Phrases with "face"

Suddenly he found a face looking at him in the ring of lamplight — an old bearded face curiously wrinkled. Basilissa by John Buchan [1914]

Sir Walter Scott A smile passed over Nigel’s face as this fantastic idea presented itself to his fancy. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Now I go To the court-yard to rally our soldiers As I may — face to face with the foe. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

His eyes were deep and thoughtful, and his face was the face of a man with whom other people’s opinion would count very little and who would always determine all things for himself. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle I flung the curtain aside and found myself face to face with a broad-shouldered elderly man, who had just stepped into the room. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

What horrid places what horrid sights and smells! I say, you must have no end of pluck to face them. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

His face was coated with mud, the eyes wide open, the teeth bared and grinning with an expression of unendurable agony. Collected Essays by George Orwell

George Gissing She would have discharged a duty at the expense of such shame, and this fact alone might strengthen her to face the miseries beyond. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Wilkie Collins With his experience of the ways of men, he felt no surprise at the marked contrast between Captain Bervie’s face and Captain Bervie’s manner. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

John Galsworthy Let’s have dinner at once, Fleur.” Fleur had picked up Ting-a-ling, and was holding her face out of reach of his avid tongue. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Arthur Conan Doyle His face flushed, his lips curled back, he chattered, his teeth like an ape, and his eyes — those indolent eyes which had always twinkled so placidly — were gorged and frantic. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

It was the face of one who had conquered the world, and found it dust and ashes; one who had eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and scorned human wisdom. The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan [1900]

Of all the classes that stand face to face with the bourgeoisie today, the proletariat alone is a really revolutionary class. The Manifesto of the Communist Party by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

Anthony Trollope When she turned herself round with an air of satisfaction, to face the questions of the burly barrister, she was told that he had no question to ask her. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Abraham Merri Man’s walk is a series of rhythmic stumbles against this force that constantly strives to drag him down to earth’s face and keep him pressed there. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton The vision of Pellerin and his Interpreter, face to face at last, had a Cyclopean grandeur that dwarfed all other comedy. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

I thought I had never seen so nice a face as hers; very placid, with a sort of sad look in it. Wolfe Barrington’s Taming by Ellen Wood [1870]

George Gissing Against the raised white pillow showed a face hardly less white. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Yes, I remember your face now—the face I saw in my dreams—the savage face in the wood. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

George Gissing He believed that at length his degradation was over, and that, come what might, he could now face it sturdily. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Misfortune had done its heavenly work, and had ennobled the face of Coconnas, as death was about to render divine his soul. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

But, if ever I saw the face of Nash Caromel, I saw it then; and if ever I saw a figure that might be called a shadow, it was his. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle The soul which shone through her dark face had transformed it for the moment into a beauty more lofty and more rare than that of her shallow sister. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

The Squire had a touch of lumbago; he could not face it; and old Coney came bustling in to say that I was to attend in his place. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Near her sat a young man, tall and slim, with sallow face and dreamy eyes. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Henry Handel Richardson Then, with her face burrowed deep, so that not a sound could escape, she gave free play to her tears. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton The older woman’s face was like a veil dropped before her thoughts. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

We were instantly face to face — I recoiling, and for a moment speechless with fright. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Yet in spite of these arguments for courage, Mary’s face blanched and her eyes grew unutterably sad as she looked up at her lover. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Thomas Hardy It was the precise result which would remain after blood had left the face of one whose skin was dark, and artificially coated with pearl-powder and carmine. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Ivan Turgenev I fell to crying, too, and he comforted me, stroking my back and kissing me all over my face with his quivering lips. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Surely you will not deny me the last request I make to you?” She looked so pleadingly into my face that, as usual, it required all my courage not to give way to her. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

The colors move slowly back; the lines face about and sullenly follow, bearing their wounded; the skirmishers return, gathering up the dead. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Oscar Wilde The face of the monster was now close to his own, and seemed full of terror. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

The lovely lady came laughing sweetly, stooped over his fair face and courteously kissed him. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

Guy de Maupassant M. Chenet also took his departure, leaving the Caravans alone, face to face. A Family Affair (En Famille) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

She stood divided by the width of half the room from her husband, with her face fronting his, in the full glare of the lamplight. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Her face grew grave, she was musing. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Henry Kingsley He could not face Ravenshoe, or any connected with it, again. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Let him learn we are waiting before The grave’s mouth, the heaven’s gate, God’s face With implacable love evermore. Last Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1862]

He rose and looked at me and I at him: and years seemed to have rolled over his face since last I saw it. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Good-bye, then, to his talk with Miss Lackersteen! It was an effort to screw his face into its usual facetious good-humour as he came up to the table. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Her heart was filled with sudden desolation by the beauty of that young face enhaloed in the patch of light, with the profound darkness as of a dungeon for a background. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

The clerk’s quick ear caught the sound of a stealthy footstep; and in the next minute they were face to face with a man who was ascending the narrow stairs. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

A. E. W. Mason His face was worn, no doubt, his hair had gone grey, but there was no air of helplessness or uncertainty, and it was that which for his own sake she most dreaded. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Rafael Sabatini I have taken blows from him, and smiled; but yesterday in a public place he affronted me, lashed me across the face with his riding-whip, as I still bear the mark. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

She found herself face to face with a man, who stood looking at her with friendly eyes, which in their earnest expression and grave dark brows curiously resembled the eyes of the picture. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was face to face with Gertrude von Diss! His first impulse was ludicrously conventional. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Algernon Blackwood Upon Devonham’s face lay a curious expression, half anxiety, half pain. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Charles Dickens The blind man, with perfect composure, produced his bottle again, mixed another glassful; put it up as before; and, drinking from time to time, followed her with his face in silence. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

George Meredith I am a slave! I have sold myself—sold myself!” She dropped her face in her hands, broken with grief. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Meredith She shut her eyes, murmuring, “How happy are those who hear that they are loved!” and opening them, all her face being red, “Say it!” she pleaded. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle You saw the woman’s face at the sign of danger. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

A stranger was sitting by her bedside when Jack went into the room, a young man with a gravity of face and manner which was older than his years. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

H. Rider Haggard Placing his long hand on the Elmoran’s shoulder he gripped it and gave him such a twist as brought him face to face with himself. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

His face never changed, except, perhaps, to an even more amused benignity of expression. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

George Eliot She was a tall, wiry, dark-eyed woman, this Mrs. Archer, with a face handsome enough to give her coarse hard nature the odious finish of bold, self-confident coquetry. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

Edith Wharton Hayes’s flush had faded at Vance’s last words, and his face had the ghastly sallowness of full-blooded men when their colour goes. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

D.H. Lawrence His face was inflamed, but fixed like a mask. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell But when she instinctively read the change in the expression of his countenance, she dropped her large white veiling lids; and he thought her face was lovelier still. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Here I shot and stuffed a very interesting rat, with a bushy tail, very much resembling the little gilléri squirrel of the Indian plains, but plumper in face and body, like a recently born rabbit. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Robert Louis Stevenson He knows that the policeman, as he is called upon continually to face greater odds, and that both worse equipped and for a better cause, is in form and essence a more noble hero than the soldier. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Louisa May Alcott The knight wished intensely that he could free them, but he was poor and could only go by each day, watching for the sweet face and longing to see it out in the sunshine. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Radclyffe Hall She thought of her mother’s protected life that had never had to face this terrible freedom. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

His hand fell away from his weapon, his head slowly dropped until his face rested on the leaves in which he lay. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

I did not see his face for he kept in the shade, but his figure was not very unlike that of your servant Parkinson. A packet was put into my hands and he was gone without a word. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Her face has been, I should think, a fine, handsome one, and her bright grey eye is still full of intelligence and fire. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

So melancholy a face may well suggest some painful family secret. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells Ridley’s face was poked out slowly and cautiously, his eye red and fierce among his white bandages. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Jules Verne On his bearded face was pictured a grin, which showed his sharp-edged teeth, white as ivory, and the cudgel began to move about in a way that was not very reassuring for the captain of the woods. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Anna Katherine Green She was, therefore, unduly startled when with a quick whirl about which brought him face to face with her once more, he impetuously asked: “Madam, you were in my house this morning. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

The little girl’s face broke into warm sunshine. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Arthur Morrison Dicky’s face was damp and grey, and twitching lines were in his cheeks. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Edith Wharton HE was sitting at my desk, with his face in his hands. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

The quick blush rising to my face gave an involuntary assent. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

In face of the windows of those houses that still stand they are making a new Boulevard. Behind they are pulling down edifices of all kinds in the formation of a new square. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

On the last occasion, however, he succeeded in keeping him in view, and came up with him in a court, when he was rewarded with a sight of such a face as caused him to fall to the ground in a fit. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

I like this Mr. Hammond. His is the only face that ever recalled the face of the dead. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

George Gissing Emily’s face at this moment was that of one who is only half sensible to words spoken. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Anthony Trollope Who is there cannot do so much as that? For a shilling or eighteen-pence a day we can get an army of brave men who will face an enemy — and die, if death should come. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

A bat flitted before his face like a circling flake of velvety blackness. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Andrew Lang His face was so troubled that the governor of the island marked it, and asked what was the matter. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton His tour brought him at length face to face with the painter, where he paused, clasping his plump gloved hands behind his back, and shaking an admonitory head. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

I saw no face at all, and it was not until a few days ago that the idea came to me that it was William, and then it exploded in me like a bomb. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Ivan Turgenev Sometimes I would scrutinise his clever handsome bright face . First Love by Ivan Turgenev

Marjorie Bowen I did not see her face as she disappeared before I could gain on her, but she held to her side one hand, and between the long fingers I saw the haft of a surgeon’s knife. The Avenging of Ann Leete by Marjorie Bowen

Soon she knew that he was saying it with his elbow on one end of the mantelpiece; and liked him for facing her so, and compelling her to face him. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Wilkie Collins I saw Nugent’s face darken, as he walked to the door. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Frances Hodgson Burnett I threw myself face downward on the earth and sobbed, embracing her young feet. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

An elderly woman, with her face bathed in tears, was supporting the head of the dying woman — her daughter — on her arm. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

William Hope Hodgson Yet it was the face that attracted and frightened me the most. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

On the side face of the second opens the door of the secret staircase. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Nellie Bly Miss Mayard was still in the fit, and he caught her roughly between the eyebrows or thereabouts, and pinched until her face was crimson from the rush of blood to the head, and her senses returned. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

Arthur Conan Doyle A fierce bull-dog face was framed in a tangle of hair and beard, and two bold, dark eyes gleamed behind the cover of thick, tufted, overhung eyebrows. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

The priest was l’Abbé Sorgue, commonly known as the Black Priest on account of his dark face and swarthy eyebrows. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Mastrovin’s face was a mask, but his eyes too were wary. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

George Gissing A healthier and more beautiful face than it had ever been; not quite the second of those two faces that Mallard drew, but with scarcely a record of the other. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

G. K. Chesterton One of the most prominent citizens in our procession (for instance) had his face blacked. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

My face was very close to his and I knew that my bare arms smelt nicely of some new scent I was trying, and my warm fingers came up against his neck. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Wilkie Collins His face showed plainly that he was disappointed as well as distressed. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

His death-white face was the only thing visible. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The former was a short man, whose spurred riding boots scarcely reached the floor, but his face was stern and his steel-grey eyes and tone were alike menacing. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

The two women stood face to face in silence for a few moments. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Guy shaded his face for a moment or two, and then said — ‘It is too much. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Sinclair Lewis Carol tried to stare them down but in face of the impishness of the boys and the bovine gaping of the men, she was embarrassed. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Abraham Merri His head fell back, unmarred; the dead face smiling. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

G. K. Chesterton A strange smile passed over the pale face of the judge. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

William Morris He came slowly toward the Lady, scowling, and his face white as chalk; then he spake to her coldly and sternly, stretching out his bloody sword before her. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Jules Verne Phileas Fogg prit une chaise et s’assit près de la cheminée, en face de Mrs. Aouda. Son visage ne reflétait aucune émotion. Le Tour du Mond en Quatre-vingts Jours by Jules Verne [1873]

Wilkie Collins He started up directly, and could hardly believe his senses, when he found himself standing face to face with Nanina. Her cheeks had turned perfectly colorless. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Rudyard Kipling Charlie’s face changed from the face of the bank-clerk to that of an unknown and — though he would not have believed this — a much shrewder man. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Henry Handel Richardson He enjoyed the broad grin that illumined Ellen’s face at his unlooked-for generosity; Jerry’s red stammered thanks for the gift of the cob the boy had long coveted. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Andrew Lang When they had gone a short distance they met a cat with a face as long as three rainy days. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

His face brightened, as he passed the count’s arm through his own. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Henry James There are chance anfractuosities of ruin in the upper portions of the Coliseum which offer a very fair imitation of the rugged face of an Alpine cliff. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Willa Cather Caroline was barely twenty when she was called upon to face this tangle of difficulties, but she reviewed the situation candidly. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Her face while she read these lines, was a study, but I dared not soften toward it. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James A momentary exultation took possession of her — a horrible delight in having wounded him; for his face instantly told her that none of the force of her exclamation was lost. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Rudyard Kipling D’you know anything about his money affairs?’ Kim’s face showed that he did not. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Rudyard Kipling He exists unnaturally in novels, and naturally on the Frontier. These men in the big room have his cast of face so strongly marked that one marvels what officers are doing by the river. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

I give you permission” Face to face with them, she had again felt within her that tender feeling which once already had banished all thoughts of rigor from her mind. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Wilkie Collins I stood rooted to the spot, with my face turned toward the moonlight streaming in at the open door. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Charles Dickens It was that of a young man, of a hale athletic figure, and a giant’s strength, whose sunburnt face and swarthy throat, overgrown with jet black hair, might have served a painter for a model. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Nathaniel Hawthorne The tough-nerved yeoman, in his comment, put a finish on the business, and brought out the hideous idea in its full terror, as if he were removing the napkin from the face of a corpse. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

George Eliot Every face looked grave and respectful. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Henry James I see his face now, and his earnest absorbed look while I talked. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Edith Wharton He had begun to pace slowly down the gallery, keeping his face to the tapestries, like an actor playing to the footlights. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Just as of all the faces the world will see, a face like the mask there will never again exchange glances with it. Two Stories by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

Peyrol's aspect was not animated, but his Roman face with its severe aspect gave him a great air of authority. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

D. H. Lawrence At that she lifted her face to me from below. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Tobias Smolle Lady Griskin’s face was like the full moon in a storm of wind, glaring, fiery, and portentous; while Tabby looked grim and ghastly, with an aspect breathing discord and dismay. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

George Gissing Perhaps once a week she allowed herself to stray about the alleys of the Reading-room, scanning furtively those who sat at the desks, but the face she might perchance have discovered was not there. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I should judge this melancholy of Mr. Urquhart’s constitutional, and the boyish sullenness which lingered on Mr. Mackenzie’s equally handsome face to have been imposed rather by circumstances. The Laird’s Luck by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1901]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn He set his face against their taking money from any one but their parents, and expressed righteous indignation when Lord Holland defended to him the practice of tipping. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

The Squire opened the ball, and her face took a puzzled look as she listened. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

He had very nice manners, and was never openly defiant with them, but he would tell the most downright lie with a perfectly straight face and when caught out was never in the least bit ashamed. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Now why couldn’t you tell me the Dromards would be our neighbors there?” Ruth raised her eyes from the younger girl’s face to the rain-spattered window. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Margaret Oliphant Mrs. Vincent’s face was ghastly, had there been any light to see it. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

She was a sweet woman--you are like her in face and figure --and she and I used to get on very nicely together. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Wilkie Collins The swinging lamp, still alight, showed him the dusky face of the chief’s son, convulsed with terror. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Thomas Hardy By the time he took his return journey at the week’s end, Stephen had very nearly worked himself up to an intention to call and see her face to face. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Anthony Trollope But Jones, though he had the face and forehead of a clever man, was very quiet, and seemed almost submissive to his sister and brother-in-law. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells He was lying, face upward, at the foot of the strange orchid. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

The solicitor sat with stolid face and folded hands, and allowed the discourse to flow over him like a refreshing douche. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Edith Wharton Psyche turning her lamp on the secret face of love was a novice; Halo Tarrant knew the ways of men, yet at the first occasion she had repeated Psyche’s blunder. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Miss Patricia stared at me with a ghastly white face of horror, and I felt my blood curdle as that long, shrill, unearthly shriek pealed through the silent passages. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

John Galsworthy On his brother’s face was a faint smile. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

She scanned my face anxiously for some time; then in a low voice she added, “What do you suspect?” I was still silent, and only looked at her fixedly. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Elizabeth Gaskell Soon after Mr. Hoggin’s marriage, I met Miss Tomkinson face to face, for the first time since our memorable conversation. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

The Mongolian face is pleasant in childhood. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Henry James He clutched interrogatively at two or three attenuations, but I dashed them aside, leaving him face to face with the formidable truth. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Anne Bronte Though you stand there with your white face and flashing eyes, looking at me like a very tigress, I know the heart within you perhaps a trifle better than you know it yourself. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Her handsome placid face was worn and strained and pale. The Shadows on the Wall by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Carriages went bowling by, mostly two-horse broughams, with here and there a victoria with the skin of some wild beast inside and a woman’s face and hat emerging above the folded hood. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Jules Verne If she had restrained herself in that post-house at Omsk, when she found herself face to face with him, Michael would have passed unrecognized, and all these misfortunes would have been avoided. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Her face had not changed: with its classically-carved contour and its pale coldness. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Edgar Allan Poe At all events he disappeared instantaneously from the face of the earth, and no man has seen even the ghost of him since. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Edith Wharton Undine’s face burned as she turned to receive her cloak. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

George Meredith Instead of which, I have once more to go about presenting my face to vindicate my character. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

You saw what the poor, purblind, middle-aged mistress was the only one to see in the seamed and ravaged face she kissed so tenderly for the last time before the coffin-lid was closed. Two Stories by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

Theodore Dreiser Her face took on the semblance of a look of happiness as she put on her hat to go below. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Dinner was over about half-past seven, and then, attired warmly to face the short walk into the town, the young people stood about in pairs waiting until every one was ready. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

George Gissing Jasper did not watch her; he had the face of a man who is suffering a severe humiliation. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Thomas Paine To see the bounties of heaven destroyed, the beautiful face of nature laid waste, and the choicest works of creation and art tumbled into ruin, would fetch a curse from the soul of piety itself. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

And then, with his face nearly hidden, he must have looked exactly as I used to look in that bed. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

He had a large impressive face with a big mouth and heavy cheeks that sagged over a determined jaw. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

His face was more livid, his eyes more bloodshot, and at the sight of me his hand went to his belt, and his teeth snapped. Prester John by John Buchan

Abraham Merri From end to end of the boiling pool, across the face of the black rock, ran a yard-wide ledge. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

George Gissing She searched his face for a moment, deeply troubled, then asked: ‘Willis, I want to know who Clara is?’ He moved his eyes slowly, and regarded her with a puzzled look. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Her pensive eyes kept a loving watch upon the face of her husband, turned towards her own, and slightly crimsoned by that rosy flush fading out in the western sky. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Her look of incredulity passed and her face broke into a broad smile. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Meanwhile, go with him, and live!” She waved her away with a queenly gesture, and turned her own face to the rock. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Wilkie Collins He bent forward, with his face close to Lucilla’s, and parted her eyelids alternately with his finger and thumb; peering attentively, first into one eye, then into the other. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

His teeth were tightly clenched, his cheek-bones stood out, his bony face looked as if it had been turned to stone, and from his black, surly eyes flowed large, round tears. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Then all in a moment her face altered. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Edith Wharton It seemed as if God had turned His face from my mother; as if she had been singled out to suffer more than any of the others. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

No doubt I was changed beyond recognition, for my beard had grown during the brain fever, and my face was wrinkled and haggard. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

Henry James Muniment was looking off toward London, with a face that expressed all the healthy singleness of his vision. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

As I spoke, her hand pressed mine eagerly, convulsively, and, raising her face from my breast, she looked at me with an intent, anxious earnestness. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Gustave Flauber Again Mannaeus left the hall, covering his face with his hands. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

George Gissing Reardon’s face was that of a man in blank misery. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope She struggled to rise, but, finding herself unequal to the effort, she sank back again on a chair, dropped her lute on a soft footstool, and then buried her face in her hands. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson His face seemed to have grown longer, too, more cadaverous; his eye had an absent, inturned expression. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton But there are things one doesn’t ever have a chance to face in this slippery sliding modern world, because they don’t come out into the open. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Didn’t I tell you that before?’ She looked up at him an instant longer, and then buried her face in his breast as suddenly as though ducking from a blow. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

We were at Dyke Manor.” Before Luke went on, he turned his face to me and dropped his voice to a deeper whisper. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

Abraham Merri It struck his face and seemed to sink in,” I said. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

H.P. Lovecraft The affair made us rather nervous, especially the stiff form and vacant face of our first trophy, but we managed to remove all traces of our visit. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Willa Cather The boys came up and said good morning with an ease and cheerfulness uncommon, even in well-bred children, but the little girl hid her face on her father’s shoulder. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Henry Kingsley His face was flushed and perspiring, his hat was on wrong-side before, with his veil hanging down his back. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

It was the face that you first succumbed to. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Charles Dickens Otherwise she sometimes thought she should have gone mad, with the face of her uncle always reminding her in its stony expression of agony, of that fearful night. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her face was drained of colour, her sleeve was turned back, and there was a red mark upon her arm, as though from a hypodermic needle. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Robert Louis Stevenson There shut the door, alas! on many a hope Too many; My face is set to the autumnal slope, Where the loud winds shall . New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Like a priest, Miss Lonelyhearts turned his face slightly away. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

He was in his shirtsleeves, and his face was concealed by one of those wire masks which one finds in fencing-rooms. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

The face of his companion was ghastly white, his right arm lay at a dreadful angle, and he was drenched in blood. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

When I opened my eyes, I was lying in Orlandini’s arms, who was bathing my face with water. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

I could lay no claim either to the striking cast of countenance or to the peculiar charm of expression which made the face of Raffles like no other in the world. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

I was too agitated to eat, but I made a semblance, and little heeded the air of surprise and almost disgust on the bewildered face of the waiter as he bore away the barely touched dishes. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu