Phrases with "head"

Guy de Maupassan He rested his head upon his hand and stared at the blank sheet before him. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

The patron’s wife nagged, and Boris and Jules quarrelled all day, because Jules shirked his work, and Boris, as head waiter, claimed the larger share of the tips. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Mrs. Schomberg gave him an inclination of her sallow head and incontinently sat down behind a sort of raised counter, facing the door, with a mirror and rows of bottles at her back. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Hotty turned his head to look. Major Parrifer by Ellen Wood [1868]

Up comes Crew, trowel in hand, bends down to take a look, and then gives his head a shake. Abel Crew by Ellen Wood [1874]

George Meredith He shook the head of superior knowledge paternally. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Jack London He had a way of taking Buck’s head roughly between his hands, and resting his own head upon Buck’s, of shaking him back and forth, the while calling him ill names that to Buck were love names. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Edgar Allan Poe By these means I somewhat softened the Angel. “Und you pelief, ten,” he inquired, “at te last? You pelief, ten, in te possibilty of te odd?” I again nodded my head in assent. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe His head was bare, and entirely bald, with the exception of a hinder part, from which depended a queue of considerable length. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

M. P. Shiel However, I was no sooner out of Wo-Ngwanya, with my head still on, than I was playing to get her yet, and, when next in the Witwatersrand, I set about getting together an expedition to kidnap my lady. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Anthony Trollope It was then past eight o’clock, and the old man was sitting wearily on his horse, with his head low down between his shoulders, and the reins hardly held within his grasp. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Mrs. Todhetley, who had turned her head at our words, also saw him and felt not the slightest doubt that it was he. A Mystery by Ellen Wood [1882]

Anthony Trollope This she did three times, till she thought she should have fainted on the flags, and at last the window of her own sitting-room was raised, and Mary McGovery’s head was slowly protruded. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

The head was turned a little, and the eyes regarded something distant, with a half wishful, half deprecating dreaminess. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Charles Dickens He led her to a chair, and stood leaning on a corner of the chimney- piece, with his head resting on his hand, and his face half averted. Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens [1866]

He shook his head and looked knowing. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Wilkie Collins As he laid her head back on the pillows, he ventured to touch her cold cheek with his lips. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

D. H. Lawrence Then he pressed his hand against the back of his head, saying, “My head does sing!!” He tried to get up, but failed. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins Arriving at the lawn, she discovered Emily pacing backward and forward, with her head down and her hands behind her, deep in thought. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

He opened it respectfully at the foot of the steps and held it over the girl’s head as she came down. Burmese Days by George Orwell

You tell me, straight out, what it is you want with me—do you hear?” As if to drive his question well home, he gave my head a sharp tap against the pavement. The Woman with One Hand by Richard Marsh

W. H. Hudson The old man lifted his head again and stared at me, then pointed towards the door by which I had entered. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Above the girl’s head was the gas jet and from it a small piece of tube hung downwards. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Anthony Trollope When she was a child she had sung there very often, and the friar of those days would put his hand upon her head and bless her, as she brought her small piece of tribute to his plate. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

She had a bad fall downstairs in a tipsy fit some days ago, striking her head on the flags, and the doctors could do nothing for her. Breaking Down by Ellen Wood [1872]

Sinclair Lewis Jim scratched his head with a corner of his book and approved: “Well, that’s a worthy idea. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

The reason was, Shirley’s head ran on other things than money and position. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

She walked straight across to the stairs, without once turning her head to see if he were following. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

D. H. Lawrence Then she went in to breakfast and sat toying with her food, keeping her head bent down, her face hidden. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Having entered it he shut the door, and then, sitting down, bowed his head upon a small table and buried it in his hands. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

M. R. James And tell me, tell me, quick!’ Joseph, seated on the side of the bed with his head in his hands, looked up at her with bloodshot eyes. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Henry Handel Richardson Lifting his other hand he put it on her hair, so that for a moment her head was shut between them. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

George Gissing You’d far better stay and see Dick; don’t you think so?’ He shook his head and still moved towards the door. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

The virgins wear theirs loose, plaited in small plaits of three, which, being parted in the centre, allows the hair to fall evenly down all round the head like a well-arranged mop. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

I was half a head shorter than him to begin with, and a man does not feel his stoutest when he has no clothes, so he had the pull on me every way. Greenmantle by John Buchan

There was a moment in which the weight had the effect of poising before it fell; then it dropped with a mighty whack on the iron-bound head of the pile, and drove it a foot into the earth. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Maria Edgeworth No wonder, living, as he did, at Paris, with his head at Versailles, and his heart in a faro bank. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

H. Rider Haggard One arm is carelessly thrown over the side of this couch, and his head reposes upon the other, its curling locks partially hiding it. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

He was lying upon his side, with his head in a dark pool of blood. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Virginia Woolf She was made so uncomfortable by the turn the conversation had taken, that she plunged her head into the cupboard, and endeavored to abstract some very obscure piece of china. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Wilkie Collins Her head lay on his bosom, passivehorribly passive, like the head of a corpse. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

He directed his gaze towards Babalatchi, squatting comfortably at the feet of his master, and remained silent with a slightly bent head as if in attentive expectation of coming words of wisdom. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

The head of the magistrate, delicately pale under the neatly arranged hair, resembled the head of a hopeless invalid after he had been washed and brushed and propped up in bed. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

No wonder I did not know him! At school he was at least a head taller than I was; now I am at least a head taller than he is, and he has a thick beard, almost grey. The Diary of a Nobody by George and Weedon Grossmith

Olaf Stapledon Her head came against the kerbs tone with an audible crack, like the collision of bowls on a green. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

I blushed and hung my head before Mrs. Gill, when she ought to have been faltering confessions to me. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Florence Dixie One is feeding head to wind, one is broadside on, the other, head this way. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Thomas Love Peacock Neptune has been lying these seven years in the dust-hole; Atlas had his head knocked off to fit him for propping a shed; and only the day before yesterday we fished Bacchus out of the horse-pond. Headlong Hall by Thomas Love Peacock

It was lying on its side with its head in a pool of dark blood. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Steel and cord do their worst, now my head struggles first! That tug my last spurt has expended — Nose to nose! lip to lip! from the sound of the whip He strains to the utmost extended. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

And there was once upon a time an eccentric nobleman who was accounted maddest in that he made his wife dress herself from head to foot in one colour. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Edith Wharton Bernald shook his head serenely. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Eshley ran to head it towards the gate, but only succeeded in quickening its pace from a walk to a lumbering trot. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

There was no one besides ourselves in the room, except my stepmother, and she was standing at the window, with her head turned away from us, looking out. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

H. G. Wells She glanced at his white-swathed head and blue goggles again as she was going out of the door; but his napkin was still in front of his face. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

E. F. Benson Then suddenly he got rather alarmed, for Lucia’s head was sunk forward, and she breathed with strange rapidity. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Marjorie Bowen D’Este turned his head away. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Jack London Then strike, thus, when I raise my hand; for, when I raise my hand, I shall drop my head forward and make place for the stroke at the base of my neck. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Robert Louis Stevenson I desisted, and looked her all over from head to foot; the poor brute’s knees were trembling and her breathing was distressed; it was plain that she could go no faster on a hill. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry James He offered to marry her, and she looked at him from head to foot, gave a shrug, and consented. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Guy de Maupassan They carried their head differently, and one felt that they enjoyed a higher official consideration and a more widely extended importance. The Legion of Honor by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells It was the head of the shopman who had fallen in, but showing as a little black object against the hot western sun. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Wilkie Collins Rose’s head sank again on her brother’s shoulder. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Wilkie Collins Perhaps you can enlighten me?” Still insolent, Miss Elizabeth Chance shook her head carelessly. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Anthony Trollope Then there was a knock at the door, and Lady Mabel’s maid, putting her head in, declared that my Lord had come in and had already been some time in the dressing-room. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Her head was turned away from her companion, as if in utter scorn and defiance of him, although she was talking to him at that moment. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Edith Wharton But I hope she won’t take it into her head to be nice to him, for I asked him here on purpose for you. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

D. H. Lawrence But her low, intense tones brought his head lower. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Morrison And things were brought to a head when she would wait no more, but carried her intrigue to the police. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her head was bent a little forward, and a far-away look had stolen into her face—she seemed to be listening to voices whose message was for her ears alone. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Willa Cather Shutting the door on this disorder, he turned back to the kitchen, took Mahailey’s tin basin, doused his face and head in cold water, and began to plaster down his wet hair. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Edgar Allan Poe The head resembled a cat’s, with the exception of the ears — these were flopped like the ears of a dog. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Edith Wharton His gesture uncovered the close-curling hair of a small delicately-finished head just saved from effeminacy by the vigorous jut of heavy eye-brows meeting above full grey eyes. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Ford Madox Ford It went quickly through his head that the C.O. perhaps had financial difficultiesthough that was no real affair of his . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Peyrol flung his cap on the deck, baring his head to the subtle menace of the breathless stillness of the air. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

John Galsworthy But they were head over — the family feud stopped that. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope It was pleasant to see Mr. Plomacy as, leaning on his stout stick, he went about among the rural guests, acting as a sort of head constable as well as master of the revels. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Smith, coming upon him near the farm, promised to break his head for him if he found him about again. Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad [1901]

Arthur Conan Doyle The head had been beaten in by repeated blows of some heavy and blunt weapon. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

He shook his head sceptically. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Jack London To head for the coast and bend every effort to get away on a ship. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Jeremy Bentham Were the word services to be taken in its utmost latitude (negative included as well as positive), this one head would be enough to cover the whole law. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

He had hurt the top of his bald head in some way, so that it was crossed with a fair-sized hillock of adhesive plaster. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Edith Wharton She watched the boy drive off, his horse’s head wagging heavily to and fro; then she went around to the kitchen door and felt under the mat for the key. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

D. H. Lawrence He was a big burly farmer, with his half-bald head sprinkled with crisp little curls. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Dom ’um, I’d put a bullet through his red head as soon as look at un. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

George Gissing Would the brains in that boy’s head weigh as much as those of a cat, or be of equal reflecting power? Never believe it. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Walter Scott The head particularly, which, in the Scottish pony, is often lumpish and heavy, was small and well placed in the neck of this animal, with thin jaws, full sparkling eyes, and expanded nostrils. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

It was ——” Hardacre shook his head angrily. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

His eyes, as he leaned his head aside, full of love and loving laughter, rested on hers. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

H. Rider Haggard Ay, by T’Chaka’s head I swear it!’ and he shook Inkosi-kaas as he galloped. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Willa Cather Without moving her head she looked up at Mrs. Harsanyi and smiled; a smile much too cold and desperate to be seen on a young face, Mrs. Harsanyi felt. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Edward Bellamy Father never thinks anything ought to astonish us when it can be explained scientifically, as I suppose this long sleep of yours can be, but even to fancy myself in your place makes my head swim. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

She crouched by him on the floor, hugging his head against her breast. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

Elizabeth Gaskell He buried his head in his arms, which lay folded on the table. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

H. G. Wells He lay down and crawled to the edge, thrust his head over and twisted until one leg hung. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Wilkie Collins The other medallion inclosed the head of a man, also treated in the classical style. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Almayer dropped his head upon his arms on the table, and spoke in that position in an indistinct and muffled voice, without looking up. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Blamed money skipping all over the place, and they are tumbling after it head over heelstearing and biting like anything. Typhoon by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Virginia Woolf They were cutting roses at the time, and laying them, head by head, in a shallow basket. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Anthony Trollope And it was not a head that just popped itself up and then retreated, as a head would do that was discovered doing that which made it ashamed of itself. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne With this last-mentioned warlike garniture upon its stern old head and brow, the tower seemed evidently a stronghold of times long past. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

He still sat trembling from head to foot, and staring with the fixed and solid gaze of some helpless wretch whose every sense is gradually becoming numbed by terror. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Abraham Merri His head was turned toward them, his voice, roaring with triumph, and his laughter came plainly to me. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Thomas Hardy He ran forward towards the leading-staff, seized it, and wrenched the animal’s head as if he would snap it off. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Conan Doyle When I had recovered my breath I travelled swiftly on, and waded knee-deep through several brooks, for it came into my head that they might follow me with dogs. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

F. Scott Fitzgerald What’ll I do?” A quotation sailed into his head and he couldn’t resist repeating it aloud. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Richard Hakluy In this place we saw four very fair falcons, and Master Bruton took from one of them his prey, which we judged by the wings and legs to be a snipe, for the head was eaten off. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

Bram Stoker The head is noble, well-sized, broad, and large behind the ears. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Andrew Lang Then he bade Ian take out a sharp knife from under his feathers, which he carried with him for cutting berries, and Ian smote off the giant’s head with it. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rafael Sabatini But as he was not the man to break his head against obstacles, he withdrew, determined to leave Stuttgart at once. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Guy de Maupassan It was the shadow of a man, but the head rose above the trees and was lost against the dark sky, while the feet seemed to be down in the lake. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins Richard Wardour’s head sank on his breast. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Jenny,’ he turned sharply on the girl, ‘go!’ Mrs. Bowring stood her ground, although her face was also white, and she trembled from head to foot. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Henry James Mrs. Beever put her head out of the next room; then, seeing her servant, closed the door with precautions and came forward. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Henry Handel Richardson Knotting his handkerchief he spread it cap-wise over his head and got back into the saddle. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

I made my way to my own place opposite the window with the iron grating, and lay on my back with my hands behind my head and my eyes shut. The Peasant Marey by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1876]

Ruth raised her head to listen, and our lips met for one brief moment. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

John Galsworthy She went up to him and pressed his head against her. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Jules Verne A head of one hundred and eighty degrees is sufficient to diminish the weight of the air it contains to the extent of one-half, by rarefying it. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

The man whose head was thus pledged for our precious lives was a glorious-looking fellow, with the regular and handsome cast of countenance which is now characteristic of the Ottoman race. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Benjamin Disraeli Vivian could scarcely hold down his convulsed frame on the rugged seat; but the wife advanced from the back of the room, and her husband’s head rested against her bosom. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

John Galsworthy Adrian raised his head above the pit side and looked over. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

I thought it strange and put my head inside. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

He nodded his head without speaking. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

I had to climb and reclimb the steep banks of the gully: but at last, creeping cautiously, and just getting my head above the bank, I got a shot. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

The visitor, whoever he was, sat with his back to the window and his head bent upon his breast. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Tonks, did Miss Graham tell you where she came from?” “Oh, no!” replied Miss Tonks, shaking her grim little head significantly. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

I had been climbing slowly, doggedly and carefully, my mind wholly occupied with the task; and almost before I knew I found my head close under the roof of the cave. Prester John by John Buchan

Edgar Allan Poe And I stood in the morass among the tall and the rain fell upon my head — and the lilies sighed one unto the other in the solemnity of their desolation. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

George Eliot What’s it matter what an idiot says? What call had Freely to tell lies?” Letitia tossed her head and was silent. Brother Jacob by George Eliot [1864]

Jane sits upon a shaded stile, Alone she sits there now; Her head rests on her hand the while, And thought o’ercasts her brow. Poems by Currer Bell by Charlotte Bronte [1846]

George Meredith What do you say, old boy?” Edward raised his head from his book. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Following it up, at ten miles farther, we reached its head amongst the mass of hills which, by contributing lesser channels, combine to form its source. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Her head was covered with a kind of Turban, ornamented with vine leaves and wild flowers. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

I would not have written you as I did, except that I somehow had it firmly wedged in my head that the uncertainty was causing you great uneasiness . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Sir Walter Scott She found her with her head resting on her arms, and these crossed upon a table which stood before her. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Rudyard Kipling They were nearly at right angles to the body, like the head of a cobra at spring. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

As we pulled across her stern a slim dart of fire shot out viciously at us, and suddenly she went down, head first, in a great hiss of steam. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Bram Stoker Before I could get up to him, the patient rushed at them, and pulling one of them off the cart, began to knock his head against the ground. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Arnold Bennett The idea in Edwin’s head was that Mr Orgreave must put on a new suit of clothes once a week, and new linen every day, and take a bath about once an hour. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Anthony Trollope If I could only prevail on you, Mr President.” On this I shook my head in eager denial. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Rafael Sabatini He dropped to a chair, and mopped his face with a handkerchief; raised a wig, and mopped his cropped head as well. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

At the same time he shook his head smilingly. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Abraham Merri It whispered and then seemed to float from her and cover me like — like a veil, and from head to foot. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

He shook his head with both huge hands, and then rose in a lumpish fashion. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

Abraham Merri In a little time he joined me; head down, silent, he strode along beside me, utterly dejected. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Wilkie Collins My head sank on Owen’s breast — but I still heard the wheels. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Radclyffe Hall Her head fell back and lay on his shoulder, while her eyelids drooped, heavy with well-earned sleep; she had to blink very hard several times over in order to get the better of that sleep. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Rudyard Kipling He was purple and dripping with sweat when Mowgli at the last bade him raise his head and peer over a blue baked rock near a tiny hill pool. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Leon Trotsky He was the head of the general staff, and always remembered that, during war, he had to insure the functioning of the high command. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Jack London He was hanging by them, head downward. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

D. H. Lawrence The dog looked up at him, he sunk his head to the fire. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

A head was pulled backward over the edge of the trench, and he felt in the air the motion of the left arm pawing feebly but unable to reach behind. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Kilrush sat with his elbows on the table and his hands clasped above his head in a melancholy silence. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Edith Wharton He bent his head to examine his weapon. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Edna St. Vincent Millay A wind with a wolf’s head  Howled about our door, And we burned up the chairs  And sat upon the floor. The Harp-Weaver and Other Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay

George Gissing When it was past midnight he began to pace the room, making impatient gestures, and often resting his head upon his hands as if it ached. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Gustave Flauber Every one spoke, no one was listened to; Spendius, usually so loquacious, shook his head at every proposal. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

She began singing very low, till his fingers dropped from hers, and his head sank on his breast. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

It flew open, and my head knocked against one of the panes of glass and broke it. In the World by Maksim Gorky

M. P. Shiel She left him with her head hung, praying for deliverance, but consenting. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Abraham Merri Almost instantly the head of the great dog-wolf which had greeted her on our first ride lifted beside her. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

The Doctor put his head round the corner and surveyed me somewhat disparagingly. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Henry Fielding He was, indeed, in such a fit of despair, that it more than once came into his head to put an end to his miserable being. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Sinclair Lewis The man who has it now works nights — he’s some kind of a head waiter at Rector’s, or something like that, and he’s out till three or four. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

The noise and clamour, the oppressive heat, the bustle and confusion of the people rushing to the theatres, made Eleanor’s head ache. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Rudyard Kipling He shpun round from what was left av the last kyart, an’ shtuck his head into the verandah not three feet below me. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Rudyard Kipling It tickles my girths, and, besides, I can’t see with my head on the ground. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

He sat on the bed holding his head between his hands. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Abraham Merri They struck the cubed projectiles head on; aimed themselves to meet them. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle Go over to that one and look at it!” Kennedy went across, and stared at the ghastly head which lay loosely on the shredded and mouldering mitre. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Victor Hugo He shook from head to foot, and whispered to Gwynplaine, — “It’s the wapentake. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

I tried to explain to Bruno, but his head was full of traitors and of wrath; I could make no way with him. Signa by Ouida

D. H. Lawrence His arms and his breast and his head were rounded and living like those of the Greek, he had not the unawakened straight arms of the Egyptian, nor the sealed, slumbering head. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

He did not condescend to turn his head or notice the offenders any way. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

I found my gondolier fast asleep, with his head on a cushion and his bit of gondola-carpet thrown over him for a counterpane. The Story of Salome by Amelia B. Edwards

He lifted his head and looked nervously around till his eye fell on the Roman bust. The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan [1900]

Rudyard Kipling Very often the pony went at the post, and the man delivered a back-handed cut at the Turk’s head which nearly brought him out of his world-too-wide saddle. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Macbean was leaning forward, with bald head on one side and hollowed palm at the upper ear. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Willa Cather Everett dropped his head upon his hand. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

George Gissing His head was held stiffly, and his whole bearing betrayed a desire to make the most of his defective stature. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

He well might carry his head high, for which, living or dead, so sweet a future was in store. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Mark Twain Why, you can get him so in a little while that he’ll love you; and sleep with you; and won’t stay away from you a minute; and will let you wrap him round your neck and put his head in your mouth. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

D. H. Lawrence He shook his head with fatal misgiving. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then he leaned back in the chair, with his hands clasped behind his head and his eyes fixed upon the ceiling, as though thinking intently. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

By way of a joke and feeler, I took it in my head to try, by taking a harmless rise out of Congow, whether the Nile is understood by the natives to be navigable near its exit from the N’yanza. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

I do not know how I escaped falling into the pool, for my head was singing and my heart thumping in my throat. Prester John by John Buchan

I should be inclined to punch the head of the ass who perpetrated it. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Arthur Conan Doyle Armstrong squatted down in front of it, with his head on one side, and his long, thin nose within a few inches of the lock. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

D. H. Lawrence But when we had dismounted, and given the horse’s head to a loafer, she became confused and bashful and timid to the last degree. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens Directly he had said these words, he lay down again; gave a kind of a groan; and covered his hot head with the blankets. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Laura rested her head on her hand, sighed, and wondered why it was so hard to answer. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Thomas Hardy She might have seen that what had bowed her head so profoundly — the thought of the world’s concern at her situation — was founded on an illusion. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

The woman put her hand upon his shoulder in an agony of entreaty, and the boy sullenly raised his head as if in refusal. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Walter Crane Similar differences of effect and expression, owing to differences of emphasis, might be studied in the drawing and treatment of a head (as in a, b, and c). Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

H. G. Wells He warned me that it would make my head swim, and advised me to extend my hands against the glass to break my fall. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

How long have I been here?” “Oh, about fourteen hours,” said Peyrol. “My head feels as if it would fall off if I moved,” grumbled the other. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

With every muscle in him aching, he stretched himself upon the ground sheet and, with his head upon the rug that he had folded for a pillow, shut his eyes and devoutly hoped for some relief. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

He has no head for anything else. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]