Phrases with "accounted"

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

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

The ship within the islands was much more easily accounted for; and just as we were about to rise from table he made his pronouncement. The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad [1910]

John Galsworthy In Francis Wilmot’s history of England the gap accounted for the rest. Swan Song by John Galsworthy

In the case of Sir John Lorraine, for instance, all the prisoners he has sentenced and whose terms of imprisonment have expired recently have been accounted for, but with no profit to us in any way. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

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]

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

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]

This change, accounted for only by those three words, explained no otherwise; this change — whencesoever springing, effected in a brief ten minutespassed like no light summer cloud. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte [1849]

Anthony Trollope But the Babingtons, one and all, knew this, and had no objection to be accounted thick-headed as long as they were acknowledged to be prosperous, happy, and comfortable. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

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 examination of a Frog’s hand, if I may use that expression, accounted for its keener susceptibility to love, and to social life in general. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

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 I will not say but that we have some good marksmen here, and that this Company would be accounted a fine body of archers at any time or place. The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle [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]

E. F. Benson Lucia thought that Diva’s odd appearance might have accounted for this chilling reception and called herself. Lucia's Progress by E. F. Benson [1935]

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]

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]

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

But, of course, all traffic in the Channel would be delayed by this fog, and his absence would be accounted for by the fact. Studies in Love and Terror by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1913]

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]

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]

Andrew Lang Their inspired men do things ‘that cannot be accounted for,’ by the use of narcotics. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

Wilkie Collins Miss Jillgall accounted for it otherwise, in her own funny manner: “My sweet child, your sister’s diary is full of abuse of poor me. The Legacy of Cain by Wilkie Collins [1889]

Andrew Lang THIS report might get into a letter to Tixall, and, if so, Dugdale’s early knowledge is accounted for; if knowledge he had, which I have shown to be disputable. The Valet’s Tragedy by Andrew Lang

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

If all were not — that, we think, were easy: there were no wonder then, no tax on ingenuity, nothing to be accounted for. Memories and Studies by William James

There was evidence of much more blood there than could be accounted for by the presence of the body of Eli Barton on the floor of the tonneau. The Dark Highway by Arthur Gask [1928]

So far as these services conduce to the physical efficiency or comfort of the master or the rest of the household, they are to be accounted productive work. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

It is therefore a mark of inferiority, and therefore comes to be accounted unworthy of man in his best estate. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

However, they could all be accounted for. The Silent Dead by Arthur Gask [1950]

The stories of the eastern jugglers, and their power over these reptiles, may perhaps be accounted for in this way. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

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

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

The prologue and epilogue, without which in those times no gentleman’s drama was accounted complete, was written, the former by Charles Lamb, the latter by the author himself. Coleridge by H. D. Traill [1884]

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]

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]

Therefore I see nothing peculiar in those pleasures, that they should be accounted proper to the mind, and all others to belong to the body, so far as to end there. 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

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

Daniel Defoe Way to suppress Pyrates. The Increase of Pyrates accounted for. A General History of the Pyrates by Daniel Defoe [1724]

Elizabeth Gaskell For a minute or so he was stunned with surprise at her behaviour; and then he thought it accounted for by the shock of his accost, and that she needed time to understand the unexpected joy. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

Jeremy Bentham In this case the motive is now almost universally looked upon as abominable, and is termed fanaticism: formerly it was by great numbers accounted laudable, and was by them called pious zeal. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

Borlsovers’ sons, for some reason, always seemed to marry very ordinary women, which perhaps accounted for the fact that no Borlsover had been a genius, and only one Borlsover had been mad. The Beast with Five Fingers by W. F. Harvey

David Hume The matter, I think, may be accounted for after the following manner. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume

Walter Scott This is accounted the best way of eating salmon, by those who desire to taste the fish in a state of extreme freshness. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

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]

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]

Arthur Conan Doyle That would have accounted for his stealthy movements and also for the uneasiness of his wife. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle [1902]

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]

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]

T. H. Huxley 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. Essays by T. H. Huxley

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

E. F. Benson But if she who had only just tasted the red-currant fool tripped in her speech, how amply were Major Flint’s good nature and Captain Puffin’s incessant laugh accounted for. Miss Mapp by E. F. Benson [1922]

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]

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

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]

Henry Handel Richardson It had been almost a spring day: that, no doubt, accounted for her headache. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins But his extraordinary conduct in leaving the room at the very time when I was just recovering my senses still remained to be accounted for. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

Olaf Stapledon The steady advance of biochemistry strongly suggests that in time all biological phenomena will be accounted for in terms of physical mechanism. Philosophy and Living by Olaf Stapledon [1939]

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

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]

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]

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

H. G. Wells Ages. Perhaps it can all be accounted for in a perfectly natural, rational way. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

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]

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

John Bunyan Therefore said I, I had rather go through this Valley to the honour that was so accounted by the wisest, than chuse the way which he esteemed most worthy our affections. The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan [1675]

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]

This accounted for the suddenness of the affair. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

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

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]

If Elfrida stamped herself less importantly upon the surface of Kendal’s mind than he did upon hers, it may be easily enough accounted for by the multiplicity of images there before her. A Daughter of To-Day by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1894]

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

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]

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]

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

Henry James It must be added that they always passed, for the mixture that he felt himself so tormentingly, so insolubly, to be could be accounted for in no other manner. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

Jeremy Bentham In this case your motive will by every body be accounted laudable, and it will be termed compassion, pity, charity, benevolence. An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation by Jeremy Bentham

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

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]

Rafael Sabatini He realized fully the justice of Lionel’s fears that however fair the fight might have been, a thing done thus in secret must be accounted murder by the law. The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini

Walter Scott Philip de Comines has, therefore, a title to be accounted tam Martre quam Mercurio . Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

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]

M. R. James Near it is Hald, accounted one of the prettiest things in Denmark; and hard by is Finderup, where Marsk Stig murdered King Erik Glipping on St Cecilia’s Day, in the year 1286. Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by M. R. James

Why had they accounted me a thief 9 Grandmother greeted me tenderly, and at once went to prepare the samovar. In the World by Maksim Gorky

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]

With a certain allowance for variations to be accounted for on other grounds, these traditions are determined, more or less rigidly, by the pecuniary plane of life of the class. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

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

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

John Stuart Mill Mankind are always predisposed to believe that any subjective feeling, not otherwise accounted for, is a revelation of some objective reality. Utilitarianism by John Stuart Mill

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

Isabella Bird It is, however, accounted a thriving place, and is noted for gelims and carpenters’ work. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

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

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

Benjamin Disraeli His feelings must be more philosophically accounted for. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Andrew Lang According to Mr. Müller — There are only two systems possible in which the irrational element in mythology can be accounted for. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Walter Scott One circumstance of horror remains to be added and accounted for, and we willingly leave the rest of the scene to the imagination of the reader. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

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]

Ann Radcliffe My mother’s behaviour is too mysterious to be accounted for, but it is not difficult to perceive she labours under some mistake. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

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

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

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]

Come, you are accounted for, you are here, but where are your friends?” “I do not know, my lord. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

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

Edith Wharton I suppose that liking or not liking the conventional form of ballet-dancing is as little to be accounted for as one’s feeling about olives or caviar. A Backward Glance by Edith Wharton [1934]

Walter Scott The image of the Holy Virgin who presides over its altar, is called by all men our Lady of the Broken Lances, and is accounted through the whole kingdom the most celebrated for military adventures. Count Robert of Paris by Walter Scott [1832]

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

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

Walter Scott And the devil is accounted so good a master that we cannot commit so great a number of his slaves to the flames but what there shall arise from their ashes a number sufficient to supply their place. Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft by Walter Scott [1831]

Elizabeth Gaskell These openings had long been filled with panes of glass that at the present day would be accounted very small, but which seventy years ago were much admired for their size. Sylvia’s Lovers by Elizabeth Gaskell [1863]

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]

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

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]

I saw by the number board that the jockey, Ranson, was only an apprentice, and that, no doubt, accounted for the filly’s low position in the public favour. The Secret of the Sandhills by Arthur Gask [1921]

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]

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]

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 differences in colour can hardly be accounted for by the males being defenceless and thus requiring protection, whilst the females are well defended by their stings. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

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]

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]

I was invited to take a cup of tea; and as I perceived that my acceptance of the invitation would be accounted a kind of favour, I said yes. Birds of Prey by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1867]

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]

Rafael Sabatini Mr Lessingham accounted that to marry Magdalen’s daughter would be tantamount to obeying this injunction. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

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

I only tell you this to show you that the thing can’t be accounted for by my nerves having been out of order at all. A Stable for Nightmares by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Andrew Lang Next, if several persons successively in the same place, or simultaneously, have a similar hallucination not to be accounted for physically, that is, if not a veracious, a curious hallucination. The Book of Dreams and Ghosts by Andrew Lang

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]

Henry James At last they even bored me, and I accounted for my confusion — perversely, I allow — by the idea that Vereker had made a fool of me. The Figure in the Carpet by Henry James [1896]

Ann Radcliffe Ellena fancied she perceived something extraordinary in this mutual examination, although the curiosity of strangers towards each other might have accounted for it. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

Edith Wharton What troubled him was that, though Dorset’s attitude had perceptibly changed, the change was not clearly to be accounted for. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

No finger-marks anywhere about that could not be accounted for, and no bruises on his wrists, legs, or arms. The Tragedy of the Silver Moon by Arthur Gask [1940]

John Stuart Mill And now to examine if there is any manner in which this deficiency can be accounted for. The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill [1869]

Jack London By oligarchs and comrades on the inside who were high in authority, place had been made for us, we were in possession of all necessary documents, and our pasts were accounted for. The Iron Heel by Jack London [1908]

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

James Hogg This may be by some people accounted a great sin in me; but I deny it, for I did it as a duty, and what a man or boy does for the right will never be put into the sum of his transgressions. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg [1824]

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]

This expedition upon his part was easily accounted for: my communications had touched the honour of the family. The Purcell Papers by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

Rafael Sabatini He read in the eyes of some of the men about him satisfaction at what they accounted the discomfiture of a young man who was altogether too presumptuous. Casanova’s Alibi by Rafael Sabatini

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

Watkin Tench The tail is accounted the most delicious part, when stewed. A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson by Watkin Tench

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

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

Rafael Sabatini He saw that behind the sheriff there were several men, and he accounted himself lost. The Plague of Ghosts by Rafael Sabatini

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]

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]

Wilkie Collins The pallor of her face, the glassy stare in her eyes, more than accounted for the child’s terror — it excused the alarming conclusion at which she had arrived. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Arthur Conan Doyle There is the death of this schoolmaster to be accounted for. The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1904]

She did not feel the same about it, which perhaps accounted for her marrying some one else, which was quite a blow to me at the time. The Danvers Jewels by Mary Cholmondeley [1886]

They had all slept badly until the early morning and that accounted for them having awakened so late. The House on the Fens by Arthur Gask [1940]

Virginia Woolf He would not meet her eye, but that could be accounted for by his activity in serving and helping, and the polite alacrity with which he was answering the questions of the American visitor. Night and Day by Virginia Woolf [1919]

He accounted this so great a triumph, that his zeal now knew no bounds. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Justinian Morier

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]

George Meredith It accounted for her having detractors; a heavy counterpoise to her enthusiastic friends. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

It is evident, from the general nakedness of the people, that cloth or beads do not find their way much here, which is accounted for by so few merchants ever coming this way. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

H. G. Wells Three schools, the Unamuno Foundation at Coimbra, the Columbia University of New York, and the Tokio Social College, accounted for more than a third of the World Council in 2017. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Margaret Oliphant She accounted for the rearrangement of everything, which she had to consent to after taking many measures for removal, by saying that she had changed her mind. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

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

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

The approval with which we look upon fashionable attire is by no means to be accounted pure make-believe. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Theodore Dreiser Five hundred thousand dollars of the deficiency arises not from city bonds sold and not accounted for, but from loans made by the treasurer to his broker. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

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

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

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

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

I know it is not to be accounted for physically, but I do actually see it, though my lids are closed, and so it rocks my mind, as it were, and overpowers me, and I am obliged to rise from my knees. Green Tea by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

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]

Here, incessant, and, so far as we know, spontaneous change is the rule, rest the exception — the anomaly to be accounted for. Science and Education by Thomas Henry Huxley

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]

The first man who entered that room would be accounted for. The Infidel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1900]

George Meredith Consequently, the world accounted him open-handed and devoted when enamoured. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

George Gissing Yes, he should certainly write a book on the Bahamas, if only to expose the monstrous system of misgovernment which accounted for the sterility into which these islands had fallen. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

Willa Cather Back in Tennessee, in her own neighbourhood, she was accounted a famous nurse. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Wilkie Collins There are names on this list that you haven’t accounted for yet. The Fallen Leaves by Wilkie Collins [1879]

He is not to be accounted for by natural laws. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

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]

The smooth cold roundness was accounted for afterwards. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson [1945]

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]

Louisa May Alcott For a year Jo and her Professor worked and waited, hoped and loved, met occasionally, and wrote such voluminous letters that the rise in the price of paper was accounted for, Laurie said. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

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]

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]

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

Rudyard Kipling Boys that he understood attended house-matches and could be accounted for at any moment. Stalky & Co. by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

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

Charles Dickens His dear Miss Marguerite would excuse him, if he accounted for HER attractions on the theory that English blood must have mixed at some former time with their obscure and unknown ancestry. No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens [1867]

Thomas More In choosing their wives they use a method that would appear to us very absurd and ridiculous, but it is constantly observed among them, and is accounted perfectly consistent with wisdom. Utopia by Thomas More

Not to demand intimate relations with the universe, and not to wish them satisfactory, should be accounted signs of something wrong. A Pluralistic Universe by William James [1909]

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

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

Thomas Hardy A light footstep, which might have been accounted no more than an added drip to the rainfall, sounded in the porch, and he looked round. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

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