Phrases with "fall"

Arthur Conan Doyle A fall in childhood and a twisted spine, Mr. Holmes. But the dearest, most loving heart within. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

With calm features he meantime busied himself with the last resource, not allowing a word to fall from his lips. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Mark Twain A man ought always to have a trade to fall back on. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

H. Rider Haggard His was not the nature to fall down and say, “Lord, I have sinned, take Thou my burden from me. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

William Makepeace Thackeray These large black mantles of heavy silk brought over the heads of the women, and covering their persons, fall into such fine folds of drapery, that they cannot help being picturesque and noble. Little Travels and Roadside Sketches by William Makepeace Thackeray [1844]

They would surely fall upon the village during the night and slaughter everybody. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

Willa Cather The fall ploughing had begun as usual. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson There is no case that may not be made worse; this may be a very disagreeable business, but if you were to fall sick and die, it would be still more so, and for all concerned — for all concerned. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Gustave Flauber Command them! Carthage is ours; let us fall upon it!” “No!” said Matho, “the curse of Moloch weighs upon me. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Wilkie Collins When I only think of it, my mind seems to fall back into the helpless surprise and confusion of that time. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

George Meredith What if the Cogglesby Brewery proved a basis most unsound? Where must they fall then? Alas! on that point whence they sprang. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

For Tennyson, whose mind was already capacious and deep, these problems had a constant attraction, and he had to fall back upon solitary musings and on talks with Hallam and other friends. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Anthony Trollope If we are to send every master of a family with his children up to Paris, or even to Saumur, the tribunals can never do their work, nor can the guillotines fall half fast enough for them. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

No, I’m not in love with her, I can’t fall in love with her. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

D. H. Lawrence More than one young man, a little dazzled, BEGAN to fall in love with Virginia. But it was impossible. Mother and Daughter by D. H. Lawrence [1929]

Rudyard Kipling They go to the schools even when the shells fall near by. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Jack London A scamper across the pasture, a jackrabbit rising suddenly under the horse’s feet, a violent sheer, a stumble, a fall to earth, and a broken leg for the master, was the cause of it. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Jules Verne Only think! A fall of over four thousand feet, which would smash him to a jelly! An hour afterwards Uncle Prudent and Phil Evans appeared on the deck. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Anthony Trollope I don’t think any decent farmer would care much for shaking hands with Major Tifto. If we fall into that kind of thing there must soon be an end of hunting. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Come along—you must be introduced to the star boarder, only don’t dare to fall in love with her!” Flora gave him her fingers with a very sweet, although languid smile. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Moreover, I had distinctly seen one of the “guerrillas” fall and remain down after my own weapon was empty, and no man else on board except the passenger had fired a shot or had a shot to fire. “Way Down in Alabam” by Ambrose Bierce [1903]

Washington Irving Fame, sir, is a shuttlecock; if it be struck only at one end of the room, it will soon fall to the ground; to keep it up, it must be struck at both ends. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Andrew Lang When you see the King Kostiei, fall straightway upon your knees and heed neither his threats nor his cry, but draw near to him boldly. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James I greatly desired in truth to see Mrs. Meldrum alone, but there was something so pitiful in the girl’s predicament that I hesitated to fall in with this idea of dropping her. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

Jack London The fall gales blew, and amid bitter soaking rains and ever-increasing snow flurries, Tarwater and the party to which he was attached piled the last of their outfit on the beach. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Sometimes, as she felt and saw her tears fall slowly on her work, she would wonder how the excellent woman who had cut it out and arranged it for her, managed to be so equably serene in her solitude. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

But his curse be turned on to his own head, as holy writ saith, ET IN VIRTICEM IPSIUS INIQUITAS EJUS DESCENDET, that is for to say, ‘His wickedness shall turn and fall in his own head. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Anna Katherine Green The roof might fall — he was past heeding. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Walter Scott She had never dared to anticipate the probability of an ultimate union with Halbert, yet now his supposed fall seemed that of the only tree which was to shelter her from the storm. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

That, therefore, whenever that should become doubtful, be the cause what it would, our noble state machine must inevitably fall to the ground. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

H. G. Wells It is very doubtful if these most favourable conditions fall to the lot of more than a quarter of the children born to-day even in England, where infant mortality is at its lowest. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Louisa May Alcott Weary Hannah slept on, and no one but the sisters saw the pale shadow which seemed to fall upon the little bed. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

A. E. W. Mason And as he spoke he loosed a gazelle skin which was fastened about his waist beneath his jibbeh, and he let it fall by Feversham’s side. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

D. H. Lawrence No, the plan was not going to work: the plan of having Virginia fall in love and marry. Mother and Daughter by D. H. Lawrence [1929]

Referring to his own embarrassment, he proceeds in the expression of a resolve, often repeated, “Come what may, Newstead and I stand or fall together. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

Anthony Trollope She could not go forth as though she were a man, and claim her right to stand or fall by her love. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

She was seated in the centre of the room, directly under the skylight, so that the sun’s rays might fall upon her work. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Confronted with a certain opportunity, I resist temptation whereas you fall to it, but — we both derive a like amount of satisfaction from our actions. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Only that she’s lame I often wonder some man doesn’t fall desperately in love with her. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

H. P. Lovecraf Poe’s tales, of course, fall into several classes; some of which contain a purer essence of spiritual horror than others. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

He was not in love, and never had been since he exchanged his schoolboy jacket for a tail-coat; but he told himself that the time had come when he might prudently allow himself to fall in love. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Incidentally, the further advantage has been gained that insects fall into the receptacles of water and are drowned, affording in their decomposition nourishment to the plants. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

G. K. Chesterton The profound problem of how I ever managed to fall on my feet in Fleet Street is a mystery; at least it is still a mystery to me. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Jack London I saw that Spot fall through a water-hole. Lost Face by Jack London

Wilkie Collins And, when you do fall in with Mrs. Rook —” “Well?” “Take care, wherever it may be, that you see her privately. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Thomas Hardy To fall in with his vanity I tried to look it. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

It was like being grazed by a fall of rocks. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Margaret Oliphant Girls of that age, if you will not think it strange of me to say so, very often fall in love with a girl older than themselves—quite fall in love, though it is a strange thing to say. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

George Borrow Travellers are, at present, afraid to pass through La Mancha, lest they fall into his hands. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Jules Verne Should he be thrown back toward the Niger, what would become of him? Besides, he remarked that the balloon tended to fall considerably. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

I could have told that without looking at it; but why should it, at some considerable period after its death, fall from the clouds at my feet. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

About half-past four she really did fall asleep. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

I tell you it would fail: it is not in your nature to bear the desolate life governesses generally lead: you would fall ill: I won’t hear of it. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Anthony Trollope Now Mr. Neefit, when he took too much, did not fall into the extreme sins which disgraced his foreman. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anthony Trollope He knew well that the punishment would fall on Rachel, whereas none of the sin would have been Rachel’s sin; but he would not allow himself to be deterred by that consideration. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But I have his judgment to fall back upon. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling The rain began to fall again through the fog, and the brook’s voice rose. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Therefore if I am placed in the position of that unfortunate young man—which I trust I never shall be—I shall probably fall gracefully. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

E. F. Benson He warns himself that he must not make himself too attractive, and cause the enchanting Catherine (married, so he fancies, to the boorish Hareton) to fall in love with him. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

He played awhile, then let the Rusignuolo fall upon his knee and the bow drop. Signa by Ouida

Virginia Woolf She had been thinking about Rachel and which of the two young men she was likely to fall in love with, and now sitting opposite to Hirst she thought, “He’s ugly. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Anthony Trollope Oh, Linda! God forbid that you should fall into that snare! If you will think of it, what is it but harlotry?” “Aunt Charlotte, do not say such horrible things. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

I must congratulate you, Mr. O’Hara. I should not myself care to try a fall with Genghis Khan.” “Have we met before, Mr. Reed?” The irrelevant question took his host by surprise. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

H.P. Lovecraft He would let fall remarks about things “going too far,” and would talk darkly about the need of “gaining his identity. The Thing on the Doorstep by H.P. Lovecraft [1933]

Wilkie Collins Tell me, did you fall asleep with the child in your arms?” “Yes. I was completely worn out; and I fell asleep, in spite of my resolution to watch through the night. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Charles Dickens Then, should we fall to work, with a general impression of Ghosts being about, and of pictures indoors that of a certainty came out of their frames and ‘walked,’ if the family would only own it. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Charles Dickens She used to complain to me that she had nothing to fall back upon, that girls usually fall back upon; and I don’t see how she is to have got over that since. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

They reeled, Byrne hugging Tom close to his breast in order not to let him fall with a crash. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle Whoever would have guessed, when we fumed and fretted so, how they were to be eventually solved?” We fall into silence again. The Poison Belt by Arthur Conan Doyle [1913]

Daniel Defoe But there is no doubt, at least to me, but that with his fall from heaven, as he lost the rectitude and glory of his ajigelic nature. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

Victor Hugo Nevertheless, she might find it amusing to plan a fall for herself. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

William Makepeace Thackeray The people said they saw the noble little boy spring up after his fall and run to catch the horse; which had broken away from him, kicking him on the back, as it would seem, as they lay on the ground. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

Sinclair Lewis I KNOW Bradd! I didn’t want to fall in love with him, and the last thing I wanted to do was to hurt you. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing The poor child is in a sad state, much disposed, I fear, to regard me as her ruthless enemy, and like to fall ill if she be kept long in idle suspense. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

D. H. Lawrence Little by little, living together, two people fall into a sort of unison, they vibrate so intricately to one another. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Walter Besant We are now warm and not yet hungry, but we shall presently become chilled with the terrible wind, and we shall grow hungry, and we shall yawn and feel a desire to fall asleep. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Tobias Smolle If we may believe the politicians of Nice, the king of Sardinia’s whole revenue does not fall short of twenty millions of Piedmontese livres, being above one million of our money. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Leon Trotsky Then there were more judicial minds who sought to explain the scar as an accident of his early childhood a fall down stairs. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anthony Trollope In this position he will remain unmoved by the hour together, unless the elevation and fall of his thick eyebrows and the partial closing of his wicked eyes can be called motion. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Margaret Oliphant A veil of light would fall over her and all her peccadilloes as soon as she had put on her bridal veil. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Henry James He appeared to have waited on purpose to let her hope of a soft answer fall from a greater height. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

Rudyard Kipling There awaited them a red man with a knife which he passed jauntily through their throats, and the full-voiced shriek became a sputter, and then a fall as of heavy tropical rain. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim If she had understood only a word or two and let it fall before Pryde! It was an awkward moment. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

But these apparent exceptions are scarcely real exceptions, since such persons commonly fall back on the putative approbation of some supernatural witness of their deeds. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

G. K. Chesterton You shall have pigs, I say, if the skies fall and the whole world is whelmed in war. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

She would then fall into a fit, and vomit such pins. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Jane Austen I am not comfortable enough to be fit for anybody; but your aunt seems to feel out of luck that such an article of Mansfield news should fall to my pen instead of hers. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was perhaps the consciousness of this, the knowledge that I was being anointed already out of the vials of his wrath, that made me fall to criticising the critic, whenever we had parted. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

We feel as if a fly could knock us down, and are in a humour to fall in love, and make a very sad piece of business of it. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Rudyard Kipling The fall of the black pony had impressed his companions tremendously, and so the Archangels could not profit by Faiz Ullah’s bad behaviour. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

If he had only lived longer, he would have retarded the fall of the Roman Empire, if he could not arrest it entirely. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Andrew Lang It would be a pity for a man like you to fall into the hands of jins and demons. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

A single ray is by him divided into seven, which all fall upon a piece of linen, or a sheet of white paper, in their order, one above the other, and at unequal distances. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

He, himself, made as good a meal as possible, and then lay down to rest, but he was too anxious for his own safety to fall asleep, until he was quite convinced that Moreas was asleep also. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Sigmund Freud Nevertheless, the barrier erected by repression can fall before the onslaught of a violent emotional excitement produced by a real cause; it is possible for a neurosis to be overcome by reality. Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria by Sigmund Freud [1905]

Anthony Trollope He was very foolish to fall in love with me. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope The whole thing might, no doubt, fall through, but he wished to be neither unjust nor ungenerous and he specially wished to avoid anything unhandsome. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Of course, we always have the optician clue to fall back upon, but I take a short cut when I can get it. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

In order to guard against the diminution of her happiness; she hastened to hide it, as a fowler secrets some rare bird that has happened to fall into his hands. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu If anything should happen to fall through, we, surely, are not to blame. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Charles, surrounded by a breathless crowd, assailed by cries of terror which would have dashed the greatest courage, was for a moment ready to fall on the dying animal. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Jack London Once it tottered, about to fall back, but the broken hold was regained and it still went up. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

I made across to them, steering for a fall or broken gap to the north-north-west. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Now this is not to make the law speak of this or that man in particular, but principally to propose such things as are universal or general, and consequently such as fall under them. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Anthony Trollope Now that she had got him, she was not going to let him fall back into the perils of Miss Thorne’s intrigues, or even of Miss Thorne’s propriety. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope After much discussion, we settled on St. Paul’s as the name for our bantling — not as being in any way new, but as enabling it to fall easily into the ranks with many others. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Arthur Machen They hoped to seize Paris in a few weeks, but when they were beaten on the Marne they had their trenches on the Aisne ready to fall back on: it had all been prepared years before the war. The Terror by Arthur Machen

The fall of autocracy would bring its restraint automatically to an end. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

An old man comes close and hits the tree with a club, whereupon the young men slide down one by one and fall into the lap of the maam-boongana man, making a pile of human bodies. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

F. Scott Fitzgerald What a pity she was so sure of him! She basked in the knowledge that no other girl in town interested him; she defied him to fall in love with Genevieve or Roberta. Warren sighed. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

For example, the little scoundrel who climbs up an apple-tree to plunder a bird’s-nest, ought never to fall and break his neck. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Anthony Trollope Now I am not quite like a fellow that has no business to fall in love with a girl. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Exhausted by the effort, he let his right arm fall for a moment, while with his left he tried to undraw the bolts behind him. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Now and again they’d fall to nothing. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

H. G. Wells Its work was done, and it was brittle and ready to fall and crumple under the freezing air, so soon as the nightfall came. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Gustave Flauber Then when he had reached the top and was beside the corpse, he let it fall again. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Guy de Maupassan He removed the shells, threw them into the straw beneath his feet, and began to devour the eggs, letting morsels of the bright yellow yolk fall in his mighty beard, where they looked like stars. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

G. K. Chesterton He remembered how pretty he thought her years ago, when he was ready to fall in love with anybody; but it was like remembering a worship of some Babylonian princess in some previous existence. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Sinclair Lewis We young revolutionists don’t fall for that any longer. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

But the shadow which your silence has caused to fall between us has taught me the value of openness and truth. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

There were men who cast their lighted torches in the air, and suffered them to fall upon their heads and faces, blistering the skin with deep unseemly burns. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

She raised her arm, let it fall again, sighed in her half-sleep, sighed again and woke. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Since I have sworn to Clelia that I will make the attempt, I prefer to fall from the top of a rampart, however high, rather than always to have to think about the taste of the bread I eat. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Virginia Woolf Its sparks, having grazed their way into the night, surrender to it, dark descends, pours over the outlines of houses and towers; bleak hillsides soften and fall in. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Anthony Trollope What combatants are ever so eager as two brothers?” “But do not such contentions bring scandal on the church?” “More scandal would fall on the church if there were no such contentions. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells They lay starving in their beds and hovels and let the bombs fall about them. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Anthony Trollope After that he found himself to be on sufficiently familiar terms with his niece to fall back into his old habits of life. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Anthony Trollope Lord Bracy had sent him there to be taught Latin and Greek, and had a right to expect that he should not be encouraged to fall in love with his tutor’s daughter. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan Think — they may fall into anyone’s hands, a notary, a servant, or even your husband. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

When Madame Durski first came to England she was so unfortunate as to fall into the hands of evil counsellors. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

William Makepeace Thackeray The blows began to fall less thick anon, and the point of the unknown knight began to make dreadful play. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Then the whole fabric of intrigue could fall to pieces, but so far Guido had been kept successfully on the run and in the meanwhile time was pressing. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

H. G. Wells He secured some of my squared paper and, having cast about for a time, decided to trace the rise and fall of certain lines and railways. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Anna Katherine Green Were Oliver to forget himself so far as to ignore the past and marry Reuther Scoville, a stigma would fall upon them both for which no amount of domestic happiness could ever compensate. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Walter Scott Such an order were enough to make him fall on his own sword — he is already on the borders of despair, because no craw-fish are to be had. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Besides, he is sure to fall into our hands. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Edgar Allan Poe It was clear, therefore, that you would not fall to combine the ideas of Orion and Chantilly. That you did combine them I say by the character of the smile which passed over your lips. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Machen I saw him fall into bed and fall asleep in a moment, and I curled up, comfortably enough, in a roomy armchair. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

Rudyard Kipling When he wanted fruit to eat he pulled fruit down from a tree, instead of waiting for it to fall as he used to do. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

W. H. Hudson They are not stupid nor restless, but ready to fall in with a quiet mood, and never irritate by a perpetual impatient craving for notice. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

He did not fall silent either. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Robert Louis Stevenson There he might be seen jotting off a sketch with an air of some inspiration; and he was always affable, and one of the easiest of men to fall in talk withal. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

Falling, she intended to fall gracefully. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Sinclair Lewis Suppose you — suppose a kid like you were to fall in love with a married man. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Virginia Woolf He had always his work to fall back on. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Anthony Trollope And then by placing Framley Parsonage near Barchester, I was able to fall back upon my old friends Mrs. Proudie and the archdeacon. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Algernon Blackwood Above all let him meet girls of his own age and fall in love. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Mark Twain If I fall, let me fall bearing about me the semblance of a Christian, at least. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

William Hope Hodgson I had a sense, a certain awareness (I could learn little by sight), that the earth was enduring a very great fall of snow. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

I will be your Palinurus—but I promise you that I shall not allow myself to be caught napping, and so fall overboard, like him that Virgil tells us about. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

John Donne But is every raising a preferment? or is every present preferment a station? I am readier to fall to the earth, now I am up, than I was when I lay in the bed. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

T. E. Lawrence Clans might sometimes fall away from the Arab cause, but did not therefore become trustworthy adherents of the Turks, who soon found themselves in ubiquitously hostile country. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Olaf Stapledon The fall of India dismayed the middle-aged North American community. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Charles Stur That iron region however again stopped me in my progress northwards, and obliged me to fall back on a place of safety. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

He started off “from under his very nose,” went over “like a bird,” and landed on the other side with a fall that jarred all his bones and seemed to split his head. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Robert Louis Stevenson All the puling sorrows, all the carking repentance, all this talk of duty that is no duty, in the great peace, in the pure daylight of these woods, fall away from you like a garment. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope Three weeks now might settle all that and for three weeks it might still be possible so to manage her affairs that she might fall back upon Patagonia as her last resource. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

The whole case then might seem to fall through. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Charles Dickens Thus easily did Stephen Blackpool fall into the loneliest of lives, the life of solitude among a familiar crowd. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

William Morris What is it then? we are going a long journey together, and belike shall find little help or comfort save in each other; and ill will it be if we fall asunder in heart, though we be nigh in body. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Leon Trotsky The balconies threatened to fall under the excessive weight of human bodies. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells I know a chap out there who will pretend to make the find in a kind of antiseptic swamp, and say he stuffed it at once, as it threatened to fall to pieces. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

To fall in love with Laura was the high road to fortune, infinitely better than Church or Bar. But he was in no hurry to declare himself—he was not an impulsive young man; slow and cautious rather. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Joseph Furphy Again, if anything should happen to this copy, you’ll have mine to fall back upon. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Edith Wharton Delia would have had it otherwise: after they had once looked so deeply into each other’s souls it seemed unnatural that a veil should fall between them. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

F. Scott Fitzgerald I’ll fall for some chorus girl like the rest. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

William Makepeace Thackeray This place happened to fall in just at the very moment when he had need of me; and he hopes to gain over my family through me. The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray

Cockrobin saw it fall near him, and did sagacity, but moved not. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Jules Verne A fall of two hundred and eighty feet! Belfast, dismayed, rushed to the orifice of the reflector. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

G. K. Chesterton When men are weary they fall into anarchy; but while they are gay and vigorous they invariably make rules. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

How is it the great pieces of good luck fall to us? The clock strikes twelve as it strikes two, and with no more premonition. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Jack London Walls of cities, he meditated, might well fall down before so vast and compelling a summons. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

He owned himself before his time by an hour and more, but explained that he had an idea which had only struck him as he was about to fall asleep. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Anthony Trollope How easy it is to be seen when any man has fallen from his pride of place, though the altitude was ever so small, and the fall ever so slight. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

The failure of all these stratagems caused her to fall into a state of profound stupefaction. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Robert Louis Stevenson I can carry no such base thoughts to any one — to my father least of all; that would be to fall into the bottom of his scorn. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Virginia Woolf They all seemed to fall away from each other again and to be at their ease, and the fishing-lines slanted taut across the side of the boat. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Ivan Turgenev The dog, the dog again! Oh!’ And she let her head fall back, which always signified a swoon. Mumu by Ivan Turgenev

Rudyard Kipling Wynn had told her that it was quite possible for people to fall out of aeroplanes. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

William Makepeace Thackeray So I retired on half-pay, and took this cottage; and in case any practice should fall in my way — why, there is my name on the brass plate, and I’m ready for anything that comes. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Radclyffe Hall Many of them had already arrived, while some were still rather painfully hacking; not a few would fall by the way, it is true, but as they fell others would take their places. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Nathaniel Hawthorne It could not have been far from midnight when I came beneath Hollingsworth’s window, and, finding it open, flung in a tuft of grass with earth at the roots, and heard it fall upon the floor. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Anthony Trollope She discovered, however, from various words that her father allowed to fall from him, that his opposition to her marriage had nearly faded away. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Goldwin Smith Cowper had not been two years with the Unwins when Mr. Unwin, the father, was killed by a fall from his horse; this broke up the household. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Gaston Leroux Of course he had to make it appear as if he also had been drugged so that no suspicion should fall on him for my condition. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

When thine eyes fall upon this writing thou wilt know me as one of the dead. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

D. H. Lawrence He could not fall into this infinite void, and rise again. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

St. John, who once wrote himself down my Lord Marlborough’s most devoted and grateful servant, had helped to bring about that humiliation and that fall from power. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Jack London It shows up out of the sea so as you can make its fall twenty miles off. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Elizabeth Gaskell No one could have been quieter — she hardly uttered a word; but Osborne seemed to fall under her power at once. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

H. G. Wells Within that frame fall all the other ideas of our progressive ambition. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Andrew Lang Foul fall him that believes your word, and him that telleth Aucassin. Ye be a Fairy, and we have none liking for your company, nay, hold on your road. Aucassin and Nicolete by Andrew Lang

Louisa May Alcott Come and have a cup of coffee all round, and then let’s fall to work and be a credit to the family. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

William Henry Bragg The primary rays fall on nothing but tin, the object being to make the pencil of rays which issues from the box as free as possible from all but Sn X rays. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Anthony Trollope The consequence of this is that women fall less often than men, and the field is not often thrown into the horror which would arise were a lady known to be in a ditch with a horse lying on her. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Then we come suddenly upon his letter to Atticus, written on the 7th of April, three weeks after the fall of Cæsar. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

But never hereafterward fall upon a man for being a stout yeoman. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

For example, we agree that we want superior mind; but we need not fall into the football club folly of counting on this as a product of superior body. The Revolutionist’s Handbook and Pocket Companion by George Bernard Shaw

I shall speak to the Cure. She was unquestionably insane, and the fall was accidental. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Virginia Woolf Waifs and Strays, Rescue Work, Church Work, C. O. S. — local branch — besides the usual civic duties which fall to one as a householder. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]