Phrases with "whistled"

He read it, smiled, whistled a bar or two from “Miss Helyett,” and sat down to answer it on his best cream-laid note-paper. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Nathaniel Hawthorne The night was chill and raw, and rendered boisterous by almost a gale of wind which whistled along Washington street, causing the gaslights to flare and flicker within the lamps. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Haven’t you some one who will relieve me of my horse?” Groslow whistled and a sailor appeared. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

He whistled when he came across three 50 banknotes pinned into one of his top waistcoat pockets with a stout safety pin. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

As he carried out this simple and homely expedient for providing noise when noise should be least welcome, he whistled quite cheerfully for a man expecting so very strange a visitation. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

It whistled in the sails, it roared over the paddle-wheels, it seemed to play at pitch-and-toss with the sea. Over the Water by Ellen Wood [1871]

Guy de Maupassant Her short breath whistled in her tightening throat. The Devil (Le Diable) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Rudyard Kipling Puck whistled like a Weald starling. Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling [1910]

Walter Scott The sentinels walked to and fro on their posts, and hummed or whistled their Manx airs. Peveril of the Peak by Walter Scott [1822]

The hounds were whistled to heel, and a sober, homeward march began. Irish Fairy Tales by James Stephens

Dicky, aged five, whistled on, without taking any notice. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

Washington Irving He whistled after him and shouted his name, but all in vain; the echoes repeated his whistle and shout, but no dog was to be seen. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Picking it up, however, he whistled when he saw it was a large handkerchief of quite good quality, marked boldly in ink in one corner “C.A.B.” But that was not his only find. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Errand-boys whistled and tried to pierce through each other’s whistles with that nerve-rending whistle on two fingers. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Henry James He whistled long and hard after sending his message; he whistled again and again in celebration of Chad’s news; there was an interval of a fortnight in which this exercise helped him. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

Rudyard Kipling She whistled to tell the Governor his dinner was ready, and the horse, seeing his fodder piled on the barge, whinnied back. Actions and Reactions by Rudyard Kipling [1909]

D. H. Lawrence He whistled to himself like a man much agitated but defiant. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells It piped and whistled as it worked. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells [1898]

Jack London Henry whistled long and comprehendingly. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Ivan Turgenev I felt that we were moving faster than before; the wind now was not roaring or moaning, it whistled in my hair, in my clothes . Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

He threw off his preoccupation; he started humming a lively tune; he whistled to the dog, and then finally doffing his clothes, raced down the sands and had a long refreshing bathe in the lake. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Andrew Lang All the way home he felt in such good spirits that he sang and whistled as he walked through the wood, and never noticed how the birds were twittering and laughing at him. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Rudyard Kipling Also my own daughter,’ said Abdul Gafur. Gisborne whistled and followed his guide. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

George Gissing He whistled again for a moment, then asked abruptly: ‘Say! have you seen Clem again?’ ‘No,’ replied the girl, examining him with sudden acuteness. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

F. Scott Fitzgerald As he walked along he whistled and sang and turned handsprings and flapjacks, breathing in the fresh, cool air of the mountains. Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

His eyes fell at once upon the big iron pail, but, snatching it up, he whistled as he held it suspended in mid-air. The Dark Mill Stream by Arthur Gask [1947]

Anthony Trollope Clarissa did not see him till he whistled to her, and then she started, and laughed, and ran down to the boat, and hardly remembered that she was quite alone till she had taken his hand. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Here’s de way I whistled it—see?” He puckered his lips, but the big policeman held up his hand. Roads of Destiny by O. Henry [1909]

He whistled to call her off; she only barked the louder. Villette by Charlotte Brontë [1853]

In a couple of minutes or so we came in sight of the Magrath house, and I at once pointed it out to the Chief. “Whew!” he whistled thoughtfully as he took in the situation. The Red Paste Murders by Arthur Gask [1924]

Jules Verne Ned Land whistled “Yankee-doodle” between his teeth, thrust his hands into his pockets, and turned his back upon us. Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne [1872]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Simultaneously the engine whistled sharply and the train began to move, momentarily dwarfing the shots in significance. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edith Wharton But the old horse was there alone, mumbling his crib with toothless jaws, and Ethan whistled cheerfully while he bedded down the grays and shook an extra measure of oats into their mangers. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton [1911]

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]

Sinclair Lewis He whistled to her; she started; came toward him with doubtful feet, cried with gladness when she saw who it was. Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis

He whistled softly but with perfect clearness and, after a few bars, made his notes even softer still, imparting to them something of the dreamy lilt of a child’s lullaby. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Mrs. Archbold whistled him to her like a dog. Hard Cash by Charles Reade [1863]

Steele Rudd Dad spoke in a whisper and said he was Mr. Macpherson, the clergyman who was to marry Kate and Sandy. Dave whistled and piled more wood on the dead cow. On Our Selection by Steele Rudd

Edgar Allan Poe He whistled for a few minutes, and then said crustily: “I am going to sea — you may go home if you think proper. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Rudyard Kipling I shouted for the engine-room whistle; and it whistled about five minutes, but never the sound of a ship could we hear. Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Thanks!” But his anger did not make him forget Henry, and turning to the window he whistled in the manner of the Béarnais shepherds. Marguerite de Valois by Alexandre Dumas

George Gissing Three workmen were busy, and one, fitting up shelves, whistled a melody with ear-piercing shrillness. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman George whistled with pale lips. The Vacant Lot by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman

Anne Bronte He whistled and talked to his dogs, and wandered from room to room, much the same as on the previous day. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte [1848]

Elizabeth Gaskell She had often found it a useful vent for feelings, and she whistled now. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

H. G. Wells Another goad, flung javelin-wise, whistled by me, and I made a rush towards the darkness out of which it had come. First Men in the Moon by H. G. Wells [1901]

The reveller who had parked his car so badly right opposite to him had left his ignition key in the dashboard! He whistled softly. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

Wilkie Collins It reminded him, you see, of his favourite roses, and, as HE whistled it, it was the most melancholy tune going. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Virginia Woolf But the dog she had whistled was another person’s dog. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

E. F. Benson Q.E.D. She whistled to Pat, she seized her basket, and taking a header into the street ran straight into Elizabeth who was sprinting down from Mallards. “He’s come out. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

Mr. Stevenson whistled when I told him the news next morning. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

Wilkie Collins He turned his melancholy face to the window; he put his lanky hands into his pockets; and he whistled “The Last Rose of Summer” softly to himself. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

Rudyard Kipling The hot wind whistled without, and the dry trees sobbed. Life’s Handicap by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

James Joyce If they whistled him before he had curtains up they are whistling him still after his curtain’s doom’s doom. Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

Ploughmen bawled it at the plough-tail, harvesters sang it in the harvest field, workmen in villages painted the outside of houses to its measure, errand boys whistled it and schoolchildren yelled it. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

I changed into a suit of his flannels in a room looking out on the little lake where trout were rising, and I remember that I whistled from pure light-heartedness. Fullcircle by John Buchan [1920]

I whistled again and then ran for my life, the horn sounding at intervals. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

George Gissing He whistled a few bars of the last song he had learnt at the music-hall. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

He whistled to the dog and ran quickly to where, on the previous night, he had planted the seventh reed. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Andrew Lang Away he went after the Prince and the Master-maid so fast that the wind whistled behind him, and it was not long before he came to the water, but he could not get over it. The Blue Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

If I hadn’t whistled I would have cried. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

And Mishka went on eating and eating; his face began to look like the ham, his sharp grisly nose whistled plaintively. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Robinson whistled as he looked at the insensible woman. The Green Mummy by Fergus Hume

George Meredith He whistled mad waltzes to the measure of the wheels. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

Anthony Trollope When he reached this he got off his horse, and taking a key out of his pocket, whistled upon it loudly. Harry Heathcote of Gangoil by Anthony Trollope

Thomas Hughes He leant his elbows on his knees, and stuck his hands into his hair, whistled a verse of “Billy Taylor,” and then was quite silent for another minute. Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes

E. Phillips Oppenheim A sailor who had been polishing some brasswork to the tune of “Nancy Lee” whistled no more. The Amazing Judgment by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1897]

Do you know?” He named it, and I whistled respectfully. The Partner by Joseph Conrad [1915]

I leaned over the edge, and, as he got to his feet on the ledge above the boiler-plates, I whistled so that he turned his face to me. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Mr. Edmonstone went to sleep, Philip sat in silent thought, Guy whistled and hummed the tunes, and moved his foot very much as if he was still dancing. The Heir of Redclyffe by Charlotte M. Yonge [1853]

So I saddled up my horses, and I whistled to my dog, And I left his scabby station at the old jig-jog. The Man from Snowy River and other verses by A. B. Paterson

So he whistled to Schafer, and the two made their ways leisurely across the paddocks. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

Willa Cather Following the Reverend Mr. Kronborg along the narrow walk, past the little dark, sleeping houses, the doctor looked up at the flashing night and whistled softly. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

E. F. Benson Above their heads the wind thrummed and whistled in the rigging, and the clean, unbreathed odour of the sea was salt and bracing. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

And, the devil still prompting Clifford, he answered: “Because I whistled the Carmagnole? Bah!” The man scowled. In the Quarter by Robert W. Chambers

Arnold Bennett He whistled uneasily, remarked: “I say, mother, what about tea?” and then, hearing the heavy voices of workmen above, ran with relief upstairs. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Then — he whistled gloriously to himself. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

John Galsworthy The Marquess whistled softly through teeth still his own. Maid in Waiting by John Galsworthy

E. F. Benson Then the driver (too late) reversed his engine and passed over him again, and finally lost his head, whistled loudly and stopped. Mr. Tilly’s Seance by E. F. Benson

Rudyard Kipling Gaily he whistled and sung, Blessing his tribe for their blindness. The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Its great shells whistled over so slowly that you felt certain you could run beside them and keep up with them. Homage to Catalonia by George Orwell [1938]

But Little John turned his footsteps back again to Sherwood Forest, and merrily he whistled as he strode along. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Jack London With an arm-wide sweep of his rapier, as though it bore heft and a cutting edge, he whistled it through the air and rapped it down on my crown. The Star Rover by Jack London [1915]

It had often been sung in a subdued tone; and the Little Russian had often whistled it. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Arthur Conan Doyle Outside, the trains clanked and whistled and roared, while the hubbub upon the platform showed that all was anarchy and confusion. The Death Voyage by Arthur Conan Doyle

Jack London He whistled to himself, softly, first with surprise, and then, at the end, with admiration. White Fang by Jack London [1906]

Kenneth Grahame Then the world turned suddenly upside down, the barge seemed to flit lightly across the sky, the wind whistled in his ears, and Toad found himself flying through the air, revolving rapidly as he went. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Bram Stoker Though we were in shelter, we could hear the rising wind, for it moaned and whistled through the rocks, and the branches of the trees crashed together as we swept along. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Andrew Lang She whistled and called, but only the birds answered her. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Dudley whistled a tune, and swung his foot like a pendulum, as he followed her with his side-glance. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Virginia Woolf The one helped her largely to horse-radish sauce, the other whistled to his dog and made him beg for a marrow bone. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

Arthur Morrison There was a shop-boy in charge of the goods outside the window, and his eyes were on Dicky. So Dicky whistled absently, and strolled carelessly along. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Billy’s shots had whistled round him, and mine had nearly dropped his horse, so he thought it no shame to make a bolt and leave his mate, as seemed very bad hit, in our hands. Robbery Under Arms by Rolf Boldrewood

From habit or from fear, in answer to the signal, Tom whistled as he used to do five-and-twenty years ago and more, although he was already chilled with an unearthly fear. The Vision of Tom Chuff by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Anthony Hope I hoped that the young ruffian would be content; but he emptied the other barrels at the pipe, and one, skimming over the pipe, whistled through my hair as I crouched on the other side. The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope

The wintry air was fresh and clear, the wind whistled gaily over the vast sweep of undulating turf and heather. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Jack London For the first time in months Steve and I laughed and whistled and sang. Lost Face by Jack London

Tod came up the zigzag path, a lantern in his hand; I whistled to let him know I was near. Crabb Ravine by Ellen Wood [1869]

Aramis whistled for Bazin, but Bazin was asleep in the ante-chamber, and Aramis was obliged to shake him by the ear to awake him. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

When we were lunchin’ a spent bullet whistled over our heads — a long way off, to be sure, but I call it uncommon bad form. The Three Hostages by John Buchan [1924]

It is no light matter — no outcry from the working vulgar — no mere question of the people’s health and comforts that may be whistled down on Wednesday nights. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

H. G. Wells Rum sort of fight!” He whistled softly and mused. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

The sleet pattered against the windows, the wind whistled in our ears. Anne by Ellen Wood [1876]

H. Rider Haggard Angela whistled again, but in another note, with a curious result. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

Andrew Lang Again Alonzo fired, and a second time the bullet whistled through the air, and the figure advanced nearer. The Brown Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Robert Louis Stevenson I have never seen decorum pushed so far; and as this was not expected, the quadrille was soon whistled down, and the dancers departed under a cloud. The Amateur Emigrant by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith Braintop’s spirited reply, “Not at all,” was corrected to: “She did not cry;” and further modified: “That is, she called out sharply when I whistled an opera tune. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

E. Phillips Oppenheim He whistled softly to himself as he entered the office. The Passionate Quest by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

Soon the bullets whistled about our ears, and some arrows came quivering around us in the earth and in the posts of the palisade. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Arthur Conan Doyle Bob strolled restlessly up and down in front of the door; I whistled and continued to stare out of the window. The Heiress of Glenmahowley by Arthur Conan Doyle

He set it straight with his tongue, stretched so that something whistled in his chest, and his enormous face was enveloped in a cloud of smoke. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Henry James He whistled now while he let his companion take time. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Henry Handel Richardson He whistled his dog, and Pompey hurried out with a guilty air from the back of the house, where the old shaft stood that served to hold refuse. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

E. Phillips Oppenheim In the act of turning away, he paused and whistled softly. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Rudyard Kipling Fashioned the form of a tribesman — gaily he whistled and sung, Working the snow with his fingers. The Seven Seas by Rudyard Kipling [1891]

Miles Franklin I kissed my hand to him; he bowed low; I whistled to my dog; he resumed his way behind the crawling sheep; I cantered home quickly and dismounted at the front gate at 2. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

William Makepeace Thackeray He whistled so divinely that the ladies left their cabins, and men laid down their books. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

He whistled softly and his eyes grew frightened. The Jest of Life by Arthur Gask [1936]

But of all this Robin knew not a whit; so he whistled merrily as he trudged along the road beyond Stanton, with his heart as free from care as the yolk of an egg is from cobwebs. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

The whim stood high on a plain, the wind whistled through its timbers, and each evening the girl brought back to the homestead a higher color and a lighter step. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Wilkie Collins Whenever the wind and sea whistled and roared at their loudest, he muttered to himself and tossed his hands fretfully on his wretched coverlet. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

He had not whistled to himself since the shadow of unreason had reached out and taken the sunlight from him. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

William Makepeace Thackeray He whistled a polka so bewitchingly that two young Oxford men began whirling round the deck, and performed that popular dance with much agility until they sank down tired. Notes of a Journey From Cornhill to Grand Cairo by William Makepeace Thackeray

George Gissing A fellow about town somehow got hold of an idea for a melody; he didn’t know a note, but he whistled it to Sykes, and Sykes dotted it down. The Whirlpool by George Gissing [1896]

There is no time of the year in England more courageous; and Jimson, though he was not without his troubles, whistled as he went. The Wrong Box by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Thomas Hardy At the end of the ceremony Mrs d’Urberville abruptly asked Tess, wrinkling and twitching her face into undulations, “Can you whistle?” “Whistle, Ma’am?” “Yes, whistled tunes. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Arthur Conan Doyle Sometimes he was making progress and whistled and sang at his work; sometimes he was puzzled, and would sit for long spells with a furrowed brow and a vacant eye. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Samuel whistled all the way back to his office, but about twelve o’clock he began to see that pathetic, appealing little mouth everywhere — and those brown eyes. Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Chief whistled cheerfully when I gave him my news over the ‘phone. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

One day I climbed up a tree and whistled to them; they stood stock-still for a moment, then they calmly drew close together, and after looking up at me, deliberated quietly amongst themselves. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Elizabeth Gaskell He took it up, whistled a second for an instant or so, and then the blacksmith’s wife re-entering, he moved towards her, as if to receive her answer the more speedily. The Grey Woman by Elizabeth Gaskell [1861]

Willa Cather And then — ” Fred whistled softly. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Mark Romilly whistled to himself and the next moment was very angry that he could really be so vain as to imagine that Mr. McIver could be particularly interested in him in any way at all. Cloud the Smiter by Arthur Gask [1926]

A broad counter ran across it, cutting it in two, and in the partial gloom overhead a naked gas-burner whistled a noisy song. The Ghost Ship by Richard Middleton

Maxim Gorky The bird sang in the darkness of the thick foliage: he peered up at it, screwing up his sharp little eyes and, pursing his lips like a child, he whistled incompetently. Reminiscences of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy by Maxim Gorky

E. Phillips Oppenheim As they grew brighter he whistled softly to himself. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

The last thing I remember is some of us students dancing round a lamp-post while Logan whistled a jig. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Caroline Lamb The sea dashed against the cliff below; and the bleak wind whistled through the ruined chapel as it came in hollow blasts over the heath. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

The bullets, says Kate, whistled round the poor clinging lady en croupe—luckily none struck her; but one wounded the horse. The Spanish Nun by Thomas De Quincey [1847]

Leon Trotsky But a few days later, while he was resting in the cool hall after coming home from the fields, he suddenly asked me in the presence of Mother: “Show me how you whistled at your head master. My Life by Leon Trotsky

James Joyce The bird call from SIGFRIED whistled softly followed them from the steps of the porch. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Rudyard Kipling It was heavy going, but he recognised the nature of the country, the dark purple downs inland, and the bents that whistled in the wind. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Sinclair Lewis He whistled boisterously as he bounced on along the section-line road. It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

As it was, the arrow whistled within three inches of his head. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

Edgar Rice Burroughs At the bottom of the corridor which leads aloft from the lower chambers I whistled in accordance with the prearranged signal which was to announce to Perry and Ghak that I had been successful. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

Anthony Trollope She was very cold, so cold that she pressed herself against the stone in order that she might save herself from the wind that whistled round her. Nina Balatka by Anthony Trollope

E. Phillips Oppenheim He leaned forward and followed her gaze, then, though nothing audible escaped his lips, he whistled softly to himself. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

D. H. Lawrence I whistled the whistle he knew, and he broke his way through the vicious rose-boughs up the stairs. The White Peacock by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassant The heavy gray clouds were being driven rapidly through the sky by the gusts of wind which whistled among the trees, and one felt that it would rain soon. A Vagabond (Le Vagabond) by Guy de Maupassant [1887]

George Gissing And if he marries before he’s four-and-twenty, he loses everything—every cent!’ Crewe whistled a bar of a street-melody, then burst into laughter. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

The stout soldier drew a long breath, whistled in a whisper, closed his eyes, and slept like a top, too. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

She worked with him, she watched over him, she walked with him through the woods at Osborne, while he whistled to the nightingales, as he had whistled once at Rosenau so long ago. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

As we entered it and closed the door behind us, the wind rose, and a long gust whistled drearily round the building as if loth to let us escape so easily. ’Long Live the King!’ by Guy Boothby [1900]

Elizabeth Von Arnim In the little lanes, whose matted grass edges were ribbons of hoar-frost, carters, loading their horses, whistled cheerfully. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Virginia Woolf Hoppety, jiggety, Albert resumed, In at the window, out at the door, What does the little bird hear? (he whistled on his fingers. Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf [1941]

Henry James He whistled that night as he went to bed. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

I could not get near Tod and Harry Parker; but they whistled at me across the sawdust and the fancy steeds performing on it. The Other Earring by Ellen Wood [1874]

Arthur Conan Doyle He whistled and passed his fingers through his hair. A Regimental Scandal by Arthur Conan Doyle

Now and then our locomotive whistled as if to scare the wandering engine back to the rails. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

The storm increased, the flashes succeeded one another more rapidly, the thunder began to growl, and the wind, the precursor of a hurricane, whistled in the plumes and the hair of the horsemen. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

D. H. Lawrence The new grocer whistled “Just Like the Ivy,” and shouted boisterously to his shop-boy. The Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence

This time the beat had hardly started when Ko S’la whistled sharply. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Honey-eaters whistled among the trees, scrub-fowl chuckled in the jungle. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

He began opening the several cupboards and whistled at once. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

Henry Handel Richardson A quarter to five! As the strokes from the neighbouring church—clock died away, the melody of Siegfried’s horn was whistled up from the street, and looking over, Maurice saw his friend. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

James Joyce When they came out into Grafton Street, Mr. Power whistled for an outsider. Dubliners by James Joyce

Rudyard Kipling Isn’t that so?” “We believe you, my boy!” whistled the funnel-stays through their clinched teeth, as they twanged in the wind from the top of the funnel to the deck. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

And every master called his dog by his name, whistled to him in his favorite mode, without a single one replying to either call or whistle. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Frances Hodgson Burnett While he dug or weeded he whistled or sang bits of Yorkshire moor songs or talked to Soot or Captain or the brothers and sisters he had taught to help him. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1911]

Kostrom, putting his fingers in his mouth, whistled piercingly after him. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Thomas Hardy The noise of the wind over the heath was shrill, and as if it whistled for joy at finding a night so congenial as this. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

D. H. Lawrence Then he whistled and knocked again. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang Mounting the camel, he whistled the falcon to his wrist, and, followed by his greyhound and his cat, he started homewards. The Orange Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Arthur Conan Doyle His great haunches gathered under him with every stride, and he shot forward ever faster and faster, stretched like a greyhound, while the wind beat in my face and whistled past my ears. The Crime of the Brigadier by Arthur Conan Doyle [1892]

Ford Madox Ford Nunlike! Positively nunlike! At the parting of the ways of the universe! She whistled slightly to herself. A Man Could Stand Up by Ford Madox Ford [1926]

Sinclair Lewis He whistled cheerfully and muttered: “I’ll be seeing to them Tenth Street devils, the rotten gang of them. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Jack London No high backbone of island sheltered us from the wind, and it whistled and bellowed about the hut till at times I feared for the strength of the walls. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

When the short air was over, he whistled it again and then he went on whistling, making his whistling fainter and fainter as the minutes passed. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Jules Verne A second ball whistled over his head, and cut in two the nearest of the three native boats, while a loud hurrah burst forth on board the Duncan. The savages took flight, fled and regained the shore. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

Then Larose whistled softly to himself. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

D. H. Lawrence He nearly always whistled hymns. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Henry Handel Richardson Shortly after eight o’clock, the next night, a noisy party whistled and hallooed in the street below Maurice’s window. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

So about four o’clock I shut it up, whistled on Colin, and went for a walk along the Berg. If there were no natives on the road, there were plenty in the bush. Prester John by John Buchan

Arnold Bennett By the decoration of the walls he recognized this floor as his proper home, and as he strolled through the long corridor he whistled a low, meditative whistle of satisfaction. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Walter Scott Lucky that Klepper knows my whistle, and follows me as truly as a hound, or we had never met again, and you in your turn might have whistled for a guide. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Henry Handel Richardson Rising with a fresh alacrity, he whistled to his dog, and walked briskly home to bath and breakfast. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

We were changing our course, as I knew by variations in the whirl of draughts which whistled about me. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Sophie Chalk and the Ap–Jenkynses.” Whitney whistled through the verse of an old song: “Froggy would a-wooing go. Our First Term at Oxford by Ellen Wood [1873]

Sinclair Lewis He whistled and hummed, and the hours from seven to midnight were a moment. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Walter Scott The Oak that in summer was pleasant to hear, That rustled in Autumn all withered and sear, That whistled and groan’d thro’ the Winter alone, He hath gone, and a birch in his place is grown. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

Merrily whistled the Butcher as he jogged along, for he was going to the market, and the day was fresh and sweet, making his heart blithe within him. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. by Written and illustrated by Howard Pyle

H. Rider Haggard But I will soon tell you,” and she whistled in a soft but penetrating note. Dawn by H. Rider Haggard

I can feel her hands on my feet yet!” Bartley looked at Lapham’s No. 10 boots, and softly whistled through his teeth. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Most of the men sang or whistled as they dug or hoed. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

That solo was sung by languishing tenors all over Britain, whistled by every errand boy, played, with lowered lights, by every dance orchestra. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Abraham Merri Instantly upon those around the towers of the bridge whistled a second arrow storm. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Arthur Conan Doyle My faith, it whistled just over my cap like an east wind. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

Anthony Trollope At her instance, at her first word, that promise had been whistled down the wind. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

H. Rider Haggard Good ceased his sighing, and began to murder Zu–Vendi at the top of his voice, and Sir Henry whistled and looked silly. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

So he gathered his aching members, reached for his stick, whistled on his dogs, and set out. Comedy in the Full Moon by John Buchan