Phrases with "sank"

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 Eliot She set down her basket, and then sank down herself on the grass, trembling. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

And he sank high and he sank low Until he came to the side. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Arthur Conan Doyle There we rose about midday, but, observing a hydroplane at no great distance, we sank again for half an hour. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

T. E. Lawrence He sank out of view in its yellowness, and afterwards rose quietly to the surface under the rock-edge where he could not be seen in the dusk. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

George Gissing The fragment fell at length from his hands; his head drooped; he sank into a troubled sleep. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Grandmother went heavily; her feet sank in the warm sand. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Rudyard Kipling I hold no brief for the Hun, but honestly I think he has not lied as much about the Jutland fight as people believe, and that when he protests he sank a ship, he did very completely sink a ship. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

D. H. Lawrence The party threw off their wraps and sank deep into this expensive comfort of modern bohemia. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

E. Phillips Oppenheim He sank into the chair which Alexis had placed at the end of the table. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

D. H. Lawrence Mr. Cleveland sank with relief into his chair. The Witch a la Mode by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Abraham Merri To this the handmaiden beckoned us; sank upon it, drew Larry down beside her and motioned me to sit close to him. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Elizabeth Gaskell He was trying to rise up with his poor precious burden, but the momentary terror had robbed the strong man of his strength, and he sank back in his chair with sobbing breath. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

The heat melted the bullet and it sank to the earth beneath. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

Bram Stoker In about five minutes, however, he began to get more quiet, and finally sank into a sort of melancholy, in which state he has remained up to now. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

He put his arm round her in the coach presently, and she sank weeping upon his breast. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Virginia Woolf Then, after an instant, the symbolical outline which transcended the real figures sank down again, and they became, as they met them, Mr. and Mrs. Ramsay watching the children throwing catches. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Edgar Allan Poe Meantime I sank aghast into the chair which she had vacated. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

Brat sank into a daze of pleasure and ceased altogether from conscious thought. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Olaf Stapledon Once more he sank into deep meditation. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

As the weeks passed in angry bickering Essex sank slowly downwards from elation to gloom. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

But very soon the noise all died down, the voices sank to ordinary tones and at length she heard the men returning down the stairs. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Wilkie Collins As the night advanced, he sank into sleep, still holding her hand. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

He sank into his armchair with the air of a man who had come to the end of a journey that was to be final. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Edith Wharton Fulvia sank down on the wooden settle near the chimney, where a fire had been hastily kindled. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

She moved a little further off the creek and sank in the grass again, lying down on her face, shivering in dry-eyed misery. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Thomas Hardy She sank down in a chair, covered her face, and then my father came in. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

And drooping nature languished still, And sank into decay. Selections from Poems by Acton Bell by Anne Brontë [1846]

But the effort of his enthusiasm was too much for him, and he sank back exhausted upon the couch. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Willa Cather Once up the steps and into the parlour, he sank into his big chair and panted heavily. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

In half an hour more he was sure that he was quite out of his reckoning, and as his spirits sank he began to feel the cold wind and drenching rain more and more. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

John Galsworthy After lunch she sat some time in the Gardens, and then walked to Mount Street. No one was in, and she sank down on the sofa in the drawing-room. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

He must drink that, or another potion — a sleeping-draught, which is commonly called Death. He must die! But how? His coward heart sank as the awful alternative pressed closer upon him. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Guy de Maupassan He sank and did not rise again . The Mountain Pool by Guy de Maupassan

Joseph Furphy A few yards forward still, while both off wheels rose to the surface, and both near wheels sank till the naves burrowed in the ground; then the wagon swung heavily over on its near side. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Arthur Conan Doyle What was it you wanted to know?” The German came back to the stove, and, laying down his basket, he sank into his chair once more. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

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

D. H. Lawrence His sudden, flaring hope sank again. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Willa Cather Paul had just come in to dress for dinner; he sank into a chair, weak to the knees, and clasped his head in his hands. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Jules Verne When the last heights of the Falklands had disappeared from the horizon, the Nautilus sank to between twenty and twenty-five yards, and followed the American coast. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

The Dervish eluded me still; he had left the floor, on which I sank exhausted, but a few minutes before my horse stopped at the door. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Their voices14 sank as though they had suddenly fallen asleep. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by translated by Kenneth G. T. Webster and W. A. Neilson

Virginia Woolf She sank down on the edge of the bed. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Wilkie Collins After this he sank gradually and gently day by day, and so departed from us on the last dread journey. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Anthony Trollope He sank into a chair, and his brother clerks stood in a circle around him. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing But Sisinnius—so is the holy man named—strove in prayer and in conjuration, yea, strove hours until the crowing of the cock, and thus sank into slumber. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Mrs. Gresley, in an alarming new hat, sank back exhausted in her garden-chair. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Nathaniel Hawthorne He sank down on the ground, and buried his face in his hands. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Jack London He fired rapidly, six times, and six of the pack lay dead or dying — another manifestation of power that sank deep into White Fang’s consciousness. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Wilkie Collins The paper dropped from his hand, and he sank back in his chair. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Edith Wharton Their timidity appeared to infect Odo’s mother, who, from her habitual volubility of temper, sank to a mood of like submissiveness. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Henry Lawson And the sun sank again on the grand Australian bush — the nurse and tutor of eccentric minds, the home of the weird. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

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

F. Scott Fitzgerald The murmur trembled on the verge of coherence, sank down, mounted excitedly, and then ceased altogether. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Theodore Dreiser Isn’t that something?” “Oh yes,” sighed Aileen, heavily; but she sank back again. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Andrew Lang When they arrived in the middle of the wood the sun sank altogether. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Then together we hove it overboard; it sank with a dull plunge, and so we lost the first of our mess. The Treasure of Sacramento Nick by Guy Boothby

His voice had a note of disdain, and then took one of deeper earnestness; it sank into his chest. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Mrs. Gourlay sank into her old nursing chair and wailed, “Oh, my wean, my wean; my dear, my poor dear!” She drew the letter from the ashes, but could not read it for her tears. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Gradually succumbing to the remorse or terror of his own crime, he sank lower and lower, until, though with that one arm still stretched out, he lay in an inert heap on the floor. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

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

Frightened and desperate She sank upon her knees before him. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Elizabeth Gaskell He sank again into listlessness. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Ford Madox Ford She raised him; he sank back inertly. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

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

Jules Verne The Nautilus sank slowly, and rested on the ice at a depth of 350 yards, the depth at which the lower bank was immersed. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

I sank into bed as into a cloud and Therese reappeared very misty and offering me something in a cup. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Jules Verne Whether it was this prolonged fatigue, or from some other cause altogether, was not known, but one of the horses sank suddenly, without the slightest symptom of illness. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

We were powerless to help them, for we could not get near owing to the bog, and we sank up over our knees, where the crust was broken, in hot salt mud. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

His head struck with a dull thud against the rugged trunk of an ash which hung over the water, and he sank below the brown, turbid stream. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Virginia Woolf As far as they could gaze, this lawn rose and sank with the undulating motion of an old English park. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Henry James She sank to her seat again, hanging her head. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

I sank back on my pillow with a groan. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She was entirely composed, glanced round the room, selected a comfortable easy chair not too far from his desk and sank into it pensively. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Thomas Hardy It was strange how soon he sank in esteem. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Maria Edgeworth Leonora — would you believe it? — sank upon a bench behind us, and fainted. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

Virginia Woolf Peggy sank back against the wall. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

D. H. Lawrence He never grew in the least stout, so that, as he sank from his erect, assertive bearing, his physique seemed to contract along with his pride and moral strength. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

As suicide it was comprehensible, as murder, not, unless — And it had been murder! I sank to the floor as I fully realised this. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Bram Stoker He tried to rush away from the horrible place; even the baleful green light, thrown up through the gloomy well-shaft, was dying away as its source sank deeper into the primeval ooze. The Lair of the White Worm by Bram Stoker [1911]

The dwarf let go his hold and Earle sank to the floor. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Charles Dickens Now it was only half over the wheels, now it hid the axletree, and now the coach sank down in it almost to the windows. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

The sweet warm water of the sea closed over him, but instantly as he sank his brain was cleared of its oppression, and the magic love of life came back. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

D. H. Lawrence She sank and slid back, unquestioning. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Ask me to which I lean? You, Caelius: yours a devotion Single, a faith of tried quality, steady to me; Into my inmost veins when love sank fiercely to burn them. Poems and Fragments by Catullus

D. H. Lawrence They need an overseeing eye: especially Ciccio; especially Ciccio!” She sank down by the fire and began to undo her dress. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

H. Rider Haggard As for that painful little incident of the hippopotami it sank into oblivion, where we were quite content to leave it. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Algernon Blackwood All signs of agitation were gone; the wind sank down; the trees stood by in solemn rows; the very clouds moved more slowly down the calm blue sky. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Between them, as into that vast, received and to be strengthened, he sank to sleep. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

The boats came and went; the sun sank and the moon rose. Signa by Ouida

Thomas Hardy Their black figures sank and disappeared from against the sky. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Anthony Trollope His prime ministership was gone from him, and he sank down into the comparatively humble position of Minister for Foreign Affairs. His lettres de cachet no longer ran. North America by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser He sank down in his chair, resting his chin in his hand — mere sensation, without thought, holding him. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

I sank to depths of great despondency that morning before the reaction at last set in, and I became my old confident self again. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

George Gissing Two hours after completing its dictation, Mr. Norman sank into unconsciousness, from which he never revived, save very partially for a few moments at a time. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Arthur Machen And his body was still languid, and though he made a half motion to rise he could not find enough energy for the effort, and he sank again into the chair. The Hill of Dreams by Arthur Machen [1907]

Edith Wharton She sank back into her chair, overcome by a strange weakness. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

He sank to the ground, near the edge of the island raft. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

The Australian came up at a quick run, looking very red in the face, but arriving where Vallon was lying, he pulled himself up sharply and then with a stealthy movement sank down upon the grass. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

His sight failed, and He sank upon the ground. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

Marjorie Bowen Susannah sank into the chair by the little card-table; the music of “La Louvre” broke gaily on the stillness, that and the delicate steps of the couples returning to the ball-room. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

George Gissing This morning, when I was helping him to dress, he sank down, and lay for a time as one dead. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Thomas Hardy All persons of refinement have been scared away from me since I sank into the mire of marriage. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

E. Phillips Oppenheim He closed the door behind him and, glad to be alone, sank into his accustomed chair and permitted himself a few minutes’ tranquillity. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

H. Rider Haggard As the last fell the Raven sank to her bulwarks. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Louisa May Alcott Amy rose daily in the estimation of her friend, but he sank in hers, and each felt the truth before a word was spoken. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Jack London At last I sank down on the sidewalk. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

She sank on her knees beside the bed, and listened to the prayer that seemed to mock her with its supplications for health and healing, while Death, a palpable presence, hovered over the bed. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Sinclair Lewis Martin sank or rose to Clif’s buoyancy, while Clif rose or sank to Martin’s speculativeness. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

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

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

Jules Verne Mrs Barnett and Hobson sank back upon their seats. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

George Gissing She sank again into despondency; books were insipid, and society irritated her. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

Willa Cather As they passed behind a last year’s stack, Amedee clutched at his right side and sank down for a moment on the straw. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

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]

Virginia Woolf Now he sank down, cautiously, gingerly, and looked at the table and half read a line in a book. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

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

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

Olaf Stapledon And so it sank little by little into coma. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Elizabeth Gaskell But his health failed from that time, and he sank into an old querulous grey-haired man. Crowley Castle by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Washington Irving The failure of this scheme, on which he had built such spacious hopes, sank deep into Goldsmith’s heart. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

The doctor was dining by himself that night and after a brief word and a hard stare at his new menial, he sank into a contemplative silence as if he were quite alone in the room. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

H. G. Wells Before me the pale serpent-girdled section of the sun sank and sank, and the advancing shadow swept to seize the sphere before I could reach it. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Arthur Morrison But at her answer he sank back on the balustrade, and she hauled the box to the pavement by herself. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Elizabeth Gaskell There were exceptions to this mood of hers, when she sank into deep fits of silence, that would have been gloomy had it not been for the never varying sweetness of her temper. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

She sank onto it and remained exhausted. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Basil sank back in the seat, replete with happiness. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Elizabeth Gaskell All these particulars sank unconsciously into Ruth’s mind; but they did not rise to the surface, and become perceptible, for a length of time. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

William Hope Hodgson Slowly, slowly, as the aeons slipped into eternity, the earth sank into a heavier and redder gloom. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

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]

Bram Stoker As it sank he became less and less frenzied, and just as it dipped he slid from the hands that held him, an inert mass, on the floor. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Mr. Alwynn’s heart and Ruth’s sank as they caught sight of it again. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

FOXHALL CLIFFORD RICHARD OSBORNE ELLIOTT “Why the devil doesn’t he want me to speak of her?” He opened the door, and, discouraging the caresses of two brindle bull-dogs, sank down on the sofa. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

The old landmarks, dimly descried in the weary desert, sank for ever down into the quicksands, and she was left alone — alone with her despair. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

He sank on his haunches, clasped his hands about his legs and bowed his head on his knees. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

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

Anthony Trollope The word sank softly into her ear, like small rain upon moss, and it sank into no other ear. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Once in the hall their voices sank to a whisper, and as their backs only were visible, I turned to look at my companion. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

The day waned more and more; the sun began to sink, and then it sank with that sudden drop which the sun has at last. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Edith Wharton What was the use of living if one had to live like a pig? She sank into a kind of furious apathy, a state of inert anger against fate. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman She sank down on the nearest chair. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Elizabeth Gaskell She sank again into the listless state of indifference from which nothing but some reference to former days, or present consideration for her mother, could rouse her. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Thomas Hardy The Baron sank into silence, and allowed his eye to rest on her. The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid by Thomas Hardy

James Joyce O, Johnny Lever! Johnny Lever, O! After which effusion the redoubtable specimen duly arrived on the scene and regaining his seat he sank rather than sat heavily on the form provided. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

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

George Meredith It sank in Rhoda like the preaching of an end that was promise of a beginning, and girdled a distancing land of trouble. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

William Morris And he raised aloft his sword; but presently sank it again, and let the point rest on the earth. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

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

Guy de Maupassant She sank as though they had cut off her legs. Mother Sauvage (La Mère Sauvage) by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

Elizabeth Gaskell By-and-by it sank into great sameness. The Shah’s English Gardener by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

What is it, then?” Mazarin sank into a chair with the deepest melancholy painted on his countenance. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Henry James He was so prepared with a greeting that he instantly smiled, as a shaken jug overflows; but she gave him no response, turned away again and sank back in her chair. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

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

E. T. A. Hoffmann The dancing moonshine, the gladsome messenger of love, sank in the black depths of the sea amongst its muttering thunders. The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

Wilkie Collins At barely thirty years old, I am officially declared to be a lunatic for life!” HE paused; his head sank on his breast; his story was told. A Fatal Fortune by Wilkie Collins [1874]

Wilkie Collins Her eyes softened, her voice sank low — she became quite unlike the Mrs. Eyrecourt whom I knew. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Wilkie Collins I answer” (at those words his voice sank suddenly to a whisper), “I answer, because Stephen Monkton himself stands there at this moment confirming me in my belief. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Jules Verne But they would not allow him to talk at that time, and he sank back into a profound sleep, of which he seemed to have the greatest possible need. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

As Sir Philip spoke and advanced, Margrave sank back into his seat, shrinking, collapsing, nerveless; terror the most abject expressed in his staring eyes and parted lips. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

He rose and inclined his head ever so slightly when the visitor was announced, and then, making no effort to shake hands, sank back into his chair and assumed a very bored expression. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Anthony Hope But when he saw me he let go of them and sank back against me, his head resting on my chest. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Arthur Conan Doyle His swaggering air sank somewhat as he looked into those pale and filmy eyes. The Dealings of Captain Sharkey by Arthur Conan Doyle [1925]

Edith Wharton She sank comfortably back among her cushions. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

For an instant, with an evil leer the sun peered through the naked woods of Vincennes, sank like a blood-clot in the battery smoke, lower, lower, into the blood-soaked plain. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Miles Franklin It sank into my heart and cut like a cruel jagged knife — not because it would be a drawback to me in the marriage line, for I had an antipathy to the very thought of marriage. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

He could not speak, his heart sank within him, he grew cold and pale; to inflict pain on those who loved him was a sharper pain than death. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

H. G. Wells I passed close to a little poodle dog suspended in the act of leaping, and watched the slow movement of his legs as he sank to earth. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Gloria sank back into her chair. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Then these too sank out of sight, and the ships rowed on south-eastward in a dead calm. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Jules Verne Beyond the village, Nadia sank down on a stone bench. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Wilkie Collins Grace sank on her knees with a shriek of terror. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

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]

G. K. Chesterton His sword grazed my forehead almost at the moment when mine sank into the joint in his neck. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

The others had all stood up when she entered, and Mrs Lackersteen sank exhaustedly into the best chair under the punkah, fanning herself with a slender hand like that of a newt. Burmese Days by George Orwell

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]

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

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

Stoner’s legs gave way from very weariness, and he sank inertly into the arm-chair that had been pushed up to him. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Willa Cather Lulled by the sound of the wind, the warm air, and the cool fragrance of the flowers, he sank into deep, drowsy retrospection. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Thomas Hardy She sank down on the bank to rest, having done all she could. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Just before the lights went on, there was a soft rasp of gold cloth, and Rags, flushed and breathing quickly, sank into her chair. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Henry James She sank down on her sofa at last and buried her head in a pile of cushions. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Nikolai Gogol Terror and apprehension were stamped on the notary’s face; the village councillors almost sank into the ground and could not shut their wide-open mouths. A May Night by Nikolai Gogol

Charles Kingsley Is that plain, sir?” The bishop looked steadfastly and stupidly into Amyas’s face, heaved a deep sigh, and gradually sank back in his chair, dropping the glass from his hand. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Henry James The portiere dropped behind her, and Newman sank with a long breath into the nearest chair. The American by Henry James [1877]

D. H. Lawrence She sank on her knees on a sheaf of corn-marigolds. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton The way that paper was run —!” He sank down by the fire with a dry wrinkling of lips and nostrils. Hudson River Bracketed by Edith Wharton [1929]

Arthur Conan Doyle She sank almost instantaneously. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Anton Chekhov Better he should go on weeping! She walked up and down the room several times in agitation, then stopped short in a corner and sank into thought. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

D. H. Lawrence Gradually, as they walked along the high land, the gold in the west sank down to red, the red to crimson, and then the chill blue crept up against the glow. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Jack London In that moment White Fang’s free nature flashed forth again, and he sank his teeth into the moccasined foot. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The Honourable Arthur Lymane sank into her vacant place. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

In the struggle a tablet fell from her bosom on the ground: Arbaces perceived, and seized it — it was the letter that morning received from Glaucus. Ione sank upon the couch, half dead with terror. The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1834]

H.P. Lovecraft Then I sank prone to the stone floor, my mind aflame with prodigious reflections which not even a death-like exhaustion could banish. The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Henry Handel Richardson It was given with force, and she sank to the floor, where she lay in a heap, screening her face with her arm. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

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. The Great Return by Arthur Machen

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]

Anthony Trollope On the morning of the fourth day, however, Norman brought the heavy news, and Katie sank completely under it. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

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

Gustave Flauber The two horses sank knee-deep into the mud and stumbled into ditches; sometimes they had to jump over them. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber