Phrases with "laid"

We attached a strong cable, got up on the tree-tops, and hauled her after us with some difficulty; then we laid her on the branches, hoisted sail, and floating thus were propelled by the wind. The True History by Lucian of Samosata

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

William Makepeace Thackeray He whistled so divinely that the ladies left their cabins, and men laid down their books. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

She drew nearer, laid her hand upon his shoulder, and whispered for a few moments in his ear. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Richard Hakluy The 25th we laid our ships on the lee for the Sunshine, who was a-rummaging for a leak; they had 500 strokes at the pump in a watch, with the wind at north-west. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

Elizabeth Gaskell We’ve missed it afore time, I grant yo’; but this time we’n laid our plans desperate deep. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Gaston Leroux Christine came to him, laid her hand on his forehead and went away again. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Henriques killed the priest, and would have bagged the jewels if I had not laid him out. Prester John by John Buchan

M. P. Shiel There Harris laid the bag on the floor of an empty back room, where through a broken window came a little light, and the three stood looking down upon the bag, solemnly as upon a body. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

A table was laid with a cold supper, and on another stood a little grove of champagne bottles. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Helène laid her hand upon the bell. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Guy de Maupassan The Countess listened, surprised, charmed, and gently laid her hand on his white locks, which she caressed tenderly, as if to thank him. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Arthur Conan Doyle The remaining forester and the two laborers were also ready for the road, and the rest of the company turned to the blankets which Dame Eliza and the maid had laid out for them upon the floor. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Gustave Flauber Matho laid his hand upon it; then he put his head through the opening, then he wrapped it about his body, and he spread out his arms the better to view it. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

I did not know that I had no hair, no eyebrows, no eyelashes, that my young mustache was burnt off, that my face was black, one cheek laid open, my nose cut, and my chin bleeding. Youth by Joseph Conrad [1898]

Rudyard Kipling The other hand I laid on broad, cold iron — even the flanks of H.M.S. Cryptic, which is twelve thousand tons. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Wilkie Collins The man who laid her in it is hid from me still — I shall find him!“ “Please do listen to me, sir, for one moment,” pleaded Mrs. Peckover, more nervously than before. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Wilkie Collins It will be found there when I am laid out for the grave — and then, Eustace (when it is too late for hope or help), my letter will be given to you. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

With what softness the great ones clothe themselves!” And he laid a satin doublet against his hard cheek. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Wilkie Collins Other people can think for the best; other people can act for the best; other people have had a heavy weight laid on their minds, and have not dropped under it as I have. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

She laid the table in a handsome dining-room, equally as garish in color as the apartment below. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Virginia Woolf She laid her white gloves in a businesslike way on the table. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Robert Louis Stevenson She had then only to be steered very close to the buoy, when the salvagee was laid hold of with a boat-hook, and the BITE of the hawser thrown over the cross-head. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Thomas Hardy There’s no such thing as a random snapping off of what was laid down to last longer. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Large numbers of pheasants are reared by Mr. Baker of Leadenhall from eggs laid by wild birds, and he informs Mr. Jenner Weir that four or five males to one female are generally produced. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Wilkie Collins I had looked over the newspaper with the usual result, and had laid it down with the customary sense of disappointment, when Jessie handed me a letter which she had received that morning. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

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]

Catherine Helen Spence Great nests of rookeries had been pulled down where population had been thickest and most wretched, and planted with trees or laid out in grass. A Week in the Future by Catherine Helen Spence

Diana busied herself with the removal of her hat and jacket, which she laid neatly upon a stony-hearted horsehair sofa. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Lesbia went towards the drawing-room door with her brother, and just as he reached the door she laid her hand caressingly upon his shoulder. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Theodore Dreiser Hurstwood laid a gentle hand on her. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Henry Handel Richardson Propped up in bed on two pillows, she now laid down her book, and put out her hand to draw Ephie to her. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

R. D. Blackmore She was carried quick as might be through a whirl of tossing waters, and gently laid upon a pile of kelp; and then Robin Lyth said, “You are quite safe here, for at least another hour. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then, still smiling, he advanced, and he laid his two hands upon my head. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

George Gissing The table was laid for dinner. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Gaston Leroux Now the fever laid hold of me in my turn . The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

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]

Andrew Lang As soon as they were sure this was the case, the old witch tied a cap on her daughter’s head and laid her in the Queen’s bed. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The Trojan chief Was laid on Tiber’s banks, oppress’d with grief, And found in silent slumber late relief. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Andrew Lang He laid it in his own place in the bed, and then hid himself in a dark corner of the room. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James He laid his liberal hand on Nick’s with a confidence that showed how little it was really disabled. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

E. Phillips Oppenheim After a moment’s, hesitation, however, he laid down the newspaper which he had been professing to read and took the vacant place by Haven’s side. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

William Makepeace Thackeray He has not laid the stones or carried up the mortar. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

John Galsworthy Good-bye, my boy!” He laid his hand on his son’s shoulder, turned quickly and got in. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Having learned all their customs and business methods he returned to his own country and laid before the Panjandrum a comprehensive scheme of commercial reform. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

E. Phillips Oppenheim He laid down the few lines from the bank manager, stretched out his hand for the enclosure and dropped it clumsily on to the carpet. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

The first floorings had been laid throughout the house, and the partitions had been lathed so that one could realise the shape of the interior. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

At any rate, Locke laid down the professional wig and cane, and took to other studies. Medical Essays by Oliver Wendell Holmes

She don’t need to act it, neither; I give her a whole ten shillings t’other day, and she went and laid it out at Alcester.” No doubt. Jellico’s Pack by Ellen Wood [1869]

Wilkie Collins I pretended not to have heard Mrs. Macallan. I laid my hand, as if by accident, on the wheel-chair to keep him near me. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

She, therefore, once more laid herself down, and counted the weary moments. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

James Joyce O, Erin, mourn with grief and woe For he lies dead whom the fell gang Of modern hypocrites laid low. Dubliners by James Joyce

Wilkie Collins I saw his hands tremble as he laid them on the coverlet; I saw his face grow paler and paler, and his under lip drop. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

It was later than she had expected, and she found that breakfast was laid out in the next room. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Here were pleasant grounds, with walks laid out, and benches provided. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

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]

He laid him at her side, and great was his joy when in his arms he clasped the lovely fair. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Virginia Woolf Evelyn laid hold of Rachel’s skirt and protested. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

At Yule Thorkel went himself, and eight of them altogether, and there was Grettir and Biorn and other followers of Thorkel. Grettir had on a fur-cloak, which he laid aside while they set on the beast. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Kate Chopin He laid aside the great, soft fan, and obediently stole away, over the polished floor, on his bare tiptoes. Short stories by Kate Chopin

The table was littered with unwashed dishes, and on the corner of it next him was a great black sloppy ring, showing where a wet saucepan had been laid upon the bare board. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

These were the particulars: The previous evening, Juliet did not appear at the late supper, laid in the dining-room for the guests; at least, no one remembered to have seen her. In Later Years by Ellen Wood [1887]

Arnold Bennett The task of enlivening him had been laid upon Edwin. The guest, and Janet and her father and mother sat together in a group round the fire in the drawing-room. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

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

Arthur Machen You know I read everything Mrs. Runnymede writes, so I set out Miggs directly to beg, borrow or steal a copy, and I confess I burnt the midnight oil before I laid it down. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

George Meredith She laid down the book, saying that I could bring it to her when I was out of disgrace. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Anthony Hope I laid my feet to the ground and rushed after him, calling to him to stand. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

But when the door had closed between them and only the memory of his father’s changed countenance remained to trouble him, he paused and laid his hand again on the knob, as if tempted to return. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells Some theological intricacy made it necessary to her, but still ——— She looked thoughtfully at a bank of primulas before her for a time, and then laid her tremulous hand impressively on my arm. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

D. H. Lawrence He approached, laid his hand on her breast, and kissed her. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

It was often exercised by pretended witches and sorcerers, and finally became a branch of education amongst all who laid any claim to magical and supernatural arts. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Virginia Woolf Then Florinda laid her hand upon his knee. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

A drowsiness that there seemed no withstanding had laid its finger upon us. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He laid a hand upon Marnstam’s shoulder—another on Rounceby’s knee. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Victor Hugo Then he laid her down on the fur, on the side next the fire. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Mrs. Cumberlege had found the general excitement too much for her retirement, and there she was laid out on the sofa. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

George Eliot Our life is determined for us; and it makes the mind very free when we give up wishing, and only think of bearing what is laid upon us, and doing what is given us to do. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Once there, he gave certain explanations and laid a certain proposal before the governor, or some other authority, and obtained permission to do what he thought fit in these matters. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

She was helped to bed, and although laid in it with her head among the pillows, she could not sleep. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Andrew Lang Then he lifted him out, sat down at the fire, laid him on his knee, and rubbed his arms that the blood should circulate again. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

We were right, then, in supposing that the girl was French?” He laid aside the newspaper, and began to open his letters; but he said not a word more about Heathcote’s news. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Since it may be laid as a general principle that women always get what they want we must suppose they didn’t want it. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

On the table he laid them—bread and butter, cold meats, cakes, pies, pickles, oysters, a roasted chicken, a bottle of milk and one of red-hot tea. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Alphonse Daudet On entering, the Tarasconian laid a hand on his heart and bowed as Moorlike as possible, whilst rolling his large impassioned eyes. Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet [1872]

Marjorie Bowen As he laid them on the table, Vincenzo noticed the last was sealed with the seal of Verona, the ladder of the Scaligeri. ‘Mastino?’ he whispered. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Rudyard Kipling Night added herself to the fog, and I laid hold on my limbs jealously, lest they, too, should melt in the general dissolution. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Wilkie Collins Mrs. Marrable gave up the drawing-room to be laid waste for a stage and a theater. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

As he passed out he laid one trembling hand upon the head of the fair girl, now a blooming woman, and a softer shade came over his face. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jules Verne The magazines became stocked with new furs, and fresh stores of provisions were laid up. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

That was last winter, and it laid me up for six weeks. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

George Gissing The ‘culture,’ to which she laid claim, evanesced in this atmosphere of exhalations. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

The Villa Nazionale is a public pleasure-ground laid out in grass plots, bushes, and flower-beds between the houses of the Riviera di Chiaja and the waters of the bay. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She laid her hand affectionately upon his shoulder. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

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]

Anthony Trollope But when they were round the tea-table it seemed to be arranged by common consent that Trumbull’s murder and the Brattles should, for a while, be laid aside. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Horace, his face a document in bewilderment, laid a bill down and followed her out, up the stairs and into the lobby. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton But already Harney’s watch was repaired, and he laid his hand on her arm and drew her from her dream. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

James Joyce Buck Mulligan laid it across his heaped clothes. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Wilkie Collins When he said his last words he suddenly stepped forward, and (with something imperative in the gesture) laid his hand on her arm. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Mary Webb He knelt by Hazel’s bed and laid his dark head on the pillow, torn by physical and spiritual passion. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Charles Dickens We paused at the library door, for I laid my hand restrainingly on Lucy Fraser’s shoulder, and stood listening to the wonderful music the organ poured forth. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

A labourer saw me, and I laid myself flat on the ground till he was out of sight, and then I cast the body back into the grave. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

The priest finished the paragraph, laid down the paper, and quietly went out. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Edna St. Vincent Millay It seems to me I laid it down somewhere, And yet — I am not sure. Renascence and other poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay

He stooped and laid his hand upon its face. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

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]

D. H. Lawrence Yet ever anew it gained ascendency over her, it laid new hold on her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

The interpretation is laid down by Holy Church, and he who rebels against it will burn, be he bishop or noble, clerk or cotter. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Now, however, he took it off and laid it carefully on the empty seat beside him. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins She advanced and laid her hand on my bosom. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The table I saw was laid for two. A Blue Pantomime by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Edith Wharton Mrs. Manson laid a purple finger on her lips. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

She put out her frail hand and laid it across her son’s strong brown fingers. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Very cautiously he laid himself along it, and then slowly raised himself to his feet. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

All inclination must now be laid aside, and duty must become my sole guide and director. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

E. Phillips Oppenheim After a minute examination, he laid the latter down upon the little stretch of black velvet spread out before him and transferred his regard to his visitor. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Henry Handel Richardson Arped laid a fatherly hand on his shoulder. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

He would have laid down life with content — nay, rapture — as the price of learning those solemn secrets which separated the stranger from mankind. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Wilkie Collins Can you guess how?” I laid down the letter for a moment. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Vainly I laid it on the railway and sat down upon it: it would not move; and every few minutes an engine would come along and crowd me off the track. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

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]

Henry James She, however, laid her hand with friendly grace upon his button-hole, and called him a dear, good old Cavaliere, for being always so willing. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

The storm was laid in a moment; he no longer disputed my judgment; and I passed immediately in his mind, no doubt, for as great a critic as ever lived. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

Rudyard Kipling What I did not understand — and it was much — I brought home at evening and laid before my father, who either explained it or told me where I could get the information. Souvenirs of France by Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling He said that the best work of a man’s career should be laid reverently at their feet. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Robert Louis Stevenson About the same hour, my grandfather was in his office at the writing-table; and the room beginning to darken, he laid down his pen and fell asleep. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Valeria knelt by her husband’s pillow and laid her head against it, listening intently to those muttered speeches. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They took two easy-chairs and he ordered Martinis. A tiny blue cloth was laid upon the table and biscuits and sandwiches also made their appearance. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

William Morris At last it was done, and Christopher laid thereon, and they all went on together through the woodland path, the torches still flaring about them. Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair by William Morris [1895]

D. H. Lawrence The cloth was laid for tea; cups glinted in the shadows. The Odour of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence

The supper was laid upon the rickety deal table, and the three men sat down. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

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

Arthur Conan Doyle Having laid out all these luxuries, my two visitors vanished away, like the genii of the Arabian Nights, with no explanation save that the things had been paid for and were ordered to this address. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

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]

Charles Dickens He stood for an instant with the finger yet raised, and as it dropped, he dropped with it, and I laid him down dead. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Wilkie Collins You are bound to answer your mistress —” Hester Dethridge bowed her head, in icy acknowledgment of the principle laid down — so far. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Henry Fielding Upon which he again assailed his antagonist, and with another stroke laid him sprawling on the floor. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

In language as earnest as I knew how to choose, I laid all this before her. A Day in Briar Wood by Ellen Wood [1877]

Inspector Badger produced a funereal notebook, which he laid open on his knee; and the rest of us settled ourselves in our chairs with no little curiosity to hear Mr. Jellicoe’s statement. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

So when Onund met his friends and kin-in-law they bade him abide with them: then was the suit talked over, and was laid to Kialarnes Thing, for as then the Althing was not yet set up. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

None of the servants laid a finger on them; but they determined to ask the Signor which he wished to be brought to him. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

William Makepeace Thackeray And I must confess that the plan he laid was a gallant, clever, and fair one. The Memoires of Barry Lyndon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1852]

William Godwin She saw his only child laid in a cradle, and labouring under a fatal distemper. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

H. G. Wells But I have no doubt that for once her customary badinage was laid aside. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

H. G. Wells He laid in a cask or so of plasticine and modelling clay. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Henry Handel Richardson A moment later, however, he did what she expected: laid the TIMES down and stalked out of the room. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Once out in the air, the Hebrew laid his hand on his arm. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Mark Twain I was good and tired, so I laid down in the canoe and said I wouldn’t bother no more. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Henry James However,” little Bilham continued, “if I’m of the least use to you to hold on by —!” “You’re not of the least!”— and Strether laid an appreciative hand on him to say it. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Walter Scott Somewhat contrary to the custom in these cases, the major went to bed, having left his candle burning and laid his trusty pistols, carefully loaded, on the table by his bedside. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

He laid his hand on the child’s uplifted head. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Edith Wharton She waited till the weak-eyed child appeared, and having laid on her minute instructions as to the care of the shop, she slipped out into the street. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

Rudyard Kipling I laid my hand upon it and blessed him. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

R. D. Blackmore In the wavering dimness they laid the pinnace across the narrow entrance, while the smugglers huddled all together in their boat. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Guy de Maupassan He was able to get hold of it, and held it out to the little fellow who was sobbing and who laid it down on the grass beside him. The Mountain Pool by Guy de Maupassan

She understood the signal, and, as an admirer said, “she laid down to her work. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Miles Franklin Ned Crispin, Arthur Masters, Billy Quiver and others had not laid a finger on me. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

George MacDonald It was Daylight herself whom he had brought from the forest! He fell at her feet, nor dared to look up until she laid her hand upon his head. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

She wrestled with herself, and tried to exorcise those ghosts of memory which haunted her by day and wove themselves into her dreams by night; but they were not to be laid at rest. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Rudyard Kipling In a few minutes he laid aside his pen, and, chin on hand, considered the shop with thoughtful and intelligent eyes. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Mark Twain We shall never know what magnificence is, until this imperial city is laid bare to the sun. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Wilkie Collins It was only when the room was cleared again — when his granddaughter came to his side, and, putting her arm round his neck, laid her cold cheek close to his — that he seemed to live at all. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Virginia Woolf Chaucer, it seems, has some art by which the most ordinary words and the simplest feelings when laid side by side make each other shine; when separated, lose their lustre. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Edith Wharton Mamma is with the dress-maker,” she explained, closing the door behind her, while Garnett laid aside his hat and stick. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

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

Marjorie Bowen She laid her hand lightly on his arm. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

G. K. Chesterton Though our conversation was short, he struck me as a man of very massive common sense and humour; but I cannot tell you much about him personally, because — ” Syme laid down his knife and fork. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Bram Stoker Instinctively he laid his hand on his revolver, and stood up ready to protect his wife. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Wilkie Collins I laid blame on ‘my oculist,’ and waited for what was to follow between the two ladies. The Devil’s Spectacles by Wilkie Collins [1879]

But perhaps you do really love her?” “No.” Isbel laid her hand on his arm. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

D. H. Lawrence He was beyond change or knowledge, absolute, laid in line with the infinite. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Her great doctrine, that he must marry money, had been laid down with authority, and received without doubt. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

At the news of his death Burke burst into tears, Reynolds laid down his brush and painted no more that day, and Johnson wrote an imperishable epitaph on him. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

He came up to London nine months ago as pure-hearted a young fellow as you are: bad companions laid hold of him, and are doing their best to ruin him. Seeing Life by Ellen Wood [1871]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch She laid down the loaded pistol, raked the logs together, and set the kettle on the flame. The Disenchantment of ’Lizabeth by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Agnes fainted, and I laid her on a sofa. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

He heard the roar of the Mire as in a dream, and when John Dodds laid hands on his bridle he felled him to the earth. The Outgoing of the Tide by John Buchan [1902]

Willa Cather Polly was afraid of being unusual or conspicuous in any way, of being “ordinary,” as she said! When Mary had finished her story, Rosicky laid aside his pipe. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Wilkie Collins For, on the evening of the same day, when I went up into her room, I found that she and her sister and the disagreeable dog had all gone, and observed this note laid on the table. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Rudyard Kipling The blown sand heaps on me, that none may learn  Where I am laid for whom my children grieve. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

Thomas Hardy As soon as he arrived he laid her down carefully by the entrance, and then ran and cut with his pocketknife an armful of the dryest fern. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Henry Handel Richardson Didn’t work here at all, in fact,” added Herries, once more letting his bright eyes snapshot the young man, who, on sitting down, laid his shabby felt hat in the middle of the table. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

R. D. Blackmore Why should he linger in a spot where he might have violent hands laid on him, and be sped to a premature end, without benefit even of trial by jury? Upon this train of reasoning he made off. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

The man, however, did not take notice of Archie’s gesture, but walking forward to Madame, laid the letter down before her. Madame Midas by Fergus Hume

Thomas Hardy Here Bob’s letter crackled warningly in his waistcoat pocket as he laid his hand asseveratingly upon his breast, and he became suddenly scaled up to dumbness and gloom as before. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Anthony Trollope It was late before Fanny laid herself down by her sister’s side that night. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Then he went and laid his hand on his brother’s shoulder. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

James Joyce A hand was laid on his arm and a young voice cried: — Ah, gentleman, your own girl, sir! The first handsel today, gentleman. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

A. E. W. Mason It is just possible that some sort of trap was laid for Durrance. I am not sure. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Arthur Morrison Hewitt laid his hand on her shoulder and said, in the slow and distinct tones he had found best for reaching the senses of deaf people, “I hope you are well. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Tobias Smolle The palace of the Escurial in Spain is laid out in the shape of a gridiron, because the convent was built in consequence of a vow to St. Laurence, who was broiled like a barbecued pig. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

E. Phillips Oppenheim A man who had been sipping a liqueur dose at hand, laid down his paper. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Gertrude Stein For a week Constance laid on her bed and wept and then accompanied her mother and her future step-father to Italy. Her step-father being an englishman Constance became passionately an english woman. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Yes, the smell was that of aniseed right enough and, of course — he actually found himself smiling — a trail of it had been laid to decoy the Alsatians away from the house. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

I have been rejected with scorn by the white people, and now I am a Malay! He took me in his arms, he laid his life at my feet. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Two men from the castle had come to meet us with torches; they conducted us into a bedroom richly decorated, where a collation waited for us on a table sumptuously laid out. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Ellen laid her husband’s head gently down upon the grass and sprang to her feet. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Venetia laid the loaded pistol down, away from both, and seated herself on the cushions from which she had risen. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

H. Rider Haggard Greeting, sweet, my May! I laid thee stiff and cold in the earth at Middalhof, but, like a loving wife, thou hast burst thy bonds, and art come to save me from the grip of trolls. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

G. K. Chesterton He has not taken money at usury and laid field to field by chicane, served the ruling families like a dog and then fed on the dying families like a vulture. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]