Phrases with "feet"

Rudyard Kipling It is possible that it might have been a big shell bursting over us, but I think this unlikely, as we were 30 feet at the time. Tales of the Trade by Rudyard Kipling

Guy de Maupassant They kicked their feet up above their heads with astounding facility, balanced their bodies, wagged their backs and shook their sides, shedding around them a powerful scent of sweating womanhood. Paul’s Mistress (La Femme de Paul) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

On the seventh day, Bodenham says his feet are so bad he can’t walk, and Greenhill, with a greedy look at the berries, bids him stay behind. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Standing with its feet awash at high tide, the huge fig-tree began life as a parasite, the seed planted by a beak-cleaning bird in a crevice of the bark of its forerunner. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Jack London These planks were about six feet long and two feet wide, and curiously split in half lengthwise. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Algernon Blackwood It winds between cliffs whose summits rise some thousand feet above the sea. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Rudyard Kipling At irregular intervals she speaks and sends up a volume of water over two hundred feet high to begin with, then she is angry for a day and a half — sometimes for two days. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Gissing Round and round the table they went, until, the cloth having been dragged off, Martha’s feet caught in it, and she fell heavily to the floor. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle Do you fink you would have heard of a boa-‘strictor forty-five feet long if there was one in South America?” “Well, there may have been one. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Lingard shifted his feet a little, uncrossed his arms, and shook his head slowly. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

I hear a lot of coughing and scraping of feet going on in the waiting-room, and that means the poor wretches are getting desperate. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Virginia Woolf For comfort they retreated to their cabins, where with tightly wedged feet they let the ship bounce and tumble. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Jules Verne I admired this curious mammal, with its rounded head ornamented with short ears, its round eyes, and white whiskers like those of a cat, with webbed feet and nails, and tufted tail. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

H. G. Wells Suddenly I heard a thud and a hissing behind me, and, looking round, sprang to my feet with a cry of horror. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

I have said that during the glacial period, if, as I believe, it was contemporaneous in the two hemispheres, the sea must have stood at least 1000 feet lower than it now does. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

D. H. Lawrence Their feet click-clicked on the tiled passage. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

I said coldly a few words about the certain punishment awaiting a pirate in Havana, and got on to my feet stiffly. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Taking it for granted that the warm gravel under their feet was lasting earth, and not the precipice edge of disaster. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Arnold Bennett His father was all curtained in; his slippered feet on the fender of the blazing hearth, his head cushioned to a nicety, the long paper-knife across his knees. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Watkin Tench The first stone of a barrack, 100 feet long by twenty-four wide, to which are intended to be added wings for the officers, was laid to-day. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Jules Verne And what are 900 feet to the Nautilus?” “Nothing, sir. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

I left the saloon, got my rags together, and was on the quay with all my dunnage about my feet before the stevedores had turned to again. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

William Morris And now as the candles shine on us and over, Full shapely thy feet are, but brown on the floor, As the bare-footed mowers amidst of the clover When the gowk’s note is broken and mid-June is o’er. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

The chain was seven hundred feet in length, and the links nearly as big round as a man’s wrist! (See Zarate, Conq. del Peru, lib. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

H. G. Wells She could almost feel the feet of Theodore coming up that tower. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

H. G. Wells And far down, under the soaring’ eagles, was England, four thousand feet below perhaps, and looking very small and defenceless indeed in the morning sunlight. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Abraham Merri Drake gathered himself; strained to loosen his feet from the shining surface, making ready to leap when they should draw close enough. The Metal Monster 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]

D. H. Lawrence And all the time, over the big-patterned marble floor, the faint click and rustle of feet coming and going, coming and going, like shallow uneasy water rustled back and forth in a trough. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

I started to my feet and fled down the valley at my utmost speed. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

Edgar Allan Poe He explained that the portico alone was adorned with no less than four and twenty columns, five feet in diameter, and ten feet apart. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

H.P. Lovecraft East and north it rose thousands of feet perpendicular from the water so only the western side, inland and toward Arkham, remained. The Strange High House in the Mist by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Jules Verne It was to be feared that a terrible climax would occur on the summit of the tower, which rose three hundred and fifty-seven feet above the pavement. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Go into the sitting room, Anne — be sure your feet are clean and don’t let any flies in-and bring me out the illustrated card that’s on the mantelpiece. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Charles Dickens We stamp our feet to warm them, and dead citizens arise in heavy clouds. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

George Meredith I know not how, but shuddering as I slept, I dreamed a banished angel to me crept: My feet were nourished on her breasts all night. Modern Love by George Meredith [1862]

Jules Verne All at once, it seemed to him that a light was suddenly extinguished, some hundred feet before him, at the end of a narrow passage cut obliquely through the rock. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Virginia Woolf She shuffled her feet to clear a space. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The paroxysms of hope, when his feet worked so hard, grew shorter. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

The first feature noticed was a pair of parallel walls, or rather their foundations, thirty-five feet apart, and nearly a kilometre in length: it looked like a vast hangar. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Guy de Maupassan The Prussians lay down on the floor, with their feet to the fire and their heads resting on their rolled-up cloaks. The Prisoners by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells For a moment he regarded his feet thoughtfully, and then for all the rest of the time his eyes were on the opposite wall, with an intent expression. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Some conversation took place between him and his father, and the young stranger knelt at the old man’s feet and would have kissed his hand, but he raised her and embraced her affectionately. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Thomas Hardy And it enlarged, and Tim could hear the brushing of feet over the tufts of sour-grass. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Jules Verne They were scarce more than six hundred feet from the cataract. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Farnaby’s boots and stockings were on the hearthrug, and one of Mrs. Farnaby’s feet was placed, ready for inspection, on the chair which he had just left. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

He stood on a knuckle of green land some twenty feet long, with a crowd of cattle pressing around him and a little forest of horns showing faintly. At the Rising of the Waters by John Buchan

Arthur Conan Doyle The walls of the Abbey were forty feet high. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

William Makepeace Thackeray P.S. — You take a lobster, about three feet long if possible, remove the shell, cut or break the flesh of the fish in pieces not too small. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Henry James Bracing my feet against the cross-beam of my little oaken table, I opposed to the mahogany partition behind me the vigorous dorsal resistance that must have expressed the old-English idea of repose. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

Sinclair Lewis He did not think that Lucian was comfortable over either Rod’s compliments or putting his feet up on the table. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Charles Stur They must have been three feet deep after the rains, but were now barely five inches, and about the size of a loo table. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Fresh props are put in to hold up the newly exposed roof, and during the next shift the conveyor belt is taken to pieces, moved five feet forward and re-assembled. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Virginia Woolf Behind the hedge he always hears the motor horn and the shuffling feet of tired wayfarers, and soon he must return. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Mary Webb Abel’s harp beat upon them, and the soft thudding of feet on the turf, like sheep stamping, had grown in volume as the shyest were gradually drawn into the revelry. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Both Mr. and Mrs. Chopper wear an extraordinary quantity of flannel, and have a habit of putting their feet in hot water to an unnatural extent. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Robert Louis Stevenson It comes down a wonderful fine glen; at least 200 feet of cliffs on either hand, winding like a corkscrew, great forest trees filling it. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling Now I lift the cloth that clokes the clay, And, wearied, at Thy feet I lay My wares ere I go forth to sell. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

At His feet were two forms—Tom Jones and his wife. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

H.P. Lovecraft Six feet end to end, three and five-tenths feet central diameter, tapering to one foot at each end. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

D. H. Lawrence He drew her into the shadow of the wall, and put his arms round her, lifting her from her feet with passionate yearning. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

James Joyce They came down the steps from Leahy’s terrace prudently, Frauenzimmer: and down the shelving shore flabbily, their splayed feet sinking in the silted sand. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

W. H. Hudson Like Waterton I have found that the feet take very kindly to the earth, however hot or cold or rough it may be, and that shoes, after being left off for a short time, seem as uncomfortable as a mask. Idle Days in Patagonia by W. H. Hudson

Wilkie Collins I suspect the Marchesina of having a second pipkin full of live charcoal, under her robes, for the purpose of warming her feet and so forth. A Passage in the Life of Perugino Potts by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Ivan Turgenev He cast a look of tenderness about him, fell at the sweet girl’s feet and pressed his face against her waist. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Anna Katherine Green It is a big chestnut some hundred and fifty feet beyond the point where the ravine turns west. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Walter Besant You may be sure we lost no time in mounting, and rode off through the quiet streets, where the echo of our horses’ feet seemed to me like the ringing of alarm-bells. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

He was wearing an old check dressing-gown, and he had been padding about in his bare feet on the dewy grass. The Frying-Pan and the Fire by John Buchan

He lies three feet or more down in the earth and then again under a thick shroud of leaves. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Robert Louis Stevenson From all these furrowing ploughshares, from the feet of oxen, from a labourer here and there who was breaking the dry clods with a hoe, the wind carried away a thin dust like so much smoke. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins Quite a little cloud of dust rose at my feet as they thumped on the carpet. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

I do not know by what impulse I was moved, but I sprang to my feet out of the shadow. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

A. E. W. Mason Twelve feet high the wall stood when they had finished it—twelve feet high, and smooth and strong. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

He lifted her off her feet and looked into her eyes. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

As I turned down into the gorge I heard the sound of horses’ feet far behind, and, turning back, saw white riders dismounting at the dorp. Prester John by John Buchan

H. G. Wells Near the top I stumbled upon something soft, and, by a flash of lightning, saw between my feet a heap of black broadcloth and a pair of boots. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Mark Twain And they told him there was a tunnel 2,000 feet long and 1,000 feet high running through the hill, from end to end. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

It had straps to go over the instep, but the girl only thrust her feet in, after her slovenly manner. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

This was unpleasant, but I was too frightened to move my feet away from those drops. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Richard Burton It is nearly four feet long, bound in a wooden cover, and padlocked, so as to require from the curious a “silver key. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

If he were to escape me!” Suddenly the noise of feet came nearer — the windows of the first floor were lighted up with what seemed the reflection of a conflagration. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Jules Verne He soon knew they did, for they pulled the rope up faster; a distance of about eighty feet remained to be got over. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Arthur Conan Doyle There is a broad ditch without a ford in front of us, full twenty feet across!’ ‘Give me room for my horse, and I shall show ye the way across!’ cried the Baronet, backing his steed. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Watkin Tench At the distance of a league from the harbour’s mouth is a bar, on which at low water, not more than fifteen feet are to be found. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

H. G. Wells The shaft is protected by a hoarding nearly 20 feet high, and over this, incredible as it seems, Mr. Bessel, a stout, middle-aged gentleman, must have scrambled in order to fall down the shaft. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Henry Fielding In both cases the only safety is by withdrawing our feet the very first moment we perceive them sliding. Amelia by Henry Fielding

John Lewis Burckhard It is surrounded by a wall ten feet thick, flanked with numerous round towers, built with equal blocks of stone, each about two feet square. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Algernon Blackwood And my donkey stuck its four feet in the ground and wouldn’t budge. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

G. K. Chesterton He looked round; and Jeremy was still hovering in the distance; but the rush of feet came from a far different cause. The Sword of Wood by G. K. Chesterton [1928]

Joseph Furphy And, sure enough, there lay the child’s little coppertoed boots, where she had taken them off when her feet got sore, and walked on in her socks. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

A. E. W. Mason The room was perhaps thirty feet square, of which four feet were occupied by a solid pillar supporting the roof. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Algernon Blackwood My feet were running water, while yet the solid mass of earth and cliff stood up in me. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

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]

I saw that if we wanted a complete view we must climb to the top of a peak which, though only a few hundred feet higher than where we were lying, nevertheless hid a great deal from us. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald Lying so, she first heard their voices and felt their feet skirt her body and their shapes pass between the sun and herself. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Very shortly you will walk out a free man; under bond, it is true, but only-” “Never!” I was on my feet again at that. Serapion by Francis Stevens

But he had not had his feet up for twenty minutes when Whitehall 1212 was on the telephone. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Although relief for his cracking ribs could be gotten by continuing to rise, he fought to keep his feet on the ground. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Oscar Wilde Her face was veiled with a veil of gauze, but her feet were naked. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

W. H. Hudson I felt strangely buoyant as I walked, and could scarcely keep my feet on the ground. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Anthony Trollope They were seated between the canal and the river, with their feet towards the latter, and Walter Marrable was just lighting a cigar. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

You will need, to climb down the outside of the great tower, a strong cord more than two hundred feet long. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

William Godwin She bears away the nails which had pierced the hands and feet of the criminal, the clotted blood which had distilled from his wounds, and the sinews that had held him suspended. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

H. G. Wells All about his feet and knees were scarlet blankets, not folded, not formally unfolded, but — the only phrase is — shied about. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle The openings were about eighty feet above the ground, and were led up to by long stone stairs, so narrow and steep that no large animal could mount them. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Anthony Trollope Had he seen any strangers? Here he paused, but at last declared that he had seen none, but had heard the sound of wheels and of a pony’s feet upon the road. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Kate Chopin The two seated themselves there in the shade of the porch, side by side, with their backs against the pillows and their feet extended. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

And it must be said, too, that General D’Hubert’s turned-up feet looked thoroughly dead. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

His legs and feet were bare, blue, scratched, and very dirty, and his toes had the prehensile look common to monkeys and small boys who summer and winter go bootless. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Below it, outside the walls, we found a well sunk about eight feet in the granite, and cemented with fine lime, the red plaster in places remaining. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

But eight miles is a long walk for little feet in hot August weather, and the sun scorched their backs and the dust made their eyes smart and their feet ached and their tempers became uncertain. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Nikolai Gogol He wanted to move away, but felt that his feet had in some way become rooted to the earth. The Mysterious Portrait by Nikolai Gogol

Sir Walter Scott The whole space of the cottage did not exceed ten feet by six within the walls; and its only furniture, besides what we have mentioned, was a table and two stools formed of rough deals. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

I emitted a low whistle which didn’t seem to travel in that peculiar atmosphere more than two feet away from my lips, but all the same Rose came tripping down the stairs at once. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

He was buried in a tomb that he had built for himself many years before, a pyramid sixty feet high, which stood upon an acre of ground in the centre of an artificial lake. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Jules Verne Three stumps of masts, broken off about two feet above the bridge, showed that the vessel had had to sacrifice its masts. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Arthur Conan Doyle We got round the corner with one wheel three feet high upon the bank. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Instead, a straight drop of some hundred feet was below them. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

His feet were wrapped up in old sheepskins over remnants of boots. The Warrior’s Soul by Joseph Conrad [1916]

Charles Stur The basins of that fine stream are in the deepest recesses of the Australian Alps — which rise to an elevation of 7000 feet above the sea. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

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

Jules Verne Their trunks at the base measured twenty feet in circumference, and their bark was covered by a network of farrows containing a red, sweet-smelling gum. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Oh, ho, ho! I wish it was, and my old head at rest, for I’m worked worse than a horse, and wore off my feet altogether. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jules Verne The movement lasted nearly two minutes, and it was to be feared that the crevice would yawn at the very feet of the unhappy sailors. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Craigenputtock was a farm belonging to his wife’s family, lying seventy feet above the sea, sixteen miles from Dumfries, among desolate moors and bogs, and fully six miles from the nearest village. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Jules Verne Such is the wondrous lake of Taupo, lying 1,250 feet above the level of the sea, and in view of an amphitheater of mountains 2,400 feet high. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

As before, it was seventy-one feet exactly. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Robert Louis Stevenson The water in the foundation-pit at this time measured about two feet in depth, on an area of forty-two feet in diameter, and yet it was drawn off in the course of about half an hour. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Abraham Merri It reared itself almost perpendicularly hundreds of feet up into the sparkling heavens, and thrust down on each side its ebon bulwarks — like monstrous paws. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

I sprang to my feet and ran, followed closely as before by the seaman, to the open door. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

Jules Verne At the bottom the masonry rested upon a massive block measuring thirty feet in thickness, while on the upper portion it was level with the surrounding soil. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Lena put in her favourite doll, dressed as a little mother, for young Joe. It had a false arm; and no legs, so to say: Hugh cut the feet off one day, and Hannah had to sew the stumps up. “Jerry’s Gazette.” by Ellen Wood [1869]

The hatches was open, and I looked down and saw the cargo of bananas that filled the hold to within six feet of the top. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

I’ve never in my life caught a fish two feet long, and it’s thirty years now since I’ve had a rod in my hands. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Joseph Furphy He had heard of bush fires; and though he knew the locusts were starving on the surrounding plain, his roar of despair brought me to my feet on the floor. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Arthur Machen Steep from my feet the hill fell away, a land of gorse-blossom, red-gold and mellow, of glorious purple heather. The Great Return by Arthur Machen

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]

Anthony Trollope She was somewhat short of stature, as were all the Hotspurs, and her feet and hands and ears were small and delicate. Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Its elevation was over 1000 feet above the level of the surrounding country. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Jules Verne The Island of Aphroessa, of round form, measured 300 feet in diameter, and 30 feet in height. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Virginia Woolf They are real, thought Fanny Elmer, setting her feet on the mantelpiece. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Jack London The railroad skirted it twelve thousand feet above sea level, and the top of it ten thousand feet higher than that. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Arthur Conan Doyle We were a good sixty feet from the ground, and, look where I would, I could see no foothold, nor as much as a crevice in the brickwork. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

The aforetime chieftain of the Gorbals Die-hards had grown into a powerful young man, about five feet ten inches in height, with massive shoulders and a fist like a blacksmith’s. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Henry Kingsley His feet and head were bare: and under a vivid, tangled shock of hair looked a pretty, dirty, roguish face, with a pair of grey, twinkling eyes, which was amazingly comical. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

G. K. Chesterton Hearing the hoofs of the ass and the feet of his friend behind him, he turned his head, but could see nothing but the pitch darkness of a closed coal cellar. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Baldwin Spencer The specimen represented in Fig. 4 on Plate XIII. measures twelve feet nine inches in length. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

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]

Rudyard Kipling Otherwise we are as children running about naked under the feet of grown men and women. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Anthony Trollope Soon the noise of aged scuffling feet was heard upon the gravel and in the little hall, and the eleven men who were enabled to leave their rooms were assembled. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

E. T. A. Hoffmann Not a single step could be taken beyond the postern threshold without risk of falling at least eighty feet into a deep chasm. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Charles Stur We pushed through this scrub, the soil being a bright red sand for nine miles, when we suddenly found ourselves at the base of a small stony hill, of about fifty feet in height. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

The ship was too deeply laden astern, where my feet were, and water will not run up hill unless it is paid to do it. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Tobias Smolle This beautiful edifice, which stands upon a pediment six feet high, is eighty-two feet long, thirty-five broad, and thirty-seven high, without reckoning the pediment. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

D. H. Lawrence The days went by, they ran on dark-padded feet in silence. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

It stands twelve feet high, and measures as many in diameter. In the Confessional by Amelia B. Edwards

Arthur Conan Doyle My faith! when the wretches jerked me on to my feet again, and when I was dragged off up one of the mountain paths, I understood that a time was coming when I was to need all my courage and resource. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

I could feel each footstep he took as though his feet were in truth upon my heart, and I remember staring at the table before me as if I expected every moment to see it run with my own blood. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Jules Verne The diver is clothed in a waterproof suit of India rubber, and his feet are attached to leaden shoes, which allow him to retain his upright position beneath the surface. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Her feet tripped to a way-ward measure. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Frances Hodgson Burnett Afterwards he had kissed her dress and her feet when she said she would go with him to be married so that he could have her for his own before he went away to be killed. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle When two miles distant we dived and came up again seven miles to the south-west, without one of them dreaming that we had been within thirty feet of their keels. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Arthur Conan Doyle An instant later there was the shuffling of feet in the hall, and the sharp closing of a door. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Jules Verne Although the “Albatross” had sunk several hundred feet she was still in the thick of the cloud, and the flashes played across her as if they were fireworks. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He did not feel that he could ask for a loan with the girl not four feet away, so he broke off and made a perceptible motion of his head as if to beckon Maury to one side. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Jack London The hunter had managed to get the boat before the wind again, but we ran down upon it, going at least two feet to its one. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Jules Verne Away between the islands, in the Bay of Arenapo, the mouth of the Japura, six thousand six hundred feet wide, was seen for an instant. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Edgar Allan Poe His arm was completely black from the wrist to the shoulder, and his feet were like ice. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

The mouth distended to an opening of some six feet across, was lined with sharp steel spikes, slanting upward. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

D. H. Lawrence Under the piano the girl child sat laughing, pressing her mother’s feet with all her strength, and laughing again. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle Then. I paced up and down, and I clapped my hands together and kicked my feet against the walls to keep them from being frozen. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Abraham Merri Three feet of masonry stretched between the inner sill and the yard-wide, single pane that closed it. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Go your ways, then, Philemon, and leave me to the rougher paths my feet were made to tread. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Jules Verne Look, the sea la not more than ten feet from the hill!” It was true, and the result was what might naturally have been expected from the motion of the ice. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Rudyard Kipling I was getting my rod together, when I heard the joyous shriek of the reel and the yells of California, and three feet of living silver leaped into the air far across the water. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

I spent three or four hours there for six days running, till my heart and my feet were alike weary. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Robert Louis Stevenson Three such pairs as I now carry on my feet have I worn out upon this pilgrimage, and now the fourth is growing slender underneath my steps. Will O’ the Mill by Robert Louis Stevenson

James Joyce What is weight really when you say the weight? Thirtytwo feet per second per second. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Henry James Your friend there has his feet on the rock. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Charles Dickens His son was soon taken, tried at Hereford before the same judge on a long series of foolish charges, found guilty, and hanged upon a gallows fifty feet high, with a chaplet of nettles round his head. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

E. F. Benson Janet went out, looked this way and that, spied the quarry, and skimmed up the High Street on feet that twinkled as fast as her mistress’s. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

He was well over six feet in height, and was built on massive lines. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

And now you have hoicked me out, and my feet are cold. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Andrew Lang Not a trace was there of a man, or of one of the great beasts so much feared by Abeille, but only the marks of tiny forked feet on the sand. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

What they saw was a straight-sided pit, some thirty-five feet in depth. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Edward Bellamy But now that I am beginning a little to feel my feet under me, and to realize that, however I came here, I am here, and must make the best of it, I must speak to you on this point. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

When he walks or stands his feet have somewhat the appearance of a club-hand. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Her arms and feet were perfectly bare, and her step had a goddess-like rapidity and lightness, that affected the imagination of the Indians as much as the extraordinary colour of her skin and hair. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Stanley Lake was not a man to let the grass grow under his feet when an object was to be gained. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The lackey obeyed; I dressed myself in my own clothes, which had become too large for me; but a strange circumstance had happened,—my feet had become too large. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Jules Verne Our feet found lodgment in the firmer earth which had resisted the passage of the monster rock. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The room was a long one — perhaps fifty feet from end to end, and not less than ten paces broad. A Blue Pantomime by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Miles Franklin We were hot and tired, and our feet ached so that we could scarcely stand on them. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

A rough, narrow shed, fully fifty feet in length, imposed itself in an arbitrary line across the face of this crowd, dividing it into two compact halves. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

I could see now he was standin’ upon his feet that he was a tall, fine-made man, a head and shoulders higher than me. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

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

Abraham Merri The symbol, icon, representation, of Siya and Siyana — the globe and the up-striving figures — typified earthly love, feet bound to earth, but eyes among the stars. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Edgar Allan Poe If I arose to walk it would get between my feet and thus nearly throw me down, or, fastening its long and sharp claws in my dress, clamber, in this manner, to my breast. The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

D.H. Lawrence She sat down by the pool, in which she washed her feet free from sand, holding them to Siegmund to dry. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence