Phrases with "while"

I had not yet been able to discover any symptoms of Suez, but after a while I descried in the distance a large, blank, isolated building. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Andrew Lang But after a while he found that he had starved himself once too often. The Crimson Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle Looking back, he saw the old man and the young girl crouching over the blazing fire, while the three animals stood motionless in the background. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

John Lewis Burckhard Of the Abyssinians, those from the northern provinces, called Kostanis, are said to be treacherous and malicious, while the Amaaras are noted for their amiable tempers. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Olaf Stapledon While men are taking the first few halting steps in the new venture, while they are still debating the course, the storm breaks upon them. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Being sure of clearing the point, we stood off with our yards a little braced in, while the Ayacucho went off with a taut bowline, which brought her to windward of us. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

But even in this excellent seminary, his mental acquisitions continued for a while unpromising enough: study apparently had no charms for him; he was very inattentive, and ranked low in the school. Life of Sir Isaac Newton by N. W. Chittenden [1846]

Remembering how rigorously he had dealt with those who had offended him before, I resolved in my own mind to turn back while I had the chance. Dr Nikola Returns by Guy Boothby [1896]

At last she let her needle remain idle, and the bit of cambric slipped down on her knee, while she listened, longingly, for Mr. Sleuth’s return home. The Lodger by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

Edith Wharton For a while this had kept her amused and busy; but presently she began to perceive that her companion’s view of their relation was not the same as hers. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Edith Wharton Again the outline hastily disunited and the Varnum gate slammed on one half while the other hurried on ahead of him. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

Jack London Certainly it is, but everything else about their lives is unhealthy, while this brings the oblivion that nothing else in their lives can bring. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

She could not move; she stood still, and waited while Edward came towards her. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Gustave Flauber Madame Aubain brought out her sewing, and Virginia amused herself by braiding reeds; Felicite wove lavender blossoms, while Paul was bored and wished to go home. A Simple Soul by Gustave Flauber

Jack London One foot was descending into the opening, while the other foot was just on the verge of beginning the uplift. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Rudyard Kipling There was a very long silence, while the breath in their nostrils drew cold and sharp as it might have been fumes of ether. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Andrew Lang One son tried to keep himself awake with playing cards; another mounted a horse and rode round and round the tree, while the two others, whom their father as a last hope sent together, lit bonfires. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

It was from her that the family derived their beauty of feature, while in their strength of intellect they resembled rather their father. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

H. G. Wells The man with the white face entered the carriage at Rugby. He moved slowly in spite of the urgency of his porter, and even while he was still on the platform I noted how ill he seemed. Twelve Stories and a Dream by H. G. Wells [1903]

She was just a little anxious while he was away, and she had me who, being a tried confidant, took the liberty to whisper frequently “The sooner the better. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

G. K. Chesterton Even at this moment, while I speak, persons unquestionably mad are wandering about the world, and even delivering authoritative opinions on scientific subjects. The Return of Don Quixote by G. K. Chesterton [1927]

Or — why couldn’t he? His sleepiness fell from him while he considered this new angle. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

She shrank back with a cry of horror and alarm, while he stood before her cowering like some guilty creature whose shame has been suddenly made plain. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

Elizabeth Gaskell She wondered at her own outward composure, while she felt so dead and sick at heart. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Robert Louis Stevenson Both got upon their knees to her; and the upshot of the matter for that while was that she showed both of them the door. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Conan Doyle I’ll open the door for him, show him into the parlour beside the door, and leave him there while I get the papers. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle [1914]

Walter Scott Caleb in the mean while waited on them with grave officiousness, as if anxious to make up, by his own respectful assiduity, for the want of all other attendance. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Anthony Trollope He asked for his own room, but was instead immediately taken to the old squire, whom he found lying on a couch in a small dressing-room, while his sister, who had been reading to him, was by his side. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

G. K. Chesterton Rather to the surprise of the company, Brain did not follow up the question thus suggested; but, while retaining an air of leading the inquiry, had also an appearance of changing the subject. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Guy de Maupassan And while he slowly filled the little china cup, he continued: “Are the Montefiores as good as the lying newspapers make out?” Then Tom Sheffield and the others all joined in. The Mountebanks (Les Jongleurs) by Guy de Maupassan

The art of dressing she did not understand; Isbel selected her garments for her, while her maid told her when and how to put them on. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Sarah Orne Jewett She looked tired, the good old soul, or I should have liked to sit in the peaceful little house while she slept; I had had much pleasant experience of pastures already in her daughter’s company. The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett [1896]

However, we shall see; we shall see!” and with a careless nod Freddy took his leave, while Dan changed his clothes with the intention of calling at Sir John Moon’s house. The Mystery Queen by Fergus Hume

Willa Cather In October, while the days were still warm, Thea and Tillie papered the room, walls and ceiling in the same paper, small red and brown roses on a yellowish ground. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Charlotte Perkins Gilman She talked on while I made again that effort at readjustment which was so hideously hard. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman [1911]

You remember you took some interest in that question yourself a while ago. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

So, with this he covered paper with diagrams and figures while he waited for the United States of America to send down to Coralio a successor to Atwood, resigned. Cabbages and Kings by O. Henry [1904]

Anthony Trollope He had been boiling over with indignation while talking to his wife. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Henry Lawson Tom’s dog did his best; but he fell sick while chawing up the fourth capitalistic canine, and subsequently died. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Guy de Maupassant He paid well and punctually, while the others hung back for a long time, if indeed they did not vanish insolvent. Paul’s Mistress (La Femme de Paul) by Guy de Maupassant [1881]

F. Scott Fitzgerald She leaned over her children’s breakfast table and told off instructions to the governess, while upstairs two men were concerned about her. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Guy de Maupassan Until the end of the performance he remained silent, a prey to thought; then when the storm of enthusiasm had at last subsided he offered his arm to the Duchess, while the Marquis took Annette’s. Strong as Death by Guy de Maupassan

Kitwater, with the strength of a madman, had seized Hayle round the waist with one arm, while his right hand was clutching at the other’s throat. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

Whereupon she left me with a little bow and an invitation to join them that day at dinner, while I departed into the town on my own errands. The Company of the Marjolaine by John Buchan

Anthony Trollope It is the fault of the present system of government in the United States that the President has too much of power and weight, while the Congress of the nation lacks power and weight. North America by Anthony Trollope

Fabrizio amused himself in listening to their song and in watching them greet the last rays of the setting sun, while the gaolers busied themselves about him. The Charterhouse of Parma by Stendhal

John Galsworthy Once, while he listened, he forgot himself and glanced at his father in that other easy chair. To Let by John Galsworthy

Jules Verne Hatteras took the helm again, and kept a firm hold of it, while Johnson and Bell baled out the water which was constantly dashing over the ship. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

E. F. Benson Pepino, drowsy with his cold, sat by it, while the other two played duets. Lucia in London by E. F. Benson [1927]

Arthur Conan Doyle Then, for the first time, he screamed horribly, while I, half blinded, felt about for the sword which he had so cunningly concealed. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Andrew Lang In England, the study has been, and remains, rather suspect, while on The Continent hypnotism is used both for healing purposes and in the inquiries of experimental psychology. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Henry Lawson The passengers stared aloft till some of them got the lockjaw in the back of their necks, and then another sailor suggested that we had yards to our masts, while the Adelaide boat had not. While the Billy Boils by Henry Lawson

Walter Scott I am sore beset, but I will be true to my word, while the exercise of my reason is vouchsafed to me. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

Frederick Marryat Humphrey gave his sisters some potatoes to scrape upon a piece of linen, while he took off Edward’s coat, and turned up his shirt sleeves. Children of the New Forest by Frederick Marryat [1847]

George Meredith One may be as a weed of the sea while one’s fate is being decided. Beauchamp's Career by George Meredith [1875]

Arthur Conan Doyle All these thoughts surged together in his mind, and he whistled and sang, as he rode, out of the joy of his heart, while Pommers sidled and curveted in sympathy with the mood of his master. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

We continued along the arcaded walk; a double curtain was drawn to right and left before me, while my guide stepped aside. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

In a while he ceased his walking, and stood by the Lord Gro who sat a little part from the rest. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Oscar Wilde You never open your lips while you are painting, and it is horribly dull standing on a platform and trying to look pleasant. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde [1891]

Washington Irving It therefore might well form an immediate entrance and exit to the palace; while the grand Gate of Justice served as the entrance of state to the fortress. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

Arthur Conan Doyle Just at first they are very jumpy, and then there comes a time when they learn to enjoy life while they have it. Jelland’s Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Much of what is in it is neither helped nor harmed by time and place and mood; some of it actually requires to be read at once — while it is fizzing. Tales of Soldiers and Civilians by Ambrose Bierce

He regarded them while he pulled thoughtfully at his pipe. Demi-Gods by James Stephens

H. P. Lovecraf He “saw his body swell and become distended as a bladder, while the face blackened . Supernatural Horror in Literature by H. P. Lovecraf

H. G. Wells Even while these houses were being run up, the threads upon the loom of fate were shaping to abolish altogether the type of household that would have fitted them. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Anthony Trollope Don’t take them out with you; but keep them in your pocket while you are in the house during the day. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis One of the boys would fiddle a while and then some one would spell him and he could get a dance. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Seat yourself yonder on that crag (about one hundred yards from the bank), while I retire to a distance. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

But after a while they turned on him, and said his tricks were dull and a shade unholy, and set the cross on his shoulders again. The Secret Rose by William Butler Yeats [1897]

One day in dock at home, while loafing on the forecastle head, I noticed two respectable salts come along, one a middle-aged, competent, steady man, evidently, the other a smart, youngish chap. A Set of Six by Joseph Conrad [1908]

George Gissing He met my look with a gaze of infinite pathos, and talked on while he wept. Christopherson by George Gissing

One of the riders spoke, while the other listened and seemed to have contented himself by simply answering. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Jules Verne He danced about like an idiot, almost beside himself with joy, and shouted, “Hurrah! hurrah!” while Clawbonny hurried back into the hut and rekindled the fire. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

When he entered the reception hall Rhodes was behind him, still protesting, while Cliona and the strange girl brought up the rear. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

All surroundings were blotted out by a grey mantle of warm but invigorating rain, while lightning played and thunder rattled and our spirits began to jubilate. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

Well, he’ll wait a while yet. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte [1847]

Robert Green Ingersoll The great painters prostituted their genius to immortalize her vagaries, while the poets enshrined them in song. The Gods by Robert Green Ingersoll

Anthony Trollope For a while they did so, but of course returned. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

James Joyce The car steered out slowly for Grafton Street while the two young men pushed their way through the knot of gazers. Dubliners by James Joyce

Andrew Lang It has not seemed worth while to repeat more than one or two of these legends, nor have I sought outside the Biography by his son for more than the biographer chose to tell. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Anthony Trollope She is always at Clavering. I think it doosed wrong of Hugh, the way he goes on, keeping her down there, while he is up here in London. It isn’t at all my idea of what a husband ought to do. The Claverings by Anthony Trollope

Sigmund Freud In cases of convalescence from insanity, it is often especially obvious that while the functions may be healthy by day the dream-life may still partake of the psychosis. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Henry Handel Richardson He always let Luce fasten one, to make up for having to stop alone while he went to lessons. The End of a Childhood by Henry Handel Richardson

Edgar Allan Poe Sleep came not near my couch — while the hours waned and waned away. The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe

Andrew Lang The first four Idylls of the King were prepared for publication in the spring of 1859; while Tennyson was at work also on Pelleas and Ettarre, and the Tristram cycle. Alfred Tennyson by Andrew Lang

Her starboard side-light was just behind and above us, pouring its green rays obliquely over the deck of the Dulcibella. while we and the dinghy were in deep shadow between. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch I told you, a while back, of a small doorway in the inner wall of the staircase. The Poisoned Ice by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

She was roused, rather startled, by a man bending over her, while a voice said gruffly, “I think, ma’am, that you’d better get into shelter. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

On this occasion he remarks that Bulwer was very badly dressed as usual, while Count D’Orsay was very splendid, but quite indefinable. Little Memoirs of the Nineteenth Century by George Paston [1902]

Henry Handel Richardson Neither did travel tempt these old colonists, often of humble origin, whose prime had been spent buried in the bush; while it had not yet become the fashion to educate sons and daughters “at home. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

D.H. Lawrence Siegmund carried the boots and the shoes while they wandered over the sand to the rocks. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

The first order “distributes the people into freemen or citizens and servants, while such; for if they attain to liberty, that is, to live of themselves, they are freemen or citizens. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

The dwarf squealed and bit Corsus’s thumb to the bone, so that he loosed his hold; and the dwarf fled from the hall, while the company laughed pleasantly. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

George Gissing On entering his room (it was always made ready for him while he was at breakfast), he walked to the window, and stared out at the fleecy clouds in the summer blue, at the trees and the lawn. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

They passed into the hall, where Judge, with leisurely dignity, put on his gloves and buttoned his coat, while the girl watched him. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Julian Hawthorne You won’t mind my walking up and down the room while I’m speaking, will you? The subject is a painful one, and motion seems to make it easier, somehow. Calbot’s Rival by Julian Hawthorne

We fired another salute and gave another yell, while the General shook hands with us and waved his sword. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

H. Rider Haggard The girls brought the block, while Kara and Nyleptha built them up across the six-foot-wide doorway, a triple row of them, for less would be useless. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Arthur Conan Doyle John, go and fetch Doctor Proudie.” The youth was dispatched upon his errand, while Mr. Metaxa sat at his desk, trimming his nails, and shooting out little comments upon the weather. Beyond the City by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Rudyard Kipling The light is turned off, and the Police depart; while the woman in the loose-box shivers, and moans that she is ‘seek; vary, vary seek. City of Dreadful Night by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

The last negro halted, flung himself on the earth, the car gathered strength, swept on, and after a while issued at last into the darkness and silence of the open country. Shadows of Ecstasy by Charles Williams

Henry James A while hence she will have no chance. The American by Henry James [1877]

Henry James I must strike while the iron’s hot! Farewell!” And he departed by the first train. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Rudyard Kipling Brother Anthony, small, dark, and humpbacked, was hissing groom-fashion while he treated the rich acacia-wood panels of the Lodge organ with some sacred, secret composition of his own. Debits and Credits by Rudyard Kipling [1926]

Arnold Bennett And while he was torturing them there arrived a telegram, despatched from Charing Cross, “I am all right, Sophia.” That proved, at any rate, that the child was not heartless, not merely careless. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

H. G. Wells And while in ballooning there is no wind, since the balloon is a part of the wind, flying is a wild perpetual creation of and plunging into wind. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Rudyard Kipling I can’t tell how we got through th’ time, while i’ th’ winter I gave up my job and went to Bradford. Old Jesse were at th’ door o’ th’ house, in a long street o’ little houses. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Anthony Trollope At such times as these, while he would be listening to Mr Dale, his self-reproaches would sometimes be very bitter. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Nathaniel Hawthorne Shortly after the scene at Eliot’s pulpit, while he and I were repairing an old stone fence, I amused myself with sallying forward into the future time. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Wilkie Collins He gave an answer in the negative, looking away from me while he spoke. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Robert Green Ingersoll He climbed the heights, and left all superstitions far below, while on his forehead fell the golden dawning of the grander day. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up: and a cloud received him out of their sight. The Doré Gallery of Bible Illustrations by Gustave Doré

Jules Verne Maston courageously menaced them with his steel hook, but he only succeeded in frightening some pelicans and teal, while tall flamingos stared stupidly at the party. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne [1867]

John Galsworthy On the day that she ceased her visits he came in while she was dressing for dinner, with ‘a weekly’ in his hand. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

He was a head shorter than she was, and walked with little hurried steps; while she, looking down on him from her superior height, appeared literally to float beside him. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Andrew Lang For fifteen days she had had King Lino’s portrait constantly before her, while the letter from their own ambassador speaking of the young man’s grace and charm had never left her pocket. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence He saw Harriet off to Germany — said good-bye at the Great Eastern Station, while she sat in the Harwich-Hook of Holland express. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Miles Franklin One procured my ticket, another secured me a seat, while a third took charge of my luggage; and they were just as thoughtful when we had to change trains. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

The bureau came down safely, and was lodged at the foot of the stairs; the man wiped his hot face, while Ward spoke with Captain Cockermuth. It seemed quite a commotion in the usual quiet dwelling. The Ebony Box by Ellen Wood [1883]

Edith Wharton Even Clemence Verney, whom she secretly accused of a want of heart, had been struck by Darrow’s ill looks, while she had had eyes only for her son. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton [1903]

Amazed and dumb I bowed my head, while my face burned like a live coal, and the blood surged in my ears, stupefying me with its clamour. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

So let me live here a while longer, Cliona, and do you go back to Tony. Then in a few days I will join you, and perhaps I’ll visit St. Augustine with yourselves. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

Henry James He sat down and they had a talk that he enjoyed, while the reason for which he used to like her so came back to him, as well as a good deal of the very same old liking. The Liar by Henry James [1888]

Wilkie Collins The messenger waited near me while I was reading to receive his directions when I had done, “Will you be good enough to say that I understand the letter, and that I am very much obliged?” I said. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Andrew Lang For a while she walked, not knowing whither she went, then by and bye she grew tired, and sat under a tree to rest and to hush her baby to sleep. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

When I was a little boy I once went with my father to call on Adrian Borlsover. I played on the floor with a black spaniel while my father appealed for a subscription. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

Then I held the clock steady on the table while she plied the bellows with the energy of a village blacksmith, blowing out a most encouraging cloud of dust through the farther door-opening. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

They join their hands; a secret seat they choose; Th’ Arcadian first their former talk renews: “Undaunted prince, I never can believe The Trojan empire lost, while you survive. The Aeneid by translated by John Dryden

Rudyard Kipling I suggested that they should slag the Old Market where the meeting was held, while I turned in a call to you all on the Board. That kept ’em quiet till you came along. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

After a while Mr. Bladen threw down the Petit Journal, which he daily studied at the expense of the house, and turning to Hastings, started to make himself agreeable. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Kindle the lamps while thou openst the vessel that contains the elixir, and the light attracts towards thee those beings whose life is that light. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

She has a very beautiful smile; but she is the sort of woman who can smile and murder while she smiles. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Rudyard Kipling Ubique means the long-range Krupp be’ind the low-range ’ill — Ubique means you’ll pick it up an’, while you do, stand still. The Five Nations by Rudyard Kipling [1903]

Mark Twain But he sighed, and pretty soon he stopped digging, and then for a good little while I knowed that he was thinking. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

D. H. Lawrence She groped in his waistcoat pocket, while he stood panting. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Anthony Trollope I walked in, and found Mrs. Greene still engaged in attacking the landlord, while all the porters who had carried the luggage up to the house were standing round. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle To think that we should walk with empty, listless minds while all this splendid material is running to waste. Through the Magic Door by Arthur Conan Doyle [1907]

Rudyard Kipling Thus for a while we had the enemy to westward of us, where he made a better mark; but the day was closing and the weather thickened, and the enemy wanted to get away. Destroyers at Jutland by Rudyard Kipling [1916]

It is hollow, to serve for the reception of the blood; while its wall is thick, that it may serve to protect the source of heat. Fathers of Biology by Charles McRae [1890]

They were little fellows, nearly all, and none of them had been in school more than a year and a half, while some had been there only three or four months. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

Andrew Lang The explicitly stated distinction that the high creative gods never were mortal men, while other gods are spirits of mortal men, is made in every quarter. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Yet, while you love her, respect, in the first place, her husband’s rank, then herself, and lastly, your own safety. Ten Years Later by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

John Lewis Burckhard They have long forgotten their native language; but their features still denote a northern origin, and their skin is of a light brown colour, while that of the Nubians is almost black. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

Very often we used to break off chunks of ice and suck them while we worked. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

William Morris Shall I not stride over, and come to thee, that we may sit down together side by side on the green grass?” “Nay,” she said, “not yet; tarry a while till I have told thee of matters. The Wood Beyond the World by William Morris [1894]

D. H. Lawrence He is supreme servant-in-command, while the mistress of mistresses smiles as she suckles his children. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

George Meredith He had followed Janet, step for step, at a measured distance, drooping toward her with his winningest air, while the old man pulled at her arm to get her out of hearing of the obnoxious flatterer. The Adventures of Harry Richmond by George Meredith [1871]

When the recitation of the prayers ceased, there ensued for a while a great stillness, and all eyes rested on the dying woman. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch This they did in sight of the multitude assembled; and the men commended their strength, while the women called her blessed to be the mother of such sons. Phoebus on Halzaphron by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

G. K. Chesterton Hence he seemed to take it for granted that the Victorian compromise would last; while Dickens (who knew his Jones and Brown) had already guessed that it would not. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

Elizabeth Gaskell And if she would have had Frank, my uncle would still have been dissatisfied as long as the Princess Victoria was unmarried; none would have been good enough while a better remained. The Moorland Cottage by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

What a sight it was, to be sure! Jim and I sat in our saddles while the horses went to work on the green grass of the flat, and stared as if we’d seen a bit of another world. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

Here the lady changes places with her waiting-maid, while the lover changes places with his valet, and, in this impossible framework of symmetrical complications, the whole action spins itself out. Landmarks in Literature--French by Lytton Strachey

Nathaniel Hawthorne The same ray likewise glimmered among the gloomy meditations that encompassed Miriam, and lit up the pale, dark beauty of her face, while it responded pleasantly to Donatello’s glance. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

D. H. Lawrence He resisted her while ever it was there. New Eve and Old Adam by D. H. Lawrence [1934]

Andrew Lang In this he grants to de la Cloche 500 pounds a year, while he lives in London and adheres to ‘the religion of his father and the Anglican service book. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling They huddled together in actual touch, while the crowd, spaced at large intervals, looked at them with congested eyes. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Anthony Trollope He had, while at Trafford, been so tormented by Mr. Greenwood and his wife that he longed for nothing so much as a reconciliation with his daughter. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Frances Hodgson Burnett Once she kissed it humbly like a little child while her tears rained down. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Jonathan Swift The house of Austria approved this scheme with reason, since whatever would be obtained by the blood and treasure of others was to accrue to that family, while they only lent their name to the cause. On the Conduct of the Allies by Jonathan Swift [1711]

Lucy Maud Montgomery Of course, you must make it up FIRMLY. I am not going to think about going back to the asylum while we’re having our drive. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery [1908]

William Hope Hodgson And afterward, we gat our gear together, and went from that little refuge that we had made; and in a while we did go upward out of the olden sea-bed. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

William Makepeace Thackeray It is there I made this sketch, while Miss Chesterforth was singing a deep-toned tragic ballad, and her mother scowling behind her. Our Street by William Makepeace Thackeray [1848]

And, by the way Grizzel inwardly shook and shivered while she spoke, and turned her eyes to all corners in some desperate fear, one might have thought she had been pitched out of a gig herself. Caromel’s Farm by Ellen Wood [1878]

The howling of the wind was benumbing; the very fury of sound enfeebled while it terrified. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Mark Twain Those drunken theories of yours, advanced a while ago — concerning the rat and all that — strip Man bare of all his dignities, grandeurs, sublimities. What is Man? and other essays by Mark Twain

Jules Verne In the evening, while the others lay motionless, a sort of hallucination came over Johnson, and he began raving about bears. The Field of Ice by Jules Verne

Falling out of the train while it was rushing along the top of an embankment, I must have gone, backwards, into a bush, which while it had let me through, had sufficed to break my fall. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Anthony Trollope He had spoken of it as yet to no one, and he thought that he was resolved not to do so while Sir Louis should yet be in the land of the living. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling John eked it out with hot water, sugar, and three aspirins, and told Dinah that she might play with Ginger while he kept himself housed. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

George Meredith Mary Ann steered him and called from behind the turnings he was to take, while she speculated aloud to Rhoda upon the nature of the business that had torn Dahlia from the house so inopportunely. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Jack London I did no more than make a show of splashing some of this dubious liquid at myself, while I hastily brushed it off with a towel wet from the bodies of other men. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Jules Verne Without speaking a word, Harding, Spilett, Neb, and Herbert took their places in the car, while Pencroft by the engineer’s order detached successively the bags of ballast. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Edmund Burke It were worth while to examine, whether tastes of this kind, sweet ones, tastes that are caused by smooth oils and a relaxing salt, are not the originally pleasant tastes. On the Sublime and Beautiful by Edmund Burke [1757]

Thus, few, I suppose, would hesitate to say that while Old Mortality is very near, if not quite, the finest of Scott’s works, The Black Dwarf is not far from the other end of the scale. Sir Walter Scott by Richard H. Hutton [1878]

Henry Handel Richardson He stood and fumbled with his collar-stud, which he could not unfasten at once, and, while he was busied thus, the mists that blinded him fell away. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Essex raved and implored with his usual energy; but, while the messengers were posting to and fro between Dover and London, the Spaniards took the citadel, (April 14th, 1596). Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Joseph Furphy Then he refused to have anything more to do with the d — d business, and went after his bells, while Prescott and the other fellow returned to the station, cooeeing and listening as they went. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

He has a keen sense of humor and loves a good joke on a mortal, while he can even enjoy one on himself. The Imperishable Ghost by Dorothy Scarborough [1921]

It might be worth my while to see if he could save further additions to my doctor’s bill. A Second Coming by Richard Marsh [1900]

I have known many private balls, where every thing was on the most liberal scale of expense, where the gentlemen sat down to supper in one room, while the ladies took theirs, standing, in another. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Night came, and in the skies overhead there arose a brilliant display of the aurora australis, while toward the north the volcanic fires glowed with intense lustre. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

The famous lawyer Brougham was thundering against the Government in Parliament, while throughout the country the platforms from which Radical orators declaimed were surrounded by eager throngs. Victorian Worthies by George Henry Blore

Andrew Lang The little girl at once pulled off her torn shoes and stockings and let the water flow over her, while Youri looked about for some nuts or strawberries. The Olive Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling Banded, mailed and arrogant from sunrise unto sunset, Singing while they sacked it, they possessed the land at large. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

Many things which, while I was reading, I had a misgiving about, thinking them above their tastes, I was surprised to find them enter into completely. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

Anthony Hope Therefore Sapt let Mr. Rassendyll doubt and struggle, while he himself wrote his story and laid his long-headed plans. Rupert of Hentzau by Anthony Hope

Anthony Trollope She goes out to balls and picnics with them, and afterwards lets herself in with a latchkey, while her papa and mamma are a-bed and asleep, with perfect security. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Henry James Distinguishing vaguely what the low parapet enclosed she stopped close to it and stood a while very intently, but perhaps still sightlessly, looking down on it. In the Cage by Henry James [1898]

Anthony Trollope And yet this man was to be made Chancellor of the Exchequer, while he, Phineas Finn, very probably at this man’s instance, was to be left out in the cold. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis It was not for her to sit beaming and wordless while he and his fellow-researchers arranged the world. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

And hers, how much more cruel, how prolonged, how hopeless! You will see to this at once, Mr. Larkspur, while I go to my child. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

William Morris But we sat apart again, Not speaking, while between us was the sharp and bitter pain As the sword ‘twixt the lovers bewildered in the fruitless marriage bed. The Pilgrims of Hope by William Morris [1915]

Arthur Conan Doyle In every direction shattered wrecks were burning, and men floated upon scattered spars or upon rafts, while swift torpedo boats flew from one to the other on their errand of saving life. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Morrison He had something in his closed hand, which he carried to the lamp to examine, so that I could see it was a silver watch; while the furtive man waited expectantly in the little compartment. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

Nathaniel Hawthorne But what if, while pressing out its fragrance, he should crush the tender rosebud in his grasp! As for Zenobia, I saw no occasion to give myself any trouble. The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

Anthony Trollope Grandairs brought one round after the other with much majesty, while Elizabeth stood behind looking on in wonder. Miss Mackenzie by Anthony Trollope [1865]

Miles Franklin After we had climbed some distance up a gully aunt Helen called out that she and Harold would rest while I did the honours of the fern grots to my companion. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

Even while he shivered in a sudden bleakness, Betty had disengaged herself from Jonathan and gone over to her mother. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

He tried to speak kindly, but all the time I saw that my considering the book bad while he thought it good, gravelled him, and made him feel annoyed with me. Red Pottage by Mary Cholmondeley [1899]