Phrases with "touch"

G. K. Chesterton And the idea that if he had only known what was coming, nothing would have induced him to touch anything so improper and shocking, is a matter of deep indwelling joy. Robert Louis Stevenson by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Herman Melville Never touch bell-wire in a thunder-storm, nor ring a bell of any sort. The Lightning-Rod Man by Herman Melville

I don’t suppose he knows any special Evallonian dishes, so the menu had better have a touch of Scotland. They’ll appreciate local colour. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Algernon Blackwood We had established touch with another region of life, of power, and the link was not yet fully broken. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Wilkie Collins If you only touch her (I can’t explain it, but it is so), you will make matters worse. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

He brought his wife’s wrist to his cheek, and the touch subdued the rising hysteria within him. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Francis Bacon Heat, as far as regards the sense and touch of man, is a thing various and relative; insomuch that tepid water feels hot if the hand be cold, but cold if the hand be hot. The New Organon by Francis Bacon [1620]

Henry James I’ve never thought of you but as OUTSIDE of ugly things, so ignorant of any falsity or cruelty or vulgarity as never to have to be touched by them or to touch them. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

And then, sometimes, while I am looking at Valentine, the thought that he might die comes to me suddenly, like the touch of an icy hand upon my heart. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Meredith Whenever I am distracted by existing circumstances, I lay my finger on the material conditions, and I touch the secret. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Robert Green Ingersoll Put on your steak, using a wire broiler, and not a particle of smoke will touch it, for the reason that the smoke goes down. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

Think of it: waiting for them to touch you on the shoulder! No, no, no; I’ll give myself up and get it over. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

John Galsworthy It was charming, the more so for that slight tip-tilt of the nose which gave to the face a touch of adventurousness. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Edith Wharton Her full young voice kept its cool note of authority, her sympathy revealing itself only in the expert touch of her hands and the constant vigilance of her dark steady eyes. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Sinclair Lewis He could never touch Otto Hickenlooper in institutions and social service. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

Bram Stoker I shuddered as I bent over to touch him, and every sense in me revolted at the contact, but I had to search, or I was lost. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

The knack of a girlish nimbleness of touch had returned to her after a few weeks, and she made music which Theron supposed was very good — for her. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Henry Kingsley I touch as lightly as I can; but I have undertaken to tell a story, and I must tell it. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

And if God touch thee with harm, there is none to take it off but He; and if He touch thee with good, He is mighty over all. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Ford Madox Ford To be the county family, to look the county family, to be so appropriately and perfectly wealthy; to be so perfect in mannereven just to the saving touch of insolence that seems to be necessary. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Anthony Trollope I shall not touch it again till the policeman comes. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins The touch that was like the touch of his lips, lingered and was lost; the clasp that was like the clasp of his arms, pressed me and fell away. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

I’ll keep well in touch with Mrs. Rayneham to learn everything that is going on and come over at once and take a hand if I think you are in any danger. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Never a great engagement, and yet never a day when we were wholly out of touch with the enemy. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

But I see it is in vain to attempt to touch your heart. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

F. Scott Fitzgerald At his lips’ touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

G. K. Chesterton You will notice that his caging grew more strict; when people began to touch or examine the tree, he locked everybody out of the garden. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He had not flushed even faintly before and now a touch of colour crept under his fair skin. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

William Dampier Being now clear of all the islands we stood off south, intending to touch at New Holland, a part of Terra Australis Incognita, to see what that country would afford us. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

D. H. Lawrence He turned his eyes to her with a touch of a satiric smile. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Theodore Dreiser When he saw it a touch of the old Kane home atmosphere came back to him. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Give him my love if you see him, and tell him to keep me in touch with his movements. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

The men began to put on their clothes and passed round a bottle of Schnaps; but though I was soon as cold as a wet rat and felt depressed and weak to boot, I would not touch the liquor. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Rudyard Kipling Fright only frights Sahib! None had — none could — touch him. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

R. D. Blackmore Nothing could be heard in this calm nook but the lingering touch of the dying breeze, and the long soft murmur of the distant sea, and the silvery plash of a pair of coots at play. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Rudyard Kipling I hardly had to touch it after that. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He can’t touch you so long as you’re not around just underneath his thumb. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

Anthony Trollope He could tell the man, no doubt, that beyond all this there might be everlasting joy, not only for him, but for him and the girl together;—joy which would be sullied by no touch of disgrace. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

D. H. Lawrence None of these questions needed answering, and he did not feel in touch with her. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Only to touch it again! just once to touch it again! He begged and prayed Tonino; but the tinman was inexorable. Signa by Ouida

I told Catherine not to touch them until you had seen them. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

H. G. Wells Like a praying Mantis. But how penetratingly he works! He looks under things and through things — that cynical touch — a cruel sense of reality. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Berati’s chair was empty! Down the passage was dimly visible the figure of a woman, whose feet seemed scarcely to touch the polished oak floor. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

D. H. Lawrence Then he added, with a touch of impatience, and of the proprietor’s interest: “What is she doing?” “She’s talking. A Modern Lover by D. H. Lawrence [1933]

E. F. Benson That shudder was not merely of the spirit, for the touch of him was that of ice on my hand. The Gardener by E. F. Benson

Arthur Conan Doyle Stanley laid his hand upon my shoulder, and his touch was inexpressibly soothing. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

H. G. Wells But he would not have answered the question calmly; he would have had a touch of defensive indignation in his voice. Star-Begotten by H. G. Wells [1937]

H. G. Wells But directly children come in we touch the future. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Algernon Blackwood Oh,” he said with a touch of swift enthusiasm, “I have recovered nearly all. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Edith Wharton She was always hunting for it everywhere, and it was because, from the first, she had felt a touch of it in Lita that she had been so devoted to the child. Twilight Sleep by Edith Wharton [1927]

Henry Handel Richardson One lesson a fortnight would have brought you’ more into touch with Schwarz than all you have had in the class. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

E. Phillips Oppenheim I shall get in touch at once with the Chef de la Sûreté of the district. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Frederick Marryat He gave her some grass, and patted her and coaxed her for a long while, till at last she allowed him to touch her gently. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

H. Rider Haggard Gracioso! “It was only a dream on the throbbing strings, An echo of Nature in phantasy wrought, A breath of her breath and a touch of her wings From a kingdom outspread in the regions of thought. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

H. G. Wells It gives just that pessimistic touch that tempered her valiant adventurousness, that gave a color at last to the tragedy of her death. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

D. H. Lawrence He did not want to touch her, nor to be touched by her. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James I forebore to touch particularly on that, however, for I certainly was not prepared to say that I would take charge of her. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

F. Scott Fitzgerald When a friend of mine wakes up I’ll touch him for a couple of bucks and go to a hotel. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

The realms of fancy were all untravelled, and its fairest flowers had not been gathered, nor its beauties despoiled by the rude touch of those who affected to cultivate them. The History of the Conquest of Peru by William Hickling Presco

Arthur Conan Doyle Whether it’s passing, or tackling, or dribbling, there’s no one to touch him, and then, he’s got the head, and can hold us all together. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

Henry James I thought perhaps you’d just let me touch on your own. The Other House by Henry James [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The touch of her lips had fired his blood. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

The “nudity of things” brought her an instant’s impulse toward hysteria — it was so characteristic a touch of candid exaggeration. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

No! Jim wouldn’t touch nothing or take a billet on the place. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Alexander Pope And, till he ends the being, makes it blest; Which sees no more the stroke, or feels the pain, Than favour’d Man by touch ethereal slain. An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope [1734]

H. G. Wells Collectively we know a great deal more, and more of us are in touch with the general body of knowledge than was ever the case at any earlier stage. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

H. G. Wells Forgive a touch of autobiography. The Croquet Player by H. G. Wells [1936]

Oscar Wilde I love beautiful things that one can touch and handle. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

George Meredith It was then that his touch upon Bank money began to intoxicate him strangely. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Do you suppose that storm can ever touch the Fool?” Why she used the words she didn’t know, but something in them answered the girl in the same terms in which she had cried out. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Andrew Lang The Enchanter ate like six ogres, but the Princess could not touch a morsel. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence She felt she dared not touch him. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James She seemed to see at present, to touch across the table, as if by laying her hand on it, what he had meant when he confessed on those several occasions to fear. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

George Gissing The years of wandering had put him hopelessly out of touch with what Sibyl called society. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

John Galsworthy Puffing out his lower lip, he gave his last instructions: “Adolf, the least touch of the West India when you come to the ham. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Hence it seems probable in this case and in others, that the curvature of the tendril from a touch depends on the contraction of the cells along the concave side. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Henry James The beauty was that, as under a touch of one of the ivory notes at the left of the keyboard, he sounded out with the short sharpness of the dear fond stupid uneasy man. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Wilkie Collins Dabbs will bear witness that the Stratford people know he’s at Tidbury, and know they can’t touch him: he’s sure to think that a pretty good proof that we are right. Mr Wray’s Cash Box by Wilkie Collins [1852]

George Meredith She thought that one who could so transform her sister, touch her with awe, and give her gracefulness and humility, must be what Dahlia said he was. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

George Gissing How does that touch you, Mr. Lashmar?” “Finance yes,” Dyce replied. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Anthony Trollope The world has seemed to decide that a widow should take two years before she can bestow herself on a second man without a touch of scandal. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Every touch of colour vanished from her face. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle A touch of red in nose and cheeks, with a slight tremor of his extended hand, recalled Holmes’s surmise as to his habits. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Her sickly figure seemed to say, “Please don’t touch me!” How could my friends be in love with her? “I have been lame a long time,” she told me, willingly and almost boastfully. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Sinclair Lewis I’m not worthy to touch Madeline’s hand. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

I’d take the best man among them, and dare him to touch me. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Rudyard Kipling Just as he was at the window he felt a touch on his foot. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Arthur Conan Doyle They wouldn’t touch the guns and things — thought them dangerous, I expect — but they carried away all our loose food. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

It is not the honest man, but the man of honor, who shines in his page; his meek folk are proudly meek, and there is a touch of superiority, a glint of mundane splendor, in his lowliest. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

They had agreed it would be far too dangerous for him to write or attempt to get in touch with her in any way. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Among these extremely superstitious Barbary rabbies, it is a pollution to their wine if a Christian touch even the bottle containing the juice of the grape, and they will not drink it afterwards. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

Before taking his leave, he offered money to her also, saying, ‘I have them all here, you see, those scudi you sent: I, too, made a vow not to touch them, until the mystery was cleared up. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

If I fail now, I have lost touch for ever with the killer of Captain Dane.” He opened the door very gently and pulled aside the curtain. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Brick Wales said if you ever touched any of us —’ ‘But I never did touch any of you. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Charles Dickens But I touch him up with you when he comes it too strong, and so we preserve an understanding. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Wilkie Collins I positively refused to touch a farthing of his money. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Samuel Johnson Even in this poem he has not been able to forbear one touch upon the cruelty of his mother, which, though remarkably delicate and tender, is a proof how deep an impression it had upon his mind. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

George Gissing With no touch of personal conceit, he excelled the perfumed exquisite in care for minute perfections. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

H. G. Wells If Mwres did not like hearing what it said, he had only to touch a stud, and it would choke a little and talk about something else. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is made sharp with a grain of salt, with a touch of ugliness. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

That night she saw it still, as she sat in her own room, and listened to the whisper of the rain upon the roof, and the touch of its myriad fingers on the window-panes. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Sometimes a breath of wind would enter and touch his face, a cool breath charged with the damp, fresh feel from a vast body of water. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

Charles Dickens But there is a rusty old knocker, too — very loose, so that it slides round when you touch it — and if you learn the trick of it, and knock long enough, somebody comes. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Francis Bacon Speech of touch towards others, should be sparingly used; for discourse ought to be as a field, without coming home to any man. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

Algernon Blackwood There were cheek-bones, oddly high, that made him think involuntarily of the well-advertised Pharaoh, Ramases; a square, deep jaw; and an aquiline nose that gave the final touch of power. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

D. H. Lawrence Till he could almost touch the bird. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Ivan Turgenev My old housekeeper set a cup of tea before me, but I did not touch it. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

Olaf Stapledon He responded with adoration and great gentleness, never presuming to touch his goddess. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope The carriage was actually in motion before he perceived that John Eames was opposite to him: Eames had, instinctively, drawn up his legs so as not to touch him. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

She was unconsciously comforted by the sense that it was on the warm, bright, comprehensible side of his interest in life that she touched him — and that Elfrida did not touch him. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Meanwhile, reverend father, a touch of your cordial —” Brother Bartolomé reached down a bottle from a shelf. The Poisoned Ice by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Anthony Trollope It is perhaps almost true that no one can touch pitch and not be defiled. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

E. Phillips Oppenheim There was a touch of salt in the wind, blowing against the tide, a pleasant freshness in the air. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Arthur Conan Doyle There was never a woman to touch her. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

He would speak friendly words — come nearer yet — yet nearer — so near that they could touch him with their hands and stretch them out to make him a captive. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Margaret Oliphant But Dr. Rider quieted the poor mother with a touch of his hand. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Forlorn birds, made tamer by one irresistible touch of Nature, flit mournfully among the battered branches. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

But he did uneasily feel that she was a little out of touch with philosophy. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

D. H. Lawrence I should loathe to have to touch him. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Gaston Leroux It passed close to them, near enough to touch them. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

Abraham Merri And I saw again the heart-break in Evalie’s eyes, and my rage vanished in a touch of heart-break of my own. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

George Gissing I like turning over a sample of grain; I like the touch of it, and the smell of it. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

He only wishes to wither your soul, — I seek to touch it. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

So, with a feeling of great excitement and self-importance, he got through to Scotland Yard and finally was put in touch with Inspector Mendel himself. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Gaston Leroux It was discovered that these detected servants were in touch with the revolutionaries, so they were hanged. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

John Galsworthy Almost stag-like; almost — a touch of the — not startled — no, of the aloof. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

Anatole France Such is the sense of Eve’s words: ‘But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it lest ye die. At the Sign of the Reine Pédauque by Anatole France

The ascent, however, was steep enough to touch the breath, and conversation was for some minutes neither a pleasure nor a necessity. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

It was neat and of harmonious colouring; innocent of the least touch of finery; not a scratch expended on ornament. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

He had acquired — like most men who live much in the dark — that cat-like perception of obstacles which is due rather to increased sensitiveness of touch than increased acuteness of vision. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Henry Handel Richardson And Cousin Emmy said she dared her to touch her, and it was DREADFUL. He was ever so glad when Mamma said it was time to go home, and he put on his gloves in a hurry. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Mark Twain Git up on one another’s backs and let me touch ’em. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Margaret Oliphant The touch of the crape made her shiver. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Robert Louis Stevenson His choice of a place of wintering has somehow to his own eyes the air of an act of bold contract; and, since he has wilfully sought low temperatures, he is not so apt to shudder at a touch of chill. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anna Katherine Green On the contrary, his answer was almost mild, though tinged for the first time with a touch of that biting sarcasm for which he had once been famous. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Andrew Lang Nothing could waken him, not even the sound of sweetest music, nor the touch of a lady who bent over him. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Even then, a touch of oil would probably have kept it going for a month or two, but I made no such suggestion. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Virginia Woolf These are fantastic pictures — these are figments, these visions of friends in absence, grotesque, dropsical, vanishing at the first touch of the toe of a real boot. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Her arms were raised to him, her mouth was half parted for his kiss, when she held him off suddenly and lightly and, with a touch of embarrassment, looked around. All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1926]

Rudyard Kipling And now, mother of many, we will lightly touch thee, for Smallpox has been before us here. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

G. K. Chesterton Some were smiling; a few were laughing; but that merely added a touch to the nobleman’s natural annoyance and disdain. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

She knew the chords to touch in him; she played on him as he could play on any lute or violin. Signa by Ouida

Elizabeth Gaskell Her hands and feet were the smallest I ever saw; when one of the former was placed in mine, it was like the soft touch of a bird in the middle of my palm. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mind, I won’t touch it if you smoke another cigarette before you leave here. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Far from unimportant do I rate the charm of his language, its purity, its melody, its graceful flexibility, the wealth of vocabulary, the polish which rarely betrays the touch of the file. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Wilkie Collins By return of post, Stella has answered the lawyers, declaring that, so long as she lives, and has any influence over her son, he shall not touch the offered income. The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins [1881]

Henry Handel Richardson For, in his mild way, Dove had a touch of Caesarean mania—of a lust for power. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Jasper had noticed it, but the mate, turning away, as though he had not liked being looked at, had muttered shamefacedly of a headache and a touch of fever. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

When I touch sparklers I get away quick and lively. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Jules Verne At the first port we touch at, you will be given up into the hands of the English authorities. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Robert Louis Stevenson A little steering, just a touch of the rudder now and then, and with a willing listener there is no limit to the domain of equivocal speech. The Story of a Lie by Robert Louis Stevenson

Anthony Trollope The touch of her hand is so fresh that it cools me when I am in fever. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

I have neither the power nor the inclination to touch it. The Forsaken Inn by Anna Katharine Green

George Eliot But just at that time Tito felt a hand laid on his shoulder, and no amount of previous resolution could prevent the very unpleasant sensation with which that sudden touch jarred him. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

H. G. Wells The big conflict between us has a parallel in a little internal conflict that goes on; there’s something of man in every woman and a touch of the feminine in every man. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Wilkie Collins She heard nothing, she was conscious of nothing, until she felt a touch on her shoulder — a light touch from a hand that trembled. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

The group fell again to an ill-favoured silence, and Hemstead began to touch the banjo, as was his habit of an evening. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

When the passion had passed, he got up and walked hastily to the window, more ashamed of this one touch of honest emotion than of all the falsehoods and chicaneries of his career. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

He stood close to her, never attempting to touch her even with the tip of his little finger — and she stared at him stupidly. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

George Gissing Knowing his bitter misery, she could write to him in cold, hard words, without a touch even of womanly feeling. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Anthony Trollope I shall want to see you, touch you, and pet you as I do now. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle His steel cap had remained behind in the flour-bin, and his bright red hair, the only touch of colour about him, stood straight up in the air with terror, as he implored me to spare his life. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Her exhilarated heart saddened a little: a touch of new gravity showed in her face. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She was still so physically appealing that you wanted to touch the personality that trembled on her lips. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

William Cowper Not a flower But shows some touch in freckle, streak, or stain, Of His unrivalled pencil. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Anthony Trollope A stranger, could a stranger have seen it all, would have said that the mother did not love her child, that there was no touch of tenderness about the woman’s heart. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

She screwed herself into the corner of the seat, so as not to touch me. Going to the Mop by Ellen Wood [1871]

It did not touch the rocks once all the way. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Andrew Lang It seemed hardly to touch the water before it was carried away, and even his magic sight could not follow it. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope You could not touch the subject without alluding to my sister. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Edgar Allan Poe It was necessary to hear and see and touch him to be sure that he was not. The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe

E. Phillips Oppenheim If this is your doing it is the justice of Heaven. I never saw any one who looked so miserable and yet so thoroughly in touch with his surroundings. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Henry Lawson I wonder whether he was changed after all — or, was it I? A man does seem to get out of touch with the bush after living in cities for eight or ten years. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Anton Chekhov I wanted, you see, to touch the drunken hussies’ hearts, and pose as an unhappy father. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

James Joyce The fog had begun to chill him and he wondered could he touch Pat in O’Neill’s. Dubliners by James Joyce

There was one of those bolts that rise and fall perpendicularly in a series of rings, and bar or open the door by a touch to a rope connected with it by a wire and a crank or two. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Afterwards111 brings in the icy touch of the spirit hand. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

Walter Scott He alighted with perfect safety and activity upon his feet, and, as if rebounding from the floor, he sprung upwards again, so as almost to touch the roof. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

M. P. Shiel As you know bubbles and sub-atoms, so she knows her Wo-Ngwanya, and can move the mass of it with her finger, as a chit’s touch launches a ship. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

Sir Walter Scott A touch and a whisper from the old man warned Lovel that his best course was to remain quiet, and watch their motions from their present place of concealment. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

D. H. Lawrence What a white-skinned, soft, plump child she seemed! Her pain meant a touch of pleurisy, for sure. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy There had been a magic in his wooing touch of her hand; and she wondered how he had come to be attracted by the girl. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

Henry Handel Richardson She stood irresolute, not venturing to touch him again, looking hungrily at him. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

The knees of the faithful must alone touch them in ascending or descending, and that only after the pilgrims have reverentially kissed them. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

The likeness to Raymond seemed to be fading away under the touch of the Mighty Hand, but the look of Ruth, the better look, remained. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

He found that by chance he was now in touch with two or three persons who found no satisfaction in desire and possession and power. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Guy de Maupassant The abbé divided the fish lengthwise, helping his son to the better half: “I caught it a little while ago,” he said, with a touch of pride in spite of his keen distress. The Olive Grove (Le Champ d'Oliviers) by Guy de Maupassant [1890]

Ford Madox Ford But she had not for him a touch of magnetism. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Anthony Trollope Though he had the whole Fifth Avenue to offer to me I would not touch him with a pair of tongs. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

She had but to touch the houses and they would fall down. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

George Meredith Tasso would submit to rough caresses from Mr. Posterley; he would not allow Mr. Stuart Rem to touch him. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

E. Phillips Oppenheim For the moment we have lost touch with him. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

The summer night is soft and warm, without a touch of chill. Geoffrey's Wife by Mary Cholmondeley

George Gissing Yonder lies her cithern; she learnt to touch it, I scarce know how, out of mere desire to soothe my melancholy, and I suspect—though she will not avow it—that the music she plays is often her own. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

I’ll phone up every day to Curtain Lane and keep in touch with you that way. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Thomas Hardy But I don’t want to touch your money. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

H.P. Lovecraft Forbidding me to touch the body, he first injected a drug in the wrist just beside the place his needle had punctured when injecting the embalming compound. Herbert West — Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft [1922]

His benign countenance was framed in dark auburn hair that fell in waving masses, like John Milton’s, and at this period showed no touch of grey. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

There seems to be a touch of Dickens about them. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Later she came into bed again, and he stayed very quietly, longing to touch her and to comfort her, but doing nothing. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]