When I sat at work I half-faced a deep, upholstered chair which stood at the end of my table, its high back against the wall
. I had bought it with great care.
They had set me with my back against the wall
, and I stood there, looking Silver in the face, pluckily enough, I hope, to all outward appearance, but with black despair in my heart.
And then something gave, there was a momentary feeling of nausea, a sharp click as of the snapping of a steel wire, and I stood with my back against the wall
of the cave facing my unknown foe.
So Trent, with his back against the wall
and not a friend to help him, faced for twenty-four hours the most powerful bull syndicate which had ever been formed against a single Company.
Mirabel shrank back against the wall
behind him, trembling in every limb.
Katharine Hilbery came in rather late, and took up a position on the floor, with her back against the wall
. She looked round quickly, recognized about half a dozen people, to whom she nodded, but failed to see Ralph, or, if so, had already forgotten to attach any name to him.
He did not even look round him; and in the room, leaning with his back against the wall
, he allowed himself to be carried away by the terrible supposition that he was already dead, as he closed his eyes, in order to avoid looking upon something even worse still.
He flung it back against the wall
angrily -- what did he mean by leaving it there?
She was cracking walnuts and picking them out of the shells, throwing out a remark occasionally to a rough man in a rabbit-skin cap, with straps under the knees of his corduroy trousers, who stood puffing a black clay pipe with his back against the wall
. What the cause of the quarrel was, or what sharp sarcasm from the woman's lips pricked suddenly through that thick skin may never be known, but suddenly the man took his pipe in his left hand, leaned forward, and deliberately struck her across the face with his right.
There was a desk pushed back against the wall
, which the irregular ceiling eloped down to meet behind it, and at my left was a window, which gave a good light on the writing-leaf of my desk.
"This is an uncommonly lively vessel in a sea-way," he used to mutter under his breath, when his legs took him down the passage in zigzag directions, or left him for the moment studying the "Pints of the Compass" on his own system, with his back against the wall
. "A nasty night, mind you," he would maunder on, taking another turn.
A cry followed; he reeled, staggered, clutched at the table and held on, staring with injected eyes, gasping with open mouth; and as I looked there came, I thought, a change--he seemed to swell-- his face became suddenly black and the features seemed to melt and alter--and the next moment, I had sprung to my feet and leaped back against the wall
, my arms raised to shield me from that prodigy, my mind submerged in terror.
The tall, fair-haired General Buxhowden stood, leaning his back against the wall
, his eyes fixed on a burning candle, and seemed not to listen or even to wish to be thought to listen.
They ran around a bend to see what was the matter and found a man sitting on the floor of the passage and leaning his back against the wall
. He had probably been asleep before Toto's barks aroused him, for he was now rubbing his eyes and staring at the little dog with all his might.
With his back against the wall
, Rocke displayed more courage.