Phrases with "shook"

Rudyard Kipling Still the song, through all those white-washed walls, shook the reinforced concrete of the Trefoil as steam pile-drivers shake the flanks of a dock. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Mr. Shuttleworth shook hands and said he was glad to hear he promised to be a second Abernethy. Upon which Sam’s wide mouth opened in laughter, showing a set of nice teeth. Lady Jenkins by Ellen Wood [1879]

When the second act had passed, and such a shout as might have wakened the very dead, shook the house from floor to roof, he was found hidden in one of the dark unused passages below the stage. Signa by Ouida

Willa Cather He indicated his readiness to rise, but she shook her head and entered the door of her deck suite. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Wilkie Collins On this occasion she laid both hands on the upper part of her dress, just below her throat, and mysteriously shook her head. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Margaret Oliphant She shook hands very cordially with the good butterman when he made his appearance. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Is it — Evelyn?” Sweetwater shook his head with a look as naive in its way as the old detective’s question. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

M. P. Shiel On which a shivering of eagerness, quick as winking sheet-lightning, shook Harris’ right knee. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

God — it might be the baying of one of those Alsatians! But it might be, also, that he was chained up in his kennel! The baying was not repeated and he shook off his fears. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Henry Handel Richardson She shook her head and rebuked herself for growing fanciful. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Presently he said: “I won’t have him touch Lester.” He added: “If I were to kill myself?” Jonathan shook his head. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Violet Brown crossed the room to where Peter Ruff was still sitting with a queer look upon his face, and, gripping him by the shoulders, shook him. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Above the writhing figures in the middle of the boat, a tall man, upright in the stern-sheets, raved awful imprecations and shook his fists above his head. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Miles Franklin I shook my head and slipped the note into his hand as we parted. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

He shook hands with me, asking if I wanted his interest to be made prime-minister. The Curate of St. Matthew’s by Ellen Wood [1879]

Walter Besant But Mr. Howard, who had lived in the county before, and knew, shook his head, and the ladies looked at each other with surprise, and Mr. Errington solemnly reproved this doubter. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Rosemary shook her head warningly before he could speak and they moved another bench further down the road. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

William Morris Hast thou, after all, seen something strange in the wood?” He shook his head for naysay. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Benjamin Disraeli Mr. Sidney Wilton, however, shook his head; “I do not like the state of affairs,” he said, “I think you will have to come back sooner than you imagine. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Olaf Stapledon Mrs. Kawamura hesitated for a moment, looked me in the eyes, glanced at my wife, then smilingly shook her head and used her own cigarette lighter. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

William Morris Then he lifted up his face as one awaking, shook his rein, and rode after the others down the long water. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Ignaty shook his head and screwed up his eyes, and Yakob, standing at the wall again, angrily tore splinters from the boards with his blackened fingers. Mother by Maksim Gorky

George Gissing I seemed to hear some one calling from an immense distance — knew I ought to know the voice ——” They shook hands cordially. Sleeping Fires by George Gissing [1896]

With a great effort the driver turned it straight again, and then, with a jar that shook both occupants unpleasantly, brought it ingloriously to a standstill. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

He shook his head and turned away to the window, while the sergeant searched in the desk. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Southwark shook hands with him warmly. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Wilkie Collins That one discovery shook the housekeeper’s hold on her master as nothing had shaken it yet. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

George Gissing Though her limbs shook with fatigue, she could not remain seated for more than a few minutes at a time; she kept the drawing-room door open, and kept going out to listen. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

The Bishop shook hands with us all round, and, but that we protested against it, would have accompanied us to the head of the stairs. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

He shook them warmly by the hand, and thanked them for their devotion and for their courage. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

I shook my head and tried to think before I answered her. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Sinclair Lewis She shook her head like a nervous medium coming out of a trance, stared at him unhappily, demanded: “Why should I stay here? And I must make up my mind. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

W. W. Jacobs The small girl shook her head. The Skipper’s Wooing by W. W. Jacobs [1897]

They shook their heads in amazement. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

My name’s Larose and I’m another inspector from Scotland Yard.” He shook his head vexatiously. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

H. G. Wells Once do you remember at Martens I shook you by the ears. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Leon Trotsky As I knew nothing about what had happened behind the scenes, I was much put out by the studied coldness with which Georgy Valentinovitch shook hands with me, a thing at which he was past-master. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Henry Kingsley Only Squire Petre shook hands with faithful James, and gave him a watch, ordering him to ride a certain colt next day, and see how well forward he could get him. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Jules Verne The thought of a duty unfulfilled shook off his torpor, and he hurried from the abode of drunkenness. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Isn’t that something to look forward to and to work for?” He shook his head. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Would it not be as well to consider whether she would not be better in a home of her own — and for you to give East Lynne another mistress?” He shook his head. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Theodore Dreiser I don’t like to be too hard on men, but these fellows —” He shook his head. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

John Galsworthy Look at that dress!” Soames shook his head. To Let by John Galsworthy

Anthony Trollope I shook hands with him heartily as I parted with him at the quay, and wished him well through all his troubles. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

When he did so, however, he shook like a man with the palsy. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

M. R. James He was instantly seized upon by H. M. Queen Hermione, who, repressing an inclination to laugh, shook and slapped him very severely. Collected Ghost Stories by M. R. James

Rafael Sabatini Yet her knees shook under her, refusing their office. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

He shook off the terrors of this visitation by the aid of time, and gave his courage the credit due to that aid. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

George Gissing As he was rising from the table Jane observed an unsteadiness in his movement; he shook his head mechanically and leaned forward on both his hands, as if feeling giddy. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

Wilkie Collins But I shook her off like a child. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

I thought you-” Considine shook hands with a smile. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Frederick Marryat After waiting a little while to see if they rose again, or if any more of the herd came up, Edward and Humphrey descended from the trees and heartily shook hands. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Wilkie Collins Then, when he had bound himself by a promise that was sacred to him, the terrible influence of the priesthood shook even that brave and lofty soul. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Andrew Lang She got up, shook out the pillow-cases one by one, and began to count the feathers that were in each. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D.H. Lawrence She restrained herself, and immediately called: ‘You are coming? Oh, you are coming to Waterloo?’ He shook his head. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

She shook her head negatively, and in desperation put on the loud pedal, but she could not make the sound of the piano cover his raised voice. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Guy de Maupassan What more can one do?” But the baron shook his head. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope Not she,—my angel; my white one!” Hampstead shook his head and clenched his fist, shaking it, in utter disregard of the passers by, as the hot, fast tears streamed down his face. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Presently the back door was shut with a bang that shook the room, and footsteps were heard ascending the stairs, and afterwards all was quiet until morning. Caramel Cottage by Ellen Wood [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mr. Ruff, what do you suppose the income from my estate amounts to?” Peter Ruff shook his head. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He shook out the evening paper, but he never penetrated beyond the first page. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Edgar Allan Poe The men who shook me were the crew of the sloop, and some laborers engaged to unload it. Tales of Illusion by Edgar Allan Poe

A. E. W. Mason At the bottom of the Row they stopped, shook hands, and with the curtest of nods parted. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Did Harold frighten you into this?” She shook her head. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Anthony Trollope With Bunce Mr. Harding shook hands twice, and Mr. Quiverful was about to repeat the same ceremony, but the old man gave him no encouragement. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim She shook her head at the little volley of chaff which greeted her from the inner room. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Rudyard Kipling We shook hands, and ‘What’s your name?’ we both asked together. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Morris shook his head, and the young man, nodding grimly, handed him a bottle of some spirit. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Sinclair Lewis She took it off, shook her head, explained with the kind smile for inferiors, “I’m afraid it won’t do, though it’s unusually nice for so small a town as this. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope But Michel Voss shook his head. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Henry Kingsley Isn’t ours a pleasant household, Mr. Tiernay?” Father Tiernay shook his honest sides with a wondering laugh, and said, “Faix it is. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Wilkie Collins Jicks shook her fist at him, and ordered him off more fiercely than ever. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Algernon Blackwood Something inside me shook again with horror at the sight of the writhing figures impaled upon the spears below. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Benjamin Disraeli He shook himself as a man does who has awakened from a benumbing and heavy sleep, although his eyes were the whole time wide open. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Rudyard Kipling The curves of the Downs shook a little in the heat, and so did Mr Dudeney’s distant head. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

John Galsworthy What’s your name?” Wilfrid shook his head. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

He shook his head energetically, as she made a slight movement as if to wake them, and stepping forward, pointed with his hat towards the open window, which reached to the ground. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

William Makepeace Thackeray It was a blow that shook the whole dynasty. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Guy de Maupassant On meeting they shook hands in a manner that was irresistibly funny; one could see that they were going through a series of secret mysterious pressures. My Uncle Sosthenes (Mon oncle Sosthène) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

She got up and mechanically shook out her garments. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Robert Louis Stevenson Her hair had smelt like violets, she remembered Otto saying; and so now she tried to smell it, and then shook her head, and laughed a little, sadly, to herself. Prince Otto by Robert Louis Stevenson

Elizabeth Gaskell Miss Furnivall shivered and shook so much, that Mrs. Stark took her back into the warm drawing-room; but not before they had made me promise to bring her to them when she was found. The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell [1852]

Sir Robert shook hands with him at once, smiled pleasantly at Anne, and nodded to me as he continued his way. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

G. K. Chesterton Now the interest of the next stage of Stevenson is that he stood up suddenly amid all these things and shook himself with a sort of impatient sanity; a shrug of scepticism about scepticism. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

I wondered if it wouldn’t be better to make a bolt for it, and said SO. He shook his head. Greenmantle by John Buchan

But once outside he shook himself and regained his self-possession; and he quietly made for the shop, where he told Gervaise that Coupeau was with some friends. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Edith Wharton She shook her head disdainfully at the proffered pilaff. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Radclyffe Hall Why, your hands are frozen!’ But Williams shook his head and began to remember. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Louisa May Alcott Amy shook her head and opened her sketchbook with an air of resignation, but she had made up her mind to lecture ‘that boy’ and in a minute she began again. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

George MacDonald She shook it off, and said there and shone out clearer and brighter than ever. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

He shook his fist in Fensum’s face. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

James Payn They shook hands across Sir Robert Lisgard’s grave. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

Marie Corelli He shook his head, and turned abruptly away — as he did so, his foot struck against some slight obstacle. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

G. K. Chesterton He unslung his carbine; and a shock of unnatural noise shook up all the wild fowl for miles upon the silent marshes. The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

George Eliot She shook her head and walked on in silence, till they came to the end of the Scotch firs, and she put out her hand in sign of parting. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Wilkie Collins He shook his head with stolid obstinacy, and walked away in the direction of a cottage which stood back from the high-road. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

D. H. Lawrence The men had oblong dabs of black wool under their lower lip; the beard of the mighty Pharaohs. This oblong dab shook and wagged to the singing. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

As he scrawled another memorandum in his note- book, his hand shook like a telegraph-operator’s. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

F. Scott Fitzgerald Can you let me have fifty till this afternoon?” Drake looked closely at Mather. Then, slowly and startlingly, he shook his head—not up and down but from side to side. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

D. H. Lawrence The thin policeman shook her off, and wanted to know what as the matter. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Oscar Wilde His finely-chiselled nostrils quivered, and some hidden nerve shook the scarlet of his lips and left them trembling. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

He shook his head, and said he would not be the man to trust her with his honour. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

Wilkie Collins Mr. Vanstone searched his pockets and shook his head. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Abraham Merri It grew into a murmur, a whispering, shook us — then passing like a presence, died away in far distance. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

He shook his head at the sight of so great a wickedness. The Secret Rose by William Butler Yeats [1897]

At the same time he shook his head smilingly. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Good-night!” She shook hands with me really cordially, and I took my way down the creaking stairs in a whirl of happiness that I was quite at a loss to account for. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Do you call that proper behavior? Is that the sort of trick to play a friend of thirty years’ standing?” Burle, who had fallen back in his chair, was livid; his limbs shook as if with ague. Captain Burle by Émile Zola

Then he stretched out his arm, letting Ted’s garments tumble to the ground, and he shook the civilian by the hand. Capturing a Convict by Richard Marsh [1893]

Ough! Poor father was remarkably white about the gills when we shook hands in Gravesend. ‘Are you all right?’ he says, looking hard at me. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

William Hope Hodgson And an awful Nearness, shook me. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

He shook his head as if to drive away the thought of this, and added in a louder, light tone: “Nothing less. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

But he shrugged and shook his head. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

Rudyard Kipling At this he shook all over with rage, and half drew his knife. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

He shook off the appearance of numbness to return Mr. Van Wyk’s unusually brisk greeting, but relapsed directly afterwards. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Wilkie Collins The mother! Prepared as I was for the accursed discovery, the horror of it shook me. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Marjorie Bowen He took the purple parasol from the corner and shook out its shimmering silk furbelows. The Sign-Painter and the Crystal Fishes by Marjorie Bowen

This letter” he shook it with an impatient hand —“should be worth two thousand five hundred dollars to me. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

He shook them out on to the newspaper, cleaned out the pot with his thumb and folded the leaves into a bundle. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Anthony Hope I do not know what my face said, but he shook his head and turned back to Rupert. The revolver, held still in the man’s own hand, was at his heart. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

D. H. Lawrence I can’t imagine why I married Tommy. And yet — I did —!” She shook her head as if it was all just beyond her, and the pseudo-smile at the corners of her ageless mouth deepened. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

James Joyce Horkus chiefest ebblynuncies! — He shook be ashaped of hempshelves, hiding that shepe in his goat. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Rudyard Kipling The greeny, cream-coloured, waxy blossoms were heat-killed before they were born, and only a few bad-smelling petals came down when he stood on his hind legs and shook the tree. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Henry Handel Richardson With his arms stiffly knotted behind his back, Schwarz paced the floor with a tread that shook it. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Elizabeth Von Arnim And he laughed and shook it, flushing — a trick of his — to the roots of his hair. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The tears were streaming down his face and he shook all over. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

H. G. Wells No.” Lacoste shook his head. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

John Galsworthy She shook herself, passed into the hall, and opened the drawing-room door. To Let by John Galsworthy

Arthur Conan Doyle I shook my bridle, therefore, and rode at a brisk trot through the silent streets, which were still strewn with faded flowers and gay with streamers. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Edgar Allan Poe He did not press me to remain, but, as I departed, he shook my hand with even more than his usual cordiality. The Gold-Bug by Edgar Allan Poe

Andrew Lang The fairies looked at him, and all shook their heads at once. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope If you are averse to it ——” She shook her head. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

And it seemed as if something broke in his brain; and the passion of anger, so long restrained, so long eaten in secret, burst suddenly loose and shook him like a sail. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

They shook hands, and while his would have lingered, she drew hers gently away. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

He shook his head incredulously. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Willa Cather So why not spare yourself and him?” She shook her head. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Then I put her by, and told her to sit down on the verandah while I had a talk with George. He shook hands with me, and said he was glad to see me a free man again. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Y’know our top room?” She was silent, and he shook her like a dog. Limehouse Nights by Thomas Burke

Exhaust pipes on roofs puffed out violent jets of steam; an automatic sawmill added a rhythmic screeching; a button factory shook the ground with the rumbling of its machines. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Frederick Marryat The Intendant bade him a cordial farewell; Edward shook Clara by the hand, and the cavalcade set off. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

He shook her by the hand, said how glad he was that she had recovered from her indisposition, and installed her in the chair with a cushion at her back and a rug over her knees. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

John Galsworthy It came with a suddenness that shook him to the marrow, and induced the usual longing to get away somewhere by himself. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

Let us then, Captain, plan a project of enrichment on the property of some credulous tradesman! Why have recourse to rough measures so long as we can find easy fools?” Clifford shook his head. Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1830]

George Eliot But he shook them off with the force of youth and hope. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Charles Dickens I made it right in my mind with Pickleson on the spot, and I shook myself together to do what was right by all. Doctor Marigold by Charles Dickens [1865]

Virginia Woolf But the office-boy had never heard of Miss Datchet. Did she belong to the S.R.F.R.? Katharine shook her head with a smile of dismay. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Mr. Dangerfield shook hands with his counsel, and smirked and whispered. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Thomas Hardy He walked with a noisier tread, he coughed, he shook a bough, he did everything, in short, but the one thing that Festus did in the same circumstances — call out to her. The Trumpet-Major by Thomas Hardy [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mrs. Florestan shook her head. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Wilkie Collins Geoffrey looked at it; looked down again at his letter; and impatiently shook his head. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

But what on earth did he want it for, do you know?” The hall porter shook his head. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

The young man shook his head and displayed the name on the cover. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Wilkie Collins Nothing that I could say to him, poor fellow, shook his resolution. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Willa Cather But presently, with a sigh, he shook his head. The Troll Garden by Willa Cather [1905]

Rafael Sabatini He shook his head, his countenance gloomy. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

William Makepeace Thackeray It shook us all into headaches; it shook some nails out of the side of a box I had; it shook all the cords loose in a twinkling, and sent the baggage bumping about the passengers’ shoulders. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

James Joyce The loose flesh of his neck shook like a cock’s wattles. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Anthony Trollope The servants all came out into the hall and shook hands with their young master; and the cook, wiping her eyes with her apron, declared that she would have dinner ready for him on the following day. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

He shook it, held it betwixt his eyes and the light, looked reproachfully at the yeoman, and straightway placed it at his own lips. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

At last he shook hands and said, “Come and see me again very soon. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Arthur Conan Doyle It could only come from the lonely abode of the Stapletons. With a bitter curse I shook my fist at it as I gazed. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

Thomas Hardy It was not till the rays of the sun had absorbed the young stranger’s retreating figure on the hill that she shook off her temporary sadness and answered her would-be partner in the affirmative. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Margaret Oliphant He shook so that Walter’s grasp alone seemed to keep him from falling. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Arthur Conan Doyle John introduced us, and I remember that his hand as I shook it was cold and unpleasantly clammy. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

Gaston Leroux Now that we know that Erik is not a ghost, one can speak to him and force him to answer!” Christine shook her head. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Charles Dickens Kit was so near her when they shook hands, that he could see a small tiny tear, yet trembling on an eyelash. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

But he shook her hand with a very nice bow. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

It shook her with a new astonishment, and yet indeed it was but ordinary, to think that, so to enter, she had simply passed through the door. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Sarah Orne Jewett I remember she waited till we were close to her, and then kissed me real affectionate, and inquired for Nathan before she shook hands with the minister, and then she invited us both in. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Wilkie Collins Again he shook his cudgel, and again he signed to me to stand back. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Charles Dickens When I— ‘ It seized him again; and he stood up, holding by the mantel-shelf, as he pressed his dank cold hair down with a hand that shook as if it were palsied. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Wilkie Collins The old militia-man shook his wary head. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Zona Gale Is this good?” “Excellent. But what afterward?” demanded Amory. “Are we all to keep house in the tower?” Jarvo shook his head, like a man who has thought of everything. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

Damaris shook her head helplessly: that, she supposed, was the maid’s business. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

He drew the sword from out the sheath And shook the fallow brand; And there a while with bated breath, And hearkening ear did stand. Poems by the Way by William Morris [1891]

Edith Wharton Jim got up, shook back his rumpled hair, and reached for a cigarette. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

She crossed herself, I doffed my cap, then we shook out our bridles and galloped toward the forest of Kerselec. We said very little as we rode. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Wilkie Collins Mr. Moy whispered to his client, “Do you know what that is?” Geoffrey shook his head. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Benjamin Disraeli He shook his uncle by the hand with a fervour with which few noblemen had communicated for a considerable period, and he saluted his aunt on the cheek with a delicacy which did not disturb the rouge. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Guy de Maupassan At nightfall Labouise awoke and shook his comrade, who was snoring like a buzzsaw. The Donkey by Guy de Maupassan

Gaston Leroux I shook Rouletabille, but could not succeed in waking him. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Abraham Merri Longing shook him, heartache, such homesickness as some human soul might feel marooned upon alien star on outskirts of space. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri

James Joyce All the year round he prayed the same thing over them all and shook water on top of them: sleep. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

He shook his head, and then, bethinking himself, pointed to the roll of paper which he had flung on the table. A Difficult Problem by Anna Katharine Green

Thomas Hardy Susan dropped the spoon, shook her fist at the vanished figure, and then proceeded with her work in a musing, absent way. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Margaret Oliphant Mrs. Wynn shook her head at her visitor with a smile. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Wilkie Collins In that moment he saw us! The wheel-chair stopped with a shock that shook the crazy old floor of the room, altered its course, and flew at us with the rush of a wild animal. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Henry James If he didn’t take care he should howl; so he more or less successfully took care — yet with his host vividly watching him while he shook the danger temporarily off. A Round of Visits by Henry James [1910]

James Joyce He shook his head to and fro and smiled. Dubliners by James Joyce

Anthony Trollope The Quaker shook his head, and after that there was silence between them till they parted. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Benjamin Disraeli They shook their habits and their curls, vowed that riding was your only exercise, and that dust in the earthly economy was a blunder. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

He lifted his head and spoke gently, and very quietly, though she caught the tremor that shook through the words. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

Arthur Morrison Then he shook his head and tapped again. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Charles Dickens How are you, Short?’ With that they shook hands in a very friendly manner. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

I smiled as I said this, but they shook their heads in silence and seemed to have but a bad heart of it. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

H. Rider Haggard The blood of my heroic grandfather boiled within me, and I shook my fist in his face and vowed to have my revenge. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Algernon Blackwood They shook him where he stood, staring down into this river of strange invisible movement that was hundreds of feet in depth and a quarter of a mile across. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Mr. Garterr Browne shook a sympathetic head. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She shook her head regretfully. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Theodore Dreiser You don’t want to stay away from me, do you?” She shook her head as if in deep thought. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser