Phrases with "floating"

Anthony Trollope She would watch the gulls wheeling and floating beneath her, and would listen to their screams and try to read their voices. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

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]

D. H. Lawrence Under the froth of flowers were the purple vetch-clumps, yellow milk vetches, and the scattered pink of the wood-betony, and the floating stars of marguerites. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

James Joyce The chestnuts that shaded us were in bloom: the air drooped with their persuasive odour and with pollen floating by us. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

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

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

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]

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]

George Gissing Gazing at the forms of silvered cloud floating on blue depths, he heard a movement immediately behind him; he turned, to behold Emily standing in the doorway. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

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]

T. H. Huxley 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. Essays by T. H. Huxley

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]

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

Wilkie Collins The buoyant boat, rising as the sea rose, had dragged its anchor, and was floating round in the vortex made by the slowly sinking island. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The main body of it was already floating northward, only one long jagged edge remained. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

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]

But one day, walking by the lake, I thought I saw something floating in the water at a very great distance. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

With eyes streaming she took up one of the little cork boats, which he kept on the window-stool floating in a wooden bowl. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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

He had gone on floating on the sunny stream of life at Hollywell, too happy to observe its especial charm till the change in Amy’s manner cast a sudden gloom over all. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Elizabeth Gaskell They use no soap even for shaving; but soapy water would be preferable to the beverage obtained from these sources, with vermin floating on its surface. The Shah’s English Gardener by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

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

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]

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

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

Olaf Stapledon Its four major satellites were little pearls floating beside it. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

M. P. Shiel They met only a manure-cart whose driver saw, head-to-wind, his horses’ manes, tails, and forelocks floating out at random on the streams of the storm. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Henry James Alas nothing so little resembled floating as the rigour with which, on the edge of his bed, he hugged his posture of prolonged impermanence. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

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]

Jules Verne I also noticed large medusae floating between the reeds. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

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]

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]

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

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

Last night a schooner from Milwaukee was smashed into match-wood on an enormous mass of floating ice — the first berg ever seen in these waters. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

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]

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

William Hazlitt He probably availed himself of all the common traditions which were floating in his time, and which he was the first to appropriate. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Jules Verne This projectile alone, floating in perfect space, in the midst of perfect silence, offered perfect repose. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

George Eliot I mingled them confusedly in my thought with glimpses of blue water and delicate floating cloud, with the notes of birds and the distant glitter of the glacier. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

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]

Jules Verne When Mrs Barnett expressed her surprise that a floating ice-field could be so large, Hobson replied by reminding her of the observations of Arctic navigators. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle She was the Virginia, of the Bibby Line — twelve thousand tons — and laden, like the others, with foodstuffs from the East. The whole surface of the sea was covered with the floating grain. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

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]

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

Henry James Fanny could no more overlook it now than she could have overlooked a lighted Christmas-tree; but nervously and all in vain she dipped into her mind for some floating reminiscence of it. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

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]

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

William Hope Hodgson Then, growing easier, I brushed the water from my eyes and so, not three hundred yards away, I made out a large ship, floating almost motionless. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

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

Arthur Machen Like the poor child and Mrs. Cradock, I had seen something shiny, just as some man in Stratfordshire had seen a dark cloud with points of fire in it floating over the trees. The Terror by Arthur Machen

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

H. G. Wells Far above him a faint breeze stirred the greenery, and the white petals of some unknown flower came floating down through the gloom. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

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

Edgar Rice Burroughs I seemed to be floating in a sea of vapor. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Olaf Stapledon Half a dozen shell-duck, floating on the receding tide, were correctly attired. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Theodore Dreiser His saloons harbored the largest floating element that was to be found in the city — longshoremen, railroad hands, stevedores, tramps, thugs, thieves, pimps, rounders, detectives, and the like. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

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]

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

Anthony Trollope That blessed task of introducing decimals into all commercial relations of British life, which had once kept him aloft in the air, floating as upon eagle’s wings, had been denied him. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Now and then floating trees of different kinds, which had been brought by the great ocean currents from warm latitudes, passed the island on their way to the north. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

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]

Robert Green Ingersoll How long were they in this ark? A year and ten days, floating around with no rudder, no sail, nobody on the outside at all. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Thomas Hardy The floating pollen seemed to be his notes made visible, and the dampness of the garden the weeping of the garden’s sensibility. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

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

H. Rider Haggard Now, on the morrow, Swanhild caused the body of Eric to be searched for in the cleft, and there they found it, floating in water and with the dead Gizur yet clasped in its bear-grip. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

It took us four days to crawl up that coast and make Oban, for we seemed to be a floating general store for every hamlet in those parts. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

John Galsworthy Look at the Sistine Madonna! The baby has a soul of its own, and the Madonna’s floating on the soul of the baby. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

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

Virginia Woolf Distance lent her figure an indescribable height, and romance seemed to surround her from the floating of a purple veil which the light air filled and curved from her shoulders. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

William Henry Hudson As I approached the building, soft strains floating far out into the night-air became audible, and I knew that the sweet spirit of music, to which they were all so devoted, was present with them. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

E. Phillips Oppenheim God forgive her! God forgive them both! The faint murmur of voices came floating out from amongst the rhododendrons. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

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

Jules Verne But the sea was absolutely deserted — not a sail, not an ice-floe, not an islet! Their own piece of ice was probably the very last floating on the Behring Sea. The temperature continued to rise. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Alfred Ainger He found them floating on the surface of society; and the colour, or something else, in the weed pleased him. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

While Turnus and th’ allies thus urge the war, The Trojan, floating in a flood of care, Beholds the tempest which his foes prepare. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Gustave Flauber She appeared to pursue him, with movements light as a butterfly; her whole mien was like that of an inquisitive Psyche, or a floating spirit that might at any moment dissolve and disappear. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

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]

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

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]

He looked out, and saw to his amazement that one of the kayaks was now floating on the water beneath him, attached to a rope from above. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

It was, I think, the next day that I passed the floating body of a man whom I recognized as, my old friend Billy Troutbeck — he used to be a cook on a man-o’-war. The Ocean Wave by Ambrose Bierce

The night-air floating in puffed out the candle. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

Anthony Trollope And an echo, sir! — we’ve an echo that comes back to us six times, sir; floating on the light wind, and wafted about from rock to rock, till you would think the angels were talking to you. North America by Anthony Trollope

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]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman At last she discovered that it was the then popular strains of “The Maiden’s Prayer” floating up through the floor from the piano in the sitting-room below. The Wind in the Rose-bush by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman [1903]

D. H. Lawrence His hair, gone very thin, was brushed frail and floating over his baldness. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells He became aware of some faint, remote, dark specks floating lightly through the outer air. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Mark Twain So, says I, I’ll keep a lookout, and if any of them’s floating around after me I’ll give them a show. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Jules Verne It therefore seemed probable that whilst part of the ice field was floating to the north, that portion immediately surrounding the island still remained stationary. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

He, like myself, left Africa with a misty veil floating before his eyes. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

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

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

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]

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]

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

Miles Franklin A myriad lights shone like misty jewels across the balmy water where the ferry boats flitted like floating fires. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

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]

The young lady’s gossamer white robes fluttered with the floating ribbons and delicate laces that adorned them. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Abraham Merri Slowly she raised her arms, wound the floating tresses into a coronal. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

It is universally understood that, as if it were nothing more substantial than vapour floating in the sky, every emotion of a woman is bound to end in a shower. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Elizabeth Gaskell To be sure, in her quiet black dress, she was a contrast to Edith, dancing in her white crape mourning, and long floating golden hair, all softness and glitter. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

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]

Jules Verne By reflection the water reproduced the brilliant sparkles, so that the boat appeared to be floating between two glittering zones. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

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]

But the annual fête of San Agustin is built on a more solid foundation than taste or custom, or floating soil. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

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]

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

Virginia Woolf Ah, but she was not merely a twitcher of individual strings; she was one who seethes wandering bodies and floating voices in a cauldron, and makes rise up from its amorphous mass a recreated world. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

E. Phillips Oppenheim So vivid was the illumination that we could see the white foam on the top of the green waves, and the floating seaweed rising and falling. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Arnold Bennett What I have to go through I shall go through!” And all the time, floating like vapour over these depths was a sheeny mood of bright expectation and immediate naïve content. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Victor Hugo Twilight and moonrise, stars setting behind the cliff, floating things in space, the clouds, winds from all quarters, had ended by penetrating into the composition of this visible nothing. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

H. G. Wells The dreadful pictures of the bodies of plague victims floating down the Thames and accumulating in the Pool of London, however, are now said to be exaggerated. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Rudyard Kipling The Mexican had gone, and a little whirl of smoke was floating near the roof. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

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]

Edith Wharton Of late the sleep it had brought her had been more broken and less profound; there had been nights when she was perpetually floating up through it to consciousness. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

D. H. Lawrence She turned under the shelter of the common, seeing the great veils of rain swinging with slow, floating waves across the landscape. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

With a fair wind we soon ran clear of the field-ice, and by noon had only the stray islands floating far and near upon the ocean. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

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]

Jules Verne This luminous meteor was about forty-five degrees in diameter, and was the result of the diffraction of the lunar rays through the small prismatic ice-crystals floating in the atmosphere. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Willa Cather The sky was a midnight-blue, like warm, deep, blue water, and the moon seemed to lie on it like a water-lily, floating forward with an invisible current. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

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]

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]

D. H. Lawrence When I first came to Italy after the war I was robbed twice in three weeks, floating round in the sweet old innocent confidence in mankind. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

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]

This is the large iceberg — while the small and distant islands, floating on the smooth sea, in the light of a clear day, look like little floating fairy isles of sapphire. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Guy de Maupassant A cloud of violet powder, a vague white mist, seemed still to be floating in the air, from the effects of her over-powdering her face and neck. The Rondoli Sisters by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

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

Henry James Everything’s floating about — in the newspapers. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Jules Verne One of the ropes which fastened the barrels was partly unlashed and used as a cable to unite the floating apparatus with the canoe. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Anatole France On the Bercy Quay he had looked at the moon floating in the clouds. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Nothing of the city was distinguishable through this floating muslin. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

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

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]

Thomas Carlyle A Government tumbling and drifting on the whirlpools and mud-deluges, floating atop in a conspicuous manner, no-whither, — like the carcass of a drowned ass. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

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

Rudyard Kipling Then we hit a floating log with a jar that ran through our system, and then, white-bellied, open-gilled, spun by a dead salmon — a lordly twenty-pound Chinook salmon who had perished in his pride. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Robert Louis Stevenson They deal with floating and colourless sentiments, and the writer is never greatly moved, but he seems always genuine. Familiar Studies of Men and Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

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]

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

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]

Charles Dickens I knew nothing until I knew that we were on the floor by the great table, and that patches of tinder yet alight were floating in the smoky air, which, a moment ago, had been her faded bridal dress. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

It was a city in itself, with a community of priests and sacristans dwelling in it, and a floating population of sightseers and worshipers always passing through it. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

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

Mark Twain The ferryboat was floating with the current, and I allowed I’d have a chance to see who was aboard when she come along, because she would come in close, where the bread did. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Abraham Merri Far down, peeping around a jutting tower of the cliff, I saw dipping with the motion of the waves a floating garden. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Algernon Blackwood Beyond lay the dim blue shapes of other islands floating in the night, and from all the great spaces about us came the murmur of the sea and the soft breathing of great woods. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

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

John Galsworthy The sound of shots kept floating to her; and presently, leaning her elbows on the top of the yew hedge, she looked out over the fields towards where they were shooting. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Jules Verne The current was an indefatigable moving power, and it was employed in conveying the floating wood to the moment when the frost enchained it. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Thomas Hardy Gi-i-iles!” A reply! It was a reply! Through the darkness and wind a voice reached her, floating upon the weather as though a part of it. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Victor Hugo The waves transmitted from one to another the floating bottle. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

H. G. Wells Save for faint floating iridescences it was as real as direct vision. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The veil of grey, floating shadows melted into thin air. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Guy de Maupassan Who was this woman? She did not recognize her, and leaning over the edge of her bed, she sought to examine her features by the dim light of the wick floating in oil in a tumbler of water. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Henry James He’s helping her, he’s floating her over, by kindness. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

John Galsworthy She passed, dancing with other men, her dress, iris-coloured, floating away from her feet. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Arthur Conan Doyle That floating palace is an Orient boat from Australia. See how, as the darkness falls, a long row of yellow eyes glimmer out from her sides as the light streams through her countless portholes. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

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

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

Anthony Trollope They resemble huge, wooden houses, apparently of frail architecture, floating upon the water. North America by Anthony Trollope

Henry David Thoreau The frost touches them, and, with the slightest breath of returning day or jarring of earth’s axle, see in what showers they come floating down! The ground is all party-colored with them. Autumnal Tints by Henry David Thoreau [1862]

Guy de Maupassant Wild and limping music was floating under the trees, now feeble, now stronger, wafted hither and thither by the breeze. Paul’s Mistress (La Femme de Paul) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

George Meredith Little presents—feminine he knew by the perfumes floating round them,—gloves and cigars, fine handkerchiefs, and silks for wear, came to his barracks. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

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

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]

Edith Wharton Its curly hair was brown, the exact colour of the eyes — thank heaven! But the eyes had the same little green spangles floating in their transparency. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

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]

Virginia Woolf She too was netted with floating lights from between the leaves. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Mark Twain There were a great many skiffs rowing about or floating with the stream in the neighborhood of the ferryboat, but the boys could not determine what the men in them were doing. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

H. G. Wells This, and the darkness about him gave him an effect of floating in a blue-black void. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

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

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

Sinclair Lewis He tried to think of Fran again, and she remained a floating pale young face that outside his window kept pace in mid-air with the ‘plane. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

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]

Guy de Maupassant The park, a real forest, was enclosed in a deep trench called the ha-ha; and at its extremity, near the moorland, we had big ponds full of reeds and floating grass. A Wife’s Confession (Confessions d'une femme) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Jack London For he knew that there, floating in the blue above him, was meat, the meat his stomach yearned after so insistently. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Mark Twain But all that time my true passport had been floating gallantly overhead — and behold it was only our flag. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

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]

An aroma both sharp and subtle it was, floating and circling about his brain in a nostalgic tantalisation. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Rudyard Kipling I knew a fellow in the C.I.D., who thought he had a floating kidney, and we decided to put the matter before him and let him take charge. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Virginia Woolf Sandra, floating from the particular to the universal, lay back in a trance. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

H. G. Wells There were places of sedge and scented rush, amidst which were sapphire mists of forget-me-not for long stretches, skirmishing commandoes of yellow iris and wide wastes of floating water-lilies. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Finally when a woman especially sympathetic to a man mysteriously dead is put in the room, the ghost appears as a decaying head, floating near the ceiling and emitting an intolerable odor. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Miles Franklin It represented a lovely girl in the prime of youth and beauty, and attired in floating white dinner draperies. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

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

But for you I might now be dead, floating about in the depths of that great sea. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Thomas Hardy But Jocelyn’s interest did not run in this stream: he was like a stone in a purling brook, waiting for some peculiar floating object to be brought towards him and to stick upon his mental surface. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

One of the most marvelous features of Canton is the city of house boats, floating and stationary, in which about a quarter of a million people live, and it may with truth be added are born and die. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

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

The lake widened out more and more, and the width of the stream increased in proportion, until they seemed to themselves to be floating on the bosom of some broad, flowing estuary. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Their turn consisted of an eccentric gymnastic display, culminating in a sensational drop by Diabolo from a trapeze fixed in the flies to a floating trapeze on the stage. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

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]

It lifts me floating in the sky whence my merits had sunk me like lead. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Anton Chekhov The moon stood high above the garden, and below it transparent patches of mist were floating eastward. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

The full moon was some way up, perfect and serene, floating in air as calm and limpid as the glance of Freya’s eyes. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

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. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Gahagan by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Henry James But Stransom subsequently quite lost himself, floating away on the sea of light. The Altar of the Dead by Henry James [1895]

D. H. Lawrence But she was floating into the throng on his arm. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence