Phrases with "opening"

There was only one small opening high up in the wall, fifteen or twenty feet above ground and no ladder. The Passing of the Aborigines by Daisy Bates [1938]

And opening the heavy door himself, he drew her out of the carriage with so much ardor, that she was in his arms before she touched the ground. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

John Galsworthy Then, opening the door and mullioned window wide, she rang for the room to be dusted and the bed made. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

When Peter Shearer rose to his feet for his opening address his voice, though quiet and even, could be heard with perfect distinctness by everyone. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

George Gissing On opening it, the first thing he saw was a cheque. A Poor Gentleman by George Gissing

The saloon at Allonby was a beautiful room, one end opening into a conservatory, full of coloured lamps, fresh green leaves, and hot-house plants. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Willa Cather Then he heard doors opening and shutting, and some one stumbling about in the shrubbery of the garden. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

No difficulty was made about opening the church on a week-day. Going to the Mop by Ellen Wood [1871]

Wilkie Collins He ventured next on opening the conversation by a polite inquiry after the state of her health. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

In one there was a side door opening into a glass passage; in the other two five-barred, grained-and-varnished gates, one at either end of the little semi-circular drive, and both wide open. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

George Meredith She was the very radiant Diana of her earliest opening day, both in look and speech, a queenly comrade, and a spirit leaping and shining like a mountain water. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

George Gissing He now turned to a bundle of so-called essays, and on opening the first could not repress a groan. Topham's Chance by George Gissing

Arthur Conan Doyle That opening of the door which I had heard after I had returned to my room might mean that he had gone out to keep some clandestine appointment. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Arthur Machen Horbury made a hearty breakfast, opening letters, jotting down notes, talking of his plans as the meal proceeded. The Secret Glory by Arthur Machen

Yes, it was true; Helene was widely opening the portals of her heart to pious thoughts. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Guy de Maupassan A corridor divided the whole first floor, the doors of ten rooms opening into it. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Jules Verne The other plan must be carried out; an opening in the walls of the pagoda must be made. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Gaston Leroux I almost came up with the man in the ante-room, for he had lost time in opening the door to the gallery. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

He prevented her opening it, placing his own hand against the door; courteously, yet unmistakably. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

E. Phillips Oppenheim What seems to be an opening is only a narrow clearing, in the middle of which is a rude hut, built tent-shape, of tree branches. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Joseph Furphy Drowsily opening one eye, I saw Pup standing by my side. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Presently, in the distance, there was the rattling of a chain, the clang of opening gates and the murmur of gruff voices. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Edward Arundel was in no humour to linger long for the opening of those gates. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Leon Trotsky Late that evening, as we were waiting for the opening of the congress of the Soviets, Lenin and I were resting in a room adjoining the meeting-hall, a room entirely empty except for chairs. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Guy de Maupassan And the old maids, thinner yet, opening their characteristic jaws to the wind, seemed to threaten one with their long, yellow teeth. Discovery by Guy de Maupassan

H. G. Wells In my opening remarks I stressed our spreading realisation of the possibility of a great catastrophe in world affairs. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Wilkie Collins They were both silenced at the same moment by the appearance of one of Mrs. Sancroft’s servants, opening the gate of the square. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I knew by heart the Ionic pattern of its broad balusters; the tick of the tall clock, standing at the first turn of the stairs; the vista down the glazed door opening on the stable-yard. A Blue Pantomime by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Arthur Conan Doyle By Saint Paul! it was not our wont in those days to pay gold for the opening of passes, nor would we hold a king as hostage lest his people come to thrusts with us. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

And still new visions kept opening out before the eyes of enthusiasts — strange speculations and wondrous possibilities. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Rudyard Kipling Through this maze men and women wandered and whispered, opening doors into hushed halls whence polite attendants reconducted them to continue their cycle of hopeless search elsewhere. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

H. G. Wells The opening chapter does not concern itself with Love — indeed that antagonist does not certainly appear until the third — and Mr. Lewisham is seen at his studies. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Thanks to its first bishop, the Church of Melanesia shares their fame, opening its history with a glorious chapter enriched by heroism, self-sacrifice, and martyrdom. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Benjamin Disraeli Quitting the gallery, Lothair led the way to his private apartments; and, opening the door, ushered in the bishop. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

John Lewis Burckhard Of these the upper chambers are boxes, opening towards the seats, and communicating behind with a passage which separates them from the outer wall. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Julian Hawthorne It was, as I afterwards discovered, not only locked and bolted, but actually screwed up on the inside; and the only way of getting into the house was by a side door opening into the courtyard. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Anthony Trollope But to have left such a widow behind one! “John,” he said, opening his door. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Julian Hawthorne Along this we walked for some distance, both of us silent; at length the opening of a path presented itself, which climbed by a zigzag route to the summit of the pine-clad hill. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Andrew Lang They bayed with joy at the sight of him, and as Peter turned to pat them, he beheld Eisenkopf at the edge of the fire, but the opening had closed up behind Peter, and he could not get through. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jack London Through the trees the mouth of the alley could be seen, opening out on a moonlit glade. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim On the Wednesday morning, the day but one after the opening Conference, the members assembled at the same time and place, with one notable absentee. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

H. G. Wells This ended as sharply as it had begun, like a sound heard between the opening and shutting of a door. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle The one was from the cellars by a trap-door opening in the passage. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

The opening was just large enough to admit the muzzle of a small howitzer, secured on the deck below. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

He passed eleven ventilators and then another opening yawned before his feet, but, as before, there was an iron ladder running down the side and with no hesitation this time he climbed on to it. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

This was taken out first, and handed to the Governor, who put it aside without opening it. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

His arrival had been timed for the opening day and the great feast of welcome. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

On opening it, it fell to pieces. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Thomas Hardy He came back a few steps, Donald Farfrae opening the window further. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Elizabeth Gaskell There was much interest in opening the Cornhill parcel. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

D. H. Lawrence They want their land opening out, opening out. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

But my own sensibility told me how much of additional grandeur accrued to these two lines as being the immediate and all-pompous opening of the poem. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

George Gissing They were surprised by the sudden opening of the door; a servant appeared to clear the table. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Marjorie Bowen It was low and wide, the walls covered with frescoes, the floor red sandstone, the windows opening on to the terrace. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Gaston Leroux Through an opening in the forest, they commanded a wonderful view through the length of the valley and across the plain to the large town which could be clearly seen in fair weather. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Sinclair Lewis The opening night of the play should have been his compensation. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

Edith Wharton Miss Bart was turning to carry the letters upstairs when she heard the opening of the outer door, and her aunt entered the drawing-room. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

He had some difficulty in opening the door which led to this apartment, but at length knocked out the panels with his tomahawk. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Edgar Allan Poe At the point a was an opening about six feet wide, and extending fifteen feet into the rock, where it terminated in a bed of marl, there being no other chasm beyond, as we had expected. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope Nor can I omit the opening address of another gentleman to my wife. North America by Anthony Trollope

Then I went to a room in the Boulevard St Germain, with a little cabinet opening off it, where I was shown papers and maps and some figures on a sheet of paper that made me open my eyes. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Step by step the untrodden path was measured, till, at length, the entrance seemed dis closed, and the tireless explorer to stand amid the first opening wonders of the universe. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

The custodian said Petrarch died in this chair while he sat writing at his desk in the little nook lighted by a single window opening on the left from his library. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Charles Dickens It was an opening in a dark wood, where some felled trees lay, and where she would sit watching the fallen leaves of last year, as she had watched the falling ashes at home. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

F. Scott Fitzgerald He even delayed opening the letter from the morning’s mail which he found in his pocket, because it was addressed to him at school. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

But Nemesis had reached the bottom of the staircase; Nemesis, with a heavy step, was going across the silent hall—was even now opening the door of the morning-room. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Mark Twain He meant that the enemy by neglect or through force of circumstances leaves an opening for you, and you see your chance and take advantage of it. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

The college doors were besieged before the hour for opening them; it was like going into a theatre. The Story of Dorothy Grape by Ellen Wood [1881]

Washington Irving On the summit of the hill, immediately above his subterranean hermitage, he caused a great gateway or barbican to be erected, opening through the centre of a strong tower. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

In a small apartment opening from it, called “the trying-on room,” sat Madame Caron herself, taking a comfortable cup of tea and a toasted muffin, after the labours of the day were over. The Mystery of Jessy Page by Ellen Wood [1871]

Wilkie Collins All I feel sure of is, that she means to make another attempt at opening her master’s eyes to the truth. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Haven hurried into the anteroom and, opening the window a few inches, took careful aim at the man below with his automatic. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Iwán Ignatiitch heard me till I had done with great attention, opening wide his single eye. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

The bayou made an opening in the high bank of the river. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

Wilkie Collins On opening the envelope, he had discovered, to his astonishment, that it contained nothing but a blank sheet of notepaper. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

He had several more stiff drinks afterwards and, in a half fuddled state, cut his hand badly in opening another bottle of whisky, with more blood dripping all about the kitchen floor. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Victor Hugo The duchess broke the seal, and, opening the envelope, drew out two documents contained therein, and flung it on the floor at Gwynplaine’s feet. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Edith Wharton He was anxious that Westmore and Hanaford should take the same view; and the opening of the Westmore Memorial Hospital was therefore to be performed with an unwonted degree of ceremony. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Then she lowered her hands and, opening her eyes, was dazzled. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Thomas Hardy At the first opening of the doors, Graye left the church and wandered away into the fields to ponder on another scheme. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Thomas Hardy I went to the outhouse, but instead of opening the oven, I firmly drove in the shoulder-nails that held the cupboard to the wall. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

G. K. Chesterton The opening of Our Mutual Friend is much more instinctively energetic and light-hearted than that of any of the other novels of his concluding period. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

George Meredith Probably she went to work transparently, after the insular fashion of opening a spiritual mystery with the lancet. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Anthony Trollope He had never given her an opening for the mildest finding of fault. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

He looked, but uselessly, for some cleft or crevice which might indicate an opening or a ring to assist in lifting up the planking. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Gregory tiptoed to the narrow opening and peeped through. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Through an opening in the tapestry Catharine had followed every movement of the boy. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Arthur Conan Doyle There is no opening for them here. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Anthony Trollope Her aunt did it with exquisite fairness, abstaining from opening out some of the details which might be clear enough to Ayala without any explanation. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

William Hope Hodgson As I did so, the bottom of the figure fell away into my hand, and showed an opening into the god, easily big enough to contain my head; for the god is nearly three feet high, and quite two in breadth. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

Jane Austen It is such a spur to one’s genius, such an opening for wit, to have a dislike of that kind. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Robert Louis Stevenson On the landing he found another door beside his own opening on a roofless corridor, and presently he was walking on the top of the ruins. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

For a twelvemonth now she had urged her husband to be rid of Gourlay. The country was opening up, she said, and the quarry ought to be their own. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Presently she got up, and, opening the corner cupboard, began to put them away; but the impulse of tidying was forgotten as she caught sight of John’s robin mug on the top shelf. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

He was in the office opening the letters by eight o’clock. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

George Gissing It’s a thing I never said to anyone, but I know perfectly well that a career—perhaps rather a brilliant one—is opening before me. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Here was an opening far beyond any he had ever dreamed of. Milton by Mark Pattison [1879]

George Eliot Florence ought to take care of her own citizens, instead of opening her gates to famine and pestilence in the shape of starving contadini and alien mendicants. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Virginia Woolf The doors were opening and shutting as he mounted the steps. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The second one he turned over and over, searching for an opening — he had never seen a sealed envelope before. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Richard Burton Then the attendants began to demand vails I replied by opening my empty pouch. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Henry James But she subjoined, opening the door for escape from a prospect which bristled with dangers, “Of course, it’s just according to your own conscience. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

H. G. Wells For a moment or so James faced the storm, his round face white, his mouth opening and shutting and then Alexander, I hope in a contrite mood, snatched him back into the wings. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Arthur Conan Doyle A set of steps stood at one side of the room in the midst of a litter of lath and plaster, and above them there was an opening in the ceiling large enough for a man to pass through. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Anthony Trollope Very early in life he had fallen among “people’s friends,” and an opening on the liberal press had come in his way. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

It must, therefore, drape the opening into still another communicating room. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

E. Nesbi Everyone thinks this when he sees another person stirring a fire, or opening a box, or untying a knot in a bit of string. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Jules Verne Cyrus Harding returned to his companions, and said simply, — “In an hour the opening will be practicable. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

John Galsworthy Big opening of floodgates under him. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Henry James At the end of the large garden into which her window looked was a wall with a little postern door, opening into a lane. The romance of certain old clothes by Henry James [1868]

John Lewis Burckhard Opposite to this building, a paved causeway leads towards the western hills, through which is an opening that seems artificial. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Willa Cather There was about the darkened room some suggestion of certain chambers in the Arabian Nights, opening on a court of palms. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Too sick at heart to have any desire to think of anything, he was just about to close his eyes again when he heard the opening of the door and saw three men come into the room. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

On opening the stomach of the humming-bird dead insects are almost always found there. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

The opening having been made, the workman glided between the joists, and found himself in La Valliere’s room. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Theodore Dreiser Nothing could be done on Saturday or Sunday after the exchange closed, for the opening reports came too late. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Wilkie Collins The door which led to Laura’s room was the door of an ante-chamber opening on to the passage. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Edgar Allan Poe Feeling in my pantaloons’ pocket, I got hold of my penknife, and, after several ineffectual attempts, at length succeeded in opening it. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

H. G. Wells It was early in 1933 that the opening section of this autobiography was written and the mood of this phase is fully described in that section. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Marjorie Bowen But the floor was opening beneath him, opening into gulfs deep and still deeper, bottomless. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

G. K. Chesterton He bounded to his feet like a boy; he saw a new youth opening before him. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Robert Louis Stevenson There was indeed opening before him a wide door of hope. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

And this was the happy, quiet, little villa of my opening chapters. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

William Blades In this belief, some country librarians object to opening the library windows lest the enemy should fly in from the neighbouring woods, and rear a brood of worms. The Enemies of Books by William Blades [1880]

Wilkie Collins At last I was at the end of my maneuvers to spare myself the miserable necessity of opening Oscar’s letter. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Wilkie Collins Why, just look at him,” continued the landlord, opening the stable door again. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

They are mostly of one storey, and the rooms surrounding the courtyards have doors opening both to the inside and to the street. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The outside carriage door, opening on to the platform, was thrown open. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Richard Burton All the individuals above mentioned lost no time in opening the question of a loan. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

George Eliot Maggie, after this pause of surprise, was only in the act of opening the door when Tom came up, and they both looked into the parlor together. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Gaston Leroux Breathless, they all hurried to the door opening on the landing, but with steps as light “as though they walked on eggs. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

It was Francis. He had arrived, and come upstairs, and his opening of the door had been drowned by the wind. Sandstone Torr by Ellen Wood [1874]

Charles Dickens To such purpose I spoke to him; but I am far from sure of the terms I used; for, besides that I am not happy in opening any conversation, there was something in the man that daunted me. The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens

Wilkie Collins A piece of coarse canvas screened the opening between the two rooms in place of the door. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Caroline, opening her eyes from a moment’s slumber, viewed her nurse with an unrecognising glance. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Arthur Conan Doyle We had not gone thirty yards before a great black opening loomed in the wall. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

A deep silence ensued and then Larose, springing to his feet, darted into the farther room and peered down into the opening in the floor. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

It was in this semi-darkness I saw the shape of her whose death we compassed, in that room yonder, forty years ago!” He pointed to the door opening into Topsparkle’s bedchamber. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

The opening which led into the antechamber, and which was the sole means of communication with the rest of the house, was slowly closing. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Mark Twain No expense has been spared to make the opening season one which shall be worthy the generous patronage which the management feel sure will crown their efforts. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Amazed, I yet selected a state-room, and while the steward was gone for the sheets and pillow-cases, I occupied my time by opening the doors of all the other state-rooms. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

An overstrained tone announces itself on the very first page; an opening full of power—indeed, of genius—but pitched in a key which we feel at once will not, without effort, be maintained. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

H. G. Wells Graham stopped involuntarily to watch this strange passenger vanish in a great circular opening below, and then his eyes went back to the tumultuous struggle. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

I stay here for the summer and then I go to Machray.” “There’s nothing to prevent your going to Machray in August,” he said, opening his eyes. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

H. G. Wells Howard’s bearing went far to deepen Graham’s impression of his own strange importance; the door between its opening and closing seemed to admit with him a breath of momentous happening. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Ralph Waldo Emerson Instead of that vampyre, a man of themselves held, in the Tuileries, knowledge and ideas like their own, opening of course to them and their children all places of power and trust. Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1850]

Ford Madox Ford And then, after an eternity of torture, there had invaded it the sound of opening doors, of the girl’s gay voice saying: “Well, it was only under the mistletoe. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

H. G. Wells The man with the flat voice was opening a new branch of the subject. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Elizabeth Gaskell Besides the doors of communication between the rooms, there was, in each, one papered like the walls, opening into a passage which ran the whole length of the apartment. French Life by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Ann Radcliffe La Motte alighted at the foot of a green knoll, where the trees again opening to light, permitted a nearer, though imperfect, view of the edifice. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Jules Verne You must see how you will be accommodated on board the Nautilus.” I followed Captain Nemo who, by one of the doors opening from each panel of the drawing-room, regained the waist. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

But that very night, unobserved, Captain Johns, opening the door cautiously, entered again the mate’s cabin. The Black Mate by Joseph Conrad [1908]

E. F. Benson The opening of the door was lost on Lucia, and Peppino’s eyes were closed. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They heard no knock, they heard no opening door. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Mark Twain His opening speech was perfect. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

It was a new and strange life to me, opening there suddenly enough. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

After he had set it down he stood a moment, opening and shutting his knife. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Henry James Many a man would have liked better himself to make the woman he admired happy, and would have welcomed her low spirits as an opening for sympathy. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

The man was opening the door with one hand while he kept me covered with the other, and he got the contrivance fairly in the face. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Another shutter was shattered, and through the gaping opening of the window the balls entered. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

Suddenly I became aware (it could be heard plainly enough) that the fellow for some reason or other was opening the door of the bathroom. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

His spirit felt its own unreasonable gaiety opening into a wider joy; its dance became a more vital but therefore a vaster thing. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Guy de Maupassant Coming closer, on opening the worm-eaten stile, one fancied that he saw a giant garden, for all the old apple-trees, as knotted as the peasants, were in blossom. No Quarter (Le Père Milon) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

I can see him now, opening his eyes like saucers, when I say to him, ‘I have the rascal!’ He can boast of owing me something. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

It was a tumultuous evening, and one would have to go back to the great opening nights of Victor Hugo in order to find a parallel case of hostile demonstrations. Honore de Balzac by Albert Keim and Louis Lumet [1914]

Jules Verne They were assisted to the cottage, passing through the narrow opening which the bearer of the strange light had apparently wished to point out to Sir William. This was a natural opening. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

The vendor, perceiving that the unfolded merchandise has caught the eye of a possible purchaser, commences his opening speech. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

G. K. Chesterton At the same moment a steel ladder slid down from the opening and struck the floor, and the cleft chin of the mysterious Master was thrust into the opening. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Jules Verne The opening was entirely obstructed by a resisting snow. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

I shall spare you the opening details, also much of the preliminary testimony. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

No opening could possibly be worse. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

D. H. Lawrence She worked at her sewing with energy, listening to the children, and her anger wearied itself, lay down to rest, opening its eyes from time to time and steadily watching, its ears raised to listen. The Odour of Chrysanthemums by D. H. Lawrence

Carelessly opening the front door, which to his surprise was not locked, the sheriff was amazed to see, lying on the floor of the passage into which it opened, a confused heap of men’s apparel. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Edward Bellamy The buds that succeeded in opening might indeed be very rare, and the flowers pale and scentless, but they represented far more moral effort than if they had bloomed spontaneously in a garden. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Then suddenly, through an opening between the houses, we saw a great crowd on a space of rising ground about a quarter of a mile away. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

George Eliot And the rest are bedrooms, I suppose,’ he went on, opening a side-door. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

There is, but men are fortunately not in a position to be aware of it, a lamentable uniformity in their manner of opening up certain subjects. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

There was some delay in opening the door: the household had gone upstairs; but a man came at last. Major Parrifer by Ellen Wood [1868]

Tobias Smolle The most masterly is that of Curtius on horseback, leaping into the gulph or opening of the earth, which is said to have closed on receiving this sacrifice. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

John Galsworthy Good-bye, my love!” Down in the vestibule by the front door as she was opening it, Stack’s voice said: “Excuse me, miss. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

Guy de Maupassant Instead of opening the gate, she scrambled over the fence, and as soon as she was outside, she started off. The Story of a Farm-Girl (Histoire d’une fille de ferme) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

Zona Gale Below, in the palace grounds, and without, in the Eurychôrus, a thousand people awaited the opening of the palace doors. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was but the one opening to the loft, and so it was only down the ladder that I could descend. The Adventures of Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1903]

William Cowper The sight is pleased, The scent regaled, each odoriferous leaf, Each opening blossom, freely breathes abroad Its gratitude, and thanks him with its sweets. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

She took it, and thanked him, without, for the moment, opening the enamel case as she motioned him to a seat at a little distance from her own. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

I found means of opening the doors. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

To cover the opening in the door would arouse suspicion at once — so the corporal adopted another expedient. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Jack London It had been slit from top to bottom along the centre seam, and it pulsed rhythmically, the slit opening and closing regularly with every leap of the wearer. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Andrew Lang He stretched down carefully and managed to reach it, and on opening it found six shillings wrapped inside. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

But so rapidly did the horizon blacken, that later in the same year he declared that “an actual fissure” seemed to him to be opening between the two sections of the country. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Wilkie Collins ABSORBED in herself, Mercy failed to notice the opening door or to hear the murmur of voices in the conservatory. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

There was also a barn with stabling, a loft, and big carriage doors opening on a lane to the street. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Quite alone, therefore, he entered the rooms, a door on the left opening to Madame’s apartment, the one on the right to the young queen’s. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

George Gissing As she was opening her umbrella, a cabman’s voice appealed to her, and fixed her purpose. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell When baby is twelve months old, we’ll talk about it again, and very likely before then some opening may be shown us. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He was prevented, however, by the approach of footsteps along the passageway; and Hugh Crombie, opening the door, ushered a person into the room, and retired. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

The opening of our little Exposition was delayed by sundry difficulties. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

M. P. Shiel Then an opening in the rock-roof lit up: and they made their way up a tunnel rugged under the glare of rare glow-lamps. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

George Eliot She had probably heard the opening of the door as part of her dream, for he had not been looking at her two moments before she opened her eyes. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Jules Verne It was not enough to reach the walls; an opening in them must be accomplished, and to attain this purpose the party only had their pocket-knives. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]