Phrases with "ears"

Arnold Bennett They could not have discussed the formalities of marriage in the crowded train, nor during the hurried lunch with a dozen cocked ears at the same table. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Go softly to yon cave, wi’ all the ears and eyes your mother ever gave you. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

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]

Algernon Blackwood The thunder of their feet is in my ears today. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Very gravely he laid the bird at my feet and crouched close beside in, his silky ears across his paws, his muzzle on the ground. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Jules Verne His companions and he, armed and equipped at the expense of Kara-Tete, began cautiously to descend the slopes of Maunganamu, John Mangles and Wilson leading the way, eyes and ears on the alert. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

D. H. Lawrence The horse, with his ears laid back, seemed to be listening tensely, his face averted. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

The murmur of prayers for these souls went on incessantly; I have it in my ears now. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Wilkie Collins A fellow-creature of some sort, guide or stranger, is near us — help is coming at last! An interval passes; and voices reach our ears — the voices of two men. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

You will have nothing in the world to do except to let the life soak into you, and, as I have said, keep your eyes and ears open. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Leon Trotsky Of course I should! The old man puts his thumbs under my ears and raises me up. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Willa Cather He tried to muffle his ears in the sheet and go to sleep again, but the sound of escaping steam for some reason excited him. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

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

His ears were thick and large and stood out, almost at right angles. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Arnold Bennett Her ears heard with indistinctness, and the edges of things and people had a prismatic colouring. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Grant ordered a whisky for himself and saw Yughourt’s ears prick. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

George Gissing The absolute silence which reigned throughout, scarcely broken by the affected whisper of the footman, seemed to assail his ears more painfully than the most intolerable noise. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

I convinced my reason, but not my senses, and for long I lay awake with my ears at full cock and every nerve tense. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

She stood bolt-upright against the canvas scenery, straining her ears that she might not lose a single syllable, whilst her heart seemed paralysed with fear of what might be coming). Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Huge, fierce brutes stopped in their hunting, with up-pricked ears and raised heads, to listen to the dull booming that betokened the Dum-Dum of the apes. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Henry Handel Richardson Cousin Emmy said she was not to take any notice what such a rude girl did, and then Cousin Josey stuck out her tongue, and Cousin Emmy said she’d box her ears for her if she didn’t take care. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang It was so beautiful, full of flowers and fresh grass; the fishes which were swimming in the water shot past my ears as the birds do here in the air. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson She made a feint of stopping her ears with her hands. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I make of life a failure—I come here with the disappointed cry of the people I love in my ears and I can forget. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

It seemed as if his hands grasped ashes and his ears were full of the sound of empty winds mourning through desolate places. Signa by Ouida

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]

Wilkie Collins Her mother was guiltless of imprisoning her in the Asylum. A man had shut her up — and that man was Sir Percival Glyde. The scream had reached other ears than mine. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

A hare came cantering, then sat sprightly, and her ears made a capital V. Martin levelled his tremendous weapon at her. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

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]

Walter Scott Make fast the door of the parlour, Fleming, and warn us if you hear the least step — or stay, go thou to the door, Catherine,” (in a whisper, “thy ears and thy wits are both sharper. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

E. Nesbi Their ears got hotter and hotter, and their faces redder and redder, at the kind things Mrs. Perks said. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

But I knew that the little Duchess would take Oliphant’s ears from his head if she guessed that he had dared to borrow from me, and that, if I lent, her back would for ever be turned against me. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

Abraham Merri From the lobes of his outstanding ears hung disks of hammered gold. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Thomas Hardy These were ever somewhat less prompt to exclude customers than the others: for their owners’ ears the closing hour had scarcely the cheerfulness that it possessed for the hired servants of the rest. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Great ears of brocade, lined and edged with fur and attached to the hair, are worn by the women. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

So be it! To my ears that sounds highly respectable. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

George Gissing Blessed state! How enviable above all waking joys the impotence which makes us lords of darkness, the silence which suffers not to reach our ears so much as an echo of the farce of life. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Norris was regarding his horses’ ears in expressionless respectability. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

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]

William Hope Hodgson And she then to be both merry, and a rogue, as we do say, and to stop her ears and again to sing very gleeful; and all so that she might not hear aught that I said. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Leon Trotsky In the silence of the hotel, the rustling of the papers echoed in one’s ears like the rumble of an avalanche. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Olaf Stapledon But if you had ears to listen, it was — great. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Andrew Lang In an instant his ears had grown long and his face longer, his arms had become legs, and his body was covered with close grey hair. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins My ears are closed to all dreadful and distressing narratives. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Maria Edgeworth This dog, who had formerly known her ladyship, looked at her with ears erect, recognized her, and went to meet her the moment she entered. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

He had seen many lands, and, like Hafiz, could say: “Plunder I bore from far and near, From every harvest gleaned an ear;” and blighted ears some of them were. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

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

I slunk away to the forward end of the poop and lounged about there, my face and ears burning and glad it was a dark night, expecting every moment to hear the captain’s footsteps behind me. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Our ears were filled by a headlong shuffle and beat of rapid footsteps and by an underlying rumour — a rumour vast, faint, pulsating, as of panting breaths, of beating hearts, of gasping voices. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Florence Dixie She strained her ears to catch the slightest sound which might arise amidst the mountain torrent’s roar. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

A stranger closed the eyes that settled into a cold unmeaning glare, and strange ears received the words that murmured from the white and half-closed lips. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Even now you stun our ears with the threatening murmur of horns: now the clarions sound; now the glitter of arms affrights the flying steeds, and dazzles the sight of the riders. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Anthony Trollope No tale had reached his ears which made it even possible for him to refer to Clarissa. But yet he was dissatisfied with the man, and was disposed to show it. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

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]

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]

His ears pricked up; he snorted. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

T. E. Lawrence So Nasir and I went first with our men, their trained ears attentive to every sound, their eyes keeping constant guard. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

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

Wilkie Collins Everything about the girl — except her little rosy ears — was on a grand Amazonian scale. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Anna Katherine Green A plain-clothes man will be with you shortly from Headquarters. Meanwhile keep your eyes and ears open. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

D. H. Lawrence His eyes were so round and wide that he seemed to see the whole night, and his ears were almost jumping off his head. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

He got up, and going towards the nearest window strained his ears to listen. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Frances Hodgson Burnett But as she talked she was vaguely aware that her words passed by the child’s ears as the summer wind passed. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anna Katherine Green She heard it, but the swish of the trees lining the gorge was in her straining ears and half drowned its sullen sound. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

What a pity you were not here when your cousins called! Who knows what might have happened? Vernon might have fallen over head and ears in love with you. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Wilkie Collins Shortly afterward, certain sounds reached Anne’s ears from the opposite side of the passage. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Theodore Dreiser His nose was short and retrousse, and his ears were rather prominent; but he was bright and attractive. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Virginia Woolf He has not moulded firm periods or seduced our ears with intricate cadences and strange melodies. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

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]

An industrious luggage-mule, with unstarched ears and guarded by a slouching, sallow driver, brought up the rear. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

G. K. Chesterton Then I added aloud, in what was meant to be a cheery and sensible voice, but which sounded in my ears almost as strange as the wind: “Come, come, Basil, my dear fellow. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Arthur Morrison No bright sun blazed in at the open window to lift his heavy lids, and no morning bell from St. Sulpice opened his ears to the cheerful noise of the city. The Thing in the Upper Room by Arthur Morrison

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Van Brandt’s words at our last interview were murmuring in my ears — not a word of my own would come to me! Miss Dunross laid down her pen, and slowly turned her head to look at me. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

H. G. Wells After a long pause I resumed my meal, but with my ears still vigilant. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

As you may imagine I opened my ears very wide. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

You were speaking of gold then, but our ears were filled with the song of our love, and we did not hear you. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

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

But all the time he kept his ears open to hear what Hale and Clancy were talking about. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

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]

Rudyard Kipling It’s six sowars here, and ten sowars there, and —“pay up, you brutes, or we’ll pull your ears over your head. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George MacDonald To my ears came presently the drumming of swift, soft-galloping hoofs, and in a minute or two, out of the very disc of the moon, low-thundered the terrible horse. Lilith by George MacDonald

My ears were sharp as a wild beast’s with fear, as I listened for the noise of pursuit. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

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]

His ears were filled and stunned with the fiendish musketry. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

E. F. Benson Now all was changed: sometimes he got as far as ”Quai,” but Elizabeth stopped her ears and said “There is a bell, darling,” in her most acid voice. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Anthony Trollope Rumours reached the ears of Phineas as to the cause of this, but no certain cause was told him. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard Now, it has been echoed in my ears that thou hast vowed a vow to go up Mosfell against Skallagrim the Baresark, and I am come hither to say that I will make thee right welcome. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Maria Edgeworth I believe that to an Englishman’s ears there is some magic in the words home and wife. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Abraham Merri It pierced the ears with a shower of tiny lances; it made the heart beat jubilantly — and checked it dolorously. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Her hands and feet were very small, so was her mouth, while her ears were like shells tucked into fragrant nests against her head. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Asked to describe the Deity, a donkey would represent him with long ears and a tail. Epigrams by Ambrose Bierce

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Side by side, at a somewhat quick pace, Miss Arden with a heightened colour, and Lord Wynderbroke with his ears tingling, rejoined their friends. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

An instrument to tickle human ears by friction of a horse’s tail on the entrails of a cat. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

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]

His ears burned, I should fancy — if there’s any truth in the saying that ears burn when distant friends give pepper. Getting Away by Ellen Wood [1871]

George Meredith He righted it for action, and crossed the room to the ladies Eleanor and Isabel. His ears tingled. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

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

Nathaniel Hawthorne Turn we again to the fireside and sit musing there, lending our ears to the wind till perhaps it shall seem like an articulate voice and dictate wild and airy matter for the pen. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Mary Webb The tendrils of burnished hair about her forehead and ears curled and shone with life; her eyes danced with life; her body was taut as a slim arrow ready to fly from life’s bow. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

My consolation is, indeed, that God hears many a groan, and compassionates much grief which man stops his ears against, or frowns on with impotent contempt. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

The next instant I was rolling under my own horse’s feet, with a murderous grip upon my throat, a pistol at my head, and in my ears a sound like the rushing of a mighty sea. A Service of Danger by Amelia B. Edwards

But I tell you I’ve not kept my eyes and ears open for seventy-five years in this wicked world without knowing a bit of the devil’s own work when I see it. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle Who could have believed that a half-inch of candle could take so long to burn? My ears were straining all the time for the thudding of the hoofs of the Cossacks who were coming to destroy us. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

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]

Algernon Blackwood As he did so the hum and murmur of a great activity reached his ears from the streets beyond — the sound of footsteps and voices muffled by distance. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

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]

William Makepeace Thackeray As it was, we was obliged to wait 4 mortial hours for the next train (4 ears they seemed to us), and then away we went. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

His heart had hungered for the sight of Dain’s face, and his ears were withering for the want of the refreshing sound of his voice. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

D. H. Lawrence If she saw a carter crack his whip over the ears of the horse, as the horse laboured uphill, she had to cover her eyes and avert her face, and all her strength left her. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope His words to her young ears seemed full of poetry and sweet mysterious romance. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Margaret Oliphant The sound had reached to the dull ears of the patient. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

And though I was sure that her colorless lips had not moved, four low words had reached my ears distinctly. Serapion by Francis Stevens

For hours I could not rid my ears of that final sentence: “One of us two must marry that girl. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Abraham Merri I raised my head, listening — not only with my ears but with every square inch of my skin, waiting for recurrence of the sound that had awakened me. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

E. F. Benson That my eyes told me; my ears told me that he stumbled on a stone; my nostrils told me that the air I breathed was of an overpowering foulness, and my soul told me that it was sick unto death. Between the Lights by E. F. Benson

Olaf Stapledon Intellectuals of this type plunge into specialism and stop their ears to politics. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

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

A chilly sweat of terror stood on my forehead, and my ears were ringing when I walked with faltering steps out into Fetter Lane. The next few days were a very nightmare of horror and gloom. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Maria Edgeworth It is impossible to tell how much silence tires the ears of those who have not been used to it. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Henry David Thoreau I will not have my eyes put out and my ears spoiled by its smoke and steam and hissing. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Arthur Conan Doyle The sun had sunk beneath the horizon, and all was grey, save a red feather in the cap of Pennigent. Secure in the failing light, I approached near and strained my ears to catch what was passing. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Anthony Trollope The great news was not long before it reached the ears of one not disposed to receive the information with much satisfaction, and this was Barry Lynch, the proposed bride’s amiable brother. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell So, if I box your ears when I am vexed with you, will you promise to scold me when you are put out of the way, instead of whistling?” “Very well! that’s a bargain. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

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]

Isabella Bird He comes up to me and puts his head down to have his ears rubbed, and if I do not attend to him at once, or cease attending to him, he gives me a gentle but admonitory thump. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

And I heard nothing more, though my ears were on the strain. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

T. E. Lawrence At such times our men pounded the coffee harder while the Arabs broke into sudden song to occupy their ears against the misfortune. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Rudyard Kipling Dinah, ears just prickable, sat on the floor between them, looking like a bandy-legged bat. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Henry James When he had assured himself that she was unaccompanied he drew near, remarking that though she would not answer his letters she would perhaps not wholly close her ears to his spoken eloquence. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Our ears were deafened by the sharp rat-tat-tat of the machine guns, and by our own frantic anti-aircraft fire. In Praise of a Suffolk Cottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

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

These, with a faintly hushing wind, kept his ears occupied. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

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]

John Galsworthy Had he the right to surprise her, with her ears muffled like that, and her feelings all upset? He would have gone out and come in again, but he was too concerned. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Arthur Conan Doyle This morning, however, for once, she found me in a listening mood, and with little prompting, proceeded to pour into my ears all that she knew of our beautiful visitor. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Flora’s shrieks soon reached the ears of the Hostess, whose terror and surprize were excessive on learning the cause of this disturbance. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Anthony Trollope On the previous day at that hour she had sat waiting with anxious ears for the knock at the door which might announce his coming. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett She’s very particular”— he looked around to see if walls had ears —“and, by Jove, you’ve got to be; but she treats ’em well. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Wilkie Collins He has only to cause a report to reach Blanche’s ears which publicly asserts that she is not your lawful wife. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Ford Madox Ford She just boxed Mrs Maidan’s ears — yes, she hit her, in an uncontrollable access of rage, a hard blow on the side of the cheek, in the corridor of the hotel, outside Edward’s rooms. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Nellie Bly Sometimes large rings were suspended from the nose, and the ears were almost always outlined with hoop rings, that reached from the inmost edge of the lobe to the top of the ear joining the head. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

E. F. Benson And you will hear with your own ears how Georgie calls me Elizabeth.’ These were brave words, and they very fitly represented the stout heart that inspired them. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Anthony Trollope It was dinned into her ears that Houston had no income at all — just a few hundreds a year on which he never could keep himself out of debt. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope I’ll have the old place about his ears before I am a day older. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Shut up in Duffham’s surgery, which was more remote from Nomy’s ears than the parlour, Duffham disclosed to her by degrees the truth. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

Anthony Trollope Of one thing at this moment he was quite sure,—that he would never wound her ears by speaking of his love. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

M. P. Shiel Lastly, I pierced her ears with the silver needles which they used here: and after two hours of it left her. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Mademoiselle Valle’s theories of a girl’s education were not founded on a belief that, until marriage, she should be led about by a string blindfolded, and with ears stopped with wax. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

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]

Arthur Morrison The old, old story of Mander’s funeral fell upon the other one’s ears with a freshened interest, and she mumbled her gums ruminantly. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Anthony Trollope The Duke felt that, though his ears were tingling and his brow knitted, he could have forgiven the language, if only he could have admitted the argument. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

All you can do, Dan, is to keep your eyes and ears and nose open — the last for that scent, you know. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Edgar Rice Burroughs In another instant Mbonga’s knife would sever one of the victim’s ears — that would mark the beginning of the end, for very shortly after only a writhing mass of mutilated flesh would remain. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Ford Madox Ford That was six months ago, but Marie Léonie’s ears still tingled at the words and the gesture. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Wilkie Collins Priscilla, you have the prettiest ears in the room. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Charles Dickens I listened with my eyes, which had come to be as quick and true with deaf and dumb conversation as my ears with the talk of people that can speak. Doctor Marigold by Charles Dickens [1865]

Mary Webb Here I just cover my ears for wind, put on an extra flannel petticoat for frost, and sit in the coal-house for thunder. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Sinclair Lewis But her milky skin was delicious, her eyes were alive, her chestnut hair shone, and there was a tender slope from her ears to the shadowy place below her jaw. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

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]

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

Well, they sent out for five bobs’ worth of plasticine and the professor built up the face, with the cheeks, the nose, the eyes and the ears all complete. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Oscar Wilde Then the negroes seized the youngest of the slaves and knocked his gyves off, and filled his nostrils and his ears with wax, and tied a big stone round his waist. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

James Joyce His ears were listening to these distant echoes amid the silence of the parlour when he became aware that the priest was addressing him in a different voice. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

O, what’s the loud uproar assailing Mine ears without cease? ’Tis the voice of the hopeful, all-hailing The horrors of peace. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle The idea, however, that he might have an appointment at so strange an hour never occurred to me until a faint sound reached my ears from the veranda outside. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Rudyard Kipling Wasn’t it a good draw? Didn’t you think I was blubbin’? Didn’t I do it well? Oh, you fat old ass!” And he began to pull Beetle’s ears and checks, in the fashion that was called “milking. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Wilkie Collins Her mind filled suddenly with the image of Mercy. She longed to feast her eyes again on that grand beauty, to fill her ears again with the melody of that gentle voice. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

But for goodness’ sake, you who are mixed up with that lot, keep your eyes and ears open too in case — in case of . Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

The words went into my ears and out again. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

But walls have ears they say, and eyes as well it would appear, for they certainly see as much as they ever hear. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Washington Irving It was loaded also with hampers of game, and baskets and boxes of delicacies; and hares hung dangling their long ears about the coachman’s box, presents from distant friends for the impending feast. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Willa Cather The horses cautiously advanced a step or two, and munched with great content at ears they tore from the stalks with their teeth. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

H. G. Wells There came to men’s ears stories of things the giant boys could do, and they said “Wonderful!”— without a spark of wonder. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

George Gissing Side by side they walked in quick step, as to the beating of a drum; eyes direct, as looking along a barrel, ears pricked for the millionth echo of an offensive remark. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Ralph Waldo Emerson He had the habit of pulling their ears and pinching their cheeks when he was in good humor, and of pulling the ears and whiskers of men, and of striking and horse-play with them, to his last days. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Why didn’t he take to her, I wonder? He might have known her fancy for him, if he’d had eyes to watch her face, or ears to listen to her voice. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Almost silently the ape-man sped on in the track of Terkoz and his prey, but the sound of his approach reached the ears of the fleeing beast and spurred it on to greater speed. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Virginia Woolf Her ears hummed with the tunes she had played the night before; she sang, and the singing made her walk faster and faster. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

George Meredith Madge made pretence of pricking her ears and followed into the shop. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

William Morris Tell me, fair sir knight, If you have been clean liver before God, And then you need not fear much; as for me, I cannot say I hate you, yet my oath, And cousin Lambert’s ears here clench the thing. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

Henry Kingsley Brave Widderin had his ears back now, and was throwing his breath regularly through his nostrils in deep sighs. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Of course I saw nothing of him, for a bulge prevented me, but my ears told me the story. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Anthony Trollope It had reached Finn’s ears that Tifto was already at loggerheads with his associates. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

His ears were full of a loud, flapping sound, which he took to be imaginary until he realized that the engine had been shut off and that the plane was rushing against a gale. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

Abraham Merri And in my ears I hear command — whispered it may be by Nabu himself — that I must not speak until you have told me — what is this ship. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Yes, my morbid terror had reached that point — I was fearful of one whose ears I myself had forever closed, imagined him in his bed beneath and wakeful to the least sound. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Radclyffe Hall She’s asked me to choose her a large pearl ring: To her own ears the words sounded foolish and flustered. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

James Payn She has neither eyes nor ears for the present at all. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

George Eliot Her ears had been open to what he was saying, and when he began to sing, she understood the plaintive passion of the music. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

M. P. Shiel I turned to Harfager, and for an instant beheld him, panic flying in his scuttling feet, headlong on the way he had come, with stopped ears and wide mouth. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Realising now, however, that the dead man had been in Colonel Hilary’s employ, he was all ears at once to pick up anything he could. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle I drew nearer on tip-toe, with my ears straining to catch every sound. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

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

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

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]

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

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The manner of your discovery of the greater island came to my ears less than a twelvemonth ago, and then but in rumours and broken hints. D’Arfet’s Vengeance by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

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

H.P. Lovecraft For on my ears rang the reverberations of that shocking scream, while my nostrils revolted at the stench which filled the place. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]