Phrases with "opened"

Andrew Lang was a faithful lover of the Sidhe and made many collections of fairy stories, Eden Phillpotts has written much of them, and various writers have opened their magic to us. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

But he was wrong,” sobbed Leilah. “After a while the tall man — the captaincame and opened the door. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Marjorie Bowen The Earl frowned, hesitated, opened the churchyard gate and looked out. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

What have you got on your face?” “Oh! I’ve opened a beauty parlor here,” explained the Colonel with a grin, “and Sarle is my first client. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Edith Wharton This little passage came back to him the next morning, as he opened his hotel window on the early roar of the Northern Terminus. The girl was there, in the room next to him. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He opened it and read— “Deliver my letter at once. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Kate Chopin Mademoiselle opened the drawer and drew forth the letter, the topmost one. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Susanna Rowson He opened the door, and discovered to Temple a scene which rivetted him to the spot with astonishment. Charlotte Temple by Susanna Rowson [1791]

Anthony Trollope He opened the door without any notice and, having waited till Mary had joined him, led her forcibly into the middle of the room. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Katherine Mansfield He opened the book, and Sabina saw a coloured sketch of a naked girl sitting on the edge of a great, crumpled bed, a man’s opera hat on the back of her head. In a German Pension by Katherine Mansfield [1911]

Wilkie Collins She opened he gate and closed the door after her, leaving the key in the lock. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Some five or six other apartments also opened at either side, upon the same passage. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edith Wharton Evelina never spoke or opened her eyes, but in the still hour before dawn Ann Eliza saw that the restless hand outside the bed-clothes had stopped its twitching. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

Edith Wharton He opened his eyes and looked. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Rudyard Kipling In less than ten minutes after Stalky opened the diversion they were going it hammer and tongs, both sides the valley. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The swing doors opened and closed, and the lady, with the paper still in her hand, turned to the manager. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Henry Handel Richardson But through his trying too hard not to make a noise, a button squeaked, and Papa opened his eyes. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Miles Franklin I inquired of Mr M’Swat which was the liveliest time of the year, and being told it was shearing and threshing, I opened one first in November: “November 1896 1st. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Frederick Marryat The door was opened by Patience Heatherstone herself, who said, “Oh, how glad I am to see you! Come in. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

H. G. Wells No sooner was that done than he opened the door of it, and tilting the thing on one end turned its living contents out on the ground. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

George Elio When he opened the door the passage was dark. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

Benjamin Disraeli Iduna opened the gate with the noiseless touch which a feminine finger can alone command. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

Wilkie Collins He took the candle from her hand when she pointed to the door; opened it softly; and, leaving it ajar, went into the room. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Ivan Turgenev When the door opened again and Naum walked out backwards, bowing, the matter was settled: Akim’s inn belonged to him. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

Wilkie Collins She opened it immediately, and, not recognizing the handwriting, looked at the signature. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She opened her eyes for a moment. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

D. H. Lawrence At the break of dawn he had started awake hearing a small voice outside the door saying plaintively: “Mother!” He rose and opened the door. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Frances Hodgson Burnett She opened the door of the cabinet and stood on a footstool and played with these for quite a long time. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

D. H. Lawrence She opened wondering, a little bit at bay, like a foreigner, uneasy. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins A lazy-looking man, in his shirt sleeves, opened the door. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Edith Wharton Presently she felt quieter, and got up to follow Frenside. But first she opened the French window into the hall, in order to hang her cloak on its usual peg under the stairs. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

A moment later it opened and Judith stood astonished. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

The drive was a short one, and pulling up at a small house in a little street off Sloan Square he opened the door with his key and led her up to his studio on the first floor. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

John Galsworthy He put his hand down and the water flowed green-tinged through his opened fingers. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

D. H. Lawrence Her eyes shone, her face glowed for him, but like some flower opened in the shade, that could not bear the full light. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Quelus, Schomberg, have the door of the Louvre opened for M. de Monsoreau, and have it closed behind him. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Sinclair Lewis Their eyes were like a circle of charging bayonets as he opened and read the message — a ship’s wireless. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope For it had been arranged between them that the iron safe should be opened then and there. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri Up to that little window that opened into her cabin from the closed bit of deck beneath the great scimitar. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

He fell upon his knees; he closed his eyes and opened them. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

And he opened the door into what had the appearance of a small but elegant sleeping-apartment. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Tobias Smolle His eyes were opened by the danger he had incurred, and his sentiments turned in a new channel. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

George Gissing If we are asked to receive her, really—doesn’t this occur to you?’ At this moment the door opened and amid general silence Beatrice came forward. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

W. H. Hudson When the sunlight came over the world he opened his eyes, and Sotelo asked him how he did. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Olaf Stapledon He opened his eyes and saw that the hand was groping on the desk. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

So he sent one o’ the men back with it to Mrs. Sempill, and, since the box was ower heavy to carry, he opened it and took the stuff across in bits. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Ann Radcliffe He looked round, and as far as the trees opened saw no person but the chevalier, who seemed by his air to be a man of distinction. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

He opened his eyes to see who it might be, and looked straight into the anxious yearning brown irises of The Amazon, looking larger and more cowlike than ever in the soft lamplight. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey

Anthony Trollope He might create difficulties in order that through them a way might still be opened to him of restoring to the Queen the commission which had been entrusted to him. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

But when the door was opened next morning they found the white cat sitting, as if it had never been disturbed, upon the breast of the dead man. The White Cat of Drumgunniol by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Sir Richard Burton He prospered in every undertaking and Time smiled upon him and a new source of wealth was opened to him. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Wilkie Collins He opened the book, and discovered — the New Testament. “It’s my lesson, if you please, sir. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

I suppose she judged me to be in a tolerable state of self-government, for she opened the door, and I followed her through. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

He opened the shutters, and then looked at the clock on the mantelpiece. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

The communicating door opened and M. Lacheneur appeared upon the threshold. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

John Galsworthy She became so restless that she could not lie in bed, and, putting on her dressing gown, stole noiselessly about her room till she was chilled by the late October air coming through the opened window. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

H. G. Wells Almost subconsciously, the note-books and textbooks drew themselves apart into a shocked little heap and the riddles of Blake opened of their own accord before me. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Wilkie Collins WHEN I arrived at my rooms, my colleague hurried to meet me the moment I opened the door. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

D. H. Lawrence The wide valley opened out from her, with the far woods withdrawing into twilight, and away in the centre the great pit streaming its white smoke and chuffing as the men were being turned up. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Flory took a book from the shelves, opened it and then threw it away in distaste. Burmese Days by George Orwell

James Joyce He halted on the landing before the door and then, grasping the porcelain knob, opened the door quickly. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Once there, Browne opened his safe, and dragged out a plain wooden box, which he placed upon the floor. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Thomas Wolfe I don’t listen to anything you say:” He stopped the elevator and opened the heavy door. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Anthony Trollope They opened their eyes and stared at the dean, who sat by on his horse, and assented to such orders as Mr Robarts gave them — no doubt with much surprise, but nevertheless in absolute silence. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

F. Scott Fitzgerald With his mouth faintly ajar he ran quickly down the stairs and opened the kitchen door. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He opened his bag, took out his clothes and glanced at his watch. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Benjamin Disraeli After much winding and some floundering, they arrived at a light gate, which apparently opened into a shrubbery. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

So I took out my latch-key, put it straight into the door, opened it, went in, and closed it again. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Maria Edgeworth The old steward opened the gate — the carriage drove in. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Algernon Blackwood She opened her lips to speak, but no words were audible. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

E. T. A. Hoffmann Father opened the folding-doors of a cupboard in the wall; but I saw that what I had so long taken to be a cupboard was really a dark recess, in which was a little hearth. The Sand-Man by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Guy de Maupassan The servant who opened the door, said: “Monsieur is busy. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Bram Stoker So, as I feared to be alone, I opened my door and called out. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

At last he opened one eye a little; it was met by no answering furtive glance; he opened the other, and there could be no more doubt. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Alone in her room, Jenny Milsom opened the window, and sat looking out into the inky darkness of the night, and listening to the voices of the three men in the room below. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Aurelia opened wide eyes of horror at hearing Sir George was ill. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He led her along a gravel path towards a formidable-looking door which he opened with a Yale key. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

His eyes roved round, he opened and shut his mouth, and he swallowed hard. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He listened again for a moment, then he opened the first door softly and tried the handle of the second only to find it locked against him. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Henry opened the door and jumped out. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

A year after the close of the war, on my way to California, I opened and idly inspected it. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Andrew Lang Now this was just what Peronnik had been hoping for, so he held the bag while the lion opened it carefully and put his head right inside, so that he might get a good mouthful of larks. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Virginia Woolf When he opened the door he saw Helen sitting by the bedside. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Catharine opened its breast with a single stroke of her knife; the fowl uttered three cries, and, after some convulsions, expired. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Edith Wharton The night was so dark that there was not much chance of his seeing her unless he opened the window and before that she would have time to slip away and be lost in the shadow of the trees. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Then I opened Blowzer’s valuable work, How to catch British Butterflies, and turned to page 630. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

H. Rider Haggard He opened it, and scratched round the ring with it. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

She opened her arms to Francesca, who fell upon her breast, sobbing. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

As I opened it a party of Italians passed on the pavement below and I looked back at them over my shoulder. Unseen - Unfeared by Francis Stevens

On entering the house, however, I saw them through the open doorway of the parlor as I passed; they had merely stepped through a window which opened down to the floor. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Julian Hawthorne He opened the library door without knocking, came swiftly in, and walked up to the fire. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

I opened rapidly door after door, peered into empty chambers, went blundering on, when to the right, down a narrow passage. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

The two windows opened so wide that without leaving the work-table the girls could see the people walking past on the pavement over the way. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

G. K. Chesterton But it is strictly true to say that I saw him before I can remember seeing anybody else; and that, so far as my memory is concerned, this was the sight on which my eyes first opened in this world. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

E. F. Benson Presently the light went up in the hall, and the Major’s Mrs. Dominic opened the door. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

Andrew Lang When the lead had melted a little, I opened the vase with my knife and drew out a mantle of red cloth and a purse containing fifty crowns. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I opened fourteen nests of F. sanguinea, and found a few slaves in all. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

As the door opened I could hear the sound of low voices. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Margaret Oliphant He opened the eyes which had been hazing over with clouds of imagination and excitement. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Goodman’s Fields, where Garrick made his debut, was not opened until the following year, and Covent Garden belongs to a still later date. Fielding by Austin Dobson

The heavens would not have opened for me if on earth these two had not succoured me. Signa by Ouida

Elizabeth Gaskell Having opened and read it, it proved to be a declaration of attachment and proposal of matrimony, expressed in the ardent language of the sapient young Irishman! I hope you are laughing heartily. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Andrew Lang He opened his mouth, but the black cloud sailed past and not as much as a drop of dew moistened his dry lips. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

When I got back, directly I opened the front door, I knew something had happened, for I felt a draught in this passage, which I knew should not have been, and I smelt a smell of varnish. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

D. H. Lawrence Phoenix opened the gate, and they drove on, through more trees, into a clearing where dried-up bean plants were yellow. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle He opened his left hand and showed me the doe-skin glove crumpled up in his palm. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

She rushed to the back door that opened on a kitchen garden, where grew the pot-herbs and cabbages for use, tended by Joseph when he returned from his work in the mountains. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

He was half inclined to turn the handle, but it did not look a door that could be opened noiselessly, and so he passed on. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

A new world of hope was opened to me. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Maria Edgeworth My eyes were opened — I saw him at once as he really was. Helen by Maria Edgeworth

E. Phillips Oppenheim Almost immediately her finger had touched the bell the door was opened by Stella’s maid. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

H. G. Wells Reedly opened his big hand again and indicated points upon the chart of the world. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Anthony Trollope This came to him only on the morning of his marriage, and the envelope containing it bore the postmark of Sedburgh. He knew the handwriting well before he opened the parcel. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Henry James Verena stood there — it was she, evidently, who had opened it — and her eyes went straight to his. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Frances Hodgson Burnett That night Colin slept without once awakening and when he opened his eyes in the morning he lay still and smiled without knowing it — smiled because he felt so curiously comfortable. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

D. H. Lawrence The first she opened was from Miss Pinnegar — all war and fear and anxiety. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

He crossed the room with slow and stealthy footsteps, opened the door communicating with the rest of the house, and went along the passage leading to the hall. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

The door of the opposite room was opened softly as he came out into the corridor, and Diana Paget stood before him, dressed as she had been in the day. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Thomas Wolfe George opened the door of his compartment and went in and took a seat beside the door. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Henry James She smiled brilliantly, and Rowland recognized the smile (it had always pleased him) of a certain comely Assunta, who sometimes opened the door for Mrs. Light’s visitors. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Henry James Fleda felt the tone and finished her preparation; then she went and opened the door. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Charles Dudley Warner It is not easy to overestimate the debt of Americans to the man who first opened to them the fascinating domain of early Spanish history and romance. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Ford Madox Ford She looked down her long room — it opened into the dining-room, a great beam between. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Ecco!“ She stopped at a gate and opened it, still guiding him. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

H.P. Lovecraft Great watery spaces opened out before me, and I seemed to wander through titanic sunken porticos and labyrinths of weedy cyclopean walls with grotesque fishes as my companions. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

She opened the door and peered cautiously out. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Both his eyes were partly opened now, but they did not seem to see anything. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Elizabeth Gaskell She had hardly touched the bell at Mr Bradshaw’s door, when Mary and Elizabeth opened it with boisterous glee. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Rafael Sabatini That done, he opened the window and flung out the blood-tinted water. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

George Gissing He took the volume, opened it, mused for a moment, then, with a glance at me, said, as if thinking aloud: “Yes, I wish I had time to read it. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Jules Verne Sometimes they thought she was stopped for good; but an unexpected movement of the streams opened her a new passage, and she took advantage of it boldly. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

At length, after occupying about an hour in these preparations, he opened the door of the room in which the vicomte slept, and entered. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

And by the time the Assizes opened at Norton, he would, please God, have the story ready to tell. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

Wilkie Collins It was my business to open the letters, and I opened that. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

D’Artagnan caused the trenches to be opened without appearing to suppose that these people would ever allow themselves to be taken. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Richard Thornton opened the door, and Eleanor gladly made her escape from the dining-room, holding Laura’s hand in hers, and with the Signora following close behind her. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Edith Wharton He continued to lean down perplexedly, and at length, under the interrogation of his attitude, it became impossible to sit still, and she opened the door and stepped out. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Gustave Flauber She opened her nostrils and inhaled with a mystic sensuousness; then she closed her lids. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

Planchet*, whom he had sent home two hours before from the Hotel de Ville, telling him to sit up for him, opened the door for him. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope At about half past five he opened the door of his private secretary’s room and found the young man fast asleep, with a cigar in his mouth. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

John Galsworthy Fleur opened her campaign with the words: “You know, Auntie, I do wish people wouldn’t think I’m in love with that boy. To Let by John Galsworthy

The boy who opened the five-barred gate that stood in her pathway, ran home to his mother to tell of her pretty looks, and the sweet voice in which she thanked him for the little service. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

He had not meant to bring Mrs. Rebell to this spot, but silently he opened the little iron gate, and stood holding it back for her to pass through into the narrow rose-bordered way. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Elizabeth Gaskell The doors of Nest’s heart were opened — opened wide by the love she grew to feel for crazy Mary, so helpless, so friendless, so dependent upon her. The Well of Pen-Morfa by Elizabeth Gaskell [1850]

The other letters were principally business ones, but the last one proved to be from Calton, and Fitzgerald opened it with a sensation of pleasure. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

E. Phillips Oppenheim The sound of footsteps had ceased but down below he heard a door being opened and closed very softly. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

He opened it once when I was there and the whole thing looked flimsy. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

As soon as he recovered he lit a candle, hastened to the door, opened it and passed out into the gallery. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

John Galsworthy He opened his front door, trembling, and trembling, went into the drawing-room . The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

James Hogg He came into the hall where the wedding festival had been held; and as he opened the various windowboards, loving couples flew off like hares surprised too late in the morning among the early braird. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

And then, going downstairs, she showed Mr. Sleuth the nice bedroom which opened out of the drawing-room. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Radclyffe Hall A middle-aged maid-servant opened the door. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

A clear voice called from within, “Entrez donc, Monsieur.” He opened the door and went in. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Anthony Trollope As he passed his sister’s door, he opened it and went in. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Gustave Flauber She opened her ample cloak and spreading out her arms displayed the zaimph. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

The letter was to Mrs. Rockbotham; it opened with sympathetic phrases of sorrow, then it went on, with a careful and subtle art he had no time then to admire, to bite with stored venom at the heart. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Wilkie Collins Passing down the back garden of the house, and crossing a narrow lane at the bottom of it, he opened a gate in a low stone wall beyond, and entered the church-yard. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

H. G. Wells It closed the mouth and made the lips firmer, made the eyes steadier and more candid, opened the brow, altered the poise of the head, obliterated a number of wrinkles and habits of expression. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Henry Handel Richardson Emmy opened a door into a room that was quite dark. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

A short, stout woman opened it, and shrank back in alarm, babbling, “I don’t know anything about them! I don’t know anything about them!” One of my guards held out the pass. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Abraham Merri The green dwarf turned the corial slowly to the edge at the right; crept cautiously on toward where, not more than a hundred feet from the barrier, a low, wide entrance opened in the fort. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells The Lord Paramount had the impression that he was again in the great dugout at Barnet. He was in one of the small apartments that opened out of the central cavern, a sort of dressing room. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Willa Cather I sailed for Quebec in October. In November, while I was at Jaffrey, New Hampshire, a letter came from Madame Grout; the envelope had been opened and almost destroyed. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

The two guards who had remained in the lane mounted to the aid of Comminges; those who were in the chariot opened the doors and presented arms. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

To assure myself that they had not been broken by the rolling of the ship I opened the bag and looked inside. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

T. E. Lawrence Upon Clayton I opened myself completely. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Mrs. Strain knocked, and as there came no answer she opened the door and walked through. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

Ann Radcliffe Here they stopped; the man dismounted, and having opened a small door in the wall, he unbound Adeline, who shrieked, though involuntarily and in vain, as he took her from the horse. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

At an advanced age he opened a new and attractive chapter in his life by his friendly meetings with the London costermongers. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

D. H. Lawrence He could not even say thank you when Hepburn opened the gates. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

E. F. Benson Olga had just opened her mouth, but shut it again. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

To this period belong Don Sebastian, and his last play, Love Triumphant. A new mine, however, was beginning to be opened up in the demand for translations which had arisen. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Wilkie Collins Rather more than an hour after this time — or, in other words, a little past midnight — the door opened again softly, and Zack appeared on the step, equipped for his nocturnal expedition. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

John Galsworthy That must be Timothy! He tapped, and a door was opened by Smither very red in the face. To Let by John Galsworthy

Henry James When the marquis saw me going he gave a sort of groan, and called out to me not to leave him; but Mr. Urbain opened the door for me and pointed the way out. The American by Henry James [1877]

It was, indeed, some time before he opened his eyes. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Edmund Burke They supposed, and they aimed at, an increase of the commerce of France. They opened to it the whole range of the two hemispheres. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Dan Levy opened neither his lips nor his eyes at my approach, but lay on his back with the Red Ensign drawn up to his chin, and the peaceful countenance of profound oblivion. Mr. Justice Raffles by E. W. Hornung [1909]

Miles Franklin I opened fire without any beating about the bush. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

She looked at him for a long time, opened her lips but in the end only sighed lightly. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Wilkie Collins He bowed with icy deference when my terms of eulogy were all exhausted, and silently opened the door for me to go out into the passage again. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Guy de Maupassan When the first bottle of claret was opened some embarrassment was caused by the fact that there was only one drinking cup, but this was passed from one to another, after being wiped. Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassan

Joseph Furphy So, at that exact hour, I opened my eyes to see the calm, splendid stars above, whilst merciful darkness half-veiled the sordid accessories of daily life below. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Percy Bysshe Shelley He eagerly snatched it: breathless with impatience, he opened it. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

I was standing up waiting for Piper when he opened the door. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Some words fell on his ear as he opened the door. Chandler & Chandler by Ellen Wood [1875]

Elizabeth Gaskell I sate on the side of my bed and opened my letter from Holdsworth. It seemed to me as if I had read its contents before, and knew exactly what he had got to say. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Often it was almost pitch dark; then would come a greyish twilight where it opened out to the width of a decent lane. Greenmantle by John Buchan

T. E. Lawrence Brodie opened on it with his usual nicety, while the aeroplanes circled round in their cold-blooded way, to drop whistling bombs into its trenches. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

He betrayed a wish to hover in gossip, while Gourlay opened his letter, but “Less lip!” said surly John, and the fellow went away. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

While this volume was still open in his hand the door opened suddenly, and Mrs. Woolper came into the room. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

G. K. Chesterton MacIan, who was vibrating with one of his silent, violent decisions, opened the question without delay. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Rudyard Kipling Frithiof drew in his breath and held it till the red letters of the ship’s name, woven across his jersey, straggled and opened out as though they had been type badly set. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

D. H. Lawrence We opened the door and entered. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang The door was opened in a minute or two by a frightful giantess, with one great eye in the middle of her forehead. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Guy de Maupassant The old woman opened the door and called: “Hallo, Nicolas!” He turned around. A Vendetta (Une Vendetta) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

It’s fatal not to face them!’ He opened the door and presented himself boldly at the top of the steps. Burmese Days by George Orwell

D.H. Lawrence The door was opened by her mother. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan Oh, her bed perfumed with orris! “Yet I opened the coffin, and, holding my lighted lantern down into it I saw her. The Grave by Guy de Maupassan

George Gissing When the door opened to admit his wife, he quivered with annoyance. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]