Phrases with "held"

Arthur Conan Doyle Carefully Holmes held each separate shard to the light, but in no way did it differ from any other shattered piece of plaster. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Anthony Trollope She held a lot of his shares — shares that used to be his. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens It held also a closet or larder, several chests, a great pitcher of water, and a few cooking-utensils and articles of crockery. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Elizabeth Gaskell At the end of the first chapter — that is to say, at the end of the story of Mr. Coxe’s calf-love, Miss Browning held up her hands in surprise. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Henry James He held her against him, kissing her again and again, saying tenderly “Yes, yes, I know, I know. The Marriages by Henry James [1891]

Virginia Woolf Were they a bit whiffy? Mrs. Sands held them to her nose. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Arthur Conan Doyle He held it now in one hand, while his other pointed a revolver at the Count’s head. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

D. H. Lawrence He held her in his arms and kissed her repeatedly, again and again, till she was out of breath, and put up her hand, and gently pushed her face away. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy Anne raked her little feet on the right side, on the left side, over the toe, and behind the heel; but the tenacious chalk held its own. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

H. G. Wells He leapt up on the seat, and, at imminent risk of falling headlong, released the grapnel-rope from the toggle that held it, sprang on to the trail rope and disengaged that also. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

George Gissing This was the thought that held me up through my illness. A Charming Family by George Gissing

Henry James I held the book out of sight and behind me; I spoke of things that were not at all in it — or not at all on that particular page; but my volume, none the less, was only waiting. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

A gentle whispering made itself heard in the kitchen; it seemed to blow me away from the door like the wind, but I held firmly to the door-post. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

William Hope Hodgson This I conceived to be wisdom, and so held my peace. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

He held the beard up to his face to get the full effect. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Anthony Trollope A sadder household never was held together. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Striking a match, he held it above his head. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

She held a book in her hand and her arm was supported by a cushion. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Louisa May Alcott But it won’t be easy, for it is a dreadful disappointment,” and poor Jo bedewed the little fat pincushion she held with several very bitter tears. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Jules Verne Michael held out his hands as if to feel for those of Pigassof. “You wish to shake my hands!” said Nicholas. “There they are, little father! shake them as long as it will give you any pleasure. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

He held on to the kid to the last, like a good fellow, but the beef was gone, and when the water had run off we saw it lying high and dry, like a rock at low tidenothing could hurt that. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

H. G. Wells I had differed from her so harshly; I might have been so much kinder to her and still have held my way. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

H. G. Wells Ecco!” Bombaccio held them out; the decorative socks of a man of the world but with a huge hole in one heel. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

D’Artagnan threw down a yet-smoking pistol which he held in his hand, and fell on his knees before his mistress. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Thomas Hardy He said yes, held me to my word, and gave me no loophole for retracting it. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Virginia Woolf His eyes rested, with something of the vanity of an author, upon the yellow leaflet which Mary held in her hand. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

George Meredith She laughed: since our first harvesting heard none Like thunder of the song of heart: her face, The dreadful darkness, shook to mounted sun, And peal on peal across the hills held chase. A Reading of Earth by George Meredith [1888]

Wilkie Collins Only tell me, Rufus, have you said anything to her —?” Rufus held up his hand. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

E. F. Benson Classes! Aren’t you?” He held his hands up to his head, palms outwards, and closed his eyes. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Something in the view caught and held his fancy. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

F. Scott Fitzgerald A shrill whistle rang out over the roof, and through the smoke Rags saw John Chestnut advancing toward the plain-clothes man, his hands held out in a gesture of surrender. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

John Galsworthy In his view the Country must resume the position held before the Great War. It all hinged on coal — a question of this seven hours a day; and they were “not going to have it. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Henry Handel Richardson He held her to him, and although his face above her was still dark, did what he could to soothe her. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch His left hand held his horse’s bridle, his other he still kept tightly clenched while he stared at me. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

D. H. Lawrence He took a piece of bread and held it before the dog’s nose—and the dog tried to take it. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Quickly but noiselessly he unlatched the window and held it open. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Arthur Conan Doyle The attack upon the left was directed upon a farm-house which was held by the English Guards, and we heard the three loud shouts of apprehension which the defenders were compelled to utter. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Amabel had talked of her sister to Mrs. Ashford, and done much to smooth the way; and even on the last day or two, held a few consultations with Philip, as to the arrangements that Laura would like. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

H. G. Wells He held out a cautious hand, not too suddenly for fear of startling the creature. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Now, it seems I may be held responsible for the crime these men committed, and I may not be able to clear myself if I am caught. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Anthony Hope I will take the boy with me and tell him what I may of brave King Rudolf, how he fought and how he loved, and how he held the queen’s honor and his own above all things in this world. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Arthur Morrison Nothing held the door but a latch, such as is lifted by a finger thrust through a hole. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Through sympathy with their foreign confrères British writers also held him in high disesteem. A Sole Survivor by Ambrose Bierce

But Skinner ran to him, held up his head, and whipped off his neckcloth. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Willa Cather Then, while she was pinning her hat on, her cape blew up, and he held it down for her, looking at her intently. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

W. H. Hudson And because of this belief in powerful benevolent beings some learned Christian writers have held that the aborigines possessed a knowledge of the true God, albeit obscured by many false notions. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

H. G. Wells For a time this unusual occupation held her attention and then her hands became slow and at last inactive, and she fell into reverie. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Virginia Woolf Only the tick tick of the gramophone held them together. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

The world, I soon learned, held a different estimate: and I make no doubt, the world is very right in its view, yet believe also that I am not quite wrong in mine. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

George Meredith Drawing five shillings from his pocket, he held them over to Sedgett, and told him to drive down to his chambers, and await his coming. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Anthony Trollope He held it there for a time, looking stedfastly into his nephew’s face, and then he dropped it. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Here and there he could see the twinkling dots of lamp or candle glow which told of human homes where the goodwill and jollity of the season held their sway. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Andrew Lang One, two, three — yes! yes! there were four! And plucking a leaf she held it safe in her hand while she turned, almost stunned by the wind, to go down the rock. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang The dwarf did as he was bid, when suddenly Peronnik threw the noose over his neck and drew it close, and the korigan was held as fast as any of the birds he wished to snare. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rafael Sabatini Silently Sir Oliver held out his hand. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

George Gissing The oak once held a place in English hearts, but who now reveres it?—our trust is in gods of iron. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

H. G. Wells I had still held a vague hope; rather, I had kept a lifelong habit of mind. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

However, I held on to him for my life, and presently we were struggling upon the floor. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Heathcliff held both bridles as they rode on, and they set their faces from the village, and went as fast as the rough roads would let them. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Suddenly he gripped her by the shoulders, held her apart and yet near to him, kissed her gently upon the lips and eyes, then released her. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

George Gissing An influence in the scene before him, something he neither understood nor tried to understand, held him gazing longer than he supposed, and with a start he heard his name spoken by the beloved voice. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

T. E. Lawrence It had seemed a chance to get away, but one held me all the time. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Francis Bacon So Cicero, when reciting the several opinions of the nature of the soul, he found a musician that held the soul was but a harmony, saith pleasantly, Hic ab arte sua non recessit, &c. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

An indescribable terror held her fast. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Sir Thomas Browne Now, one reason I tender so little devotion unto relicks is, I think the slender and doubtful respect which I have always held unto antiquities. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

Edith Wharton And how the clue, now she held it, explained everything! Explained, first of all, why Chris, the ready, the resourceful, had been so tongue-tied and halting when they met. The Mother’s Recompense by Edith Wharton [1925]

Wilkie Collins Eight days ago Mr. Yatman and his lodger, Mr. Jay, held a conversation on the subject of the commercial difficulties which are hampering trade in all directions at the present time. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Davies held long consultations with Bartels, who was thoroughly at home in the navigation of the sands we were bound for, his own boat being a type of the very craft which ply in them. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Thomas Hardy He held up his hand to Barnet, as it seemed, and they approached each other. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

D. H. Lawrence And now Miss Cummins was the vessel that held the passion for the dead man. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

Our kings in some measure did the same; for they held their revels only, as a rule, at stated times and places. Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine by William Carew Hazli

Thomas Hardy A seer’s spirit took possession of Elizabeth, impelling her to sit down by the fire and divine events so surely from data already her own that they could be held as witnessed. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Wilkie Collins He was pressed on this important point; but he held to his declaration. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Anthony Trollope I will never fail, for your sake and his,’— here she held the child a moment away from her bosom — ‘I will never allow myself to droop. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence He held the child close to him. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle Meanwhile he collected in it those who had followed him, and he held them there, for he did not himself know the day nor the hour, though forces beyond mortal had assured him of the coming fact. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

At a Council of Lateran, which was held while these bands were collecting, Innocent announced that he himself would take the Cross, and lead the armies of Christ to the defence of his sepulchre. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Thomas Hardy The profile was unmistakably that of Stephen. It was just possible to see that his arms were uplifted, and that his hands held an article of some kind. A Pair of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy [1899]

Thomas Wolfe The police still held the crowd back and would not yet permit the tenants to return to their apartments. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Kenneth Grahame The worst of this ocean-theatre was, it held no proper audience. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Henry James He liked to think however that he practised them successfully; for he held that it was by such arts the civilised man is distinguished from the savage. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

Gaston Leroux The mysterious hand held a phial and poured the entire contents into the potion. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

H. G. Wells Men and women were spirited away, intimidated by threats of torture, held captive. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

George Gissing There could be but one reason why he held aloof from her, and that an all-sufficient one. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Charles Dickens Our conference was held in the state parlor, which was feebly lighted by one candle. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Therefore, you see, my liberty and wishes being at present interfered with, it would be very hard lines if poor Dorcas should be held to her bargain. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arnold Bennett Johnnie heard the story in brief; it was told to him in confidence, as Tertius Ingpen held firmly that eavesdroppers, if they had any honour left, should at least hold their tongues. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

The castle is evidently European, built during the days when the Crusaders held El-‘Akabah; but it probably rests upon Roman ruins; and the latter, perhaps, upon Egyptian remains of far older date. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Rudyard Kipling He commands, and commands are not held by syndicates. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Benjamin Disraeli The flesh-pot held something besides turkeys. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Ivan Turgenev She held in her hand the long stalk of a flower of the steppes —‘the Tsar’s sceptre,’ the Russians call it — it is really like a sceptre. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Nathaniel Hawthorne His right hand held a gilded staff — the ensign of high dignity among the revellers — and his left grasped the slender fingers of a fair maiden not less gayly decorated than himself. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

The Sunites held two assemblies on the question, in the first of which they refused all concessions; on the second day, however, they relented, and peace was concluded on the following terms. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

Yours had judgment in it, while Philemon’s held only indulgence. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

John Galsworthy Dinny moved and held it open for him. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton Her next conscious motion was that of starting to her feet, the letter falling to them as she rose, while she held out to her husband a long newspaper clipping. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

E. F. Benson For one moment this all held him bound, as if with paralysis, the next his physical shuddering could be withstood no longer, and he threw the glass he carried at the cat, missing it. The Cat by E. F. Benson

William Morris And well may you think indeed How my sad heart swelled at departing from the peace of river and mead, But I held all sternly aback and again to the town did I pass. The Pilgrims of Hope by William Morris [1915]

A. E. W. Mason One of the three officers struck a match and held it to the end of his cigar. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Anthony Trollope Here committees harangued; Gallagher ventriloquised; itinerant actors acted; itinerant concert-givers held their concerts; itinerant Lancashire bell-ringers rang their bells. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

Wilkie Collins She held up her finger at me: ‘Take care, you foolish boy! You are drifting into a false position as fast as you can. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Will you look at it?” And lifting it up into view, he held it towards her. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Byrd and Hickory held their breaths, and even Miss Dare showed feeling through the icy restraint which had hitherto governed her secret anguish and suspense. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Robert Louis Stevenson Doubtless the mere mention of Mr. Alexander, and the threat directly held out against the child’s succession, precipitated that which had so long impended. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing With trembling hands he hid the wallet as well as he could under his rags, having first taken out a few coppers, which he held clenched in his fist. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was carrying an umbrella to protect his silk hat and evening clothes, and he held it out to shelter her. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Thomas Hughes Tom held her hand, and looked on straight in her face; he could neither let it go nor speak. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Almayer went on after a short pause: “They held me, shouting threats in my face. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

George Gissing This, again, helped to confirm the impression that Harvey held her in small esteem. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

James Joyce I held a florin tightly in my hand as I strode down Buckingham Street towards the station. Dubliners by James Joyce

D. H. Lawrence On the Monday he went to see Baxter Dawes. Listless and pale, the man rose to greet the other, clinging to his chair as he held out his hand. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

They held his feet to the soil. Signa by Ouida

The Duchies were overrun by Prussian troops, while the Danish Navy held the sea. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

She put up her right hand to ward off the word, and Mottram, seizing her hand, held it in his with a convulsive clasp. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Margaret Oliphant The captain’s hair stood up on his head; his face was covered with a profuse dew; he held by the table in an agony of apprehension when he saw the door begin to turn slowly upon its hinges. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Henry James She got to the door she hardly knew how — she was only conscious that Susan held her once more long enough to kiss her. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

I had met him at dinner at Sir Valentine’s, I had heard of him at an illicit auction, held by Larry the Liar, of brandy stolen from a wreck. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

George Gissing Virginia moved about with the recovered step of girlhood, held herself upright, and could not steady her hands. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Arthur Morrison From which, and from sundry other remarks among the aunts, I gathered that my mother was held to have hurt the dignity of her family by alliance with Grandfather Nat’s. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

E. Phillips Oppenheim She held out her glass to her companion. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

I held my hand because we are now under the flag of the Orang Blanda, and Abdulla can speak into the ears of the great. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Abraham Merri It was as though the acid of time which had etched out the other characters had been held back from them. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells He regarded her, he held her, he patted her back! The infinite luxury to her! He’d come back. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Robert Louis Stevenson Is this a misreading? or do you really mean the words for blame? I have heard Christ, in the pulpits of our Church, held up for imitation on the ground that His sacrifice was voluntary. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Henry Handel Richardson Taking not only the midget garment but also the hand that held it, he told her of his resolve to go back to England and re-enter his profession. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

William Makepeace Thackeray So we say WE could have held out, and did, and had beaten off the enemy at Waterloo, even if the Prussians hadn’t come up. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

George Gissing And on taking leave he held her hand for a moment, looking compassionately into her pale face. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

George Meredith The Castle of Negation held out no longer. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Arnold Bennett He did not hold the key, and even had he held it he was too young, too inexperienced, to have used it. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Olaf Stapledon The head was held erect in the attitude of one supporting a pitcher on his crown. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Henry James He had thus another station, close to the thin partition by which revelation was denied him; but with his eyes bent and his hands held off in a mere intensity of stillness. The Jolly Corner by Henry James [1908]

A counsel was held to determine whether we had a sneak amongst us — else how could Frost have known? — that Charley himself had not spoken, his worst enemy felt sure of. Charles Van Rheyn by Ellen Wood [1875]

The Professor, she said, held it criminal to fill a child’s mind with discredited theologies. The Web of Maya by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

Edith Wharton Half-way up the slope to the house they met, and Mrs. Westmore held out her hand. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

He wished to be present at the interview soon to be held with Mr. Brotherson, and he had no good reason to advance why such a privilege should be allotted him. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

He desired, he had even inwardly prayed for free and easy manners, when they had all held back, but now that unconventionality had gone beyond all limits. An Unpleasant Predicament by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1861]

T. E. Lawrence To our strained eyes, the ideal, held in common, seemed to transcend the personal, which before had been our normal measure of the world. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Gissing So he took, and continued to take, Beatrice’s utterances without any grain of scepticism, and consequently held it for certain that she grew less friendly to him as she grew older. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Abraham Merri He swept his oar, held horizontally, in a gigantic punch. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

She caught and held them, but as they struggled with hers in that first surprise, and dragged themselves away and up, bringing her to her feet with them, something that they held slipped and was gone. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Jules Verne John stood by the tackle, and Mulrady cut the line which held the raft to the ship’s side. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Her conscience bade her go, but the touch of his hand had thrilled her, and the opiate loveliness of the hour held her in its spell. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Henry James I put out my hand to her and she took it; I held her hard a little, liking to feel her close to me. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

Abraham Merri With my other hand I gripped the thong that held the battle-hammer to Tibur’s arm and jerked him toward me. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

The other child was appearing over the top of the ladder then; a mite of a girl, her face held close to the face of the gentleman carrying her. Over the Water by Ellen Wood [1871]

Arthur Conan Doyle Here three men were waiting, with whom Lawler and Andrews held a short, eager conversation. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

George Gissing But her request, she knew, would be disregarded With an effort, she succeeded in holding out her hand Mallard held it lightly for an instant. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Rudyard Kipling They held a sederunt, and were filled with tremulous joy, for, in spite of their familiarity with all the other worlds and cycles, they had a very human awe of things sent from Ghost-land. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Captain Hartroy held an independent command. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

George Gissing Though Clara had passed out of her world since those first days of illness, Jane held her in a memory which knew no motive of retention so strong as gratitude. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

If now the new created reality RESEMBLE the feeling’s quality Q I say that the feeling may be held by us TO BE COGNIZANT OF THAT REALITY. This first instalment of my thesis is sure to be attacked. The Meaning of Truth by William James

George Gissing The house in Chelsea, which the Spences held on a long lease, had been occupied during their absence by Edward’s brother-in-law and his family. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Arthur Conan Doyle The window came down to the ground and I could see the whole length of it, but it was his face which held my gaze. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman She all unconsciously held her shawl, rolled up in a canvas bag, on her left hip, as if it had been a child. The Wind in the Rose-bush by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman [1903]

H. G. Wells When our people came up to them the four men held their hands above their heads. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He thrust his feet into slippers and held out his arms for a dressing- gown. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The driver descended from his seat and held open the door. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Gertrude Stein A PIANO. If the speed is open, if the color is careless, if the selection of a strong scent is not awkward, if the button holder is held by all the waving color and there is no color, not any color. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

H. G. Wells They sat with their gloves held over their eyes, trying to look under them and meet that light. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

I know you’d rather come to me than stay in Edgar Street.” Maria held her tongue, as to whether she would or not. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Edith Wharton Her child was like a load that held her down, and yet like a hand that pulled her to her feet. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Thus, the comitia might not be held on festivals or market-days, when the country-folk, coming to Rome on business, had not time to spend the day in the public square. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

D.H. Lawrence Still he held her; the two were motionless and silent for some time. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Maria Edgeworth Several gentlemen of fashionable bearing held the outposts of this privileged place, at back of sofa, or side of fauteuil, stationary, or wandering near. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Likewise, for most of the time during the twenty-four hours I could have struck matches on deck and held them aloft till the flame burnt my fingers. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Arthur Machen He took the candle and held it up, peering at the figure before him. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

George Meredith They might have held it on for us while we were passing. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

With wet eyes I sat up and again held Nils’ message in the barred light that fell through the grating. Serapion by Francis Stevens

He held a telegram crushed in his hand, and he talked very rapidly. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Ann Radcliffe He was afraid, when he saw the sack, to stir a limb, for he thought it held booty. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

On the threshold Madame Deberle held out her hand to Helene with a frank and friendly movement. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Thomas Hardy Winterborne explained just as briefly, without raising his eyes from his occupation of chopping a bough that he held in front of him. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Please!” He held out his hand. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

He took her hand and held it between his own; he raised it to his lips and he held it there pressing against his mouth. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

The hands that held the case trembled a little as he imagined the moment when he should fasten the diamond clasp on that exquisite neck. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

In this way: If any auctioneer sold a stolen horse and the owner claimed it before six months the auctioneer was held liable. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

He tried at the door with one hand and in the other he held an unexhausted bag of peanuts. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Such luck as that fellow Ben always had drawing straws when I held them! It was sinful! But even inside it was coldish, and I was more than an hour getting asleep. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Thomas Hardy In her left hand she held a letter and a couple of at-home cards. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

The market is held between the hours of 10 A.M. and 4 P.M., near the port, and consists of a few temporary huts, composed of grass and branches hastily tied together. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Olaf Stapledon They held their position, of course, under the will of the federal and national assemblies. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing There!” She held out one of her delicate, fairy hands, and Arthur, in trembling wonder, pressed it in his rather dirty palm. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Washington Irving This place was held in great awe by the Indians, insomuch that the boldest hunter would not pursue his game within its precincts. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

It was as though some artificer sent by the Gods had reinforced with a substantial cord the horsehair thread that held up the sword of Damocles over her head. The Unbearable Bassington by Saki

D. H. Lawrence He held her in his arms, and his bones melted. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

He held him in good-humoured argument, never forsaking his own position, but shedding about the whole subject an atmosphere of witty and tolerant understanding. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Abraham Merri Here were the chests that held the sacrificial garments, the font of purification, the vessels for the anointing of the evoker of Khalk’ru. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Oscar Wilde As we passed over the mountains we held our breath lest the snows might fall on us, and each man tied a veil of gauze before his eyes. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

Thomas Hardy He broke one of the panes with a stone, thrust his hand through the hole, unfastened the latch which held the casement close, and began opening the window. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

E. F. Benson He held the letter out to her, but she scarcely turned her head. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

She held out both her hands to me, and drew me to her unhesitatingly and kissed me. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Abraham Merri Ruth twisted, rolled toward the brink; Ventnor threw himself upon her, held her fast. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Then she took hold of her friend’s hand and held it, for a moment, in a rather hard grip. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Arthur Morrison The man bent a thin stick double, and using it as a pair of tongs, held some indistinguishable object over the flames before him. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Gaston Leroux Someone had stolen the gold chain that had hung about his neck and held the picture of his mother, who died the year before. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

William Makepeace Thackeray Our fellow-creatures in the monkey-room held out their little black hands, and piteously asked us for Christmas alms. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Leon Trotsky Lenin held that we should try to delay the negotiations and in case of an ultimatum, capitulate immediately. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Margaret Oliphant When he was once more outside the parlour, he held up the half-sovereign, which he had kept ready in his hand, to the slovenly fellow in the striped jacket. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Anthony Trollope The precedents of the English courts were to be held as legal precedents in the courts of the new nation, and are now so held. North America by Anthony Trollope

A startled expression came into his face, he held his breath and there was a strange glint in his widely opened eyes. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]