Phrases with "looking"

Grant flipped over the pages looking for what he wanted. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Wilkie Collins This man blushed like a boy, and looked at the pavement instead of looking at me. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

F. Scott Fitzgerald It was simple looking at the earth from far off, simple as playing grim games with dolls and soldiers. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Marjorie Bowen Tomaso sat alert, looking through the open door. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

The blacksmith made his appearance, waddling in his walk, looking very calm, and scenting a tuck-out. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope Why can’t one word be as good as a thousand?” Moggs stood silent, looking sheepish and confounded. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was prepared to greet a seedy-looking and degenerate individual, looking older than his years. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

M. R. James In due time, however, the friend bethought himself that Mr. Denton was there for a purpose, and said he, “What are you looking out for in particular? I don’t think there’s much in this lot. A Thin Ghost and others by M. R. James

Finally she asked: “What do you mean?” “We’ll get away from here,” he said, looking down at the ground. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

He turned sharply and caught the Admiral looking at him in a peculiar manner. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Edith Wharton Only in some such way could he explain, in looking back, the completeness of each moment spent with her. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Wilkie Collins You are very pale — you are looking quite exhausted. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Wilkie Collins Didn’t you tell me you were looking for a book? And didn’t I present it to you promiscuously, with the best intentions? I think you might say so yourself, now the doctor has brought you to again. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

I went behind the cross-stile at the side furthest from our house, and leaned over it, looking up and down the lane. Watching on St. Mark’s Eve by Ellen Wood [1868]

Theodore Dreiser It was like looking through a green-spangled arras to peer into the woods beyond or behind. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Arnold Bennett Mr Shushions’s tear was the tear of the creator looking upon his creation and marvelling at it. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Lewis Carroll Then she began looking about, and noticed that what could be seen from the old room was quite common and uninteresting, but that all the rest was as different as possible. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Wilkie Collins Without looking up, Geoffrey motioned with his big brown hand to Mr. Moy, sitting by his side. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Bram Stoker Van Helsing is off to the British Museum looking up some authorities on ancient medicine. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Will you come and sit with me for a moment?” Susan glanced meaningly towards her father, who she had been told was looking for her. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Robert Louis Stevenson Lie quiet until just before the trial, and spring upon them at the last of it when they’ll be looking for you least. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The door was pushed open, and Young Zeb stood on the threshold, looking down on the stranger, who wheeled round quietly on his chair to face him. I Saw Three Ships by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Anthony Trollope They were standing, one on one side and the other on the other, looking down upon him. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Edith Wharton But she was leaning on the rail, looking down the path by which he always came. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

How often she had been in that studio, and not once had the idea of looking amongst the artist’s sketches for the evidence of his life occurred to her. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

D. H. Lawrence And a bus-driver looking rather weary. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

They knew fighting against firearms would be hopeless; so after a few stratagems, looking for a good opportunity to bolt, the whole village took to precipitate flight. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Mr. McLaren was lying back in his chair looking white and tired, and Helen had obviously been crying. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Willa Cather As she stood looking down at them, her face changed. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

He seemed to have nothing to trust to but that one glance for knowledge of the girl his love had newly exalted; and still she stood before him looking down. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Benjamin Disraeli I hardly knew whether they were most like conspirators, or gamblers, or the lions of a public dinner, conscious of an universal gaze, and consequently looking proportionately interesting. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

But old Cowman Jollife and his wife laughed at these stories and declared that they were too cosy in their own rooms on winter nights to go looking for ghosts in the attics. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Ford Madox Ford He said that they sat, she at one end of the bench, he at the other; he leaning slightly towards her and she looking straight towards the light of the Casino, her face illuminated by the lamps. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

I have known him to sit up all night looking out for one. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Baldwin Spencer At first Joemin's eyes were like those of other men, and he could not see Numereji. One day he went to a water hole and, looking over the edge, he saw his shadow, or iwaiyu. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

It was not only that my wounds had healed beautifully, and that they were now only really discernible when you were actually looking for them; but also that my wild expression seemed to have altered. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Wilkie Collins He turned away impatiently from some wine offered to him just then by Zack; and, looking vacantly into the fire, drew his coat-cuff several times over his eyes and forehead. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Willa Cather He was horribly afraid of rats, so he did not try to sleep, but sat looking distrustfully at the dark, still terrified lest he might have awakened his father. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

It tore past me at an even more furious pace than ever, and I imagined the red-faced man was looking viciously angry. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

The stranger from Frisco with the claw-hammer coat, who put up at the Gag House last Thursday, and was looking for a chance to invest, was robbed the other night of three hundred ounces of clean dust. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Henry James Rowland presently seated himself again near Christina. “What do you think,” she asked, looking at him, “of your friend’s infidelity?” “I don’t like it. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Oscar Wilde Well, after I had been in the room about ten minutes, talking to huge over-dressed dowagers and tedious Academicians, I suddenly became conscious that someone was looking at me. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

D. H. Lawrence She seemed to be looking away into the night. The Overtone by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

Thomas Hardy He then retraced his way to the top of the column, but, instead of looking longer at the sun, watched her diminishing towards the distant fence, behind which waited the carriage. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

One does not as a rule lose one’s servitor and confidant thus, without making inquiries about him and looking for him. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

She sat with her hands on her lap, looking down; and he noticed that her boots were dirty, her skirts wet and splashed, as though she had been driven back there by a blind fear through a waste of mud. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

She was happy, looking no deeper than the surface of things, and finding content in the calm prosperity of her life, the absence of poverty and ill-usage. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

George Meredith Evan told her to stand up close to the horse, and Polly stood up close, looking like a creature that expected a whipping. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Kate was obliged to rise instantly; not suffered to speak to anybody in the house, though, in going out, a door opened, and she saw the young Juana looking out with saddest Indian expression. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He’s always looking up in the sky to watch birds flying — or looking down at the earth to see something growing. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

D. H. Lawrence She stood irresolute, looking at the group of bluey-white geese standing monumental under the grey, cold day. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

He found himself looking down on a crowd of men, who had lifted the fallen tree on which Léon had perched, and were about to use it as a battering ram. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Over their heads I caught sight of an officer, looking helpless, and shouted to him. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Dear me! papa said you would call,” continued he, after recovering a little from Catherine’s embrace; while she stood by looking very contrite. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

As Curberry’s eyes were looking past him, Dan, with the subconscious instinct of self-preservation, had just time to rise and swerve to one side, when a hand grazed his shoulder. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Wilkie Collins Madame Fosco was alone in the hall looking at the weather-glass. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Olaf Stapledon The spirit of Man, looking back on this phase in his childhood, saw that this was the time of his first undoing. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Robert Louis Stevenson Thence, looking up and from however far, each fir stands separate against the sky no bigger than an eyelash; and all together lend a quaint, fringed aspect to the hills. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Kate Chopin He took his hat from the table, and stood with eyes turned from her, looking into the dying fire. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

I had seen it last with the smile it always wore for me on it, looking so childishly happy in the lamp-light. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Maria Edgeworth The widow advancing, put on her spectacles, and, looking up close at Lord Colambre’s face —“Then it’s a wonder I didn’t know the family likeness. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

Abraham Merri Careless of Zachel’s lash, Kenton leaped upon the bench, looking over the bow. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

I do remember that he spent all night out on his pony looking frantically for you. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

He was not looking at her, but she felt the groping, nervous touch of his search, felt suddenly the grip of his fingers above her wrist. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Radclyffe Hall To Joan, beauty as portrayed by fine art came as a heavenly revelation; she knew for the first time the thrill of looking at someone else’s inspired thoughts. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Anthony Trollope Counting fathoms of rope and looking after unruly midshipmen on shore are not duties capable of bringing out in high relief the better traits of a main’s character. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

I was watching her from the window of my room and saw her eyes roam all round the roof, exactly as if she were looking to see where she could get up. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Kate Chopin There were other children beside, and two nurse-maids followed, looking disagreeable and resigned. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Ford Madox Ford A little dark boy of an officer passed the railings of the house, looking up at the windows. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

William Makepeace Thackeray It is enough that thou hast seen a great thing: is it needful that thou shouldst prate of all thou hast seen?” So we came away silently, and walked through the park without looking back. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Fawley stood at the window looking out, with his hands behind him. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Wilkie Collins How can I describe him? When his friend brought him on board, he stood at the side of the vessel, looking out thoughtfully toward the sea. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

John Galsworthy Unselfconscious as puppies, but old beyond their years; and yet, looking as if they never thought ahead. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Elizabeth Gaskell And I believe,’ looking at Cynthia and Roger with intelligent archness, ‘I could tell tales as to the cause of her indisposition in the spring. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Anthony Trollope He was fretful about the nags, and seemed anxious to get them out of his whole sight as soon as he had made a decent pretext of looking at them. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens The great majority were silent and still, looking fixedly at the ground. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Elizabeth Gaskell This felly’s made safe enough, I’ll be bound,’ said he, looking at the burglar, who stood, bloody and black, with fell hatred on his sullen face. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Abraham Merri And looking at her I felt that in the face of all she had seen of me, all she had undergone because of me — words were useless things. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Look D’Artagnan; everybody is looking at her; and in spite of Bradshaw’s gaze she has not turned pale. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Henry James So after a moment’s hesitation I answered, “Yes, I have written about him and I am looking for more material. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

The sound approached steadily, and Dain, looking through the branches, could see the faint shape of a big white boat. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

After a time he found himself sitting in a chair and looking at Carlier, who lay stretched on his back. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

I saw my old friend Orion, the hunter’s star, looking through the bars. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

That morning he breakfasted with us silently, looking mostly into his cup. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

I have made my farewells to my friends, and on looking back on the pleasant hours I have spent, felt saddened. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Marie Corelli And Manuel, looking eagerly again and closely into the Pope’s face, went on with increasing ardour and passion. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

He stood by the side of the bed, looking down upon her, his arms crossed upon his chest, and his noble form raised to its full height. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Guy de Maupassant The door opened on a room of uncommonly large dimensions, broad and high, lighted by an enormous window looking out over the valley. Sundays of a Bourgeois (Les Dimanches d’un bourgeois de Paris) by Guy de Maupassant [1880]

Frances Hodgson Burnett And he stood now before her looking as he had always looked when she had felt him to be the finely finished embodiment of evil. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Elizabeth Gaskell I don’t think that looking at these made may lady seem so melancholy, as the seeing and touching of the hair did. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Wilkie Collins The Indians, as I saw on looking closer, had small hand-drums slung in front of them. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

For a moment she seemed to hesitate as if she were looking for some particular bloom; then with the same pretty movement as once before, she handed him a flower. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Henry James Then he raised his eyes to the ceiling and stood looking at one of the rosy cherubs that was painted upon it. The American by Henry James [1877]

W. H. Hudson Many a one have I seen put to death with a blunted knife, he, Barboza, looking on, smoking a cigarette. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

George Gissing By going to certain places, looking upon certain scenes, I could most effectually destroy all the calm that life has brought me. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Elizabeth Gaskell I mounted — I rode to yonder great chestnut, and then, looking back, I saw my mother’s sorrowful countenance. My French Master by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Henry James He simply laid his hand on his shoulder and said, very quietly, looking at him in the eyes — “Very well; the pleasantest things must come to an end. Confidence by Henry James [1879]

A giant old man stood looking at her. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Henry James Tall, dazzling, indifferent, looking about her as if she saw very little, Lady Barb was certainly a figure round which a young man’s fancy might revolve. Lady Barbarina by Henry James [1884]

Gertrude Stein We said proudly, oh yes at least a gallon, but he insisted on looking and of course there was none. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Somebody was Aunt Ellen, looking like a grey-haired angel that had been left on earth by mistake. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

H. G. Wells Filby sat behind him, looking over his shoulder. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

George Gissing Alice reached home again on Christmas Eve. It was snowing; she came in chilled and looking miserable. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Margaret Oliphant Doctor, it is—it is—all your doing, under Providence,” said the little woman, looking full in his face. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Edith Wharton As he spoke he felt that she was looking at him, and he turned his eyes to hers in order not to appear to be avoiding them. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

W. W. Jacobs As he looked the face disappeared, and a moment later its owner, after furtively looking in at the side door, entered quietly. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

We were not looking for a cat or a monkey; we were looking for a middle-aged gentleman. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Elizabeth Gaskell For months Philip had been looking forward to the sensation which the intelligence would produce in the farm household, as a preliminary to laying his good fortune at Sylvia’s feet. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

She found him in the dining parlour, sitting gloomy and weary looking before the table where Reuben was arranging a hasty meal. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

He shook hands, looking vaguely around. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

Louisa May Alcott But you have got on bravely, and I think the burdens are in a fair way to tumble off very soon,” said Mr. March, looking with fatherly satisfaction at the four young faces gathered round him. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Anthony Trollope But he hovered close to her as they were looking at the figures, and was uneasy. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

For a second an electric torch was flashed in the shelter of the rock, and I could see a tanned, bearded face looking at some papers. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Edith Wharton I couldn’t have spoken like this yesterday, because when we’ve been apart, and I’m looking forward to seeing you, every thought is burnt up in a great flame. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Wilkie Collins After looking at the direction, and discovering that it bore my name, I put the letter in my pocket, and completely removed the linen. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He had told her gently, almost in the middle of a kiss, that he loved her, and she had smiled and held him closer and murmured, “I’m glad,” looking into his eyes. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

William Morris I pray your pardon then, And, looking in your eyes, fair lady, say I am unhappy that your knight is dead. The Defence of Guenevere by William Morris [1858]

E. F. Benson Rudolf Villars and his companion came back from the river, he looking fatigued, while Alice was fresher than paint. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Elizabeth Gaskell Miss Bronte describes herself as having utterly lost her appetite, and as looking “grey, old, worn and sunk,” from her sufferings during the inclement season. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

He shambled in shyly, looking from side to side. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

After looking around in fruitless amazement, they perceived a small door opposite to that by which they had entered. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Charles Dickens Then, lowering her veil again, she passes on, and passes out without looking back. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Edith Wharton They’re looking about for a small house. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton [1920]

Anthony Trollope At the end of this, looking to the front so as to have the parlour between it and the house-door, was the chamber in which slept Brattle and his wife. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Theodore Dreiser Her right hand was on his shoulder, and she was close to him, looking into his eyes. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

The tide was high and the river brimming full, looking as if it must drown all the forest, and the trestle-work roots on which the mangroves are hoisted were all submerged. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

James Joyce He was alone at the side of the balcony, looking out of jaded eyes at the culture of Dublin In the stalls and at the tawdry scene-cloths and human dolls framed by the garish lamps of the stage. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

The day of my departure, just as I was about to start, Zourine entered my room with a paper in his hand, looking anxious. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

G. K. Chesterton As she listened carefully, looking at the hands in her lap, she began to think she understood. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Anthony Trollope Why did not he come out from it and give her some counsel as to the future? There she stood looking out of the window till she was called by her aunt’s voice—“Linda, Linda, come down to me. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

John Galsworthy She saw him, three yards away, tap Muskham on the shoulder, and the two face each other, with the little man looking up at them like a terrier at two large dogs about to fight. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

D. H. Lawrence Then she sat looking straight before her, seeing nothing, only conscious of the colour burning in her cheeks. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

You will soon be going back to your parents and it will grieve them if you return looking ill. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

He looked across at Mr Cullen and saw that he too was looking at Zoë Kentallen and thinking how beautiful she was. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

John Galsworthy I don’t see any use in making a fuss!” With that view Dartie at once concurred; looking upon James as a private preserve, he disapproved of his being disturbed by the troubles of others. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Walter Scott To have sent him Harrison, or Bletson now, just as a lunch to stop his appetite, till Crom”— “Hush! stone walls have ears,” said Everard, looking around him. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

William Hope Hodgson Then, looking back at the clump at which I had aimed my missile, I saw that the slime-covered pool, which lay near, was all a-quiver, or so it seemed. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

As I sat at the table I felt something stir near my feet, and, looking down, saw a wave of black things moving slowly across the floor; they were black-beetles. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

They’ll be scheming just the same as you are, they’ll be looking for an opening, they’ll —” He hesitated, and then went on very slowly. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

And no wonder — since I had elected to be one of them very deliberately, very completely, without any looking back or looking elsewhere. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

Virginia Woolf The snow, the burst pipe, the tin bath, the Chinese goose — these are signs swung high aloft upon which, looking back, I read the character of each love; how each was different. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

He paused, looking down at her gloved hand resting in his. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

H. G. Wells We sat holding our sides and recovering our breath, looking appreciation to one another. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

The birds, too, are new, and we are always looking out for them. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Charles Kingsley And, looking about, I found a letter directed to his father. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

H. G. Wells She was looking about her with her sombre, appealing eyes as she spoke, as if she were looking for someone to relieve her of Mr. Parham. “To-night the vacuum is full of interesting people. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

She called to one of the pages, who, looking under a large sofa, perceived there a crouching figure “with a most repulsive appearance. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

D. H. Lawrence Through her another soul was coming, to stand upon her as upon the threshold, looking out, shading its eyes for the direction to take. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James But she only answered rather impatiently: “Wherever you like, wherever you like!” And she sat there swaying her parasol, looking about her, giving no order. The Reverberator by Henry James [1888]

And, looking up, he would answer, “Yes, I’m well enough, my girl, but I feels cold. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

G. K. Chesterton And it was in such a light and atmosphere that men could fancy they traced in them enormous and evil faces, looking down. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

E. Phillips Oppenheim Imagine him for whom I sinned become my accuser, holding aloof from all my advances, looking at me in horror, and calmly working for my destruction that he may clear his own name from all suspicion. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Henry Handel Richardson Somebody or something, that was like, and yet not like herself; something that stood aloof, looking coldly on, would say: “YOU could never have done that. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

Edith Wharton She had learned what she was worth when Lucius Harney, looking at her for the first time, had lost the thread of his speech, and leaned reddening on the edge of her desk. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

George Gissing Heard anything from father?—No?—You’re looking very well, Piers—take my arm. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Guy de Maupassan The shade of the plane-trees spreads over the burning sidewalks, making a curious spot, looking almost like liquid, as if water spilled there were drying. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Our house stands apart from the main road, so that we are not troubled even with passengers looking at us. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

It happens sometimes that hidden things, which in themselves are easy to find, escape detection because no one thinks of looking for them. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

H. G. Wells I think she must have had an idea then of looking for Fanny’s things. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Elizabeth Gaskell He followed her, however; but before he left the kitchen he saw the old man standing, looking at Ruth’s companion with a strange, grave air of dissatisfaction. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Henry James She leaned out and gave him her hand, looking at him kindly, and smiling. The American by Henry James [1877]

Margaret Oliphant She drew him closer, looking wistfully into his face. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

The air was rather faint with the scent of them, her visitor noticed; then, looking more closely, she found they were not garden flowers. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Anthony Trollope He did care very much for the income of the business, and perhaps his first idea in looking for Dolly’s hand had been the probability that he would thus obtain the whole of that income for himself. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H. G. Wells Lady Stella, he saw, remained seated far down the table, looking dubiously at the little crowd of people at the end. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

D. H. Lawrence In the doorway of the restaurants waiters stood inert, looking out on the streets. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Without looking round, he thrust back his dagger, and stabbed the man dead on the spot. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Not one of them has thought of looking for him below the earth. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

Henry James Every one was looking at him, every one but she (his identity flew about in a moment) and I wondered if he did not observe it. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

The country’s looking magnificent. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

It is curious,” he continued, looking at me, “it is very curious you should have asked me that, for all day I have been imagining I detected the presence of cythyl. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

H. G. Wells Bert hesitated and stepped thoughtfully into the passage, looking back at the window as he did so. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Charles Dickens At one of the theatre doors, there was a little girl with a mother, looking for a way across the street through the mud. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

The last he saw of his friend and employer was the captain’s dark face looking out of the coach-window; the captain’s hand waved in cordial farewell. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing Mrs. Hewett, looking as if she had herself risen from a coffin, cried shame on the general heartlessness with which Jane was used. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

I’m a detective from Scotland Yard, and I am down here looking for the murderer of poor Jakes.” He gritted his teeth menacingly. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Wilkie Collins He said, ‘My brother is delicate; my brother wishes to live in retirement; you will oblige me by looking after my brother. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He was certainly looking a little pinched. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Anthony Hope The train travelled well, and at half-past nine, looking out of the window, I saw the towers and spires of a great city. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Ann Radcliffe While Madame gazed with concern upon her languid countenance, she awoke, and, looking up, gave her hand to Madame La Motte, who found it burning with fever. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Willa Cather He took both the lady’s hands and exclaimed in a warm, deep voice, “Here she is, looking as fresh as a bride! May I claim an old privilege?” He bent his head and kissed her. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

G. K. Chesterton They felt as if they were looking over the edge from the North Pole and seeing the South Pole below. Manalive by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Rose, looking up and following his glance, discovered a crowd that was collecting fifty yards down the street. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wilkie Collins I went to the Refuge, and stopped on the opposite side of the street, looking at it. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

A loud cannonading has been kept up since ten o’clock, which keeps us all idle, looking out for the smoke, and counting the number of discharges. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

D. H. Lawrence And she turned away, looking for her mother. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Frederick Marryat They can do no good by looking on. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Arthur Machen She had been gathering sage in her garden, high on a round hill looking over the sea. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Henry James WAS he looking preternaturally fit? There was something in it perhaps for Chad’s wonderful eye, but he had felt himself for hours rather in pieces. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Julian Hawthorne You will find the river better worth looking at than that stone wall. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Gaston Leroux As to the windows of the pavilion, there are four; the one window of The Yellow Room and those of the laboratory looking out on to the country; the window in the vestibule looking into the park. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

A small boy had climbed up the side of the thing and was looking down the barrel of a machine gun. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Rudyard Kipling He lifted up his voice like the bears in the fairy-tale, and Torpenhow entered, looking guilty. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Hurt me by ridiculing him as a bookworm; offended him by looking a little down on me, as a nobody without spirit and fashion, which was quite true. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

William Makepeace Thackeray Giglio came up the steps with his horrible bride on his arm, looking as pale as if he was going to execution. The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

James Joyce We are all looking forward anxiously. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Thomas Hardy Somers reserved his comments, and Jocelyn continued — ‘That afternoon I idled about the streets, looking for her in vain. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Then, looking for a motive for the killing of the housekeeper, their thoughts would turn instantly to him. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

George Eliot This is what I like to see,’ said the stranger, looking round at the colliers, who eyed him rather shyly — ‘a bright hearth where working men can enjoy themselves. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Jules Verne Even looking at the bright side of things, he found it both stupid and sad to be left alone in the midst of this savage country and among these wild tribes. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]