Phrases with "feet"

Edith Wharton At length Evelina’s feet also failed her, and she turned to suggest that they ought to be going home. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

D. H. Lawrence Her feet faltered, she came to a standstill. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

The Rakaia sometimes comes down with a run — a wall of water two feet high, rolling over and over, rushes down with irresistible force. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Abraham Merri He stumbled, feet vanishing; reached down and picked up something that in the grasping turned his hand to air. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Jules Verne They grew in isolated clumps, and the forest was not composed of trees, but of innumerable groups of trees, which spread their green canopies in the air two hundred feet from the ground. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Jules Verne Toward the southwest, Mount Tarn rose 6,500 feet high. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

John Lewis Burckhard The wall is upwards of 20 feet in thickness, and in several places more than 30 feet in height. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Andrew Lang His feet were torn and bleeding, and he could only hold on now with his hands. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Charles Kingsley There were fifteen feet of somewhat slippery rock; then a ragged ledge a foot broad, in a crack of which the flower grew; then the dark boiling pool. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Julian Hawthorne The ceiling was low — about eight feet from the floor — and whitewashed. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Anthony Trollope She listened, and then remembered that she would have heard Peter’s feet even on the walk outside. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Jules Verne The feet of these trees were drowned in a sort of immense lagoon, kept continually full by currents of fresh and salt waters. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Arnold Bennett A man’s feet twinkled past the window. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

He stood six feet two in his sabots, and there was not an ounce of superfluous bone or brain in his composition. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

John Lewis Burckhard In two different places a short column was standing in the centre of a round paved area of about ten feet in diameter. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Arthur Conan Doyle Now that writing was just over six feet from the ground. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Sinclair Lewis He tiptoed in, his tremendous feet squeaking. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

I have just heard one, and my feet go down once more into the valleys. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells Our feet are set on the path of revolution. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Oscar Wilde Time seemed to him to be crawling with feet of lead, while he by monstrous winds was being swept towards the jagged edge of some black cleft of precipice. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

The mandarins and the rich merchants seldom put their feet to the ground. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Baldwin Spencer In the centre of the camping ground, where the woman died, a circle of grass stalks was made about eight feet in diameter. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

My feet abruptly forced their way into space. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

The floor of the valley can hardly be less than 5000 feet above the sea. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

William Dampier This they do purposely to hinder them from growing, esteeming little feet to be a great beauty. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Arthur Conan Doyle Here, lads, make him fast and take him along!” With a confused trampling of feet they rushed up the stairs, dragging my uncle in the midst of them. The Club-Footed Grocer by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

Tell me — no, never mind the storm; it’s nothing; it’s under the feet of the Fool — tell me what’s happened. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

A month or so later, and the mossy ground beneath his feet would be one purple carpet of hyacinths, the very air thick with a fatal scented vapor from the perfumed bulbs. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Thomas Hardy The loads were all laid together, and a pyramid of furze thirty feet in circumference now occupied the crown of the tumulus, which was known as Rainbarrow for many miles round. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Edgar Allan Poe In the present instance these shutters are fully three feet and a half broad. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

Jules Verne It was twelve feet long and four wide, and could therefore carry provisions, if need were, for several weeks. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Mr. Meekin, though not a patron of field sports, found something in the scene that reminded him of a blacksmith picking up horses’ feet to examine the soundness of their shoes. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

T. E. Lawrence We crossed the saddle after four miles, and found beneath our feet little shallow runnels of water-courses in the ground. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Jacques Futrelle He was five feet two inches tall, weighed 107 pounds, that being slightly above normal, and wore a number eight hat. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

A length of rope followed, and finally a small cylinder about two feet long and eighteen inches in circumference. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was a lofty wall, at least nine feet in height, with a coping which bristled with jagged pieces of glass. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle Her feet hung down on either side of the horse, and I saw that the rough varlets in attendance had fastened cords to her ankles and secured the other ends to iron rings in the stone floor. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Margaret Oliphant What the poor young man had done to be suddenly assailed and carried off his feet by this wonderful and unexpected apparition, we are unable to say. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Edith Wharton As she sank down in her chair she heard the drawing-room door open and close, and the sound of Charlotte’s feet on the stairs. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

Sinclair Lewis The others danced, muttering “Ouch!” as their frosted feet struck the pine planks. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope If a man stand but five feet eleven inches in his shoes, shall he be called a pygmy? And yet to declare that he measures full six feet would be untrue. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Rudyard Kipling The main front of the temple was three hundred feet long, a hundred feet deep, and sixty feet high. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Baldwin Spencer The Nurtunja consisted of a long spear, grass stalks, and hair-string bound together in the usual way, but in addition, from near to the upper end, there hung down a shorter pole about five feet long. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

T. E. Lawrence These men of Maulud’s had been camped in this place, four thousand feet above the sea, for two months without relief. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle There the basalt cliffs of the outside were reproduced upon the inside, forming an escarpment about two hundred feet high, with a woody slope beneath it. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Water boiled at 206°, giving an elevation of 3085 feet above the level of the sea, it being about 1200 feet above the surrounding country. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Walter Scott Let the Passive Obedience, which is so often in your mouth, and no doubt in your head, put your feet for once into motion, and step aside for ten minutes. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Abraham Merri He looked into a quadrangular chamber, perhaps thirty feet square, filled with the dancing peacock plumes of the lightnings. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

The sound of feet in the corridors as the other occupants of the hotel went to bed distracted my attention from my book. The Miraculous Revenge by George Bernard Shaw

Sir Richard Burton But I found my feet swollen, so made shift to move by shuffling on my breech and crawling on my knees, for in that island were found store of fruits and springs of sweet water. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

James Payn What I said about The King’s feet was on the square: but that ain’t all. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Benjamin Disraeli All was surrounded by a paling eight feet high, that no one might pierce the mystery of the preparations. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Leon Trotsky They would lie face downward in the shade of the barns, brandishing their bare, cracked, straw-pricked feet in the air, and wait to see what would hap pen. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Elizabeth Gaskell Tell him of the hard and thorny path which was trodden once by the bleeding feet of One. Ruth! think of the Saviour’s life and cruel death, and of His divine faithfulness. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

H. G. Wells Higher even than the most gigantic wind-wheels hung this crow’s nest, a clear thousand feet above the roofs, a little disc-shaped speck on a spear of metallic filigree, cable stayed. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

H. G. Wells Then I hauled the blanket from beneath my feet and got it about me and over my head and eyes. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

F. Scott Fitzgerald At Anthony’s sharp “That seat taken?” he very slowly lifted the feet as though they were a breakable package, and placed them with some care upon the floor. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

He was leaning back in one chair with his feet stretched out upon another, and was meditatively biting upon a cold pipe. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

A. E. W. Mason He did not even move or turn when he heard the negro’s feet treading the sand close behind him. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

H. G. Wells Old system, they said, was to go down from a few hundred feet to a mile or so and bring up coal and burn it. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

It meant that along these passages he had so stealthily traversed, many sandaled feet were approaching. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Charles Dickens The feet were lightly crossed at the ankles, and the dark hair, all pushed back from the face, as though that had been the last action of her desperate hands, streamed over the ground. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Radclyffe Hall Her feet matched her hands in slimness and breeding, but these she ignored, dooming them perpetually to woollen stockings and wide square-toed shoes, heelless at that. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

This bird is above five feet from wing to wing extended. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

W. H. Hudson Finding the shade grateful and wishing to feel my feet on the ground, I dismounted and led my horse by the bridle. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

It was two feet long, and on its extremity was fixed the machine: it hung suspended about a foot from the water, and the end of the rope was made fast to a stake driven well into the sand. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Here also we saw the famous cypress mentioned by Humboldt, which is seventy-three feet in circumference. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

In September the barometer rose, and he exclaimed joyfully in a letter to Laure: “The Reviews are at my feet and pay me more for my sheets. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Charles Kingsley In boring that well there were pierced: Forty feet of the upper sands (the Bagshot sands), of which I shall speak presently. Thoughts in a Gravel-Pit by Charles Kingsley

Arthur Conan Doyle The water was but a couple of feet deep at the place, so that there was nothing for them but a fright and a ducking. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Rafael Sabatini From end to end the bench was not more than ten feet in length, whilst the distance separating it from the next one was a bare four feet. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

After breakfast next morning, we crossed the hill-spur called Waeranhanje, the grassy tops of which were 5500 feet above the sea. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Kenneth Grahame THEY waited patiently for what seemed a very long time, stamping in the snow to keep their feet warm. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Theodore Dreiser As a matter of fact, I can do it in fifteen days once I am on my feet again. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

The window itself was some ten feet up, and the passage was but four feet wide. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was plain that these feet had kicked off sportive children oftener than they had plodded with a freight through miry lanes. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

H.P. Lovecraft The nameless stone labyrinth consisted, for the most part, of walls from ten to one hundred and fifty feet in ice-clear height, and of a thickness varying from five to ten feet. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

D.H. Lawrence And his big boots had hurt his feet in the descent. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle Now the cot in which I always slept was so placed that my head was to the north of the line and my feet to the south of it. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Charles Dickens A tall man in a nightcap had caught up a bundle from among the feet of the horses, and had laid it on the basement of the fountain, and was down in the mud and wet, howling over it like a wild animal. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Beneath this they wore only a loin cloth of the same material, while their feet were shod with thick hide of some mammoth creature of this inner world. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

DOROTHY: This cold, this cold! I don’t know whether my feet are there or not. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

He was six feet two, wonderfully thin, livid, and gentleman-like. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

John Lewis Burckhard The rock is about twelve feet in height, of an irregu­lar shape approaching to a cube. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Then, too, the hot rocks glisten with micaceous spangles, and, where the sand is, our toughened and unworthy feet are dusted with glittering specks. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Then staggering to my feet I looked about me. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

F. Scott Fitzgerald We pushed aside curtains that were like pavilions, and felt over innumerable feet of dark wall for electric light switches — once I tumbled with a sort of splash upon the keys of a ghostly piano. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Pushing his spear a couple of feet through, the boy grips the prize with both hands, or bends the wire into the form of a hook. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

George Gissing It fair scrapes on my heart every time I hear their feet going up an’ down the stairs. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Jules Verne Besides, according to the calculations of some naturalists, one of these animals only six feet long would have tentacles twenty-seven feet long. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Her dark bare feet were thrust into yellow straw slippers of Chinese make. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

William Dampier The black mangrove is the largest tree; the body about as big as an oak, and about 20 feet high. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

I got no sleep; my head burned, my feet froze; at last the factory bells rang, and I sprang from my bed with other slaves. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Edgar Allan Poe Her small, bare, and silvery feet gleamed in the black mirror of marble beneath her. Old World Romances by Edgar Allan Poe

On the left, as you go southward, lies Banks Peninsula, a system of submarine volcanoes culminating in a flattened dome, little more than 3000 feet high. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

At last, having looked, peered, and peeped, till her feet were cold, and her face the reverse, she informed herself that the foolish Thing had tired her out. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle He had lit his pipe and held his slippered feet to the cheerful blaze of the fire. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Gaston Leroux It moved away, drawing its feet against the walls and sometimes giving a kick into a corner. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Arthur Morrison It was Challitt — the man we had been talking of! I sprang to my feet in some excitement. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Edgar Rice Burroughs Their heads are quite forty feet from the ground. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The crowd was thick around the church, and ten feet out of it the air was heavy with perfume and faint clean humanity and the fabric smell of new clean clothes. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

The Coolin, he said, were his favourites, for on some of them you could get two thousand feet of good rock. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Mark Twain It is a pond about one hundred feet square and four feet deep, with a stream of water trickling into it from under an overhanging ledge of rocks. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

The apartment was about seventeen feet broad, by twenty-two feet long, and the line round the walls was nine feet from the floor. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

This old man lying here at my feet is now, if not dreaming, as if he had never been born. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

My feet seemed glued to the floor. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

John Lewis Burckhard Of the stones which formed the roof, one block only remains; it is at least sixteen feet in length, and reaches the whole breadth of the temple. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

William Hope Hodgson He zigzagged as he ran, the lantern swaying, in wild circles as he wrenched his feet free with a constant plop, plop; and I could hear his frightened gasps even from where I stood. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

By the hot trial he must put his bare arm into boiling water, fourteen inches deep, and take out a pebble; by the cold trial his body must be let down into eight feet of water. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Ford Madox Ford It was unthinkable; it was intolerable; and it had been as if she had been lifted off her feet and deposited on that bench against the wall by the mere sound of the offer . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Meantime, somebody was trying to disengage my feet from the stirrups. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Its outer sheath of purple and green leaves, twenty-five feet long and five broad, began to open out and descend. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

I was on my feet in an instant peering through the gorse. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Abraham Merri We set our horses’ feet upon the ancient road that led straight to the mountain’s doorway a mile or more away. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

And this is the noblesse of the women there to have small feet and little. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Andrew Lang His skin was hairy, his arms enormous, his legs like sword blades, and his feet as flat as ducks’. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne In the northeast rose a mountain about 2,300 feet high, whose sharply defined outline was exactly like the grinning face of a monkey turned toward the sky. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Guy de Maupassan At a sign from her the eunuchs tied the wretched man’s feet to the pole, by which the soles of the culprit were raised, and began the terrible punishment. The Odalisque of Senichou by Guy de Maupassan

Henry Handel Richardson She ran forward to prop poor Sarah on her free side, to guide her feet to the door; and it is doubtful whether little Polly had ever spent a more satisfying hour than that which followed. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Abraham Merri It must have been seven feet long, and it lay there, blind and palpitating, its mouth gaping, listening to the drums and luxuriating in that scented smoke. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Jules Verne In the next they heard a harsh tearing noise, as of something rending the silk, and the car seemed to sink from beneath the feet of our three aeronauts. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I was on the leads of the roof, and Panama lay spread at my feet like a trodden garden. The Poisoned Ice by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Avaunt, miscreants! lest we chase ye with flying feet and do our little dance upon your unwholesome carcasses. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

Light feet had lately brushed its sward. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Abraham Merri It was circular, perhaps twenty feet wide. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

The last hundred feet of the ascent had been the most difficult. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Then came the hurried leap of feet up the narrow staircase and Owen Delamore flung the door wide, panting: “You told me to dash in,” he almost shouted. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald At least once a fortnight a corps of caterers came down with several hundred feet of canvas and enough colored lights to make a Christmas tree of Gatsby’s enormous garden. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jack London Spitz gained his feet almost as though he had not been overthrown, slashing Buck down the shoulder and leaping clear. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Nellie Bly The man in charge carefully pulled the upper part of the body over the fire, and with the same large fork put the half-consumed feet and knee-joints under the arms. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

H. Rider Haggard The mass was of the width of a good-sized door, about ten feet high and not less than five feet thick. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Jules Verne The men were worn out by the hauling; it required more than three hours to hollow out a channel twenty feet long, through ice that was usually from four to five feet thick. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Each held her by an arm, my informant observed, and her feet seemed scarcely to touch the ground. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Arthur Conan Doyle A flask of red wine stood at his elbow, and he seemed to be very much at his ease, for his feet were stuck up on a stool, and between his thighs he held a dish full of nuts. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Also I noticed that the animal possessed legs — four of them — with most unpleasant-looking webbed claws fully eight feet long. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Charles Dickens It was only eight o’clock then, and very much astonished the Black Lion was, to see him come walking in with dust upon his feet at that early hour, with no grey mare to bear him company. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

H. Rider Haggard Then he drew Whitefire, and while all men wondered, leaped over the prow of the ship and, clasping the golden dragon’s head with his arm, set his feet upon its claws and waited. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

There was the sound of low voices upstairs, a tramping of feet from room to room and the buzz of a long, intent confabulation. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Frances Hodgson Burnett There was a brief fierce scramble, the rugs were tossed on to the ground, Dickon held Colin’s arm, the thin legs were out, the thin feet were on the grass. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Thomas Hardy As soon as Venn found his feet dragging over the pebbles of the shallower part below he secured his footing and waded towards the brink. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Virginia Woolf Nothing that comes down with all its feet on the floor. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Jules Verne The first, constructed by Herschel, was thirty-six feet in length, and had an object-glass of four feet six inches; it possessed a magnifying power of 6,000. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

D. H. Lawrence He stood with his hands behind him, and his feet apart, quite motionless, planted and firm. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Abraham Merri Thirty feet wide they were at their widest, then drew toward each other with no break in their symmetry; they did not close. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Rudyard Kipling This night she hurried to bed purposefully, every hair up, one eye on the stranger, who had dropped on a mat in a helpless, hopeless sort of way, all four feet spread out, sighing heavily. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Thomas Hughes He had just time to reach and crouch along upon a huge branch some ten feet up, which stretched out over the river, when the keeper arrived at the clump. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Robert Louis Stevenson This apparatus was placed on the beacon side of the bridge, at the distance of about twelve feet from the cross-beam and pulley in the middle of the bridge. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arnold Bennett See this,’ and he handed to Racksole a sort of steel skewer, about two feet long, with a wooden handle. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Jules Verne A lifeless body fell from bough to bough, and hung about twenty feet from the ground, its arms and legs swaying to and fro in the air. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Baldwin Spencer Then a number of small fires were made, and bundles of sticks, each one about two feet long, were arranged in radiating groups with one end in the fire. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Henry David Thoreau It is said that loons have been caught in the New York lakes eighty feet beneath the surface, with hooks set for trout — though Walden is deeper than that. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Abraham Merri Three arrow flights on starboard a pointed monolith arose, pyramidal, its pointed tip hundreds of feet in air. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Walter Scott And when he came to broken briggs, He slacked his bow and swam; And when he came to grass growing, Set down his feet and ran. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

H. G. Wells Snake’s feet lay across the path, and his head was among the reeds. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Elizabeth Hockin heard a sound of feet in the kitchen, which was immediately under the bedroom of the couple. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

In fact there were several fine rocky basins ten and twelve feet deep, though they were very rough places to get horses to. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Abraham Merri Its terrace, of the same basalt as the outer walls, is about twenty feet high. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

George Gissing The movement of his limbs betokened excessive indolence; he dragged his feet rather than walked. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Wilkie Collins I got on my feet once more, and looked at Eustace, and admired him and loved him in his tranquil sleep. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

So I squirmed my body round until my eyes were opposite a crack in the ottoman and I saw four pairs of feet and the lower part of four legs. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Charles Kingsley I remember now to have heard the Spaniards say, how these calentures lay always in the low ground, and never came more than a few hundred feet above the sea. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope As one enters by the steps to the south there are two flat stones, one on each side of the ascent, the surface of each of which is about twenty feet by eighteen. North America by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Between me and the wall ran a ditch, into which the ground at my feet broke sharply away. The Two Householders by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle Springing to my feet I found that the bed upon which my comrade had lain was vacant, and that the door of the apartment was opened. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

It was six feet long, swathed in cloths, like a mummy. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Samuel Johnson It is about sixty feet in length, and thirty in breadth. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

The man on the bed could hardly have been over five feet in height, but what he lacked in length was made up in rotundity. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Mark Twain In Fayal they pointed out a hill and told him it was 800 feet high and 1,100 feet long. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Benjamin Disraeli The Baron stood, without his boots, about six feet eight. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The uncarpeted boards gleamed as the guests’ feet had polished them; and upon the very spot where the stranger had danced now stood the breakfast-table, piled with broken meats. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

He had his feet tucked up on the couch, but he did not sit cross-legged. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Bram Stoker He moved downwards in a sidelong way, some hundred feet down, and a good deal to the left. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Her feet were already on its sandy verge. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Anthony was not two hundred feet behind her. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

His feet pressed the earth with the weight of a quite material body. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

At that moment, the generals and their escort dropped into a little road filled with water which ran five feet below the level of the fields. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

But another couple that had been sitting together like lovers stood out on the floor at the same time, holding one another’s hands and moving their feet to keep time with the music. Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats [1905]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch She made no sound, but I saw her feet writhing. The Poisoned Ice by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Anthony Trollope The boy waited a few seconds till the flames began to run, and then putting his feet together on the ground stamped out the incipient fire. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Half-way up the short flight she seemed unable to lift her feet high enough for the steps, and we had to pull and push to get her to the top. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle The monkey-like, brown-clad creatures of my professional friend, which were over two feet high, compare very closely with the creatures which little Baring-Gould saw climbing on to the horses. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Rudyard Kipling At last we came into the power of a side-current that set to the right bank, and I strove with my feet to draw with it. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

I patted the outraged Colin, and got to my feet with an aching side where the confounded lid of the trap had been pressing. Prester John by John Buchan

You could quite easily drive a car right across the north of England and never once remember that hundreds of feet below the road you are on the miners are hacking at the coal. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Jonathan Swif I sometimes feel pains about my feet and toes: I never drank till within these two years, and I did it to cure my head. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Rafael Sabatini A few weeks later, in the same place, his eye was attracted by a discarded door-bolt — a stout bar of iron measuring a couple of feet in length. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Willa Cather Sitting there on the edge of the sidewalk one summer night, my feet hanging in the warm dust, I saw a transit of Venus. Only the three of us were there. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Gertrude Stein Light brown flesh color amber shades black nose, ears, legs, good sized feet rather. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

It will take at least three months’ leave to put me on my feet again. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Charles Dickens The prisoner had got into a coach, and his daughter had followed him, when Mr. Lorry’s feet were arrested on the step by his asking, miserably, for his shoemaking tools and the unfinished shoes. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Anatole France Since he had been in love with her, he said, he had walked so lightly and was supported by such joy that his feet did not touch the earth. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

At ony rate I ken I fell the last fifteen feet or sae, and lichted on my left airm, for I felt it crack like a rotten branch, and an awfu’ sairness ran up it. The Herd of Standlan by John Buchan

Charles Kingsley I knew he was one of them villains the minute he came up, by the way he turned in his toes, and put down his feet so still and careful, like as if he was afraid of offending God at every step. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

My own was already made, for I always take with me a painted sheet about twelve feet by ten. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Oscar Wilde Her garments were torn and ragged, and her feet were bleeding from the rough road on which she had travelled, and she was in very evil plight. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

H. Rider Haggard But, if this fail, then there are two roads left on which strong feet may travel to their end; and of these, one is that thou shouldest win Eric away with thine own beauty, and that is not little. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Charles Dickens The sound of their flat feet on the floor was as unlike the sound of white feet as their faces were unlike white faces. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Anthony Trollope The gates were fully twelve feet high, and spiked at the top. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence She came, arms always round his neck, till at last she lay along his breast as he stood, feet planted wide, clasping her tight, his mouth on her neck. The Witch a la Mode by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Joseph Furphy The extreme of lowness to which our sense of hearing is susceptible, has been placed at 75 feet from node to node — or 15 vibrations per second. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy