Phrases with "wall"

It was Mr.”— he glanced up at the frame upon me wall and took the first name that caught his eye —“it was Mr. Staines I was running after. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Andrew Lang Scattering the guards right and left, he cleared the wall at a bound, and seizing the sleeping Princess, he threw her on to his back, where he kept her by holding her robe in his teeth. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins He looked back at me directly, and, as long as we stood in our corner, his eyes never wandered away again to the empty wall or the vacant space at our side. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Charles Dickens Then, into the cell, aired high up in the wooden wall through an opening like a kitchen plate-rack: wherein there was a drunken man, not at all warm, and very wishful to know if it were morning yet. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Edith Wharton A wall of granite seemed to have built itself up between them. The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton [1922]

Henry Handel Richardson It was a large room, with three windows; and one end of it was shut off by a high screen, which stretched almost from wall to wall. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

There was a man standing with his back towards us looking at a wall map, a very big man with a neck that bulged over his collar. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Gustave Flauber It had three lines of circumvallation, and upon the heights which surrounded it there extended a wall fortified with towers. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Edgar Rice Burroughs At his feet an opening looked out upon a green sward, and at a little distance beyond was the dense wall of jungle and forest. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

An hour later Lady Maulevrier’s travelling carriage stood ready in the stable yard, in the deep shadow of wall and gables. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Oh, yes, he is gone, he is gone!” She fell back against the wall with shriek after shriek of laughter, while I, horrified at this sudden hysterical attack, rushed to the bell to summon help. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Rudyard Kipling That line grew and grew and grew till it was three-quarters of a mile long from wing to wing — one solid wall of men, horses, and guns. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

They could hear through the wall the scream of the fiddle and the tramp-tramp-tramp of the dancing figures. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Andrew Lang He took hold of it carefully, but in spite of all his caution he touched the wall in trying to pass by some sleeping watchmen. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope At each side of the gates ran a wall surmounted by iron railingsextending to the gardener’s cottage on the one side, and to the coach-house on the other. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

Such a gentleman simply dashes straight for his object like an infuriated bull with its horns down, and nothing but a wall will stop him. Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The secretary eyed moodily the wall from which the shadow had gone. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Henry James At last I became conscious that a large shadow was projected upon the wall opposite the folding-door — the shadow, evidently, of a figure in the adjoining room. The Ghostly Rental by Henry James [1876]

You were getting over the wall into the park. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Bram Stoker It had been locked after I left the Count. Then a wild desire took me to obtain the key at any risk, and I determined then and there to scale the wall again, and gain the Count’s room. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

I called the queer-looking wall the Ruined Rampart. There was a quantity of different kinds of water, some tasting of ammonia, some saltish, and some putrid. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Willa Cather She was staring up at the far wall of the canyon with a troubled expression that drew her eyes narrow and her mouth hard. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Robert Louis Stevenson I returned it to its maker, with whom I had so contumelious a passage that the street outside was crowded from wall to wall with gossips looking on and listening. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

They built it of bean-sticks against the wall at the end, and father broke up a packing-case to get planks for the roof. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

H. G. Wells I shoved him against the wall and left him there, forgiving me, and went back into the house. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

G. K. Chesterton Both the girls stared at the stars and moons and suns blazoned on that sacred wall that leapt and shuddered under the strokes of the doom. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

John Lewis Burckhard On the sea-shore, in front of the town, the ancient wall remains, but in a state of decay. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Maria Edgeworth Mrs. Luttridge, when we came up, was leaning, with a truly martial negligence, against the wall of the barn, with her pistol, as I told you, in her hand. Belinda. by Maria Edgeworth

Leon Trotsky The urn with Sklyansky’s ashes was brought back to Moscow. Every one was sure that it would be immured in the Kremlin wall in the Red Square, which had become the Pantheon of the revolution. My Life by Leon Trotsky

I shall be at the foot of this last wall with a good number of armed men. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

John Lewis Burckhard The wall fronting the river is fifteen feet in height, and describes a slight curve. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Ford Madox Ford A row of calf-bound books stood against the wall on the back edge of the platform. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

John Lewis Burckhard In the south wall are two niches. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Zona Gale The taper rays struck a length of wall before him, minting from the gloom a sheet of pale orchids clinging to the unclean rock. Romance Island by Zona Gale [1906]

A. E. W. Mason The front wall was destroyed, but the two side walls and the back wall still stood. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

Most of the windows were closed, some with panes broken, stuffed with wisps of straw; there were the remains of a wall round the house; it was broken in some parts (only its foundation left). A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Wilkie Collins The heavy sliding door in the opposite wall was pushed back, and the Arctic atmosphere of Freeze-your-Bones was pouring unhindered into the empty room. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

My lady-wife was gazing around for ghosts, while you were deep in abstract thought, and did not once remove your eyes from the blank wall they chanced to alight on. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Adam Lindsay Gordon Hugo: Is this thine answer, Agatha? The wall Is a poor protection truly, And the gates are weak, And the Norsemen most unruly. Poems by Adam Lindsay Gordon

Alfred had never been vain, but he did pause to gaze at himself then; for his face was covered with a thin veneer of sand, as a wall becomes coated with driven snow. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

E. F. Benson Trees again, a small village of grey stone houses, and facing her a great castellated wall with a tower above a gateway and a bridge over a moat leading to it. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Henry Handel Richardson A wall of mute resistance; an entrenchment of sulks and sullens. Succedaneum by Henry Handel Richardson

On the other side of the chinky wall of the out-house was the family poultry-house. In the World by Maksim Gorky

But he might have slipped out of the front door at half-past ten and climbed as you did over the wall to cross the park and drop over the other. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Will he turn us out of house and home?” Propping the paper against the wall over the mantelpiece, she left it there, that it might meet the captain’s eye on his return. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He had to squeeze himself against the wall to allow her to pass him. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Jacques Futrelle He stumbled over a chair, and his own impetus forward sent him sprawling; his head struck the wall with a resounding whack; and then, over the house, came utter silence. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

The boundary-line is marked by a large gate, like the two openings in the wooden wall denoting the Loango frontier between the Quillu and Luema rivers. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Round and round the place that fifteen-feet wall is built, and the park, as they calls it, is running as wild as a cow. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Did Mrs. Vickers complain of the instability of her brushwood hut, it was Rufus Dawes who worked a wicker shield, and plastering it with clay, produced a wall that defied the keenest wind. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Over the low wall he could see the lights of the sky clustering about Glaramara’s shoulders. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

It was encompassed by a wall of unburnt bricks and cement, six feet wide and nine high for one half of the circumference, and fifteen feet high for the other half. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

He approached the wall, and tried to climb it; but the wall had been recently pointed, and d’Artagnan could get no hold. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

The wall is hung with rifles, krises, and handcuffs, with which a “Sam Slick” clock, an engraving from the Graphic, and some curious Turkish pictures of Stamboul, are oddly mixed up. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

H. G. Wells He reeled, and was struck again, and came against a wall with his hands. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle I understand that this place is surrounded by a wall to which there is only one gate. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Virginia Woolf A wall of water seemed to gape apart; the two walls held themselves apart. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Walter Crane At a German railway station waiting-room I noticed an effective adaptation of this principle as a wall decoration in two blues upon a stone colour (see illustration, p. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

H. Rider Haggard We are now on a level with the precipitous chain, or wall of lava, linking the two Breasts, and the view is glorious. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Rudyard Kipling The wall had a drop of thirty or forty feet to paddy fields. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

The whole of the centre of the floor had disappeared into the wall opposite to the fireplace, and the rough steps led down into a kind of passage that ran in the direction of the unfinished house. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

That reminded him that something must be done to make the wall climbable for her return, so he went down to McGuffog, and the two squeezed through the barricaded door to the verandah. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Sinclair Lewis Four hundred pictures all on a wall are four hundred times less interesting than one picture; and no one knows a cafe till he has gone there often enough to know the names of the waiters. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

She just sat with a cup of coffee in front of her and stared at the hospital wall opposite. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Henry James This was a great rugged wall which had fallen backward from the perpendicular, and the descent, though difficult, was with care sufficiently practicable. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Virginia Woolf But the waves, as they neared the shore, were robbed of light, and fell in one long concussion, like a wall falling, a wall of grey stone, unpierced by any chink of light. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

George Gissing Wherever the lamplight fell upon a wall or hoarding, it illumined election placards, with the names of the candidates in staring letters, and all the familiar vulgarities of party advertising. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

H. Rider Haggard This expanse appeared to be ringed in by a wall of distant mountains. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

D. H. Lawrence The wall had fallen, leaving the floor sticking out. The Virgin and the Gypsy by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling Then, underneath a wall by the main road, we saw an infant of four armed with a little green-barked switch which some one had peeled into pretty patterns for him. Souvenirs of France by Rudyard Kipling

H. Rider Haggard It seemed to him that Juanna had built a wall between them which he could not climb. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

Bram Stoker At last we reached the wall of the churchyard, which we climbed over. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Seven men and one young woman, they warmed themselves together at the fire, which extended its bright wall along the whole front of their wigwam. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Moving on tip-toe, he stepped lightly over the low stone wall into the road, and gazed after them. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Nellie Bly I noticed the road that went in a winding line up the hill had been built with a wall on the ocean side; still I thought I would not care to travel up it. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

D. H. Lawrence As they came near they saw the wall of ice: the glacier end, thick crusted and speckled with stone and dirt debris. The Captain’s Doll by D. H. Lawrence

Arthur Conan Doyle So he remained while the senior monks filed slowly and sedately into the chamber seating themselves upon the long oaken benches which lined the wall on either side. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He had gone away and the secret garden was empty — except for the robin who had just flown across the wall and sat on a standard rose-bush watching her. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

All the characters mounted as well, and entering the little sitting-room, ranged themselves against the wall facing the door. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Arnold Bennett The boy had learned how to climb the wall from his own side of it without help. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

George Meredith Only the footman appeared at that early hour, and his countenance was blank whitewash as he stood rigid against the wall for the lady to pass. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

You cannot know the wall of a century ago from the wall of yesterday. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope A woman in want of a wall against which to nail herself will swear conjugal obedience sometimes to her cook, sometimes to her grandchild, sometimes to her lawyer. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Marjorie Bowen For anyone to have stood between him and the wall would have been impossible; behind the back of his chair was not space enough to push a walking-stick. Scoured Silk by Marjorie Bowen

Before it thickened into a wall of white muffling vapour they saw the two figures round the corner and start up the fell towards them. Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole [1930]

Every alehouse resounded with Quoz; every street-corner was noisy with it, and every wall for miles around was chalked with it. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Sinclair Lewis Beyond him was the turreted bulk of the Main Medical Building, a harsh and blurry mass, high up in its dark wall a single light. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Sir Walter Scott De Bracy winded his horn three times, and the archers and cross-bow men, who had manned the wall upon seeing their approach, hastened to lower the drawbridge, and admit them. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

The wall to the right on entering is covered with a long hieroglyphic inscription. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

A little platform of grass stood between the wall of the house and the precipitous edge of the vale of Mario w. The Wyvern Mystery by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Against the south wall are five crosses, which are used for the crucifixion of malefactors. The Golden Chersonese and the way thither by Isabella L. Bird [1883]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He made his way down the narrow space between the backs of the chairs and the wall and stepped on to the threshold of the open window. The Man Without Nerves by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

He reported that, with the assistance of Messrs Miller Anderson & Co., the rooms had been greatly improved by the use of curtains, carpet and wall hangings. The Bragg Family in Adelaide by John Jenkin

Willa Cather By this time the south wall of the amphitheater cast a narrow shelf of shadow, and the party withdrew to this refuge. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Oscar Wilde It has hemmed us round with the nets of the hunter, and written upon the wall the prophecy of our doom. Intentions by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Ford Madox Ford She was aware of it going on, through the wall above, diagonally; then through the ceiling in perpendicular waves. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

A blank yellow wall rose behind overtopping the tree, reflecting the glare. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad [1900]

The entrance to the wine shop was like a rough hole in a wall of flints. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

H.P. Lovecraft The right-hand wall was no less thickly inscribed, and Willett felt a start of recognition when he came up the pair of formulae so frequently occurring in the recent notes in the library. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

G. K. Chesterton The garden and the garden wall and the house had been planted round it. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Elizabeth Barrett Browning His name shall stand perpetually As a name to applaud and cherish, Not only within the civic wall For the loyal, but also without For the generous and free. Poems Before Congress by Elizabeth Barrett Browning [1860]

The prisoner’s assurance, already shaken, fell little by little, just like the outer coating of a wall when riddled with bullets. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

The southern boundary wall of this hall, when the surface sand was removed, appeared to be no less than 20 feet in thickness. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Those who were left unhurt sprang through the yawning wall out into the garden. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

H. Rider Haggard Were it not wise to use this girl of thine to build a wall about thee against the evil day?” “I have been more wont, housekeeper, to trust to my own arm than to bought friends. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

Abraham Merri The girl of the rose wall had been beautiful, yes! But her beauty was human, understandable. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

And this prickly blockhead had not the practical sagacity to get upon a wall seven feet and six inches high! This fable is designed to show that the most desperate chances are comparatively safe. Cobwebs from an Empty Skull by Ambrose Bierce [1874]

Abraham Merri We had swept over toward the right wall of the cleft and were gliding over a broad ledge. The Metal Monster by Abraham Merri

H.P. Lovecraft The wall was high and all the gates were locked but moving a pile of boxes in a corner I managed to gain the top and cling to the great stone urn set there. He by H.P. Lovecraft [1925]

Wilkie Collins When I come back let me find this wall like the other wall — at that small hour of the morning you know, when you were waiting, with the towel in your hand, for the first stroke of the clock. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

You press yourself against the wall to make way for lines of tubs jolting slowly towards the shaft, drawn by an endless steel cable operated from the surface. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Abraham Merri Nearer and nearer it came, borne on the sparkling waves, and ever thinner shrank the protecting wall of shadow between it and us. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Billy realised that there was no safety in the garden, so he dragged Peter over the wall by the way they had come, thereby seriously damaging a pear tree. The Magic Walking Stick by John Buchan [1927]

Anthony Hope A wall encloses the garden; there is a gate in the wall at the back. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

John Lewis Burckhard The castle is surrounded by a wall of moderate thickness; and contains a few private habitations. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Arthur Morrison A common jobber, if you’ll excuse my sayin’ it, ‘ud look at it just in that light — a wall with a ‘ole in it, an’ ‘e’d give it you, an’ p’rhaps you’d be satisfied with it. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

She looked at the ladder — he had already placed it against the wall and was climbing up without haste. Mother by Maksim Gorky

William Morris The nave was not very large, but it looked spacious too; it was somewhat old, but well-built and handsome; the roof of curved wooden rafters with great tie-beams going from wall to wall. A Dream of John Ball by William Morris [1888]

Outside the park wall was a broad, deep ditch, filled with clear water and spanned by a handsome stone bridge, wide enough for two carriages abreast, which led to the grand entrance gates. Captain Fracasse by Théophile Gautier [1863]

Again the frothing white line intruded and rushed forward, spreading this time from wall to wall. Claimed! by Francis Stevens

Virginia Woolf There is a ring of wall round this wood; nobody comes here. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Anthony Hope A moment later it rang home against the wall on my side of the moat. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

Willa Cather That cluster of buildings, in its arch, with the dizzy drop into empty air from its doorways and the wall of cliff above, was as clear in my mind as a picture. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Washington Irving Having a curiosity to see his apartment, however, they went in, and found curious scraps of descriptions of animals scrawled upon the wall with a black lead pencil. The Life of Oliver Goldsmith by Washington Irving [1840]

Louisa May Alcott She was sitting just inside the conservatory, waiting for her partner to bring her an ice, when she heard a voice ask on the other side of the flowery wall . Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

He had not been long in this position, when voices approached, and next the shadow of a ladder moved across the wall towards him. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Mary Webb As Hazel descended the mist rose like a wall about her, shutting her off from Undern and the Mountain. She felt like a child out of school, free of everyone, her own for the pearly hours of morning. Gone to Earth by Mary Webb [1917]

Mark Twain But when they showed us the print of Peter’s face in the hard stone of the prison wall and said he made that by falling up against it, we doubted. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

They lower their heads and charge a wall with an amazing serenity which nothing but an indisciplined imagination can give. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

M. P. Shiel He was half-reclining, half-standing against a wall of the chamber: that he was not dead, I at once knew by his uneasy breathing. Prince Zaleski by M. P. Shiel [1895]

Margaret Oliphant The crash, the blaze, the sudden uproar, was like a wall between the antagonists. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Radclyffe Hall Then there was Uncle John. Uncle John’s portrait looked down from the dining-room wall — Uncle John young, with white stock and keen eyes. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

D. H. Lawrence She could never get over the feeling that he was mouthing and smiling at her through the glass wall of an aquarium, he being on the watery side. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

M. P. Shiel I followed to a very small window in the outer wall closed with a slab of iron. Shapes in the Fire by M. P. Shiel [1896]

Richard Burton After half an hour spent in hopping from boulder to boulder, we arrived at a place situated on the lower declivity of the Jabal Sabir, the northern wall of the Muna basin. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Jules Verne A little bank, produced by a landslip, enabled him to step down to the level of the sea, and from there he was able to look closely at the steep wall which formed the coast. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

There may be things around us that would be dangerous and hostile to men, if Providence had not placed a wall between them and us, merely by different modifications of matter. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

John Lewis Burckhard The door remains, together with the southern wall and a part of the northern. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

It rose in front of him like a wall which his respect for himself forbade him to scale. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Gaston Leroux The wall is burning!” “I’ll tell you, Christine, dear: it is because of the forest next door. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux [1910]

The gate was locked, but the wall was low, and I scrambled over it, and dropped into the rubbish heap of a garden. The Frying-Pan and the Fire by John Buchan

Ride almost up to the front door of the Court and then nip off your bicycle and carry it across the lawn to that big clump of rhododendrons close under the wall nearest the sea. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

In the dream his deepest feeling was always one of self-deception, because he did in fact know what was behind the wall of darkness. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Near the northern wall a design appeared in this floor, set in as a mosaic of varicolored marbles. The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens

Abraham Merri It stopped at, or entered, a huge square-cut opening in the rock wall more than a mile away, an opening that was like a door in that mountain, or like the entrance to some gigantic Egyptian tomb. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Rudyard Kipling She was silent, absorbed in this one business of driving to the nearest wall through whatever stood between. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Edith Wharton Down the side wall facing the window stood a row of kitchen chairs from which the older women had just risen. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

There was a heavy table carved all round the edges, some arm-chairs of enormous weight like the spoils of a grandee’s palace; a tall shallow wardrobe placed against the wall and with double doors. The Inn of the Two Witches by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Benjamin Disraeli In many parts the parapet wall was broken, in some even the pathway was almost impassable from the masses of fallen stone, and the dangerous fissures. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

He sprang upon a packing case behind the palings there, and, with his body pressed close against the side wall of the cottage, stood perfectly still for quite two minutes. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Isabella Bird The adults receive the cup in order from the deacon, who passes it through a hole in a wall about six feet high, which runs parallel with the wall of the sanctuary, but at a little distance from it. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Beside it a wall wardrobe bulged with sufficient linen for three men and with a generation of neckties. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

He thumped Faull on the back playfully — but the play was rather rough, for the victim was sent staggering against the wall before he could recover his balance. A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

Behind his head on the green wall there was a map of China and the Indies. I can tell you, Judith, that I all but killed him there, drove his head into that yellow map, there, just where China was. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Guy de Maupassan Jeremie took a few steps, staggered, stretched out his hands, met a wall which supported him and began to stumble along. The Drunkard by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope Father John turned deadly pale, and leant against the wall for support. The Macdermots of Ballycloran by Anthony Trollope [1847]

H. G. Wells The thing had disappeared, but soon his practised eye detected it upon the wall paper near the door. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

I was glad to have him as a study, to make him stand by a wall or sit on a pillar that was prostrate, as artistic exigencies required. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle The wall was absolutely precipitous, as was that which faced me. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

My wall is loosening; honey-bees, Come build in the empty house of the state. Collected Poems by William Butler Yeats

I found the wall — it was only a foot or two beyond my reach. Prester John by John Buchan

That wall is doomed, and will by and by share the fate of the rest. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

There was no other light in the room; I sat back against the wall beside the window — the shutters were still open. David Garth’s Night-Watch by Ellen Wood [1869]

Then closing to the garage door very softly, he next proceeded to climb the wall at one end of the garden where he had seen he could reach the telephone wires running from the house. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Before me was a steep green wall with the sky blue above it. Prester John by John Buchan

Leon Trotsky At home we were surrounded by a wall of growing enmity and hatred. My Life by Leon Trotsky

D. H. Lawrence Lilly grimaced at the blank wall opposite, and seemed to ruminate. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Jules Verne They were in a narrow valley, one of those gorges called by the Indians “quebrads,” and on reaching the end, a wall of porphyry rose perpendicularly before them, and barred further passage. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Arthur Machen Scarcely a foot of wall remained bare; there were shelves all around laden with bottles and phials of all shapes and colours, and at one end stood a little Chippendale book-case. The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen

Working his way along in the shadow cast by the house and afterward by the stable itself, he came upon what was certainly a wall and a wall with a door in it. The House of the Whispering Pines by Anna Katharine Green

G. K. Chesterton It just showed above the long garden wall in sharp outline like a shape in a shadow pantomime. Four Faultless Felons by G. K. Chesterton [1930]

Frances Hodgson Burnett When he went over th’ wall again th’ rest of th’ brood was gone an’ he was lonely an’ he come back to me. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

I put between her and my great sorrow the impenetrable wall of my freezing silence. A Strange Story by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1862]

Sir Walter Scott Follow me boldly across, and aid me to burst yon sallyport in the main wall of the castle. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

The foreground was of sand and scrub and wreckwood; in the middle distance the many- hued and smooth expanse of a lagoon, enclosed by a wall of breakers; beyond, a blue strip of ocean. The Wrecker by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

He hit Gresson a clip on the jaw with his left, and but for the wall would have laid him out. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Victor Hugo It was square, with three sides built round, and a wall forming the fourth. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

G. K. Chesterton I paused a moment, and in the act swung slightly round, so that I was facing the supporting wall of the front door steps. The Club of Queer Trades by G. K. Chesterton [1905]

A low stone wall divided this from the high road, and the visitors entered through a small wooden gate to pass up a cobblestone walk to the modest door. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

I saw the empty rooms, through gaps in the broken wall as we came up that staircase. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Edgar Allan Poe I determined to wall it up in the cellar — as the monks of the middle ages are recorded to have walled up their victims. The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe

That wall round Lord Caranby’s mansion blocks any exit at the back. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Anthony Trollope I suppose it is the contrast to Grex.’ ‘Grex was a palace,’ said the Duke, ‘before a wall of this house had been built. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Gustave Flauber But Carthage was defended throughout the whole breadth of the isthmus: first by a trench, then by a grassy rampart, and lastly by a wall thirty cubits high, built of freestone, and in two storys. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Scramble over the wall and go round by the front of the house. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Arthur Conan Doyle The poor girl is in a very low nervous state, and told me over the wall of the park that she feared her guardian had designs on her life. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Herman Melville The current will sometimes run down a wall, and — a man being a better conductor than a wall — it would leave the wall and run into him. The Lightning-Rod Man by Herman Melville

Henry Lawson A big rubbish heap lies about a yard to the right of the door, which opens from the middle of one of the side walls; it might be the front or the back wall — there is nothing to fix it. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Its rhythm was like a smooth glass wall between him and the dancers. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

These green slopes, dotted here and there with shrubs and flowers, came down to the boundary wall that skirted the highway. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

Edgar Allan Poe This wall is of one continuous rock, and has been formed by cutting perpendicularly the once rugged precipice of the stream’s southern bank, but no trace of the labor has been suffered to remain. Tales of Natural Beauty by Edgar Allan Poe

Wilkie Collins She staggered back against the wall of the corridor. Jezebel’s Daughter by Wilkie Collins [1880]

D. H. Lawrence He led her through the wall of prickly trees, that were difficult to come through, to a place where was a little space and a pile of dead boughs. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

John Lewis Burckhard The wall is upwards of 20 feet in thickness, and in several places more than 30 feet in height. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

George Gissing Over the mantelpiece hung an engraving of the Crucifixion; on the opposite wall were the Agony in the Garden, and an Entombment; all after old masters. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

W. H. Hudson Then the voice sounded again, “Creep round the wall until you come to a small crack of light on the other side. El Ombú by W. H. Hudson [1902]

Abraham Merri The end of this alcove was another wall of the same rose stone, but upon it the design of vines was much heavier. The Moon Pool by Abraham Merri

Fabrizio walked on without noticing the distance he was covering, and had reached this point in his vain reasonings when, raising his head, he saw the wall of his father’s garden. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

He had to lean up against the wall for support. The Vaults of Blackarden Castle by Arthur Gask [1950]

The Count looked round anxiously for the coming of his risotto, and, behold! to the left against the wall — there sat the young man. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]