Phrases with "accounted"

Arnold Bennett His father had seen loss of life which might be accounted to his negligence. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Jacques Futrelle The hat he usually wore was in the hall, and all his other hats were accounted for. Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle [1909]

If you would be accounted great by your contemporaries, be not too much greater than they. Epigrams by Ambrose Bierce

But the facts of morphology and distribution have to be accounted for, and the science, whose aim it is to account for them, is Physiology. Let us return to our lobster once more. On the Study of Zoology by Thomas Henry Huxley

Walter Scott The meagre condition of his horse, and the wild and emaciated look of the rider, showed their occupation could not be accounted an easy or a thriving one. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

H. G. Wells Marjorie’s feelings for the rest of the day are only to be accounted for on the supposition that she was overwrought. Marriage by H. G. Wells [1912]

The remaining portion of social rebels is accounted for by vanity, the mother of all noble and vile illusions, the companion of poets, reformers, charlatans, prophets, and incendiaries. The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad [1907]

And yet the fact was, on reflection, easily to be accounted for. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Henry Fielding Hence I accounted for the truth of an observation I had often made on earth, that nothing is more fortunate than handsome men, nor more unfortunate than handsome women. A journey from this world to the next by Henry Fielding

Sinclair Lewis And quite easily he told of what the Senator accounted his uncivilized farm boyhood, his life in a state university. Selected Short Stories by Sinclair Lewis

Bram Stoker Of these four — three real persons and an idea — three are accounted for, so far as the “got rid of” theory is concerned. Famous Imposters by Bram Stoker [1910]

William Morris Birdalone accounted little thereof, whereas the dame would oft go on one errand or another much betimes in the morning. The Water of the Wondrous Isles by William Morris [1897]

Wilkie Collins This accounted for their finding me. After Dark by Wilkie Collins [1856]

Maria Edgeworth Much was then thought wonderful, nay, almost supernatural, which can now be explained and accounted for, by asy and very ignoble means. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Nathaniel Hawthorne Thus little would remain to be accounted for, except the deportment of Miriam herself; her reserve, her brooding melancholy, her petulance, and moody passion. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Arthur Morrison Now all the foot-tracks in the vicinity had been accounted for. The Chronicles of Martin Hewitt by Arthur Morrison

Rudyard Kipling And your falling over the quern, too?’ ‘That accounted for the stone-dust under the microscope?’ ‘Yes. I grew the wheat in the garden here, and ground it myself. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Edgar Allan Poe But the fervid facility of his impromptus could not be so accounted for. Romances of Death by Edgar Allan Poe

Samuel Johnson That is accounted the best which is nearest the surface. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

And, though she may not talk much about suffering and self-denial, her silence on that topic may be accounted for on the principle ça va sans dire. Hume by Thomas Henry Huxley [1879]

Henry Fielding And in this sense thirty pound may be accounted pitiful by the lowest mechanic. Journal of a Voyage to Lisbon by Henry Fielding

Only his sudden death had accounted for the near-poverty of those eight years. Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

Henry Kingsley Had it been any one else, they would not have been cashed without more examination; and on the last occasion he accounted rather elaborately for your drawing such a large sum. The Recollections of Geoffrey Hamlyn by Henry Kingsley [1859]

Olaf Stapledon There is obviously a sense in which mental events, such as thinkings and perceivings and desirings, cannot be described or accounted for in terms of the laws of any purely physical science. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Sir Walter Scott I am accounted as brave as maist folks; and yet I profess to ye I could never look on a bare blade without blinking and winking. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

The poor girl refused proudly, on the ground that she would not be accounted both a witch and a strumpet. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

Elizabeth Gaskell She looked up and saw a man, who was apparently long past middle life, and of the stature of a dwarf; a second glance accounted for the low height of the speaker, for then she saw he was deformed. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

And he that shall be brought to earth with hip or shoulder shall be accounted fallen. The Worm Ouroboros by E. R. Eddison [1922]

Rafael Sabatini Confidently he accounted the incident closed, which but shows that, despite his friendship for Kynaston, his knowledge of him did not go very deep. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

Anthony Trollope As things go now a man has to be accounted a fool if he attempts to run straight. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

There arose a fashion, which lasted over a century, for ascribing to “humours,” or “fluids,” or “effluvia,” physical effects which could not otherwise be accounted for. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Baldwin Spencer In the above tradition and in those concerned with the middle Alcheringa period, we can see how this is accounted for by the natives. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

They are scarcely to be accounted organic elements of the professed work of research and instruction for the ostensible pursuit of which the schools exists. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

You see, it’s certain now that Mother Braddock will eventually go to the police and then there will be two disappearances to be accounted for, with both of them, in a way, associated with us. The Man of Death by Arthur Gask [1945]

Theodore Dreiser He could take this cash, which need not be accounted for until the end of the month, and cover other stock transactions, on which he could borrow again. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

George Gissing She was in the shade of thick trees; perhaps that circumstance, and the dark colour of her dress, accounted for his not observing her. Thyrza by George Gissing [1887]

Alfred Ainger And if his humour, even in his lightest moods, has a tinge of sadness, it is not to be accounted for only by the suffering he had passed through. Charles Lamb by Alfred Ainger [1882]

Rafael Sabatini But we do know that such was his hatred of the man that, although Razetta must undoubtedly have been accounted an excellent match for Casanova’s sister, our young adventurer would have none of it. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

Anthony Trollope Were it not for the long and heavy eyebrows, which gave something of severity to his face, and for that painful stoop in his shoulders, he might still have been accounted a handsome man. An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope [1879]

Rudyard Kipling But at the inquest he accounted for every minute of his time. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Andrew Lang Yet B.‘s dream represented this general result with perfect accuracy, which cannot be accounted for by the revival of subconscious memory in sleep. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Olaf Stapledon He traces the growth of moral customs from certain primitive origins, and claims that he has completely accounted for morality. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Arthur Conan Doyle To use any others was accounted the worst of manners. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

David Hume The most irregular and unexpected resolutions of men may frequently be accounted for by those who know every particular circumstance of their character and situation. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

If she missed a word, or even pronounced one incoherently, which in her trepidation it was most probable she would, she was accounted guilty. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Perhaps the plight of this strange young man was to be accounted for. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

He was a Liberal in politics, too, and no doubt that accounted for her father’s air of friendliness and ease. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

H. Rider Haggard Indeed, as we afterwards discovered, usually they were wrapped in this gauze-like mist, which doubtless accounted for our not having seen them more clearly before. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

James Hogg This was an anomaly not to be accounted for by any philosophy of mine, and I was many times, in contemplating it, excited to terrors and mental torments hardly describable. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

Thomas Hardy This accounted for Mrs. Yeobright’s acquiescence in the revival of an evidently sore subject. Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

George Gissing This was most unwonted waste of time, not easily accounted for by Mallard himself. The Emancipated by George Gissing [1889]

I will begin to drink and scatter flowers, and I will endure even to be accounted foolish. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

Virginia Woolf Here, indeed, we lay bare rudely, as a biographer may, a curious trait in him, to be accounted for, perhaps, by the fact that a certain grandmother of his had worn a smock and carried milkpails. Orlando by Virginia Woolf [1928]

That unfinished house would make an admirable factory, and the presence of the ghosts would be accounted for if a gang of coiners was discovered there. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Rudyard Kipling Before they grew careful, I accounted for nine in five days. The Eyes of Asia by Rudyard Kipling [1918]

Robert Green Ingersoll Our fathers denounced materialism and accounted for all phenomena how? By the caprice of gods and devils. Lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

William Hope Hodgson But, for all this, let it not be thought that they of that Age accounted it as suffering; but as no more than the usual of human existence. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Jack London The oath left my lips in my excitement — the first, I do believe, in my life, unless “trouble it,” an expletive of my youth, be accounted an oath. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

Charles Dickens It was remarkable (but perhaps the wretched life he had led accounted for it) that he was the least anxious of any of us. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

A very few accounted themselves fortunate in only having got fifty; and one man came out of the presence of the awful conclave of magistrates wearing a countenance radiant with smiles. Ralph Rashleigh by James Tucker

Elizabeth Gaskell But by-and-by he accounted for this inverse ratio of gaiety, as he perceived how quickly Mr. Wilkins had his glass replenished. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Anthony Trollope But I wished you to understand that though a man may break the law, he need not therefore be accounted bad, and though he may have views of his own as to religious matters, he need not be an atheist. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Thomas Paine As this cannot be accounted for on the score of civil government, the subject necessarily extends itself to the monarchical part. The Rights of Man by Thomas Paine [1791]

Thomas Hardy Taken in connection with her apparent interest in, if not love for, Cytherea, her eagerness, too, could only be accounted for on the ground that Cytherea indeed loved the steward. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Walter Scott But if he did come to ken of it, what might he help it? — it would be accounted a mere mistake, and there were all the moan made. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Richard Burton This anomaly may be accounted for by the thickness and hardness of the muscles of the throat. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Anthony Trollope That he had broken three ribs, a collar-bone, and an arm seemed to be accounted as nothing. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Walter Scott We should be accounted very negligent by one class of readers, did we not record that the beef furnished by those cattle is of excellent flavour, and finely marbled. Castle Dangerous by Walter Scott [1832]

He had never trusted Mr. Bursfield, but he was at a loss to understand his present malignity, unless it were to be accounted for by the fact that his brain had given way. The Childerbridge Mystery by Guy Boothby [1902]

This was a fair specimen of Somali travelling; any pretext to save the trouble of moving is accounted too precious to be lost. Journal of Adventures in Somali Land by John Hanning Speke [1864]

This painting, which is accounted a fine specimen of Schalken’s style, was bequeathed to my father by the artist’s will, and, as you have observed, is a very striking and interesting production. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

She had not come across it until some weeks after his death and that accounted for the delay in handing it over to the police. The Storm Breaks by Arthur Gask [1949]

Sir Walter Scott They went up a private staircase — even that private staircase, the privilege of which at Court is accounted a nearer road to power than the grandes entrees themselves. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

Elizabeth Von Arnim Of course, if the child were going to have a babyeverything could always be accounted for by a baby; but short of that she was decidedly, today, unusual. Mr Skeffington by Elizabeth Von Arnim [1940]

Those flurries, and the steady rolling of the ship, accounted for the emptiness of the decks, favouring my reminiscent mood. Notes on Life and Letters by Joseph Conrad [1921]

That, then, accounted for the rumble and smack of balls which I had heard as I passed the door. Uncle Silas by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Walter Scott Their pageants and court entertainments comprehended all that the imagination could conceive of what was, by that age, accounted gallant and splendid. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

De Wardes had, at the first shot, accounted for the maneuver, than which nothing could have been simpler. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Thomas Hardy His wife’s extreme reluctance to have the girl’s name altered from Newson to Henchard was now accounted for fully. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

It was a regular mystery, and could not be accounted for in any way. Lost in the Post by Ellen Wood [1870]

David Hume All these contradictions are easily accounted for, if justice arise entirely from its usefulness to society; but will never be explained on any other hypothesis. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume

This latter might possibly be accounted for on the ground of a ritual variant; the first is purely literary, explicable neither on the exoteric, nor the esoteric, aspect of the ceremony. From Ritual to Romance by Jessie L. Weston [1920]

That accounted for the workhouse, they said, and they waited for Amos to begin beating her. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

Victor Hugo Corpses, crumbling there for centuries past, accounted for the beauty of the grass. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Jack London There are still two billions to be accounted for, which labor cannot buy back and consume. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Charles Dickens A handsome mince-pie had been made yesterday morning (which accounted for the mincemeat not being missed), and the pudding was already on the boil. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Rafael Sabatini Therefore, being whole again, he went to remonstrate with her as he accounted it his duty and as Master Peter had besought him. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

And the difference may easily be accounted for, without recurring to a sexual character. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft [1792]

So he had borrowed my keys, and with his absence accounted for by his plea of not feeling well, all circumstances were propitious for the committing of the crime. The Shadow of Larose by Arthur Gask [1930]

Jules Verne This continuous shower accounted for the swamps and marshes that formed the sole surface of the country. Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne [1869]

Ford Madox Ford And that attitude of Leonora’s towards Mrs Maidan no doubt partly accounted for the smack in the face. The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

Anthony Trollope This of course is accounted for, as regards the author and the publisher, by the difference of price at which the book is produced. North America by Anthony Trollope

George Meredith He missed her comic touches upon men and things, but the fever shown by her manner accounted for it. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Anthony Trollope It need not be accounted as quite unnatural that she should have done so without her husband. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Jeremy Bentham In this case, in yonder house, the motive is accounted laudable, and is called pious zeal: in the next house it is deemed contemptible, and called superstition. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Such structures cannot be accounted for by any form of selection, or by the inherited effects of the use and disuse of parts. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Therefore, by contrast, the obtaining of goods by other methods than seizure comes to be accounted unworthy of man in his best estate. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Elizabeth Gaskell But disappearances never to be accounted for on any supposition are not uncommon, among the traditions of the last century. Disappearances by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

Andrew Lang I must confess that, for the first time, I was impressed by the belief that the lady’s veracious visions, however they are to be explained, could not possibly be accounted for by chance coincidence. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

Robert Green Ingersoll But nearly every religion has accounted for all the devilment in this world by the crime of woman. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

They must drop from a clear sky out of the void, for just in so far as they can be accounted for, they are not free. The Meaning of Truth by William James

Daniel Defoe As for Tew himself, he with a few others in a short Time went off to Rhode Island, from whence he made his Peace. Thus have we accounted for the Company our Pyrates met with here. A General History of the Pyrates by Daniel Defoe [1724]

I’se do your bidding, sir, and I hope it winna be accounted to me for sin. Witch Wood by John Buchan [1927]

Anthony Trollope It is seldom that a bad person expects to be accounted good. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Robert Green Ingersoll It was to the interest of the priest that all phenomena should be accounted for by the will and power of gods and devils. The Ghosts and other lectures by Robert Green Ingersoll

I conclude that this is to be accounted for simply from the circumstance of the eye having become accustomed both to the works of nature and of man, which characterize this country. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The reason for its attacking us might easily be accounted for on the supposition of an ugly disposition such as that which the fierce and stupid rhinoceros of Africa possesses. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

The actions of persons under a certain influence cannot be predicted or accounted for. Diana Tempest by Mary Cholmondeley [1893]

Henry James He felt it in a manner his duty to think out his state, to approve the process, and when he came in fact to trace the steps and add up the items they sufficiently accounted for the sum. The Ambassadors by Henry James [1903]

As far as we can see, their absence in this sex can be accounted for only by the form of inheritance which has prevailed. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

On Isidora’s part this incurious feeling was easily accounted for. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Benjamin Disraeli These not only accounted for the abruptness of his movement, but also gave Beckendorff an opportunity of preventing its necessity, by allowing Essper to remain. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

He accounted for everything by electricity. The Last Days of Immanuel Kant by Thomas De Quincey [1827]

It accounted for the curiously buoyant feeling that life in Government Spain had during the early months of the war. Looking back on the Spanish war by George Orwell [1942]

She accounted for this pale face and these hollow eyes by declaring that she had sat up reading until a very late hour on the previous night. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

Walter Scott It was, and is, accounted a vexatious exaction. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

Andrew Lang But “thought transference,” tapping the mental wires of another person, would have accounted for every case, with, perhaps, the exception of that in which an unknown detail was added. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

E. F. Benson No doubt this change from the sedentary and cramped life of the ship to the wider activities of the land accounted for that, and he felt that the place and the air both suited him. The House of Defence by E. F. Benson [1906]

But when we think of “all fact,” we see that nothing of the nature of fact can explain it, “for that were but one more added to the list of things to be accounted for. Memories and Studies by William James

It accounted in measure for the coherency, the inevitability, of all the detail, but it also accounted for some of the difficulties which meet us in the task of interpretation. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Nathaniel Hawthorne The legend must be accounted for by having been gathered from the talk of the first ancestor and his wife. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Baldwin Spencer This is probably to be accounted for in various ways. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Theron had picked out for the occasion the best of those sermons which he had prepared in Tyre, at the time when he was justifying his ambition to be accounted a pulpit orator. The Damnation of Theron Ware by Harold Frederic [1896]

Henry Handel Richardson She had seen, on coming out of the theatre, that Louise was in one of her bad moods—a fact easily to be accounted for by Schilsky’s absence. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

These commonly are items of conspicuous consumption, and are therefore honorific in their nature and may legitimately be accounted beautiful. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Sir Walter Scott On one side of the old man was a sylph-like form — a young woman of about seventeen, whom the Colonel accounted to be his daughter. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Love, Hero, then, and be not tyrannous; But heal the heart that thou hast wounded thus; Nor stain thy youthful years with avarice: Fair fools delight to be accounted nice. Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe and George Chapman

Rudyard Kipling If he had waited quietly while I accounted for the Sahibs this would never have come. Kim by Rudyard Kipling [1901]

The tacit, common-sense distinction today is, in effect, that any effort is to be accounted industrial only so far as its ultimate purpose is the utilisation of non-human things. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Other wives who had in the past appeared with an eye blackened had always accounted for it by saying that they had been chopping firewood and a stick had flown up and hit them. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

George Gissing Only a moral restlessness, a perhaps half-conscious lack of adaptation to her circumstances, accounted for the antinomianism which took hold upon her. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Ivan Turgenev This sorrow could not be accounted for by the loss of my father simply, great as that loss was to her, passionately as my mother had loved him, and devoutly as she had cherished his memory. Dream tales and prose poems by Ivan Turgenev

George Meredith Then, was that day of the announcement of Lakelands to Nataly, to be accounted a gloomy day? He would not have it so. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Sebright accounted for the matter by saying that, as to the woman, it was no wonder. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

George Berkeley In the common affairs of life men never go beyond the earth to define the place of any body; and what is quiescent in respect of that is accounted absolutely to be so. A Treatise Concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge by George Berkeley [1710]

William Dampier This is accounted the principal fruit of the West Indies. It is very pleasant and wholesome. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

William Hope Hodgson And this may be plain to all; for the wavering of the lights from the strange fires was not to be accounted to rule; but made a light here, and a darkness there, and then did change about, oddly. The Night Land by William Hope Hodgson

Anthony Trollope But Lady Mountjoy was the severest of the three, and was accounted by Florence as her bitterest enemy. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Theodore Dreiser If he came Vesta would have to be accounted for. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Olaf Stapledon Mechanical materialism affirms that everything, including mental phenomena, can be accounted for in terms of physical mechanism. Saints and Revolutionaries by Olaf Stapledon

Nathaniel Hawthorne They were no longer there — a circumstance easily accounted for by the haste with which the bridles had been thrown over the branch of the tree. Fanshawe by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1826]

So that it may be set down that in so far as the belief in luck comes to expression in the form of laying a wager, it is to be accounted an integral element of the predatory type of character. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Henry James He struck her moreover, as generally a good deal accounted for by the literary character, especially if it were responsible for a lot of good writing. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

So remarkable a change was not in that age to be accounted for but by a miracle. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay [1852]

H. G. Wells Hundreds of cases of people who were crushed and trampled upon reached the hospitals, and the bombs and the fires accounted for thousands more. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Anthony Trollope It can hardly be accounted a fault in him that at this time he felt sure of her love. Lady Anna by Anthony Trollope

E. T. A. Hoffmann All that the monks could tell me was that I had been found beside Father Bluenose, whose son I was generally accounted to be. The Doge and Dogess by E. T. A. Hoffmann

However, it can be accounted for, I suppose, from the fact that things are so different on the Earth to what they are here. Unveiling a Parallel by Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Merchant [1893]

Or take those typical stanzas in Peter Bell, which so long were accounted among Wordsworth’s leading absurdities. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

The persons are sparely described, and briefly accounted for, and then they are left to transact their affair, whatever it is, with the least possible comment or explanation from the author. My Literary Passions by William Dean Howells

Benjamin Disraeli I am not pretending, for a moment, that my crimes are to be accounted for by an inexorable fate, and not to be expiated by my everlasting misery. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

Jack London He accounted for the existence of the million and a half of revolutionists in the United States by charging the capitalist class with having mismanaged society. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

Walter Scott His Imperial Highness would not permit the brave Varangians, whose battle-axes he accounted the flower of his imperial army, to take the advanced posts of assailants on the present occasion. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

They were found long after the mystery of Felix Cadwalader’s death had been fully accounted for, tucked away under the flooring of Bartow’s room. The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green

Olaf Stapledon But the amount of energy entering and; leaving it can be fairly accurately measured and; accounted for. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

Walter Scott The chase, with all its train of excitations, has ever since feudal times been accounted the almost exclusive privilege of the aristocracy, and was anciently their chief employment in times of peace. The Bride of Lammermoor by Walter Scott [1819]

It was an obsession of the Professor that an over-acid condition of the body accounted for quite half of the ailments from which people suffered. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

And the light is all right, it can be accounted for. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

But that, in the present condition of moral philosophy amongst the police, is accounted robbery; and to benefit too much by quotations is little less. Charles Lamb by Thomas De Quincey

Lord Manister accounted very simply, if a little eagerly, for his presence in Portugal; he went on to explain that he had heard much of Cintra, but not, as he was glad to find, one word too much. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Elizabeth Gaskell In short, it never was accounted for; and left a painful impression on many minds. Disappearances by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

William Makepeace Thackeray Why? It is a long story, and the hatred may be accounted for by many reasons both political and social. The Second Funeral of Napoleon by William Makepeace Thackeray [1841]

The boy’s flight from London, and the direction which it takes, are insufficiently accounted for. Dickens by Adolphus William Ward [1882]

George Meredith It partially excused or accounted for his behaviour, while it filled her with emotions which she felt to be his likewise, and therefore she could not remain as an unsympathetic stranger by his side. Rhoda Fleming by George Meredith [1865]

William Dampier It is about 20 leagues from the Main, and 9 or 10 from Curacao, and is accounted 16 or 17 leagues round. A New Voyage Round the World by William Dampier [1697]

It has to be accounted for by a prose explanation and key outside of itself. Spenser by R. W. Church [1879]

Kenneth Grahame One day the Boy, on walking in to the village, found everything wearing a festal appearance which was not to be accounted for in the calendar. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

He asked me how I accounted for the fact that animals could find their way back over great tracts of unknown country. Space by John Buchan [1911]

Olaf Stapledon Bergson further argues that evolution cannot be accounted for simply by the gradual adaptation of the organism to the environment. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

She does not now; I accounted otherwise for my inquiries. Verena Fontaine’s Rebellion by Ellen Wood [1880]

G. K. Chesterton This accounted for all that was soft in her, but not for all that was hard. The Ball and the Cross by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

The coat-room into which it descended communicated with the lobby very near the main entrance, and if Mr. Brotherson were the man, his sudden appearance there would thus be accounted for. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Abraham Merri The theory of a glacial moraine accounted for its oddly level appearance — that and our height above it. Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merri

Benjamin Disraeli The courier had not yet returned from Croia, which Nicæus accounted for by many satisfactory reasons. The Rise of Iskander by Benjamin Disraeli [1834]

For many things which the ancients did not feed on are now accounted dainties; for instance, mead and swine’s belly. Symposiacs by Plutarch

Some few independent persons reside in or near the city, but this is a class so thinly scattered that they can hardly be accounted a part of the population. Domestic Manners of the Americans by Fanny Trollope

Jack London So this fully accounted for the American seamen at the Salvation Army barracks. The People of the Abyss by Jack London [1903]

Wilkie Collins He noticed his visitor’s agitation, which Miss Halcombe accounted for by saying that her interview with Anne Catherick had a little startled her at first. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

George Gissing But there’s more than I’ve accounted for yet. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

E. Phillips Oppenheim My presence on an American steamer is accounted for by the journalists a dozen times over. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

It was this discovery that had given Swift an opening whose very splendor accounted for his present doubts and fears. Tiny Luttrell by E. W. Hornung [1893]

Thomas Hardy This accounted for her trotting out to meet him after their separation of four hours. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

Arnold Bennett There was the same gait, the same movement of the head and of the hips; the white hair was easily to be accounted for by a wig, and the wrinkles by a paint brush and some grease paints. The Grand Babylon Hotel by Arnold Bennett [1902]

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu Now why should you despair? You are a gentleman, you are a clever fellow, an agreeable fellow; you are what is accounted a young man still, and you can make your wife rich. Checkmate by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1871]

Arnold Bennett It accounted in part, possibly, for her often very critical attitude towards Edwin. She passed out of the front-door in triumph, her head full of wise schemes and plots. These Twain by Arnold Bennett [1916]

Victor Hugo These fine ladies, moreover, knew Latin. From the 16th century this had been accounted a feminine accomplishment. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Henry James There was therefore nothing that accounted for anything, though in its way it was vivid enough, in his picture to Fleda of his mother’s virtual refusal to move. The Spoils of Poynton by Henry James [1897]

Elizabeth Gaskell Sounds were heard that could not be accounted for; they were made by the evil spirits not yet banished from the desert places of which they had so long held possession. Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell [1859]

Sir Walter Scott Those of the higher rank, with some malignity, accounted him already a degraded brother. Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott [1815]

Evidently the difference is to be accounted for by the rapidity of the torrent, the effect of abnormal slope deceiving the eye. Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo by Richard F. Burton [1876]

It was Sunday morning at Atherstone. In the dining-room, breakfasting alone, for he had come down late, was Sir Charles Danvers. His sudden arrival on the previous Saturday was easily accounted for. Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley [1889]

And even those varieties of the dog which have been bred into grotesque deformity by the dog-fancier are in good faith accounted beautiful by many. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Arthur Conan Doyle Two have been fired and two wounds inflicted, so that each bullet can be accounted for. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

All the photographs were of the same scene, but all varied a very little, only just sufficient, however, to be accounted for by the unintentional shifting of the cameras as the exposures were made. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

George Eliot Piero was quick in answering, but when he opened the door he accounted for his quickness in a manner that was not complimentary. Romola by George Eliot [1862-3]

Jack London It seems that he has been seal-hunting regularly each season for a dozen years, and is accounted one of the two or three very best boat-steerers in both fleets. The Sea-Wolf by Jack London [1904]

George Meredith It accounted to her for the behaviour of the haughty territorial and titled families. One of our Conquerors by George Meredith [1891]

Sir Walter Scott This matter was accounted an exclusive discovery of the King by his own spirit of shrewd investigation. The Fortunes of Nigel by Sir Walter Scott [1822]

George Gissing In no sense was it a distinguished gathering; mere curiosity accounted for the presence of nearly all who came. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

The weather had not been in favour of that driving hither and thither in dog-carts, or riding rakish horses long distances to beat up old companions, which is accounted pleasure on such occasions. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]