Phrases with "floor"

And at the same moment a flare was lit below which brought the whole hall from floor to rafters into blinding light. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He turned on the light in the hall and made his way to the office on the ground floor at the back of the house, where Audrey had told him Mrs. Dewar’s sleeping apartment was also situated. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

On the top floor the Military Revolutionary Committee was in full blast, striking and slacking not. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Gaston Leroux Then she got onto her knees and examined the floor minutely. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

John Galsworthy On the ground floor once more, he had the most intense desire to sing. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling There was no trace of wall, or roof, or floornaught but a patch of slimy mud. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Washington Irving The apartments consisted of three rooms on the second floor of No. 2 Brick Court, Middle Temple, on the right hand ascending the staircase, and overlooked the umbrageous walks of the Temple garden. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Brat stooped to pick up the clothes from the floor and straightened himself abruptly. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

T. E. Lawrence We arranged the stores on the ground floor of the western tower, by the little gate, for it was the soundest, driest place. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Margaret Oliphant For a moment the floor and walls so quivered about them that this alone seemed possible; but nothing followed, and their faculties returned. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

On the landing of the upper floor lay one or two articles, which seemed to indicate that some kind of struggle had taken place there. The Mystery at Number Seven by Ellen Wood [1877]

The floor is kept well cleaned. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was droning like a harmonium with the flies and bluebottles, and the floor and walls were like a slaughter-house. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Its walls are the cerulean sky, Its floor the earth so green and fair; Its dome is vast immensity: All nature worships there. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

ADELAIDE STRAIN stood still for quite a long time on the stone floor of the garage. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Wilkie Collins He turned pale when he felt the floor shaken by your fall. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Pergola; small cascade with rustic bridge; fishpond, with green-tiled floor to show up the gold-fish. The Understudy by Mary Cholmondeley

Margaret Oliphant He sat down in indignant surprise opposite Vincent, and struck his stick against the floor involuntarily, by way of emphasis to his words. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Arthur Conan Doyle On the other hand, there was picked up from the floor a green eye-patch, which the housekeeper could not remember to have seen before. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Jules Verne Bell had managed to make a tolerably level floor with planks and spars; the stiffened cushions and hammocks were placed round the stove to thaw, and were soon fit for use. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Isabella Bird I took no notice till he seemed getting in, when I jumped up with an adjuration, saw the floor vacant, and heard human feet running away. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Most of these were now scattered about the floor while Mrs. Ponder, in furious haste and grunting like a pig, burrowed ever deeper. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Radclyffe Hall Books lined the walls from floor to ceiling; Ralph’s books and some of her own that she had brought with her from Cambridge. This was Sunday. Ralph had gone to church. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Edith Wharton The floor here ain’t none too clean. The Old Maid by Edith Wharton

In that house a window was open on the first floor and a figure all in white stood looking down into the street. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Virginia Woolf And the result of it was, she sighed, taking in the whole room from floor to ceiling, as she held the stocking against James’s leg, that things got shabbier and got shabbier summer after summer. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Theodore Dreiser Finally, one day he said to him: “How would you like to try your hand at being a floor man for me in ‘change? I need a young man here. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

M. R. James On the window-sill and the floor near it were the dead bodies of many hundred sawflies, and one torpid one which I had some satisfaction in killing. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

The floor is thickly covered with straw, and the walls are entirely covered with soft stuffed cushions. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

H. Rider Haggard Around this depression, and strewn about the floor of the cave itself, were the remains of many victims, a considerable number of whom had not been devoured. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Fanny Fern Never mind! A great many people keep the first floor spick and span; mayhap you’ll find something wrong up stairs. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

Henry James I opened the paper in the hall of an hotel — there was a big marble floor and spittoons! — and my eyes fell on that horror. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

I did not disturb him, but returned to my own apartment, and fell to pacing the floor like a caged beast. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Guy de Maupassan One officer remained at the door to watch the exit; on the second floor they halted; Du Roy rang the bell and they waited. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

D. H. Lawrence Connie had a sitting-room on the third floor, the top floor of the central portion of the house. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

But the fourth floor bore witness. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Wilkie Collins Every available atom of space (as I gradually raised the glass from the floor to the ceiling of the building) appeared to be occupied. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Sinclair Lewis With a vexed “Hang it!” he mused, “I suppose John would pray, no matter how chilly the floor was. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Willa Cather She fluttered about the upper floor when Thea was practicing. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

By way of apology, he tried to be gallant, and continued: “I’m not to blame, am I? It was said yesterday that someone on the ground floor had passed away. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Lifting it up from the floor with one hand and holding it with difficulty, she introduced an almost toothless wooden comb into its thick strands. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Isabella Bird The floor is of marble, and a row of fluted and polished marble pillars runs down each side. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Willa Cather Niel fitted up a room for himself behind the suite which the Judge retained for his law offices, on the second floor of the most pretentious brick block in town. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Maria Edgeworth On the next floor there was a smith at work, filing so earnestly that he did not hear the screams of the children. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

John Galsworthy On the top floor Wilfrid was standing in his open doorway, pale as a soul in purgatory. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Then the voice spoke again, and footsteps were heard on the first floor landing. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Guy de Maupassan He hastened to the window and opened it; but the night air was so chilly that he closed it, lighted a fire, and began to pace the floor once more, saying mechanically: “I must be more composed. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Abraham Merri And life rushed back into me! There were jagged streamers of the yellow stone upon the rocky floor . Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Virginia Woolf But here was the top floor where old Mrs Potter lay bedridden. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Frances Hodgson Burnett A sitting-room on the ground floor had even a round window with plants in it and a canary bird singing in a cage. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle The floor was level and true, so that no swordsman could ask for more. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Abraham Merri Before his body touched the floor the same bow sang once more. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Isabella Bird The floor of the atrium was covered with brown felts, and there was a mattress for me to sit upon. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

The floor was uneven, with many withered plants and dried earth scattered about. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Algernon Blackwood There was a whistling among cordage, and the floor swayed to and fro. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

The noise of their feet over the floor of the vestibule died away upon the stone steps outside. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Henry James The floor of my room is composed of little brick tiles, and to freshen the air, in this temperature, one sprinkles it, as you no doubt know, with water. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

His hand was on the floor supporting him, and the floor felt strange; the carpet unlike any weave of human making. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Wilkie Collins After looking for them in every direction and discovering nothing, I returned to the house, and entered the different rooms on the ground floor one after another. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Sinclair Lewis He heard her — there on the same floor with him — talking to Miss Proudfoot, who stood at Nelly’s door, three hours after she was supposed to be asleep. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells For a moment in that shivering circle of light the two men saw the king kneeling up in the cart and Peter on the barn floor beside him. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Mrs. Gaskell I have one which is not new — one that I picked up off the floor nearly six years ago. Cranford by Mrs. Gaskell [1851-3]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Arrived on the first floor he paused and looked downward once more at the great room below. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Theodore Dreiser They present but a mass of bent backs, their knees and faces in the mire, over which as over a floor he strides to superiority. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

The bedrooms on the top floor is not that easy found. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Jacques Futrelle Instead, he sat down upon the floor again. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

George Gissing By that time the firemen were hard at work, but one floor of the burning house had already fallen through, and it was probable that nothing but the shell would be saved. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

A roomy recess with a beaten clay floor was provided for the cooking stove. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Virginia Woolf The windows on the ground floor were open; the curtains blew in and out, and through them they could see a row of heads, as if people were sitting round a table, talking. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

I remembered the candle and candlestick I had heard thrown down on the lower floor by Carmel Cumberland. I would secure them and come back and settle these uncanny doubts. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing The rooms on the first floor having become vacant, Michael proposed certain new arrangements. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

THE door of a room on the ground floor was opened to us by a man-servant. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Gaston Leroux The floor of the torture-chamber had itself become a regular little lake, in which our feet splashed. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Arthur Conan Doyle The floor was different, the ceiling was different, the furniture was different. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

Rudyard Kipling CAPTAIN GADSBY, in his shirt-sleeves, is bending over a complete set of Hussar’s equipment, from saddle to picketing-rope, which is neatly spread over the floor of his study. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

H. G. Wells Five I got altogether and before I lost my last third floor back I ‘ad seven. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

There had not been a floor to let for three years. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

My young mistress had taken the third floor for five years. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was lying upon the floor of the saloon and his arms, from his wrists to his shoulders, were bound to his body with strips of dried and uncured leather. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Steele Rudd He patted the floor with the flat of his foot and wondered what would happen next. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

He was at this moment kneeling on the nursery floor embracing his pale little boy. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Victor Hugo Then picking up from the floor the parchment she had thrown down, she ran her eye over it. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

This morning madame asked me if I had not some room on the ground floor which I could give to her daughter and her in exchange for the one they now occupy. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Sinclair Lewis The floor of the bedroom was an endless heaving sea, the hall a writhing dimness, and by the kitchen door she dropped and lay for an hour, whimpering. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Sinclair Lewis She flirted with a young man in a white coat, but she smiled at Neil and said “Fifth floor — YOUR floor,” caressingly. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins There were rafters from the torn-down floor above, lying loose on the ground — but they were too light. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Willa Cather The floor of it was a mass of huge boulders, great pieces of rock that had fallen from above ages back, and had been worn round and smooth as pebbles by the long action of water. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

The floor was black, the fireplace empty, the walls without a picture, and yet it was neither from this grayness nor from this barrenness that one recoiled. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Isabella Bird Above this lower floor are the winter apartments, which open upon a fine stone balcony running round three sides of the court. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Henry James Osmond had found the girl alone; Miss Stackpole had contracted a friendship with a delightful American family on the fourth floor and had mounted the interminable staircase to pay them a visit. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Tobias Smolle For a decent first floor and two bed-chambers on the second, I payed no more than a scudo (five shillings) per day. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

He was stooped forward, and looking upon the floor of the vehicle, so that his companion could not see his countenance. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The arrangement of rooms on the second floor was well known to me. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle He turned the two best rooms of the first floor into a sitting-room and bedroom for himself. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

The floor was of mosaic, and he saw now that there were rugs upon it, and that there were chairs and sofas, and other signs of habitation. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

H. G. Wells The scene of my labours was the upper floor of the Normal School, the Royal College of Science as it is called to-day, a floor long since applied to other uses. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Isabella Bird There was a small bed with a dirty buffalo-skin upon it; I took it up, and swarms of living creatures fell out of it, and the floor was literally alive with them. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

That Painted Floor must be found, for it could only be a fragment of Roman work; there was such a floor in the midget church of Widford on Windrush, a mile or two from the home of his childhood. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Walter Scott The floor next engaged a scrutiny equally minute, but more successful. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

Gaston Leroux The water came out of the cellar with us and spread over the floor of the room. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Edith Wharton From this point of observation the child, now vividly awake, noted the hangings of faded tapestry that heaved in the draught, the ceiling of beams and the stone floor strewn with rushes. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

F. Scott Fitzgerald With a start of energy she sat upright, shifting her body until her feet touched the floor over the side of the bed. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

But Hanrahan crossed the floor and brushed the others away, and said it was with him she must dance, after the long road he had travelled before he came to her. Stories of Red Hanrahan by William Butler Yeats [1905]

H.P. Lovecraft As I wiggled over the mound of debris — my torch, switched continuously on, thrust deeply in my mouth — I felt myself torn by the fantastic stalactites of the jagged floor above me. The Shadow Out of Time by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

D. H. Lawrence The bright-faced young man picks it from the floor and hands it him. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Arthur Conan Doyle The floor in turn had been excavated, and we saw in all directions passages which sloped downwards into the bowels of the earth. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Leon Trotsky The children are playing on the painted floor of the parlor; the little girl fades away; the little boy is standing dazed and petrified beside a chest of drawers. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Zona Gale I didn’t see her myself — no, I had stopped in on the first floor to visit my lawyer’s wife who was ill with neuralgia, and I didn’t see the creature. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

So I wired asking him to lunch at my own club, a quiet place with a smoking-room on the top floor which we could have to ourselves. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Edith Wharton She assented, and they were led up a cork-screw staircase to a squat-ceilinged closet lit by the arched top of a high window, the lower panes of which served for the floor below. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Then he tiptoed up to the first floor and made a round of inspection of all doors against which he had placed his plasticene. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

George MacDonald When they saw the great clusters, at once they knew them good, rushed upon them, ate eagerly, and in a few minutes were all fast asleep on the green floor and in the forest around the hall. Lilith by George MacDonald

Arthur Conan Doyle Both floor and walls were thickly splashed with coffee or some other dark liquid. A Night Among the Nihilists by Arthur Conan Doyle

In the meantime, for comfort, he lighted his pipe again, sat on his bed, and watched the thin beam of sunlight move slowly across the stone floor of his cell. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Miles Franklin We turned the hayshed into a floor for two men with blades, who wanted to learn so that they could go down the Riverina next year. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

The floor was of red brick; a tea-kettle boiled on the fire; there was a smell of coffee. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

Ivan Turgenev He lived only for the sweetness of prayer; and steeping himself in it, he would stand so long on the cold floor of the church that his legs below the knees grew numb and senseless as blocks of wood. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Sigmund Freud That night I had the following dream: I am very incompletely dressed, and I go from a flat on the ground- floor up a flight of stairs to an upper story. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

I could float off this floor like a soap bubble if I wish to. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling This was a fine and ghostly story; and its dismal effect was much heightened by some clamour of the night far up the lake beyond the floor of stars. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

In order to place the higher shelves within reach, a light balcony of polished oak ran round the four walls, about equidistant from the floor and the ceiling. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Edith Wharton There was no way out — and there were no dogs at Kerfol.” She straightened herself to her full height, threw her arms above her head, and fell down on the stone floor with a long scream. Kerfol by Edith Wharton [1916]

The neat and somewhat pallid young man that emerged from these rites then ascended to the first floor to reconnoitre the landscape from the narrow unglazed windows. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

The printing house was located on the ground floor of a distinctly gloomy building in the Rue des Marais, a street so narrow that two carriages found it difficult to pass each other. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Walter Scott She could hear Sir Piercie Shafton pace the floor to and fro, in reflection doubtless on his own untoward fate and precarious situation. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

He thought with alarm: “I must have made that noise myself;” and at the same instant the woman left the door, stepped firmly across the floor before him, and sat down in a chair. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

She trod the floor like one walking in spring meadows. Basilissa by John Buchan [1914]

Out from it extended a narrow bridge of planking to the rough scaffold that hung about the Red Bell. Beneath the Dome the milk-white floor was no longer visible. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Her admirable little foot, marvellously shod in a black shoe, tapped the floor irritably. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

H. G. Wells It struck the floor near the cigar cabinet, rolled for a yard or so on its edge, and came to rest in almost the position it had occupied when he had first set eyes on it. The Reconciliation by H. G. Wells [1895]

All three windows on the first floor were brightly lighted up, and in one of them the Venetian blinds had caught; and now small flames began to show from the top of the chimney. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

It consisted merely of two apartments on the ground floor with a loft above. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

E. Phillips Oppenheim They ascended to the fourth floor of the building and rang the bell of Vincent Cawdor’s room—no answer. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Something of this he tried to express as, after having crossed the floor and helped himself to a whisky and soda, he lit a cigarette, and resumed his seat. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

He was in the middle of the treacherous floor before he perceived that it was not Macbean in the half-light behind the counter, but a good-looking man whom he had never seen before. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

James Joyce I declare to my antimacassar if you took up a straw from the bloody floor and if you said to Bloom: Look at, bloom. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Here Mr. Granger took up his abode, with ten of his Arden Court servants quartered on a floor above. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

All three started going down the narrow, steep wooden staircase which connected that portion of the upper floor with the many rambling offices of the old house. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Whither it went in its run over the floor I do not know, I was too bewildered to observe. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Abraham Merri Now we had reached that end; were passing over a smooth plaza whose level floor was enclosed, save for a rift in front of us, by the fanged tops of the black cliff’s. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Henry Kingsley A colley she-dog was lying at one end, who banged her tail against the floor in welcome, but was too utterly prostrated by the heat and by the persecution of her puppy to get up and make friends. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

The high, arched doorway rose to the second floor and opened onto a deep porch, at the end of which could be seen the pale daylight of a courtyard. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

The floor of the hall was covered before anyone could speak; the wind — if it were not rather the dance of searching shapes — swept into every corner. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

M. P. Shiel The floor I can no longer touch with my feet; the table of stone itself grows hot; the iron casing of the chamber, even under the scarlet gleam of the lamp, now emits the redding glow of heated metal. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Andrew Lang But this was forty years ago, and it is probably too late to learn anything of these astounding performances of naked men on the hard floor of a lodge. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Then she walked coolly in, and stood waiting while I crossed the floor to the window and threw it open. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

M. P. Shiel The morning after our coming, we had breakfast—our last meal together—on the first floor in a pentagonal room approached from a lower level by three little steps. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

George Borrow The floor is exceedingly slippery, consisting of soil which the continual drippings from the roof have saturated, so that no slight precaution is necessary for him who treads it. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

She said nothing, and together they proceeded up to the drawing-room floor landing. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

A. E. W. Mason Mrs. Blumenstein’s suite was on the same floor as mine, and her maid slept above. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

Thomas Hardy From one of the only two windows on the ground floor which were not boarded up came rays of light, no shutter or curtain obscuring the room from the eyes of a passer on the outside. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

The floor was the poorest kind of bed, but we rolled up our coats for pillows and made the best of it. Greenmantle by John Buchan

H. G. Wells There was a woman student at University College who had the drawing-room floor for some years, and a German woman in the dining-room whose visitors roused Auntie Bella’s censorious curiosity. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

The fire had broken out on the seventh floor of the great block of buildings, and had raged slowly downwards to the sixth and fifth. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Henry Handel Richardson There was nothing but the floor for them to look at — if you watched the other couples dancing they would think you were envying them. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

Sinclair Lewis He turned out the lights on the third floor and clumped downstairs. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope If there’s any feeling within her, I’ll make her ashamed of herself”— and she paced the room again, stamping the floor as she went with her fat, heavy foot. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

E. F. Benson The whole of the landing of the first floor below was invisible under the swarm of caterpillars that crawled there. Caterpillars by E. F. Benson

Within, the building on the ground floor was divided into two rooms — a large hall for the dancing lessons and a small apartment used indifferently as a reception-room and an office. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

H. Rider Haggard Then we got up and made a systematic examination of the walls of our prison-house, in the faint hope of finding some means of exit, sounding them and the floor carefully. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Thomas Hardy On returning to the upper floor he lost his balance and fell downstairs. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Two contrary conditions had to be considered — the hostility of white ants to buildings of wood, and the necessity for raising the floor but slightly above the level of the ground. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

In the barn where we waited the floor was a thin layer of chaff over deep beds of bones, human bones and cows’ bones mixed up, and the place was alive with rats. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

They covered the floor with Oahu mats for a carpet, stopped up the vent-hole in bad weather, and made it their head-quarters. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

The fowls roosted on the bed’s head, the dogs and young kids formed a living blanket on the mattress, and goats filled the floor and the fire-place. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Anna Katherine Green Only the ground floor remained active with all its lights at the maximum, and every belt moving. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

For the Raven possessed no balcony, and he was fain to let himself down with a stride and a jump from the first floor window on the top of the bow-window of the parlor, and stand there. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Lucy Maud Montgomery The floor is covered with a white velvet carpet with pink roses all over it and there are pink silk curtains at the windows. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

James Joyce To which impromptu the neverfailing Bloom replied without a moment’s hesitation, saying straight off: — To sweep the floor in the morning. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

The coffin was lying upon a shelf of thick slate about three feet above the paved floor of the vault and consisted of an outer shell of stout oak and an inner shell, the coffin proper, of thick lead. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

F. Scott Fitzgerald One afternoon when the snow was dirty again along Riverside Drive, Gloria, who had been to the grocer’s, entered the apartment to find Anthony pacing the floor in a state of aggravated nervousness. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

We met in a room on the second floor of a little restaurant in Mervyn Street, a pleasant room, panelled in white, with big fires burning at each end. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Soft Turcoman rugs covered the wooden floor — Vernon noted every detail for never before had he been able to see his room clearly. Basilissa by John Buchan [1914]

Benjamin Disraeli The centre of the inlaid and polished floor of the apartment was covered with a Tournay carpet of brilliant yet tasteful decoration. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

He was lodged on the second floor of the building, and was able to let himself down to the pavement without injury, and unobserved. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Actually Lantier climbed to the sixth floor to see her whenever he felt the impulse. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Rudyard Kipling And Mangles, the builder, with two villeins, constructs the floor for the same, and a floor of new brick with wires for the small mill. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle I could hear the stertorous snoring of Uncle Jeremy upon the floor above. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Gissing Recovering himself somewhat, he picked up the envelope from the floor and examined its postmarks; they were metropolitan. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Willa Cather Occasionally she glanced anxiously over her shoulder toward her shining kitchen, with a black and white linoleum floor in big squares, like a marble pavement. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Andrew Lang The helmet suddenly burst with a loud noise, and fell in pieces on the ground; and as they all turned to look they found the floor covered with precious stones which had fallen out of it. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Abraham Merri And from the shores of the lake, other wraiths of mist would rise, and glide swiftly over the emerald floor and join those other dancing, welcoming wraiths of the waterfall. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Sir Walter Scott From the first floor to the second story, (third from the ground,) is a way by a stair in the wall five feet wide. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Sir Walter Scott There was no appearance of a floor of any kind; the roof seemed rent in several places; the walls were composed of loose stones and turf, and the thatch of branches of trees. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

Anthony Trollope But she knelt upon the floor with her head upon her friend’s lap, kissing Fanny’s hands, and striving to murmur thanks. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Henry James We ascended to the upper floor and visited a long succession of empty rooms. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

The floor of the room was of stone, but there was a wide strip of old carpet just by the table. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

In a fit of unthinkingness — if I may use such an expression — I gave the floor over the parlour, where the séance was taking place, two loud raps with the hammer. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

The floor seemed to quiver; the little panes of the windows rattled; a scatter of birds flew past, and there was a woman’s scream, shrill and sharp, through the house. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

At one end was a fine Italian shrine of marble, and the floor was mosaic, blue and white, in a quaint Byzantine pattern. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

F. Scott Fitzgerald As they settled to the lower floor the feet came into view in the sickly electric light of the paved hall. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

E. F. Benson It would all be sideways, you see: you’d enter through the wall, and the room would be at right angles to you; ceiling on the left, floor on the right, or vice versa. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

It was true he lived in a large house of three stories, but the whole of the ground floor was occupied by the business part of the firm. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

E. F. Benson But it took time to get into the house: their preparations had been singularly workmanlike, for every window and door on the ground floor was wired up. The Shootings Of Achnaleish by E. F. Benson

The American left Colonel Falcon in a big, cool, shadowed room with a floor of inlaid and polished woods that any millionaire in the States would have envied, excusing himself for a few minutes. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Guy de Maupassant And he rolled on the ground, crying out, beating the floor with his hands and feet, and uttering such groans that they seemed like a death-rattle. The Port (Le Port) by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

Guy de Maupassant With frowsy hair, skirts askew and red hands, she talked loud while washing the floor with great swishes of water. The Diamond Necklace (La Parure) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

When the second act had passed, and such a shout as might have wakened the very dead, shook the house from floor to roof, he was found hidden in one of the dark unused passages below the stage. Signa by Ouida

George MacDonald With these I had soon laid the floor of a bridge-bed over the torrent. Lilith by George MacDonald

Anthony Trollope The floor was uncarpeted, nearly black with dirt, and usually half covered with fragments of damp straw brought into it by the feet of customers. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope