Phrases with "limbs"

E. F. Benson And my strength and my limbs are not mine but the river’s. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

George Meredith The limbs once raw with gnawing chains Will fret at silken when God’s beams Of Freedom beckon o’er the plains From mounts that show it more than dreams. Last Poems by George Meredith [1909]

It has no limbs and no physiognomy, or else at the forthcoming inquiry it might have paid to the victims of the Titanic disaster the small tribute of a blush. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Henry Handel Richardson What on earth was happening to him? With limbs as jerky as if hung on wires, he went back to the carriage, and turned to rid himself of his hat by tossing it on to the rack. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

My limbs tingled with eagerness. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

As he hung by the ladder, like a resting swimmer, the sea lightning played about his limbs at every stir; and he appeared in it ghastly, silvery, fishlike. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

Constrained, arraigned, baffled, bent and unbent By these wire-jointed jaws and limbs of wood, Themselves obedient, Knowing not evil and good; Obedient to some hidden magical breath. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

Walter Besant I was sick and giddy; my limbs trembled beneath me when I tried to stand; my hands shook. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

D. H. Lawrence Her softness, her inert, relaxed weight lay against his own surcharged, bronze-like limbs in a heaviness of desirability that would destroy him, if he were not fulfilled. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells The Thing was still clothed, and at a distance its face still seemed human; but the carriage of its four limbs was feline, and the furtive droop of its shoulder was distinctly that of a hunted animal. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

George Meredith On clouds of glow amber, Her limbs richly blushing, She lay sweetly wailing, In odours that gloomed On the God as he bloomed O’er her loveliness paling. Poems by George Meredith [1851]

His limbs are endued with the force of victory. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Thomas Hardy But worse than this, he talked continually in his sleep, and occasionally struck out with his limbs at something or another, knocking against the post of the bedstead and making it tremble. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

George Gissing Any thought of rest was impossible, though his limbs ached intolerably, and his whole body was oppressed with a deadly faintness. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

But he realised instantly that he would never be able to mount it, for he was too shaky in all his limbs and indeed twice, fell over it in his attempts to raise it up. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

A sprightly courser, fairer than the rest, The king himself presents his royal guest: A lion’s hide his back and limbs infold, Precious with studded work, and paws of gold. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Does your child get out of sorts? Does the little face get flushed, the temper short, and the limbs easily tired? Give the little one Tonypandy, and see the radiant results. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

He was so cold and stiff, too, and although so tired, could not keep his limbs still. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Anthony Trollope She carried herself as though she thought her limbs were made for use, and not simply for ease upon a sofa. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

Florence Dixie His limbs refused their office, and, staggering forward, he fell at her feet. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Algernon Blackwood She ran dancing towards him through a million flowers; her hair flew loose along the scented winds; her white limbs glowed with fire. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her primly fashioned, homely clothes were powerless to conceal the grace of her young limbs and body. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Jules Verne We landed, and, thinking that it was better to give in to the Canadian, we followed Ned Land, whose long limbs threatened to distance us. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Now he lay down and stretched out his limbs in the agony of thirst and exhaustion. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

His limbs were free once more. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

H. Rider Haggard Now rise, ere thy limbs stiffen, and I will set thee on the horse, if he still can run, and lead thee down to Middalhof before the witchlights fail us. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Edgar Allan Poe His limbs were exceedingly long and emaciated. A Tale of the Ragged Mountains by Edgar Allan Poe [1844]

Wilkie Collins There was a dull sensation in my limbs which seemed to bind them down on the bed. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Nikolai Gogol An overpowering drowsiness closed his eyes; his tired limbs relaxed, and his head nodded. A May Night by Nikolai Gogol

Guy de Maupassant The two women, whose lower limbs seemed to be attached to their bodies by rubber springs, were making wonderful and surprising motions with their legs. The Mask (Le Masque) by Guy de Maupassant [1889]

Virginia Woolf I am no longer January, May or any other season, but am all spun to a fine thread round the cradle, wrapping in a cocoon made of my own blood the delicate limbs of my baby. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Thomas Hardy She descended as hastily as her trembling limbs would allow. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

All was silent in and around the cottage; it was an excellent opportunity; yet, when I proceeded to execute my plan, my limbs failed me and I sank to the ground. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The bodies and limbs were both man and gorilla-like. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He lay upon the bed as though mesmerised, finding at his first effort that his limbs refused their office, as might the limbs of one lying under the thrall of a nightmare. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Benjamin Disraeli She tried to hasten, but he felt her limbs shake upon his arm. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

H. G. Wells His limbs were mixed up with the garments Mr. Butteridge had discarded when that gentleman had thought he must needs plunge into the sea. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

H. G. Wells It stood with staring eyes, stretching its limbs in dubious fashion. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

Andrew Lang What could you do with one hair?’ But the witch pulled out a hair and laid it on his shoulder, and his limbs grew cold and heavy, and he could not stir. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Olaf Stapledon The forwards affirmed that they had peered and peered upwards (so to speak) between the rioting titanic limbs in search of the celestial light; but the only luminosity was on the ground. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Arnold Bennett It was her limbs that preoccupied her now. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

He was dead, and his limbs cold by this time. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Olaf Stapledon Nearly always the two nether limbs were used for locomotion, the two upper limbs for manipulation. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

H. Rider Haggard Then the executioners unbound the limbs of the ex-king, and he rose from the stone of death. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle Half of them were negroes — fine, muscular men, with the limbs of a jet Hercules; and the other half were Baggara Arabs — small, brown, and wiry, with little, vicious eyes, and thin, cruel lips. The Tragedy of the Korosko by Arthur Conan Doyle [1898]

His limbs were stout and strong, and he strode along the dusty road right sturdily with the heavy sack across his shoulders. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

George Gissing Beauty in the academic sense he no longer demanded; enough that the face spoke eloquently, that the limbs were vigorous. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

George Elio She felt like a little child whose hand is firmly grasped by its father, as its frail limbs make their way over the rough ground; if it should stumble, the father will not let it go. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

D. H. Lawrence Then, glancing at his white-flannelled limbs sprawled out in the gloom, she went to the door. The Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

William Makepeace Thackeray The figures are very carelessly drawn; but, if the reader can understand us, all the attitudes and limbs are perfectly CONCEIVED, and wonderfully natural and various. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

For example, the structure of their fore and hind limbs is somewhat different. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

Willa Cather His limbs and hands were lead heavy, and his tongue and throat were parched. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Slowly the shudders that passed over the limbs of the Egyptian chased each other away, faintlier and faintlier dying till he was himself again. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

John Locke But both these are very far from a power to make laws, and enforcing them with penalties, that may reach estate, liberty, limbs and life. Second Treatise of Civil Government by John Locke [1690]

Charles Dickens I went towards them slowly, for my limbs were weak, but with a sense of increasing relief as I drew nearer to them, and a sense of leaving arrogance and untruthfulness further and further behind. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Sir Walter Scott I bore it all with pleasure while I was sure he loved me; but now my tongue and heart shall be free, let them fetter these limbs as they will. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His limbs were chained as though by a nightmare. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

They stood as if carved in stone, with their limbs rigid, their heads outstretched and their big eyes watchful and unflinching. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

D. H. Lawrence Her limbs were rich and tense, she felt they must be vibrating with a low, profound vibration. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Kingsley And there, they say, she will walk at times, until her beauty and her strength are gone, and her limbs refuse to carry her. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

George Gissing Rising as quickly as his stiffened limbs would permit him, he endeavoured to recall the events of last night. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

He had now more the appearance of a woman than a man, so much were his fine limbs hid by his robes; and as he approached me, he could not help blushing and looking awkward at the metamorphosis. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Our need of moving to and fro, of stretching our limbs and bending our bodies, shows only our defect. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

The fiery liquor put new life into him; his heart began to beat more strongly, and he felt that his weak limbs were regaining a fictitious strength. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

H. G. Wells The spectacle of the little pink creatures, their feeble limbs swaying uncertainly in vague first movements, left alone, without embrace or endearment, was wholly repugnant to him. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

The limbs are fleshy, the joints large, the features insignificant. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Abraham Merri Her limbs relaxed, her skin faintly flushed, she lay in deepest but natural slumber undisturbed by the incessant cannonading of the thunder under which the walls of the blue globe shuddered. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

H. Rider Haggard Then with an oath he strikes — and drives it home with all his strength! From the bed beneath there comes one long sigh and a sound as of limbs trembling against the bed-gear. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Charles Dickens He descended slowly from his seat — for his limbs were numbed — when they arrived at a lone posting-house, and inquired how far they had to go to reach their journey’s end. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

With his heavy limbs and thick white eyelashes he reminded one of a cart-horse colt. Burmese Days by George Orwell

At last, entering the place of tombs, he found his limbs scattered over the earth. Irish Fairy Tales by edited by W. B. Yeats

Walter Scott Her limbs failed in the attempt, and she fell on the stone floor in a manner which her situation might have rendered fatal — The blood gushed from her face. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Its voice still murmured incoherent passion, but its limbs were without strength to take the step. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

At the sound of the approaching wheels Jenny opened the big hall door, and Mrs. Krent climbed groaning down, for her limbs ached with exertion and dampness. The Crowned Skull by Fergus Hume

T. H. Huxley If I separate one of the middle rings, say the third, I find it carries upon its under surface a pair of limbs or appendages, each of which consists of a stalk and two terminal pieces. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Arthur Conan Doyle These rogues can stir their limbs when they find that there is a man to command them. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Forest King can stand ground as hard as a slate, but if there’s one thing he’s weak in it’s slush!” was Bertie’s last conscious thought, as he stretched his limbs out and fell sound asleep. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

George Meredith Glens and glades of lushest verdure Toil her in their tawny mesh, Wilder-woofed ways and alleys Lock her struggling limbs in leash. Poems by George Meredith [1851]

Gina’s face, drawn though it was, and permanently flushed, danced always with elfin lights, and never were her limbs in repose. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

John Galsworthy Sweat broke out on his forehead, and his limbs trembled. To Let by John Galsworthy

His limbs were quite ordinary, but his trunk was disproportionately long, and he had the biggest and deepest chest that Maskull had ever seen in a man. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Abraham Merri The slim birches stood, passive with limbs and leaves adroop like listless arms and hands of captive maids awaiting with dull woe the will of conquerors. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

D. H. Lawrence She gave her limbs to the bondage, she loved the bondage, she called it peace. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton He crept back heavily to the sofa, stretching himself out with limbs so leaden that he felt as if they would never move again. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Walter Scott The blood of his victim, which had spirited from the wound, was visible on his bare limbs and his scanty garments; but particularly upon his brow and the handkerchief with which it was bound. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

He was awkward and ill-proportioned; for his limbs were too long for his body, — so that when he rode, he appeared to be much shorter than he really was. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

He rose, and dragged his feeble limbs a few paces further. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

George Meredith The mighty breakfast had given Braintop intolerable desire to stretch his limbs by the sounding shore, and enjoy life in semi-oblivion. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Guy de Maupassant But by degrees his limbs grew languid and his thoughts became indistinct and fleeting, until his fatigue gained the upper hand and he fell asleep. A Cock Crowed (Un coq chanta) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Arnold Bennett Despite his feebleness Darius wrenched his limbs into contortions, and gripped fiercely Edwin’s hands. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

T. H. Huxley He lies sometimes on his back; or, by way of change, turns on one side or the other, drawing his limbs up to his body, and resting his head on his hand. Essays by T. H. Huxley

Anatole France Now M. Coignard had not got twenty yards away from the house when the other lackey, a tall fellow, with the limbs of a daddy-longlegs, ran after him, shouting for the guard. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

James Joyce Yes, it was her body he smelt, a wild and languid smell, the tepid limbs over which his music had flowed desirously and the secret soft linen upon which her flesh distilled odour and a dew. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

F. Scott Fitzgerald He inspected the oblong white torso joined abruptly to the brown limbs and head, and said, laughing gravely: “You are all new like a baby. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

George Gissing Lilian reclined on a couch; she looked worse in health than when she had taken leave of Denzil; her eyes told of fever, and her limbs were relaxed. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope She felt as though her limbs would not have carried her to the door. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

The topmost part his glitt’ring arms adorn; Warm waters, then, in brazen caldrons borne, Are pour’d to wash his body, joint by joint, And fragrant oils the stiffen’d limbs anoint. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Caroline Lamb Oh Heavens!” “Where is the pain?” “It came like ice upon my heart, and my limbs feel chilled and numbed. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Ralph Waldo Emerson The cold will brace your limbs and brain to genius, and make you foremost men of time. The Conduct of Life by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1860]

Edgar Allan Poe He was short in stature, not more than four feet eight inches high, but his limbs were of Herculean mould. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Henry Kingsley He stepped from the bank of slippery seaweed into the heaving water, and then his magnificent limbs were in full battle with the tide. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Marjorie Bowen Her lips were dry, and her limbs trembled as she caught herself back against the bookcase. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Louisa May Alcott Her once active limbs were so stiff and feeble that Jo took her for a daily airing about the house in her strong arms. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Nathaniel Hawthorne His only garment — a lion’s skin, with the claws upon his shoulder — falls halfway down his back, leaving the limbs and entire front of the figure nude. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

He had a splitting headache and his limbs were aching — so much so that he believed he had caught a chill. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Arthur Conan Doyle Having eaten a hearty meal and washed it down with a bottle of Burgundy we sought our room, and throwing our tired limbs upon the bed, were soon in a deep slumber. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

My limbs shook, my jaw dropped, and I could feel by the tightening of the skin that I was white and ashen to the very lips. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

But he felt the limbs too weak beneath him to go and take it. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Arnold Bennett Or rather, she had no desire to fly, but her voice and limbs acted of themselves, against her volition. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Robert Louis Stevenson He, mair than a’ the lave o’ men, His week completit joys to ken; Half-dressed, he daunders out an’ in, Perplext wi’ leisure; An’ his raxt limbs he’ll rax again Wi’ painfu’ pleesure. A Lowden Sabbath Morn by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells What did that matter now? A sort of languor had possession of my limbs and mind, I did not belive for a moment that we should ever find the sphere in that vast desiccated wilderness. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

They were half hidden in mammoth forest trees that had never been trimmed or trained, but spread their enormous limbs wheresoever they would. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

George Meredith According to his prescript, sharp exercise of lungs and limbs is a man’s moral aid against temptation. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

George Gissing He had a starved aspect; his long limbs were appallingly meagre; as he strode along, his clothing, thin and disreputable, flapped about him. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

George Gissing Thyrza did not move for several minutes; when at length she endeavoured to rise, her numbed limbs would scarcely sustain her. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

George Gissing He was a man past youth, but of less than middle age, with meagre limbs and shoulders, a little bent. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Theodore Dreiser She had a fine figure, finer than she realized, with shapely limbs and torso. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Walter Scott Methinks my limbs feel as if I had been under all the flails of a Franklin’s barn-yard. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

Anthony Trollope But, with her, her very face and limbs had so adapted themselves to her crape, that she looked like a monument of bereaved woe. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle Nay, nay, you shake your heads, but indeed those young limbs want exercising and strengthening and knitting together, which can never come from sitting toasting round the blaze. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Maria Edgeworth Go, kiss your sire! go, share the bridal mirth! She cried, and hurl’d their quiv’ring limbs on earth. The Good French Governess by Maria Edgeworth

Robert Louis Stevenson Sir William, leaving a small party under my command, proceeded on his embassy with the first light; and still the Indian rubbed the limbs and breathed in the mouth of the dead body. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. G. Wells They found themselves like men who attempt to gesticulate and find their limbs have changed to cloud and rock. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Walter Scott Let age macerate by fast and vigil a body which can only suffer; let youth, in these active times, nourish the limbs and the strength which action requires. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

R. D. Blackmore A man may go round the world till he has no limbs left, yet never overtake his father. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Arthur Conan Doyle From his twisted limbs and shattered frame it was easy to see that he had been thrown over from above, while his pockets turned outward showed the reason for his murder. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Depart with sound limbs for this once, or we shall see. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

The drops stood on her brow, and her limbs tottered under the weight, but her heart was strong, and her eyes shone with love. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle His thin figure and long limbs struggled and fluttered like a chicken being dragged from a coop. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Jules Verne He was personage of the middle height, having, by a rare exception in the Gun Club, all his limbs complete. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

Oscar Wilde Our limbs fail, our senses rot. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

It was a death notice, and my hair rose and my limbs failed me as I took in its fatal and incredible words. A Difficult Problem by Anna Katharine Green

Once more my limbs were chained in second infancy. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

John Galsworthy He pressed himself against Irene. He was not alarmed at the shuddering that ran through the limbs he touched, or at the troubled, scornful look of her eyes. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Bram Stoker I would have got out to make certain on the point, but some leaden lethargy seemed to chain my limbs and even my will. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Robert Green Ingersoll The stupidly wise sit owl-like on the dead limbs of the tree of knowledge, and solemnly, hoot. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Wilkie Collins Where you go, I have the limbs and the endurance to go too! I tell you again, we are linked together for life; I cannot leave you if I would. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Arthur Morrison Little Em’s knees and elbows were knobs in the midst of limbs of unnatural length. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Sir Walter Scott His limbs seemed of great strength; nor was he otherwise deformed than from their undue proportion in thickness to his diminutive height. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

She lay face upward, with her limbs stretched out; her right arm was close round the body of a living child; her breast was bare. Signa by Ouida

But should I get it in time? Hunger was torturing me; my brain was swimming; my limbs were losing their strength; my mind was becoming confused. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

Sir Walter Scott His firm step, his erect and free carriage, have a military air which corresponds well with his well-proportioned limbs and stature of six feet high. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Doch wunderbar ergriff mich’s diese Nacht; Die Glieder schienen schon in Todes Macht. Uhland. (This night it fearfully seized on me; my limbs appeared already in the power of death. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Arthur Machen The shadows had changed when he awoke; his senses came to him with a sudden shock, and he sat up and stared at his bare limbs in stupid amazement. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

George MacDonald A cold wind smote me, dank and sickening — repulsive as the air of a charnel-house; firmness forsook my joints, and my limbs trembled as if they would drop in a helpless heap. Lilith by George MacDonald

He watched her strong delicate limbs moving. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

D. H. Lawrence Her limbs were young and tender. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Here, borne by friendly winds, we come ashore, With needful ease our weary limbs restore, And the Sun’s temple and his town adore. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

D. H. Lawrence She was such a little bright wave of wilfulness, so abandoned to her impulses, so white and smooth as she lay at rest, so startling as she flashed her naked limbs about. The Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Willa Cather He felt something strike his chest, — his body was being thrown swiftly through the air, on and on, immeasurably far and fast, while his limbs gently relaxed. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Anthony Trollope But she moved about the house slowly, as though her limbs were too heavy for her. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Isabella Bird This message was followed by a visit from the Governor’s foster-mother, an unveiled jolly woman, of redundant proportions, wearing remarkably short petticoats, which displayed limbs like pillars. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Sir Walter Scott The fellow advanced, and asked, with a harsh and discordant voice, upon which of the prisoner’s limbs he should first employ his engine. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Jeanne’s sobbing fell to a whisper, a nervous revolt stiffening her limbs the while. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

D. H. Lawrence The trees on the wood-edge were a darkish, brownish green in the full light — for it was the end of August. Beyond, the naked, copper-like shafts and limbs of the pine trees shone in the air. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

Her green gown, wet as ever, clung to body and limbs in the revealing lines of a thin bathing suit. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Anthony Trollope She stood hanging upon her aunt, with eyes turned down, and her limbs trembling beneath her. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

They stood up straight, their tiny limbs moved, their black eyes flashed with wicked purposes, their thread-like swords gleamed as they waved them to and fro. The Wondersmith by Fitz James O’Brien

He awoke to his third day on Tormance. His limbs ached. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

I drew near, but my limbs were unable to support their burthen. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

H. G. Wells One of its gripping limbs curled amid the debris; another limb appeared, feeling its way over the fallen beams. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

His limbs were nearly frozen, and his body dreadfully emaciated by fatigue and suffering. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Sir Walter Scott He then returned to the kitchen, in which the unhappy woman remained, her hands still clenched, her eyes fixed, and her limbs extended, like those of a person in a trance. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Beholding suddenly an enraged man flourishing a big sabre, the old chap trembling in all his limbs dropped the watering-pot. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Their pale faces, their great startled eyes, their shrunken limbs were in strange contrast to the joy that broke out on every side. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

H. G. Wells I began to stretch my limbs carefully. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

D. H. Lawrence Then the sky behind the trees was all soft, rose pink, and the great gum-trees ran up their white limbs into the air like quicksilver, plumed at the tips with dark tufts. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Gustave Flauber Then they saw a long scar upon the whiteness of his brow; it moved like a serpent between his eyebrows; all his limbs trembled. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

H. G. Wells My limbs became glassy, the bones and arteries faded, vanished, and the little white nerves went last. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

But all the world is young, and full of wit and mirth, since his Majesty came to his own; and elderly limbs are too stiff to trip in our new dances. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Henry James He kept models in his studio till they dropped with fatigue; he drew, on other days, at the Capitol and the Vatican, till his own head swam with his eagerness, and his limbs stiffened with the cold. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

William Dampier These Hottentots are people of a middle stature with small limbs and thin bodies, full of activity. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Andrew Lang The messenger remained standing by the sleeper, and waited till he stretched his limbs and opened his eyes, when he tendered his proposal. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Robert Green Ingersoll I say, take off those chains — break those manacles — free those limbsrelease that brain. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

H. G. Wells His limbs shrivel, his heart and digestive organs diminish, his insect face is hidden under its bulging contours. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Edgar Allan Poe A few were built among the forked limbs of trees as they stood, the upper limbs being partially cut through, so as to bend over upon the lower, thus forming thicker shelter from the weather. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Ivan Turgenev All the lines of her graceful limbs could be clearly seen through the dark folds of her habit, dotted here and there with tufts of moss. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

William Dampier It has no limbs nor boughs, but at the head there are many branches bigger than a man’s arm. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

D. H. Lawrence Her voice, playing and soothing round the curved limbs of the baby, was like water, soft as wine in the sun, running with delight. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Mark Twain I noticed some pieces of limbs and such things floating down, and a sprinkling of bark; so I knowed the river had begun to rise. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Captain Burgess, who was a bachelor of the “old school”, confessed to an amiable weakness for blasphemy, and was given to condemning the convicts’ eyes and limbs with indiscriminate violence. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Isabella Bird We packed ourselves into the stage again with great difficulty, and how the forty-eight limbs fared was shown by the painful sensations experienced for several succeeding days. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

He was a lanky, brown-faced, hook-nosed boy, with wiry limbs and an aggressive eye, and he followed his sister round the room with a stare of which she was uncomfortably conscious. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Margaret Oliphant Her limbs refused to carry her, her very breath seemed to stop. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

He trembled at the spectacle; He grew sick at heart: His strength failed him, and his limbs were unable to support his weight. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

D. H. Lawrence She was a thin child with delicate limbs and face, and wide, grey-blue, ironic eyes. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

A dull weight of fever lay on my limbs and on my brain as I followed him to the fair crystal pool with its pink-tinted sides; and he dropped the creature in. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

She has no proper muscles or limbs of her own, and the only objects external to her are the other stars. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

Guy de Maupassant His limbs trembled; and he placed himself on his knees and said his prayers as before going to bed. Simon’s Papa (Le Papa de Simon) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Edith Wharton She made no answer, but in the dusk he saw her limbs sway with the swaying of the water, and her eyes were turned to him as if in mockery. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

Isabella Bird The feet were uncovered, and the limbs were quite cold. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Olaf Stapledon And though despair threatened to paralyse its limbs once more, the tremulous wings now beat with new power, beat bravely, beat with the strength and rhythm almost of flight. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Bronislaw Malinowski The infant no sooner begins to use his limbs than he is instructed in throwing the spear; a bulrush or other reed being put into his hand for this purpose. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

But their proximity to the seats sufficiently indicated that they were there in order to await the limbs of those who were to occupy them. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

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]

George Eliot She roamed up and down, thinking there was perhaps a pool in every hollow before she came to it, till her limbs were weary, and she sat down to rest. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Percy Bysshe Shelley As she spoke, a dewy sweat burst from her brow, and her limbs were convulsed by the extreme of horror, yet the expression of her countenance was changed not. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

I’ve brought thee all my limbs home. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Arnold Bennett Compared with the architectural grandeur of Mr Varlett, his thin, supple, free-moving limbs had an almost pathetic appearance of ephemeral fragility. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Kenneth Grahame The sight of their disconnected limbs aroused my ire to its utmost height, and I let them have the contents of the brass carronade, with ghastly effect. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame