Phrases with "expression"

Leslie Stephen Pope, as it seems to me, rises to a level of sustained eloquence when he has to act as interpreter for the direct expression of broad magnanimous sentiment. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle All three of them, the dead woman and the two demented men, retained upon their faces an expression of the utmost horror — a convulsion of terror which was dreadful to look upon. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was an expression of great relief on Ostrekoff’s worn face. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

But this natural self-surrender to a first involuntary emotion Lord Altamont did not suffer to usurp any such lengthened expression as might too painfully have reminded me of being “one too many. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

E. Phillips Oppenheim In their countenances was one expression common to all—an air of quiet and conscious strength. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

His exceeding coarseness is itself an expression of one of the most fundamental qualities of his mind — its jovial acceptance of the physical facts of life. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Wilkie Collins Reduced to the plain expression of what it is really worth, the average English idea of beauty in women may be summed up in three words — youth, health, plumpness. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Edgar Allan Poe Over him stood the first mate, eyeing him with an expression of fiendish derision, and deliberately searching his pockets, from which he presently drew forth a large wallet and a chronometer. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Elizabeth Gaskell I use this expression “self-sufficiency” in the largest sense. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

From looking strained and apprehensive, there had come over it an expression of peace and serenity. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Thomas Hardy Now what might you think was the secret of that box?’ All put on an expression that their united thoughts were inadequate to the occasion. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Certainly not in the prisoner’s favor; but, to use the expression of some amidst the audience, dead against him. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

H. G. Wells She had the watchful alert expression of one who faces an unanticipated but by no means overwhelming situation. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Anthony Trollope In her anger she had not hesitated on different occasions to call the present Reginald a bastard, though the expression was a wicked calumny for which there was no excuse. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

He was silent for a moment, and Marie-Anne fancied she saw an expression of relief steal over his face. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

John Galsworthy Her expression suggested that she went through life trying not to see it as a joke. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

With as thoughtful and scientific an expression as he could assume, Gideon measured the doorway with his cane, while Julia entered his observations in a drawing-book. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Edith Wharton She looked about the drawing-room with an expression of minute scrutiny. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Wilkie Collins The marriage was deferred, at Eunice’s request, as an expression of respect to the memory of Philip’s father. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Olaf Stapledon They realize vividly that the individual mind is an expression of its social environment. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Leon Trotsky It was Blagonravov, former lieutenant in the Czar’s army, a young Bolshevik. An expression of mingled terror and shame seemed to freeze on his face. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Mark Twain Such thoughts do not find their appropriate expression in the emotions of the nursery. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Marie Corelli The thoughtful face and pathetic expression of the boy greatly attracted her, and in her heart she secretly wondered where her uncle had found so intelligent and inspired-looking a creature. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

George Gissing Mr. Tollady was in the shop, and wearing an expression of countenance far other than that he had worn in the morning. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Algernon Blackwood Eh?” He merely gave expression to the mood of the moment; he was hardly prepared for the earnestness, the solemnity even, with which the guide took him up. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Edith Wharton The echo of Spink’s “What’s the use?” was in his ears: it was the expression of his own secret doubt. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Ann Radcliffe He would not have hesitated to pronounce this a party of banditti, had not the delicacy of expression preserved in the song appeared unattainable by men of their class. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Both were standing by the old window-seat, but her face was resolutely turned away from him, and when she at last looked at him it was with an expression of uncontrollable horror and dislike. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Theodore Dreiser She sat down, thinking, for never before had she seen Cowperwood’s face wearing such an expression of stern, disturbed calculation. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Maria Edgeworth Ashamed of the exaggerated expression of my feelings, I stood abashed. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Sigmund Freud It is an expression of the esprit d'escalier on the part of the psychic censorship. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Ann Radcliffe This thought cast a sudden shade over her features, and from the enlivening expression of joy, they resumed their wonted melancholy. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

His solid form towered over the pair of them, and the expression on his face was still indecipherable. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

With a quiet chuckle to himself, Larose turned quickly back to Herr Blitzen. The latter was now looking more composed; but his expression was still an unpleasant one. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Henry Adams On the other hand, as a third member of this critical group, he fell in with Stopford Brooke whose tastes lay in the same direction, and whose expression was modified by clerical propriety. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

A. E. W. Mason During the months of July and August Ethne’s apprehensions grew, and once at all events they found expression on her lips. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Thomas Hardy Phillotson saw his wife turn and take the note, and the bend of her pretty head as she read it, her lips slightly crisped, to prevent undue expression under fire of so many young eyes. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells It was manifest he did not know us from Adam. A stare of scrutiny allowed an expression of commercial deference to appear in front of it, and my uncle flung open the door. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Wilkie Collins Her fingers twined together nervously in her lap, her eyes looked down again at the floor, and an expression of constraint settled on her face which looked almost like an expression of pain. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

He wiped his hands with an expression of disgust, upon the grass of the meadow. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Thomas Hardy His face assumed an expression of extreme anguish. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Ford Madox Ford There was upon those people’s faces no expression of any kind whatever. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Charles Dickens There was an expression of contempt on his face, and he bit the side of a great forefinger as he watched the group of faces. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Alfred Ainger A light frame, so fragile that it seemed as if a breath would overthrow it, clad in clerk-like black, was surmounted by a head of form and expression the most noble and sweet. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Wilkie Collins If any such expression had been visible, I was too late to detect it. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

The expression on his face was so stony that Peyrol doubted whether he had understood. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Elizabeth Gaskell She smiled when I gave the collar to her as your present, with an expression at once well-pleased and slightly surprised. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Ralph Waldo Emerson It is the result or expression of nature, in miniature. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1836]

Olaf Stapledon Probably it was also an expression of the disillusionment and cynicism, and the widespread disgust with human nature, which crippled the war-racked generations. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon The form of his whole life and every moment in it is, so to speak, an expression of society's willing and thinking in and through him. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

The style of Paradise Lost is then only the natural expression of a soul thus exquisitely nourished upon the best thoughts and finest words of all ages. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Wilkie Collins The fisherman was dripping with wet; but his face, always pale and inflexible, seemed to be but little altered in expression by the perils through which he must have passed during the night. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Arthur Conan Doyle I sprang up with a glad smile, which changed to an expression of bewilderment, and even fear, when I saw the gaunt, pallid face of Octavius Caster peering in at me. The Winning Shot by Arthur Conan Doyle

Her face had too much energy of expression for a woman, and she was not beautiful. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

H. G. Wells His hands were clenched, his eyes wide open, and his expression was one of anger and dismay. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You are known today, I believe, as James Rounceby and Richard Marnstam. Will you come quietly?” Marnstam’s expression was one of bland and beautiful surprise. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

George Gissing All at once he found himself facing Mr. Woodstock. The old man’s face was darkly anxious, and he could not change its expression quickly enough. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Henry James He held her close and long, in expression of their personal reunion — this, obviously, was one way of doing so. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Virginia Woolf The expression repeated itself curiously upon Katharine’s face as she gazed up into his. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Wilkie Collins The Honorable Geoffrey’s expression, on discovering the place to be occupied, was, unmistakably an expression of relief. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

George Gissing Her face wore a devil-may-care expression very attractive to those who were not induced to reflect upon its probable significance. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Olaf Stapledon If so, the life of each star is experienced not only as the perfect execution of formal beauty but also as the perfect expression of love. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

He pictured her with a sphinx-like countenance, calm, beautiful, an expression which might mean deepest grief or stoniest indifference, as the world chose to construe it. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

H. G. Wells Modes of expression need not begin till after five, or later. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

The old soft expression was completely gone, and in its place had come one that, to tell the honest truth, even frightened me. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Rudyard Kipling I submit, therefore, that the first use Man made of his new power of expression was to tell a lie — a frigid and calculated lie. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Wilkie Collins As she looked away from the court and looked at him, a few tears came into her eyes, and something of the old softness of form and gentleness of expression seemed to return to her face. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

The expression of the most perfect faith represented by some of the Italian painters illuminated her beautiful face while she rendered thanks to God in the effusion of her gratitude. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Slowly she unfolded the small slip of paper, and then when she saw the amount for which the cheque was drawn, her face lit up with an expression of eager delight and surprise. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Browne noticed the expression upon his face, and smiled. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Wilkie Collins He looked at the table with a frown, and rang the bell with an expression of disgust. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

What expression was still discernible upon his face was one of great suffering. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Wilkie Collins In that interval Mrs. Rook’s cunning little eyes turned on Alban with an expression of malicious scrutiny. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Then she looked across at her husband, and her face bore an expression that a little surprised him. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Willa Cather If an expression answered his purpose, he saw no reason for varying it. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Benjamin Disraeli Eyes meet which have never met before, and glances thrill with expression which is strange. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

F. Scott Fitzgerald An expression of bewilderment settled on his face. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The expression of the fire-eater’s face was extremely characteristic; his arm was flung out with a gesture that perfectly matched. An impossible ideal by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

A. E. W. Mason No expression upon his face showed that he had any intention in so pausing, but Ethne suspected one. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Algernon Blackwood Pender’s face was grey and drawn; the hunted expression dominated it; the long recital had told upon him. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

There was in his rosy and comely countenance that expression generally characteristic of a man pleased with himself, and persuaded that he is about to give pleasure. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

William Morris That PUNISHMENT of which men used to talk so wisely and act so foolishly, what was it but the expression of their fear? And they had need to fear, since they — i. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Gazing with despairing expression down at the cot, she would suddenly throw a quick, startled glance at Davidson and then towards the other room. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

What is it? What can threaten me now of importance enough to call up such an expression to your face? Since Marah is dead —” “Wait!” I cried. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James He sat there a good while: there was a great deal of talk; it was all pitched in a key of expression and emphasis rather new to him. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Louisa May Alcott He laughed and looked across at the tall girl who sat opposite, with an unusually mild expression in her face. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

And surely the sale of four editions of a vast folio in that space of time was an expression of an abiding interest. Shakspeare by Thomas De Quincey

Charles Dickens The expression in the forehead, which had so particularly attracted his notice, and which was now immovable, had deepened into one of pain and horror. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

The mother whispered her instructions, and the girl received them with her pinched-up, half-starved features twisted into an expression of careful cunning. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Benjamin Disraeli She appeared agitated; she changed colour, raised her beautiful eyes with an expression of sorrow, looked at Vivian earnestly, and then walked to the other end of the room. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

The whole of this objection is but another expression of the tautology: that there can no longer be any wage-labour when there is no longer any capital. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

John Galsworthy The expression on his mother’s face confronting the man she had once been married to, had sealed a resolution growing within him ever since she left him the night before. To Let by John Galsworthy

Bronislaw Malinowski This expression does not postulate the existence of any metaphysical entity—any mysterious spiritual medium, independent of any human brains. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

George Gissing Every strong individuality is more or less the expression of its age. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

G. K. Chesterton For he saw on Herne’s face that expression of shrewdness that is the final proof of simplicity. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman She glanced at her husband with an expression of doubt and terror, and he shook his head forbiddingly. The Wind in the Rose-bush by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The man on the box looks at us with the perfectly wooden expression of a well-bred servant. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

To pronounce in the face of such a past the word Evolution, which is precisely the expression of the highest intellectual hope, is a gruesome pleasantry. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Henry James He used an expression — I took it up. The American by Henry James [1877]

John Galsworthy Her mouth and chin looked very square, and there was an expression in her old grey eyes as if she were in pain. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

This phrase or expression is of course artificial to the highest degree: and it is to it that the reproach of depending on mechanical aids chiefly applies. The English Novel by George Saintsbury [1913]

R. D. Blackmore To-night you have liberty to splice the main-brace, or whatever your expression is for getting jolly drunk; in the morning you will be sobriety itself, sad, and wise, and aching. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Edgar Allan Poe The glassy roll of the eye was changed for that expression of uneasy inward examination which is never seen except in cases of sleep-waking, and which it is quite impossible to mistake. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

He was watching her musing face, trying to read its meaning — trying to gather a gleam of hope from some chance expression floating across it. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Virginia Woolf The sensual lips were slightly parted, and gave the face an expression of beholding something lovely or miraculous vanishing or just rising upon the rim of the distance. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle It had set, according to their account, into the most dreadful expression of fear and horror which a human countenance is capable of assuming. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

The natural, good-humoured expression never left his face, as though he had a fund of inexhaustible patience for dealing with the unaccountable trifles of a woman’s conduct. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

George Gissing Mr. Vissian had put on his glasses, and took the offered object with an expression of dubious curiosity. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Peter’s expression was one of amiable reminiscence. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Algernon Blackwood An expression of perplexed alarm showed itself in the face of the faithful but inarticulate serving man. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Wilkie Collins The momentary irritation passed away from his face; but it left an expression there which remained — an expression of pining discontent. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

An expression he uses in a private letter may be cited in its support. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

Walter Scott At the sight of the Queen he started, and his countenance showed, for an instant, an expression of intense delight, which was instantly exchanged for his usual deep melancholy. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

George Gissing The timber-merchant was slightly heated, but his countenance wore an expression of calm contentment. The Riding-whip by George Gissing

I may mention one other expression which, though not derived from English, has a curious analogy to an English usage. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Anthony Trollope His eye first fell upon Mr. Puddleham, who was standing directly in front of the door, with his back to the building, wearing on his face an expression of infinite displeasure. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Wilkie Collins The face of the new Amelius wore an expression of anxiety, and, more remarkable yet, the temper of the new Amelius was out of order. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Frances Hodgson Burnett But the sight of the slowly flitting and each day frailer young body began to move them even to the length of low-uttered expression of fear and pity. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She did not speak of the dream, but as she went about doing kindly and curiously wise things she never lost sight of any mood or expression of Robin’s and they were all changed ones. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Henry James It was this sense of his usual accuracy of expression that assisted Bernard in fitting a meaning to his late companion’s letter. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

George Gissing Unless it were a tremor of the eyelids, no movement betrayed itself in Sibyl’s features; yet their expression had grown cold, and seemed upon the verge of a disdainful wonder. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Thomas Hardy The expression of her face was hard, wild, and unreal — an expression he had never seen there before, and it disturbed him. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Algernon Blackwood Fillery, he saw, was now standing near the door where Khilkoff and LeVallon had disappeared to see the sculpture, an oddly rapt expression on his face. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The former had listened to the story with that noncommittal air of suspicion cherished by his profession; the tatter’s expression had been imperturbable. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Charles Dickens I have met him a mile from his place of residence, loitering about the streets; and the expression of his countenance at such times was most degraded. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Wilkie Collins As he spoke the words, he saw a change pass over his grandfather’s face — the sharp features seemed to wither up on a sudden; the eager expression to grow vacant and death-like in an instant. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

But the tone in which he had uttered them was perfectly careless; and Reginald’s suspicion was dispelled by the frank expression of his face. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

H. G. Wells You see ——” Her expression conveyed an intense desire to be just and exact. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Then suddenly, on the turn of a second, so it seemed, his whole expression altered. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

For the more one searches, the clearer it becomes that the intellectual scope and the spiritual quality of Victor Hugo were very far from being equal to his gifts of expression and imagination. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Bronislaw Malinowski The expression of Spencer and Gillen that the feeling of jealousy is “subservient to that of the influence of tribal custom” is therefore incorrect (Nat. Tr., p. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

H. G. Wells The expression of his rather too closely-set eyes was designed to convey hypnotic penetration. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Benjamin Disraeli Mrs. Cadurcis simultaneously sprang forward and boxed his ears; and then her son rose without the slightest expression of any kind, and slowly quitted the chamber. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

It used to be Tennyson, but now it’s more Browning. I can say a lot of Browning.” The other screwed his face into an expression of disgust. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Edith Wharton She seemed to be keeping pace with some inward rhythm, seeking to give bodily expression to the lyric rush of her thoughts. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Upon this occasion my father said, with an expression of unbounded wonder, “My dearest Victor, what infatuation is this? My dear son, I entreat you never to make such an assertion again. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Robert Louis Stevenson For my lord’s slavery to the child, I can find no expression adequate. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

There was no expression of surprise upon his face. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

The Commissioner had a very frowning expression upon his face. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Then Stone made an expression of disgust and turned with a scowling face to Larose. “Your baptism into crime over here, my boy,” he said. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle The famous authority on psychic science was a short, broad man with a large head, a clean-shaven face, and an expression in which worldly wisdom and kindly altruism were blended. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Wilkie Collins When he spoke to Mr. Sherwin, his voice was as void of expression as his face: it was rather low in tone, but singularly distinct in utterance. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Charles Dickens It seemed as though she had withdrawn herself into a solitary self-communing, of which there could be no expression either by words or looks. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

G. K. Chesterton And all the time, as we have said, in spite of his quiet splendour, there was an air about him as if he were looking for somebody; an expression of inquiry. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

Henry James What chiefly struck Longmore in her face was the union of a pair of beautifully gentle, almost languid grey eyes with a mouth that was all expression and intention. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Algernon Blackwood I watched the “man” with a new interest and insight — the proud and self-conscious expression on his face as he moved constantly about us, his menial services earnest and important. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Its expression was terrible beyond anything I had ever seen on any human countenance. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle He was looking at her with an expression of interest. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

His features, without being handsome, are well formed, and their expression extremely kind, but also shy. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sidney Colvin The set of three sonnets in his first volume, beginning ‘Woman, when I beheld thee flippant, vain,’ had given expression half gracefully, half awkwardly, to this state of mind. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Thomas Hardy When he passed objects out of harmony with its general expression he allowed his eyes to slip over them as if he did not see them. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Algernon Blackwood The expression had caused him a passing uneasiness he could not quite account for at the moment. The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood [1910]

Elizabeth Von Arnim The expression of the eyes, grave and sweet, was exactly the same. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Algernon Blackwood He watched his chief go in, he saw the expression on his face. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

George Gissing His thanks to Mrs. Hannaford for an “enjoyable evening” were spoken with impressive sincerity, and the lady’s expression of hope that they might meet again made his face shine. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Benjamin Disraeli The lady’s features immediately assumed the expression which befitted the approaching interview, and in a moment Miss Graves and the physician were left alone. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

D. H. Lawrence And if mankind passes away, it will only mean that this particular expression is completed and done. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing A man whose character finds its natural expression in little turns of this kind has terrible advantages over a woman not entirely sure of her own purpose. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Willa Cather Claude had promised her that he would say nothing, but his father must have noticed the little boy’s angry eyes fixed upon him all through dinner, and his expression of scorn. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Then the whole expression of his face altered and he broke into a courtly smile. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

W. W. Jacobs Peal upon peal sounded until the bar shook with it, and an expression of peace and rest came over his face as he pictured the scene inside. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

Meanwhile, Mr. Slater had exchanged some words with the two officials, and now approached me with an expression of extreme consideration. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope Had the young lady been about to marry his son,—had there been such a son,—he could have blessed her; and he felt that his own personal dignity did not admit of an expression of sorrow. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Henry James The moments elapsed without her abdicating; and indeed when he finally turned round his expression was an equal check to any power to feel she might have won. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

Wilkie Collins Those whom I am not fortunate enough to satisfy will be pleased to accept the expression of my regret, and will not be expected to give anything. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

H. G. Wells An expression of incredulity came into the telephone operator’s eyes and gave place to hard activity. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Thomas Hardy The expression ‘Waiting’ was written upon them so absolutely that nothing more could be discerned there. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

The thought of the two pairs of eyes which would be raised, and the expression in them was intolerable. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Then, suddenly, the whole expression of his face altered to one of great relief. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

And I can tell you that there was an expression on his face, an anxiousness, an eagerness—I hardly know how to word it—that it never wore for Mina. Collinson’s love is given to madame. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

George Gissing That expression could still make him shrink a little and feel uncomfortable. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

It is an expression of contempt not unmixed with pity. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Henry David Thoreau But the solitary rambler may still find a response and expression for every mood in the depths of the wood. Natural History of Massachusetts by Henry David Thoreau [1842]

Bram Stoker Men seemed to have lost the power of expression of their thoughts. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

There was no need for her to assume any expression of horror and surprise, for she was now undoubtedly expressing both these emotions. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Every foul head disappeared into its burrow, and Timothy’s flitch of a face assumed an expression of gravity and respect. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

She is very clever and gentle, and extremely pretty; as I mentioned before, her mein and her expression continually remind me of my dear aunt. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

He was not pretty then, Ellen: oh no! he looked frightful; for his thin face and large eyes were wrought into an expression of frantic, powerless fury. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

His face was dark and swarthy, but it was by no means unpleasant, and the expression on it was mild and gentle as a child’s. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Wilkie Collins The expression of her face changed instantly from anger to discouragement. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

George Gissing At once she became rigid upon her seat, and her features, in their endeavour to be composed, assumed a sternness of expression very little in accordance with the emotions struggling within her heart. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Thomas Hardy There were the semitone of voice and half-hidden expression of eyes which tell the initiated how very fragile is the ice of reserve at these times. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Dr. Hoop–Brown!” The usually calm and severe face of the chairman was now seen to be relaxed in an expression that looked uncommonly like a grin. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Arthur Conan Doyle Instantly he was sitting up, with an expression of the keenest interest upon his face. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

George Gissing The expression of pain on his forehead and about his lips testified to the sincerity with which he urged his views, at the same time to a lurking fear lest impulse should be misleading him. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

George Gissing How strange to pen such words! She had always thought of such forms of expression with raillery, perhaps with a little contempt. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Edgar Allan Poe I could distinctly perceive his eyes fastened upon me with an expression of the most deadly animosity, and I expected every instant that he would attack me. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

This is a sample of a growing exasperation of spirit, which found expression from time to time till the close of his life. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

She turned her face towards those who were watching her proceedings, but it was in shadow, and they could not distinguish the features nor note the expression with which she regarded them. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Anthony Trollope He was a nice, dapper man, rather above the middle height, and good-looking enough had he had a little more expression in his face. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Her husband was also small and fair, but his manners were more simple and his expression was opener and franker than that of his wife. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Algernon Blackwood Only one detail denied this picture the expression of something mysterious and awed in the sheet-white face. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

H.P. Lovecraft Now and then, it seemed Edward was observed to wear an expression and to do things wholly incompatible with his usual flabby nature. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

George Meredith The answer was a vacuous shake of the head, accompanied by an expression of unutterable mournfulness. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Jules Verne Perhaps the earthquake had frightened them away, for they have a very delicate nervous organisation, if such an expression can be applied to a mere quadruped. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

This is a kind of intellectual product that never attains a classic form of expression when first promulgated. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Wilkie Collins The expression of that artless gratitude, the cry of that guileless love, shook her as nothing else had shaken her that day. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Percy Bysshe Shelley She gazed upon his countenance—the film, which before had overspread his eye, disappeared: returning expression pervaded its orbit, but it was the expression of deep, of rooted grief. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

Edith Wharton Her loudly affirmed pleasure at seeing Miss Bart took the form of a nebulous generalization, which included neither enquiries as to her future nor the expression of a definite wish to see her again. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

It seemed to Tod that they stared back at him with an expression of vicious, acrid boredom that trembled on the edge of violence. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes