Phrases with "touch"

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

Anthony Trollope Every touch goes against the hair with you; every little blow hits you on the raw. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

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]

Walter Scott Yet there is one circumstance in which the sense of touch as well as others is very apt to betray its possessor into inaccuracy, in respect to the circumstances which it impresses on its owner. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Anthony Trollope Now in her energy she put our her hand, meaning perhaps to touch lightly the sleeve of his coat, meaning perhaps not quite to touch him at all. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Hope My part is lighter; for your ring shall be on my finger and your heart in mine, and no touch save of your lips will ever be on mine. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Wilkie Collins At the first attempt I made to touch the personal question, she entreated me to spare her, and abruptly left the room. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Charles Dickens The halfpence, and sixpences, and other voluntary contributions, rolled about in all directions, but nobody offered to touch them, or to take them up. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Algernon Blackwood Yet above and beyond these was something else he could not name, something that stirred in him wonder, love, a touch of awe, and a haunting suggestion of familiarity. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

George Meredith Her womanly nature did not shrink from caressing it with a touch of soothing hands. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Rudyard Kipling There ain’t no touch — there ain’t no chello; an’ the minut’ the charge is over, you’ve got to play at bein’ a bloomin’ field-rat all over again. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It needed only a movement on his part to turn their touch into a caress. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

E. Phillips Oppenheim In his way he was an artist, and there was even a touch of the waiter’s subservience in his pose. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

The bailiff’s house is not a quarter of a mile away, and the footman is positive he got in touch with us less than five minutes after the butler was struck down. Marauders by Night by Arthur Gask [1951]

A murder of that kind must be touch and go—no sooner thought of than done. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Anthony Trollope She hung on his arm as she went down to the cottage, and believed herself to be the happiest and most fortunate girl in Ireland. As yet no touch of the sorrows of love had fallen upon her. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

D. H. Lawrence At Whitsuntide he said he would go to Blackpool for four days with his friend Newton. The latter was a big, jolly fellow, with a touch of the bounder about him. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope In all that there might be something, if not good and great, nevertheless grand, if her ambition, though worldly, had in it a touch of nobility. Thackeray by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Arnold Bennett Are your hands clean? No, better not touch it. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Willa Cather They didn’t touch his medals; but his gold cigarette case, and the platinum watch still ticking on his wrist, — he wouldn’t have further need for them. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch But with the touch came a further sensation that made me fling both arms around the box and begin frantically to haul it towards the shore. A Blue Pantomime by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch [1893]

His mind was not on the House of the Four Winds and the difficulties of keeping in touch with Prince Odalchini; it was filled with the picture of an amber and sable young woman. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Edith Wharton It was queer how even a touch of pneumonia did you in — his legs still rambled away from him like a baby’s when he attempted his daily walk. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

An engineer or a cotton-broker would see it differently; but then neither of them would be capable of that impressionistic touch about the heads of the elephants. Charles Dickens by George Orwell [1940]

The Powers were in touch and were taking necessary steps. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

George Gissing There’s just one point I should like to touch upon. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

George Gissing If she smiled, it was with a touch of bitterness, and her talk was wont to be caustic. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

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

Anthony Trollope A look would have done it; a touch of her finger on that morning. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

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

Within a couple of hours I had got in touch with the girls. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Edith Wharton He woke up with a touch o’ lumbago, and I just made him put on one of old Dr. Kidder’s plasters and set right up into the fire. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Charles Dickens In this congregation there is indubitably one pulse; but I doubt if any power short of genius can touch it as one, and make it answer as one. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

Robert Louis Stevenson He seems to himself to touch things with muffled hands, and to see them through a veil. Virginibus Puerisque by Robert Louis Stevenson

John Galsworthy Poor Ferse! Talk about trouble, Dinny — illness, poverty, vice, crime — none of them can touch mental derangement for sheer tragedy to all concerned. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

May I not touch you? — touch your hand, Rosamund? I love you so. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Thomas Hardy She had imitated him, and her inability to touch his level would send her into fits of despondency. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

George Meredith Pray, do not use these phrases to me, Wilfrid. An accusation of coarseness cannot touch us. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Martin’s boat was the first to touch the landing-place. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

It was a beautiful starlight night, with a touch of frost in the air. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

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

She told herself, with a touch of contempt, that what he had just said was not only stupid, but utterly untrue. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

George Meredith It added a touch of a new kind of power to her image. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Another favourite game was to creep silently up behind birds which had perched on a rail or twig and try to touch their tails. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Margaret Oliphant The touch bewildered his faculties, but did not move him from the impulse, which was too real to yield to anything. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

They would have made a plain-headed woman lovely, and in a man’s face, which had not a touch of the feminine, they were startling. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

Hence the tendrils of this latter plant, when stimulated by a touch of equal force on opposite sides, did not bend. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

He didn’t touch my uncle, but he took hold of me and dragged me away. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Rudyard Kipling The last sentence ran: ‘So you see, darling, there is really no fear, because as long as I know you care for me and I care for you, nothing can touch me. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Virginia Woolf Now who shall William be? A hero? Hotspur? Henry the Fifth? No, William’s got a touch of Hamlet in him, too. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Sidney Colvin They are written very unequally, but with his true and brilliant felicity of touch here and there. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

Elizabeth Gaskell How was the squire? Had he returned to his old habits? Had his health suffered? — putting each inquiry with as light and delicate a touch as if she had been dressing a wound. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Willa Cather Thea had a rather unusual touch about such things, she reflected comfortably. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

They would not touch anywhere again until they reached Port Said. That night on deck Browne was lamenting the fact that the yacht did not travel faster than she did. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have friends in Washington, too, with whom I am in touch hour by hour. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Thomas Hardy We shall lose a shilling a score if the meat is red and bloody! Just touch the vein, that’s all. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Maria Edgeworth Lord Colambre was grateful for his judicious departure; and followed his equally judicious advice, not to touch upon Ireland this night. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

There has been no one to touch Handel as an observer of all that was observable, a lover of all that was loveable, a hater of all that was hateable, and, therefore, as a poet. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Algernon Blackwood For Egypt had ever held his spirit in thrall, though as yet he had tried in vain to touch the great buried soul of her. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Corruption could not touch a creature so lovely and so innocent Thou didst walk unharmed through the charnel-house. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

H. G. Wells There was more than a touch of magnificence, you perceive, about this affair. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Sarah Orne Jewett Mrs. Fosdick was not without a touch of dignity and elegance; she was fashionable in her dress, but it was a curiously well-preserved provincial fashion of some years back. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

George Meredith When I would image her features, Comes up a shrouded head: I touch the outlines, shrinking; She seems of the wandering dead. Poems from the volume entitled “Modern Love” by George Meredith [1862]

George Gissing Then she moved about, like one in search of occupation; taking up a book only to throw it down again, gazing vacantly at a picture, or giving a touch to a bowl of flowers. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I will not touch your fingers again, I promise. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

I don’t know how he got it, but there seems to be a touch of the shrill Levantine in him. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

But I liked him the better for the touch of enthusiasm that made him human, and determined to keep him astride of his hobby. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Jack London And so I was kept in touch with all that was happening in the world without. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

D. H. Lawrence For her, he was the kernel of life, to touch him alone was bliss. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Theodore Dreiser Her tendency to discover a touch of sadness had for the nonce disappeared. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope A man cannot leave his work forever without some touch of melancholy. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Ford Madox Ford It was not sensible; but he knew that if he had had to touch a prisoner he would have felt nausea. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Thomas Hardy As soon as the grey light began to touch ever so faintly the whiter objects in his bedroom he arose, dressed himself, and went downstairs into the road. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Rudyard Kipling You take it from me, Brethren, there’s no one to touch Jane when you’re in a tight place. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Henry James My aunt only told her afterward, so that she shouldn’t touch the bed — anything but the sheets. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She put them all on standing before her long mirror and having left no ungiven last touch she fell a few steps backward and looked at herself, turning and balancing herself as a bird might have done. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

George Gissing It did not touch her heart; that has always been pure, and generous, and womanly. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

George Meredith The young Londoner presumed to touch upon Tinman’s private affairs by pleading on behalf of the Crikledons, who were, he said, much dejected by the notice they had received to quit house and shop. The House on the Beach by George Meredith [1877]

Elizabeth Gaskell He dressed, wafered his letter, and rushed with it to the neighbouring post-office; and, without caring to touch the breakfast for which he paid, he embarked. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

D. H. Lawrence Mrs. Witt was very carefully putting a touch of red on her lips. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Henry James It appeared to determine him, for, with a touch of mercy, he passed his word. Covering End by Henry James [1898]

Wilkie Collins The strange creature drew it away with a cry of alarm: her one great fear seemed to be the fear of letting me touch her. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Nathaniel Hawthorne As the last touch to her mermaid’s garb, Pearl took some eel-grass and imitated, as best she could, on her own bosom the decoration with which she was so familiar on her mother’s. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

F. Scott Fitzgerald With a touch of panic, I wondered if I wasn’t slipping almost imperceptibly into Ellen’s attitude of mind. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

George Meredith Anything that concerns his brother moves him; it is like a touch on a musical instrument. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

Robert Louis Stevenson The final crown of it all, however, the last touch of reproduction on the pictures of my memory, was the arrival of that time for which, all night through, I waited and longed of old. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Gissing Let me, I beg of you, once more touch it with my lips. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Which monsters lest the Trojans’ pious host Should bear, or touch upon th’ inchanted coast, Propitious Neptune steer’d their course by night With rising gales that sped their happy flight. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Edith Wharton Amherst felt a touch on his arm, and met Mrs. Westmore’s eyes. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Benjamin Disraeli I fancy I know how to hit off a pasha, or touch in a Greek pirate now. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

Anthony Trollope The dream was still vivid as a reality to his intellect when he was awakened suddenly, whether by a touch or a sound he did not know. Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Walter Crane The firm-set yet soft feathers of the plumage of a bird must be rendered by a very different touch from the shining scales of a fish. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

That you did draw it argues a touch of vanity in a man who is not alone in the field where he imagines himself victor. Agatha Webb by Anna Katharine Green

God would know when and how to touch her. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

He sent half his police to the Berg to reinforce the commandoes, bidding them get into touch with the post at Blaauwildebeestefontein. A little after two o’clock a diversion occurred. Prester John by John Buchan

H. G. Wells In her eyes was a touch of apprehension. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Steele Rudd She didn’t touch the fried pumpkin. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Jack London Understand?” As he spoke he fearlessly patted the head he had so mercilessly pounded, and though Buck’s hair involuntarily bristled at touch of the hand, he endured it without protest. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

This man has got a touch of it, Mrs. Monckton, and I don’t think we shall get much reason out of him to-night. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

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

Leon Trotsky Russian revolutionaries still aroused interest, but there was a touch of irony in it, as if people were saying: “Here they are, back again. My Life by Leon Trotsky

And to think that he had not even one touch of tenderness for the child of the woman he murdered! There was no compunction—no remorse—not one sting of conscience to urge him to generosity. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

D. H. Lawrence She wanted him to touch her, to say something to her, but he said nothing, only waited politely. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells Something revealing, confirming and sustaining, had come very near to her, and she had lost touch with it. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Rudyard Kipling Mercifully she has been denied the last touch of firmness in her character which would enable her to play with the whole round world. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Her manner had not a touch of coquetry; I might have been simply another woman, she might have been simply another man. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Anthony Trollope Though he swore to himself that he would not touch the dram, he would not dash down the full glass that was held to his lips. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Andrew Lang There we touch the centre of Fielding’s morality, a subject ill to discuss, a morality not for everyday preaching. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

E. Phillips Oppenheim They sat in the bald undecorated restaurant with its high windows, out of which they seemed in incredibly close touch with the glorious panorama of snow-capped hills rolling away to the mists. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Elizabeth Gaskell I am glad you told me my faults plainly in private, for in your public notice you touch on them so lightly, I should perhaps have passed them over thus indicated, with too little reflection. The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Elizabeth Gaskell [1857]

H. G. Wells They didn’t like my being a vegetarian and the way I evidently enjoyed it, and they didn’t like the touch of colour, orange and green, in my rough serge suit. Little Mother up the Morderberg by H. G. Wells [1910]

Anthony Trollope Mr. Harding was again maltreated, but Dr. Grantly swore deeply in the bottom of his heart, that no earthly consideration should ever again induce him to touch the paw of that impure and filthy animal. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Henry James She had begun to touch him, to seem different: he was glad she had not gone. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Anthony Trollope He kissed her lips, which was rare with him, for he would generally but just touch her forehead, and he put his hand behind her waist and partly embraced her. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Their touch seemed to rouse her. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

The touch of the cold steel sent a thrill through me, and at the same instant one of the most extraordinary events of my life occurred. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

Jules Verne The heights, diminished by distance, did not present an appearance likely to tempt vessels to touch there. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

But a touch was quite sufficient. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Wilkie Collins Until you or I touch him, and so establish the nervous sympathy, he is as lost to all sense of our presence here, as if he were dead. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

George Gissing The latter was standing in front of him, dressed only in a long white shirt, in his left hand the little lamp, and with his face so close to Arthur’s as almost to touch it. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Thomas Hardy And it was the touch of the imperfect upon the would-be perfect that gave the sweetness, because it was that which gave the humanity. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Henry James You’re distinguished among my friends and relations by your character of rising young diplomatist; but you know I always want the final touch to the picture, the last fruit of analysis. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

D. H. Lawrence Yet not alone, for the touch would be upon him, even as he left his touch on her. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Maybe that in his desperate endeavours to get help, and in his need to get in touch with some one, the poor devil had tried to stop the cart. Amy Foster by Joseph Conrad [1901]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Nevertheless, a certain kindliness of disposition and a leaven of good manners kept him more or less in touch with the acquaintances of the moment. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Rafael Sabatini He put forth a hand to touch her arm, and she drew it back as if his fingers were of fire. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Sinclair Lewis Carol wailed, “Fix the furnace so you won’t have to touch it after supper. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Ford Madox Ford He had never acquired any because he was too lazy: a little Sallust, a little Cornelius Nepos, a touch of Horace, enough French to read a novel and follow what Marie Léonie said . Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Wilkie Collins Your first Truffle! Don’t touch it with the knife. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Wilkie Collins You don’t suppose she made this? I wouldn’t touch it, if she had. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

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]

Algernon Blackwood I saw him touch his cap again in the customary manner, and Martin, the under-master, shrugging his shoulders, passed on without another word. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

I know your brother has a heart, and that you have power to touch it. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

Marie Corelli He sat down and surveyed the up-standing figure of the Cardinal with curiosity and a touch of pity. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Sir Walter Scott He gazed upon the horrible apparatus with much composure; and if a touch of nature called the blood from his cheek for a second, resolution sent it back to his brow with greater energy. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Henry James Even Waterville felt a touch of the unexpected, though not indeed an excess of it, to belong to his conception of the woman who should have an ideal repose. The Siege of London by Henry James [1883]

Arnold Bennett He smiled at her, with a touch of protective and yet sardonic condescension, without saying a word. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Marjorie Bowen She felt with a sense of shock that he was making an effort to reveal his very soul to her; she saw his emotion, and wondered dimly that it did not touch her. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Elizabeth Gaskell He had lost the slight touch of cynicism which he had affected when he was expected to do wonders at college; and that was one good result of his failure. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

Virginia Woolf Indeed she had been keeping guard over the dish of fruit (without realising it) jealously, hoping that nobody would touch it. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

The touch acted where the voice had failed. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

As he advanced he saw Clancy touch Hale on the arm. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

He will have enough free income for his modest needs, but till the trust is revoked he won’t be able to touch the capital. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

He was a fool, and once in touch with the crafty tenant of the White House there could be no doubt whatever as to the result. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

G. K. Chesterton The old miser had some touch of the human artist about him in so far that he collected gold—a substance that can really be admired for itself, like ivory or old oak. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Radclyffe Hall As the place will eventually come to you, I think we should try to keep more in touch . The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Algernon Blackwood There was a touch of the unearthly in this loveliness that bewildered sight a little. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Anthony Trollope Nevertheless, she did not refuse the proffered visit, and the first sight of Beatrice’s face, the first touch of the first embrace, dissipated for the moment her anger. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

The veriest old dry-as-dust, hibernating in mouldy archaeological chambers, cannot resist the blithesome thought which dares to illumine his antique treasures with a touch of mirth. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Wilkie Collins My touch seemed to have the same effect on her which the sound of my voice had produced when I first entered the room. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

James Joyce He could not touch him for more than a bob — and a bob was no use. Dubliners by James Joyce

Sarah Orne Jewett So we always keep the same hearts, though our outer framework fails and shows the touch of time. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell Ruth was feverish and thirsty, and eagerly drank it off, although she could not touch the bread and butter which the girl offered her. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The chauffeur was in his place, and with a touch of the handle the engine was started. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Anthony Trollope At the present moment it did not touch her heart; it merely appeased her pride and flattered her vanity. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Arnold Bennett Constance was almost afraid to touch cards, as though in the very cardboard there had been something unrighteous and perilous. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Henry James They had parted, positively, as if, on either side, primed with it — primed for whatever was to be; and everything between them, as the month waned, added its touch of truth to this similitude. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

H. Rider Haggard It was the drink that made me think of these things, Baas, and that is why I have sworn to touch it no more. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Sinclair Lewis No, won’t touch it for less . The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

The rest of the Canadian Press did not touch the subject. The Last Crusade by John Buchan

William Dampier We did not touch at this island in this voyage; but I was there before this in the year 1670, when I saw a fort here lying on the top of a hill and commanding the harbour. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Maraquito, for obvious reasons, had no desire to come into touch with the authorities. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

He was accused, however, of having lived so long away from home as to have fallen out of touch with real Norwegian life, which he studied in the convex mirror of the newspapers. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Edith Wharton Every sensation of touch and sight was thrice-alive in her. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

Olaf Stapledon Then what of the single nose which, between crossed fingers, feels like two noses? Evidently touch itself can mislead. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Guy de Maupassan She did not feel so frightened then, and all at once the thought flashed across her mind that she had only to turn round and her lips would touch his. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Just as Coroner Perry offered to touch his bell, the door opened and Mr. Clifton was ushered in. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton She rose and undressed hastily, hungering now for the touch of her pillow. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

The soul was already a captive before doubt, anguish, or dismay could touch its surrender and its exaltation. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Jane Austen Emma could imagine she saw a touch of the arm at this speech, from his wife. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

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]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle In he walked, a middle-sized dark-haired, dark-eyed, black-bearded man, with a touch of the sheeny about his nose. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Wilkie Collins The touch ran through him, from head to foot, like a touch of ice. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

H. G. Wells But that girl with the red hair — was she a countess? was she a queen? Children perhaps? Had sorrow dared to touch her? Had she forgotten altogether? . The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

She must be even more out of touch with her contemporaries than McGregor! And yet her dress,—yes, there could be no doubt about it—had an air of magnificence, in spite of its extreme plainness. Barbara Rebell by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1905]

Anthony Trollope It was necessary to talk over these matters, and in doing so it was very hard not to touch on forbidden subjects. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

The great strong man struck down without warning in the prime and pride of life; the giant dwarfed to nothing in a few seconds by the harsh touch of death. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

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]

Elizabeth Gaskell She was aware of it by some subtle vibration of the air, rather than by touch or sound. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

G. K. Chesterton And it is by no means certain that I should have consented to touch the garden if he had gone down on his knees to me. A Miscellany of Men by G. K. Chesterton [1912]

Charles Dickens She was aware of it by some subtle vibration of the air rather than by touch or sound. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Algernon Blackwood That night in our bedroom, when Goldingham was asleep and snoring, I felt a touch upon my pillow, and looking up from the edge of unconsciousness. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

But as such distinctions touch upon the transcendental I shall spare you the pain of listening to them. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

The doctors have forbidden you to touch stimulants, I believe. The Miraculous Revenge by George Bernard Shaw

Olaf Stapledon It was of course something of a miracle that I had been able to keep in touch even thus far. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

But this delicate trait of attention did touch the benighted heathen. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

E. F. Benson And it’s such a pleasure, dear friends, to be able to get into touch with you all again. Mr. Tilly’s Seance by E. F. Benson

It is supposed to affect the nervous system, and thus destroy the vital functions; it is also said to be perfectly harmless provided it does not touch the blood. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Watkin Tench Drafts on the place he is to touch at, or cash (dollars if possible) will best answer his end. A Narrative of the The Expedition to Botany Bay by Watkin Tench [1788]

There he found all the community waiting for him, to touch his hands or his robe. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

George Eliot But Romola’s touch and glance no longer stirred any fibre of tenderness in her husband. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

All he wanted from her sittings for him was to be alone with her and touch her continually under the pretence of keeping her in the right position. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Bram Stoker Lucy frets at the postponement of seeing him, but it does not touch her looks. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Andrew Lang Only we must not touch the soup-tureen. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

There was still the cold touch of wire against his cheek. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Guy de Maupassant Monsieur Philippe next struck up a lively polka, and Monsieur Tournevau started off with the handsome Jewess, whom he held up in the air, without letting her feet touch the ground. La Maison Tellier by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

A single delicate touch on the concave surface of the tip soon caused one to curve; and in 2 minutes it formed an open helix. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

M. P. Shiel I saw the touch of enthusiasm which she had summoned up quenched by my manner. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Margaret Oliphant While still those incomprehensible syllables were wavering about him, another voice suddenly made itself heard, a touch came upon his arm. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Ford Madox Ford Nancy was a splendid creature, but she had about her a touch of madness. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford