Phrases with "hangs"

H. G. Wells Over everything human hangs the threat of such war as man has never known before, were armed and reinforced by all the powers and discoveries of modern science. What are we to do with our lives? by H. G. Wells [1928]

Ah, now your eyes are hard and cold again; you are looking at the golden globe which hangs from my waist. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Edgar Rice Burroughs The stationary sun hangs forever in the center of the Pellucidarian sky — directly overhead. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

H. G. Wells Something of that period of lucidity I regret still hangs about me, and I doubt if I shall ever recover the full-bodied self satisfaction of my early days. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Oscar Wilde From a hook in one of her nostrils hangs a flower that is carved out of a pearl. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

He came to us, I mean, of course, to two or three of us, with the interest that hangs about a victim of circumstances; we understood that he wasn’t a ‘born soldier. The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

Death is a Prime Minister’s ace of trumps, and his reputation with posterity sometimes hangs on that last card. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

George Meredith It hangs for those who hither thither fare, Close interthreading nature with our kind. Poems and Lyrics of the Joy of Earth by George Meredith [1883]

Virginia Woolf But this city to which we travel has neither stone nor marble; hangs enduring; stands unshakable; nor does a face, nor does a flag greet or welcome. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

As Sir J. Lubbock79 has well observed, “it is not too much to say that the horrible dread of unknown evil hangs like a thick cloud over savage life, and embitters every pleasure. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

D.H. Lawrence And just below the path, where the pack-horses go climbing to the remote, infolded villages, in the cold gloom of the pass hangs the large, pale Christ. He is larger than life-size. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

William Hazlitt That the treachery of King John, the death of Arthur, the grief of Constance, had a real truth in history, sharpens the sense of pain, while it hangs a leaden weight on the heart and the imagination. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

D. H. Lawrence Then one notices that the last bell hangs from the ragged spire of foxglove. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Marjorie Bowen The first is the portrait of a woman that hangs in the parlor of a respectable banker. The Avenging of Ann Leete by Marjorie Bowen

The Sou–Sou hangs across a rock, head down, like a shot squirrel. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Virginia Woolf And on the left side of his waistcoat, his taut, his drum-like waistcoat, hangs a crucifix. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Or if no new house goes up, he hangs around and haunts the vacant lot, which is a more reprehensible procedure than the ordinary habits of spooks. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

The portcullis still hangs in the gateways that face the east and the west, and the deep machicolations of the battlements are sharp and firm as a lion’s teeth. Signa by Ouida

Sir Walter Scott The bridal-veil hangs over thy face; deign to raise it, and let me see the features of which fame speaks so highly. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Baldwin Spencer When at rest it lives in the bamboos and paper bark trees, on to which it hangs like a bat. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Arthur Conan Doyle A hat with silver braiding hangs above them in the cupboard. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Gissing Her beauty was more than ever of the austere type; in regarding her, one could have murmured— Chaste a’ the icicle That’s curded by the frost from purest snow, And hangs on Dian’s temple. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

William Dampier Commonly it hangs down sloping from thence, or sometimes appearing with a small bending, or elbow in the middle. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

And so ’twill be ever while he hangs there. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Arthur Conan Doyle He happens to be a man over whose head some danger hangs —” “We have only their word for that. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Edith Wharton They are like the show pictures that some nobleman hangs in his public gallery; but our Iseo is the treasure that he hides in his inner chamber. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

George Meredith A savour of North Sea foam and ballad pirates hangs about the early chronicles of the family. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Andrew Lang When you have found her you must contrive to get hold of the net of steel that hangs from her waist, and shut her up in it for ever. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Dampier The women are fairer than the men; and their hair is black and long; which they tie in a knot that hangs back in their poles. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Henry James I see it now as I’ve never done; and she hangs together with a perfection of her own,” he went on, “that does suggest a kind of wrong in ANY change of her composition. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

George Meredith Death, and our postillion!’ ‘Ay; I wonder why the fellow hangs to the rear,’ said Redworth, turning about. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

G. K. Chesterton It hangs in the sky quite solid and quite silver and quite useless; it is one huge celestial snowball. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

George Meredith The freshest of the village three years gone, She hangs as the white field-rose hangs short-lived; And she and Earth are one In withering unrevived. A Reading of Earth by George Meredith [1888]

Rudyard Kipling The dense smoke hangs low, in the chill of the morning, over an ocean of roofs, and, as the city wakes, there goes up to the smoke a deep, full-throated boom of life and motion and humanity. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

The revel now proceeds apace, Deftly they frisk it o’er the place, They sit, they drink, and eat; The time with frolic mirth beguile, And poor Sir Topaz hangs the while, Till all the rout retreat. The Poetical Works of Thomas Parnell by with an introduction by George Gilfillan [1855]

If he happens to be a fool, which is customary, he stops and hangs around in her vicinity. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

What hangs people, my dear Pitman, is the unfortunate circumstance of guilt. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

White, high aloft hangs the moon that no dark night shall brighten ere day, For here day and night toileth the summer lest deedless his time pass away. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

It hangs in the house at Uldale now. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

But that percept hangs together with all our other physical percepts. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Wilkie Collins She went to where my little hand-glass hangs against the wall, took it down, and gave it to me. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The bell-rope hangs from the wire just to the right of my desk. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

William Dampier The little notch at the upper end they put in through the lip, where it remains between the teeth and the lip; the under-part hangs down over their chin. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

But I cannot forget the past; it hangs about me like a bad dream. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Mark Twain It is a bell tower, and in its top hangs a chime of ancient bells. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

George Meredith Deeper the stillness hangs on every motion; Calmer the silence follows every call; Now all is quiet save the roosting pheasant, The bell-wether’s tinkle and the watch-dog’s bark. Poems by George Meredith [1851]

So it hangs in her drawing-room, near by where the Eildons stand sentinel over Scott’s resting-place. Robert Louis Stevenson by E. Blantyre Simpson

Aphra Behn Curse on her, and yet she kisses, fawns and dissembles on, hangs on his neck, and makes the sot believe:— damn her, brute; I’ll whistle her off, and let her down the wind, as Othello says. Love-letters between a Nobleman and his sister by Aphra Behn

Nathaniel Hawthorne There” — and he shuddered — “there hangs her mantle, on which a dead woman embroidered a spell of dreadful potency. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Guy de Maupassan Over his loins, hangs and glitters the steel hatchet. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Baldwin Spencer The structure is worn in such a way that the pendant hangs down the middle of the back. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

William Makepeace Thackeray Little Spitfire, the groom, hangs about the drawing-room, outside the harem forsooth! so that he may be ready when Clarence Bulbul claps hands for him to bring the pipes and coffee. Our Street by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

Isabella Bird All wear the hair brought to the front, where it hangs in wavy masses on each side of the face. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

It seems to me, reader, that you cannot always cut out men to fit their profession, and that you ought not to curse them because their profession sometimes hangs on them ungracefully. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Sarah Orne Jewett Some o’ them tales hangs together toler’ble well,” she added, with a sharper look than before. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Wilkie Collins In this position we wait events, while the dripping mist hangs thicker than ever all round us. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Ivan Turgenev Fat hollow beads are wound in three rows about her dark thin neck, her grey head is tied up in a yellow kerchief with red spots; it hangs low over her failing eyes. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

But for the thin canopy of smoke that hangs over the villages, one would fancy now that those clusters of mud-huts were all deserted. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

She was pulling at the cord of the big bell which hangs at the end of the landing-pier, with one hand, and with the other she was swinging the heavy lantern to and fro. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

This important point settled, he hangs up his hat — he took it off the moment he sat down — and bespeaks the paper after the next gentleman. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Between thee and me, the scale hangs fairly balanced. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

At night, these mats are placed on the floor, each beneath the hook on which it hangs during the day; and the ward is thus made to answer the purposes both of a day-room and sleeping apartment. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Henry Fielding I own I could not help laughing when I heard him offer you the living, for thereby hangs a good jest. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

You are easy to mold as clay-clay-Clayton-clay! Evil hangs over you — black evil! Flee from the damned Clayton Barbour. Go home — you!” Moore was frowning uneasily. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Florence Dixie In this creeper the bag hangs concealed. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

George MacDonald I had been, somewhat listlessly, regarding the portrait that hangs among the books, which I knew only as that of a distant ancestor, and wishing I could learn something of its original. Lilith by George MacDonald

George Meredith I make of her what I will, and she knows it, and knows that she hangs on me to flourish worthily. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Virginia Woolf A redness gathers on the roses, even on the pale rose that hangs by the bedroom window. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Virginia Woolf It quivers and hangs in a loop of light. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Isabella Bird The altitude of the river over which the Pul-i-Hawa hangs is only 3800 feet, the lowest attained on this journey. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Lewis Carroll Now the reason hair falls off is because it hangs down — things never fall upwards, you know. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Abraham Merri Remembering that your world doom hangs in the balance, we have choice — choice to stay and help fight Yolara’s armies — and they say they look not lightly on that help. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

A similar mystery hangs over the intermediate stages of the medical profession, and must have perplexed the least observant. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Walter Besant The aspect of Mr. Edward Swinburne pleases me not, for he hangs his head and will hardly speak, but sitteth as much alone as may be. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

George Meredith Much that we hope for hangs with you: We lose you, but we lose to win. Scattered Poems by George Meredith

I have to conclude that its dialectic has not invalidated in the least degree the usual conjunctions by which the world, as experienced, hangs so variously together. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Ann Radcliffe And oft, on point of airy clift, That hangs upon the western main, I watch the gay tints passing swift, And twilight veil the liquid plain. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

It hangs over the Italian cabinet. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

Anna Katherine Green It was one of those nights when the sky, piled thick with hurrying clouds, hangs above one like a pall. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Edna St. Vincent Millay All the things we ever knew Will be ashes in that hour, Mark the transient butterfly, How he hangs upon the flower. Second April by Edna St. Vincent Millay

And will they be all punctual, I wonder? An enterprise that hangs on the punctuality of many people, no matter how well disposed and even heroic, hangs on a thread. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Mark Twain A rope that hangs from the centre of the top touches the wall before it reaches the bottom. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Brother, thy tail hangs down behind. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Wilkie Collins In a dark corner of the room hangs a daguerreotype likeness. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Margaret Oliphant Time hangs so heavy on our hands. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Wilkie Collins And when I move about, the bag hangs from my shoulder, like this, by another strap. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Oscar Wilde Look at that great honey-coloured moon that hangs in the dusky air. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Andrew Lang It is to this island I am leading you; but first we must find your sister, for on her presence hangs the life of the white fox — if, indeed, he is not dead already. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Mark Twain Whenever it is her turn to murmur she hangs out her blush; it is the only thing she’s got. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

It hangs about the tree while the wind is still, and the slightest movement of the air wafts it hither and thither. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

I take it there is a quaint side-table or two lost midway of the wall, and that an old woodcut picture of the Most Noble City of Venice hangs over each. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

D. H. Lawrence The men sling them over their shoulder, so that one great pocket hangs in front, one behind. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

George Meredith Thank God, the fellow hangs fire somehow, and doesn’t come to me. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

George Gissing And, when I had lain thus for a few minutes, asking myself what book I should reach from the shelf that hangs near my pillow, there came upon me a desire to rise and go forth into the early morning. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Virginia Woolf Then consider the effect of sex — how between man and woman it hangs wavy, tremulous, so that here’s a valley, there’s a peak, when in truth, perhaps, all’s as flat as my hand. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Henry Lawson Sometimes the boy sticks his head into the cow’s side, hangs on by a teat, and dozes, while the bucket, mechanically gripped between his knees, sinks lower and lower till it rests on the ground. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

George Eliot So I gave one to Debarry and one to Transome; and I wish Garstin no ill, but I can’t help the odd number, and he hangs on to Debarry, they say. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

George Meredith Cry we for permanence fast, Permanence hangs by the grave; Sits on the grave green-grassed, On the roll of the heaved grave-mound. A Reading of Earth by George Meredith [1888]

George Meredith Relieve me of that dog, and I toss you a thousand-pound note, and thank you from my soul, Cumnock. You know what hangs on it. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

That friar who hangs about the court has been in and out several times. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Mark Twain His under lip hangs down like a camel’s, and his ears are chopped off close to his head. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Ralph Waldo Emerson A child blends in his face the faces of both parents, and some feature from every ancestor whose face hangs on the wall. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was given me by Sylvia Ward, whose portrait hangs yonder, and I meant to wear it in my bosom at our wedding. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Consciousness of the present hangs so heavily upon us. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anna Katherine Green More hangs upon an understanding of these facts than I am at liberty to tell you. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle But as long as he hangs in the wind between the two it cannot be serious. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

George Eliot She sits down on the grassy bank, against the stooping stem of the great oak that hangs over the dark pool. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Edgar Allan Poe It hangs like moss upon the vaults. The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

Walter Crane A string of amber beads hangs on the wall, and repeats the shimmer of the bright brass candelabra which hangs aloft, and which is drawn carefully enough for a craftsman to reproduce. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

F. Scott Fitzgerald I never saw this great-uncle, but I’m supposed to look like him — with special reference to the rather hard-boiled painting that hangs in father’s office. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Everything hangs upon a razor’s edge, and the cleverest and most experienced man of law cannot tell which way the balance will go. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Robert Louis Stevenson No one can prophesy here, of course, and the balance still hangs trembling, but I think it will go for peace. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Isabella Bird One hangs on each side of the mule on a level with his back, and they are mounted, i. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

At least, for my own part, I complain that some vagueness hangs over all the accounts of the nebular hypothesis. The System of the Heavens as Revealed by Lord Rosse’s Telescope by Thomas De Quincey [1846]

A similar obscurity hangs over all the details of Voltaire’s stay. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

The cap, which is always worn, and quite on the back of the head, is of black satin, and the pigtail, or plait of hair and purse silk mixed, hangs down nearly to the bottom of the robe. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Andrew Lang Then he said to himself: ‘Time hangs very heavily on my hands when I’m all alone in the wood. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Virginia Woolf It puts on weight; rounds itself; hangs pendent; settles and swings beneath our feet. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Rudyard Kipling It hangs upon thy conduct when we return. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Mark Twain In it hangs the lamp whose measured swing suggested to Galileo the pendulum. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Rudyard Kipling There’s an earth and brick floor at the bottom of the pit the crate hangs over. The Giridih Coal-Fields by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

I pray you to consider the situation,” he proceeded, turning to the District Attorney, “for on it hangs your conviction of her innocence. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

I hangs around, but not bein’ bred nor trained a cracksman I don’t know just how to go about it. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Sinclair Lewis I’ll get out the boneshaker and we can drive around together and find Lutkins. I know most of the places he hangs out. The Hack Driver by Sinclair Lewis

John Lewis Burckhard At the mouth, hangs what is called the beard of the Myzab, a gilt board, over which the water falls. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Arthur Conan Doyle It is not to be wondered at, for time hangs heavily in this lonely spot to an active man like him, and she is a very fascinating and beautiful woman. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

By daytime a cold, nauseous light hangs about it; at night a devilish darkness settles upon it. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Willa Cather Snow fills the gorges, hangs in scarfs on the great slopes, and on the peaks the fiery sunshine is gathered up as by a burning-glass. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Baldwin Spencer The strands of strings are gathered together to form a pendent that hangs down the middle of the boy's back. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Thomas Hardy She hangs the chief baker, as mid be, and restores the chief butler, as mid be, though the devil but Pharaoh herself can see the difference between ’em. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

It looks on to the bowling green, and one large picture hangs in it, over the carved mantelpiece. The End of the Dream by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

D. H. Lawrence It is so aboriginal, out of our ken, and it hangs back so aloof. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

A ticket, with the patient’s name upon it, and the hours at which he is to take his medicine, hangs above each person. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

Here and there, on shelf or summit, a huge rounded mass, many tons in weight, hangs poised capriciously. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

David Hume This may convince us, that some bias still hangs upon our constitution, some extrinsic weight, which turns it from its natural course, and causes a confusion in our parties. Of the Parties of Great Britain by David Hume

D.H. Lawrence He has fallen forward, just dead, and the weight of the full-grown, mature body hangs on the nails of the hands. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

William Hope Hodgson And the noise of the water rises upwards, and blends — in my sleep — with other and lower noises; while, over all, hangs the eternal shroud of spray. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

On his round face there was always a smile like that which hangs around the jaws of a pike — only more humorous. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

After a tendril has clasped a stick, it contracts spirally; if it remains unattached it hangs straight downwards. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Florence Dixie It hangs from the centre of the highest sea cliff here, due south of Santa Cruz. Lady Wrathness’s tents are pitched exactly opposite the spot. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Baldwin Spencer A strand of human hair-string, fastened into the resin, serves to attach it to the hair of the wearer, over whose forehead it hangs down. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Baldwin Spencer From the middle of this transverse bar an elaborate pendant hangs down. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

It is her life that all hangs upon: and I have let that slip through my fingers while I have planned and contrived to save a few beggarly hundreds. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

A scarf of the same colour as the dress is gracefully folded over the shoulders and hangs over the left arm; a rather deep collar and cuffs are both worked in needlepoint. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

Anthony Trollope But you do not yet know Charlotte — you do not know how entirely the well-being of our family hangs on her. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

M. P. Shiel My life, this subtle, cunning Reason of mine, hangs in the balance. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

This tube can be inflated with air, through a communication with the palate; and when not inflated hangs down on one side. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Robert Louis Stevenson He hangs about picture-galleries, and makes the noblest pictures the text for some silent homily of vice. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Of course the starboard cabin is the bedroom one, but the poor captain hangs out to port on a couch, so that in case we want him on deck at night, Mrs. Anthony should not be startled. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Rudyard Kipling They worked their way by their own short cuts to the edge of Pound’s Wood, and heard a horse’s feet just as they came to the beech where Ridley the keeper hangs up the vermin. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Charles Dickens The town, such as it is, hangs on a hill-side above the house, and in front of it. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

As to last night’s catastrophe, I am sure thereby hangs a tale, but we will inquire no further this evening. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

The cornice ended as a broken stairway hangs upon nothing. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

George MacDonald An ancient woman in the village had told him a legend concerning a Mr. Raven, long time librarian to “that Sir Upward whose portrait hangs there among the books. Lilith by George MacDonald

William Dampier The other end hangs over the stern: to this yard the sail is fastened. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

A wide ledge of the tor hangs over the bog for about ten feet and that’s where the bodies were dropped over. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

George Meredith Whether intended or not, it hangs over you, and you will be perpetually tormented. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Day by day, the thermometer (which hangs in the coolest corner of the saloon) creeps up higher and higher, working its way by degrees to above 99°; but never succeeding in getting up quite to 100°. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

H. Rider Haggard And even over the august person of the judge himself there hangs the fear of the only thing that he cannot commit for contempt, public opinion. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Sigmund Freud For a little while it hangs motionless; then it begins to swing, and suddenly its notes resound so clearly and penetratingly that my sleep comes to an end. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Ralph Waldo Emerson A great perplexity hangs like a cloud on the brow of all cultivated persons, a certain imbecility in the best spirits, which distinguishes the period. Lecture On The Times by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

Before that, there was a Godfrey: we have his picture; it hangs in Moore’s bedroom: it is like me. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

The picture of the Prime Minister hangs over the chimney of his own closet, but I have seen that of Mr. Pope in twenty noblemen’s houses. Letters on England by Voltaire [1734]

Washington Irving The money advanced by Garrick on Newbery’s note still hangs over him as a debt. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Henry James Besides, today, after his long comparative obscuration, he hangs high in the heaven of our literature, for all the world to see; he is a part of the light by which we walk. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Rudyard Kipling The aftermath of the war, which still hangs round us like mustard-gas, helps this attack. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Charles Kingsley Only one scapegrace did he take into his crew, named Parracombe; and by that scapegrace hangs a tale. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Do you think him recovered?’ ‘A good way from it,’ said Charles. ‘He is pretty well today, comparatively, though that obstinate headache hangs about him. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

George Meredith A crowd of mountains endless in range, erect, or flowing, shattered and arid, or leaning in smooth lustre, hangs above the gulf. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

D.H. Lawrence He hangs heavy and bloated upon so small a tree, that he seems a dark green enormity. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

What wonder? Since the many headed monster, astonished at those lays, hangs down his sable ears; and the snakes, entwined in the hair of the furies, are soothed. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Baldwin Spencer Each bead is bored through with a fire stick, and the pretty necklet thus made hangs round the neck in several coils, or may pass from each shoulder under the opposite arm pit. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

I stole odd bones from the drawers in the lecture-room when I was a Junior, but I never thought of taking George. It’s the dreadful cloud that hangs over a Junior’s life, you know. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Baldwin Spencer In the water he hangs on to the large bag, or Meilla, that Bubba Peibi drags behind him, and the little man tugs and tugs, but cannot move it. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

A bag, a small satin bag, hangs on the chair-back. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Willa Cather Everything hangs on that first night, and that’s bound to be bad. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Andrew Lang Once more he said to himself: ‘Time hangs heavily on my hands when I’m all alone in the wood; I must try and find another companion. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith The giant varied his tone of acquiescence in Fortune’s whims: ‘Of course! I’ve only to fling! Luck hangs right enough till I put down my stake. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Virginia Woolf A meaty, vapourish smell of beef and mutton, sausages and mash, hangs down like a damp net in the middle of the eating- house. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

William Makepeace Thackeray Malody, suckling round and uppards from the bows, like a happy soul released, hangs in the air, and from invizable plumes shakes sweetness down. The Memoirs of Mr. Charles J. Yellowplush by William Makepeace Thackeray [1838]

A solitary lamp, whose glare is tempered by delicately painted glass, hangs before the altar. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Like Hercules himself his son appears, In salvage pomp; a lion’s hide he wears; About his shoulders hangs the shaggy skin; The teeth and gaping jaws severely grin. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

William Morris She answered not, and he said: Whenso the time hangs heavy on hand with thee, if thou hast will to fare abroad out of the castle, I shall be ever at hand to guide thee. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Edgar Allan Poe This story, as we have given it, hangs better together (Mr. Willis will pardon our modesty), and is altogether more easily comprehended, than in the words of the play itself. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

Some obscurity still hangs over the true history of this affair. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

Florence Dixie They ran as follows : — “The black bag hangs hidden in a place where no mortal eye can ken it, no mortal hand lay hold of it. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

This hangs in a point over the brow, broadens over the top of the head, and tapers as it reaches the waist behind. Among the Tibetans by Isabella L. Bird [1894]

A thought has struck her; and, taking a little golden key which hangs by a chain within her bosom, she searches for something locked up amongst her few jewels. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Miles Franklin She hangs around here tryin’ to bag old Gaddy. She’ll bag young Derek if he doesn’t keep his eyes skinned. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Henry James I wrote to her that I had sold the picture, but I admitted to Mrs. Prest, at the time (I met her in London, in the autumn), that it hangs above my writing table. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

The great issue, about which hangs true sublimity, and the terror of overhanging fate, is, what are you going to do with all these things? . The Life of Huxley by Ada L. F. Snell [1909]

Hereby hangs a curious story, now to be told as regards its essentials for the first time; and we may add that Lady Burton particularly wished these essentials to be made public after her decease. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Robert Louis Stevenson Somewhere, in mid air between the disputants, like hovering Victory in some design of a Greek battle, the truth hangs undiscerned. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. P. Lovecraf Dread hangs over that house of the Melmoths, one of whose ancestors, “J. Melmoth, 1646,” the portrait represents. Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

Nathaniel Hawthorne Two rows of shops with windows down nearly to the ground cast a glow from side to side, while the black night hangs overhead like a canopy, and thus keeps the splendor from diffusing itself away. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Great Caesar sits sublime upon his throne, Before Apollo’s porch of Parian stone; Accepts the presents vow’d for victory, And hangs the monumental crowns on high. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Round the centre there is fastened a loop large enough to admit the arm and shoulder, from which it hangs when used. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

A piece of Iron placed within the Orbe of a Loadstone hangs suspended in the air, if on account of some impediment it cannot approach it. On the Magnet by William Gilber

I got them once for a fancy ballostensibly — and thereby hangs a yarn. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Wilkie Collins The same dense, disheartening obscurity hangs over the fate and fortunes of Anne Catherick, and her companion, Mrs. Clements. Nothing whatever has been heard of either of them. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]