Phrases with "falling"

Wilkie Collins When a slate is loose, if nobody fixes it in time, it ends by falling off. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Olaf Stapledon In their reaction to war, Western men and women revealed, themselves as falling into a few well-marked types, which nevertheless graded into one another. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

There was no sound except the crush of falling snow, the wind seemed to have gone, and the place was very solemn and quiet. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Wilkie Collins I declare I am agitated myself!” she exclaimed, falling back into her customary manner. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Wilkie Collins The tears were falling fast over his cheeks — the one faint sobbing breath which had escaped him had caught my ear as well as Lucilla’s. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

George Gissing When the spring came, Thyrza knew a falling off in her health. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

W. H. Hudson I pointed out an object, dark, far off, so low down as to be just visible above the tall grasses, passing with a falling and rising motion like that of a horseman going at a swinging gallop. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Voluminous worsted curtains falling before the narrow windows, and smothering the little beds, made the stifling atmosphere yet more stifling. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

William Blake These falling down on the rock Into an iron Chain In each other link by link lock'd 4. The Book of Urizen by William Blake [1794]

Elizabeth Gaskell Oh! Mrs. Forbes, come here!” For Ellinor had fainted, falling forwards on the arm she had held. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

William Hope Hodgson A great blackness is falling upon me. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

She couldn’t have been more than eighteen years of age: her skin was as white as milk, her hair and eyes of the deepest black; and when she walked it was like the sound of falling rose-leaves. The Treasure of Sacramento Nick by Guy Boothby

He made another clutch, fell, and in falling caught his opponent’s leg so that he brought him down. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

If you are falling from a height it is not cowardly to clutch at a rope. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope It is such a pleasant thing for a girl to be cautioned against falling in love with a gentleman, especially when the gentleman is very rich, and a lord, and all that sort of thing. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling A solid line of blue, rising and falling like the back of a caterpillar in haste, would swing up through the quivering dust and trot past to a chorus of quick cackling. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Edith Wharton There, too, there was a falling off, she said. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Virginia Woolf And all the time, he knew perfectly well, Dalloway was falling in love with her; she was falling in love with Dalloway; but it didn’t seem to matter. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Jane Porter saw the great form disappear from the window, and then she, too, fainted, the revolver falling at her side. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

I never thought of such a thing as falling in love with Miss Whitney until the love had come. Helen’s Curate by Ellen Wood [1877]

Sarah Orne Jewett The process of falling in love at first sight is as final as it is swift in such a case, but the growth of true friendship may be a lifelong affair. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

It was very narrow, — so narrow that only two could walk abreast without falling into the ditch which ran along each side. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

The roof was painted with all sorts of flowers, falling out of gilded baskets, that seemed tumbling down. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

The inhabitants ended by becoming accustomed to the shells falling on their houses. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

The latter fact undoubtedly goes to prove that, like every man who is falling back in the world, he was occasionally in arrears. Shakspeare by Thomas De Quincey

He had noted the expressive movement of the eyebrows, however, and so at once, falling in with the suggestion, rose from his chair and proceeded to accompany his lordship from the winter garden. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Our little craft had been drifting idly, rising and falling with the great waves that were now diminishing. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

He could not do his work at all; had to get assistance continually from one or the other, and ended by falling off his stool to the floor, in what he called, afterwards, a “sensation of giddiness. Breaking Down by Ellen Wood [1872]

And young persons, who talk and think in this way, are in extreme danger of falling into sinful habits. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

E. T. A. Hoffmann In the middle of the room in front of my father stands the Sand-man, the bright light of the lamp falling full upon his face. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

G. K. Chesterton The next moment the man seemed to reconsider and collect himself, and began to come down the zigzag garden path, but with obvious reluctance, his feet falling in slower and slower rhythm. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Wilkie Collins They passed through the plantation, and came out on some open ground, rising and falling prettily, in little hillocks and hollows. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

He took a sixpence from his trousers pocket, and looked down at the white bit of money in his hand till it was wet with the falling rain. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

George Gissing Mustn’t be too goody-goody; that kind of thing is falling out of date. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Thomas Hardy The headstone grew green as it lay on its back under Ezra’s bushes; then a tree by the river was blown down, and, falling across the stone, cracked it in three pieces. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

He says he noticed the little children trying to run for life, falling on their little stomachs and kicking. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Ann Radcliffe The falling evening again confused his prospects, and unsettled his hopes. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Jules Verne The enormous creature was fast approaching, sometimes hovering for awhile with outspread wings, and sometimes falling with the swiftness of inert bodies in space. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Sinclair Lewis Her pale hair was always falling from under her fillet of worn black velvet (with the dingy under side of the velvet showing curled up at the edges). Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

I don’t believe it did any harm, and Charlie himself says you saved him from falling down-stairs. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Robert Louis Stevenson The lamps now glitter down the street; Faintly sound the falling feet; And the blue even slowly falls About the garden trees and walls. A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

They took their places, and were advancing towards each other, when the Vicomte du Barri suddenly staggered, grew pale, and, falling on the ground, exclaimed, “Je vous demande ma vie. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Arthur Conan Doyle I kept the deflection indicator falling until I had put fifty good feet of water between the aeroplane and ourselves, for I knew well how deeply they can see under the surface. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

They experimented with a dummy figure falling in every conceivable position. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Florence Dixie Land is falling in value ; we must strike while the iron is hot, if we are to turn an honest penny by this transaction. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Marjorie Bowen The room was bare and falling to decay. The Sign-Painter and the Crystal Fishes by Marjorie Bowen

H. G. Wells They treat every morbid mental phenomenon as a splitting, a falling away, a deflection. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Algernon Blackwood A few yards beyond, the river gurgled and hissed, and from time to time a heavy splash announced the falling away of further portions of the bank. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

I fancy I had some vague notion of falling upon him and giving him a drubbing. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

H. G. Wells They were both economic innocents made by and for a social order, a scheme of things, that was falling to pieces all about them. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

William Makepeace Thackeray He was lying as I have drawn him,3 one hand on his breast, the other falling towards the ground. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Mark Twain But when they showed us the print of Peter’s face in the hard stone of the prison wall and said he made that by falling up against it, we doubted. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Jane Austen Did you ever hear of that? — A water party; and by some accident she was falling overboard. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Thomas Hardy In endeavouring to restore this to its proper shape, he loosened from the envelope a piece of paper it had contained, which was seized by the wind in falling from Knight’s hand. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Edith Wharton Their waste-paper baskets ‘d be fairly brimming, and papers falling over on the floor. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Margaret Oliphant He paid no visits; with a certain half-conscious falling back upon the one thing he could do best, he devoted himself to his sermons. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Well, I’m nursing myself a bit now; and when a person has passed through so much, isn’t it fair she should do so? I have been so lucky in falling in with a nice gentleman. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Andrew Lang His arms dropped heavily to his side, but in falling struck against the sea shell, which, as he had promised Julia, he had always carried in his coat. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

High on the other side the great twin peaks of Ailinon and Ashnilan, roused by the warm beams out of their frozen silence of the night, growled at whiles with avalanches and falling stones. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

A sinister loom as of a hidden conflagration lit up faintly from below the mist, falling upon a billowy and motionless sea of tiles and bricks. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Edgar Allan Poe We are informed that an Ouphe of about an inch in height has committed a deadly sin in falling in love with a mortal maiden, who may, very possibly, be six feet in her stockings. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Mother Coupeau tapped against the pot with a tea-spoon; and one could hear the drops falling slowly, one by one, and without hurrying themselves any the more. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Willa Cather He rose and groped his way across the familiar floor, which was rising and falling like the deck of a ship. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Rudyard Kipling They heard a broken grumble like the murmur of a falling tide. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Anthony Trollope A cloud was falling upon him which might too probably darken his whole career. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning The second passed in height The first, and sought the forehead, and half missed, Half falling on the hair. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1850]

A glimpse could be had of Loch Garroch, dark as ink in the shadow of the Caldron. There were many sounds, the tinkle of falling burns far below, a faint calling of sheep, an occasional note of a bird. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Nathaniel Hawthorne An artist, it is true, might often thank his stars for those old houses, so picturesquely timestained, and with the plaster falling in blotches from the ancient brick-work. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

H. Rider Haggard And then he set himself to consider the desirability of falling in with his father’s wishes as regards marriage. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Sigmund Freud When one of our blankets slips off us at night we may dream that we are walking about naked, or falling into water. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Then suddenly a tremendous boom was heard below, a blinding sheet of flame lit up all the windows and then a dreadful moment’s silence was followed by the sounds of a cascade of falling glass. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

The clocks struck eleven as he threw the end of his cigar away; a tiny, luminous speck, which shot through the misty atmosphere below the balcony like a falling star. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Arthur Conan Doyle Suddenly, from immediately beneath my feet, I heard a low grating noise and the sharp tinkle of falling glass. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Anthony Trollope A sudden half-hour with the Neroni was like falling into a pit, an evening spent with Eleanor like an unexpected ramble in some quiet fields of asphodel. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

William Henry Hudson Doubtless in falling your head was struck and injured by a stone. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

T. E. Lawrence While they were strong this falling made them as angry as she-camels could be: afterwards they grew plaintive, and finally afraid. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Henry James My brother, in a single word, has the deplorable habit of falling in love with other women. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Anthony Trollope They become sick of the want of power when it’s falling away from them — and then they affect to disdain and put aside the thing they can no longer enjoy. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri The valley was ringed with precipitous cliffs falling sheer to its floor. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

But you have to remember that the weight, falling straight down, occupies a space of not more than four inches square. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Anthony Trollope And thus all manner of trouble came upon the inhabitants of the Small House, falling upon them as it were in a heap together. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope No girl likes to be warned against falling in love, whether the warning be needed or not needed. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Her mother! The upper part was filled with sliding trays, each having a raised edge to keep the contents from falling out. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

He stretched both hands to repulse the falling rocks. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Willa Cather Surely the saddest thing in the world is falling out of love — if once one has ever fallen in. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

The idea that he was rapidly falling in love was specially delightful. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Andrew Lang You would have your trouble for your pains, and would be punished for your greediness by falling down the stone steps and breaking your leg. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson This second blow falling so fast on the heels of the first, caused her to reel. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

The wind had risen, too, and the vast aisles of that clear and beautiful wood thundered with the swaying of boughs, and the crash here and there of an old and falling limb. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Marjorie Bowen Murdoch wildly flashed the torch around the hillocks and graves, the stones were graves; he was in a large churchyard and the snow was falling noiselessly into the dark and silence. The Breakdown by Marjorie Bowen

Thomas Hardy The inequality of the rays falling upon the trees outside told that the light had its origin in a flickering fire only. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Ivan Turgenev Her face had not grown pale, had not changed — but had turned somehow stony and there was a look in it as though she were just falling asleep. The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

Sinclair Lewis Solemnly, methodically, but with speed, a man who had been standing outside on the fire-escape was sliding up the half-open window, falling into the room, seizing Vesper from behind. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Mark Twain For instance, if I found myself falling to the right, I put the tiller hard down the other way, by a quite natural impulse, and so violated a law, and kept on going down. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

H.P. Lovecraft It was like heavy wood falling on stone or brick — wood on brick — what did that make me think of? It came again, and louder. Pickman’s Model by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

George Gissing She kissed Thyrza’s hands, her tears falling upon them, and went away. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

And now the path was barely visible for the dead leaves of the walnut, falling untimely, which had drifted across it, and had made an eddy over the solitary clump of yellow snap-dragon. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

A muffled snap came from the shed and the loud crash of falling glass from near where the workman was drawing water. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Olaf Stapledon But one night, instead of falling asleep beside her, as I had recently done, I stayed fully awake, puzzling desperately over the whole business. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Virginia Woolf And it all looked, Mr. Carmichael thought, shutting his book, falling asleep, much as it used to look. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Anthony Trollope If Sir Francis could be once got to admire her, she was sure that Sir Francis would never be driven to repent of his bargain from any falling off on her part. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

D. H. Lawrence Valerie hardly ever came into the salotto without mentally falling on her knees before the curtains. Things by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

Virginia Woolf The moon, falling on water, made it white, inscrutable, whether deep or shallow. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

I went to bed after a glass or two of weak grog, and made up for the last night’s vigil by falling sound asleep. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Gustave Flauber Suddenly they heard a plaintive song, a song loud and soft, rising and falling in the air like the wing-beating of a wounded bird. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Rudyard Kipling They boast and chatter and pretend that they are a great people about to do great affairs in the jungle, but the falling of a nut turns their minds to laughter and all is forgotten. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Charles Kingsley Happy for him if some chance word is not let drop, which will afford the whole assembly an excuse for falling on him open-mouthed, as the cause of all their woes! That chance word came. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

At every tumble of the ship you could see vaguely in the dim light men falling down with a great flourish of shovels. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

By the bye, I suppose you have heard that Lady Judith and her elderly Croesus have been falling out?” “Indeed!” said Lavendale, interested in a moment. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

George Gissing Her resentment was falling away; she felt the influence of this imperturbable geniality. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Every moment the snow was falling faster, and by the time we turned into our blankets it was nearly four inches deep around the camp. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Marjorie Bowen Without striking a light she went cautiously out into the corridor, saw the door of her husband’s room ajar, a bright glow from it falling across the darkness, and crept steadily in. The Housekeeper by Marjorie Bowen

John Lewis Burckhard Upon this the people stand, who draw up the water, in leathern buckets, an iron railing being so placed as to prevent their falling in. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Anthony Trollope She was sure that in a little time she could feel a true friendship for him, and that she could do so without any risk of falling in love with him. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

As I was about to rise, with the intention of prospecting, something heavy falling among the bushes almost on top of me startled me half out of my wits. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Outside, in the sunlight, were heard the stir of the men falling into line; the voices of the sergeants calling the roll; the tapping of the drummers as they braced their drums. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

W. W. Jacobs The lamp shattered against the corner of the drawers, and, falling in a shower of broken glass and oil about his stockinged feet, left him in darkness. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

William Hope Hodgson And lo! I came with a falling beside her, and I gat upon my knees and upon my hands, and my heart did shake my lips to dry whisperings. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Fortune seemed to elude his grasp, and in his weary tramp backwards and forwards under the steady rain falling from the lowering sky, a sort of despairing indifference took possession of him. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Anthony Trollope We all know that she is on excellent terms with Bernard. It isn’t as though they had been falling out and hating each other all their lives. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Morrison I put out my hand and felt the falling stream, then found the inlet and stopped it with my fingers. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

D.H. Lawrence In November, when cold winds came down and snow had fallen on the mountains, from out of the storehouses the men were carrying timber, and we heard the clang of falling planks. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

He was the first grocer in all history that had been a Pretender to a Crown. The clack of hooves on stone, the jingling of bits, the echo of falling water were like strong wine. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Then he told of the curtain falling down and how she had tried to shoot him and he had had to fire at her to save himself. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

H. G. Wells He felt that he was no longer gliding along the cable but falling with it. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Men too far back were flinging their bombs and some of them were falling short of the parapet. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Richard Burton Two of their number, it is said, were killed by falling from the slippery roof,56 and the rest, struck by superstitious fears, abandoned the work of destruction. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Then, as the dusk deepened and we left the last stragglers behind, they sank into a tipsy stupor, and ended by falling fast asleep. A Night on the Borders of the Black Forest by Amelia B. Edwards

I admonished him, and was just on the point of falling asleep when he began to growl again in a low, savage manner that waked me most effectually. Let Loose by Mary Cholmondeley [1890]

Willa Cather The snow, falling over his barnyard and the graveyard, seemed to draw things together like. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

D. H. Lawrence The sun was already slanting to the mountain tops, shadows were falling on the gulf of the plain. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James I suppose he is falling into his dotage. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

Jack London Leach was the last to go, falling sheer back from the top of the scuttle and striking on head and shoulders upon his sprawling mates beneath. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

In falling against it, I burst it open, and found myself in a low dark room. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

H.P. Lovecraft It was West who first noticed the falling plaster on that part of the wall where the ancient tomb masonry had been covered up. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

Samuel Johnson The cattle often perish by falling from the precipices. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Abraham Merri The illumination came, I thought, from the encircling veils falling from the band of amethyst. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Willa Cather The men in the loop gasped and crouched as if they were falling from a height. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

I walked all the way home, in spite of the fact that the melting snow was still falling in heavy flakes. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Jules Verne It was a reddish incandescence which increased by degrees, a decided proof that the projectile was shifting toward it and not falling normally on the surface of the moon. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Elizabeth Gaskell Everything seems to be falling out so fortunately. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Jack London The roar of it filled my ears and I saw Ernest reeling and falling in a swirl of smoke, and the soldiers rushing up all the aisles. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

All these offices will become elective, and failure to vote at any election falling within her area of residence will involve the female elector in a penalty of £10. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

The old lady lifted her eyes from the smoking vine roots now dying out, to make sure that Charles was not falling asleep over his Latin exercise. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

Oh, how I prayed for the day to pass quickly! In unutterable anguish I went to the window, opened the movable pane and looked out into the troubled darkness of the thickly falling wet snow. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The girl looked out into the sunshine with her loose hair falling about her shoulders, and lingered a little looking at the familiar garden, with a half-pensive smile. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her bosom was rising and falling quickly. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Henry Handel Richardson Laura retaliated by falling foul of little personal traits in Pin: a nervous habit she had of clearing her throat — her very walk. The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson

Guy de Maupassant And Simon enjoyed some minutes the happiness of that languor which follows weeping, in which he felt very desirous of falling asleep there upon the grass in the warmth. Simon’s Papa (Le Papa de Simon) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Wilkie Collins She said her prayers in her favorite corner of the room, and laid her head on the pillow with the luxurious little sigh which announces that she is falling asleep. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Kate Chopin The years were falling away from her. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Then up and down and back and forth they trod, the blows falling so thick and fast that, at a distance, one would have thought that half a score of men were fighting. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Arthur Morrison He struck a barrel and rolled over, falling into the space between that and two other barrels. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Henry David Thoreau The falling leaves, all over the forest, are protecting the roots of my plants. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Arthur Machen And my cousin, John Jenkins, Penmawr, he do tell me that the tears were falling from Lewis Prothero’s eyes like the rain. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Thomas Hardy Among the rank and file of rustics he was quite a Talleyrand, or rather had been one, till he lost a good deal of his self-command by falling in love. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

What a terrible night it was, boys! The rain and snow had never ceased falling since that fatal return. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

She dreamt that the snow-laden sky was falling on her, so cruelly did the cold pinch. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

The snow was falling thick and icy. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

In the middle of the room stood an immense dining-table of dark, polished wood, much worm-eaten, and gradually falling into decay. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

H. G. Wells Even under such an influence the social stratification will still, in the majority of cases, prevent powers and posts falling to the best possible man. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

I don’t expect it will be as easy as falling off a log. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Wilkie Collins Who could avoid falling in love with such a man? I was proud when he proposed to devote me on the altar of his adopted country, as well as himself — me, and my money. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The myriad noises of the jungle seemed far distant and hushed to a mere echo of blurred sounds, rising and falling like the surf upon a remote shore. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Then, with a frightful yell, down dashed Captain Fennel the few remaining stairs, the book, the candlestick, and the box of dominoes all falling in the passage from his nerveless hands. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

And then he has those painful hallucinations — that idea of falling down a precipice, for instance, which are oftenest seen in fatal cases. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

The twilight was falling when we left the room and made our way downstairs. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Gustave Flauber Down fell the huge beasts, falling one above another. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

D.H. Lawrence Then he goes out to the hall, his feather tossing and falling richly. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A cold misty rain was falling and the few figures moving about the place were like ghosts. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

George Borrow In this, however, I was guilty of no slight imprudence, as by so doing I was near falling into the hands of robbers. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Sir Walter Scott He is about to open — hark to him!” “My lord,” said the citizen, “the Duke of Buckingham sneers at our city money-bags; yet they can sometimes open, to prop a falling and a noble house. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

No ill had ever come of it; none would have come of it this time, but for St. Mark’s Eve falling on the day. Watching on St. Mark’s Eve by Ellen Wood [1868]

He found Brian leaning over the parapet at the end of the pier, looking at the glittering waters beneath, which kept rising and falling in a dreamy rhythm, that soothed and charmed the ear. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

It was impossible to remain in Jersey; we could pay no one; and what would have been the ending but for papa’s falling in with Captain Falkner, I can’t imagine. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Guy de Maupassant The shades of night were falling onto the earth like a shower of darkness, and I saw nothing before me but the mountains, in the far distance. Allouma by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

Elizabeth Gaskell Yes,” he continued, falling into his old train of thought, “it would be a most fortunate connexion for you in every way. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Rudyard Kipling There is the faint “szgee” of the rudder, and back slides the arrow to 6000 on a falling slant of ten or fifteen knots. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Jules Verne They already saw bears, foxes, and musk oxen, falling beneath their bullets, and pole-cats by hundreds caught in their traps. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

About twenty or thirty of them a week were falling on London at present. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Victory Mansions were old flats, built in 1930 or thereabouts, and were falling to pieces. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

François had no sooner felt the touch of his hand than, falling on his knees, he cried out, “Help! help! my brother is going to kill me. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

George Meredith In falling from the walls to the road, Rinaldo hurt his foot. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

M. P. Shiel Then falling to my knees, I overcast the coffin with my arms, my head fallen above his head, beseeching him as a god. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Willa Cather Old Biltmer followed a faint wagon trail which ran southeast, and which, as they traveled, continually dipped lower, falling away from the high plateau on the slope of which Flagstaff sits. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Ralph Waldo Emerson I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I am not afraid of falling into my inkpot. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Edith Wharton As they took wing for this it seemed to him that they were flying indeed, flying far up into the cloudy night, with Starkfield immeasurably below them, falling away like a speck in space . Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Once outside the Bar, he would make for the westward, in the hopes of falling in with some whaler. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Anthony Trollope He was always falling in love, and then using his diplomatic skill in avoiding the consequences. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Great schemes took shape in my mind, always more concrete, always more practicable; the years ahead seemed falling into order, shining with the credible promise of immense achievement. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Rudyard Kipling They heard, as the last burdened family filed through the gate, a crash of falling beams and thatch behind the walls. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

She sat on a velvet-covered hassock at her father’s feet, with her loose hair falling over his knee, as her head lay there in loving abandonment. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Hail to thee, Lucifer, Prince of the Air! [Singing to the tune of ‘Holy, holy holy’]: Incubi and Succubi, falling down before Thee! . A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Guy de Maupassant She gazed at them each evening with a weight at her heart, so deeply was she impressed by the lugubrious melancholy of the darkness falling on the deserted country. The First Snowfall (La Première Neige) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

The herd, in every country, side with success; and the rats run from the falling tower. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Ford Madox Ford She wanted to say: ‘I am falling at your feet. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

D.H. Lawrence They are the Churches of the Spirit of David, and their bells ring passionately, imperiously, falling on the subservient world below. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

E. F. Benson She saw the evil eyes of handsome Dick, she saw the little ghostly snow-flakes falling thickly outside. How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery by E. F. Benson

In the still air a few flakes of snow were falling in a great compassion. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Rudyard Kipling Be gentle with ’em — be very gentle with ’em!’ Swiftly as a falling shaft of light the Seraph kissed the sandalled feet and was away. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]