Phrases with "fell"

Elizabeth Von Arnim Extracting one himself from another curl, which immediately fell to the floor —“Lively little lot, aren’t they,” was his admiringly affectionate comment — he began to get busy. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

His suspicions naturally fell on the sword-cutler, to whom he remembered having spoken very frankly. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Thomas Wolfe At first sight, George fell instantly in love with her, and she with him. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Victor Hugo So the incident fell into oblivion. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Wilkie Collins The light of the lamp in the passage fell on his face. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Another Sagoth fell to the bullet from the revolver; but it did not stop his companions. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Sinclair Lewis He came home hating Hesselink but by no means loving himself; he fell upon Leora and, to her placid agreement, announced that they were “going to get educated, if it kills us. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

D. H. Lawrence Look at yourselves!’ There fell a complete silence. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton We know there is no King in England; nor has been since his head fell before Whitehall. You know that you and I and the families are the Kings of England; and our marriages are royal marriages. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

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]

I have a son, an avenger of the dead, who yet lives to — to ——” He fell back. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

E. F. Benson Then pointing with trembling and ash-grey finger towards the door, he screamed aloud, and so fell back dead. How Fear Departed from the Long Gallery by E. F. Benson

Edgar Rice Burroughs He attempted to obviate this by plastering himself from head to foot with mud, but this dried and fell off. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Rudyard Kipling And now that the train has reached Ajmir, the Crewe of Rajputana, whither shall a tramp turn his feet? The Englishman set his stick on end, and it fell with its point North-west as nearly as might be. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Baldwin Spencer When examining the specimen in the presence of the Luritcha man to whom it belonged, a little of the down fell off, and it was with evident fear pushed aside and then covered over with sand. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Arthur Conan Doyle With a groan Nigel fell upon his face, blood gushing from his mouth, nose, and ears. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch So Captain Jones cut his way into daylight, when, what does he see but a sail, not a mile away! He fell on his knees —” “How could he, you silly? He’d have slipped. Midsummer Fires by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Elizabeth Gaskell By-and-by her eye fell down to gazing at the corresponding window to her own, on the opposite side of the court. Libbie Marsh’s Three Eras by Elizabeth Gaskell [1847]

She turned from side to side in feverish unrest, and whenever a drowsy stupor fell on her senses, the old sorrows would start into new life within her breast. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Thomas Hardy At last old Mr. Sargent fell ill, and then Jasper could bear it no longer: he produced the fine-money himself, and handed it to Netty, and spoke to her plainly. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

E. Nesbi Some stones and loose earth fell down and rattled on the railway metals far below. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Wilkie Collins He was a young man — he fell into the snare that she had set for him. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Abraham Merri As he fell he caught glimpse of a face staring up at him, a face that was but one red smear; the face of the first priest he had battered down. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Elizabeth Gaskell He fell down now, often; stumbling over the slightest obstacle. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Caroline Lamb From that day, I fell into a dangerous illness. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

They fell together on WLB’s left elbow. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

Soon a torrent of vivid sparks fell around them—then, at last, the volcano was extinguished—then all was dark and still—the floating bark and heaving ocean. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Immediately deep shadows fell between us, and aboriginal silence. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

Victor Hugo The other hand, being raised, fell back likewise. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

I count upon the grace of Heaven, without which I should infallibly fall, as I fell in other times. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

As the dark fell I turned up a side glen which, as I remember from the map, led into an unfrequented corner of the hills. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

D. H. Lawrence Then failed to bite, fell back hissing softly, leaving the belly of the sands granulated silver. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

At the same instant she jerked open the door; and a hunchback who had been picking at the lock fell headlong into the room, his pistol exploding on the carpet in a streak of fire. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

M. R. James All that day the ash burned, and until it fell to pieces the men stood about it, and from time to time killed the brutes as they darted out. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Chicot’s last blow fell into empty space. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

George Meredith I was the most miserable creature in all the world till I fell in love with my harp. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Sigmund Freud It fell to me to carry out the coup d'etat, and a discussion of the importance of the Danube (German, Donau) to Austria (Wachau!) was the occasion of an open revolt. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Sir Walter Scott He reeled in the, saddle, advanced his hand to the holster, and drew a pistol, but, unable to discharge it, fell from his horse mortally wounded. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

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]

Thomas Hardy With no longer a companion to distract her, Tess fell more deeply into reverie than ever, her back leaning against the hives. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Now Herodotus, in his narration of that fight, hath obscured also the bravest act of Leonidas, saying that they all fell in the straits near the hill. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

When, a little before his banquet, he had resumed his self-possession, it was with a fell and gloomy resolution that he brooded over the perfidious schemes he had previously formed. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

The Genie was there in a second! Not only so, but he fell upon the viands with an ardour and sincerity that were alarming. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

George Meredith Mr. Pollingray, when a very young man, and comparatively poor, went over to France with good introductions, and there saw and fell in love with Louise de Riverolles. She reciprocated his passion. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

Jules Verne The temperature of the room fell suddenly to 7 degrees below zero. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Wilkie Collins He fell asleep before the Venus of the Capitol. When I saw that, I said to myself, Now he will do; Don Juan is reformed at last. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Wilkie Collins It fell directly, however, to ‘temperate’ again, when he found nobody there; and it sank twenty degrees lower still, at the sight of little Annie’s face, when she came down to see him. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

H. Rider Haggard For a minute I fell on to my hands and knees among the dead and dying, and turned sick and faint. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

M. P. Shiel About two in morning I fell to sleep, a deeper peace of shadow now reigning where so long the melancholy silver of the moon had lingered. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

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]

When’s high water?” Dougal answered that to the best of his knowledge it fell between four and five in the afternoon. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

I reeled — I stumbled — I fell — and at the same instant the cause of my alarm wheeled past me at full gallop. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Theodore Dreiser At her room, the wording of this missive occupied her for some time, for she fell to the task at once. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Jules Verne Suddenly the wind fell and the vessel fell back, and turning her became hopeless. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

E. F. Benson On the other hand, if they were spaced and leaned against the wall, some slight disturbance upset the equilibrium of one and it fell against the next, and the whole lot went down like ninepins. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

H. G. Wells I started and stood aside — drip, fell another drop quite audibly on the rocky floor. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Then his eye fell on the great aisle crammed with his country folk; a thousand snowy caps, filigreed with gold. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Elizabeth Gaskell Towards morning he fell into a dead sound sleep. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Andrew Lang Then they climbed up higher, and the fell grew more level, so that they could see farther around them. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Lawson Suddenly he struggled to his knees, and then fell forward on his hand and dragged himself close to the hole in the end of the drive. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Isabella Bird In some places it was absolutely necessary to walk, and in attempting to get down one bad place on my own feet I fell and hurt my knee badly — a serious misfortune just at present. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning And Goethe, with that reaching eye His soul reached out from, far and high, And fell from inner entity. A Vision of Poets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1844]

Henry Kingsley His brown hair, carelessly brushed, fell over a forehead both broad and lofty, beneath which shone a pair of bold, clear grey eyes. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

G. K. Chesterton Professor de Worms fell back in his chair with a curious air of kindly collapse. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Andrew Lang In the evening, when sister was tired, she said her prayers and then laid her head on the fawn’s back and fell sound asleep with it as a pillow. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Willa Cather Vickie, so indifferent to clothes, fell in love with that cloak. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

The muffled sound of a door being carefully shut awakened her, and she saw the kind, open eyes of Yegor. “I fell asleep; excuse me,” she said quietly. Mother by Maksim Gorky

H. G. Wells Behind, the crag fell steeply for some hundreds of feet to a long slope covered with a sparse vegetation which rose again to the main masses of the mountain, a wall of cliffs with a level top. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

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

H. G. Wells They fell back on the nearer loyalties of their immediate associates. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

It fell out of your coat one day. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Henry James Laura waited for him to remark that her sister obviously would turn up now; but no such words fell from his lips. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

And failing to distinguish this, they naturally fell into the belief in metempsychosis. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

She fell back helpless and exhausted into an arm-chair. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Henry David Thoreau When I made most noise he would stretch out his neck, and erect his neck feathers, and open his eyes wide; but their lids soon fell again, and he began to nod. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

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

Dominique fired a last; shot, and they fell upon him while his gun was yet smoking. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

When Aunt Becky was getting on her hood and mantle, she invariably fell into talk with some crony who had a story to tell, or a point to discuss. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Charles Dickens The wind still raged at intervals, but not incessantly; and when it paused, the snow fell in heavy flakes. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

He fell passionately in love with this actress. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

It hung on to his trousers, then it fell off and flung itself at his ankles. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Mary Webb Cherries fell in the orchard with the same rich monotony, the same fatality, as drops of blood. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

R. D. Blackmore Terms being settled and agreement signed, the lawyers fell to at the linked sweetness of deducing title. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

D. H. Lawrence He started and caught his pipe as it fell from his mouth. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Kingsley Will, my own boy, take this d — d thing from round my neck! I can’t see; where is there a chair! Oh, God!” He fell heavily against William, looking deadly white, without sense or power. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Willa Cather Harney fell on the rocks and was killed instantly. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Elizabeth Gaskell I think I fell asleep directly; at any rate, I don’t remember anything of being awake. Two Fragments of Ghost Stories by Elizabeth Gaskell

Big tears coursed down her cheeks and fell onto her bread. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

He cried on Alexis to stop, and, this being accomplished with some suddenness, fell off at Dougal’s feet. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Ford Madox Ford She fell into a sort of dim trance after she had looked at her watch. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

Rudyard Kipling There was an oath, the Corporal fell over to his own left as shinbone met shinbone, and the Private collapsed, his right leg broken an inch above the ankle. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

In the middle of the kitchen floor lay Tsiganok, face upwards; broad streaks of light from the window fell on his head, his chest, and on his feet. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

But suddenly in the silence fell notes of music. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

The Indians were even more dazzled by his appearance than by Molina’s, as the sun fell brightly on his polished armour, and glanced from his military weapons. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Henry Handel Richardson It was a pleasant dusk; he put his arms on the table, his head on his arms, and, in spite of his anxiety, fell into a sound sleep. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

As “Chips” was a man of some little education, and he and I had had a good deal of intercourse with each other, he fell in with me in my walk. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Another party I fell in with said you could generally always get bread; and the thing to do was to break a plateglass window and get into gaol; seemed rather a brilliant scheme. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Strong as an ox, he did the work of two men, and at night, when in his garret, fell asleep learning to read. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Philip at last abandoned them and fell back on consideration. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Andrew Lang Which was the youngest? Suddenly his eyes fell on the hand of the middle one, and there was no little finger. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim At the farther end of the room, at a table encircled by a ponderous screen, he found the Princess. A dour-looking woman standing patiently by her side fell back on his arrival. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Andrew Lang He was very rich and handsome, and when he heard all that was said about Pretty Goldilocks, though he had never seen her, he fell so deeply in love with her that he could neither eat nor drink. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Elizabeth Gaskell They fell upon the gaunt, sorrow-worn man who was the cause of all. The Heart of John Middleton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Arthur Conan Doyle I rushed forward, fell down, clapped my hand to my face, and became a piteous spectacle. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

G. K. Chesterton He fell against the statue, like Caesar against Pompey’s, hanging on to the iron rail; his sword was already broken. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Andrew Lang But hardly had the first bite passed her lips than she fell down dead on the ground. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Elizabeth Von Arnim True, since then she had hardly set eyes on him, for almost immediately she fell ill. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Anthony Trollope I saw him jump the brook just before I fell into it. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Elizabeth Gaskell Alas! one after another they fell away, and shrunk from her path with blanching terror; and we too surely guessed the reason why. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

Olaf Stapledon If in any respect its national legal system fell short of the common standard of mankind, changes, however drastic, had to be made. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Jules Verne He went on preparing a warm bed, into which he managed to remove his patient, who soon fell into a calm and natural sleep. Off on a Comet by Jules Verne [1877]

Now the men of the country-side fell into twos and twos together, and one upbraided the other, but him the most of all, who had given forth the words of peace. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Wilkie Collins The wick of the candle fell over in the socket, and left them in the dark. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Henry Handel Richardson It fell to Ned to keep the ball rolling. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Goldstein himself, if he fell into the hands of the Thought Police, could not give them a complete list of members, or any information that would lead them to a complete list. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Elizabeth Gaskell And when he confirmed her judgment, the mother fell down in a fit. Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

John Galsworthy He would on no account have mentioned the fight, for, on second thoughts, it fell far short of his standards. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

I had forgotten to caution her not to make use of my name, and when it fell from her lips I looked to see her unhappy companion recoil from me with a scream. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

And honest Gower, who in respect of him, Had only sipt at Aganippas brimme, And though in yeares this last was him before,60 Yet fell he far short of the others store. Elegies vpon Svndry Occasions by Michael Drayton [1627]

Then his eyes roamed round and they fell suddenly upon the spot where the mummified body of Sid Ferris had lain just beneath the sand. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Burne-Jones fell completely under his spell, and he tells us how for many years his chief anxiety, over each successive work of art that he finished, was ‘what Gabriel would have thought of it’. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

R. D. Blackmore Because he has always taken whatever fell upon him gently; and of course that makes it ever so much worse when he dwells upon the things that come inside of him. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Ivan Turgenev I was so overcome that I almost dropped the watch, and, utterly disconcerted, my face painfully flushing crimson, I fell to fumbling about my waistcoat with it, unable to find my pocket. The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

Afterwards, when he reconstructed the scene, Peter held that he fell into a kind of waking dream, from which he awoke with a start to realise that the dance was ended and the Floor empty. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Some twirp from Chicago fell in the wind machine. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Henry Handel Richardson Her nightgown was not buttoned; he saw to the waist a strip of the white skin beneath, saw, too, how a long black strand of her hair fell in and lay on it. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Elizabeth Gaskell He prayed, while his own tears fell fast. The Well of Pen-Morfa by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

Wilkie Collins Little by little he fell into a habit of taking long, lonely walks at night, when Magdalen thought he was sleeping upstairs. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

My father was the practically inactive senior member of his firm, and the reins had so far left his hands that when the blow fell it was hard for him to get a grasp on the situation or even credit it. Serapion by Francis Stevens

H. G. Wells If he didn’t do something, he would fall asleep, and if he fell asleep, it was ten to one they would find him snoring, and finish him forthwith. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

William Morris But suddenly she dropped the knife, her hand fell to her side, and she fell in a heap on the floor and lay there hushed. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

The ridges appeared to trend north and south, and to approach the river’s bending bed at different angles; their sides were steep, and in places scarped where they fell into the intervening hollows. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The first dim shaft of morning sunlight fell upon the stone cross below, flashing along its sea-stained arms with soft brilliancy. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

James Joyce The light of the lamps of the church fell upon an assembly of black clothes and white collars, relieved here and there by tweeds, on dark mottled pillars of green marble and on lugubrious canvases. Dubliners by James Joyce

F. Scott Fitzgerald But then I fell in love with you, and — and I’m honestly sorry you’re going to — going to be put away — though I’d rather you’d be put away than ever kiss another girl. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Andrew Lang She fell back, and with his helmet still on and his shield up, he set his foot on her throat. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Bram Stoker I can’t quite remember how I fell asleep last night. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

George Gissing As for Pennyloaf, she was so overwearied that hours passed before oblivion fell upon her aching eyelids. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Anna Katherine Green A moment or two passed before it fell back into place. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Edgar Rice Burroughs The distance was so great by this time that most of the arrows fell short, while those that reached us were sufficiently spent to allow us to ward them off with our paddles. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

H.P. Lovecraft As I thought of him, new terrors convulsed me, and I fell to the floor; not fainting, but physically helpless. The Moon-Bog by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Walter Scott At length they closed, and seated on the folded mantle, her back resting against the wall of the apartment, and her white arms folded on her bosom, Rose Flammock fell fast asleep. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

So Sinfjotli drank, and straightway fell down dead to the ground. The Story of the Volsungs by translated by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson

It fell at the feet of the amorous captain, and with a quick upward glance, that worthy fellow picked it up, and brought it to her. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

La Valliere rose from her seat, like a dead person galvanized, and then fell back in her armchair. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Thorbiorn the Tardy made much mocking at all this, therefore things began to worsen betwixt the men of Biarg and Thorbiorn Oxmain, so that therefrom fell much ill-will as came to be known after. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

From Cempoalla it spread rapidly over the neighbouring country, and, penetrating through Tlascala, reached the Aztec capital, where Montezuma’s successor, Cuitlahua, fell one of its first victims. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Henry James It was not the one I fell into — I didn’t refuse often enough. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Leon Trotsky In Madrid! I lay on the bed in the Madrid “model” prison and laughed with all my might, laughed until I fell asleep. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Theodore Dreiser Would he come, say, on Thursday? On the receipt of this letter Lester frowned and fell into a brown study. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Thomas Hardy It fell upon the ears of another person who sat bending over his books at a not very distant spot in the same city. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

I had my stick with me, so I gave it a tap to send it round, and, unfortunately, it fell off the stake on to the grass. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

William Morris And therewith she fell to telling her of her days in the House under the Wood, and the witch and her surliness and grimness, and of her love of the wild things, and how she waxed there. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

He fell down this morning and broke his leg. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

At Twylford one lady dropped her handkerchief; Captain Dolignan fell on it like a lamb; two or three words were interchanged on this occasion. The Box Tunnel by Charles Reade

E. F. Benson A piece of loose holly fell down from the window-ledge above him on the exact middle of his head, and the jump that he gave was, considering his baldness, quite justifiable. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

So that my mother seeing these things fell suddenly into deadly swoonings and was presently dead. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Then he fell, fell into a pit that was black, that had the mouth of a fish, opening, shutting, opening again. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Olaf Stapledon The whole of Chwanben fell into chaos. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James It didn’t move one, as I had said; it stopped short in the same place, fell off in a sheer descent, like some precipice gaped up at by tourists. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

He fell upon a goat which he found in the field of Pierre Lerugen, and bit it in the throat, but he killed it with a knife. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

William Godwin The countryman, frightened, fell on his knees to the doctor, and promised, if he would forgive him, never to offend in like manner again. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

George MacDonald His head dropped; its impetus carried his helpless bulk across, but he fell in a heap on the margin, and where he fell he lay. Lilith by George MacDonald

F. Scott Fitzgerald The first thing upon which his eyes fell was the almost forgotten and now curiously metamorphosed spectre of Mr Rooney. Mr Rooney had, in fact, gone a little to pieces. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Arthur Morrison The crowd howled and scrambled, and a drunken sailor fell in the mud. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

E. F. Benson Her work on Shirley, discontinued when Emily fell ill, was still unhandled, for there was no energy to spare for anything but the daily duties. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Being a safety-pin person couldn’t be thought exactly admirable, so perhaps — She fell asleep. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

When in Africa I fell in with Moolu, who was wild because he thought that you killed his son. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

M. P. Shiel The cangiar, snatched from my hand, fell near the girl’s foot. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Charles Dickens In his hand he held a great brown club or walking-stick; and striking this upon the floor, it fell asunder, and became a chair. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens [1845]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Two waiters, piling plates and talking loud Italian, fell silent when they came in and brought them a tired version of the table d’hôte luncheon. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

John Gourlay the younger was late for school, in spite of the nervous trot he fell into when he shrank from the bodies’ hard stare at him. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Every tear that forced its way between her slender fingers, fell like a burning coal upon the conscience of the good Curé. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

In about 14 degrees South and between 134 and 135 degrees West, it fell a dead calm with rather a heavy sea. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

It fell heavily, shattering itself with the unringing thud of a piece of ice. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

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

She read the letter, while the breeze rustled over the fell and the shadows passed like wings of gigantic birds across the slopes of the hills. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

In a year the man Ormsby fell sick once more. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Jaikie fell like a famished man on the viands, and Mr Craw, to his own amazement, followed suit. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Presently he fell to wondering what state the shooting was in, and how many pheasants John was breeding at that moment. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

The period of our departure was fixed for the twenty-fifth of November. The weather was temperate; soft rains fell at night, and by day the wintry sun shone out. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

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

H. G. Wells On at least three occasions, Mr. Parham passed beyond the limits of boredom and fell asleep in his chair, and after that he stayed away for a time. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

If he fell asleep at night he was waked by the sound of his own voice, to find himself sitting up in bed talking loudly of he knew not what. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

William Godwin The doctor presently fell to, and ate at such a rate, that the peasant was frightened lest his whole load should be consumed. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Suddenly a curious sound fell on his ears. Greenmantle by John Buchan

When Jukes turned, his eyes fell upon the rounded back and the big red ears of Captain MacWhirr, who had come across. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Edith Wharton He fell asleep muttering: “That’s it . The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Guy de Maupassant And when night fell and he lay on the ground, wrapped in his cape beside his comrades who were snoring, he thought long and deeply about those he had left behind and of the dangers in his path. Walter Schnaffs’ Adventure (L'Aventure de Walter Schnaffs) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Their magnificent camp fell into the hands of the enemy, with its rich stores of corn, and its droves of sheep and oxen. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Richard Hakluy There fell also the same day, being the 26th July, such a horrible snow, that it lay a foot thick upon the hatches, which froze as fast as it fell. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

George Meredith Then he talked of the littleness of Europe and the greatness of Germany; logical postulates fell in collapse before him. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Uttering a deep groan, Simon fell lifeless to the ground. Thirteen at Table by Mór Jókai

D. H. Lawrence The old tears fell in succession as drops from wet leaves; the mother was not weeping, merely her tears flowed. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell She fell back, and spoke word never more. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

It must be her mouth, which is lovely, or her walk — did you notice her walk? It was just as if she were floating; that is, before she fell down in that faint. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Rudyard Kipling A sprinkling of the wave fell on my face, and it was so cold that it stung as boiling water stings. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Edgar Allan Poe Gasping for breath, I fell senseless to the deck. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Theodore Dreiser As he did so, Hurstwood slipped and fell in the snow. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

James Anthony Froude He says, ‘I fell in with the religion of the times to go to church twice a day, very devoutly to say and sing as the others did, yet retaining my wicked life. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]