Phrases with "under"

Algernon Blackwood With peculiar pleasure, too, I recall the little class we formed by ourselves in Greek, and the hours spent under Hurrish’s sympathetic and enthusiastic guidance, reading Plato for the first time. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Margaret Oliphant Vincent drew his breath hard, and changed colour, as he bent down under the shadow of the pulpit-cushion and the big Bible, and read this dangerous document. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

Edith Wharton And under this assurance was the lurking sense that he was somehow worthy of his opportunity. The Reef by Edith Wharton [1912]

His own had been simply marvelous, but he had seen in his life too many good men — seamen and others — go under with the sheer weight of bad luck not to recognize the fatal signs. End of the Tether by Joseph Conrad [1902]

D. H. Lawrence He was breaking off thin dead twigs under a holly tree when he heard, on the perfectly still air: “Well I’m dashed!” He listened intently. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

William Hope Hodgson I felt as I imagine an animal must, under the eye of a snake. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Rudyard Kipling Then she went forth to capture Pluffles under the guns of the enemy; just as Mrs. Cusack–Bremmil carried away Bremmil under Mrs. Hauksbee’s eyes. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Sinclair Lewis She has to push her own weight, and not hide it under a bushel. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

G. K. Chesterton Mr. Vincent Crummles had a colossal intellect; and I always have a fancy that under all his pomposity he saw things more keenly than he allowed others to see. Appreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens by G. K. Chesterton [1911]

Edith Wharton The upper one was a telegram for Strefford: she threw it down again and paused under the lantern hanging from the painted vault, the other envelope in her hand. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Anthony Hope She leant against the door post, her broad bosom heaving under her scanty stuff gown. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

William Makepeace Thackeray Some of us have more serious things to hide than a yellow cheek behind a raddle of rouge, or a white poll under a wig of jetty curls. Roundabout Papers by William Makepeace Thackeray [1860-63]

Jules Verne It seemed to the three friends as though, under present conditions, ideas shot up in their brains as leaves shoot at the first warmth of spring. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

Wilkie Collins There was something inscribed on the handle, under a layer of rust and dirt. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

Charles Kingsley She gave one awful lounge forward, and dived under the coming swell, hurling her crew into the eddies. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

John Galsworthy He did not desire this glimpse of what lay under the three stars of his catalogue. The Man of Property by John Galsworthy

Wilkie Collins She chucked Miss Jillgall under the chin, with the air of an amorous old gentleman expressing his approval of a pretty servant-girl. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Immediately there was soft sand under his feet. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

I am not allowed to go out by myself, and mamma can scarcely walk to Kensington-gardens without sinking under the exertion. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

Jules Verne He saw how it was that he paced so constantly in a given direction, as if under the influence of some magnetic force. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

E. Phillips Oppenheim Dominey found a retired seat under a balcony, where he was unlikely to be recognised from the platform. The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1920]

Instantly, with a fierce oath, Mason hurled himself across the table and got in a smashing blow under the agent’s chin, lifting him clean out of his chair. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Rudyard Kipling If not, he is going to enter you under his own wing. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Thomas Hughes No one in the village enjoyed the approach of “veast day” more than Tom, in the year in which he was taken under old Benjy’s tutelage. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

Algernon Blackwood He read it through from beginning to end, missing no word, uttering each syllable distinctly under his breath as he read. The Man Who Found Out by Algernon Blackwood

Guy de Maupassant I was certainly under the mysterious influence of the enjoyment outside, and I resigned myself to it. Christmas Eve (Nuit de Noël) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She could look out from under her lashes to sufficient purpose to call what she wanted and take and keep it. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

John Galsworthy The speedometer rose rapidly: Forty — forty-five — fifty — fifty-five —! The sailor’s hand slipped under Dinny’s arm. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

George MacDonald A few paces brought us to the first; it was a human form under a sheet, straight and still — whether of man or woman I could not tell, for the light seemed to avoid the face as we passed. Lilith by George MacDonald

Edith Wharton She wore a large hat with a long white feather, and from under its brim her painted eyes looked at Charity with amused recognition. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

Robert Green Ingersoll People told, with bated breath, how, under the spell of a vindictive woman, four successive abbots in a German monastery had been wasted away by an unholy flame. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

There was no natural womanly vanity, no simple girlish fancy, which this woman had not trodden under foot, and trampled out in the hard pathway she had chosen for herself. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Edith Wharton Lewis felt for a moment as he used to under his father’s glance. False Dawn by Edith Wharton

Rudyard Kipling Can I eat mud?” He scratched himself under his left ear. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

Virginia Woolf There they were, jutting out under the single sheet. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Walter Scott The ministers endeavoured to persuade her, that the Fairies by which she was haunted, were evil spirits, and that she was under the delusion of the devil. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

I can only form one conclusion — namely, that you are labouring under the effects of poison. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

These individuals are under arrest. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

When he came up this second time he was well under the island bank, and he saw dim figures running along the marsh, led by one who was flashing the torch. The House on the Island by Arthur Gask [1931]

Rafael Sabatini I would have married her, I would so, by God.” Sir Oliver swore softly under his breath. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Ann Radcliffe I fear too that M. La Luc will sink under its pressure; he is much altered for the worse since he set out for Paris. Tell me your opinion sincerely. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Kate Chopin The two women went away one morning to the beach together, arm in arm, under the huge white sunshade. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Thomas Hardy Looking over the damp sod in the direction of the sun, a glistening ripple of gossamer webs was visible to their eyes under the luminary, like the track of moonlight on the sea. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Rudyard Kipling The Trade has many stories, too, of watching patrols when a boat must see chance after chance go by under her nose and write — merely write — what she has seen. Tales of the Trade by Rudyard Kipling

H. G. Wells It will have received from every language under the sun. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Elizabeth Gaskell The servant who entered his room in the morning, received no answer to his speech; drew near the bed, and saw the calm, beautiful face lying white and cold under the ineffaceable seal of death. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Arthur Machen I thought, hidden away under the hills as if it were a secret. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

Charles Dickens We all made a melancholy passage, under the hot sun over to the mainland. The Perils of Certain English Prisoners by Charles Dickens [1857]

The lasses are aye for gliding in their bills under cover of another hand. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

George Meredith Princes, counts, generals, diplomats passed under him in awe. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

Jane Austen It astonished her that Tom’s sisters could be satisfied with remaining in London at such a time, through an illness which had now, under different degrees of danger, lasted several weeks. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen [1814]

Willa Cather When they went back to the barrack, Mlle. Olive was sitting in one of the canvas chairs Louis had placed under the new pavilion. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

George Gissing Bella has been fairly well taught, but not, you see, under my supervision. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Marjorie Bowen The rain swept in under the portico, wetting her thin dress, the dark gathered about her, and her hand, resting on the iron railing of the steps, became a white blur before her eyes. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Anthony Trollope The farmer who took it, and who would not under any circumstances undertake to pay more than seventeen shillings an acre for it, could not be made to think that it was in any way considerable. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

D.H. Lawrence Put your hands under my coat,’ he whispered. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling I went back at once and saw, under the Tonga Office lamps, Mrs. Schreiderling kneeling in the wet road by the back seat of the newly-arrived tonga, screaming hideously. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Charles Dickens We was slack — several joints under our average mark, and wine, of course, proportionate. Somebody’s Luggage by Charles Dickens [1862]

What he saw, in the shadow under his bed, was two small points of light, apparently about an inch apart. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

Willa Cather Fritz slipped from under the covers, and going cautiously over to the window, poked out his head. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

W. H. Hudson After dinner, when we all sat under the corridor to enjoy the cool evening, I began to observe his daughters more closely. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Guy de Maupassan He had a big portfolio under his arm. The Dowry by Guy de Maupassan

D. H. Lawrence Then she went out again, under the great moon, to see if everything was right. The Fox by D. H. Lawrence

Florence Dixie However, he struck out in a direction in which he imagined the camp must lie, and kept wearily trudging on under his load, which, tired as he was, he was naturally loath to part from. Across Patagonia by Florence Dixie [1880]

Mornington was already making efforts to get the body from under the table. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

George Eliot He would show the Loamshire people what a fine country gentleman was; he would not exchange that career for any other under the sun. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Rafael Sabatini Another word and thou’lt go aboard his galeasse even as thou saidst should be the case with him — at the rowers’ bench, to learn submission under the slave master’s whip. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Elizabeth Gaskell Thus she grew warm and happy in the idea of taking Ruth home; but Ruth remained depressed and languid under the conviction that he no longer loved her. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

D. H. Lawrence Ah, yes! We are all under the necessity to eat. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle War had broken out, the regiment was mustered, and the unfortunate student, to his own utter dismay, was kept under arms until the conclusion of hostilities. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

It had grown thinner; shadows were deep in the temples; from the dark circles under the eyes to the chin ran a line of pain. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Arcoll must be found and warned, and that at once, or Laputa would slip over to Inanda’s Kraal under cover of dark. Prester John by John Buchan

Francis Bacon The greatness of an estate, in bulk and territory, doth fall under measure; and the greatness of finances and revenue, doth fall under computation. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

This cheered me so greatly, I had my chair placed under a tree and smoked my first pipe. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Robert Louis Stevenson Number eight, meanwhile, has left the table, and is once more trampling the poor piano under powerful and uncertain fingers. Essays of Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson

Andrew Lang It was so cold, so cold; the great icebergs glittered strangely, and the huge whales now lived under the ice, for they could not make a hole through with their awkward heads. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rain ceased two days after the storm, giving way to dry air under a cloudless sky, and the effects of the visitation were revealed in harsh crudeness and nakedness. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Marie used to tell me of their journeys in foreign countries, under a southern sky. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She is impatient to take you under her care. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

This woman will bide the nicht in this place under lock and key, till the Shirra sends for her. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

As a mere guess, I should say that he went back to the country of his birth—that if he is still living, he is to be found in America under another name. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Edith Wharton The little flame under his hand cast a deeper crimson on his puffing face, and Lily averted her eyes with a momentary feeling of repugnance. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

Ford Madox Ford She imagined Valentine under the high roof suffering tortures because she, Sylvia, was looking down over the hedge. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Henry James Jasper complained of the closeness of the room, said that it was not a night to sit in a room — one ought to be out in the air, under the sky. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

David Hume They either labour under some defect, or are vitiated by some disorder; and by that means, excite a sentiment, which may be pronounced erroneous. Of the Standard of Taste by David Hume

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

Arthur Conan Doyle Take their pistols, Marvin!” There was no possible resistance under the menace of those rifles. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Arthur Conan Doyle Cool, swift and alert, the man sprang swiftly aside from under the very shadow of death, and then again came the swish and thud of the unerring blow from the heavy handle. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Gaston Leroux He had taken off Daddy Jacques’s boots; he had removed the papers from the cabinet; and had then slipped under the bed. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

I would have been well content to batten the hatch down and let them perish under the deck. A Smile of Fortune by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Ford Madox Ford He said that ‘A’ Company were all under cover. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

But as Lady Judith had pointedly ignored the two gaunt daughters in her invitation, Lady Tredgold considered herself under no obligation to be grateful. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

IF d’Artagnan forgets his host, or appears to forget him, under the pretense of not knowing where he has been carried, we will not forget him, and we know where he is. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Then the invoker got up and extinguished the light in the hall, so that no glimmer might come through the slit under the door. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

George Gissing Barbara withdrew a step, but Mrs. Denyer, in the most natural way possible, requested Mr. Musselwhite’s judgment on the portraits under discussion. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

Jules Verne An enormous bruise immediately made its appearance under the detective’s silk hat, which was completely smashed in. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Ford Madox Ford It was not really practicable to keep every one of six hundred aligned girls under your eye. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

As he threw open the door, he saw the mendicant hurriedly shuffle something under his feet, and conceal it beneath his long clothes. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Arthur Machen Not endured, but writhed under as a worm twisting amidst red, burning coals. Holy Terrors by Arthur Machen

Arnold Bennett And under the furniture rack was the ‘random,’ full of galleys. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Gissing He rose at eight the next morning, and would, under ordinary circumstances, have taken a book till breakfast. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

He had discouraged conversation about her soul and its welfare, at first obliquely, then, under compulsion, with some directness. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

The Comte de Malfort has left England.” Lady Fareham turned livid under her rouge. London Pride by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1896]

Andrew Lang Mayhap under its stones and rough mountains you may find a treasure!’ ‘Then give me your son’s six foster brothers as well as my own,’ answered he. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson There! Now put your arm right under her and carry her. And the Dead Spake by E. F. Benson

Anatole France What a presentiment was that which came to me, when a child, under the lindens of Joinville, before the marble nymphs! I wished to die then. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Theodore Dreiser He would have Wingate and his two brothers under him to execute his orders exactly. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope The mind, under such circumstances, is like a horse that is brought to the water, but refuses to drink. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Elizabeth Gaskell They will put her beautiful round throat under the guillotine. My Lady Ludlow by Elizabeth Gaskell [1858]

In hurried accents yet the gentlest He could find, while his eye was averted, and his voice scarcely audible, He strove to console her under a misfortune which now could not be avoided. The Monk by Matthew Lewis [1796]

He dyede whan I cam fro Jerusalem, And lith i-grave under the roode-bem; Al is his tombe nought so curious As was the sepulcre of him Darius, Which that Appellus wroughte so subtily. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Edith Wharton Even now, as he approached, I saw her face veiled by a faint mist of emotion: it was like watching a fruit ripen under a midsummer sun. Coming Home by Edith Wharton [1916]

Thence all adjourned to the drawing-room, under the windows of which were drawn up carriages of all descriptions, with grooms, outriders, footmen, and saddle-horses for gentlemen and ladies. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Virginia Woolf It should lay us under a spell with its first word, and we should only wake, refreshed, with its last. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Wilkie Collins His temper was under control again: he had his reasons for still remaining on friendly terms with Mr. Rayburn. “I am sorry I forgot myself just now,” he said. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Robert Louis Stevenson We were too weary to seek far; on some dry sands, still warm with the day’s sun, and close under a wood of pines, we lay down and were instantly plunged in sleep. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Her father, however, enjoyed the pint of good wine, and recovered his equanimity under its generous influence. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

And the dwindling pair still bobbed in sight, under a full complement of stars, when a fresh outcry from the cell, and a mighty hammering against its locked door, broke the truth to one and all. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

Arthur Conan Doyle Their passions and feelings are under control, as the skilful rider keeps his horse in hand; but they are as surely there as is the speed and endurance of the animal. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Rudyard Kipling Mr. Vergil’s glance, under frosty eyebrows, swept his companion’s long visage as a searchlight sweeps a half-guessed foreshore. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Anne Bronte Except under peculiar circumstances, I consider very close and constant study as a waste of time, and an injury to the mind as well as the body. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte [1847]

And their ships made ready to move up the river under Carcë, if by any means they might attack the bridge by water and so cut off for the Witches their way of retreat. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

They do just as much and just as little good to the heart that lies under the stone. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

No, nothing, under whatever guise you may offer these alms which you tender merely to appease your own conscience. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Wilkie Collins He doggedly held the handkerchief under her eyes. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

The banana, when unripe, is white and insipid; it is then baked under ashes till it takes a golden colour, and, like a cereal, it can be eaten as bread. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Robert Louis Stevenson I do not believe I am repulsive to the eye, and as for my character, you have seen me under trial. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sink and copper in living-room, coal-hole under stairs. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Henry Kingsley Quickly, under the blinking stars, under the blooming apple-trees, out to the croft-gate, and there was George waiting impatiently for her, according to promise. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Standing under a lamp-post, he opened out the newspaper. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

George Gissing This chanced to be the day on which the Polterham Liberal newspaper was published, and at the head of its “general” column appeared a long paragraph on the subject under discussion. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

When I did I came carefully up alongside, and put my left arm under her shoulders to sustain her. The Lust of Hate by Guy Boothby [1898]

H. G. Wells It would be alive and growing and changing continually under revision, extension and replacement from the original thinkers in the world everywhere. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

Arthur Conan Doyle Gently as we moved, however, the old floor must have creaked under our feet, for the head of our American, peering anxiously round, emerged suddenly from the open space. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Willa Cather There was even a burnt match under the milk toast. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

George Eliot I mean to be a commoner; but a peerage might present itself under acceptable circumstances. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Guy de Maupassan He was therefore obliged to either lunch or dine at her house daily, when she would clasp his hand under cover of the table or offer him her lips behind the doors. Bel Ami by Guy de Maupassan

George Gissing Nancy would play strange pranks, by which, assuredly, he would be driven to exasperation if they passed under his eyes. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Thomas Hardy Pausing outside, as if in thought, she proceeded to a spot where the sun came earliest in spring-time, and where the north wind never blew; it was where the row of beehives stood under the wall. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Better to be put upon your trial, and prove yourself innocent, as I know you can, than to live all your life under the shadow of a groundless suspicion. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Anthony Trollope But I fear she left him under protection that was injurious to her character. The Belton Estate by Anthony Trollope

There, on the fore-deck of the prau, old Lingard found her under a heap of dead and dying pirates, and had her carried on the poop of the Flash before the Malay craft was set on fire and sent adrift. Almayer’s Folly by Joseph Conrad [1895]

Benjamin Disraeli Though habited in this garb, I have served under your illustrious sire. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

Andrew Lang Reynolds’s best-known book, if any of them can be said to be known at all, was published under the name of John Hamilton. It is “The Garden of Florence, and Other Poems” (Warren, London, 1821). Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

Benjamin Disraeli As for Bertram’s affair itself, under the manipulation of St. Aldegonde, it began to assume a less anxious and more practicable aspect. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

He told me, which also my own heart told me, that these poor dogs languished out their lives under this confinement. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

She sat down on a studio couch with her bare legs under and her back straight. Miss Lonelyhearts by Nathanael West [1933]

Theodore Dreiser And this letter, under the new arrangement, he received at once. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope There was nothing further — not a word more, and Mary went away with her veil down, under her mother’s wing, weeping sweet silent tears which no one saw. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Henry James I like her being placed under my “care. The Patagonia by Henry James [1888]

Henry Handel Richardson He took a pencil and wrote “My horse” in big letters under Dobbin’s stomach, and cut a bunch of hairs out of his tail for a keepsake. Ultima Thule by Henry Handel Richardson

Jules Verne Cyrus Harding still needed, in view of his future preparation, another substance, nitrate of potash, which is better known under the name of salt niter, or of saltpeter. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

He fixed his great eyes upon her, trembling all over, and softly trampled the soaked ground under his hoofs. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Margaret Oliphant She wept a few bitter, heavy tears under cover of her clasped hands—tears which took away the dreadful pressure upon her brain, and made it easier to bear for the moment. Salem Chapel by Margaret Oliphant [1862]

His hand was very near her flaming hair that was now ungathered and fell about her shoulders under the silver shawl and over the orange satin gown. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Anthony Trollope He came here under false pretences, and has done you a serious injury. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Yet such is the uncertainty of life, a big tiger-snake lay coiled under the other side of the rock, and not ten paces away a death-adder was sleeping in a tuft of grass. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

H. G. Wells This rifle and its sights protruded from a port-hole, exactly like a great number of other port-holes that ran in a triple row under the eaves of the cover of the land ironclad. The Land Ironclads by H. G. Wells [1903]

Edith Wharton The early mist had vanished and the fields lay like a silver shield under the sun. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

H. G. Wells Up here — under these stars — none of those things would matter. A Story of the Days To Come by H. G. Wells [1897]

I saw that it was all new to you, and so I made bold to take you under my wing, so to speak. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

George Gissing In brief, though she will of course appear under the old name, she will in reality have changed it for one of another nationality before presenting herself in the radiance of the footlights. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Frederick Marryat Edward took the Bible under his arm, and Alice by the hand. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

But first, under the direction of the celebrated sculptor Tolsa, a new altar was erected for the image. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Guy de Maupassan But he remained passive and listless, with his back bent like a restive horse under the whip. The Last Step by Guy de Maupassan

Wilkie Collins Here — here’s what he said — under the big grease-spot. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

James Anthony Froude This conceit grew so strong in my spirit, that had I but seen a priest, though never so sordid and debauched in his life, I should find my spirit fall under him, reverence, and be knit to him. Bunyan by James Anthony Froude [1880]

Olaf Stapledon Thoughts and desires of our own, which we have no intention of transmitting, may sometimes find their way into the mind under observation; and their effect may be disastrous. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

William Godwin She accordingly resided at this time two or three weeks under his roof. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman by William Godwin [1798]

The grass was the fine mossy stuff that grows under trees. Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell

William Henry Hudson I was beginning to hate my legs, or rather my trousers, for I considered that under them I had as good a pair of calves as any man in the company. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

James Hogg When I was by myself, I breathed freer, and my step was lighter; but, when he approached, a pang went to my heart, and, in his company, I moved and acted as if under a load that I could hardly endure. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

William Makepeace Thackeray A Dr. Delamere, ex-Scholar T.C.D., distributed 320 rewards to his young friends: and if we allow that one lad in twenty is a prizeman, it is clear that there must be 6, 440 under the Doctor’s care. The Irish Sketch Book by William Makepeace Thackeray [1843]

It was cooler now, except for patches of heat lingering under the thicker trees, and the light was gentle. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins There is, perhaps, a certain grace, under the circumstances, in looking confused. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Comes Wealhtheow forth, under gold-crown goes where the good pair sit, uncle and nephew, true each to the other one, kindred in amity. Beowulf by translated by Francis Gummere

Rudyard Kipling The Quebec letters fly under their fingers and leap into the docketed racks, while both captains and Mr. Geary satisfy them selves that the coach is locked home. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

Serge went with him to the door under pressure, and they went out together. To Love and Be Wise by Josephine Tey [1950]

Gaston Leroux As to the dead man, he lay stretched out there under a table-cloth, waiting for the police — and those at the tables went on with their drinking. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

Arnold Bennett Therefore, the hapless creature was either asleep or under the influence of an anaesthetic — or (horrible thought!) dead. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Thomas Hardy He was plainly under that strange influence which sometimes prompts men to confide to the new-found friend what they will not tell to the old. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Either I would go under the ice, or I would find a chance of putting a bullet through my head before I crossed the frontier. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Anthony Trollope They were much quieter — tamer, as it were — than Englishmen would be under such circumstances. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim Not for a single night since their marriage had they slept under different roofs. The Glenlitten Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1929]

George Meredith Emilia said eagerly, “This way,” and ran under one of the oaks. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

The fidelity of Griseldis under the trials imposed upon her by her, in point of fact, brutal husband is the fidelity of a martyr to unreason. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Morgan Robertson Iceberg. Right under the bows. The Wreck of the Titan by Morgan Robertson

Ivan Turgenev Her big eyes shone with sombre brilliance under the soft mass of hair; her bare, dark-skinned arms were loaded with bracelets and her hands covered with rings, held a guitar. Lieutenant Yergunov’s Story by Ivan Turgenev

Edmund Burke A grave and overruling necessity obliged them to take the step they took, and took with infinite reluctance, as under that most rigorous of all laws. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

At noon they rested and ate, lying prone under the matted roof of their tunnel. The Slayer of Souls by Robert W. Chambers [1920]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Be assured that you will never hear of her or from her under this roof. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

These tendrils are, however, but slightly sensitive; for by rubbing their under surface only a slight movement is slowly produced. The Movements and Habits of Climbing Plants by Charles Darwin

Virginia Woolf It is admirably done, but we cannot help feeling anxious, as the essay proceeds, lest the material may give out under the craftsman’s fingers. The Common Reader by Virginia Woolf [1925]

George Meredith It was the presence of the intolerable Pagnell under Charlotte’s eyes which irritated him beyond the common anger he felt at Aminta’s pursuit of him right into Steignton. His mouth locked. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Jules Verne Some human beings still lingered on the coast hunting morses and camping under the snow. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

Then he felt the blood surge into his face and a sudden pumping of his heart, for upon the rug under the desk-chair lay a small bunch of keys. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Arthur Morrison He went solemnly to chapel every Sunday, under a tall hat, and put a penny — one returned to him for the purpose out of his week’s wages — in the plate. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Goldwin Smith How will it twist and twine itself about to get from under the Cross, which it is the glory of our Christian calling to be able to bear with patience and goodwill. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Happy were those (but they were very few) whom she ever chose to be the companions of her day; they saw the art treasures of Rome, under her guidance, as they had never seen them before. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

H.G. Wells The water raced under the bridge, green and dark, and streaked with foam. The Wonderful Visit by H.G. Wells [1895]