like the shriek of a soul in pain. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Kate Chopin Sometimes she followed Ma’ame Pelagie into the fields to note how the cotton was opening, ripe and white; or to count the ears of corn upon the hardy stalks. Short stories by Kate Chopin

But Oswald watched the mare stop, prick her ears under the hammering of unspurred heels, spin round, bucking as she spun, and toss her rider like a bull. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Jack London He cocked his ears and watched it curiously. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

H. G. Wells The throbbing in my ears grew louder, and then I remarked that the piping note of the outrush had ceased. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

At last, with a quick movement, he rose to his feet and took the stethoscope from his ears and the tuning fork from beneath his teeth. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Guy de Maupassan But according to Victor Hugo, in Les Miserables, he used the expression Merde! which cannot be put into English fit for ears polite. Words of Love by Guy de Maupassan

There was nobody likely to know about Aileen and me riding up together and stopping half-an-hour; but if it came to spending the evening, there was no saying who might have ears and eyes open. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Jules Verne Soul and body alike shrunk from the awful prospect, and she was tempted to shut her eyes and stop her ears that she might see and hear no more. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Andrew Lang The mouse with the cropped ears found a lamp full of oil and a bottle full of pepper. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Borrow You have something of his face, and your voice, when you spoke, sounded in my ears like his own. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

William Cowper They are Thy witnesses, who speak Thy power And goodness infinite, but speak in ears That hear not, or receive not their report. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

George Gissing Peachey, looking and feeling like a man whom passion had brought within sight of murder, stopped his ears and huddled himself against the bedside. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

His ears became intensely crimson, and even the clear blue of his eyes was darkened many shades by the rush of blood to his head. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Jacques Futrelle Was there another person in the room? Mr. Grimm’s ears were keenly alive for the inadvertent shuffling of a foot; or the sound of breathing. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Rudyard Kipling I stayed one day at Nowshera, and in the night a Voice spoke in my ears as I slept among the horses. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

George Meredith So he pronounced his mind, and the long habit of listening to oracles might grow us ears to hear and discover a meaning in it. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Thomas Wolfe One could see them on the porches of houses unfolding blueprints and prospectuses as they shouted enticements and promises of sudden wealth into the ears of deaf old women. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Richard Burton Meanwhile a certain shuffling of slippered feet above informed my ears that the Kabirah,3 the mistress of the house, was intent on hospitable thoughts. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

The thin man, Carter, did all of the talking, but the stout one was all eyes and ears and I should fear him the more. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle Often had he heard of Sir Nigel’s prowess and skill with all knightly weapons, but all the tales that had reached his ears fell far short of the real quickness and coolness of the man. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

George Eliot He thought he could conquer his bitterness towards Adam now — could offer him his hand, and ask to be his friend again, in spite of that painful memory which would still make his ears burn. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

H. G. Wells They’ll all be coming in now, ears down and tails wagging. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Wilkie Collins They were joined shortly afterward by Magdalen. In half an hour more the familiar fall of the iron latch in the socket reached their ears from the fence beyond the shrubbery. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Charles Kingsley Another, and another wail, while the wretched man hurries off, stopping his ears in vain against those piercing cries, which follow him, like avenging angels, through the dreadful vaults. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Jacques Futrelle Hatch was listening with all the multitudinous ears of a good reporter. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

Gaston Leroux What if they learn of it? — and they learn everything! They are everywhere, and have ears everywhere. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Why do you pour forth your entreaties to ears that are closely shut [against them]? The wintery ocean, with its briny tempests, does not lash rocks more deaf to the cries of the naked mariners. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Maria Edgeworth At Petersburg the coachmen’s ears are frozen off every night on their boxes waiting for their ladies. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Henry David Thoreau Often, in the repose of my mid-day, there reaches my ears a confused tintinnabulum from without. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

F. Scott Fitzgerald The doctor went over the body; there were small contusions and lacerations, two broken fingers, the dirt-filled ears that marked every casenothing else. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Anthony Trollope It is very possible to continue at this work, seeing the hounds hunt, with your ears rather than your eyes, till your nag has nearly done his day’s work. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Von Arnim And it would make me perfectly wretched to be confronted by ears so refractory as to require boxing. Elizabeth and her German Garden by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1898]

What was I to believe? What could this mean? But the second mate’s, “Scoot, young man,” seemed to come to my ears like the blast of a trumpet. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

George Meredith You have your troops of satellites; but take it as equal to a prophecy, you won’t have London with you; and you’ll hear of Lord Fleetwood and his Whitechapel Countess till your ears ache. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

If I could but once make their (usually large) ears burn under their thick glossy hair, all was comparatively well. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Wilkie Collins In my last night’s sleep, it made itself heard; it was flowing in my ears with a water-music of its own. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Anthony Trollope Poor Wilkinson’s ears tingled when he heard his name pronounced; and he would at the moment have given anything to be allowed to be quiet. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

There may be something to be picked up in that direction by a man who keeps his eyes and ears open. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing The cause of the working classes seems so hopeless just because they’re too far away to catch the ears of those who oppress them. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

William Hope Hodgson Yet did mine ears perceive nothing; and so I alway to go downward again into the night that held the slope. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

During the hour of my abstraction the guests had gone out, and I had neither noticed their departure nor the gradual cessation of the noise which at one time had filled my ears with hubbub. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

In the library of my ears I hold an anthology of them. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

The faithful half-caste foreman going his rounds cocked his ears at the sharp sound. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Listening to that song she husked the rice at home; it dulled her ears to the shrill bickerings of Bulangi’s wives, to the sound of angry reproaches addressed to herself. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Riding Light’s ears flickered in question, in doubt. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope Your own father heard Sam Griggs say with his own ears that there was a shop bill left there of I don’t know how long. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

The cat looked serious, for a moment doubtful, and her ears flattened in nervous expectation. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Ivan Turgenev He was heavy, with flopping ears and overhanging lip and a thick tail; a regular sporting dog. The Dog by Ivan Turgenev

Willa Cather But this —!” “I think you mistake his attitude,” replied Imogen, feeling a flush that made her ears tingle. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

I had over a hundred and fifty dollars clear in my pocket and I had noticed that though the pains in my ears soon ceased, I had become a little hard of hearing. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Bram Stoker No window or barrier could shut out the sound, till the ears of any listener became dulled by the ceaseless murmur. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Anthony Trollope Then she also would go to her bed — and would rest, with one eye ever open, with her ears always on the alert. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton The ears that stood out from it looked larger than human ears. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

And as for him, he only looked for worthier ears than others he had found to have an opportunity of recounting the event in all its details. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Meredith Saddlebank, Salter, and a good many others, plugged their ears with their fists. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Their ears are plane-leaves, except with the breed raised from acorns; theirs being of wood. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

A burst of sound ascended to the golden dome and rebounded therefrom, assaulting the ears of the multitude beneath. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Jules Verne As soon as the unfortunate SAVANT had disappeared, every one, except the Major, broke out into such peals of laughter that the sound reached the ears of the sailors in the forecastle. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope Though keenly anxious for amusement, though over head and ears in love with sport and frolic, no unholy thought had ever polluted her mind. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

George Borrow I spoke to several of these men respecting the all-important subject of religion; but I found “their hearts gross, and their ears dull of hearing, and their eyes closed. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Mark Twain They presently entered, softly, with quickened pulses, talking in whispers, ears alert to catch the slightest sound, and muscles tense and ready for instant retreat. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

A dark mist was before his eyes and his ears were closed to all sounds. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

E. T. A. Hoffmann At length her piercing screams for help reached the ears of some people passing at a distance; they hurried up and freed her from the arms of her ghastly lover. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Willa Cather When he assumed this attitude in the courtroom, ears were always pricked up, as it usually foretold a flood of withering sarcasm. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Simon had forest-tuned ears and knew it, and to Peter every sound told an authentic tale. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

G. K. Chesterton What most people want is to have their ears boxed or be sent to bed. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

G. K. Chesterton He had a large head and large ears and a colourless face and expression, and for a time passed for something of a mooncalf. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Wilkie Collins Such were some of the rumours that reached my father’s ears on the subject of his son and heir! After a long absence, he came home on a visit. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

H. Rider Haggard I have told them of what I have seen, and what my ears have heard. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Virginia Woolf Nothing was changed; nothing was different save only here I listened with all my ears not entirely to what was being said, but to the murmur or current behind it. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

John Galsworthy His father was sitting up in bed, with his ears pricked under the white hair which Emily kept so beautifully cut. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Elizabeth Gaskell Kester made as though absorbed in his task of cajoling Black Nell; but his eyes and ears were both vigilant. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Virginia Woolf All these voices sounded gratefully in St. John’s ears as he lay half-asleep, and yet vividly conscious of everything around him. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Wilkie Collins Now that you have made me happy about Sarah again, my ears ache once more for the tiny ting-ting that has always the same friendly sound to my heart, travel where I may. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

George Eliot Camilla’s message might refer to public affairs, and Romola’s immediate prompting was to close her ears against knowledge that might only make her mental burden heavier. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

John Galsworthy Very young Nicholas is at the Bar.” Michael’s ears stood up. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling Of course, I pricked up my ears when I heard Weland mentioned, and I scuttled through the woods to the Ford just beyond Bog Wood yonder. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Henry Kingsley The horse had furnished so since then! Here he came, flying past them like a whirlwind, shaking the earth, and making men’s ears tingle with the glorious music of his feet on the turf. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

H. G. Wells Your ears must have burnt, my dear . Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

He was gravitating towards Annette. But if she let it reach his ears that Annette had been Dick’s mistress he would turn from her, and never think of her as a possible wife again. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Sinclair Lewis I told George I had a good mind to slap his ears off. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

However this may be, the news of Professor Braddock’s good fortune shortly came to Don Pedro’s ears through the medium of the landlady. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

Thus the somnambulist, though his eyes and ears are closed, not only sees and hears, but sees and hears much better than he does when awake. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

H. G. Wells Over my head and just out of range of my ears he was debating that issue with Siddons as a foil and my cousin as a horrified antagonist. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Thomas Hardy It reached his ears that Bellston had not appeared on the evening of his arrival at any hotel in the town or neighbourhood, or entered his wife’s house at all. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

You shan’t flick your ears at the sun. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Had you been there, I’d have taken you by the back of the neck and pitched you out of the window, before your ears should have been tainted with it. Seeing Life by Ellen Wood [1871]

Guy de Maupassant He listened again, listened a long time, for his ears were singing. Paul’s Mistress (La Femme de Paul) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

The ears hung at different angles, negligently; and the macabre figure of that mute dweller on the earth steamed straight up from ribs and backbone in the muggy stillness of the air. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

The streets were packed as he drove through them; for a short space his eyes were gladdened by a sea of friendly German faces, and his ears by a gathering volume of good guttural sounds. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Anthony Trollope He did not wish to pull down upon his ears the whole house of the aristocracy. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

H.P. Lovecraft I awakened just at dawn from a pageant of horrible dreams, my ears ringing as from some metallic peal. The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Anthony Trollope She drew her daughter to her, and as she pressed her to her bosom, she whispered into her ears that she now hoped they might all be happy. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen She instantly saw that her ears had not deceived her. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Gertrude Stein A curtain, a curtain which is fastened discloses mourning, this does not mean sparrows or elocution or even a whole preparation, it means that there are ears and very often much more altogether. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Charles Dickens Bessy could have boxed his ears for not curbing this gaping; at any rate, he needed not to have done it so openly, so almost ostentatiously. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

The weight of the whole thing had turned his ears entirely down, like a fancy rabbit’s in our century; but even this, though it spoiled him as a man, was nothing remarkable. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Lucy Maud Montgomery He’s such a funny-looking boy with that big fat face, and his little blue eyes, and his ears sticking out like flaps. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Which of you is the man?” “Come, delight of my eyes,” said Dain to Nina. “Now we go, and your voice shall be for my ears only. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Thomas Hardy Her feelings almost filled her ears like a babble of waves, and surged up to her eyes. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope He could not keep it from Mr Wharton’s ears by quarrelling with Quintus Slide. ‘It was true,’ said Lopez. ‘I knew it before just as well as though I had seen it. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Jack London And then the onlookers will take their hats off, and as I swing the doctors will press their ears to my chest to count my fading heart-beats, and at last they will say that I am dead. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Gaston Leroux I shook my ears to get rid of a possible humming; but I soon had to accept the fact that there was no humming in the ears so harmonious as the singing whisper that followed and now attracted me. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

George Gissing Other times he’ll talk, talk, talk and it’s all Thyrza Trent, Thyrza Trent, till the name makes my ears jingle. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

D. H. Lawrence The hyacinths drooped magnificently with an overweight of purple, or they stood pale and erect, like unripe ears of purple corn. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hughes Lords’ hands and ears and feet are just as ugly as other folks’ when they are children, as any one may convince themselves if they like to look. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Benjamin Disraeli Rebellion was whispered in the small ears of the Gay weathers. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Her bedroom-door, almost close to the head of the stairs, was not closed, and her ears were on the alert. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

H. Rider Haggard Oh! mystery and wonder Of wings that cannot fly, Of ears that cannot hearken, Of life that lives — to die!” quoth Angela, by way of comment. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

His own love of fresh air and brightness intensified his hatred of a formalism which shuts its ears to argument. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

Matthew Flinders His head was small and round — his physiognomy bespoke intelligence and confidence — his whiskers were long and graceful, and his ears were cropped in a beautiful curve. A biographical tribute to the memory of Trim by Matthew Flinders [1804]

The sudden glow, the hush, the warm breath of incense, and the blaze of light turned me suddenly faint; my ears buzzed, and I heard strange sounds. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

George Gissing His ears were still more disagreeably warm. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

The ears are adorned with broad rings of native make, and, near the trading stations, with French imitation jewellery. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Loungers and passengers on Wildwood station drew back from the platform’s edge as the towering locomotive shot by them, stunning their ears with the clangor of its melancholy bell. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Arnold Bennett Three journeymen, pretending to be busy, were listening with all ears from the other side of a case. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

The controversy continued so long that it reached the ears of Cortes, who, in his station on the azotea, had learned, with no little satisfaction, the capture of his enemy. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

The shop was empty, and there were no ears near. Lost in the Post by Ellen Wood [1870]

Edgar Allan Poe And again I sunk into visions of Ligeia — and again, (what marvel that I shudder while I write,) again there reached my ears a low sob from the region of the ebony bed. Ligeia by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry Handel Richardson Its gentlest tinkle was enough to rouse him — long before it had succeeded in penetrating the ears of the groom, who was supposed to open. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Charles Dickens Immolating herself upon the shrine of Cheggs —’ ‘Poison Cheggs, cut Cheggs’s ears off,’ rejoined Quilp. ‘I won’t hear of Cheggs. Her name is Swiveller or nothing. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

But Christobal was lying on his pillows with his eyes wide open, indeed, but his ears fast closed. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Ivan Turgenev He was scraping on the floor and scratching himself and shaking his ears . The Dog by Ivan Turgenev

Baldwin Spencer The tufts of feathers of the ring-necked parrot were stuck in the hair behind the ears over which hung Alpita or tail tips. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Then my ears caught the chirp of oars, and the voice of the second officer encouraging his men in their search for us. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Anthony Trollope And something, too, reached Clara’s ears something from old Mr Wright, the rector, who loved scandal, and was very ill-natured. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Rafael Sabatini No doubt he spoke to him in English also, but no more than a murmur reached the straining ears of Rosamund, though from his countenance she had no doubt of the purport of his words. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Anthony Trollope I do not know whether she ravished our ears most with the old-fashioned piano and the nearly obsolete violin, or with the modern mousometor, or the more perfect melpomeneon. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf When ears are deaf and the heart is dry. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Virginia Woolf To Cassandra’s ears the buzz of voices inside the drawing-room was like the tuning up of the instruments of the orchestra. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Anthony Trollope He has eyes to see and ears to hear. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

The next thing I knew I was sitting bolt upright, my ears ringing with a scream, and I saw Lys cowering beside me, covering her white face with both hands. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Edgar Allan Poe We’ll soon see now whither it’s your swate silf, or whither it’s little Mounseer Maiter-di-dauns, that Misthress Tracle is head and ears in the love wid. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

James Joyce Police whistle in my ears still. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Walter Scott It had the usual number of chimneys — two, namely — rising like asses’ ears at either end, which answered the purpose for which they were designed as ill as usual. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

Algernon Blackwood The blood beat audibly in my ears like drums. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

In his brain was a wild clamor of wedding-bells, and across the water, marking the pulse of the sea, came to his outward ears the slow tolling of a bell on a sunken rock near the harbor mouth. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Augustine Birrell How he kept his ears is a repeated wonder. Andrew Marvell by Augustine Birrell [1905]

Anthony Trollope His ears would still tingle with the sound of the laughter of which he had supposed himself to have been the subject at the rectory. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle Others spoke of escapes, and hinted at sinister things which had come to the horrified ears of her admirers, and had driven them from her side. The Colonel’s Choice by Arthur Conan Doyle

Maria Edgeworth I sat on the bench behind him, and saw that his ears had the grace to blush. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

There’s many would give their ears for the knowledge of it. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Augustine pretended that she didn’t understand, but her ears were wide open. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Wilkie Collins The words that reached his ears seemed familiar to them; and yet he knew not, at first, what book they came from. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

John Galsworthy He went down moodily, and sat in a long chair before the wood fire, pulling a spaniel’s ears and watching the room darken. A Silent Wooing by John Galsworthy

But she had no ears for my arguments. The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan [1900]

Frances Hodgson Burnett I know the expression of her little ears and she has just laid them back close to her head, which means business. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was beginning as usual with his clairvoyance, but names buzzed in his etheric ears without sequence or order. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Jules Verne Not a single spectator remained on his feet! Men, women children, all lay prostrate like ears of corn under a tempest. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Olaf Stapledon Her ears moved among her locks like the ears of a lion. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

H. G. Wells An absolute stranger in an office took my notice, and our banns were proclaimed to ears that had never previously heard our names. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Jules Verne The ears were no more deceived than the eyes. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

If they were not over head and ears in love with one another, never you trust me again. Mrs. Cramp’s Tenant by Ellen Wood [1881]

Wilkie Collins While she ascended the first flight of stairs, Mrs. Thorpe’s ears informed her that her son was firing off one uninterrupted volley of kicks against the door of his place of confinement. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Do you know, my ears ached with the silence when I was down in Paleveria!” I have said Clytia’s eyes were black; it was not an opaque blackness, you could look through them down into her soul. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

But I could hardly believe my ears when she began her tale. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

It rang on my ears long and heavily; the mountains re-echoed it, and I felt as if all hell surrounded me with mockery and laughter. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Wilkie Collins I closed my ears to the profane violence of her language. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

The scene was over in two minutes; Catherine, released, put her two hands to her temples, and looked just as if she were not sure whether her ears were off or on. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

I strained my ears for some revealing sound from her, if she were there — a cough, a voice, the creak of a block, or the fall of something on her deck. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Henry David Thoreau The name Menschikoff, for instance, has nothing in it to my ears more human than a whisker, and it may belong to a rat. Walking by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Anthony Trollope As it was, the words fell upon ears which they delighted not. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton The blush again swept over young Wesson’s face, rose to his forehead, and turned the lobes of his large ears to balls of fire (“It looks,” she thought, “as if he had on huge coral earrings. New Year’s Day by Edith Wharton

Robert Louis Stevenson It did not reach my ears till nearly too late. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Walter Scott My tongue bears witness to what my ears heard and my eyes saw. Chronicles of the Canongate by Walter Scott [1827]

Gustave Flauber Hamilcar strained his ears for some minutes in constant fear of seeing them return. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

His wild cry of exultation at daybreak when he saw the gun escort emerge from the valley rings in my ears now. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Charles Dickens Yet, that it was of great importance that no ears should be able to hear us from the woods on the banks, could not be doubted. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The sound is very indistinct, yet my ears readily interpret it. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Anthony Trollope A rumour had reached his ears that Traffick had received £200,000 with the elder daughter. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott What, man! the life of a King, and many thousands besides, is not to be weighed with the chance of two young things whilly whawing in ilk other’s ears for a minute. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Edgar Allan Poe The perception of pleasure in the equality of sounds is the principle of Music. Unpractised ears can appreciate only simple equalities, such as are found in ballad airs. The Rationale of Verse by Edgar Allan Poe [1848]

Edgar Rice Burroughs His power to reason has relieved them of many of their duties, and so they have, to some extent, atrophied, as have the muscles which move the ears and scalp, merely from disuse. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Rudyard Kipling If the boy be not a good servant, pull his ears off. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

George Gissing As you know, I have a certain pride of my own, and more than once it made my ears tingle. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Abraham Merri Can we get closer to the torrent?” “Come.” We slipped out of the ferns, skirted them, the dog-wolf walking stiff-legged in the lead, eyes and ears alert. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Algernon Blackwood He would close eyes and ears even to any chance betrayal or unconscious revelation. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

The marchioness proclaimed her contempt loudly and coarsely; the count had kept eyes and ears open and had seen and heard a good deal. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Jonathan Swif My ears have been, these three months past, much better than any time these two years; but now they begin to be a little out of order again. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Anthony Trollope She had left him in the room, and had shut her ears against the sound of his steps, as though she were resolved that she would care nothing ever again for his coming or going. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Larose lay motionless in the inky darkness, straining his ears to catch the slightest sound. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Meanwhile, Johnny, keep your ears and eyes open when you are up there; there’s no telling what chance word or look may be dropped that might serve to give you a clue: and keep your mouth shut. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

Ford Madox Ford There came along a little piece with a hat as large as cart-wheel covered with green-stuff and sleeves up above her ears — as the mode was then. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Charles Dickens My eyes were on the bell, and my ears were open to the bell, and if I am a living man, it did NOT ring at those times. The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens

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]

It would be a wicked lie, but nothing would stop his talking and the gossip would spread from servant to servant, until at last it reached the ears of her friends. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

This morning he had had no bath of any kind, yet he felt cleaner than usual, and his eyes and nostrils and ears seemed to be uncommonly awake. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

I paced up and down the little room, examined the photos of various benefactors that decorated the walls, and then rejoiced, as my ears caught the sound of a business-like step on the stones outside. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

I saw my dog rush growling into a thicket, then I heard him whimper, and he came backing out, whining, ears flat, tail down. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers