Phrases with "watching"

Virginia Woolf Am I not indulging in unwarranted emotions? Yes, as I lean out of the window and drop my cigarette so that it twirls lightly to the ground, I feel Louis watching even my cigarette. The Waves by Virginia Woolf [1931]

G. K. Chesterton Every now and then, however, he looked up and delayed his own composition by watching Pump and the dog, whose proceedings amused him very much. The Flying Inn by G. K. Chesterton [1914]

James Joyce She poured more tea into her cup, watching it flow sideways. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

He was unmarried, with no near relations, and he found his pleasure in living simply in remote country places and watching flowers and beasts. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

For this reason Browne paced the deck with Maas, watching the lights of Calais growing smaller each time they turned their faces towards the stern of the vessel. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

Charles Dickens Still watching me, he laid them one upon the other, folded them long-wise, gave them a twist, set fire to them at the lamp, and dropped the ashes into the tray. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

George Elio The three other children, including young Daniel in his smock-frock, were standing opposite to Mr. Gilfil, watching him still more shyly now they were without their mother’s countenance. Mr. Gilfil’s Love Story by George Elio

E. Phillips Oppenheim Mrs. Watson leaned over the rail close at hand, watching the approaching boat, and exchanging remarks with the doctor. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

He had been watching me ever since I joined the circle, and it struck me as I proceeded with my story that his interest increased. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

Rudyard Kipling You were going to say —— MISS T. (Who has been watching the moustache with awed fascination. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

E. Phillips Oppenheim For instance, a detective—an agent of the police, I think he is—is watching your flat at the present moment. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Edith Wharton After a while he grew tired of watching the coming and going of white-sleeved footmen, and of listening to the butler’s vociferated orders, and strayed back into the library. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Later on she had come to the forge, and there they had enjoyed themselves whilst he beat the iron, and she stood by watching his hammer dance. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

No, Phil, I don’t care about watching you work. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

On the forecastle, some half-dozen soldiers, in all varieties of undress, were playing at cards, smoking, or watching the fishing-lines hanging over the catheads. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Anne Bronte But they were almost as good as alone, for I was now standing at the window, watching the clouds, and struggling to suppress my wrath. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

H. G. Wells Uncle Pentstemon had refused to be relieved of his hat; he sat stiffly down on a chair against the wall with that venerable headdress between his feet, watching the approach of anyone jealously. The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells [1910]

George Meredith He looked about and noticed that people were silently watching him. The Case of General Ople and Lady Camper by George Meredith [1877]

Theodore Dreiser They had probably notified all the police of the big cities, and detectives would be watching for him. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Charles Stur We then rode to the glen, to see how it looked under such a change, and remained some time watching the current as it swept along. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

It discovered Europe to me, as watching and critical. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

He whispered fiercely to his neighbour: “Allins is watching you. Castle Gay by John Buchan [1930]

Then directly she got in the drive she stared up at all the windows of the house as if to see it anyone was watching her come in. The Night of the Storm by Arthur Gask [1937]

Isabel was ready waiting with Sir Bernard, but before he joined them Roger stood still watching Considine going towards the door, and when at last he came to them he was still troubled. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Edith Wharton And after that I should have been too shy to break in on the meditations of a Great Philosopher. But you see I have been watching — oh, for years! — for your ear-pads. Here and Beyond by Edith Wharton [1926]

Henry James Caspar Goodwood let her go and stood watching her while she wandered round the room; but after a moment he rejoined her. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Sidney Colvin Severn tells how in watching Keats he used sometimes to fall asleep, and awakening, find they were in the dark. Keats by Sidney Colvin [1887]

The strain of watching the dark loom of the land grow bigger and denser was too much for me. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

Opposite her the eyes of Christopher Arglay had been watching it also. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

I’d be better outside, watching for the police. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

It seemed to me that those unthinking lights were the open eyes of so many friends watching for me. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Everyone seemed to be watching the meeting between the man and the woman. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

Olaf Stapledon He then became entirely absorbed in watching our fellow passengers, with the same wide-eyed fascination as he had displayed in the vestry. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

There was nothing out of the common about the animal; but, the habit of watching such things having been established, its ordinary movements served for entertainment. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

I stood behind the curtain for but a few seconds watching them, but there was a five-act tragedy in the passion of those moments. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

Mark Twain I like to smoke a good deal, but it wounds my sensibilities to see one of these stub-hunters watching me out of the corners of his hungry eyes and calculating how long my cigar will be likely to last. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Oscar Wilde The young man was leaning against the mantel-shelf, watching him with that strange expression that one sees on the faces of those who are absorbed in a play when some great artist is acting. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle Just on the skirts of the throng, with bent bodies and hands on knees, stand the cool little quarter-backs, watching the gasping giants, and also keeping a keen eye upon each other. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

William Hope Hodgson I waited, pretty anxiously, watching and listening. The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson

Jules Verne But much time is wasted in watching these animals, who swim and dive with marvellous rapidity. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

George Gissing Helen replied to his proposition with a cheerful assent, watching him the while. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

He stood at a few paces from the softy, watching Mr. Hargraves as he gnawed savagely at his bonds, in the hope, perhaps, of setting himself free. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Who could tell what eyes might be watching on shore? “You know I never pretended my plan was quite safe. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

She scanned him for a moment, full of a pity which belittled him somewhat, though all the while she loved him the more with an affection into which entered some vague idea of watching over him. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

D. H. Lawrence There were fifty pale, still faces watching her, a hundred round eyes fixed on her in an attentive, expressionless stare. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

When we had kissed each other, we linked arms and moved up and down the gravel walks, watching the moonbeams sparkle on the sand bar as the tide ebbed and ebbed. The Maker of Moons by Robert W. Chambers

Vixen went on watching the rain. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

George Gissing For five minutes he hung over the parapet at Westminster, watching the black flood and asking what was the use of life. The Town Traveller by George Gissing [1897]

We stood for a long time watching their uncouth dance. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

With bitten lips Peter sat in his chamber, watching the grey mists droop over Severn. In two days the hour of destiny would strike, and how could men muster in a dissolving world? . The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Henry James If you were in the same place I should feel you were watching me, and I don’t like that — I like my liberty too much. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

An instinct of flight possessed him, a vague horror of the woman in diamonds furtively watching him under her lowered eyelids through the open door. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]

Charles Dickens Good night!’ ‘Good night!’ So they both stood at the stair-head with a pair of office-candles, watching him down. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens [1846]

Tom was still watching as before, with many an anxious glance to rearward, for pursuit. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Maas followed suit; and, when the others had taken themselves off, the pair stood leaning against the bulwarks, smoking and watching the lights of the village ashore. The Red Rat’s Daughter by Guy Boothby [1899]

D. H. Lawrence I imagine I’m the one in the coffin — this is a girl of eighteen, who died of consumption — and those are my relatives, and I’m watching them put me away. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

Benjamin Disraeli The whole night she sat by her daughter’s side, watching every movement of Venetia, refreshing her hot brow and parched lips, or arranging, at every opportunity, her disordered pillows. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

D. H. Lawrence And immediately he dropped again into the incredibly rapid, slack-waggling dance, watching her malevolently. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

George Gissing By the Elephant and Castle she stood watching the tumultuous traffic which whirls and roars at this confluence of six highways; she had neither a mind to go on, nor yet to return. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

D. H. Lawrence They didn’t even mind being caught at it: lying behind a fence with field-glasses, watching through a hole in the drystone wall a man with a lass, on the edge of the moors. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Adams If he went to a sale of drawings or paintings, at Sotheby’s or Christie’s, an hour afterwards, he saw these same dealers watching Palgrave or Woolner for a point, and bidding over them. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Powers sat with Eleanor’s hand in his, watching for her return to consciousness. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Until he disappeared he noticed that the head porter was watching him with ill-concealed curiosity. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

George Eliot Stephen, watching her with that look of desperation which had come over him like a lurid light, approached slowly from the door, seated himself close beside her, and grasped her hand. The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot [1860]

Elizabeth Gaskell Ruth was there, constant and still, intent upon watching the symptoms, and acting according to them, in obedience to Mr Davis’s directions. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Rudyard Kipling From the safe distance of London he was watching himself thus employed — watching critically. The Light That Failed by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

George Gissing But not the grounds; for in rain and darkness he stood watching from a place of concealment, watching at the same time Redgrave’s curtained window and the front entrance. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

Their two faces were turned upwards, watching the owl’s flight towards the belfry. Watching on St. Mark’s Eve by Ellen Wood [1868]

Charles Kingsley Meanwhile there was one, at least, of the party, who was watching Lucia with most deep and painful interest. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

There was the alternative of a live-long night of watching outside, before the dark front of the house. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

H.P. Lovecraft To declare that we were not nervous on that rainy night of watching would be an exaggeration both gross and ridiculous. The Shunned House by H.P. Lovecraft [1924]

Henry James As she was watching me however I had the consistency to exclaim, “What a striking face! Do tell me who it is. The Aspern Papers by Henry James [1888]

Edith Wharton He had taken leave of his parents and his sister upstairs, and Yvonne Malo stood alone in the dark driveway, watching us as we drove away. Coming Home by Edith Wharton [1916]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He appeared to be watching the street through the window. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

She looked at the tiny silver watch she wore in a leather strap on her left wrist — he had spent nearly five minutes with her this time, watching her work and talking to her, in itself a triumph. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Mark Twain I got a good place amongst the leaves, and set there on a log, munching the bread and watching the ferry-boat, and very well satisfied. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Wilkie Collins Her large black eyes were rooted on me, watching the white change on my face, which I felt, and which she saw. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Nancy Woolper stood at the street-door watching him as he walked away, and then went slowly back to her duties in the lower regions of the house. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

George Gissing Ruddiman was still watching her; he waved his hand, and the young woman waved to him in reply. The Pig and Whistle by George Gissing

None endeavoured to stop Him. Philip Evans remained silent and motionless, watching Him as He came. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Dickson departed, and in the loft washed his face, and smoked a pipe on the edge of the bed, watching the mist eddying up the village street. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Mark Twain You’d be always into that sugar if I warn’t watching you. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

Our men, meanwhile, were wild with excitement, watching every manœuvre of the other boats; hanging on to the shoghool like a swarm of bees; and obeying the word of command with unwonted alacrity. A Thousand Miles up the Nile by Amelia B. Edwards [1877]

Edith Wharton He recalled the hours he had spent in New York, on the broken-hinged divan in the studio of the young woman sculptor, Rebecca Stram, watching her mauling her clay . The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

He was thinking them to-night, while his mother sat in the window, watching her son’s face furtively. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

D. H. Lawrence The earth is like a woman married and fading; she does not leap up with a laugh for the first fresh kiss of dawn, but slowly, quietly, unexpectantly lies watching the waking of each new day. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells At the foot of the willow reclines the Author watching a copper butterfly fluttering from iris to iris. The Chronic Argonauts by H. G. Wells [1888]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He stood there watching her coming with straining eyes. A Sleeping Memory by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1902]

Thomas Hardy But to go and take her with him would afford him opportunity of watching over her, tending her mind, and developing it; while it might remove her from some looming danger. The Well-Beloved by Thomas Hardy [1897]

Eleanor sat opposite to her, watching her face very anxiously. Eleanor's Victory by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

H. Rider Haggard But Skallagrim, watching her, bethought him of the grey wolf that he had seen by Goldfoss, and this seemed not well to him. Eric Brighteyes by H. Rider Haggard

D. H. Lawrence It was like a great presence, watching her, dodging her. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Radclyffe Hall With a great effort she pulled herself together, forcing herself to hold the dressings, watching with barely concealed apprehension, lest the doctor should inflict pain. The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall

George Gissing The umbrella-mender was meditating as usual, his eyes watching the moats which were making merry in the sloping shafts of light. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Sinclair Lewis I wonder if you understand that in a secluded community like this every newcomer is on test? People cordial to her but watching her all the time. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Bothwell sat in a corner by the pretty little cottage piano, listening to the rich full voice of his beloved, watching her slender fingers as they strayed over the keys, ineffably happy. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

Willa Cather Everett’s bags were piled on the truck, and his step was hurried and his eyes were full of impatience, as he gazed again and again up the track, watching for the train. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

H. G. Wells It was a big, grey wolf, standing with back haunched and head down, watching and winding something beyond there, out of sight. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

Arthur Conan Doyle Intent, watching eagerly every new phase of the drama, the moment had almost come for his intervention. The Nightmare Room by Arthur Conan Doyle

Money, as the saying is, being no object, they had selected as her counsel one known to them to be by far the soundest man for that sort of watching brief. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

E. F. Benson But in that flash I saw another thing also, namely a figure that leaned over the end of my bed, watching me. The Room in the Tower by E. F. Benson

One day he is sure people have been watching round the castle all night, but the next, he forgets that, and has a new idea that thieves are coming up hidden in the tradesmen’s vans. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

Algernon Blackwood I got the impression she had been watching for me. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

Robert Louis Stevenson His appearance was at first unremarked: Scougal not expecting him so early, and MY GENTRY watching on the other side. Catriona by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins I saw them stop near the church and speak to the sexton’s wife, who had come from the cottage, and had waited, watching us from a distance. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Two or three men were grouped about amidships watching us, and one, the owner, or skipper of the boat I presumed, entered upon a longwinded conversation with my conductor. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Sinclair Lewis The third night, as he stood at the window watching two children playing in the dusk, there was a knock. Our Mr. Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis

Frere was beside him, watching him, as he had watched before. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

George Gissing What else should I do? It’s a way of watching contemporary life. Denzil Quarrier by George Gissing [1891]

D. H. Lawrence Richard sat in the sun watching the dark coast of Australia, so sombre, receding. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope And then, when she had crept up to take her place in watching him, she had almost felt that shame should restrain her. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Marjorie Bowen He turned and saw Tomaso watching him. The Viper of Milan by Marjorie Bowen [1906]

Henry James One night, toward the last, they were at the stern of the great ship, watching her grind the solid blackness of the ocean into phosphorescent foam. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

If I would! I think my face must have shown my satisfaction, for Mr. Alvord, who was watching me, sarcastically remarked: “You don’t seem to find any difficulties in that communication. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Elizabeth Gaskell Over the child, which yet breathed, the father bent, watching anxiously for some ground of hope, where hope there was none. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

He had sat watching it, dimly, peacefully. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Colin saw it all, watching each change as it took place. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

M. P. Shiel Occasionally a Surveying Service warship would peep above the horizon, watching her. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

Charles Dickens Having relished that pudding and cleared away, I turned the lamp low, and sat down by the light of the fire, watching it as it shone upon the backs of Sophy’s books. Doctor Marigold by Charles Dickens [1865]

Willa Cather I stood for a long while watching the white dome against a flashing blue sky, with a very religious feeling. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Virginia Woolf After watching the traffic on the Embankment for a minute or two with a stoical gaze she twitched her husband’s sleeve, and they crossed between the swift discharge of motor cars. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

Bombay then shot a sleeping crocodile with his carbine, whilst I spent the day out watching the falls. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

D. H. Lawrence He glanced down: she was open-eyed, watching him; she had golden-brown, calm eyes, that immediately smiled into his. Love Among the Haystacks by D. H. Lawrence [1930]

Baldwin Spencer When performing the ceremony of Tjutju the men of the group paint and dance, the others watching them. Native tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia by Baldwin Spencer

We stood side by side, watching the waves and talking of our future, while my father enjoyed a nap in one of the little deck cabins. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

M. P. Shiel About ten P.M. three women watching heard her murmur: “My child, Rebekah.. The Lord of the Sea by M. P. Shiel [1901]

G. K. Chesterton The family with whom he lived kept a fox cub, and Browning would spend hours with it watching its grotesque ways; when it escaped, he was characteristically enough delighted. Robert Browning by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

D. H. Lawrence And then Ursula noticed again the dark, rather stooping figure of Mr Crich, waiting suspended on the path, watching with expressionless face the flight to the church. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

Or so it seemed to Henry, who had put down his card when Ralph spoke and over Nancy’s bent head was now watching her aunt. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

Sinclair Lewis And always he saw Fran watching Nande and himself in mockery. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Mark Twain Henry of Huntington has been watching Godfrey and Marmion for nearly seven hundred and fifty years, now, but I couldn’t do it, I know I couldn’t. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Gaston Leroux Someone is able to enter the general’s chamber even when the general is watching and all the doors are locked. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

George Meredith So jealous was he of a suggested partner in his task that he had refused my earnest requests to have Mr. Peterborough to share the hours of watching by my side. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

Theodore Dreiser It was as though there were another pair of eyes behind those they saw, watching through thin, obscuring curtains. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Theodore Dreiser The nature of modern school life, its consideration of various divisions of knowledge, music, science, all came to Jennie watching her daughter take up new themes. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

E. Phillips Oppenheim Richardson was supposed to have been watching outside. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

Benjamin Disraeli Lady Annabel sat by the bedside, still holding her daughter’s hand in hers, watching her with a glance of great anxiety. Venetia by Benjamin Disraeli [1837]

E. Phillips Oppenheim While I am watching him Hannah enters with a tray. The Postmaster of Market Deignton by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Willa Cather Sergeant Hicks was standing in the stern, smoking, reflecting, watching the twinkle of the red sunset upon the cloudy water. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

H. G. Wells That fellow up there may be watching us. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Henry Handel Richardson A number of people were standing on the wooden bridge, watching the skaters; to the front, some children climbed and pushed on the wooden railing. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Virginia Woolf Indeed he was grateful to her, watching her as she strolled about the room, for continuing. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Elizabeth Gaskell He stood in a farther corner of the room, watching his delirious master with affrighted eyes, not daring to come near him, nor yet willing to leave him. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

Arthur Morrison For if I had eyes in my head — and indeed I had sharp ones — there was Mrs. Grimes in a dark entry across the street, watching this grinning questioner and me. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Fanny Fern The Maltese cat lay winking in the middle of the floor, watching the play of a stray sunbeam, which had found its way over the shed and into the small window. Ruth Hall by Fanny Fern [1854]

D. H. Lawrence He would sit for hours watching the elm trees standing in rows like giants, like warriors across the country. The Ladybird by D. H. Lawrence

He said you were still watching him, although he didn’t tell me how he knew. The Lonely House by Arthur Gask [1929]

H. G. Wells The swarthy young man had so far remained a spectator, watching Cave keenly. The Crystal Egg by H. G. Wells [1897]

The magistrate remained watching them until they passed out of sight at the end of the gallery. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Edith Wharton He saw that every other feeling had vanished in the exhilaration of watching the flight of the sleds. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Arthur Morrison The hunchback’s whole energies — even his whole time — seemed to be devoted to watching him. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

E. Nesbi The children, watching his face and Mother’s, knew that he was telling her things that made her angry and pitying, and sorry and indignant all at once. The Railway Children by E. Nesbi

Anthony Hope But stronger than either of these restrained feelings came a curiosity and a fascination which held me spellbound, watching for the outcome of the scene. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

E. Phillips Oppenheim The man was watching the windows of the house intently. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

John Galsworthy But he could not sleep, and sat for a long time at his window, huddled in an overcoat, watching the moonlight on the roofs. In Chancery by John Galsworthy

Gaston Leroux He went and glued himself to one of the windows, watching the road. Mystery of the Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux [1907]

D. H. Lawrence She was a better swimmer than he; he stood idly watching her. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Then they took to watching each other’s demeanour towards him, confident of an outbreak sooner or later. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Anthony Trollope There he was, watching the ducks, when Michel entered the room, and very much disposed to quarrel with any one who approached him. The Golden Lion of Granpere by Anthony Trollope

Guy de Maupassan The calm, transparent sea, its ripples breaking on the shore with a faint, grating noise, seemed to be watching the christening of the tiny boat. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Every one was housed, except sentries on the church‐towers watching the rising of the waters, and shepherds getting their cattle upward from the low‐lying pastures on to the hills. Signa by Ouida

He lay back against her watching the leaping flames of the fire. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Geddie stood still, watching it. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

William Henry Hudson But she made no further reply to my words; and as I lay there watching her, the drowsy spirit the fever had left in me overcame my brain, and I slept once more. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

William Henry Hudson The cold river revived me, and when we were assembled in the breakfast-room I observed Edra watching me, with a curious, questioning smile on her lips. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

I had looked up to catch a sudden glimpse of Carr’s face, pale and uneasy, watching us in a mirror opposite. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

Mr. Duffham was standing at his door, watching my lady’s exit from Mrs. Layne’s house, his eyes lost in wonder. A Tale of Sin by Ellen Wood [1870]

She smiled at her own folly, as she sat watching him in that welcome daylight. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

And watching him, Grant was filled with a despair that ran up from his feet like a wave hitting him and flooding his whole being. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Virginia Woolf Yes, Mr. Bankes said, watching him go. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf [1927]

Ford Madox Ford Sylvia stayed for a long time watching the convolutions of the eagle. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Sinclair Lewis Mac and me are always watching out for your interests. The Prodigal Parents by Sinclair Lewis

Mary Marchmont sits at a window in the western drawing-room, watching the ceaseless falling of the rain upon this dreary summer afternoon. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Guy de Maupassan We waited, watching for the hour when the little town should be quiet and deserted. A Cremation by Guy de Maupassan

Anthony Trollope Her mother watched her closely as she sat at her breakfast that morning, but much could not be gained by watching Florence Burton when Florence wished to conceal her thoughts. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

George Gissing After watching him for many minutes with a curiously reflective look, she suddenly rose and went to his side. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

Louisa May Alcott Here the clock struck twelve, and both forgot themselves in watching Beth, for they fancied a change passed over her wan face. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

D. H. Lawrence The Baron stood in the doorway watching the four figures in uniform pass through the chequered shadow under the lime trees. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling I saw Red Jacket and Cornplanter watching him from the far side of the clearing, and how they had slipped round there was another mystery. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Wilkie Collins After watching the peaceful face for some time, she became conscious that the light was fading on it slowly. The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins [1857]

Charles Dickens I like to lie before the fire, watching the prospects in the burning coals — the rivers, hills, and dells, in the deep, red sunset, and the wild faces. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Arthur Conan Doyle John Girdlestone had been watching these little skirmishes closely and with keen interest. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

We’re watching Herr Mitter as a dangerous man and Miss Advent, as his secretary, must be in his confidence to some extent. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

Virginia Woolf Ralph had been watching for this moment, and he instantly produced his sentence. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

Henry Handel Richardson Her husband, watching her in silent amaze, believed she thoroughly enjoyed the fuss and commotion. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Her mother was standing up, watching with pleased expectation the movements of Mr. Carlyle. No candles were in the room, but it was bright with firelight. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

H. G. Wells Then with a heavy heart he went back slowly to his car and stood beside it, watching that star of almost luminous red. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

I dreamt before he left, that Monsieur Antoine came into my room in the middle of the night and stood watching me in the moonlight. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

How enraged and humiliated he will be! I promise myself some exquisite moments while watching his play. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

And it’s because I ken they’re aye watching me, watching me, watching me that I get so feared. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Henry Kingsley But, meanwhile, there sits our child, barelegged, watching the forbidden ground beyond the river. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

He stood quietly watching her, his dark eyes softened with a look of tender admiration. Vixen by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Nevertheless, Jeanne took interest in watching him, and leaned on the table at his side. A Love Episode by Émile Zola [1878]

Frances Hodgson Burnett He had been standing on the moor listening to a skylark and watching him swing higher and higher into the sky until he was only a speck in the heights of blue. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

I could see him turn his head and keep watching me when I put on the whole box and dice of the telegraph business. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

But I meant to do it, for these guests here can’t be all guilty, and now I’ve made them suspicious of one another, and they’ll be watching amongst themselves. The Poisoned Goblet by Arthur Gask [1935]

Arthur Conan Doyle Spies may be watching us, and it means death to me if I am seen helping you. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I shall go on watching you until we know where you intend to pass the night. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

George Gissing Mallard paid little heed to the things about him; he walked on and on, watching for a vehicle, listening for the tread of horses. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

George Meredith Juliana was pale as death, watching Rose. Intensely bright with the gem-like light of her gallant spirit, Rose’s eyes fixed on Evan. He met them. Evan Harrington by George Meredith [1861]