Phrases with "lain"

Anthony Trollope He had often lain awake, thinking of her faults to him; but now he lay thinking of his faults to her. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Edith Wharton She felt so profoundly tired that she thought she must fall asleep at once; but as soon as she had lain down every nerve started once more into separate wakefulness. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

I must have lain for hours waiting in that spectral place, my eyes riveted on the tower and its golden cap of moonshine. The Grove of Ashtaroth by John Buchan [1910]

Thrust in a cell at last, I must have lain down and, from pure weariness of pain, fallen asleep. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Radclyffe Hall Barely had it lain in her own for a moment, when she clumsily gave it back to its owner. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Henry David Thoreau But the truth is, that it has not lain in the ground so long, but is regularly planted each year by various quadrupeds and birds. The Succession of Forest Trees by Henry David Thoreau

E. T. A. Hoffmann A kind of confidential familiarity arose between us, which, burning through me like an electric current, consumed the timorous nervousness and constraint which had lain like ice upon my heart. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Charles Dickens Some fellow had lain down on the open staircase, and was slumbering soundly. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

The first frosts should have stripped the trees, and the first snows lain at the dyke-back. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Seest thou the eastern dawn! Hear’st thou, in the red morn, The angel’s song? Oh! lift thy drooping head, Thou, who in gloom and dread Hast lain so long. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Henry James It was not that Catherine was jealous; but her sense of Mrs. Penniman’s innocent falsity, which had lain dormant, began to haunt her again, and she was glad that she was safely at home. Washington Square by Henry James [1880]

Andrew Lang He thought there was nothing for it but to die after all, and had lain down beside the wall, when he heard a window being opened high above him. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

The stately knight had often lain more soft by other dames. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

To-day we are on the sound, and have lain to, about noon, to let the sailors fish, thereby losing an hour or so of fair wind, and catching a preposterous number of fish of immense size. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Radclyffe Hall And one evening there came a preposterous impulse — the impulse to confide in this woman within whose most gracious and perfect body her own anxious body had lain and quickened. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

His eyes fell suddenly upon some neatly pressed and folded clothes that his man had lain upon a chair, and immediately his face clouded. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

He was not lustful; only once in all his life had he lain with a woman, and that for a rational purpose. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Those who had lain wounded were now seen coming forth; they, too, would fain have pastime with the troop and guard themselves with bucklers and hurl the shaft. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Jules Verne The unexpected arrest of Joam Dacosta had revived the memory of the terrible crime of Tijuco, which had lain forgotten for twenty-three years. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

E. Phillips Oppenheim For a moment Peter Ruff had hesitated while her hand had lain in his. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

So there the box with its golden freight had lain undisturbed, hidden in the folds of the curtains. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Sir Richard Burton Hardly had we lain down, O my mother, than one whose form I wot not uplifted our bed and transported it to a darksome place, fulsome and mean. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Henry David Thoreau Yet it is stated by one botanical writer that “acorns that have lain for centuries, on being ploughed up, have soon vegetated. The Succession of Forest Trees by Henry David Thoreau

Charles Dickens He had been delirious, and had lain insensible some hours, but he had been overheard to murmur a very good prayer the day before. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was strange indeed to see this valley, which had lain so solitary in the hour of dawn, bristling with arms and dotted with the red coats and breeches. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

E. F. Benson She must have heard that there were some errors on it (and indeed found five), for she referred to this as a duty that had long lain heavy. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

D. H. Lawrence He did not mind if the raindrops came on him: he would have lain and got wet through: he felt as if nothing mattered, as if his living were smeared away into the beyond, near and quite lovable. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Marjorie Bowen One day I was undoing a parcel of secondhand books; they had lain in the shop some time, and I rather forgot where they had come from. Ann Mellor’s Lover by Marjorie Bowen

Then up stood the king and cried on his men to take those who had lain privily in the porch through the night. The Story of the Volsungs by translated by William Morris and Eirikr Magnusson

T. E. Lawrence My camel’s body had lain behind me like a rock and divided the charge into two streams: and in the back of its skull was the heavy bullet of the fifth shot I fired. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Edith Wharton Hitherto they had lain in neatly sorted and easily accessible bundles on the high shelves of a perfectly ordered moral consciousness. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

At any rate, he had not put on his pyjamas and he had only lain down upon the bed. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

M. P. Shiel Alle das Neigen Von Herzen zu Herzen, Ach! wie so eigen Schaffet das Schmerzen! Thus, anyway, with wailing, went the excellent Sueela away, to be lain with by the likes of Daisy, though to sit on him. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Wilkie Collins Till this night, what share he had of the immortal inheritance that is divided among us all had lain dormant within him. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

George Gissing Alma meanwhile had lain quietly, and the household at length went to rest without renewal of alarms. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

George Gissing He had to work late—and then he must have lain down to sleep. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

D.H. Lawrence There was a little more coffee, and a talking, a story of a man who had fallen over a declivity in a lonely part going home drunk in the evening, and had lain unfound for eighteen hours. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Richard Hakluy Then being come to the mouth of the straits, we met with the Anne Francis, who had lain bulting up and down ever since her departure alone, never finding any of her company. Voyages in Search of The North-West Passage by Richard Hakluy

E. F. Benson But today the warm inflowing tide of spring seemed to renovate the muddy flats, setting the weeds, that had lain dank and dispirited, a-floating again on the return of the water. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Charles Dickens It was the first time I had ever lain down to rest in Satis House, and sleep refused to come near me. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

That was good sense, but how on earth was I to escape notice in that table-cloth of a place? I would have buried myself to the neck in mud or lain below water or climbed the tallest tree. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

I must have lain in a dull, torpid condition with occasional intervals of more definite consciousness. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Jack London The dogs had lain down in the snow, and he walked past them to join his partner in the sled. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Victor Hugo He had not lain in ambush in vain. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Abraham Merri Night? How long had I lain here? And where was Drake? I struggled to rise. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

T. E. Lawrence Awad, who had lain through his punishment without complaint, at this release levered himself slowly to his knees and with bent legs and swaying head staggered away to his sleeping-place. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

The general had come to the capital for a time, and had lain down — to rise no more. The General’s Will by Vera Jelihovsky

Sinclair Lewis He had sometimes lain awake for five minutes, but then his face, tucked deep into the pillow, would turn peaceful and childish and still. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Emily Dickinson I died for beauty, but was scarce Adjusted in the tomb, When one who died for truth was lain In an adjoining room. Poems by Emily Dickinson

By midnight they were encamped in a dingle of dead bracken, hidden as securely as if they had lain in the Welsh hills. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle Up to now we had just lain and been killed, which is the weariest kind of work. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

George Gissing No sooner had he lain down in darkness than every form of mortal anguish beset his thoughts, passing before him as though some hand unfolded a pictured scroll of life’s terrors. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

How she ever got on to that plain, and why she hadn’t rotted clean away during the two hundred years or more she must have lain there, are things I can’t explain. The Treasure of Sacramento Nick by Guy Boothby

Arthur Machen And ever after they discovered on the stone in the river where the child had lain every day a great and shining fish lying, and on this fish Ilar was nourished. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Abraham Merri But did we? By sorcery he may have lain all this while, hid in Sharane’s cabin. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Nathaniel Hawthorne Oh that he would fall asleep and let mortals live on without growing older! Hitherto you have lain perfectly still, because the slightest motion would dissipate the fragments of your slumber. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

For four days has he lain there, as you see him, without giving any signs of consciousness. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Sinclair Lewis If people had ever lived and loved here, read thrillers at midnight and lain in beautiful indolence on a Sunday morning, there were no signs of it. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

I must have lain where I was for quite an hour and then it came home to me that whatever happened I could not lie out all night on the ground. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

As a matter of fact, she had lain face downwards. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Jack London The boat had lain there for a long time, for it was half filled with sand, and the splintered wood had that weather-worn appearance due to long exposure to the elements. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Kate Chopin Edmond said nothing; but he thought of his messmate; the one who had lain far back in the shadow; the one who had said nothing. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Arnold Bennett She had partly undressed and lain down, and instantly the hotel had transformed itself into a kind of sounding-box. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Had she not lain so low, little more than her flying bridge being above the water, she would have put her elder sisters to shame, so exquisitely shaped was she. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

When you have lain down, put out the lamp. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope Had I not done so, I might have lain in the streets, or have made one with three or four others in a small room at some third-rate inn. North America by Anthony Trollope

Then she bolted herself into her chamber, and opened Mr. Lewis’s letter, which had lain untouched till then. Aunt Dean by Ellen Wood [1872]

Sponge-soft, slimy, and water-soaked, it might have been riven from some ancient wreck, lain lost for ages in the black ooze at sea-bottom. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

In this pitiable state I must have lain for what you call hours — with us there are no hours, there is no time. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

George Gissing When it was nearly midnight, Ida lay on her bed, dressed, as she had lain since her return home. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Thomas Hardy Some approached pure blanching; some had a bluish pallor; some worn by the older characters (which had possibly lain by folded for many a year) inclined to a cadaverous tint, and to a Georgian style. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

He had picked up an empty cartridge shell, and it was bright and new as if it had only lain for a few days where he had found it. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

There had been some frost in the night, and, when they started, rime had lain on the stiffened ruts of the road and the wayside grasses. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

The summer assizes were now proceeding at Lancaster: in consequence of which, for three nights and three days, he had not lain down in a bed. The English Mail-coach by Thomas De Quincey [1849]

The hand that smoothed his heart was the hand that had lain in Hugh’s, yet it was not; he crushed it in his own, relieved from agony and released to a pretended vengeance. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

And as Hester leaned against Rachel the yearning of her soul towards her suddenly lit up something which had long lain colossal but inapprehended in the depths of her mind. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

The young stranger had hardly lain down in her bed when she sank into a deep sleep; and those ladies had left her in the care of a servant. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Eliot He agreed, and Monna Lisa stood with her arms akimbo to watch him, with a smile of gratified cunning, saying low to herself — ‘It’s lain there ever since my old man died. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

This story seemed the more probable from the fact that everybody knew Shermarkey wished to have the place, and that he would at any time have taken it, had it lain within his power to do so. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Nathaniel Hawthorne At the foot of the palatial facade was strewn, with careful art and ordered irregularity, a broad and broken heap of massive rock, looking is if it might have lain there since the deluge. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Henry David Thoreau A man who has at length found something to do will not need to get a new suit to do it in; for him the old will do, that has lain dusty in the garret for an indeterminate period. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Anthony Trollope Indeed, she could hardly be said to have been in bed at all; for though she had lain down for an hour or two, she had not slept. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

The blow felled me; I should have lain down and tried no stroke to right myself, had not the honour of my country been involved. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

George Gissing But why had she been unable to come straight home? What had held her away, as forcibly as if a hand had lain upon her? She moved aimlessly about the room. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Charles Dickens They were a merry party, and had lain all night at Malwood-Keep, a hunting-lodge in the forest, where they had made good cheer, both at supper and breakfast, and had drunk a deal of wine. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Edith Wharton He looked at her with a startled uncomfortable feeling, as though her beauty were a forgotten enemy that had lain in ambush and now sprang out on him unawares. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

If your uncle’s life had lain in your open palm last night, and the closing of your hand would have ended it, your hand would have closed, Mr. Eversleigh, affectionate nephew though you be. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

James Joyce Pung? De — livver him, orelode! He had laid violent hands on himself, it was brought in Fugger’s Newsletter, lain down, all in, fagged out, with equally melancholy death. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Andrew Lang Rather would I die even such a death, than know thou hadst lain in a man’s bed, and that bed not mine. Aucassin and Nicolete by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence That old aeroplane that had lain broken-down in a field. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle The negro had burrowed down into his hiding-place upon the barrow, where he might have lain snug enough, had it not been for the red gear upon his head. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Years and years ago, twenty long years ago, he had once lain on his face as he was doing now. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

But after the first night that they be lain by, they keep them so straitly that they be not so hardy to speak with no man. The Travels of Sir John Mandeville by John Mandeville

I must have lain long deprived of life; for when first, with a sickening feeling, I unclosed my eyes, the light of morning met them. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

John Lewis Burckhard In this garden is the burial-ground of the monks, and in several adjoining vaulted chambers their remains are collected after the bodies have lain two years in the coffins underground. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Willa Cather Perhaps she had lain down upstairs, for she looked a little rested. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

Anthony Trollope For a long time, for perhaps an hour, they had lain still, being afraid to move. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Jajjala was now barndi mannainyi (good smelling) and the children and young men who had lain across the body and were rubbed with sand would grow up strong and clean. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

Radclyffe Hall A deep depression towards the middle showed where his body had lain in sleep, and seeing this Stephen stooped down and touched it for a moment. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Some dreadful thing which had lain embedded in the future had somehow been skipped over and had not happened. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Abraham Merri Now for many sleeps, while he grew well, they had lain hidden within a land-locked cove of one of the golden isles. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Robert Louis Stevenson After that noble brother of mine, and of all frail clay, shall have lain a century at rest, one shall accuse, one defend him. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Being obliged to moor a few miles beyond Derr, and having lain awake half the night, we offered a sakkieh-driver a couple of dollars if he would let his wheel rest till morning. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Ford Madox Ford Her father had struck her full upon the forehead a blow so terrible that she had lain unconscious for three days. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

He dropped into the chair in which Aurora had sat, and, absent-minded in his joyful intoxication, picked up the newspaper that had lain at her feet. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

On receiving this order, my long-forgotten Zeenab came again to my recollection, and all my tender feelings which, owing to my active life, had hitherto lain dormant, were now revived. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

George Eliot My head has lain hard that his might have a pillow. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Algernon Blackwood The collie, meanwhile, who had watched the whole proceeding with marked disapproval, had now lain down again upon the mat by the fire, no longer growling. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Anna Katherine Green A woman with a secret — and my heart held a woful and desperate one — should never feel that that secret lacks power to destroy her because it has long lain quiescent. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

William Morris O child, I should have slain my brother, too, My brother, Love, lain moaning in the grass, Had I not ridden out to look for you, When I had watch’d the gilded courtiers pass From the golden hall. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

Arthur Conan Doyle Where she has been is more than I ken, but her bed has not been lain on this night. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Thomas Hardy Times had been when to criticise a single trait in Grace Melbury would have lain as far beyond his powers as to criticise a deity. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Andrew Lang But no sooner had he lain himself down than his eyes grew heavy, and when the sunbeams roused him from his slumbers there was not an apple left on the tree. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassant The cow had lain down again, heavily, and he sat down by her side and stroked her head, grateful for the nourishment she had given him. A Vagabond (Le Vagabond) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Henry Handel Richardson And over the sacrifice she was now called on to make, her heart bled, as raw, as lacerated, as once her body had lain in giving them birth. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry Kingsley This is a night when polecats and rabbits would shelter together in peace; and yet such a night as this, a man turns out of his house the woman who has lain beside him twenty years. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

For hours, sometimes, on Sunday afternoons or in the evening when I’ve come home from work, I’ve lain on my bed with all my clothes on except my shoes, wondering about women. Coming up for Air by George Orwell

Rafael Sabatini You’d ha’ lain in Petersfield Gaol with me this night. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

She had fainted away, and had lain thus, helpless and insensible, for several hours. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

George Gissing It was written in a very clear, delicate hand, and ran thus:— ‘DEAR SIR,—I who address you have lain for two years on a bed from which I shall never move till I am carried to my grave. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

H. G. Wells She would have lain awake anyhow, but she was greatly helped in this by Mr. Pope’s restlessness. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Arthur Morrison When at last they were gone, and the room clear, he kicked into a heap the strip of carpet that the dead man had lain on; and as he did it, he perceived me in my corner. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

George Meredith Her senses had lain as under a charm, with heart at anchor and a mind free to work. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Edith Wharton Lee–Hamilton, his career cut short, lapsed into what seemed hopeless invalidism, and for years had lain motionless on the mattress on which I first saw him. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

R. D. Blackmore I may desire you to produce for my inspection that deed in pursuance of his marriage settlement, which has for so many years lain concealed. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

H. Rider Haggard He had come to the mountain in the darkness, and had lain in a dell till the breaking of the light, for, now that the snows were melting, the men of Gizur and Swanhild watched the ways. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

They could have lain down on the ground and done THAT if they had wanted to. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

He had hardly spoken at all, but had lain quite still, with his eyes widely open and staring into vacancy. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Ford Madox Ford And Leonora has told me that, on Florence’s dressing-table, beside her dead body, there had lain a letter to Miss Hurlbird — a letter which Leonora posted without telling me. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

George Gissing My future has lain in your power to make or mar. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Never hath king lain so lordly with his meiny. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

The mother, who till now had lain huddled on the floor, apparently unconscious of all that was going forward, here suddenly lifted up her head. The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello by Amelia B. Edwards

D. H. Lawrence But if Old Harry himself had lain there like that and asked me to say I loved him I’d have done it. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

It was dusk, and having lain long in one position, he felt so stiff as to move with difficulty; on turning his head, he saw two strangers looking at him with wonder and pity. Three Hundred Years Hence by Mary Griffith

F. Scott Fitzgerald He had never lain upon moss, and he wanted to see whether it was really soft enough to justify the use of its name as an adjective. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Rudyard Kipling If I had not promised, I should have lain there all my life. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

H. G. Wells And there it would have lain and fizzled, like one or two other little things these scientific people have lit and dropped about us. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

George Eliot It would break against armour, but was the armour sure to be always there? In those long months while vengeance had lain in prison, baseness had perhaps become forgetful and secure. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Radclyffe Hall And now in addition she must be tormented by memories dug out of their graves by Stephen — Stephen, whose pain had called up a dead sorrow that for long had lain quietly and decently buried. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

George Gissing Slimy rose also, and at the same time took up a heavy piece of wood, looking like a piece of a cart-shaft, which had lain on the floor beside him. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Ah, how happy, how innocent she had felt that day! Then they had come to a stile—Mottram had helped her up, helped her down, and for a moment her hand had lain and fluttered in his hand. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

George Fairfax meanwhile had lain himself down to take his rest in tolerable good-humour with himself and the world in general. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

George Gissing She who wept there through the night would have lain dead if that cold face could in exchange have been touched by the dawn to waking. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Robert Louis Stevenson For my part, I am sure our hands would not have lain so closely in each other if she had not begun to melt to me already. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

F. Scott Fitzgerald He had given George a bath and put him to bed, and then lain down on the couch intending to rest a minute before getting his own dinner. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

She alluded to little incidents which I had long ceased to think of, but which, I found, had only lain in abeyance in my memory, for they instantly started into life at her touch. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Abraham Merri Jubilant now! Triumphant! Something was inside the block! Something that had lain hidden there since Sargon of Akkad, six thousand years go! The carillons of jade rang out again. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Baldwin Spencer The sun once more shines hotly, and in the damp ground seeds which have lain dormant for months germinate, and, as if by magic, the once arid land becomes covered with luxuriant herbage. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

James Joyce At the pause in the chain of hands her hand had lain in his an instant, a soft merchandise. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

George MacDonald I woke suddenly, saw above me constellations unknown to my former world, and had lain for a while gazing at them, when I became aware of a figure seated on the ground a little way from and above me. Lilith by George MacDonald

Henry Handel Richardson The dead girl was free—and he had a sudden vision of her, as she had lain in the mortuary, with the look of superhuman peace on her face. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Willa Cather Tonight he had scarcely lain down, when a sentinel brought in a runner with a message. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George MacDonald The Little Ones who had lain down beside my father and mother gazed blank and sad for a moment at their empty places, then slid slowly to the floor. Lilith by George MacDonald

Jack London But scarcely had he lain down when Grey Beaver staggered over to him and tied a leather thong around his neck. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

I had just extinguished my candle and lain down, when a deep, low, mighty tone swung through the night. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Henry James With his own hand he had given me his reward! I would have lain down in the dust and let her walk over me; I would have given her the eyes out of my head, if she had taken a fancy to them. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My relatives secured my entrance into the best and most exclusive society, and from the first my practice has lain amongst people of that class. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

It must have lain in the ground ever since. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

The organ, so long dumb, was speaking in an audible voice—was telling of many things that had lain long in its heart, and that now at last trembled into speech. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

William Hope Hodgson And I set her instant to the earth, and made her to bare her shoulders to me; and truly they did be much bruised where that she had lain so oft in mine arms, against the hardness of mine armour. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

He had a slip of paper in his hand, one of the two which had lain in the top drawer, as I saw by the dates and the ruled lines. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle Have you not tethered a young kid under a tree, lain above it with your rifle, and waited for the bait to bring up your tiger? This empty house is my tree, and you are my tiger. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

John Galsworthy His mother! And he had not defended her, who had lain defenceless! But what had the parson been about not to give notice of what they were going to do? He raised his head again, and stared around him. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

But in this nick of time got to his feet Gunnar's man, who had lain fallen awhile, and he ran straightway to see the Earl, and to tell him these tidings. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Edgar Allan Poe The stomach was swollen immensely, like that of a man who has been drowned and lain under water for many weeks. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

E. F. Benson Soon after Shirley appeared, Charlotte again turned her mind to The Professor, which had lain on her shelf since her publishers had dissuaded her from expanding it into three-volumed form. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Robert Louis Stevenson In that place they had lain three weeks in pawn for their hotel bill, and had it not been for a surprising stroke of fortune they might have been lying there in pawn until this day. Providence and the Guitar by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rarely in her life had Lady Eversleigh lain down to rest with do tranquil a heart as that with which she slept under the humble roof of Captain Jernam’s aunt. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

The ghost of Tod is lain for ever. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Edith Wharton Was there not a promise of rescue in his love? As she had lain at Gerty’s side the night before, she had thought of his coming, and of the sweetness of weeping out her pain upon his breast. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

The case had, doubtless, been dropped by him, and had lain unnoticed till I found it. The Four-Fifteen Express by Amelia B. Edwards

My father — his father — his father before him had madness in their veins, and I, whose life’s work has lain among diseases, am averse from propagating disease myself. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch With the other she pointed to where the view had lain seaward. Midsummer Fires by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

F. Scott Fitzgerald For two months she had lain under it, as imprisoned as in the Iron Maiden. She was coherent, even brilliant, within the limits of her special hallucinations. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

But if his necessity could have lain with hers . Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

George Gissing For more than a week my pen has lain untouched. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

This provision—with many other wiser ones—had lain inert since the establishment of the republic. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Charles Dickens What sight was that which met her view! The bed had not been lain on, but was smooth and empty. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

Frances Hodgson Burnett When Fate’s self had sprung upon her with a wild-beast leap she had only lain still and panted like a young fawn in the clutch of a lion. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope The balance of desire during the whole evening had lain altogether on the other side. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

George Gissing Her hand had lain but coldly in his. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I might have lain out there all night, I suppose, but for you. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

I’ve lain awake half the night considering it. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

G. K. Chesterton He might have lain there for some time, or at least found some difficulty in rising, but for another circumstance. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Kate Chopin She felt sure that the significance of the whole occurrence had lain in her own self-consciousness. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Thomas Paine But their peculiar advantage is, that they are the touchstones of sincerity and hypocrisy, and bring things and men to light, which might otherwise have lain forever undiscovered. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Henry Handel Richardson As she lifted the lamp from the writing-table to place it on the square table before the sofa, Madeleine called her attention to a folded paper that had lain beneath it. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

George West’s death would not have lain at his door, or room been made by it for Tom Dancox, and Katherine would not be lying as he had now left her—cold and lifeless. The Silent Chimes by Ellen Wood

So had she lain and listened in the past, as each day broke in her brain. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Robert Louis Stevenson The ground in this direction was very uneven; a hundred men might have lain hidden in as many square yards about my path. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Morrison But then it struck him for the first time that these jewels, though they may have lain untouched so long, were stolen property after all. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

A. E. W. Mason For though the old master of Lennon House has not lain twenty years in his grave, he is already swollen into a legendary character. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

My experience has lain more amidst the former class than the latter. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

H. G. Wells Haven’t I watched? Haven’t I lain awake through long nights thinking about her and you, thinking over every casual mood, every little sign—longing to help—helpless. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Jane Austen How the delicacy, the discretion of his favourite could have been so lain asleep! He feared there must be some decided involvement. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Anthony Hope She could not rest; she did not know how we fared, nor how those in Strelsau; for hours she had lain awake; then at last falling asleep, she had dreamt. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

I am not like the women I have read of, who have lain night after night in the horrible darkness and stillness, planning out treacherous deeds, and arranging every circumstance of an appointed crime. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Perceptions, sympathies, which had lain dormant during the whole of his thirty-nine years of life, now sprang into being. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

George Meredith My emotions have lain altogether dormant in sentimental attachment. The Gentleman of Fifty and the Damsel of Nineteen by George Meredith

The stalwart men both staggered at the blow; but for the Cloak of Darkness they had lain there dead. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway