Phrases with "pair"

Another pair of boots I could not get, but with a bradawl and some well blacked string I made the burst less conspicuous, at any rate for a time. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

On the lap of that dress there lay, unclasped and idle, a pair of small hands, not very white, attached to well-formed arms. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

One pair of arms was round my neck, another round my waist, and they kept on trying to catch my legs with ropes. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

At the same time he observed that the girl had over her arm a pair of hussar’s breeches, blue with a red stripe. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle During the whole incident the little bookmaker had sat absorbed over his accounts, but with a pair of piercing eyes glancing up every now and then at the two gamblers. The End of Devil Hawker by Arthur Conan Doyle

Frances Hodgson Burnett In the corner of the sofa there was a cushion, and in the velvet which covered it there was a hole, and out of the hole peeped a tiny head with a pair of frightened eyes in it. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

On his sharp, glistening nose there always sat a pair of glasses with tortoise-shell rims, which secured him the sobriquet of “bony eyes. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Guy de Maupassant I saw nothing except a gray felt hat, cocked over one ear, above a pair of broad shoulders, driving off in a cloud of dust. Bertha (Berthe) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

He was almost bent double with constant labour at his shopboard; and his eyes seemed not to have benefited by his application, for a pair of glasses were mounted on his nose. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Laurence Sterne She was working a pair of ruffles, as she sat in a low chair, on the far side of the shop, facing the door. A sentimental journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne

A pair of strong arms gripped me round the waist, covering the pockets in which a man might be expected to carry a pistol. The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan [1915]

Not less proudly I replied: “I put three on the second pair to the left. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Robert Louis Stevenson Think of David Balfour with a pair of fair ladies — very nice ones too — hanging round him. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Edith Wharton As he turned from this show Odo’s eye was caught by a handsome girl who, on the arm of a dashing cavalier in somewhat shabby velvet, was cheapening a pair of gloves at a neighbouring stall. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

George Meredith She sent them down to the carriage, suffering her culprits to kiss her fingers; while she said to one: ‘This might be a fable of a pair of mice. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

In an instant Mr. Bidder had a pair of handcuffs on his wrists. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

W. W. Jacobs The brown man leant on the counter, and regarded him with a pair of fierce, brown eyes, which age had not dimmed. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

Anthony Trollope If you’ll only let him know that you’re on his back, and have got a pair of spurs on your heels with rowels in them, he’ll take you anywhere. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen I do suspect he would not have had a pair of horses for himself, and that it was only as an excuse for assisting them. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Abraham Merri A long and hairy face, a pair of patient, inquiring eyes looked in. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Andrew Lang They cast anchor in a little bay, and the princess made haste to disembark with Sunlight, but, before leaving the ship, she tied to her belt a pair of tiny gold slippers, adorned with precious stones. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

There was a moment’s hesitation and then the inspector, with a sceptical smile, abstracted a pair from his back pocket and handed them over. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Jack London Salisbury City Petty Sessions. Before the Mayor, Messrs. C. Hoskins, G. Fullford, E. Alexander, and W. Marlow. James Moore, charged with stealing a pair of boots from outside a shop. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Rudyard Kipling Then he sets me to draft out a pair of iron gates, to take, as he said, the taste of my naughty dolphins out of my mouth. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Willa Cather All his baggage is that newspaper bundle, and there’s nothing in it but shoes — a pair of patent leathers and a pair of sneakers. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Thus it befell that those who had met at the depot like a pair of mutes, sat down to table with holiday faces. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

He was sitting very quiet under a tree in a native compound as thin as a lath, and when I peered down at him all he had on was an old cotton singlet and a pair of ragged pyjamas. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

My mind was perfectly at liberty; and so of all the eyes in that room mine was the only pair able to look about in easy freedom. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Jack London The dogs clustered together in fear, now and again snarling menacingly as a pair of eyes drew close. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Arthur Machen Failing, he proceeded to disembowel the elephant with a pair of wire clippers. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

The following instance of rivalry is more surprising as it relates to bullfinches, which usually pair for life. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Such an action would estrange the pair for ever from the Fynes. She understood her brother and the girl too. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

The whole affair, however, had been forgotten, when curiosity was again awakened in the ensuing month of March, by an announcement in the Morning Post, of the arrival of the noble pair at Mivart’s. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Miles Franklin A pair of spirited trotters swung around the stumps, down into the creek at a dizzy angle and up over the mere footbridge of the garden drain to fetch-up at the side gate. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

Henry James I should, perhaps, add that in the enjoyment of a very sharp pair of eyes, I found something of a social pleasure. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

Willa Cather In the narrow space between the bottom of this piece of furniture and the floor, he could see a pair of boots. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Her immediate surrender to the desire in the first pair of human eyes—child eyes though they were—which had ever called to her being for response, was simple and undiluted rapture. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Anthony Trollope Lady Baldock was a little more decent than usual just before I left Baddingham. When I told her that I meant to have a pair of ponies, she merely threw up her hands and grunted. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne This was a sailor named Pencroft, a man of about thirty-five or forty years of age, strongly built, very sunburnt, and possessed of a pair of bright sparkling eyes and a remarkably good physiognomy. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Edgar Allan Poe It is almost superfluous to add that the glasses of the instrument, as worn by the old lady, had been exchanged by her for a pair better adapted to my years. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Andrew Lang The pair lived happily till spring came and the snow melted and the streams ran full. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

It was not a waltz it was an Ecstasy. Starting almost alone, this peerless pair danced a gauntlet. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Robert Louis Stevenson He wore a skull-cap of black silk; a huge Bible lay open before him on the bed, with a pair of gold spectacles in the place, and a pile of other books lay on the stand by his side. The Pavilion on the Links by Robert Louis Stevenson

A pair of knaves seemed hardly worth fifteen hundred pounds. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

William Makepeace Thackeray Two forks, two teaspoons, two knives, and a pair of sugar-tongs, and a butter-knife all marked G. 11, 12, 13. The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray [1855]

Arthur Conan Doyle When this worthy pair could get no change out of each other, they usually united their forces against the children. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

H. Rider Haggard Next she put on a pair of stout boots calculated to keep out the morning dew, and started off. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

His head droops somewhat from a short neck, which does not trouble itself to rise far from a pair of massive shoulders. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

George Meredith Strangers observing their embrace would have vowed that the pair were brother and sister, and of a notable stock. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

George Meredith Awful!’ ‘What does he eat?’ said Mrs. Mel. ‘A pair o’ chops. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

Wilkie Collins On the miserable bed lay a gray-headed old man of gigantic stature, with nothing on him but a ragged shirt and a pair of patched, filthy trousers. Miss or Mrs? by Wilkie Collins [1871]

If reared with a companion of vulgar appearance, there often springs up between the pair a devotion which no time can afterwards subdue. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Edith Wharton Now, with a pair of them looking into his, he was conscious of a queer reversal of perspective. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Isabella Bird It is broken on the last day of the feasting, and the pair and their friends eat the fruit. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

It was to give all men the same sort of power which a pair of compasses gives the hand in drawing a circle. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

D. H. Lawrence He very much wanted to borrow a pair of pincers and a chopper for an hour, to pull out a few nails, and to split his little chunks of kindling that the dealer had sent too thick. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells She did not expect him to return until mid-day, and she sat herself down on a log before the fire to darn a pair of socks as well as she could. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

You can’t identify a pair of eyes. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Radclyffe Hall If she had had the money, she would certainly have bought silk stockings to match her ties, a pair for every new tie. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Steele Rudd He had put one leg into them when his eyes rested on a pair of black feet uncovered at the foot of the bed. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Arthur Conan Doyle Someone, then, cut out the message with a pair of short-bladed scissors, pasted it with paste — ” “Gum,” said Holmes. “With gum on to the paper. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

In the hotter mines they wear only a pair of thin drawers, clogs and knee-pads; in the hottest mines of all, only the clogs and knee-pads. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Thomas Moore. While the young pair were thus struggling with the severe visitation of adversity, Lady Lodore was earnestly engaged in her endeavours to extricate them from their difficulties. Lodore by Mary Shelley

She takes care to display a plump brown arm laden with massive gold bracelets, and, to judge by the way in which she uses a pair of liquid black eyes, would not be sorry to let her face be seen also. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

The clerk returned presently, followed by a tall, white-bearded man, with a bent figure, and a pair of penetrating gray eyes — a very promising specimen of the octogenarian. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

George Meredith The pair were found in the billiard room, even as a pair of terriers that remember a bone. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Walter Scott Dogs, horses, and all, shall go to the hammer; we will keep nothing but your pony, and I will trust to a pair of excellent legs. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

But tell me (if your guide allow a space The semblance of those tendant shades to trace) The names and fortunes of the following pair Who seem the noblest gifts of mind to share. Petrarch’s Triumphs by Petrarch

Celia had placed a small table, with a pair of candles, and a glass of water at the end of the room, for the accommodation of the reader. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Isabella Bird The externals of this strange equipment consisted of an oiled calico hood, a garment like a carter’s frock, a pair of blue worsted stockings, and a pair of India-rubber shoes much too large for me. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Henry James M. Nioche had a new hat and a pair of kid gloves; his clothes, too, seemed to belong to a more recent antiquity than of yore. The American by Henry James [1877]

Virginia Woolf Indeed, it was such a fine day that there was no saying what a pair of field-glasses might not have fetched into view. Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf [1920]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning And yet I’ve marked as blue a pair Following the doves across the square At Venice by the sea. Poems Before Congress by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1860]

Arnold Bennett Beyond these trifles and a half-empty box of cigars and a pair of spectacles, he left nothing personal to himself. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Jules Verne Its tongue, a horned substance, furnished with several rows of pointed teeth, came out quivering from this veritable pair of shears. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Edgar Allan Poe In his shoes, however, a pair of very brilliant buckles gave the lie to the extreme poverty implied by the other portions of his dress. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

With his pants just as loose as balloons, How can he sit on his horse? and his spurs like a pair of harpoons; Ought to be under the Dog Act, he ought, and be kept off the course. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

Laurence Sterne He had bought a bright, clean, good scarlet coat, and a pair of breeches of the same. A sentimental journey through France and Italy by Laurence Sterne

D. H. Lawrence They ran as follows: “Will you please send me at once a pair of lady’s silk spiral thigh-hose, without feet, such as I had from you last year; length, thigh to knee, etc. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Mark Twain A very handsome young lady in the store offered me a pair of blue gloves. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

On one side the garden was overshadowed by a pair of crazy studios, usually hired out to the more obscure and youthful practitioners of British art. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

I was in want of a pair of yakhdans, or trunks, and a pair belonging to the doctor, which were lying idle in an unfrequented room, were frequently the objects of my contemplation. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

Next we descried a cotton neckerchief and a pair of boots; two clumsy, clod-hopping boots, with nails in the soles, and the outside leather not to be seen for patches. The Key of the Church by Ellen Wood [1875]

Rudyard Kipling I did not like being patronized by a loafer, but I was his guest for the time being, though he owned only one very torn alpaca-coat and a pair of trousers made out of gunny-bags. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Virginia Woolf Choosing a pair of gloves — should they be to the elbow or above it, lemon or pale grey? — ladies stopped; when the sentence was finished something had happened. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Robert Louis Stevenson I dined with a pair of Catholics. They agreed in the condemnation of a young man, a Catholic, who had married a Protestant girl and gone over to the religion of his wife. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Mauleverer offered his arm with great dignity; and the pair passed into the frequented part of the grounds, where Mauleverer once more brightened into smiles and courtesy to all around him. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

Ivan Turgenev At his door was seen the mayor with his wide chestnut-coloured droshky and pair — an exceptionally bulky man, who seemed as though cut out of material that had been laid by for a long time. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Anthony Hope I was covered with a large cloak, and under this I wore a warm, tight-fitting woollen jersey, a pair of knickerbockers, thick stockings, and light canvas shoes. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Anthony Trollope She had a pair of eyes set straight in her head, faultless in form, and perfectly inexpressive. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Henry James The pair had no children, and had felt the defect; moreover, they had heard from Mr Vetch the dolorous tale of the boy’s entrance into life. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Wilkie Collins A pair of bracelets, three rings, and a lot of lace pocket-handkerchiefs — is that what you said?” “Yes, sir. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Jack London By looking closely and steadily at where a pair of eyes burned in the darkness, the form of the animal would slowly take shape. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Henry Handel Richardson And while he manoeuvred, the sweat trickling down his forehead, a pair of arms and shoulders reared themselves from the water, and two hands grasped the side of the boat. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

And here accident, mere accident, put in its work by providing a pair of fine ears close behind Davidson’s chair. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Henry James I have a vision of them as most of the time in my studio, seated, against the wall, on an old velvet bench to be out of the way, and looking like a pair of patient courtiers in a royal ante-chamber. The Real Thing by Henry James [1892]

Arthur Conan Doyle I pulled off my hussar boots also, and wore a pair of shoes and gaiters, that I might be lighter upon my feet. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

After trying vainly to enter the other apartments, he perceived just within the threshold of this one, a pair of small Turkish slippers; the door was ajar, but all was silent within. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Jane Austen I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Henry James She took a few steps one way and then another: she was afraid of running against the dreadful pair again. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

The tendrils are thin, from 7 to 9 inches in length, with a pair of short lateral branches rising not far from the base. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

D. H. Lawrence He had pulled off his boots, and put on a pair of slippers. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence He looked at the Somers pair with eyes gone dusky, as if unseeing, and the mask-like smile lingering on his face like the reflection from some fire, curiously natural, not even grotesque. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

He had put on a pair of dark suede gloves. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

H. G. Wells My mind flashed back to Moscow. I whispered to Jane: “He’s got a brain box that is the very pair to Lenin’s. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope This he did without encountering Sir Thomas, Sir Thomas pretending the while to believe that he was gone; and then in very truth his last pair of boots was removed. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang Then the priests suddenly received the command to make for the statue of the god Nibib a pair of ear-rings of agate. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Kenneth Grahame Then a pair of pistols, a policeman’s truncheon, several sets of handcuffs, some bandages and sticking-plaster, and a flask and a sandwich-case. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Coming out of town, with tea and tobacco, a pair of shoes, and a bottle of whisky, for old Mrs. Tresham — in the thick of the wood, among brambles, all at once he lighted on the body. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Hester Jobson came into the room with a pair of lighted wax-candles, in white crockery-ware candlesticks. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

The ellipses were small; the longer diameter, described by the apex of a shoot bearing a pair of not expanded leaves, was only 4. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

The new married pair set out early the next morning, and arrived at Mr Morgan’s seat the following day. A Description of Millenium Hall and the Country Adjacent by Sarah Sco

Anthony Trollope If he wants a pair of boots or a new shirt, they send it out to him from the store, and his employer charges him with the price. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

At first, ‘spirit and matter,’ ‘soul and body,’ stood for a pair of equipollent substances quite on a par in weight and interest. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Henry Handel Richardson The children ran through boots and clothes; there was now an extra mouth to feed; while she, too, if she was to dance this summer, must have a new blouse, a neckerchief, a pair of pointed shoes. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Arnold Bennett The pair always looked poor, untidy, dirty, and rather forlorn. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

George Meredith A difference of fifteen years in the ages of the wedded pair accounts poorly for the husband’s conduct, however solemn a business the game of whist. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Robert Louis Stevenson Desprez had gone to Paris, for the second time in seven years; he had gone to Paris with a pair of wooden shoes, a knitted spencer, a black blouse, a country nightcap, and twenty francs in his pocket. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope But I’ll see and get a pair of trousers of my Lord’s ready for you in two minutes. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Beside this work-box lay, as if just laid down by the user, a spool of black silk, a pair of scissors, and a large steel thimble with a hole in the top, after an old style. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Nellie Bly One pair was employed in holding a stiff wooden baby before her and the other three pairs were taking care of themselves much like the legs of a crab. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Henry James Mr. Wentworth informs me that the carriage is always at my disposal, and Charlotte offers to go with me, in a pair of tight gloves and a very stiff petticoat. The Europeans by Henry James [1878]

Arthur Conan Doyle Outside, beyond the low, white fence, a wagonette with a pair of cobs was waiting. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

H. G. Wells He wore a pair of very round large spectacles with glasses tinted a faint yellow colour. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Comes Wealhtheow forth, under gold-crown goes where the good pair sit, uncle and nephew, true each to the other one, kindred in amity. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

A male wigeon (Mareca penelope), living with females of the same species, has been known to pair with a pintail duck, Querquedula acuta. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Thomas Hardy The wicket from which the pair had lately emerged was in the wall of this structure. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

With a pair one was not disposed, at the commencement, to pay a thousand to see his cards. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Walter Scott Why! my train will be equal to that of any country dame in this your kingdom of Fife, saving but the lack of a gentleman-usher, and a pair or two of blue-coated serving-men. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Rudyard Kipling So th’ pair on us became reg’lar chapel-members. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Charles Dickens I was so ragged and dirty, that you wouldn’t have touched me with a pair of tongs. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

George Meredith Its effect was to straighten the admiral’s back, and enlarge in grey glass a pair of sea-blue eyes. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Arthur Morrison These done, he handed one pair to me. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

E. F. Benson He was dressed as became the season and the heat, and wore only a shirt open at the neck, and a pair of flannel trousers. The Man Who Went Too Far by E. F. Benson

He comes around in pajamas, with a pair of glasses on his nose and a dozen or two inside of him. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

In all such cases it is probable that the union would be easily broken; and one of the three would readily pair with a widow or widower. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

He sported a small red rose in his buttonhole, and across his shoulders were suspended a pair of excellent binoculars of the latest type. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

He went to the hut for this purpose and returned with a pair he had found on the floor which were much larger than his own. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

George Gissing The pair are enclosed within iron railings, and, more strangely, a circle of trees, which in due season do veritably put forth green leaves. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

George Meredith O, look we like a pair Who for fresh nuptials joyfully yield all else? I am to follow her. Modern Love by George Meredith [1862]

Anthony Trollope How sly this pair of young turtle-doves had been with him. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang There is only one way of escaping the danger, and that is, when you go to milk her, take with you a pan of burning coals and a pair of tongs. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

William Dampier At last he went to the southward, as high as the Bay of Guayaquil, where he took a bark-log, or pair of bark-logs as we call it, laden chiefly with flour. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Arthur Morrison Whereat I took the keys and ran down to let him in; a feat which I accomplished by aid of a pair of steps, much tugging at heavy bolts, and a supreme wrench at the big key. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

I suppose no one would like to buy a pair of ballet shoes, slightly soiled? No, I was afraid not. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

William Morris Also we see about thy neck the same-like pair of beads which our Lady was wont to bear, and we deem that ye were in one tale together. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

But Christina fell to the jolliest scion of the house, Mr. Stanley Dromard; and this pair mutually enjoyed themselves. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Louisa May Alcott Passers-by probably thought them a pair of harmless lunatics, for they entirely forgot to hail a bus, and strolled leisurely along, oblivious of deepening dusk and fog. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

George Eliot I speak to those who know the satisfaction of making a pair of scissors meet through a duly resisting mass of hair. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Charles Dickens The Recorder’s report is made to-day, and he is sure to be executed on Monday. Still you see, as far as it goes, a pair of pigeons are portable property all the same. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Algernon Blackwood This reconstruction of our past together, meanwhile, was — for a pair of schoolboys — a thrilling pursuit that never failed to absorb. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

John Galsworthy In panic she stripped once more, put on a new combination, pair of stockings, and the stays, then paused in superstition. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

She gave him a quick kiss on the lips and again they stood like a pair of enchanted lovers bewitched into immobility. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

George Gissing Coming to a pause before Sir Job, Mr. Warricombe put on a pair of eyeglasses which had dangled against his waistcoat, and began to scrutinise carefully the sculptured lineaments. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

The fellow was not a full-blown Mephistopheles. And the happy pair were indeed happy. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Algernon Blackwood But also he would not answer questions; I could get nothing out of him, as the springless cart drove slowly up the steep mountain road behind the pair of sturdy horses. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Robert Louis Stevenson So that I behooved to come by some clothes of my own, and in the meanwhile to walk by the porter’s side, and put my hand on his arm as though we were a pair of friends. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Nevertheless with the pulmoniferous gasteropods, or land-snails, the pairing is preceded by courtship; for these animals, though hermaphrodites, are compelled by their structure to pair together. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Robert Louis Stevenson The buildings stand around it four-square, bleak, as yet unseasoned by the years and weather, and with no other features than a belfry and a pair of slated gables. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins He sent Toff for a pair of the warmest socks that he possessed, and asked if he should put them on for her. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Julian Hawthorne Would you wear a diamond ring for me, or a pair of earrings?’ “‘No, many thanks, Herr Gainsborough,’ replied the little maiden, gravely. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Rafael Sabatini Soradici found this tall, gaunt, bearded figure, clad in a dirty shirt and a pair of leather breeches, of a singularly unangelic appearance; indeed, he looked far more like a devil. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

One was a tall thin man, about fifty years of age, with a sharp eye, a hollow aguish cheek, a scanty beard, wearing a pair of silken drawers, and a shawl undercoat. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

D. H. Lawrence Now the married pair were coming! The bells were ringing, making the air shake. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Oh I forgot bought also of Ned Wilkinson a pair of Garters 0. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Not hobbling the horses in general, we had some difficulty in finding a pair of hobbles for each, and not being able to do so, I left one in the mob without. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

When all the final arrangements had been made, and the place of meeting, should the pair return, settled, it was time for them to bid the rest of the party farewell. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

George Gissing The pair ascended the stairs, and Mrs. Williamson—she had always used the name she received in marriage—opened a door which disclosed a dark bedroom. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Henry James Beside her walked a little elderly man, tightly buttoned in a shabby black coat, but with a flower in his lappet, and a pair of soiled light gloves. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

H. G. Wells Sometimes she would do things for me, make me a tie or a pair of slippers, and fill me with none the less gratitude because the things were absurd. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Tobias Smolle But it seems these literati had been very ill rewarded for their ingenious labours; for, between them both, there was but one shirt, and half a pair of breeches. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Yes, sweetheart, saddle your pony, and order your aunt’s horse and a pair of grooms to take care of you. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Arnold Bennett As no man of seven could reach the upper shelves, a pair of steps was provided for Darius, and up these he had to scamper. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Robert Louis Stevenson Indeed, the ideal story is that of two people who go into love step for step, with a fluttered consciousness, like a pair of children venturing together into a dark room. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Gaskell But after this, Ruth “clave unto her,” and the two were henceforward a pair of friends. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Arthur Conan Doyle I saw the two of them togither one day as happy as a pair of young love birds. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Robert Louis Stevenson And now there’s one thing sure; you and me are to be a pair of friends. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

F. Scott Fitzgerald They look out of no face, but, instead, from a pair of enormous yellow spectacles which pass over a nonexistent nose. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edward shared it fully, and the pair always spoke of him under the title of “the Wretch:” this was when Julia was not by. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

He stopped to ask me only one more question and, that one, when he was examining the soles of a pair of my shoes. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Charles Dickens There’s only one avenue to the Strand left often now, and I shall have to stop up that to-night with a pair of gloves. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

When a pair of cockatoos made a nest in an acacia tree, “it was ridiculous to see the extravagant interest taken in the matter by the others of the same species. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Washington Irving He was dressed in a tarnished green travelling-jacket, with a broad belt round his waist, and a pair of overalls, with buttons from the hips to the ankles. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Arthur Conan Doyle It may have been hidden somewhere, and the pair gone off on foot. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

He sported a pair of brass earrings, wore a blue cloth wrapper from the waist to the ankles, and thought all the world of himself. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle He was a very tall, thin man, with a long nose like a beak, which jutted out between two keen, gray eyes, set closely together and sparkling brightly from behind a pair of gold-rimmed glasses. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Henry Handel Richardson She had the satisfaction next morning of seeing the pair go off together, Gemma having been cajoled into showing the visitor round. Sister Ann by Henry Handel Richardson

I’ve got to make a pair of jackboots. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

At the supper table your friends were as melancholy as a pair of owls. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

George Meredith And now the pair of men were giving and taking cuts to make a rhinoceros caper. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

The pair beside, the unembarrassed realities. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Just above his elbow-joints sat a pair of large ivory rings. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Willa Cather He bent over his canvas again, measuring and cutting with a pair of garden shears, moving round the green plot on his knees, and all the time singing. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Where is she?” said the gentleman, glancing round the homely chamber from under his white eyebrows with a pair of cold, gray, restless eyes. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Robert Green Ingersoll Imagine a pair of shears with handles, not only where they now are, but at the points as well and just above the pivot that unites the blades a circle of iron. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Abraham Merri And finally he passed a pair of heavy cords under and over the bed; bound her fast with them to the divan. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

Leslie Stephen But the tone which did well enough when the pair were separated by the whole breadth of Europe, was less suitable when they were in the same parish. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

George Gissing About her neck hung a pair of eye-glasses; at her wrist were attached a silver pencil-case and a miniature ivory paper-knife. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Sinclair Lewis He bought a suit of imported Harris tweed and, for no reason that he could ever explain, a pair of binoculars, which he kept in his demonstrator. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

He spends all his time — his spine being made, it is popularly believed, of gristle — stretched on his back upon a deal board, cutting out paper figures with a pair of scissors. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu