Phrases with "watch"

Rudyard Kipling Platte, the Subaltern, being poor, had a Waterbury watch and a plain leather guard. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

For six-and-thirty hours she had lingered there, despite the prayers of Monsieur Rambaud and the Abbe Jouve, who kept watch with her. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Can you keep watch over Charlotte’s door from your room without making your guardianship too apparent?” “I can. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

The youth, who seem’d to watch a time to sin, Approach’d the careless guide, and thrust him in; Plunging he falls, and rising lifts his head, Then flashing turns, and sinks among the dead. The Poetical Works of Thomas Parnell by with an introduction by George Gilfillan [1855]

Me it shall content to watch butterflies sip the nerve-shaking nectar of the paper-barks, and in their rowdy flight cut delirious scrolls against the unsullied sky. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Enlarged by this haze, the building they were set to watch rose in magnified proportions at their left. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Edith Wharton She continued to watch him in silence. Crucial Instances by Edith Wharton [1901]

The two friends then directed their steps towards the port, not, however, without D’Artagnan’s frequently turning round to watch the transportation of his dear crowns. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Holy eyes have watched and renewed that light unceasingly for ages, and holy eyes shall watch them in saecula. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

Wilkie Collins The lawyer retained by Mr. Melton, to watch the case on behalf of Mr. Farnaby, had hitherto not interfered. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Thomas Hardy But Mrs Brooks felt it unsafe to watch on the landing again, and entered her own parlour below. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Rudyard Kipling Between a lip-strap and an ordinary leather guard there is no great difference; between one Waterbury watch and another there is none at all. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

You may be certain that they’re keeping a pretty good watch up the water. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Between five and six — the sun was then nearly three hours high — the cry of “All Starbowlines1 ahoy!” summoned our watch on deck, and immediately all hands were called. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Skapti said that little would be the look out for others, if he could not watch them, despite his strength and daring. The Story of Grettir the Strong by translated by William Morris and Eiríkr Magnússon [1869]

Gaston Leroux Your healths, my children,” said the general as Rouletabille handed him back the watch and he put it in his pocket. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

H. G. Wells We had to drop ever closer to the moon as we spun about it, to slacken our pace and watch our chance, until at last we could dare to drop upon its surface. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Witness observed the man and saw him watch deceased, turning his eyes repeatedly upon him. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

I was to behold the light no more; nor to watch those divisions of time, which, by measuring our portions of suffering, appear to diminish them. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Wilkie Collins Though our letters were illegible, our purpose was suspected, as a matter of course; and a watch was kept on my husband night and day. A Fatal Fortune by Wilkie Collins [1874]

E. Phillips Oppenheim The woman leaned forward to watch them coming. The Long Arm of Mannister by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1909]

Mark Twain You go back and watch that long, will you?” “I said I would, Tom, and I will. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

George Meredith And I’ll tell you what, Richmond, I’m thought a devil of a good-tempered fellow for not keeping watch over Courtenay Square. I don’t call it my business to be house dog for a pretty stepmother. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Edgar Rice Burroughs At length Tarzan looked up to watch the girl as she examined the locket. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

George Eliot How COULD you let ’em do so, Hetty? Anybody might as well set a pictur’ to watch the children as you. Adam Bede by George Eliot [1859]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Knowing that your Eggs were as safe as if they were locked in a bank vault and the fact that you could watch so many curious things going on made setting a most entertaining occupation. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

And that she then said to you: ‘If you don’t back me up I shall say that you took that watch from The Franchise one day when you came to see me’— or some other threat of that sort. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

I’ve got a twist, my eye trying to watch them. The Crock of Gold by James Stephens

Rudyard Kipling It was pitiful to watch The Boy knocking himself to pieces, as an over-handled colt falls down and cuts himself when he gets away from the groom. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

He was then, to his surprise, taken out, and allowed to have a warm bath and to breakfast with David and the rest; but I suspect it was done to watch the effect of the trial he had been submitted to. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Then I’ll watch everyone as they enter the room and see who looks the quickest at the cabinet with the blue jar. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

Arnold Bennett To this cable were firmly linked a watch at one end and a pencil-case at the other; the chain also served as a protection against a thief who might attempt to snatch the fancy waistcoat entire. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Henry James Meanwhile the glare of the face was again at the window, the scoundrel fixed as if to watch and wait. The Turn of the Screw by Henry James [1898]

D. H. Lawrence Mr. Jordan only made one more excursion to watch Paul, and then the only fault he found was seeing the boy lay his pen on the counter. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Virginia Woolf It was fascinating to watch her, moving about, that old lady, crossing the room, coming to the window. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf [1925]

Virginia Woolf Rather, he must pluck the petals from a rose or watch the swans float calmly down the river. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Charles Dickens In the hope of his recovery, and of resort to this third course being thereby rendered practicable, Mr. Lorry resolved to watch him attentively, with as little appearance as possible of doing so. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens [1859]

Virginia Woolf She turned her watch on her wrist and looked at it surreptitiously. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Willa Cather Marie listened to every word, only taking her eyes from Emil to watch Frank’s plate and keep it filled. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather [1913]

James Joyce Funny my watch stopped at half past four. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

Ann Radcliffe In the mean time he determined to watch the behaviour of Maria with severe vigilance. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

E. Phillips Oppenheim She walks out, and I watch her pick her way across the cobbled market-place to Mr. Smith’s. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

A watch was set, and it was discovered that Jean Bouchon was the defaulter. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Robert Louis Stevenson Then would he watch no more; no more the sea With myriad vessels, sail by sail, perplex His eyes and mock his longing. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ivan Turgenev I was sorry to lose the watch — I had laid it on the little table beside my bed; its ticking was so pleasant and amusing . The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

George Gissing He talked himself into fervour, and kept a watch on Rhoda’s countenance. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Here they were clearly expected, for a figure stood on watch outside, who after a word with Mastrovin opened a pair of ancient rickety gates. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

The ancient servants were no use except to watch certain entrances and give timely warning. The Island of Sheep by John Buchan [1936]

She well divined that Mademoiselle Aurelie was there to watch her, and cast about for some opportunity to escape and hasten to the cemetery. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

We were thrashed, and a former fireman, an old man with a broken arm, was engaged to take us to school, and to watch that Sascha did not turn aside from the road of learning. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

That did not, however, prevent her setting her female spies to watch him more closely than ever. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Jane Austen Hope had already entered; and feeling all its anxious flutter, she bent over her sister to watch — she hardly knew for what. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen [1811]

Andrew Lang Scarcely had she opened the door when the cat was outside, and the watch into the bargain. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins When I awoke, my watch informed me that it was close on noon. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Shortly after, he returned the gift with interest, by a watch of his own construction, marking both the time as in my watch and the time as kept among the Vril-ya. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

She could only watch their gestures, and draw her own inferences therefrom. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

She looked at her new watch — half past seven. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

William Hope Hodgson Before locking up, for the night, I moved his kennel out, away from the wall, so that I shall be able to watch it from the small window, to-night. The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson

Willa Cather His watch said 12:10; could anything have miscarried up there? Suddenly, voices above, a clatter of boots on the shale. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Henry Handel Richardson Husband and wife lingered to watch the start, when the champing horses took a headlong plunge forward and, together with the coach, were swallowed up in a whirlwind of dust. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

They were now like brother and sister; she could care for him, watch over him without any falseness on her side or irritation on his. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

H. Rider Haggard It was a sight to watch Curtis’ face as he heard it. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

F. Scott Fitzgerald Well, I promised old Halloran — he’s the manager, the greedy Mick — that I’d watch out. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

E. Nesbi And then he called the children one by one, by their names, and gave each of them a beautiful gold watch and chain. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Bram Stoker I must try to watch it and learn the weather signs. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Henry Kingsley One man kicked his feet out of the stirrups, and, sitting loosely in his saddle, prepared to watch the cattle for the first few hours till he was relieved. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Mark Twain We have got so far east, now — a hundred and fifty-five degrees of longitude from San Francisco — that my watch can not “keep the hang” of the time any more. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

One evening at the end of July, when the London steamer was due about ten o’clock, Nancy went to watch it in, as usual, Flore attending her. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

Olaf Stapledon You watch the show, fascinated, till a projectile of lava rises into the stratosphere and scalds your hand. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Wilkie Collins What’s o’clock?” A reference to young Thorpe’s watch showed that it was ten minutes past ten. Hide and Seek by Wilkie Collins [1854]

People stopped to watch them, others turned their heads curiously. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

D. H. Lawrence Let me watch them, to keep them at bay. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins If Mr. Seegrave hadn’t set a watch on our bedrooms, I might have told him as much. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Virginia Woolf We will pitch here in the long grass and pretend to watch Jinny and Clara, Betty and Mavis. But we will not watch them. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

Jules Verne Two sailors kept guard at the door, with orders to watch his slightest movement. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Wilkie Collins Herr Grosse put his watch back in his pocket. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Miles Franklin Our five cows, two horses, our milk separator, plough, cart, dray, buggy, even our cooking utensils, books, pictures, furniture, father’s watch — our very beds, pillows, and blankets. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

George Gissing And,’ he added more gravely, as if to himself rather than to the listener, ‘God grant that my watch be found faithful. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

Whenever Lingard was in Sambir Almayer’s watch was going. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Charles Dickens So successful a watch and ward had been established over the young lady by this judicious parent, that she had grown up highly ornamental, but perfectly helpless and useless. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Walter Scott You keep your watch over that prying fellow the steward?” “Trust him to my care — on that side have no fear. Woodstock by Walter Scott [1855]

M. R. James Harrington, who knew a neighbour of Karswell’s, thought he saw a way of keeping a watch on his movements. More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Her eyes met those of Mrs. James Williams. Between two ticks of a watch they exchanged their life’s experiences, histories, hopes and fancies. The Four Million by O. Henry [1906]

D. H. Lawrence For some reason he lingered to watch the figure. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

I had small hope of success, and entreated Idris to watch over my sister. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Elizabeth Gaskell There was a large division of the quadrangular building set apart for the priest who was to say these masses; and to watch over the well-being of the bedesmen. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

If Dr. Jedd should order a nurse to watch by the sick-bed, here is the nurse. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

H. G. Wells I would sit on the Liberal benches and watch him, and listen to his urbane voice, fascinated by him. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

M. P. Shiel I will just watch to see whether she comes loitering down there about the gate of the lake. The Purple Cloud by M. P. Shiel [1901]

George Gissing He was getting to know it so well, to be prepared for its constant changes, to watch for certain movements of brows or lips when he had said certain things. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

I had looked at my watch before I started, and seen that it was just after eight o’clock. Prester John by John Buchan

John Polidori He resolved to invent some plausible pretext for abandoning him altogether, purposing, in the mean while, to watch him more closely, and to let no slight circumstances pass by unnoticed. The Vampyre by John Polidori

Wilkie Collins The sights I watch with interest are those only which seem to refer in some degree to my own invalid position. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Richard Burton It was a favourite amusement with me to watch them whilst they drank the holy water, and to taunt their scant and irreverent potations. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Rudyard Kipling It was fascinating to watch how he managed his long spurs among the lumps of blackened ling. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Rudyard Kipling It is one thing to read of cloisonnée making, but quite another to watch it being made. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Gaston Leroux If you keep watch his very cunning may save her; because it’s impossible that he should not know that you are watching; and knowing it, he may not venture. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

Anna Katherine Green The impression of a foot in a certain soft place halfway up the bluff; and a small heap of fresh earth nearby which, on being dug into, revealed the watch of the murdered man. Dark Hollow by Anna Katherine Green

Henry James We watch over her, and you must help us. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Wilkie Collins His watch was under him, hanging out of his pocket by the chain. Poor Miss Finch by Wilkie Collins [1872]

Gaston Leroux Through his tears the young reporter never gave up his close watch on Natacha. She had half risen, and, sinking back, leaned on the edge of the box. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Don’t you want to take my chair down by the side of the boat there? I like to watch the lights on the water, and you may talk to me—if you like. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

George Meredith He stopped to watch Laetitia’s figure swimming to the house. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

Sir Walter Scott A strong guard of men-at-arms, renewed at intervals, from two hours to two hours, surrounded the lists, and kept watch during the night. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Charles Kingsley Do you keep all your old haunts safe, of course, and send a couple of stout knaves to the mill, to watch the beach at the Deer Park End, on the chance; for your poet may be a true man, after all. Westward Ho! by Charles Kingsley

Anthony Trollope I can never, however, watch the doing of that work without thinking much of the agonising struggles of the poor beast whose last refuge is being torn from over his head. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hardy Her watch was upstairs and she did not make the effort to go up to consult it. A Changed Man by Thomas Hardy [1913]

Henry Adams Such lessons as summer taught, winter tested, and one had only to watch the apparent movement of the stars in order to guess one’s declination. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

E. T. A. Hoffmann More than a year passed and Siegfried had become his own master, when he read in the newspapers in another place that a watch was to be made the subject of a lottery. Gambler’s Luck by E. T. A. Hoffmann

H.P. Lovecraft Mr. Ward’s head reeled, and the servants all clustered together in a knot to watch the horrible black smoke swoop down. The Case of Charles Dexter Ward by H.P. Lovecraft [1927]

Rudyard Kipling The place was hers to watch and enjoy if she pleased. The Smith Administration by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

At eight bells in the first watch it began to thunder and lighten furiously; but the thunder, though close, was quite inaudible in the tremendous uproar of the wind and sea. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

H. G. Wells I hesitated at a pawnshop on my way home to my midday meal, but I determined not to pledge my watch until I could bring my overcoat also. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Our watch went below at four o’clock, but could not sleep, for the watch on deck were banging away at the guns every few minutes. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Charles Dickens It was not my watch till four in the morning. The Haunted House by Charles Dickens [1859]

Lewis Carroll Kitty sat very demurely on her knee, pretending to watch the progress of the winding, and now and then putting out one paw and gently touching the ball, as if it would be glad to help, if it might. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Anthony Trollope I have found that the 250 words have been forthcoming as regularly as my watch went. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Charles Dickens So, he loved them all, and was kind and forbearing with them all, and was always pleased to watch them all, and they all honoured and loved him. The Child’s Story by Charles Dickens [1852]

He had known women who were so tough that they could watch a razor fight unmoved and yet would pass out in the deadest of dead faints when asked an awkward question. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

I followed him with my eyes, but instead of going away he stood in the corner by the Hôtel des Tournelles, and seemed determined to watch me all night. Chicot the Jester by Alexandre Dumas

Around the piles a careful troop attends, To watch the wasting flames, and weep their burning friends; Ling’ring along the shore, till dewy night New decks the face of heav’n with starry light. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Elizabeth Gaskell Once in her own room she bolted the door on the inside, and then stole to the window, as if some fascination impelled her to watch all the proceedings to the end. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Bringing in the water and sugar, she stood by to watch Van Rheyn mix it, her face sour, her lips drawn in. Charles Van Rheyn by Ellen Wood [1875]

George Elio He inwardly resolved that nothing but a peremptory duty should ever take him from Milby — that he would not cease to watch over her until life forsook him. Janet’s Repentance by George Elio

I had just asked Pierpont the hour, and he was feeling for his watch when far up the road we heard the sound of a galloping horse, nearer, nearer, clattering, thundering past. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

George Gissing Haven’t you something to do with it?’ She durst not watch him, but a change of his countenance was distinctly perceptible, and for the moment caused her a keen gratification. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

F. Scott Fitzgerald If tough customers on watch asked to see his studio card he could get in by phoning Lou, the bookie. The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1941]

Dressed as plainly as the workmen, indifferent to decorum, I aroused no mistrust, and could mix with them and watch their bargaining and quarrelling with each other as they went home from their toil. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

D. H. Lawrence And he would watch her, watch her, watch her as if she was the ultimate revelation. The Blue Moccasins by D. H. Lawrence [1928]

James Joyce His wives in a row to watch the effect. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

God watch that sail! Oh! guard it! The wind shifts to the west. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

H.P. Lovecraft I looked at my watch and saw that sunrise was near, so bracing myself to resist the gale that was sweeping down to its cavern home as it had swept forth at evening. The Nameless City by H.P. Lovecraft [1921]

Finding that she would bear the sail, the hands were sent below, and our watch remained on deck. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Edith Wharton A cool spirit within her seemed to watch over and regulate her sensations, and leave her capable of measuring the intensity of those she provoked. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

James Joyce He sat in a corner of the playroom pretending to watch a game of dominoes and once or twice he was able to hear for an instant the little song of the gas. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

In fact, if the most nimble-fingered watchmaker among you will come to my workshop, he may set me to put a watch together, and I will set him to dissect, say, a blackbeetle’s nerves. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

H. G. Wells It was not that we had ideas to exchange or pleasures to share, but she liked to see me at table, to watch me working, to have me go to and fro. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Since she had arrived at the cross-roads with very little time to spare, and her watch was not a particularly accurate one, she believed this. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

William Morris There he bade the watch wake up Stephen and all men, and they gat to horse as speedily as they might, and were on the road ere the sun was fully up. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

The two men reached the totalisator building, in front of which the usual crowd was thronging to watch the last moments of the betting. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

H. G. Wells My winter overcoat had not cost a pound when it was new, my watch was not likely to fetch many shillings. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Edgar Rice Burroughs He knew by their threatening gestures and by the expression upon their evil faces that they were enemies of the others of the party, and so he decided to watch closely. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Robert Louis Stevenson White placid marble gods should keep Good watch in every shadowy lawn; And from clean, easy-breathing sleep The birds should waken me at dawn. New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson

He is a strange man, but our friend, and shall keep close to him and watch him without ostentation. An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad [1896]

Anthony Trollope The Captain constantly had his eye upon him without seeming to watch him, but still was thinking of him as the minutes flew by. The Landleaguers by Anthony Trollope [1883]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Crawling farther out, he produced his watch and tried to time it, but the thick curtain of rain blotted it from sight. Taps at Reveille by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1935]

Rudyard Kipling The idol is of Bibbee Miriam [the Virgin Mary] whom they, in this country, believe to watch over children. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Frederick Marryat Patience observed it, and after a time said —“You will be able to watch over your sisters, Mr Armitage, as well here, almost, as if you were at the cottage. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

H. G. Wells And while she washes up I go out, to sell my overcoat and watch in order that I may desert her. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

H. G. Wells All Hickleybrow was soon aware of that stupendous pillar of smoke, and came out upon the crest, in various deshabille, to watch them coming. The Food of the Gods and how it came to Earth by H. G. Wells [1904]

Leon Trotsky Ivan Vasilyevich would make a pair of wooden galoshes, or rather buskins, for himself, and I used to watch him with delight, striding along a foot above his usual height. My Life by Leon Trotsky

E. Phillips Oppenheim He tried to argue with himself that they had really believed that he had secreted the Virgin’s Tear, and having failed to gain his confidence, meant to set a watch upon him. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

George Gissing But presently they passed a yoke of oxen drawing a cart, and, as he paused to look at them, he said: “Don’t you like to watch those animals? I can never be near them without stopping. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

I took out my watch and calculated I could give myself ten minutes. Greenmantle by John Buchan

At any rate, I’ll watch her for a little while longer. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

I’m a deputy-lieutenant of this county, and I have Admiralty instructions to watch the coast. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Charles Dickens In the meantime, Mrs. Sparsit kept unwinking watch and ward. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Anthony Trollope He had no tutor to watch his doings and complain of them, and he had sufficient sense to keep himself from absolute pecuniary ruin. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Neither man nor beast shall stay you till you come within eye-shot of Khanhiwara. There will be a watch about you. The Second Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1895]

He had built a shed with a dynamo out of sight, and had entrusted the laying of the wires to subordinates, as he had been busy with other orders and could not personally watch every detail. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

H.P. Lovecraft I took a seat far behind him, but on the same side of the bus, since I wished to watch the shore during the journey. The Shadow over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

George Meredith She was up on a mound of the fast-purpling heath, shading her eyes to watch me, when I called at Bulsted lodge-gates to ask for a bed under Julia’s roof that night. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

With all their sanctimony, they had hearts so worldly, that it was scarce worth while to watch their hypocrisy, the secret developed itself so soon. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

I— I’ll get him to stop here, Lucy, and I’ll watch him closely. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Anthony Trollope And with what a terribly eager eye had he now to watch them! If his shares went up quickly, at once, with an unprecedented success, he might possibly be saved. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Ivan Turgenev I had regained the possession of my watch but it afforded me no satisfaction whatever. The Watch by Ivan Turgenev

Wilkie Collins Nothing was to be seen, and nothing was to be heard, of Lady Lundie and Blanche. Arnold’s watch told him that it was not far from the time when Sir Patrick might be expected to return. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Anthony Trollope He felt thoroughly ashamed of himself in thus creeping about, and spying things out,—and, in truth, he had not intended thus to watch his rival. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Eight o’clock came, and the watch went below, and, for the whole of the first hour the ship was driving on, with studding-sails out, alow and aloft, and the night as dark as a pocket. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Virginia Woolf Moreover, it was amusing enough to watch the congregation assembling, coming in and going out again, busying themselves at the door of the chapel like bees at the mouth of a hive. A room of one’s own by Virginia Woolf [1929]

Her watch told her that it was close upon half-past three. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Henry Fielding About the second watch a general complaint of drought was made, both by the prisoner and his keepers. The History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews and his friend Mr Abraham Adams by Henry Fielding

Frances Hodgson Burnett The robin used to secrete himself in a bush and watch this anxiously, his head tilted first on one side and then on the other. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Henry James She had already left him, but he called after her, “If you do stay, I will come!” She neither turned nor made an answer, and all that was left to him was to watch her till she passed out of sight. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Henry Kingsley Don’t get frightened now; watch your brother and Buckley.” It was a sight worth watching; Sam and Jim advanced towards the maddened beasts to try and get the cow to bolt. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Edith Wharton One day he ordered the boy to watch over, and stir without stopping, a certain chemical mixture which was to serve for a very delicate experiment. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

George Gissing It would delight him to enrage Rhoda, and then to detain her by strength, to overcome her senses, to watch her long lashes droop over the eloquent eyes. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Elizabeth Gaskell And that evening Hester took her watch down to old Darley’s. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

The best thing’s to keep changing your picture, because when they see you drawing they’ll stop and watch you. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

I can take a watch down and clean it; in fact, Mr. Abraham used to give me all the watches to clean. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Even after she had closed the door behind her, she lingered outside the glass partition, as though to watch some of the exercising going on below. The Lion and the Lamb by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1930]

When you come to think of it, Rose could have very little chance of wearing a watch that the Staples people must quite often have seen on your wrist. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

G. K. Chesterton It cannot but be remarkable to watch a revolution in which both the rulers and the rebels march under the same symbol. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Was mortal ever before privileged to watch over the growth of a black pearl? The activities of the mantle, a blending of enticing colour and poetic motion, were slow, free, and light-attracting. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Henry Kingsley Let us watch to-night, you and I, and for many nights, till we catch him. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

They had offered to watch by the bedside in succession, but she sent them away when ten o’clock struck; she would have no one in the bedroom during the night. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

A lost being though you be, you have still me to watch over you. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Sometimes, riding across the park, he would come upon the two children in their play, and would pull up his horse and stop for a few minutes to watch them. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

E. Phillips Oppenheim They are going to watch the rooms I suspect he has under the name of Henry Copeland in the Milan. They are going to watch for Mrs. Florestan, who is in it, too. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

H. Rider Haggard In vain did Leonard caution the survivors to keep their heads and watch at night. The People of the Mist by H. Rider Haggard

With the exception of the present case I had nothing important on hand, so that I could think of no one who would be likely to set a watch upon me. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

She was free to watch the other performers, and to consider the play once more. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Gustave Flauber He consulted all the soothsayers in the army one after the other — those who watch the trail of serpents, those who read the stars, and those who breathe upon the ashes of the dead. Salammbo by Gustave Flauber

Virginia Woolf Or is it summer? We may wander to a lake and watch Chinese geese waddling flat-footed to the water’s edge or see a bone-like city church with young green trembling before it. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

There is a distinct pleasure to the eye in a quiet brick court where everything is fresh and prim; in sunny weather you can lounge in a room and watch it through an open door, in a kind of lazy dream. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Isabella Bird Eight zaptiehs employed by the villagers at a high price to watch the threshing-floor, and my own zaptieh escort, were close at hand. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Henry James It was through this beautiful lucidity that he watched her watch him, as it were — watch him for what he would do. The Bench of Desolation by Henry James [1909]

Anthony Trollope But she was sure — she thought that she was sure, that he would utter no words so sweet, so full of meaning, as those in which he bade her watch the arm in the clouds. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Louisa May Alcott It’s fun to watch other people philander, but I should feel like a fool doing it myself,” said Jo, looking alarmed at the thought. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

Arthur Conan Doyle All I can do is to watch the house and leave my agent, Warner, on guard at the gates. His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle [1917]