Phrases with "affairs"

Margaret Oliphant Oh yes, Miss Oona, so long as the present condition of affairs lasts it will be their own. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Sir Walter Scott His affairs being much embarrassed by his earlier extravagance, he went to England, where he was understood to have formed a very advantageous matrimonial connexion. The Black Dwarf by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Robert Louis Stevenson Although of a very good family — through my mother, indeed, a lineal descendant of the patriot Bruce — I dare not conceal from you that my affairs are deeply, very deeply involved. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wilkie Collins A good wife should know better than to pry into affairs of her husband’s with which she had no concern. The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins [1875]

T. E. Lawrence Joyce made a vain appeal to Zeid, and promised to explain to Feisal. He would close down my affairs and disperse my bodyguard. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Ford Madox Ford He obviously was out of it, or he would be out of it with the end of the war, for even from his bed he had taken no small part in the directing of affairs at his Office. . Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Wilkie Collins The affairs of Samuel Jerrold (through no fault of his own) had fallen into sad confusion. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Theodore Dreiser He had heard many things concerning him — his past — but Cowperwood’s present state in Chicago was such, it seemed to him, as to preclude petty affairs of this kind. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Bugs are bad, but a state of affairs in which men will allow themselves to be dipped like sheep is worse. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Henry Handel Richardson These affairs made their little home very spick and span, and kept Polly from feeling dull — if one could imagine Polly dull! With the cooking alone had there been a hitch in the beginning. Australia Felix by Henry Handel Richardson

Sir Walter Scott It chanced that in that day’s council matters were agitated touching the affairs of the unfortunate Mary, the seventh year of whose captivity in England was now in doleful currency. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

Think of that! It wouldn’t advance your affairs much, would it?—whatever happened to us. Victory by Joseph Conrad [1914]

Theodore Dreiser Stener and Strobik were to be met by Sengstack at Wilmington (this to forefend against the possibility of Cowperwood’s reaching Stener first)— and the whole state of affairs made perfectly plain. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

In the meantime, as we have said, Mazarin was in his closet, putting his affairs in order. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Benjamin Disraeli It seemed difficult to marshal so considerable and so stately an assemblage, but those who had the management of affairs were experienced in such matters. Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli [1870]

Mrs. Knox’s affairs had been getting into an extremely hopeless condition. Janet Carey by Ellen Wood [1873]

Nikolai Gogol As soon as Ivan Ivanovitch had arranged his domestic affairs and stepped out upon the balcony, according to his custom, to lie down, he saw, to his indescribable amazement, something red at the gate. How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogol

H. G. Wells Ostrog brought flattering reports of the development of affairs abroad. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Anthony Trollope He is a man of talent, young, active, and conversant with the affairs of the cathedral; he is moreover, we conscientiously believe, a truly pious clergyman. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Theodore Dreiser His first inkling of the true state of affairs came in connection with a dinner which, on the strength of an old invitation, they unfortunately attended at a time when Aileen was still uncertain. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

Have you anything to ask of me? From this moment I become your friend, and since you are engaged in my affairs I ought to occupy myself in yours. Twenty Years After by Alexandre Dumas [1845]

Anthony Trollope Some well-skilled, well-paid hand is needed even for that, and hence comes this public information on affairs which should surely be private. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells Human affairs sway at a dizzy height of opportunity. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

Marjorie Bowen In a few days she had summed up the position of affairs as accurately as her sources of information would permit. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

I shall not ‘denounce’ my dear friend; you know matters of policy too well to be ignorant how easily these affairs are arranged. Louise de la Valliere by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

H. G. Wells The problem of reshaping human affairs on a world-scale, this World problem, is drawing together an ever-increasing multitude of minds. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

George Gissing You put a distance between us you say there are affairs of yours in which I have no concern. A Life's Morning by George Gissing [1885]

Anthony Trollope How affairs went between him and Mrs Tappitt on that night I will not attempt to describe. Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope

Baldwin Spencer We have already described certain ceremonies performed at the Engwura which can only be regarded as pointing back to the existence of a different state of affairs from that which now obtains. The Native Tribes of Central Australia by Baldwin Spencer

Miles Franklin Such luscious love affairs put my little experiences out of existence. My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin [1946]

So admirably did he spend it, that Francis Wade became at last alarmed at the frequent drafts, and urged his nephew to bring his affairs to a final settlement. For the term of his natural life by Marcus Clarke [1874]

Ann Radcliffe On the death of the Marquis it was necessary for the Baron to visit Switzerland, in order to take possession of his estates, and to adjust some affairs which a long absence had deranged. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

If everything is left to Juliet, unconditionally, she may take her affairs out of Hale’s hands. The Secret Passage by Fergus Hume

Maria Edgeworth Sir Ulick offered to manage his affairs for him while he was away, particularly a large sum which Ormond had in the English funds. Ormond by Maria Edgeworth

David Hume The inconveniences attending such a situation of affairs present themselves by thousands. Whether the British Government inclines more to Absolute Monarchy or to a Republic by David Hume

William Morris But this knight hath no affairs to look to: so if he will abide with us for a little, it will be our pleasure. The Well At The World’s End by William Morris [1896]

Everyday affairs and whatever is made an everyday affair, are transactions of the ostensible self, the being of habits, interests, usage. The New Machiavelli by Herbert George Wells [1911]

Wilkie Collins In the ordinary affairs of life he was the gentlest and most yielding of men, but in all that related to strictness of religious principle he was the sternest and the most aggressive of fanatics. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Bram Stoker I am sorry that I had to be away so long today, but you will, I know forgive one who has so many important affairs in hand. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Combined with his far-reaching foresight, it may have had something to do with his comparative withdrawal from practical affairs other than those which necessity connected him with. A Study of Hawthorne by G. P. Lathrop [1876]

E. Phillips Oppenheim Leave meddling with affairs that are too high for you. Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1898]

John Stuart Mill A person should be free to do as he likes in his own concerns; but he ought not to be free to do as he likes in acting for another under the pretext that the affairs of another are his own affairs. On Liberty by John Stuart Mill [1859]

Benjamin Disraeli Conducting affairs without this advantage is, in effect, an affair of stationery; it is pens and paper who are in communication, not human beings. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

E. F. Benson But the moment that happened, and Olga began to sing on her own account (which after all, so Georgie thought, she had a perfect right to do), the whole aspect of affairs was changed. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Marie Corelli He sighed heavily — yet in his own tranquil and pious mind he could not say that he resented the position his affairs had taken. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Benjamin Disraeli But I am obliged to look at affairs nearer home. Endymion by Benjamin Disraeli [1880]

Arthur Morrison I instructed my solicitors in Sydney to wind up my affairs and to communicate with their London correspondents in order that, on my arrival in England, I might deal with business matters through them. The Dorrington Deed-Box by Arthur Morrison

G. K. Chesterton It began with what we may call the “Bible of History” idea: that all affairs and politics were a clouded but unbroken revelation of the divine. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

A man who is full of his own highly disagreeable affairs is not a desirable companion. The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman [1911]

Anthony Trollope Then it was alleged that a lawyer of experience was certainly needed, and that Mr. Scarborough could not very well put his affairs into the hands of a stranger. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Theodore Dreiser Her affairs had received a severe setback. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

John Morley I mean the affairs of India; they are those on which I value myself the most; most for the importance; most for the labour; most for the judgment; most for constancy and perseverance in the pursuit. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Anthony Trollope If you can give us a week before you go back to manage the affairs of the nation, pray do. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Daniel Defoe A blessed compact! which at once set the Devil at the head of affairs in the Christian world, as well spiritual as temporal, ecclesiastic as civil. The History of the Devil by Daniel Defoe

Anthony Trollope In this conjunction of affairs the editor of the People’s Banner found it somewhat difficult to trim his sails. Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells He allowed himself to be hustled into the background of affairs by men with narrower views and nearer objectives. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Christabel, bursting into tears, had protested that all the world was against her: even Will had scolded her, had told her that her temper had put back his affairs a dozen years at least. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Willa Cather Mr. Trueman’s way of amusing himself must have tried his friend’s patience — Dillon liked to regulate other people’s affairs if they needed it. Obscure Destinies by Willa Cather [1932]

Sigmund Freud A suspicion of this state of affairs has evidently found its way into the popular consciousness; the dream-books, in their interpretations, often proceed according to the principle of contraries. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud [1911]

George Eliot It was the way of women, and all weak minds, to think that what they had been used to was inalterable, and any quarrel with a man who managed private affairs was necessarily a formidable thing. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Marjorie Bowen Well, let us try how affairs work — a little longer? And now forgive me, I am so sleepy. Forget-me-not by Marjorie Bowen [1932]

Theodore Dreiser The attitude of the Gerhardt family toward this condition of affairs was peculiar. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

D’Artagnan had an opportunity of convincing himself that Porthos, though engineer and topographer, was not deeply versed in affairs of state. The Vicomte de Bragelonne by Alexandre Dumas [1848-1850]

Anthony Trollope Morton was so sick of his own company and so tired of thinking of his own affairs that he was almost glad to welcome the Senator. At any rate he had no means of escaping, and the Senator came. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Conan Doyle It was in vain that I endeavoured by hard work and a strict attention to the laird’s affairs to direct my mind into some more healthy channel. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

Gentlemen don’t understand anything about city affairs — finance. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

W. W. Jacobs He slept off the premises, and the pawnbroker, after his departure, made a slight supper, and sat revolving the affairs of the day over another of his black cigars until nearly midnight. The Brown Man’s Servant by W. W. Jacobs

He had been so completely blinded by passion that he would not have been likely to discover the real condition of affairs even if no pains had been taken to deceive him. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Theodore Dreiser Heretofore, he had been transacting all his business affairs at the Grand Pacific and the club. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Indeed, we have every reason to be thankful to Providence for the turn that affairs have taken,” Mr. Marchmont concluded, piously. John Marchmont’s Legacy by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

John Morley He knew that there are complexities of affairs which only the sword can cut. Voltaire by John Morley

Sinclair Lewis He persuaded himself, for minutes at a time, that business affairs demanded his staying in Zenith, and he bleakly knew, for hours at a time, that they didn’t. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling This unhappy state of affairs has, however, produced one good result which I will confide to you. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Bram Stoker All affairs are settled with me, and I have much to tell. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Guy de Maupassan You’re quite right to look after your own affairs — why the devil shouldn’t you? I’ll not take offense at your doing that, quite the contrary. A Lively Friend by Guy de Maupassan

But not one word did she say about the governor of Madras; and at this juncture of affairs it would have been the worst possible taste to inquire too closely after his lordship’s welfare. Phantom Fortune by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1883]

Jules Verne The Lieutenant and his men, becoming giddy and faint from the intense cold, were soon obliged to go down, and Hobson announced the state of affairs in as hopeful a tone as he could assume. The Fur Country by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells He accepted this state of affairs with a serenity creditable to the Smallways’ courage, which one might reasonably have expected to be of a more degenerate and contemptible quality altogether. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Arthur Conan Doyle The money invested by him is simply to ensure that he shall have a substantial interest in promoting the affairs of the firm. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Henry Kingsley She wanted him to confide entirely to her the exact state of affairs between Lord Saltbe and himself. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Ay, to God affairs do tend! 1 Mecca. 2 I.e. The Qur'an by translated by E. H. Palmer

Henry James More than fifty years of conscious success pressed him to try to understand; he had never muddled his affairs and he couldn’t muddle them now. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Theodore Dreiser Because of the pressure of his growing affairs he had not paid so much attention to her as he might have, but he had seen her often this past year. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Henry James She hovered, she interrupted, she almost presided, the state of affairs being mostly such as to supply her with every incentive for enquiring what was to be done next. The Coxon Fund by Henry James [1894]

G. K. Chesterton A wide experience of actual intellectual affairs will lead most people to the conclusion that logic is mainly valuable as a weapon wherewith to exterminate logicians. Varied Types by G. K. Chesterton [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle You have never made a secret of our money affairs to me, and I know that if I took my degree there would never be any necessity for me to practise. The Firm of Girdlestone by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Anthony Trollope What am I going to do? I can say nothing about that, but I can say, Sexty, that our affairs are at an end. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Knox Church, Elgin, was his dominion, its moral and material affairs his jealous interest, and its legitimate expansion his chief pride. The Imperialist by Sara Jeannette Duncan [1904]

Arthur Conan Doyle Perchance they are some who are not of my grandfather’s way of thinking in affairs of State, and who struck at him through me. Micah Clarke by Arthur Conan Doyle

Margaret Oliphant When they were left alone finally, the aspect of affairs changed a little. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Bram Stoker However, I thought the matter over, and came to the conclusion that the best thing I could do would be to post them on affairs right up to date. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

The duke has had many affairs of gallantry; and if he has fostered his amours by promises of eternal constancy, he must likewise have sown the seeds of hatred by his eternal infidelities. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

George Eliot New conditions might always turn up to give him new chances; and if affairs threatened to come to an extremity between Harold and himself, he trusted to finding some sure resource. Felix Holt the Radical by George Eliot [1866]

Margaret Oliphant And in the mean time he had a sufficiently difficult imbroglio of affairs on hand. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Anthony Trollope One hardly knows where the affairs of this world end, or where those of the next begin. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope You know enough of Nathaniel’s affairs to be aware that he is not a very rich man. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

No sooner had Mr. Milsom established himself at Raynham, than he made it his business to find out the exact state of affairs at the castle. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Anthony Trollope But if you say nothing to him about it, and just buy a few gowns now and again, he will perhaps be so wrapt up in the higher affairs of his art as not to take any notice. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Charles Dickens I had looked into my affairs so often, that I had thoroughly destroyed any slight notion I might ever have had of their bearings. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens [1860]

Henry Handel Richardson Then, his own affairs in order, domestic appointments running smoothly, Mahony drove out with Mary in the neat brougham he had given her, to return some of the visits that had been paid them. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Wilkie Collins The same safe and modest mediocrity of style distinguished the proceedings of these two gentlemen in all the affairs of life. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins [1870]

He is never tired of settling the affairs of the country, and of proposing constitutional amendments. The Life and Genius of Nathaniel Hawthorne by Frank Preston Stearns [1906]

Kenneth Grahame Many hairbrained youths started out on a mere cutter; but I was prudent, and besides I had some inkling of the serious affairs that were ahead. Dream Days by Kenneth Grahame

Henry David Thoreau Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Olaf Stapledon This state of affairs brought the caste problem to a head. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

R. D. Blackmore Such was the state of affairs when Jordas, after a long and muddy ride, sent word that he would like to see the master, for a minute or two, if convenient. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Anthony Trollope When Caldigate, remembering how affairs were at his own home, had suggested that at so sad a moment he might be found to be in the way, Shand had assured him that there would be no sadness at all. John Caldigate by Anthony Trollope

This latter I have come to know as an indisputable fact; in our present affairs and outlooks surely a grave one. Carlyle by John Nichol [1892]

You’ll not mention my name when writing, because they mayn’t like the trouble of searching, and my Lord Castlemallard would not approve my meddling in other persons’ affairs — even in yours. The House by the Church-Yard by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

E. Phillips Oppenheim We are occupied now by affairs of international importance. Peter Ruff and the Double Four by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1912]

H. G. Wells Their affairs should interweave with the affairs of the child’s dolls and brick castles and toy furniture. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Arthur Conan Doyle He managed his money matters and the affairs of the house unquestioned and uncontrolled. Uncle Jeremy’s Household by Arthur Conan Doyle

John Morley As it happened, Burke was no sooner chosen at Malton than, owing to an unexpected turn of affairs at Bristol, the idea of proposing him for a candidate revived. Burke by John Morley [1879]

Love affairs are never condensed. The End of the Dream by Mary Cholmondeley [1921]

Anthony Trollope Tribbledale, awestruck as he bethought himself how great were the affairs of Pollock and Austen, retreated back hurriedly to the court. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Anthony Trollope There had been unsettled gambling claims between Sowerby and Lord Lufton, originating in affairs of the turf. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope But as that idea crumbled away from him, Augustus and his affairs became more and more distasteful to him. Mr. Scarborough's Family by Anthony Trollope [1883]

Willa Cather When she sailed, her friends knew that her husband’s affairs were in a bad way; but we did not know how bad until after Cressida’s death. Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather [1920]

Jules Verne He resisted the arguments which Ygène, who saw what a serious turn affairs were taking, addressed to him. Doctor Ox’s Experiment by Jules Verne [1874]

H. G. Wells That was the realization of a state of affairs that had been accumulating below the level of consciousness for some time. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Mark Twain So she kept silence, and went about her affairs with a troubled heart. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

But the thought of the change and of some movement in the world very much larger than her own little trivial affairs stirred her to action. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Elizabeth Gaskell I began to be curious as to the general progress of affairs at Hope Farm, but I could not go over till the Saturday. At Heathbridge I found Holdsworth, come to meet me. Cousin Phillis by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Anthony Trollope Why didn’t you get it in writing, or make your uncle fix him at once? If you mismanage your own affairs I can’t put them right for you. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

From the time of his arrival in Paris, he had been mixed up with public affairs; but his own private affairs had made no great progress, either in love or fortune. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Elizabeth Gaskell I am afraid she mismanages her affairs sadly. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell [1865]

George Gissing Not a man in England who worried more about his own affairs and those of the world. Our Friend the Charlatan by George Gissing [1899]

Louisa May Alcott You are sixteen now, quite old enough to be my confident, and my experience will be useful to you by-and-by, perhaps, in your own affairs of this sort. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [1868]

These manage their affairs in their own way, subject, of course, to the general law of the land, and subject to the provision of sufficient space for workmen and reasonable sanitary conditions. Garden Cities of To-morrow by Ebenezer Howard

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle You will do something to please me, won’t you, Robert?” “Of course, Laura. What is it?” “I do so hate having my affairs talked over, dear. The Doings of Raffles Haw by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1891]

It will be wise on your part to take your stand in the beginning of things, and then affairs are pretty sure to go pleasantly. The Lovels of Arden by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1871]

H. G. Wells But man has conquered nature now for all practical purposes — his political affairs are managed by Bosses with a black police — and life is joyous. When the Sleeper Wakes by H. G. Wells [1899]

Henry James One of the first of these was that, frankly, my affairs were by this time pretty well used to my neglect. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Theodore Dreiser I’m not one to run around and discuss my affairs with other people. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

H. G. Wells For some months after the accession of the council, the world’s affairs had been carried on without any sound currency at all. The World Set Free by H. G. Wells [1914]

John Galsworthy It doesn’t do to discuss our affairs out loud. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Always open as to his own affairs — for he had nothing to conceal — he yet deemed it expedient to dissemble now. East Lynne by Ellen Wood [1861]

Bram Stoker During lunch he told us that Mrs. Westenra had for some time expected sudden death from her heart, and had put her affairs in absolute order. Dracula by Bram Stoker [1897]

Anthony Trollope As far as transacting the affairs of the firm, Tom — so thought Mr Traffick — was altogether out of the question. Ayala’s Angel by Anthony Trollope

Not only did he argue on it in a really masterly manner, but, frequently requested to interfere in affairs of honour, always gave some decision. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Washington Irving But let that pass — the domestic affairs of these mighty potentates of the earth should not be too narrowly scrutinized. The Alhambra by Washington Irving

George Meredith I am one who thinks that these little affairs should be spoken of openly, without that ridiculous bourgeois affectation, so that we may be sure of giving satisfaction. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

They were conventionally correct, but an earnestness of purpose which could be felt in the very air lifted the business above the common run of affairs of honour. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

They all appeared to be interested in their own affairs or hurrying to get out of the rain. The Secret of the Garden by Arthur Gask [1924]

Elizabeth Gaskell But now and then he unexpectedly, and utterly without reason, took the conduct of affairs into his own hands, as when he had been absent without leave only just before the day of nomination. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell [1853]

H. G. Wells How could she ever have doubted that there was all this and more also beneath his darkness and his quiet? To her his vision of affairs seemed fresh and powerful and broad. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

Anthony Trollope Ladies and gentlemen circumstanced as were Hetta and Mr. Beckard are perhaps a little too apt to think that their own affairs are paramount. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis As Holabird’s tweeds made Clay Tredgold’s smartness seem hard and pretentious, so his dinner revealed Angus Duer’s affairs in Chicago as mechanical and joyless and a little anxious. Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis [1925]

They gave little concern to their own affairs and less to those of their neighbors. The Bronze Hand by Anna Katharine Green

H. G. Wells Voices that had nothing to do with the course of affairs sustained some kind of commentary. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

Frances Hodgson Burnett It was actually true that he had so far had no boyish love affairs because he had all unconsciously been in love with the beautiful completeness of her. Robin by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

Maria Edgeworth I remember, when I was young — but let that pass — let the young people see one another, and manage their own affairs their own way — let them be together — that’s all I say. The Absentee by Maria Edgeworth

Consequently he was in frequent demand for the settlement of other people’s affairs when these strayed beyond normal limits and got temporarily unmanageable. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

D. H. Lawrence But her inward eye was on the spy-hole of her vital affairs — her domestic arrangements, her control of her household, guests and husband included. Aaron’s Rod by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells To-day it is exactly that problem over again that our peoples have to solve, except that instead of one individual affair we have now our general affairs to place under a parallel system. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

George Gissing And then I’ve promised to look after some little affairs for Mrs. Jacox — some trifling money matters. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Isabella Bird The aspect of affairs was so very bad and the attack on my men so violent that I paid the value of the Kurdish depredations, and we got away. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Now, look here, Kaye. This illness has thrown all my affairs into a muddle. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

H. G. Wells It looks also as if the parliamentary game will be over, and as if some quite new method of handling human affairs will have been adopted. The Queer Story of Brownlow’s Newspaper by H. G. Wells [1932]

I shall therefore make the same note of the position of affairs as I would do if she were dead; and to begin with, I wish you to observe that she was hit while setting the clock. Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green

Ford Madox Ford The affairs of her own set, female front benchers of one side or other as they were, were more tenuous. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

H. G. Wells They begin upon the facts of sex as affairs of nodding and winking, of artful innuendo and scuffles in the dark. Mankind in the Making by H. G. Wells [1903]

Theodore Dreiser When he first began to be a part of their family affairs the conventional standards of Father Gerhardt proved untrustworthy. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Edgar Allan Poe In the former the merit consists in seeing into the nature of affairs a very great deal farther than anybody else. Humorous Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

D. H. Lawrence Which state of affairs did not go at all well with OUR friend’s sense of self-importance. Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Hardy I feel myself going rapidly downhill, and late affairs have still further helped me that way. The Woodlanders by Thomas Hardy

There are terrible and tragic affairs to attend to, which won’t wait for us . A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay [1920]

My friend the Turkish officer promised to wire to Angora from some place or other for a fresh car, but, remembering the state of affairs at Angora, I had no hope from that quarter. Greenmantle by John Buchan

George Gissing Well, the foolish old woman has been muddling her affairs for a long time, speculating here and there without taking any one’s advice, and so on; and the result is that she leaves nothing at all. In the Year of Jubilee by George Gissing [1894]

G. K. Chesterton The people and the posture of affairs would still be there even if one thought that Shakespeare’s moral attitude was wrong. The Victorian Age in Literature by G. K. Chesterton [1913]

H. G. Wells I thought Frank who came up to see me a few weeks ago would have explained affairs to you. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Theodore Dreiser For the period of a whole year this unsatisfactory state of affairs continued. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

Guy de Maupassant This state of affairs lasted nine years. The Avenger (Le Vengeur) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Wilkie Collins At the outset, however, the posture of affairs looked encouragingly enough. My Miscellanies by Wilkie Collins [1863]

Anthony Trollope She had never known anything of her father’s affairs or his intentions, but she had certainly supposed that her fortune would be very much more than this. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

R. D. Blackmore I am not a young man; I have been disappointed of any one to succeed me, and I wish to settle my affairs in this country, and return to India, which suits me better, and where I am more useful. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

Sir Walter Scott But, with Mr. Waverley’s permission and yours, sir, if yours also must be asked, I would willingly speak a few words with him on affairs connected with his own family. Waverley by Sir Walter Scott [1829]

E. F. Benson Years of bitter brooding had caused Charlotte to imagine a state of affairs that was wildly exaggerated. Charlotte Bronte by E. F. Benson [1932]

Henry Handel Richardson Otherwise, why have laid his affairs in the hands of such a humdrum? — and, what was worse, have left them there. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

H. G. Wells These people still think we can get this new and wonderful state of affairs just by clamouring for it. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Anthony Trollope Of course in such a condition of affairs it would be understood that Lizzie was one of the elders. The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

Richard Burton Mohammed Shafi’a had offered 5,000 piastres to the Persian Consul’s interpreter; this of course was refused, but still somehow or other all the Haji’s affairs seemed to go wrong. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Nathaniel Hawthorne But, believe me, you allude to matters that are more a mystery to me than my affairs appear to be to you. The Ancestral Footstep by Nathaniel Hawthorne

A queen’s husband was an entity unknown to the British Constitution. In State affairs there seemed to be no place for him; nor was Victoria herself at all unwilling that this should be so. Queen Victoria by Lytton Strachey

Thomas Wolfe It was a remarkable performance, an inspiring example of what the busy man of affairs can really accomplish if he only applies himself. You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe [1940]

Wilkie Collins We discussed family affairs and future plans — always excepting that one future plan which was to end in her marriage. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins [1868]

H. G. Wells Their affairs were equally small and well within the scope of a common citizen’s understanding. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

H. G. Wells This was the position of affairs when the Vaterland appeared in the sky. The War in the Air by H. G. Wells [1908]

Theodore Dreiser Just forget that you told me, and when you get your matrimonial affairs straightened out bring your wife out to see us. The Titan by Theodore Dreiser

But this state of affairs is not necessarily permanent, nor is it a matter of principle. Nineteen Eighty-four by George Orwell

Theodore Dreiser This woeful condition of affairs was not made known to Jennie for some time. Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser

This was found to be a great charity to the weaker sex, and as some say, who are more skilful in the like affairs than myself, of good profit to the commonwealth. The Commonwealth of Oceana by James Harrington

John Galsworthy And yet his affairs were, practically speaking, Fleur; and if he paid too much attention to them, he was afraid of annoying her. The White Monkey by John Galsworthy

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu I do not know whether things are beginning to look brighter with Sir Booth, or whether his affairs are being “managed” into utter ruin. The Tenants of Malory by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu [1867]

Wilkie Collins But could I trust the servant? The events of the next morning altered the whole complexion of affairs fatally for the worse. The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins [1886]

Olaf Stapledon This state of affairs lasted until the final loss of radio through the further deterioration of intelligence. Darkness and the Light by Olaf Stapledon

Whether employed by government or not, Bacon began at this time to prepare those carefully-written papers on the public affairs of the day, of which he has left a good many. Bacon by R. W. Church [1884]

Ralph Waldo Emerson They require you to dare to be of your own opinion, and they hate the practical cowards who cannot in affairs answer directly yes or no. English Traits by Ralph Waldo Emerson [1856]

Anthony Trollope I do see — I cannot help seeing, that the affairs of the hospital are not arranged according to the will of the founder. The Warden by Anthony Trollope

Sinclair Lewis I have no slightest interest in his private affairs of any sort!” It was Lundsgard who was surprisingly undisturbed. World So Wide by Sinclair Lewis