Phrases with "fell"

Anthony Trollope Only it does seem so hard upon him! I should like to shake you till you fell into his arms. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Olaf Stapledon In a serious voice she said, “I fell against a fence with a big nail in it. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Bronislaw Malinowski Howitt says that in all South-Eastern tribes elopement was in use; especially if there was any difficulty in finding a relative for exchange, or if two people fell in love with each other. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Arthur Morrison He washed and put away the tea-things, and then he fell to meditating on a new pair of trousers, finished that day and hanging behind the parlor door. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

All the old gags — the ha’porth of penny stamps, the rubber hammer, the left-handed screwdriver, the pot of striped paint — poor Willy fell for all of them. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Anthony Trollope But I will get Mountjoy also to go and see him, and explain to him out of his own mouth what in truth occurred that night when he and you fell out in the streets. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing Other hymns followed; Mary Bower fell into her gentler mood and showed how pleasant she could be when nothing irritated her susceptibilities. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle With a horrible silent energy he pushed Haw back and back until, coming to a bench, they both fell over it, McIntyre remaining uppermost. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

The impetus carried him to the edge, and he fell fainting just outside the shade. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

D. H. Lawrence But he fell far short of physical intimacy. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

T. E. Lawrence Choice fell on my ancient Ghazala, whose pregnancy had proved more heavy than we thought. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

H. G. Wells Then she slipped upstairs, fastened the door, fell on her knees beside the bed and put the whole thing as acceptably as possible to Heaven in a silent, simple, but lucidly explanatory prayer. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But Basil took it to bed with him that night, and thinking of it, holding it to him happily to the last, fell easily to sleep. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

George Gissing When at length calm fell upon the sea, and after a still night of gentle rain the day broke radiantly, all Surrentum was in movement between church and harbour. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

James Payn Even thus unadorned, she shewed divinely fair as her bosom rose and fell unstirred by passion, for the winds had lulled since sundown, and her gentle breath came up to him in even beats. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

And a dead man fell down where the thing had stood. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Henderson rushed wildly up the staircase in pursuit, whilst Harford and I, up on the gallery, fell instinctively back at his approach. The Dead Man of Varley Grange by Anonymous [1878]

Adam Lindsay Gordon The maiden sat by the river side (The rippling water murmurs by), And sadly into the clear blue tide The salt tear fell from her clear blue eye. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Rudyard Kipling But, as I was goin’ to tell you, I fell acrost the Black Tyrone agin wan day whin we wanted thim powerful bad. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Charles Kingsley They fell and came to ruin — as the Germans may do — when their mysticism became unpractical: but their thought remained, to be translated into practice by sounder-hearted races than themselves. Hours with the Mystics by Charles Kingsley

F. Scott Fitzgerald Amory reached above their heads and turned out the electric light, so that they were in the dark, except for the red glow that fell through the door from the reading-room lamps. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Robert Louis Stevenson She threw up her chin and made a step and a cry at me, so that I fell back incontinent. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson They drew nearer together, fell to speech in the Gaelic, and very cynically divided my property before my eyes. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Abraham Merri The lesser priests fell in behind us. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells The cliff below fell sheer; he could have spat on to the brawling torrent fifteen hundred feet perhaps below. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

George Meredith He fell upon the wych-elm with his own hands, under cover of the leafage, and the next day he paid his respects to Lady Camper, to inquire if her ladyship saw any further obstruction to the view. The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper by George Meredith [1877]

A fine rain fell unweariedly from the autumn mist. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Isabella Bird I unfortunately caught my foot in the pack of one and rolled it over, and as it disappeared in the snow its pack and saddle fell over its head and displayed the naked vertebræ of its poor back. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Oscar Wilde And then he fell back again, and lay quite still. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

Rudyard Kipling And at the beginning of the season, poor little Pluffles fell a prey to her. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Benjamin Disraeli The public, in short, fell into a passion with their darling, and, ashamed of their past idolatry, nothing would satisfy them but knocking the divinity on the head. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Elizabeth Gaskell But she was not prepared for the technical names, which Job Legh pattered down on her ear, on which they fell like hail on a skylight; and the strange language only bewildered her more than ever. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Gertrude Stein In his surprise at the violence Ezra fell out of Gertrude Stein’s favourite little armchair, the one I have since tapestried with Picasso designs, and Gertrude Stein was furious. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

George Meredith Then fell the steady deluge In which I strove to doze, Hearing all night at my window The knock of the winter rose. Poems from the volume entitled “Modern Love” by George Meredith [1862]

T. E. Lawrence This was annoying; but when the course was clear again, we fell to burying the charge. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Carmel fell ill before the news of her sister’s death arrived at the house, you remember. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Andrew Lang They were driving their spurs into the partition till the splinters flew about, and some of the boys fell off, and some still hung on and sat looking like fools. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Under dull grey skies, in the shortening days, the rain fell drenching, incessant. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

William Shakespeare And for a woman wert thou first created; Till Nature, as she wrought thee, fell a-doting, And by addition me of thee defeated, By adding one thing to my purpose nothing. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

G. K. Chesterton Another tuft of it, in a bright but blinding manner, fell across and obscured the left optic, as in literal fulfilment of the parable of a beam in the eye. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

The earthly fetters fell away from his liberated soul, and he was alone with his God, as much alone as Moses on the mountain, as Christ in the garden. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Mark Twain Another order, the soldiers fell apart and enclosed the square in a double-ranked human fence. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Olaf Stapledon Some other and hostile beast fell upon it and devoured it, or the whole jungle suffocated it. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing At a dinner-table, in grand toilet, she would be superb; at polite receptions people would whisper: ‘Who is that?’ Biffen fell out of the dialogue. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Thomas Wolfe The sky was blue and young and vital, there were no clouds in it; the trees were budding into leaf; the sunlight fell into the street, upon all the people there, with an innocent and fearless life. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Arthur Conan Doyle Who could have guessed that it was the prelude to our supreme disaster? Let me say in a few words how the crushing blow fell upon us. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

F. Scott Fitzgerald About midway in the second sequence he fell asleep with his new hat on his chest. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

To the fancy it seemed some far-away recess in a wood, arched over with foliage, from which fell a greeny light of delightful charm and mystery. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Richard Hakluy The 9th our men fell in dislike of their allowance because it was so small as they thought. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

One day he fell in love, and when the girl refused him he lost his temper and kicked her. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Toward morning she fell asleep, slept for an hour, started up in awful fear. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

M. R. James It seemed to rise at one end: it slid downwards: it fell away, exposing the black coffin with its silver handles and name-plate. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

Once at sunset a drunken second-class passenger, a corpulent merchant of Perm, fell overboard, and was carried away, struggling on the red-gold water-way. In the World by Maksim Gorky

As they pulled, large pieces of meat, lumps of butter, loaves of bread, basins of milk, hot puddings, black puddings, and other rural dainties, fell from the halters on to the floor. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Henry James She fell to talking little by little and went from one thing to another. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

Maria Edgeworth I remember well her performing the part of a nurse with vast applause; and I remember, too, the sensibility she showed, when the child that she nursed fell a sacrifice to her dissipation. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

George Eliot That sudden clang, that leaping light, fell on Romola like sharp wounds. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

He wore a red shirt that had become rather black where his long brown ringlets fell on his shoulders; it had tarnished gilt buttons ciphered “G. R.,” stolen, I suppose, from some English ship. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

In that hour another element, which assuredly was not wanted, fell into the seething caldron of new-born impulses, that, like the magic caldron of Medea, was now transforming me into a new creature. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Then he bade her stop; and as B was taking leave of his betrothed, she suddenly fell to the floor with a loud scream. The Cremona Violin by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Tam was of the Free Kirk persuasion, and as his Communion fell on a different day from ours, he was spared the bondage of church attendance from which Archie and I had revolted. Prester John by John Buchan

Mark Twain He knew that a yearning glance fell upon him, now and then, through a film of tears, but he refused recognition of it. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Steele Rudd Then the bush broke and Dad fell heavily upon his back and swore again. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Edgar Rice Burroughs They turned me about to see if I had a tail, and when they discovered that I was not so equipped they fell into roars of laughter. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Oscar Wilde As I took it from her, her tears fell on my hand. The Portrait of Mr. W. H. by Oscar Wilde [1889]

So, arrived, in a trice we fell on endless Themes colloquial; how the fact, the falsehood With Bithynia, what the case about it, Had it helped me to profit or to money. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

Anthony Trollope As she did so, her eye fell upon an old laborer, who was sitting close to her, on a felled tree, under the shelter of a paling, eating his dinner. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Nathless she strikes at random, can be fell With other than those votaries she deals The black or brilliant from her thunder-rift. Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth by George Meredith [1883]

Sir Walter Scott On one account alone he fell somewhat under suspicion. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Andrew Lang Pat took the corpse home in a coffin, and on his arrival Elizabeth fell into a swoon, which lasted for several hours. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

He and Verena fell in love with one another; and, on her side, at any rate, it was not the passing fancy sometimes called by the name, but one likely to last for all time. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Wilkie Collins As his eye fell on the first lines, his lips began to work round the mouth-piece of the pipe in a manner that was very unusual with him. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

George Gissing To this Oliver made only a few brief and muttered replies; when it was all over, he fell asleep. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing Would he do Mrs. Warbeck the ‘favour’ of looking in before ten to-night? No explanation of this unusually worded request; and Thomas fell at once into a tremor of anxiety. The Salt of the Earth by George Gissing

Then he praised the sword much, and thereafter went to the river with a lock of wool, and threw it up against the stream, and it fell asunder when it met the sword. The Story of the Volsungs by translated by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson

She fell in love with Leslie the first night — she was just a baby, you know — and I think her interest in him blotted out any grief she might have felt. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Charles Dickens I never heard him allude to his circumstances, and never fell into the society of any man who had the slightest acquaintance with them. Master Humphrey’s Clock by Charles Dickens [1840]

Nikolai Gogol Utterly exhausted, he rushed into his miserable hovel and fell to the ground like a log. St John’s Eve by Nikolai Gogol

Bram Stoker If Mr. Holmwood fell in love with her seeing her only in the drawing room, I wonder what he would say if he saw her now. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Henry Handel Richardson His chief remaining hope was that there would be no open speaking, that Schilsky’s name would not be mentioned; and plump into the midst of this hope fell Ephie’s question. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Silent she sat and combed her hair, That fell all round about her there. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle With three swords through him he still struggled on, and had almost won his way through them ere he fell dead upon the stair. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

He found a cannon lying in the grass; he fastened his third cord to it; it proved to be a little too short, and he fell into a muddy ditch in which there was perhaps a foot of water. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

He had entreated me not to leave him; so, as one sits up with a nervous child, I sat up with him — in the name of humanity — till he fell asleep. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Again I fell asleep at once, but this time I had no disturbing dreams. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Willa Cather Suddenly his eye fell upon a large photograph of his brother above the piano. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Samuel Johnson About this time I fell into his company. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

E. Phillips Oppenheim It fell upon them so that Fawley, even in those wild seconds of excitement, was obliged to close his eyes. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Algernon Blackwood Bodily fatigue made bed exceedingly welcome, though it was long before I fell asleep. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Ann Radcliffe I fell at his feet, overcome by the noble disinterestedness of his conduct, and instantly accepted the latter. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

He fell forward into the room, and all the weight of his body was thrown upon the imprisoned ankle. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Benjamin Disraeli At last, jumping up very high in the air, he fell as if all his joints were loosened, and the Misses Fitzloom, imagining that his bones were really broken, shrieked again. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

H. Rider Haggard Men made way for her, and at the door she also fell dead. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Guy de Maupassant He was so comfortable that he fell asleep. Sundays of a Bourgeois (Les Dimanches d’un bourgeois de Paris) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

And now one, now the other, fell on his knee; but the end of the strife was, that the barrow-dweller fell over on his back with huge din. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

George Gissing Widdowson fell into gloomy abstraction. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Andrew Lang And so it fell out, and as the doves were very beautiful the servant bought them for the king, who admired them so much that he called his son to look at them. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Grettir and he had little to do together; Biorn thought him of little worth weighed against himself, but Grettir was unyielding, so that things fell athwart between them. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

When the maid got back into the kitchen we are told ‘she fell into “a swounde,” and was all the next day very weak. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

William Morris He heard one o’clock strike, then two and then three; after which he fell asleep again. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Drowsiness was coming over her once more, and she fell asleep again, murmuring tenderly: “I’m going to by-by. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He fell heavily, but the fault was not mine. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Jules Verne The walrus rolled over, but speedily got up again, and tried to make his escape, but Altamont fell upon him with his hatchet, and cut off his dorsal fins. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

William Morris Then changed his mood again, and he fell to bewailing her departure, and how that henceforth he should have none to speak to him with understanding. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

And then he fell on his knees, and grovelled at her feet. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was about that time that Von Diss fell so desperately in love with her. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Now, spent, the goal they almost reach at last, When eager Nisus, hapless in his haste, Slipp’d first, and, slipping, fell upon the plain, Soak’d with the blood of oxen newly slain. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Charles Dickens But then, blessed with the relief of tears, I fell upon my knees, and blessed her. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Clayton was at some distance from the cabin, having come to fell a particularly perfect tree for his building operations. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Anthony Trollope Ten, nay, twenty pages of the finest descriptive writing that ever fell from the pen of a novelist will not do it. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

James Hogg The largest party were in a front room; and the attack of the mob fell first on their windows, though rather with fear and caution. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Arthur Conan Doyle I ran to her and threw my arms round her, but at that moment her knees seemed to give way and she fell to the ground. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Henry Handel Richardson She wasn’t NICE to think of, since she fell off the steps — not able to walk properly, and her face so red and swollen. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

Charles Stur On the morning of the 15th the barometer fell to 27. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Gustave Flauber This hail of bullets, darts, and flames passed above the first ranks in the form of a curve which fell behind the walls. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Arthur Conan Doyle Johnston, the old archer, was struck upon the temple and fell dead without a groan, while fifteen of his bowmen and six of the men-at-arms were struck down at the same moment. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

When beauty failed, even beauty with money in its hand, Lady Mary hesitated, and then fell back on goodness. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

The circle of shaded light fell on his face as he read — the thin grave face, with the steady, inscrutable eyes. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

He fell lifeless, without a groan, a brave man and one loyal and steadfast to that dreaded country which had borne him. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Julian Hawthorne The table tipped over, and a vase (the ancestral vase, containing the elixir of life), fell off to the floor. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

Andrew Lang For a moment he staggered, and then fell to the ground covered with blood. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Fanny Fern An expression of pain passed over the young man’s features as his eye fell upon the child. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

George Borrow All his efforts, however, being unavailing to ride him deeper in, he fell to washing him strenuously with his hands, then leading him out, he dressed himself and returned by the way he came. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Abraham Merri They fell — cube and sphere and pyramid — some half opened, some fully, in a rain of disks, of stars, huge flaming crosses; a storm of unimaginable pyrotechnics. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

He was followed to his box, and being once slightly rubbed on the palms of the hands, fell into a sound sleep, in which he continued without intermission for ten hours. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

I fell asleep with a vision of Amos, his face all puckered up at the mouth and a wandering sentiment in his eye, recapturing in his dingy world the emotions of a boy. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Arthur Machen The bright light of the lamp fell full upon her, and Clarke watched changes fleeting over her face as the changes of the hills when the summer clouds float across the sun. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Maria Edgeworth He remained with her some hours, till Lady Delacour became more quiet and fell asleep, exhausted with delirious exertions. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

He slit the last thongs, and Dickson fell limply on his face. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Marjorie Bowen As the tapestry fell into place behind him, Visconti approached the black bureau between the windows, and unlocked one of the long drawers. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

F. Scott Fitzgerald With a sigh her arms unwound from Carlyle’s neck, and her eyes, transfigured and far away, fell upon the boarding party. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jules Verne A deafening noise fell on his ear like the roar of artillery. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

H. Rider Haggard Here his eye fell upon the necklace. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

From the spirals of time and place he felt himself falling, and still he fell and fell. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Robert fell into a deep sleep, from which it was impossible to arouse him all night: as to writing, his hands were as if dead. Robert Ashton’s Wedding-day by Ellen Wood [1870]

George Meredith I start tomorrow for my yacht at Cardiff.’ There the matter ended; for Fleetwood fell to talking of the mines. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Louisa May Alcott Her eyes kindled as they turned wistfully toward the window, but they fell on the old house opposite, and she shook her head with sorrowful decision. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Gustave Flauber A thin vapour, with a rainbow beside it, went up from its base, beneath the rays of the sun, and a little stream curving through the plain fell into the gulf. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

William Morris At last, pure weariness got the better of his hopes and fears, and he fell into slumber just as the dawn was passing into day. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

At length, on the death of his landlord, who had always dealt generously by him, William Burness fell into the grip of a factor, whose tender mercies were hard. Robert Burns by John Campbell Shairp [1879]

It seems that every responsibility fell upon his shoulders, and that there was no part of stage-life that it was not his duty to look after. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

G. K. Chesterton And far, far below them the brown fog fell until it warmed into fire. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. G. Wells One white-faced man not a score of yards away fell with a curse and a sob, struggled up, staggered for some yards with blood running abundantly from his neck, and fell and never stirred again. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Marjorie Bowen The sun was streaming through the gold and opal windows in a dazzling shaft of light, it fell over her face and blinded her for a second. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Perhaps I fell into a doze — I cannot say; but again I started up at the repetition, as it seemed outside my window, of that cry of sadness and despair. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Isabella Bird The going was very bad, and both Moussa and I fell down hill slopes with our horses, but the animals luckily alighted on their feet. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

At any rate I fell asleep over it. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

D. H. Lawrence The mudlarking urchins fell upon us. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

D. H. Lawrence Over went the candle, and it rolled on the floor, and the brass holder fell with much clanging. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Robert Louis Stevenson The third letter came to my hand while we were deep in some such talk: and it will be seen how pat it fell to the occasion. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Then — all the blackness of the world descended on me and with a hoarse cry for help I fell tottering from the wall. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I fell ill, and I knew that my heart was breaking. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Jules Verne By degrees we fell into regular ways and habits of life. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

I stood checked for a moment; awe, not fear, fell upon me; and, whilst I stood, a solemn wind began to blow—the saddest that ear ever heard. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

William Makepeace Thackeray The same madness fell on every man in the ship. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

He was young and ragged, with one eye blank, but the other ablaze with some fell excitement. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

William Hope Hodgson Then, as the silence fell again, I heard that stealthy breathing. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

D. H. Lawrence And the sun immediately went right down, and the ice-heavy blue shadow fell over us all. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Andrew Lang Ring was nearly swooning by this time, but Snati made a third effort and reached the top of the cliff, where the Prince fell down in a faint. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

One of his companions, going to take hold of him by the feet, had such a cuff given him that he fell down in the boat, and the offender was seen no more. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Jonathan Swif She said much to me of what she had talked to the Queen and Lord Treasurer. The poor lady fell a shedding tears openly. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Radclyffe Hall Stephen’s own hands fell and hung at her sides; her head drooped, and she stood staring down at the carpet. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Sir Walter Scott A gentleman, however, who resembled Balmawhapple in the article of courage only, fell at Preston in the manner described. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

There happened to be no one about, and in craning over the quay to look into his father’s boat, he overbalanced, fell in, and was drowned. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

John Polidori He fell upon his knees to them, he implored, he begged of them to delay but for one day. The Vampyre by John Polidori

George Gissing Ha!” Silence fell between them. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

As they entered Darking fell back, the old woman rose and withdrew to the priest’s side, and Peter found himself alone by the pallet, looking down at a grey face distorted with fear. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

As Bessie was a very pretty girl, and neither she nor I had a sixpence wherewith to bless ourselves, of course we fell in love with each other. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

It can report that Burminster fell asleep at a public dinner — which he did — in such a way as to make everybody think that he was drunk — which he wasn’t. The Last Crusade by John Buchan

Henry Handel Richardson He stayed behind and kicked the yellow road-flowers till all their heads fell off. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

H.G. Wells It’s no good my telling that I fell into your world. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]

The man gave a little cry, more like a sob, and with outspread arms fell on his face upon the deck. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Rudyard Kipling Weeping softly for O-Toyo (little I knew then that my heart was to be torn afresh from my bosom) I fell asleep in the clanging hotel. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

So fell alike both Gernot and Rudeger, slain in the fray, through each other’s hand. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

I fell from the skies on Barbizon about two o’clock of a September afternoon. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Oliver Goldsmith My son led one of the little ones by the hand, and my wife the other, while I leaned upon my youngest girl, whose tears fell not for her own but my distresses. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

Edith Wharton The fact of his wife’s having reached another stage in her ascent fell into its place as a part of the huge human buffoonery. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

G. K. Chesterton In my solitude I fell into many of the ways of a savage. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Elizabeth Gaskell But Theresa was at the gate; her hair all out of powder, and blowing away into dishevelled curls, as the hood of her cloak fell back; her lips parted with a breathless welcome. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Thomas Love Peacock At the house of Mr Hilary, Scythrop first saw the beautiful Miss Emily Girouette. He fell in love; which is nothing new. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Andrew Lang Night overtook him at the foot of a great rock, and he fell asleep on a bank of moss, lulled by the music of a little brook. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Richard Burton I reduce it, in 1853, to 50,000; and in A.D. 1854, owing to political causes, it fell to about 25,000. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Rudyard Kipling On all sides, excep’ the one we’d come by, the ground fell away moderately quick, and down at the bottom there was a large camp lit up an’ full of harsh words of command. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Henry Handel Richardson Ephie turned scarlet, and jumping up from the sofa, so that all the blossoms fell from her hair at once, stamped her foot. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

After the death of Boniface the lordship of Mantua fell to his famous daughter, Matilda, of whom most have heard. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

The battle raged furiously in front; the arrows of the Turks fell thick as hail, and their well-trained squadrons trod the Crusaders under their hoofs like stubble. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Once I knew a man who fell in love with his nurse —” The anecdote rambled on, punctuated by their footsteps. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In spite of the misfortune which was about to befall me, and of which, by the by, I was totally unconscious, I fell asleep. The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas [1844]

Anthony Hope They had stretched a rope across my path; as I fell a man bounded up from either side, and I found the rope slack under my body. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Charles fell behind on some pretence of fastening the gate, and Molly had to content herself with Ruth’s and Dare’s society for the remainder of the walk. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Apaecides fell to the ground pierced to the heart — he fell mute, without even a groan, at the very base of the sacred chapel. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Jules Verne Lady Helena rushed toward him in terror, as he fell down struck by Ben Joyce’s ball. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

A gale and fierce storm fell upon them, so that they had to turn the helm, and run before the wind, and so they came north to Finnmark, where they spent the winter. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

William Morris When the King Florus had heard these words, he fell a-pondering, and spake no word for a great while. Old French Romances by William Morris [1896]

Gustave Flauber They besought him; and as the word treason occurred in their speech, he fell into a passion. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Henry James Basil Ransom had got up just as Mrs. Luna made this last declaration; for a young lady had glided into the room, who stopped short as it fell upon her ears. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

He fell back on a previous statement: “And I am a person to be reckoned with. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

She at once uttered a loud cry, fell back in her chair, and thence slipped to the floor, murmuring, ‘Oh, the unhappy man, the unhappy man!’” “The unhappy woman, you mean. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Elizabeth Gaskell Osborne fell to her lot, of course, and for some time he and she prattled on with all the ease of manner and commonplaceness of meaning which go far to make the ‘art of polite conversation. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Thomas Hardy Being wounded, the Knight fell upon one knee, according to the direction. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy