Phrases with "hands"

John Galsworthy But Irene had not moved; in her gloved hands she ceaselessly turned and twisted the little bunch of violets. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

She took the hands of Dr. Knox in hers, and she shook mine warmly, saying she had heard of Johnny Ludlow. Turning from her, I caught the eyes of a younger lady fixed upon me. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

George Gissing Fear lest he might be unable to withhold himself from laying hands upon her was the cause of his retreat. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

I sat with my head in my hands and stared vacantly and with despairing eyes across the hall. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

I know I have clean hands and a clean heart, and I hope a clean house for friends or servants. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Rudyard Kipling From the bestial recriminations and the indeterminate chaos of the grand deck, I ascended — always with a whisky-and-soda in my hands — to a scene truly grotesque. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Before he knew she had moved, she had rushed past him, and had thrust her hands into the fire and torn out the burning paper. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle I find that I can lay my hands on enough to pay my creditors. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Guy de Maupassant Why, my hands are tingling, just to think of it. The Fishing Hole (Le Trou) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Charles Dickens Only I wash my hands of it; for I am sure the woman herself is honest, and she’s lived a long time with my wife, and I don’t like her to come to shame. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

Ivan Turgenev As he left the house he pulled his cap down with both hands over his head, then clambered into a dilapidated racing carriage, and went off at a trot, but not in the direction of the town. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

He passed his hands down to the body and with no surprise found that it was a little child. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Virginia Woolf People strolled off this way and that; there was no attempt now to form into a procession; little groups came together; people shook hands rather furtively, among the graves, and even smiled. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Virginia Woolf Thus tormented, she would twist her hands together, for all things were wrong, all people stupid. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

James Joyce His hands were white and small, his frame was fragile, his voice was quiet and his manners were refined. Dubliners by James Joyce

D. H. Lawrence He stood aside, with his hands in his pockets, watching her. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Arnold Bennett He had a beautiful moustache, nice eyes, hands excitingly dark with hair, and no affectations whatever. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Henry Handel Richardson Be up and away, head high, leaving his ghost to wring its hands . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Algernon Blackwood Her husband always called her the Bo’sun’s Mate in Camp, because it was her duty, among others, to pipe all hands to meals. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Wilkie Collins His once firm hands looked withered; they trembled as they lay on the coverlet. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Guy de Maupassan He rubbed his hands together with a self-satisfied air. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

They were small and dainty, beautifully shaped, with fine tapering fingers, hands that an artist would have loved to paint, or a sculptor to set in marble. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

George Meredith Then, in an instant, her face changed its expression to one of wonder and alarm, and her hands clasped together tightly. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Marjorie Bowen The day that was to place Milan in the enemy’s hands was wearing to a close; the sun had almost set in a wide sky, a flare of orange and purple, against which the chestnuts stood in rich dark. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

His hands were like outstretched claws, and shivered with each shiver of the voice that moaned, through set teeth, “What do ye think I mean to do wi’ ye now? . The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Henry Handel Richardson The noise, and the scream that escaped her in spite of herself, reached Bowey, who was scrubbing the kitchen; and in the old woman came running, drying her hands on her apron, loud-voiced with alarm. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

Leon Trotsky And the delay simply played into the hands of the epigones, since Stalin, as general secretary, became the majordomo of the apparatus for the entire period of the interregnum. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells Then I remember Weena kissing my hands and ears, and the voices of others among the Eloi. Then, for a time, I was insensible. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

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 what especial evil have I done?” She removed her hands from his, and tapping a pebble with her little foot, she smiled. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

Theodore Dreiser Look at the Millers.” He shoved his hands into his pockets and looked out the window. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

William Makepeace Thackeray What do you think of your own beau, the Honorable Mr. Algernon Deuceace;” and, so saying, poar Kicksey clapped her hands together, and looked as joyfle as if she’d come in to a fortin. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

E. F. Benson Jack had felt for it too, and our hands fingered each other. The Dust-Cloud by E. F. Benson

His utter callousness was too much for her, and replacing the stopper again, she slipped the bottle into her pocket and let her hands fall idly by her side. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

On the threshold of the room she stopped, starting back, and throwing out her hands in front of her. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Marjorie Bowen It was a year or so after this incident that my business, which was that of silversmith and jeweller, put into my hands a third clue. The Avenging of Ann Leete by Marjorie Bowen

The three caught at each other’s hands in dismay. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Radclyffe Hall It belonged to rooms full of old furniture and bowls of potpourri; it went with gentle, blue-veined hands and a soft, old voice. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Anne Bronte Why can’t we part at once?’ exclaimed she, almost wildly, after a moment’s pause, as she suddenly rose from her chair, with her hands resolutely clasped together. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Anthony Trollope She was a pretty maiden, though her hands and face and apron told tales of the fire-grates. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells I have soft hands and an ineffective will. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

As there were no beasts of draught employed by the Aztecs, an immense number of hands was necessarily required for the work. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Andrew Lang He could not help admiring everything he saw, and the deft way in which the hands waited on him, though they sometimes appeared so suddenly that they made him jump. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins The world! Good God! what can the world give me in exchange for You?” She clasped her hands imploringly; the tears flowed fast over her cheeks. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

There was a mouth; a round, smooth head without hair; a nose, which, however, was little elevated above the cheeks; and its hands and feet felt like those of a boy. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Abraham Merri As I thrust my hands against it there came at my back a snarl and an oath and Larry staggered under the impact of a body that had flung itself straight at his throat. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

G. K. Chesterton Do you know who he is? He said all sorts of horrid things against England.” Hume got to his feet with his hands in his pockets and the expression of one about to whistle. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Henry Handel Richardson It was AWFULLY difficult; Luce was a perfect donkey, and couldn’t do anything, and his hands weren’t much good either. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

A feeble gleam fell on his misty hands under the black halo of the hat rim. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Instinctively the clasped hands parted. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

George Eliot She had only drawn away her arm from his knee, and sat with her hands clasped before her, cold and motionless as locked waters. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

There is absolutely nothing too dirty for his hands to touch, and if he wants a thing he’ll go to any extremes to obtain it. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Anthony Trollope She was in the tailor’s hands and the tailor could do what he liked with her. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

By the door stood Uncle Jaakov, very upright, with his hands behind his back. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Hope A document has come into the count’s hands which is of vital importance to your Majesty.” “The Count of Hentzau, my lord, has incurred my heaviest displeasure. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Ivan Turgenev Some one touched me on the shoulder; I moved my hands — before me was standing Pasinkov. ‘What’s this? is it true?’ . The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Mr. T. and his sons joined the group of citizens who waited upon him to the hotel, and were presented to the President in form; that is, they shook hands with him. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Jack London There was a crashing of curtains and curtain-poles and a squawking and squalling of attendants as my hands closed on Chong Mong-ju’s throat. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

D.H. Lawrence Siegmund opened his hands again, smiling. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Now, if this girl were my own child, I should decidedly set my face against this marriage; but as she is only my stepdaughter, I wash my hands of all responsibility in the matter. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Walter Besant When she went away, at last, she made those motions with her hands which always awakened him. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Sinclair Lewis He said, “Well, well, Brother,” ever so many times, and shook hands profusely. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing Don’t clap your hands so much, fellow-workers. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

In his eyes the blue of the sky still lingered, smothering two blue stars; and his body was as white as the breast of the Moon. She opened both arms, hands timidly stretched, palm upward. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Anthony Trollope He looked round to see if his mother or the servant were there, and when he found that the coast was clear, he dashed his hands to his eyes and knocked away the tears. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

At the laver in the cloister he bathed his face, and washed hands which were stained with the soil and moss of the orchard. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

The work of Maupassant’s hands is honest. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Arthur Conan Doyle Major Tobias Clutterbuck stood at the end of the table, stooping forward so as to lean his hands upon it, with his eyes protuberant and his scanty grey fringe in a bristle with indignation. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

H. Rider Haggard For a while Skallagrim lay panting, then he gained his hands and knees and crawled to where Eric leaned against the rock. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

D. H. Lawrence Then after a time Jack put his hands into his lap, and looked up at Somers. “You mustn’t think I get the wind up, you know,” he said, “if you ask me a question. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens Money, dispensed with the most lavish hand, would be a poor recompense for sufferings like yours; and thinly scattered by hands so pinched and tied as ours, it becomes a miserable mockery. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Up the ladder scrambled the two gray-haired men, the officer and two of the sailors with their hands on their revolvers. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

Berwick’s hands fingered nervously the West Indian letter; at last he held it out to her, still folded, in his hand. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

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]

Willa Cather The splendid shoulders were stooped, there was a swaying unevenness in her gait, her arms seemed disproportionately long, and her hands were transparently white and cold to the touch. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Arnold Bennett And as for Sampson Levi, I will bet you a thousand marks that he and I come to terms this morning, and that the million is in my hands before I leave London.’ Aribert shook his head. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Anatole France As the wood smoked and would not flame, she remained bent, with her hands on her knees. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Charles Dickens What shall I ever do!” The guileless, simple way in which she said it, and in which she put her hands before her eyes and wept for very happiness, was as touching as it was delightful. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

Lucy Maud Montgomery I’m to be Hope, with my hands clasped — so — and my eyes uplifted. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

The clock’s hands stood at four, and supper was not till six, and there was nothing left remarkable beneath the visiting moon. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Baldwin Spencer Then he and the same men all take and eat a little, and when this has been done, he hands back what remains to the other people. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

H. G. Wells Trafford stuck his hands in his pockets and stared out of the dingy factory window. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Edith Wharton She sat motionless, feeling the dear warmth of his head against her knees, letting her hands stray in faint caresses through his hair. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Wilkie Collins The address was written as follows:— ‘For Franklin Blake, Esq. To be given into his own hands (and not to be trusted to any one else), by Lucy Yolland.” I broke the seal. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Bram Stoker I saw a young woman do it once at the Eversfield Asylum before anyone could lay hands on her. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Guy de Maupassan He was a little man with thin gray hair and paint-daubed hands which smelt of oil. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

George Meredith His low friend turns out to be a young Fortunatus; very original, sparkling, and in my hands to be made much of. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Edith Wharton His hands shook like an old man’s. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Andrew Lang She at once addressed him in these words: ‘I have taken this ring from the hands of your brother, to whom I had lent it, and by its help he covered himself with glory. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry Handel Richardson He could not keep his hands off a horse. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Virginia Woolf For her uncle rose and went off with both hands outstretched to greet the bird-like old woman who had come in chattering. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Suddenly, encouraged by the success of her former half-accidental manoeuvre, Ede dropped the teddy-bear, placed her hands on Billy’s shoulders and pushed him backward off his feet. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Henry James Since you insist, there it is!” Valentin gave a sort of groan, lifted his hands a moment, and then let them drop. The American by Henry James [1877]

He leant over the table and shook hands with Helen. She blushed prettily, and I saw his eyes linger admiringly upon her face. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Edith Wharton Your hands are frozen — you must undress and be made warm. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Still, by way of experiment, I could not help asking whom he meant? He had taken a seat at my work-table; he now laid hands on a reel of thread which he proceeded recklessly to unwind. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

He’d take the law into his own hands as soon as look at you!” “That may be,” conceded the Major dryly, “but you haven’t the slightest evidence that he did. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

H. G. Wells Before 1914 C.E. a written document was delivered into the hands of the addressee at almost every point upon the planet, almost as surely as, if less swiftly than, it is to-day. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Henry Handel Richardson In putting arnica and lint in his bag he became aware that his hands were violently a-shake. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Wolfe The old man’s hands were large and bony, corded with heavy veins, as if he had done much work with them. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Go home, Francis.’ He caught his hands one within another and looked straight in front of him. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Abraham Merri He was dancing in a small circle, waving his arms and hands oddly, and trilling a weird melody upon four notes, repeated over and over in varying progressions. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Thomas Hardy And no woman of that kind, who has committed herself so into a man’s hands as she has into mine, could possibly marry another. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

R. D. Blackmore But according to my last instructions, although he is in strict concealment, I can lay hands upon him when the time is ripe. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Rudyard Kipling So, hands on the plough-stilts, her hair flying forward, she shouts and wrenches till her little brother runs up and swings the team out of the furrow. France at War by Rudyard Kipling [1915]

His hands were done up in bandages, and his feet incased in multiplied folds of a dingy red shawl which looked as if it had been through the wars. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

M. R. James It so happened that last year the little house came into my hands as part of a legacy. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

George Gissing The window standing wide open, he glanced in, and no sooner had done so than he laid his hands upon the sill and neatly vaulted into the room. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Sinclair Lewis And laugh, not snivel and shake hands with church-members! I’ll do it!” Then and there ended his rebellion. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Henry Handel Richardson But when she began to let her hands stray over the loose papers and other articles that encumbered chairs, piano and washstand, he raised his head and watched her with a sharp eye. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Elizabeth Von Arnim Lost in reminiscence Mrs. Fisher had forgotten time, and hastened to her bedroom to wash her hands and smoothe her hair. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Gaston Leroux No, oh, Christ!” They talked thus very low in the dark, both seated in a corner of the sofa, Rouletabille’s hand held tightly in the burning hands of Matrena Petrovna. She sighed anxiously. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

The air was cold and my hands numbed, but I never felt them. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Arthur Conan Doyle He put his hands out to push it back from him. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

D. H. Lawrence That day he met Clara as he ran downstairs to wash his hands at dinner-time. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Others were convinced that it had fallen into the hands of the present possessor of the property, and that it had been feloniously but successfully destroyed. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Sinclair Lewis He examined her — his pudgy hands had the sensitiveness if not the precision of Gottlieb’s skeleton fingers. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

R. D. Blackmore To have fought under Nelson in his last fight was a password to the right hands of men, and into the hearts of women. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

William Makepeace Thackeray Her feet are very pretty; and so are her hands and arms, and her ears, and the shape of her head. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

Sinclair Lewis He saw the old rector, Mr. Falck, squeezing his hands together. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope The feet and hands did go to work, during which Mr Smith took a slight drink of water. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Then he wrung his hands and said, “To whom much has been given, from the same much shall be required. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

D. H. Lawrence She pressed her hands over her womb in anguish, whilst the tears ran down her face. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein opened it and a little dark dapper man came in with hair, eyes, face, hands and feet all very much alive. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Charles Dickens Stupidly dozing, or communing with her incapable self about nothing, she sat for a little while with her hands at her ears, and her head resting on them. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Anthony Trollope He doesn’t think I know, but I could lay my hands on him tomorrow. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott She had a daughter lame both of hands and feet, a circumstance attributed to the witch’s having been used to transform her into a pony, and get her shod by the devil. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Anthony Trollope At any rate he had done nothing! Let his thoughts have been what they might, he had soiled neither his hands nor his conscience. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Gissing Then came into my hands a sum of money (such a poor little sum) for a book I had written. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

H. G. Wells Abruptly he stopped, and sitting down by the pile of ingots, and resting his chin upon his hands and his elbows upon his knees, stared at the distorted but still stirring body of his companion. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Still stretching his hands in turns towards the blaze and without moving his head, Willems gave a short, lugubrious laugh, and asked — “Or else what?” “She may go away again. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Gaston Leroux Ivan Petrovitch, Athanase Georgevitch, Thaddeus Tchitchnikoff were standing up, stamping their feet and clapping their hands like enthusiastic boys. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Florence Dixie The portmanteau she placed close by, the gun, rifle, and cartridge-case alongside, and the precious black bag exactly where she could hold it with her hands when lying down. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

H.P. Lovecraft When we rose to the surface about sunset, a seaman’s body was found on the deck, hands gripping the railing in curious fashion. The Temple by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

Sinclair Lewis Very New England. Doremus.” Swan was leaning back in his wooden armchair, powerful trim hands behind his neck. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Louisa May Alcott We must go shopping tomorrow afternoon, Meg. There is so much to do about the play for Christmas night,” said Jo, marching up and down, with her hands behind her back, and her nose in the air. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

We have shaken hands once already. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

John Galsworthy Hubert, standing, hands behind him, as if at ease, turned as she came up, and Dinny saw his face, lined and dark, brighten as if the sun had shone on it. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Abraham Merri She threw herself down beside her brother, felt of his heart; then raised herself upon her knees and thrust out supplicating hands to the shapes. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

George Meredith Yet, supposing her inclination to have become diverted, I was ready frankly to release her with one squeeze of hands and take all the pain of she pain, and I said: ‘Pray, do not speak of chains. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

They had shaken hands with Charity so often that they no longer disliked the sallow-faced lady, and so certain small gifts made by the neighbours were accepted, not very thankfully, but very readily. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Abraham Merri Her hands were tied behind her back, and gripped in one of Tibur’s. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton The madness of making him your trustee!” She drew her hands away. The Choice by Edith Wharton [1916]

Her hands were clasped in front of her, her fingers were twisting and untwisting themselves in what seemed pure nervousness. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

Margaret Oliphant Though she wrung her poor hands in speechless anguish as she went out of the room, it was with composed, though colourless lips, that she spoke to the little maid in the hall. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Elizabeth Gaskell She would have liked to have seen the men, and shaken hands with them all round. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Sinclair Lewis Instantly the apparition was gone and Martin sat trembling, hands trembling on the little steering-wheel, foot trembling like St. Vitus’s dance on the brake. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Had not all hands been so weary, had he not feared to communicate his own misgivings, he could have towed her out. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

By the time I left his hands I was as unlike my real self as a man could well be. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

A clear hail came across the water, distinct on the sea wind, and at the same instant we raised our hands and moved toward each other. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Arthur Morrison He fair screamed at the very sight o’ the bread, an’ he scrouged hisself up in that corner an’ put his hands in front of his face. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Charles Kingsley Tom knelt down: and the old man passed his hands in silence over and over the forehead, and face, and beard; while all stood silent. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Olaf Stapledon Once more he sat down at his desk and covered his face with his hands to pray. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

I found the thing difficult enough in itself, for my hands ached, and I was numb with my bonds. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

William Hope Hodgson And in verity, you shall think upon the deepness of my Love as I to know that she did have held my hands so brave and gentle, whilst that she to have scarce power to her feet. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Wilkie Collins Shake hands like a good Christian, and take me in. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Sigmund Freud She and her friend remain seated 1 while her younger sister, who still has a prospect of marrying, hands her up the coal because she did not know that it would be so long. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

D. H. Lawrence Instantly his exquisite hands were dug in the other’s thick throat, the linen collar having been torn open. The Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

About the middle of the second year an unexpected chance threw into my hands an additional hundred pounds: one day I received from England a letter containing that sum. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Her hands and face were rigid. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Abraham Merri The hammer of Tubalka dropped from hands that could no longer feel it. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Wilkie Collins My hands trembled: I wondered what was the matter with me. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Now Tai Fu’s hands became more familiar, and Pansy sportively rebuked him with an assumption of shocked virtue. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Charles Dickens The craving man on the jury rubbed his hands together, and restored the usual hand to his mouth. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Guy de Maupassant She perfectly recognized the various dishes, and stretched out her hands towards those that she liked, and took hold of them eagerly, and she used to cry when they were taken from her. Bertha (Berthe) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

E. T. A. Hoffmann But the contrary was soon made manifest, for when a boy I stole all the gold and jewellery I could anywhere lay my hands on. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Edith Wharton As suddenly as a pair of hands clapped over one’s eyes, the sea-fog shut down on us. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Lena’s hands grasped the sides of the chair, but she made no movement. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

A score of brave shots were gathered there, and among them some of the keenest hands at the longbow in Lincoln and Nottinghamshire; and among them Little John stood taller than all the rest. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Then a patient-looking little man with hair turning gray along the temples would come down the steps and shake hands with each one of the party. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Andrey stood at the window with his hands clasped behind his back, listening to Pavel’s narrative. Mother by Maksim Gorky

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

Wilkie Collins I could hold out no longer In one breathless moment I caught hold of both her hands — in one stammering sentence I asked her if she would be my wife. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

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

Elizabeth Gaskell Mr. Carson took his hands away from his face. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Wilkie Collins She turned deadly pale when she shook hands with me at parting. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

John Galsworthy And my wife — well!” A sniff, a shuffle — Michael was alone, with his hands plunged deeper, his shoulders hunched higher. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells He liked to do clever things with his brain and hands and body, but he was bored beyond endurance by the idea of a continual struggle for existence. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

At the far end, in the shadow, the tall figure of Attwater was to be seen leaning on a tree; towards him, with his hands over his head, and his steps smothered in the sand, the clerk painfully waded. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Then the man took the girl’s face in his two hands and looked tenderly down upon it. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

We both lay over the yard for a few seconds, beating our hands upon the sail, until we started the blood into our fingers’ ends, and at the next moment our hands were in a burning heat. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

T. E. Lawrence We held our hands till day, for our numbers were not so great that we could throw away our advantage in weapons, and fight in the dark which made a fool and a man equal. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

William Morris When Earth was younger mid toil and hunger, In hope we strove, and our hands were strong; Then great men led us, with words they fed us, And bade us right the earthly wrong. Chants for Socialists by William Morris [1885]

Ann Radcliffe He perceived that it was surrounded by a small crack, and on pushing it with his hands it shook under them. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Shall we go out for a walk instead?” I clapped my hands for joy. Monsieur Maurice by Amelia B. Edwards [1873]

Anthony Trollope He wiped his brow, put his cotton handkerchief inside his braces, and shook hands with our hero. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

He leaned his hands on the table and imposed his face toward the secretary man. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Andrew Lang The curate in vain tried to dissuade her, and finally, washing his hands of it, had left her to Wright the clerk. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Washington Irving He made no answer, but walked about the room, rubbing his hands as one in deep study. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

The Baronne was on her knees beside the bed, her clasped hands stretched out straight before her upon the satin coverlet, her face leaning forward. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

In such a moment we have need of all our wisdom, not to succumb to despair, and shake hands with death. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

A shiver, a plunge, and she had gone, but the hands of the children withheld her while in woe she abased herself before him. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

F. Scott Fitzgerald The young maidens he had known at New Haven in 1914 kissed men, saying “There!”, hands at the man’s chest to push him away. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Later still, when sorrow chills us, we learn on how few amid the many hearths where we are welcome guests a fire burns to which we may stretch our cold hands and find warmth and comfort. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Arthur Machen His hands lay quiet on the table, and his lips ceased their horrible grimacing. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

Willa Cather As he looked up at her, Dr. Archie’s hands tightened on the arms of his chair. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

For a moment his hands trembled; his throat was dry, his heart seemed to stop beating. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Ann Radcliffe I clasped my hands in an agony of despair, and stood for some time immoveable. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

When calmness returned to him, he rose to his feet, clasped the hands of the dead man upon the breast, and tenderly closed the staring eyes. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]