Phrases with "gesture"

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]

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

D. H. Lawrence He made another gesture this time: pressed down the corners of his mouth as if he didn’t like it. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

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]

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]

She smiles at every one; but those who go too far in gesture or language soon discover they have made a mistake. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Frances Hodgson Burnett Coombe’s gesture of drawing it towards him was a familiar one. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Gissing You might have thought that’—he sank his voice—‘that because I could think of destroying that will—’ ‘Don’t speak of that!’ she interrupted, with a gesture of pain. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

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]

H. G. Wells His name I forget, but the little woman was called Miss Merrick. They had to handle enormous classes, and they did most of their teaching by voice and gesture and chalk upon a blackboard. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

But she said nothing, following her father into the house, with the slightest possible gesture to me. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Wilkie Collins When he discovered that I was looking at him, he entreated me by a gesture not to betray his presence. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

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

She rose with what was almost a gesture of despair, and thrust the gold hair off her temples. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Gaston Leroux They excused themselves with vivid gesture and rapid speech. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

George Gissing What do you mean by it?’ ‘Oh, if you’re going to be nasty—’ She made the gesture of a servant-girl who quarrels with her young man at the street-corner. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Florence Dixie But he could not fail to hear and notice the exclamation and gesture of annoyance, with which Glorie had greeted his appearance. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

H. G. Wells She lifted up her hands and then struck down with them, a gesture of infinite impatience. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Edith Wharton He remembered Vyse’s tossing it down on his table with a gesture of despair when it came back from the last publisher. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

That too was a gesture belonging to the ancient time. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Arnold Bennett The fact was he could distribute ruin with a gesture and nobody could bring him to book. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

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

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]

She threw out her arms in a gesture of dismay and stepped aside, just clear of his head, which struck the ground heavily near her shoe. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

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]

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

Guy de Maupassant He made the sign of the cross, and coming over to them with his professional gesture said: “Well, my poor children, I have come to help you to pass these mournful hours. A Dead Woman’s Secret (La Veillée) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Wilkie Collins The hand was weak; but even in that momentary action of it there was no mistaking the gesture of command. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Jules Verne He was about to rush on Torres. A gesture from the rascal cooled his anger. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

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

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]

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

Arthur Machen A grey stone seat had been placed beneath a shady laurel, and here he often sat without motion or gesture for many hours. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

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

Jules Verne He must therefore be blind, blind to all, even to Nadia, blind everywhere, and not a gesture at any moment must let the truth be suspected. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

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

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]

There is a forged bill in-” “I know all about that also,” said Cuthbert, making a gesture for her to be silent. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

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

If we succeed, she shall be my wife; if we fail ——” The gesture which concluded the sentence said more strongly than any protestations, that he was ready, resigned to anything. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

But this hand, which she had so often yielded to him, was now gently withdrawn, with so sad a gesture that he could not help feeling there was no hope. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

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

Do you see those two figures yonder, walking in the pleasaunce?” “Yes, I see them — my uncle and his wife,” answered Reginald, with a gesture of impatience. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

What is the matter, then?” The king could hear these last words, and see the terrified gesture of the cardinal rising up in his bed, for he entered the chamber at that moment. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

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

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

He made a gesture — somewhat vague — a little mysterious, accompanied by a faint smile, as if of regret. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

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]

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]

Nathaniel Hawthorne For some unaccountable reason, as Arthur Dimmesdale felt the child’s eyes upon himself, his hand — with that gesture so habitual as to have become involuntary — stole over his heart. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

George Gissing Marcian had bidden Veranilda’s woman follow them, but as they entered the wood, his companion looking eagerly before her, he turned and made a gesture of dismissal, which the servant at once obeyed. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

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]

Jules Verne A gesture of his brought us all to a halt; and, however desirous I might be to scale the wall, I was obliged to stop. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Greatorex lingered behind in obedience to a gesture from Harvey. He closed the door carefully. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

He understood me, for he smiled and nodded his head, a gesture which seemed to say, “It gives me pleasure to know that you find it good. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Yes,” she persisted, in answer to the magistrate’s gesture of denial, “yes, he is innocent. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

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

Tessie saw my gesture of disapproval and leaned from the window. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

What overwhelmed him in that instant was admiration for the gesture with which she had thrown her clothes aside. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Frances Hodgson Burnett Then the woman drew her hand with a quick odd gesture across her forehead. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Virginia Woolf He made the tea, and Katharine drew off her gloves, and crossed her legs with a gesture that was rather masculine in its ease. 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]

And with a gesture that increased the harshness of her words, she added: “If Courtornieu displeases you so much, there is nothing to prevent you from seeking a home more to your taste. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Gaston Leroux The man himself, a veritable statue of sorrow, raised his hand with a gesture so solemn that we bowed our heads to it as before something sacred. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

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

E. Phillips Oppenheim She shrugged her shoulders with a gesture which was almost pettish. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Anthony Trollope They answer with monosyllables, or, if it be practicable, with a gesture of the head. North America by Anthony Trollope

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]

Benjamin Disraeli It professed by gesture and action, aided by music, to influence the minds of the spectators not less than the regular drama. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Arnold Bennett He knew not that he would never be the same man again, and that his lightest gesture and his lightest glance were touched with the wistfulness of resignation. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Guy de Maupassan He gave no glance, made no gesture that she did not immediately interpret, and she was tortured by this thought: “It is impossible that he is not in love with her, seeing us so close together. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Arnold Bennett Having at length subjugated the wick, she straightened her back, with a gesture that he knew, and for one instant she was a girl again. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Arthur Morrison He was a stout old gentleman, and the gesture suited him. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Jules Verne But Cyrus Harding approaching, placed his hand on his shoulder with a gesture full of authority, and looked at him with infinite tenderness. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

D. H. Lawrence She knew, as well as he knew, that words themselves do not convey meaning, that they are but a gesture we make, a dumb show like any other. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells With the onset of war France becomes militant and Catholic. It has suppressed the Communist Party, as a gesture of resentment against Russia and a precaution against post-war collectivisation. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

A gesture of the unknown interrogated him, without a word being pronounced. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Ralph Waldo Emerson They must always show self-control: you shall not be facile, apologetic, or leaky, but king over your word; and every gesture and action shall indicate power at rest. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Arnold Bennett And Hilda, utterly distinguished in gesture and tone, replied with calm, impartial urbanity: “Very. Good afternoon. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Virginia Woolf Ridley, who had prowled unheeded, started forward, stopped, and, with a gesture of disgust, strode off to his study. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Wilkie Collins At that point, Fleetwood flung up one hand in the air with a gesture of triumph; and bounded past Delamayn with a shout of “Hooray for the North!” The shout was echoed by the spectators. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

He continually changed the position of the hands, not as a gesture to emphasise a phrase, but as one making a new arrangement of some decoration. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Arthur Conan Doyle I ask you now, is such a theory tenable?” “But what other is there?” cried the banker with a gesture of despair. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was a gesture full of sad dramatic pathos, but in that little room there was no one to observe it, no one to pity him for those white hairs and deep-drawn lines. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

He made a gesture of disgust, and his face burned with the shame of a proud man who has received an affront from an inferior — and who knows it to be his own fault. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

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]

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 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]

Jules Verne Had she succeeded in extracting the secret, and awakening in that adamant heart a last faint touch of pity? McNabbs, who first saw her, could not restrain a gesture of incredulity. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Yes, bravely,” he added, raising his head with an almost defiant gesture as he slowly ascended the stairs. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Rafael Sabatini He made a gesture of impatience. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Algernon Blackwood Note attitude and gesture — of yourself and of everything. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle It is only by a gesture that I can show you what I think of you. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Jack London I swear I saw it move, with a strange writhing gesture of agony, and with it lifted a head, gory with nameless horror, that gibbered at me and then lay down again and moved no more. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

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]

Theodore Dreiser He would play violently, feverishly, with a wild passionateness of gesture which robbed him of all ability to control his own technic. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Charles Dickens It was the gesture of an instant, but as she did so and accompanied the action with a menacing look, she met his eye in the glass, catching her in the very act. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Elida, obeying a gesture from him, closed the door. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Mr. Muffins rose majestically to his feet and, with the gesture of an archbishop, imposed silence and endeavoured to quell their enthusiasm. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Shrike again raised his fist, but when Miss Farkis drew back, he changed the gesture to a caress. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Anthony Trollope He looked down upon her, scanning every feature of her face and every gesture of her body with hard inquiring eyes. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

He was no longer, therefore, a man overwhelmed by misfortune and reduced to resort to expedients; he held his head proudly erect, and indicated by a gesture that Vanel could enter. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Arnold Bennett She gave a gesture of impatience. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

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]

Wilkie Collins She lifted her hand, and pointed to the photograph on my desk, with a gesture which bade me turn the card. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

It had been a funnel of smoke, but now, even as Judith watched, it swung outwards as that same drunken man might wave his cloak in a gesture of defiance. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Nathaniel Hawthorne As Prudence passed out of the door, she turned towards them, and flung back her hand with a gesture of farewell. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

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]

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

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

Arnold Bennett I’ve felt it very much!” She threw her head back, and the gesture signified: “I’m younger than you, and young men are always running after me. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Sir Walter Scott The look and gesture was momentary, but expressive of indescribable anguish. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Edith Wharton It was the gesture of Agamemnon, covering his face with his cloak before the unbearable. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Guy de Maupassan He insisted, and as she could not be persuaded, Julien made a gesture of annoyance. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Ford Madox Ford The Tietjens — both of them — were of the great land-owning class: they could adopt that gesture of shutting up their Mayfair house and going to live in a wilderness. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Then he raised his eyes to the purple, raging face of Mr. Justice Supreme. The high priest made a gesture with his cane. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Charles Dickens Solomon glanced timidly in his face, but his lips were tightly pressed together, a resolute and stern expression sat upon his brow, and not a tear, a look, or gesture indicating grief, escaped him. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

D. H. Lawrence They are like this —” And he made the Neapolitan gesture drawing in the air with his fingers. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Milady followed him with her eyes, and made a gesture of satisfaction. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Too dark, eh? Why not go with him to the very spot, then?” Heyst made a gesture of vague protest. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

H. G. Wells He waved a hand with a gesture that had earned him the unjust and unpleasant nickname of “Bunch of Fingers” among his undergraduates. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

But, with a gesture of command, she pointed up-stairs. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Neither by word, gesture nor glance did Peyrol acknowledge the enigmatic and unpleasant sound. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

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 His gesture seemed to deprecate the crudeness of the allusion. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

But when he spoke of the dead, and pointed with emphatic gesture to the corse, as it lay before them cold and motionless, every eye was fixed, and every ear became attentive. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Henry James I like that economy; it’s the only way to make the gesture significant. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The gesture seemed to express his contempt for the United States and all other foreign countries. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Wilkie Collins Lady Lundie endured it as long as she could — then stopped it with a gesture of polite remonstrance, and came to the point. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

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]

The gesture seemed to anger Mr. Haines. He went still closer to him. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

H. G. Wells The Prince surveyed them with the gesture of a man who site a steed. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

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]

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]

George Gissing With a gesture of indignation she escaped from him. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

The duke raised his sword with a gesture of desperate resolution. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Sir Walter Scott Margaret of Anjou, bestowing on her triumphant foes her keen-edged malediction, could not have turned from them with a gesture more proudly contemptuous. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Arnold Bennett Each gesture of Janet’s showed seductive grace, while her own rare gestures were stiffened by a kind of masculine harshness. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

By a gesture I imposed silence on Marion, who was about to speak. The Golden Ingot by Fitz James O’Brien

Thomas Wolfe Chicago, St. Looie, Philly — I seen ’em all so often I could find my way blindfolded!” He waved them aside with a gesture of his hand. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But when the kneeling figure beneath the open eye of the Pantheon arose, she looked towards the pair and extended her hands with a gesture of benediction. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

He heard me out, and made a gesture with his big arm that seemed to deprive me of my individuality, to push me away into the crowd. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

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]

Edith Wharton Alone on the landing he was left with the sense that that deft gesture had shut him up with her forever. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

John Galsworthy The gesture so betrayed the loneliness in him that she pressed it between her two. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

She put up two of the dearest little hands to her small curled head, and then held them to the fire with a gesture of annoyance. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Algernon Blackwood His face was like a mask, and he employed the absolute minimum of gesture and words. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

H. G. Wells And suddenly I was a thing of bestial fury, standing up with hands held up and clenched, rigid in gesture of impotent threatening, against the sky . In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Virginia Woolf A girl stopped, and her gesture as she raised her hand, unconsciously, had the seriousness of the very young anticipating life in its goodness which touched him. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

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]

The gesture was his confession to the overhanging boughs, to the soft night-breeze, to the stars above — and it bore back to him something of the confessional’s vague and wistful solace. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Panine could not control a gesture of vexation, which made the financier smile. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Ivan Turgenev And Muzzio’s voice had grown deeper and more even; his hands, his whole body had lost the freedom of gesture peculiar to the Italian race. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

He invited them with a gesture and they followed. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

But Essex, whatever the upshot of the expedition, would be romantic to the last; and, when the time came for him to return to England, he did so with a gesture of ancient chivalry. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Athos made a gesture of approval, and then added: “You are going to buy an estate, then?” “I have bought one, monsieur. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Timber accepted the gesture without responding. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Rudyard Kipling The Englishman threw up his hand with the gesture of a man hit at sword-play. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

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]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Ellmother held up her forefinger, and shook it with a gesture of reproof. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

But now, face to face, why, beside David himself who could have taken him across his knee and with one gesture broken him, he was unbelievably a child. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

When she caught his eye, she nodded with the friendliest little smile; and as he started to rise she shook her head and stepped back with a gesture for him to continue. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Edith Wharton Every gesture and inflection of the great actress’s had been marked and analyzed; and Darrow felt a secret gratification in being appealed to as an authority on the histrionic art. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

H. G. Wells By the sheer use of voice and gesture he had clambered from extreme obscurity to world prominence. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

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]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He held up his hand as he entered in a gesture which might have been intended for the Fascist salute or might have been an invocation to silence. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Margaret Oliphant She only shook her head—a gesture which could be interpreted as any one pleased. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

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

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]

As she made a gesture of dissent he withdrew, after again bowing to her most respectfully. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

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

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

Arnold Bennett She smiled; and set her shoulders back — the very gesture that she had learned from him. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

The group she came in contact with while exploring the poor quarters of the town (you know the gesture of charity and personal service which was so fashionable some years ago) accepted with gratitude. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Edith Wharton Waythorn moved away with a gesture of refusal A small effaced-looking man. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

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]

Arthur Machen That gesture is now only used by Italians. So you see that what appeared the most obscure feature in the case turns out to be illuminant. The Red Hand by Arthur Machen

H. G. Wells He says I am one of the samurai, which sounds Japanese, “but you will be degraded,” he says, with a gesture almost of despair. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

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]

Henry James Then a cold, brilliant smile covered her face, and she made a gesture of negation. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Thomas Wolfe And now Randy was coming on the run, his broad hand extended in a gesture of welcome, his rich tenor shouting greetings as he came: “How are you, boy?” he shouted. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

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]

G. K. Chesterton But it was only his emphatic gesture of eloquence. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

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

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]

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

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

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]

Algernon Blackwood It seemed to him that a faint glow of heat passed from the substance into his skin, and he put them down again suddenly, as with a gesture of uneasiness. The Man Who Found Out by Algernon Blackwood

Sir Walter Scott Hector, on the other hand, though silent from respect to his uncle, answered this gesture by shaking his clenched fist at the messenger with a frown of Highland wrath. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Arthur Conan Doyle His springy step never slowed until suddenly, when he was a hundred yards in front of me, he halted, and I saw him throw up his hand with a gesture of grief and despair. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

James Joyce The preacher turned back each wide sleeve of his surplice with an elaborate large gesture and slowly surveyed the array of faces. Dubliners by James Joyce

Jules Verne By a gesture Uncle Prudent ordered the firing to cease. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

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]

The doctor made a gesture of despair. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

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

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