Phrases with "reaching"

But things were reaching a crisis. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Olaf Stapledon These most human worlds we had not encountered earlier because, by one accident or another, they were destroyed before reaching the stage of our own mentality. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Thomas Hardy Next reaching a fir plantation, he mounted the stile and followed the path into the midst of the darkness produced by the overhanging trees. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

On reaching our destination, we tied our horses, by their reins, to a tree at the foot of the hill, and climbed up to the falls we had ridden over to explore. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Kate Chopin Another time she would have stilled the cravings for food until reaching her own home, where she would have brewed herself a cup of tea and taken a snack of anything that was available. Short stories by Kate Chopin

George Gissing On reaching home she could do nothing but lie down in the dark. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

George Meredith A man, increasing in length like a telescope gradually reaching its end for observation, and coming to the height of a landmark, as if raised by ropes, was rising from the ground beside him. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Now on reaching the Seine, unless he is more knowing than I take him to be, his first care was to throw this tell-tale bundle into the water. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

On reaching the top, I looked about me for the boats, which I felt sure I should discover; but, to my surprise, I could not distinguish one. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Thomas Hardy On reaching it he stood still. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Guy de Maupassant On reaching the top, I perceived, in fact, walls and a man sitting on a stone. The Hermit by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

On reaching the quarters, he sent out his nobles with similar assurances to the mob, and renewed orders to return to their homes. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

George Gissing On reaching his brother’s house, he found a letter waiting for him; it bore the Paris postmark. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins I could not guess exactly what their design might be, but I felt serious doubts of reaching Knowlesbury without some mischance happening to me on the way. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

You mustn’t think of leaving Mr. Magister.” “All right,” said Joe, reaching for the blue scalloped vegetable dish. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

Wilkie Collins On reaching Toller’s cottage, I was distressed (but hardly surprised) to hear that Cristel, exhausted after a wakeful night, still kept her bed, in the hope of getting some sleep. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

George Gissing Immediately on reaching Odessa, Piers Otway had fallen ill, and for a time was in danger. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

H. Rider Haggard So they returned, reaching Madeira after an absence of close upon a month. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

No! he’s reaching for her rein. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

George Gissing Louise smiled pleasantly, and said how very kind it was of Mrs. Mumford. She had no difficulty in reaching Streatham by the time appointed. The Paying Guest by George Gissing [1895]

George Gissing On reaching the house, he saw and heard no one; the door stood open, and he went straight up to his room. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

But, on reaching America, all the expedition touched at Vera Cruz. Thither a great crowd of the military went on shore. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

Elizabeth Gaskell On reaching Mr. Smith’s, Charlotte put his own letter into his hands; the same letter which had excited so much disturbance at Haworth Parsonage only twenty-four hours before. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

Edith Wharton Her first impulse, as the mist cleared from her brain, was the habitual one of reaching out for ultimate relations. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Willa Cather All over the dusty, tan-coloured wheatfields there was a tender mist of green, — millions of little fingers reaching up and waving lightly in the sun. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

On reaching this grove, Maurice consulted his watch. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

George Gissing It was necessary for him to work at a magazine article which he had begun this morning, and on reaching home he spread out his papers in the usual businesslike fashion. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

George Gissing On reaching the ground floor he knocked at Mrs. Oaks’ parlour, and was admitted. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

On reaching home I found Maribu, a Mkungu, with a gang of men sent by Mtesa to fetch Grant from Kitangule by water. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Henry Adams Yet he found, on reaching home, that he had not done quite so badly as he feared. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Passing straight into that other room, I got through the window, and succeeded in reaching the ground without accident, though it was not easy . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Edith Wharton DEERING wrote again on reaching New York, a long, fond, dissatisfied letter, vague in its indication of his own projects, specific in the expression of his love. Tales of Men and Ghosts by Edith Wharton [1910]

God only knows what became of the rest; but the one I selected, on reaching home, I gave to Ilmas, my valet, for a wife. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

George Gissing On reaching the third floor they tapped at the back-room door, and received permission to enter, delivered in a shrill, childish voice. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

The troops released from Gallipoli wanted a lot of refitment, and would be slow in reaching the Transcaucasian frontier, where the Russians were threatening. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Henry James On reaching Havre I found that the steamer was already in; I was nearly two hours late. Four Meetings by Henry James [1877]

Sinclair Lewis The foremost of the attackers was just reaching for Elmer when the mob shouted, “Look out! The cops!” The police force of Cato, all three of them, were wedging into the crowd. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Theodore Dreiser She bandied no more words with him, but hurried away, reaching her own door quite out of breath. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

The road was rocky, and to the left rose mountains of nearly bare cliffs, up which clung straggling pines, reaching to the summits, relieving, but not concealing, their nakedness. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Sinclair Lewis And over the fish and pink cakes he was rather sniffy with them about reaching Bristol and the haunts of pirate ships. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Robert Louis Stevenson In returning from this visit to the rock every one was pretty well soused in spray before reaching the tender at two o’clock p. Records of a Family of Engineers by Robert Louis Stevenson

On reaching the foot, among the soldiers’ gardens, he fell upon an acacia which, looked at from above, had seemed to him to be four or five feet high, but was really fifteen or twenty. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Sir Richard Burton Then, reaching the cave, the captain and his troop dismounted, and going up to the door, repeated the formula, and at once it flew open. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

On reaching her door she did not open it — her room frightened her. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Florence Dixie On reaching the other side, the Frenchman uttered an exclamation of surprise, and galloped forward to meet two men whom he saw advancing. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Nathaniel Hawthorne From a search after this valuable real estate Peter returned so gaunt and threadbare that on reaching New England the scarecrows in the corn-fields beckoned to him as he passed by. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Lewis Carroll Hence 3½ hours must be within a an hour of the time taken in reaching the peak; thus, as they started at 3, they got there within 1/2 an hour of 1/2 past 6. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

Theodore Dreiser Mr. O’Brien journeyed to Chicago. On reaching the city, he called up Lester, and found out to his satisfaction that he was out of town for the day. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

That I felt one of these spells coming on — which was not true — and that by a speedy resort to darkness and quiet, I hoped to prevent the attack from reaching its usual point of distress. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

Anna Katherine Green If she paused on reaching the threshold of this long-closed room, it was but natural. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Anthony Trollope Katie, however, never guessed — how could she? — that Charley had calculated that by reaching her last he would be able to remain with her. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins On reaching the town at which the coach stopped, we found ourselves obliged to hire another chaise for a short distance, in order to get to the starting-point of a second coach. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

D. H. Lawrence She watched him putting them back, his body pressed against the hedge, his arm reaching slowly through the thorns, his hand folded carefully over the eggs. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing He accustomed himself to satisfy his hunger with a few biscuits, which he ate as he walked, and often on reaching the square he was ready to faint with exhaustion. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

It was thought on board that he had succeeded in reaching shore before the ship set sail, and the pilot was suitably surprised at learning this was not so. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

Samuel Johnson Having not any experience of a journey in Mull, we had no doubt of reaching the sea by day-light, and therefore had not left Dr. Maclean’s very early. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Their habit is almost the same as that of the Jesuits, their gowns reaching down to their ankles, sometimes lined with fur; they wear square caps. Travels in England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth by Paul Hentzner

Kenneth Grahame And so at last you come to the Palace steps — great broad marble steps, reaching right down to the water. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

E. Phillips Oppenheim He threw himself back in his chair and, abandoning any attempt at reaching his gun, poured himself out more whisky and filled the other’s glass. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Andrew Lang On reaching the tents the cavalier dismounted, and closely inspected the dead bodies that lay about them. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Virginia Woolf The snail had now considered every possible method of reaching his goal without going round the dead leaf or climbing over it. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

On reaching the store I dismounted and having unsaddled my horse turned him loose. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

Robert Louis Stevenson We put the ferry-boat alongside, and the exiles leaned over the bulwarks, weeping and reaching out their hands to my fellow-passengers, among whom they counted some near friends. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Frances Hodgson Burnett She had, as the woman had cried out, looked as if she were dead, and dead loveliness is a reaching power. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

D. H. Lawrence His hand was reaching out to the gate before them. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

And each of those scenes was concluded by a piercing shriek, reaching him far away. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Edgar Allan Poe Upon reaching the opposite shore the three passengers stepped out, and had proceeded so far as to be beyond the view of the boat, when the daughter discovered that she had left in it her parasol. The Mystery of Marie Roget by Edgar Allan Poe [1842]

Rudyard Kipling Never praise a sister to a sister, in the hope of your compliments reaching the proper ears, and so preparing the way for you later on. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Virginia Woolf And so running, panting, set upon reaching the Barn and taking up her station behind the tea urn before the company came, she reached the Barn. And the butterfly rose and the bluebottle. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Anthony Trollope Nevertheless, he also plucked up his courage and descended, reaching the drawing-room before Madame Goesler had entered it. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

M. P. Shiel Sometimes our frail bamboo-cane kayaks, lying across the sledges, would crash perilously against an ice-ridge—and they were our one hope of reaching land. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

On reaching the hall, I found that I had still twenty minutes to spare. Dr Nikola’s Experiment by Guy Boothby [1899]

Edgar Allan Poe Upon reaching the hatch he found that Tiger had followed him below, squeezing between two rows of the casks. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

On reaching his old home he was carried reverently to his own room and placed upon the bed there. The Race of Life by Guy Boothby [1906]

George Gissing Would you mind reaching me the kettle?” He poured out some brandy from a bottle which stood on the floor, and mixed it with a little hot water. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

He left on reaching the age limit. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Anthony Trollope Lady George gave the direction to the astounded coachman,—for Maida Vale was a long way off,—and succeeded in reaching her own drawing-room alone. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Once more on the way, I did not despair of reaching Gondokoro by myself. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Edith Wharton Yet, even now, if on reaching the house she should find a telegram to say that he was coming, the weight of loneliness would be lifted, and everything in life would seem different. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

She had, so he opined, neither force of conception, nor gift of constructing plots, nor faculty of reaching the true, nor the art of the pathetic. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

On reaching the triumphal arch, the whole in groups, both men and girls, danced round her. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Thomas Hardy The dissension grew bitter between them, reaching to little less than a hot quarrel, both being quick-tempered souls. A Group of Noble Dames by Thomas Hardy [1891]

Very well, one fine day he learns that my husband’s god, the Emperor, has returned to France, he starts out to join him, like a fool, but does not succeed in reaching him. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Jane Austen Emma, on reaching home, called the housekeeper directly, to an examination of her stores; and some arrowroot of very superior quality was speedily despatched to Miss Bates with a most friendly note. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Ford Madox Ford He said: No, she didn’! Her chestnut was reaching its teeth out towards the led horses. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

On reaching it he posted them along the edge of the wood, still without uttering a word, on a widely extended front, each man being at least ten paces from the next. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Bronislaw Malinowski But we can hardly conceive how in a society, where females are handed over to their husbands, often before, and at the latest at reaching puberty, there could be illegitimate children at all. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

Thomas Hardy On reaching his favourite seat he found he had left his cigar-case behind him; he immediately returned for it. Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy [1895]

And who would not have been? On reaching the last ante-room Nikola passed in ahead of me, without looking to right or left, his head bent, and his whole attitude suggestive of the deepest piety. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle I followed, however, with many other officers who were in the same situation as myself, and succeeded in reaching Candahar in safety, where I found my regiment, and at once entered upon my new duties. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

Amid these three solicitations he moved in a circle without reaching a conclusion. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Florence Dixie She made her way along the drive as rapidly as possible, and, on reaching home, slipped up to her bedroom unperceived. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Sir Richard Burton And as I went off with them and told them my whole story, how I had suffered hardships at sea and the fashion of my reaching the valley. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

Florence Dixie On reaching the spot he saw that it was still there, and at once hurried forward to examine it. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

I do not think I was exceptionally precocious in reaching these conclusions and a sort of religious finality for myself by eighteen or nineteen. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

On reaching London she found Burton “in one room in a very small hotel. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Wilkie Collins I met her on the night when she escaped from the Asylum, and I assisted her in reaching a place of safety. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

H. G. Wells It has therefore had far reaching social consequences. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

John Galsworthy On reaching the chair there was an ominous moment. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

William Hope Hodgson Some of these gentlemen must have made a haul! That was why we never loosed off the pigeons before reaching port. Captain Gault by William Hope Hodgson

Anthony Trollope He was then asked whether it might not be possible that the money should be repaid by Messrs. Griffenbottom and Underwood through his hands, reaching Glump again by means of a further middleman. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Thomas Hardy The way down was terribly long, and before reaching the heap of clothes it occurred to her that, after all, it would be best to run first for help. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I was glad enough, however, on reaching the stairs, to find them newly built, and the carpet thick. The Two Householders by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

Henry James As he passed along the glazed side of the cafe, on reaching the street, he saw the old man motioning the waiter, with a melancholy gesture, to replenish his glass. The American by Henry James [1877]

George Gissing Kate, clutching her bundle again, panted along by-ways; reaching the house-door she rang a bell twice, and Emma admitted her. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

So having fatigued himself before reaching the starting-point, Thompson Washington did not re-enter the race for manhood, but contented his simple soul with achieving a modest swinehood. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Guy de Maupassan He turned to the left on reaching the outer Boulevard, perceiving the fairylike illumination of the Parc Monceau, and entered its central avenue, curving under the electric moons. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Henry Fielding Short as its utmost limits are, it is far from being assured of reaching those limits. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Thomas Hardy He accordingly approached the door, reaching it just as the dusk of evening changed to darkness. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

Elizabeth Gaskell It is better in future to address Mr. Currer Bell, under cover to Miss Bronte, Haworth, Bradford, Yorkshire, as there is a risk of letters otherwise directed not reaching me at present. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

George Gissing On reaching home, she at once sent them an ordinary invitation, but of the briefest. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Isabella Bird On reaching the top of a very long ascent there was a unique surprise, for below, walled in by precipitous mountain sides, lies a lake of wonderful beauty, owing to its indescribable colour. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Had Bruno known what his face was like, he would have had but little chance of reaching him in the mazes of the tamarisk groves; as it was, pursuit was impossible. Signa by Ouida

Along one of the adjoining walls, too, past the boarded-up windows, was the trail made by the man himself in reaching his corner. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

Isabella Bird After reaching the summit of the pass the risk was over, but we were seriously delayed in forcing a passage through the drift, which was fully seven feet deep. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Olaf Stapledon And now great fires were jubilant parasites upon the city, reaching their bright limbs skyward, their dark plumes above the bombers. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Thomas Hardy There — that’s all you can have of me” She had turned round her chair, and, reaching over the back of it, presented her cheek to him gingerly. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

When we had bathed our own clothes were taken away from us, and we were dressed in the workhouse shirts, grey cotton things like nightshirts, reaching to the middle of the thigh. Collected Essays by George Orwell

The third, that popular government, reaching the perfection of the kind, reaches the perfection of government, and has no flaw in it. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

Edgar Allan Poe Upon reaching the wharf, I noticed a scythe and three spades, all apparently new, lying in the bottom of the boat in which we were to embark. The Gold-Bug by Edgar Allan Poe

Anthony Trollope Cicero, on reaching Rome, went at once to the Capitol, to the temple of Jupiter, and there returned thanks for the great thing that had been done for him. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

Anthony Trollope And I may say that I became at this time as anxious about Caesar, and as desirous of reaching the truth as to his character, as we have all been in regard to Bismarck in these latter days. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

George Gissing Maud Enderby, on reaching home after her meeting with Ida, entered the front parlour, and sat down in silence near the window, where faint daylight yet glimmered. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Oscar Wilde On reaching his room he entirely broke down, and became a prey to the most violent agitation. The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde [1887]

Florence Dixie On reaching the green islet of reeds he knelt down and lifted the body on to his shoulders, and in this wise staggered forward to the tent with his load. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

Immediately above the crown of the arch is a ducal coronet, and a handsome border of elaborate arabesques reaching far inwards is worked all round the edges. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

The standard must have been very low, for the children had never been taught some of the work set, and in what they had learned nervous dread had prevented them from reaching their usual poor level. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Jules Verne Barbicane, now perceiving that the projectile was steadily approaching the lunar disc, did not despair; if not of reaching her, at least of discovering the secrets of her configuration. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Anthony Trollope It was therefore a great thing for a man to begin as early as the law would permit, and to lose as few years as possible in reaching the summit. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

M. P. Shiel As this third and he dropped together, he cut the hand of this one with a lancet, and, reaching out, cut the hand of the second, too, who was still half-prostrate. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

John Lewis Burckhard We returned from the Hamme by the same road we came; on reaching the plain of El Ghor we turned to our right up the mountain. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Arthur Conan Doyle I knew that Stephan, whose station lay at the western end of the Solent, would have no difficulty in reaching it. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

H.P. Lovecraft Even getting to another roof would not solve the problem for there would then remain the task of reaching the ground and escaping from the town. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle On reaching the bridge all was quiet and still. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

George Gissing I have a faint recollection that when I was about eight years old, I pledged myself, on reaching maturity, to give my nurse the exact half of my worldly possessions. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Florence Dixie They walked back in silence up the avenue, and on reaching the fortress the young earl broke it. Redeemed in Blood by Florence Dixie [1889]

It was like reaching out a hand towards home. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Henry Adams The Camerons had what the Adamses thought the political vice of reaching their objects without much regard to their methods. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Thomas Hardy He was not long in reaching the precincts of the Manor House. He drew rein under a group of dark oaks commanding a view of the front, and reflected a while. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

Virginia Woolf On reaching the courtyard, the Janissaries struck with their fans upon the main portal, which immediately flew open revealing a large chamber, splendidly furnished. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Miles Franklin On reaching the racecourse I was surprised to see aunt Helen there. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

On reaching London they drove together to Browne’s house. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

On reaching it he rapped upon the panel of the door, and bade Katherine dress as quickly as possible, and come to him in the saloon. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Jack London As it came within reaching distance, the man lost his control. Lost Face by Jack London

George Gissing On reaching the house, he learnt that Mr. Gunnery had suffered an accident which threatened serious results. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Andrew Lang On reaching the island she found a sandy beach all along by the sea, and high cliffs above. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

A number of boats were conveyed in wagons to his fortress, furnished abundantly with expert rowers, in case the flood, reaching so high as Harrow, should force them to go farther for a resting-place. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

All men use the ‘faith-ladder’ in reaching their decision. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

George Gissing Yet it must be the most effectual way of reaching the people. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle On reaching London I drove to the Langham and was informed that Captain Morstan was staying there, but that he had gone out the night before and had not returned. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

I shall meet Mary on reaching town. The Evil Guest by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

D. H. Lawrence She must have stood on a chair, reaching for it when she fell out of the window. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Edgar Allan Poe Upon reaching the hut I rapped, as was my custom, and getting no reply, sought for the key where I knew it was secreted, unlocked the door and went in. The Gold-Bug by Edgar Allan Poe

Benjamin Disraeli Throughout the moonlit night they travelled, ascending the last and highest chain of mountains and reaching the summit by dawn. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

George Gissing The mighty brute is Toryism.” Only the fear of reaching Rivenoak at too late an hour constrained Lashmar to rise at length and take his leave. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

John Galsworthy Soames sneezed; and, reaching for his hat, got up. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

H. Rider Haggard On reaching the spot we disturbed thousands upon thousands of vultures and a sort of brown bush eagle, which had been flocking to the feast from miles and miles away. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Anthony Trollope No rest was allowed to the Vendean chiefs after reaching Chatillon from Durbellière. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

I—” “Wait,” suddenly exclaimed she, reaching out her hand for her fan with a gesture lofty as it was resolute. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Conan Doyle On discussing the situation, we determined that our best course was to continue to coast round the plateau in the hope of finding some other means of reaching the top. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Edith Wharton She found, however, on reaching home, that the hour was still early enough for her to sit down and rest a few minutes before putting her plan into execution. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Henry James Ransom passed in with the others; he knew just where his seat was; he had chosen it, on reaching Boston, from the few that were left, with what he believed to be care. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Andrew Lang On reaching a town, the first thing she did was to order three pairs of iron sandals and a steel staff, and having made these preparations for her journey, she set out in search of her husband. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

On reaching the Pont Neuf the coadjutor found it strictly guarded and a man approached him. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Jacques Futrelle I can readily understand your indignation and humiliation at my failure to appear, and I had no way of reaching you that evening or since. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

George Gissing Choice there was none; reaching London with a few shillings in his pocket, of necessity he repaired forthwith to Mr Vawdrey’s office in the City, and made known the straits into which he had fallen. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

D. H. Lawrence He, with his strange equine head lowered, its exquisite fine lines reaching a little snake-like forward, and his ears a little back, was watching her sideways from the corner of his eye. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

As for the ladies, it is never without a certain dread, which costs me infinite trouble to allay, that they succeed in reaching my quarters. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Arthur Conan Doyle As to the destroyers, the flotillas on either side charged headlong at the capital ships of the enemy, and then, meeting halfway, each strove desperately to prevent the other from reaching its mark. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Richard Burton Presently, reaching the rock, he wondered to see stains of blood freshly shed, and not finding his brother or the ten mules, he forefelt a calamity from so evil a sign. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

I am almost sure that I had begun reaching my hand to take all, or most of those bills back. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Lewis Carroll Find the distance walked: also (within half an hour) time of reaching top of hill. A Tangled Tale by Lewis Carroll

The changes in the nervous matter which bring about the effects which we call its functions, follow upon some kind of stimulus, and rapidly reaching their maximum, as rapidly die away. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

George Gissing Now, you be orff!” The woman stepped forward, reaching out with one long, bare arm, and saying something which the fierce blasts of wind and the riot within the house rendered inaudible. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Anthony Trollope Thither he always walked, starting punctually from the bank at four o’clock, and from thence he always walked in the morning, reaching the bank punctually at nine. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

T. E. Lawrence After dark we crawled for three hours, reaching the top of a sand-ridge. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anna Katherine Green If he were as thin-skinned as this betokened, one should experience but little difficulty in reaching the heart of his trouble. The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow by Anna Katherine Green

George Gissing They alighted before reaching Seascale. Barfoot discharged his debt to the driver — who went on to bait at the hotel — and walked with Rhoda for the last quarter of a mile. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

George Gissing He had to decide what his course would be on reaching Dunfield, and decision was not easy. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

H. Rider Haggard Umslopogaas ran to the wall, and, reaching with his long arms to the coping, lifted his head above it and gazed over. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Jules Verne He remembered that it was the detective who procured the sledge, the only means of reaching Omaha in time; but, checked by some presentiment, he kept his usual reserve. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

It was proposed, therefore, to dig a canal, reaching from the gardens of Nezahualcoyotl, as they were called from the old monarch who planned them, to the edge of the basin. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

T. H. Huxley The individuals of a species are like the crew of a foundered ship, and none but good swimmers have a chance of reaching the land. Essays by T. H. Huxley

H. Rider Haggard Instantly the human snake who was stalking him glided on ten yards and got behind one of the tussocks of the thistle-like plant, reaching it as the Elmoran turned again. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

H.P. Lovecraft The thing was reaching out so. The Whisperer in Darkness by H.P. Lovecraft [1930]

Arthur Conan Doyle After dark we’ll get them aboard the yawl, and take our chance of reaching California. There’s no use hesitating, my son, for we have no ghost of a look-in in any other direction. Jelland’s Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

On reaching the little cob we found him stark and stiff, his hide all shrivelled and wrinkled, mouth wide open, and lips drawn back to an extraordinary extent. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Henry Handel Richardson Then, on reaching home, Elsa would fling her arms round her father’s neck and hug and kiss him. Two Tales of Old Strasbourg by Henry Handel Richardson

Edgar Allan Poe We were nearly three hours in reaching the village, it being more than nine miles in the interior, and the path lying through a rugged country. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

On reaching the street, Helene hastened her steps. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

M. P. Shiel I felt that I had her safe now: we were in the same train — a through train to St. Lo. Imagine my disgust on reaching St. Lo. to find that she wasn’t in the train. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

D. H. Lawrence Richard felt himself reaching the volcanic pitch. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Obviously a foreigner, he was dark and swarthy with a ragged unkempt beard and long hair reaching down to his shoulders. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

D. H. Lawrence They pressed near to receive her, looking with zest at the stooping blond head with its flower buds, and at the delicate, white, tentative foot that was reaching down to the step of the carriage. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf Death was an attempt to communicate; people feeling the impossibility of reaching the centre which, mystically, evaded them; closeness drew apart; rapture faded, one was alone. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Edgar Rice Burroughs His own personal energies he bent to reaching Dian and me first, leaving the rest of the work to his other boats. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

Edgar Allan Poe Upon reaching out my hand toward him, I then invariably found him lying on his back, with his paws uplifted. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

On reaching his own room he opened the window, leant out, and looked upon Paris by night. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle On reaching our destination a short drive took us to an old-fashioned tavern, where a sporting host, Josiah Barnes, entered eagerly into our plans for the extirpation of the fish of the neighbourhood. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Upon reaching the corner of the second square from the mansion, the Governor would pause. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]