Phrases with "laid"

Maria Edgeworth Their plans were laid with consummate art; and the negroes were urged to execute them by all the courage of despair. The Grateful Negro by Maria Edgeworth

A black scene of calumny will be laid open; but you, Doctor, will make all things square again. Murder considered as one of the Fine Arts by Thomas de Quincey [1827]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I get a box of chocolates if the policeman gets here in time to save you from being laid out. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Walter Scott The stone was laid on the sepulchre, the door of the aisle was locked, and the youth took possession of its massive key. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Rudyard Kipling Hinchcliffe rearranged these last to make some sort of causeway; I brought up the hurdles; and when Pyecroft and his subaltern had dropped a dozen hop-poles across the stream, laid them down over all. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

George Gissing Come with me, this minute! You shall come, if you’re an honest man, as you say you are!’ She laid her hand upon his arm. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

H. G. Wells They laid hold of my imagination, and hampered my tongue. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Henry James I’ve just risen from my knees by the bed where they’ve laid her out. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

Her hand began to tremble, and he sat down beside her on the bench, and, taking the brush out of her hand, laid it in its box. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

William Makepeace Thackeray The block was laid forth — the hideous minister of vengeance, masked and in black, with the flaming glaive in his hand, was ready. Burlesques by William Makepeace Thackeray

He was a convivial-looking party, with a red moustache, and a very humorous face (not unlike Tom Emmett’s), and from that moment I laid myself out to attack him on his convivial flank. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

Wilkie Collins Have you made your fortune in America?” He laid his hand on her arm, and pressed it warningly. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Mark Twain Jim laid it in with all his might, for he was most about starved. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Rudyard Kipling Next Sunday he laid at Maisie’s feet small gifts of pencils that could almost draw of themselves and colours in whose permanence he believed, and he was ostentatiously attentive to the work in hand. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

A rising fear and a great solicitude laid a finger upon his craving embrace of her; he had a sense of something strangely different in her, of the unknown irremediable. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

The public were quick to realise what it meant and were almost unanimously of opinion that the Terror gang had at last been laid by the heels. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Mexico laid waste by the united effects of storm, pestilence and famine. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Caroline Lamb The old man is dead, and gone; he will be laid low in the sepulchre: his bones shall be whiter than his grey hairs. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Anthony Trollope In dealing with ordinary pagans of those days religion may be laid altogether on one side. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Rosemary laid her face on the water and swam a choppy little four- beat crawl out to the raft. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Council approved the requ est, and the Govemor laid the foundation stone on 5 August 1896; WHB insisted that students deliver the major speeches. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

Florence Dixie Very gently she laid her right hand on Maeva’s golden head, while handing her back the note with the other. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

William Morris And therewith he departed, and she laid her down in her smock alone, and slept anon, and was dreamless and forgetting everything till the sun was up in the morning. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

He laid one hand on his shoulder—“Rouse,” said he, “wake up, my dear Porthos.” The voice of Aramis was soft and kind, but it conveyed more than a notice,—it conveyed an order. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Tobias Smolle DEAR SIR — You laid your commands upon me at parting, to communicate from time to time the observations I should make in the course of my travels and it was an injunction I received with pleasure. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

George Eliot She rose and laid her hand on Tom’s shoulder. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Almost certainly there will be a number of days when he is’ laid off’. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Lashing the sheet to the pole which served as a gunwale, he laid the sleeping child by her mother, and tearing up the strip of bark on which he had been sitting, moved to the bows of the boat. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Charles Dickens And the bachelor it was, it may be added, who with his own hands had laid in the stock of fuel which the wanderers had found in their new habitation. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Virginia Woolf He laid hold of the beauty of the world with all his fingers. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Henry James She laid her two hands upon Gertrude’s arm. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Robert Audley read the letter three times before he laid it down. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

E. F. Benson She laid her hand on Peppino’s arm. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Andrew Lang Then he turned his face down the hall, laid his arms on the cross-beam, and glared all over the place. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Finally he laid a sixpence on the counter and once more fixed his eyes on the vice. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Arthur Machen It has been laid down by high spiritualist authority that if a ghost is seized at a séance, and is found to be the medium swathed in white muslin, that proves nothing. Dreads and Drolls by Arthur Machen

Rudyard Kipling You will find your associates have no difficulty in-” Tulke left his place and laid the paper on the desk. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

But Robin Hood laid hold of his clothes and held him. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Anthony Trollope They are diligent in their inquiries, but have laid down for themselves no course of study. Travelling Sketches by Anthony Trollope [1866]

Gervaise would have laid her table in the street, had she been able to, just for the sake of inviting each passer-by. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Then the novice laid down his knife and fork, and ate no more. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

The pieces were laid out on the board and they faced each other across it. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Rheumatisms racked her; intolerable headaches laid her prone in agony; a hideous ulcer poisoned her existence for years. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Gustave Flauber The walls of the third chamber were hung with a kind of tapestry made of slender reeds, laid in perpendicular rows. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

Thus Euphorion writes of Melicertes, They mourned the youth, and him on pine boughs laid Of which the Isthmian victors’ crowns are made. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Alfred laid a hand very quietly on his wrist and put it back. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Sinclair Lewis Sorry old Siddons is laid off again. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Arthur Conan Doyle Turning up the cuffs of his dress-coat — he had placed his overcoat on a chair — Holmes laid out two drills, a jemmy, and several skeleton keys. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Burton laid out three dollars in this way, but though the recipients promised loudly to supplicate Allah in behalf of his lame foot, it did not perceptibly benefit. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Thomas Love Peacock She laid on external things the blame of her mind’s internal disorder, and thus became by degrees an accomplished scold. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Edith Wharton And catching sight of Pellerin’s pipe, he rose and laid it carefully on a table by the arm-chair. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

I laid the half-full bottle on the floor and rolled it to and fro over the carpet. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Was he to grow old like them in this place of shadows? A hand was laid on his shoulder as he descended the staircase into the July sunlight, and he found Brother Tobias beside him. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

William Godwin But it was not in prophecy alone that Savonarola laid claim to supernatural aid. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle His manner was nervous and shy, like that of a sensitive gentleman, and the thin white hand which he laid on the mantelpiece as he rose was that of an artist rather than of a surgeon. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Kilrush came in before her task was finished, but she laid her pen aside gladly, and rose to take his hat and stick from him with her dutiful daughterly air, just as she did for her father. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

H. G. Wells She laid her hands with a deliberate softness upon him, she gave a toss so that her disordered hair was a little more disordered, and brought her soft chin down to touch his knees. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Herman Melville In the far distance, away from the influence of land, the leaden ocean seemed laid out and leaded up, it’s course finished, soul gone, defunct. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

Arthur Conan Doyle My own instincts, to say nothing of the words of the plausible villain who laid this trap for me, warned me that the animal was as savage as its master. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman At last she laid her work in her lap and stared concentratedly. The Shadows on the Wall by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

George Meredith Her love of her brother, now the one man she loved, laid her insufficiency on the rack and tortured imbecile cries from it. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Victor Hugo The squall, already blowing with full lungs, laid hold of it, and moved it about in all directions. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Sir Richard Burton After which he laid it in bags and, setting them in a privy place, locked them up with an iron padlock and gave me its key. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Charles Dickens The noise not leavin off, I laid down my pipe, and I took up a candle, and I went down and opened the door. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

George Eliot So much of our early gladness vanishes utterly from our memory: we can never recall the joy with which we laid our heads on our mother’s bosom or rode on our father’s back in childhood. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Wilkie Collins Warned by the trembling of her hand, Mr. Frankland laid his fingers lightly on her temples and on her heart. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Virginia Woolf So now she laid her brushes neatly in the box, side by side, and said to William Bankes: “It suddenly gets cold. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

I laid the packet gently on the little table, and she put her hand over it . Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Henry Kingsley Why that man laid such plots and snares for me when I was a lad, that a bishop could not have escaped. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Olaf Stapledon If time were literally composed of timeless instants, laid beside one another, so to speak, it would never get under way at all. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Ford Madox Ford They resembled heaps of reddish gravel laid out ready to distribute over the roads of parks. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

George Gissing Immediately he laid stern control upon his feelings, but all the words which he had designed to speak were driven from memory. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Ann Radcliffe Soon after all was still; and after listening for some time without hearing the sounds renewed, he laid himself down to sleep. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

George Meredith Beauchamp caught fast hold of the bows while Renee laid a finger on Count Henri’s shoulder to steady herself. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Then be laid him down on the dais and turned to the Servants. “Gentlemen,” he said very solemnly. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

There was the bureau at which he used to write; and the little Pembroke table was in its own place between the windows, with the big Bible laid upon a patchwork mat. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Henry James Miss Spencer laid her hand upon her cousin’s arm with a little pleased and fluttered movement; it was delightful to be among people who were on such easy terms with foreign tongues. Four Meetings by Henry James [1877]

Theodore Dreiser They were separated by a space of twenty feet, laid out as greensward. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Isabella Bird These tents consisted of stones rudely laid to a height of two feet at the back, over which there is a canopy with an open front and sides, of woven goat’s-hair supported on poles. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Anna Katherine Green Stooping, he laid his hand on her arm. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

The people of the Fort el-Muwaylah, determined not to déroger, sent to us, for sale, the eggs laid by our own fowls. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Mark Twain Said the Shepherdsons laid for them in ambush. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

G. K. Chesterton Anyhow, he felt the difference acutely and when the playful Archer laid hands on the ladder to lift it away, told him to chuck it in a tone verging on ferocity. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Virginia Woolf The swallows nested in the drawing-room; the floor was strewn with straw; the plaster fell in shovelfuls; rafters were laid bare; rats carried off this and that to gnaw behind the wainscots. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Sinclair Lewis Babbitt laid down the book and listened to the stillness. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Agnew laid great stress on this. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

By-and-by Monsieur laid down his spade; by-and-by he recommenced conversation, passed to other subjects, and at last touched a point of interest. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Frederick Marryat Edward turned pale as he laid the document down on the table. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Edith Wharton Ascham laid down his extinct cigar. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

Wilkie Collins Mercy laid it down with a heavy heart. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Arnold Bennett I shall be having you laid up next. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

James Hogg The predicament of the web being thereby increased, the weaver’s wrath was doubled in proportion, and he laid on without mercy. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Elizabeth Gaskell They laid her down among the ministers who were gathered round the pulpit. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Washington Irving While the aunt laid this soothing unction to her pride, the niece treasured up the oft-repeated vows of fidelity of the page. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Rudyard Kipling He laid hold of them mechanically as he spoke, drawing the painted hide, cloak-fashion, about him. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Wilkie Collins Emily laid down the extinguisher. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Algernon Blackwood And the night laid her deep peace upon him as he went. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Alfred Tennyson I charge you now, When you shall see her, tell her that I died Blessing her, praying for her, loving her; Save for the bar between us, loving her As when she laid her head beside my own. Enoch Arden by Alfred Tennyson [1864]

Arthur Machen The parting was as strange as the meeting, and that night when he laid his work aside, and let himself sink deep into the joys of memory, all the encounter seemed as wonderful and impossible as magic. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Virginia Woolf The progress of the sun was measured by it; the tint of the day laid against it to be judged. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

It is painful for me even to give ear to accusations against a brother on whose head my own hands have been laid in holy ordination. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Anthony Hope I fell back a pace and rushed at him again; and this time I reached his face and laid his cheek open, and darted back almost before he could strike me. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Schalken strolled down to the church — be found it open — notice of the arrival of the funeral had been given, and the vault in which the body was to be laid had been opened. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

John Lewis Burckhard I take this to be the Lake Phiala, laid down in the maps of Syria, as there is no other lake or pond in the neighbourhood. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Algernon Blackwood He laid one hand, however, upon the banisters, as though preliminary to getting to his feet. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

H.P. Lovecraft He laid a gnarled claw on my shoulder, and it seemed to me that its shaking was not altogether that of mirth. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Wilkie Collins The mansion-house was intelligently laid out, and luxuriously furnished. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Arthur Conan Doyle She had raised a light easel in front of her, and with papered board laid across it, was preparing to paint the magnificent landscape of rock and moor which stretched away in front of her. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

A convolvulus had climbed to the sundial, wrapping it round and round, and had laid its bold white trumpet flowers on the leaded disk itself. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

I laid it down at length, and, taking the ring from its box, examined it fondly. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

W. W. Jacobs These, after the sailor had examined them in every possible manner, he rolled up and put in his pocket, then without a word he took out the diamond again and laid it silently on the table. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

George Gissing He laid down the book and rose languidly. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing She laid aside her outdoor things, viewed herself more than once in a mirror, and moved about restlessly. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Sinclair Lewis He laid a sheet of paper on the glass and wrote, “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party. The Willow Walk by Sinclair Lewis

So the priest laid those bones in earth in the churchyard. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Jack London And immediately Pilate laid eyes on the fisherman Pilate was subdued — nay, was solicitous. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Sinclair Lewis He laid down for future generations the discovery: “Love does queer things to people. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Henry Handel Richardson Leaning forward Mary laid an arm round her shoulders. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

E. Phillips Oppenheim Breathless, he laid her down upon the couch and stood away. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Samuel Johnson Mr. Boswell being more delicate, laid himself sheets with hay over and under him, and lay in linen like a gentleman. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

George Meredith Georgiana laid down the letter folded under Merthyr’s fingers, keeping her hand on it till he grew alive to her meaning, that it should be put away. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Edith Wharton She clung to him without answering, and he laid his lips on her hair, which was soft yet springy, like certain mosses on warm slopes, and had the faint woody fragrance of fresh sawdust in the sun. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Bram Stoker Moreover the scene of endeavour was this time laid in Venice, a place even more widely removed in the sixteenth century from Lisbon by circumstances than by geographical position. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

I reckon he has noticed that I’ve been indulging a little more than a gentleman should, and he laid for me with some reaching arguments. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

H. G. Wells Mr Twain put his hat very carefully so as to extinguish a potful of window geraniums, laid his umbrella on the sill and as if by right took up a magisterial position before the fireplace. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Virginia Woolf She nipped it off the palms of one’s hands very cleverly, but her ears were laid back as if she might bite. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Ford Madox Ford It is too little to say that the girl would have laid her life at Leonora’s feet. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Wilkie Collins There was the sad, peaceful, white face, with the awful mystery of stillness on it, laid back upon the pillow. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

There was no hot water laid on. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

George Gissing Then she walked softly to an image of the Virgin, at whose feet someone had laid hothouse flowers. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

He laid himself down upon a folded sail, not interfering with anything whilst the bark prepared for sea; and, with its large square sail, it was fairly out within two hours. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Algernon Blackwood It was another — first uttered at Edinburgh many years ago — Silvatela. And strong emotion laid a spell upon my senses, masking the present with a veil of other times and other places. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The money we spend for courts and prisons is very ill laid out. Man The Reformer by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1841]

She would have the garden railings hung with white, and the body might be laid out under the lilac trees, whose twigs were already tipped with green. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Wilkie Collins Soh! there is my domestic sentiments laid bare before you. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Virginia Woolf And he held out for her inspection a hunk of bread on which was laid a slice of cold meat or sausage. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

He laid his hand upon her arm. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Edith Wharton The lodge-keeper and Faxon bent over him, and somehow, between them, lifted him into the kitchen and laid him on a sofa by the stove. The Triumph of Night by Edith Wharton [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then he laid the candle-end upon the table and disappeared from our view into one of the corners. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

M. P. Shiel Then, laid in Cobby’s deck-chair, she spent days of silence, smiling, pallid now, though the backs of her hands remained of that hue named by Herbert Spencer “impure purple. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Sinclair Lewis He laid down his Life of Lord Birkenhead and spoke plain: “That’s the sixth cigarette you’ve smoked this evening, Jin.” “Oh yas?” “How many do you smoke a day?’ “I dunno. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

As he laid the thing down he remembered in a vague, surprised way that what he had planned to lay in front of Bryce was his resignation. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

Edward laid his hand on him, for he seemed scarce able to stand. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Louisa May Alcott I’ve got them all, thank God, and am the happiest woman in the world,” and Meg laid her hand on her tall boy’s head, with a face full of tender and devout content. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Virginia Woolf Certainly, as I strolled round the court, the foundation of gold and silver seemed deep enough; the pavement laid solidly over the wild grasses. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Thomas Hardy She laid her hand upon his arm. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

Virginia Woolf Lucy had just opened her lips to reply, and had laid her hand on her cross caressingly, when the gentlemen came in. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

George Berkeley Qu. Whether, in the anniversary fair at the small town of Beaucaire upon the Rhone, there be not as much money laid out as the current cash of this kingdom amounts to? 214. The Querist by George Berkeley [1735]

High-constable was more, though He laid Dick Tator by the heels. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

For every voyage he laid in so many bales of novels that there was no stowage for the cargo. The Ocean Wave by Ambrose Bierce

Henry Handel Richardson Stooping, he laid his hand on John’s shoulder. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Virginia Woolf He laid it aside patiently, and heard all that Terence had to say about delirium. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle But if drink were laid before him it was a perfect madness — nothing could induce him to take it with moderation. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Mark Twain So I clumb up en laid down on de planks. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Anthony Trollope Now, however — now that Phineas had consented to join the Government, any such considerations as these must be laid aside. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Turning his back upon us he laid down his burden, and the next instant there was the sound of a sharp tap, followed by a clatter and rattle. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Thomas Hardy A figure moved behind him, and thinking it was still the girl with the broom Jude took no notice, till the person came close and laid her fingers lightly upon his bass hand. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Edith Wharton Lily, instead of answering, rose with a smile and held out her arms; and the mother, understanding the gesture, laid her child in them. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

H. Rider Haggard At a sign from Soa he laid Juanna down upon the bed, whereon the woman instantly threw a blanket over her, so as to hide her face from the eyes of the curious. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle Ten million young men were laid dead upon the ground. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Duffham laid hold of him behind, and Tod went before. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Henry James Mrs. Gereth had become in a flash the victim; poor little Ricks had been laid bare in a night. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

But Maude laid her hand upon his arm. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

However, Mrs Creevy’s wrath seemed to have cooled — at any rate, she had laid aside the air of outraged virtue that it had been necessary to put on in front of the parents. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Rudyard Kipling Mrs. Fettley laid out more patches in the Spring light through the geraniums on the window-sill, and they were silent awhile. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Charles Dickens Mr. Goodchild made this study of him while he was examining the limb, and as he laid it down. The Lazy Tour of Two Idle Apprentices by Charles Dickens [1857]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Mrs. Lynde pushed them gently aside, tried his pulse, and then laid her ear over his heart. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

The boys who could not sew well enough to make their own clothes laid up grass into sinnet for the men, who sewed for them in return. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

William Morris So they entered, and found beds thereon of heather and ling, and they laid them down sweetly, like brother and sister, when they had kissed each other. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

Ann Radcliffe She laid it down again, and tried to argue herself into composure. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Rafael Sabatini You shall be laid by the heels, my fine cockerel. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Henry James Bellegarde laid his fingers upon his lips with a whispered HUSH! “Old races have strange secrets!” he said. The American by Henry James [1877]

Anthony Trollope Here was a part of the scheme laid by Hortensius. To deal with Cicero in such a matter would no doubt be awkward. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Virginia Woolf She felt his excitement through her dress; he was like a dog on a leash; straining forward with all his nerves erect, she felt, as he laid his hand on her knee. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Lucy Maud Montgomery But Gilbert had also sprung from the boat and now laid a detaining hand on her arm. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

Sinclair Lewis He laid a light robe over the suitcases. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim If you will give me your keys I will have your clothes laid out. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

D. H. Lawrence They murdered me, but I lent myself to murder —” The woman, silent now, but quivering, laid oil in her hand and put her palm over the wound in his right side. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

The formula last laid down for our thesis must therefore be made more complete. The Meaning of Truth by William James

George MacDonald Many channels I crossed, and came to a wider space of rock; there, dreaming I was weary, I laid myself down, and longed to be awake. Lilith by George MacDonald

George MacDonald I laid myself a little way from her, with the body of Lona by my other side, thus to keep watch at once over the dead and the dangerous. Lilith by George MacDonald

He laid claim to that honor as captain of the royal guards. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

George Gissing It’s been a trial for poor Mrs. Jalland, that it have! She couldn’t seem to take comfort, not even when she saw him laid out. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Silhouetted against the bright windows, Lyra waited till Jack Wilmington reappeared with a shawl and laid it on her shoulders. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

F. Scott Fitzgerald She laid a hand on his shoulder and a glow settled almost imperceptibly over him. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

They laid him out for his last resting-place. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Sir Walter Scott The boy was clad in a grey suit of the finest cloth, laid down with silver lace, with a buff-coloured cloak of the same pattern. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Virginia Woolf The road was laid with soft white dust; the hedges, hung with wreaths of travellers’ joy, seemed also thick with dust. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Margaret was not weeping, but she stood very pale, with her arms still laid on her cousin’s shoulders, and looked almost wildly down into her wistful eyes. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Anthony Trollope His father had taken his candlestick in his right hand, and had laid his left upon his son’s collar. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Then upon his eighth attempt his good fortune had deserted him, for, having mortally wounded the bank officer in charge, the alarm had been given, he had been laid hold of and his mask torn off. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Marie Corelli There was a curious shamed look upon his face, as if some secret sin within himself had suddenly been laid bare in all its vileness to the light of day. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Rudyard Kipling This Yellowstone Park is laid out like Ollendorf, in exercises of progressive difficulty. American Notes by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Barbara rose and laid her mamma’s head lovingly upon her bosom. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Wilkie Collins I signed to him to say nothing, and then laid my fingers again on the man’s wrist. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Andrew Lang He at once sprang hastily toward her, lifted her up, and bore her to a room, where he laid her down, and kneeling beside her he drew three drops of blood from her right side, and spat them out. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Choosing out their ringleader, I felled him to the ground, laid him on his back, and stamped upon him. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Nikolai Gogol The distiller, who beside many other characteristics possessed a keen curiosity, laid down his pipe quickly and ran into the street; but the ne’er-do-wells had all dispersed. A May Night by Nikolai Gogol

In his hurry and preoccupation he did not notice Lampourde, who suddenly approached and laid hold of his cloak, which he snatched off, with a quick, strong jerk that broke its fastenings. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Henry Handel Richardson Seating himself, the Professor laid hat and umbrella at his side, and rubbed his spectacles free of dust. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson