Phrases with "working"

Edgar Wallace He turned another switch and set something working which Sir Charles had described as a miniature air pump, and stood watching absent-mindedly as the piston thrust in and out. Planetoid 127 by Edgar Wallace [1927]

The only use I can see in it is that of a working scenario for a plotless novel. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

H. G. Wells Their coats were off, their swords laid aside, they were working magnificently. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

I had still been a member, not only of the family, but of the household, absent, like Uncle Sam, only during working hours. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Sinclair Lewis So I would like to talk to Miss Marshland. Does she understand reproduction processes?” “Must — working at Fliegend’s. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

Algernon Blackwood If, for instance, Martin vented his spite and jealousy, working injustice upon another, he but prepared the way for an exactly adequate reprisal later that must balance the account to date. Julius LeVallon by Algernon Blackwood [1916]

D. H. Lawrence If you drop working yourself up —” “I shall die. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

Elizabeth Gaskell He was out and about by the earliest dawn, working all day long with might and main. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Even the country has not escaped, and on the main roads outside London, where we used to find English inns, we now find gaudy shacks working under the American title of “road-houses. London in My Time by Thomas Burke

Sinclair Lewis I’ll be working my head off all day long, training the girl that’s to help with the dinner —” “All nonsense, anyway, hiring an extra girl for the feed. Babbit by Sinclair Lewis

Isabella Bird This man was a working engineer. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

It was an unsound claim, for the house and land had been left by will to the eldest son, who had always lived at home and assisted his parents in working their small holding. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

George Gissing All that was just fortunate chance; I’m not praising myself in saying I’ve been able to get more into my time than most other working men; it’s my father and mother I have to thank for it. Demos by George Gissing [1886]

Guy de Maupassant Men have, however crudely, been seeking for and working for the object you refer to since the beginning of the world. Dreams (Rêves) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

I’ve located one of the men who’s working there. The Master Spy by Arthur Gask [1936]

I believe it’s working out as I thought it would. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

Sinclair Lewis His job as editor of Rural Adult was not working out as he had dreamed. Gideon Planish by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing We may be sure they are well worth paying to hear, and it’s an axiom in all dealing with the working class that they will never value anything that they don’t pay for. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Jules Verne It seemed to them, when they had finished, as if they had scarcely been working more than a few minutes. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Willa Cather While they were working together, tying the cloth up to the frame, Claude, from his elevation, saw a tall girl coming slowly up the path by which he had ascended. One of Ours by Willa Cather [1922]

Sinclair Lewis Now for this Shiga experiment — Poor Lee, she’ll have to get used to my working nights, I guess. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

He was something of a dandy with his Parisian working man’s gift for banter, a regular gift of gab, and besides, he was attractive. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

E. F. Benson He felt so much better and stronger today, and his brain was working again after weeks of torpidity. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

No one seemed to have, as an habitual customer, a working man with a motor-cycle, who occasionally travelled about with a suit-case on his carrier. The Grave-digger of Monks Arden by Arthur Gask [1938]

The constant use of morphia and chloral was working its pernicious effect, and there were times, when the sufferer’s mind wandered. Wyllard's Weird by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1885]

In time of revolution the miner must go on working or the revolution must stop, for revolution as much as reaction needs coal. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

T. H. Huxley Geology at present provides us with most valuable topographical records, but she has not the means of working them into a universal history. Essays by T. H. Huxley

It is a case of working and working, and all for strangers! When one thinks of this, a sort of spring seems to break in one’s head. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Radclyffe Hall Mary’s a perfectly normal young woman; she can’t live by love alone, that’s all rot — especially as I shrewdly suspect that when you’re working the diet’s pretty meagre. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Arthur Conan Doyle It is expected that within a few months the necessary plant will have been erected and the concern be in working order. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Nothing had transpired so far, but they were on a scent, and the bank were working it. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

But the miner, working far underground, knows that such crystals are only found in cavities and fissures, and that the normal arrangement of the minerals is very different. The Naturalist in Nicaragua by Thomas Belt [1874]

Walter Crane This may be termed drawing by means of light, and may be contrasted with the opposite method of working by means of black line only on a light ground, or drawing by means of shade (as in b, p. Line and Form by Walter Crane [1900]

Arthur Conan Doyle The engines were working beautifully, and we went droning steadily upwards. Danger! and other stories by Arthur Conan Doyle [1918]

Anthony Trollope Beyond eating and working a man had little to do, but just to wait till he died. The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope [1870]

Elizabeth Gaskell He quivered all over at her touch, working his fingers in an unnatural kind of way, and ending with a convulsive twitching all over his body. Six Weeks at Heppenheim by Elizabeth Gaskell [1862]

To be true, it appears, means, FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL, to work satisfactorily for him; and the working and the satisfaction, since they vary from case to case, admit of no universal description. The Meaning of Truth by William James

E. Phillips Oppenheim I want you to believe this if you can, Monsieur Fleuriot. I have been working as a Secret Service agent for the last five years and I have worked with no country’s interests at heart. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

D. H. Lawrence Brangwen went on working out of doors. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling We found that out by working on our sides for five minutes at a stretch — chch — chh. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Richard Burton I had a plan for working the diggings, but H.B.M.’s Consul, Dr. Walne, opined that “gold was becoming too plentiful,” and would not assist me. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Gaston Leroux At eight o’clock, dinner, and then more signatures, working right up to eleven o’clock. The Secret of the Night by Gaston Leroux [1913]

It may be said, however, that even if the theoretical book-trained Socialist is not a working man himself, at least he is actuated by a love of the working class. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

For, blacksmith’s son as I was, furnace and forge, in some form or other, pleased me best, and I chose to be a working engineer. An Engineer’s Story by Amelia B. Edwards

H. G. Wells They worked politics with money, and kept on adding to the money by working currency and tariffs. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Andrew Lang Now it happened that there were three merry rascals hanging about the market-place, who much preferred living on other people’s goods to working for their own living. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Some occupants are working on needles, or portions thereof, three and four inches long. Last Leaves from Dunk Island by E. J. Banfield

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am working out the Kiel Canal scheme myself. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Elizabeth Gaskell I would rather see him working on the roadside than leading such a lifebeing such a one as you are. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

D. H. Lawrence But the hateful, unmanly insolence of these lords of toil, now they have their various “unions” behind them and their “rights” as working men, sends my blood black. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Rudyard Kipling He had no intention of losing any advantage of the ground, and coiled and uncoiled himself once or twice, to be sure that every foot of his long body was in working order. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling [1894]

William Morris The former had now veiled his splendour in a due suit of working clothes, crowned with a fantail hat, which he took off, however, to wave us farewell with his grave old-Spanish-like courtesy. News from Nowhere by William Morris [1890]

Henry James He did me the honour to declare that, putting aside the great sitter himself, all aloft in his indifference, I was individually the connoisseur he was most working for. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

Olaf Stapledon People come with reaping machines, working from dawn to dark. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

I’m working entirely on my own”— and he added significantly —“for the present. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

D. H. Lawrence And he seemed to be drifting away, drifting back to the common people, becoming a working man, of the lower classes. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Willa Cather She recovered, after a long illness, but she did not write again — felt that her best working power was spent. Not Under Forty by Willa Cather [1936]

James Joyce Talis is a word often abused by many passims (I am working out a quantum theory about it for it is really most tantumising state of affairs). Finnegans Wake by James Joyce

It was the moment for which he had been working so long. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Jack London A child of intelligences, remote and unguessable, working corporally in metals, it indubitably was. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Napoleon had denounced such ideas as contrary to the spirit of Animalism. The truest happiness, he said, lay in working hard and living frugally. Animal Farm by George Orwell [1944]

Rudyard Kipling The present situation has been working up for some time. A Diversity of Creatures by Rudyard Kipling [1917]

It’s taken some working out, but I’ve got all the links tested now . Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

George Gissing It was Camp Hill; two small rooms at the top of a house, the ground-floor of which was occupied as a corn-dealer’s shop, and the story above that tenanted by a working optician with a blind wife. Eve's Ransom by George Gissing [1894]

Walter Scott Openly, the page was seen working about such trifles. The Abbot by Walter Scott [1820]

Radclyffe Hall To cope with it, however, she would give way at times to sudden fits of hot temper, working herself up over everyday trifles that usually left her cold. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

F. Scott Fitzgerald If we had government ownership we’d have the best analytical business minds in the government working for something besides themselves. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

John Ruskin After roughly recovering and cleansing the ground, he allows the ruined peasantry only to build huts upon it, such as he thinks protective enough from the weather to keep them in working health. Munera Pulveris by John Ruskin

I had been working under you the whole time. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Her attention was diverted by some men who were working at the mud in the harbour, for it was low water, and who were loudly disputing together. Featherston’s Story by Ellen Wood [1889]

H. G. Wells Here and there people were working in the fields or going to and fro on foot or on machines, but the effect of the whole was of an extremely underpopulated land. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Guy de Maupassant He had been working for thirty years to get together a wretched five or six thousand francs. The Accursed Bread (Le Pain Maudit) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

He made me explain, with drawings, the construction and mode of working of a gravity escapement and the difference between a chronometer and a lever watch. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

I’m sorry, Bunny; but if ever you write my memoirs, you won’t have any difficulty in working up that chase. The Amateur Cracksman by E. W. Hornung [1899]

One small Garden City must be built as a working model, and then a group of cities such as that dealt with in the last chapter. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

Anthony Trollope But from that every-day working responsibility, which is to us so invaluable, the President is in fact free. North America by Anthony Trollope

D. H. Lawrence He was most himself when he was alone, or working hard and mechanically at the factory. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Carlyle It is the mystic working of the mind, on the object it is getting to know and believe. On Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle

Sigmund Freud The psychic mechanism which enables such suppressed wishes to force their way to realization is retained in being and in working order. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Henry James But it has been working from a rum start. The Golden Bowl by Henry James [1904]

Edward Jenner When the scab is prematurely rubbed off (a circumstance not unfrequent among children and working people), the application of a little aqua lythargyri acet. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

D. H. Lawrence And to-morrow they’d all be working away, with just as little meaning, working without any meaning, playing without any meaning; and yet quite strenuous at it all. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Rudyard Kipling The discipline, or discipline, is no thing to be trifled with, and its working among a congregation depends entirely upon the tact, humanity, and sympathy of the leader who works it. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Olaf Stapledon But those of my colleagues who have been working in the same field have worked with no less industry. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Charles Dickens By general consent, they even avoided that side of the street on which he habitually walked; and left it, of all the working men, to him only. Hard Times by Charles Dickens [1854]

Anthony Trollope He lived alone and without comfort, working very hard for his poor pittance, and she could see, and feel, and understand that a companion in his life was to him almost a necessity. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins He found her working industriously by the blazing fire. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Charles Kingsley He has been working too hard, and presuming on his sailor’s power of tumbling in and taking a dog’s nap whenever he chose. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

George Gissing I’m sure I marvel at your patience sometimes when I see you working with those poor children as if your life depended on it. Workers in the Dawn by George Gissing [1880]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Then down they’ll come on you like a ton of bricks! You know what will happen tomorrow, sir?” Joseph went on, his face working fiercely. The Strange Boarders of Palace Crescent by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Anthony Trollope Nobody can doubt that who knows the country and understands the working of it. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Edgar Rice Burroughs He had broken some minor tribal law, and was working out his sentence in the fields. Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1923]

George Meredith Patrick stared, and the working of his troubled brows gave the unhappy gentleman such lean comfort as he was capable of taking. Celt and Saxon by George Meredith [1910]

In the first place, he became conscious that he was not working in his proper vocation. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Many stations have a small mob of cattle from whence to draw their working bullocks, so that a few more or a few less makes little or no difference. A First Year in Canterbury Settlement by Samuel Butler

Arthur Morrison In fact, he’s sort of working on the business, so to speak. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

E. Phillips Oppenheim The chauffeur was working with furious haste at the side of the car. The Amazing Partnership by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1914]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am told that he has been working much too hard and is looking very ill and thin. Harvey Garrard's Crime by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1926]

Andrew Lang The old nurse died, leaving her cottage and the few articles of furniture it contained to her poor lady, who dwelt in it, working as a peasant for her daily bread. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

John Galsworthy But five million pounds spent on the organised travel of a hundred thousand working men would do the trick in five years. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling The Thunder Cat was still working her wicked will on the two-sworded man, but all would be set right next day. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

D. H. Lawrence She had a letter from Mrs Bolton: You will be pleased, I am sure, my Lady, when you see Sir Clifford. He’s looking quite blooming and working very hard, and very hopeful. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Louis Pasteur We will make the experiment, and when you come tomorrow — it was our good fortune to have M. Dumas working in our laboratory at that time — we will give you an account of the result. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

Watkin Tench As we proceeded, the object of our hopes soon appeared: a large ship, with English colours flying, working in, between the heads which form the entrance of the harbour. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

Francis Bacon For it is works we are in pursuit of, not speculations; and practical working comes of the due combination of physics and mathematics. Preparative toward a Natural and Experimental History by Francis Bacon

He perceived that the doctor was really ill, and in a highly emotional state of mind, was gradually working himself up, and he was fearful lest a calamity should ensue. The Judgment of Larose by Arthur Gask [1934]

D. H. Lawrence She saw him stooping, working towards her. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

Edmund Burke The occupation of a hair-dresser, or of a working tallow-chandler, cannot be a matter of honor to any person — to say nothing of a number of other more servile employments. Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke [1790]

Willa Cather He spent days and nights working with Outland. Tom never could have worked his theory out without Robert’s help. The Professor’s House by Willa Cather [1925]

Anthony Trollope Sir Thomas, who was perhaps not very good at such things, did not understand the working of her mind. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

Theodore Dreiser While Lester was drifting Robert was working — working all the time. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Arthur Conan Doyle The engine is a ten-cylinder rotary Robur working up to one hundred and seventy-five. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Henry Kingsley That touching of the hat is a very rare piece of courtesy from working men in Australia. The convicts are forced to do it, and so the free men make it a point of honour not to do so. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

John Hill Burton It transcends, in its quickness, the power of self-discernment; and thus, working undetected, its existence is forgotten. Introduction to the Study of the Works of Jeremy Bentham by John Hill Burton

This little island of ours is worth living in, and worth working for. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

But I fail to understand how any one with a working grasp of their principles can charge them wholesale with subjectivism. Essays in Radical Empiricism by William James

Gertrude Stein She was particularly fond in these days of working in the automobile while it stood in the crowded streets. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Benjamin Disraeli Lord Roehampton had, throughout the later period of his life, been in the habit of working at night. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Leslie Stephen In the epistles, he professes to be working on a plan. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

George Meredith My lord had two or three ideas working to cloudy combination in his head when he put a question, referring to the management of the dormitories at the school. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

Helen Zimmern In 1811 she writes: “I am working away at Patronage, but cannot at all come up to my idea of what it should be. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

D. H. Lawrence And the bounders who pretended they did, and started working the sex game, they were worse than ever. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis He preferred a barbarian loneliness, for next year he would be working with Max Gottlieb, and he could not be bothered. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

Elizabeth Von Arnim San Salvatore, Lotty would say, San Salvatore working its spell of happiness. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1922]

Sinclair Lewis She had always liked hot gin better than Benjamin could have guessed, but economy and the necessity of working all day had prevented her specializing in it. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

George Gissing There passed four or five days, and Tarrant, working hard as well as enjoying the pleasures of Society, made up his mind not to see her. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

All along we have been working upon your idea, and besides, with your dud clothes you look least like a policeman now. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

G. K. Chesterton But it would not be fair to say so, without adding that I did know men, capable of working with the party, who were really full of something that was not liberalism but liberality. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

H. G. Wells What old Muzzleton used to get red in the nose working us up about, what he used to call ‘Our Island Story,’ is full of dam silly things. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

I wish I could say they were working as diligently as copyists used to work, but copyists are now subject to frequent interruptions, not from the tourists but from one another. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells My new men and the students under them would be working out strands of biological, intellectual, economic consequences. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Louisa May Alcott Splendid fellows, some of them, working like heros, poor and friendless, but so full of courage, patience, and ambition that I was ashamed of myself, and longed to give them a right good lift. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I am working from hand to mouth. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

Leon Trotsky The prospect of working in the Russian organization of the Iskra was tempting, but nevertheless I was very glad to be able to stay abroad a little longer. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Walking quickly up the garden path to join the Colonel, his eyes fell upon the spent shell of the cartridge Mason had thrown out when he fired the revolver to make sure it was in working order. His Prey was Man by Arthur Gask [1942]

Robert Louis Stevenson And while I was thus working on my fancy, I heard him hailing in broken tones, and saw him waving me to come back with one of his two sticks. Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes by Robert Louis Stevenson

He had always looked so oily and greasy at meal-times that I had made the mental comment that he might well be working at a fried-fish shop. The Beachy Head Murder by Arthur Gask [1941]

H. G. Wells I wish I could say with a certain mind that my motives in working so well were large and honourable too. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

George Meredith He said nothing, but was careful to see to the proper working of the lock of the cupboard where the precious deposits were kept, and sometimes in forgetfulness he carried off the key. Vittoria by George Meredith [1867]

In fact, they considered convicts to be only a more expensive kind of labouring cattle, and on account of their not being able to live upon grass, a trifle less worthy than working bullocks. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Asleep or awake, working or eating, indoors or out of doors, in the bath or in bed — no escape. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Wherever he may be, asleep or awake, working or resting, in his bath or in bed, he can be inspected without warning and without knowing that he is being inspected. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

John Locke The cause of this abuse, a supposition of nature’s working always regularly, in setting boundaries to species. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

Isabella Bird The powerful societies which are formed to secure the working of the “Maine Law” will occur at once to English readers. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

In spite of the fact that they had originally resolved not to put themselves out to impress the neighbors, they had ended by taking it seriously and working themselves till they were weary. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Wilkie Collins The slightest hint in the pages which were still to be read might set his sluggish brain working in the right direction. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

Robert Louis Stevenson There, no longer as a lounger in a plaid, but as a working farmer, sweating at his work, he may prolong and begin anew his life. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

If you offer a working man something he doesn’t want, he tells you that he doesn’t want it; a middle-class person would accept it to avoid giving offence. Collected Essays by George Orwell

George Gissing Very, very slowly, mankind is working towards it. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Do you think he’s working for charity?” “I forgot that. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Henry Adams For the first time in his life, he felt a sense of possible purpose working itself out in history. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams [1907]

T. E. Lawrence Feisal was the working enthusiast with the one idea of making his ancient race justify its renown by winning freedom with its own hands. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

These people will eliminate the old capitalist class, crush the working class, and so organise society that all power and economic privilege remain in their own hands. James Burnham and the Managerial Revolution by George Orwell [1946]

D. H. Lawrence One can’t mix up with the working people. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

The modern witch was a very different character, and joined to her pretended power of foretelling future events that of working evil upon the life, limbs, and possessions of mankind. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

James Joyce An instant after, under its screen, his eyes looked quickly, ghostbright, at his foe and fell once more upon a working corner. Ulysses by James Joyce [1922]

A working man has not that deadly weight of family prestige hanging round his neck like a millstone. Collected Essays by George Orwell

Well, let us say in the days when he was, according to the majority of the daily press, a financial force working for the improvement of the character of the people. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

D.H. Lawrence All the time he could feel his brain working ceaselessly, like a machine running with unslackening rapidity. The Trespasser by D.H. Lawrence

Wilkie Collins I think I see a chance here of working my way into her good graces, and casting a little needful dust into those handsome black eyes of hers. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

Henry Handel Richardson With her free hand she imprisoned the two little feet, working one against the other in slow enjoyment; or followed the warm little limbs up inside the swaddling, after the fashion of nursing mothers. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

E. Phillips Oppenheim He has plenty working for him there. The Spy Paramount by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1934]

H. G. Wells A chain gang of emaciated and ragged Frenchmen is working under the lash in a tunnel. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

John Galsworthy But then a perfect penitentiary had no relation to prison, or the Bankruptcy Court. The business of working honesty was to keep out of those two institutions. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Rudyard Kipling Kangaroo bounded away, His back-legs working like pistons — Bounded from morning till dark, Twenty-five feet to a bound. Just So Stories for Little Children by Rudyard Kipling [1902]

Leo Tolstoy When they had secured all they wanted they stopped working and the “noblemen” did not get his house more than half finished. Ivan the Fool by Leo Tolstoy

Some years ago, eight or ten perhaps, we had a young man working for us in the Argentine as an overseer. My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby [1901]

James Hogg It was firm, green, and fresh; and proved that he had been working in a byre. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Henry Handel Richardson But I hear you’re working most hard—it’s to’ bad. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

He is working in the chain-gang to which Hankey was made sub-overseer. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

George Gissing Now this is what I call the working of Providence, Scawthorne. Who’s going to say after this, that things ain’t as they should be? Everything’s for the best, my boy; I see that clearly enough. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

John Galsworthy If we can do that here, it can be done in all slum centres, by private Slum Conversion Societies such as ours, working on the principle of not displacing the existing slum population. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

Elizabeth Gaskell Look at him now! he’s gone back to his books, and he’ll be as happy as a king, working away till I make him go to bed. Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell [1848]

Virginia Woolf Then the daughter came in who was working for a tailor. The Years by Virginia Woolf [1937]

Arthur Morrison I had been working double tides for a month: at night on my morning paper, as usual; and in the morning on an evening paper as locum tenens for another man who was taking a holiday. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Willa Cather The boys were working so hard planting corn, their father felt he couldn’t insist about the thistles, but he set great store by that big alfalfa field. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

When the young die and the old live, nature’s machinery is working with the friction that we name grief. Epigrams by Ambrose Bierce

Anthony Trollope He tells me that you have found your way among what he calls the working men of the party, and he thinks you will do very well — if you can only be patient enough. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Rudyard Kipling Why I have come all the way from England just to see the working of this great National movement. Under the Deodars by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Three bearded men stood about him and he tried to explain to them that he had been working at Peyrol's. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Algernon Blackwood This brain and intellect, this coarse, thick feeling, this selfishness, this want of harmony and working together all this is new and strange to us. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

It was in vain to think of reading or working below, for we were too tired, the hatchways were closed down, and everything was wet and uncomfortable, black and dirty, heaving and pitching. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

M. P. Shiel She was wariness itself, understood that hidden things have a way of working up into daylight, looked forward fifty years, and meant to run as little risk as possible. The Lost Viol by M. P. Shiel [1905]

Jack London What do you make of those things?” He swept his arm in an impatient gesture toward a number of the sailors who were working on some kind of rope stuff amidships. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Edith Wharton It was all the result of idling and lack of hard exercise; when a working man has had too long a holiday, and resting has become dawdling, Satan proverbially intervenes. The Children by Edith Wharton [1928]

Jack London Jackson had been working many hours, and his muscles had lost their resiliency and snap. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

I struck its working again at home last year and located its head office in Europe. So I tried Switzerland and Holland, but only bits of it were there. Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

Clouds look black and wild; wind rising, and ship working hard against a heavy head sea, which breaks over the forecastle, and washes aft through the scuppers. Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana [1840]

A married man had a right to a drop; he needed it, working for all the family. The Cloister and the Hearth by Charles Reade

George Gissing Whilst working at the filter-factory he remained in imagination by her side, ceaselessly repeating her words of the night before, eagerly looking for the hour that would allow him to return to her. The Nether World by George Gissing [1888]

There were three men besides the constable, one of whom was working the handle of the pump, while another was glancing at a paper that the constable had just delivered to him. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

William Morris The privilege of the possessing class therefore consists in their living on this tribute, they themselves either not working or working unproductively — i. Signs of Change by William Morris [1888]

Leon Trotsky Thus that made them the leaders of the party, and, through the party, leaders of the working class, and, through the working class, leaders of the country. My Life by Leon Trotsky

D. H. Lawrence Turning a corner in the lane, she came upon Paul, who stood bent over something, his mind fixed on it, working away steadily, patiently, a little hopelessly. Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells Fewer bathrooms there might be, at least in working order, but there was far more purity of mind. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Willa Cather See, here we were, you and I and this instrument,” — he tapped the piano, — “three good friends, working so hard. The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather [1915]

Rudyard Kipling So you must get your words, and a working knowledge of the use of words. A Book of Words by Rudyard Kipling [1928]

Charles Dickens I quite appreciate the laudable motive of the promoters of the readings to raise the moral tone amongst the working class of the town and to direct this taste in a familiar and pleasant manner. Contributions to All the Year Round by Charles Dickens [1859]

Marie Corelli She was in her white working gown when last seen. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

D. H. Lawrence Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen sat one morning in the window-bay of their father’s house in Beldover, working and talking. Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence