Phrases with "hands"

Charles Kingsley I held the maid, and big John Beer (Gentleman Jan they call him) held me; and the maid had both her hands tight in your belt. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

John Galsworthy It would be like trying to make the hands of a clock move backwards to its ticking. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Henry Kingsley She was sitting upright by the fire, taring at the door, with her hands folded on her lap. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Theodore and myself with some difficulty next contrived to bind her hands and feet with our handkerchiefs; And I advised Agnes to regain her chamber with all diligence. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Sabine, a minute or two later, took a quick step forward and held out both her hands to the gaunt man who was slowly climbing the stairs. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

M. P. Shiel There was plenty of fuel, and oil, which I supplemented from a near shop: and during ninety minutes my brain and hands worked with an intelligence as it were automatic, of their own motion. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Anthony Trollope When, on one dull, dark afternoon, as she was thinking of all this, Lord Fawn suddenly put into her hands a cruelly long printed document respecting the Sawab, she went to work upon it immediately. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy You’ve heard of models, I suppose?” Bicket’s hands tore the wrapper, and the pieces fell to the floor. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

George Gissing In relating her story, Monica moved hither and thither; now playing with objects on the mantlepiece, now standing in the middle of the floor, hands locked nervously behind her. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Anthony Trollope And the small free-selectors, who lived on the labor of their own hands — or, as was said of many of them, by stealing sheep and cattleknew well that he was not of their class. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne A hundred steps farther a man met them, wringing his hands before the Forward in flames. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

H. G. Wells I may not be able to keep my hands off you. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Charles Dickens I had a special station of my own, behind Miss Maryon, and no hands but hers ever touched my wound. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

Oh, Mr. Brotherson, speak, sob, do anything but —” She started back, dropping his hands as she did so. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James The Doctor took several turns round his study, with his hands in his pockets, and a thin sparkle, possibly of irritation, but partly also of something like humour, in his eye. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Louisa May Alcott She felt as if she had solid ground under her feet again, and when Mr. Bhaer paused, outtalked but not one whit convinced, Jo wanted to clap her hands and thank him. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

George Gissing Oh, I knew something was going to happen! Didn’t I say so?’ Mr. Ruddiman helped her into the trap; they shook hands silently, and Miss Fouracres drove away. The Pig and Whistle by George Gissing

George Gissing In my hands you will suffer no harm, no indignity. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Thomas Hardy Shaking hands is enough till I have made up my mind. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

What is the matter? Are you hurt?” She let go his insensitive hands and began to feel him all over for evidence of some injury. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Bram Stoker She saw Edgar Caswall walking restlessly to and fro in the room, with his hands clasped behind his back. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson I have only to put my hands under my coat-tails and walk away, and his throat would he cut before the evening. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins Whenever the wind and sea whistled and roared at their loudest, he muttered to himself and tossed his hands fretfully on his wretched coverlet. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

We see the sail flap, and the rope fly, and all hands rushing to retrieve it. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Jules Verne They could not have come out smoother from the hands of a turner. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The hands of both men were upon their revolvers, and John Dory’s life was a thing of no account. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Anthony Trollope It is better that you should have it and throw it away among the gamblers, than that it should fall into the hands of Augustus. Besides, the demand is moderate. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

But of course a man of that kind has only to put himself into the hands of a first-class architect, and if he is lucky enough to select an architect with an artistic mind, the thing is done. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

H. G. Wells From his birth he will breathe sweetness and generosity and use his mind and hands cleanly and exactly. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Her hands unconsciously locked on the great chief’s arms; her eyes looked up, senselessly in their rapture and their dread, to his. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Her hands were clasped in her lap in a vain effort to keep them steady. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Oscar Wilde A short cloak lined with sables hang from his shoulder, and his delicate white hands were gemmed with rings. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

Edith Wharton One could only infer that, knowing in what good hands he was, she judged such solicitude superfluous; and it was thus that Ralph put the matter to his mother. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mrs. Watson had dropped her knife and fork and was holding her hands to her ears. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Bram Stoker But I shall baffle this fiend or monster, for I shall tie my hands to the wheel when my strength begins to fail, and along with them I shall tie that which He, It, dare not touch. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Giving up all attempts to collect my things together, I lay down on the sails, expecting every moment to hear the cry, “All hands ahoy!” which the approaching storm would make necessary. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Thomas Love Peacock My lands and castle would be the forfeit of a few more such pranks; and I think they are as well in my hands as the king’s, quite as well. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

George Gissing He wrung his hands together, giving utterance to his agony the while in terrible cries and moans. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Wilkie Collins Each one of them is to take one of my hands in turn — while you remain where you are, holding the other hand. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

And do you know why? Simply from fear that if I did not take it quickly into my hands my own name would head the list of the proscribed. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Rudyard Kipling Dan lay over the bows, trailing his hands in the current. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Jacques Futrelle With eyes still closed, and nerveless hands inert at his sides he listened, the while he turned the situation over in speculative mood. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

When Tod saw the hands start to crawl out again, he exploded. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

George Gissing In my hands the money is used for the good of a suffering class, for the good of the whole country in the end. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Her hands were clasped upon her knees and she was looking straight before her, as if she were watching something that we could not see. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

George Gissing In walking towards Knightswell the sun was full in his face; he held his hands clasped upon his brows as a shelter. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Sinclair Lewis He’d do the repairing himself! He arched his hands with longing for the feel of a hammer or a crowbar. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Then with feverish haste, and with hands that shook, he started to replace the four screws. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

H. Rider Haggard Then she turned and, putting her hands to her head, fled back swiftly to the stead, and waited there, great anger burning in her heart; for Gudruda had this fault, that she was very jealous. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope Make her understand that she should put herself into my hands at once, and that I could protect her. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Rudyard Kipling When our shadow fell across her great open platforms they looked up and stretched out their hands neighbourly while they sang. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

James Joyce Fleming knelt down, squeezing his hands under his armpits, his face contorted with pain; but Stephen knew how hard his hands were because Fleming was always rubbing rosin into them. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Then — I had been frightened before, but the instant I had the box in my hands I was worse than frightened. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

If Casimir and his lot are looking for him in Mastrovin’s hands they won’t trouble us. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Wilkie Collins She stands like a statue, with her hands crossed in front of her, faintly relieved against the dark substance of her dress. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Thomas Wolfe She clapped her hands as loudly as she could and asked for silence and attention. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Elizabeth Gaskell Down on his knees went Clement, hands crossed, eyes bent down: while Urian stood looking on in respectful thought. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

She shifted her hands a little. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Rudyard Kipling Heavy the load we undergo,  And our own hands prepare, If we have parley with the foe,  The load our sons must bear. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

Willa Cather She passed her hands over his shoulders, down his strong back and the close-fitting sides of his coat, as if she were taking the mould and measure of his mortal frame. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

I slept on till all hands were called in the morning; for, fortunately for me, the Indians, intentionally, or from mistaking their orders, had gone off alone in the night, and were far out of sight. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Sinclair Lewis He wanted to touch her, but in his rigid creed nothing was more enduring than his father’s croaking injunction, “Both hands on the wheel, Son, ESPECIALLY when you’re out with the girls. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

At one moment their bare hands came in contact and they smiled. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Anthony Trollope When he entered she was standing in the middle, with her eyes downcast and her hands clasped before her. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith The countess refused to stay, though Vittoria strained her hands together in extreme entreaty that she might for a few moments hear what the others were hearing. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

T. E. Lawrence Our friends were still coming in every minute, to lass our hands and swear eternal fealty. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Trollope It seems to have amounted to about five hundred a year, and to have passed through his hands in a year or two, interest and principal. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Charles Dickens He saw some putting the hands of clocks forward, some putting the hands of clocks backward, some endeavouring to stop the clock entirely. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

Thomas Hardy Tying his dead hands together with a handkerchief; she laid his arms round her shoulders, and bore him to the landing and down the narrow stairs. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Elizabeth Gaskell No; Mrs. Dawes, who told you, shall tell me, and I’ll tie my hands together inside my muff, and bind myself over to keep the peace. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

George Gissing Dagworthy offered no opposition; he went with them to the gates, and shook hands with both, then stood gazing after them as they walked across the common. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Rafael Sabatini She clasped and unclasped the hands in her lap. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Mark Twain But, as he had said, he had pushed the regulator up as far as it would go, and the watch was “on its best gait,” and so nothing was left him but to fold his hands and see the ship beat the race. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

He flung his hands up to his head and staggered like a drunken man. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Henry James May we wait again to talk of it till she has done so?” He showed, with his hands down in his pockets and his shoulders expressively up, a certain disappointment. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

H. Rider Haggard Softly Swanhild crept up to him — softly she drew his hands away, holding them between her own. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Rudyard Kipling Curses? What should I care for mere words?’ She clenched her hands upon her bosom . Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Thomas Hardy It was accordingly left in the school till the evening, when more hands would be available for removing it; and the schoolmaster gave a final glance round. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Abraham Merri Kenton, reaction seizing him, huddled; hands clasping knees. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

The bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Herries lay, the eyes decently closed, the pale hands folded, each in its proper bed. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

The pale fixed face, the listless hands clasped loosely in her lap, every attitude of the drooping figure, betrayed the joyless spirit, the broken heart. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Instinctively he made a violent motion to put his hands up. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

My hands are free, Jimson ceases; down with Jimson. Shake hands with me, Uncle Ned — Julia, darling girl, Julia, I—’ ‘Gideon, Gideon!’ said his uncle. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

E. Phillips Oppenheim I was first in the room—I have chosen one close to hers—and I found her sitting up in bed with her face palsied with horror, and her hands stretched out as though to keep something away from her. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then. I paced up and down, and I clapped my hands together and kicked my feet against the walls to keep them from being frozen. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Rose clasped her hands tight round her knees. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

The hands on my watch crawled. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

You never try to spare your hands From getting red by household duty, But doing all that it commands, Their coarseness is a moral beauty. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

Mark Twain Why, they’ve stole everything they could lay their hands on — and we a-watching all the time, mind you. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Whilst I was in this mood of mind, still debating with myself whether I should or should not contaminate my hands with the blood of this monster, and still unable to shut my eyes upon one fact, viz. The Household Wreck by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

Isabella Bird The man replied sadly, “I can’t, Sahib.” His arms and hands were useless. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

George Meredith Lady Charlotte walked up to her horse’s side, after receiving Captain Gambier’s salute, and said: “Come, catch hold of my hands and jump. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Uncle Jaakov grew more and more rigid, as though he were in a deep sleep with his teeth clenched; but his hands seemed to live with a separate existence. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

The hands had not been injured, as we have said, and upon these his eyes now fell. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

They raised their hands and solemnly chanted together the curious words of their oath. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim For the last half-hour Market Deignton has been in an unheard of state of excitement, and David’s hands have been itching for the shutters. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

It’s no mean experience to lay your hands on a mirage. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

He held His hands a little raised. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Thomas Hardy He was dark in outline, and was looking at the sky, with his hands behind him. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Anthony Trollope The two young men shook hands together cordially, and were soon at work upon their eggs and kidneys. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

We put ’em into Joe Stevenson’s hands to sell — that was what every one called the auctioneer — and walked down the long street. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

The clock’s hands crept round with excruciating slowness. Collected Essays by George Orwell

E. F. Benson I stroll with my hands in my pockets. The Dust-Cloud by E. F. Benson

William Morris Thereafter he called me to him, and bade me stand in face of him with my hands clasped before me. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

The ex-queen gives me Idris; Adrian is totally unfitted to succeed to the earldom, and that earldom in my hands becomes a kingdom. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

He took Tressa’s hands in his and gazed earnestly into her face. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

So then, Pavel, you think that life does not go as it should?” Pavel arose and began to pace the room, folding his hands behind his back. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Henry James With my manuscript back on my hands I understood the phenomenon better, and the reflexions I made on it are what I meant, at the beginning of this anecdote, by my change of heart. The Death of the Lion by Henry James [1894]

Virginia Woolf Their hands go fluttering to their ties. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

His hands were low, his head a little back, his face very calm; the eyes only had a daring, eager, resolute will lighting them; Brixworth lay before him. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

With one of his delicate but nervous hands he checked his horse in the middle of the court, and with the other raised his hat, whose long plumes shaded his at once serious and ingenuous countenance. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Sometimes he stood at the window, as if he were framed in it, with his hands behind him, looking straight at the roof; but apparently he did not see me, a fact which gave me great offense. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

He put his hands deep into his pockets. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

E. Nesbi Bobbie caught at the place where the bark came from, and her hands met on the fat back of a smooth-haired dog. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Baldwin Spencer The men take the Tirna from the hands of the widow and, as many as possible taking hold of it, they shout loudly “Wah! wah! wah!” The women except the widow stop crying and join in the shout. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Willa Cather Trueman’s hands rested on his knees under the desk while he considered; he took a checker, set it down, then dropped his hand on his knee again. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Leslie Stephen His leading maxim is that the “administration cannot be placed in too few hands nor the legislature in too many. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

But I felt my head swimming, I was swaying crazily in the saddle, and my hands had scarcely the force of a child’s. Prester John by John Buchan

Guy de Maupassant She was, in fact, almost asleep, when she felt two hands on her bosom, and then she sprang up at a bound. The Story of a Farm-Girl (Histoire d’une fille de ferme) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Charles Dickens At length, still keeping the face towards her, it busied its hands in something, and she heard the chink of money. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

So many people give themselves away then, for when they’re being asked awkward questions or are telling a fib they’re apt to clench their hands together tightly. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Henry Kingsley I fear my lady’s end was accelerated by, unfortunately, in her last illness, catching sight of Lady Kate’s hands after she had been assisting her brother to pick green walnuts. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Arnold Bennett Her hands and arms were red and chapped, but her face had bloomed perfect in the kitchen like a flower in a marl-pit. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

All hands were filled with joy. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

I suppose you will understand that by that time I could not think of washing my hands of him. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Sinclair Lewis Carol crept to her room, sat with hands curled tight together as she listened to a plague of voices. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

The young man had turned and was facing them all, with his hands held out in a clench which in itself was horrible. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

For he also has wished to lay violent hands upon the Stone.” Lord Arglay said, as he motioned to them to be seated, “Hajji, the whole world seems to agree with him there. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

While telling the story, she had been full of surface animation and her hands and face were alive with little illustrative grimaces and gestures. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Wilkie Collins Even at that distance, the excellent glass which had been put into my hands brought the faces of the audience close to me. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

D. H. Lawrence And the women are all intensely watching the q-b and me in the doorway, their folded hands are very negligently held together. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

H. G. Wells She clasped her hands and spoke in her beautifully modulated voice. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Aurora, why do you want this money?” She clasped her hands tightly together, and stood looking at him for a few moments irresolutely. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Edgar Allan Poe I threw up my hands and endeavored, with all my strength, to force upward the ponderous iron bar. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Putting both — hands to the work, I endeavoured to do better than my best; I presume he gave me credit for good intentions; he professed to be partially content. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

His hands were at the other’s throat, and before that descent of angry vengeance even Considine for a moment staggered and seemed likely to fall. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

H. G. Wells But all was dark, and the Morlocks had their hands upon me. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Charles Dickens The hands of the man who sawed the wood, left red marks on the billets; and the forehead of the woman who nursed her baby, was stained with the stain of the old rag she wound about her head again. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

There was an instant murmur of many voices, then someone clapped his hands and finally there came up a warm and sympathetic cheer. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Baldwin Spencer They put their hands on the dead man, talk to him, and try to make him get up, but cannot do so. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Robert Green Ingersoll Cities are devoured by the rushing lava; the earth opens and thousands perish; women raise their clasped hands towards heaven, but the gods are too happy to aid their children. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Wilkie Collins They had no connection with the crimes he had committed, so I could do him the last little service he was ever to accept at my hands with a clear conscience. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Daniel Defoe Besides what has been mentioned above, we find flaming examples of most glorious mischief done by this weapon, when put into the hands of kings and men of fame, in the world. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

Henry James Littlemore sat there with his hands crossed on his stick; he looked at his friend with an eye that failed to kindle at the mention of this lady’s name. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle May I ask his name?” “Have you ever heard of Baron Gruner?” “You mean the Austrian murderer?” Colonel Damery threw up his kid-gloved hands with a laugh. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

His elbows were propped on his knees, and his hands were rolling a cigarette. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Anthony Trollope Nothing would she take from his hand, or from the hands of his friends! Nor would she ever stoop to take aught from her aunt, or from Ziska. They had triumphed over her. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

These feet, these steps, the sorcerer knows, and challenges in his heart as the feet, as the steps of that innocent boy, through whose hands only he could have a chance for reaching the lamp. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Charles Dickens Mother in her old arm-chair, and the pilot’s long skinny hands hanging over the back of the chair, dripping with gunpowder. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Then she leaned over the hearth, rubbed her hands in the ashes, and passed them gently over her face, her neck, her wrists and ankles. The Lowest Rung by Mary Cholmondeley [1908]

Anthony Trollope She was sitting upright, with her hands on her two knees, and she looked perplexed, distressed, and unhappy. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

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]

H. G. Wells And then, with the cigar still burning in the corner of his mouth, he turned to the fire and began to rearrange the burning coals with his hands so as to pile up a great glowing mass. The Wild Asses of the Devil by H. G. Wells [1915]

Sooner shall men die by my hands in Etzel’s lands. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

George Meredith Her hands were gloved, a small matter to tell of. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Sinclair Lewis Her hands looked the more rough because they had just been manicured, with rosy and pointed nails. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Wilkie Collins I saw him shudder on the straw; his withered face became distorted, and he threw up both his hands with a quick hysterical gasp. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

But Bismarck was determined in 1870, as in 1866, that the settlement should remain in his own hands and that no European congress should spoil his plans. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

D.H. Lawrence Then, tucking her head in his breast, hiding her face, she timidly slid her hands along his sides, pressing softly, to find the contours of his figure. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Frances Hodgson Burnett His hands were even warm and held hers as if to give her support. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

William Morris And she looked piteously into Arthur’s face, and hard and stern it seemed unto her; and she writhed and wrung her hands for anguish. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Charles Dickens Soon, Madame Defarge’s hands ceased to strike, and felt at her encircled waist. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Arthur Conan Doyle If I could pull him down!” She clutched frantically with her hands into the air. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Arnold Bennett And he straightened his shoulders, and, putting his hands in the pockets of his trousers, began to walk about the room. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Arthur Morrison Old Jack put his hands in his pockets, and, looking at the ground, said: “That was a nobby caufin, mother, wasn’t it?” Whereunto Mrs. Randall murmured: “Lovely-lovely!” yet again. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Anthony Trollope It was the best that he could imagine for the State — infinitely better than the chance of falling into the bloody hands of one Marius and one Sulla after another. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Baldwin Spencer One half he keeps himself, the other he hands to the youth, who must remain out in the bush until the next cool season comes. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Abraham Merri She turned, thrust out hands to Larry, a wild hope in her eyes — and yet a hope half shamed. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Can you have lost it, by any accident? for if it should fall into the hands of”— “What letter do you seek, madame?” “That in which I told you to marry without delay. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Marie Corelli At the same time I do not give you permission to call me Loyse.” “Forgive me!” and the Marquis folded his hands with an air of mock penitence. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

George Eliot She and her father sat with their hands locked, as they might have done if they had been listening to a solemn oracle in the days of old revealing unknown kinship and rightful heirdom. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Suddenly She clapped her hands together. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Wilkie Collins The correspondence has passed into hands which may be trusted to respect it. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

As Dr. Simpson is a gentleman (Dr. Meigs, as above), and as “a gentleman’s hands are clean” (Dr. Meigs’ Sixth Letter), it follows that a gentleman with clean hands may carry the disease. The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Actually freezing with terror, and scarce knowing what he did, the man turned and ran down the passage, wringing his hands in the extremity of horror and irresolution. The Familiar by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Her face had grown very white, and the hands that were linked tightly round her husband’s arm trembled a little. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim We do not let a spy slip through our hands twice, Major Fawley.” “I think,” the latter suggested, “you had better open that envelope. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anton Chekhov He is not living at home! He is not at home, not at home!” She waved her hands and burst into loud weeping, uttering nothing but: “Not at home! Not at home!” She began to be hysterical. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Arthur Conan Doyle In the gladness of his heart he put his hands to his mouth and made the glen reecho to a loud halloo as a signal that he was coming. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

William Makepeace Thackeray All hands were employed during the following night baling and pumping, the boats being moored alongside, where they received some damage. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Henry Lawson Bogg sat in front of his rough little table with his elbows on the same, and his hands supporting his forehead. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Lord de Winter will now be upon his guard if the letter should reach him; and even if it should fall into the hands of the cardinal, we shall not be compromised. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

James Joyce What, says Mr Leopold with his hands across, that was earnest to know the drift of it, will they slaughter all? I protest I saw them but this day morning going to the Liverpool boats, says he. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

The coxswain shakes hands with him: Poor woman, poor woman, I’d rather you had the job than I. . The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Andrew Lang But the ring was so tiny that even those who had the smallest hands could only get it on their little fingers. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Willa Cather I took one of her lovely hands and kissed it, in homage to a great period, to the names that made her voice tremble. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

Her mistress’ ice-cold hands clutched her, and dragged her somewhere. The General’s Will by Vera Jelihovsky

Nikolai Gogol So while he was getting to the balcony, Ivan Ivanovitch had plenty of time to lose himself in surmises as to why the chief was flourishing his hands so vigorously. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

Rouse had bent her knees for the spring to the boom, and then dropped her hands and looked at her instructor with a kind of panic on her tight, freckled face. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Henry James I watch her, I let her go, but I sit with my hands clasped. The Point of View by Henry James [1882]

His majesty asked me aloud how it happened that the first moment of my entering his dominions I should dip my hands in blood, and that, too, of one of his nearest relations. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Once as they left the station, John looked back, and Mr. Goodwin saw the little brown hands clench tightly. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Marjorie Bowen Her hands rested on her black velvet panniers embroidered with garlands of crimson carnations. The Sign-Painter and the Crystal Fishes by Marjorie Bowen

Jules Verne The next day, the 3rd of November, the new works were begun by the construction of the bridge, and all hands were required for this important task. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Henry James But Gertrude put her hands behind her and made no motion to sit down. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

George Gissing So with light step he went out into the hall, where Martin again shook hands with him. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

He was not at all excited, but seemed as cool and calm as if he had just been shaking hands with Mr Villiers instead of treating him violently. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Henry Handel Richardson Long Jim was equal to none but the simplest jobs; and Hempel, the assistant, had his hands full with the store. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

The other actors were also vigorously clapped by the toil-hardened hands of these lowly tillers of the soil—whose applause throughout was bestowed, Bellombre declared, judiciously and intelligently. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

James Joyce My hands are blawcauld between isker and suda like that piece of pattern chayney there, lying below. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce