Phrases with "heads"

H. G. Wells In the middle of the night she woke up dreaming of huge white heads like turnips, that came trailing after her, at the end of interminable necks, and with vast black eyes. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Guy de Maupassant A few light taps at the door caused the two sobbing heads to rise up, and the priest who had just dined, entered the apartment. A Dead Woman’s Secret (La Veillée) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

When the dance is ended, a double row of men lies flat on the ground with their heads in opposite directions. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Sir Walter Scott He knows your story; you will dine together at Huntingdon; and perhaps your wise heads may hit upon some plan for removing or diminishing the danger of your farther progress north-ward. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

The Burmans went to their work with muffled heads and their arms clasped across their breasts, their faces yellow and pinched with the cold. Burmese Days by George Orwell

John Galsworthy Tony still believed he was going to screw salvation out of his blessed balloons: he was ‘that hopeful — Tony,’ though their heads were only just above water on his takings. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Sir Walter Scott The riders, both male and female, turned their horses’ heads in the same direction, and all eyes were bent upon the issue of the trial of skill. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Elizabeth Gaskell So Mrs. Sturgis just waited patiently by her, every now and then peeping among the congregation of heads in the body of the court, to see if her husband were still there. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Wilkie Collins Don’t attach too much importance to what I say! It is quite likely that I am influenced by the popular prejudice against ‘old heads on young shoulders. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Henry Fielding However, I will tell you this: the lawyer and Mr. Robinson have been laying their heads together about you above half an hour this afternoon. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Frances Hodgson Burnett Other heads wore hats broad or curved or flopping, hers looked like a little nun’s or an imaginary portrait of a delicious young great-grandmother. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

They put their heads together, and agreed not to tell their mother, whose sentiments were so uncertain, but to go first to the burgomaster. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

These deaths will create no excitement; but Collot d’Herbois, Bourdon De l’Oise, Tallien,” the last name Robespierre gasped as he pronounced, “THEY are the heads of parties. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

I never met people whose heads were so full of feathers. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

Arthur Conan Doyle If I consult any more, they may put their heads together and I may find myself in an asylum. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Rudyard Kipling They said they had come down from the Karakorum with their heads and horns and all. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Jonathan Swif Why, would they have me stand here and preach to them? No, the Tatler of the Shilling31 was not mine, more than the hint, and two or three general heads for it. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

Abraham Merri Silhouetted against it were the heads of a woman and two men. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells Then there’s this strike in America! — going right over the heads of the government . The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Guy de Maupassan Irritated, but not frightened, they gazed at him with their large, moist eyes, turning their heads to watch him. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Again, 100 heads of red clover (T. pratense) produced 2,700 seeds, but the same number of protected heads produced not a single seed. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Nellie Bly As I saw some of the sore heads combed I thought this was another dose I had not bargained for. Ten Days in a Mad-House by Nellie Bly

H. G. Wells Their broad brows and round heads made him think of the smooth wise-looking heads of seals and cats, and he could not distinguish clearly whether they had shadowy hands and arms or tentacles. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Anthony Trollope The men in the box put their heads together, and returned a verdict of acquittal without one moment’s delay. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Henry James But they won’t know — and all their possible putting their heads together won’t make them. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Raised above our heads upon the sky-line, it loomed up against the red sun, triumphantly big, enormous, like a chariot of giants drawn by two slow-stepping steeds of legendary proportions. Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad [1901]

Rudyard Kipling Above that, in scarps and blocks upheaved, the rocks strove to fight their heads above the white smother. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Edith Wharton The clumps of trees in the snow seemed to draw together in ruffled lumps, like birds with their heads under their wings; and the sky, as it paled, rose higher, leaving the earth more alone. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

There we two bent our dark heads over a half-unrolled chart lying on my bed. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

Gustave Flauber Those who were under the scourge, swooning, but kept in their positions by the bonds on their arms, rolled their heads upon their shoulders and closed their eyes. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Thomas Hardy Its drift was, however, soon made evident, for the other man stopped also; and sharply turning the horses’ heads they cautiously retraced their steps. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Marjorie Bowen Graziosa’s helpless tears were flowing; slowly she unclasped the bracelet; the page took her treasure with an easy air, handed it to his master, and turned the horses’ heads toward home. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

George Meredith It was an animated picture of ideal Italia. The sea of heads right up to the highest walls fronted her glistening, and she was mute as moonrise. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

But only the one who seemed to be their leader wore the skull-cap; the rest had bare heads and long tangled hair. Greenmantle by John Buchan

William Makepeace Thackeray Allied to the Cavendishes, the Oxfords, the Marrybones, they still, though rather DECHUS from their original splendour, hold their heads as high as any. The Book of Snobs by William Makepeace Thackeray [1846]

Andrew Lang In a little while the dragon came in, and all the long teeth in his six heads chattered with anger at the sight of the stranger. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Marjorie Bowen The children’s heads were bowed in their hands, their well-brushed, pale yellow hair hung down over their white nightgowns which fell over their woollen shoes slipping off their pink heels. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Frances Hodgson Burnett On they go with their heads in the air and their hearts thumping, and hoping and refusing to believe in the devil and hell let loose—and the whole thing stares and gibbers at them. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Arthur Morrison There was a great shock, hats flew, sticks and heads made a wooden rattle, and instantly the two mobs were broken into an uproarious confusion of tangled groups, howling and grappling. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Frances Hodgson Burnett They held their heads up—but they had all said ‘Good-bye’—as he had. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Wilkie Collins Accordingly, when Marie was prepared to bring her action for damages, the lawyers laid their heads together in the interests of society. The Poisoned Meal by Wilkie Collins [1858]

A little north of west rises profiled the great Shárr, no longer a ridge with a coping of four horns, but a tall and portly block, from whose summit spring heads and peaks of airy blue-pink. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Walter Besant The heads and tutors loved better the coarse than the witty. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Benjamin Disraeli In the colossal Caryatides we recognise the vast genius that excavated the rocks of Ipsambul, and supported a cavern temple upon the heads of giants. Eastern Sketches by Benjamin Disraeli

Still he might have gone off, on business of his own, to some distant village, before the town was stirring; and the sexton had no near kindred to trouble their heads about him. The Dead Sexton by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rudyard Kipling The survivors of the debates compromised at last on the counting of heads on a division instead of breaking them. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Half-naked men with their long hair knotted behind their heads moved to and fro in torchlight, hideous as demons in Elizabeth’s eyes. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Everybody passing along was interested, too, and all heads were turned up to watch his seemingly perilous journey. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Arthur Conan Doyle Others shake their heads and remark vaguely that there is not much to choose either way. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

William Makepeace Thackeray The silver trumpeters wear such quaint caps, as those I have humbly tried to depict on the playful heads of children. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

This put it into our heads to go again ourselves, which we had not done since that first time. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Edgar Rice Burroughs Tiny holes punctured in the baggy throats into which our heads were thrust permitted us to see well enough to guide our progress. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Now our voices have sunk to a whisper, and our heads nearly touch across the table. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

With the word, the awful imp hurled parchment at the astonished heads below. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Elizabeth Gaskell He kept out of the way, and was apparently occupied in whittling and carving uncouth heads on hazel-sticks in an out-house. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was a cry on the Frenchman, and the heads vanished from the side. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

It requires something more than envy: there must be a head; and of heads like that of a Count Duke there is but one in the world. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

H. G. Wells Before me were the clumsy backs of perhaps a score of these Beast People, their misshapen heads half hidden by their shoulder-blades. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Do you know who lives in that house?” Two heads were mendaciously shaken. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Then would come a party limping along, so tired that they never turned their heads to look at us. Greenmantle by John Buchan

H. G. Wells Coming through the bushes by the White Sphinx were the heads and shoulders of men running. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

They shook their heads and touched their lips to Pugatchéf’s hand; the latter told them they were pardoned and enrolled amongst his troops. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

And the Saracens wrap their heads in white linen cloth; and the Christian men, that dwell in the country, wrap them in blue of Ind; and the Jews in yellow cloth. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

Arthur Conan Doyle You have many things to learn, and one of them is not to present petronels too readily at folk’s heads when you are on horseback. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Walter Scott Some shook their heads and whispered to each other, while one or two of the less scrupulous speedily began to recollect him as a school-companion, a townsman, or so forth. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

George Borrow My companion again inserted their heads in the corn-bags, and, leaving the animals to discuss their corn, returned with me to the dingle, where we found the kettle boiling. The Romany Rye by George Borrow

Gustave Flauber Then when they happened to raise their heads and look at one another they were choked with sobs on discovering the horrible ravages made in their faces. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

William Makepeace Thackeray A daguerreotype would have been of great service to have taken their portraits and I never saw a vast multitude of heads and attitudes so picturesque and lively. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

Those heads of institutions are best accepted who combine the sacerdotal office with a high degree of pecuniary efficiency. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Willa Cather The way in which glittering honours bump down upon the wrong heads in the army, and palms and crosses blossom on the wrong breasts, has, as he says, thrown his compass off a few points. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Charles Dickens I should say myself that probably depends upon the heads concerned. Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens [1866]

D. H. Lawrence Gudrun and Ursula, laughing, excited, felt the eyes of all the men upon them, and they lifted their heads and looked nowhere, and felt royal. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Or at least one was, for the other remained almost as silent as the spectators who grouped themselves about her or put their heads out of the windows to see, as well as hear, what it was about. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

I have the best part of a mind to crack the heads of all four of you, and would do so, too, but for the sweet Malmsey ye have given me. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

James Joyce His mother had worked for him as a birthday present a waistcoat of purple tabinet, with little foxes’ heads upon it, lined with brown satin and having round mulberry buttons. Dubliners by James Joyce

H. Rider Haggard Their air was humble, and their heads were bowed; but Leonard saw fury gleaming in their sombre eyes, and was not deceived by this mask of humility. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

A wild gloomy sky hung over their heads when they took leave of each other, and their surroundings of rank bushes and stony fields were dreary. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

William Dampier This is a very high mountain with two peaks or heads appearing like two sugar-loaves. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Every word he dispatches goes straight to the Grand High Secret General Staff, and old Hindenburg and Ludendorff put towels round their heads and cipher it out. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

There were the grease-marks from the backs of heads all along a bulkhead above a wooden bench; the rough table, on which my arms rested, was covered with layers of tallow spots. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

It’s just possible that the uncle and the aunt have been rolling in tears on the floor, amongst their oranges, or beating their heads against the walls from rage and despair. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Their quaintly coloured garments, their shaven heads and their curiously constructed pipes, backed by the rosy glow of the sunset, constituted a most picturesque and effective group. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Jack London Women turned their heads to look when I went by. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He saw birds come and dip their heads to drink in it and then flick their wings and fly away. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

H.P. Lovecraft They shook their heads at the visitors’ plan to stand guard at the Frye ruins near the glen; and, as they left, had little expectancy of ever seeing the watchers again. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

E. F. Benson We shall have to put our heads together over that. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Washington Irving Their heads were turned aside, and their regards fixed upon the same spot within the vault. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Edna St. Vincent Millay Here is no treasure hid, No cauldron, no clear crystal mirroring The sought-for truth, no heads of women slain For greed like yours, no writhings of distress, But only what you see. Renascence and other poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay

George Gissing Pursuing the road towards the Portuensian Gate, he was soon in sight of the palace where for generations had dwelt the heads of the Anician family. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Rudyard Kipling He began to see his heads when he was turning in; and, not having his mother to play up to, he let go aloud. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

George Meredith Men do not heartily bow their heads until they have subjected the aspirant to some personal contest, and find themselves overmatched. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Rudyard Kipling Wait till they raise their heads from cropping the marigolds. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Having talked for some hours, we were both on the point of falling asleep, when a stealthy tread near our heads awoke us. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Persons of a lively imagination have always been apt to hold their heads on one side, but not commonly while they are walking. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Women’s heads weren’t made for thinking, I assure you. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Louisa May Alcott A knot of heads gathered about her, and Amy strained her ears to hear what was going on, for broken sentences filled her with curiosity, and frequent peals of laughter made her wild to share the fun. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

H. G. Wells At the intervals along this central area Graham noted openings, pits, apparently the heads of staircases going down with people ascending out of them and descending into them. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Adam Lindsay Gordon The body and the blood of Christ we shared, Knees bended and heads bow’d down and bared,   We listened throughout the praying. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Arthur Conan Doyle The clamor of their war-cries filled the air, and they tossed their pennoned spears over their heads in menace and defiance. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

A staff he carried, where on high A glass was fix’d to measure by, As amber boxes made a show For heads of canes an age ago. The Poetical Works of Thomas Parnell by with an introduction by George Gilfillan [1855]

The last lot had belonged to that horrible underworld of men and women who, having, as the phrase goes, seen better days, now only keep their heads above water with the help of petty fraud. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Edith Wharton But everybody will tell you that the few pennies Medora Manson has left are all in Beaufort’s hands; and how the two women are to keep their heads above water unless he does, I can’t imagine. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Willa Cather He measured the heads of the mummies and declared they had good skulls. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

G. K. Chesterton Something. Preposterous.” We shook our heads gently. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Baldwin Spencer Before doing so, however, they laid their crocodile heads on one side, hiding them from view, so that the women could not see them. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Anthony Trollope But after a while the cloth was gone, and the heads of the two men were brought near together over the small table. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

George Eliot His proper place is among the false prophets in the Inferno, who walk with their heads turned hindforemost. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Wherewith displeasde they hang their heads So angry soone they grow And from their odoriferous beds Their sweets at it they throw. Muses Elizium by Michael Drayton [1630]

I was forced to send three times to the caimairam, (the governor of the town) and he assembled the chief effendis, or heads of the law, and enquired of the mufti, whether it was lawful to permit it. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Arthur Conan Doyle The wind was still so great that they had to lower their heads and to put their shoulders against it, while the salt spray caused their eyes to smart and tingled on their lips. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

The first notice of the approach was the sudden emerging of horses’ heads from the deep gloom of the shady lane; the next was the mass of white pillows against which the dying patient was reclining. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Elizabeth Gaskell I. and H. took it into their heads to come here. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

H. Rider Haggard Only thirty feet above him Otter could see lines of heads bending over the rocky edges of the pool and gazing at the priest as he was tossed about like a straw in an eddy. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Machen People shook their heads and raised their eyebrows and thought the Herberts rather ‘queer,’ ‘would rather not be seen going into their house,’ and so on, but there was nothing tangible. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

G. K. Chesterton Our heads can praise God, but never our hands and feet. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

High heads expose themselves from afar, and the cardinal is longsighted. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

She got them to make up essays out of their own heads instead of copying out drivel about the birds chanting on the boughs and the flowerets bursting from their buds. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Virginia Woolf They kept their heads very low, and said things shortly and gruffly. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Rudyard Kipling Then he knocked our heads together. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Abraham Merri Nevertheless heads still turned. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

George Eliot It makes you feel the world’s a big place, and there’s other men working in it with their heads and hands besides yourself. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Everyone screaming their heads off. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

G. K. Chesterton For the clouds that belonged to London had closed over the heads of the voyagers sealing up the entrance of the upper air. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

H. G. Wells The three pursuers followed suit, and their heads and gesticulating arms above the corn, after a brief interval, also went out of Bailey’s field of vision. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Henry James Strether was in fact recurrently shameless in the presence of the tailors, though it was just over the heads of the tailors that his countryman most loftily looked. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Abraham Merri Heart leaping, I saw three ponies, high and empty saddles turquoise studded, lift their heads from their roadway browsing. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Andrew Lang One evening, as he and his father were walking in the garden, the sparrows in the trees above their heads began such a twittering, that they found it impossible to hear each other speak. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The heads are friends of mine, but if I could get hold of a certain man who works for them I could soon make him peach. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

They put their heads down to the thick green grass, and went in at it with a will. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Frances Hodgson Burnett So many men and women were tired—worn out with thinking, fearing, holding their heads up while their hearts were lead. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Andrew Lang But when they do strike, they cleave heads and cut off arms. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Virginia Woolf Their heads bob up and down all at about the same height. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

At the Grand Falls below this, Kidgwiga informs us, the king had the heads of one hundred men, prisoners taken in war against Rionga, cut off and thrown into the river. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

George Meredith I march with Corte and Sana to Brescia. We keep the passes of the Tyrol. Luciano heads five hundred up to the hills tomorrow or next day. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

H. G. Wells We put our heads close together, and began to discuss these things in noiseless whispers. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Only the fact that several horses’ heads protruded inquisitively from the loose boxes convinced him that the place was seriously used as a stable at all. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Nathaniel Hawthorne The wreath of roses that hung from the lowest green bough of the Maypole had been twined for them, and would be thrown over both their heads in symbol of their flowery union. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Gustave Flauber Hamilcar seduced the heads of the villages by all sorts of artifices; and the Mercenaries were hunted, repulsed, and enclosed like wild beasts. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

It was rather a strange match, and I knew that some of our neighbors shook their heads over it and said that no good would come. My Wife’s Tempter by Fitz James O’Brien

Sinclair Lewis Their heads close, Erik’s curls pleasant as they touched her cheek, they looked in at the baby. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

H. G. Wells They lost their heads when they lost you. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Virginia Woolf But, on the whole, in these first years of the twentieth century, the Alardyces and their relations were keeping their heads well above water. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Anthony Trollope There were many in Killaloe, especially among the elder ladies, who had shaken their heads and expressed the saddest doubts when young Phineas Finn had first become a Parliament man. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald The water turned to a pale rose colour and jets of liquid soap spurted into it from four miniature walrus heads at the corners of the bath. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gaston Leroux All that story about Perros-Guirec, death’s heads and enchanted violins, could only have taken birth in the disordered brain of a youth mad with love. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Kate Chopin Their heads might have been turned upside-down, so absolutely did they tread upon blue ether. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The people, meanwhile, stood very reverently, with their heads bent; but no one knelt during any part of the service. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

With outspread fingers he clutched the scruff of each neck at the self-same second, crash came the two heads together, and over went the table with the three men over it. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Ford Madox Ford The heads of goblin pigs were emerging from shell-holes, from rifts in the torn earth, from old trenches . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

I wished, if possible, to get over this before night, so we turned the horses' heads in that direction. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

William Hope Hodgson This we did, and put forth our heads to inquire the reason of the unexpected quietness of the sea; not knowing but that we had come suddenly under the lee of some unknown land. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

George Gissing His latest piece of work was a medal in high relief bearing the heads of the Prince and Princess of Wales surrounded with a wreath. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

James Joyce Their dull piety and the sickly smell of the cheap hair-oil with which they had anointed their heads repelled him from the altar they prayed at. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

The man was refreshing himself inside, and the horses, their big heads lowered to the ground, fed out of nose-bags steadily. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Nathaniel Hawthorne And here is a new book for my evening’s recreation, — a History of the War till the close of the year 1779, with the heads of thirteen distinguished officers, engraved on copperplate. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

I wasn’t afraid; three men in enormous wigs and ermine robes faced me; four in short wigs had their heads together like parrots on a branch. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

D. H. Lawrence There was a noise of chains running, as the cows lifted or dropped their heads sharply; then a contented, soothing sound, a long snuffing as the beasts ate in silence. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James We were to keep our heads if we should keep nothing elsedifficult indeed as that might be in the face of what, in our prodigious experience, was least to be questioned. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Arnold Bennett But those Orgreaves at home had put their heads together and decided that Janet should still go, because without her the entire musical evening would crumble to naught. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

The plan adopted by Mahamed was, to summon the heads of all the villages to come to him, failing which, he would seize all their belongings. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

And yet people seemed to have got it into their heads that he had some kind of special faculty in such matters — that there was some peculiar value in his judgment on a question of right and wrong. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Willa Cather Clipped heads and tanned faces pop out at every window. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Sir Walter Scott Could James Grahame of Montrose, and his Highland caterans, have put him again in the place of his father? I think their heads on the Westport told another tale for many a long day. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

The solitary-looking baths are ornamented with odd-looking heads of cats or monkeys, which grin down upon you with a mixture of the sinister and facetious rather appalling. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Compton’s, Garrow’s, and Colt’s heads clashed together. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Anthony Trollope They spoke now almost in a whisper, with their heads together over the fender, knowing from experience that what Tom wanted in eyes he made up in ears. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling The heads of the camel-sheiks bowed gravely, and the camels, scenting a European, looked sideways curiously like brooding hens, half ready to get to their feet. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Abraham Merri Upon the roof’s edge a row of doves perched, heads a-droop, mourning. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Willa Cather Several of them had gone to school with Thea, but when she nodded to them they hung their heads and did not speak. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

When the first night-sign was set up above the heads of Londoners I cannot say. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Theodore Dreiser Further thoughts along this line were like rats that showed their heads out of dark holes in shadowy corners and scuttled back at the least sound. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Sinclair Lewis The death of exiled Napoleon made a few old men stop to scratch their heads and dream. The Cat of the Stars by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim You can’t collect our heads or reputations, or whatever you mean to strike at, into one, and destroy them at one blow. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Theodore Dreiser They chafed and tossed their heads and snorted. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

They were all heads of Gerard, and full of spirit; and really not unlike. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Anthony Trollope Then we should have to put our heads together, and the chances are that the poor girl will be off in the meantime,—back to London and the Devil. It is not easy to set crooked things straight. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Abraham Merri Five crouched beside little tambours upon whose heads rested their rosy thumbs; two held to red lips pierced reeds; three bent over harps. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Virginia Woolf All the great moon-eyed heads laid themselves back. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

The same day he sent for Darbyshire of Timberdale, saying we must attend him conjointly, for two heads were better than one. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Meanwhile the howls and roars of her name would go on, making the fishermen strolling upon the sea-wall on the other side of the road turn their heads towards the cottages. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Rudyard Kipling The sides did not fall sheer, but were graven by time, and water, and air into monstrous heads of kings, dead chiefs — men and women of the old time. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Robert Louis Stevenson Some of the heaviest heads began to nod in time, and a degree of animation looked from some of the palest eyes. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

James Joyce Exhausted, breathless, their shaken heads they laid, braided and pinnacled by glossycombed, against the counterledge. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Mark Twain The donkeys fell down and spilt us over their heads occasionally, but there was nothing for it but to mount and hurry on again. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Nor did they fight in silence as was their custom and training, but between each onslaught the great heads were uplifted, and they pealed loudly, mournfully, urgently, for their master. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Mark Twain But they will build no more barricades, they will break no more soldiers’ heads with paving-stones. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Jonathan Swif I was with Hanmer this morning, and there were the Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer38 very busy with him, laying their heads together about the representation. The Journal to Stella by Jonathan Swif

The gendarmes’ hands darted over the heads of the people, and seizing collars and shoulders, threw them aside, tore off hats, flung them far away. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Andrew Lang As Bensurdatu came forward it twisted all its seven heads in his direction, and then made a quick dart to snatch him within its grasp. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Both on the tiptoe stand, at full extent, Their arms aloft, their bodies inly bent; Their heads from aiming blows they bear afar; With clashing gauntlets then provoke the war. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Then wound up to welkin the wildest of death-fires, roared o’er the hillock: 10 heads all were melted, gashes burst, and blood gushed out from bites 11 of the body. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

Virginia Woolf At this the Princess could no longer contain her laughter, and Orlando, catching her eyes across the boars’ heads and stuffed peacocks, laughed too. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

John Galsworthy They took up a thing and ran their heads against a stone wall. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Mrs. Riversedge, who had been snipping off the heads of defunct roses, and thinking of nothing in particular, sprang hurriedly to mental attention. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Arthur Machen But somehow or other, they’ve got it into their heads that strange schoolmasters know more about bringing up a small boy than his own people; and there it is. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Presently, however, the trumpets brayed louder—the voices grew hoarser—the heads bowed lower—the name of Allàh rang out faster and faster, fiercer and fiercer. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

D.H. Lawrence There was no motion save the long, furtive stride and the heads leaning together. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

D. H. Lawrence Much better that these kind of people shouldn’t get it into their heads at once that they can hire your services. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London Some were lying down with heads raised and ears pricked forward; others stood on their feet, watching him; and still others were lapping water from the pool. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Rudyard Kipling All gave way at last in a smother of foam, racing logs, bobbing black heads and confusion indescribable. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]