Phrases with "eating"

There was a little black boy on the staircase eating pie out of a dish. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Helen Zimmern But while the others were eating she delighted to read out to them such extracts from the letters she had received as she thought would please them. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

George Eliot What have you got to do today? Come, you are eating no breakfast. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

I’d as soon think of eating a watchman’s pike. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Virginia Woolf They were all eating roast beef in Scarborough; for it was Sunday when Jacob caught the pale clouded yellows in the clover field, eight miles from home. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle The vitriol was eating into it everywhere and dripping from the ears and the chin. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Thomas Hardy Ay, it was all owing to his being such a man for eating and drinking. A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy [1891]

D. H. Lawrence At night-time always these creatures roaming the dark and semi-dark roads, eating the wayside grass. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling It is like the eating of a smothered fire into rotten timber in that it is noiseless and without haste. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

D. H. Lawrence Do you know that story? She said that eating a parsley leaf on which bits of snow were sticking started the child in her. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan They were continually compelled to throw away the beverages, to cover the plates, and while eating to shield the food with infinite precautions. Yvette by Guy de Maupassan

Walter Besant But the flattery pleased me all the same, and I went on eating and drinking as if I was only just beginning. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

George Gissing Appetite at present lie had none, but the pretence of eating was a way of passing the time; so he descended and sat down at the prepared table. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

There they found the remains of a fine feast, and soon the two mice were eating up jellies and cakes and all that was nice. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

Jack London For a day and a night he remained by the kill, eating and sleeping, turn and turn about. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

And even that was debarred him; to do anything, to say anything, to move at all, were only to precipitate the barbarous tragedy; and he sat spellbound, eating with white lips. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Thomas Hardy They will go eating the berries on the stem, and call ’em currants. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

I saw her one time eating some meat that the Mexican got out of the garbage can. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

I then spoke of eating them, but at this proposal she recoiled in horror. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Anthony Hope They did not think of eating or drinking; they did not move, save when James rose and lit a little fire of brushwood in the grate. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Arnold Bennett Had she not been obstinate — in her benevolent way — against the old superstition which he had acquired from his employers, they might have been eating separately to that day. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Porthos showed that he could keep pace with his sovereign; and, instead of eating the half, as D’Artagnan had told him, he ate three-fourths of it. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Elizabeth Gaskell They “struck” eating till the resolution was rescinded, and Tabby was allowed to remain a helpless invalid entirely dependent upon them. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Anthony Trollope The mode of eating is as follows: Certain feeding hours are named, which generally include nearly all the day. North America by Anthony Trollope

Another side of the same characteristic appears in his glorification of eating and drinking: such things were part of the natural constitution of man, therefore let man enjoy them to the full. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Sir Richard Burton But now leave we this discourse, and arise thou and serve up supper, and after eating let me retire to my own chamber and all will be well and happy. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

It didn’t occur to me that Sarazins’ were tapeworms who were eating him alive. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Andrew Lang When he got back to his lodging he went to bed without eating any supper, and his little dog, who was called Frisk, couldn’t eat any either, but came and lay down close to him. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It had no taste, but after eating it, he experienced a change of perception. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Anthony Trollope They buy a bit now and then when they’re screws, and they sell a bit now and then when the eating and drinking has gone too fast. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Robert Louis Stevenson And the tale interferes with my eating and sleeping. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Richard Burton We were thus left on the island, eating of its fruits and potherbs and drinking of its streams till one day we espied in its midst what seemed an inhabited house. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

John Galsworthy The world was in its second childhood for the moment, like old Timothy — eating its titbit first! He heard a sound behind him, and saw that his wife and daughter had come in. To Let by John Galsworthy

Ford Madox Ford Nancy looked at her plate; Edward went on eating his pheasant. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Edgar Rice Burroughs They would not think of eating the meat of a thag, which we consider such a delicacy, any more than I would think of eating a snake. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Willa Cather The horses worked here in summer; the neighbours passed on their way to town; and over yonder, in the cornfield, Rosicky’s own cattle would be eating fodder as winter came on. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Jules Verne The hunters were so famished that they had hardly patience to carry home the flesh to be cooked, and it needed all the Doctor’s persuasion to prevent them eating it raw. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Sir Bernard looked back at Considine, who was (he noticed) eating very little, a few fragments of each course, a few sips of wine, and that with an air rather of courtesy than of interest or desire. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

George MacDonald All the time the old horse went on eating his hay, and, but with an occasional whisk of his tail when Diamond tickled or scratched him, took no notice of the proceeding. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Andrew Lang While they were eating it, the dog in the courtyard began to bark. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Gertrude Stein Bread eating is a game understand me. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

He sat through the tedious meal without speaking; eating a little, drinking a little, mechanically, but with no consciousness of what he ate or drank. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope They had come, and had remained at Bragg’s End for an hour, eating cake and drinking currant wine, but not having, on the whole, what our American friends call a good time of it. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Do you know what the rest were busy about? They were sitting on deck right aft, round an open case, eating bread and cheese and drinking bottled stout. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Anthony Trollope They had done, or were now to do their necessary eating in private, and the company was to see no more of them. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Now, in the Silly Isles such is the law, If Jurors should withdraw, They are to have no eating and no drinking, Till all are starved into one way of thinking. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

John Galsworthy Is eating little a good sign, do you think?” “Not if done on principle. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Andrew Lang Thousands and thousands of birds were eating up the grain, and in the middle of them sat the little sparrow. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

A fat man eating quails while children are begging for bread is a disgusting sight, but you are less likely to see it when you are within sound of the guns. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Charles Dickens The black shadow eating away the heart of the moon seemed to pause in its measured motion. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Thomas Hardy The voices and laughs of the workfolk eating and drinking under the rick came to her as if they were a quarter of a mile off. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

You hear, Giles?” “No need to tell me to do it, sir,” answered Giles humbly, clenching his fists; he had been eating humble pie ever since Tuesday night. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

Virginia Woolf She must have been in the nursery three months ago, he thought, eating bread and butter. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

They are a companionable food; they make a pleasant, crunching noise when they are bitten, and so, when one is eating carrots, one can listen to the sound of one’s eating and make a story from it. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

William Makepeace Thackeray They are not made for eating and drinking; or, if they make a pretence to it, become downright odious. The Fitz-Boodle Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1842-43]

For they trow that after their death they shall be eating and drinking in that other world, and solacing them with their wives, as they did here. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

H. G. Wells Sometimes he would sit licking a lump of such salt as is given to cows, or eating a huge lump of dates, stones and all, such as one sees in London on barrows. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

It was in vain that Burton urged the Archbishop to mortify himself by eating his dinner. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

D. H. Lawrence At home, with all the house full of blossom, but fluffy gold wattle-bloom, they sat at tea in the pleasant room, the bright fire burning, eating boiled eggs and toast. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens Oh, I assure you they do! And eat pie in pinafores —” “Ponies eating pie in pinafores!” said Polly. “What a story-teller you are, ain’t you?” “Upon my honour. Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens [1866]

D. H. Lawrence Meanwhile I munched my Infant-Jesus-and-Dove arrangement, which was rather like eating thin glass, so hard and sharp. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Both Winston and the girl were eating steadily. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Andrew Lang And then she fetched hay from the barn, and while they were eating it, she swept out the cow-house, and strewed clean straw upon the floor. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Isabella Bird Boy is usually close to me, eating scraps from my dinner, and gently biting the back of my neck when he thinks that I am forgetting his presence. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

R. D. Blackmore The children are eating for their very lives. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle The eating of our own words is the greatest sacrifice which truth ever requires of us. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

After a brief search they found him, sitting upon a heap of pebbles, reading a newspaper and eating filberts. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Mark Twain Why couldn’t you said that before? We’ll keep them till they’re ransomed to death; and a bothersome lot they’ll be, too — eating up everything, and always trying to get loose. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Andrew Lang Then he wandered, blind and miserable, through the wood, eating nothing but roots and berries, and weeping and lamenting the loss of his lovely bride. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope He dictated to poor Gilmore, and laid down the law as to eating onions with beefsteaks in a manner that was quite offensive. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Anthony Trollope Eating and drinking would be much to him; but he could not but look forward to self-reproach if eating and drinking were to be the joy of his life. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Going down into the forecastle, eating our supper, and lighting our cigars and pipes, we had, as usual, to tell what we had seen or heard ashore. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

M. P. Shiel You don’t need a toothbrush in Wo-Ngwanya, baas: the niggers clean their teeth by eating nuts and hard foods. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Elizabeth Gaskell I ha’ known sick folk tak’ t’ eating snails. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

M. P. Shiel Well, he began to eat languidly, but he kept on eating and talking, and, Mr Templeton, he ate up every scrap—yes, every scrap. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

It is astonishing how quickly you get used to doing without a handkerchief and to eating out of the tin pannikin in which you also wash. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

E. F. Benson I can easily imagine such a deed so eating into the material scene, the room or the haunted heath, where it happens, that its mark lasts an enormous time. The Other Bed by E. F. Benson

Louisa May Alcott The serene Teuton found the supper-table and was happy, eating steadily through the bill of fare, and dismayed the garcons by the ravages he committed. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

And Mishka went on eating and eating; his face began to look like the ham, his sharp grisly nose whistled plaintively. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Walter Besant Not only could I not taste them, but I had no gratification in eating them. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

At reunions, eating rather than talking was fashionable, and the eating lacked its intimacy and privacy of the past. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Elizabeth Gaskell So, eating her crust-of-bread breakfast, she passed rapidly along the street. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

I was only eating a piece of bread and butter, too, at the time. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Anthony Trollope But we cannot always be eating — can we?’ ‘No,’ said Lord Dumbello, ‘not always. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Baldwin Spencer There is, however, nothing to prevent the man from eating game which has been killed by other men. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Algernon Blackwood She chattered sans gene, eating not ungracefully so much as in a manner untaught. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

While we were all eating toast and tinkling cups and saucers, she began again. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Willa Cather While they were eating dessert, Thea asked Harsanyi if she could change her Tuesday lesson from afternoon to morning. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Madame Boche accused her of eating up all her money in fancy dishes. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Benjamin Disraeli This is the only mode in which public eating is essentially agreeable. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Thomas Paine The commerce by which she hath enriched herself are the necessaries of life, and will always have a market while eating is the custom of Europe. But she has protected us, say some. Common Sense by Thomas Paine [1776]

Anthony Trollope There were to be no bonfires, and no eating and drinking at Sir Hugh’s expense — no comforts provided for any of the poor by Lady Clavering on that special occasion. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

She said she adored sweets, and she used to insist on my eating some of them with her; she liked to compare notes as to how they tasted while eating them. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Anthony Trollope Phineas Finn was not a martyr to eating or drinking. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Her other hand a laurel rod applies, To beat back Barbarism and Avarice, That follow’d, eating earth and excrement And human limbs; and would make proud ascent To seats of gods, were Ceremony slain. Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe and George Chapman

Sinclair Lewis He appealed to Babbitt: “Honest, George, what do you think of that rag Louetta went and bought? Don’t you think it’s the limit?” “What’s eating you, Eddie? I call it a swell little dress. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Baldwin Spencer They said to him, ameina jau, what are you eating? He replied, ngai Kintjilbara jau, I am eating Kintjilbara. The older brother said, gnai juro, I do the same, ngai pumana noorkudua, I have eaten one. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

George Meredith He had saved me from the disgrace of owing money to my detested schoolmaster; and, besides, I was under his roof, eating of his bread. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Henry Kingsley Soon after the serious business of eating was over, Jim said — “Alice, I wonder what the Governor will say?” “About what, brother?” “About my going soldiering. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Elizabeth Gaskell She looked up straight at his face; and, as if this action took him aback, he dropped his glass, and began eating away with great diligence. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Charles Dickens Many of them had singularly bright doors of red and yellow; for the place had been lately visited by a travelling painter, ‘who got along,’ as I was told, ‘by eating his way. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

After eating lightly, he had gone to the window of his cell, and had there remained standing for more than an hour. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

E. F. Benson My wicked Benjy once dubbed him Miss Milliner Michael-Angelo.” “And that was very withering too,” said Miss Leg, eating lumps of expensive middle-cut salmon with a country appetite. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

George MacDonald A lumbering fellow, however, who sat by it eating a hunch of bread, picked up a stone to throw after me, and happily, in his stupid eagerness, threw, not the stone but the bread. Lilith by George MacDonald

Jules Verne He was very quiet, and was eating his breakfast quite coolly. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Richard Burton We sat with him, eating the small yellow dates of Tur, which are delicious, melting like honey in the mouth, and leaving a surpassing arriere gout. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

William Godwin Herodotus says 37 that he is reported to have travelled over the world with an arrow, eating nothing during his journey. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Benjamin Disraeli It was this party which first seriously and practically conceived the idea of utterly abolishing the ancient custom of eating pine-apples. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

Thomas Hardy She seemed to care no more for eating and drinking out of crystal and silver than from a service of earthen vessels. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

It was so hot that the men took off their jackets and continued eating in their shirt sleeves. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

John Galsworthy What with his anxiety about Fleur, and his misgiving about the public eye, he was sleeping badly, eating little, and feeling below par. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Sinclair Lewis They sat at a teak and marble table eating Eggs Fooyung, and listened to a brassy automatic piano, and were altogether cosmopolitan. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope Men and women of the classes to which I allude talk of reading and writing as of arts belonging to them as a matter of course, quite as much as are the arts of eating and drinking. North America by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence Dashing downstairs to reconnoitre, she is back in a breath to say that people are eating their heads off in the long dining room. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Sinclair Lewis Now if you do not mind eating at Childs’s, we will avoid your very expostulatory Regal Hall, and I shall invite you to lunch. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

They will sit there, for hours, leaning on great, dropsical, mildewed umbrellas, or eating Abernethy biscuits. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Sinclair Lewis The others began talking and eating very fast and rather noisily. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins Everybody knows Lady Janet Roy. But who knows the handsome young woman sitting on her right hand, playing with her luncheon instead of eating it? Nobody really knows her. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

All day David stayed in the little valley, eating the bread and meat that he had brought with him and drinking out of the stream. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

H. Rider Haggard George, having said grace, relapsed into moody silence, eating and drinking with gusto but in moderation, and savouring every sup of wine and morsel of food as though he regretted its departure. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Virginia Woolf She found herself staring at an old man in the corner who was eating something out of a paper bag. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

G. K. Chesterton His horror at the idea of eating a man in British Guiana showed how they misunderstood his stoicism who thought him devoid of feeling. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

It was seven o’clock, and the dinners were in high progress; the diners eating very fast, and talking a great deal faster. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Rudyard Kipling I won’t have the wily Hussar fed on Government Bullock Train shinbones —(Hastily.) Surely black ants can’t be good for The Brigadier. He’s picking ’em off the matting and eating ’em. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

He entered through the half-open door, and asked the keeper, who was eating his sausage and drinking his lager, for a meal. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Jack London Did I say he could eat? I caught him eating the whip once. Lost Face by Jack London

Jack London Once father took advantage of a lull and asked him to say something; but Ernest shrugged his shoulders and with an “I have nothing to say” went on eating salted almonds. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Andrew Lang As soon as it was cooked the hare took out the heart and had just finished eating it when the lion, who was tired of waiting, came up. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Gertrude Stein EATING. Eat ting, eating a grand old man said roof and never never re soluble burst, not a near ring not a bewildered neck, not really any such bay. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

Jules Verne This return of spring delighted the tenants of Granite House, and they soon only passed it in the hours necessary for eating and sleeping. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Jane Austen When you are tired of eating strawberries in the garden, there shall be cold meat in the house. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

H. G. Wells So it was that Ugh-lomi rode the horse, and heard first of Uya the lion, who had taken the place of Uya the Master, and was eating up the tribe. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Just think, too, of what they’d say in the kitchen with the chairman of the Bench of Magistrates eating a pheasant in close time. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

George Meredith Nor was it, granting health, granting a sharp night—the temperature at least fifteen below zero—an excessive boast for a man to say he could go on eating for a solid hour. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

This youth and his master, Jean Pelletier, had been in the habit of eating and drinking at the castle, and bad always laughed at the ominous stories told by the people. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

With arms round each other’s waists, they strolled from one sight to the next, eating sweets or sections of coconut; or took turns on the merry-go-round or in the swingboats. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Mark Twain Their unfeline conduct in eating up all the Tetouan cats aroused a hatred toward them in the breasts of the Moors, to which even the driving them out of Spain was tame and passionless. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Virginia Woolf For she had liked the big shy girl who had so obviously preferred eating ices to showing her the Bodleian; and she had felt sorry for her too for some reason. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Virginia Woolf They went on eating and drinking until the Colonel took up his cup, saw there was nothing in it, and put it down firmly with a little chink. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

James Joyce Why do they call that thing they gave me nutsteak? Nutarians. Fruitarians. To give you the idea you are eating rumpsteak. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

D. H. Lawrence Morel stared at the sugar-basin instead of eating his dinner. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Anne Bronte It is enough to poison one, eating such a disgusting mess!’ And he pettishly pushed away his plate, and leant back despairingly in his chair. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Baldwin Spencer In a Chankuna (small edible berry) ceremony a Chankuna man was represented as eating the berries which he plucked from his beard. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Guy de Maupassant We got in; our fellow passenger was eating an orange, and certainly she did not do it elegantly. The Rondoli Sisters by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Tobias Smolle Quin is a real voluptuary in the articles of eating and drinking; and so confirmed an epicure, in the common acceptation of the term, that he cannot put up with ordinary fare. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

Leslie Stephen Swift expresses his usual wrath against the Scots, who are eating up the land, boasts of the loyalty of the Irish Church, and taunts the Presbyterians with their tyranny in former days. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

But my love for you is eating me up, tearing at my heart. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

John Galsworthy There! it was a mouse! How naughty of Smither to say there wasn’t! It would be eating through the wainscot before they knew where they were, and they would have to have the builders in. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Theodore Dreiser While she was eating she began to wonder how much money she had. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Death comes from eating dead things. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

He listened, amazed, eating slower and slower, till at last his jaws stopped altogether. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Guy de Maupassan A child was in the road, a little child eating a slice of bread and butter. Why? by Guy de Maupassan

Henry James It was beyond eating or drinking, what she seemed to want him to take from her. The Bench of Desolation by Henry James [1909]

John Galsworthy No amount of eating your cake and wanting to have it could take the place of common honesty. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Olaf Stapledon If it goes on eating sugar for long enough there will come a time when it becomes aware of the impact of sugar more as thwarting than as fulfilling. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Radclyffe Hall Neither eating nor sleeping she would grow very thin, so that everybody would know what had happened. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

E. Phillips Oppenheim Everyone had stopped eating and drinking. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Anthony Trollope As regarded the eating and drinking he dined alone, but his wife sat with him and waited on him, having sent the servant out of the room. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

For he had of old in Zajë Zaculo eating and drinking and gardens and treasure and musicians and a fair wife, all soft ease and contentment all his days. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Baldwin Spencer On the third day the scoring and eating and drinking were repeated, and he was told to stand up with his hands behind his head and to put his tongue out. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

D. H. Lawrence Gerald watched her eating the oysters. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Louis Stevenson It was such a homely-like thing! Mr. Archie would never be eating sweeties in kirk; and, with a palpable effort, she swallowed it whole, and her colour flamed high. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith When eating is choking to the younger members of the repast, bread and cold mutton-bone serve the turn as conclusively as the Frenchman’s buffet-dishes. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Walter Besant They dropped a good deal of mutton fat about the table, and it was not uncommon to find yourself eating a little tallow with your bread, which was not nice even to men of a strong stomach. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

He settled back into his regular routine, working ten hours, eating two, sleeping the rest. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Sir Richard Burton And he fell to companying with Persians and with the sons of the merchants, and he gave himself up to good drinking and good eating till all the wealth he had with him was wasted and wantoned. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Guy de Maupassan He saw them seated at their homely board, eating their soup. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

At a somewhat late hour I returned to my lodgings: having temporarily forgotten that man had any such coarse cares as those of eating and drinking, I went to bed fasting. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Virginia Woolf She had the old lovely clothes that Henry had given her altered for her daughter, Edith. She found herself eating supper twice, she was so bored. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Lotus eating was a rough nerve-jarring business in comparison. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

James Joyce It was like a train going in and out of tunnels and that was like the noise of the boys eating in the refectory when you opened and closed the flaps of the ears. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Gertrude Stein Not eating a little When the presidential election is earnest we are only a year. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

He was silent all through the simple meal, eating hardly anything, though ’twas the first food he had tasted since a seven-o’clock breakfast. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Gertrude Stein This does not mean that antiquity is more antiquity, it means that the origin of eating is eating and the renewal of the wading is not swimming. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Jack London I knew these men and their mental processes, was one of them myself, living the seal-hunting life, eating the seal-hunting fare, thinking, largely, the seal-hunting thoughts. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

John Galsworthy What was the use of keeping half a dozen servants eating their heads off? The butler came to the ring of his bell — a large man with a beard, a soft tread, and a peculiar capacity for silence. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Miles Franklin Though eating is not one of the great aims of my life, yet it was nice to have enough of any delicacy one fancied. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Sinclair Lewis Still, that’s better than being a Topsy and clowning around and eating dirt to amuse the white folks. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Guy de Maupassant Then, a species of calm lassitude succeeded that violent crisis, and she remained motionless, eating next to nothing, and only moving her eyes. The Mad Woman (La Folle) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was pleasant to pass people eating outside their doors, and to hear the fierce mechanical pianos behind the vines of country estaminets. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope When the clatter of the knives and cups was over, and the eating and drinking was at an end, Lady Ball left the room and Margaret began to think what she would do. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

William Makepeace Thackeray He is eating jelly until he will be sick. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

G. K. Chesterton Thenceforward the fanciful idea of the defence of Notting Hill in war became to him a thing as solid as eating or drinking or lighting a pipe. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Then it flashed upon me —“The clown at my elbow, who is drinking his tea out of a basin and eating his bread with unwashed hands, may be her husband: Heathcliff, junior, of course. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Henry Fielding She therefore provided some tarts for her children, and then, eating nothing but a slice of bread and butter herself, she began to prepare for the captain’s supper. Amelia by Henry Fielding

So some may say that we philosophize about mushrooms, the cause of whose production is confessedly doubtful, for the pleasure we take in eating them. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Trudolyubov left off eating and began looking at me with curiosity. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Anthony Trollope He will always be eating bread that others have earned. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Catch me eating pig east the Adriatic! I don’t want to die of worms. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Gertrude Stein Not feeding eating, that is eating in feeding, eating is what eating is and feeding is what feeding is and eating and feeding that is the use of that receptacle which is not empty. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Olaf Stapledon In starvation the urgency of eating eclipses all else; but a human life in which there were no activity superior to eating would be a poor thing. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Robert Louis Stevenson Modestine and I— it was our last meal together — had a snack upon the top of St. Pierre, I on a heap of stones, she standing by me in the moonlight and decorously eating bread out of my hand. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang Presently it grew late, but still Moti wandered on until suddenly in the gathering darkness he came right upon a tiger who was contentedly eating his horse. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry David Thoreau After all, the man whose horse trots a mile in a minute does not carry the most important messages; he is not an evangelist, nor does he come round eating locusts and wild honey. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

H. G. Wells If you’ve got any drawing-room manners or a dislike to eating peas with a knife or dropping aitches, you’d better chuck ’em away. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Pilcher secundus was eating an apple in the street! Most disgusting! He must be reproved for it. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Virginia Woolf Minta went on eating her sandwich, annoyingly, while he spoke something violent, abusing her, in a mutter so as not to wake the children, the two little boys. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Rudyard Kipling So I hammered on the gate and nipped in, and tripped over Stalky in a greasy, bloody old poshteen, squatting on the ground, eating with his men. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

They had their meal in silence, Sarle and Edgehill eating with good appetites, but Colonel Jasper taking practically nothing at all. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Better still, they loved the old custom of eating figs on Palm Sunday. The week before, the innkeeper’s wife would get in a stock to be sold in pennyworths in her small grocery store. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]