Phrases with "mouth"

George Borrow I was about to give him a severe reproof for his brutality, but before I could open my mouth a stout elderly personage appeared at the door, who I soon found was the principal officer. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Nellie Bly Her shape was neither fairy-like nor girlish; her features were fiendish in expression and from her mouth fell a long string of beads. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Olaf Stapledon The mouth occupied in its culture much the same position as the phallus with you. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Edgar Rice Burroughs Clayton had wandered to the point at the harbor’s mouth to look for passing vessels. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

D. H. Lawrence You won’t be here another six weeks”— and he filled his mouth with food —“if you don’t tackle ’em and tackle ’em quick. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Charles Dickens Obenreizer clapped his hand on Vendale’s mouth and pointed to the track behind them. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

He tried to fend her off, but she kept pressing her open mouth against his and when he turned away, she nuzzled his cheek. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

From my mouth only shall he hear the stern and seemingly unnatural part I played in this family tragedy. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

George Meredith Her mouth shut up a smile, showing more of the door than the ray. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The woman remained seated, with her mouth open, non-comprehending. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

Arthur Conan Doyle It appeared to have neither mouth nor eyes, but it soon showed that it was formidably alert. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

His mouth was half open in astonishment, his little shriveled body, with its pointed head and bony face, seemed to be resting. Mother by Maksim Gorky

He walked past them with small mean mouth tightened, pretending not to see them. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Jules Verne My mouth filled with water; I struggled against being drawn down the abyss. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

When I would have answered, he suddenly put his hand upon my mouth for silence. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

They were both beautiful, eyes and mouth — beautiful, but touched with pain. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Traces of gold were found by Lieutenant–Colonel W. A. Ross, through his pyrological process, in the sandy clays brought from the mouth of Wady Makná. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

D. H. Lawrence He was now about thirty years old, a tall, silent fellow, with a heavy closed mouth and black eyes that looked across at one almost sullenly. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

Mary Webb Meanwhile, Vessons also made plans, his obstinate mouth and pear-shaped face more dour than ever. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Pietro Vanucci sat in a sort of collapse, glaring at her, and gaping with his mouth open like a dying cod-fish. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

An enormous snake, with fearful mouth and fangs, was speared by the men. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Guy de Maupassan He suddenly realized that he was ruined, and he caught her by the neck to stop her mouth from uttering these heartrending, dreadful screams. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Anna Katherine Green He has been thrown —” “No.” Mr. Sloan’s mouth was close to the lawyer’s ear. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Olaf Stapledon An oddly projecting, almost spout-like mouth made him look as though he were whistling. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Her mouth was hard: it could be a little grim; her lips were thin. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

A pair of fierce black eyes were just visible under the edge of his hat; and his mouth seemed divided, beneath the moustache, by the deep scar of a hare-lip. The Dead Sexton by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Yes, even then I had to put my hand over my mouth more than once for the sake of good manners, you understand. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Anthony Trollope There was a gentle play about his mouth which declared that his wit never descended to sarcasm and that there was no ill-nature in his repartee. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Several times he opened his mouth as if he were about to say something, but then each time he stopped himself and stared on. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Robert Louis Stevenson Putting my mouth near down to the ground, I whistled a note or two, of Alan’s air; an answer came in the like guarded tone, and soon we had knocked together in the dark. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Bram Stoker He would have won, he said, “if only-he could have kept his mouth shut. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

Elizabeth Von Arnim No wonder her mouth was shut like a clasp and she would not open her eyes. The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1899]

James Joyce He looked at them, his wellshaped mouth open happily, his eyes, from which he had suddenly withdrawn all shrewd sense, blinking with mad gaiety. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

He saw the darkness grow darker as the rising water-spout covered the mouth of the cave. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

It makes my passion stronger but to think Like passion stirs the peacock and his mate, The wild stag and the doe; that mouth to mouth Is a man’s mockery of the changeless soul. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

Her mouth curled, as though she were a duchess compromising herself by such companionship. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Mark Twain It never comes out of my mouth but it fetches an old snag along with it. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

What are you going to do?” Lingard cleared his throat, shuffled his feet, opened his mouth with great determination, but said nothing for a while. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

On the morrow of his carouses, the zinc-worker always had a headache, a splitting headache which kept him all day with his hair uncombed, his breath offensive, and his mouth all swollen and askew. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

George MacDonald There was, in fact, a little corner of the paper loose, and through that, as from a mouth in the wall, the voice came. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

H. Rider Haggard At last all were in, and with a sigh — for it was sad to lose sight of objects so beautiful — Juanna drew the mouth of the bag tight and prepared to place it round her neck. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Jack London His mouth was unusually wide, with thin lips tightly compressed as if he had lost many of his front teeth. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

James Joyce Whenever I’d bring in his soup to him there I’d find him with his breviary fallen to the floor, lying back in the chair and his mouth open. Dubliners by James Joyce

Drums begin to beat in his temples, and his mouth is bleeding. Geoffrey's Wife by Mary Cholmondeley

Anthony Trollope He can make me open my mouth and keep it open. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Andrew Lang We never hear again of Thersites, or of any one of the commonalty, daring to open his mouth in an assembly. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

George Meredith The starlit black ridges about him and the dragon’s mouth yawing underneath were an opposition of spiritual and mundane; innocent, noxious; exciting to the youthful philosopher. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Thomas Hardy A subdued tremulousness about the mouth was all the response that Winterborne made; and Melbury added, “My boy, you shall have her yet — if you want her. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Olaf Stapledon From mouth to crimson mouth there stretched a curious fruit, not unlike a much-elongated banana. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Jack London His eyes were closed, and he was apparently unconscious; but his mouth was wide open, his breast, heaving as though from suffocation as he laboured noisily for breath. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Henry James He looked at me foolishly, with his mouth open. Four Meetings by Henry James [1877]

I laid the boat’s head straight for the dwarf headland, marking the mouth of the inlet on the interminable range of sand-dunes. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson He is looking with horrible satisfaction into the mouth of hell. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

He told them to put their dirty paws over my mouth and nose. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

James Joyce His mouth moulded issuing breath, unspeeched: ooeeehah: roar of cataractic planets, globed, blazing, roaring wayawayawayawayaway. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

There was something forbidding in their expression, which was not bettered by the cruel mouth and wide jaw. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

George Meredith No blame—’ her dear mouth faltered. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Situated as Goolwa is, near the mouth of the great Murray River and handy to the entrance of the Coorong, there is always plenty of life and interest there in the summer time. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Mrs Dene opened her mouth to speak, and then discreetly closed it again in silence, reflecting that whatever there was to come on that point would get itself said without any assistance from her. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Porthos opened his mouth to reply; D’Artagnan made him a sign, and his mouth, remaining silent, gradually closed. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

But that she could not frame her mouth to such large speeches as her sisters had done, or promise to love nothing else in the world. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb

George Meredith Heed him not; come, tho’ he kiss till the soft little upper-lip loses Half its pure whiteness; just speck’d where the curve of the rosy mouth reddens. Poems by George Meredith [1851]

Isabella Bird Each wore a stiff diamond-shaped piece of white cotton over her mouth and the tip of her nose. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Edgar Allan Poe I did this at some little risk, and before closing the mouth of the chamber, by reaching under the car with one of the poles before mentioned to which a hook had been attached. The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfaall by Edgar Allan Poe [1835]

Andrew Lang Here are some leaves which make my mouth water; come and get them for me!’ Then the billy goat sauntered up and looked over, and after that he eyed his wife a little crossly. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton The younger Bunner sister, who was a little taller than her elder, had a more pronounced nose, but a weaker slope of mouth and chin. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

He has a retreating forehead, large aquiline nose, immense red whiskers, and a mouth contradictory of all talent. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Guy de Maupassan Jean’s mouth was wide open, but he didn’t say a word; he was dead. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

William Makepeace Thackeray My words had their effect upon Dobble, who stuttered and looked red, and then declared he never had the slightest intention of passing me by; so we became friends, and his mouth was stopped. The Fatal Boots by William Makepeace Thackeray [1839]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her mouth was set, her forehead wrinkled in thought. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Wilkie Collins The bullet had entered his mouth and killed him on the spot. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Rudyard Kipling Sit as far back as ever you can, and, if Oriental courtesy have put an English bit and bridoon in a mouth by education intended for a spiked curb, leave the whole contraption alone. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Jules Verne The mouth of the Mercy is a bad place for a vessel, and the sea is heavy there. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

George Meredith He laughed, or tried the mouth of laughter. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

She screwed her mouth sharply to one side, and with her brow knit had turned a frightened gaze on her visitor. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

George Meredith She perceived no motive for the latter, and she held him to be sound in the head, and what was spoken from the mouth she accepted. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

His well-developed chin, however, spoke of a forceful and determined character, and his mouth was that of an orator. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Jack London His toothless, thin-lipped mouth was a cruel and bitter slash under a great curved nose that almost met the chin and that was like a buzzard’s beak. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

F. Scott Fitzgerald His mouth opened a little, and he looked at Gatsby, and then back at Daisy as if he had just recognized her as some one he knew a long time ago. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Her arched brows contracted, and her mouth grew compressed and rigid. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

H. G. Wells Do you understandt?” Bert opened his mouth to ask about the five hundred pounds, and then a saving gleam of wisdom silenced him. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Margaret Oliphant A look of surprise for one moment, then a gleam of something like mirth lighted in the dark eyes, and the thin lines about her mouth moved, though no smile came. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Andrew Lang When at last they reached the other side, the owl’s wife untied the line from the frog’s mouth and told him he might rest and play by the lake till they got back from the forest. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson On one of these close beside the huge discoloured door of blistered paint sat Poppy with her mouth open, fast asleep. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Nettie’s mouth took menacing lines. A Marriage by Ella D'Arcy [1896]

She opened her mouth with wisdom; in her tongue was the law of kindness: her children rose up and called her blessed; her husband also praised her. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Gertrude Stein A mind under is exact and so it is necessary to have a mouth and eye glasses. Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein [1914]

For a moment he lay as though stunned, with dark blood oozing from his mouth and nose. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Thomas Hardy He was a thin, slightly stooping figure, with a small nervous mouth and a face cleanly shaven; and he walked along the path with his eyes bent on the ground. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

D. H. Lawrence Her mouth was pursed in an odd way, as when she had dreamed the fox’s brush burned it, her beautiful, crisp black hair strayed in wisps. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

I felt rather than saw what was happening, and with my heart in my mouth I gathered my dregs of energy for the last struggle. Prester John by John Buchan

Walter Scott Hence the complaint of John Upland, a fictitious character, representing a countryman, into whose mouth the poets of the day put their general satires upon men and manners. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Arthur Morrison Ain’t all that enough to hang Cap’en Nat Kemp, if the police was to drop in sudden on the whole thing?” Dan’s mouth opened, and his face cleared a little. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Stone’s face was very grim and stern, and his mouth seemed dry, as he kept swallowing hard. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

Sitting by the window, again pregnant, with a gray face and distraught, weary eyes, she was feeding my brother Sascha, and she stared at me with her mouth open, like a fish. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Arthur Conan Doyle His arms were folded across his arching chest, and his mouth was set in a fixed smile. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Her mouth opened; her eyes stared. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

R. D. Blackmore Falling with his mouth wide open in surprise, he had filled it with gravel of inferior taste, as a tidy sewer pipe ran out just there, and at every execration he discharged a little. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Somebody produced a quart bottle of beer and passed it round; it travelled from mouth to mouth to mouth, everyone taking a swig. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

William Hope Hodgson Far overhead, I discerned a thin ribbon of red, where the mouth of the chasm opened, among inaccessible peaks. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

The best sermon, however, that I listened to, was in a Methodist church, from the mouth of a Piquot Indian. It was impossible not be touched by the simple sincerity of this poor man. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Jack London This was the mouth of the cave and the source of light. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

E. F. Benson Nor did her mouth ever so faintly resemble the “Cupid’s bow” which is so dear to the fashion-plates of feminine loveliness. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Then he tried to force my mouth open and push the spoon in, just as one might force a sick dog’s jaws apart and pour some medicine down its throat. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Then he gave his mouth a rather comical twist; then he looked at Madge with eyes which he probably intended to be pregnant with meaning. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

I could feel my mouth get dry with fear. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

He himself had not been singing, but then he didn’t generally sing; he believed in opening his mouth at the proper times, and outside a shut door in a howling snowstorm wasn’t one of them. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

His mouth was like a straight line, and he held his lips tightly shut. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Jack London At such times, confronted by three sets of savage teeth, the young wolf stopped precipitately, throwing himself back on his haunches, with fore~legs stiff, mouth menacing, and mane bristling. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Sidney Colvin What chiefly or alone makes the episode poetically acceptable is the strain of lyric poetry which Keats has put into the mouth of the supposed Indian maiden when she tells her story. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Virginia Woolf If the working class finds it easier to assimilate English literature by word of mouth they have a perfect right to ask the educated class to help them thus. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Guy de Maupassant His mouth and tongue, thick with food and wine, the man stuttered: “Well, now for the last job. The Olive Grove (Le Champ d'Oliviers) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

Robert Louis Stevenson Fear came on me that he was dead; then I got water and dashed it in his face; and with that he seemed to come a little to himself, working his mouth and fluttering his eyelids. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Willa Cather Her mouth was large and composed, — resigned, the corners drooping. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Sinclair Lewis Beside them, beaming up at this Madonna scene, was another small boy, also scrubbed, also in dressing gown, also cramming into his mouth the luscious gooey cream. Let’s Play King by Sinclair Lewis

William Morris And Ralph saw in the face of the high cliff the mouth of a cave, however deep it might be. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Anthony Trollope I hardly dare open my mouth to Plantagenet. The Duke of St Bungay has cut me. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling It was the noise that bewilders woodcutters and gypsies sleeping in the open, and makes them run sometimes into the very mouth of the tiger. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

The lips of his large mouth were compressed and bloodless. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

Add to these a beautifully shaped mouth with a provoking dimple at the corner and you would say she must have been pretty. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Abraham Merri Yes — into the ring’s mouth the aurora flew, cascading in a columned stream to earth. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Fyne opened his mouth gravely and as gravely shut it. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

James Joyce Mr Dedalus, lifting his head from the bone, asked: — And what did you do, John? — Do! said Mr Casey. She stuck her ugly old face up at me when she said it and I had my mouth full of tobacco juice. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

You’re to keep your mouth shut like a trap. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

William Hope Hodgson In the same instant, I found myself looking down into a white demoniac face, human save that the mouth and nose had greatly the appearance of a beak. The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” by William Hope Hodgson

Anthony Trollope Her mouth was small, and her chin delicately formed. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

There are but these things in the world — Thy mouth of fire, Thy breasts, thy hands, thy hair upcurled And my desire. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

James Hogg The blood flowing from his mouth and nose he took no pains to stem, neither did he so much as wipe it away; so that it spread over all his cheeks, and breast, even off at his toes. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

John Galsworthy She did not quite know what to make of his face, because she could not see his eyes, and his mouth was so full. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope But they shall suffer as well as I.” “The most pernicious doctrine I ever heard in my life,” said Dick Ross as he filled his mouth with cold chicken pie. Kept in the Dark by Anthony Trollope [1882]

George Meredith Lady Pennon expected to be amused, and was gratified, for Diana had only to open her mouth to set the great lady laughing. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Anthony Trollope He became pale, and clutched hold of the table with his hand, and there sat with mouth open and staring eyes. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

R. D. Blackmore Geraldine darling, you can do it with your mouth full. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Edgar Rice Burroughs I had progressed no great distance from the mouth of the river when I discerned, lying some distance at sea, a great island. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

D. H. Lawrence She wanted to cover his mouth with her hand. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis Her mouth was working queerly. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

William Hope Hodgson The mouth kept jabbering, inanely, and once emitted a half-swinish grunt. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

E. Phillips Oppenheim The officer would have thrust his hand over her mouth but he was too late. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

George Meredith His mouth worked dubiously, and, from moment to moment, he plucked at his waistcoat and pulled it down, throwing back his head and glaring. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

I would punish them all in my own way; I would —— But here the filthy hand of the warder descended on my mouth and, choking and struggling, I was forced to the floor. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

D. H. Lawrence She pursed her mouth as if in pain, as if asleep too. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

F. Scott Fitzgerald His mouth was the kind that is called frank, and he had steady gray eyes that moved slowly from one to the other of their group, with just the shade of a questioning expression. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The mischief was that from such houses Felipe, our forager, brought reports of wealth to make the mouth water, but nothing to stay the stomach. The Poisoned Ice by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Anything eatable disappeared into his mouth immediately. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

I could see, by the stain on Starlight’s mouth and the blood on his breast, he’d been shot through the lungs. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Sinclair Lewis Frank opened his mouth twice, and closed it. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope Polly Neefit was, as we have said, as pretty a girl as you shall wish to see, in spite of a nose that was almost a pug nose, and a mouth that was a little large. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning All was done: The mouth that kissed last, kissed alone. A Vision of Poets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1844]

You couldn’t see his mouth except when he smiled, and then his teeth were as white as Warrigal’s nearly and as regular. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Swaying a little where he stood he opened his mouth very wide to shout the one word “Found!” Behind him Willie flung both his hands above his head and let them fall dramatically. The Planter of Malata by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Anthony Hope Where is Bauer?” “I hope he’s gone to hell with his loved master,” grunted Sapt, but he had the grace to lower his voice and shield his mouth with his hand, so that Rischenheim did not hear. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Soon it spread from mouth to mouth, and all the people were filled with the wildest excitement. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

The mouth she kissed in farewell was parched, and cracked and dry. Her Father’s Name by Florence Marryat [1878]

George Eliot She had not then seen — what she saw afterwards — the evidence of the Frate’s mental state after he had had thus to lay his mouth in the dust. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

D. H. Lawrence And immediately the queer, careless, terribly attractive smile came over his eyes and brows, though his mouth did not relax. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells Her mouth opened and shut several times; she mumbled her remaining tooth, and once quite suddenly she curtsied, like the blink of an arc-light. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Wilkie Collins The mouth of it looked out on the rocky basin of the lake. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

F. Scott Fitzgerald You come right down to the jail and get him out!” “Mrs —” “We’re people of considerable standing in America —” Her mouth hardened as she continued. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Ford Madox Ford No roar came from its mouth and when you jabbed the little gadget at the side up and down no bell tinkled . A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

H. G. Wells The facial part projected, forming something dimly suggestive of a muzzle, and the huge half-open mouth showed as big white teeth as I had ever seen in a human mouth. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

William Godwin He however immediately arrested the attention of the strangers, being remarked for his extraordinary deformity, and a mouth that stretched completely from ear to ear. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

Anthony Trollope I have renounced the devil and all his works; but it is by word of mouth only — by word of mouth only. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell Oh dear, Molly! if you’re not in a hurry to go to bed, let me sit down quietly and tell you all about it; for my heart jumps into my mouth still when I think of how I was caught. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

F. Scott Fitzgerald But when he entered his own office and saw his wife staring dismally out the window into the sunshine he clinched his hands, and his mouth moved in an unfamiliar shape. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Robert Louis Stevenson And so we soon see the soldier’s mouth relax, and his shoulders imitate a relenting heart. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Abraham Merri The mouth too was wan and parched, the long and misted green eyes dull. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

Algernon Blackwood But it seemed to me that, while the features — eyes, nose, mouth — remained the same, the life informing them had undergone some profound transformation. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

I, who had never smoked before her, was now invited to partake of her own pipe; and whether I would or not, she thrust bits of sweetmeat into my mouth with her own fingers. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Arthur Morrison Dicky plucked a soft piece and essayed to feed her with it, but the dry little mouth rejected the morsel, and the head turned feverishly from side to side to the sound of that novel cry. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

George Meredith Lady Jocelyn’s mouth shut hard. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Abraham Merri It had three openings — one that lay like a crack in the northeast slope; another, the tunnel mouth through which we had come. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

And when you get a bit nettled yourself, bite on it, bite on it, my boy; don’t go opening your mouth to fill other folks’s. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

George Eliot On that day, any on-looker would have said that Romola’s nature was made to command, and Tito’s to bend; yet now Romola’s mouth was quivering a little, and there was some timidity in her glance. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Edith Wharton Mr. Blandhorn opened his mouth and slept. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

I wished to tell you what I had discovered, so that you might pay me to shut my mouth if you felt so inclined. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

George Meredith Neptune is appealed to and replies by mouth of the latest passenger across the Channel on a windy night:—Take heart, son John! They will have poor stomachs for blows who intrude upon you. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Andrew Lang When it reached my mouth I again drove it away. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells I could see the many palps of its complicated mouth flickering and feeling as it moved. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

A. E. W. Mason Twice he opened his mouth to speak, but no words came. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

He was swimming deep in his own thoughts, and his mouth was smiling. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Ford Madox Ford Her mouth opened, but she bit her lower lip and then wiped it with a very white handkerchief. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

D. H. Lawrence But he had the fun red mouth of a man under his brown moustache, and his jaw was strong. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Quick passage E. S. to mouth of Weser. Anchored for night under Hohenhörn Sand. 14th Sept. — Nil. 15th Sept. — Under way at 4 a. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Rafael Sabatini His mouth remained opened — nay, fell wider — and his eyes stared with a sudden look of horror past his host at the window to which Hawkesby had his back. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Charles Dickens As for the Pope, he did refuse him and denounce him as the enemy of Heaven. Hereupon the pious Dr. Cole cried out to the guards to stop that heretic’s mouth and take him away. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

D. H. Lawrence He held brandy to her lips, but her mouth would not open. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Gibson wiped the sandy stubble round his mouth with the back of his hand, and considered for a moment. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Arrived near the mouth of the cave, we dismounted, and climbed our way among stones and gravel to the great mountain opening. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

A dreadful mist arose before his eyes and his mouth went dry. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Thomas Hardy Then Manston’s black eyes seemed piercing her again, and the reckless voluptuous mouth appeared bending to the curves of his special words. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

D. H. Lawrence She seemed unaware, she seemed to be pressing in her beaked mouth till she had the heart of him. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

George MacDonald Removing the handkerchief I had put to protect the mouth and eyes from the pine-needles, I looked anxiously to see whether I had found a priceless jewel, or but its empty case. Lilith by George MacDonald

Edith Wharton Once he found her mouth again, and they seemed to be by the pond together in the burning August sun. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Jack London My mouth was that dry that I couldn’t chew from sun-up to when you brung the water. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

Gaston Leroux But Monsieur Darzac made it clear that in order to shut his mouth he must be killed. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

George Eliot Savonarola was silent; but while he kept his mouth firm, a slight glow rose in his face with the suppressed excitement that was growing within him. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He went shabbily and unhappily down the corridor with his faded eyes blinking and his mouth still faintly ajar. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Then he opened his mouth to pour forth his soul in an agonising bleat. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Jack London Bill opened his mouth to speak, but changed his mind. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Anthony Trollope Her mouth was large, and over it there was almost beard enough for a young man’s moustache. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope