Phrases with "expression"

Have they been all resting, too?” Again the inspector paused, and this time it was plain from the expression of his face that he was thinking rapidly. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Oh,” she laughed, when she saw the expression on his face, as he glanced round, “don’t be alarmed, I don’t intend to poison you! That death will be too easy. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

He was in person about the middle size, and somewhat strongly formed — his countenance was marked with the lines of thought, and on the whole wore an expression of gravity and melancholy. The Familiar by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Elizabeth Gaskell If an unsatisfied feeling of this kind occasionally stole into his mind, at any rate she never heard any expression of it; for the past was a sealed book between them. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

George Gissing Mr. Meres drummed upon his desk; there was an expression of pain on his forehead. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman All it has to learn is the right expression of its degree of life-force, of Social Energy.” He beamed at me. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

Jack London O engineer hoist by thine own petard! O sugar-maker crushed by thine own cane-crusher! “Motomoe sprang forward involuntarily, and the sneer was chased from his face by an expression of solicitude. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

The resemblance was rather in expression than in feature, but one face recalled the other. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Victor Hugo She has everything, this Dea. What a white skin! What hair! Lips like strawberries! And her foot! her hand! Those shoulders, with their exquisite curve! Her expression is sublime. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Leslie Stephen The only thing that can be said is that his abuse was a sheer piece of Billingsgate, too devoid of plausibility to be more than an expression of virulent hatred. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

John Galsworthy Except for the expression of his face when he was off guard, he might have been quite untouched by tragedy. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

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 I see it reflected in the lamping eyes, glistening on the mop of dark hair, shining on the pallid face with its high expression of other-worldliness and yearning remote from the chaos of modern life. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

H. G. Wells The study and expression of tendency, has been for me what music is for the musician, or the advancement of his special knowledge is to the scientific investigator. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Bram Stoker Inasmuch as fashion requires some concrete expression of its fancies, Mesmer soon used the picturesque side of his brain for the service of fashionable success. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Henry James This expression moreover was of the faintest — was like the effect produced on a surface by an agitation both deep within and as yet much confused. The Beldonald Holbein by Henry James [1901]

G. K. Chesterton She was in a breathing heat, and on her open face was an expression of the most infantile astonishment. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

The Cardinal’s expression was grave nearly to moroseness as he confronted me on the threshold. The Miraculous Revenge by George Bernard Shaw

She was now leaning against the wall and her expression was a very startled one. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

He’s crafty and secretive if ever I saw anyone that was, and the expression of those eyes is not normal, but he’s capable and determined and that forehead of his means that he can think and plan. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Wilkie Collins His soft blue eyes melted into an expression of piteous entreaty. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

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]

He made sounds of choking, and his features were contorted into an expression of incredulous horror and amazement. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

John Galsworthy There was no mistaking its expression of bitter despair. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Mr. Carley’s expression of opinion after hearing this will read need not be recorded here. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

H. G. Wells Their memories set, their opinions set, their methods of expression set, their delights recur and recur, they convert initiative into mechanical habit day by day. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

George Gissing Everard was allowing himself a freedom in expression which hitherto he had sedulously avoided. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Elizabeth Gaskell Nay, lass,’ said she, catching the expression on Lois’s face, ‘thou art never going to browbeat me with thine angry looks. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim For a single second his whole expression was changed. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

The expression was soon exchanged for that half-ironical, half-diabolical glance Immalee could not understand. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Anthony Trollope Every now and again, through three or four visits, I renewed the expression of my opinion that the transit could easily be made in twenty-four hours. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

You might observe in the countenances of the various idlers a more earnest expression than usual. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Wilkie Collins There was the appearance of maturity already in the shape of her features; but their expression still remained girlish, unformed, unsettled. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Jacques Futrelle Mr. Randolph cleared his throat twice and waved his hands with an expression of resignation. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

Then he saw her expression change into entire amazement and remembered his collar. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

George Gissing The young man’s face, hitherto thoughtfully sad, changed to an expression of bitterness; he muttered what seemed to be angry and contemptuous words, then averted his eyes and walked on. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Mrs. Bell took a seat on the sofa and clasped her hands with the expression of one who prepares for prayer. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Jules Verne As for him, he did not even turn his head; and I shall never forget the expression of disdain imprinted on his visage. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Anthony Trollope Now and again, indeed, he would say a word, and then would frown and become gloomy, as though angry with himself for such outward womanly expression of what he felt. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle She stared at us with defiant eyes, and then, suddenly recognizing me, an expression of absolute astonishment came over her face. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

A very singular expression which, as it were, detained him for a moment. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Anthony Trollope That, however, was to be taken for granted, without much expression of opinion. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Here and there was a person of better type, but upon the countenance of every one of them was the same expression of mute and expectant terror. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Margaret Oliphant Shaw’s ruddy face was full of care; this was indeed its usual expression, an expression all the more marked from the blunt and open simplicity of its natural mood to which care seemed alien. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

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]

Ford Madox Ford He could not work out what the girl’s expression would be. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

George Meredith Perplexity at the injustice of fate and persons universally, put a wrinkled mask on his features and the expression of his feelings. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

H. G. Wells Mr. Chuffles, the scandalous grocer, joined the throng about the principal combatants, mutely as became an outcast, and with a sad, distressed helpful expression picked up Mr. Polly’s bicycle. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Every glint of expression seemed to have left her features. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

George Gissing Mr. Moxey made sober expression of good wishes, and hoped he might hear that the removal to London had proved ‘advantageous’. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

You met a monk, did you not?” “Yes.” The young men looked at each other with an expression of fear. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

William Hope Hodgson A moment, and it rose to its feet, clutching upwards, with an expression of desire upon its face, such as I have never seen in this world. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Edith Wharton But the next moment his expression passed from worship to concern. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Benjamin Disraeli The death of his wife seemed to have been a great blow to Mr. Ferrars. The expression of his careworn, yet still handsome, countenance became, if possible, more saddened. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

He looked up, and his surprise gave to his eyes an expression of innocence and candour. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Wilkie Collins A third rifled his pockets, and — if, as a lady, I may venture to use such an expressionsearched him, without ceremony, through and through to his skin. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

George Eliot Turning to Harold to make an observation, she saw that he was looking towards the same point, but with an expression on his face that surprised her. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

For Ja Elma signifies, in their language, ‘The water comes!’ an expression we are to imagine of surprise at the arrival of the stream. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Anne Bronte He winced at my approach, with an expression of aversion and instinctive physical fear anything but conciliatory to my feelings. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Thomas Hardy In her eyes the only modification was that their originally mild rectitude of expression had become a little more stringent than heretofore. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

They are the expression of diverse moods and emphatically of different stages of mental progress, the later, as a rule, more negative than the earlier. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

Thomas Hardy She fixed her eyes upon Elfride with an expression whose force it was impossible to doubt, but the meaning of which was not clear; then upon the carriage they had left. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle Large round spectacles and a small projecting goat’s beard combined with his stooping attitude to give him an expression of peering curiosity. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

A little of the official atmosphere seemed to have fallen away from him with the Newspeak words, but his expression was grimmer than usual, as though he were not pleased at being disturbed. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins The customary pallor of his face had darkened to a deep red; there was an expression of ferocious mockery in his eyes. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Wilkie Collins The expression of perplexity left her face, and a shade of disappointment appeared there in its stead. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

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]

Charles Dickens I made use of that qualified expression with a direct meaning, which I will now explain. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

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]

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]

Leon Trotsky Marxism considers itself the conscious expression of the unconscious historical process. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Gertrude Stein It was her first effort to state her problems of expression and her attempts to answer them. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Edith Wharton But Mr. Grisben’s expression did not change: the gaze he fixed on his host remained unperturbed, and the clue he gave was the startling one of not seeming to see the other figure. The Triumph of Night by Edith Wharton [1916]

Radclyffe Hall She was like her sister only very much thinner, and her face had the closed rather blank expression that is sometimes associated with blindness. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Olaf Stapledon The telescope would have revealed that all the faces, formerly placid, were suddenly illuminated with an expression of tense concentration and triumph. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

In a sense, then, the new-woman movement marks a reversion to a more generic type of human character, or to a less differentiated expression of human nature. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Victor Hugo It was out of the heights of a Paradise that she leant towards their mean-looking Green Box, and revealed to the gaze of its wretched audience her expression of inexorable serenity. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Olaf Stapledon In the Marxian theory the whole of human history, from the primitive phase up to the establishment of Communism in the future, is essentially an expression of class struggle. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Anthony Trollope He would have so abounded with intellectual fertility that men would not have known whether most to admire his powers of expression or to deprecate his want of reticence. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Edmund Burke And what degree of extent prevails in bodies that are held beautiful, may be gathered from the usual manner of expression concerning it. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

H. G. Wells One eye, because of that same accident was of glass; it maintained an expression of implacable will, while its fellow, alert and bright brown, gathered information. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Willa Cather Sometimes, when he had helped the medical examiner, Claude had noticed the anxious expression in the faces of the long lines of waiting men. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Ralph Waldo Emerson I find no expression in our state papers or legislative debate, in our lyceums or churches, specially in our newspapers, of a high national feeling, no lofty counsels that rightfully stir the blood. The Young American by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1844]

Oscar Wilde It is not, in the first instance, a mode of expression for a man’s soul. Arts and Crafts by Oscar Wilde [1888]

Algernon Blackwood But this time I understood the expression on the quivering face. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

The expression of the former was, therefore, plain to me, and in it I read something more than reluctance, something which I dimly felt to be fear. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Mr Warburton remained on his feet, regarding her with an expression of resigned, almost amused disappointment. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Thomas Paine Longinus calls this expression the sublime; and by the same rule, the conjuror is sublime too, for the manner of speaking is expressively and grammatically the same. The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine

Algernon Blackwood I knew by the masklike expression of his face, the pallor, and the steadiness of the eyes, that he anticipated something that might be very terrible — appalling. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim His face wore an expression of relief. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Sir Walter Scott When they entered the apartment Varney stood by the door grinding his teeth, with an expression in which rage, and shame, and fear had each their share. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Benjamin Disraeli And yet there was really an expression on her countenance of restlessness, not to say anxiety, which ill accorded with the dulcet tones and the wreathed smiles which charmed her august companions. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Walter Crane Now, still keeping to expression by means of line, the three arms I have sketched (p. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

It was paler than usual; and the expression of Mrs. Darrell’s countenance seemed in a manner reflected in it. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

George Gissing His present phase of countenance was a recent development; the relaxed lines brought to light a human kindliness not easily discoverable in the set expression of wide-awake hours. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Wilkie Collins As you are a Christian woman, don’t be hard on me!” Mrs. Wagner drew back, and eyed her with an expression of contemptuous surprise. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Olaf Stapledon But I noticed that its habitual expression of watchful self-reserve was now intensified with some kind of suppressed but haunting terror. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

His tenderness was only the expression of his sorrow. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

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

Arthur Conan Doyle She was a large, impassive, heavy-featured woman with a stern set expression of mouth. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Consequently every particle of coral limestone is an expression of time. Coral and Coral Reefs by Thomas Henry Huxley

Sinclair Lewis Mr. T. Poppins, in the role of the president, entered, with a stern high expression on his face, threw a “Good morning, Thorne,” at Wrenn, his secretary, and peeled off his gloves. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells Mrs. Rylands, with an expression of intelligent attention, considered her guest’s face. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

H. G. Wells It did not dawn upon her that my queer gifts of drawing and expression were of any value at all. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope Such expression of tenderness would have been true; but he knew that he would so break down in the attempt as to make it seem to be false. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Henry David Thoreau It is an expression of the health and soundness of Nature, a brag for all the world — healthiness as of a spring burst forth, a new fountain of the Muses, to celebrate this last instant of time. Walking by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Bronislaw Malinowski The well-known customs of the couvade are one of the typical functions of the father, in which there is an expression of a deep connection of a magical kind between the father and his offspring. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Algernon Blackwood Yes, but a thing out of its right place is without power, life, means of expression robbed of its context which alone gives it meaning robbed, so to speak, of its arms and legs without a body. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

H. G. Wells He makes no answer, but his expression startles me. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

But, after a few moments, his features became again serene, with a sweet smile reposing upon them, and his expression relaxed into a vague and tender melancholy. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Elizabeth Gaskell Others were not forbearing enough to keep their expression of feeling confined to looks. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Walter Scott In a word, he saw the same Margaret de Hautlieu, with no very different style of expression from that which her face, partaking of the high and passionate character of her soul, had always presented. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

Then, all suddenly, his whole expression changed, the lines of his face hardened and he snapped his teeth together as if, at last, he had come to some decision. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

His expression was almost maniacal. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

John Galsworthy He stood, inimitably stork-like, with an expression as if he saw before him a frog too large to swallow. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Henry James He was lounging back in his chair with an air of indolence rather too marked for a drawing-room, and staring at the ceiling with the expression of a man who has just been asked a conundrum. The Diary of a Man of Fifty by Henry James [1879]

An expression in this portrait proved clear insight into character; a face in that historical painting, by its vivid filial likeness, startlingly reminded you that genius gave it birth. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Olaf Stapledon And perhaps it was not quite seemly suddenly to turn his face full upon the lovely creature at his side; but everyone must have readily forgiven him, since his expression suggested great tenderness. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Thomas Hardy His companions were what in old times would have been called boon companions — an expression which, though of irreproachable root, suggests fraternization carried to the point of unscrupulousness. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Nathaniel Hawthorne She made a slight pause, fixing her eye upon him with an expression of no earthly sweetness, so that the child shivered and stood awestruck rather than affrighted while the Old Maid passed on. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Theodore Dreiser These things never came up between her and Hurstwood. Nevertheless, she began to suggest one thing and another, which Hurstwood agreed to without any expression of opinion. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Charles Kingsley What are poetic fancies?” Lucia looked up in his face puzzled, and saw there an expression so grave, pitying, tender, that her heart leaped up toward him, and then sank back again. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Algernon Blackwood It was in North London. “Mr. Mudge has gone,” he said quietly to Barker, noticing his expression of alarm. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

The expression was humorously puzzled — nothing more. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

She grasped that from the expression of his face. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Theodore Dreiser There are large forces which allure with all the soulfulness of expression possible in the most cultured human. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Sinclair Lewis He sat on his bed with an expression of sickness, complaining, “Hell, I oughtn’t to have gone so far! I thought she’d resist more. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Hardy The expression of a face consigned to utter loneliness, when a friend first looks in upon it, is moving in the extreme. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Elizabeth Gaskell Mr Bellingham followed without questioning, little understanding her feelings, but full of admiration for the varying expression called out upon her face. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Henry James At this movement she rose quickly, as if to save the document, but the expression of his face, as he turned round to her, made her stop. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

He was a lad of twenty, not ill-favoured in looks, but with an expression of distant and pondering vacuity. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Gaston Leroux Her expression frightened me, you can understand, my little angel. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

George Gissing Her expression was very grave. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Jack London It was an expression — that’s what it was — and I got an impression of it. Lost Face by Jack London

George Eliot His brow was knit, and his whole face had an expression of weariness and pain. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Wilkie Collins There is a wonderful sameness in the solid side of the English character — just as there is a wonderful sameness in the solid expression of the English face. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her eyes were flashing like stars, and her brows were bent, but as she looked into his face her expression softened. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

For his face was ghastly, blue round the mouth, and wore the strangest expression I ever saw. Charles Van Rheyn by Ellen Wood [1875]

Jack London Besides, Kiche was well-nigh forgotten; and the chief outlet of expression that remained to him was in the allegiance he tendered the gods he had accepted as masters. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

H. G. Wells Their faces assumed an expression of consternation, an expression that deepened into awe. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Maria Edgeworth He was pleased to find that my manner and tones gave an Italian expression to English poetry, which to him was a peculiar charm. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

I uttered an expression of disgust and pushed past him into the yard, running against Earnshaw in my haste. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Arthur Conan Doyle They stared at each other, and Kate’s face assumed such an expression of dismay that her companion burst out laughing. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Charles Dickens How can it be! When was it! How was it!” As the concentrated expression returned to his forehead, he seemed to become conscious that it was in hers too. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

H. G. Wells Directly each of these young people had done, he or she made promptly for the door with such an expression of animation as I have rarely observed in a shop assistant before. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Frances Hodgson Burnett His expression of this as a masculine creature had its limits which resulted in a concentration on perfection. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The expression I saw there did not tend to lessen the hope that was rising in my breast. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Kate Chopin Fanny offered no reply, but to look helplessly resigned; an expression which Melicent knew of old, and which had always the effect of irritating her. At Fault by Kate Chopin

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]

Thomas Love Peacock It is so rare, too, in these days of smooth manners, to see anything like natural expression in a man’s face. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

His face, however, belied his otherwise general attractiveness, for its expression was vacant and almost that of an imbecile. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

George Meredith The side-view of his face was an expression of classic beauty rarely now to be beheld, either in classic lands or elsewhere. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Virginia Woolf He stared alternately at Rachel and at the ceiling, but his expression was now produced not by what he saw but by something in his mind. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Take away the expression from the Satires of Pope, or from The Excursion, and, though you will destroy the poems, you will leave behind a great mass of thought. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Ivan Turgenev A quarter of an hour had not elapsed when their creaking was heard again and Kirillovna walked into the boudoir with the same unruffled expression on her face and the same sly shrewdness in her eyes. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

Henry James She had no talent for expression and too little of the consciousness of genius; she only had a general idea that people were right when they treated her as if she were rather superior. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Margaret Oliphant They were both too much moved for expression of any kind; and everything was different though the same. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Rossetti was fastidious in composition; his poems are as remarkable for condensation, finish, and exact expression of the poet’s thought as for their sumptuous colouring and rich concrete imagery. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

William Makepeace Thackeray There is not much expression in his eyes, but from what there is, you would fancy that he was oppressed by a secret sorrow. A Little Dinner at Timmins’s by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

Robert Louis Stevenson They are perhaps the only two great masters of expression who keep sending their readers to a glossary. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

Dr. Hoop–Brown felt the nearest approach to a lump in his throat that he had experienced for many years, and he looked down quickly to mask the expression on his face. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Without ceasing to eat he turned to me his florid, barocco apostle’s face with an expression of inquiry. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Arthur Conan Doyle She looked down at Agatha with an expression which I resented from the bottom of my soul—the expression with which a Roman empress might have looked at her kneeling slave. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He looked wan and tired and there was something of that curious expression in his eyes which comes only to men who have lived for years in loneliness. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

He took in everything about him, but it was the expression of his face he searched out most. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Her gentle, sickly face assumed an expression of ferocious anger; her brow was furrowed by two deep wrinkles, and her chin drooped with nervous agitation. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

George Gissing The expression of sympathy caused his thoughts to reveal themselves as they never yet had done before his daughter. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope And he knew, moreover, that no severity of expression would have been of avail. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

George Gissing Her figure was good but meagre; her cheeks were very thin, and the expression of her face, not quite amiable at any time, was at present almost fierce. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Wilkie Collins His eyes stared into mine through his spectacles with an expression of surprise and anxiety which I had never seen in them before. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Wilkie Collins Francois Sarzeau looked, started, moved one step back, then stood motionless and perfectly silent, while all traces of expression of any kind suddenly vanished from his face. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Arthur Conan Doyle The nearest you ever get to it is the first high passion, too beautiful for physical expression when two high-souled lovers meet upon your plane. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

G. K. Chesterton If there is a curious and fantastic art, it is the business of the art critics to create a curious and fantastic literary expression for it; inferior to it, doubtless, but still akin to it. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Charles Dickens With this strange expression on him his thoughts had wandered away. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Anthony Trollope He felt that he could hardly go to the girl again immediately after the expression of her resolution. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

To such an expression of mere gratuitous malignity, as it happened to be supported by no one argument, except a remark, apparently absurd, but certainly false, I did not condescend to answer. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Only that, as Sunday was exempted, the rigorous expression of the quota was one fourth of six-sevenths, which makes sixty twenty-eighths and not six twenty-fourths of the total time. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

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]

Come and see my new plantations, Raoul.” The young man knew very well, that, after the expression of his father’s wish, no opportunity of discussion was left him. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Leon Trotsky It found its expression in the tumultuous welcome accorded to Lenin, who at that meeting made his first appearance after a four months’ absence. My Life by Leon Trotsky

He was a superb-looking man, with an expression of mingled kindness and dignity that invariably awakened both awe and admiration in the spectator. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James Miss Brigstock had been laughing and even romping, but the circumstance hadn’t contributed the ghost of an expression to her countenance. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Algernon Blackwood It needed for its visible expression — many. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Berati’s expression did not change an iota, yet somehow his visitor was made to feel that he was not accustomed to argument. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

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]

Wilkie Collins The uppermost idea in my mind found its way somehow, ill as I was, to expression on my lips — in the form of a question addressed to the landlord. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

From the startled expression upon his face it was obvious the recognition was mutual and for a few moments we stood staring at each other without saying a word. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Wilkie Collins The expression of his face changed on the instant, and his hand came out of the drawer empty. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Rosina’s expression was, in a way, a singular one. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

I don’t know but I approve of this contrivance, only ——” here he caught a rather serious expression on Mr. Gryce’s face —“the slide seems to be of a somewhat curious construction. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Marie Corelli He looked down a moment, then looked up, and a quizzical, half-melancholy expression filled his eyes. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Anthony Trollope Those would have been the fitting words for the expression of her ladyship’s ideas; but she remembered herself, and did not use them. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Mr Benson’s deep anger against her betrayer had been shown too clearly in the old time to allow her to think that he would keep it down without expression now. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Arnold Bennett That kiss, which comforted and somehow reassured her, was the expression of a surrender whose monstrousness she would not admit to herself. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Leon Trotsky It was as the supreme expression of the mediocrity of the apparatus that Stalin himself rose to his position. My Life by Leon Trotsky

The semi-amiable expression on the High Priest’s face twisted back to its habitual snarl. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

His manner was humble, and even gentle; but the restlessness of his eye and the expression of his thin lips betrayed diabolical cunning and the coolest calculation. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Arnold Bennett Edwin curbed the expression of his astonishment. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]