Phrases with "leaning"

William Hazlitt Shakespeare himself seems to have had a leaning to the arbitrary side of the question, perhaps from some feeling of contempt for his own origin; and to have spared no occasion of baiting the rabble. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Finally he switched off his torch and, leaning back in an armchair, seemed almost to have gone to sleep. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

Then, leaning back in a corner with my feet up on the seat, I tucked the ends of my coat round my legs and prepared myself as philosophically as I could for the night. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

D. H. Lawrence Lettie made him lift her on to a leaning bough of willow. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne There was no wind, and for half an hour longer the fog hung heavily round the raft; whilst Curtis, leaning against the side, strove to penetrate the obscurity. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

H. G. Wells Why not sit in that chair instead of leaning on the back? This is a home — domus — not a debating society — humble in spite of my manifest frauds. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

One day Roger came to his door and opened it suddenly, so that the child, leaning against it, fell across his threshold. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Making a large, and under the circumstances curious circuit, in order to reach her, leaning over the washstand, touching the woman on the shoulder, she held out to her the knife. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle When I got outside I saw Ezra Girdlestone leaning out of a window with a gun in his hands — one of those air-guns which don’t make any noise when they go off. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

D. H. Lawrence Willy was staggering round the room, after the slowly retreating Lucy, shouting: “Kill her! Kill her!” “Mr Horsepool!” cried Ethel, leaning against the bed, white as the sheets, and trembling. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

By leaning a bit, Gervaise could see into the sausage shop from which children issued, holding a fried chop, a sausage or a piece of hot blood pudding wrapped in greasy paper. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Andrew Lang I confess a leaning toward Garcilasso, so truthful and so wonderfully accurate, rather than to the Spanish priest. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope Her cuffs and collars are always as stiff as steel, and she never rubs the sleeves of her dresses by leaning about, like some young ladies. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Gustave Flauber The ramparts were thronged with people when at last Vitellius entered the castle gates, leaning on the arm of his interpreter. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

D. H. Lawrence He looked round at her in irritation as she stood in her long, clear-red dress in the window-recess, leaning out. The Mortal Coil by D. H. Lawrence [1917]

The young woman was again occupied in arranging the cottage, the old man walked before the cottage in the sun for a few minutes, leaning on the arm of the youth. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Henry James He sat silent, leaning upon his cane, looking absently and insensibly at the little marquise. The American by Henry James [1877]

Kate Chopin The Pontelliers and Ratignolles walked ahead; the women leaning upon the arms of their husbands. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

E. Phillips Oppenheim A faint breeze touched his pale cold cheeks—she was there, leaning against the tree, with her dark eyes lifted to his, her lips parted in that wonderful smile. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

George MacDonald We came to a third Little One; it was Luva. She stood on tiptoe, leaning over the edge of a couch. Lilith by George MacDonald

It contained a couch, two camp-stools, a loaded Martini–Henry leaning in one corner, a tiny table, and the steering-wheel. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Arnold Bennett Then she remembered her courage, and the device of leaning hard, and all her philosophy. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He had stayed over a night to make a connection, and was leaning idly against one of the pillars of the Stonewall Hotel when she passed by. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

He was known to be a good man of business, with a leaning toward generosity, and much independence of opinion. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was so natural what had happened—De Besset, leaning out for a breath of fresh air and seeing the intruder. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

He was close on it, leaning above it. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

E. F. Benson Did you hear? A cinder from a passing engine blew into her cook’s eye as she was leaning out of the kitchen window, poor thing. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Marie Corelli Fontenelle himself, meanwhile, leaning carelessly back in the chair he had taken, looked at her with a little quizzical lifting of his eyebrows. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Arnold Bennett And almost opposite Janet and Edwin, leaning forth high above them from the door of a third-class carriage, the head and the shoulders of George Cannon were displayed in the gaslight. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Ford Madox Ford He went away, leaning on Tietjens’ arm, his legs at an angle of sixty degrees with the carpet . No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

I hopped out, and, having verified the number, asked the cabman what there was to pay; to which he replied, concisely, “Two bob,” and, leaning down, held out his hand. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

O’Brien, leaning over the judge’s shoulder, emphasized words with one finger. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anthony Trollope She found the three girls leaning against the rails near the churchyard stile. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Denys and Gerard followed the dignity into the shop, where sat the apprentice at dinner; the maid stood outside with her insteps crossed, leaning against the wall, and tapping it with her nails. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

F. Scott Fitzgerald A weary doll in her make-up she was leaning against a table. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Jules Verne The doctor also felt the influence of his terrible winter excursion, but he did not utter a complaint; he marched on in front, leaning on his stick; he lighted the way; he helped in everything. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

Edith Wharton Selden continued to stand near her, leaning against the mantelpiece. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Benjamin Disraeli The lady stood leaning on a chair, pale, and trembling like an aspen, but gazing steadfastly on the animated portrait. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

H.P. Lovecraf But when he looked, he did not see what he had expected; for his colleagues were not there at all, but only the Terrible Old Man leaning quietly on his knotted cane and smiling hideously. Fragments by H.P. Lovecraf

When his nephew entered the room, looking smart and handsome in his accurate evening suit, Caranby, who was seated near the fire, stood up courteously to welcome him, leaning on his cane. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Guy de Maupassant As soon as she saw Patissot, Octavie, who was leaning on the tanned arm of a strapping fellow who probably had more muscle than brains, whispered a few words in his ears. Sundays of a Bourgeois (Les Dimanches d’un bourgeois de Paris) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle As she ran into the room she saw her employer, the lady, leaning over the baby and apparently biting his neck. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Edgar Wallace Then he remembered Colson’s motor-bicycle: he had left it leaning against the wall and had forgotten to bring it in after the trip he had made to Bisham that morning. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

E. T. A. Hoffmann There, leaning against a tree, with my firelock under my arm, I forgot the wolf-hunt entirely; my thoughts had travelled back to Seraphina’s cosy room. The Entail by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Oscar Wilde He turned round, and, leaning upon his elbow, began to sip his chocolate. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

George Meredith In a moment they were seen leaning back and contemplating him amusedly, as if he had been the comic spectacle, and were laughing for a wager. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Maria Edgeworth Hector sat with his elbows fixed upon his knees, leaning his head upon his hands, in gloomy silence. The Grateful Negro by Maria Edgeworth

H. G. Wells He seemed transported to some strange country, and would have felt no surprise if the old labourer he came upon leaning silently over a gate had addressed him in an unfamiliar tongue. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Guy de Maupassant All of a sudden, a man emerged out of the thicket of large trees which shuts in the village of Saint–Innocent, and, bending under a load, he came towards me, leaning on a stick. The Peddler (Le Colporteur) by Guy de Maupassant [1900]

At length both opera and ballêt were over, and, leaning on the arm of Villiers, the ladies entered the round-room. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Anthony Trollope His mother held out her hand to him, and he took it, leaning against the bedside. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Pass through St. Giles’s in the evening of a week-day, there they are in their fustian dresses, spotted with brick-dust and whitewash, leaning against posts. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Edith Wharton He sat down, leaning his head contentedly against the post of the porch, and gazing up at the pools of spring sky between the crooked arms of the apple tree. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

T. E. Lawrence Behind them lay Sherif Ali’s men, himself in their midst, bareheaded and keen, leaning easily upon his rifle. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

I saw the animal’s forelegs planted tensely on the very brink, and the body of the rider leaning over his neck to look down. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Come along Quinzy.” So my Cousin Milly took me under the arm, and pulled me forward; but as we ascended, she let me go, leaning back to make inspection of my attire from a new point of view. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Jules Verne Then, leaning on the cage of the watch-light that jutted out from the front of the platform, set myself to look over all the line of the sky and sea. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her companion paused in the doorway to hand some silver to the commissionaire, then he too, leaning upon his stick, stepped across the pavement. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Victor Hugo Up to then his glance had remained fixed, and, as it were, leaning on the vessel. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Benjamin Disraeli Lothair remained the whole morning in a most troubled state, pacing his rooms, leaning sometimes with his arm upon the mantel-piece, and his face buried in his arm, and often he sighed. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

George Gissing Lacour knelt upon a chair near her, leaning over the back. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Sinclair Lewis Now let me see — You’re a real Bible believer?” “Oh, yes!” Eddie looked triumphantly at Jim, who was leaning against the table, his hands in his pockets, as expressionless as wood. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

M. R. James Number 13 was, like himself, leaning on his elbows on the window-sill looking out into the street. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Benjamin Disraeli The Queen of Navarre has now been presented to the Emperor, and, leaning on his arm, they head the promenade. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Marjorie Bowen Visconti, leaning low from the saddle, gripped his sword and thrust it through his belt. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Itash and the girl were seated at a table together, Itash leaning towards his companion, his face dark and even threatening. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

She knew whose strong arms were holding her, whose lips were so near her own, whose head bent suddenly upon her breast, leaning against the lace kerchief, to listen for the beating of her heart. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

William Hope Hodgson The Skipper was there, leaning up against a bulkshead. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

A man was standing not five paces from him, leaning over the very rock under which he lay. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

G. K. Chesterton The gates of the great river Were breached as with a barge, The walls sank crowded, say the scribes, And high towers populous with tribes Seemed leaning from the charge. The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Algernon Blackwood He bent his head a moment, leaning down upon the window-sill with his face in his hands. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Tressa, leaning back against the mantel, covered her face with both hands. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

Robert Louis Stevenson To all my outcry you rendered not the least attention, leaning the while upon the rail and looking down intently in the water. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Charles Dickens Remain you, where you are!” He sat down on a chair near the door, and having glanced at the young man standing leaning with his hand upon the couch, spoke with his eyes averted towards the ground. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

Henry James Ralph, leaning against the rail before the picture with his hands in his pockets, had for the moment been watching him. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Elizabeth Gaskell She went early, leaning on the arm of her lover, and trying to forget the past in the present. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

John Galsworthy Every evening, wherever they had dined, they might be observed about half-past ten, leaning over the balustrade of the Alhambra promenade. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Henry James Newman gave a melancholy groan and fell forward, leaning his head on his hands. The American by Henry James [1877]

Signa remained standing, leaning against the marriage‐coffer. Signa by Ouida

Charles Dickens Miss Havisham was taking exercise in the room with the long spread table, leaning on her crutch stick. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Arthur Conan Doyle He looked round him at the scientific charts upon the wall, the acid-charred bench of chemicals, the violin-case leaning in the corner, the coal-scuttle, which contained of old the pipes and tobacco. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Wilkie Collins He deliberately checked any further attempts at conversation by leaning back in the carriage, and closing his eyes. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

The count had thrown himself back on his seat, leaning his shoulders against the partition of the tent, and remained thus, his face buried in his hands, with heaving chest and restless limbs. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

The guests at the big table were leaning back in their chairs taking a breather. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Still, leaning back in his seat as he was, his attitude was not a strained one, and did not for a moment suggest that he was surprised about anything. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

Upon the bridge, leaning over the wall, stood the figure of a man, bareheaded, with his hat in his hands. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Willa Cather She was standing lost in thought, leaning upon her pitchfork, her sunbonnet lying beside her on the ground. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

Edgar Allan Poe We find them, next morning, in the studio, where stands, leaning against an easel the portrait (a full length) of Isabella, with curtains adjusted before it. Criticism by Edgar Allan Poe

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Sabin, apparently tired of practising, was standing directly facing them, leaning upon his putter. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

E. Phillips Oppenheim On one side of him stood Middleton, leaning on his ash stick and listening to the approach of the beaters; on the other, Seaman, curiously out of place in his dark grey suit and bowler hat. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

That hermit-like but not exactly misanthropic sailor was leaning over the gate moodily. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

She all but leant against it, only the doppelgaenger might be leaning similarly on the other side. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

One, leaning over the side, said to the Stranger: ‘Are you he we are looking for?’ The Stranger replied: ‘I am He whom you seek. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

But in that moment he forced himself upright; he forced open his eyes, and saw Richardson leaning against the mantelpiece and the book of Marcellus Victorinus on the table. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Victor Hugo Gwynplaine stopped at the parapet, and, leaning his elbows on it, laid his head in his hands and set to thinking, with the water beneath him. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Henry Handel Richardson It was a resplendent morning; he had been leaning out of the window, idly tapping his fingers on the sill. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Wickham Adders did not seem much interested in any of these witnesses and asked no questions, leaning back in a bored manner in his seat and looking up at the ceiling. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

The prisoner was leaning back in a big armchair. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Marguerite exchanged a few unofficial words with Lasco. The King staggered to his feet, bowed, and went out, leaning on the arm of Ambroise Paré, who had not left him since his illness. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope And so she stood, leaning on the open window, with her book unnoticed lying beside her. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Fearns, leaning carefully back in his chair, asked with fine indifference: “By the way, what is this week’s word, Tom? I haven’t your secret sources of information. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Ann Radcliffe As Julia gave a last look to the scene, she perceived two men leaning upon a part of the ruin at some distance, in earnest conversation. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

D. H. Lawrence For what should she do for herself? Renshaw, leaning on the wicket that led to the paddock, called: “Come on, don’t be alarmed — Pan is dead. The Overtone by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

Louisa May Alcott She was sitting here that day, leaning her head on her hand, with a homesick heart and heavy eyes, thinking of Beth and wondering why Laurie did not come. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She had pushed her chair a little away from the desk, and was leaning back in it. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

He took his temples touched with grey between his hands, leaning over the table to bring his face, his dark, keen eyes, closer to mine. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Vouchsafing no greeting, sitting down without a word, leaning on the handle of his stick, he stared at nothing with his bloodshot eyes. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Joseph Bloeckman, leaning well back in his chair, fixed him with a peculiar glance, in which several emotions were curiously and inextricably mingled. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

His hand lay still upon his brother’s shoulder, leaning more heavily there, in the silence that brooded over the hushed plains. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

A woman, apparently sick, was extended on the ground, whilst a man, leaning over, supported her head, in an attitude of the greatest solicitude. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Henry James She now was leaning back behind the slow movements of her fan and evidently watching Littlemore as if she had waited to see him come in. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

D.H. Lawrence She stood by the door, leaning forward with some of her old protective grace, her ‘Hawwa’ spirit evident. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Isabella Bird The worshippers stand during divine service, even the aged and infirm only rest by leaning on their cross-handled staffs. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

H. G. Wells I saw her sort of leaning forward and looking at me as ‘E got in. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Virginia Woolf And now? she asked herself, leaning forward. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Henry Lawson Several passengers were leaning about and saying “Europe! E-u-rope!” in agonized tones. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

She put away his arm, and stood with her back to the stile, leaning against it. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

James Joyce This furious music allayed his dread and, leaning against the windowledge, he let his eyelids close again. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

He was a tall and very corpulent man, and advanced leaning on two of his attendants. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Wilkie Collins She stood, leaning one hand on the table, confused and irresolute, her firm and supple figure falling into an attitude of unsought grace which it was literally a luxury to look at. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Margaret Oliphant Evidently the ruler of the house was absent as well as the Colonel. The man lounged to the staircase and shouted down, leaning upon the bannisters. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

The young sub-lieutenant, leaning with both elbows on the table, his head between his hands, looked on sleepily in the torpor induced by fatigue and the gin. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Edith Wharton Look: the old panelling; and she’s leaning on the citron-wood desk. Certain People by Edith Wharton [1930]

George Borrow Notwithstanding the dusk, I could see that the features were hideously ugly and almost black; they belonged, in fact, to a gypsy crone, at least seventy years of age, leaning upon a staff. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

D. H. Lawrence He had sat with his hands before him, leaning to the fire. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

James Joyce As? Inasmuch as leaning she sustained her blond hair for him to ribbon it for her (cf neckarching cat). Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Andrew Lang Next, you will see a baking woman leaning over her heated oven. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

David Hume Being so often struck with instances of one species of deformity, men think they can never keep at too great a distance from it, and wish always to have a leaning to the opposite side. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

Anthony Trollope There he sat, square to the table, with the customary bottle of wine before him, leaning back with his hands in his pockets, thinking of his condition in life. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Mr. Powell saw him at the head of the ladder leaning on his elbow, melancholy and silent. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

In going back, we saw him leaning over the palings waiting for us. David Garth’s Night-Watch by Ellen Wood [1869]

Robert Louis Stevenson At some distance of I saw Northmour leaning against an elder; and, as soon as he perceived me, he began walking seaward. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

The ground was clear between the reddish trunks, whose multitude, leaning at slightly different angles, confused his eye at first. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

She had repulsed the doctor and thrown herself on the ground, leaning against the bed to gaze into her daughter’s face. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

D. H. Lawrence He looked away, up at the weak, leaning tree. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

He seemed weary and was leaning back toying in a listless manner with the pommel of his saddle. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

He now stood, a most sinister phantom, half his person being dyed of the deepest tint of indigo, leaning on the desk. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Anthony Trollope How d’you do, Mr Lupex? Is anything the matter?” Mr Lupex was seated on a chair in the middle of the room, and was leaning with his head over the back of it. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton Then her eyes strayed to Michael, who was leaning on the gate; but he continued to lean on it without moving, with his face turned away towards the darkening road. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

We all three remained silent for some little time, Milly and I standing together in the window, Mr. Egerton leaning against the mantelpiece, watching the rain with an absent look in his face. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Arthur Conan Doyle I know that I found myself leaning against the bookcase for support. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Edith Wharton You know he loves Jim as if he were his son — ” Lita was still leaning on her elbow. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was sitting upright in bed, leaning a little forward toward her, and the sunbeam which had stolen in through the parted curtains fell upon his white corpse-like face. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Andrew Lang A woman as tall as a giant was leaning over the oven. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D.H. Lawrence Then, as Helena still made movements to rise, the elder woman got up slowly, leaning as she did so all her weight on her friend. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Kenneth Grahame It grew and it multiplied, till from every quarter as he listened anxiously, leaning this way and that, it seemed to be closing in on him. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Arnold Bennett Soon Auntie Hamps, leaning over, rapped half-a-sovereign down on his sticky plate. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Henry Kingsley In a few inutes our good jolly old Irish friend was leaning over Mackworth’s chair. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Bewildered by her own confusion, she rose as she turned, and saying how lovely the water looked, went and stood on the bridge, leaning over. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

John Galsworthy Then, lighting a cigarette, she waited, leaning out. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Captain Vincent, leaning over with his elbows on the rail, seemed lost in thought. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Henry James Mr. Ruck looked at his child; then he turned about again, leaning on the parapet and gazing away at the “hills. The Pension Beaurepas by Henry James [1879]

Thomas Hardy With no longer a companion to distract her, Tess fell more deeply into reverie than ever, her back leaning against the hives. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

E. Phillips Oppenheim She looked at him, leaning back in his chair, with the lines of mirth deepening about his eyes, in cold surprise. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Chapter XIII — How many times you have appeared to me—at the window of the mysterious chateau, leaning in melancholy mood on the balcony and throwing to the wind the petals of some flower. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Charles Dickens They were all leaning their arms on the counter close together, speaking low. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Algernon Blackwood He lowered his voice at once to reply, leaning forward a little over the fire, an indefinable change in his face that made me avoid his eyes and look down upon the ground. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Henry Kingsley There, leaning against the glass, his face buried in his hands, and his broad back shaking with emotion, stood Doctor Mulhaus. Alas! no. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

G. K. Chesterton I looked up wildly to avoid the blow, and saw above us the great bulk of Britannia leaning outward like the figurehead of a ship. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Sir Walter Scott That weakness made him ever leaning on other men’s shoulders. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Anthony Trollope She lived half across Littlebath; and her step, ordinarily slow, was slower then usual now that she was leaning on a knight’s arm. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

These, leaning too far over would bump their heads together and fight. The Ocean Wave by Ambrose Bierce

Anna Katherine Green When she was inside again, she lingered for a long time in the darkening hall, her slight form and whitened head leaning against the wall in a desolation such as few hearts know. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

Edgar Allan Poe We saw the tall stout figure still leaning on the bulwark, and still nodding his head to and fro, but his face was now turned from us so that we could not behold it. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope Mr. Bolton had said what he had to say, and sat leaning forward with his chin over his plate perfectly silent. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard Only Umslopogaas, leaning as usual upon Inkosi-kaas and taking an occasional pinch of snuff, was to all appearance perfectly and completely unmoved. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Katherine Mansfield In the afternoon, leaning from my window, I saw him pass down the street, walking tremulously and carrying the bag. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

It was not a yell of anguish, and Lord Newhaven remained at the window leaning on his elbows, and watching at his ease the little scene which was taking place below him. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Jacques Futrelle Mr. Latham, leaning against the giant cube, stared thoughtfully at his toes; Mr. Schultze was peering curiously about him, thence off into the gloom; Mr. Czenki still had a question. The Diamond Master by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

Arthur Conan Doyle Miss Penclosa rose from her seat and stood over her, leaning upon her crutch. The Parasite by Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Anthony Trollope Now he was there on purpose to take her with him, and she went forth with him, leaning lovingly on his arm, while yet close under her sister’s eyes. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne During the journey from Kolyvan to the camp — that is to say, for several hours — Blount, by leaning on his companion’s arm, had been enabled to follow the rest of the prisoners. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Henry James Little by little she turned more into profile, leaning only one arm upon the parapet, while the other hand, holding her folded parasol, hung down at her side. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

John Galsworthy There was the car — empty! She got into it, and sat leaning forward over the driving wheel, with a numb feeling in her limbs. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

George Gissing Elgar spoke on an impulse, leaning forward. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Henry Handel Richardson Won’t you dance with me?—when I ask you?” She had been leaning forward, looking over the balustrade at the couples arranging themselves below. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Walter Besant I suppose I presented a strange appearance, leaning against the post, with stooping figure and tightly-buttoned coat. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

William Makepeace Thackeray At once I beheld that they were all looking upon me, that they were all leaning towards me — some with frightful derision, others with furious aversion. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Arnold Bennett She looked up at him over the towel, leaning her head forward, and suspending action. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Wilkie Collins The next moment she was leaning on his arm, and was looking at him wonderingly, for the thousandth time, as an entire novelty in her experience of male human kind. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Then Sherlock Holmes cocked his eye at me, leaning back on the cushions with a pleased and yet critical face, like a connoisseur who has just taken his first sip of a comet vintage. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

George Eliot She did not answer directly; her heart was too full, and she sat down, leaning her arm on the table. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Mexico, or somewhere,” said George vaguely, not sure of his facts, leaning back with his hands in his pockets, now that Fanny had withdrawn from his arm, and crossing his long legs. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

H. G. Wells She was flushed and enthusiastic, now flitting about the room, now coming close to him and leaning over him to see what he had done. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

His eyes followed her as she walked towards the mill-stream, and there she took her place on the wooden bridge that crossed it, leaning over the handrail, and looking down into the water. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Edith Wharton Miss Hatchard, pale with fatigue and excitement, thanked her young assistants, and stood in the porch, leaning on her crutches and waving a farewell as she watched them troop away down the street. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Anthony Trollope And strange ideas floated across Owen Fitzgerald’s brain as he sat there alone, in his hunting gear, leaning on the still covered breakfast-table. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens It was November, and my guardian was standing before his fire leaning his back against the chimney-piece, with his hands under his coattails. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Robert Louis Stevenson Seraphina drooped for a little, leaning on a pine, the shrill joy of the woodlands mocking her. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Guy de Maupassant It seems to be coming from below, while we are looking down upon it from a great height, leaning on the edge of our basket like an audience on a balcony. The Trip of Le Horla (Le Voyage du Horla) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

Jules Verne How, then, could we decide whether we had reached the pole? When I rejoined Captain Nemo, I found him leaning on a piece of rock, silently watching the sky. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He nodded not unkindly and stood looking at her, leaning upon his stick. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

The original represented a young girl—his wife had evidently sat for him—playing on a harp, while a man listened, leaning against a table, with a bowl of chrysanthemums upon it. The Goldfish by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Her child, the finest in the village, a lad aged ten, had attracted the notice of Pontou, and perhaps of the marshal himself, who stood at a window, leaning on his squire’s shoulder. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

He said nothing to them either, only just stopped there and waited, leaning with one elbow on the balustrade with his good-tempered, gray eyes fixed on the door. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Margaret Oliphant The minister seemed to himself to look ruin in the face, as he sat in profound dejection, leaning his head in his hands. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Then they both saw, leaning a little heavily against the window-ledge, their mother. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Benjamin Disraeli At length the young Duke was roused from his reverie by Carlstein, proud of his previous knowledge, leaning over and announcing — ‘Château de Dacre, your Grace!’ The Duke looked up. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Ford Madox Ford Beside her on the sofa you did not see Lady Sachse: leaning over her you did not see the prospective bride. No More Parades by Ford Madox Ford [1925]

H. G. Wells The black-faced man scrambled up and staggered forward, going and leaning over the bulwark by the main shrouds, where he remained, panting and glaring over his shoulder at the dogs. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]