Phrases with "floating"

Then, seeing no pieces of floating wreckage anywhere about, he knew the boat must have sunk like a stone and taken his companion down with it. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Henry James It was striking, it was touching to her, as he faltered, that he appeared but half capable of floating his generalization to the end. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Daniel Defoe And for the floating purchase row. The Storm by Daniel Defoe [1704]

D. H. Lawrence Across the valley, on the blackness of the opposite hill, little groups of lights like gnats seemed to be floating in the darkness. The Witch a la Mode by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

George Gissing In a large grate the last embers of a fire were darkening; the air was chill, and, looking up to the ceiling, one saw floating scraps of mist which had somehow come in from the street. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Not for silky tiara nor amice gustily floating Recks she at all any more; thee, Theseus, ever her earnest Heart, all clinging thought, all chained fancy requireth. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

D. H. Lawrence Below, on the water, lanterns were coming alight, faint ghosts of warm flame floating in the pallor of the first twilight. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang The appearance of floating balls of fire is frequent (if we may believe the current reports) at spiritualistic seances. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Whole districts lay under water, and the river was full of dead cats and dogs, drowned sheep, floating pipkins and wine‐casks, bales of hay, carcases of cows. Signa by Ouida

George Meredith Beneath this roof lay the starry She. He was elected to lie beneath it also: and he beheld his heavenly lady floating on the lull of soft white cloud among her sister spheres. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Jules Verne Towards the extremity of the islet appeared great black heads floating just above the water, having exactly the appearance of rocks in motion. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

George Meredith The floating of a hawk overhead scarce had the character of an animated thing. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

When I turned my eyes to the ship, I had a morbid vision of her as a floating grave. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

H. G. Wells That valuation is at best a personal response, a floating and indefinable judgment. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Meredith Bless ye! he wouldn’t insure against anything less common than fire; and my house and Crickledon’s shop are floating timbers by this time; and Marine Parade and Belle Vue are safe to go. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

George Eliot Every now and then one of the dim floating lights disappeared with a smash from a stone launched more or less vaguely in pursuit of mischief, followed by a scream and renewed shouts. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

If Dick had let her alone, she would be at rest now, quite away from it all, her body floating down to the sea in the keeping of the kind, cool river, and her outraged soul escaped—escaped. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Rudyard Kipling They gave on unknown seas, and Georgie’s urgent desire was to return swiftly across this floating atlas to known bearings. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

She looked as if she were floating among the stout, hardy tree-trunks, and as if she were diving when she stooped to the earth, which was strewn with fir-cones. In the World by Maksim Gorky

There was a great crowd on this especial night, for it was said that the King and the Duchesse d’Angoulême were to be present to see the floating of an illuminated balloon. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Virginia Woolf As if the play had jerked the ball out of the cup; as if what I call myself was still floating unattached, and didn’t settle. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

The ocean was beneath — the wide, waste, engulphing ocean! On a crag beneath them, something hung as floating to the blast. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

George Eliot Mrs. Poyser was at the head of this table, and Totty was now seated in her lap, bending her small nose deep down into a wine-glass in search of the nuts floating there. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

The sun blazed upon them and the warmth breathed out of their bodies; they seemed to be floating upon clouds of heat and joy. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling But the train ran into the river on a sort of floating trestle, and I was upon another steamer ere I fully understood why. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

With a sudden and quick gesture she caught hold of his arm, and with the other hand pointed towards the sinking red disc that glowed, rayless, through the floating mists of the evening. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Anthony Trollope One walked through an atmosphere of floating mud; for the dirt was ponderous and thick, and very palpable in its atoms. North America by Anthony Trollope

We heard voices, and a man entered who approached the open window, looked out, saw the floating veil, and uttered a cry. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Edgar Allan Poe The quarl uprears “his island-back” in her path, and the scallop, floating in the rear of the vessel, spatters it all over with water. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells There are uncertainties — The voyage may last — We may be weeks!” “But —” “We shall be floating in this sphere with absolutely no occupation. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Anthony Trollope His yacht should be made a floating bower for her delight. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

George Meredith The scene at all events is pretty, and weaves a fable out of a variety of floating threads. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Abraham Merri The floating form passed higher, over the edge of the Disk; lay high beside the right star point of the rayed shape to which Ruth had been passing when Ventnor’s shot brought the tragedy upon us. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Perhaps the poor dog was floating in the forepart of the boat, where she was decked. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Jules Verne The more we neared the south the more these floating islands increased both in number and importance. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Suddenly for the first time in his life he had the soul-satisfying consciousness of floating off into deep slumber. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Soon I seemed to hear the strains of a solemn chorale floating in the air; the sounds continued to grow more distinct; I realised the fact that they were men’s voices chanting a church chorale. The Cremona Violin by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Robert Louis Stevenson This being the night on which the floating light was advertised to be lighted, it was accordingly exhibited, to the great joy of every one. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

The fabrics which I think they most resemble in appearance, are the floating baths (les bains Vigier) at Paris. The annexed drawing will give a correct idea of their form. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Bram Stoker The air seems full of specks, floating and circling in the draught from the window, and the lights burn blue and dim. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

All at once my strained, yearning stare distinguished a white object floating within a yard of the ship’s side. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle I have also seen them in the conservatory of my house, floating about among the flowers and plants. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Henry James He seemed to have quite forgotten our long talk in the Hartwaldt, and betrayed no sense of this being a confession that he had taken his plunge and was floating with the current. Eugene Pickering by Henry James [1874]

And of all the ships in sight, near and far, each was provided with a man, the man without whom the finest ship is a dead thing, a floating and purposeless log. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Edith Wharton To a child compact of enthusiasms, and accustomed to pasture them on the scanty herbage of a new social soil, the atmosphere of the old house was full of floating nourishment. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

There, floating on the smoke-wreaths, was the jewel which may once have burned in Sheba’s hair. Prester John by John Buchan

But he said nothing of his intention to spend the afternoon creating a few more Stones nor of the names of buyers which were already floating in his mind. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Algernon Blackwood Elusive, as the half memory of some radiant dream, whose wonder and sweetness have been intense to the point of almost pain, it hovered, floating just out of reach. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Heyst noticed a cork helmet floating alongside the boat, evidently fallen from the head of the man doubled over the tiller, who displayed a dark, bony poll. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

G. K. Chesterton As the car sped on it left a floating patch of white smoke behind it, and Syme had heard a shot shriek past his ear. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Jules Verne Towards night it was already floating under the immense body of the iceberg. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Virginia Woolf Various churches and noblemen’s palaces, whose fronts were of white stone showed in streaks and patches as if floating on the air. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Elizabeth Gaskell He was partly aware of whither he was going; and partly it was like the soft floating movement of a dream. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Thomas Hardy In the middle of this the child stopped — from a pit under the hill ahead of him shone a light, whence proceeded a cloud of floating dust and a smacking noise. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Anatole France It seems to me when you speak that your mind is floating on your lips. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Andrew Lang Some stationed themselves round the floating palace, some sat by the door, while the smallest and lightest perched themselves on the roof. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

A few fleecy clouds were floating in the heavens, and indicated from their appearance a continuance of beautiful weather, tempered by a gentle breeze from the east. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

These proceedings had been watched with the deepest interest; and now, as this curious floating thing made its appearance among them, they all crowded around it in eager excitement. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Edgar Allan Poe The fact that the body was found floating near the Barriere, is no proof as to where it was thrown into the water. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

Little could be recognized of a floating corpse inflated with water, presenting various odd surfaces to the eye, and giving but little clue to discovery. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Olaf Stapledon Though I was now perhaps traveling faster than light itself, I seemed to be floating at the bottom of a deep and stagnant well. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

William Makepeace Thackeray Towards the spot which the golden fish and royal purdahs, floating in the wind, designated as the tent of Holkar, led an immense avenue — of elephants! the finest street, indeed, I ever saw. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

Washington Irving Once he thought he beheld them; the sound of horns came floating from the valley, prolonged by the mountain echoes. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Sinclair Lewis Kennicott was suspicious, but Aunt Bessie, serving the floating island pudding, agreed, “Yes, it is wonderful. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Now seas and skies their prospect only bound; An empty space above, a floating field around. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Andrew Lang Unluckily, the mermaid happened at that moment to be floating on the water not very far off, and knew he was the boy who had been given her before he was born. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George MacDonald The candle came floating toward us through the dark, and in a few moments Adam and Eve and Mara were with us. Lilith by George MacDonald

Two iron wires magnetically excited, floating in water by means of suitable pieces of cork, strive to touch and mutually strike one another with their corresponding ends, and are conjoined. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Andrew Lang Then he noticed a yellow water-lily floating on the surface of the water, half hidden by its broad leaves; but flowers do not sing, and in great surprise he waited, hoping to hear more. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

W. H. Hudson I reached forth my hands and took hold of the crucifix standing near me, and clung to it as a drowning mariner does to a floating spar. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Jules Verne During the discussion the whale had got between two floating mountains which the swell was bringing close together. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

And everywhere the yellow tips of the groundsel had expanded into tiny white fluffy balls of down, strewing the empty fields, floating with the floating mist. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Charles Dickens A flag, floating from the summit of the temple, proclaimed to mankind that it was ‘Sleary’s Horse-riding’ which claimed their suffrages. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

D. H. Lawrence Somers sat on the verandah looking at the dark green sea, with its films of floating yellow light between the ruffled waves. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle They were a floating republic, with laws, usages, and discipline of their own. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

Passing through a rocky gully, they noticed the smoke of a camp fire floating up into the still night air, and rode up to make inquiries. Quod Erat Demonstrandum by Guy Boothby

Jules Verne The floating mass carried the Forward along with it. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

James Joyce Her house had a floating population made up of tourists from Liverpool and the Isle of Man and, occasionally, artistes from the music halls. Dubliners by James Joyce

Arthur Conan Doyle For a moment I had a vision of four adventurers floating like a string of sausages over the land that they had explored. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Furthermore, he had on a broad-brimmed, conical hat, beneath the shadow of which a wild visage was indistinctly seen, floating away, as it were, into a dusky wilderness of mustache and beard. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

This we took for the mainland; but it was in fact deep sea, set with trees; they had no roots, but yet remained in their places, floating upright, as it were. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

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]

If you dropped it into the Atlantic I should be afraid of it floating to the Esquimaux or some such people. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The arch of it looked very high and the small snowy clouds seemed like white birds floating on outspread wings below its crystal blueness. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

What lading did they bear, across an inverted sky, between islands as splendidly colored as sunset clouds? A midnight traffic in dreams, one-would think, through the floating city of a vision. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Joseph Furphy You must understand that these beasts had no legal right to be anywhere except travelling along the track, or floating down the river. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Abraham Merri While ahead of us, floating poised upon the surface of the glistening cube, were two women skeletons — Ruth and Norhala! Weird enough was the sight. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton That little shrug — when her white shoulder, as the dress slipped from it, seemed to be pushing up into a wing! There was something birdlike and floating in all her motions . Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

D. H. Lawrence The threads of my life were untwined; they drifted about like floating threads of gossamer; and you didn’t put out your hand to take them and twist them up into the chord with yours. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle This was full of floating vegetation, with a single huge splintered tree lying stranded in the middle of it, the current rippling against its high black side. The Fiend of the Cooperage by Arthur Conan Doyle [1897]

Guy de Maupassant I was working on the declivity which led to the Val d’Etretat. This particular morning, I had, by chance, the sort of floating vapor, which was necessary for my purpose. Miss Harriet by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Sinclair Lewis Still, it was restful, floating around on the water and singing. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

It seems, as if the Cyclades again Were rooted up, and justled in the main; Or floating mountains floating mountains meet; Such is the fierce encounter of the fleet. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then suddenly the music came floating out again on the faintly stirring breeze, only this time in a different vein and key. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Louisa May Alcott Her hot cheeks cooled a trifle, and she drew a long breath as the pretty glass plates went round, and everyone looked graciously at the little rosy islands floating in a sea of cream. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Inside she reminded me of nothing so much as a floating trench. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Guy de Maupassant I was hardly in bed when the recollection of Francesca which, since the evening before, had been floating vaguely through my mind, haunted me with strange persistency. The Rondoli Sisters by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Here, floating saints beneath heaven’s purple canopy. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Elizabeth Gaskell The morning was bright and glorious; just cloud enough, as some one said, to make the distant plain look beautiful from the hills, with its floating shadows passing over the golden corn-fields. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Jules Verne The boat had just struck an enormous iceberg, a floating block with rugged, slippery sides, to which it would be impossible to cling. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

George MacDonald The round ball to which I clung went bobbing and floating away through the dark blue above and below and on every side. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

I only climbed on the spare spar and leaned over the rail as far as I could, to bring my eyes nearer to that mystery floating alongside. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

The thin, floating clouds, fast disappearing in the darkness, were not less vague than her desires, and not more lofty. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

E. F. Benson Noiselessly, with a motion more of gliding and floating than walking, she moved across the cemetery to the grave which was the centre of our observation. Mrs. Amworth by E. F. Benson

In the same tedious fashion hour after hour went by and still we remained as we were, floating idly upon the bosom of the deep. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

D. H. Lawrence In front in the small blue bay lay two little war-ships, pale grey, with the white flag having the Union Jack in one corner floating behind. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Theodore Dreiser He was merely floating those gossamer threads of thought which, like the spider’s, he hoped would lay hold somewhere. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Robert Louis Stevenson And between the two lies the river, clear and deep, and full of reeds and floating lilies. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

But if a somewhat weak loadstone, floating freely on water, cannot readily be turned round on account of impediments, the whole loadstone is repelled and sent further away from the other. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Twenty — no, eighty — one thousand dollars! There were big, black figures floating all over the floor. The Fourth Estate by Ambrose Bierce

A native boat meets us, floating down side-wise with the current. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

John Locke The floating of other men’s opinions in our brains, makes us not one jot the more knowing, though they happen to be true. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

We imitated him, plunging down through the dark street with a tail of white papers floating and eddying out behind. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Robert Louis Stevenson It brings with it a faint, floating haze, a cunning decolourizer, although not thick enough to obscure outlines near at hand. Edinburgh Picturesque Notes by Robert Louis Stevenson

H.P. Lovecraft I have not seen any of the things floating in the rivers, as reported, but I have seen things like them under circumstances I dread to repeat. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Henry James Vivid to me still, as floating across verandahs into the hot afternoon stillness, is the wail of her protest and her grief; I remember being scared and hushed by it and stealing away beyond its reach. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

James Joyce It flows purling, widely flowing, floating foampool, flower unfurling. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

The commanding officer asked him whether he had not seen any unusual objects floating about while he was at sea. The Tale by Joseph Conrad [1917]

William Morris Also, whereas the chapman’s ware-bowers were hard by the chamber, there was a pleasant mingled smell therefrom floating about. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Virginia Woolf She too was dappled with lozenges of floating light. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

D. H. Lawrence A pale shadow was seen floating vaguely on the floor. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

The cloud passed from the moon; another was floating up. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Great masses of a floating plant, shaped like a cabbage, were abundant on the lake, and on these the white egrets and other wading birds often alighted. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

And his hands, that were always restless, began to pluck off the leaves of the roses on the little branch, and he watched them as they went floating down into the valley in a little fluttering troop. Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats [1905]

Thomas Hardy The floating population of students and teachers, who did know both in a way, were not Christminster in a local sense at all. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Ford Madox Ford Flying pigs, aerial torpedoes, and other floating missiles, pretty, shining, silvery things with fins, would come through the air and would explode on striking the ground or after burying themselves. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen flights I mounted; and my open door seemed to be as wholly lost to me as the porter and his floating dip. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Andrew Lang She had watched jelly-fish and nautilus swimming a little way below the surface, and beautiful coloured sea-weeds floating about; but that was all. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

And still we lumbered on through the deepening dusk, with that dark uncouth shape lumbering ahead of us, and a drone of lugubrious music floating in our ears. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

George Gissing At present Alice spent the greater part of her day floating on the gentle milky stream of English romance. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

D.H. Lawrence She watched the far-off floating of ships, and the near wading of children through the surf. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Several times their uncle took them out for a row, right up the stream where it grew narrower and narrower and the banks lower and lower until they seemed to be floating on green fields. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Ivan Turgenev But, look! Two handkerchiefs gleam in the air, two handfuls of snow are floating back, two white doves are winging their way homewards with even flight. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Morgan Robertson In short, she was a floating city — containing within her steel walls all that tends to minimize the dangers and discomforts of the Atlantic voyage — all that makes life enjoyable. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

Henry Handel Richardson Farther downstream were moored the floating wash-houses — shallow, roofed barges, in which women knelt to scrub, and rinse, and wring. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells They are indeed just floating fragments of slum, much as icebergs are floating fragments of glacier. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

The park was filling again with its floating population of loiterers, and Francesca’s footsteps began to take a homeward direction. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

The lodgers were a floating population, largely foreigners, who used to turn up without luggage, stay a week and then disappear again. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

A great ship, floating high on the water, black and girt with the two broad yellow streaks of her double tier of guns, glided out slowly from beyond a cluster of shipping in the bay. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

George Meredith Vainly now the floating Naiads Seek to pierce the laurel maze, Nought but laurel meets their glances, Laurel glistens as they gaze. Poems by George Meredith [1851]

The streets were banked feet high with snow, and the Thames at London Bridge was nothing but a mass of floating ice upon which an active man could have passed from shore to shore. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

H. G. Wells They were able to do so because they were all floating on independent arbitrary first assumptions without any structural reference to the primary facts of human ecology. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Henry David Thoreau Sometimes it would come floating up to the shore; but when you went toward it, it would go back into deep water and disappear. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Elizabeth Gaskell She came running back, her long lovely hair floating and dripping, her eyes glad and bright, and her colour freshened to a glow of health by the exercise and the rain. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Now there’s a young man I like, and he’s floating in money. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

David Hume And as it first begins from an object, present to the senses, it renders the idea or conception of flame more strong and lively than any loose, floating reverie of the imagination. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

I followed the floating shape of my love beyond the worlds of the universe. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

He had swept a little out of his course to ascertain what was the matter with that steamer floating dangerously by the head upon a still and hazy sea. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Andrew Lang The Prince was fortunate enough to be able to lay hold of a floating spar, and contrived to keep himself afloat; and, after a long struggle with the winds and waves, he was cast upon a strange island. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy The floating evidences of her absurd passion for him, and its consequences, had been destroyed, and she really seemed to have no cause for fear. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Charles Dickens That he has been frequently lifted up and carried, floating “as it were” through a room, near the ceiling. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

Jules Verne The tall grass disappeared before it as if cut down by a scythe, and clumps of mimosas were torn up and drifted about like floating islands. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Next he came to a small pond with large celluloid swans floating on it. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Charles Dickens I could not but think how strange it was, to be floating away at that hour: leaving the land behind, and going on, towards this light upon the sea. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Arthur Machen Mr. Sayce had disappeared from his view, but he saw the light-blue fume of the cigar that he was smoking floating slowly across the shadowed air. A Fragment of Life by Arthur Machen

William Godwin He looked down, and perceived a great gulph, in which lay floating many of the vulgar, and not a few emperors, kings, princes, and such as had been mighty lords. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A few detached masses of black clouds were slowly floating across the starlit sky. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Great numbers of the dead fish were floating upon the water. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

On board that Dale Line steamer that had picked up these four floating in a boat upon the discreet sunset glow of the sea, they had been after the first day looked askance upon. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

H. G. Wells The whole island, you know, was one enormous hotel, complex beyond explaining, and on the other side there were miles of floating hotels, and huge floating stages to which the flying machines came. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Sir Walter Scott The knight employed the interval in causing to be constructed a sort of floating bridge, or long raft, by means of which he hoped to cross the moat in despite of the resistance of the enemy. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Virginia Woolf The other day I saw a sight that fairly took my breath away — about twenty jelly-fish, semi-transparent, pink, with long streamers, floating on the top of the waves. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Thomas Wolfe In fact, the air was now so dense with floating filaments and shifting plumes that breathing was uncomfortable. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Abraham Merri The floating figures had drawn close to that disk and had paused. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

E. Phillips Oppenheim A girl tall and slim, and with a stream of black hair floating over her shoulders, stood for a moment on the threshold of the lamplit room, and then came slowly toward him. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

D. H. Lawrence Over these two faces, floating like uneasy pale dreams on their obscurity, swept now and again the trailing light of the tramcars. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope It is palpable, undisguised grease, floating in rivers — not grease caused by accidental bad cookery, but grease on purpose. North America by Anthony Trollope

That the transportation of boulders in Nicaragua was due to glaciers, and not to floating icebergs, may be argued on zoological grounds. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Lewis Carroll But the question of floating depends on the present state of things, not on past history. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

Guy de Maupassan Unless I am mistaken, there was a water-color which represented the head of a dead man floating in a rose-colored shell on a boundless ocean, under a moon with a human face. The Englishman of Etretat by Guy de Maupassan

It made even me recoil, though I had known from the first that her pretty wilfulness was but the tossing foam floating above the soundless depths of cold resolve and most deliberate purpose. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Machen It was all confused, a procession of blurred images, now of rapture and ecstasy, and now of terror and shame, floating in a light that was altogether phantasmal and unreal. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

William Hope Hodgson I have memory, during my time of watching, of passing odd floating masses, which I make no doubt were weed, and once we drove right atop of one; but drew clear without much trouble. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

Anthony Trollope I was never more in love with smoke and dirt than when I stood here and watched the darkness of night close in upon the floating soot which hovered over the house-tops of the city. North America by Anthony Trollope

And anyhow, he could not understand why he should have been turned into the coxswain of a floating hearse, and be damned to it. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

G. K. Chesterton He would have been grieved, but not horrified, to come on the nobleman’s body dangling from one of his own trees as from a gibbet, or floating in his own pool like a pallid weed. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then he turned round suddenly; a little trill of soft musical laughter came floating out from a recess in the darkest corner of the hall. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Abraham Merri High and low throughout flamed the egg-shaped incandescences; floating furnaces both great and small. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Then I noticed that my veil had come off, and was floating on the water. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

It was merry to see the Lady Capilla floating through the mazy dance that night, with all those wigs fighting for their old places in her pigtail. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

That suspicion which of late had been perpetually floating dimly in his brain — that vague distrust of his one chosen friend, John Saltram, flashed upon him in this moment with a new distinctness. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

London is the best place in the world for the happy and the unhappy; there is a floating capital of sympathy for every human good or evil. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Each Indian woman in her canoe looks as if seated in a floating flower-garden. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

He remembered that our boat must be floating or lying stranded in the little bay, and resolved, in case of necessity, to say that we two were dead, that we had been drowned. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

D. H. Lawrence There she stood, at the top of the fallen-away bank, her hand on the rough trunk of a tree, looking at the water, that was perfect in its stillness, floating the moon upon it. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

M. R. James Were not they coming nearer? Now they sounded from the nearer side of the water, and in a few moments they seemed to be floating about among the shrubberies. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

I’ve seen the floating mists upon the water take the very shape of that light figure of a little girl in a white pinafore, and come skipping toward me across the waves. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Wilkie Collins I could see her, as she rose to the surface, floating by in the light on the mid-stream. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

So that you have the young polype floating about in this fashion, covered by its ‘vibratile cilia’, as these long filaments, which are capable of vibration are termed. Coral and Coral Reefs by Thomas Henry Huxley

Jules Verne Leaning forward, the engineer saw a black object floating on the water. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Nellie Bly The moment I saw it floating there in the soft, lazy breeze I took off my cap and said: “That is the most beautiful flag in the world, and I am ready to whip anyone who says it isn’t. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Edith Wharton These were still floating before her in cloudy uncertainty when Miss Suffern tapped at the door. Autres Temps . . . by Edith Wharton [1916]

Abraham Merri Not ten yards ahead of us and still deep within the luminosity had appeared the regal head of Norhala, the lovely head of Ruth. The two rose out of the glow like swimmers floating from the depths. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

It was in vain that Cortes encouraged them to construct a floating bridge, which might take them to the opposite bank of the river. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Guy de Maupassan The trees could be barely perceived, as through a veil, and the little clouds of fog were floating up from the water. The Donkey by Guy de Maupassan

Jules Verne They could not see two yards before them, and the boat must have been dashed to pieces had it struck a floating iceberg. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Pell can afford these fancy things, with his floating wealth. Bursting-up by Ellen Wood [1871]

William Hope Hodgson Then — I know not how — I was caught up into strange heightsfloating like a bubble in the awful effulgence. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

F. Scott Fitzgerald Then the symbolic mood faded and as he sipped his third highball his imagination yielded to the warm glow and he lapsed into a state similar to floating on his back in pleasant water. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Abraham Merri A face stared out, half veiled, bodiless, floating in the shadow. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri