Phrases with "shoulders"

F. Scott Fitzgerald Her bathing suit was pulled off her shoulders and her back, a ruddy, orange brown, set off by a string of creamy pearls, shone in the sun. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald She drew in her breath, hunched her shoulders with a wriggle and turned to Tommy. “Have we GOT to go all the way to your hotel at Monte Carlo?” He brought the car to a stop with a squeak of tires. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Baldwin Spencer He comes down from the shoulders of the kinda and places the spears on the ground at the feet of the noboila man. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman Amanda crossed the room, opened with a straining motion of her thin back and shoulders one of the west windows, and threw back the blind. The Southwest Chamber by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Rafael Sabatini His hands fell from her shoulders to his sides, he half-turned away, brusque now in tone and manner. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Charles Kingsley Mrs. Vavasour began bustling about the room, collecting little valuables, and looking over her shoulders at the now unwelcome guest. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

Guy de Maupassant As for me, I have too big a load on my shoulders to walk so quickly. The Peddler (Le Colporteur) by Guy de Maupassant [1900]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My hands are gripping her white dainty shoulders like a vice, but she does not seem to feel the pain. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Wilkie Collins She paid no heed to me; she came back and put her hands on my shoulders and thoughtfully and sadly looked up in my face. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Edgar Rice Burroughs His slightly stooped shoulders were draped in an ill-fitting, though immaculate, frock coat, and a shiny silk hat added to the incongruity of his garb in an African jungle. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

As it is”— he shrugged his shoulders —“he won’t think about it any more. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Rudyard Kipling And I turned and saw by the head upon his shoulders that he was a Yoruba man, if there be any truth in ethnological castes. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Marjorie Bowen She saw his shoulders heave under the fine cloth and though she could hear nothing she thought that he sobbed, and she sat silent, not intruding on his grief by a gesture. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Radclyffe Hall Brockett sighed as he shrugged his shoulders in disgust, and once again Stephen glanced at Mary; but Mary, she saw, had not understood that song with its inexcusable meaning. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

William Dampier He was painted all down the breast, between his shoulders behind; on his thighs (mostly) before; and in the form of several broad rings or bracelets round his arms and legs. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

That would have instantly brought him, Gauntry, into their orbit, and their suspicions once having been aroused — he shrugged his shouldersanything might have been found out. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

But the Carl lifted a pawful of his oozy slop and discharged this at Cael with such a smash that the man’s head spun off his shoulders and hopped along the ground. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

On the sofa Mr Verloc wriggled his shoulders into perfect comfort, and from the fulness of his heart emitted a wish which was certainly as pious as anything likely to come from such a source. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Someone grabbed his leg, and, pulling him into place, thrust him up over the shoulders of the tall Royal in front. Three Men of Badajos by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Willa Cather He had noted with disgust, however, the stooped shoulders and white imperial of the silk-hatted man beside her, and the senescent line of his back. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Somehow, he determined, he would endeavor to repay Prince Sergius. Paul shrugged his shoulders and smiled rather dubiously at his brother. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

It was from him she had fled in the night, and for him that her hair was now draping her shoulders in unaccustomed beauty. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

The youth put his hands into the pockets of his old trousers, bent his spine and twitched his shoulders for cold. Philip Vasilyevich’s Story by Maksim Gorky

There is talk, too, that they ring direct into the police station at Saxmundham.” He shrugged his shoulders resignedly. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Anton Chekhov Thereupon some force seemed to shove Zinotchka; she laid her hands on Sasha’s shoulders and let her head droop upon his waistcoat. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Anthony Trollope His shoulders were bent, and his eyes were deep set in his head, and his lips were thin and fast closed. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Aramis shrugged his shoulders in sign of pity, took the glass, and poured out the contents among the ashes of the hearth. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

He had taken good note of the coffin as it was being lowered from the bearers’ shoulders on to the ground, and he had counted the number of screws in the lid. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

About ten years ago I could lift five hundred pounds on my shoulders without an effort. Mother by Maksim Gorky

I’ve a heap of work on my shoulders today: it was only the pressing note I got from Bevere about his arm that brought me out of it. Roger Bevere by Ellen Wood [1884]

George Gissing If gazed at too persistently she would move her shoulders with a pretty impatience, and ask you some surprising question likely to prove a test of intellectual readiness. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

When Lady Maulevrier told her grandson that she had entrusted Lady Kirkbank with the duty of introducing Lesbia to society, Maulevrier shrugged his shoulders and held his peace. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle He shrugged his shoulders in ungracious acquiescence, while our visitor in hurried words and with much excitable gesticulation poured forth his story. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

I could not be off seeing that if anything had happened, it lay on my shoulders for having left him alone, in there. David Garth’s Night-Watch by Ellen Wood [1869]

Sitting just in front she could, of course, hear most of what was being said, and from time to time, her slim and elegant shoulders quivered in real appreciation of the fun. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

Rudyard Kipling I saw his shoulders shaking when we went out. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Up the long, straight road they straggled, in twos and threes and in gangs, their flat, rush dinner-baskets over their shoulders and their shabby little coats on their arms against rain. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

William Hope Hodgson And I took the belt from her pretty waist, for it did be but a light strap, and I whipt her very sharp over her shoulders with the belt. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Andrew Lang The taking of the shield from a man’s shoulders (XI. 374) does not prove the shield to be small; the shield hung by the belt (telamon) from the shoulder. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

Henry Handel Richardson She wore the same sparkling, low-cut dress as on the previous occasion; arms and shoulders were as ruthlessly bared to view. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Henry Handel Richardson The knot unravelled, Red Head was out of her clothes in a twinkling, and now advanced, shoulders hunched, arms crossed and hugging their uppers. Growing Pains by Henry Handel Richardson

Anthony Trollope His feet and hands are large, as has ever been the case with all his family, but he has a broad chest and wide shoulders to carry off these excrescences, and on the whole his figure is good. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Willa Cather He was tall, with massive shoulders which he held stiffly, and a large, well-shaped head. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Arnold Bennett I’m strong — I could stand anything!” She put her shoulders back, with a challenging gesture. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Mark Twain They glanced backward over their shoulders from time to time, apprehensively, as if they feared they might be followed. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

It was rubbing shoulders with the tramps that cured me of it. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

But if they do disbelieve your story”— he shrugged his shoulders —“we shall have to have some of those headless bodies exhumed to prove what you have written is true. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

How softly would it not lie upon the skulls and shoulders of the skeletons. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He wore the uniform of a general but half of his ribbons were torn off, and the flowing cape which hung from his shoulders was merely the ordinary habiliment of a junior cavalry officer. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

With Ignaty’s help he folded them about the shoulders and feet of the women. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Arthur Morrison Then he shrugged his shoulders and shook his head as though he knew better. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

H. G. Wells Then I perceived his head and shoulders dimly outlined against a fainter darkness. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Arthur Conan Doyle His shoulders and haunches were so muscular, and yet his legs so fine, that it thrilled me with joy just to gaze upon him. The Crime of the Brigadier by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Anthony Trollope But not so the Speaker. It seemed to me that the amount of work falling upon the Speaker’s shoulders was cruelly heavy. North America by Anthony Trollope

James Joyce And he saw Dante in a maroon velvet dress and with a green velvet mantle hanging from her shoulders walking proudly and silently past the people who knelt by the water’s edge. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Arthur Conan Doyle So great was its force that we had to put our shoulders against it, and bore our way through it, while the sand and gravel tingled up against our faces. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was a cheetah, too; perhaps we might find it upon our shoulders at any moment. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Florence Dixie But swiftly as he flies along, so does Plata, who finds a down-hill race much more suited to his splendid shoulders and rare stride. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

There was no reply; only Herrick’s shoulders heaved, so that the table was shaken. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Sinclair Lewis Through a window, he could see the huge shoulders humped over a desk. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling When Boulte returned from his wanderings he would slap Kurrell between the shoulders and call him ‘old fellow,’ and the three would dine together. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

D. H. Lawrence On the tip of a rock above him sat a little bird with hunched-up shoulders and a long beak: an absurd silhouette. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Edith Wharton She suspected herself of being the object of the pleasantry, and straightened her thin shoulders under her mantle. Bunner Sisters by Edith Wharton [1916]

George Gissing Keen was his mortification; he growled, muttered, shrugged his shoulders nervously. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

A scarf of the same colour as the dress is gracefully folded over the shoulders and hangs over the left arm; a rather deep collar and cuffs are both worked in needlepoint. English Embroidered Bookbindings by Cyril Davenport [1899]

Wilkie Collins All the hard work falls on my shoulders in this house. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Wilkie Collins With all my soul, I advise you to remove the serious responsibility of delay from your own shoulders by writing to Lady Glyde to come here at once. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Edith Wharton He shrugged his shoulders and gave a sullen laugh. The Descent of Man and other stories by Edith Wharton [1903]

Then he squared his shoulders and frowned at vacancy. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Guy de Maupassan Two sailors helped to start the boat, by putting their shoulders to the sides and pushing with all their might. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Willa Cather Even Mrs. Tellamantez, who always held her shoulders so stiffly, danced better than she did. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

His head and shoulders were in the shadow, but the firelight fell across his knees and glimmered red on the blade of the palette-knife. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Willa Cather Sometimes, while she listened, she would swallow hard, two or three times, and look nervously from left to right, drawing her shoulders together. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

James Joyce Do you know what you look like? He let his head sink suddenly down and forward, hunching his shoulders and dropping his underjaw. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

D. H. Lawrence Her shoulders stooping a little to her work made him feel he could not go forward; he could not stand. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Arnold Bennett She saw the priest offer the crucifix to the mouth of the marionette, which with a clumsy unhuman shoving of its corded shoulders butted the thing away. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Who shot it?” The young lady looked reproachfully at the gentleman; the gentleman shrugged his shoulders and laughed again, but less heartily than before. All-Saints' Eve by Amelia B. Edwards

Leon Trotsky Kühlmann shrugged his shoulders rudely. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Meredith He heads the subscription list of Lady Blachington’s Charity.’ Victor chuckled at Colney’s humping of shoulders and mouth, while the tempest seemed echoing a sulphurous pessimist. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Virginia Woolf Then she shuddered, and then she made the awkward angular movement that I had seen before, as if, after the spasm, some spot between the shoulders burnt or itched. Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf [1921]

She was furious and said the diamonds were hers”— he shrugged his shoulders —“but she could not prove it and there the matter ended. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Edith Wharton He moved strongly and quickly, squaring his shoulders and carrying his head high, as if he did not want to pass unnoticed. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Jacques Futrelle Produce him here in this room where I can get my hands on him!” The Thinking Machine squinted at the sturdy shoulders with admiration in his face. The Chase of the Golden Plate by Jacques Futrelle [1906]

Anthony Trollope She threw the gauzy scarf over her shoulders and turned herself round before the large mirror which stood near the fireplace. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim But why should we wait for that little tap?” Christopher felt himself trying to shrug his shoulders but his arms refused to respond. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

A. E. W. Mason Then he removed the lid of a porcelain cup, and from the very look of his great shoulders Ricardo knew that he had discovered what he sought. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

Louisa May Alcott Having no ornaments fine enough for this important occasion, Amy looped her fleecy skirts with rosy clusters of azalea, and framed the white shoulders in delicate green vines. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Henry James May we wait again to talk of it till she has done so?” He showed, with his hands down in his pockets and his shoulders expressively up, a certain disappointment. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

I saw the man on the stretcher sit up, lank and with an uplifted arm, above the shoulders of the bearers. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

George Eliot It’ll give you more importance, and prepare you better for taking some of the anxiety off my shoulders by and by. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Then he began to giggle because her bare shoulders were right under his nose. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Arnold Bennett She was a queen, surpassing in her prerogative a thousand elegant Janets. She smiled; she proudly straightened her shoulders (she the humblest!), and her boy was enslaved. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

In the vague gloom of the middle distance, between lamp and window, she noticed that his shoulders were crouched, like those of some shambling tramp. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

James Joyce She kept me in talk a long while at the door, and I thought it strange because her breast and her shoulders were bare. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Jack London I thought it a certain silly fastidiousness on my part, but it persisted in spite of me, and I merely shrugged my shoulders in answer. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

D. H. Lawrence What does it mean to me, your having me —” She lifted her shoulders and turned aside her face in a motion of cold, indifferent worthlessness. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Willa Cather Sometimes for a whole morning Thea could see the coppery breast and shoulders of an Indian youth there against the sky; see him throw the net, and watch the struggle with the eagle. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

He had the powerful bony shoulders of the dwarf, the large ugly hands, and the sharp nosing movements of the head. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Walter Besant His shoulders were bent, his face pale, his eyes anxious, his clothes covered with dust and mud. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Guy de Maupassan Tall, with broad shoulders and full chest, he had acquired the protruding stomach of an old wrestler, although he kept up his fencing every day and rode his horse with assiduity. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

He wished he had some Turpin with him now, for his mother’s periodicals were all about men with impossibly broad shoulders and impossibly curved waists who asked Angelina if she loved them. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

E. Phillips Oppenheim And you came here to see me! You trusted me!” She remained silent; only her shoulders shook. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Then dropping her eyelids and leaning her shoulders against the hard back of the wooden settle she seemed to fall into a deep sleep, with her head bent down upon her breast in the old attitude. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

And all you’ve done”— he shrugged his shoulders —“has been just to guzzle on and on and treat all my advice with contempt. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

Louisa May Alcott Round shoulders had Jo, big hands and feet, a flyaway look to her clothes, and the uncomfortable appearance of a girl who was rapidly shooting up into a woman and didn’t like it. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

D.H. Lawrence Frank, left alone with his father, moved uneasily, and bent his thin shoulders lower over his book. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Ford Madox Ford The head and shoulders of a young woman — or it might be another young man — were proceeding along the outside of the hedge nearly level with the first one. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Guy de Maupassan But might one ask, what is M. de Marelle’s opinion?” She shrugged her shoulders disdainfully and said: “M. de Marelle has no opinion on that subject. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

Mr. Topsparkle went in and out, shrugged his shoulders with his highly Parisian shrug, and said very little. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Anthony Trollope On that afternoon, Sir Louis went off to Boxall Hill, transferring the miserable task of superintending his self-destruction from the shoulders of the doctor to those of his mother. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Oscar Wilde Don’t shrug your shoulders like that. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Two of the windows in the wings are adorned with balconies supported on brackets; each bracket representing the head and shoulders of a crouching captive, in the attitude of a gargoyle. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Under his breath Marcazuma cursed his superior for shoving all the drudgery onto his shoulders so that he had little time for pleasure. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Other grooms bring buckets of water slung from the shoulders on wooden yokes. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Anthony Trollope She shrugs her shoulders and tells Miss Thorne that she supposes Eleanor will have an oratory in the deanery before she has done. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

With his arm round her shoulders he caressed her clumsily, trying to console her. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

Jack London But Akoon shrugged his shoulders and walked away. Lost Face by Jack London

Theodore Dreiser His shoulders and chest were ample. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Ivan Turgenev Everything about her was naive and undeveloped, her voice, the downy bloom on her face, the rosy hands with white palms and the rather narrow shoulders . Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Jack London Once father took advantage of a lull and asked him to say something; but Ernest shrugged his shoulders and with an “I have nothing to say” went on eating salted almonds. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

With a slight yawn he had turned away from his survey of the sea and had leaned his shoulders against the fish davit. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

A. E. W. Mason Don’t you, too, feel something like that? Well, then —” and he heaved his shoulders in astonishment. The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel by A. E. W. Mason [1917]

Anthony Trollope So small a trouble will never weigh heavily on shoulders such as yours. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells The head and shoulders of Penk rose and halted and stood at attention behind him. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

D. H. Lawrence His shoulders went up to his ears, and he plainly intimated his intention to let us wait. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

The elderly ladies shrugged their shoulders and pursed up their lips with solemn significance. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Wilkie Collins There was something so hideous in the boy’s enjoyment of the horror of the scene, that I took him by the two shoulders and put him out of the room. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

On seeing me he stepped back, and stood with his shoulders to the wall, like a mummy in a museum. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Ae possessed broad shoulders and big bones, and was without female breasts, and so far ae resembled a man. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

H. G. Wells Directly his head reappeared Mr. Polly had him between the shoulders and under again, bubbling thickly. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

Mrs. Almayer’s back was bent, and her head and shoulders hidden in the deep box. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Gustave Flauber He leaned upon his other elbow with a hollow groan; and the Chief of Farms was so afraid to speak that he trembled horribly in spite of his thick shoulders and his big red eyeballs. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

John Galsworthy Out in the shadow of the Japanese sunshade she was sitting very still, the lace on her white shoulders stirring with the soft rise and fall of her bosom. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Henry James She was dressed in white; but a long blue cloak, which hung almost to her feet, was fastened across her shoulders by a silver clasp. The American by Henry James [1877]

H. G. Wells It was still daylight, and I perceived him across the room, lying against the triangular hole that looked out upon the Martians. His shoulders were hunched, so that his head was hidden from me. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Willa Cather Paul shrugged his shoulders slightly and his eyebrows twitched. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Abraham Merri White shoulders and one of the exquisite breasts were bare. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Thomas Wolfe If he ever entertained any other attitude, it was to shrug his shoulders indifferently as he thought: “Well, what of it? There’s nothing to be done about it. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

George Gissing When the visitor was announced, she threw the garment over her shoulders and appeared in it. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Leon Trotsky All the muscles of his face sagged, the gleam went out of his eyes, and even his formidable forehead seemed to shrink, while his shoulders drooped heavily. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch The two wriggled into the embrasure together, Nat’s head and shoulders under Teddy’s right arm. Three Men of Badajos by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Edith Wharton She bent her shoulders and struggled on against it for a while; but presently her breath failed, and she sat down under a ledge of rock overhung by shivering birches. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Jack London The captain had thrust his head and shoulders out of the pilot-house, and was staring intently into the fog as though by sheer force of will he could penetrate it. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

I did not know just then that the trouble I had taken upon my shoulders was a lifelong trouble. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Gertrude Stein She was quiet and serious and spanish, she had the square shoulders and the unseeing fixed eyes of a spanish woman. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Henry James Before him sat Christina Light, in a white dress, with her shoulders bare, her magnificent hair twisted into a classic coil, and her head admirably poised. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

G. K. Chesterton There is nothing possible between us but honour and death,” and he pulled the great cloak about his shoulders and picked up the flask from the table. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Flory told it all perfunctorily enough — did not the proverbial Anglo Indian bore always talk about tiger-shooting? — but Elizabeth wriggled her shoulders delightedly once more. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Gaston Leroux The count, behind him, viciously gnawed his mustache, shrugged his shoulders and frowned. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

M. P. Shiel And his neck protruded from his body; and his lower back had quite the forward curve of age; and his hair floated about his face and shoulders in a disarray of awful whiteness. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Henry James Then she put her hands on the girl’s shoulders and held them at arm’s length, as if to shake them a little, while in the depths of her shining eyes Fleda discovered something obscure and unquiet. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Henry James She rested her hands on Georgina’s shoulders a moment, gazing into her blooming face, and then she drew her closer and kissed her. Georgina’s reasons by Henry James [1884]

Baldwin Spencer Those who were running round dropped out one by one until only three were left and they then put their hands on the performers' shoulders and the performance was at an end. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Longcluse, with folded arms, and his shoulders against the wall, is in a profound reverie, his dark eyes for the time lowered to the floor, beside the point of his French boot. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Perhaps she will be beautiful also, and I have always eyes for your rosebud country beauty”— he shrugged his shoulders —“if it is of course, not too full blown. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Wilkie Collins It was close on the hour which I had appointed with Lucilla — now that the responsibility rested on my shoulders — for allowing her to use her eyes. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Determined not to shrink, he tried to brace his shoulders more firmly against the end of the excavation, and nearly fell backward in the attempt. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Robert Louis Stevenson But the strong sun upon my shoulders warmed me to the heart, and I stooped forward and plunged into the sea. The Merry Men by Robert Louis Stevenson

Leon Trotsky It should be noted that the old hunters, especially from the parts near Moscow, are all spoiled; they rubbed shoulders with the great of the earth and are masters of flattery, lying, and braggadocio. My Life by Leon Trotsky

D.H. Lawrence But the vine — one crop —?’ He lifts his shoulders and spreads his hands with that gesture of finality and fatality, while his face takes the blank, ageless look of misery, like a monkey’s. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Two party-colour’d wings his shoulders ware; All naked else; and round about his chair Were thousand mortals: some in battle ta’en, Many were hurt with darts, and many slain. Petrarch’s Triumphs by Petrarch

Some one had taken off her gown, and her shoulders were wrapped in an old shawl, lent by the incompetent. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

Old Herries was at his side, the moulded shoulders of the Tops were beneath his hand, the ruffled water of the Lakes spun to the swirl of his great strength. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

It was too big for her to wear, but fastened round her shoulders I knew it would answer the same purpose. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle Its shoulders were humped, and round them were draped what appeared to be a faded gray shawl. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Rafael Sabatini The long, lean monk folded his arms, and thrust head and shoulders through the hole; then Casanova lifted him, first by the waist, then by the legs, and so helped him through into the room beyond. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

That vast burden of toil which he had taken upon his shoulders it was now for her to bear. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Andrew Lang The Shifty Lad slung the money bags round his shoulders and took the bread and the cheese under his arm, then set out quietly for the Black Rogue’s house. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

But he could not close his ears, for he did not know how to manage the more complex coordination of shoulders and arms and hands. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Thomas Wolfe She was extremely tall for a woman, with the long, rangy legs of a runner, and her shoulders were as broad and wide as a man’s. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

If they are stubborn”— he shrugged his shoulders —“well, we’ll have to deal with them in a way they won’t like. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Jack London My conscience got so expansive and fine-strung it lamed me across the shoulders to carry it around with me. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

William Cowper There, closely braced And neatly fitted, it compresses hard The prominent and most unsightly bones, And binds the shoulders flat. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Jack London This would always culminate with the master’s arms going around White Fang’s neck and shoulders while the latter crooned and growled his love-song. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

While still a young girl in a convent school, she had shrugged her shoulders when the nuns began to instruct her in the articles of their faith. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

Wilkie Collins The boys among the mob outside intercepted the flow of air by climbing on each other’s shoulders and looking in at the meeting, through the gaps left by the shattered glass. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Gerard shrugged his shoulders at such a way of cheering a little girl, “What a fine thing Is a lute with one string,” said he. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

It passed on; she staggered backwards, with her shoulders against the wall, exhausted, as if she had been stranded there after a storm and a shipwreck. To-morrow by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Marie Corelli None of them were seen gossiping together, or smiling or nodding over each other’s shoulders as is very often the case when a congregation disperses from a fashionable church. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Marjorie Bowen He I was opening and closing his powerful hands and his wide shoulders shook. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Rudyard Kipling I looked at the hairless face, the narrow shoulders already bowed by desk-work,’ and wondered when, where, and how he had loved in his past lives. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

I could see now he was standin’ upon his feet that he was a tall, fine-made man, a head and shoulders higher than me. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

A. E. W. Mason I stood at the back of the crowd and looked over the shoulders of the men in front of me into the room. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Theodore Dreiser Her neck and shoulders ached in bending over. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Andrew Lang Parsons had resisted the effects of shoulders of mutton and hasty pudding till the age of thirty-six. Books and Bookmen by Andrew Lang

Edith Wharton Renewed self-confidence, and the habit of command, had in fact restored the erectness to Amherst’s shoulders and the clearness to his eyes. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Anatole France He placed on her bare shoulders the cape of red velvet embroidered with gold and lined with ermine, and said, in a low tone, but distinctly: “Therese, I love you. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

He drew his head and shoulders over the edge and began to stare straight down at the water. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Anthony Trollope In doing so the quantity of butter which he poured over Mr. Hardlines’ head and shoulders with the view of alleviating the misery which such a communication would be sure to inflict, was very great. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Virginia Woolf Many a time had she gone, at Bourton when they were all talking, to look at the sky; or seen it between people’s shoulders at dinner; seen it in London when she could not sleep. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Don Balthasar shrugged his shoulders to his ears, and moved his hands from his knees. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

William Makepeace Thackeray On the green man’s shoulders is his old father, in a green old age; to him hangs his wife, with a babe on her breast, and dangling at her hair, another child. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Edith Wharton He had tried to shift a portion of his burden to his wife’s shoulders and now that she had tacitly refused to carry it, he felt the load too heavy to be taken up again. The Touchstone by Edith Wharton [1900]

Her shoulders were bent and contracted as if with extreme age. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

I do not ask you to take off my shoulders all the cares and duties of property; but I ask you to share the burden, and to show me how to sustain my part well. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Virginia Woolf Why should she not take the weight off his shoulders and give him what he longed for — assurance, certainty? Because she too was deformed like the rest of them? He looked down at her hands. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Robert Louis Stevenson Meanwhile artist after artist drops into the salle-a-manger for coffee, and then shoulders easel, sunshade, stool, and paint-box, bound into a fagot, and sets of for what he calls his ‘motive. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

Olaf Stapledon Orion’s four-square shoulders and feet, his belt and sword, the Plough, the zigzag of Cassiopeia, the intimate Pleiades, all were duly patterned on the dark. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

He shrugged his shoulders and looked away. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

William Morris But at worst no harm hath happened save to my shoulders and sides, by thy stealing thyself, since thou hast come back in the nick of time, and of thine own will, as men say. Child Christopher and Goldilind the Fair by William Morris [1895]