Phrases with "gesture"

Can you bring Mr. Smith here at once?” “Gilbert Larose!” ejaculated the girl, “the detective!” “Yes — Mr. Wenn,” said the doctor, and then he made a gesture of annoyance. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle She sprang up as her lover entered, and ran forward with a pretty girlish gesture to greet him. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Edith Wharton The gesture revealed the fur-coated back of a gentleman who stood at the opposite end of the hall examining the bust of a seventeenth century field-marshal. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Edith Wharton She drew back a step and slowly repeated: “Your wife? You mean to say you’re married?” Vance made a gesture of assent. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

My vivid words and emphatic gesture moved his Dutch calm to unwonted sensation. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Motionless, with a grave face, he raised his hands slightly at me in a gesture which meant clearly, “Heavens! what a narrow escape!” Narrow indeed. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

Algernon Blackwood Reasons he failed to give, and argument seemed impossible to him, but if voice or gesture or imaginative touch failed anywhere, he lost interest in the performer from that moment. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Arthur Conan Doyle Holmes held up his hand in a gesture of pity and protest, and together we left the room. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

With the prettiest gesture in the world she gave me both her hands; wheeled forth a chair; and produced, from a cupboard, a tin of my favourite tobacco, and a book of my exclusive cigarette papers. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

G. K. Chesterton Before that incomplete gesture and frankly pleading face he retreated as if from the jaws of a dragon. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

George Gissing How can he have got into her circle?” “I have no idea,” Worboys replied, with a gesture of helplessness. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

John Galsworthy Aunt Hester made a gesture of despair, just as Aunt Juley answered: “Yes, your Uncle Soames was very much attached to her. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

She beckoned him with a gesture of her head, and he followed her up a broad staircase, magnificent in its structural appointments of inlaid woods, and carpeted with what to his feet felt like down. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

I only made a gesture of discouragement. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Thomas Hardy But neither girl by word or gesture revealed her blankness. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Virginia Woolf Her first words as I came in confirmed my fears: “Alas, poor boy!” she exclaimed, tossing the manuscript she was reading to the ground with a gesture of despair. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Edith Wharton The gesture brought them so close that Lilla, slightly drooping her head, could let fall, hardly above her breath, but audibly to Kate: “He’s back again. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

He made a gesture of dismay, and began in hot haste to scramble up the hillside obliquely, in the direction of the sleeping musician. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Sinclair Lewis He did not gesture too extravagantly; only, like Gene Debs of old, he reached out a bony forefinger which seemed to jab into each of them and hook out each heart. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Algernon Blackwood The gesture became a sort of leap when she saw that I persisted. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Margaret Oliphant He turned away with a gesture of despair and fury. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

She sent all Paris there with a gesture of supreme carelessness, and was pleased to be able to revenge herself in this style. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Radclyffe Hall Joan stood still in the hall and pressed her hand to her head with a gesture almost tragic. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

H. G. Wells With a gesture of irritation Mr. Parham wrenched off his mask and Gerson followed suit. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

He caught Ravelston’s arm and made a gesture that comprehended the whole of Piccadilly Circus. ‘The lights down in hell will look just like that. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

F. Scott Fitzgerald She nodded slightly to the stout man, who advanced bull-like and with a sturdy brisk gesture pushed Mr. In and Mr. Out to either side. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Benjamin Disraeli There was not a word she had uttered to him, or to any one else, that he did not recall; not a glance, not a gesture — her dress, her countenance, her voice, her hair. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

D. H. Lawrence As Friedeburg entered through the swing door, the housemaster, whose brow was wrinkled in anxiety and perturbation, made a gesture with his hand, as if to point out a criminal. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

With his characteristic gesture O’Brien resettled his spectacles on his nose. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle Then he made a gesture of resignation. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Gustave Flauber It seemed to him that she was holding up her arms towards him to ask for pardon; with a gesture of horror he plunged into the elephants’ park. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

And a friend of yours —” with a gesture he opened the secret to her friend’s entrance. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

Edith Wharton His gesture uncovered the close-curling hair of a small delicately-finished head just saved from effeminacy by the vigorous jut of heavy eye-brows meeting above full grey eyes. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Nathaniel Hawthorne There was, by and by, a certain exuberance and elaborateness of gesture and manner, oddly in contrast with all that I had hitherto seen of him. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

She took off the hat with a gesture when she saw Miss Pym, and loudly expressed her delight in finding Lucy alive and well after the rigours of the night before. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

He’s lying there now — can’t you see him lying there?” She turned to Madge with a gesture which seemed to make the girl’s blood run colder. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

D.H. Lawrence Every gesture is a gesture from the blood, every expression is a symbolic utterance. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Jules Verne The impossibility of crossing this gulf was self-evident, and Kennedy could not restrain a gesture of despair. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

G. K. Chesterton Then he made a gesture towards the heavy stone figure on the pedestal which had now its blank and shapeless back turned towards them. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

At the end of a few seconds, the general made a gesture with his hand and head in sign of attention. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Marjorie Bowen The shifting idle crowds of the Mall divided them, but if her voice was lost on the gay summer air (already so laden with whispers and laughter) he saw the gesture and came over to her. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

His back, his bowed neck and averted head, with the gesture of indecision in his right hand, tell their tale with consummate eloquence. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Anthony Trollope His gesture of vengeance was remembered and repeated, though both the men who heard it expressed their strongest conviction that the murder had not been committed by him. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing They both tripped off towards the cab which Eve’s gesture had summoned. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

In any other woman such a gesture would have been theatrical and unreal in the extreme. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Wilkie Collins Before Zack could make even a gesture to detain her, she had slipped out of the studio, after not having remained in it much longer than five minutes. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Arthur Machen Ambrose reproduced these peculiarities with the gift of the born mimic, adding appropriate antic and gesture to grace the show, and Nelly’s appreciation of its humours was intense. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Anna Katherine Green I took her by the hand; there was no help for it; gesture and a lover-like demeanor must, in this case, supply the place of speech. X Y Z by Anna Katherine Green

Wilkie Collins When your pupil was a little innocent child, did she ever amuse herself by building a house of cards?” Magdalen impatiently answered by a gesture in the affirmative. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Henry James The gesture might have indicated that he meant to take no notice of her; nevertheless, after a day had elapsed, he presented himself before her. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

George Gissing It was a woman, in classic drapery, standing upon the seashore, her head thrown back, her magnificent hair flowing unrestrained, and one of her bare arms raised in a gesture of exultation. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Arnold Bennett Janet, perhaps out of her good-nature, liked his restless, awkward movements and the gesture of his hands, of which the articulations were too prominent, and the finger-nails too short. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

William Hope Hodgson The second time, I found her tending Pepper; but, at my approach, she slid over, unobtrusively, to the far corner, with a gesture that saddened me beyond belief. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Arthur Machen He beat his hands up and down, with a gesture of hopeless fear and misery; and his lips grinned with dread. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

George Gissing But at the second hour, after pretence of idling about the garden, Aurelia saw approach the black, bowed figure, with a gesture bade him go before, and followed. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Isabella Bird The gesture consists in putting a finger into the mouth, slowly withdrawing it, and holding it up with a look of infinite complacency. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Elizabeth Gaskell She liked to act the dropping of the bun into the poor man’s hand as she went past him, and would take up any article near her in order to illustrate the gesture she had used. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Richard Burton When we came to a ridge worse than usual, old Mas’ud would seize my camel’s halter, and, accompanied by his son and nephew bearing lights, encourage the animals with gesture and voice. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Guy de Maupassant And I asked myself: ‘I wonder if I could do that little movement, from below upwards, which was at the same time bold and pretty, as well as she does,’ for her gesture was very pretty. The Signal (Le Signe) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Edith Wharton The man’s gesture declared that it was not his business to be surprised. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

She said: “If you will come down —?” The Clerk made a gesture with his hand as if to direct the two young men to pass in front of him, and his sudden constriction passed across his face. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Virginia Woolf You have something to say to her, I know, Mr. Denham. You can find your way?” she vaguely indicated the ceiling with a gesture of her hand. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Bram Stoker Again and again was the gesture repeated, the man falling back from her at each movement. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Nathaniel Hawthorne She signified her recognition of me by a gesture with her head and hand, comprising at once a salutation and dismissal. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

He rose with a gesture of annoyance. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Algernon Blackwood He nodded at me and made a gesture of farewell with his hand. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

The tender father, to whom love restored strength, made a last effort, and climbed the mountain after the young man, who attracted him by gesture and by smile. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

H. G. Wells And when at last he swung out to this closing gesture I ceased even to breathe. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim At a gesture from Picardo, Pryde followed. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Now one instinctively makes the gesture that is appropriate to one’s meaning, and all parts of the body follow suit including the tongue. New Words by George Orwell

Thomas Wolfe Her hand flew to her throat in a gesture of alarm as she realised that she was not alone and, looking up, saw her daughter standing there. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

H. G. Wells He started, and made a gesture of impatient rejection. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Then Helene sighed, and she made a gesture of mute gratitude. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Charles Kingsley With a gesture of disgust, Raleigh crammed the foul stuff back again into the pouch. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

And a gesture of helplessness, even of frivolity, might be the best way of doing that. Inside the Whale by George Orwell [1940]

Edith Wharton At the foot of the stairs she half-turned to wish him good night, but he appeared not to notice her gesture and followed her up to her door. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Jules Verne No; by a gesture he bade us crouch beside him in a deep fracture of the rock, his hand pointed to one part of the liquid mass, which I watched attentively. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

John Galsworthy She had never spoken in quite that voice, had never before made that lingering gesture or looked back at him as she drove away. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

Algernon Blackwood He bent slightly down, releasing the hand he held, and signifying by a gesture that I should do the same. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

George Gissing Hubert threw his cigar aside, and made a gesture expressing his wish to be led to his mother’s room. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Walter Scott Julian renewed his expostulation by look and gesture — pointed to his own heart, to intimate the Countess — and bent his brows, to show the displeasure which she must entertain. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

George Gissing With a gesture of disgust and loathing he forced her away from him. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Thomas Wolfe At length Mr. Logan was ready, and signified his willingness to begin by a gesture to his hostess. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Edith Wharton She received this with a gesture of incredulity, and merely remarked: “There might have been a chance if Syb Lullmer hadn’t been mixed up in it. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

D. H. Lawrence Never a warm leaf to unfold, never a gesture of life to give off. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton Waythorn moved away with a gesture of refusal. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Henry James Madame de Mauves,” he went on with a gesture which protested against a gesture of her own, “I can’t be happy, you know, when you’re as little so as I make you out. Madame de Mauves by Henry James [1874]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning I saw alone, dim, white and grand As in a dream, the angel’s hand Stretched forth in gesture of command Straight through the haze. A Vision of Poets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1844]

G. K. Chesterton Making a gesture towards something, she managed to drop her loose blue flowers in the water. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

Oscar Wilde He takes the written word, and action, gesture and voice become the media of revelation. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Wilkie Collins His eyes sank, his head drooped; he lifted his hands with a gesture of regret. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

George Meredith She sang with a stately fervour, letting the notes flow from her breast, while both her arms hung loose, and not a gesture escaped her. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Jules Verne A gesture of his might destroy me, a single word chain me on board. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Henry James She made a gesture of impatience, and Rowland offered her his arm and led her back to her seat. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Algernon Blackwood It seemed impossible for me to be unaware of any detail that concerned her, either of gesture or pronunciation. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was a gesture of rare self-possession. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Zona Gale Olivia made a gesture of throwing it all from her. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle Whatever the cause, the result was that a white plump hand, raised in the air with a gesture of authority, showed that the case was at an end. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Hear my pledge! At her first gesture toward treachery — her first thought of betrayal — I myself will end it all. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

He wiped his palms down the thighs of his trousers in a gesture he had not used since he was a child, the gesture of a small boy facing the incalculable, and put out his hand for the envelope. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Can you tell me whether any one has lived in my old place while my back has been turned?” The landlord of the ‘Jolly Tar’ started with a gesture of alarm. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

He stood gazing silently for a minute, then turned smartly on his heels, and, with a gesture of sardonic respect, threw open the door for me. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The Ambassador’s gesture dismissed her protest with a shade of impatience. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Edith Wharton She made a gesture of refusal. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Walter Scott George Douglas followed them, after exchanging with Melville a gesture of surprise and sympathy. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Severnius did not make any other sign or gesture to me except the one that bade me be seated. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Edith Wharton He had grown very pale, and was pushing the hair from his forehead with the gesture habitual to him in moments of painful indecision. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Guy de Maupassan His wife made an involuntary and quickly checked gesture of protest. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

Jules Verne At a gesture from him Tom Turner and some of the crew ran up. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

As he gave it to one of the servants he made a gesture to the man standing with extended hand by the Chinese gong, and the summons rang out for breakfast. The Amethyst Box by Anna Katharine Green

G. K. Chesterton Standing before his judgment-seat, the judge made one last ritual gesture like the rending of the robes of old. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

She stretched her arms out with a gesture of infinite longing, like a lost child that vainly seeks its mother. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Jules Verne We were too irritable to bear the sound of each other’s voices; and it did not require a word, a mere look or gesture was enough, to provoke us to anger that was little short of madness. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

Charles Kingsley Without a gesture or an exclamation which could explain his proceedings, he faces about once more, and rushes up the slope as hard as legs and wind permitted. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Edith Wharton Slowly he rose again from his chair, plunged his hands deeply into his pockets, with a gesture she remembered when he was troubled, and went and leaned in the jamb of the window. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Deborah, moved by some quick impulse, told Mirabell that she had a lover; Mirabell turned towards her with a gesture of more eager friendliness than she had ever shown to her. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Jules Verne As he caught sight of the “Albatross” he made a gesture as of fear. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Arnold Bennett He was ashamed of his hand-baggage, and his gesture in tipping the porter lacked carelessness. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Gissing He spent his evening pleasantly, often laughing as he recalled a phrase or gesture of the Rev. Bruno’s. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson Count Almaviva slouched his hat with a gesture expressive of despair, and even Elvira felt as if ill-fortune had been personally invoked. Providence and the Guitar by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. Phillips Oppenheim She raised her eyebrows—a very favourite gesture of hers. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Robert Louis Stevenson He took the table in his confidence with a gesture and a look. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Walter Scott A furred mantle had not sat on him with more easy grace than the heavy hauberk, which complied with every gesture of his noble form. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

Elizabeth Von Arnim She pulled her wrap closer round her with a gesture of defence, of keeping out and off. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Bram Stoker I saw Lilla sink down in a swoon, and Mimi throw up her arms in a gesture of triumph. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

H. G. Wells Then she looked towards him, a remote friendly little figure, made a gesture of farewell, and disappeared. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Lavendale accepted the gesture as his dismissal. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Thomas Wolfe Ce n’est par possible!” “Oh, for Christ’s sake,” the American said, tossing his cigarette away with a gesture of impatience and disgust. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

James Joyce His step was angry and with an angry abrupt gesture he thrust the stick back into Stephen’s hand. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Anna Katherine Green Then, at a gesture from Mr. Gryce, it suddenly ceased, and with a breathless interest easy to comprehend, they one and all waited for his next word. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Edward Bellamy What has happened to you? Where have you been? Can’t I do something for you?” Perhaps she involuntarily held out her hands in a gesture of compassion as she spoke. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

I seemed to see in advance the gesture that was coming — the girl kneeling beside the bed, the old man’s hand laid on her head in his dying blessing. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Elizabeth Gaskell She saw their gesture — she knew its meaning — she read their aim. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

George Gissing Somehow, this slight gesture of the girl’s had seemed to bring them closer to each other; there was an unpremeditated touch of intimacy in the movement, which it pleased him to think of. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle His eyes flashed, however, and he shook his bony hand with a fierce wild gesture after the retreating figure. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Baldwin Spencer During the whole time that the youth is out in the bush he may not speak to anyone--not even to his namminjeri--except by means of gesture language. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

George MacDonald Then I understood him to claim the apple I had flung away, whereupon I made a grimace of dislike and a gesture of rejection. Lilith by George MacDonald

Henry James Her gesture of resignation gave him a pretext for catching at her hand, but before he could take it she had put it behind her. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Yalgunga gratefully clasped it in his own, and with his other hand made a gesture to his camp and his spring-they were all he had to offer. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

As he did so, Thomas Milsom drew the back of his hand rapidly across his mouth, with a gesture that was evidently intended as a signal. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

And as if ashamed she made a gesture with her hand, putting away from her that thought. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

They have set two traps for you within the past five weeks, but you escaped them both and ——” The professor made a gesture of impatience. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

I made a gesture of helplessness behind my chief’s back, trying at the same time to give a reassuring expression to my face. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle With the crack of the gun the swimmer reared himself up in the water, waved his hands in a gesture of warning, and roared out in a voice which rang over the bay. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

H. G. Wells He was meditating a gesture of his own later on. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He literally glowed; without a word or a gesture of exultation a new well-being radiated from him and filled the little room. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Theodore Dreiser What could you do with a man like that? How brace him up? You couldn’t! And with a gesture of infinite understanding, disgust, noble indifference, he threw up his hands and started to walk out. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Was it because he had never “belonged” before, that made that commonplace gesture into a benediction? He went on thinking of Bee as he fell asleep. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Then she would cling to a wall or a tree, putting his help aside with a gesture in which there was again some pitiful trace of renunciation. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Charles Kingsley Her eye caught his movement, and she half sprang up; but at a gesture from him she sank quietly on her knees, holding her husband’s hand in her own. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

E. Phillips Oppenheim Adolphus, in response to a gesture from his mother, rose sulkily to his feet. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Edith Wharton He had been curious to hear what impression Alfieri’s drama had produced upon the hunchback; but now any interruption seemed unwelcome, and he turned to Gamba with a gesture of dismissal. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Lady Eversleigh turned from her companion with a gesture of loathing. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Thomas Wolfe For just a moment she stayed there on her knees in a gesture of sweet maiden grace. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

H. G. Wells Then he made a gesture that he wished to speak. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Indeed Mr. Gilchrist had risen on his elbow and Philemon was making that pleading gesture of his which we know so well. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

He answered this by a gesture of disdainful superiority. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anthony Trollope Her gesture was magnificent when Lady Ongar proposed to her that she should bathe. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

The turning on of the wireless had been so absent-minded a gesture that she did not know that she had done it. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Thomas Wolfe Esther had seen George’s gesture and wondered what it meant. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Edith Wharton Her parched lips brought out: “Of course it’s confidential,” and his gesture replied that communications, in that room, were always held to be so. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Henry James She neglected to answer my question but raised her hand to take back the picture, with a gesture which though ineffectual was in a high degree peremptory. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Nathaniel Hawthorne A blessing was felt descending upon them from his outstretched hand; he approved by look and gesture the pledge of a deep union that had passed under his auspices. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Rafael Sabatini She saw him turn with a gesture of angry command upon Larocque, who stood there by the bulwarks, waiting. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

It was she who killed Duncan Rothwell. Acknowledge it, you woman with the blood-red hand!” He addressed her with a gesture of terrible denunciation. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Edith Wharton The gesture revealed a beauty of the laughing sensuous type best suited to such surroundings. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

What miasma of treachery existed in this ancient city that he, who prided himself on his loyalty, had become so horribly infected? Up went his head in that old gesture of defiant decision. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Anthony Trollope The colour came to her cheeks, and she threw up her head with a gesture of angry pride, but at the moment she said nothing. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Tod waved him away with a gesture more often used on flies. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Arthur Conan Doyle The four had been riding in silence for some little time, when the Colonel clapped his hand to his brow with a gesture of dismay. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But when Nicole saw Dick her laughter died — she made a gesture of slipping by and away from him but he caught her arm and held it as they walked away. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

D. H. Lawrence He seemed at last to hear, and it was as if his eyes made the last weary gesture of a polite bow. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

She was eager and plump and very American. “Have you seen my little boy?” she asked, making a gesture of helplessness. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Wilkie Collins Without a word or a gesture she stood before the table, and her gleaming black eyes fixed steadily on Fabio the instant he confronted her. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

G. K. Chesterton As he had come out with the gesture of pulling on invisible gloves, so he leaned back with the gesture of smoking an invisible cigar. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Instead, with a gesture of great magnanimity, he closed his notebook with a snap and waved for Mitter to drive on. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Jeanne shrugged her shoulders with a gesture of weariness. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

H. G. Wells Lord Edensoke’s reply had been a faint smile and a gesture of the hand. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

George Gissing Rhoda made a gesture of impatience. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Arnold Bennett The gesture atoned somewhat for the sordidness of her situation, and even corrected the faults of her attire. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle I made a gesture of terror and despair with my hands, and I sprang my horse over the bank which lined the road. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Charles Dickens Will you begone?’ Mrs Quilp durst only make a gesture of entreaty. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Virginia Woolf Thus played upon by gesture and voice, brow and glittering eye, no one, as Crabb Robinson remarks, could take a note. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

But the light faded, and he checked himself with a gesture of pain. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

The strange but opportune visitant seemed to motion to me with a gesture of his hand, which I felt I must obey, and I followed in this weird procession. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

William Hope Hodgson As he pulled back the partition, he made a gesture with his hand, inviting me to look at the gods, and take my choice. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

E. Phillips Oppenheim I mark the evenness of her tone, and I am forced to admire the commanding grace and dignity of her attitude, and the gesture with which she dismisses me. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

D. H. Lawrence The whole place seemed to have a threatening expression, imitating the church’s architecture, for the purpose of domineering, like a gesture of vulgar authority. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Abraham Merri Olaf made a gesture of caution, relapsed into sullen silence. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells Enough.” He made a gesture of masterful dismissal for which Rud had no immediate repartee. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

The houses in Half-Moon street are small, and Talbot flung down his proof-sheet with a gesture expressive of considerable irritation. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

The look she gave, the attitude she took, the appalling gesture which she made, supplied the place of language. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence He spread out his hands with a gesture of indifference. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

None of the graces of the haughty patrician lady whose lightest gesture was a command, would appear in this humble girl, to mock and constrain me. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Virginia Woolf Perhaps she was bored by drinking tea and reading a book all alone; at any rate, she tossed the book on to a sofa with a gesture of relief. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Marjorie Bowen Susannah’s fair white hand made a gesture as if she put aside the semblance of something hideous. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

George Meredith His gesture of shaking and expanding whenever the tender request was urged on him, signified a physical opposition to the control of garments. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

G. K. Chesterton There is nothing better in the whole brutal exuberance of the character than that gesture with which Quilp punches his own face with his own fist. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Greater anxiety than this by no look or gesture did he betray. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

William Dampier Their faces were sometimes to the east, sometimes to the west: neither did I see any motion or gesture that they used when their faces were towards the moon, more than when their backs were toward it. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]