We need the complete sentence at least, as well as some information about what is happening at this point in the story. Who are 'they'? And so on.
While many people will know that David Copperfield, was written by Dickens, you should mention the name for sake of people whose native language is not English, and who may be familiar with works of great authors in their language, but not with the works of authors who wrote in English.
The evening wind made such a disturbance just now, among some tall old elm-trees at the bottom of the garden, that neither my mother nor Miss Betsey could forbear glancing that way. As the elms bent to one another, like giants who were whispering secrets, and after a few seconds of such repose, fell into a violent flurry, tossing their wild arms about, as if their late confidences were really too wicked for their peace of mind, some weather beaten ragged old rooks'-nests, burdening their higher branches, swung like wrecks upon a stormy sea.