Phrases with "sank"

Edgar Allan Poe She had now partially recovered, however, and took the vessel herself, while I sank upon an ottoman near me, with my eyes fastened upon her person. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Elizabeth Gaskell The Squire had hit his head with much violence against the side of the boat, in his fall; it is, indeed, doubtful whether he was not killed before ever he sank into the sea. The Doom of the Griffiths by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

Anthony Trollope For a moment he thought that the man might be Bertie Stanhope, and his very soul sank within him. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf Words of one syllable sank down into the mud. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

But its seed sank deep into our two hearts for all that. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

D.H. Lawrence She sank away from his caresses, passively, subtly drew back from him. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Anthony Hope Suddenly understanding from a glance at my companion’s face that we must not meet her, I sank on my knees behind a clump of bushes. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Charles Dickens Dolly retreated till she could go no farther, and then sank down upon the floor. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

They sank into a couple of deck-chairs which happened to be vacant. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Guy de Maupassan Annette, with closed eyes, having also murmured the formulas, sank into a reverie, for she did not wish to rise before her mother. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

E. Phillips Oppenheim She sank back amongst the cushions and gave a little exclamation of relief. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

The relief was almost overwhelming when light began to appear in the room, and at last he sank into a heavy slumber which lasted for many hours. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His late host, with a yawn, sank into an easy-chair. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Edgar Rice Burroughs As the knife sank deep into its body the gorilla shrieked in pain and rage. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Wilkie Collins Stella’s noble head drooped; her eyes sank slowly, until they rested on her long white hands crossed upon her lap. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

D. H. Lawrence Thomas —’ ‘No thank you,’ said Gudrun. And as soon as she had said it, her heart sank horribly. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassant Then, he sank down on a chair, greatly moved, and waited. A Passion (Une Passion) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Henry Adams He loved solitude as little as others did; but he was unfit for social work, and he sank under the surface. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

Wilkie Collins The Marquis sank on his face; then raised himself a little, and signed to the men to kill him outright, by striking him on the neck. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Wilkie Collins It fell directly, however, to ‘temperate’ again, when he found nobody there; and it sank twenty degrees lower still, at the sight of little Annie’s face, when she came down to see him. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Andrew Lang He wandered to and fro in the wood, not knowing where he was going, and at last, worn out by fatigue and misery, he sank on the ground and fell fast asleep. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Then as I looked, slowly, and to the accompaniment of Nikola’s monotonous counting, the water sank lower and lower, until the tumbler was completely empty. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Arthur Conan Doyle I know all about McCarthy.” The old man sank his face in his hands. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He sank into a chair by her side. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Jack London Twice Old Tarwater essayed to rise and go on, and each time, warned by his shakiness, sank back to recover more strength. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Bowmore, wisely overlooked by a new Government, sank back again into the obscurity from which shrewd Ministers would never have assisted him to emerge. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Wilkie Collins He sank under his sixteenth exile. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

George Meredith She sank back in the carriage and closed her eyes. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

How should he?” Raymond sank back speechless and panting. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Henry James The effect of this agitation was a sudden sense of being very tired, under the influence of which she overcame her scruples and sank into the rustic seat. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Wilkie Collins I sank into a chair, and clasped my hands in despair. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle Down, down they sank from one generation to another. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

George Meredith The wave of wide extension rolled and sank and rose, heaving lifeless variations of the sickly streaks on its dull green back. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Tobias Smolle Penetrated with remorse on this occasion, I sank into the most profound melancholy, and considered myself as the immediate cause of his death. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

Wilkie Collins Her eyes closed — her feet failed her — and she sank insensible into our arms. The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins [1874]

She retreated to the kitchen, sank into a chair, wrapped her face in her apron and rocked. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

The lonely boatman of the Lagoon of Pesquiers pointed in the direction of a branching path where the rises terminating the peninsula sank into a shallow pass. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

George Meredith She sank as if she had taken some internal injury. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Bah!” The roar of the voices sank somewhat; Cigarette had sprung aloft on a gun-carriage, and as the sun shone on her face it was brilliant with the scorn that lashed them like whips. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Gradually her head sank on the pillow where his head had lain, and she fell asleep. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Renzo shouted after him when he had even reached the street, and then sank back upon his seat. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Charles Kingsley Her eye caught his movement, and she half sprang up; but at a gesture from him she sank quietly on her knees, holding her husband’s hand in her own. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

T. E. Lawrence The Beni Sakhr under Adhub sank into the dark slopes before us to scout the way. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Edith Wharton Wakeful as she felt, she must be half asleep to have muddled up her engagements like that! She extinguished the lamp and sank hopefully to her pillow — perhaps now sleep would really come. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Thomas Hardy Taunt away!” He then began coughing very much, and she estimated his life with an appraiser’s eye as he sank back ghastly pale. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Conan Doyle Ow!” He gave a comical cry of disapprobation and sank back. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

He sank down on to the floor of the loft, almost fainting in his emotion. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Charles Kingsley And the arch sank lower; and the rafters grew more horizontal; and the likeness to the old tree, content to grow no more, took the place of the likeness to the young tree struggling toward the sky. Grots and Groves by Charles Kingsley

The rough iron and rusty chain cast curious crinkled shadows, and presently, as the iron sank into the slate-coloured mud and the chain tightened, the shadow was single but infirm. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

D. H. Lawrence Its still brackish waters just sank into the sands, without ever running to meet the waves. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London Then my knees gave from under me and I sank down, myself again, but overcome by shock at knowledge of what I had so nearly done. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Richard Burton Our donkeys presently sank fetlock-deep in the loose sand of the torrent-bed. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

D. H. Lawrence Cruel! She sank lower on the flowers, and her head dropped. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

It sank through; she began to pull it back and found it caught as if in a tangle of thorn. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Horace Walpole Manfred turned pale, and the Princess sank on her knees. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

Wilkie Collins She sank into the chair from which she had risen; her hands fell in hopeless despair on her lap. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

H. Rider Haggard Stay a while, Leonard!” He sank back exhausted, and at that moment a gust of wind, fiercer than any which had gone before, leapt down the mountain gorges, howling with all the voices of the storm. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing Arrived in his sitting-room he sank exhausted on to the nearest chair. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

George Meredith She sank on her nature’s desire to join or witness agonistic incidents, shocks, wrestlings, the adventures which are brilliant air to sanguine energies. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

George Meredith The soft dull smile in them died out as it were with a throb, and then her head drooped on one shoulder, and she sank to the floor. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Wilkie Collins How would you end it, love?” As she ceased, her voice sank sadly to its gentlest pleading tones. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

During the perusal her bosom rose and sank the blood mounting to her face, and once or twice she laughed . The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Henry James He sank again upon his bench and, while his eyes followed the party, reflected, as he had done before, on Chad’s strange communities. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Taken aback, for I had not expected this, I sank out of sight, cloak and all, asking myself what I should do. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing The same evening Arthur sank into a terrible despondency, a sickness of the heart, exceeding in misery even that bodily suffering to which he was now becoming almost reconciled. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Thomas Hardy Having seen that it was really her lover who had advanced, and no one else, her lips parted, and she sank upon him in her momentary joy, with something very like an ecstatic cry. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

The treasure again sank out of sight. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Arthur Machen The voices of the passengers sank away, the street was endued with a grave and reverent expectation. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

He sank down into a big chair and for a few moments could hardly get his breath. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

M. P. Shiel I sank doddering to a seat, and covered my face. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

She sank down upon a sofa near the window, more thoroughly tired than she had confessed. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

He sank down upon it, blue to the lips. The Dark Cottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

He sank into oblivion; he died to things other than himself; he woke to himself. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Andrew Lang As the sun was setting, the prince beheld the towers of the Iron Castle, and before it sank beneath the horizon he was crossing the iron bridge which led to the gates. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He sank deep down, and the horrible river ooze received him, sucking him knee-deep so that it was several seconds before he could free himself. Burmese Days by George Orwell

H. Rider Haggard The priest had seen also, and consciousness was deserting him; even as Leonard turned his knees gave way, and he sank forward and downward. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

George Gissing Whilst he laughed, Alma sank into a chair, powerless, tearful. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

She sank back in her seat and a blush of manifest confusion suffused her cheeks. A Difficult Problem by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton He sank into gulfs of weakness and oblivion, and when the rise of the tide floated him back to life, it was to a life as faint and colourless as infancy. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Rudyard Kipling One night they sank through the shiny water — sank like stones — and for the first time since he had known them began to swim quickly. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

Washington Irving He saw her, and hastened towards her, but his steps were faint and faltering; he sank on his knees before her, and sobbed like a child. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

George Gissing For a wonder, it was found—the place at the Emigration Agency; and so, for a good many years, the notable Mr. Harvey Rolfe sank into a life of obscure routine. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Bram Stoker Then came the final and complete collapse of Lilla, who, without a sound, sank down on the floor. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Charles Kingsley They gave way again to the primeval fear of Nature. They sank into planet-worship. Science by Charles Kingsley

Bram Stoker When Lilla received a note from Edgar Caswall asking if he might come to tea on the following afternoon, her heart sank within her. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

The young stranger had hardly lain down in her bed when she sank into a deep sleep; and those ladies had left her in the care of a servant. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Thomas Hardy She too had sprung up, but she sank down again. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing Mrs. Baxendale sank her eyes, and hesitated. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Even the cat suddenly leapt off a roof onto a cowman’s shoulders and sank her claws in his neck, at which he yelled horribly. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

At length she sank into a kind of stupor. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Wilkie Collins He sank back in the chair, stunned for the moment, under the shock that had fallen on him. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

He was first visited by spectral illusions; then he sank into a state in which the external world seemed quite blotted out. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Gustave Flauber Then he sank down beside the balustrade, and, with his elbows on his knees, pressed his forehead into his shut fists. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

He sank into a veiled attitude of waiting. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

Bram Stoker It was strange to see the snow falling in such heavy flakes close to us, and beyond, the sun shining more and more brightly as it sank down towards the far mountain tops. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

He sank into a kind of stupor betwixt sleeping and waking, and in this he died. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

As the sun declined, Gerard’s heart too sank and sank; with the waning light even the embers of hope went out. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

D. H. Lawrence Ay, but James sank it all in Throttle-Ha’penny and Klondyke and the Endeavour. Well, he was his own worst enemy. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

And my heart sank — sank till I almost envied that unconscious form before which we sat, and from which alone now came the one sound which disturbed the ghostly silence of that dread chamber. The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

D. H. Lawrence While he was at this butcher’s work, the sun sank and cold night came on again. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

Andrew Lang The hunter’s wife, who had stood on the bank full of joy and hope, sank into despair when she saw her husband snatched away again before her eyes. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Hope Sapt sank against the opposite wall. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle But this writing opens up —” He sank his head into his hands again and remained for some minutes in the deepest thought. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

M. R. James Gradually he sank down from sitting to lying in his bed – but he did not close an eye: and early next morning he sent for the doctor. A Warning to the Curious and other ghost stories by M. R. James

George Meredith Her intense ideal conception of her duty sank and danced within her brain as the pilot-star dances on the bows of a tossing vessel. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

George Borrow The voices, however, gradually died away, the fire sank low and could no longer be distinguished. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

F. Scott Fitzgerald He sank back with a gasp against the wall of hay. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Elizabeth Gaskell From that moment of prayer (as she afterwards superstitiously thought) Willie calmed — and then he drooped — and then he sank — and, last of all, he died in reality from physical exhaustion. Half a Life-time Ago by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

Andrew Lang She sank right through the earth and found herself in a desert place with nothing but rocks and trees and no sign of any human being. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Eliot Hetty sank down on the straw with a sense of escape. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Guy de Maupassan A limitless calm seemed to settle down on space and make a silence amid this conjunction of elements; and by degrees the sun slowly sank into the ocean. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

They were so far off as to be of a deep blue color, and in a few hours we sank them in the northeast. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Willa Cather Mrs. Alexander sat down in a high-backed chair and began to pour it, while Wilson sank into a low seat opposite her and took his cup with a great sense of ease and harmony and comfort. Alexander’s Bridge by Willa Cather [1912]

He would — but mercifully at last sleep took me, and I sank to rest. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Andrew Lang Maie sank to the bottom like a stone, but, stretching out her arms and legs, she rose to the surface, where she found the fiddler’s fiddle, and used it as a float. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Jules Verne The Coppermine valley widened sensibly as they neared the Arctic Ocean. The hills on either side sank lower and lower, and only scattered clumps of resinous trees broke the monotony of the landscape. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Virginia Woolf It would make a flower shape as I sank down, in the middle of the room, on a gilt chair. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Bram Stoker When he sank into the hole, I was rushing to the iron door, which I pulled behind me. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

Arthur Conan Doyle Thrice it swelled forth and thrice it sank away, echoing and reverberating amidst the crags. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

D. H. Lawrence Madame sank back in her chair. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Olaf Stapledon His mind reeled, sickened, sank into unconsciousness. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Rudyard Kipling The pool bubbled seriously, and at five-minute intervals, sank a foot or two, then rose, washed over the rim, and huge steam bubbles broke on the top. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

In so doing, he lost his caution — he advanced too near to the giant — raised his arm to strike, and received the three points of the fatal spear full in his breast! He sank on his knee. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

Virginia Woolf His speed slackened, his head sank a little towards his breast, and the lamplight shone now and again upon a face grown strangely tranquil. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

H. Rider Haggard Presently he sank again as noiselessly as before, and I saw no more of him. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle There had been some backward movement towards the cabinet, but it seemed to the observers that she sank into the ground before she reached it. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Anthony Hope I thought all was over, and in deep vexation sank on the ground. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

In some places, although it was only the commencement of the wet season, the mules sank above their knees. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Olaf Stapledon Undermined by this terrible surmise, they themselves sank far toward madness. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Olaf Stapledon In the deepest and darkest regions hosts of sea-monsters, eyeless or luminous, browsed on the ceaseless rain of corpses which sank from the upper levels. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Radclyffe Hall He sank into his arm-chair with a sigh; he was fifty-five and somewhat stout. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

Arthur Conan Doyle Then I sank and we saw each other no more. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

She sank lower and lower; she missed going to her work oftener, spent whole days in gossiping, and became as soft as a rag whenever she had a task to perform. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

As the dinner came to an end, her poor wearied frame sank down on the chair, and she sat there like some bent, aged woman, with the dim eyes of one of those old maids for whom love is past and gone. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Ivan Turgenev Avdotya sank on the bench, then bent over the table, wringing her hands, then suddenly leapt up and ran after her husband. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

Wilkie Collins Her hands dropped on her lap; her head sank back wearily on the cushions at the head of the sofa. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Algernon Blackwood And, almost at once, the world about me faded out once more, the larches dipped away, the field sank out of sight. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle They sank together, holding on to each other in their terror, and gazing wide--eyed at the mighty figure which towered above them and the ruthless granite-hewed face which looked down upon them. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

D. H. Lawrence The other, having delivered, sank out of sight. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Every man sent his spear, assage, or arrow, into his sides, until, completely exhausted, he sank like a porcupine covered with quills. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Henry James Dennis sank into a chair with his vain hands upon his knees. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

Henry James He stayed till death knocked at the gate, for the pen dropped from his hand only at the moment when from sudden failure of the heart his eyes, as he sank back in his chair, closed for ever. The Next Time by Henry James [1895]

Ivan Turgenev Towards evening he sank into a complete coma, and the following day he died. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Anthony Trollope Do you remember, my Lord,’— and now the Major sank his voice to a whisper — ‘when I come up to your bedroom that morning?’ ‘I remember it. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

H. Rider Haggard For a while the three stood aghast and stared at each other and the point of rock which had been occupied by the venerable form of the late high priest; then Juanna sank upon the snow sobbing. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

He smiled stupidly as he sank back into a big chair. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

H. G. Wells I heard some one cry, “The Master!” The knotted black struggle broke into scattering units, the fire leapt and sank down. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

George Meredith By way of chastizing it, she reviewed her life, her behaviour to her husband, until she sank backward to a depth deprived of air and light. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Walter Scott He sank the blade of his battle-axe in imitation of his antagonist, and seemed to wait in suspense what was to be the next process of the combat. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

Caitilin sprang from her seat Frighted, and Pan also made a half movement towards rising, but instantly sank back again to his negligent, easy posture. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

James Joyce His midriff yearned then upward, sank within him, yearned more longly, longingly. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Robert Green Ingersoll In the presence of the volcano he sank upon his knees. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Then he heard a confused humming, and the leaden weight of his head held him backward as he sank in his chair, and consciousness quite forsook him. The Vision of Tom Chuff by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Edith Wharton She sank back with a moan of discouragement, turning her face away as he began to move toward his room. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Rudyard Kipling The “Shikarris” made him President of the Regimental Dramatic Club; and, when the Senior Subaltern paid up his debt, which he did at once, The Worm sank the money in scenery and dresses. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

What if he should, indeed, leave it to him, John Treverton? For some few minutes his heart beat high with a new hope, and then sank again suddenly. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Sinclair Lewis As he sank into sleep, just at the first exquisite relaxation, the Doppelbrau car came home. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Abraham Merri Then from the base of one arose a tangle of shimmering strands, long, slender whiplashes that played about and sank slowly again beneath the crimson surface. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Winston sank his arms to his sides and slowly refilled his lungs with air. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Louisa May Alcott But soon even these intervals of consciousness ended, and she lay hour after hour, tossing to and fro, with incoherent words on her lips, or sank into a heavy sleep which brought her no refreshment. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Then her strength gave way, and she sank down upon something soft, and shuddered. Moth and Rust by Mary Cholmondeley [1912]

I was like a man who had come out of hell and, as I sank gently and thankfully into slumber, through the dim mists of my consciousness shone a bright and radiant star of hope. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

D. H. Lawrence She sank her beautiful arms, laying them on the table. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

D. H. Lawrence Afraid, his fingers touched her hand, and she sank swiftly between his knees, and put her face on his breast. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Arthur Conan Doyle It was not until Alleyne and the landlord had mounted on the table that they were able to lift him down, when he sank gasping with rage into a seat, and rolled his eyes round in every direction. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Abraham Merri Down we sank and down — a hundred feet, two hundred; now we were two score yards above the tree tops. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Sir Richard Burton However, on sighting him enter the house she joyed with exceeding joy, but soon was overwhelmed with woe when he sank upon the ground swooning before her eyes. The Arabian Nights' Entertainments by Sir Richard Burton

He has not told you that when the vessel sank he gave his own life-belt up to me, nor has he given you any idea of his constant kindness and self-sacrifice all through that dreadful time. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle Copley Banks said little when he heard the news, but he sank into a morose and enduring melancholy. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

D. H. Lawrence But he leaned forward, his face shining with fixed amusement, and at last he brought her down, sank her down, and was bearing her back to the mark. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

T. E. Lawrence The going became flat; but it was land half-ploughed, and very soft with a labyrinth of cony-burrows, so that our plunging camels sank fetlock-in and laboured. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

It was something of horror in her countenance as she did so, that, no doubt, terrified Lady Mardykes, who with a loud and long scream sank in a swoon upon the floor. The Haunted Baronet by J. Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Arthur Machen The great flame sank down to a red glint of fire, and it led him on down the ragged slope, his feet striking against ridges of ground, and falling from beneath him at a sudden dip. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

As for her interest in Mrs. Webb’s death”— how low his voice sank and how he trembled!” she may have been better friends with her than we had any reason to suppose. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

George Gissing Coldness ran along his veins; his tongue refused its office; his eyes sank before her gaze. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Jules Verne He sank at first several fathoms. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Andrew Lang Always listen to what it says, and take heed to the words of your mother and brothers, as well as you are able!’ So saying the old man sank back on his pillows and died. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Thomas Hardy Stockdale, not wishing on any account to alarm her at this moment, yet desirous of being near her, sank upon his hands and knees, crept a little higher up, and there stayed still. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

As he stood glowering from the door Mrs. Gourlay rose, with an appealing cry of “John!” But Gourlay put his eye on her, and she sank into her chair, staring up at him in terror. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Even as it left his lips, his grip relaxed, his face changed, he sank heavily on to the cushions behind him. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Arthur Machen He came again on the Sunday morning and found his patient perceptibly worse, and soon afterwards she sank into a heavy sleep, and her mother thought that she would never wake from it. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Anthony Trollope She looked up at him, struggling to be bold, and then her glance sank before his gaze and fell upon the floor. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

It seemed as if the whole heart of the Island were poured for many days and nights into the sultry sky, and then sank into the sea and was seen no more. The Island of Anarchy by E.W [1887]

E. Phillips Oppenheim By God, it’s close!” He sank back into his chair, white to the lips. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

After the death of St. Paul,” continues Burton, “Christianity sank into a species of idolatry. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

D. H. Lawrence At the side, his heels sank into soft clay. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Said, Dear, I love thee; and I sank and quailed As if God’s future thundered on my past. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1850]

At Castle Knox we sank into an almost forgotten environment of draught-proof windows and doors, of deep carpets, of silent servants instead of clattering belligerents. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

Charles Dickens He broke the oar he had plied so long, and he scuttled and sank the galley. Mugby Junction by Charles Dickens [1866]

Mrs. Desberger came in and put out the light, but before the room sank into darkness I caught one glimpse of Miss Oliver’s face. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope Another, however, soon assured them that it was at the very least a long five leagues to Chaudron, and again their spirits sank in despair. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson His heart, which had been palpitating wildly, sank to normal; and simultaneously an immense lassitude overcame him. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins The eyes which had looked lovingly at Eunice began to look languidly now: his head sank on the pillow with a sigh of weak content. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Nor indeed could I have done so without ropes, as from the spot I had reached to the bottom of the chasm the sides of the rock sank down abrupt, smooth, and sheer. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She sank into a chair by his side. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Her old friends! What a glimpse of hell she had had! She sank into a chair. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Where was he? Exhausted and breathless, he sank down into the rough scrub and listened. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Jacques Futrelle For a moment she sat thus, staring at the young man, then she sank back into her chair with a little gasp. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

Anthony Trollope When, therefore, she found that she had been dismissed, and that a stranger was to be sent for in his place, her heart sank below within her. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins He made no effort to pick it up: he looked down at it vacantly, and, as he looked, his head sank on his breast. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]