Phrases with "towards"

Marjorie Bowen The three came towards the house together. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

James Joyce He fitted the book roughly into his inner pocket and, stubbing his toes against the broken commode, hurried out towards the smell, stepping hastily down the stairs with a flurried stork’s legs. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Jane Austen It is true that Reginald had not in any degree grown cool towards me; but yet he has lately mentioned Frederica spontaneously and unnecessarily, and once said something in praise of her person. Lady Susan by Jane Austen [1794]

Ann Radcliffe Has the Marquis mentioned him?” “He has,” replied La Motte; “and your indifference towards the Marquis is now fully explained. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

D. H. Lawrence And so the procession edged past the bus, and was trailing upwards, curved solid against the sky-line towards the old church. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

H. G. Wells As I stood beside the boat, three of the Beasts came slinking out of the bushes and sniffing towards me. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Herman Melville But the current from landward, where the ship was, increased; silently sweeping her further and further towards the tranced waters beyond. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

He turns, laughing, rolling his thick back towards the Maypole. ’T’dancing is grand,’ he says. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Mary Webb He looked up towards the aloof sky as Hazel had done. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Andrew Lang With one accord they turned and ran towards the fountain, reaching it at the same moment, though from opposite sides. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He stretched himself easily, smiled at Roger, and walked towards him. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

H. G. Wells And the beaters — I was pressed into that service once or twice — drove the birds, the pheasants, towards them. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Algernon Blackwood It went straight towards Joan — and as it went the girl lifted her head and turned to meet it. John Silence by Algernon Blackwood

H. G. Wells It was like a gigantic black skate in an aquarium swimming towards him very swiftly. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Thomas Hardy As I once loved you I love you now, Harriet, without one jot of abatement; but you are not the woman you were — you once were honest towards me; and now you conceal your heart in made-up speeches. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

D. H. Lawrence Her presence filled him with keenness and excitement, he gravitated cunningly towards her, as if she had some unseen force of attraction. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

William Hope Hodgson I had seen a ripple stealing towards him through the mould. The Derelict by William Hope Hodgson

William Hope Hodgson I got up from the chest, and went towards the door. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Night was hastening towards the travellers, narrowing and blotting out that level landscape, field, dyke, and leafless wood. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

He felt as a man might feel if he saw a stacked heap of loaded crates begin to lean over towards him and had neither retreat nor a prop to stay the avalanche. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

E. Phillips Oppenheim Our tinsel prince and his goose-stepping soldiers will never help Germany towards freedom. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

E. F. Benson Then with a rush he would come straight back towards her, so that, do what she would, there were long perilous moments, though she reeled in with a lightning hand when he was on a slack line. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

However, he could make no further objection without appearing rude, so he moved reluctantly towards the conservatory beside the chaperon. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Walter Scott But when Albert arose from his knee, on which he had rested during the accomplishment of this task, the manner of the companions was on the sudden entirely changed towards each other. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

Walter Scott Ravenswood stopped; and as, after a moment’s pause, he again advanced towards her, Alice, or her apparition, moved or glided backwards towards the thicket, still keeping her face turned towards him. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

John Galsworthy Come here, you!” But the dog Balthasar went on towards the visitor, who put her hand down and stroked his head. Indian Summer of a Forsyte by John Galsworthy

Jules Verne Miss Herbey heard his words, and pointing towards Mrs. Kear, who was lying prostrate at her feet, asked what we thought ought to be done. The Survivors of the Chancellor by Jules Verne [1875]

D.H. Lawrence Up towards Arundel the cornfields of red wheat were heavy with gold. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan He was harder and more inexorable than the two old people towards me, poor forsaken girl as I was, although they had never left their home. The Bandmaster’s Sister (Lucie) by Guy de Maupassan

Charles Stur It blew very heavily on the night of the 10th, but moderated towards the morning, and the day turned out cooler than usual. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

G. K. Chesterton Away on another part of the slope Hilary Pierce, new lighted upon the earth like the herald Mercury, leapt down into a red hollow of the quarry and came towards Joan Hardy with uplifted arms. Tales of the Long Bow by G. K. Chesterton [1925]

As I was in a state of extreme debility, I resolved to sail directly towards the town, as a place where I could most easily procure nourishment. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Jane Austen He was devoted to Henrietta; always turning towards her; and when he spoke at all, always with the view of supporting her hopes and raising her spirits. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Algernon Blackwood Invariably I was pushed towards the right direction. The Garden of Survival by Algernon Blackwood [1918]

Lady Hester’s was a nose of wild ambitions, of pride grown fantastical, a nose that scorned the earth, shooting off, one fancies, towards some eternally eccentric heaven. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

John Galsworthy Sure enough, he emerged, fluttering his tail, and padded towards the dogs’ communal water-bowl. Over the River by John Galsworthy

Then he suddenly pushed it towards Sweetwater. “Do you want it?” he asked. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Maria Edgeworth In his delirium he raved about Olivia’s stabbing herself, and called upon us to hold her arm, looking wildly towards the foot of the bed, as if the figure were actually before him. Leonora by Maria Edgeworth [1806]

In these circumstances he grew up wayward and extravagant, showing, however, a strong bent towards literature. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Mrs Verloc turned slowly towards the cupboard, saying with deliberation: “Oh yes. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

As he was pitying this man’s lot, Vanel coldly drew from his pocket a perfumed letter, sealed with Spanish wax, and held it towards Colbert, saying, “A letter from my wife, monseigneur. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Isabella Bird One night, during a breeze, it made a sudden rush towards the house. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Anthony Trollope And then he uttered phrases which were almost fantastic in their woe, but which declared what was and had been the condition of his mind towards her since she had become so inexpressibly dear to him. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Andrew Lang There, in the centre of the courtyard, she beheld Pryderi standing, and hastened towards him. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Bram Stoker Lucy, after a while, was in gay spirits, owing, I think, to some dear cows who came nosing towards us in a field close to the lighthouse, and frightened the wits out of us. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Andrew Lang As far as he could see, the swan’s head was tucked under its wing, and Houarn, who had never beheld a boat of the sort, went quickly towards it and stepped in, so as to examine it the better. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Heyst held steadily on his way towards the upper limit of the forest. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Leo Tolstoy And when he saw himself as he was, he realised how he had wronged her, how guilty he had been in his pride, in his coldness, even in his anger towards her. My Dream by Leo Tolstoy

Jules Verne Finally, towards half past three in the afternoon, Michael Strogoff left the last depressions of the Baraba, and the dry and hard soil of Siberia rang out once more beneath his horse’s hoofs. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Henry Adams As one lay on the slope of the Edge, looking sleepily through the summer haze towards Shrewsbury or Cader Idris or Caer Caradoc or Uriconium, nothing suggested sequence. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

E. Phillips Oppenheim You and I both know why Berati’s master leans towards the monarchical party. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Algernon Blackwood For towards Fillery, LeVallon behaved with an intimate and understanding sympathy that proved his instantaneous affection based upon mutual comprehension. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle By this time his attentions towards Laura McIntyre had become so marked that they could hardly be mistaken. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Then some idlers sauntered down towards her and stood talking and smoking close to her side. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

G. K. Chesterton It is very amusing, and very significant in the matter of Browning’s character, to read the accounts which he writes to Elizabeth Barrett of his attitude towards the approaching coup de théâtre. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

D. H. Lawrence Then gradually they were passed away from the supreme centre, down the circles of praise and joy and gladness, further and further out, towards the noise and the friction. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassan He smiled, shook back his white hair, which he wore rather long, and pointing towards the window: “How can you think of traveling in such weather?” he said. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Olive Schreiner The relations of the female towards the production of human life influences undoubtedly even her relation towards animal and all life. Woman and Labour by Olive Schreiner

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The aged ecclesiastic had turned his face towards me. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Recalled to a remembrance of their destination by the coal-boat, they rose and walked slowly on towards the old stone cross standing bluntly up against a great world of sky. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

Virginia Woolf The others bent towards him; with a brief wave of his hand Colonel Abel dismissed the servant who was removing the coffee cups. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Anthony Trollope His eye glanced at once down to the box, and after that over towards the pale-faced clerk. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

James Joyce At the very instant of death the bonds of the flesh are broken asunder and the soul at once flies towards God as towards the centre of her existence. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

George Gissing The two parted close by the shop, and Godwin, casting a glance at the now silent College, walked hastily towards his lodgings. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

By and by an old woman rose slowly from the midst of those who were sitting, and moved with tottering uncertain steps towards a higher point of ground, a little apart from the crowd. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Guy de Maupassant Sometimes again the worthy man would be seized with a furious hatred for everyone who was decorated; he felt like a Socialist towards them. How He Got the Legion of Honor (Décoré !) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Victor Hugo At the same time, the wapentake bent down, took the man’s temples between his hands, turned the inert head towards Gwynplaine, and with his thumbs and his first fingers lifted the closed eyelids. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

E. Phillips Oppenheim One and all the beaters were walking with most unaccustomed speed towards their destination. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Lucy saw the dark head turn sharply towards her window. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

A huge mist capped with black clouds came driving towards us, extending over that portion of the horizon, and covering the stars, which shone brightly in the other part of the heavens. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Anthony Trollope But that happened towards the close of the second day, and they had not then reached the grey coat. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins He struggled frantically to throw himself towards the side of the declivity; slipping further and further down it at every effort. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

Half-way towards the door she stopped, and turned her white despairing face towards her father with a hopeless look. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

Elizabeth Gaskell Kinraid had turned his steps towards Haytersbank Farm as soon as ever he had completed his purchases. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

He thought of his unborn child, and of his duties towards it — not only in a worldly point of view, but as its teacher and guide in morals and religion. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Mark Twain They started riding towards the store; then up gets one of the boys, draws a steady bead over the wood-rank, and drops one of them out of his saddle. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Andrew Lang Then she looked round for some place to rest in, and she beheld a little house of light before her, and fast she hurried towards it. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Ann Radcliffe They had taken the road towards the coast, whence it was obvious to the duke they designed to embark. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

George Gissing He was now at liberty to indulge that antipathetic feeling towards Godwin Peak which sundry considerations had hitherto urged him to repress. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Petrarch set out for Italy, towards the close of 1347, having determined to make that country his residence for the rest of his life. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

It got up off the floor and gave a kind of slow jump towards the door, and then the other boot did the same, and after that the first boot jumped again. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Robert Louis Stevenson A little abaft, another companion, labelled Steerage No. 2 and 3, gives admission to three galleries, two running forward towards Steerage No. 1, and the third aft towards the engines. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

My patience is rewarded when a woman, to whose beauty Time has but added, turns the corner, closely followed by an enormous white bull-dog, and comes towards me. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

He came straight towards the sand dunes, passing within a hundred yards of where Naughton Jones was lying. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

H. G. Wells The creature’s face was turned for one brief instant out of the dimness of the stern towards this illumination, and I saw that the eyes that glanced at me shone with a pale-green light. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Richard Burton Here the country falls rapidly towards the sea, as the increasing heat of the air, the direction of the watercourses, and signs of violence in the torrent-bed show. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

E. F. Benson Lucia came straight towards her, not yet perceiving that there was a Boxing Day burglar in her own kitchen, and stood admiring her tree. Mapp and Lucia by E. F. Benson [1931]

Her head rested upon the ledge of this window, and as she had been anxious to see him until the last moment, her face was turned towards Fabrizio, who had a perfect view of it. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

Charles Dickens The pathway, after a very few minutes’ walking, brought him close to the house, towards which, and especially towards one particular window, he directed many covert glances. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Edgar Allan Poe This done, and the dog having been unmuzzled, we turned in profound silence towards home. The Gold-Bug by Edgar Allan Poe

Slipping from the group with which I was advancing, I stole around to a side door towards which she had pointed, and in another moment found myself at her side. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

E. Phillips Oppenheim Things do happen over here, anyway!” His host, very fussy as he always was on the morning of his big shoot, came bustling towards Peter, Baron de Grost, with a piece of paper in his hand. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

With a sudden and quick gesture she caught hold of his arm, and with the other hand pointed towards the sinking red disc that glowed, rayless, through the floating mists of the evening. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Anthony Trollope He is even willing to help the many to ascend the ladder a little, though he knows, as they come up towards him, he must go down to meet them. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

H. G. Wells They saw someone whisk round the corner towards the road, and Mr. Huxter executing a complicated leap in the air that ended on his face and shoulder. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Rafael Sabatini Besides, there was no parallel between his friendly neutrality and Tomatis’s avowed hostility towards her. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Elizabeth Gaskell She turned down towards the high road; I followed. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

Thomas Hardy His daughter’s nervous distress had passed off in a few moments, and she said quite gayly to Fitzpiers as she walked with him towards the group, “There’s destiny in it, you see. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

We travelled directly towards them, and upon approaching, I found the rocks upheaved in a most singular manner, and a few gum-trees were visible at the foot of the ridge. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Captain Fennel strolled by his side towards the port, talking of Pontipette and other matters of indifference. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

But getting level, he noticed me at once and, to my annoyance, turned in towards me. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

At table, not a word was exchanged between the brothers; only, towards the end of the meal, the General addressed a few very harsh words to his brother. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

John Galsworthy He shut the door softly, and went towards her. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

I slipped behind the waterfall and was soon in the thicket, and toiling towards the top. Prester John by John Buchan

So the gossoon ran for life and death, and Melmoth, towards the close of the evening, was left alone to meditate. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

D. H. Lawrence Then again, like a shadow, she slid towards the kitchen. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Then, almost at once, one of the call-boys appeared and began walking towards where the three were seated. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

H. G. Wells Two or three square miles of ground brought up out of the sea, down by the village of Cayme and out towards Land’s End. The stuff is out there. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Thomas Paine They suppose Philadelphia to be rich with stores, and as they think to get more by robbing a town than by attacking an army, their movement towards this city is probable. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

The next morning I went for a long walk over the Downs towards East Dean, first making my way round to where I had seen the man with the sheep. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Arthur Conan Doyle He coaxed the student up by pretended inactivity; he rushed at him with furious rushes towards the ropes. The Green Flag by Arthur Conan Doyle [1900]

Arnold Bennett But towards the end of breakfast, when the last food was disappearing, and he had lapped the cream off the news, he would hold the newspaper in both hands — and brazenly and conscientiously read. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Gustave Flauber Then as soon as the sun appeared the hierodules pushed it towards the square of Khamon. It moved backwards sliding upon cylinders; its shoulders overlapped the walls. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Ivan Turgenev He bowed over it, and went towards the door. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

H. G. Wells Life that ceases to struggle away from whatever it is towards something that it isn’t, is ceasing to be life. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

And as he glided through the dark, towards splendid old Brandon, he ground his teeth, and uttered two or three sentences which no respectable publisher would like to print. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Trollope But one cannot conceive that even in this way any approximation could have been made, even in these old medieval days, towards a fair proportioning of the pay to the work. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy He saw a figure on the other side, which turned out to be hers, and they both converged towards the crossmark at the same moment. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

John Galsworthy But whether, if she had not been married, his feelings towards her would have been of quite the same brand, was a question he left unexamined. Over the River by John Galsworthy

John Galsworthy The cool attention, the faint smiles, the expression on the face of a past Prime Minister, seemed conspiring towards his subsidence. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Oscar Wilde And He saw afar-off the walls of a round city and went towards the city. Poems in Prose by Oscar Wilde [1894]

Baldwin Spencer Finally they came in to where the remains of a fire lay, towards one end of the ground, danced round this and then crouched down over it. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

H. G. Wells He looked, and behold the aeropile that had been rising from the flying stage when last he had looked in that direction, was driving towards them. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Henry Adams As though three or four vigorous brothers and sisters, with the best will, were not enough to crush any child, every one else conspired towards an education which he hated. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

H. G. Wells They were travelling seated on one of the swift upper ways, the place leapt upon them at a bend and advanced rapidly towards them. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

George Eliot As long as a man sees and believes in some great good, he’ll prefer working towards that in the way he’s best fit for, come what may. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Sinclair Lewis Every day, towards evening, felt I had to see you — pictured you so clear. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Ah! what a lovely morning! Then she looked towards the iron gate, and caught sight of the little coffin under the white drapery. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

E. Phillips Oppenheim And this time, in the far distance, he saw the figure of a man coming towards them. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Then slowly and very gently these departed again and he felt himself being directed towards — he did not know what. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He raised them to his lips and turned towards Blunn. “Have no fear,” the latter said. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Sir Walter Scott By far the most numerous part streamed towards the town of Ashby, where many of the distinguished persons were lodged in the castle, and where others found accommodation in the town itself. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Gustave Flauber Matho, the Libyan, leaned over towards her. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

D. H. Lawrence He turned his large breast towards her, and made a quick gesture with his fat, well-shapen hand, blurted out another subtle, rough-seeming romance, pursed his mouth, and emptied his glass once more. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins If a servant failed in duty towards him, the servant was often forgiven; if towards her, the servant was sent away on the spot. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

And afterwards thus, word for word: “First, as virtue, barely taken, has nothing towards our living, so neither has vice anything to oblige us to depart. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

She sat down too, and lifted her face towards him. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Fifty yards away, a very large silk hat with a very curly brim marked the progress of the bookmaker towards Piccadilly. The lift in the hall behind them swirled up again and the gate clashed. Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah [1914]

At the end of the period he inclined his body slightly towards me, and, pursing his shaved lips, allowed the air to escape with a gentle hiss. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

Have the goodness to follow me, Monsieur.’ He opened the door, and advanced towards a narrow staircase. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

George Eliot After a time I interfered so little with Bertha’s habits that it might seem wonderful how her hatred towards me could grow so intense and active as it did. The Lifted Veil by George Eliot [1859]

By easy stages he travelled slowly towards his own ruined chateau. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

H. G. Wells Something was creeping towards him through the grass. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

E—— considered grave, and, towards the last of her stay, moody. The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green

Anne Bronte Her face was towards me, and there was something in it which, once seen, invited me to look again. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Two men were strolling across the lawn towards them. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

They split and took across towards the Mountain Hut, where you all camped with the horses. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Andrew Lang Two or three anecdotes which he related are all I can contribute towards a piece of mental history which, if preserved, would have been highly interesting. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells Wau and all the women and children were coming towards them, a scattered array of buff shock-headed figures, howling, leaping, and crying. A Story of the Stone Age by H. G. Wells [1897]

Having purchased all the articles we thought necessary, we were turning towards the door when Miss Oliver whispered: “Wait for me in the carriage for just a few minutes. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

He walked on resolutely, therefore, towards the black, shed-like building. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Rudyard Kipling The orators plunge in medias res, and only when they are well launched throw an occasional ‘Sir’ towards Sir Steuart Bayley, who sits with one leg doubled under him and a dry pen in his hand. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

G. K. Chesterton Suddenly Rupert made an abrupt movement towards the house. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

Margaret Oliphant I don’t like the new fashion,” said Mrs. Brown, with a significant glance towards Mrs. Tozer, “of separatin’ like heathens, when all’s of one connection. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

H. G. Wells I heard a yelling from many throats, a tumult of exultant cries passing down towards the beach, whooping and howling, and excited shrieks that seemed to come to a stop near the water’s edge. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

Cropoli, in his character of a compatriot, was indulgent towards Pittrino, which was the name of the artist. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Guy de Maupassan He ardently loved a man, as Chloe must have loved Daphnis. He could not master himself, or calm his feverish passion, and went towards the abyss as if seized by mental giddiness. The Hermaphrodite by Guy de Maupassan

Gaston Leroux He led us towards the lavatory and begged Monsieur de Marquet to kneel beside him. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

I watched it with some surprise as I walked quickly towards it, for there seemed to be something unusual in its appearance. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Thomas Hardy Well, as a last thought, he pulled out his fiddle as he runned, and struck up a jig, turning to the bull, and backing towards the corner. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

We got into his carriage, and proceeded towards Windsor. I had tutored myself, and was resolved by no outward sign to disclose my internal agitation. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

If all the Christian people in the world were to talk to me, I could never have one merciful feeling towards this man. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

H. G. Wells He came down the road towards them, and picked up nearly a hundred too drunk or frightened to run away. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Arthur Conan Doyle May they, from to-night, move up towards that glorious light which sooner or later shines upon even the lowest. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

Elizabeth Gaskell Besides this, she had felt her heart open out, and warm towards the little helpless child, in a strong and powerful manner. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Anne Bronte He merely glanced towards me, and continued — addressing his hostess:— ‘It was a painful duty, Mrs. Markham — but I told her!’ ‘And how did she take it?’ asked my mother. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Burton, while sabreing his way towards the sea, was struck by a javelin, which pierced both cheeks, and struck out four of his teeth. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

D. H. Lawrence He seemed gentle towards him, he put himself aside in order to fill out the young man. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence She would be good and purely just, she would live in a higher freedom than she had ever known, she would be free of mundane care, she was a pure will towards right. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence Come, why is the flower of you so cool within? Does never a ray nor a glance find its way through? Ah, come, a maid should open to the sun, when the sun leans towards her to caress her. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

George Eliot Turning to Harold to make an observation, she saw that he was looking towards the same point, but with an expression on his face that surprised her. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Daniel Defoe I am drawing now towards a new variety of the scenes of life. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe [1683]

Florence Dixie So we kept riding on towards Cape Gregorio, in the hopes of still being able to find something. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch But it was my turn to be perturbed when, satisfied with my explanation, he informed me that a body of cavalry had passed along the road towards Guarda a good twenty minutes before. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Ann Radcliffe He beckoned her towards him, and desiring that no person might be permitted to enter the room, was for a few moments silent. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Jules Verne The breaking up had already begun here and there, and the floating ice began to pass off towards the high seas. A Winter Amid the Ice by Jules Verne [1874]

Andrew Lang One day, she was sitting in the tower, which looked out over a rocky heath, covered in summer with purple and yellow flowers, when she beheld a troop of horsemen riding towards the castle. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Meanwhile I went off and wandered towards the Randolph Street bridge and there saw a scene that appalled me. My Life and Loves by Frank Harris

Jules Verne In the atmosphere towards the southern horizon stretched a white dazzling band. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

D. H. Lawrence She felt rich and augmented by it, as if she were the positive attraction and he the flow towards her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy He was harnessed to the waggon of beehives in the place of Prince, and the load taken on towards Casterbridge. The evening of the same day saw the empty waggon reach again the spot of the accident. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Robert Louis Stevenson The nature of his feeling towards her is rendered with a most precise and delicate touch. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

The trueness of an idea must mean SOMETHING DEFINITE IN IT THAT DETERMINES ITS TENDENCY TO WORK, and indeed towards this object rather than towards that. The Meaning of Truth by William James

George Eliot It seemed to have come as a last vision to urge her towards the life where the draughts of joy sprang from the unchanging fountains of reverence and devout love. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Baldwin Spencer Marching on towards the west, they reached Ungunja and found there a Panunga man of the Unjiamba totem, whose name was Ultaintika, who is now represented by a living descendant. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

It needs no argument to enforce the generalization that the more elegant styles of feminine bonnets go even farther towards making work impossible than does the man’s high hat. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

G. K. Chesterton All the real amiability which most Englishmen undoubtedly feel towards Irishmen is lavished upon a class of Irishmen which unfortunately does not exist. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

We got heavily to our feet and stumbled towards them. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope This feat having been accomplished, Westerman continued on towards Bressuire, intending to burn the château at Clisson, as he passed it on his way. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Mrs. Watchett came in and walked, apparently without seeing me, towards the garden door. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells [1896]

Elizabeth Gaskell She carried her heavy burden very tenderly towards a mean little cottage indicated by the neighbours; an old crippled woman was coming out of the door, shaking all over with agitation. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

D.H. Lawrence It was late, towards nine o’clock, yet he lounged, dreamily looking out on the turquoise blue water, and the white haze of morning, and the small, fair shadows of ships slowly realizing before him. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope Indeed no one ever ventured to doubt his wisdom on all practical matters — save his mother, who seeing him almost every day, had a stronger bias towards her younger son. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Coming towards him was Gregory Persimmons, with a stranger. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

Henry Kingsley He reached the base of the cliff in safety, and forced his way through the tangled scrub that fringed the infant river, towards the lower end of the pass. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Good, then I’ll keep him in view,” and, separated only by a few yards of bracken and the width of the road, the two ran in parallel lines towards the rendezvous that Ephraim Smith had arranged. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Henry Handel Richardson And one cold spring night towards two o’clock, she put on her warmest travelling clothes and climbed into the coach for Colac. She had bespoken a seat . Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Walter Besant That is what you would naturally do towards your lamented mother’s sister. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Henry Fielding In which the history draws towards a conclusion. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Henry Handel Richardson And under the influence of this revival there stirred in him, for the first time, a more gracious feeling for the land towards which he was heading. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson