Phrases with "accident"

G. K. Chesterton It would be a very small comfort that he could not find the Professor out, if by some serious accident the Professor should find him out. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

George Gissing He had no particular aptitude for trade, and that by which he lived (he had entered upon it thirty years ago rather by accident than choice) was thoroughly distasteful to him. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Edith Wharton You don’t think Dillon’s accident was his own fault, then?” “Certainly not; there are too many cards in that room. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

Francis Bacon So you see, by this main accident of time, we lost our traffic with the Americans, with whom of all others, in regard they lay nearest to us, we had most commerce. The New Atlantis by Francis Bacon

Rafael Sabatini I take God to witness that his death was an accident resulting from his own fury. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

T. E. Lawrence Many Turks on our front had no chance all the war to fire on us, and we were never on the defensive except by accident and in error. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Arthur Conan Doyle There are few women who are admitted into the secrets of our faith, and it was but by an accident that the honour came upon me. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

But if I can mould accident to my profit, I should be a fool indeed were I to shrink from doing so. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Poor Marie-Anne! she would have been far more terribly avenged had not an accident which happened to me, saved the Duc and the Duchesse de Sairmeuse from the snare into which I had drawn them. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Anthony Trollope Daniel had said that it was an accident as to which he could not explain the cause. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope Now he had taken into his head to fall in love with Miss Boncassen. This was an accident which had probably never happened to him before, and which had disturbed him much. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

A most providential accident has placed us upon his track. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Sir Walter Scott That accident had no sooner happened than the consequences to Miss Mannering and to himself rushed upon Brown’s mind. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

In translating her words into English they fell by accident into that shape. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

Henry James This obviously counted for little; but something else might easily have occurred; nothing in the London streets was more possible than an accident, especially an accident in those desperate cabs. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

John Lewis Burckhard This accident was ascribed to the Persian sectaries of Beni Hosseyn, who were then the guardians of the tomb. Travels in Arabia by John Lewis Burckhard

Leon Trotsky The accident was due to faulty switching, whether because of negligence or deliberate action we never found out. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells In addition to my work, an accident — ” “I thought as much,” said Mrs. Hall to herself. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

Thomas Love Peacock I had no friend to whom I could apply; and, in the midst of my difficulties, accident threw your pamphlet in my way. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

We met by accident in a field on my brother-in-law’s farm, where the gentleman was shooting; and after that he came to the house. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Henry James He profited by the happy accident of having pleased a person so much in evidence, and indeed it was tolerably clear to me that neither party was duped. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Edgar Allan Poe Our first meeting was at an obscure library in the Rue Montmartre, where the accident of our both being in search of the same very rare and very remarkable volume, brought us into closer communion. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe

But in the year 1334, an accident renewed the utmost tenderness of his affections. The Life of Petrarch by Thomas Campbell

It is strange that accident should have induced me to stay a week under the same roof with that vision of brightness which has haunted me so long. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Fyne was a good little man in the Civil Service. By accident I mean that which happens blindly and without intelligent design. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Arthur Conan Doyle Unfortunately the horns of one of the creatures, either by accident or design, came in violent contact with the flank of the mustang, and excited it to madness. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle [1887]

In my father’s case, this arose from the accident of his having lived abroad for a space that, measured against my life, was a very long one. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Then Lionel, turning by accident to put a book down on the table, saw his wife’s face. War in Heaven by Charles Williams [1930]

H. G. Wells Of course, you’re a little perplexed at my being with Melmount. You see I met him — by accidentdirectly I recovered. In the Days of the Comet by H. G. Wells [1906]

Jules Verne Of course this accident was placed to the account of the fantastic animal. The English at the North Pole by Jules Verne

The deed was an accidentincredible — but still an accident. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Henry James If the reign of accident was over I must just take up the succession. The Way it Came by Henry James [1896]

Rudyard Kipling Then it seemed a thing intolerable and monstrous that she should be exposed not only to this risk, but any accident whatever of the streets. Many Inventions by Rudyard Kipling [1893]

Henry Kingsley This blind man met with no such serious accident as the other, either. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Guy de Maupassant He had remained with Michael Canol, who was too old now to stand it; for an accident might happen during that long solitude. The Inn (L'Auberge) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

I only stumbled across it by accident myself. Stingaree by E. W. Hornung [1905]

It was an occasion made absurd and strange by the odd accident that the house caught fire upstairs while we were dining below. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Andrew Lang This accident gave Jack time to get on the Beanstalk and hasten down it; but just as he reached their own garden he beheld the Giant descending after him. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Walter Scott He was a pale, thin, feeble, sickly boy, and somewhat lame, from an accident in early youth. The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott [1818]

George Gissing On reaching the house, he learnt that Mr. Gunnery had suffered an accident which threatened serious results. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

It was then five o’clock in the morning, and it was no accident either. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

All I knew of him was an accident called Fyne. At this Mr. Powell who evidently could be rebellious too turned his back squarely on the window. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

John Lewis Burckhard It rarely happens that persons perish by thirst on this road, and if the Nedjeym has water, it is almost impossible that such an accident should happen. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

If the victim of this morning’s accident is really Mr. Barbour’s betrothed-wife there is a tragic coincidence here for him. Serapion by Francis Stevens

Thomas Hardy Supposing that an accident should befall her, he would never forgive himself for not being there to help, much as he disliked the idea of seeming to countenance such unlawful escapades. Wessex Tales by Thomas Hardy [1888]

Indeed, it was almost by accident that it was discovered how very much out of the ordinary the animal was. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

H. G. Wells Not only was I relatively equipped with a strong bias for rational associations but, also, accident threw me in my receptive years mostly among non-dramatizing systematic-minded people. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Benjamin Disraeli An accident made him acquainted with Rabelais and Montaigne; and he had relished them, for he had a fine sense of humour. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

We suspected an accident and gave him up for lost. Lost Horizon by James Hilton

The accident to Dr. Lancaster was real bad luck. The Story of Ivy by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1927]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Now, a stranger would not discover the spot; or, if he did, the probable result of a cast would be the loss of hook and line — an accident that has occurred to me more than once. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

It was only an accident that led to his discovery, while the rest escaped; and that the others should escape, when they were just as much to blame as he was, was an injustice that made him furious. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

E. F. Benson He had gone to sleep by accident without intending to do anything of the sort, and without any feeling that others were intending it for him. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

Well, that’s that, thought Grant, as Williams was apologizing for the accident with the screen. The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Maria Edgeworth An accident happened, which, however trifling in itself, can never be effaced from my memory. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Walter Besant John Purdy was a man of forty, short and square built, who went lame by reason of an accident in his ‘prentice days. Dorothy Forster by Walter Besant [1884]

Kate Chopin She had pictured him seeking her at the very first hour, and he had lived under the same sky since day before yesterday; while only by accident had he stumbled upon her. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

This they did; but not venturing to calculate upon such nobility of patronage, Lamb had applied himself through life to the saving of a provision for his sister under any accident to himself. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

I found out quite by accident what they were and how they came to be there. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

John Galsworthy Just an accident the Vicar happening on it. Flowering Wilderness by John Galsworthy

It could have been sent by accident in the wrong direction. Beasts and Super-Beasts by Saki

Rudyard Kipling To seven out of the ten you shall find appended the cheerful statement: ‘The accident is supposed to have been due to the rails spreading. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

An accident had happened to his carriage in the crowd on leaving the ball, and he begged, if I were going into Paris, a seat in mine. The Room in the Dragon Volant by J. Sheridan LeFanu

H. G. Wells Some accident must have revealed to him this new source of power, or some subtle shifting occurred in the tissues of his brain. Tono Bungay by H. G. Wells [1909]

Gertrude Stein The boy did not know how, but by accident he knocked Hemingway out. The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein [1933]

Rudyard Kipling Whether by accident or design, the child facing inwards snatched at the back of the head of the other. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

An English traderdetained on suspicion at sea by the Neptun — Heemskirk was towing him in to test a case, and by some strange accident — Later on the name came out. Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad [1911]

Henry James The least little accident that could have been twisted into a miracle would have carried me straight into the bosom of the church. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

The accident must have happened when she was almost a baby, for she has no memory of it. Mohawks by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1886]

H. G. Wells And all growing out of a whim — out of this Warming’s will, and an accident to Isbister’s sons. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Henry James When he was nine years old he met with an accident at school which threatened for a while to have serious results. Hawthorne by Henry James [1879]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Is it my fault that I blunder? By the merest accident I have already committed a hideous faux pas. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

Arthur Morrison The blow on the head might have been caused by an accident on the riverside, or it might have been inflicted wilfully by an assailant. The Hole in the Wall by Arthur Morrison

He walked with a limp, which, he said, was due to an accident years before, when he had been run into by “ane o’ thae damned velocipeeds. Huntingtower by John Buchan [1922]

Some slight spiritual accident may bring down upon mortals the poignant suffering and bliss of the dead in whose personality they are curiously duplicated. The Supernatural in Modern English Fiction by Dorothy Scarborough

William Henry Hudson I have no doubt that when you have recovered from the effects of your late accident these vain thoughts and imaginations will cease to trouble you. A Crystal Age by William Henry Hudson

Simon was only an accident of a life that had not learned to live under that arch of happiness. All Hallows’ Eve by Charles Williams [1945]

Henry Fielding Believe me, Mr. Booth, if I had received such an account of an accident having happened to such a husband, a mother and a parson would not have held me a moment. Amelia by Henry Fielding

Edgar Allan Poe By means of this cord I should be enabled readily to trace my way out without his guidance, provided any unlooked-for accident should render such a step necessary. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

Arthur Morrison By accident too, perhaps you ask? Oh yes, by accident too, no doubt. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

Jules Verne Leurs cous se tendent vers l’horizon tracé autour de la longue et large plaine rase, sans un accident du sol, sans une ondulation de terrain. Mistress Branican by Jules Verne [1891]

This accident laid him up for a month, during which my mother and I read to him by turns. The Orphan Heiress by Thomas De Quincey [1835]

Washington Irving This accident so struck him with despair, that, as he afterwards confessed, “his heart and his bowels turned within him, and he became like a rotten stick, void of strength. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

H. G. Wells He was both — and Ford was just a common man made big by accident and exceptional energy. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Thomas Hobbes Secondly, it may enter into account, or be considered, for some accident or quality which we conceive to be in it; as for being moved, for being so long, for being hot, etc. Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

Was it to him the accident happened?” “No. There was a shot fired in the wood some time since. Aurora Floyd by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1863]

Now, however, he says that accident has only anticipated him; and that he was on the point of voluntarily confessing his crime. Was it an illusion? by Amelia B. Edwards

I was grieved to find that my barometer had met with an accident in our climb; however, by testing the boiling point of water I obtained the altitude. Australia Twice Traversed by Ernest Giles

Charles Dickens The accident seemed to disturb him, as if he thought it ominous of the falling of his own head; and he admitted as much, now it was all over. A Child’s History of England by Charles Dickens [1852]

Anthony Trollope I don’t mean that all this accident shall go for nothing. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Edgar Rice Burroughs By accident the noose fell squarely about the running ape’s neck, bringing him to a sudden and surprising halt. Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1912]

Anthony Trollope But it came to pass that on one day a pirate vessel fell by accident into the hands of the governor’s officers. The Life of Cicero by Anthony Trollope [1881]

This accident to Fenton alters everything, but don’t you have a moment’s regret about it, for he has been the traitor in your house all along. Gentlemen of Crime by Arthur Gask [1932]

Henry James Indeed his goings and comings were so frequent that Laura herself scarcely knew: it was an accident that on this occasion his absence had been marked for her. A London Life by Henry James [1888]

Richard Burton This is the general practice in the case of the poor and solitary, whom illness or accident incapacitates from proceeding. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Anthony Trollope He had got his seat in Parliament. And he had secured the interest of his friend Silverbridge. This had been partially done at Polwenning, but the accident in the Brake country had completed the work. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

He had one unchangeable quality — insouciance; and he had, moreover, one unchangeable faith — the King. Lady Guenevere had reached home unnoticed after the accident of their moonlight stag-hunt. Under Two Flags by Ouida [1867]

But by accident it drew upon me the special attention of my assessor on the box, the coachman. The Vision of Sudden Death by Thomas de Quincey

Jules Verne It is true their commanders did not know, as I did, that an accident to her machinery had forced her to the surface, and that it was impossible for her to escape them by another plunge. The Master of the World by Jules Verne [1904]

Elizabeth Gaskell We all liked John, and this accident was felt like a town’s misfortune. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Thomas Hardy Elizabeth-Jane heard by accident that Jopp had been engaged by her stepfather. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

William Hazlitt The latter scenes of Antony and Cleopatra are full of the changes of accident and passion. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays by William Hazlitt [1817]

Arthur Conan Doyle Driver and guard of slow train positive no accident between Kenyon Junction and Barton Moss. Line quite clear, and no sign of anything unusual. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Wilkie Collins The untidy top shelves looked suggestive of some lucky accident which might unexpectedly lead the way to success. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

E. Phillips Oppenheim I did not see Grant again until we met by accident on the steamer coming back to England. I had been ill in a little country place in New Hampshire and he had no idea even where I was. The Wrath to Come by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1924]

The accident of a storm caused us to take refuge in the inn, where we witnessed the brutal and quarrelsome behaviour of her husband, and her patient endurance. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

Anthony picked up a box of matches, and, opening it by accident upside down, dropped a number on the floor. The Place of the Lion by Charles Williams [1931]

Jules Verne At twelve o’clock the latter was relieved by Kennedy. “Should the slightest accident happen, waken me,” said Ferguson, “and, above all things, don’t lose sight of the barometer. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Willa Cather Then came the accident which cut short the Captain’s career as a roadbuilder. A Lost Lady by Willa Cather [1923]

H. G. Wells It only got loose by accident — I never meant it to get away. The Island of Doctor Moreau by H. G. Wells [1896]

John Locke An accident or disease may very much alter my colour or shape; a fever or fall may take away my reason or memory, or both; and an apoplexy leave neither sense, nor understanding, no, nor life. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke [1690]

It was by accident that Defoe drifted into this equivocal position. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

It has been altogether a matter of accident from first to last. Milly Darrell by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1873]

H. G. Wells What I may have said or not said, whether I did indeed dispute or merely and by a kind of accident implied objections, I have altogether forgotten long ago. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Wilkie Collins He met with an accident while he was out riding which caused a serious injury to one of his legs. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Tobias Smolle But Heaven would not suffer so much goodness to be violated, and sent me, who, passing by accident near the place, was alarmed with her cries, for her succour. The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smolle

The impossible, mythical piano — symbol of everything that that futile accident had wrecked! ‘You should have a piano,’ he said despairingly. Burmese Days by George Orwell

But at that moment, by accident possibly, her finger-tips brushed against her body. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Wilkie Collins An accident to a poor foolish woman, traveling from Lasswade.” Emily looked at Mrs. Ellmother. “It can’t be Mrs. Rook!” she said. I Say No by Wilkie Collins [1884]

Jack London Balatta had been losing the debate rapidly, when the accident happened. The Red One by Jack London [1918]

Wilkie Collins There is surely something mean in an assertion of superiority which depends on nothing better than the accident of birth. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

The accident which prompted three such masterpieces cannot be honestly regretted. Fielding by Austin Dobson

I have just seen by accident the announcement of the marriage at Brandon. I think as my friend, and a friend to the Brandon family, you ought to have done something to delay, if you could not stop it. Wylder’s Hand by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

E. F. Benson Elizabeth had some accident in which she cut her head, and Miss Evans, the senior mistress, looked after her with the greatest care, taking her to sleep in her own room. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

H. G. Wells One must have children and love them passionately before one realizes the deep indignity of accident in life. The Passionate Friends by H. G. Wells [1913]

Anthony Trollope It came by accident — just because I am so troubled. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But the loss of the day did us no harm, and our accident had happened at a very pretty spot. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It can be done anywhere; in any clothes — which is a great thing; at any hours — to which happy accident in literature I owe my success. An Autobiography by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Could Alie have forgotten her promise or had she met with an accident which prevented her from coming? The latter thought redoubled my anxiety. The Beautiful White Devil by Guy Boothby [1897]

Theodore Dreiser Not one’s self alone — one’s inmost worth, the splendor of one’s dreams — but other things — name, wealth, the presence or absence of rumor, and of accident — were important. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

The accident that sent the first Liberal canvasser for Jordanville votes to the Crow place for his supper would be hard to discover now; the fact remains that he has been going there ever since. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

As in the case of the Spanish Armada, accident fought on our side. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

This accident of form suggests a division of navigation on the maritime section and on the plateau-bed which, in due time, will be connected, like the St. Lawrence, by canals and railways. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

Rudyard Kipling An engine violently arrested in mid-career may easily jerk off the nut of a holding-down bolt, and this accident looked very natural. The Day’s Work by Rudyard Kipling [1898]

Wilkie Collins I laid the whole plan against you and your father, the first half of which, through the accident that led you to your discovery, has alone been carried out. Basil by Wilkie Collins [1852]

But accident or nature favoured young Viola. She learned, as of course, her mother’s language with her father’s. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Arnold Bennett He went inconspicuously and, as it were, by accident up the stone steps, and disappeared into the interior. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

E. F. Benson An accident to her smile, and now by some extraordinary mistake the dentist has sent it back to me. Trouble for Lucia by E. F. Benson [1939]

Thomas Hardy I said that I killed my wife by an accident on the night of the fire, dwelling upon the advantage to her of the death of the only woman who knew her secret. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

But the railway company was as much daunted by the inundation as a peasant going to market, and for two months after the accident no trains carried passengers from one city to the other. Italian Journeys by William Dean Howells [1867]

D. H. Lawrence He was the sadder for having witnessed an accident near the football-ground. Strike-Pay by D. H. Lawrence [1913]

John Lewis Burckhard A camel overloaded with water fell down this evening and broke its leg, by which accident several water skins were burst. Travels in Nubia by John Lewis Burckhard

H. G. Wells When accident finally precipitates it, its coming is likely to happen very quickly. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

John Morley However these things may have been, all the evidence shows Burke to have been fortunate in the choice or accident that bestowed upon him his wife. Burke by John Morley [1879]

And it must make me difficult to paint, for it can be only by accident that I am the same person twice. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

Anthony Trollope Then in French, blushing and laughing as she spoke — almost stammering in spite of her usual self-confidence — she told him that accident had made her rich, full of money. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Henry James But he was too honest and too generous to do so for longer, and his destiny was staring him in the face when an accident gave him a momentary relief. The Path Of Duty by Henry James [1884]

Charles Dickens Every accident or event, is supposed, by the ignorant populace, to be a revelation to the beholder, or party concerned, in connection with the lottery. Pictures from Italy by Charles Dickens [1846]

Henry James It had represented the possibility between them of some communication baffled by accident and delay — the possibility even of some relation as yet unacknowledged. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

The two men dined together at their club; they met again and again; sometimes by accident — sometimes by appointment. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Arthur Machen It was a day or two later that the accident to the airman, Western–Reynolds, came into my mind. The Terror by Arthur Machen

An accident introduces him to a kind of lay community whose presiding spirit is a Madame de la Chanterie, and whose members are a priest and three old gentlemen. Balzac by Frederick Lawton

Jules Verne It was to be feared that he had met with an accident on this unknown land, or that the unhappy fellow had been driven to some act of despair. The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne [1874]

Sigmund Freud The dreamer is surprised that his father should have met with an accident (since he is dead already, as the dreamer adds in relating his dream). The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

Anthony Trollope But when the honours and glory are new, and the tedium of the benches has not yet been experienced, then such an accident is felt to be a grievance. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson Every person made way with the greatest politeness, and one common man with a blouse, coming by accident against her immediately stopped to beg her pardon in the politest manner. Memoir of Fleeming Jenkin by Robert Louis Stevenson

The accident had nothing to do with the later illness. At Whitney Hall by Ellen Wood [1872]

She was a woman whose husband had recently had an accident afield and was still in hospital. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

She was spared from the first advance toward this by an accident or a misunderstanding. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

I cautioned him not to handle it carelessly, but found that this caution only made him the more eager to handle it, since the prospect of an accident found an irresistible attraction. A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille [1888]

D.H. Lawrence His father, wishing to make a gentleman of him, had sent him to school in Verona. By accident he had been moved on into the engineering course. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Andrew Lang By an accident of archaeological discovery, we find that there were such caps set with boars’ tusks as he introduces. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

G. K. Chesterton Of course, that may be an accident and couldn’t possibly be called a case against anybody; but then we haven’t the means to make a real case against anybody. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Anthony Trollope He had, he said, been down in Kent, and had had an accident with his arm, by which he had been confined. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

First, for the accident to Jones, who was a very decent young fellow; next, at his being superseded by a stranger, and a friend of Pym’s. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

Having all these years waited and watched for a chance to strike his persecutors, he had held his hand now that an unlooked-for accident had placed the weapon of destruction in his grasp. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

She warned Tony Pickin about an accident before he was smashed up. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey [1936]

Henry James She was afraid he had had an accident in the dark, or met with some wild people. The American by Henry James [1877]

Wilkie Collins As he set the tumbler down, we were startled by an accident in the next room. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Olaf Stapledon The occasion of the first accident was an attempt to detach a star from its natural course and direct it upon an inter-galactic voyage. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

I really can’t see why because some student has had an accident she should desert an old friend. Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey

Rudyard Kipling Now God and his father’s Kismet made him intellectually inferior to the Oriental. He insists on pretending that he serves tables by accident — as a sort of amusement. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Perhaps even whoring couldn’t damage it for that reason, only age or accident or disease. The Day of the Locust by Nathanael Wes

Jules Verne The accident had occurred in the night, to the express train which left Melbourne at 11:45 in the evening. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

George Meredith Only, it was odd that the accident should have come to pass just previous to his introduction. The Amazing Marriage by George Meredith [1895]

We have discovered that he died as the result of an accident on the very day that he should have turned up in Paris.’ Lloyd put the glass slowly down on to the table. The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey [1952]

The dates began in Europe, and continued right on into Asia Minor and then south to Syria. For a moment my heart jumped, for I thought I had fallen by accident on the clue I wanted. Greenmantle by John Buchan

Elizabeth Gaskell But, at last, they summoned up courage; and then saw that Bridget’s absence from their little world was not the result of accident or death, but of premeditation. The Poor Clare by Elizabeth Gaskell [1856]

Thomas Hardy Not the least amusing of her safeguards was her resolute avoidance of a French word if one by accident came to her tongue more readily than its English equivalent. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Or when an accident befals you, and ye have fallen on twice as much, ye say, ‘How is this 28?’ Say, ‘It is from yourselves. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

For I would have you let alone the saying about the turning of the pestle, lest you should seem to mock them; although an accident like to that has insinuated itself into their discourse. Essays and Miscellanies by Plutarch

Wilkie Collins But I happen to know that he won’t even look at her, if they meet by accident on the stairs. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Jules Verne Cet accident a donc aggravé la situation. L’île à hélice by Jules Verne [1895]

Sinclair Lewis His arm was about her and it may have been by accident that his hand touched the unbelievable smoothness of her naked waist under the sweater. Cass Timberlane by Sinclair Lewis

D. H. Lawrence And I had an accident in the mountains, didn’t I? Didn’t we meet a man who’d gone mad, and who shot my horse from under me?” “Yes, you met a man who had gone out of his mind. The Princess by D. H. Lawrence [1925]

George Gissing The accident had occurred not three miles away. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Guy de Maupassan He called out to them telling them an accident had occurred, and at the foot of the walls they found a bleeding body the head of which was crushed on a rock. Little Louise Roqué by Guy de Maupassan

Arnold Bennett Auntie Hamps, as soon as her gaze fell on these objects, looked quickly away, as though she had by accident met the obscene. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

He was willing to pay for anything that could ameliorate the sufferer’s condition, though La Chicot’s accident had almost ruined his season. The Cloven Foot by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1879]

Andrew Lang By accident her eyes fell upon the little soldier, and she grew pale and turned away her head. The Green Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

As friend James most truthfully remarked the other day, any kind of accident here would be easily explained away. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

H. G. Wells When I had been at Eastbourne for two or three days, I hit quite by accident upon the true path to successful free-lance journalism. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope It was all very well that lawyers should look upon her as an instrument, as a piece of goods that might now, from the accident of her ascertained birth, be made of great service to the Lovel family. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

Frances Hodgson Burnett Was it quite by accident that she had found it? She was not quite sure it was and she was asking herself questions, as she sat looking at it as it lay in her palm. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Wilkie Collins How came you to speak to her, to begin with?” “Your mother told you, Eustace. I was walking just behind her, when she dropped a letter by accident —” “No accident,” he interposed. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Virginia Woolf Though I was once detained twenty-four hours by an accident to the train in front of me, I have never met with any accident myself. The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf [1915]

John Lewis Burckhard And they are extremely cautious against any accident which they imagine may prevent it from taking that road. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Robert Louis Stevenson But ours was a Californian summer, and an earthquake was a far likelier accident than a shower of rain. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Walter Scott This accident probably saved Morton from the damage he might otherwise have received in so close a struggle, where fire-arms were discharged and sword-blows given for upwards of five minutes. Old Mortality by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Watkin Tench Three young ones, which had been by accident separated from the dam, were once taken and presented to the governor. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench