Phrases with "open"

Anthony Trollope I should imagine that she will be received with open arms by all the Ovals; and as for a foreigner, — we don’t call you foreigners. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

The marquis had just been put to bed, the servants were at dinner, and Blanche and Aunt Medea reached the little gate leading from the garden into the open fields without being observed. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

He comes here because, being human, he’s got to open his mouth some time or other, I suppose; but it’s my opinion he has neither Advena nor anybody else in his mind’s eye at present. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

They crossed the open in a direct line for the bungalow. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Arthur Conan Doyle There are many vineyards in these parts which in winter become open plains, and a horseman finds few difficulties in his way. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

E. F. Benson I do no harm to anybody, I wish everybody well, and nothing — nothing will induce me to open my lips upon this subject. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Radclyffe Hall She pushed it open and walked up the drive Speckled laurels and rhododendrons, now damp and dripping, flanked her on either hand. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Andrew Lang We will suppose that the amateur keeps his ordinary working books, modern tomes, and all that serve him as literary tools, on open shelves. The Library by Andrew Lang

Henry James He closed the door of the studio behind her; his servant was still at the outer door, which was open and through which he saw Julia’s carriage drawn up. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

What fine jackdaws she must deem us all!” The earl’s carriage, an open barouche, was waiting at the gate, at the conclusion of the service. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Gertrude Stein Particle of all the color is that which is not white and the black which is open is not older when the time has come back for black to be younger. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Massy had left Charley’s infamous den directly he had realized the possibilities open to him, and with his nose in the air. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Wilkie Collins There was no time to break it open on the spot. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

D.H. Lawrence I could break it open with waving my hand. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Rafael Sabatini Dressing-room doors stood open on either hand, and in the corridor loitered several officers of the court. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Edith Wharton Her hand trembled so much that for a moment she could not open the envelope. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

George MacDonald And still he could not open his eyes. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

When she heard the door open she turned. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

D.H. Lawrence But we have another inn in the next parish that is open all night. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Virginia Woolf Now open in my eyes a thousand eyes of curiosity. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

This is the greater salutation; the lesser one is performed kneeling in an attitude of prayer, continually throwing open the hands, and repeating sundry words. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Andrew Lang This theory seems open to exception, but the hero of Maud is unhealthy enough. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells To aid and develop it, could be made the open and secure policy of any great modern empire now. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

Not knowing whether to remain or retire, the young policeman stood for a moment undecided; then he observed an open letter lying upon the carpet. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Nathaniel Hawthorne For its own sake, if it will do no more, the world should throw open all its avenues to the passport of a woman’s bleeding heart. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Arthur Conan Doyle It had a bottom but no top, and it lay upon its side with the open end inward. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Step towards the door, and you will find it open in front of you. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

You’ve got a pocket-knife with a sharp blade? Good! Well, when you go on duty into the hall to-night, have it open in one of the side pockets of your jacket. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Radclyffe Hall She was shown into a small oak-panelled parlour whose long, open casements looked on to the herb-garden. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Anthony Trollope It would not be done to any young lady unless she were on the stage, and were thought on that account to be open to any man about the theatre to say what he pleased to her. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Miriam went gloomily along the corridor, from one vaulted Golgotha to another, until in the farthest recess she beheld an open grave. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

The door would open and the snow blow through in little impatient gusts and all the valley would pour in with it. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Wilkie Collins The mist is stealing in no doubt through my open window. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

I saw him open his mouth wide — it gave him a weirdly voracious aspect, as though he had wanted to swallow all the air, all the earth, all the men before him. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

George Meredith You can say I am devoted—ha, what stuff! I’ve only to open my mouth!—say nothing of me: let her think the worst—unless it comes to a question of her life: then be a merciful good woman . Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Algernon Blackwood The great men whom he visited welcomed him with open arms, added to his data, widened yet further his mental outlook. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

William Makepeace Thackeray Beside Jack’s bed, on his little “table de nuit,” lay the remains of his last meal, and an open letter, which we read. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

One side of any room intended for noonday retirement is generally laid open to a quadrangle, in the centre of which there dances the jet of a fountain. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Henry James I had been struck by the beauty of a face that approached us and I was still more affected when I saw the face, at the sight of my companion, open like a window thrown wide. Glasses by Henry James [1896]

George Borrow On the left hand stood a church, in good preservation, and still devoted to the purposes of religion, but which I could not enter, as the door was locked, and I saw no one at hand to open it. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Benjamin Disraeli His bright blue eyes, open forehead, and sunny face, indicated a man fall of resources, and with a temper of natural sweetness. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

H. G. Wells But open a window, imagine one of the windows open. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

E. Phillips Oppenheim At present, I have an open mind. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

A. E. W. Mason Above, in the well of the stairs, the light spread out from the open door of his flat. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

Anatole France Or they would arrange a jug of water over his door so that the worthy seigneur could not open the door without the whole of the water being upset upon his head. The Seven Wives of Bluebeard by Anatole France [1920]

T. E. Lawrence He gave an open run to his subordinates. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Bamtz not having the pluck to open his mouth, it was Niclaus who, as a collective voice, called out to him thickly to come out soon and join in a drink. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

D’Artagnan felt that he was called upon to open the conversation. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Walter Scott The late Countess of Etherington died in possession — open and undoubted possession — of her rank in society. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

H. G. Wells And as one walks out from the town centre one will come to that mingling of homesteads and open country which will be the common condition of all the more habitable parts of the globe. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

This undulating table-land of sand and rock, pitted with open graves and cumbered with mounds of shapeless masonry, is wholly unlike the desert of our dreams. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

All their shining black faces seem to be momentarily gashed open to show rows of white teeth, and were spotted with inlaid eyeballs. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Anthony Trollope If you will make inquiry of Mr Gresham, or Lord Cantrip who was then my chief, I think that either will tell you that my conduct on that occasion was not such as to lay me open to reproach. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith Dahlia took from her bosom the letter she had won in the morning, and held it open in both hands to read it. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Ida could not help enjoying the freshness of morning, the beauty of earth, albeit she was going from comfort to discomfort, from love to cold indifference or open enmity. The Golden Calf by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Virginia Woolf How could it be otherwise? Marriage was the only profession open to her. Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf [1938]

Katherine Mansfield The conversation is not out of your depth? I have so seldom the time or opportunity to open my heart to a woman that I am apt to forget. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Edmund Burke Many parts of Europe are in open disorder. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Men passed by as if in a mist; and the buildings, the sheds, the unexpected open spaces, the ships, had strange, distorted, dangerous shapes. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Virginia Woolf A burst of dance music came in through the open window and made it impossible to hear. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Frederick Marryat This was sufficient: it could not be the party from the Intendant’s, but the robbers who wished to induce them to open the door. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Forget that I am your husband; see in me only a friend and open your heart; your resistance hides a mystery. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Walter Scott Julian found it difficult, where so little opening was afforded him, to find a tone in which to open the subjects he had at heart, that should be at once dignified and conciliating. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

T. E. Lawrence They advanced by alternate companies, in open order, at intervals of four or five yards, with even-numbered companies in support, making good use of the poor cover which existed. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Three tall platanes, very ragged as to their bark and very poor as to foliage, stood in a group in an open space; and Citizen Peyrol was cheered by the sight of a dog sleeping in the shade. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Walter Scott Butler requested them to open the gate. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

George Gissing Mr. Mutimer was perfectly open with me. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

His face was white between its stains of blood; his eyes were strained open to their uttermost expansion. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Jacques Futrelle And after a moment a door creaked slightly on its hinges, and a breath of cool air informed Mr. Grimm that that open door, wherever it was, led to the outside, and freedom. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

H. G. Wells A wonderful woman! At the top of the cliff was an open grassy lawn and then beechwoods, and going through the beechwoods one came to the edge of the rolling grassy expanse, and in sight of the horses. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

The shore was open and desolate — great banks of pebbles to which straggled alders and hazels from the hillside scrub. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Tamb’ Itam saw him fling his arms wide open before he fell. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

With open ears and prying eyes, he sought the meaning of the least words. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Arthur Conan Doyle When she got into the open air she stared around her like one dazed. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Maria Edgeworth With open heart, open purse, public overture, and private negotiation with the parents of Peggy Sheridan, he at last succeeded in accomplishing Moriarty’s marriage. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

He looked at her more than once; not stealthily or humbly, but with a movement of hardy, open observation. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Sinclair Lewis He heard regularly from Fran, but where once her letters had been festal, now he hesitated to open them. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Abraham Merri They threw themselves on the ground before me — but they did not open the gates. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Bram Stoker Then there came a breath so prolonged that it seemed as though it would tear open his chest. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Charles Dickens At last I thought I saw it open in the dusk, and then felt sure I heard it shut again softly. A House to Let by Charles Dickens [1858]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle A minute later a carriage and engine could be seen flying along the open curve which leads to the station. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

No human figure stirr’d, to go or come, No face look’d forth from shut or open casement; No chimney smoked — there was no sign of Home From parapet to basement. The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood by with biographical introduction by William Michael Rossetti

One may live anywhere; and, at Bergamo, not far from here, a silk-weaver would be received with open arms. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

D. H. Lawrence The locked door excited their sense of mystery, she had to open to dispel the lure. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Beneath the scattered trees it was dark as a cellar, and only the creature’s own whiteness made it dimly visible in the starlit open spaces. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

But this statement is, as are the majority of such assertions, open to contradiction. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Anthony Trollope The rule of the present day is, that every place shall be open to public competition, and that it shall be given to the best among the comers. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Henry James The door was open behind her, and she passed out. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle My wife had always been a woman of a frank, open nature, and it gave me a chill to see her slinking into her own room and crying out and wincing when her own husband spoke to her. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

You open your eyes so wide that I am sure you hardly understand me. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Wilkie Collins To open negotiations with Mrs. Glenarm, under present circumstances, was, for a man in his position, simply impossible. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Rudyard Kipling The man dismissed them, and first to spring through the veranda into the open sunshine was Kim. ‘ ‘Ere, you! ‘Alt! Stop!’ said a high voice at his heels. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

An open grave was there; I had only a slight partition of earth to displace, and soon I rolled into the cavity. The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola

Henry Kingsley Perhaps he was trying to recall the time so long, long ago, when his own face was as open and as innocent as that. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

The door was open and she walked straight into the office. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Henry James The Countess had an open volume in her hand; she appeared to have been glancing down a page which failed to strike her as interesting. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Anthony Trollope As she passed the door of her rival’s room she could see the black silk dress moving behind the partly open door, and as she entered her own she heard Mrs. Morton’s steps upon the corridor. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Walter Besant I am well aware that I am open to censure for doing this. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

You won’t make a noise?” “Oh, oh, my God!” said Dudley, hoarsely, and wiped his forehead with his open hand. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Ford Madox Ford He had found the Colonel in his cellar — it really, actually was a cellar, the remains of a farm — sitting on the edge of his camp-bed, in his shorts, his khaki shirt very open at the neck. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

George MacDonald His mother had to get out of bed to open the door when Mrs. Crump knocked. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Arnold Bennett Clothes were hung behind the door, and a vague wisp of muslin moved slightly in the warm draught from the tiny open window. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

But while she was prowling about the sweet-scented stable, much disappointed at the result of her investigations, she stumbled against a ladder which led to an open trap-door. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

In one hand she held a heavy gold cup, and in the other an open book. In the World by Maksim Gorky

But he must first be quite certain, he told himself, that the doctor had not arrived, for it would never do to be caught red-handed trying to open one of the doors. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Though I searched the open space outside the laager over and over again, not a sign of the enemy could I discover. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Well, what then? She turned giddy, and leaned her head against the open shutter. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Charles Stur We travelled on the 4th, over harder and more open ground than usual, having extensive polygonium flats to our right. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

The door she supposed had been left open by accident; at any rate this key made her mistress of the situation. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Swiftly she turn’d, and, foaming as she spoke: “Why this delay?” she cried —”the pow’rs invoke! Thy pray’rs alone can open this abode; Else vain are my demands, and dumb the god. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

The Captain came down to open the carriage-door. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Arthur Morrison But I’ll open the front door if you like. The Adventures of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

E. Phillips Oppenheim Keep your eyes open and tell me exactly what you see. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Anthony Trollope We must now leave him and his relatives in the house of sickness, and return to Arthur Wilkinson. Arthur Wilkinson was received at home with open arms and warm embraces. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Jack London The Iron Heel had triumphed in open warfare, but we held our own in the new warfare, strange and awful and subterranean, that we instituted. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

W. W. Jacobs Then, as a great indulgence, he laid it on the Jew’s open palm for a few seconds. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

Thomas Stoneham laid this book before Gilbert, open at the page on which Marian’s marriage was recorded. Fenton’s Quest by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Their houses are large sheds open at the sides, and thatched with the “suiti” palm. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Jules Verne Two yards only separated us from the open sea. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Men and women armed only with sticks of dynamite rushed across the open squares and stormed stone buildings held by trained soldiers with machine-guns. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

Willa Cather Presently he came upon the gang, a dozen or more, lying in a shallow draw that ran from the edge of the field out into an open pasture. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Charles Kingsley No one has more cause to say so than I. He will receive you with open arms, and need be told no more than is necessary; while, as his friend, you may defy gossip, and do just what you like. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Then it climbed through a mile of fir-woods to an open moor, where Mr Tibbets prudently fell some distance behind. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

The first thing that Featherston did was to open Van Rheyn’s things at the throat, spread a coat on the ground and put his head flat down upon it. Charles Van Rheyn by Ellen Wood [1875]

It was an open race, and every man that had a note or a fiver laid it out on one horse or another. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

E. Phillips Oppenheim We want an open market for petrol, iron, steel, rubber, cordite, nickel—practically everything you can think of in raw materials. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

At night they bivouacked in an open meadow, where they were well supplied with provisions by their new friends. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

E. Phillips Oppenheim One of Lady Mary’s partners came up with an open programme and a face full of reproach. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

My load I can bear, but HIS— Come and see me, John; and tell James our house is open to him. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

But the sight of a small piece of paper pinned or pasted on the board that had been nailed in futile precaution across the open doorway deterred me. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

Such a folio! It takes a man to open and shut it. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Wilkie Collins After half an hour or more, her eyes open again — this time with the light of life in them — open, and rest languidly on the friend sitting by the bedside. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

He never asks me to open the door for him, no, not he. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

A clerk now entered with an open telegram. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

Poet Gray nine years later, peering to find Castle Crag and Glaramara ‘indescribably fearful,’ was to open a gate that has grown since then most uncomfortably wide. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Sir Walter Scott The heart and the door that are shut against every other earthly being, shall be open to thee and to thy sorrows. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Henry James They were both expected to be lively, and what was held out to each was that it was honourably open to him to be livelier than the other. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Mark Twain And so the Winged Lion of St. Mark, with the open Bible under his paw, is a favorite emblem in the grand old city. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Miles Franklin He had to open an artist’s show at five and was to be at an official gathering at Government House that evening. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

He hung over the town of Patusan like a hawk over a poultry-yard, but he devastated the open country. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

He saw the window was open at the top and was about to call out for help, when what he heard made him stifle his cry. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

E. F. Benson She did not trouble to open it, and after a tray (for she had made a substantial tea) she picked up the evening paper, to see if she could find any hints about a career for a woman of fifty. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Mark Twain If they feel a soft, whispery, mysterious feeling they are required to open out and let the public know it. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

This,’ she touched an open rose, ‘will claim its beauty again. The Pool in the Desert by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1903]

E. F. Benson Even before the door that had been open to admit him was closed, he had turned and gone with a crouching, stumbling run from the room, and I heard him at the latch of the front door. The China Bowl by E. F. Benson

Arthur Conan Doyle The hasp sprang open with a loud snap. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Bram Stoker Same day, 11 o’clock P.M. — Oh, but I am tired! If it were not that I had made my diary a duty I should not open it tonight. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Henry James I’ve often wished I might make you some reparation some open atonement. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Guy de Maupassan It fell off her lap and sprang open and gold and bank bills were scattered on the floor of the carriage. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

A. E. W. Mason They had come to the top of a hill a couple of miles from Ramelton. The road ran between stone walls enclosing open fields upon the left, and a wood of oaks and beeches on the right. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Ann Radcliffe Julia came first to the door of the cavern, but who can paint her distress when she found it was fastened! All her efforts to open it were ineffectual. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Next Christmas he was going to open this shabby sack of hers, this perennial satchel à toute faire, and put something in the money compartment. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

H. G. Wells Then he noted a peculiar body upon the crest of the more open of the two gorges. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Willa Cather The winding path turned again, and came out abruptly on a hillside, above an open glade piled with grey boulders. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

The casual ward doesn’t open till six, and we have time to kneel down and say a few words to our Father first. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Arnold Bennett By strange good luck they did not meet a single acquaintance, and as Edwin had a latchkey, no servant had to come and open the door and behold them. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Thomas Hardy The enterprising lady followed the mumming company through the gate in the white paling, and stood before the open porch. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

How he stowed himself into rowing posture I have not the least idea, but eventually we were moving sluggishly out into the open water, his head just visible in the bows. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

H. G. Wells It was to pierce and slash away the appearances of life for me, it was to open my way to infinite disillusionment, and unsuspected truths. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Robert Louis Stevenson I could not but conclude that this promenade was chosen with an eye to secrecy; for the spot was open only to the seaward. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins I placed the open leaf before my mother. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Henry James I was conscious of a certain credit open with her in my appearance of intellectual sympathy. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Wilkie Collins In the shadow thus thrown on him, it was not possible to see his face plainly enough, from the open side of the bed, to arrive at any definite conclusion as to what might be passing in his mind. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

George MacDonald I closed behind me the door into the wooden chamber, and turned to open the door out of a dreary world. Lilith by George MacDonald

George MacDonald So he sat still in the blue air of the cavern listening to the wash and ripple of the water all about the base of the iceberg, as it sped on and on into the open sea northwards. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Virginia Woolf We might even open the windows a little. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

She had no prudery on her lips, but her conduct was as open and as fair as day. Lodore by Mary Shelley

And this was a distinct advantage, inasmuch as it left one to consider the facts of the case without regard to motive—to balance the prima facie probabilities with an open mind. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

It isn’t right to open the door after dark. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

George Gissing The invalid held open a newspaper, and Alma, in passing, saw that it was The World. At once her step quickened, for she had remembered the desire which touched her an hour ago. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Arnold Bennett He closed the door after him, and not one of the adults dared to rise and open it. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Jack London They were slashed open and bleeding before they knew what had happened, were whipped almost before they had begun to fight. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

M. P. Shiel Worry about this, however, that I must have left trunk open some time, and no hope for me, if I continue that sort of slovenly life. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

John Lewis Burckhard High piles of hands, shin bones, and sculls are placed separately in the different corners of these chambers, which the monks are with difficulty persuaded to open to strangers. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

At thirty-five miles the open sandhills ceased, and scrubs came on. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

When I think of that dreadful Medusa coming from Hamburg —’ I sympathized with half my attention, keeping one strained ear open for developments on my right. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Sir Thomas Browne Thou whose nature cannot sleep, On my temples sentry keep; Guard me ‘gainst those watchful foes, Whose eyes are open while mine close. Religio Medici by Sir Thomas Browne [1643]

Wilkie Collins I consider the glorious mission of Art to apply to everybody; so I am proud to open my painting room to any honest man who wants to look at my pictures. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Anthony Trollope He is, if not of equal rank, yet of equal standing with the highest; and if he be open to the amenities of society, may choose his own circles. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

David, with his health and ruddiness and open smile, reassured him. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Jack London Oh, broad and wide awake I was, although I did not open my eyes. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

But when he hastened to open it, glad of company, there was no one there. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

It was a little bit of open sandy beach, perhaps sixty yards long, without rocks, and boasting less surf than any other part of the island I could see. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

A man runs away with your wife; you proclaim your shame in open court, and take gold from your enemy for the affront he has put upon your honour. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Charles Dickens There were some rags in an open cupboard, also on the floor. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Wilkie Collins From this date, I lock up my book — only to open it again when some event has happened which has a claim to be recorded for its own sake. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Annette ran to open the window, but as she did so she saw it was dead, had died beating against the glass trying to get out into the sunshine, after making black smirches on the walls and ceiling. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

George Gissing Up in his bed-room lie sat for a long time with the paper lying open before him. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

The soft air was full of the sweet of jasmine and orange blossoms from the open patios. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Marjorie Bowen They mounted in silence the dark rock, scented from the growing plants; from the open windows of the Palace came the sound of a polka. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

His hoard-of-bliss that old ill-doer open found, who, blazing at twilight the barrows haunteth, naked foe-dragon flying by night folded in fire: the folk of earth dread him sore. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

Jack London There is wild talk of cannon aboard, and of strange raids and expeditions she may make, ranging from opium smuggling into the States and arms smuggling into China, to blackbirding and open piracy. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Edith Wharton She could not ask him how much he cared without laying herself open to the same question; and that way terror lay. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Maria Edgeworth I beg that he will break open the lock of the trunk that is in my room, and take out of it my Goldsmith’s Animated Nature, which he seemed to like. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

Thomas Hardy He replied, “You should shut your door — then you’d hear folk open it. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

George Meredith Calm as the solitary night-light before her open eyes, her spirit was wasting away. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Edith Wharton And she would have taken precisely Denis’s view of the elasticity of atonement: she would have accepted private regrets as the genteel equivalent of open expiation. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

A little pale, wizened creature, obviously dying, referred to as ‘pore Brown, bin under the doctor and cut open three times,’ was regularly fed by the others. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Edgar Rice Burroughs Clothing from their open boxes and bags strewed the little apartment, and even their beds had been torn to pieces. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Miss Dinah sat with her mouth open in sheer amazement, and then spoke involuntarily. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]