Phrases with "upon"

Frederick Marryat Let us ride on away from this, and we will talk over the matter as we go; but depend upon it, the farther south we get the safer we shall be; but still not safe, unless we can change our costume. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Thomas Hardy The blind had been left up purposely, and the candle-light shone out upon the garden bushes. Life’s Little Ironies by Thomas Hardy

A Countryman’s son by accident trod upon a Serpent’s tail, which turned and bit him so that he died. The Fables of Aesop by Joseph Jacobs. Includes A Short History of the Aesopic Fable

Elizabeth Gaskell He could be nothing more in the presence of the great dread which loomed larger upon him after every conversation with the lawyer. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Virginia Woolf The dead leaf no longer stood upon its edge, but had been blown, now running, now pausing, against some stalk. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Algernon Blackwood The moonlight was behind her, but in some odd way he could not focus sight upon her face, although so close. The Glamour of the Snow by Algernon Blackwood

Anthony Trollope That land of promise had not flowed with milk and honey when first she put her foot upon its soil; its produce for her had been gall and bitter herbs for many a weary month after she first landed. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

The conversation turned upon the all-engrossing topic; and I chanced to mention that the behaviour of Ann Dovey puzzled me. Abel Crew by Ellen Wood [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle But after they had left, the old Professor sat on there, his massive, grey-crowned head leaning upon his hands and the same pensive look of horror in his eyes. The Pot of Caviare by Arthur Conan Doyle [1908]

Jules Verne Seated upon the projection formed by the hull of the pinnace, I inhaled the salt breeze with delight. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Olaf Stapledon Yet also we salute the throne and the darkness upon the throne. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope And then his thoughts, although in opposition to his own wishes,—which were intent upon sleep, if sleep would only come to him,—ran away to the building of other castles. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Robert Green Ingersoll People who live upon the prairies ought to vote for cheap lumber. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

E. Phillips Oppenheim Two courses had passed untouched by the woman who sat opposite to him, with her eyes fixed upon the doorway. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Rudyard Kipling And you, Senors, shall have your triumph upon us. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

My father was in the Austrian service, and retired upon a pension and his patrimony, and purchased this feudal residence, and the small estate on which it stands, a bargain. Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Conan Doyle Then I heard of this place — curse the hour that the name first fell upon my ears! — and I came to better myself! My God! to better myself! My wife and three children came with me. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

In church, or in the moment of presentation to majesty, it is appropriate, even essential; but it is dependent, like most things, upon circumstances and environment. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

Robert Louis Stevenson The last night of all she was busy on some female work, and toiled upon it with so manifest and painful a devotion that my lord (who was not often curious) inquired as to its nature. The Weir of Hermiston by Robert Louis Stevenson

Yet in that minute Commerce had walked in upon genteel poverty, and left honest labour and modest income behind her. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

George Gissing Surely they cannot all be thus? “I knew well how far the world at large had passed from true Christianity; that has been impressed upon me from my childhood. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

George Gissing Blackberries shone thick upon the brambles, and above, even to the very tops of the hedge-row trees, climbed the hoary clematis. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The more he thought of it, the more he became convinced that its failure had been inevitable, that his advertised delinquencies could have been looked upon in no other way. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Henry James The air by this time had become portentously dark, and the thunder was incessant and tremendous; in the midst of it the lightning flashed and vanished, like the treble shrilling upon the bass. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The armchair, however, had been pushed back and the black Homburg hat which had rested upon the floor had gone. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Francis Bacon He sat alone, upon cushions, of a kind of excellent plush, blue; and under his foot curious carpets of silk of divers colors, like the Persian, but far finer. The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

James Joyce And then there came out upon the air the sound of voices and the pealing anthem of the organ. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

I had stumbled upon that very possession which fifteen hundred years ago had made the monks of New Rome tremble and cross themselves. The Watcher by the Threshold by John Buchan [1900]

Arthur Conan Doyle They didn’t laugh! They must have laughed when they heard an educated man, a man whom I have met upon equal terms, talking such nonsense. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

I understood no more than the people who called upon me to explain myself. A Personal Record by Joseph Conrad [1912]

Olaf Stapledon It is conceivable that, though minds in the mundane sphere are dependent both for existence and character upon physical events, they become at death wholly emancipated from the physical. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

William Dampier It stands close upon the sea, and the hill within land is a very large one, towering up a great height from a vast body of land. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

Anthony Trollope She could partly understand that the manner of their meeting in London had thrust upon him a necessity for flattering tenderness with which he might well dispense when he met her among his family. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells I had not felt heavy or weary — I cannot imagine one doing so upon the moon — but I suppose I was greatly fatigued. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Frances Hodgson Burnett The athletic and personable young actor—entitled upon programmes Owen Delamore—was striding to and fro talking excitedly. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Such had been the force of the collision that I had flung her back upon the stones. Marvels and Mysteries by Richard Marsh

Olaf Stapledon As he gazed at the minute white points of the chalk, I induced him to regard them as stars in the Milky Way. I then made him blow upon the desk. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Victor Hugo By a concentration of will equal to that which would be needed to cow a tiger, he had succeeded in obliterating for a moment the fatal grin upon his face. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope Poor Nina! It was the dearest wish of her heart to be true and loyal to him in all things; but it might be possible to put too hard a strain even upon such love as hers. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

Jack London Death stalked everywhere, and it was only a matter of time when some one of those many huge seas would fall upon the boat, roll over it, and pass on. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Goodwin took off his hat and seated himself, with his characteristic deliberate ease, upon a corner of the table. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Frederick Marryat There was no time to be lost, so Edward carried her into the stable and left her there, still insensible, upon the straw, in a spare stall; while he hastened to alarm the house. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Washington Irving The balcony of the central window especially looks down upon the verdant valley of the Darro, with its walks, its groves, and gardens. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Mark Twain He surveyed the fence, and all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Francis Bacon Then the flower of vines; it is a little dust, like the dust of a bent, which grows upon the cluster in the first coming forth. The Essays by Francis Bacon [1601]

H. G. Wells So I waited passively upon fate; and the work of transferring Montgomery’s possessions to the launch went on as if I did not exist. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

This he unfolded, and smoothed upon the palm of his hand. Monsieur Lecoq by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope She was thoroughly able to look down upon a parvenu millionaire — to look down upon such a one and not to pretend to despise him. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

When sad of mind the warrior gazed upon his master’s head, he spake to Kriemhild: “Thou hast brought it to an end after thy will, and it hath happed, as I had thought me. The Nibelungenlied by translated by Daniel B. Shumway

Louisa May Alcott One edition of jelly was trickled from pot to pot, another lay upon the floor, and a third was burning gaily on the stove. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Arnold Bennett And from every window of every house adults looked down in safe ease upon that wavy ocean over which banners gleamed in the dazzling and fierce sunshine. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

Algernon Blackwood The sense of unfamiliarity grew upon me as I stood there watching. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

They sat at the open window, smoking a pipe apiece, the glasses on a stand between them, and the lame foot upon a stool. A Tragedy by Ellen Wood [1886]

Joseph Furphy And, no doubt, the old man was right; for a relic, answering to Mosey’s description, was sold by auction in Melbourne, with other assets of the expedition, upon Brahe’s return. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

Robert Louis Stevenson As it is, they prey upon him like a disease. The Treasure of Franchard by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rafael Sabatini But the stout oaken club he wielded tonight went near to endangering the very life of Razetta. Its smashing blows fell upon his shoulders, upon his limbs, and finally upon his head. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Anthony Trollope Think upon this without seeing her. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle The boy took their cards, and then, as they sat down together upon a settee, he set their nerves in a thrill by darting behind a curtain with a shrill cry, and prodding at something with his foot. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Between 1853 and 1857 fifty folio volumes were filled with the comments of his pen upon the Eastern question. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Mark Twain At this dark and hopeless moment an inspiration burst upon him! Nothing less than a great, magnificent inspiration. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Frederick Marryat We must find the slot of a deer, and track him to his lair, and you shall have the first shot if you like; but that, however, depends more upon the deer than upon me. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

Anthony Trollope He becomes wonderfully skillful in surmising the line which a fox may probably take, and in keeping himself upon roads parallel to the ruck of the horsemen. Hunting Sketches by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling There was a hound of Hindustan had struck a Euzufzai, Wherefore they spat upon his face and led him out to die. Departmental Ditties and other verses by Rudyard Kipling [1886]

E. Phillips Oppenheim His hand closed upon her lips. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

I have never believed, as some people do, in omens and forewarnings, for the dramatic things in my life have generally come upon me as suddenly as a tropical thunderstorm. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

A pronounced narrowness between the eyes forced itself suddenly upon the attention. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Jack London The quiet buildings looked down upon the scene from their many windows. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

H. G. Wells The present war for and against Hitler and Stalin and Mr. Chamberlain and so forth, does not even touch upon the essential problem of the abolition of distance. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Julian Hawthorne Once, however, I caught Christina’s eyes fixed upon me, and smiled as I remembered her warnings respecting the supposed danger of solitary rambles. Mrs. Gainsborough’s Diamonds by Julian Hawthorne

Virginia Woolf They fixed themselves upon a salt cellar with a look of rapture that made North feel once more puzzled. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Andrew Lang He sat down at the foot of the tree upon which the birds were perched, and listened attentively to what they were saying to each other. The Yellow Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

George Meredith Near upon morning he roused with his tender fit strong on him, but speechless in the waking as it had been dreamless in sleep. The Tragic Comedians by George Meredith [1880]

Rafael Sabatini In his readiness to fight, the captain found confirmation of his first judgement of the fellow as an adventurer embarking upon a shady enterprise. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Henry James If the old woman had not destroyed everything before she pounced upon me in the parlor she had done so afterward. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Kate Chopin When the awful presence bore too closely upon him, he would close his eyes and brave himself to endurance. At Fault by Kate Chopin

Charles Dickens The living man, and the animated image of himself dead, might so have looked, the one upon the other. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens [1848]

Rudyard Kipling Our English literature, I think, has always been the expression of a race more anxious to deliver what was laid upon it than to measure the means and methods of delivery. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Maria Edgeworth Dora’s name, a thought of Dora, never came in question between Mr. Connal and me, upon my honour. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

Richard Hakluyt For beinge possessed of Newfounde lande, which the last yere was seazed upon in her Majesties name, wee may have tarr, rosen, mastes, and cordage for the very workemanshippe of the same. A Discourse of Western Planting by Richard Hakluyt [1584]

Mark Twain Not a leaf stirred; not a sound obtruded upon great Nature’s meditation. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Opposite is the church with the clock upon it, as everybody knows, and at sight of the dial my companion had wrung his hands; it was close upon the half-hour. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

William Makepeace Thackeray I have been cast in fourteen actions, brought by creditors of that infernal Ginger Beer Company; and all the debts are put upon my shoulders, on account of my known wealth. The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray

Oscar Wilde As he looked back upon man moving through History, he was haunted by a feeling of loss. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Louis Pasteur It would be unprofitable to dwell longer upon the subject of the difficulties which the propagation of yeast in a saccharine mineral medium formerly presented. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

Whether that was possible or not depended upon this remote postal authority. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Algernon Blackwood One world lay upon another, but this modern layer was a shallow crust that, like the phenomenon of the “desert-film,” a mere angle of falling light could instantly obliterate. Sand by Algernon Blackwood [1912]

Arthur Morrison And there was no more foothold on the back platform nor the front, nor any vacant step upon the stairway; and the roof was thronged; and the rest of the crowd was fain to waylay the next car. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

Oscar Wilde Yet ever did thy love abide with me, and ever was it strong, nor did aught prevail against it, though I have looked upon evil and looked upon good. A House of Pomegranates by Oscar Wilde

As the last notes of the hymn died away the widow ran to the coffin, cast herself upon it and sobbed hysterically. Can Such Things Be? by Ambrose Bierce [1893]

George MacDonald Joseph had been looking anxiously for him, chiefly with the desire of getting rid of Ruby — not that he was absolutely of no use to him, but that he was a constant weight upon his mind. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald

Then, as she sat in the dim candle-light, with everything in silence, a sense of desolation came upon her, and she knew that she was alone. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

He had not left his resting-place; their steps on the soundless snow, naturally, he could not hear; and, as their road brought them upon him from the rear, still less could he see them. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

At last they had come and come in time, since Dominique was still alive! A terrible platoon fire, which burst upon her ears like a clap of thunder, caused her to turn. The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola

Theodore Dreiser Mamie burst in upon her mother with: “Oh, mama, isn’t it lovely? Aileen’s coming to stay with us for a while. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Anthony Trollope Yet, upon the whole, I like men to have clean coats. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Arthur Conan Doyle They had lived with a settled conviction that some wild impossible colony, some shouting, singing family of madcaps, would break in upon their peace. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Maria Edgeworth I would rather have them burned than refused; therefore please to burn them, and say nothing more upon the subject. Forester by Maria Edgeworth

Abraham Merri His gaze dropped upon his blood-stained hands and again the hysteria gripped him. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

Pope appears purposely to decline answering the questions of his friends upon that point; at least the questions have reached us, and the answers have not. Pope by Thomas De Quincey

Anthony Trollope The shame and sorrow which you have brought on them, will bring them to their graves — and so there will be an end of their throubles upon earth. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Radclyffe Hall They were calling upon the Mother of God: ‘Sainte Marie, Mere de Dieu, priez pour nous, pauvres pêcheurs, maintenant et à l’heure de notre mort. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Elizabeth Gaskell Her illness consequent upon that dream had filled his mind, so that for many months he himself had had no haunting vision of Kinraid to disturb his slumbers. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then I walked down the jetty with one of my new acquaintances upon either side, each plying me with questions, for they had seen no white man for months. The Fiend of the Cooperage by Arthur Conan Doyle [1897]

Marjorie Bowen He paused, his hand upon the curtain, and looked back at her. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

George Gissing Silence was the best way of showing the impression made upon him. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Elizabeth Gaskell But he found it tiresome to remember her little claims upon him, when she was no longer present. The Crooked Branch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Anthony Trollope He had only been able to tell her that if she hesitated about marrying Adrian she should never look upon his face again; and then without staying for a reply he had left her. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

And this had its effect upon his upholders. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Geoffrey Chaucer The hors eek that his yeman rood upon So swatte, that unnethe myghte it gon. The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

And I remember I snorted, I positively snorted, at that poor Fyne. What really jarred upon me was the rate of his walking. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

William Hope Hodgson Where was it? Where was it? I seemed to have but just parted from my Love, upon its quiet surface, and it had gone, utterly. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Jane Austen The advantage of the match I felt to be all on her side; and had not the smallest doubt (nor have I now) that there would be a general cry-out upon her extreme good luck. Emma by Jane Austen [1816]

Jack London The morning of the fourth day found the wind diminished to a gentle whisper, the sea dying down and the sun shining upon us. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Leslie Stephen Passages over which we pass carelessly at the first reading then come out with wonderful freshness, and single phrases throw a sudden light upon hidden depths of feeling. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

Wilkie Collins I told him what my master had telegraphed, and the man says upon that, ‘Wait a bit,’ he says; ‘I’m coming back. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Andrew Lang L’Oiseau Bleu. Par Mme. d’Aulnoy. There was once upon a time a pig who lived with her three children on a large, comfortable, old-fashioned farmyard. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Abraham Merri There were no trees down except those that lay upon them. The Woman of the Wood by Abraham Merri

H. G. Wells So the game of Power Politics went on, but it went on upon the margins of the prevailing peace. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Here you come upon the important fact that every revolutionary opinion draws part of its strength from a secret conviction that nothing can be changed. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

But could the Erl-king’s Daughter have revealed herself to me, and promised to lead me where my sister was, she might have wiled me by the hand into the dimmest forests upon earth. Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey [1845]

Willa Cather She desired that he should practise his art upon her, and prick upon her skin the signs of Rain and Lightning and Thunder, and stain the wounds with herb-juices, as they were upon his own body. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Arnold Bennett And she was happiest when she had superimposed chicane upon chicane in complex folds. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Kate Chopin All her years she had squatted and waddled there upon the island, gathering legends of the Baratarians and the sea. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

George Eliot The next instant the boat was no longer seen upon the water, and the huge mass was hurrying on in hideous triumph. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

He would ride there presently upon their cries. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Thomas Hardy He would drive her to see her mother every weektake her to London — settle so much money upon her — Heaven knows what he did not promise, suggest, and tempt her with. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Holding my candle above my head, the first object its light fell upon was—the fresco, and at a glance I saw that it was unique. Let Loose by Mary Cholmondeley [1890]

O what to me the little room That was brimmed up with prayer and rest; He bade me out into the gloom, And my breast lies upon his breast. The Wind Among the Reeds by William Butler Yeats [1899]

The driver, jumping out, stepped up to Ali and clapped him familiarly upon the shoulder. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

G. K. Chesterton Many comparatively sympathetic persons pondered upon what pleasure it could give any man to write Sordello or rhyme “end-knot” to “offend not. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle The guns, too, came bounding and rattling forward, and our light cavalry—as much as was left of it—kept pace with our brigade upon the right. The Great Shadow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

His love-affairs became less and less fortunate; but he was still sometimes successful, and when he was he registered the fact — upon his braces. Books and Characters by Lytton Strachey

D. H. Lawrence It was like a warm flame upon the older man’s tense, rigid body, that had become almost unliving, fixed. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

The knitting old woman with the cat obtruded herself upon my memory as a most improper person to be sitting at the other end of such an affair. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad [1899]

George Gissing Inwardly, Mr. Lashmar was at this moment rather pleased, having come upon an article in his weekly paper which reviewed in a very depressing strain the present aspect of English life. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle See here!” He suddenly rolled up his sleeve and showed upon his forearm a peculiar sign which appeared to have been branded there. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

H. G. Wells At first it was perplexing to say why that swirling vesicle should be dimmed and then came the realization that an opaque skin was forming upon the whole boiling ectoplasmic mass. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

George Gissing Whilst he was reflecting upon it a thought suddenly passed through his mind, which startled him by its suggestiveness. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

Kate Chopin Pelagie was hurt and angry enough about it; and she ordered rugs and buffalo robes to be brought and laid thick upon the tiles, till the little one’s steps were surer. Short stories by Kate Chopin

Louisa May Alcott All the blame of this should have fallen upon Jo, for her naughty imitation had been too lifelike to escape detection, and the frolicsome Lambs had permitted the joke to escape. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

D.H. Lawrence Il Duro crouched at the feast in his curious fashion — he had strangely flexible loins, upon which he seemed to crouch forward. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Arthur Conan Doyle It had been invented by man to scare woman away when she poached too nearly upon his precious preserves. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Henry James By this time he had ventured to glance at Mrs. Light. She was looking at him askance, as if, upon this, she was suddenly mistrusting his motives. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Now when Kveldulf and his party came upon them, the watchers who were seated at the end of the bridge sprang up and called to the people on board to wake up, for there was danger in the wind. The Book of Were-Wolves by S. Baring-Gould [1865]

Jack London Over night the white heat of the city had scorched upon itself. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

William Makepeace Thackeray While, however, the great Pincher and Macabaw question was yet undecided, an event occurred to Mr. Scully, which had a great influence upon his after-life. The Bedford-Row Conspiracy by William Makepeace Thackeray [1853]

G. K. Chesterton At length he called his favourite Equerry, Captain Bowler, for whom he had a deep affection, founded principally upon the shape of his whiskers. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton

H. G. Wells I fell helplessly, in full sight of the Martians, upon the broad, bare gravelly spit that runs down to mark the angle of the Wey and Thames. I expected nothing but death. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Thomas Hardy I ought to have!” “But what makes you assume all this, dear?” “Because — I can see you through your feathers, my poor little bird!” Her hand lay on the table, and Jude put his upon it. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Tall posters pasted on boards stood upon the ground, close to the gutter. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Gaston Leroux Raoul saw him bear heavily upon the wall, just as he had pressed against the wall in Christine’s dressing-room. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

E. Phillips Oppenheim After a minute examination, he laid the latter down upon the little stretch of black velvet spread out before him and transferred his regard to his visitor. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Edgar Allan Poe I could not help believing that the green sods and the gray rocks upon which I trod had been trodden never before by the foot of a human being. A Tale of the Ragged Mountains by Edgar Allan Poe [1844]

H. G. Wells I stood passive and panting, allowing him to beat off the jelly from my knees and elbows and lecture me upon my misfortunes. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Maria Edgeworth Mad. de Coulanges actually quarrelled with me for begging that we might have peace; and that we might talk upon subjects where we should not be likely to disagree. Madame de Fleury by Maria Edgeworth

Virginia Woolf The violence of her disillusionment was such that some hook or button fastening the upper part of her dress burst open, and out upon the table fell ‘The Oak Tree’, a poem. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Ivan Turgenev Public opinion was very severe upon him and Liza, while, on the other hand, it extolled me to the skies. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

The words that I was about to utter died upon my lips, and a strange horror—a dreadful horror—came upon me. The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards

Leslie Stephen The biographer’s eye was not fixed upon Johnson till after his wife’s death, and we have little in the way of authentic description of her person and character. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

George Gissing The watchful look at once turned upon her; for a moment that former fear showed itself, and Thyrza made an effort to rise from the pillow. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The blow fell heavier upon him than upon his fellow worker. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Arnold Bennett The conversation turned upon the great South Wales colliery strike against a proposed reduction of wages. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Algernon Blackwood They’ve found a victim in our place!” Then he dropped back upon his blankets and went to sleep literally under my eyes. The Willows by Algernon Blackwood [1907]

Then the sunken eyes fluttered—forced themselves open—and stared in stony amazement upon the fatal card, while the trembling lips moved noiselessly, as if in an attempt to speak. The Mysterious Card by Cleveland Moffett [1895]

Olaf Stapledon Through all those years I have striven to be worthy of the task which the ensworded Christ has set upon me, the delivery of Europe. For let us remind ourselves of well-known truth. Collected Stories by Olaf Stapledon

Jules Verne Besides, this mystery must necessarily be solved, and before long; for, upon an order from Captain Nemo, the engine, increasing its propelling power, made the screw turn more rapidly. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

Julian Hawthorne The light glanced on the curve of the cataract, and twinkled in the eddies of the pool, and danced along the tumultuous rapid, and glistened upon the froth of the mill-race. The Laughing Mill by Julian Hawthorne

Thomas Carlyle Pacifico the miraculous Gibraltar Jew has been hustled by some populace in Greece:— upon him let the British Lion drop, very rapidly indeed, a constitutional tear. Latter-Day Pamphlets by Thomas Carlyle

Then he observed that if there was anything that the Norwegian upper classes prided themselves upon it was their conduct of betrothal and marriage. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Walter Scott For me, I stand little upon that; and I care not whether one boy or another commands me. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

James Hogg But the High Street of Edinburgh, which they soon reached, is a dangerous place in which to make an open attack upon a mob. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

George Gissing He walked this way; he walked that; again he stood still, his eyes upon the house. Will Warburton by George Gissing [1903]

D. H. Lawrence The Captain had reddish-brown, stiff hair, that he wore short upon his skull. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell At last she seemed to regain her power over herself; and she wiped her eyes, and once more looked upon him with her own quiet, earnest, unfearing gaze. Lizzie Leigh by Elizabeth Gaskell [1855]

As a loadstone is stronger at one end on one side or other240 of its æquator: so is the same property displayed by a small terrella upon the surface of a larger terrella. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Rudyard Kipling Thou hast loosed an Act upon the world, and as a stone thrown into a pool so spread the consequences thou canst not tell how far. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

Jules Verne Fix, who had followed Mr. Fogg to the station, and saw that he was really going to leave Bombay, was there, upon the platform. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Nothing, I can take upon myself to assert, was left undone of all that human foresight could suggest, or human ingenuity could accomplish. The Avenger by Thomas de Quincey

E. Phillips Oppenheim Horace has set his heel upon that spirit and it is wounded, but there is some of it left. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Arnold Bennett She was preparing herself to lean upon the reliability of Florrie as upon a cushion. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

E. T. A. Hoffmann And when he came nearer she saw that his piercing eyes were riveted upon her. Mademoiselle De Scudéri by E. T. A. Hoffmann

And it was in the slight bustle consequent upon its termination that the above words, in a low, tender, and most considerate tone, broke upon my ear. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

Anthony Trollope She could be sprightly enough; but at times there seemed to come a cold melancholy upon her too. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

And yet you do not know Me. No! neither do those know Me that call upon Me most. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Mr and Mrs Murchison made no claim and small attempt upon society. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Jack London I had never seen fear so strongly stamped upon a human face. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Is it agreed? Just so! Will you draw?” A swift spasm passed over Hugh’s face, and a tiger glint leapt into Lord Newhaven’s eyes, fixed intently upon him. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Henry James The wide discreetly-windowed wall here perhaps broods upon the lawn with a more effective air of property than elsewhere. A Passionate Pilgrim by Henry James [1871]

In a moment her madness came whirling back upon her. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Maria Edgeworth The alderman insisted upon having his Augustus’s essay produced in the evening. The Good Aunt by Maria Edgeworth

And before that a mantis called upon me. Notwithstanding by Mary Cholmondeley [1913]

For the lawe seith, upon thinges that newely bityde, newe counseil bihoveth. Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for the Modern Reader by prepared & edited by Arthur Burrell MA

Andrew Lang All day they stayed there like flies upon the wall, but during the night Virgilius stole softly to the emperor, and offered him his freedom, as long as he would do him justice. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

He was using wood from old cigar boxes, thin boards of unfinished mahogany upon which he executed fretwork and embellishments of extraordinary delicacy. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Sarah Orne Jewett I think he was a little deaf, and he stepped along before me most businesslike and intent upon his errand. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

Anthony Trollope An idea came across her mind that if the people saw that she was ill they would not take her upon the boat. Linda Tressel by Anthony Trollope [1868]

Mark Twain Now, for the first time, the deep stillness of the place laid a clammy hand upon the spirits of the children. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Arthur Conan Doyle She made no reply, but sat with her eyes fixed upon his grave, massive face. The Retirement of Signor Lambert by Arthur Conan Doyle

Henry Kingsley She only said, “Emeralds upon pink! Heugh!” But Brooks was withered nevertheless. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

G. K. Chesterton Almost as he spoke, the last standing strip of fence bowed and snapped, flinging, as from a catapult, a new figure upon the road. The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G. K. Chesterton