Phrases with "held"

Thomas Hardy Phyllis held to her resolve, though it cost her many a bitter pang. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Yet there is a Freemasonry among smokers which overrides every social difference, so Robert stopped and held out his case of fusees. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

George Gissing Maud continued to work at a pencil-drawing which had held her attention from the foregoing conversation. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

The maid’s words: “Oh she is looking better, isn’t she, my lady?” held her. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman He held it up, swung it, glittering in the sun, offered it first to one, then to another, holding it out as far as he could reach toward the girl nearest him. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1915]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Stand aside, you she-cat!” He pushed by her roughly, but she held on to his sleeve. The Disenchantment of ’Lizabeth by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

H. G. Wells But —’ He held up his hand and wagged his fingers with pleasure at his idea. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

Grettir held to the bench and bed-board, so that he was not moved, but the cloak was rent in twain, and the corpse staggered back, holding half in its hands, and gazing wonderingly at it. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

In silence he took the hand she held out towards him, and kept it in a strong gentle clasp that was more comfort than any words. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

From its first sound to its last it held me enthralled, and had she shown but half the beauty she did, those accents of hers would have made me her slave. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

George Eliot It is held reasonable enough to toil for the fortunes of a family, though it may turn to imbecility in the third generation. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

They all moved to the road where the fine new chaise was vastly admired and the two enormous horses solemnly held by Ralph, David’s farm man. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Wilkie Collins May I ask you to begin, Miss Emily? All I know of you at present is, t hat your family name is Brown.” Emily held up her hand for silence. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

George Gissing She held the conviction that whatever man could do, woman could do equally well — those tasks only excepted which demand great physical strength. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Wilkie Collins I followed the poor child’s account of the fearful night that she had passed, with an interest that held me breathless to the end. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Her future husband now produced, as a present for his bride, a splendid pair of jewelled ear-rings, which were held up amidst the screaming approbation of the guests. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Anthony Trollope It has been so throughout the contest; and the same argument has been held by soldiers and by non-soldiers — by women and by men. North America by Anthony Trollope

William Makepeace Thackeray On his left shoulder hung his bag; and he held in that hand a white hat, which I am sure he had just purchased, and which was the cause of the grief which smote his noble features. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Edith Wharton Wyant, at Nona’s approach, held out a dry feverish hand. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

A stout girdle held the white and black emblem about Topiltzen’s middle and it offered a grip. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

George Gissing Mrs. Poole, before taking it, wiped her hands on her apron, and then held the card between the tips of her thumb and middle finger. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Anthony Trollope Will you take it back again?” And he held it out in his hand. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Will you come and see it?” Pipes and drains held no attraction for me. Ketira the Gypsy by Ellen Wood [1876]

Virginia Woolf She held on grimly, encouraging herself as though she were actually making some great physical effort in climbing a height. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Jane Austen When first Mr. Bennet had married, economy was held to be perfectly useless, for, of course, they were to have a son. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

H. G. Wells Also he held the muzzle of his gun projecting straight before him as he flew through the chequered moonlight. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

He held that they were good for his health, and that they suited his temperament, overheated as it was by his abuse of coffee and his sleepless nights. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

And the first day she rode without uttering a word, and hardly for one moment turning her eyes away from the little girl, whom she held on her knees. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Wilkie Collins As I made that answer, I observed that he held something in his hand which was half hidden up the sleeve of his dressing-gown. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

John Stuart Mill As every other maxim of justice, so this is by no means applied or held applicable universally; on the contrary, as I have already remarked, it bends to every person's ideas of social expediency. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

Arnold Bennett Then a slight, pleased smile passed over his features, and he held out his hand. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle He tried desperately to say something else, and he held his right hand up in the air. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Gaston Leroux He held in his hand a heavy pair of muddy boots, which he threw on the pavement of the laboratory. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

The adult world held few such gratifications. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

D. H. Lawrence But always when he did, he held it against her that on the night when they climbed the red bank, she refused to have him. The Overtone by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

But he held it only for just three or four seconds and then pulling up the coverlet, he turned and left the room. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

In the centre, for my special benefit, was an object which held an awful fascination for me; a curiously carved block of wood, dull brown in colour, and on two sides much stained and worn. The Treasure of Sacramento Nick by Guy Boothby

D. H. Lawrence So he had always held himself deferential to her. The Overtone by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

Her father-in-law went up, held the light to Linton’s face, looked at him, and touched him; afterwards he turned to her. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

He held the umbrella over Dolly, letting his own coat get wet. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

John Lewis Burckhard Here the eunuch guardians of the mosque sit; and the councils of the primates of the town, or their principal assemblies, are often held here. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

H. G. Wells It must be held together by a common confession and common repudiations. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Thomas Hardy Emily’s handsome boys came home for the Christmas holidays; the University was talked of for them; and still Joanna subsisted as it were with held breath, like a person submerged. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing Mallard was gentle, reverent; he held her hand a little longer than was necessary, but his eyes quickly fell from her countenance. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

But I bowed and smiled and held out my hand in the most delighted way possible. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

D. H. Lawrence He held a lit match to her, and she puffed daintily. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

They held canvas bags, all labelled and weighed to the grain, of about 1000 oz. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Henry James She held her little court in the crowd, upon the grass, playing her light over Jews and Gentiles, completely at ease in all promiscuities. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

Edith Wharton He held out the bundle of cigarettes, and she bent to light one from his, and stole to the door, pausing to say: “Now I’m going to leave you to your work. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

The Bishop of Salford held up the Pontificale and the Bishop of Amycla bore the wax taper. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

H. G. Wells These were quite extraordinary ideas to all my hearers, though Gorky must have held them once. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins The jailers, terrified by rumors that the lowest accomplices of the tyrant would be held responsible, and be condemned with him, made no attempt to maintain order. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Henry James Whether or no he had a grand idea of the lucid, he held that nothing ever was in fact — for any one else — explained. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

This James Conyers, who is he?” He felt the hand he held tighten convulsively upon his own as he mentioned the trainer’s name. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Oscar Wilde He flung himself down beside it on the sand, weeping as one trembling with joy, and in his brown arms he held it to his breast. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

D. H. Lawrence The candle-light glittered on the lustre-glasses, on the two vases that held some of the pink chrysanthemums, and on the dark mahogany. The Odour of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence

The light that she had seen came from a very small bull’s-eye lantern, which the Frenchman held in his hand. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Rudyard Kipling Ya-as! ‘I took big chances, too, while those other three held on to her and I worked her up to full power. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Thomas Hardy He crossed the park and ascended the down to the camp, grieved that he had given Anne cause of complaint, and fancying that she held him of slight account beside his wealthier rival. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Louise seized his arm and held it tight. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

He held himself off from it, but it kept knocking just outside his heart. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

I’m on the staff of the Live Wire.” Dougal’s hand surreptitiously found Jaikie’s wrist and held it tight. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

T. E. Lawrence Lloyd and I had a second lunch with them, for they were quarrelling, and to have guests held them in check. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Abraham Merri I threw myself on a horse Dara held for me, swung Sri up on the saddle. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Anthony Trollope I couldn’t do it” “Is there anybody else, Mary?” As he asked the question he held her hand beneath his own on the desk, but he did not dare to look into her face. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy Stripping off her dress, Fleur held the new frock under her chin. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

F. Scott Fitzgerald Look at that face!” She held her head on one side and regarded it critically. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

He held a carpenter’s rule in his hand, was surveying the buildings, and seemed to be adding up some figures on paper. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Meredith As much as woman’s breath will bear and live Shaped she to words beneath a knotted look, That held as if for grain the summing sieve. The Sage Enamoured and the Honest Lady by George Meredith

George Gissing He held out his arms to support her, and the next moment she was pressed to his heart. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

The split ends, held in the left hand, are bent over a thin stick in the right hand. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Louisa May Alcott She ran to him and held him close, crying, with repentant tears, “Oh, John, my dear, kind, hard-working boy. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Anna Katherine Green He held a batch of papers in his hand, which at a gesture from the Inspector he spread out before them. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

He shook it, held it betwixt his eyes and the light, looked reproachfully at the yeoman, and straightway placed it at his own lips. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Arthur Conan Doyle The captain sprang upon the bulwarks and held on by the mizzen-shrouds, a strange little figure with flying skirts and puckered eyes. The “slapping Sal” by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Accounts differ as to his first meeting with Mary Ann Chaworth, the heiress of the family whose estates adjoined his own, and daughter of the race that had held with his such varied relations. Byron by John Nichol [1880]

You never see so queer a monkey as it looked, and so I held my tongue, but made over here to put our heads together and make sure o’ the matter. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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]

Dr. Panton threw himself down flat across the path and held out a walking stick over the slippery mud bank, but the stick was hopelessly, grotesquely out of Donnington’s reach. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Leon Trotsky We made an attempt to cable Lloyd George, the British prime minister, protesting against this prohibition, but the cable was held up. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Abraham Merri Before the blast, held steady by the hands of Sigurd, the ship flew. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Wilkie Collins His grim, scarred face softened, his heavy hand trembled in the friendly grasp that held it, as Zack pleaded with him once more; and, this time, pleaded not in vain. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

George MacDonald Cowering, he clung with the other hand to the huge hand which held his arm, and fear invaded his heart. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

He held my hand in his only a few days ago. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

I thought it queer, but took it for granted he was ill, for he held his head very much down, and acted as if he felt disturbed or anxious. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton He held so many shares in his wife’s personality and his predecessors were his partners in the business. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Maria Edgeworth Under the influence of benevolent enthusiasm, he continually forgot the precarious tenure by which he held his life. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

No. All that, Hume held to be superfluous. A Brief Appraisal of the Greek Literature in its Foremost Pretensions by Thomas De Quincey [1838]

He held his hands to his bruised face, and he muttered with tremulous lips: “Let me go! It’s nothing. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Jules Verne Glenarvan put his arms round the young lad, and resolved to defend him as long as his life held out. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

She made a rush; she ran between them; she dodged the hands that were not flung out; she cried: “Let me go” to those who had not held her. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Wilkie Collins As she curtseyed to him again, and moved away in despair, he stepped forward a little, and suddenly and awkwardly held out his hand. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Margaret Oliphant He held out his hand, as Walter, with a start and exclamation, recognised him. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Abraham Merri For all she held herself so bravely, there was terror in her eyes, and the rapid rise and fall of her rounded breasts further revealed that terror. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

He held himself tight not to burst into howls and imprecations. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

H. G. Wells For a moment his golden voice held its great audience in the immense expectation of that overarching word. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Jack London They held water to my lips, and I drank greedily. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

As he held her there, one hand mechanically caressing her shoulder, his main feeling was boredom. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Abraham Merri And as I stooped, fumbling with shaking fingers for the key, a thought came to me that drove again the blood from my heart, held me rigid. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Edith Wharton She held his hand in hers a moment longer, and then, with a last look at the bed, moved silently toward the door. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Lecount held up her hand warningly and closed his lips. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

H. G. Wells He held her and she clung to him between laughing and sobbing, and both were swiftly and conclusively assured their lives must never separate again. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Theodore Dreiser Her face and hands, however — a face thin, long, and sweetly hollow, and hands that were slim and sinewy — gripped and held his fancy. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Rufus Dawes met his advances with a cynical carelessness that revealed nothing; and, when not addressed, held a gloomy silence. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Wilkie Collins He held up a warning forefinger, and stopped me. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

It was on the principle of a Mills bomb, but the lever was held down not by a pin but a piece of tape. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Abraham Merri And that night her dreams were troubled, and she held me close to her, and cried and murmured in her sleep. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

M. P. Shiel I held a torch to the pile: a sheet of flame shot up, crackling, around the beloved sacrifice. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Abraham Merri They held back a multitude; men and women and children pouring out of the ordered grove of pillars and milling against the soldiers like wind-driven leaves against a well. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle This strange scene held us spell-bound for a few seconds, but there was no time for delay, for a slip or trip would prove fatal to the gallant stranger. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Six of these followers held the scarlet-hued halters of six white stallions, that plunged and stumbled on the flight of broad, shallow stairs. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Elizabeth Gaskell Being short-sighted to excess, she wrote in little square paper-books, held close to her eyes, and (the first copy) in pencil. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Ann Radcliffe He turned it with difficulty, and then found the door was held by two strong bolts. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

I held up my hands in abjuration — they were held down by stronger hands. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Paris was gradually detaching itself from amidst the smoke, spreading out more broadly with its snowy expanses the frigid cloak which held it in death-like quiescence. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Theodore Dreiser He held a consultation with Robert, who confessed that he had heard disturbing rumours from time to time, but had not wanted to say anything. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing Mr. and Mrs. Rudd made much of him, said that he held a most important post in a lawyer’s office, doubtless had private designs concerning him and their daughter. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

That the spirit is held within the earth they consider is caused by the sea, which sometimes obstructs the channels going outward, and sometimes by withdrawing, overturns parts of the earth. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

E. T. A. Hoffmann The Baroness, handling the brittle wires with her delicate little fingers, gave me the numbers as I wanted them, and carefully held the coil whilst I unrolled it. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

He clutched it, swung, held tight. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

H. G. Wells I got down ——” He held out a triumphant finger. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

It was Carley’s phrase over again but held none of Carley’s admiration; it was loaded with indignation. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Edith Wharton Flamel had turned white and his lips stirred, but he held his temperate note. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Guy de Maupassant He held her to his breast, rocked her and called her “my dear little Cocotte, my sweet little Cocotte,” and she grunted with pleasure. Mademoiselle Cocotte by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Both held that philosophers and heroes were few, and yet both leant to a sort of Socialism, under State control; they both assail Poetry and deride the Stage (cf. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

The minister, still new to the place, for the most part held his peace, but now and then, in cases which he knew of, he asserted his authority. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Anthony Trollope The piece of paper which she still held crushed in her hand was in itself very innocent. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing But what could be at the root of her seemingly so foolish existence? Emmeline held to the view that she was in love with the man Cobb, though perhaps unwilling to admit it, even in her own silly mind. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

Andrew Lang The Duchess was so delighted at the idea that Graciosa was really ill, that she herself recovered twice as fast as she would have done otherwise, and the wedding was held with great magnificence. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It was the child that held Herries’ notice. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Anthony Trollope She had gained her victory over him, having fully held her own position with her children; but now, that he complained that he had been beaten in the struggle, her heart bled for him. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

And at that very time an earnest consultation was being held at Marsh House, Professor Ingleby’s place. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Walter Scott We should be very unjust to our friend David Deans, if we should “pretermit”— to use his own expression — a narrative which he held essential to his fame. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

They were not satisfied, they said; and they held out for adjourning the inquest to see if any more light could be thrown upon the affair. Hester Reed’s Pills by Ellen Wood [1874]

George Gissing Gilbert held seriously in mind the pledge he had given to Egremont to work for the spread of humane principles. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Willa Cather She had never had much individual affection for any of her brothers except Thor, but she had never been disloyal, never felt scorn or held grudges. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Wilkie Collins How I wish you had my sense of humor! When shall I come again, and tell you how the Archbishop likes the story of the nun’s mother?” He held out his hand with irresistible cordiality. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

At any other time I should have resented his behaviour, but, bearing in mind my companion’s advice, I held my peace. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

For thirty seconds or thereabouts he held it upon his nose and mouth; then, throwing it into a corner, divested the man of his garments, and attired himself in them. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Then, turning to me, he held out his hand. The Phantom Stockman by Guy Boothby

Walter Scott Covering his face with the one hand, he held out the other to the falconer, and returned with readiness his friendly grasp. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

H.P. Lovecraft His cultivated voice held an odd and almost disturbing hint of vague familiarity, though I could not definitely place it in my memory. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

It held three rooms on the ground floor and two on the second story. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

George Gissing It exalted his passion, lulled the pains of desire, held the flesh subservient to spirit. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Victor Hugo The hooker, caught broadside on, staggered, but recovering held her course to sea. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Then Clytius fell beneath his fatal spear, And Creteus, whom the Muses held so dear: He fought with courage, and he sung the fight; Arms were his bus’ness, verses his delight. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Jules Verne I held my head between my hands to keep it from bursting. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

She looked up at last, and saw his eyes watch her with a piteous tender eagerness, and he held out his hands to her. Signa by Ouida

Edith Wharton And he now told himself that the perpetual galling sense of her absence was due to this uneasy consciousness of what it meant, of the dark secrets it enveloped and held back from him. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

With an easy, indolent, and in its indolence supple, feline movement, she rose from the chair, so provokingly ignoring me now, that for very rage I held my ground within less than a foot of her. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

The delirium was not fixed, however; having weaned her eyes from contemplating the outer darkness, by degrees she centered her attention on him, and discovered who it was that held her. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Bram Stoker One of her daughters remained her constant companion till her twenty-second year and through her long life held her and her memory in filial devotion and respect. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

George Gissing He saw now that his life had held vast blessings, and they were for ever lost. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Henry James Miriam held a reception in the little garden and insisted on all the company’s staying to supper. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I don’t want to come into this if I can help it, Inspector. He can be held under the new regulations but loitering with the intention to commit a felony will do, if you have to frame him. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Then I have your promise to speak to Madame Sampiero?” he held her hand, and looked down with peculiar earnestness into her face. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

George Gissing Walking through London streets this morning, his eye had caught sight of a couple of posters which held him in meditation. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Now that Sir Bale Mardykes had arrived at the Hall, there were hurried consultations held in many households. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Anthony Trollope He would hold her hand twice longer than he would have held that of either aunt in helping her over this or that little difficulty — and would help her when no help was needed. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Now, isn’t he a sinner, Maud — isn’t he?” Dudley, grinning, looked with a languishing slyness at me, biting the edge of his wide-awake, which he held over his breast. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Marjorie Bowen Graziosa, her hand held lightly by the Duke, was following him down the steps, her pages behind, and Visconti kept his eyes upon his sister. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Charles Dickens At this, Maypole Hugh burst into a roar of laughter, and passing his arm about her waist, held her in his strong grasp as easily as if she had been a bird. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

D.H. Lawrence Noticing that his fingers were dirty, he held them up. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan She was part of my life, the greater part, and all my happiness, and in her small hands she held my trusting, faithful heart captive. One Evening by Guy de Maupassan

Henry Kingsley The figure rose, and stalked towards him through the gathering gloom; he saw that it held a baby in its arms, and that it was tall and noble-looking. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

T. E. Lawrence The day, now at its zenith, was very hot; and my weakness had so increased that my head hardly held up against it. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

D. H. Lawrence She stood on top of the stile, and he held both her hands. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens I held on tight, while Mrs. Joe and Joe ran to him. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Virginia Woolf He held the little blue flower between his thumb and finger. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

H.P. Lovecraft A locked portfolio, bound in tanned human skin, held certain unknown and unnameable drawings which it was rumored Goya had perpetrated but dared not acknowledge. The Hound by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim In one hand he held a magazine, the pictures of which he seemed to be studying with the aid of an eyeglass, the other was raised to his mouth. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle Incensed and alarmed, the friars held a hasty meeting, and then, seizing the young novice, they dragged him down the cellar steps and locked him up there. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Edith Wharton Once I very nearly did so; but at the last moment something held me back. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Henry Kingsley A glass of water, my dear lady, in God’s name!” He held both hands on his heart, and lay back in his chair a little, with livid lips, gasping for breath. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Virginia Woolf Lasswade had taken it off the wall; he held it under a lamp so that she could pronounce her verdict. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Arnold Bennett Constance’s eyes had a quizzical gleam behind her spectacles as she silently held up the photograph for Lily’s inspection. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Anthony Trollope Who can wonder that the world should be a blank to her? Still the doctor spoke soothing words, and still he held her hand. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope They kept their faces to their work, and except that they held their rags between their teeth, they gave no sign of knowing that strangers were standing by them. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

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]

There were two classes of created objects which he held in the deepest and most unmingled horror; these were dogs, and children. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

George Gissing She held out her hand in the usual frank, impulsive way. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Nathaniel Hawthorne But the minister held it fast. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

It seemed to David — and he held it part of the infernal miracle — that the torrent did not quench the lights. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Wilkie Collins A spasm of suppressed fury passed across his face; his breath came quickly; his hand trembled as it held the letter. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Wilkie Collins Mercy held back the curtain, and pointed to the cottage door. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

It never made any difference, and everyone held me at best in more or less good-natured contempt. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Algernon Blackwood Meanwhile the hushed softness of the town held him prisoner and he sought in his muddling, gentle way to find out where the mystery lay, and what it was all about. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

H. G. Wells It held the luminous slate and raised and lowered this against its side to show a robed woman’s figure with a sort of nun’s coif. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Thomas Hardy It is added that, to make assurance trebly sure, her gentle ladyship, when she had lain down to rest, held her lord’s hand in her own during the whole of the night. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

George MacDonald Diamond held on by two of the twisted ropes which, parted and interwoven, formed his shelter, for he could not help being a little afraid. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

John Morley Like Burke, he held fast to the doctrine that everything must be done for the multitude, but nothing by them. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Widely different opinions have been held from time to time of the value of Aristotle’s biological labours. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

But, though others might rank higher in title and ceremony, Lord Raymond held a station above and beyond all this. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Henry Lawson The rain had held up for a while. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

The provincial doctors held up their hands, and protested against the madness of their patient; but without avail. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Henry James Charlotte, taking it, held it at first unopened. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

W. H. Hudson He that is not a cattle-drover may ask, ‘How can my eyes deceive me?’ but I know that a crazy brain makes us see many strange things when the drowsy eyes can only be held open with the fingers. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It was inscribed “Donal” and Robin was not looking at it alone, but at something she held in her hand—something folded in a crumpled, untidy bit of paper. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Charles Dickens The market for cattle is held as quietly as the market for calves. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]