Phrases with "occupying"

Anthony Trollope No white American citizen, occupying the position of landlord, would have condescended to such comfortable words. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing It would be her home, hers and Lyddy’s; the dignity of occupying a whole house would have compensated for many little discomforts. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

T. E. Lawrence Sometimes they went towards the central oases of Aridh and Kasim, and, if the tribes looking for new homes were strong and vigorous, might succeed in occupying parts of them. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Jack London Not only was one room deemed sufficient for a poor man and his family, but I learned that many families, occupying single rooms, had so much space to spare as to be able to take in a lodger or two. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Wilkie Collins I am endeavouring to quiet my mind by occupying myself as usual. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Charles Stur Immediately beneath was the low region from which we had just ascended, occupying the line of the horizon from the north-east point, southwards, round to the west. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

The duke found articles as old as himself, religiously preserved, occupying the old familiar places from which they had never been removed. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Over each of these districts ruled one of the four great chiefs of the republic, occupying his own spacious mansion, and surrounded by his own immediate vassals. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Sidney Colvin The arrangement with Keats was that he should share household expenses, occupying the front sitting-room for the sake of quiet at his work. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

M. P. Shiel On the other hand, we—you and I—know the man: he is a person of gentle blood, as moral, we suppose, as ordinary people, occupying a high station in the world. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

One of the detectives is occupying the bungalow, and we can see the lights on there until one and two in the morning. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

She was reduced to the necessity of occupying herself the humble abode she, in her charitable heart, had intended as an asylum for one of her pensioners. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Doctor R—— asked him, among other questions, whether there was any irritating circumstance or anxiety then occupying his thoughts. The Familiar by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

It was slightly to one side of the desk where Isaacstein was accustomed to sit, and whoever would be occupying it would be in the strong clear light of a window above. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Bram Stoker His grand-nephew had given him the sofa, occupying the lower berth himself. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

They notice that he has become gloomy and brooding of late, but he lives his usual life, occupying himself each day with some harmless hobby. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Behind them sat the tenants of the San Berdoo, occupying about six rows. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Anthony Trollope But, if so, it was a very fleeting thought, for he had far other matter, now fully occupying his mind. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne They were then occupying the center of a rocky plain, which the sun scorched with its parching rays. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

She said kindly that it was entirely her own fault for occupying a student’s bathroom, and that Miss Dakers was not to worry about it for a moment. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

It was for his own amusement, a way of occupying his time while waiting for his appointment to the police force. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Sir Walter Scott The old mansion was a low, venerable building, occupying a considerable space of ground, which was surrounded by a deep moat. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Volume No. 3 disclosed the belief that in occupying the highest seat in a Rubberneck auto they were travelling the pace that passes all understanding. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

George Borrow The view from hence was truly magnificent; before us lay the town, occupying the side and top of a tolerably high hill, extending from east to west. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Perhaps all this is occupying a millionth part of a second and we’re still sitting there. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

George Gissing Say, then, that the matter is occupying my gravest attention, and that I hope to be able to reply definitely in the course of a few weeks. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Mills’ staring eyes moved for a glance towards Blunt, I, who was occupying the divan, raised myself on the cushions a little and Mr. Blunt, with half a turn, put his elbow on the table. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Theodore Dreiser The Chicago City Railway Company, occupying the South Side and extending as far south as Thirty-ninth Street, had been organized in 1859, and represented in itself a mine of wealth. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells He was in a big alcove, occupying the position that in his previous experience had been devoted to the lower boxes. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

A gigantic, self-luminous sphere was hanging in the sky, occupying nearly the whole of it. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Virginia Woolf The room very soon contained between twenty and thirty people, who found seats for the most part upon the floor, occupying the mattresses, and hunching themselves together into triangular shapes. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

George Meredith But of the matter then simultaneously occupying my mind, to recover which was the second supreme task I proposed to myself-of what. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

By sheer chance he found the freckled man occupying the front outside seat of the bus he boarded. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

There are five or six hundred fishermen, occupying one hundred and fifty cabins, who make a good trade of the Shebbel salmon; it has a very small garrison. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

But after this particular day she observed that Lady Newhaven had somehow slipped off the pedestal, and that she, Rachel, had the honour of occupying it alone. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Sir Walter Scott In Zetland there are several scores of these Burghs, occupying in every case, capes, headlands, islets, and similar places of advantage singularly well chosen. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Bronislaw Malinowski It is also opposed to what we learnt from Howitt and many others of the customary order observed in occupying a hut. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Jules Verne The patient animals were still occupying their old position, prowling up and down and growling. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Jack London At once we moved aboard the Ghost, occupying our old state-rooms and cooking in the galley. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Sir Walter Scott As the season advanced, the weather became more genial, and the Recluse was more frequently found occupying the broad flat stone in the front of his mansion. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

G. K. Chesterton I will not even conceal from you that I have been occupying Mr. Crooke’s time until it occurred. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

During the latter years of his reign, Montezuma had rarely taken part in his military expeditions, which he left to his captains, occupying himself chiefly with his sacerdotal functions. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Jeremy Bentham Discussion occupying additional space, would have been necessitated by it. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

For this to subside we had now to wait here as patiently as we could, occupying the spare time so forced on us in purchasing an outfit and in preparing for the journey. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Jules Verne However, the trip from Calcutta to Hong Kong only comprised some three thousand five hundred miles, occupying from ten to twelve days, and the young woman was not difficult to please. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

For though both face and form were unknown to me, there was that in his aspect which stirred recollections not out of keeping with the unhappy subject then occupying all my thoughts. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Charles Stur On arriving at this point we saw an immense plain, occupying more than one half of the horizon, that is to say, from the south round to the eastward of north. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

Robert Green Ingersoll When you find a man with brains now occupying an orthodox pulpit you will find him touched with heresy — every one of them. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Richard Burton On such occasions all push forward recklessly, as an English mob in the strife of sight-seeing; the rear, being left unguarded, is the place of danger, and none seeks the honour of occupying it. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Ah! it was amusing, everyone already beheld a tripe-seller occupying the shop; after the sweets should come something substantial. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope Money returns from work are very good, and work itself is good, as bringing such returns and occupying both body and mind; but the world’s work is very hard, and workmen are too often overdriven. North America by Anthony Trollope

You’ve not forgotten him; and his trouble with Major Parrifer. But for that trouble, the Clement–Pells might never have had the chance of occupying Parrifer Hall. It was as good as fairy-land. Bursting-up by Ellen Wood [1871]

But when he found M. Segmuller occupying Maurice’s place the next morning, Martial believed that he was saved. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Crossing the passage-way, we now entered the dining-room, which was comparatively large and lofty, with a mighty and generous fire-place at one end, occupying the whole space left by a balcony-window. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Some letters signed by you have been found among the papers of the lady whose mysterious death at the hotel Clermont is just now occupying the attention of the New York authorities. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Charles Dickens By this time, the rooms were vastly different from what I had found them, and I enjoyed the honor of occupying a few prominent pages in the books of a neighboring upholsterer. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Wilkie Collins Taken in connection with a certain inquiry which is just now occupying the public mind, these fragments may throw some faint glimmer of light on events which are at present involved in darkness. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell But this preference of mine for occupying my bedroom annoyed M. de la Tourelle, I am sure, though he did not care to express his displeasure. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

It is like knitting a stocking, diverting the mind without occupying it. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

M. R. James Perhaps he might have done the landlord a little service by occupying it, and given him the chance of saying that a well-born English gentleman had lived in it for three weeks and liked it very much. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

The doorway also occurs in this wall, occupying a space 4 feet 3 1/2 inches in width on the inner side. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

George Borrow It stood in a solitary situation, occupying one side of a small square. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

E. Phillips Oppenheim They are, without exception, occupying reputable positions in life. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

There is nothing here,” and he tapped the papers, “which would warrant me in occupying the time of folk who have many greater matters in hand. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

They immediately all three halted, closed in, and waited, occupying the middle of the road. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Wilkie Collins He wisely determined to rouse his mind by occupying himself with the practical necessities of the moment. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Mr. Leafchild lodged here, as the late curate had before him, occupying the spare sitting-room and bedroom. Helen’s Curate by Ellen Wood [1877]

Baldwin Spencer At either end there was a forked stick, and between these two ran a ridgepole, occupying the position of an upturned keel. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Arthur Conan Doyle Yesterday a lady, who has been known as Mme. Henri Fournaye, occupying a small villa in the Rue Austerlitz, was reported to the authorities by her servants as being insane. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Five lakes are spread over the Valley, occupying one tenth of its surface. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She knows that I am in the Diplomatic Service,—that I am, in fact, occupying a very confidential and important position down here. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Olaf Stapledon The same forlorn task was occupying him when at last the recruiting office leapt into view. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

George Gissing When he came at the usual hour to supper, guests were occupying the hostess. The Pig and Whistle by George Gissing

Outside the P.S.U.C. buildings the barricades were allowed to remain standing, and indeed many were standing as late as June. The Civil Guards were still occupying strategic points. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Elizabeth Gaskell The worst was, that she found he was in the habit of occupying the library, her favourite retreat, in the mornings before Mrs. Hamley came down. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

An old gentleman attached to the cathedral had now lodged in his house for ten years, occupying the drawing-room floor; he had recently died, and hence Lawyer Cockermuth’s suggestion. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

The first of these dissertations, occupying one hundred and eighty-one pages, inquires into the failure and extinction of the Oracles; when they failed, and under what circumstances. The Pagan Oracles by Thomas De Quincey

Henry James With this she returned to the mantel-shelf, placing it with deliberation in the centre and then, for a minute, occupying herself as with the attempt to fit the other morsels. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

But, in the horse, the fibula seems, at first, to be reduced to its upper end; a short slender bone united with the tibia, and ending in a point below, occupying its place. Lectures on Evolution by Thomas Henry Huxley

They live around the courtyard, the family occupying the central building. Chinese Pictures by Isabella L. Bird [1900]

In 1661 he began a series of commonplace books, often containing long articles on the subjects which were occupying his thoughts at the time. Locke by Thomas Fowler [1880]

H. G. Wells The two men found themselves occupying adjacent tables in the Sherborough Hotel, and White was the first to recognize the other. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

E. F. Benson Two figures were occupying it, and one of these was in the act of putting. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Three oarsmen could be faintly discerned occupying its thwarts, and a forth waited on the platform, holding a lantern. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

While doing so, I turned over the subject occupying my mind, and endeavored to reconcile the story told by the clock with my preconceived theory of this murder; but no reconcilement was possible. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Willa Cather She made young Mr. Weldon so comfortable that he remained under her roof for several weeks, occupying the spare room, where he spent the mornings in study and meditation. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Gissing I—it—the fact is, sir, that—temporarily—I am occupying it myself. The House of Cobwebs by George Gissing

Jack London There were other things on the sled — blankets, an axe, and a coffee-pot and frying-pan; but prominent, occupying most of the space, was the long and narrow oblong box. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Wilkie Collins I congratulate myself — I apologize for occupying your valuable time — I beg my renewed acknowledgments — I wish you good-morning. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Anthony Trollope The localities of such lands were not specified, but the privilege granted was that of occupying any quarter-section not hitherto tenanted. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Borrow But you are occupying my time unprofitably; begone, therefore, and tell whoever sent you, that I have by no means a high opinion of his wisdom. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Jules Verne Incredible as it may seem, Falsten remained the same as ever, occupying himself with writing down figures and memoranda in his pocket-book. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

She could not herself understand, nor did she wish to know, whence and why this enthusiasm had risen like an exhalation in her soul, covering and occupying its entire space. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Wilkie Collins He briefly assented to that arrangement; occupying the time before the vehicle arrived, in walking sullenly backwards and forwards over the pavement in front of the shop door. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Arnold Bennett He left her, and spent the time before dinner with Harry Hesketh, who had the idea of occupying their leisure with a short game of bowls, for which it was necessary to remove the croquet hoops. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

I assure you there is a strong muster in those fair telescopic worlds, on any such morning, of those who happen to find themselves occupying the right hemisphere for a peep at us. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

Wilkie Collins Laura, Marian, Mr. Kyrle, and myself in one carriage, and John Owen, with a clerk from Mr. Kyrle’s office, occupying places in another. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

It was the issue of Friday, May the 10th, with the photograph of Betty Kane occupying two-thirds of the page. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

All the persons present were men of distinction, occupying posts of honor and credit at the court. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Baldwin Spencer In these ceremonies also only a limited number ever take part as actual performers, and, instead of occupying a long time in their performance, they usually last only a few minutes. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

I looked round for Nikola, but to my surprise he was not occupying the place where he had been sitting when I fell asleep, nor indeed was he inside the enclosure at all. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell Fanny asked her mother numerous small questions, all having nothing to do with the subject, which a wiser person would have perceived was occupying her attention. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Wilkie Collins It might have its use in helping me to understand him, if I knew how he had been occupying his mind while he was expecting me to arrive. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

D. H. Lawrence And Clara was a way of occupying his mind. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

I had been treating myself to a long stay on shore, and in the necessity of occupying my mornings Almayer (that old acquaintance) came nobly to the rescue. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

George Gissing Something distinct from his domestic troubles seemed to be occupying him, something of a pleasant nature. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Theodore Dreiser He could see them living as nicely as ever, occupying the comfortable house and using his property. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Instead of occupying the position his talents, to say nothing of his birth, entitle him to, he has been compelled to go out to India in a mercantile capacity. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Mark Twain The farmer was occupying the middle of the road with his wagon, leaving barely fourteen or fifteen yards of space on either side. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

There were three of them; one in the centre of each of the three walls, the head of the stairs occupying the centre of the fourth. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Wilkie Collins I retrace my steps, occupying as much time as I possibly can in getting back to the seat above the coasting-vessel. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Being invited to accompany them to Santiago, I did so; and we found the common men occupying the courtyard, and the officers the large hall of the convent. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Stone asked him to indicate which chair he had been occupying when the lights went out and he told him. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

In the turbulent times of the Crusades they withdrew thence and gradually overspread all Europe, occupying most of the high places in politics, art, literature, science and theology. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

William Hope Hodgson Yet, this may be easily understood, when one realises the size of this ancient pile, and the fact that only my old sister and I live in it, occupying a few of the rooms, such as our wants decide. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

H. G. Wells The little gallery on which they stood ran round it, and in the central pit and occupying most of it was a huge glass bulb, a vast retort, in which a greenish-white liquid was boiling and bubbling. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Kate Chopin He was plainly demoralized by her presence, and still made pretense of occupying himself with the arrangement of the room. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Theodore Dreiser Now they were occupying a house of some pretensions; their immediate neighbours would feel it their duty to call, and Jennie would have to play the part of an experienced hostess. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Lady Carbery had, at first, directed towards me occasional glances, expressing a comic sympathy with the thoughts which she supposed to be occupying my mind. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Wilkie Collins He must have had some very serious motive for occupying a position so entirely beneath him as his position in our house. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Thomas Hardy This thought and intention, occupying such length of words, flashed upon her in an instant, and hardly disturbed her strong curiosity to stay and learn the meaning of his actions in the workshop. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Ivan Turgenev Resolved! I’ll have a try!’ Polozov led Sanin to one of the best hotels in Frankfort, in which he was, of course, occupying the best apartments. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

Nathaniel Hawthorne A double rank of soldiers made their appearance, occupying the whole breadth of the passage, with shouldered matchlocks and matches burning, so as to present a row of fires in the dusk. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Walter Scott Great as the labour was, it was to me the task of three years; nor can you wonder that I should have devoted to it my whole time, when I had no other means of occupying it. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

We couldn’t hurt anything here, could we?” The Rittersaal is an immense room occupying all the space on the first floor that the hall and four drawing-rooms do on the floor below. The Pleasure-Pilgrim by Ella D'Arcy [1895]

Francis Bacon For such action takes place both in time, occupying moments not a mere instant of time, and in space, passing through degrees and distances. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Thomas Hardy These ruminations were occupying him when there became audible a slight knocking at his front door. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Rafael Sabatini The dalal beat his hands together, whereupon the curtains were drawn aside and the huddled slaves displayed — some three hundred in all, occupying three several pens. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Under advice, M. M. had acquiesced, pending her vigorous legal proceedings, in poor little Sally Nutter’s occupying her bed-room in the house for a little while longer. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Thomas Hardy It was not till the afternoon that he determined to call on his relative, Miss Aldclyffe, and cautiously probe her knowledge of the subject occupying him so thoroughly. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Thomas Hardy He did not particularly heed her; but Mrs. Harnham was continually occupying her eyes with him, and wondered more than ever what had attracted him in her unfledged maid-servant. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

We had thought of running over to the Azores.” (Jones was not at all sure by this time where in the Atlantic he might be, but the Azores, as occupying a fairly central position, seemed safe. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

George Meredith The intelligence filled my head like the buzz of a fly, occupying my meditations without leading them anywhere. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

George Gissing He bought books freely, and still used the London Library. Of late he had been occupying himself with the authorities on education; working, often impatiently, through many a long-winded volume. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She appeared to be occupying exactly the same position as that into which she had collapsed on the previous night. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

THIS IS THE GIRL said the paper in enormous black letters across the top of the page; and below it, occupying two-thirds of the page, was the girl’s photograph. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Lewis Carroll But unfortunately there is more cylinder, occupying half the space between the 10-inch and the 12-inch marks, so that only one pint of water can be accommodated there. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

Wilkie Collins She is staying in the house of a minister (one of papa’s friends), and is occupying a position of dignity in which I should certainly lose my head. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Edith Wharton In the library he found Haskett occupying a chair in his usual provisional way. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

With a smile he pushed Royne into the armchair he had been occupying and took a seat opposite to him. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Charles Dickens Every man was to keep up an appearance, meanwhile, of occupying himself in his usual way. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

Walter Scott Then rode forth the young Lady Eveline herself, occupying the centre of the little procession, and her long black robes formed a striking contrast to the colour of her milk-white palfrey. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

Sir Walter Scott Another winding stair conducted them to an apartment of the same size with that which they had first entered, occupying indeed the story immediately above. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

In 1584 he fitted out a new colonising expedition to North America, and succeeded in discovering and occupying Virginia, named after the Queen. On his return he was knighted. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Guy de Maupassan All three sad and embarrassed, they would not acknowledge to one another what was occupying their thoughts. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

The Sawahili people term such articles a Keti (seat or vehicle) for the mysterious haunter of the tree, who prefers occupying it to the patient’s person. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

The three of them were occupying chairs close to the window, and Larose and the woman were provided with powerful glasses. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Robert Louis Stevenson It was a huge, low room, as large as a meadow, occupying the whole width of the habitable wing, with six barred windows looking on the court, and two into the river valley. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

H. Rider Haggard Nobody slept upon that floor or in the rooms beneath it, Philip occupying a little closet which joined his study on the ground floor. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

D. H. Lawrence Let the shop! Permit the name of Houghton to disappear from the list of tradesmen? Withdraw? Disappear? Become a nameless nobody, occupying obscure premises? He thought about it. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins It occurred to me that Mrs. Eyrecourt might be occupying the customary false position of a mother-in-law. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

D. H. Lawrence The crowd — the swollen head of the procession — talked and shouted, occupying the centre of the street, but leaving the pavement clear. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

George Eliot While the possible troubles of Maggie’s future were occupying her father’s mind, she herself was tasting only the bitterness of the present. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Niccolo Machiavelli And these three qualities are almost necessary in a soldier; for speed makes him adept at occupying places before the enemy, to come upon him unexpectedly, and to pursue him when he is routed. The Art of War by Niccolo Machiavelli [1520]

Thomas Hardy Melbury seldom saw Winterborne now, but he believed him to be occupying a lonely hut just beyond the boundary of Mrs. Charmond’s estate, though still within the circuit of the woodland. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Sir Walter Scott The retreat of Argyle had not passed unobserved by his watchful enemy, who, occupying the superior ground, could mark every circumstance which passed below. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Bronislaw Malinowski While travelling or occupying temporary habitations, each of these parties must erect separate wuurns. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

George Gissing She gave, also, many instructions as to matters which had been occupying her lately; her mind was abnormally active and lucid; at times her speech became so rapid that it was unintelligible. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

One afternoon, in a most luxurious hotel in Melbourne, a gentleman of gay and debonair appearance might have been observed occupying the largest and most comfortable armchair in the lounge. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

The journey from London to the far north of Yorkshire was, therefore, a long one, occupying two or three days. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Meredith She might be occupying Esslemont—our dream of an English home! She is the destruction of the idea of romantic in connection with the name of marriage. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Francis Bacon Now the most radical and primary difference between configurations is drawn from the abundance or scantiness of the matter occupying the same space or dimensions. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Wilkie Collins When I returned to the other persons in the room, Oscar and Lucilla were still occupying the same positions. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

The cockroaches, spiders, and other insects, instead of running right away, would ascend the fallen branches and remain there, whilst the host of ants were occupying all the ground below. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Elizabeth Gaskell Some perplexity or other was occupying John and Jeremiah Foster; their minds were not so much on the alert as usual, being engaged on some weighty matter of which they had as yet spoken to no one. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

George Gissing With the wedding, too, she was occupying her thoughts. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Fixed for ten hours on a comfortless bench, they know no way of occupying themselves, and if they think at all it is to whimper about hard luck and pine for work. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Edward Bellamy The system is indeed in effect that of trial by three judges occupying different points of view as to the case. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

He was a young man occupying rooms in the same hotel, and on the same floor as myself. The Story of Salome by Amelia B. Edwards

Now don’t go exciting of her or she’ll never live to see you occupying that chair of little ease. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

George Meredith The vision drew him to a headlong plunge and swim of the amorous mind, occupying a minute, filling an era. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]