Phrases with "knees"

Theodore Dreiser Lester liked to take the little seven-year-old school-girl between his knees and tease her. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope And then he asked after her father; and the two sat together for a while, with their knees almost touching, talking in whispers as to the condition of the old man. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

The next moment my knees crumpled up and I was falling, my head hitting the ground with a violent bang which, to my relief, did not hurt. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Rudyard Kipling My knees were loose, and the apple in my throat refused to slide up and down. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

She lifted her new frock over her knees in a businesslike manner, spread out her underskirt, and laid the soldier’s bleeding head on her knees. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Henry James Suddenly he opened his eyes; they met my own; I fell on my knees and took his hands. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

Gustave Flauber Stretched on his back, his arms against his hips, and his knees close together, he looked like a dead man laid out for the tomb. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Sinclair Lewis She dipped into the book, lounging on her window-seat, with her slim, lisle-stockinged legs crossed, and her knees up under her chin. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

I love my Deborah, but I like her better away sitting on the fat knees of her rummidgy parson, breeding young parsons to fill the pulpits with their precious tidings . Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Edith Wharton As if in answer, she felt a mighty clutch on the oar, a clutch that strained her arms to the breaking-point as she tried to brace her knees against the runners of the sliding floor. The Choice by Edith Wharton [1916]

My knees were trembling under me and, lifting me in his arms, he sank back into an arm-chair with me upon his knees. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

George Meredith Oh! I’ll be goin’ on my knees to ye, Mr. Pow’s. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle Thrusting my pipe into my pocket, I crawled upon my hands and knees through the gorse and ferns until I was within a hundred yards of my neighbour’s door. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

T. E. Lawrence Between my knees lay the exploder, crushed under a twisted sheet of sooty iron. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

After some trouble I got the thing prised open, and catching the edges of the hole with my fingers raised my body and got my knees on the edge. Greenmantle by John Buchan

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then Nathan, with a howl, threw himself upon his knees and began to grope about desperately. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

I was at liberty to work out of the crevice knees and shoulders; yet an impalpable force detained me. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Edith Wharton At sight of that, my heart shrivelled up within me, and my knees were water. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

H. G. Wells Then Ugh-lomi came and knelt beside her, and on hands and knees peered over the brow and examined the gorge. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

His fetid breath sickened me; his dull eyes, glassy like a brute’s with age, brought my knees together. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

H. G. Wells When presently the hypnotist recovered his senses, his head ached severely, his back was against Denton’s knees and Denton was sponging his face. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Algernon Blackwood And again he felt the dreadful desire to do likewise; to murmur the old incantation, and then drop upon hands and knees and run swiftly for the great flying leap into the air. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Wilkie Collins Without stopping to draw my breath, without wiping the cold sweat from my face, I rose instantly on my knees to watch the bed-top. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

A corps of scrubwomen went to work on hands and knees to dry and polish the cleansed floor, while Mr. Pity, with a final glance at his watch, again rose and advanced to the platform edge. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Arnold Bennett And his mother was on her knees in the cold autumn sunshine, and hysterically clasping the knees of the man, and weeping; and the man was trying to raise her, and the man was weeping too. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

H. G. Wells The relationship excited and occupied him for a week or so, and then it bored him, and when Rogers smote his knees and said “B.M.G.”, he lit up and became a fount of shrewd suggestions. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

So many milk-white knees were never before simultaneously exhibited in public, and to judge by the prevalence of “Royal Stewart” and the number of eagle’s feathers, we were a high-born company. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Nathaniel Hawthorne The lady shook upon her companion’s knees as she heard that boding sound. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Charles Dickens I saw by his gestures that he addressed me; but it was a long time before I could make out that he remonstrated against my standing up to my knees in water — as I was; of course I don’t know why. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

D. H. Lawrence She resented the big, raw, long-legged youth sticking his khaki knees out and sitting there with his soldier’s shirt-cuffs buttoned on his thick red wrists. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang When you see the King Kostiei, fall straightway upon your knees and heed neither his threats nor his cry, but draw near to him boldly. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It was too low for him, and he had to bend his knees oddly. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Wolfe George got down on hands and knees and took a final look under the bed. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Bram Stoker A promise made to me, but made holily in God’s hearing, and not to be broken though I should go down on my knees and implore you with bitter tears. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Anthony Trollope But Lord Brentford stayed only one night, and Phineas on the next morning heard the whole history of his coming and going from Violet. “I have almost been on my knees to him to stay,” she said. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Venturing to rise on my knees too soon some soldiers of the 17th Taltal regiment, in their hurry to get at something alive, nearly bayoneted me on the spot. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

It came to my ears, no matter how, and prithee, good mother, on my knees ne’er ask me how, that Gerard was a prisoner in the Stadthouse tower. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Ivan Turgenev I am ready on my knees to beseech you. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

H. G. Wells I dropped on my knees and fell to work on his ankle bonds. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

John Galsworthy She sat on the top stair, clasping her knees and listening. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Algernon Blackwood It was, indeed, the thousand slaveries of the senses, individually so negligible, collectively so overwhelming, that forced me upon my knees before her physical loveliness. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

The strength of it was as the strength of ten of mine; and now both his knees were on the bed; and suddenly I saw his other hand, doubled into a fist, coming up slowly over the suit-case. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

When she opened the neck of her dress and tried to force his head between her breasts, he parted his knees with a quick jerk that spilled her to the floor. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was not at all sure that her knees were not trembling. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

This man held between his knees a basin containing gruel, and was apparently endeavouring to feed the mass on the pine logs. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

T. E. Lawrence After a while, three or four of us, in advance of the main body, climbed a sand-peak on hands and knees to spy out the railway. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

He took him between his knees and looked into his ugly little face with a very lively interest. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

He’ll go into it with a white face and his knees trembling, but he’ll go through with it, and by the mercy of God he’ll get away with it. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

George MacDonald I dropped on my knees beside Lona, raised her from the stones, and pressed her to my bosom. Lilith by George MacDonald

H. G. Wells I sat hands on knees recalling that queer passionate career that had ended with my futile shot into the growing darkness of the End. The thought of that shot awoke my emotions again. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Then she danced in a grotesque posture as though sitting down, knees bent, body leaned forward, with her arms extended and writhing, her head also moving to the beat of the drums. Burmese Days by George Orwell

John Galsworthy From this it was easy to pass to the playing of piquet, a game during which the knees of opponents can with a little care be made to touch. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Bram Stoker Her knees collapsed, and she was actually sinking on the floor, when to her surprise and joy Mimi came into the room, running hurriedly and breathing heavily. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

What could I do but fall on my knees and pray! Of all in this miserable house, I am the most wretched. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Wilkie Collins I begged and prayed — I went down on my knees to her — I warned her, as I told you just now. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

George Meredith Vittoria replied, “I could beg one thing on my knees of you, Countess Lena.” “And that is—?” Lena threw her head up superbly. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

John Galsworthy He touched Hilary, who lay with his knees drawn up, still sleeping. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

D. H. Lawrence He had his knees wide apart, and his hands clasped between them. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Ann Radcliffe Alarmed by his looks, she fell upon her knees to supplicate his pity. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

I knew that if I yielded I would be carried away into some moment of terrible agony, so I struggled to remain quiet, holding my knees together with my hands. Synge and the Ireland of His Time by William Butler Yeats [1911]

Henry Handel Richardson There was a hasty rubbing down of sides and fronts; towels seesawed over backs, knees bent, curly toes wriggled dry. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells I went down with Cavor’s knees in my chest. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Jack London When I stood up, fire-stick in one hand, dynamite stick in the other, my knees were knocking together. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

One half of the space under the berth was occupied by some permanent obstruction, and thin and slight as he was his knees could not be pushed back out of sight. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Ben Weatherstaff scrambled up from his knees and bared his head too with a sort of puzzled half-resentful look on his old face as if he didn’t know exactly why he was doing this remarkable thing. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

H. Rider Haggard For a while Skallagrim lay panting, then he gained his hands and knees and crawled to where Eric leaned against the rock. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Jack London Then my knees gave from under me and I sank down, myself again, but overcome by shock at knowledge of what I had so nearly done. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

E. Phillips Oppenheim David felt his knees crumbling. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Indeed, I was so weak I fell on my knees as it struck me and became dripping wet before I could drag myself inside. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope These carriages were always open, and the law of the land imperatively demands that the occupants shall cover their knees with a worked worsted apron of brilliant colors. North America by Anthony Trollope

This was George Fairfax. Clarissa threw herself upon her knees beside the prostrate figure. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Meredith Now, that’s a task! But sup to-night, and mind ye say yer prayers before gettin’ into bed; and no tryin’ to flatter your Maker with your knees cuddled up to your chin under the counterpane. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

George Meredith She turned to float, gathering her knees for the funny sullen kick, until she heard him near. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

The landlord’s hair rose visibly on his head like spikes, and his knees gave way as if his limbs had been struck from under him. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Virginia Woolf With his hands bound tight round his knees he stared at the flat fields. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Looking through a hole in the curtain I saw that Nikola had dropped upon his knees and was occupied with his devotions. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They moved the piano, they shook the music books, they went on hands and knees upon the carpet, but there was no bracelet anywhere near the spot where it had been left. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Nellie Bly There is no sitting for hours, as is often the case in English trains, face to face and knees to knees with a stranger, offensive or otherwise, as he may chance to be. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman Yet I had found it amusing! I laid the magazine on my rug-bound knees and meditated. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

On my knees slumbered the dog, which I had named “Wind,” because he was rough and long, swift in running, and howled like the autumn wind down the chimney. In the World by Maksim Gorky

This enabled him to look out by pressing his knees against the wall. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Charles Dickens To this end, he sat down on the ground before the door, and putting his staff across his knees in case of alarm or surprise, summoned Grip to dinner. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Sigmund Freud He remarked, in this connection, that travellers were well aware how cold the knees become in a coach at night. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Stop! Don’t ask why I don’t go into my kitchen, or get down on my knees with the mop. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Why should I not wait? What was there to prevent me? Then my knees began to rock and tremble under me. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Her knees were knocking like castanets, but her hand was as steady as stone. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Edgar Allan Poe His knees were lodged upon a stout rope, tightly stretched, and reaching from the heel of the bowsprit to a cathead. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Conan Doyle Then, after five minutes of panting among the heather, I made another start, until again my knees gave way beneath me. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle He walked with his head sunk, his shoulders curved, and his knees bent, as one who strives hard to remain unseen. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

But my lady fell upon her knees at his feet, interposing herself between the baronet and his nephew, who stood leaning on the back of an easy-chair, with his face hidden by his hand. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Radclyffe Hall In her mauve silk dress Pauline wept as she knelt; but Pierre’s handkerchief was spread out on the stool to preserve the knees of his new grey trousers. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Robert Green Ingersoll At last our fathers became tired of being colonists — tired of writing and reading and signing petitions, and presenting them on their bended knees to an idiot king. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

His head and shoulders were in the shadow, but the firelight fell across his knees and glimmered red on the blade of the palette-knife. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Marcia brought her knees together by an irresistible instinct. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Zona Gale From somewhere beside the dais the woman Elissa crept and knelt, clasping the knees of the man. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then springing off and running into the shop again he clanked down upon his knees before the image of the Virgin upon the smithy wall. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Rudyard Kipling He held on till the lowering roof forced him to knees and elbows and, presently, stomach. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Wilkie Collins But I own John Jago frightened me; oh my! he did frighten me! My heart was in my mouth, and my knees shook under me. The Dead Alive by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Charles Kingsley Tom was busy upon his knees behind the counter. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Wilkie Collins Oh, she said some hard things to me in her anger! And, worse still, when I went down on my knees to her, she said, ‘Get up, you old fool!’— and laughed — and left me. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

H. G. Wells He slipped his knees forward, and pushing back, came into a sitting position where the quarters broaden. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

William Hope Hodgson And presently I had gone very quiet upon my hands and knees through the moss-bushes; and I came near upon the edge of the Plain, and hid there in a clump of the moss-bush, and peered forth and harked. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

He remained seated, his sword across his knees and his eyes plunged into space, lost in a reverie. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

Come hither to me, my Child.’ Antonia quitted her embroidery frame, threw herself upon her knees by the Sopha, and hid her face in her Mother’s lap. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

She walked forward towards them, leaning on her stick because her knees trembled so badly, and at her movement a hoarse whisper broke the thick air: ’T’witch . Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Quickly he leaped from off his horse’s back and flung himself upon his knees before the other. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Andrew Lang But what’s the good? Anyone knowing this and telling it will have half his body turned into stone, from his knees to his heart. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Gustave Flauber The Suffet dipped his hand into this hot mire and rubbed his knees with it: it was a cure. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Frances Hodgson Burnett And at the same time his fair hair, his fair cheeks, and the fair sturdy knees beneath his swinging kilt made him seem as much a little boy as she had ever known him. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

The first happened when Haraldsen went berserk and plucked D’Ingraville out of the heart of his gang; the second, when several score of ensanguined Norlanders turned the knees of the gang to water. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

Elizabeth Gaskell And sister was taking her forty winks; and I was sitting with my gown up above my knees and my feet on the fender, pulling out my grandmother’s lace which I’d been washing. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

D. H. Lawrence On a Saturday afternoon, when she had a fire in the bedroom, again she took off her things and danced, lifting her knees and her hands in a slow, rhythmic exulting. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf The book of wisdom lay open, if not upon her mother’s knee, upon the knees of many uncles and aunts. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Willa Cather I get wet to my knees when I go down to pick cherries. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Anthony Trollope I went down on my knees to Mrs. Montacute Jones for a very old friend, and she simply asked me whether I was mad. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Wilkie Collins I dropped on my knees at her feet. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle Presently this incline became even steeper, and we found ourselves climbing upon hands and knees among loose rubble which slid from beneath us. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

I set my elbows on my knees and rested my chin in my hands. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Rising from my knees I looked around, and once more amazement overwhelmed me. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

D. H. Lawrence Then the fellow-passenger — he was stout and fifty and had a brilliant striped rug always over his knees — pointed out the Buddha-like position of Angus, and the three in-starers smiled again. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling Then the Cat put out his paddy paw and patted the Baby on the cheek, and it cooed; and the Cat rubbed against its fat knees and tickled it under its fat chin with his tail. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

Abraham Merri Tartars, Mongols, Buriats, Kirghiz — they would watch while I bent horseshoes, twisted iron bars over my knees and performed what my father used to call contemptuously my circus tricks. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

D. H. Lawrence He put the picture down between his knees again. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

I could have gone down on my knees and kissed the very ground in gratitude. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle Montgomery’s knees weakened under him, and he fell with a groan on the floor. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

H. Rider Haggard Once I went on my knees to a man, and I have not forgotten the lesson he taught me. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

H. G. Wells She darned my heels and knees with immense stitches. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

George Gissing Along the main thoroughfares the wheel-track was clangorous; every omnibus that clattered by was heavily laden with passengers; tarpaulins gleamed over the knees of those who sat outside. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Anthony Trollope I swore on my knees that I would love you only as my son — as my dear, dear son. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Deft. turned pale, and his knees knocked together, and Colls thinks he mistook himself for a felon, and was going to ask for mercy. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

George Eliot It is true Kester’s knees were much bent outward by this time, and he walked with a perpetual curtsy, as if he were among the, most reverent of men. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She crossed and recrossed her knees frequently in the manner of tall restless virgins. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Algernon Blackwood But Dr. Silence, who seemed no whit surprised, caught my arm and steadied me, and we both saw the Colonel then drop upon his knees and come thus to a level with his sister. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Jack London I held the hat on my knees with Captain Nicholl’s hat over it. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

He had got his rifle upon his knees and a good pair of binoculars upon the ground by his side. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle He appeared to be deformed, for he carried his head low and walked with his knees bent. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Rudyard Kipling I kep’ the little man betune my knees as long as I cud, but he was pokin’ roun’ wid his bay’nit, blindin’ an’ stiffin’ feroshus. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

E. F. Benson It would depend a little on what sort of knees he had. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Arnold Bennett When he saw Edwin and a young lady appear in the doorway, he let the apron fall over his knees again. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Robert Louis Stevenson If I lay dying, I would crawl upon my knees to my chamber window for a shot at one. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

And I ran to her, and fell on my knees at her feet, and hid my face in her gown. The Ghost of a Chance by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Away!” But now was the King’s endurance clean spent, so that his knees failed him and he sank like a sick man into his mighty chair. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Guy de Maupassan The blow was so heavy that she did not look for the man who had abandoned her, but threw herself at her mother’s knees and confessed her misfortune, and some months after, she gave birth to a boy. The Father by Guy de Maupassan

Victor Hugo Directly that he left it, his wet knees were frozen by the intense cold of the night. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Arthur Conan Doyle A howl of delight burst from the spectators as he dropped first upon his knees and then upon his face. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

H. Rider Haggard About their waists and beneath the right knees were bound circlets of white ox tails, while in their left hands they carried round shields measuring about twenty inches across. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

John Galsworthy The grey eyes shifted, evidently seeing nothing in the room; then movement occurred under the bedclothes, and the knees were drawn up suddenly to a great height. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

John Donne My knees are weak, but weak therefore that I should easily fall to and fix myself long upon my devotions to thee. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions and severall steps in my Sicknes by John Donne

Mrs. Krent placed her fat hands on her fat knees and stared at her wicked little husband. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

The young woman bowed before the sacred emblem in speechless gratitude, and when she rose from her knees the priest was gone. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

Willa Cather The restless Grand Army man shifted his position again, getting his knees still nearer his chin. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

John Galsworthy She scrutinized him behind; he was not green, and his knees seemed clean. Awakening by John Galsworthy

Having convinced myself that nothing else remained, I rose from my knees and turned to the girl. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Jules Verne He keeps perpetually to one corner of the raft, his head dropped upon his chest, and his long, bony hands lying upon knees that project sharply from his worn-out trowsers. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

A second later, Boots’ knees were crushing the jailer’s chest, his hands squeezing the last gasp out of his windpipe. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

And a feeling of horror ascended from her knees to her shoulders at the thought of seeing herself lugged along in the old fellow’s arms, all stiff and her face as white as a china plate. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Andrew Lang Once he climbed a little higher than before, and hope rose in his heart, then down he came with such force that his hands and knees smarted worse than ever. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edgar Rice Burroughs With elbows on knees and chin in palms he regarded me intently through his lone sheep-eye while one of my captors told of my taking. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

D. H. Lawrence How lovely she looked! Her knees were so white and strong and proud, and she was firm-bodied as Diana. She walked simply to the side of the bath, and with a negligent movement, flung herself in. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy I have crawled to you more than a mile on my hands and knees — God, I thought I should never have got here! . The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

He was tearing up bunches of grass, beating them against his knees to clean them and stuffing them into his mouth. Shooting an Elephant by George Orwell

M. P. Shiel And when I saw that, I dropped down upon my knees at the capstan, and my poor heart sobbed out the frail cry: ‘Well, Lord God, Thou hast destroyed the work of Thy hand . The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Frances Hodgson Burnett They sat close to each other, so close that the picture book could lie open on both pairs of knees and the warmth of each young body penetrated the softness of the other. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

John Galsworthy They put a tray on Sir James’ knees and another on a small table before Michael. On each tray was a partridge with chipped potatoes, spinach and bread sauce. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

A. E. W. Mason It was astonishing to him that he could do it, that he did not fall down upon his knees and beg for mercy. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Henry James I am on my knees to money; I don’t deny it. The American by Henry James [1877]

Kenneth Grahame They were excellent hearthrugs in that house; soft and wide, with the thickest of pile, and one’s knees sank into them most comfortably. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Guy de Maupassant It was not only a moral, but still more a physical obsession, a nervous longing to kiss him, to hold and fondle him, to take him onto his knees and dance him. Monsieur Parent by Guy de Maupassant [1885]

Robert Louis Stevenson My knees shook under me and my sight left me. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Basil threw himself upon his knees beside her. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

That’s better, comrade, that’s MUCH better,’ she added encouragingly as Winston, with a violent lunge, succeeded in touching his toes with knees unbent, for the first time in several years. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Arthur Conan Doyle Both Mailey and Malone at with notebooks upon their knees awaiting developments. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Rafael Sabatini Hawkesby looked askance at O’Neill. The Irishman’s knees had been loosened, either from drink or from fright, and he had sunk limply to a chair, where he sat staring foolishly at the intruder. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Jules Verne His knees bent under him, but he had just strength enough to exclaim for. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne [1887]

Virginia Woolf She made her knees a comfortable rest for his head, and ran her fingers through his hair. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

The marquise entered this somewhat extraordinary vehicle, sitting opposite the clerk, who endeavored to put his knees out of the way, afraid even of touching the marquise’s dress. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope He stuck his knees against his saddle — and in a moment was on the other side. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

I felt my knees bending under me, with the sensation which torments one in dreams. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Elizabeth’s knees were still quivering. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Mark Twain You can sit, with your knees drawn up to your chin and your arms clasped around them, but you are bound to turn over presently, because you are top-heavy in that position. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch As I stand here, sir, ’twas the shape of a naked babe! Well, I won’t go on to tell how my father dropped upon his knees in the water, or how my mother fainted off. The Haunted Dragoon by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I rise from my knees and step out again into the clear sunlight—a better and a saner man. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

They have got to remain kneeling all the while — they could hardly rise from their knees without hitting the ceiling — and you can easily see by trying it what a tremendous effort this means. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

H. Rider Haggard The priest had seen also, and consciousness was deserting him; even as Leonard turned his knees gave way, and he sank forward and downward. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Elizabeth Gaskell She read the last words over again, once more: “From my death-bed I adjure you to stand her friend; I will beg pardon on my knees for anything. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

It is then to be baked one hour before the fire, not a word being spoken the whole time, and the maidens sitting with their arms and knees across. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Gaston Leroux He landed in the mud and climbed on hands and knees up the slope of a roadway which followed the bank. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Charles Dickens Yet, if need were, I would hold the little wench on my knees while she screeched with pain, if it were to do her poor back good. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

Arthur Conan Doyle One in particular took great delight in knocking his knees together. The Coming of the Fairies by Arthur Conan Doyle [1922]

Sinclair Lewis Like a girl back home, she was not wearing stockings, and there was a glow of bare ivory knees as she tucked herself into the topolino. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis

Henry Handel Richardson On the drive home she took Richard’s poor benumbed hands in hers and chafed them; she spread her skirts over his knees to keep the wind off, unhooked her mantle and bound it round his chest. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Charles Kingsley And as he entered it, “his heart sank to his midriff, and his knees below were loosed. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Elfrida had never found her so considerate, so appreciative, so amusing, so prodigal of her gay ideas, or so much inclined to go upon her knees at shrines before which she sometimes stood and mocked. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Henry James I confess, morally, I was on my knees with contrition, but there was a fascination in it — a fatality. A Light Man by Henry James [1869]

To beg him on my knees forgive me. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

As she did so, a strange pain shot through her temples, and her knees trembled. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Algernon Blackwood His knees shook, so that the shuffling of his slippered feet became audible. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

James Anthony Froude This lay with great trouble on me, for methought I was ashamed to die with a pale face and tottering knees for such a cause as this. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Charles Dickens On my knees before you, let me die. The Chimes by Charles Dickens [1844]

M. P. Shiel I found myself on my knees on the tiles, with my hands clasped. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]