Phrases with "opening"

Elizabeth Gaskell But now a way seemed opening, opening yet more clear. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Thomas Hardy Emily’s silks rustled arrogantly when, in response to Joanna’s almost dumb invitation, she squeezed through the opening of the counter and into the parlour behind the shop. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

He looked at all these things as he flung his leathern desk upon the table, and made a great parade of unlocking and opening it. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

He was afterwards taken to Granada, for the purpose, they said, of being educated, that he might become the means of opening up communication with his tribe. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Ivan Turgenev She lay perfectly still and quiet, and now and then heaving a deep sigh, and timorously opening her eyes. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

George Meredith Scarcely had he closed the garden-gate when the noise of an opening window arrested him, and he called. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Virginia Woolf Now the stream pours in a deep tide fertilizing, opening the shut, forcing the tight-folded, flooding free. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Flore thought Mademoiselle Nancy was setting her drawers to rights: she had heard her opening and shutting them. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

He fully appreciated the good service I had done to him and his country by opening a road which all caravans for the future would follow if property dealt with. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

But all that happened was that he hit his head hard on a beam, and, opening a door hastily, all but cascaded down a steep flight of steps. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

I seized this opening hastily. The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

But so soon as I crossed the Danube I set about opening up my lines of communication, and I hadn’t been two days in this metropolis before I had got my telephone exchange buzzing. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Helen Zimmern When he turns and seems to look at me, I feel as if he looked into my face, and am glad so to feel, as he encourages me to open my mind to him by opening his own at once to me. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

D. H. Lawrence Then he heard someone cough, and saw in the office at the end of the room an old, decaying clerk, in a round smoking-cap of black velvet embroidered with red and green, opening letters. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Abraham Merri I saw that in advance of us the living corridor was opening even as behind us it was closing. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Wilkie Collins You are so altered now — and so improved — that I should never have guessed you might be the daughter of Giles Toller of the mill, if I had not seen you opening the cottage door. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Andrew Lang It was still quite dark when Isuro heard his name called very softly, and, on opening his eyes, beheld Gudu standing by him. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Guy came in the next moment, and running lightly up-stairs after Mrs. Edmonstone, found her opening the dressing-room door, and asked if he might come in. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

Ford Madox Ford It must have seemed to that poor girl, opening her letter, for distraction from another grief, up in her bedroom, like the laughter of a devil. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

George Meredith We, do you see, are always looking to be happy and comfortable; but in a tragedy, the doomed wretches are liver-complexioned from the opening act. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Anthony Hope For a long while I stood thus, musing and dreaming; I was roused by the sound of the door opening and closing; turning, I saw the queen. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

In the angle of the large bay-window, opening into the garden, he waited with palpitating heart. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Edith Wharton She added that at Bellocchio all formalities were dispensed with, and begged him to observe that, in the rooms opening into the saloon, recreations were provided for every taste. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Andrew Lang Then, opening her lattice, she flew on to the terrace and dropped the sword into the river. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

On inspection the opening appeared almost too narrow. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

In one of the extreme corners of the chamber gaped the opening of a large well! He darted forward and held up the lantern. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Jules Verne While sounding it, and bending over the opening as my plumb-line went down, it seemed to me that the air within was agitated, as though beaten by huge wings. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Wilkie Collins Do pray remember what you said yourself, the first time you had the chance of opening your heart to your young lady. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

George Gissing I have obeyed an impulse in opening my mind to you; I feel that you think with me. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Crosby saw the opening and avoided it. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

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]

Florence Dixie Tell me, whither has he gone ?” “Why do you ask me?” inquired Maeva, her great grey eyes opening wide, as she fixed them on the bold, bad woman before her. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Thomas Wolfe Instead, he had taken these two large rooms on Twelfth Street, which occupied the whole second floor of the house and could be made into one enormous room by opening the sliding doors between them. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Wilkie Collins Magdalen found herself in a long, narrow room, consisting of a back parlor and a front parlor, which had been thrown into one by opening the folding-doors between them. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

G. K. Chesterton Dickens’s openings are almost always good; but the opening of Bleak House is good in a quite new and striking sense. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Wilkie Collins Lady Janet put down her papers, and settled herself comfortably in the easy-chair, preparatory to opening the interview on her side. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Thomas Hardy He broke one of the panes with a stone, thrust his hand through the hole, unfastened the latch which held the casement close, and began opening the window. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Sinclair Lewis He rang, he saw her opening the door, he followed her down the meager hall, longing to take her hand. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Jack London The lazarette was directly beneath the cabin, and, opening the trap-door in the floor and carrying a candle with me, I dropped down and began overhauling the ship’s stores. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Margaret Oliphant He changed his seat, however, so as to face the door, and even went the length of opening it, and looking out to see if there was any one about. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was a warning shout from Fawley. In a crowd they dashed into the wide opening of the shelter, outside which the cars had stopped. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Edgar Allan Poe As no trace of an opening could be found, Doctor Ponnonner was preparing his instruments for dissection, when I observed that it was then past two o’clock. Tales of Science by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope The nuisance to him was very great, but this opening of Mr. Saul’s eyes was a duty from which he could not shrink. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing By opening the door of the parlour an inch or two it was ascertained that a person had entered the house and gone quickly upstairs. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Anthony Trollope It was settled that Dr Crofts and Bell should be married about the middle of June, and the squire determined to give what grace he could to the ceremony by opening his own house on the occasion. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence He?” And Madame pressed back the slippers, opening her plump jewelled hands in a gesture of finality. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Washington Irving A rumbling sound was heard, and the solid stones yawned apart, leaving an opening as wide as a door. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Henry James Her intention had naturally been that the neat young woman, opening the front door, should remain to close it on the departing guest. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Victor Hugo The opening of the creek seaward, a narrow passage, traced on the almost night-black interior a pallid rift where the waves were moving. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

His tongue worked soundlessly, forming the opening syllables first of one word, then of the other, over and over again. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Algernon Blackwood The island, we found, was some three-quarters of a mile from point to point, built in a circle, or wide horseshoe, with an opening of twenty feet at the mouth of the lagoon. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Thomas Paine To this reason I ascribe your delay in opening the campaign of 1777. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

An empty carriage passed him in the drive, and turned towards an opening in the shrubbery that led to the stable-yard. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Theodore Dreiser The opening of the house in Michigan Avenue occurred late in November in the fall of eighteen seventy-eight. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Henry Kingsley Gus and Flora went over to Lady Ascot. Lady Ascot said, “My dears, is it not near bed-time?” just by way of opening the conversation — nothing more. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Anthony Trollope By opening trades to women, by making them printers, watchmakers, accountants, or what not, we shall not simply relieve those who must now earn their bread by some such work or else starve. North America by Anthony Trollope

Robert Green Ingersoll He knew that what we call death was but the eternal opening of the golden gates of everlasting joy; and it took no heroism to face a death that was simply eternal life. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

I was on the point of opening a bottle of Old Tommy Gin. Come up and let me drink to your health, ass the saviour of Kyauktada!’ They had a long talk together. Burmese Days by George Orwell

H. G. Wells Such were the opening phases of the friendship of Mr. Parham and Sir Bussy Woodcock. It was destined to last nearly six years. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Captain Whalley, opening the matter, was met by a punctiliously polite but determined opposition. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

On opening the door we were assailed by the cold blast, which, blowing across the snow, gave us a foretaste of what our journey would be like. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Charles Kingsley As they ran inward, all eyes were strained greedily to find some opening in the mangrove belt; but none was to be seen for some time. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

George Gissing As his habit was when a friend sat with him, Mr. Blaydes presently reached down a volume, and, on opening it, became aware of a passage which sent him into crowing laughter. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

F. Scott Fitzgerald The smoke banked like fog, and the opening of a door filled the room with blown swirls of ectoplasm. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Henry David Thoreau The opening of large tracts by the ice-cutters commonly causes a pond to break up earlier; for the water, agitated by the wind, even in cold weather, wears away the surrounding ice. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

I didn’t like it at first, but when I read one letter and saw what they had said was quite true, I felt justified in opening every one I could get hold of. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

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

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]

Rudyard Kipling So in the old whaling days did the harponeer bring up or back off his boat till some shift of the great fish’s bulk gave him sure opening at the deep-seated life. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

Anna Katherine Green It shone directly upon me from an opening in this wall. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Thomas Hardy But guess my surprise when the day before yesterday, I received a mysterious note bearing no address, and found on opening it that it came from him. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Edith Wharton I never got beyond the opening paragraph, but that came straight out of my secret wood. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Wilkie Collins The large conservatory opening out of it is pleasantly lighted with Chinese lanterns, and beautifully decorated with shrubs and flowers. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

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]

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

Charles Dickens Good! I leave the dial-hand at eight; I put back the regulator to I.; I close the door; and closed the door remains, past all opening by anybody, till to-morrow morning at eight. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Henry James She stood a little, opening and closing her fan; then she remarked, “You must be surprised at my not having yet spoken to you about our great interest. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

H. G. Wells It might even have led in the work of reconstruction, and 1918 might have been the opening year of a phase of world renewal. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Wilkie Collins With those fine-superfine-feelings of the days when she was blind, she pays now for her grand new privilege of opening her eyes on the world. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Jack London And with the opening of my eyes and the looking came intolerable torment. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Isabella Bird As is usual in Persia and Turkey, the reception rooms, living rooms, and guest rooms are upstairs, opening on balconies, the lower part being occupied by the servants and as domestic offices. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

An opening was made in the crowd as they passed into the church, and the girl, kneeling down, was questioned by the bishop, but I could not make out the dialogue, which was carried on in a low voice. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then once more the footsteps approached and a shadow fell across the opening of the hut. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Edmund Burke Without opening one new avenue to the understanding, they have succeeded in stopping up those that lead to the heart. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Wilkie Collins Receiving the necessary explanation, he expressed his contempt for matrons bent on carrying charming persons into captivity, by opening the library door and spitting into the hall. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Jane Austen He gave her a letter, it was from Frank, and to herself; he had met with it in his way, and had taken the liberty of opening it. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

At Bar Harbour, where he now went to find them, after his winter in Texas, he confessed to his mother that there seemed no very good opening there for him. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Anthony, opening the door of his stern-cabin had naturally exclaimed. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

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]

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]

Victor Hugo A loft under the arch of the roof contained the scenes, and on opening a trap-door lamps appeared, producing wonders of light. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

He took a tumbler from the sideboard, half filled it with water and then, opening the sleeping tablet bottle, spilled quite half of the capsules on to the desk alongside the tumbler. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

H. G. Wells And then Mr. Abrahams perceived Hoggin and Smike opening a path for the advance of Lord Horatio. It was always his way to advance upon a meeting slowly, portentously. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

George Gissing To-day I have read The Tempest. It is perhaps the play that I love best, and, because I seem to myself to know it so well, I commonly pass it over in opening the book. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

Arthur Conan Doyle A vague pathway among the boulders led to the dilapidated opening which served as a door. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

To see him use it, opening an envelope might have been the most delicate operation on earth. Mr. Ely’s Engagement by Richard Marsh

His friends helped him over the incidental expenses, and in a state of feverish excitement he awaited the opening day. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

The opening of intervening passages permitted sounds from the interior of the palace to reach me; and I heard the clock strike one. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

The window is securely barred, and there is no dreadful bull’s eye, or opening of any kind in the wall, to make me afraid. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

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]

Tod stood on the outer edge, watching her through the opening between Earle and the Mexican. When he felt a light tap on his shoulder, he knew it was Homer, but didn’t turn. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Henry Handel Richardson There were, she would argue, for every opening in Melbourne ten to be found in the bush, where doctors were scarce, and twice and three times the money to be made there. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

It was the signal for opening the Court, and the Inquisitors entered upon their office. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Wilkie Collins There was a difficulty in opening the glass-case which protected the dial. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Sinclair Lewis They sat on the beach by moonlight, Sharon and Elmer, the night before the opening service. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Virginia Woolf Richard’s eyelids were closing and opening; opening and closing. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

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]

Anna Katherine Green How would these women regard the disorder and the dust? “I have few comforts to offer,” said he, opening a door at his right and then hastily closing it again. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

George Gissing I have always hated office work, and business of every kind; yet I could never see an opening in any other direction. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Marjorie Bowen The key was turned: he entered, opening the door quietly, admitting himself and the page, the guard closing it behind him. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Bavois took the counterpane from the bed, fastened it over the opening in the door, and filled up the key-hole. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Louis Pasteur We then reversed the flask with the opening under the mercury, and shook it every ten minutes for more than an hour. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

H. G. Wells This mental shock and release marks the beginning of the Era of the Modern State. The opening phase of this latest era is this Age of Frustration with which we are now about to deal. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Thomas Hardy Manston did not need to be told that the shabby marble-covered book which he held in his hand, opening endways and interleaved with blotting-paper, was an old reporting-book. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

She felt herself running again from the opening graves to the sight of the meaningless face; Hugh was running after her. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

She was waking, and on opening her eyes she saw the doctor and became uneasy. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Virginia Woolf Think, for example, of the woman she admired most, Lady Bexborough, opening the bazaar. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

D. H. Lawrence Lewis was all the time dismounting and opening gates, letting her pass, shutting the gate and mounting again. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

F. Scott Fitzgerald The world was opening up suddenly —— The State Senate, the United States Senate — so life was this after all — cutting corners — common sense, that was the rule. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Arthur Conan Doyle These are the gates of Delamere Court.” We had come to two high pillars crowned with heraldic monsters which flanked the opening of a winding avenue. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

The man-servant, on opening the door, seemed somewhat confused, and said hastily before I spoke — “Not at home, sir; a note for you. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

For though I’m attracted by the place, I’m frightened too!” There seemed no room for fear in the delicate landscape now opening before them. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

George Gissing At eleven o’clock Mr. Chown fairly mounted a chair behind his counter, and delivered a formal harangue—thus, as he boasted, opening the political campaign. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

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

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

Therefore opening the door of my sitting-room quickly I caught by surprise the person who was in there watching the street half concealed by the window curtain. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Bram Stoker At Mercy Farm, at Diana’s Grove, at Castra Regis, and a few other spots, the negro stopped and, opening his wide nostrils as if to sniff boldly, said that he smelled death. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

H. G. Wells And so we may well begin our study by considering the circumstances under which the opening phase, the first five years of life, are most safely and securely passed. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

William Hope Hodgson Then, the course of my journey was altered, and I began to move along their bases, until, all at once, I saw that I had come opposite to a vast rift, opening into the mountains. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Sinclair Lewis He knew that with each decade such serenity was more difficult, with Careers for Women opening equally on freedom and on a complex weariness. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

The little sandy-haired woman had turned bright pink, and her mouth was opening and shutting like that of a landed fish. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Jules Verne When the chapel bell rang out its opening note it seemed like a signal of joy to ear and eye. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Arthur Conan Doyle As it was, there was a moment’s pause as I stopped it and tried to pass in through the opening which I had left. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

The wall was high and substantially built, enclosing a garden of about an acre and with its opening round at the back opposite to the way they had come. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Edgar Allan Poe Several articles, of no importance to us in our present situation, floated up through the opening during the day, and were immediately washed overboard. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Edith Wharton An obscure reluctance made her begin to undress before opening it. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Anthony Trollope Then came forth the Lady Glencora, and with true charity conducted the lady-president to her chair, just in time to avoid the crush, which ensued upon the opening of the doors. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Her’s was the first gentle opening of a girl’s heart, who does not busy herself with the future, and reposes on the serene present with unquestioning confidence. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Margaret Oliphant You will keep her safe—safe? you will not let her go?” “Yes; I will keep her safe,” said the beauty, opening her lovely astonished eyes. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

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]

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]

Anthony Trollope Thus he sees that there is an opening here or an opening there, and the offence in either case is not great to him. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope One small window, opening upon the tiles, looked into the court-yard in which were stored the planks or blocks necessary to the cabinet-maker’s trade. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

When she whispered it to her, it was so obscene that Madame Lerat could only shake her head, opening her eyes wide, and pursing her lips. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

The water made a cool mirror whereon floated yellow and crimson water-lilies opening to the sky. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Maria Edgeworth Mr. Montenero and I went to the door, of course without opening it, and demanded, in a loud voice, what they wanted. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

This would be a complex topic to treat effectively; and I wish merely to indicate the opening which it offers for a most decisive order of arguments in such a controversy. The System of the Heavens as Revealed by Lord Rosse’s Telescope by Thomas De Quincey [1846]

Charles Dickens Both chapels opened out of the gallery; and the general attention was concentrated on the occasional opening and shutting of the door of the one for which the Pope was ultimately bound. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Thomas Hardy Hearing footsteps on the stairs, she awoke, started up with a glad cry, and ran to the door, opening which she met her brother on the threshold. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Once opening her eyes, looking at Emma, she said: ‘I saw a boy hanged once in London. I thought of it to-day. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

The creek broadened, opening out into a wide sweep of a stagnant lagoon. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

H.P. Lovecraft At length I saw a grass-grown opening toward the sea between crumbling brick walls, with the weedy length of an earth-and-masonry wharf projecting beyond. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

He was very grateful, and would insist upon opening a small bottle of champagne. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Now I see an opening for Toto down in Rome, with Fede. The dear boy does not love labour. Signa by Ouida

The screen of leaves on the bank, passing as if unrolled endlessly in the round opening of the port, sent a wavering network of light and shade into the place. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

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

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]

M. P. Shiel At one end of the loggia is a hexagonal turret, opening upon the loggia, containing a study or nook. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

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

Marjorie Bowen And through the dark he heard the creaking and twisting of the key, the slow opening of a heavy door, the groaning of the hinges as it opened, slowly. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Jules Verne And, instantly, opening the upper valve, he let some hydrogen escape, and slowly descended, taking the ground at about two hundred feet from the edge of the oasis. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

He heard a housemaid moving in the direction of the dining-room, and Groves opening the library shutters, but the hall was deserted. The Magic Walking Stick by John Buchan [1927]

Florence Dixie I had hardly skirted the beechwood for more than a minute or so when my horse suddenly neighed joyfully, and in an opening among the trees I saw two or three small pools of spring water. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Looking north I saw the city in a haze of morning smoke, and, beyond, the plain of the Euphrates and the opening of the glen where the river left the hills. Greenmantle by John Buchan

H. G. Wells His eyes came back to Adye. The game was opening well. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

She left by the door opening into the courtyard and gave Madame Boche the key, asking her, if her pig of a husband came home, to have the kindness to put him to bed. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

H.P. Lovecraft Then, indeed, I succeeded in opening it, but when I did so seemed only to be confronted by a greater and more closely locked barrier. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft [1926]

Anthony Trollope We may probably say, looking at the squire’s character and peculiarities, that no marked success was probable at the first opening — out of such a subject. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy The opening event had been thus different from her expectation, and she had adumbrated no act to meet it. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Rafael Sabatini Thus they went down the stairs to the door opening upon the garden. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

A descending passage opening from a chamber in the great Temple led to the catacombs—vast labyrinths of vaults and passages hewn out of the solid rock on which the Temples were built. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Her sleep was not a heavy one and, looking back later, she thought it must have been the draught of cold air on the stealthy opening of the hall door which disturbed her. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

George Meredith But great, powerful London—the new universe to her spirit—was opening its arms to her. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

M. P. Shiel The opening lines of Hecuba, or some drear district of the Inferno, seemed realized before me. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

I shall save you the pain and trouble of opening the subject; I shall state the case for you in two words,” said Marston, almost fiercely. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The opening ceremony was very short and, not wanting Mason to question him, Todhunter edged his way through the crowd and got outside as quickly as he could. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Arthur Machen Dyson heard his trembling fingers fumbling with a bunch of keys, and the creak of an opening box. The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

Rudyard Kipling Then, at the foot of a left-hand page, leaped out on him a verse — of incommunicable splendour, opening doors into inexplicable worlds — from a song which Tom-a-Bedlams were supposed to sing. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Virginia Woolf But it would be simpler and perhaps fairer to check these theories by opening one of the thin books of modern verse that lie on your table. The Death of the Moth and other essays by Virginia Woolf [1942]

Margaret Oliphant The minister did not know that his sister’s very existence, as well as her reason, hung upon that unhoped-for opening of her mouth and her heart. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Edith Wharton The sled started with a bound, and they flew on through the dusk, gathering smoothness and speed as they went, with the hollow night opening out below them and the air singing by like an organ. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

The officer, opening the window, flung out pistols, swords, and guns, one after another, and his troopers ran to pick them up. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Meantime the three friends were standing motionless before the awful sight which D’Artagnan, in raising the shutters, had disclosed to them through the narrow opening of the window. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Edgar Rice Burroughs As he wallowed Juag returned, and the two of us leaped in when an opening afforded the opportunity and snatched our javelins from his side. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Thomas Hardy He turned away disappointed, and resumed his walk into the country, opening the paper as he went along. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

H. G. Wells But all this had changed (the change was already beginning in the nineteenth century), and a new sort of life was opening for the poor — in the lower quarters of the city. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

In an evil hour, the proprietors of Vauxhall-gardens took to opening them by day. Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens [1836]

Edith Wharton The task of opening new windows in her mind was inspiring enough to give him infinite patience; and he would not yet own to himself that her pliancy and variety were imitative rather than spontaneous. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Algernon Blackwood He smiled, opening his arms with a gesture that took in the world. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

It was shown by a sheet of paper bearing the mark of a dirty thumb and a hasty boot-heel, bearing also the combination formula for opening the safe. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

O’Shane took an oblong jewel-case out of his pocket and, opening it, exposed quite a good-sized gold and jewelled pendant in the shape of a star. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Edgar Rice Burroughs His savage life among the fierce wild brutes of the jungle left no opening for any thought that these could be aught else than enemies. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Anthony Trollope So there came to him an opening for picking up a few pounds towards their joint expenses. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Hidden in the loft of the Poivriere, Jean, through an opening in the floor, saw the duchess give a banknote to Mother Chupin. “Now, she is in my power!” he thought exultantly. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

William Dampier We saw no opening nor sign of any place to land at, so we sailed about 20 leagues farther and came to a small high island called Tangola, where there is good anchoring. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

George Eliot It was the opening of the door, and he could hardly have dozen more than a few moments, for there was no perceptible change in the evening light. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

E. F. Benson But I’ll come as Mrs. Pillson, and everyone will say that the Mayor performed the opening ceremony. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Baldwin Spencer The opening of the wurley was so arranged that the performers inside it were hidden from the audience on the ceremonial ground. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Henry James The opening pages were all that existed; they were striking, they were promising, but they didn’t unveil the idol. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

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]