Phrases with "knees"

Arthur Conan Doyle But it was too late, for the two Roman Catholics had dropped upon their knees and crossed themselves. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

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

He could just stop his teeth from chattering, but his knees were beyond his control. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

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

William Makepeace Thackeray The table was small, and their knees met. A Legend of the Rhine by William Makepeace Thackeray [1845]

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]

Abraham Merri Lur drove her knees into the sides of her mount and rode forward. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

But when you come to the end of the beams and try to get up again, you find that your knees have temporarily struck work and refuse to lift you. Collected Essays by George Orwell

F. Scott Fitzgerald His knees sagged groggily as he walked down the street, looking for a taxi. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Rudyard Kipling Lord help me, I haven’t the nerve! I’ve taken up a hole and a half to get my knees well under the wallets. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Robert Louis Stevenson Now you see! Think shame of your suspicious temper! You should go down upon your bended knees both to that gentleman and me. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence She fell before me, clasped my knees to her breast, weeping. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle I sat down upon a fallen trunk with my sword across my knees and my head between my hands, and I tried to think about what had happened and what would happen in the future. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

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

William Makepeace Thackeray In a corner was an old man groaning in the agonies of death or colic, and a woman got off her knees to ask us for charity for the unhappy old fellow. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

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]

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

The knees of the unmentionables, and the elbows of the coat, and the seams generally, soon began to get alarmingly white. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Robert Green Ingersoll No wonder that he fell upon his trembling knees — that he built altars and reddened them even with his own blood. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

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

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]

They used their knees only, their arms hanging idle at their sides. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

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]

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

I rose to my knees and flung my second bomb. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

George Meredith She shut her eyes to be with the images of the dead, conceiving the method as her brother’s happy secret, and imitated his posture, elbows propped on knees to support the chin. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Wilkie Collins Now, for the first time, I was able to move — to rise from my knees — to dress myself in my upper clothing — and to consider of how I should escape. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

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

William Hope Hodgson And I did be now upon my knees and upon my hands, and did begin again to creep and to bleed; and did make little callings to Mine Own, that had no sounding. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

H. G. Wells I got up with muddy hands and knees to go on playing. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins On my knees I implored her to do justice to my purity and my youth. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Then something in the long grass beside me moved close to my knees and a damp acrid odor filled my nostrils. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Willa Cather Lucien drew his knees up under his chin and shivered. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

He thrust aside his hand, and bent forward, only to see his wife sink upon her knees among the rest, and to hear this notable accession to the “mourners” hailed by a tumult of approving shouts. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle In front sat Mrs. Westmacott clad in a heather tweed pea-jacket, a skirt which just{?} passed her knees and a pair of thick gaiters of the same material. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Mr. Goldshed worked his short thick knees and his heels a little uneasily; the office chair was growing a little bit frisky, it seemed. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

I could also feel my stockings pulled up over my knees — we used to wear them like that then — and the saw edge of the Eton collar they used to buckle me into on Sunday mornings. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

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

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

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]

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. Collected Essays by George Orwell

A hundred yards farther and I was down on my knees again, listening with might and main; for several little sounds were in the air — voices, the rasp of a boat’s keel, the whistling of a tune. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

I was on my knees on the floor of the carriage, with clasped hands, expecting capture, when the door opened, and Meg Hawkes, pale as death, her cloak drawn over her black tresses, looked in. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jules Verne Exhausted by fatigue and hunger, she still managed to creep along on hands and knees for a few minutes longer. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

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

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

Leona read the confession through from the first Word to the last, with trembling, eager haste, and when she had finished it she bowed her head upon her knees and cried bitterly. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

Rafael Sabatini Sakr-el-Bahr went down upon his knees and prostrated himself solemnly before his prince. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Holding up my baby, I cried: “‘My baby is dying; I tried to go for the doctor, but my knees bent under me. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton Ann Eliza’s knees grew weak. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

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]

I fell on my knees and covered my face with my hands. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

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

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

Then he assaulted it furiously with knees and feet and shoulder, but it did not give. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Katherine Mansfield Never yet has it shown the slightest sign of a hoop!” He bumped against my knees and excused himself and the cart. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Jules Verne Amongst them, I remarked some women, dressed from the hips to knees in quite a crinoline of herbs, that sustained a vegetable waistband. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

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]

Ivan Turgenev In confusion, not knowing what to do, I fell on my knees at the edge of the path. First Love by Ivan Turgenev

I shall go on my knees to the teacher and beg him to take me, and when I have finished learning I will go as gardener to the Archbishop, or perhaps to the Emperor himself. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

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]

Just as I got my knees off the spatient’s breast, Maud peeped in at the door. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Rudyard Kipling I grabbed that an’ scuffled on his neck, dhruv my knees undher his big flappin’ ears, an’ we wint to glory out av that compound wid a shqueal that crawled up my back an’ down my belly. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Abraham Merri The little woman stayed with us, nodding and smiling and patting our knees reassuringly. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

He lifted his feet high, and without bending his knees struck his soles on the ground irritably. Mother by Maksim Gorky

I supplicate you, I implore you on my knees — let me die, and my last sigh shall be a blessing for my preserver. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Arthur Morrison There were lads and men whooping and flushed, there were girls and women screaming choruses; and in a moment the seats were packed, knees were taken, and there was not an inch of standing room. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

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

George Gissing I could have fallen on my knees before her; I almost did. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Robert Green Ingersoll Religion is simply the duty a man owes to man; and when you fall upon your knees and pray for something you know not of, you neither benefit the one you pray for nor yourself. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

Her knees failed her, and she fell heavily on the pavement. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

William Makepeace Thackeray You wouldn’t make me unhappy, would you?” “I’d go on my knees to serve you, and Heaven bless you,” said the wife. Mens Wives by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

The golden coach followed, drawn by six horses gorgeously caparisoned, and within, the smiling white-haired Pio Nono, scattering his benedictions, while the multitude fell upon its knees as one man. Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey

Wilkie Collins Then put dots on the paper; a dot where his head comes; another dot where his elbows and knees come, and so forth. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

But my knees tottered, and my head swam, so while the rest crept onward, I sat down to wait their return on the floor of rock which had received us on quitting the steps. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

George Meredith The cropped head was flat as an owl’s; the chest of immense breadth; the bulgy knees and big hands were those of a dwarf athlete. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Horace Walpole Alas! on my knees I supplicate you to forbear; will you leave me a prey to Frederic? I will follow you to the convent. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

Abraham Merri The knees of Zachel’s body crumpled down on it; crushed it. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Herman Melville Clogged in the muffling ferns, I softly stumbled, staining the knees a sea-green. The Piazza by Herman Melville

I remembered, with a pang of uneasiness, that it was in those very trousers that I had gripped the rabbits between my knees as I had broken their necks. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Anthony Trollope However, Lord Chiltern is to be here in a day or two, and I mean to go absolutely down on my knees to him — and all for your sake. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

The instantaneous illumining of her whole face was sufficient reply without her low emphatic words, “‘I would be content to study on my knees to know what some women do, whom I have seen. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

What I learnt at my mother’s knees I, in my turn, have taught to her — what she is she owes to me. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

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]

They can’t even give you a twopenny cup of tea without you go down on you —— knees for it. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling Ram Dass clawed Dumoise’s knees and boots and begged him not to go. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Abraham Merri His knees bent suddenly; barely he saved himself from falling. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

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

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]

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]

George Gissing Can’t you be sorry for me a little? Look at me—I haven’t even the pride a woman ought to have; I am on my knees to you. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Anthony Trollope Oh, Agatha! my brain is so turned by what you have said, that I could almost go on my knees to beg him to accept it. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Barely conscious of his own efforts, Jones dragged himself along on hands and knees until he was actually out of reach of the ocean which had been so unappreciative as to spew him up. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Judy moved away from it and sat clasping her knees on the edge of the veranda. The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

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]

Thomas Hardy His teeth chattering and his knees trembling he pursued his way home, where his appearance excited great concern. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Jack London I attempted to avoid my own shadow, tripped, fell over it, and like a drowning man struggling for shore crawled back on hands and knees to the wall. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

The moment after that she had fallen upon her knees and caught Lady Bligh’s hands in her own. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Gaston Leroux But, already, my knees were touching the window-sill, and, by a movement quick as lightning, I got on to it. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

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]

Elizabeth Gaskell We had to drop into the stream, which came above our knees as we waded to the bank. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

As I heard it the blood seemed to run cold in my veins, and I had to clutch at the coping of the sea-wall to prevent my knees from giving way under me. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

H. G. Wells She gripped by instinct with hands and knees and feet. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

The waiver dhropped down an his two knees forninst the king, and says he, ‘I beg God’s pardon and yours for the liberty I tuk; plaze your holiness, I hope you’ll excuse it. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

Charles Kingsley I worked early and late for that money, sir; up to my knees in mud and water. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

M. P. Shiel She looked out from a window at the glass-houses, but her knees trembled so under her, shaking even the black plume in her hat, that she had to sit down at the bureau. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

John Galsworthy Crouched over her knees she began to scheme. To Let by John Galsworthy

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]

This put him in great spirits, and after making a round upon his bare knees about the bottle, he took a little of the water, and rubbed it into the king’s eyes. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

His knees were drawn up almost to his chin, his elbows were tucked in close and his hands were against his chest. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

I was about to close down the lid again when one of those brunette sleuths flops down on his red knees and lays a slanderous and violent hand on my guarantee of good faith. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Mark Twain You can lie comfortably, on your back, with your head out, and your legs out from your knees down, by steadying yourself with your hands. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

His knees were firmer when at last he rose, heedless of the drops that beaded lips and chin. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Wilkie Collins I fell on my knees at the table. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

His knees began to sag and the turf to run up to him like the swaying deck of a vessel. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Sinclair Lewis His knees grew sick and old and quavery as he heard the landlady’s voice loud below-stairs: “Now wot do they want? It’s eleven o’clock. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

He had scarcely spoken ten words in his life to a woman outside his own kin, and this bright apparition loosened his knees with nervousness. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

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

Milady uttered a frightful shriek, and dragged herself along several paces upon her knees toward her judges. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

My hands and knees still quivered nervously; but I was strong and perfectly well in body. No-Man’s-Land by John Buchan [1899]

Robert Louis Stevenson I flung myself on my knees by the bedside. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

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

Wilkie Collins I then got on my knees with great fervour, and I blush to confess it, immediately fell as fast asleep as a dormouse. A Fair Penitent by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Anthony Trollope Fix your eye on one of the bottles; put your thumbs in your waist-coat pockets; stick out your elbows, bend your knees a little, and then go ahead. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

I remember crawling into the doorway of the dugout to get enough light to read the letter, and I remember Mother’s tear-stains on the letter, and the aching feeling in my knees and the smell of mud. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

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

Wilkie Collins I felt myself turn pale; I felt my knees trembling under me. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

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]

Nice weather for young ducks and mud up to y’r knees when you goes round to the well, you’ll see, before you knows where you are. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Baldwin Spencer Two shields were placed on the ground in front of the Alatunja, who sat down in the native fashion, with his legs bent up under him, so that his knees projected towards the shields. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Hark! The Bell rings for Vespers! Father, your benediction, and I leave you!’ As He said this, He threw himself upon his knees and received the blessing which He demanded. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

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]

He was sitting a little way off in a low Glastonbury chair, with his knees up to his chin, making himself an image of awkwardness. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

George MacDonald He trembled so at the thunder, that his knees failed him, and he sunk down at North Wind’s feet, and clasped her round the column of her ankle. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Rafael Sabatini I swear to you here on my knees in the sight of Heaven! And. . The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

George Gissing Don’t drive me away from you, dear, dear Nancy! I implore you to forgive me! Look, I pray to you on my knees to forget it. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Anthony Trollope Her knees seemed to be weak beneath her, and all she could do was to pluck to pieces the few flowers that she carried at her waist. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

With a crimson face the Bride tottered rather than ran across the yard, and fell upon her knees on the wet cement, at the Judge’s feet. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Arthur Conan Doyle Summerlee was on guard, sitting hunched over our small fire, a quaint, angular figure, his rifle across his knees and his pointed, goat-like beard wagging with each weary nod of his head. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

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

Arthur Conan Doyle His knees were drawn up, his hands thrown out in agony, and from the centre of his broad, brown, upturned throat there projected the white haft of a knife driven blade-deep into his body. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]

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

Algernon Blackwood I shifted my knees so that she might lie more easily a little. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Without hesitation, Lecoq threw himself upon his knees in the snow; he rose again almost immediately. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Abraham Merri By Ormuzd, my knees are too tender for creeping! Also my scimitar itches to scratch itself on the black priest’s hide. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Charles Dickens The artist, having finished his touching (and having spoilt those places), took his seat on the pavement, with his knees crouched up very nigh his chin; and halfpence began to rattle in. Somebody’s Luggage by Charles Dickens [1862]

Andrew Lang Will you be off at once?’ So he was frightened and went out; but he felt quite faint, and trembled and shook, and his knees and legs began to give way under him. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He could not spend half his life upon his knees in a rapture of self-humiliation—could not devote hours to searching his own heart. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Lillian,” he raised her up from her knees and gently but firmly detached her arms from the dead. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Willa Cather The restless Grand Army man shifted his position again, getting his knees still nearer his chin. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

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]

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]

H. G. Wells They crawled across the sloping transparency that covered this street of platforms, crawling on hands and knees because of the slipperiness of the snowfall. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

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

Edgar Allan Poe My breast heaved, my knees tottered, my whole spirit became possessed with an objectless yet intolerable horror. William Wilson by Edgar Allan Poe

William Makepeace Thackeray I, who have seen more of life than most men, if I had a son, would go on my knees to him and beg him to avoid woman, who is worse than poison. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

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]

She made a mighty effort, though her knees were knocking together, and in an expiring voice demanded that he should let her go indoors. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

D. H. Lawrence His knees tightened to bronze as he hung above her soft face, whose lips parted and whose eyes dilated in a strange violation. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan He was there, in that house — Poulet. She felt her knees and hands trembling; but at last she entered the door, and walking along a passage, saw the janitor’s quarters. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

He bent his knees slightly, throwing his body forward, and took off with a long bound for a tearing rush. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Charles Dickens All that thirteenth night, Miss Coleshaw, lying across my knees as I kept the helm, comforted and supported the poor mother. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

Jack London Came the time when all below my knees had ceased. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

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

Rudyard Kipling I nigh fell on me knees in de washhouse when Bessie was up-street. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Clear’d, as I thought, and fully fix’d at length To learn the cause, I tugged with all my strength: I bent my knees against the ground; once more The violated myrtle ran with gore. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Edith Wharton The world is wide, luckily — but why should we be parted?” I was on my knees at his side in an instant. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

The prostrate body with his knees he press’d, And plung’d his holy poniard in his breast. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Frances Hodgson Burnett As she drew close to her she went down upon her knees holding up her hands like a little nun at prayer. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope She had, at his bidding sunk upon the chair, but she could hardly be said to be seated, as, with her knees bent under her, and her hands clasped, she gazed up into his face. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson His knees felt weak, and he could hardly see for the tears that would keep gathering. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Gaston Leroux Without saying anything further, she rose from her knees and looked with her haggard eyes, with her crazed face, at Rouletabille, who grasped her arm. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

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]

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 He gripped his knees and turned to look at me again. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

John Galsworthy Half hypnotised, with her knees against his chest, as safe as she could hope for, she really felt the tragedy of it — his horror of himself, his passion for herself. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells And the sunshine was on us and on her face, and I stretched because my back was a little stiff and one of my knees was twisted. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Her knees were trembling uncontrollably. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

But my knees were beginning to shake with fatigue and my head to grow giddy, and I feared that, like the soldiers who stand guard round a royal bier, I might suddenly collapse. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

H. Rider Haggard For a minute I fell on to my hands and knees among the dead and dying, and turned sick and faint. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

George Meredith I could drop on my knees to you!’ The declaration was fortunately hushed by a supplicating ardour, or Mr. Adister would have looked more surprised than his niece. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

He then embraced my knees simply putting himself to my mercy, only he prayed that for that night he might abide in the fort, and that in the morning all should be put into my hands. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

I felt my knees bending under me, with the sensation which unnerves one in a dream. The Murdered Cousin by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Henry Handel Richardson Mahony secured a corner seat; and so, though his knees interlocked with those of his VIS-A-VIS, only one of the eight inside passengers was jammed against him. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

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]

Edgar Allan Poe I felt my knees strike violently together, while my fingers were gradually but certainly relaxing their grasp. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

William Hope Hodgson All at once, my knees begin to tremble, and I have to sit, quickly. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Speak, Olivia, for pity’s sake,” cried the young man, casting himself upon his knees at his cousin’s feet. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

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]

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

E. T. A. Hoffmann I fell upon my knees and raised my folded hands. The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

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

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

Arthur Conan Doyle If you give us a vigorous support the defeat will be changed to absolute rout and —” His knees gave way under him and he fell in a heap upon the floor. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Edgar Allan Poe His knees tottered beneath a load of years, and his entire frame quivered under the burthen. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Edith Wharton Charity had taken off her hat to have an uninterrupted view; and whenever she leaned back to follow the curve of some dishevelled rocket she could feel Harney’s knees against her head. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Henry Handel Richardson And again he made his knees sore and his head dizzy over a mass of dusty, yellowing papers. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

D. H. Lawrence And she sat with her knees touching mine, rocking against mine as the bus swayed. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Sinclair Lewis On hands and knees Doremus briskly crawled under the loosened barbed wire at the end of the small alley and carelessly stepped out, along the road. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Bram Stoker The time and distance seemed endless, and my knees trembled and my breath came laboured as I toiled up the endless steps to the abbey. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]