Phrases with "touching"

Erect and swaying, she seemed to glide without touching the earth; the only sound was the silky swish and rustle of the long grass. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

William Makepeace Thackeray Leaning on her husband’s arm, a handkerchief to her eyes, in the most touching attitude, Marie Antoinette received these first visits. The Paris Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1840]

Astonished at the profusion of jewels worn by the various guests, I received a solution by a question I asked, touching this mavellous circumstance. Travels in Morocco by James Richardson

George Gissing A direct question touching both so deeply could be answered only in one way. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

D. H. Lawrence Do you mind touching the bell, Cyril?” Rebecca came, and the paper was discovered. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

William Makepeace Thackeray I saw one at a fountain, holding one child in her arms, and giving another a drink — a ragged little beggar — a sweet and touching picture of a black charity. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

Francis Bacon So, then, we have constituted (as in our own wish and advice) the inquiry touching human nature entire, as a just portion of knowledge to be handled apart. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Andrew Lang I once met a stranger who, having become acquainted with him, spoke of him with a touching fondness and pride, his fancy reposing, as it seemed, in a fond contemplation of so much genius and charm. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

Francis Bacon But this part touching angels and spirits I cannot note as deficient, for many have occupied themselves in it; I may rather challenge it, in many of the writers thereof, as fabulous and fantastical. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn The record of her life and her husband’s—for the two are inseparable—may close with as touching a little attention as was ever paid by an elderly man to his elderly wife. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

D. H. Lawrence Your Henry has quite a good mind, yet I would simply shrink from touching his hair. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing Eleanor refrained from touching the piano, and at meals kept the gravest countenance, in mere kindness. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

George Gissing Moment after moment the rifts grew longer, the tones grew warmer; above began to spread a rosy flush; in front, the glory brightened, touching the cloud-line above it with a tender crimson. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Why is this incident touching to me? Because in any normal circumstances it would have been impossible for good feelings ever to be re-established between this boy and myself. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

Charles Dickens Yet I should no more have known that he was near me when he was silent, without putting out my arm and touching him, than I should if he had turned in and been fast asleep below. The Wreck of the Golden Mary by Charles Dickens [1856]

She said the last words of that evening: “You men never grow up,” touching lightly the grey hair above his temple. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

George Eliot He only knew that the sight and memory of her moved him deeply, touching the spring of all love and tenderness, all faith and courage within him. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

But perhaps this is not so much to be wondered at, for in touching and handling there is some apparent principle and cause of the effect. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Joseph Furphy Each of these useful scoundrels had the answer of a good conscience touching the transaction. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

They thus climbed up three stories, he behind her, touching with his hands, when he felt for the banister, a silk dress which rubbed against each side of the staircase. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Stephen Lucius Gwynn Nevertheless, touching as the relation was, it had its weak side, and Moore in time realised it. Thomas Moore by Stephen Lucius Gwynn [1905]

On appearing before Cortes, the poor man saluted him in the Indian style, by touching the earth with his hand, and carrying it to his head. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

I’ve lived — and so did you, though you talk as if you were one of those people that should have wings so as to go about without touching the dirty earth. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Wilkie Collins The baby was still sleeping as pretty as ever, and its mother’s hand was touching one of its arms. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

Arnold Bennett Mr. Critchlow stopped short of the kitchen steps, and extended his arms, touching the walls on either side. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Algernon Blackwood He looked down sideways at me from the box, touching his cockade with the long yellow whip in his thick, gloved hand. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Gertrude Stein A touching expartition is in an example of work, a touching beat is in the best way. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

I could not say how touching the sight of their sightlessness was, or how the remembrance of it makes me wish that I had carried more coppers with me when I set out. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

He made a supreme effort, and with a bound jumped into the vehicle without touching the step. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

However, there was no occasion for her to say anything, as Chalmers, touching his cap with a grin, took himself off at once. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Fanny Fern Harry! Harry!” said he, touching his shoulder, “I’ve come to see you; do you know me?” “Father!” said Harry, languidly, “yes, I’m—I’m sick. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

She forwarded to the English leaders a touching invitation to unite with the French, as brothers, in a common crusade against infidels, thus opening the road for a soldierly retreat. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

Robert Louis Stevenson Robinson Crusoe presents us with a touching instance of the hankering after them inherent in the civilised and educated mind. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

Jules Verne Very cordially yours, J.B. HOBSON, Secretary of Marine. I was much impressed on touching land. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

When only the interpreters and one confidential officer were left, besides myself, he wished to know if I could apply the medicine without its touching the afflicted part. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Rudyard Kipling And, as touching the Temple, I hold and profess We are Fellow–Craftsmen — no more and no less. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

It’s from the old woman who used to look after Roger.” And as the other took it from her, “Rather a touching letter, but I don’t feel I can bring myself to go to Ferry Place, my dear. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

John Ruskin These being the main questions touching the collection of riches, the next, or last, part of the inquiry is into their administration. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

A wonderfull thing, and in manner incredible, howbeit, most true, according as I have shewed already in my Cosmographie, as touching the circuit of the Ocean.” 79 Page 26, Line 15. On the Magnet by William Gilber

When I return to the city, buried in sweet thoughts, he takes the way without my touching the bridle. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Charles Kingsley How rich in strange and touching utterances have been the last fifty years of English literature. On Literature--English by Charles Kingsley

T. E. Lawrence In the midst of my touching the slender stops of all these quills there came a rude surprise. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

One of the least thoughtful remarks which I have heard touching Hawthorne was this, that his books could not live because they dealt with the “sick side” of human nature. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Arthur Conan Doyle He had coasted up the Windward Islands, touching here and there, and assailed continually by stories of villainy and outrage. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Charles Dickens She completes her tour of the tables, touching no one else, and passes out by a door at the opposite end of the long room. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Sir Walter Scott It chanced that in that day’s council matters were agitated touching the affairs of the unfortunate Mary, the seventh year of whose captivity in England was now in doleful currency. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Algernon Blackwood Here one can be alive and absorb something of the earth-forces that never get within touching distance in the cities. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

Edgar Allan Poe Hereupon Nu-Nu stirred in the bottom of the boat; but upon touching him, we found his spirit departed. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

George Meredith From the low sweeping branches touching earth to the plumed top, the tree was dead-black as its shadow; a vision of blackness. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

One or two of the men carefully examined each separate item; most just glanced at them in passing; some seemed to shrink from touching them, as if afraid of coming into close contact. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Anthony Trollope Even in touching her a lover could not but feel that he had to deal with a little child. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

He touch’d her hand; in touching it she trembled: Love deeply grounded, hardly is dissembled. Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe and George Chapman

Anthony Trollope She put out her hand softly, touching the other woman’s arm, and looking up into her guest’s face. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Gertrude Stein A touching piece of elastic suddenly. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Olaf Stapledon Their touching was as delicate as the bee’s. Death into Life by Olaf Stapledon

Charles Dickens The landlady was very much astonished to learn that they had come all the way from London, and appeared to have no little curiosity touching their farther destination. The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens [1840]

She felt her way by touching the trees. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Henry James As she presented things the uglinessgoodness knew why — went out of them; none the less too that she could present them, with an art of her own, by not so much as touching them. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

George Gissing Had there been a previous command from some high source touching the Gothic maiden, Chorsoman would never have dared to sell her freedom. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

George Meredith When Vittoria awoke she had the fancy that she had taken one long dive downward in a well; and on touching the bottom found her head above the surface. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

Charles Dickens It may need, perhaps, the writer’s memory and associations to find in this a touching expression of his winning character, his playful smile, and pleasant ways. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

He was wounded in the thigh, in order that there might be no possibility of touching a vital part. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I have had warning enough here,” I add, touching my arm lightly. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Charles Dickens Surely, it includes the other designation, and some touching meanings over and above. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

The little chapel itself has the same touching and impressive character. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

I must be present to finish him, if requisite, and to prevent any one from touching his money. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

Anthony Trollope He hit wildly, and four balls passed him without touching his wicket. The Fixed Period by Anthony Trollope

Nellie Bly At the gateway leading to it were a superfluity of beggars, large and small, lame and blind, who asked for alms, touching their foreheads respectfully. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

George Meredith It was a crushing invasion of materialism, so she proposed a sail to the coast of France, and thither they flew, touching Cherbourg, Alderney, Sark, Guernsey, and sighting the low Brittany rocks. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Charles Dickens What shall I ever do!” The guileless, simple way in which she said it, and in which she put her hands before her eyes and wept for very happiness, was as touching as it was delightful. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

Algernon Blackwood Here, in all the homely, friendly turmoil of a Charing Cross crowd, a curious feeling of cold passed over his heart, touching his life with icy finger, so that he actually trembled and felt afraid. The Man Who Found Out by Algernon Blackwood

E. F. Benson You are absolutely unjustified in touching or interfering with my things in this way from whatever motive. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Henry James I prefer to speak of the book now, however, rather than in touching upon the closing years of his life, for it is a kind of deliberate résumé of his impressions of the land of his ancestors. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

Virginia Woolf It’s awfully queer, she thought, touching the ink-corroded patch of bristle on the back of Martin’s walrus with the point of her pen, that that should have gone on all these years. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Other dancers passed and repassed like phantoms, neither jostling nor even touching — so well her partner steered. Midsummer Fires by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

George Meredith No engagement possible, to teach either French or English. But he was inquisitive touching the urgency. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

What do these stones belong to?’ speculated Mr. Mosheh, touching the gems lightly with the tip of his fleshy forefinger, and arranging them in a circle. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Francis Bacon But this precept touching the politic knowledge of ourselves hath many other branches, whereupon we cannot insist. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

George Meredith On the theme touching her husband Owain, it was verily to hear a soul speak, and have knowledge of the broader range, the rich interflowings of the tuned discords, a spirit past the flesh can find. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Gertrude Stein Two. A touching white shining sash and a touching white green undercoat and a touching white colored orange and a touching piece of elastic. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

We have so many associations with the dear old Museum, haven’t we?” She looked at me for a moment with a strange and touching wistfulness and then turned to descend the stone stairs. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

H. G. Wells And until we knew more exactly the Utopian idea of property we should be very chary of touching anything that might conceivably be appropriated. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

D. H. Lawrence Then she raised both her arms to her head and remained for a moment delicately touching her hair into order, still fronting the two men. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

I hoped to live here without seeing any other white face but this,” she added in a gentler tone, touching lightly her father’s cheek. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Walter Scott Ask me touching what concerns the weal of Christendom, and of this Crusade, and I will speak with thee as the wisest counsellor on whose tongue persuasion ever sat. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Abraham Merri They whipped out a full yard from the Disk’s surface, touching her, caressing her. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Jules Verne At the close of such a journey, after having surmounted so many obstacles, and at the moment of touching the goal, one’s fears are more vivid, one’s emotions keener. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Virginia Woolf And, touching his hair with her lips, she thought, he will never be so happy again, but stopped herself, remembering how it angered her husband that she should say that. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Mademoiselle’s larder would have exhibited a touching spectacle to the eye of the philosopher or physiologist. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Here, for instance, are a few sentences written to Cadell, his publisher, touching this very point—the discouragement which James Ballantyne had been pouring on the new novel. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Marie Corelli I am the very soul of candour!” He fixed his eyes full upon her with an open and straight regard, adding, “Can you doubt me?” in a touching tone of wounded feeling. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

How long a time elapsed between the cord’s touching my neck and my losing consciousness I could not say, but brief as was the interval, I can recollect seeing my companion half raise himself. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Baldwin Spencer This he did by touching the man's foot with his own, either after, during, or immediately before he began to dance. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

H.P. Lovecraft Some day the city would step in and take the property for lack of heirs, but little good would come of anybody’s touching it. The Haunter of the Dark by H.P. Lovecraft [1935]

Gertrude Stein A touching white inlined ruddy hurry, a touching research in all may day. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

Henry James There was really a touching truth in it, the stuff of — what did people call such things? — an apologue or a parable. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

In the infancy of society, when men were just emerging out of barbarism, chiefs and priests, touching the most powerful springs of savage conduct, hope and fear, must have had unbounded sway. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

Could you not talk to him, could you not persuade him—?” she added falteringly, touching the notes at random here and there in her confusion. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Radclyffe Hall People said: ‘Look at Violet, she’s like a little mother; it’s so touching to see that instinct in a child!’ then Violet would become still more touching. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Suffering and amiability may exist together, and writers have loved to depict their conjunction; there is a human and touching harmony in the picture. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

D. H. Lawrence Still touching them with her finger-tips, she looked up at him, saying: “Aren’t they beautiful?” “Yes,” he said. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

She gazed round the deck and rigging with profound interest — a breathless, hungry interest — touching to see. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Mark Twain The tomb of Adam! How touching it was, here in a land of strangers, far away from home, and friends, and all who cared for me, thus to discover the grave of a blood relation. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Bram Stoker I want light!” Then he bent down, and, with his face almost touching Lucy’s, examined her carefully. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

George Meredith Honestly, now, what with his dazzled state of mind, his deep inward happiness, and love’s endless delusions, he abstained from touching the subject further. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]

The marquise entered this somewhat extraordinary vehicle, sitting opposite the clerk, who endeavored to put his knees out of the way, afraid even of touching the marquise’s dress. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Henry James He had meant it as an allusion of a tender sort to all that she would sacrifice in the case of a quarrel with his mother; but there was indeed no graceful way of touching on that. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Anthony Trollope His saddler had to be seen — and threatened — on a certain matter touching the horses’ backs. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Walter Scott His idea of distance was so confused, that it seemed as if all the spires, turrets, and minarets which he beheld, were crowded forward upon his eyeballs, and almost touching them. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

She brought out these emerald studs”— touching the box —“and said she wanted to sell them, or pledge them for their utmost value. The Game Finished by Ellen Wood [1869]

He happened to catch sight of me and dived, the second ran down on the main-deck shouting some order or other, and the chief mate came to meet me, touching his cap. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

But Cornelius let himself drop by his side and began to whisper very fast, touching his elbow from time to time. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Idiots!” The utter absence of all anger in this spoken meditation gave it a character of touching simplicity. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Making a large, and under the circumstances curious circuit, in order to reach her, leaning over the washstand, touching the woman on the shoulder, she held out to her the knife. Tom Ossington’s Ghost by Richard Marsh [1898]

He was actually touching the man, who appeared to him to be dying, when, with incredible speed, two Prussian troopers charged down on him to sabre him. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

But as touching the battle of Crossby Outsikes Corsus braggeth not too much. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

H.P. Lovecraft One man moved in a positively simian way, with long arms frequently touching the ground; while another figure — robed and tiaraed — seemed to progress in an almost hopping fashion. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Walter Scott But touching your comfort, we have no corn of our own, and the meal-girnels of the south are less easily transported than their beeves, seeing they have no legs to walk upon. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

We fired, but my bullet struck the bough the nest was resting on; we fired again, and the bullet passed through the nest without touching the bird. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

There is a train of thought suggested in “Blithedale” which receives only partial illustration in that story, touching the possible identity of love and hate. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

Walter Besant He greeted me with a warmth that was quite touching under all the circumstances. The Case of Mr Lucraft by Walter Besant [1886]

I know few things more touching in their way than the porch of Rossura church. Alps and Sanctuaries of Piedmont and the Canton Ticino by Samuel Butler [1881]

Henry James He hadn’t yet struck himself, since leaving Woollett, so much as a loafer, though there had been times when he believed himself touching bottom. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Gertrude Stein A touching box is in a coach seat so that a touching box is on a coach seat so a touching box is on a coach seat, a touching box is on a coat seat, a touching box is on a coach seat. Geography and Plays by Gertrude Stein

For a moment there was something genuine and touching in her fine eyes that looked out above her painted cheeks in a true and human appeal. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Amid the subdued laughing, Tod bent his face over Sophie Chalk, his hand touching the lace on her sleeve. Sophie Chalk by Ellen Wood [1869]

D. H. Lawrence The sun was touching the sea, across the tiny bay stretched the shadow of the opposite humped headland. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Abraham Merri But no amount of touching or of pressing these spots singly or in any combination gave the slightest promise of motion to the slab itself. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Edward Bellamy It seemed then not so much astounding as interesting and touching beyond anything ever heard of before. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Those gendarmes dearly love so to unman a man that what remains of him is only a shred of himself, and a touching memory. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Jules Verne On his part, he willingly gave the most accurate information touching his project. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Leo Tolstoy Volgin took three roubles from his purse and gave them to the peasant, who showed his gratitude by touching the ground with his forehead, and then went into the house. There are No Guilty People by Leo Tolstoy

He was actually touching his shoulder as he leaned over. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

The touching sentiment woke no echo. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

D. H. Lawrence He was given over altogether to the sensuous knowledge of this woman, and every moment he seemed to be touching absolute beauty, something beyond knowledge. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

G. K. Chesterton It is not trivial that, touching Prohibition, they had wholly changed; at the beginning even those who disliked it believed in it; at the end even those who liked it disbelieved in it. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

That’s better, comrade, that’s MUCH better,’ she added encouragingly as Winston, with a violent lunge, succeeded in touching his toes with knees unbent, for the first time in several years. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu The golden light of evening was touching the formal poplars, and the other trees, and bringing out the wrinkles of the old bricks duskily in its flaming glow. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

George Gissing When Eustace apologised for touching on a professional subject (he had just been called to the Bar), Mrs. Jacks declared that nothing could interest her more. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Jules Verne He found also, on touching them that these guns were breech-loaders. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

I asked Barbara what she came here for; business for mamma, touching money matters, was her reply. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

G. K. Chesterton But touching that early period directly described in this chapter, I have the same reason for alluding to the topic. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Leslie Stephen But he was the only child of his mother, and his parents concentrated upon him an affection which he returned with touching ardour and persistence. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

To her memory he dedicated one of the most touching of his sonnets. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Arnold Bennett Your mother and I— have never had a cross word — have we, mother?” “No, auntie,” said Clara, with a sweet, touching smile that accentuated the fragile charm of her face. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

THE HEARTH And that letter was one of those simple, touching appeals only her sex can write to those who have used them cruelly, and they love them. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Put a layer of these into a baking-dish with the liquid side touching the bottom of the dish. Simple Italian Cookery by Antonia Isola

She repeated that touching letter over to herself, rocking her slight body this way and that in the large bed. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

John Galsworthy But he did not like to say this to the young woman whose hand was touching his arm, whose life was suspended, as it were, by memory of a tragic love. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

Bronislaw Malinowski These questions are also in close connection with the point mentioned below, touching the profession of an observer. The Family among the Australian Aborigines by Bronislaw Malinowski [1913]

G. K. Chesterton I should like to tell you of certain discoveries I have made touching the neglected traditions of the London boroughs. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

William Makepeace Thackeray As I am in this cheerful mood, I will tell you a fine and touching story of a doctor which I heard lately. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

A swarm of unseen birds seemed to be flying about in the room, penetrating everywhere, touching the heart with caressing wings, soothing and at the same time alarming it. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope But, touching Lucy, she could say nothing which did not simply signify that she wanted to get rid of the girl. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan He ventured into the greatest dangers, and sought for death just as a man seeks for his mistress, and death passed close to him without touching him, and was perhaps amused at his grief and misery. The Sequel to a Divorce (Rencontre) by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope He was thoroughly a bon vivant; an accomplished judge of wine, though he never drank to excess; and a most inexorable critic in all affairs touching the kitchen. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Abraham Merri A smile dawned upon the exquisite face, humanizing it, transfiguring it, touching with tenderness the sweet and sleeping mouth — as a hovering dream the lips of the slumbering maid. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

Gaston Leroux But, already, my knees were touching the window-sill, and, by a movement quick as lightning, I got on to it. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

I have been to see the churches here, and had the permission of touching the relicks, which was never suffered in places where I was not known. Letters from Turkey by Mary Wortley Montagu [1725]

Baldwin Spencer Men often walk round without a stick and then they always hold the left arm in front of the head, touching the forehead with the forearm so as to shield the eyes. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

She is as creative in her imaginary poems as she is touching and true in her simpler ones. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

On the appearance of the second 2, on Mr. Pendarvon’s touching an ivory button, the whole thing performed a complete revolution, and a sound as of a gong was heard. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Branchspell was on the point of touching the sea. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Pu Songling The officer who was called, at first thought her dead and was much grieved, but, touching her hand and finding it warm and limp, he resolved to carry her away. Strange Stories from the Lodge of Leisures by Pu Songling [1740]

This singular scene was considered by the persons present only as a touching kind of family fete. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Thomas Hardy Without lighting his candle he sat down at once on the three-legged stool, and pondered on what he had seen and heard touching that still-loved one of his. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

Margaret Oliphant A sort of feeble amusement flew over his mind touching the surface into a kind of ripple. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Walter Scott But on touching a spring, an interior apartment was displayed, which had considerable pretension to splendour and magnificence. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

That boy who could write at twelve years of age the beautiful and touching stanzas on Solitude, might well be trusted with the superintendence of his own studies. Pope by Thomas De Quincey

Pray excuse me, my dear Captain Frere, but this strange occurrence — of the capture of the wreckers, you know — must be my apology for touching on a delicate subject. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

W. H. Hudson The last owner was just touching on old age. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

John Galsworthy I hope — I believe — she’s touching shore. Over the River by John Galsworthy

George Eliot It was a weary time he had had to wait for the chance of answering this question by touching Tito’s back in the press of the street. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Charles Dickens A dark and squalid cupboard in this room, touching the back door and all manner of offence, had been for some time the sleeping-place of the sick young woman. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

But on touching him the deceased fell forward, and on examination, to his horror, he found that he was quite dead. The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume

Henry James There was something touching in their unworldly fears and diffident hopes, something almost terrible in the way poor little Mrs. Hudson seemed to flutter and quiver with intense maternal passion. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Guy de Maupassan Slowly bursting aside the gleaming clouds, touching with fire the trees, the plains, the ocean, all the horizon, the great flaming orb of the sun appeared. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

G. K. Chesterton There was something touching and yet terrible about a voice so human coming out of that inhuman darkness. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

Wilkie Collins She was just touching his forehead with her lips. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Arnold Bennett And this, in spite of the fact that he was close to her, touching her, tingling to her in the confined, crepuscular intimacy of the cubicle. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

H. G. Wells The evidence of a pathetic, perpetually thwarted urgency to make something, is one of the most touching aspects of the relics and records of our immediate ancestors. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

Wilkie Collins Beginning to feel alarmed, I tried the effect of touching her. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Theodore Dreiser Sometimes she would pause before touching her beloved Jennie, gaze at her white face, so calm in sleep, and lament that life had not dealt more kindly with her. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Francis Bacon Thus have we spoken both of the matter and form of this part of civil knowledge, touching negotiation, which we note to be deficient. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Andrew Lang The range of this deeply touching story among the Red Men, and its close resemblance to the tale of Orpheus, is one of the most curious facts in mythology. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Walter Scott Something there passed between your honourable father and myself, touching a union of our houses. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

Rudyard Kipling The world of the innocents abroad is a touching and unsophisticated place, and its very atmosphere urges the Anglo-Indian unconsciously to an extravagant mendacity. Letters of Marque by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

It was something as exciting in a way, and even touching in its foredoomed futility, as the efforts at moral intercourse between the inhabitants of remote planets. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

D.H. Lawrence Meanwhile she whispered over him sharp, breathless phrases in German and English, touching him with her mouth and her cheeks and her forehead. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

The disconsolate Hebrew landed on another fragment, and on touching earth, offered a reward for his bag, which excited little sympathy, but some amusement. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

John Galsworthy When she looked round with the finished note Fleur was still touching the poppies with her gloved finger. To Let by John Galsworthy

E. Phillips Oppenheim First of all, though, has any one got a revolver?” “I have,” Glenlitten announced, touching his pocket. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

You understand, mein Herr,” he added, touching his forehead with his forefinger, “the good pastor has let his mind dwell too much upon the past. In the Confessional by Amelia B. Edwards

Jules Verne Let it be observed that the Bank of England reposes a touching confidence in the honesty of the public. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

James Payn Already her features had lost their rigidity, as though melted by my Lady’s touching tones. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

She was wild with excitement at seeing him, could not keep still, went dancing about the room, touching first one thing and then another, talking all the time. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

The skull lay at my feet again, touching them. The Mystery of Choice by Robert W. Chambers [1896]

Jack London He must be away, free, on his own legs, touching no living thing. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Gustave Flauber Without touching directly upon the question of the coveted offices of public sacrificers, each one laid his own grievances before the proconsul. Herodias by Gustave Flauber

Abraham Merri There came from the waves touching the ship a sound — sonorous and sinister. The Ship of Ishtar by Abraham Merri