Phrases with "hanging"

Anna Katherine Green In the quick look I inadvertently threw around me, I observed that the portière hanging between me and the library was gathered at one side in very heavy folds. X Y Z by Anna Katherine Green

Charles Dickens They looked over at him, with a helpless drowsy hanging of their heads: which bobbed again, as the heavy drops of wet dripped off them. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

Blicks was hopeful, but Green — who came very near hangingadmitted that the man was an associate of his, and the Recorder, being in a severe mood, transported him for seven years. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

W. W. Jacobs With all these cut-throats hanging round, visiting you is a somewhat perilous pleasure. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

D. H. Lawrence While ever the existing boss succeeds in hanging on to his money-capital, we get the present conditions of nullity and nagging. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

His long, sinewy hand was weakly hanging down from the cot, touching the ground with his fingers. Philip Vasilyevich’s Story by Maksim Gorky

It is one thing to sow the seed of an accident and another to see the monstrous fruit hanging over your head ready to fall in the sound of agitated voices. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Rudyard Kipling There were creepers hanging from the upper branches, and the bells of the flowers of the creepers, great waxy white things like convolvuluses, hung down fast asleep. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

George Gissing His coat was hanging on a peg behind the door. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Henry James First, your decision is irrevocable?” Christina’s two hands had been hanging clasped in front of her; she separated them and flung them apart by an admirable gesture. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Willa Cather I found many pretexts for lingering near them, and they never seemed to mind my hanging about. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Willa Cather When he reached the orchard the sun was hanging low over the wheatfield. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But I mean when I do feel seriously that a boy and I are really friends I don’t believe in having a whole mob of other boys hanging around taking up time. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

William Morris So there she stood, hanging her head, and striving to think; but the master-thought of death drawing nigh scattered all other thoughts, or made them dim and feeble. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

H. Rider Haggard I could not help admiring the way in which old Umslopogaas flung himself upon the floor, and, unmindful of what was hanging over him, instantly sank into a deep sleep. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Jules Verne The thermometer and the barometer, hanging up inside of the half-opened awning, were always within sight, and a second barometer suspended outside was to serve during the night watches. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Wilkie Collins His first proceeding, after reading it, was to consult the railway time-table hanging in the hall. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Wilkie Collins Is death by hanging a painful death?’ She had put it so politely that I felt bound to answer her. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

That the suit-case was not locked was evidenced by a considerable portion of some undergarment hanging out under the lid. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Lewis Carroll He was dressed in tin armour, which seemed to fit him very badly, and he had a queer-shaped little deal box fastened across his shoulder, upside-down, and with the lid hanging open. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

She peered again at the other travellers as they drew level, and saw that the middle one of the three was a woman, a small woman hanging on the arms of the others, but talking. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

His lips, which were hanging through terror, now grew firm. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

H. Rider Haggard He is very clever, too, is in the government now, and always hanging about after Mildred. He wants to marry her, you know, and I expect that he will at last, but I hope he won’t. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

With his arms hanging down, his eyes fixed, his mouth open, he remained confounded with Raoul — in one same look, in one same thought, in one same stupor. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Andrew Lang Next morning Dullhead tucked the goose under his arm and went off, without in the least troubling himself about the three girls who were hanging on to it. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James If she was charming to him it was because she was good-natured and he had been hanging off, and not because she had done him an injury. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

But if they cut down a cobbler for laughing at a second lieutenant — which is what happened at Zabern — I calculated that hanging would be too good for a man that had broken a colonel’s jaw. Greenmantle by John Buchan

George Meredith I shall be hanging my head in society, through him. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

Anthony Trollope Miss Mackenzie, hanging down her head, said that Miss Baker might tell Miss Todd. Miss Baker, when she left Miss Mackenzie, turned at once into Miss Todd’s house, and found her friend at home. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Willa Cather An advance man for this circus was hanging around, and he began talking a little smart, — nothing rough, but the way such fellows will. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her arms were hanging listlessly by her side, her whole expression, although her face was upturned towards the sky, was one of intense dejection. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Gaston Leroux The eyes were round and staring, the nose a little crooked and the mouth large, with a hanging lower lip, very like the eyes, nose and lip of the moon, when the moon is quite red, bright red. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

This smock has wide sleeves hanging half way down the arm, and is closed at the neck with a diamond button; but the shape and colour of the bosom is very well to be distinguished through it. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Arthur Conan Doyle I had let myself go, and was hanging by the hands to the sill, when his blow fell. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

E. F. Benson A far greater score, Georgie, than to have exposed her, and it must be quite agonizing for her to have that hanging over her head. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

I mentioned casually that I had been in the fire and told of Randolph Street Bridge and the hanging and what else I saw there and on the lakefront that unforgettable Monday morning. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

There was a hanging wood on one side of the hill, whence he had brought her more than one botanical prize, and she must now visit their native haunts. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

There were two jackets, hanging up on a peg below the shelf. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

D. H. Lawrence They could again see the glacier paw hanging out a little beyond. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James Geraldine — Grenadine — the one who burst in that day,’ he explained to Lyon. ‘We saw her hanging about — I called Everina’s attention to her. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

I thought he’d get his paw upon his father’s money, somehow, when I used to see him hanging about this place. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Charles Dickens I leaving my work on the road, the sun going to bed, the carriage of the Marquis slowly ascending the hill, he hanging by the chain — like this. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

George Gissing The doors are framed with dark wood, and have hanging porches. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

She got to hanging around with a lot of mugs in a speak, gathering material for a novel. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Andrew Lang The next morning when the king looked from his window he saw this lovely creature hanging on the nail. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Hope Now I was there, Bernenstein hanging to my heels. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Virginia Woolf Kitty’s red handsome face was hanging over him. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

The horses stood motionless, hanging their heads and shivering from time to time. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

James Joyce An old plumber named Geraghty. I’m hanging on to his taw now for the past fortnight and I can’t get a penny out of him. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

George Gissing Whilst she was thus occupied girls continued to come into the room, each one upon entering hanging up her hat and cloak on pegs provided for that purpose and assuming her usual place upon the benches. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

The street-cars were running on the Nevsky, men, women and small boys hanging on every projection. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

D. H. Lawrence He slid, went from one tuft of grass to the next, hanging on to the bushes, making for a little platform at the foot of a tree. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith The tragedies written in fresh blood all about her, together with that ever-present image of the fate of Italy hanging in the balance, drew her away from personal reflections. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Down there the man with the bandaged head was hanging on to the table and swearing feebly without intermission. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

I cannot come back, I suppose, whilst this thing is hanging over my head. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

D. H. Lawrence Colliers hanging about in gangs and groups, or passing along the asphalt pavements heavily to work, seemed not like living people, but like spectres. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Rafael Sabatini He then bade him get through the window as far as the level of his waist, and wait thus, hanging over and supporting himself upon the sill. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Rudyard Kipling But he never loosed his grip, and inch by inch he hauled the beast, hanging like a drowned jackal, up on the branch. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

The next day, the sun rising clear, the ship was covered, fore and aft, with clothes of all sorts, hanging out to dry. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

You do not think that I am not properly sensible of your kindness, do you?” As I spoke I assumed possession of her hand, which was hanging down beside her chair. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

And so they become Merewigs. There are more than a sufficiency of old bachelors’ outer cases hanging up in the garde-robe, but the girls will not get into them at any price. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

One of them had splendid long black curls waving in the wind, hanging down nearly to his middle; the other two had chignons. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Arthur Conan Doyle What can we do to reverse the tremendous and unknown laws which are acting against us? The blow has long been hanging over us, and now it has fallen. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Ivan Turgenev Her evening dress she had exchanged for a full lilac silk tea-gown, with open hanging sleeves; a thick twisted cord was fastened round her waist. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

And there was another chap hanging round the station at the quarries, whom I am almost sure had no business there unless it was to see at what moment I arrived. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith The shafts of the cart were down, so we lay between upright and level, and awakening in the early light I found our four legs hanging over the seat in front. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Wilkie Collins Lady Lundie stopped, and consulted the railway time-table hanging near the house-door. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

He was condemned to death, and, after allowing him time for confession and absolution, the sentence was executed by hanging him from the window of his own quarters. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Edith Wharton And then one day he looked out of the window and saw the apple bough, and his new book hanging on it. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Gustave Flauber Men hanging to ropes would descend at night from the top of the wall with torches in their hands, burn the works of the Mercenaries, and then mount up again. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

It walks on its hind legs with a curious human walk, hanging its long arms down by its sides like B——. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle A jacket with hanging sleeves, slashed with velvet at the neck and wrists, showed that he was a man of some consideration, an under-officer, or file-leader of his company. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Thomas Wolfe Exactly above this table, hanging from the wall in all the clean beauty of their strength and accuracy, were a triangle and a square. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

George Eliot As long as David lived at Grimworth, Jacob’s return would be hanging over him. Brother Jacob by George Eliot [1864]

The country girls hanging on the arms of their lovers were each more blowzy than the other. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Charles Dickens Hung high or hung low, however, hanging is much the same to the person hung. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

James Joyce Perhaps hanging clothes out to dry. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

More lanterns, of the shape of cylindrical concertinas, hanging in a row from a slack string, decorated the doorway of what Schomberg called grandiloquently “my concert-hall. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Guy de Maupassan He was motionless livid, his arms hanging by his sides. The Child by Guy de Maupassan

It was night, and the rays of a hanging lamp brought out his face in bold lights and shadows. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Anna Katherine Green There are caps hanging up in various closets, but I don’t remember any with a peak beyond the ordinary. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Groping her way to the bureau, for the place was very dark, she found a pin-cushion hanging from a bracket. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Who could guess? Coat been seen hanging there from that hook hundreds of times. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Virginia Woolf Biography will enlarge its scope by hanging up looking glasses at odd corners. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Had she come back at the same pace, he would never have ventured to stop her: on such a thread do things hang: but she returned very slowly, hanging her head. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

H. G. Wells I seemed to be hanging there at the brim of my stale and painful den, staring at the unthought-of greatness of the world, with an unhoped-for wind out of heaven blowing upon my face. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

H. Rider Haggard Afterwards I left her, and presently returned again, to see her hanging over the gulf, and Swanhild hurling rocks upon her to crush her. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

John Lewis Burckhard The four sides of the Kaaba are covered with a black silk stuff, hanging down, and leaving the roof bare. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Robert Louis Stevenson The keys were hanging in the cupboard; and it was my design to furnish myself with arms before my uncle should come again to his senses and the power of devising evil. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ann Radcliffe He stepped on towards the spot whence the sounds had proceeded, and through a door which was left open, he discovered Mary hanging over her lute dissolved in tears. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Arthur Conan Doyle She had small round, hanging gold earrings, and a general air of being fairly well-to-do in a vulgar, comfortable, easy-going way. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Anthony Trollope Before the second visit was completed they were both certain that the Bohemian converted Jew had murdered Mr Bonteen, and were quite willing to assist in hanging him. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy His head was hanging strangely, his body being supported in its erect position entirely by the rail that passed under each arm. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

George Gissing He’s hanging midway—what do you call it?—trimming, with an eye to the best bargain. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

D.H. Lawrence And hanging near her feet, spinning round upon a black thread, spinning busily, like a thing in a gay wind, was her shuttle, her bobbin wound fat with the coarse, blackish worsted she was making. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

But, as morning dawned, they beheld parties of the natives moving over the heights, or hanging at a distance, like a cloud of locusts on their rear. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Robert Louis Stevenson I did not dream of hanging back; I thought (the poor fool!) that I had found a good friend and helper, and I was rejoiced to see the ship. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

A number of lumps of sun-dried flesh were hanging on a string along the wall, and a few bulging liquor skins reposed in a corner. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Henry Kingsley Ahead Hammersmith Bridge, hanging like a black bar, covered with people as with a swarm of bees. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Sinclair Lewis Stettinius is mad about Olympia, who’ll probably take Carson out and marry him, and he’ll keep on hanging about the Greek girl. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Thomas Hardy He had been hanging about foreign courts till he was weary. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Algernon Blackwood The folds of his voluminous cloak, as he took it off, sent the hanging smoke-clouds in a whirl. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Walter Besant He sat with hanging head, his hands tied behind him, his cheek pale. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Harry, her father, was sick and that gave him an excuse for hanging around their apartment. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

There is a red cloud like a crimson bird that Georges once had, hanging between two trees. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

D. H. Lawrence She came after cautiously, hanging on to the twigs and grasses. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang He would think hanging too good for me. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jack London I have had little opportunity to experience it, but from that little I can only conclude that hanging is a far easier matter. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Mark Twain The bank was caved away under one corner of some others, and that corner was hanging over. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

William Makepeace Thackeray Imprimis, came men with lighted staves, and set fire to at least ten thousand wax-candles that were hanging in brilliant chandeliers in various parts of the chapel. The Second Funeral of Napoleon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1841]

George Elio There was a portrait of Janet’s mother, a grey-haired, dark-eyed old woman, in a neatly fluted cap, hanging over the mantelpiece. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Anthony Trollope In that matter he had endeavoured to act as he would have acted had the circumstances of the mining transaction been made known to him when no threat was hanging over his head. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Even more than by her fashion of hanging over the registers she provoked him by appearing to find their little party not sufficient to itself, by wishing, as he expressed it, to work in new stuff. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Many of the spiders would escape by hanging suspended by a thread of silk from the branches, safe from the foes that swarmed both above and below. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

The others followed slowly, with pea-fowl steps, their women hanging to them and whispering. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Ford Madox Ford He resisted it a little, hanging back, to make her more insistent. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Henry James She had come down to square me; she was hanging on to square me; she was suffering and stammering and lying; she was both carrying it grandly off and letting it desperately go: all, all to square me. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Andrew Lang Two portraits were hanging there — one that of a young man of the good old times, smiling with red lips and brown eyes, a pastel in an oval frame. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Ralph, who had found an empty bag hanging up, went his way to grind the maize with the steel mill. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

D. H. Lawrence A subtle observer might have noticed a little hardness about her mouth, and disillusion hanging slightly on her eyes. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence Nevertheless he was good-looking, with his shapely brows and nose, and his great, hanging moustache. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Steele Rudd The parson was the last to come, and as he passed in he knocked his head against the kangaroo-leg hanging under the verandah. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

At the gate he found Skinner hanging about, and asked him hurriedly how the calamity had happened. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

George Gissing Wait, I’ll go on a little, and see if some boy is hanging about. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Gustave Flauber An earthen lamp was burning gently against the tent-pole, where the zaimph shone amid the hanging panoply. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Algernon Blackwood The blades of grass, the blossoms hanging in the air, strong stems and hidden roots, fulfilled themselves with patience upon every side, brimming with beauty and stillness did not seek to advertise. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

It’s not a hanging matter, and as it’s the first time you’ve been fitted, Dick, the judge, as like as not, will let you off with a light sentence. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

George Gissing Mr. Keene had sunk upon a settee, one arm hanging over the back, his eyes closed. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Arthur Morrison It’s hanging, you know; it’s hanging — for both. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Abraham Merri There was another chain; a black one spattering over the wave tips and hanging from the stem. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

R. D. Blackmore But that fault could scarcely be found with a woman; or at any rate with a widow encumbered with a large family hanging upon the dry breast of the government. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

I remember once hanging on to you like a drowning man . The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

He saw Homer rise above the mass for a moment, shoved against the sky, his jaw hanging as though he wanted to scream but couldn’t. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Mark Twain We begun to come to trees with Spanish moss on them, hanging down from the limbs like long, gray beards. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Mark Twain He got to hanging around the widow’s too much and so she told him at last that if he didn’t quit using around there she would make trouble for him. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Virginia Woolf All the pink, grey, sea- coloured dresses lengthened themselves, and for a moment the tall women standing by the table looked like the famous Gainsborough hanging on the wall. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

G. K. Chesterton No one else moved, not even Michael hanging on the gate; but the back of his head and shoulders had still an indescribable indication that he was listening to every word. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Jack London But after a long time she began hanging around the big room again. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Having the house now tidied and disciplined, she was aware that, in spite of herself, Walter Herries’ shadow was hanging over her as it was over the others. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Abraham Merri And as we drove closer to its source I saw that it did indeed pass through a leafy screen hanging over the passage end. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Frances Hodgson Burnett First her glance had been caught by the hair hanging to the little hips—extraordinary hair in which Andrews herself had a pride. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The fall of her lighted shoulders, the strong and fine modelling of her arms hanging down her sides, her immobility, too, had something statuesque, the charm of art tense with life. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

The statues stood erect with knees closed and arms hanging straight down their sides. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Wilkie Collins It's mother makes the light--mother knitting, with ten flaming points at the ends of her fingers and thumbs, and slow-matches hanging in bunches all round her face instead of her own gray hair. Blow Up with the Brig! by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Thrice he fired, the grip relaxed, and Colin rolled over limply, fragments of shirt still hanging from his jaw. Prester John by John Buchan

Thomas Hardy She was ironing linen on a flannel table-cloth, a row of such apparel hanging on a clothes-horse by the fire. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Charles Dickens Some began to discuss whether the President was liable to hanging or only transportation for life, and the President’s face showed a great anxiety to know which. The Schoolboy’s Story by Charles Dickens [1853]

Guy de Maupassant I was thirty-five, and I had no more idea of marrying than I had of hanging myself. My Wife (Ma femme) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle The chain was hanging down in front, and the watch gone. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Man, what did you hit me for?” He gaped at her with hanging jaw. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Beyond, all was chaos; for a gray haze floated upon the water and met the low hanging clouds. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

The cloak was hanging up in a closet within a closet, both leading off from a large room used as the young ladies’ dancing school. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

Bram Stoker If she had been indeed a real dove, with a real kite hanging over her in the air, she could not have been more frightened or more affected by the terror this created. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Rudyard Kipling From here to Rome, Fulke, men will make very merry over that tale, and how Fulke told it, hanging in a well, like a drowned puppy. Puck of Pook’s Hill by Rudyard Kipling [1906]

Virginia Woolf But Cowan sipped his port, his exaltation over, no longer the representative of Virgil. No, the builder, assessor, surveyor, rather; ruling lines between names, hanging lists above doors. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There were icicles upon his coat and hanging from his cap. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

He lingered as long over the job of hanging his hat and coat up in the hall as he dared, in fact till his wife called out to him. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

And this young man’s portrait was hanging in the room where she sat. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Thomas Hardy We notice the thick coat of soot upon the branches, hanging underneath them in flakes, as in a chimney. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Thomas Hardy It was a brace of pistols, hanging near the head of her grandfather’s bed, which he always kept there loaded, as a precaution against possible burglars, the house being very lonely. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins One of her arms, which was hanging over my shoulder, stole round my neck, and clasped it gently. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Sinclair Lewis On hanging shelves were the little pastor’s books, each volume painstakingly covered with oilcloth. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

The neighbors fetch’d a doctor in: Said he, this wound I dread Can hardly be sew’d up — his life Is hanging on a thread. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

H. G. Wells As the question of hanging seemed a sore point with Mr. Watkins, he tried to divert the conversation a little. The Hammerpond Park Burglary by H. G. Wells [1894]

E. F. Benson Susan is on the committee too: so is Miss Mapp. In fact, we are the hanging committee. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

She wore morning costume: a dark-blue cotton gown hanging straight down on her thin, lanky figure; and an old black cap adorning her hard face. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

D. H. Lawrence Paul saw some cherry stones hanging quite bleached, like skeletons, picked clear of flesh. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James Her attitude had a singular absence of purpose; her hands, hanging at her sides, lost themselves in the folds of her black dress; her eyes gazed vaguely before her. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

In the hallway above, the saffron light from a hanging lamp allowed him to select the gaudy numbers on the doors. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Perchance yet may King Siward rue My hanging on the gallows tree. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Edith Wharton They sat down together on the red damask sofa, against the hanging cloaks. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

E. F. Benson And my hand touched the edge of a picture-frame hanging close to me. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

George Meredith His enemy was hanging above him panting out of wide nostrils, like a hunter’s horse above the long-tongued quarry, when Vittoria came to them. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

He remained on the bench, with his back leaning against the wall and his hands hanging down, exactly on the spot where the guards placed him. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

H. G. Wells Suppose, she thought, instead of hanging two curtains as anybody else would do in that window, she ran this glory of rich colour across from one side on a great rod of brass. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Gustave Flauber They drew a hanging aside, in order to go on further; but the wind blew and the light went out. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Willa Cather They kept me hanging on through March and April, but in the end it came to nothing. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Willa Cather She turned away from him and stubbornly sent out another stone, hanging in the air after its flight. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Thomas Hardy There stood her mother amid the group of children, as Tess had left her, hanging over the Monday washing-tub, which had now, as always, lingered on to the end of the week. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Conan Doyle It’s a hanging matter this time. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Baldwin Spencer Occasionally bones are broken, and we have seen one old woman gallantly continue to fight with one arm hanging broken and useless by her side. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

It almost brought tears into his eyes as he stood in the parlour reflecting on the loneliness hanging over her head. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Virginia Woolf Closer and closer they drew, till the samphire gatherers, hanging half-way down the cliff, were plain to the naked eye. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

H. G. Wells And then there appeared before me, hanging as it seemed in an immensity of black, a thin bright line. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

It was Naughton Jones who was speaking and it was his coat and cap only that were hanging upon the bush. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

George Meredith The sisters remarked a boot-lace hanging loose. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle Our feet creaked and crackled over the bare planking, and my outstretched hand touched a wall from which the paper was hanging in ribbons. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

D. H. Lawrence Looking round he saw the pale blotch of her face down in the darkness under the hanging tree. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

The variety of wasps, as of all other insects, was very great around Santo Domingo. Many made papery nests, hanging from the undersides of large leaves. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Yesterday morning there came a post out of Lincolnshire. The commons are up in the eastern shires and the King’s agents are hanging like crabs on every wayside tree. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

George Gissing The few books he owned were placed on hanging shelves; among them those which he had purchased for Clara since their marriage. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Wilkie Collins Its light illuminated a strip of thick tapestry, hanging loose from the ceiling to the floor, on the wall opposite to the door by which we had entered. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

D. H. Lawrence They passed on under the poplars, which were hanging strings of green beads above them. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Probably its idea was that if it could drive me away the bread would somehow remain hanging in mid-air. Collected Essays by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence Dunno where he’s hanging out just now. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells They had no hanging galleries, but from little openings on the middle line peeped out men and the muzzles of guns. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Henry Handel Richardson There she stood, the typical little working-girl, in a round black-straw hat, the brim of which cut off half her face, a prim little black cape hanging from her shoulders. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

Thomas Hardy The fatted animal hanging in the back kitchen was cleft down the middle of its backbone, Mrs. Smith being meanwhile engaged in cooking supper. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Brat cleared his own bed and unpacked, hanging his new evening things carefully in the still empty wardrobe. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope When Mr. Fenwick had met the minister hanging about the farmyard, he had displayed not the slightest anger. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]